The Wildcat News

Western Hills Magnet Center - September 23, 2019

Principal's Message

Isn’t fall a great time of the year! Every year about this time, I’m reminded how beautiful the trees are and how lucky we are to enjoy the changing seasons in Nebraska. I certainly wish we could continue with the warm temperatures we have been having but I know that with the beginning of October, cooler weather is in sight. Please make sure your children are dressed

appropriately for school. Western Hills’ students go outside for recess unless it is raining, snowing, or subzero weather! Coats are a necessity for cooler weather. Thanks for your help.


Ever thought about volunteering at Western Hills? We love to have guest partners in our classrooms to read with or to practice problem solving! If interested, sign up online and contact the office. Any questions call 531-299-2240.

Parent Check In Procedure

It is the Omaha Public School District Policy that ALL VISITORS who leave the front office check in before doing so. Visitors may sign in at the front counter and obtain a visitor's badge. Staff are directed to stop anyone without a badge. We love to have visitors at Western Hills but ask you to sign in every time you visit to keep our student safe daily.

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Student Arrival

We need your help with our “early arrivals.” Students are not to arrive at school before 8:30 a.m. Our concern is one of safety for your children as there is no supervision until teachers are on duty beginning at 8:35 a.m.

Students arriving after 8:50 a.m. must check in at the office and receive a tardy slip. Attendance will be taken each day and phone calls will be made by Mrs. Heckerman. If an absence can’t be avoided, we ask you contact the school office as soon as possible by calling 531-299-2240.

Dismissal Procedure

School Ends at 4:05 PM.


STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP AT THAT TIME. THE OFFICE CLOSES AT 4:30 P.M.


PLEASE SEND A NOTE TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER AND TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE IF/WHEN DISMISSAL PROCEDURES CHANGE.


WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO PLAN AHEAD!

Interested In Paying for Lunch On Line?

Did you know you can pay for your child’s lunch online?

If you have access to a computer visit the OPS webpage. Select Parents and then select Pay for Lunch. Once you are there you can create a new account and begin.

Is there an Omaha Public Schools teacher that deserves recognition?

A great teacher can turn a geography lesson into an exciting adventure or make a passing conversation become a life lesson. Our Western Hills community is fortunate to have so many great teachers! It’s why the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award was created more than 25 years ago—to recognize those teachers who have gone above and beyond to help their students in the classroom and in life. Nominate an OPS Teacher for this award, and tell us what he or she has done that has made a difference. Make your nomination by January 15, 2020. http://buffettoutstandingteachers.org/

Attendance Matters - Strive for 95


Did you know that students who miss less than 9 days of school each year are more likely to stay engaged, successful and on track for graduation?

Scheduling Appointments and Vacations

Remember that there are about 180 school days out of 365 total days in the year. Families are encouraged to take vacations during the ten weeks of summer vacation, two weeks near the holidays, or over the week break in the spring.

Schedule appointments after school hours or on the weekend if possible. If you need to schedule an appointment during school hours, consult the school calendar to choose a day when students have the day off.

News From the Counseling Corner

Fabric Wanted!!

One of our former teachers has volunteered to sew mittens so we would have extras if anyone needs them. She is asking for old wool sweaters or fleece to use in making them. If you have any wool or fleece material sitting around your house, please send to school so we can get it to her to help keep our kiddos warm this winter.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

October's fresh fruit and vegetables are all orange! How fun is that?!?!?


Orange Fruits and Vegetables Improve Immune Function, Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease, Promote Eye Health, and More. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, including beta-carotene


10-3 peaches

10-8 sweet potatoes

10-10 oranges

10-15 orange peppers

10-17 nectarines

10-29 squash

10-31 tangerines/cuties

Students will learn interesting facts, nutritional information, and how fruits and vegetables help us to be better learners. Ask your child about what they are learning.

R.O.A.R. PLEDGE

Did you know that every morning students recite our Western Hills pledge?

I am a wildcat

I Respect people, places and things,

I Only use kind words and actions,

I Always do my best, and

I am Ready and willing to learn,

I am a wildcat,

Hear me ROAR!!!

Ask your child to practice saying the ROAR pledge and ask what the pledge means to them.

Grade 4-6 -Electives

Friday, Sep. 27th, 3-4pm

6523 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE

UNO Band Buddies - 6th Grade

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 2-5pm

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE

Each year Western Hills 6th grade band students are paired with a UNO student for a unique opportunity known as band buddies.

Thank you to Mrs. Diffey and Dr. Berke for organizing this opportunity for our band students. Student participants included:????XXXXX

School Portraits

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 9am

6523 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE. 68131

531-299-9822