Elkhorn South High School

March Newsletter 2019-2020

From the Principal - Mark Kalvoda

From the High School Principal

In reflecting upon the first three quarters of the school year, many thoughts come to mind. The first and most prevalent thoughts pertain to how quickly this year has passed. We are wrapping up winter activities and soon spring activities will be in full swing. I would like to take a moment to offer a sincere “thank you” to all of our coaches and sponsors, students and parents for their hard-work and dedication throughout the school year. I am often amazed at how busy our young people are, as they balance a full-load of academic classes with numerous clubs, activities and sports, all while finding time to volunteer, hang-out, work part-time, and spend time with their families. I applaud their efforts and the efforts of our parents for all the coordination, support, meals and transportation. It may feel like your high-school student’s schedule runs your life, but I promise that your time and commitment will impact their lives positively in the years to come. The hard work will pay off!

It was great to see so many of you at parent-teacher conferences in February. I believe that this high participation rate is symbolic of the excellent relationship between our community and our school. I appreciate our parents taking the time to have meaningful conversations with teachers about their students’ learning. Thank you for attending to support your students and for your generous support of our teacher meals on these two evenings! Our staff greatly appreciates your thoughtfulness!

ACT and Pre-ACT Testing Day

On Tuesday, April 7th, all Juniors will take five sections of the ACT: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing. Juniors will be dismissed at approximately 1:00pm.

ESHS 9th and 10th Graders will take the pre-ACT on April 7th which includes English, Math, Reading and Science tests. 9th and 10th grade students will be dismissed at approximately 12pm.

No lunches will be served on April 7th . Seniors will not be in school on this day.

Spring dates to note:

Spring Break 3/19-3/23

ACT National Testing Day at EHS 4/4

State ACT and Pre-ACT at ESHS 4/7

No School 4/9-4/10

Prom 4/18

Please do your best to plan vacations during Spring Break (March 19th-23rd ). As we get closer to the ACT dates, I will send emails with full details. The administration and counselors work to ensure that loss of instructional time to all students is minimized during these assessments.

Dress and Appearance

As the calendar turns from a winter month to a spring month, please be mindful of your students’ attire at school. The high school dress code is truly based on common sense and social appropriateness. I have included the text here as a point of reference for you and your students. I appreciate the cooperation and conversations with your students.

Dress and Appearance - The High School dress code has been one of common sense, parental approval, and personal pride. The impressions you make are important to yourself and your school. Therefore, the students at Elkhorn South High School shall wear appropriate clothing. Clothing is not to be too tight, too short, too ragged, too bare, or so extreme as to be immodest. If a student’s appearance is such as to cause a spectacle, interrupts classroom activities, or embarrasses others, he/she will not be permitted to remain in school. Clothing with tobacco, alcohol or drug advertisements or any objectionable printing that suggests tobacco, drug, or alcohol use, are not to be worn to school… (page 5, ESHS handbook).


The junior-senior prom will be held on Saturday, April 18th at Elkhorn South from 8:30pm to 11:30pm with coronation at 10:30pm. Parents are welcome to join us for the coronation program. Our prom sponsors Deb Howorth and Jessica Fauss along with their Junior Class Board, are working hard to make this a memorable social experience for our students. Senior parents will be valet-parking and all students are expected to have their vehicle valet parked. As always, all students will be breathalyzed upon entrance. Post-Prom will be held at Elkhorn South from 12:30am-5:00am. I would like to say a special “thank you” to the many parents who are working hard to create a safe, fun, parent-sponsored post-prom celebration.

As always, please feel free to contact me here at the high school if you have questions or concerns.

Take Care,


Mark Kalvoda


Elkhorn South High School

20303 Blue Sage Parkway

Omaha, NE 68130


Senior Class Board Legacy Scholarship

Dear Elkhorn South Parents,

The Senior Class of 2019 created a scholarship known as the Senior Class Board Legacy Scholarship. The goal of this award is to recognize an Elkhorn South senior who represents our school’s values. The senior chosen will be resilient, creative, kind, hard-working, compassionate, thoughtful, ambitious, as well as involved in the activities of Elkhorn South. It is exciting that the 2020 Senior Class Board has decided to continue the Legacy Scholarship and is trying to increase the scholarship size (it has been $500 and we would like to make it $1000 per student).

Please consider donating by following this LINK TO DONATE ONLINE or checks can be made out to the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation. Please write “Senior Class Board Scholarship” in the memo of your check. All cash and checks can be given to Kristi Costello in the front office of Elkhorn South and will be forwarded to the Foundation.

We need your help to support this scholarship and the nominee that will be chosen to receive it! These donations will make a huge difference for a deserving student. Most seniors are in need of financial aid, and as seniors ourselves, we believe that this is a way to not only help a fellow student but acknowledge their character.

Since the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation is administering the payment of the scholarship on behalf of the Elkhorn South Senior Board, each donation may be tax deductible. (consult your tax advisor) The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation (Tax ID #36-3226778) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

We are extremely thankful for you taking the time to read about this the Senior Class Legacy Scholarship.


The Elkhorn South Senior Class Board


Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? Or that having a safe blood supply on hand literally saves the lives of thousands of people every day? Those needing blood could be victims of an accident or have a disease such as Cancer or Sickle Cell. On Friday, March 13th, the National Honor Society will host a SECOND blood drive at Elkhorn South. Here is the link to sign up. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=ESHSstorm

Remember students need a parent permission form, that they can get from Mr. Fauss.


For more information, contact Coach Rosenberg at grosenberg@epsne.org

April 1st - Meeting for incoming freshman football players and parents at ESHS at 6:00 in Auditorium

May 13th - Meeting for all football players in grades 9-12 for Fall 2020 and parents at ESHS at 6:00 in the Auditorium

June 1st - Team install camp begins for players in Fall 2020 Grades 10 -12. This year camp will be at the game field at Elkhorn High School register online at stormfootballcamps.com

Community Resources Night

Elkhorn Public Schools’ 2nd Annual Community Resources Night

The Elkhorn Public Schools district would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Community Resources Night. Navigating the world with a disability can be overwhelming. Although there are innumerable opportunities designed to build life skills and transition for persons with disabilities, information can be limited and access daunting. The Elkhorn Public Schools’ Community Resources Night is intended to alleviate some of that pressure. This evening is intended to put families and students in touch with the faces of these programs and provide information for the multitude of services available to persons with disabilities in the metropolitan area. The event will run in the Elkhorn District Teacher Training Conference Center located at 20650 Glenn Street in Elkhorn, NE from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. We look forward to seeing you there!


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It is the intent of the Elkhorn Public Schools to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations, operations or employment practices. Grievance procedures have been established for anyone who feels discrimination has been shown by Elkhorn Public Schools. These procedures can be obtained from the Executive Director of Personnel.

Inquiries concerning the application of the Elkhorn Public Schools’ policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Executive Director of Personnel, 20650 Glenn Street, Elkhorn, NE 68022, (402)289-2579.