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Tips for your Teen

POSTED: TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Summer can be a notoriously wasted three months for students. I know that mine often were.

Parents might want to share these summer strategies with their lethargic teen in order to maximize his or her time away from the classroom.

1. Champions are made during the off-season. Colleges primarily care about the "Big Three:" grades, scores and one extra-curricular. Summers are when good cellists become great, when good actors refine their skills. My tennis-playing daughter intends to master her volley before the fall. Encourage your teen to set specific, reasonable goals and then to implement intentional, regular practice to accomplish them. Your child may discover more joy and college interest from that extra-curricular activity.

2. Earn enough money now to avoid having to work during the school year. Many teens work a part-time schedule during the summer and school year. Have them work full time now and over school breaks, and perhaps only one weekend day per week during the school year. Grades, scores and one extra-curricular should pay more than flipping burgers. Have your teen work more now and less this fall, when time really counts.

3. Volunteer. Scholarship committees and selective colleges love leadership and selflessness – and volunteering can exhibit both. Encourage your teen to commit to a cause he or she believes in – volunteering at least twice a week this summer and then once a week during school. More importantly, volunteering fuels self-regard and the soul. If all teens invested in a volunteer activity they cared about, we’d have stronger, happier children.

4. Read at least three real books. Reading now should increase self-awareness, an inquisitive nature, that ACT score and the GPA. Encourage your teen to choose books that interest him or her. A trip together to the library or bookstore in search of one sounds like a great way to jump-start summer.

5. Set aside fun time with family. My junior-to-be will be leaving in about two years. So I treasure long walks together, trips to the ice cream store, games of tennis and watching movies – for my own sake but also to help ensure her summer doesn’t become too purposeful. During these times, I just try to listen, asking questions as needed.

Of course, the above is not an exhaustive list. "Tiger" parents – meaning strict or demanding – might also push teens to prepare for the ACT or SAT, work with tutors to attack academic weaknesses, keep a journal and self-publish a book – all worthy goals. But the above are basic strategies that should strengthen and rejuvenate any teen. And isn’t that the goal for this great time of year?

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John Baylor is a father, husband, author, Stanford grad, broadcaster and owner of John Baylor Prep. The mission of JBP is to help families and schools create two and four-year college graduates with minimal debt. You can listen to the John Baylor Prep Show on KHUB (1340 AM) in Fremont, KNCY (1600 AM) in Nebraska City, KLIN (1400 AM)in Lincoln, or by clicking here.

 

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Activities June 13 - 18
MONDAY--JUNE 13
 
Strength & Conditioning 6:30 AM
HS Football Camp  9:00 AM
PHS Boys Basketball Summer League 5:00 PM
Midland University Wrestling League 
 
TUESDAY--JUNE 14
 
HS Football Camp  9:00 AM
 
WEDNESDAY--JUNE 15
 
Strength & Conditioning 6:30 AM
HS Football Camp  9:00 AM
PHS JV Girls Basketball Summer League 5:00 PM
 
THURSDAY--JUNE 16
 
Aquatics workout/PCC 6:45 AM
HS Football Camp  9:00 AM
 
FRIDAY--JUNE 17
 
Strength & Conditioning 6:30 AM
HS Football Camp  9:00 AM
 
SATURDAY--JUNE 18
 
Chadron State Wrestling Camp
PHS Wall to Wall FAQ's
Wall to Wall FAQ's

1. Will the grading system remain the same?Yes the grading system will be the same.

2. How will the block schedule work? We will be doing an A/B block and an eight period day.  For example if we have a full week we will have 4 days of block and one day of 8 period day.  If we have a four day week we will have 4 block day.  If it is a three day week we will have 2 block and 1 eight period day.  Trying to keep the week balanced out so we always start a week with the same schedule.

3. If my student changes after a year what changes besides advisory group/teachers? Nothing really.  

4. Will information be sent home? I have read all the links/documents.  I will keep posting things online and as we get closer to the start of the school year I am planning on putting together an information flyer an will put an FAQ section on the website.

5. Will the advisory group work like now? Who will a parent contact be?  The advisory will be very similar to what we have now.  The major difference will be that each advisory will have a business mentor come meet with them once a month.



 
District News
Director of Nutrition Services
After the retirement of our food service director, the Plattsmouth Board of Education approved OPAA! to manage our food service operations. OPAA! is seeking a director of nutrition services that will oversee our food service operations in all buildings. If you or someone that you know is interested in the director of nutrition services position, click HERE.
Plattsmouth Community Schools-#1 District in Nebraska for Teacher Support
I am pleased to inform you that the Plattsmouth Community School District is the #1 district in Nebraska for Teacher Support. Yes, #1 in Nebraska. Go to http://www.teacher.org/state/nebraska/ and discover more about this important designation. Thank you for your support!
Blue Devil Television (BDTV) video is posted for the week of Summer 2016.
Click here to see BDTV for the week of Summer 2016. Please be patient, it may take a little while to download the video.

