Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011


Mike Peterson and Katie Morrow, along with OHS student Kevin Zak, presented a poster session at NETA 2011 to share their Apps2Learn project which was a 2010 NETA/Qwest Grant recipient.

Resources can be accessed via the following website:

Nebraska 90 Video Contest Finalist

Announced at the 2011 NETA Conference were the finalists in the Nebraska 90 Video Contest sponsored by Rushton Hurley and Among the eleven finalists was Claire Morrow from O'Neill Elementary with her video on Lewis and Clark created for her Nebraska History project in 4th grade.  She won a $25 iTunes gift card for her efforts.

View all 11 finalists here:

11 Finalist projects being shared and voted on at NETA 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

OHS LipDub 2011 - "I Gotta Feeling!"

Read the Norfolk Daily News article on the 2011 OHS LipDub here:

THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who helped make our "Lip Dub" an amazing success.  It was truly an event that I will never forget at OHS.  The response to this video has been unbelievable on the Internet and the kids involved showed such awesome school spirit and unity.  I have received e-mails and Facebook messages from people around the country who were truly amazed at what we pulled off.  We could not have done this without the super staff and students at O'Neill High School.  Special thanks for Mr. Brosz for allowing us to attempt this crazy event.

The 4th Period Digital Media class of Desi Pinkerman, Tasha Rowe, Hannah Janousek and Connor Peterson deserve all of the praises you can heap upon them.  They truly did something I did not think we could pull off.

Thanks for making O'Neill High School the amazing place to work that it is.
Mike Peterson

Photos from Behind the Scenes of the filming of the Lip Dub

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2011 ESU Internet Safety Contest

Congratulations to the OHS Winning Entries in the 2011ESU #8  Internet Safety Contest!
Read more here: 
Winning entries are as follows:

CATEGORY:  Video PSA ... Grades: 5-8
Winners:  David Fox & Blake Walters from O'Neill Public

CATEGORY:  Open ... Grades:  5-8
Winners:  O'Neill 8th Grade Team (captains: Ariel Lichty and Jon Marvin) from O'Neill Public

CATEGORY:  Video PSA ... Grades:  9-12
Winner:  Kasey Nicolaus from O'Neill Public

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Recess Rocks! 1st Place Winner

O'Neill Elementary's 5th graders recently entered their "Healthier Habits" Solution video into a competition sponsored by Recess Rocks and won 1st place in the Group Division.  Fifth Grade students took on the Healthier Habits Challenge in Coach Morrow's P.E. class and used Challenge Based Learning to make a difference in their family's health habits. On Monday, March 7, 2011 they were presented with a $2,500.00 check and a day of fun dance and movement activities led by Miss Kim from Recess Rocks.  The contest was part of the nationwide Recess Rocks childhood obesity prevention campaign launched by Community Health Center, Inc. in September 2010. Emily Morrow, a sixth-grader who placed second in the individual category, was also be recognized.

To learn more about this project and activities centered around it, you could visit:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

OHS Hosts Loup City Public Schools


Again, thank you very much for your time and expertise. Our staff really
appreciated your frank and honest discussion with us. It is almost like
waiting for Christmas but trying to get mom and dad to actually buy you
the present you really want. We also want to extend a thank you to your
teachers and students for how well they handled the distractions and
seemingly dumb questions and comments. Also, please pass along our
graditude to your administration for opening your school to us. It was a
great trip and well worth our time and travel. Undoubtedly, we will be in
touch more as we continue our trek to 24/7 learning.

Thanks again,
Nick Hodges
HS Principal

Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 NETA Contest Winners from O'Neill Public School!

O’Neill Public School was once again honored with several winners in the student technology contests sponsored by NETA- The Nebraska Educational Technology Association. Their projects will be featured at the NETA Spring Conference and on the NETA website. The 2011 Winners are as follows:
In addition Kevin Morrow of O’Neill Elementary was recipient of the ISTE Teacher Trek contest- an annual contest sponsored by NETA in which the winning teacher is awarded a trip to the national educational technology conference, held this summer in Philadelphia, PA.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

What Learning Today Looks Like...

A photoessay example from O'Neill Public Schools

Friday, January 14, 2011

O'Neill Public School is named Apple Distinguished School

 More photos of the day can be found at:

O'Neill High School Receives Distinguished School Award
O’Neill, NE -- January, 06, 2011 – O’Neill High School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for its successful implementation of its 24/7 Learning project.  The project provides a MacBook notebook computer to each student in grades 7-12 to enhance their learning.  Administration and staff have committed to utilizing technology to focus on the 21st century skills that today’s digital natives will need to be successful in the next stage of their lives. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that have demonstrated the highest vision of a successful 21st century learning environment.  

Steve Brosz, O’Neill High School principal says, “Our school community has been deeply involved with the learning opportunities that the 1 to 1 initiative has presented.  We feel honored and rewarded at the same time to be one of the 52 schools in the nation honored with this distinction.  Our staff has worked hard to successfully implement new technology in their content areas.  Our students have responded with great efforts in their classrooms.” The selection of O’Neill High School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. 

“Putting the technology into students’ hands 24/7 has enabled them to be more creative in the ways they express their learning.  The student projects they have created are astounding,” commented Superintendent Amy Shane.  O’Neill students and staff also have access to iPod and iPad devices to further enhance their learning opportunities.  O’Neill High School is located in O’Neill, NE, a community of approximately 3,700, with a grade 7-12 population of 340 students.  Their 24/7 Learning Initiative got underway during the fall of 2007.  

 Celebration of Student Success!

(if YouTube is blocked, you can view the video here.)

In the News...

Recording of the Award Ceremony in its entirety.  (Courtesy of Mike Peterson)