Buffett Bulletin Special Edition

May 23, 2018

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What a Great Year!

The 2017-18 school year comes to an end this week. This year has been full of many valuable learning experiences for students and staff, several city championships in athletics, plays, musicals, clubs, band concerts, strings concerts, and field trips, all of which helped us grow as a school. We concluded our first year of 1:1 laptops with students and learned a lot about logistics, classroom procedures and routines, and effective classroom applications to engage students in learning. We look forward to what the 2018-19 school year will bring.

Laptop Reminders

Our first ever check-in of laptops went very well. Thank you for all you did to ensure your child turned in all their school issued items.

  1. Students kept their bag and charger if they are returning to Buffett in the fall.
  2. Students should bring their bag and charger will them to Fall Orientation to receive their laptop.
  3. Check out of laptops in the fall will take significantly less time than this year!
  4. Please send your student to the main office if they found any missing items they didn't have at check-in to have fines removed or to pay for missing items.

Buffett Retirees

Congratulations to this fine bunch of teachers who after many years of hard work and service to the students of Omaha Public Schools have decided to retire at the conclusion of this school year. Pictured below are: Mrs. Brenda Franck, school treasurer; Mrs. Colleen Lux, science teacher; Mrs. Pat Bahl, lead secretary; Mrs. Sheila Turbes, ELA teacher; and Mrs. Dawn Buller-Kirke, music teacher.

*not pictured, Mrs. Sharon Jorgensen-Misfeldt
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A Letter from the OPS Research Department Concerning th 2018-19 School Calendar

Dear OPS Parents:

The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education recently approved an updated 2018-19 calendar. A few changes were made to the calendar after contract negotiations were finalized with collective bargaining groups. The most notable changes were made to increase teacher compensation in a fiscally responsible manner as well as to align teacher salaries with comparable districts to retain and recruit high-quality educators by reducing teacher contract days by 1 day.

The changes to the calendar are:

  • Jan. 4 becomes a teacher workday versus a winter break day
  • Jan. 7 becomes a student day versus a teacher workday
  • May 22 becomes the last day of school for students
  • Teachers close the school year May 23 and May 24 (one day is a teacher work day, the other day is a professional development day)

Why were these changes made to the calendar after it was already published?

We publish the calendar as soon as possible to give families ample time to plan accordingly. The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education recently finalized the teacher negotiated contract for the 2018-19 school year. In order to increase teacher compensation in a fiscally responsible manner, as well as to align teacher salaries with comparable districts to retain and recruit high-quality educators, the decision was made to decrease the number of teacher days by one.

What impact does this have on student days?

The changes to the 2018-19 OPS calendar reflects one less student day. This still puts OPS well above the state minimum requirement for student days and instructional minutes.

If you have additional questions regarding changes, please contact the Research Department at (531) 299-0226.

Thank you for your continued support of Omaha Public Schools.


Scott SchmidtBonnie,

Director of Research

Omaha Public Schools

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PTO Buys Water Dispensors

Thank you so much to our ever-generous PTO for the purchase of these water dispensers. Our students and staff appreciate it and plan to stay healthy and hydrated.
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Important Information on Student Lockers - Final Two Days of School

Students will not have access to their lockers during the last two days of school, Thursday and Friday May 24th & 25th. All materials/supplies will be sent home by Wednesday, May 23rd. For the last two days of school, students may bring their cell phones but they must be turned off/powered off and remain in the student's possession. No other electronics or devices should be brought to school. Any items brought to school will be labeled and kept in the team areas. Lunches will either be carried or left with their 5/6 teachers. Students may bring a pen/pencil for finals.

2018 Final Exam Schedule

The Final Exam Schedule is as follows:
  • May 24th and 25th - Grades 5, 6, 7
  • May 23rd and 24th - Grade 8

May Special Events


Rotary Honor Roll

The best of the best 8th graders in the Omaha area were honored at this year's Rotary Honor Roll Luncheon on Thursday, May 10.

The 2018 class of Buffett Rotary Students includes: Bryce J., David S., Arnav P., Kaden H., Shasha R., Carolyn K., Ella E., Brooke V., Taya B., Megan C., Aniah W., Madalyn S., Alexis C., Alessandra M., & Emily L.

Congratulations on this high honor and good luck with all your future endeavors.

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8th Grade Recognition Night

Eighth Grade Recognition Night was held on Thursday, May 17th. The evening began with social time in the commons and the formal ceremony took place in the gymnasium. The purpose of this evening is to celebrate our departing 8th grade class. Best of luck in High School Bobcats!

