What’s Happening?


School will be here before we know it! We are excited to welcome students to the Boyd County Public School District this year! School starts on Wednesday, August 16th at 8:05am. Click on the link below to view and print the school supply list.  Here are some important dates to remember:

School Supply Lists

Thursday, August 10th

The back to school pool party will be held at the Spencer Pool. Hotdogs, chips, and cookies will be served from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Spencer Fair Grounds. The water balloon launch will be set up from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Swimming will go from 6:00 – 9:00pm. KBRX will be there with music and prizes.

Monday, August 14th

There will be an open house in the multi-use room at the Boyd County School in Spencer from 6:00 – 9:00pm. This will be for registration for ALL K-12 students. Packets will not be sent in the mail, so this is a very important date! Parents can receive and fill out all paper work, while students have a chance to check out laptops and set up their lockers. Some of the School organizations will be set up if interested students and parents would like information. Also, new staff will be present for meet and greet.

  • School lunch: Parents will be able to fill out the free and reduced lunch form as part as their packet, as well as pay for lunches.
  • Laptop checkout: Students will be able to check out their school issued laptop during the open house. The student and parent will have to sign the laptop agreement form and pay a $25.00 deposit in order to take their laptop with them that night.
  • Locker Set Up: Students will be able to find their lockers and get it set up. All buildings in the District will be open during this time so parents can walk through and students can get their lockers set up.

Friday, August 18th

The Fall Activity Kick-off potluck will be held at the Boyd County School in Spencer in the multi-use room. The potlock will start at 6:30pm.

Monday, August 21st

The Great American Eclipse of 2017.  A solar eclipse will be happening on August 21st. Our local NHS chapter is organizing a field trip for grades 7-12 to Stapleton, Nebraska where the “totality” of the eclipse can be seen. Stapleton is promoting a festival called “Eclipse on the Range” at their fairgrounds.  Scroll down for details


Football Camp & Conditioning

Boyd County Public Schools will hold a football camp on July 24th – 28th from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  This camp is for high school football athletes only.

Conditioning  will be held on July 31st – August 3rd from 7:00-8:00pm.  Conditioning is mandatory for high school football athletes, and optional for middle school football athletes.


The Great American Eclipse of 2017

eclipseWhat some are calling “The Great American Eclipse of 2017”, the Boyd County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is calling it a “service project” opportunity. A solar eclipse will be happening on August 21st. Our local NHS chapter is organizing a field trip for grades 7-12 to Stapleton, Nebraska where the “totality” of the eclipse can be seen. Stapleton is promoting a festival called “Eclipse on the Range” at their fairgrounds for an admission of $10 per person. The festival organizers will provide the security accommodations (eclipse glasses, water, and restroom facilities) suitable for a large group such as ours. (There will be thousands upon thousands of people from the world over in and along the I-80 corridor of central Nebraska so it is important to find a safe place for our students.)

In the coming weeks, members of the Boyd County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will be soliciting donations from area businesses and organizations to fund the cost of attending the event in Stapleton. We hope to raise enough money for the admission as well as a commemorative t-shirt for each student/adult that attends.

Witnessing a TOTAL solar eclipse is an experience of a lifetime. Indeed, most folks have never seen a total solar eclipse, nor likely ever will.  Our local chapter of the National Honor Society is excited for the opportunity to make this happen for the students of Boyd County High School.

For more information on the Total Eclipse, click on the link below:

Eclipse Through the Eyes of NASA


2016-17 school year banner

Congrats to the Class of 2017

Saige Carlson – Morgan Harmon – Matthew Haun – Rebecca Hiatt – Ridge Higgins

Elisha Kersch – Jessica Koenig – Alyssa Ludwig – Kelli Mashino – Jerry Neumiller

Caleb Rihanek – Kane Swanson – Kane Swanson – Layne Swanson – Kolton Wheeler

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6th & 8th Grade Field Trip

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On May 11th the West Boyd 6th & 8th grades set out on a gorgeous day for a field trip to Wayne State College. They toured the planetarium, museum, and college campus.

Dr. Todd Young presented a full-dome show and lesson to the students on what’s current in our daytime and nighttime sky.

Dr. Mark Hammer instructed students through activities involving the Geologic Time Scale, as well as a traveling nanotechnology exhibit.

