9503 Walnut St Omaha NE 68124 402-390-6480

Sunset Hills Elementary Newsletter

September 2019

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Mission Statement

The mission of Sunset Hills School, as part of a cohesive, involved community, is to provide a quality, well-rounded education by maximizing opportunities for each learner in a safe and caring environment.

Calendar Reminder


12 Curriculum Night 6 -7 pm

17 Don & Millie’s Night 4 -9pm

20 Spirit Day

23 Picture Day


1 Comm. Club Mtg, Media 6:30pm

7-8 6th Grade Outdoor Ed

11-16 Book Fair

14,16 Conferences 4-8pm

15 Don & Millie’s Night 4 -9pm


21 Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL

25 Spirit Day

25 Halloween Parade & Parties 2:20pm

Picture Day on Monday, September 23rd

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

Every week at Sunset Hills, students are presented with a social skill of the week or an expectation of the week. School-wide expectations are behaviors that are stated positively and facilitate the teaching and learning process. It allows all staff to use the same language and establish the expectations in every school environment.

Tiger Paws are the school-wide reinforcement system used at Sunset Hills. They are a proactive, preventative plan for positive reinforcement. Tiger Paws are small yellow cards with a paw symbol on them. Students are reinforced with Tiger Paws when he or she shows safe, respectful, and/or responsible behaviors. Staff use Tiger Paws to recognize, reinforce and shape appropriate behaviors.

A quarterly assembly will be held to recognize students who have consistently demonstrated appropriate skills and/or shown improvement in practicing the 3 B’s: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Two students from each classroom will be recognized with the classroom Tiger of the Month award.

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Curriculum Night

September 12th from 6:00-7:00pm in Sunset's gym.

Please join us for this adults-only night to receive information about our Sunset Hills school community. The format of the evening will be open house style. Parent(s) will have a chance to look at, and ask questions about, various topics at school. There will be tables which focus on classroom curriculum, testing, safety, after school clubs, enrichment, PBiS and the Community Club. This will also be an opportunity to sign up for a conference time slot, for the October parent/teacher conferences. We hope to see you there!

Lockdown Drill: Thursday, Sept. 12th at 10:00am

. We will hold our first lockdown drill next Thursday morning. During this time students will be asked to remain in their classroom. No one will be allowed in, or out, of the building between 9:55-10:05am . If your child has a scheduled appointment, please plan accordingly.

Thank you. -Ms. Patterson and staff

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Battle of the Books

Attention 4th-6th Graders!

It's time to start forming your teams for this year's Battle of the Books!

Registration begins October 4th.

For more information, please visit our website.


Sponsored by Westside Community Council


Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

What is MTSS? MTSS is a process of providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress & skills are monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. The MTSS process is flexible and designed to meet the needs of all students. This process allows for a continuum of support based entirely on students’ individual needs. This support may be provided in a small group by the classroom teacher or other support staff, either within or outside the classroom.

What does this mean for my child? A key component of the MTSS process is that all children receive high quality instruction in their classroom. Universal screenings are used to review the progress of all students and are given three times per year. As a result of the screening, students may be identified as needing supplemental intervention in addition to instruction they are receiving in their classroom. If your child is identified as needing intervention you will receive notification. Please contact your child’s building principal with questions.

Nebraska Reading Improvement Act The Nebraska Reading Improvement Act became law in 2018 and will go into effect the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is that all Nebraska students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The Nebraska READS initiative emphasizes the need for kindergarten through third grade students to have access to high-quality instruction and for struggling readers to receive targeted support. Our current MTSS structure in Westside Community Schools already allows for us to meet these requirements.

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