Google Apps for Education—Google Classroom This year EPS is rolling out Google Apps for Education. Google Apps provide an online storage space for files that can be accessed from school or home. Google Apps for Education is not the same as a Gmail account. While Google Apps provides email at some grade levels, all students will have access to a suite of other Google products such as Google Drive, Classroom, and Calendar.
A Closer look at Google Drive – Google Drive provides online file storage so teachers can share documents and homework assignments with students. It extends the classroom learning environment by providing free word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools that can be accessed at school and home. Drive allows for collaboration among students in the classroom, within a building and within the entire District. It also allows teachers to provide discreet and effective feedback to students.
PowerSchool—the app PowerSchool is portable! The PowerSchool for Parents app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Parents can easily view each child’s progress in a single feed to check grades, review assignments and more. After downloading the app, enter 68022 for the zip code and choose search. Select Elkhorn Public Schools and then log in using your PowerSchool parent access login. This app is only available for parents of students in grades 4-12.
Lingo to Know—What’s a hash tag? Most people can identify a hashtag by the # symbol that proceeds it—but what’s it really for? Hashtags are short links on social media sites, such as twitter, that group like content. By putting the pound symbol before a word or group of words, that topic can now be searched and grouped with thoughts, comments and information on the same topic.
An Educational App—NASA The NASA App features a collection of the latest NASA content, including images, videos on-demand, NASA Television, mission information, news & feature stories, latest tweets, ISS sighting opportunities, satellite tracking and more. The NASA app is available for free on both Apple and Android devices.
Elkhorn Public Schools Policy 507.13—Internet Safety Policy was written in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Tech Savvy Parent tips are intended to inform and educate parents of technology that may be available to their students. Tips may feature apps that are educational as well as those that may be a cause for concern to parents.
Nebraska law requires children upon entry into the beginner grade, 7th grade, or transferring from an out-of-state school, to have a physical examination within 6 months prior to school entrance.
Nebraska law requires children entering the beginner grade or transferring from an out-of-state school to provide proof of vision evaluation within 6 months prior to school entrance. This evaluation is to include testing for amblyopia, strabismus, internal, and external eye health, and visual acuity.
This basically means:
- Out of state transfer students and kindergartners must get a physical & vision exam prior to the start of school. These students get the 2 sided form.
- Returning 7th graders and 7th graders transferring within the state need the one sided form that is indicated for 7th graders.
- There is the possibility that some 7th graders will be transferring from out-of-state and these students need both physical and vision exams and must also use the 2 sided form.
- Regarding the vision exam: The elements of this eye exam can be done by any health care provider (including MDs, ODs, PAs, APRNs) and DOES NOT require an eye specialist. Of course an exam by an eye specialist is also acceptable, but it is not mandatory to see one to meet this requirement.
All students in 8-12th grade and plan to participate in EPS athletics will be required to turn in an athletic physical form.
Washington Post—America’s Most Challenging Schools
EHS and ESHS were named to the “Washington Post’s” list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for the third year in a row. Across the state, only six high schools earned a spot on the list.
The list recognizes schools that have high levels of participation in rigorous coursework. Nationally, just 11 percent of approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools met the requirements to be ranked on the list.
Rankings are determined by participation in AP testing, International Baccalaureate programs and Advanced International Certificate of Education Tests compared to number of graduates. Out of the three tests considered, Elkhorn students only participate in AP Testing.
US News and World Report—America’s Best High Schools
The 2015 U.S. News and World Report list of “America’s Best High Schools” named Elkhorn High School No. 1 in the state. Rankings were based on state test scores, AP data and school diversity from the U.S. Department of Education. Only three high schools in the state were named to the list, others included No. 2 Chadron and No. 3 Lincoln East.
U.S. News & World Report evaluated government and private data for more than 21,000 public high schools across the country. The report ranked 6,517 schools across the nation – and schools were given a badge status of “gold,” “silver” or “bronze” depending upon the strength of their national ranking. Elkhorn High School received a silver badge.
“This is not an award we applied for,” said Superintendent Steve Baker. “This is an award that looks at student demographics honors those with high levels of achievement and rigorous coursework.”
Nationally, EHS was ranked No. 1,708. Schools at the top of the national list generally included charter schools or those with academic magnet programs.