After touring the college campus, West Boyd students boarded the bus to return home.  All enjoyed the inspirational day and were thankful for the opportunity to take part in such a worth-while trip!img_0003

 FFA Petting Zoo

The FFA had their annual petting zoo set up in the MS/HS shop on Monday, May 8th.  The school was visited by goats, calves, dogs, a mini foal, a mini donkey, a horse,  rabbits, and even a hedgehog.  The elementary student were able to make the trip from Butte to join in on the fun!

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High School Awards Night

Mr. Koch gave the welcome which was followed by the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony where new members that were inducted are Sydney Atkinson, Chase Harmon, Jacey Hilkemann, Elsie Magwire, and Emma Stahlecker. The Academic Awards were presented by Mrs. Ebsen and Mr. Koch. Mrs. Benson, Mr. Koch, and Mr. Carlson then gave the activity awards. The Spencer American Legion Auxiliary shared American Flags with the senior class.
Mrs. Benson then announced the Outstanding Athletes. Morgan Harmon, Rebecca Hiatt, and Caleb Rihanek were recognized. Thank you to the kitchen staff, who provided ice cream and cookies to follow the banquet.

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West Boyd Elementary Track & Field Day

The West Boyd Elementary students had a beautiful day for their track and field day on Thursday, May 4th.  The students participated in long jump, soft ball throw, and running events.  Thank you to Mr. Jensen and the high school track team and for putting it all together and making run so smoothly!

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NVC Art Show Results

Jerica Hilkemann – Superior Ribbon – Painting
Jerica Hilkemann – Commendable Ribbon – Pencil Drawing
Lexie Lowery – Commendable Ribbon – Painting
Kiersten Wheeler – Honorable Mention Ribbon – Pencil Drawing
Mariah Smalley – Commendable Ribbon – Painting
Samantha Hipke – Honorable Mention Ribbon – Pencil Drawing


2nd Grade Field Trip

The 2nd graders went on their class field trip on April 24th. They got to enjoy lunch out at Pizza Hut and then a chance to feed the buffalo and see the elk at Kreycik’s Elk and Buffalo Ranch.

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2017 NVC Art Show

West Boyd is the site for this year’s NVC Art Show.  This is just a small taste of what the young artists from our conference can do!

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2017 Norfolk Classic

Congratulations to Blake Ahlers for his efforts in the Norfolk Classic Track Meet on Thursday, April 27th/ He was meet champion in the 1600 meter run, with a time of
4:37.92. He finished 3rd in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.92.




Kindergarten Chicks!


Every year the Kindergarten class room gets to welcome some special little visitors into the world.  The first chick for the year has hatched in the Kindergarten incubator!  It is an egg-citing day!

Faith Regional CPR Training

On Monday, April 24th a team from Faith Regional Health Services visited West Boyd to present the school with American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools Training Kit and teach students hands only CPR.  The kit, donated by Faith Regional is partnership with Nucor, enables students to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR in just one class period.  One kit can train hundreds of people.  Seniors and 7th graders took part in their CPR training.

“About 80% of cardiac arrests occur in non-hospital setting, often at home, with fewer than 10% of victims surviving,” said Jenny Simmons, RN, Faith Regional’s Chest Pain and Stroke Coordinator. ” Basic CPR can sometimes be enough to keep a person alive until first responders arrive.  By taking hands-only CPR kits to schools to teach students is one way to equip our communities with the basic knowledge and skills to save a life.”

The CPR training involves watching a video that covers information about recognizing when someone is having a heart attack, calling 911 and performing CPR until emergency responders arrive.  CPR instructors demonstrate how to do chest compressions while students practice on inflatable manneqins.

Faith regional began providing training to school sin February 2017 with a goal to visit 54 area school this year.


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img_0003 2017 West Boyd Prom

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West Boyd held their prom on April 1st, 2017.  It was a night of dinner, dancing, and fun in the West Boyd Enchanted Forrest. They started off the night with social hour where they were treated with punch and meat and cheese trays.  After pictures, a dinner of salad, chicken alfredo, vegetables, and bread sticks was served, followed by a variety of cheese cakes.  The grand March took place at 8:30, where Caleb Rihanek was crowned King and Jessica Koenig was crowned Queen.  The fun continued with games, food, and prizes at the Post Prom Party.  Thanks to all who helped make this night successful, safe, and fun!!

