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The NFHS Voice:
Parents & Adult Fans Biggest Challenge Today
Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director
Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events throughout the country has reached epidemic proportion.

When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3 percent said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.”

And the men and women who wear the black and white stripes agree. In fact, almost 80 percent of officials quit after the first two years on the job, and unruly parents are cited as the reason why. As a result, there is a growing shortage of high school officials nationwide, and in some sports like wrestling, swimming, and track and field, the shortage is severe. No officials means no more games.

If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this fall, you can help by following these six guidelines:

1. Act Your Age. You are, after all, an adult. Act in a way that makes your family and school proud.
2. Don’t Live Your Life Vicariously Through Your Children. High school sports are for them, not you. Your family’s reputation is not determined by how well your children perform on the field of play.
3. Let Your Children Talk to the Coach Instead of You Doing It for Them. High school athletes learn how to become more confident, independent and capable—but only when their parents don’t jump in and solve their problems for them.
4. Stay in Your Own Lane. No coaching or officiating from the sidelines. Your role is to be a responsible, supportive parent—not a coach or official.
5. Remember, Participating in a High School Sport Is Not About Getting a College Scholarship. According to the NCAA, only about two percent of all high school athletes are awarded a sports scholarship, and the total value of the scholarship is only about $18,000.
6. Make Sure Your Children Know You Love Watching Them Play. Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Participating in high school sports is about character development, learning and having fun— not winning and losing.

Purchasing a ticket to a high school athletic event does not give you the right to be rude, disrespectful or verbally abusive. Cheer loud and be proud, but be responsible and respectful. The future of high school sports in our nation is dependent on you. 

Taken from the NSAA News - October 2019 Newsletter www.nsaahome.org

A Message from our School Nurses

Couple of reminders ….

Sidney Public School District is a  'Peanut/Nut Aware Environment'. For our student's safety, we discourage peanut/nut  products. We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, support and  ask for your help to provide these students with a safe learning environment.

Also, for those that attend an elementary school, homemade foods are not allowed at school for classroom parties and/or student celebrations. Food brought to school for such occasions must be store-bought, store-prepackaged, and nut free products.  This includes fruit or any other food item prepared at home and brought to school out of their original package.

If you have any questions, please  contact your school's principal or nurse.

District Description

The Sidney Public School District has six attendance centers that educate approximately 1250 students in grades Pre-K-12. In addition to providing a solid foundation in the core subjects, the District also offers before/after/summer school enrichment programs for students in grades K-6, dual credit secondary course offerings, and a wide variety of extra-curricular programs. We are continuing to build a strong 7-12 Career Pathways program that allows student job shadowing and internship opportunities. Student performance has been strong as evidenced by above average ACT and state assessment scores. The District employs an excellent staff of approximately 105 teachers, 11 administrators and 42 paraprofessionals who work with students on a daily basis. 

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Sidney Public School District is excited to announce the upcoming implementation of a 1:1 Chromebook program for the 2018-2019 school year

We believe that education must enrich and enhance students' lives to foster the development of productive individuals in society.

Sidney Public Schools mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become productive citizens.

Welcome to the Sidney Public School District in Sidney, Nebraska.  We are proud that our students consistently score well on standardized tests and that our schools are recognized as exceptional education hubs.  Through Nebraska’s accountability system (AQuESTT) SPS is rated a “great” school.  

Quality teaching and exceptional learning are the focus of our enterprise.  As you navigate through our website each building link will provide you with important information about our staff, facilities, activities, and events. If you cannot locate what you are looking for, please contact us. Our helpful staff will be happy to point you in the right direction!

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Sidney Public Schools


"I love hanging out with my friends and I love my teacher the most! Miss Cole is the best.  I am excited to be in her homeroom!  My favorite class at school is reading!" 


“I love working in the High School Office as the Attendance Secretary because my job gives me the opportunity to bring information together for students, parents and staff! Every day is different with challenges and opportunities to make positive differences!”


"I want to make the world a better place not by how much knowledge I possess but by how I use that knowledge and how I will share it with the world around me!" 


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There are a number of students enrolled at Sidney Public Schools with severe food allergies to  peanuts and/or tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc.); therefore Sidney Public School District is a  'Peanut/Nut Aware Environment'.  For our student's safety, we discourage peanut/nut  products.
We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, support and  ask for your help to provide these students with a safe learning environment.   If you have any questions, please  contact your school's principal or nurse.