Buffett Bulletin

October 13, 2021

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2022 Nebraska Teacher of the Year!

Mr. Perez, Buffett's English as a Second Language teacher, was named Nebraska 2022 Teacher of the Year today! Buffett's Library filled with the most important people in education to present the award including the OPS superintendent, Dr. Logan and Nebraska Commissioner, Matthew Blomstedt who presented the award to Mr. Perez.

Mr. Perez was one of four finalists for the Nebraska Teacher of the Year award. He began his teaching career in 2008 after earning a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

In his classroom, Mr. Perez uses engagement strategies to help his students not only learn a new language, but also learn a new culture all while still staying true to their heritage. During his media interviews today, he noted that this was the first time a Nebraska ESL teacher has won this award. Mr. Perez is honored to represent Buffett and his students. He hopes that winning this award inspires other people of color to join the teaching profession.

We are so proud of Mr. Perez, his culturally responsive approach to teaching, and his huge accomplishment! He will move on to the National Teacher of the Year competition later this school year.

To read more about Mr. Perez click here!

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Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences are here today and tomorrow.

Oct. 13-Remote Conference-You should have received a link to a Microsoft Teams meeting. Please be sure to have your student show you their SLC Powerpoint before your set time with a teacher.

Oct. 14-In-Person SLC-We look forward to seeing you! Be sure to make your first stop be the commons to pick up your student's report card and MAP scores.

What to Expect at Student Led Conference

Check out this student created video to see an example of what to expect at your in-person confeence.

Special thanks to Brayden P. and Elizabeth M. for creating this video for our Buffett Community.

Teacher Locations for Conferences

MAP Growth Fall Scores

At Student-Led Conferences, you will receive your student's fall NWEA MAP scores for ELA, Math, and Science. You will also receive a brochure to help you understand what the scores mean for your student. The video below is also a great reference if you are unfamiliar with NWEA MAP growth.

MAP scores will be mailed home along with report cards if you attend a Remote Conference or are unable to attend.

MAP Growth Family Toolkit Video
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Attention: Custom Buffett T-Shirt Ends Soon!

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STEAM Club Opportunity-NEW!

We excited to offer our third STEAM Club opportunity for our 5-6th grade students. This activity will have an art focus. Please use the link below to sign up. This registration is open to the first 20 registrations.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Using Art as a Tool for Environmental Awareness

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the large number of things people throw away each day? Do you enjoy working with your hands and creating innovative ideas? Come and check out Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! We will learn how artists have reused discarded objects to make a statement about pollution and caring for our climate. You will be invited to create your own piece using reused materials.

Please bring your creative mind to C110 (Ms. McClintock's room) on the dates listed below!
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Congratulations for Buffett's Quiz Bowl Teams

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Buffett A's Quiz Bowl Team Takes Second

Last week, ten of Buffett's 7th & 8th graders went to the Career Center to compete in this year's first Quiz Bowl competition. The students were split up into three teams including two teams of four and a combo team.

Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge. Teams had 10 seconds to answer questions in history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, math and more.

After the morning rounds, the students competed in an afternoon of elimination rounds. Buffett A's team went undefeated until the final round vs. Marrs, where they took second place. Congratulations to our Quiz Bowl teams!

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Picture Retake Day is Coming Soon!

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Reminder: No School Friday, October 15th and Monday, November 1st

The Board of Education approved changes to the 2021-22 academic calendar. The calendar modifications include additional time for staff planning and professional development, which will benefit student learning. The new calendar shifts the following days to staff-only days where there will be no school for students:

  • October 15, 2021- *Previously scheduled due to SLC conferences*
  • Nov. 1, 2021 – Teacher Planning Day

Also, note that Thanksgiving Break is a whole week off this year! Students will have no school from November 22-26.

2nd Semester Dates:

  • February 4, 2022 – Curriculum Day
  • April 1, 2022 – Professional Development Day
  • April 15, 2022 – Teacher Planning Day
  • April 18, 2022 – Articulation Day

Click here to view and download the updated calendar.

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High Five Highlight

Buffett Middle School adopted five core values four years ago that we live and breathe every day at school. These values are called the Buffett High Five. They are Be Kind, Be Hardworking, Be Safe, Be Trustworthy, and Be Your Best.

This section of the bulletin will highlight one story featuring Buffett Bobcats staying true to these values.

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Student-Led Conference Video Stars!

We need to get ready for conferences! Our parents and students haven't had an in-person conference in such a long time! Eeek! What can we do?!

Brayden P. and Elizabeth M., two of Buffett's Broadcasting students, came to the rescue! They wrote, filmed, edited, and produced the student-led conference video you see in today's Buffett Bulletin under the conference information!

The video offers an insight into what parents and students can expect at our in-person Student-Led Conferences held tomorrow, Thursday, October 14th. For many families, this video is a great review of past years. However, for many of our Bobcats and their families, the video offers them a critical look inside what middle level conferences look like.

Thanks to Brayden and Elizabeth, we can all be a little more prepared for Student-Led Conferences this week! These two students are a stellar example of what it means to Be Hardworking. We are so grateful to have them at our school!

Check out their video above in the Student-Led Conference information under the heading "What to Expect at Student-Led Conferences".

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Congratulations to Buffett Fall Athletes!

Buffett does it again with some great accomplishments in athletics across the board! This season we cheered on our Bobcats in Boys and Girls Cross Country, JV and Varsity Football, and JV and Varsity Volleyball. Congratulations to all of our teams!

Here are some highlights:

  • Varsity Volleyball - City Champs

  • Varsity Football - 3rd in City

  • Cross Country 8th Grade boys - 3rd in City

  • Cross Country 7th Grade boys - runner-up in City

  • Cross Country 8th graders girls - runners-up in City

  • Cross Country 7th graders girls - runners-up in City

  • JV Football - 2-1

  • JV Volleyball - UNDEFEATED

Go, Bobcats!

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Code of Conduct: Attendance and Tardy Policy

Access the Code of Conduct here

Buffett staff truly values the consistent manner in which parents communicate and share information
regarding student absences. This diligence helps school staff insure that all students are safe and
accounted for each day. To report a student absence, please call the attendance phone number for

Buffett: 531-299-2320, press 2 or email attendance at buffettattendance@ops.org.

See more about the types of absences on Pages 7 & 8 of the Code of Conduct.

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College Savings Scholarship

Attention students in 6th-8th grade. Do you want to learn about how you can start saving for college? Education Quest Foundation is offering an opportunity to learn about college savings plans and is offering five $200 scholarships for students who participate.

Here's how you can enter to win:

  • Participate in the guided videos and information
  • Become eligible to win

Winners will be randomly selected on 10/31, 12/31, 2.28, and two students on 4/30.

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Student Announcements

School-wide Word of the Week

We continue to focus on a word of the week.

The word of the week this week is DELINEATE: Describe in detail, represent precisely & accurately

Fermi Math League Meeting

Fermi Math League teams are meeting next Monday, October 18th in B119 from 3:10-4:10 with Mrs. Howe. Please remember to sign up for the late bus if you are a bus rider.

National History Day

National History Day students, we are meeting in Mr. Becker's room, C219, on Monday October 18th. We welcome any and all newcomers to join us!

No Place for Hate

No Place for Hate will meet on Wednesday, October 20th, from 3:15-4:15 PM. We will be planning our No Place for Hate Pledge signing week, so we need all the students we can get to help us work on this week to highlight our goals. Remember to sign up for the late bus if you need it. Questions? Contact Mrs. Tunning or Ms. McKim-Richards.

LAUNCH Leadership Meeting

Buffett is starting a LAUNCH leadership group to help build up our community of student leaders. If you think you might be interested, we are holding a small group leadership workshop after school in Mrs. McClintock's room, C110 next Wednesday, October 27th from 3:15-4:45. Come join us!

African American History Challenge is looking for a competition team!

Any student grades 5-8 interested in competing in this year's African American History Challenge please attend our first meeting on Friday, October 29th from 3:15-4:15. We will meet in B119 (8B team area). We are using the same book as last year: 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. There are study guides from the book with questions and answers that each team member will memorize for the competition in February! There are four virtual review sessions on Saturdays that competitors will be required to attend. Those dates are November 6th, December 4th, January 8th, and January 22nd. Please be sure you can commit to those review sessions before you decide to join our competition team. Email Mrs. Howe if you have any questions.

Spectator Sign-ups

Home Game Sign Ups for the Week of October 25th is on October 18th 7:40 AM – 3:30 PM. Please up if you want to attend the home games!

Please sign up today if you want to attend the game on:

Thursday, October 28th –Boys Basketball

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Upcoming Events

Student-Led Conferences (Virtual Only)

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 4-7pm


Student-Led Conferences (In-Person Only)

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 11:30am-7pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

*No school for students

No School

Friday, Oct. 15th, 7am-4:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Evacuation Drill

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 9am


Time and details TBD

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 7:30-11am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

In the morning

Girls Swim Meet

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 3:30-5pm

6143 Whitmore Street

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Norris @ Hale

Bus Evacuation Drill

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 7am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

For bus riders only

Girls Swim Meet

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 3:30pm

3802 Redick Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. King @ McMillan

Boys Basketball Game

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Hale @ Buffett

No School: November 1st

Monday, Nov. 1st, 7am-4:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

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