Dinner/Grand March/Post Prom

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More Post Prom

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NCPA Academic All-Stateacademics

Congrats to the West Boyd students who were named NCPA Academic All-State!!
WB Boys Basketball – Matthew Haun
WB Girls Basketball – Morgan Harmon and Rebecca Hiatt
Speech – Rebecca Hiatt and Kelli Mashino


Scholastic Contest Results

Congrats to the West Boyd students who placed at the Scholastic Contest!

  • Chase Harmon – 1st place – Biology
  • Heather Atkinson -1st place – Algebra 1
  • Jessica Koenig -2nd place – Accounting
  • Matthew Haun – 3rd place – Agri Science
  • Kane Swanson -3rd place – Basic Construction
  • Sam Hipke -3rd place – Medical Terminology.
We also had several “almosts.”
  • Samantha Hipke – 4th place – Chemistry
  • Clay Hansen – 4th place – Intro to Wellness & PE
  • Rhiannan Smalley – 4th place – Parenting & Child Development
  • Alyssa Ludwig -4th place – Public Speaking
  • Kane Swanson – 4place – Small Englines
  • Emily Reiser – 4th place – Spanish 2
  • Elsie Magwire  – 5th place – Vocab
  • Rebecca Hiatt – 6th place in Trig
  • Joseph Hiatt – 6th place – Adminstrative Professional
Well done!  Way to go and represent West Boyd!


2017 NVC Industrial Tech Day Results


Test Results

  • Woodworking Power Tools – Blaker Ahlers – 1st place
  • Welding – Jared Koenig – 4th place
  • Building Construction – Kane Swanson – 1st place
  • Building Construction – Blake Ahlers – 4th place
  • Building Construction – Ridge Higgins – 5th place
  • Power Mechanics – Cory Lechtenberg – 5th place
  • Pneumatics/Hydraulics – Cory Lechtenberg – 4th place


  • Metric 500 Appearance – Lexie Lowery – 2nd place
  • Metric 500 Race – Jared Koenig – 4th place
  • Mouse Trap Car Race – Logan Carlson/Kyle Paulson – 2nd place
  • Paper Airplane Hang Time – Lexie Lowery – 4th place
  • Paper Airplane Hang Time – Mason Disterhaupt – 5th place
  • Tower Construction – Shay Nelson – 1st place
  • Robotic Arm – Logan Carlson – 4th place
  • Quiz Bowl – Kane Swanson, Ridge Higgins, Alex Reed, Blake Ahlers – 2nd place


2nd Grade St. Patrick’s Day Fun

The Leprechaun came and visited 2nd grade today and left quite a mess! He dumped out their desks, moved their desks, put dots of green paint all over, and he wrote “Catch me if you can!”  On the board. He did leave them all a treat for making such a mess!


6th Grade Sweet Science/Math Lesson

Ms. Jons and the 6th Graders are bringing the kitchen into the classroom today as they work on a project that is a math lesson and a science experiement in one.  Today’s project is baking cakes!  The students wrote down the cost of all the individual ingredients, and how much was in each package.  Next they wrote down the amounts needed for each ingredient.  After that they divided to find out the cost of the needed amount of ingredients. Last they divided once again to find out the cost per piece of cake.  They are making one chocolate cake and one white cake.  The best part is yet to come, which of course is the taste test!!


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Distracted Driving Assembly

The 7-12th grade West Boyd students are participating in a Distracted Driving Assembly.  The classes are broken into three different sessions:

  • Peddle Go Carts/Fatal Vision Goggles & Texting
  • Sobriety Test & Fact or Fiction Game
  • Video – One Second to the Next

Distracted Driving Peddle Go Cart Video

Alcohol Goggle Sobriety Test

Marijuana Goggle Sobriety Test

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National Foreign Lanuage Week

The Spanish Club is celebrating National Foreign Lanuage Week.  They had the elementary color multi-cultural themed pictures for a coloring contest.  The winners have been displayed in the MS/HS cafeteria.

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Dr. Seuss Week!

The West Boyd Elementary is celebrating Dr. Seuss this week with different Seuss themes and activities.

  • Monday – Crazy Sock Day
  • Tuesday – Crazy Hat Day
  • Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday – Wear Green for Green Eggs and Ham



CRAZY HAT! – Enjoying Dr. Suess and crazy hats in computer class.

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3rd graders read Dr. Seuss books to the 1st graders.


Happy 150th Birthday Nebraska!

