Blue Hill Staff <3 Public Schools

Shawlarge_Blue-Shirt-FrontThis school year Blue Hill Schools’ teachers are celebrating the public school communities by wearing an I ❤ Public Schools shirt once a month.

The shirts are part of NE<3PS (Nebraska Loves Public Schools). Their mission is to help promote the good moments of the public school systems by taking photos, videos, and making them into films.

They also sell shirts that say, “I ❤ Public Schools.” These shirts are to promote the wellbeing of public schools. The staff of Blue Hill will be allowed to wear their shirts with jeans on the first friday of every month if they so choose.

Mrs. Kohmetscher, a Blue Hill High School teacher, commented on what that day means to her, “I ❤ Public Schools Day is a time for teachers, students, and the community to celebrate public schools and education. It is neat to see teachers from other schools out in public wearing their different colored shirts.”

The I ❤ Public Schools days will be a wonderful way to promote learning in public school communities.


Construction on Catholic Hill


In May, construction crews began fixing Catholic Hill Road, because of pots holes, and many bumps in the road. Werner’s Construction Company has been working on the road all summer.

The parking problems have caused a lot dispute, because kids don’t want to have to park down the road and walk. Blue Hill sophomore, Madison Kosse said, “I have had to leave earlier for school, so I can get a parking spot, and my brothers don’t cooperate, so I get stressed.”

Students have been parking in the teachers parking lot, and teachers have nowhere to park. Senior, Sammy Tolle said, “It is hard finding parking before school, because most parking spots are taken so you have to park a couple blocks away.”

There have also been a lot of problems with trying to get to and from the school with vehicles on both sides of the streets.

The road is scheduled to be done in a couple weeks.

Traffic Safety Event

by Katlyn Brooks

On Wednesday, May 3rd, freshmen through seniors from Blue Hill, along with Silver Lake students, traveled to Red Cloud to attend a Traffic Safety event at the school. With the help of County Attorney Jennifer Benson, Crash-Reconstructionist Chris Slocum made an excellent presentation of the consequences of drinking and driving. Also, they discussed the formulas they use to figure things out about car collisions. For example, the formulas for how fast the vehicle was traveling, when the accelerator and the brakes were being pressed, and even if the driver and/or passenger(s) were wearing a seatbelt.

Following the drinking and driving presentation was another presentation by Officer Troy Schmitz about the dangers of social media.

Next, the students were brought outside to witness a controlled collision. A car was placed sideways in the roadway, while another car was driven 35 mph, hitting the parked car in the side.

Before the ride home, the students were taken back to the school for a meal of Little Caesar’s pizza, chips, cookies and bottled water.

Overall, it was a day full of both learning and excitement.

BHHS Prom 2K17

by Katlyn Brooks

Blue Hill’s 2017 Junior/Senior prom was held on April 22nd. With “Under the Sea” as a prom theme, you know it’s going to be a good one! It was a night full of beauty and fun. With pictures starting at 5 o’clock, the banquet started shortly after at about 6:30. The meal served was brisket with green beans, twice-baked potatoes, and ice cream for dessert. Sophomore servers also had a special performance for the juniors and seniors. After the meal, the students and teachers made their way to the high school where promenade would be held. Following the pictures was the dance. Overall, 2017’s prom was pretty successful, and it’s definitely one to remember.

Old School Gets Torn Down


By Johnny Bauman

On November 8th, 2016 the City Of Blue Hill put on the ballot a vote  to tear down the old school building, to build a brand new pool for the community. The city got the approval to tear down the old school and raise taxes for the 3.3 million dollar swimming pool coming to community, It will be a good replacement to the old city swimming pool, which lacks a lot of safety features and is not up to date in codes or regulations. The school building was built in 1923 and stood until January 31st, 2017, the building was 94 years old. Many teachers that went to school at that building shared stories about how school life was and what made the building so fascinating, ranging from all the steps, to the fireplace in the kindergarten room, all the way to the fun slide used as a fire escape. Current music teacher, Penny Drury who taught Music in the old school building says her “favorite memory of the old school is the old floors and the fact that the music room was on the top floor and the music would be heard everywhere, also while the water tower was being built, she and her class could watch it be built.”  However, when a town grows you have to move in with the new and be out with the old.