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The National Honor Society in cooperation with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, an affliate of Loup Basin RC&D, would like to encourge fans attending Burwell sporting events to recycle their plastic bottles. There will be blue recycling bins available at both schools and at the football field. Look for the recycling emblem on the bins. Thank you to all who participate in an effort to" Keep Burwell Public Schools Beautiful!"
One to One Computer Initiative
The future for our students includes a world of technology. A person does not need to look very far to see how technology has revolutionized the global society. For our students to compete it will require that they not only have the academic skills but they also have to understand and use technology. The difficult task is that our students have grown up in the world of technology and they really know of no other world. Burwell’s One to One Initiative is designed to build off that learning curve and to more thoroughly prepare our students.
Last year we started our One to One Computer Initiative, the Board of Education approved entering into a three-year lease to purchase 80 laptop computers. All juniors and seniors were provided a laptop computer for school use.
To prepare for the One to One Initiative, the school researched this initiative by visiting schools who had implemented this type of program and were provided consultation by the Educational Service Unit in Kearney. We also provided a series of professional development activities that were designed to prepare teachers to incorporate more technology into their classrooms. This summer, we had four more teachers attend this training.
In order for your junior or senior to receive their laptop computer, a required parent/student meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm in the high school library. If you cannot attend this meeting then another time will need to be arranged to go over the details of the program.
Items that will be discussed at the meeting:
1)The User Agreement that both the parents and students will be asked to sign.
2)Each student will be charged a $25 lease fee. A student fee waiver can be filled out if needed. The $25 lease fee will be used to help with additional costs associated with the program.
3)Each computer comes with three-year warranty (Think pad protection). If a computer does not work, the students will be instructed to contact the BHS technology department. The students will not pay to have computers fixed, however, the students are responsible if they are damaged.
4)Insurance on computers. The students are responsible for the computers. Coverage for the laptop computer can be covered through a parent’s home owner plan or a “inland marine coverage” could be added. Contacting your insurance agent would be recommended.
5)More information will be presented at the parent/student meeting.
Power School/Power Grade
Burwell Public Schools will once again be using the PowerSchool, a computerized student information system, to track attendance, grades, medical information, lunch transactions and more. PowerSchool offers a way for parents to communicate directly with the School and the individual teachers. It can also be customized to send grade and attendance email reports to parents.
All student information is confidentially kept at the central office in the PowerSchool system. If students or parents notice a discrepancy, in name, address, or any other information they should contact the school office at 346-4150 so that information can be updated. Likewise, if parents or students have questions about PowerSchool they should not hesitate to contact the school. Each student/parent will receive an individualized code to access their PowerSchool information.
Please use caution when approaching a stopped school bus. There is a mandatory fine and a loss of three operator's license points if convicted of a violation of the law when passing a school vehicle. Under the new Nebraska law, drivers meeting or overtaking any school bus must reduce the speed of their vehicle to less than 25 miles per hour if the bus is flashing yellow warning lights. If red signal lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, drivers approaching from EITHER direction must come to a comlete stop until the lights are off, the signal arm in retracted, and the bus resumes moving. Please remember that the Calamus Kids Preschool bus makes frequent stops to pick up and drop off students. Please be cautious as sometimes children tend to wander from the bus when the flashing stop sign on the bus is extended.
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