The West Boyd Elementary students got to enjoy a birthday party for the great state of Nebraska!!

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 Freshman Clothing Class Project


The Freshman Clothing Class are working on making quilts for Lincoln Quilts for Kids, a non profit organization that makes and donates quilts to children in hospitals throughout Nebraska.


Preschool Igloo Project

It’s finally done!  The preschoolers have been collecting milk and water jugs since before Christmas to construct an igloo they could crawl into.  They collected 305 jugs and the teachers used a glue gun and lots of glue to make it!  The perfect place for it is the Library Center.  The children and teachers can crawl inside it and read books during their Discovery Time during preschool.

The preschoolers had extra jugs to use for an additional recycling project.  Since Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, the children made love bugs for their Valentine boxes!



West Boyd Speech

A big shout out goes out to the West Boyd OID Team of Joseph Hiatt, Lane Carson, Layne Swanson, Kelli Mashino, and Lexie Lowery on their fourth place medals at the West Holt Speech Meet!  Also, congratulations to Lexi Lowery on her first place medal in Poetry!  WAY TO GO!!


100 Days of School

The Kindergarden class celebrated the 100th day of school with fun and food!

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2nd Quarter and 1st Semester Honor Rolls

Check out the list of West Boyd students who made the honor rolls for the 2nd Quarter and the 1st Semester!



Random Acts of Kindness

Throughout the year, the West Boyd 7th and 8th grade classes will be working to promote kindness. You may see JH students showing kindness in the community in the following weeks.
JH studebe-kindnts will also be promoting kindness at school. The 7th grade students have put posters around school captioned “Greet Whom You Meet”.   Outside of Mr. Carlson’s classroom,  the 8th graders have designed a wall where students and staff can write about random acts of kindness that were done to them or acts they have witnessed.

JH students hope that you will spread kindness to everyone you meet throughout your day. One kind word can change someone’s entire day.


2017 Winter Ball Royalty

The 2017 Winter Ball was held on Saturday, January 7th.  This years prince and princess were Kane Swanson and Rebecca Hiatt.  This years King and Queen were Matthew Haun and Alyssa Ludwig.  Congrats to the 2017 Winter Ball Royalty!!



The Industrial Tech and Art classes teamed up to fix and prevent damages to a part of the school building.  In the east stairway going up to the library, some damage had been done to the wall above the stairs.  The two classes decided to work together and take pride in their school by adding this sign to the wall.  Well done!!



Thankful Turkey Books

The first graders made thankful turkey books out of paper sacks. They then read them to the fourth graders.

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First Quarter Honor Roll


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Veterans Day Program

WWII Veterans


Four of the thirteen WWII Veterans in Boyd County graced us with their presence today at West Boyd.  It is an honor to be able to thank these men for their service.


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Elementary Breakfast with the Veterans


The West Boyd Elementary was decorated and ready for Veterans Day!  Many of the students were able to celebrate by having breakfast with their favorite Veteran.


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Chilla the Chinchilla

The 1st grade class earned a visit from Chilla, Mrs. Johnson’s chinchilla.  They earned the visit for respectful behavior in the lunch room.  Keep up the good work!


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 Elementary Guests!

A big thanks goes out to Scott Nicolaus and the Butte Fire Department and Ambulance Crew!  Scott presented the trucks and went over some safety rules and procedures with the students.


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1st Grade Pumpkin Painting

The 1st graders got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather AND paint their pumpkins!  DOUBLE WHAMMY!


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Thought of the day:  Try, I must!

Yoda (aka Mrs. Ebsen) appeared at morning lesson. She was discussing the Ideas portion on the career map, which is where George Lucas, the filmmaker of Star Wars would be.  Movies and characters don’t just happen. Lots of work goes into them.


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3rd Grade Community Projects

The West Boyd Third Graders have been busy!  They have been building their own little communities using household items.  Enjoy the slideshow of their work!

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 3rd Grade Community Project

The third graders are working on their community projects this week.  The can use anything they want for building materials, and it can be any kind of community.  It has to have a place to live, a place that sells good, a place that provides a service, and also some form of rules or law.  Can’t wait to see the finished projects!


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 Congratulations to Rebecca Hiatt and Kelli Mashino.

The are the West Boyd representatives for the NSAA US Bank Believer and Achiever Awards!

