Supts On! – April 4, 2018

Gibbon Public Schools is taking a serious look at the protocols and procedures associated with School Safety. This serious look involves revisiting language and expectations for students and staff, reviewing information for different drills and our response to each situation, and setting the stage that being familiar with our safety protocols and procedures is the responsibility of our entire family. Students and Staff.

The past two weeks, representatives from our safety and crisis teams presented information on Gibbon Public School’s Standard Response Protocol to staff and secondary students. Our goal is to strengthen our approach to school safety while increasing the level of knowledge connected to the Standard Response Protocol. Reviewing information is the first step.

Practicing different scenarios will be our next step, and learning from each time we practice a drill will help us improve procedure and protocol. On March 28th,  we practiced our processes and protocols associated with a Tornado Drill. This went well and we are in the process of evaluating how we might improve our approach to this particular situation. In addition, we feel it is important to share with the community of Gibbon that our intention within the next few weeks is to take our students and staff through another drill focused on a different situation. Please be on the lookout for more information on our next drill.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or the school if you have any questions or suggestions on how we
might improve. School Safety is a family issue, and in Gibbon, #WeAreFamily.

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Track Meet Moved Up One Day

The Adams Central track meet scheduled for Friday has been moved up to Thursday, April 5. The meet will begin at noon.

Book Fair Starts Wednesday, April 4th!

Don’t forget!  The Scholastic Book Fair starts tomorrow in the Elementary Gym!

Calendar Changes

The Wood River Boys Golf Invitational has been moved to Thursday, April 5, due to the state-wide ACT testing for all juniors. The meet will be played in Hastings at Southern Hills Golf Course due to course conditions at Wood River. Also the Adams Central Boys Golf Invitational is Thursday, April 12, beginning at 10:00 a.m. These are both changes to the school calendar.

9th-10th Grade Track Meet Cancelled For Tomorrow

The Minden 9th-10th grade track meet scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up in the elementary gym from Wednesday-Friday, April 4-6. Purchases may be made from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday the book fair will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Come and check it out and support our elementary students.

Students Represent Well At ACTIONS Day

Congratulations to the following students for placing at ACTIONS Day competition held at Central Community College in Hastings on Wednesday, March 28: Collin Dorsynski,  Accounting – 1st, General Math – 5th, Sport – 5th; Samantha Mercer, Genetics – 1st, Chemistry – 2nd; Maliyah Rivera, Art – 4th; Brett Gillming, Electricity – 5th; Edhel Escandon, American Geography – 5th; Shelby Davis, English 1 – 5th; Nathan Allan, Art – 4th; and Cassidy Cooper, Art – 5th. There were approximately 650 students from 27 high schools that competed at ACTIONS Day, which stands for Academic Competition That Inspires Our Nation’s Scholars. Great job representing yourself and Gibbon!

Continuous Improvement – Calendar Change

The Gibbon Public Schools is committed to continuous school improvement and dedicated to raising the level of academic performance required of all students. Providing professional development where educators are trained in the areas of unpacking academic standards, creating a strong curriculum, identifying levels of performance expected of all students, and developing classroom assessments to determine that students achieve the level of performance established for them is absolutely critical in the support of this commitment.

We share this information because a change in the district calendar will take place to offer the time
necessary for quality professional development. April 11, 2018, was originally scheduled as a 1:00 p.m. dismissal for school improvement. The change, there will be NO SCHOOL on April 11th so that our education family can participate in a full-day of professional development in the areas mentioned above. We value your support and appreciate your patience while we make this subtle change to the school calendar.

Thank You!


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Boys Golf Meet Cancelled

The Amherst Golf Invitational scheduled for tomorrow, March 29, has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. There is no make-up date!

Local Scholarship Additions

The Gibbon Chamber of Commerce Scholarship (due date April 13) and the P.E.O Scholarship (due date April 18) applications are available to graduating seniors. Continue to check the 2018 Scholarship link under the Students Tab on this website for scholarship opportunities as they become available.

Additional Scholarships Available

The Gibbon Wrestling Scholarship (deadline April 13) and the Dale Wrede Scholarship (deadline April 22) are now available. Applications and guidelines may be downloaded from the 2018 Scholarships link under the Students Tab on this page; they are also located on the guidance counselor’s web page.

2018-19 Teaching Positions Available

Gibbon Public Schools is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year for the following positions:

1.0 FTE Elementary Special Education Teacher
1.0 FTE Instrumental Music Teacher
1.0 FTE Elementary Teacher
1.0 FTE 5th/6th Grade Elementary Teacher
1.0 FTE Secondary Math

Click on this link for additional information information – Teaching Positions Available.

School Board Meeting Notice


The School District of Gibbon
In the Counties of
Buffalo and Kearney
In the State of Nebraska

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the meeting of the Board of Education of Gibbon, in the Counties of Buffalo and Kearney, in the State of Nebraska, will be held on the 9th of April, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gibbon Public School, 1030 Court Street in the Distance Learning classroom which meeting is open to the public.

An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current is available at the Office of the Superintendent.

Greg Smyth
President of the Board

Lane Brown Signs With Hastings College

Congratulations to Lane Brown on signing to play football with Hastings College next fall.

GEA/Steve Van Meter Scholarship Available

An additional scholarship is being awarded to a 2018 graduating senior in memory of Steve Van Meter, former Gibbon Elementary Principal. Students may apply for this scholarship, funded by the Van Meter family, in conjunction with the Gibbon Education Association (GEA) application. This GEA/Steve Van Meter scholarship application is available under the Students Tab (2018 Scholarship Link) at the top of this page.  Seniors should submit their application to Mrs. Waddle by 3:30 pm on Friday, April 13.

Employment–Elementary Principal Position

Gibbon Public Schools is seeking a highly qualified educational leader to serve as (PK -6) Elementary School Principal for the 2018-19 school year. A job description and the application process can be found under the District Tab–Employment at the top of this page or click here for the additional information on this position – Elementary Principal.

Regional Science Olympiad

Congratulations to Mrs. Brown and all the students who participated in the Regional Science Olympiad. Gibbon placed in several events–Skyler Summers and Sidney Elliott, 2nd place in Ecology; Aly Lehn and Molly Green, 3rd place in Solar System; Bryce Schuster and Chris Breeden, 6th place in Towers; Hannah Adams and Odalis Ramirez, 6th place in Write It-Do It. Great job!

Board of Education Meeting Agenda–March 19

Board Meeting Agenda – March 19

Track Meet Cancelled

The track meet scheduled for tomorrow (March 20) at Sutton has been cancelled.

Speech State Qualifiers

Congratulations to Parker Kenton and Morgan Wadkins-Myer on qualifying for the NSAA State Speech Competition. Congratulations also to Chris and Samantha Mercer for earning medals at districts. Gibbon brought home 5 district medals. Great job!