From The Superintendent

As we close in on the end of another successful school year we take time to pause and reflect on the achievements of our students and faculty.  We also look forward to the future and the opportunities before us.

This spring the Board of Education recognized 101 students (current and former) and staff members for a variety of achievements.  Honor Choir and Honor Band students with State recognition along with service awards for commitment to the students and families of Fremont were among those recognized.

Forty-eight seniors were recognized for their achievement of a 25 or greater score on the ACT test.  During the 2017-18 school year the District entered the second year of the ACT standardized test being recognized as the State’s accountability measurement for all juniors across Nebraska.  The Board of Education along with support from Great Western Bank once again provided funding for John Baylor’s “On to College” test preparation.  We look forward to the results this years juniors are able to achieve which will lead to advanced opportunities to attend two, four and technical colleges and be eligible for scholarships.

The Encore Campaign geared towards upgrading the Nell McPherson Theatre, which began about a year and a half ago, completed their goal of privately raising nearly $450,000 of the $610,000 project. The sound, lighting and rigging systems were replaced and upgraded to state-of-the-art systems providing a much enhanced theatre experience for the performers and the audience.  The restrooms and adjacent vestibules were also updated.  We appreciate the work of the fundraising committee made up of Dave Mitchell, Terry Sorensen, Bart Qualsett and Brian Essen.  We also appreciate the lead gift provided by First State Bank and the major gifts provided by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, First National Bank – Fremont, Sid and Patty Dillon, Blake and Tonya Dillon, Dillon Chevrolet and Les and Chris Leech.

On April 6, during a celebration of the Fremont High School Industrial Technology Department receiving a Big Red Keno Science and Technology Grant for purchasing technical measuring devices, the Fremont Public School Foundation announced a major fundraising effort which moves the District to a One-to-One technology implementation in grades 5 -12.  Their goal is to raise $160,000 to be used to assist in the purchase of chromebooks to be utilized by students at the middle school which will greatly enhance the use of technology in the District.  With much of the curriculum now being delivered via technology and subscriptions the Foundation’s effort will allow for the implementation to occur well in advance of the timeline based on the District’s budget limitations.  Please take a moment to review the programs the Fremont Public School Foundation supports on their website at https://fpsfoundation.com  and consider making a donation.

This spring, on their final day of attendance, the graduating seniors will participate in a Graduation Walk.  Seniors will be bussed to their former elementary school or the middle school to have an opportunity to walk the halls in their caps and gowns.  They will be afforded an opportunity visit their former teachers and to serve as role models for the students in their former buildings. This will be great way to help them celebrate their achievement of graduation and provide a goal for future Fremont High School graduates.

We have much to be thankful for and celebrate!  Have a great, safe summer!

FREMONT BOARD of EDUCATION GOALS

Graduation / Dropout Rates
Fremont Public Schools will achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by the graduating class of 2018 across all populations.

Career Technical Education
Fremont Public Schools will research and develop career-ready programs that best serve the students of Fremont Public Schools while partnering with local businesses and industry.

Student Grading Policy Revision
Through a collaborative process, develop a researched based grading practice PreK-12 that focuses on student learning and is based on content alignment to learning standards.

Student Achievement
Fremont Public Schools will increase student performance for all students in core curricular areas.

Increased Achievement by English Language Learners
Increase the percentage of Fremont Public School’s ELL students who are proficient in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

Budget / Finance Strategies
Develop budget and financial strategies to limit expenditure growth and maximize revenues creating a balanced budget with current funding.

Participation of All Students in General Education Programs and Curriculum
Implementation of initiatives started through the application of federal funding during the 2010-2011 school year will be continued and monitored to achieve improved performance of special education students as indicated by new state assessments, criterion referenced assessments and/or informal reading inventories. Progress will be made toward creating more inclusive classroom environments.

Development of Proficiency in Appropriate Social Skills and Behaviors
The objective of social skills training focused to assist children and youth in establishing responses to complex social situations and actively demonstrate the means of functioning in ever-changing social environments will continue.

