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School Announcements
KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL
Home of the Bearcats
3610 6th Avenue    Kearney, NE 68845
Office Phone: 308-698-8060
 
Attendance Phone:  308-698-8065
Fax Number  : 308-698-8061
Guidance Office:  308-698-8067
Activities Office:  308-698-8066
 
 
Block 1 8:10 - 9:38 1A 8:10 - 8:52
1B 8:56 - 9:38
Bearcat Time  9:44 - 10:04
Block 2 10:10 - 11:38 2A 10:10 - 10:52
2B 10:56 - 11:38
Lunch    11:38 - 12:16
Block 3 12:20 - 1:48 3A 12:20 - 1:02
3B 1:06 - 1:48
Block 4 1:54 - 3:22 4A 1:54 - 2:36
4B 2:40 - 3:22
Congratulations!
 HENNING CERTIFIED IN DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
Judy Henning, Kearney Public Schools District Media Director, has become a  Certified Educator in Common Sense Digital Citizenship. Christine Ho, Education Administrator of Common Sense Education, states, “We are truly inspired by your devotion to teaching young people how to be safe, responsible digital citizens.”
“Judy is an outstanding librarian who has adapted well to the dramatic technological changes that have taken place over the past decade,” said KHS Principal Jay Dostal.  “She is a consummate professional who is always trying to improve her knowledge and help students become savvy digital citizens.”  According to Dostal, Henning puts together weekly digital citizenship lessons that are taught to all KHS students in Bearcat Time and is a leader in this domain for all staff.
LIGHTS ON!

Spotlight on the BEARCATS

A volunteer committee of community members from the Bearcat Booster Club and Band Parents have joined together to raise money for the KHS Field Lighting Fundraiser Project. The goal is to raise $280,000 for stadium lights at the new Kearney High School. The school is set to open by the fall of 2016 and we want the "Spotlight on the Bearcats" for opening day!

Now you can purchase a brick, which will be prominently featured on the commemorative wall, which will be built by the new facility. Your tax deductible donation will "light the way" for the next generation of athletes, band members and spectators alike. Personalize the brick to honor a loved one, a KHS graduate or a future Bearcat!

Brick purchases can be made at www.bearcatlights.com or by printing the attached form. Be a part of Kearney history and purchase your commemorative brick today!

Tax Deductable Donation
The Kearney Public Schools Foundation is a private, not for profit corporation that is tax exempt under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.
DID YOU KNOW?

In the 2014-15 school year, 617 KHS students used the field for football, track and field, soccer and band.

The KHS Marching Band arrives for practice by 7:00 a.m. everyday of the fall season...in the dark.

Students who participate in high school extracurricular activities exhibited
• higher grades, expectations, and attainment
• greater personal confidence and self-esteem
• greater connections with school
• stronger peer relationships;
• more academically oriented friends
• greater family attachment and more frequent interactions with parents;
• more restraint in avoiding risky behavior; and
• greater involvement in volunteer work

Witte Selected Milken Fellow
Kevin Witte  Selected to Discover Unsung Heroes as 2015 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
FORT SCOTT, KSJune 12, 2015Social studies teacher Kevin Witte of Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska, has been named a 2015 Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes Fellow. Witte joins an elite network of exceptional educators who share a passion for teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning. He will spend the week of June 21 at LMC’s headquarters in Fort Scott, Kansas, collaborating with peers from across the U.S. and Europe.
 
The LMC Fellows program is a merit-based professional development opportunity that prepares K-12 educators in diverse academic disciplines to enhance student-led learning through positive role models – “Unsung Heroes” – from history. Each LMC Fellow has achieved national or international recognition; demonstrates exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom; and possesses an engaging, inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, communities and beyond. During their week in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to transform their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change in the world. 
In his 15 years in education, Witte has taught high school social studies at Kearney High School with a mission to promote global awareness and international understanding.  He has taught American history, world history and world geography, as well as introduced AP World History, AP Human Geography, and an elective course entitled International Wealth and Poverty into the course offerings at Kearney High. Witte was selected as a 2013 Milken Educator and will receive a 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award (K-12) from the National Council for Geographic Education at its national conference in Washington, DC, this August.
Witte has taken it upon himself to bring the world to his students. He has traveled widely in his 15 years as an educator through fellowships, formal travel-study programs, and as a workshop presenter. As a result, he has brought back experiences from countries such as Italy, Japan, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Galápagos, South Korea, Germany, Svalbard, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia and, most recently, Cambodia.  Not only has this travel made it possible to connect historical and geographic learning objectives to the real world, it has also afforded the opportunity to model citizen diplomacy and advocacy efforts in the hopes to engaging young people to make a positive impact on the world. 
Beyond the impact of his own classroom, Witte has sought to make additional educational contributions by mentoring new teachers, serving on numerous committees for Kearney Public Schools, assisting in the revision of Nebraska’s Social Studies Standards, developing global education workshops as a Malaika Foundation Global Educator, and serving as an AP World History workshop consultant and in the AP World History exam scoring leadership.  
LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, “Kevin has been recognized for his social studies work around the U.S. and is a world traveler. When you add to this his extraordinary teaching, we have an exceptional Fellow to welcome to our program.” 
KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL SMALL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (SLCs)
NEWS FLASH

KHS PARKING CHANGES DUE TO HORIZON CONSTRUCTION
Beginning March 9, 2015, Horizon Middle School will start their construction for renovations to the school. Because Horizon is the bus hub for the Kearney Public Schools, it is necessary to relocate this hub to part of the Kearney High School south parking lot. This will affect student parking and it is important that all students obey parking procedures so they do not get ticketed, booted, or towed. Please see the shaded areas in the diagram below to see where parking is prohibited. Students are encouraged to arrive to school early so they can secure a parking spot. This parking arrangement will be in effect for the remainder of this school year and all of next school year.
KEARNEY HIGH FIGHT SONG
 
Oh Kearney High to you we’ll ever be true,
You are the best school in the land.
Your colors waving high bright golden and blue,
For you ideals we’ll always stand.
And as we onward go to fame and renown,
Our loyalty will never die.
To you we’ll sing – Our homage bring,
Oh hail to you Old Kearney High.
With a K, with an E, with a A R N E Y
With a H, with an I, with H I G H - HIGH 



 
KHS on Newsweek’s Best US High Schools
Kearney High School made the Newsweek-Daily Beast's 2014 Top High Schools in the United States. Six indicators are used to compare public high schools:  graduation and college acceptance rates, college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch and the SAT/ACT exam scores.  KHS has a graduation rate of 87.6%, college bound students 64.8%, free or reduced lunches 38.5%, SAT of 1672 and an ACT of 22.1.   Over 19% of KHS students are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and 69.6% pass the AP exams. You can find out more information at:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/features/2014/america-s-top-high-schools.html.
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