Scholars Tour Omaha

Seventh grade OPS Scholars took a trip called "Tour of Omaha" on Thursday, May 3rd. Each year, Scholars are able to learn about the history of and future plans for the city of Omaha. Pictured below: students touring Hot Shops downtown, meeting local artists and learning about their craft.
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Band & Strings Concert

The last concert of the year did not disappoint. Thanks to Mr. Myre, Mr. Miller and the whole music department for all their efforts at this year's musical concerts.
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5th Grade Zoo Field Trip

On Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, 5th grade Buffett students visited the zoo. A great time was had by all!

Ribbon Tying Activity

Peyton R., Brejea G., and Jake G., three socially conscientious 8th graders, planned an activity to bring attention to and honor the victims of recent school shootings. All students tied a ribbon to the fence on the northwest corner of Buffett's campus. We are very proud of the work these students completed to create this meaningful experience for our students.

ACP Goes Bowling

Buffett ACP students enjoyed some time bowling to celebrate the end of the school year. A fun time was had by all!
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Buffett ended this year with five city championships: 7th grade girls cross country, 7th grade girls swimming, 8th grade boys swimming, girls soccer and 7th grade boys track. We also had many 2nds and 3rds at the end of the seasons.

As for our students, their gain was much more than just a ribbon or a title. Some of our students had an opportunity to try a new sport for the first time. Some had their first opportunity to be a part of a team. Some had a chance to shine as an individual in their sport. Some students had a chance to show a different side of themselves other than their classroom or academic side. Students had chances to learn how to win gracefully and to lose gracefully. They learned how to be good sports. They learned how to share the spotlight, and in some cases, be the one in the spotlight. All of the student athletes benefited from having another adult in their life who helped to mentor them, coach them, be a role model for them and be another hero in their lives. It was a great year to be a Bobcat!


It was a successful end to the track season for both the boys and girls track teams. The 7th grade girls finished 2nd, while the 8th grade girls finished 3rd. The 7th grade boys were city champions! The 8th grade boys finished...

While we are proud of all the runners, throwers, and jumpers that contributed to these finishing places, we'd like to highlight a few city champions:

High Jump-Alyssa P.
200 & 400m-Jessica W.
Medley Relay (8th grade)-Jeannine M., Natalie, Dani, Megan
Long Jump-Kieran H.
800m-Kayla P.
Medley Relay (7th grade)-Venicia, Chloe, Courtney, Kayla P.
Triple Jump-Hannah A .
300m Hurdles-MaKayla T.
800m-Ben P.
300m Hurdles-Jason I.
Medley Relay (8th grade)-Sean S., Caden N., Jackson P., Jason I.
Medley Relay (7th grade)-Josh H., August R., Tony G., Ben P.
Discus-Carter S.
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What a great end to the soccer season! Buffett Lady Bobcats remain undefeated since 2016! That is simply and amazing accomplishment! Congratulations to the coaches and athletes for continuing such a strong showing this season in soccer.
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The lacrosse teams continue to show improvement as they work to close up the 2018 season. Good luck on your remaining games!

May Students of Distinction

Students of Distinction are chosen monthly by their team teachers. Each team chooses two students that exemplify the Buffett High Five: respect, responsibility, preparedness, ready to learn, and safety. Students are notified in the morning and then enjoy lunch with Mr. CK, a parent or guardian, and a friend.

Grade 5

5A: Fisher L. & Iyanna W.
5B: Carina H. & Andrew C.
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Grade 6

6A: Emma H. Breanna S., & Grace R.
6B: Brielle W. & Katelyn F.
Pictured due to absence in April: Imrane M., Wesley H.,

ACP: Abby S.
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Grade 7

7A: Hannah C. & Caylee D.
7B: Vivian C. & Nathan J.
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Grade 8

8A: Tamera G. & Will F.
8B: Jeremiah F. & Jilliane F.
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Say Yay!

Buffett staff members recognized in April and May were Mrs. Lisa Tuttle, Mrs. Brenda Franck, Mrs. Sheila Turbes, Mrs. Pankers, Mrs. Jorgensen-Misfeldt, Mrs. Dawn Buller-Kirke, Mrs. Christopher Crawford, Ms. Jen Moyer,

Congratulations to each of them!

**If you click on each image, it will display larger for you to read what each of their colleagues wrote about them.

Important Links

Upcoming Events

8th Grade Field Trip to Fun Plex

Friday, May 25th, 9am

7003 Q Street

Omaha, NE

Last Day of Classes for the Summer

Friday, May 25th, 3pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Bobcat Camp

Monday, June 4th, 8am to Thursday, June 7th, 3pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Summer School

Monday, June 4th, 7:30am to Friday, June 29th, 11:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE