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COVID-19 Quarantine Information

COVID-19 Quarantine Information COVID Symptom Screening COVID-19 Exposed Student-Staff.pdf Sick Student Send Home Report.pdf read more

COVID 19 Restrictions (Yellow - Moderate):

Visiting Teams:  Temperature checks prior to arrival Spectators:  75% capacity limits, masks, and social distancing highly recommended. **Restrictions may be updated as we get closer Ponca . . . read more

Apple with the Works!

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2021-2022 Elementary Student Council

Ponca Elementary Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth graders have experienced the process of campaigning and the election process to become student council representatives.  Students made campaign posters after filling out permission forms to run . . . read more

FAQ about the FOODBANK OF THE HEARTLAND Backpack Program

    2021-2022 FOODBANK OF THE HEARTLAND Backpack Program Application and Consent Form What is the FOODBANK OF THE HEARTLAND Backpack Program? While every child has access to nutritious . . . read more

Students to receive meals at no cost for the entire 2021-2022 school year!

Paperwork due by September 23, 2021

Important letter from Mr. Calahan, Superintendent, regards FREE MEALS! Application Packet for free and reduced-price meal benefits. If you want to put money in your child's account for extras, you can pay online.  On . . . read more

Safe Return to School Plan

2021-22 Safe Return to School Plan

Approved July 19, 2021   Return to School Per Federal mandate, this document outlines the plans for Ponca Public Schools as we address the status of the COVID-19 Pandemic for the 2021-22 . . . read more

Jackson American Legion Americanism Essay Awards

By Cindy Anderson

  Americanism Essay recognition awards were given to students in grades 3-6 at Ponca Public School on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, by Jane Dillon, president of the Jackson American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary and Russ Rasmussen, . . . read more

Congratulations Ponca Seniors!

Class of 2021 you will be missed. Thank you for the memories.  read more

Ponca High School to Offer Dual Credit College Algebra and Pre-Calculus

Wayne State College Math Credit

  Ponca High School is proud to announce their partnership with Wayne State College to offer two math courses that students may earn both high school credit and college credit starting in the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Sadie Voss . . . read more

Boys and Girls All-Conference Basketball Players Announced.

2020-2021 All-Conference Basketball Players Girls Basketball All-Conference Boys Basketball All-Conference read more

2020 Ponca Public School Virtual Veterans Program

Ponca Public School Virtual Veterans Program  Submitted by Cindy Anderson In honor of Veterans Day celebrated on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, Ponca Public Schools hosted a school and community-wide virtual . . . read more

Lewis and Clark Conference Volleyball Champions

Photo credit: Jim Kingsbury

Lewis and Clark Conference Volleyball Champions read more

All Ponca home varsity games in the East gym will be Live Streamed starting September 29th!

We are excited to announce that Ponca High School is utilizing the Hudl Focus camera in the Ponca High School East Gym.  This allows us to live stream our home volleyball, basketball games and activities held in the East . . . read more

Learning Management Systems at Ponca Public Schools

Teachers are encouraged to use Google Classroom for the K-6th Grade and Canvas for the 7th -12th Grade

Learning management systems (LMS) are software or web-based applications that provide a central, integrated space for educational resources, including content resources, assessment tools, grading tools, and administrative tools. They offer a . . . read more

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved FREE Lunch meals for ALL Ponca.  Public School District students. Free meals will be available through December 31, 2020, or until funding is depleted. Who . . . read more

Softball T-Shirt Order Form

Order your softball T-Shirts today!  Turn orders into the high school office by Tuesday, September 1st.   read more

Free/Reduced Lunch Application For 2020-2021 School Year!

Income Eligibility Guidelines Set

Click to read the letter from Ponca Public School Superintendent, Duane Krusemark and Application!   read more

2nd Grade Virtual Field Trip to Dr. Kramper's

  We’re Going on a VIRTUAL Field Trip Exciting news! We went on a virtual field trip to Dr. Kramper’s Farm in Willis, NE to watch sheep shearing on April 16, 2020.  Mrs. Hayes recorded Dr. Kramper . . . read more

Pre-School Registration

Incoming Preschool Information : If you intend on sending your child to Preschool next year please contact Jackson Elementary (402-755-5700).  We will send registration materials and requirements as soon as we receive your . . . read more

Ponca Public School District Plan for Remote Learning

Supporting Learning in the Cloud Ponca Public School is committed to building a solid educational foundation for all individuals by providing a quality learning environment and promoting standards of excellence. In the . . . read more

Child Development Field Trip to WSC

Ms. Beyke's Child Development 1 class recently took a field trip to Wayne State College to utilize the early childhood program's observation room. After studying cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development in preschool-aged . . . read more

HOBY Ambassadors 2020

  AREA SOPHOMORES SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM  ​​​​​​Ponca High School sophomores, Mackenzie Schram and Kennedy Harding, have been selected to attend the 2019-2020 Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership . . . read more

4th Grade Field Trip

On Wednesday, December 11th, the 4th graders toured Gene Watchorn and Julie McDowell’s Christmas Display. They would like to thank Gene and Julie for allowing their classes to tour their awesome display. Merry Christmas! read more

Opt-In to receive text messages from Ponca Public Schools Notification System!

This is only for people that are already in the Ponca Public Schools notification system!

If you are not receiving text messages from the Ponca Public Schools text messaging system (School Messenger)  and you want to receive text messages you need to opt-in!   You can send a blank text or # sign to . . . read more

May ~ Calendar ~ Lunch Menus

Ponca Public Schools will no longer be mailing out school newsletters.  Please access the new and old newsletters online each month from the Newsletter tab at the top of the school website.  The lunch menu can be found on the . . . read more

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Opt In to receive text messages from the Ponca School Messenger system

(majority of you already receive text but if you do not please do the following)

You must contact the school to have your phone number added to the school messenger system if you want to receive phone calls or text messages in regards to school alerts.  Once your cell phone number is added send a text message to . . . read more

Jackson Halloween

Jackson Halloween Jackson has trunk-or-treat so the students can show off all of their costumes.  The Jackson teachers had a farm theme. The Ponca Cooks also have Spirit!! read more

Reminder: One hour late starts every Monday during the 2017-2018 school year for professional development.

Reminder:  One hour late starts every Monday during the 2017-2018 school year for professional development.    9:10 Late Start Mondays (High school students See the Bell Schedule For . . . read more

Ponca Boys Basketball 2017 State Champions!

  Congratulations to the Ponca Boys Basketball Team and Coaches for winning the Boys Basketball Class C-2 Championship. There will be a celebration honoring the team Tuesday at 6:30pm.in the school gymnasium! read more

The Ponca Community Educational Foundation (PCEF) announces it’s 2017 Funding Opportunities for Ponca Graduates, School District Employees, and Patrons of the District.

One of the purposes of the PCEF is to promote and support educational opportunities for the students of the Ponca Public School District.  The main avenue of support has always been funding scholarships to Ponca High School graduating . . . read more

Introduction to Careers and Technology Class

Mr. Olander's Class

The Intro to Career and Technology Class at Ponca High School, consisting mostly of Freshmen students, has completed their 9 week unit on woodworking.  Each student in the class must follow a plan and completely build a small . . . read more

Boys and Girls Basketball Games Replayed on Great Plains Station

Channel 2

Ponca vs. Hartington Boys Basketball 7:00 pm Each Night Thursday March 3 – Wednesday March 9 Ponca vs. Hartington CC Boys Basketball . . . read more

We Have a Goal and We NEED your HELP!

Be sure to make arrangements to donate blood to the Lifeserve Blood Center next Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Ponca School from 9:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.  The P.H.S. Student Council is sponsoring this blood drive during Red Ribbon . . . read more

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS

If you are a non-traditional student who is returning to the classroom after some period of time in which you formal education was interrupted or you are just beginning your education at a later point in your life and you are a member of the . . . read more

HyVee Receipts

Save your Hy-Vee receipts – our school receives $1.00 for every $100.00 in receipts. Receipts must be dated August 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016.  So please bring them in to any school office. (Sorry, but we are unable to . . . read more

Elementary Supply Lists

2015-2016 ELEMENTEARY SUPPLY LISTS Click the link to access the supply lists read more

Ponca Girls Basketball Team State Bound!

  Ponca girls basketball team returns to the state tournament for the first time since 2000.  Friday evening and Saturday morning was a fun filled but stressful time as the team and coaches waited to see who would win the . . . read more


2014 All-State Chorus Members

Lexie Eifert Senior Alto I - 3-YEAR RECIPIENT Kianna Kramper Senior Alto II Keoka Zavadil Sophomore Alto 1 Alternate Rachel Bentz Sophomore Alto II Jacob Bennett Sophomore Tenor I Alisha Sullivan Senior Alto I read more

Volleyball Champions!

Ponca varsity volleyball traveled to Hartington this past weekend to compete in the Wildcat Volleyball Tournament.  The girls defeated Wausa, Wynot and Hartington-Newcastle to claim the championship.  Ponca girls increased their . . . read more

Ponca Volleyball Girls

Tri-County Conference Tournament Champions!

Ponca varsity volleyball teamed traveled to South Dakota this past week for a tournament.  The girls went 3-0 and won the Tri-County Conference Tournament.  Congratulations girls!     . . . read more

E-Funds For Schools

(Pay For Lunches Online)

The Ponca School District is pleased to introduce a new program call e-Funds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments on-line for lunches. You have the ability to make lunch . . . read more


All of snowcap school alerts have been deleted out for the new year.  This is not the school reach system we use to notify parents, students and teachers in case of school not being in session or of an emergency.  Snowcap is a . . . read more

Support Program for Families with Grieving Children

When: The 3rd Monday of each month during the school year (call to check dates) Time: Sessions run from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Children and teens are  divided by age. Adults meet concurrently. Location: Hospice of Siouxland Cost: . . . read more

Weight Room Membership Fobs Expired

Weight room membership FOBS expired, September 1, 2014.  To renew your membership see Patti Boyle in the Ponca Elementary Office or send the signed contract and payment with your child.  The cost for renewal is $120.00 for the year . . . read more

Ponca Supports the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ponca Public School Teachers, Staff and Student Groups step up to the plate to donate and accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.        read more


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Poppy Poster Recognition Awards

            Poppy Poster recognition awards were given to students in grades 3-6 at Ponca Public School on Friday, April 25, 2014, by Clair and Vera Hamar representing the Jackson . . . read more

Ponca Elementary Teachers Motivate Students

Featuring "Principal Bob Hayes"

The creative Ponca Elementary Teachers sing their version of the "Eye of the Tiger" to motivate students to do well on the NeSA test. The video features principal Bob Hayes!  The video can also be found on YouTube at YouTube . . . read more

Cheerleaders Fund Raising Project

The Ponca Cheerleaders and their Coaches, Brooke Lewon and Julie Sydow used their creative skills of fund raising!  They sold strips of tape to students and staff members to tape elementary principal, Bob Hayes to the wall during lunch . . . read more

Parents Can View Accelerated Reader Progress Online

A Parent's Guide to Renaissance Home Connect for Accelerated Reader We are bringing the classroom to your living room. Research confirms that parental involvement in a child's education is a strong predictor of student . . . read more

Marching Band Receives 1st Place

Congratulations PHS Marching Band and director, Joe Keefe!  The marching band received first place at the Wayne State College Parade Contest last Saturday, September 28th. read more

Loft Bids

You can bid to use the loft during this Thursday nights football game.  Ponca plays Wakefield Trojans.    If you would like to place a bid e-mail Bob Hayes at bhayes@esu1.org or drop off a bid at the office.  All bids . . . read more

Poppy Poster Contest Recognition

In May of 2013, the Jackson American Legion sponsored poppy poster contest recognition awards were given to students in grades three through six at Ponca Public Schools.  The following first place posters were then sent on to be judged . . . read more

Poppy Poster award winners announced

Poppy Poster recognition awards were given to students in grades 3-6 at Ponca Public School on Friday, April 26, 2013, by Legion Commander Virgil Kleve representing the Jackson American Legion and Jackson Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary. . . . read more

Ponca hosts first track meet at the new sports complex!