If you have difficulty loading the video, click here for a slideshow in pdf format.


Stay informed about District academics, fine arts, and athletics! Thank you for your support of the District.
PHS Girls are Back-to-Back-Back Champions in the State 3200 Relay
Congratulations to Autumn Graham, Lauren Mitteis, Jacinda Davis, and April Graham on earning gold medals in the State 3200 Relay for the third year in a row. It was a great team effort by all of the runners!
2016 PHS District Music Contest Results

Our students performed very well at the recent District Music Contest that was held in Blair. Jazz One, Mixed Chorus I, and the Sapphire and Ice Choir received the highest score of 1+. Please click here for more results and information from our directors, as well as pictures. Go Big Blue!!!!

PHS Culinary Students Earn 1st Place at 2016 State FCCLA Competition
Congratulations to the Plattsmouth High School culinary team of Kassondra Rhea, Heven Burkhardt & Becca Leonhardt for earning first place at the 2016 State Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition. They qualified for the national competition.
Samuel Babe Earns 2016 NE Young Artist Award for Music
Congratulations to Plattsmouth High School student Samuel Babe for earning the 2016 Nebraska Young Artist Award for Music from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts! Click here and discover more.
High School Destination Imagination Team Qualifies for Global Finals
Congratulations to the high school Destination Imagination team of Zach Prall, Lucas Powell, Nolan Randall, Trinity Mott, Josie Ptacek, Alex Reynolds, and Riley Fitzpatrick for earning first place at State. The team qualified for Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. The competition is scheduled for May 23-29
AdvancED District Accreditation-THANK YOU!
Josh St. Louis, AdvancED external team member said:
 
I had a great time observing your classrooms and engaging in conversation with all stakeholders. You have great leadership throughout the district, starting with your office and extending to all sites. The tone of all conversations was respectful, and it was clear through those conversations that everyone's focus is on what is best for students. You have much to be proud of in your schools and community!” 

Plattsmouth Community Schools (PCS) currently has district accreditation for our education programs through an international organization known as AdvancED. We utilize AdvancED for school and district improvement. More information is available at http://www.advanc-ed.org/.
 
Every five years, an external review team visits our district and assists with identifying strengths and areas in need of improvement. Our external visit was held from Mar. 6-9, 2016. On March 9, 2016, we received an exit report that contained a brief overview of strengths and areas for improvement. A full report should be delivered in April.
 
While the external team was here, they interviewed 293 stakeholders (community members, students, Board members, teachers, administrators, and other staff members). Thank you to everyone that assisted with our review. Your honest input helped communicate our strengths and areas for growth, as we continue on a path of continuous improvement. The external team is recommending that PCS be approved for District accreditation.
 
Keep up the great work. Go Big Blue!

Educationally yours,


Superintendent Dr. Richard E. Hasty
2014-2015 Annual Report and State of the Schools Report
The 2014-2015 Annual Report for the Plattsmouth Community Schools (PCS) is available by clicking here. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, click on the Let's Talk tab that is located on the right side of this page. For more information about PCS or other districts in Nebraska, click here for the 2014-2015 State of the Schools Report.
Budget Planning for the 2016-17 Year
The Plattsmouth Community School District will use program-based budgeting to plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The process provides a mechanism for establishing and funding the highest priorities for our district. Our goal is to focus attention on programs & services that have a consistent track record of assisting the district in meeting the mission & goals. To discover more about program-based budgeting, including how you can be a part of the process, click here. Thank you for your support of the district.
PCS Calendars

2016-2017 Calendar
On Dec. 14, 2015, the Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 PCS calendar. The calendar is available by clicking here.

2015-2016 Calendar
The 2015-2016 PCS calendar is available by clicking here or under the Parents tab at the top of the page.
PLATTSMOUTH COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ............ A WISE CHOICE!
Click here to learn more about what we have to offer!                                                               Activities Schedules: Check out District activities schedules at www.easternmidconference.org by clicking here.
State of the Schools Report: Click here to access the PCS State of the Schools Report.
Plattsmouth Activities Complex for Kids (PACK): Click here for PACK information.
Upcoming Events
7/11/2016
- Regular Board Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
8/3/2016
Repeating Event - New Teachers Report
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8/4/2016
Repeating Event - New Teachers Report
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8/5/2016
Repeating Event - New Teachers Report
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8/8/2016
Repeating Event - New Teachers Report
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Regular Board Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM