This message is simply to thank our parents and community for its support. I’m sure you haven’t agreed
with every decision, but I feel blessed to be part of a community that steps up to the plate like happens
in Greenback Land.
One of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart. Besides it’s inspiring message,
there’s a memorable scene in the movie where Jimmy Stewart’s character barely keeps his building and
loan open during a bank run in the Great Depression. David Schmidt and I joke that every week feels like
that scene as we try to stay open. We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of teachers, administrators,
and support personnel who have covered for each other to fill gaps. I marvel at their commitment to our
Of course, we still have some tough sledding over the next 3-4 months. We will continue to do our part
to put our students and community in the best position to keep growing and stay safe.
Have a Merry Christmas and I hope that everyone gets to have quality time with the people that matter
most to you.
Pratt Schools USD 382
Friday, December 18 - End of 2nd 9 weeks/1st semester (dismiss at 11:30)
December 21 - January 3 - No school - Christmas break
Monday, January 18 - No school (Teacher professional learning)
Thursday, March 11 - End of 3rd 9 weeks (dismiss at 11:30)
March 12-19 - No school - Spring break
April 2 & 5 - No school - Easter
Wednesday, May 26 - Last day of school
On behalf of our teachers, staff, and school board I welcome you to our district webpage. We are proud of the important work we do with kids to set them up for success and personal well-being this day, this year, and in their future.
We are small-town schools where strong relationships are an integral part of what we do—our principals know every student. Our high school students pair with elementary students (Greenback Match), providing positive leadership and building connections within our student family. Elementary and middle school students hold daily “family” meetings to foster our sense of teamwork and togetherness. Developing our students’ social-emotional strengths is an important goal because we recognize its connection to personal well-being and success both now and in the future.
Because of our size, we are still able to provide a wide variety of opportunities for our students. We have first-class arts programs (band, vocal, theater, debate, forensics, and art), a model elementary MTSS program, an enrichment program for all students, multiple career pathways with instructors in the specialties, and internship and apprenticeship programs. With our connection to Pratt Community College, our college-bound students often leave with 15-30 hours or more of college credit.
In athletics and activities, we compete at a high level—4A for most activities (3A in football). This level allows our entire student body to participate and be successful in multiple activities if they are willing to commit and work hard. But, make no mistake, you must compete with grit to be successful at our level. We have Greenback alumni on scholarship at D1 and D2 programs as well as smaller colleges, community colleges, and technical schools—both for athletics and academics. Regardless of the educational path they choose to take when they leave us, we are proud of our Greenback graduates who are positive contributors to our community and others.
We are small schools with big opportunities. We are a Greenback family. If you would like a tour, please feel free to contact our principals or myself.
Tony Helfrich, Superintendent
Pratt Schools USD 382