Continuous Improvement Process-Building Goal Setting Interventions-Periodic Evaluation
The function of a district-wide systematic and documented approach in buildings and programs is to establish a clear and understood method of planning and action that provides greater accountability and understanding by and for all participants.
The administration and staff continue to work towards the completion of these goals and provide progress reports to the Board and community at their regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Please feel free to contact your school or any of the district offices if you have questions concerning a specific area.

Office of the Superintendent
Executive Director of Student Services and Business Affairs
Executive Director of Human Resources and Elementary Operations
Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Executive Director of Instruction and Secondary Operations

Superintendent Contract 2018-2019

From The Superintendent

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Superintendent
Mark Shepard

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

Fremont continues to move forward with important advances on all levels. We continue to work towards meeting the Board of Education established goals, which are reported on monthly. We are in the fourth year of a five-year implementation of PBIS, a systemic approach to establishing a positive culture throughout the District.

Based on the success of our Welding Program at the high school, the District continues to explore other opportunities for our students to pursue areas of need / interest in career-based programs. A strong emphasis is placed on dual-credit / enrollment opportunities for students in their junior and senior years of high school. The goal is that in the near future every student graduating from Fremont High School will have had the opportunity to complete at least a semester of college dual credit. Partnerships are formed with Midland University and Metropolitan Community College to ensure that our students are afforded these opportunities.

As part of the Board-established goal related to English Language Learners, the District has established a Dual Language Program at Washington School. Students in the Dual Language kindergarten and first grade classrooms will learn the curriculum in English and Spanish. The goal of the program is to increase student achievement for our non-English speaking students and provide an opportunity for our English-speaking students to learn Spanish at a young age. The program is designed as a 4-5 year pilot with expansion by one grade a year until fully implemented. In its third year, our inaugural group of students are now entering second grade. This is an exciting opportunity for our students and families!

We continuously review / upgrade our curriculum and make improvements in programs to ensure program quality and provide high-level experiences for children and youth. The District, this past year, approved a new adoption of Math curriculum materials, which will help to prepare students for their futures. The Fremont Public School Foundation plays an integral role in much of what we are involved in. Please visit their website at https://fpsfoundation.com/ to learn more about their important work and to identify ways you can participate!

We hope you find that our schools and programs exceed your expectations. We look forward to a great relationship in the education of your youngsters and invite you to become involved in their education. Attend parent-teacher conferences, join the PTA and become knowledgeable about your schools.

FREMONT BOARD of EDUCATION GOALS

Graduation / Dropout Rates
Fremont Public Schools will achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by the graduating class of 2018 across all populations.

Career Technical Education
Fremont Public Schools will research and develop career-ready programs that best serve the students of Fremont Public Schools while partnering with local businesses and industry.

Student Grading Policy Revision
Through a collaborative process, develop a researched based grading practice PreK-12 that focuses on student learning and is based on content alignment to learning standards.

Student Achievement
Fremont Public Schools will increase student performance for all students in core curricular areas.

Increased Achievement by English Language Learners
Increase the percentage of Fremont Public School’s ELL students who are proficient in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

Budget / Finance Strategies
Develop budget and financial strategies to limit expenditure growth and maximize revenues creating a balanced budget with current funding.

Participation of All Students in General Education Programs and Curriculum
Implementation of initiatives started through the application of federal funding during the 2010-2011 school year will be continued and monitored to achieve improved performance of special education students as indicated by new state assessments, criterion referenced assessments and/or informal reading inventories. Progress will be made toward creating more inclusive classroom environments.

Development of Proficiency in Appropriate Social Skills and Behaviors
The objective of social skills training focused to assist children and youth in establishing responses to complex social situations and actively demonstrate the means of functioning in ever-changing social environments will continue.

Continuous Improvement Process-Building Goal Setting Interventions-Periodic Evaluation
The function of a district-wide systematic and documented approach in buildings and programs is to establish a clear and understood method of planning and action that provides greater accountability and understanding by and for all participants.
The administration and staff continue to work towards the completion of these goals and provide progress reports to the Board and community at their regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Please feel free to contact your school or any of the district offices if you have questions concerning a specific area.

Office of the Superintendent
Executive Director of Student Services and Business Affairs
Executive Director of Human Resources and Elementary Operations
Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Executive Director of Instruction and Secondary Operations

Superintendent Contract 2018

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