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Homecoming Parade

West Boyd and Lynch Band


Kindergarten and 1st Grade


2nd and 3rd Grade


4th, 5th, and 6th Grade


7th and 8th Grade


Freshmen and Sophomores


Juniors and Seniors


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Spartan Spirit Day!

5th and 6th Grade


7th and 8th Grade


Freshmen and Sophomores


Juniors and Seniors


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Thursday is Pajama Day!



6th Grade


8th Grade










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Wednesday is full of Punks!

Elementary Punks!





5th Grade Punks


6th Grade Punks


7th Grade Punks


8th Grade Punks




Freshman Punks


Sophomore Punks


Junior Punks


Senior Punks


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Tuesday is Western Day!


Freshman and Sophomores


7th and 8th Grade


5th and 6th Grade


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2016 Homecoming Coronation

The Homecoming Coronation was held at the baseball field on Monday, September 19th, following the Annual Fireman’s Weinie Roast.  This years Homecoming queen and king are Morgan and Ridge. Congrats!!


Queen Morgan and King Ridge


Canditates Rebecca and Kolton, and Saige and Matthew


Freshman attendants: Joseph & Hannah    Sophomore attendants: Garrett & Ashley

Junior attendants: Kelsey & Justin

Lighting of the BC


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Homecoming Clown/Circus Day

Middle School/High School




Elementary Teachers


Middle School / High School



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PBiS Thoughts of the Week


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Mrs. Kersch attends the NATM Conference

Mrs. Kersch thoroughly enjoyed the NATM (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics) conference Friday.  There were  3 keynote speakers.  Dan Meyer https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover mrs-kerschlanguage=en Eli Lubberhoff https://www.desmos.com/team and the president of NCTM, Matt Larson  https://www.nctm.org/About/President,-Board-and-Committees/Matthew-R_-Larson,-President/.  Eli sat at the same table at lunch as Mrs Kersch, so she thought it was pretty cool to get to talk with him personally.  Shout out to Megan Goesch-Bird.  Eli thought it was pretty awesome that Megan had introduced West Boyd to Desmos.

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Sheriff Visits the 1st Grade

Sheriff Wrede visited the 1st grade on Friday, September 9th to talk to them about safety.


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ACT Prep

Juniors and Seniors, it is definately getting close to the time you need to be preparing for the ACT’s.  Here is a short video of some tips, tricks, and strategiesn for taking, and acing the ACT!

10 ACT Prep Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Skyrocket your ACT Score

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1st Grade Science Project

First graders were testing their square shaped bubble wand made out of straws and string. They discovered no matter what shape the wands are you will have a circular bubble.  They had a blast being scientists!!!!

science experiment1-COLLAGE

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 Kindergarteners are working hard on their writing journals.

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3rd Grade Marshmallow Project

Last week the West Boyd 3rd graders were told to try to suspend the most mallows using 5 straws, 5′ of string, 10 toothpicks, and 10 rubber bands.  Judging by the pictures, it looks like they had a lot of fun with this project!


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Boyd County Spartans Football Scrimmage

The Boyd County Spartans held a scrimmage on Thursday, August 18th on the field in Butte.  We were lucky enough to have a camera there to get some shots!


Occasionally a stray BC Cross Country runner shows up for football practice too!


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First day of the 2016-17 School Year is under wraps!

On August 17th, 2017 the doors of West Boyd opened to students once again.  It was great to see the students return, and meet the new students.  The students were greeted by the new Superintendent, Mr. Nelson, as well as the new MS/HS Principal, Mr. Koch.  They also went through bus evacuation drills and met with their class sponsors to choose their class officers.  Now that the dust has settled again, the students seem ready to settle in and start another great school year.

Hustle and Bustle of the First Day!


Bus Evacuation Drills


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Back to School Pool Party was a Great Success!

The Back-to-School Pool Party was a great way, once again, to kick off the new school year.  Students and staff enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks before they moved on to the real fun.  The Sheriff’s department gave a nice K-9 demo for the kids to enjoy. There was a lot of balloon launching, with the occasional water balloon fight breaking out!  The pool was full all night as KBRX provided music and prizes.  The students participated in diving board competitions that included best dive, biggest splash, and best jump.  Thank you to everyone who pitched in to help make this night a success!!

Click on the links below for some fun pool party videos and check out some fun pictures from the pool party!!

Chicken Dance!

Dancing Divers!

Hokey Pokey!

Pool Side Dancing!

Law Enforcement Balloon Fight!