Ponca hosted the Lewis and Clark Conference Track Meet Saturday, April 27th!  History was made for Ponca Pubic School as it was the first Track meet held at its new sports complex. read more

Winter Awards Night

Tuesday, March 19th all winter activity participants were recognized.  Pictured are some of the seniors that were recognized.        read more

Hunter Education Class

April 8 th , 15 th , 22 nd , &29 th 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM   Martinsburg Community Hall  “Old school house”   Students must register online @   . . . read more

Student Fund Raiser to Support Ponca and Jackson Fire Departments

As one of the character lessons on citizenship at Ponca School prior to Christmas, money was collected from the students and staff to purchase teddy bears/stuffed animals for the Ponca and Jackson/Dakota City Fire Departments.  These . . . read more


Summary of Report

At the request of the Newcastle and Ponca School Boards of Education contracted, Key Concepts of Omaha, NE to conduct a feasibility study for the school systems.  You may click on the link below to see the summary of the study. . . . read more

Student Council Baking Christmas Elves Are Busy Again!

Tuesday night, December 11, 2012, when the Ponca boys and girls basketball teams hosted the Laurel Bears, the Ponca High School Student Council members sponsored their annual Holiday Cake Raffle. Twenty one beautifully decorated cakes were . . . read more


Voting Extended till December 19th.

WE NEED A PLAYGROUND! Help Ponca Elementary School Win a Power a Bright Future grant from Clorox! Ponca Elementary School needs your help to win up to $50,000 in The Clorox Company’s Power A Bright Future grant . . . read more

Website Activities Calendar

Check out the Activities Calendar on our school website.   provides up-to-date school activities and events allows you to view and print a daily, weekly or monthly list of calendar events includes a search option . . . read more

New School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House

Double click each picture to enlarge and see slideshow of additoinal pictures

(Pictures taken by Patti Boyle)     read more

PowerSchool - Single Parent Login

With single sign-on access parents/guardians can access all their children in the Ponca School District with one login and one password.  To get started, you must go to the PowerSchool Parent Portal from the school website click on the . . . read more

2012 Boys Basketball Team State Bound

Click the Ponca Staff Video link to see the Sendoff Staff Video at the end of this article

PONCA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM DISTRICT CHAMPIONS Congratulations to the Ponca Boys Basketball Team for winning the Boys Basketball District game against Oakland - Craig 46-42.  There will be a community pep rally for the STATE . . . read more

Conference Champions!

Congratulations to the Ponca Boys Basketball team and coaches for an awesome win over Winnebago in overtime to earn the title of 2012 Lewis and Clark Boys Basketball Tournament Champions.  Ponca out scored Winnebago 64-51.  The win . . . read more

Ponca High Football Order Forms

2011 Order Form  Due by September 16, 2011 Click to Access the Order Form     read more

March 11, 2011

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      REQUIREMENT OF THE  2011-2012  SCHOOL YEAR!   Starting next fall (August 2011), all Nebraska students in grades K-12 are required by law to have 2 doses of . . . read more

Texting, Cell Phones and Social Networking

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Karen Haase, Attorney at Law firm Harding & Shultz recently gave four presentations to  students, staff, administrators and parents at Ponca.  Karen gave a presentation to the 10th-12th graders in the morning, 6th through 9th . . . read more

View Slide Shows On Progress of School

2nd Phase of School Underway

Numerous Slide Shows to click through CLICK THE SLIDESHOW LINKS BELOW AND CONTINUE TO  CLICK THROUGH THE PICTURES      Fine Arts Center   August 1, 2011   June 27, 2011 . . . read more

Cookbooks for Sale

          Help Raise Money for Technology Ponca/Jackson teachers are in need of interactive classroom projectors to enhance student learning. Your help is greatly appreciated in . . . read more

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The Ponca Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Students: Mr. Duane Krusemark, Superintendent of Schools, PO Box 568, Ponca, NE 68770 (402) 755-5700 (duanekrusemark@poncaschool.org).

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