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From the Desk of Mrs. Kemp

Welcome to February! We are well into Term 3 in a year that began with much uncertainty. And while there are many challenges that come from navigating through a pandemic, I have to commend our staff and students for their efforts to succeed in these unprecedented times. Please know we are here to assist in any way we can should your student be struggling. One of the articles in this newsletter talks about the importance of sleep and assisting your students with a routine that encourages sleep. Please take the time to read it as the article contains some good information, including limiting screens before bed.

As a final note, please take a moment to check your student's grades in the ParentVUE app. If you have not yet downloaded ParentVUE, please do so. We have found it to be a very useful tool in home-school communication. If you would like some assistance, we are here to help.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, February 10 - No school for students (Professional Development)

Thursday, February 11 - No school for students (Teacher Work Day)

Friday, February 12 - No school for students

Monday, February 15 - No school for students (Presidents' Day)

Friday, March 12 - End of Term 3; Early dismissal @ 12:15

Monday, March 15 - Term 4 begins



All students must Demonstrate proficiency (based on district standards) in reading, writing, and math based on one of the following assessments.


  1. 10th Grade AWA (writing)-locally administered test-this is the only way to meet the graduation requirement in writing


  1. 10th Grade Pre-ACT

  2. 11th Grade ACT College Readiness Benchmarks

  3. Millard Public Schools ELO tests in reading and math-cut scores determined locally

All assessments are currently in person. If this is a concern, you can contact Dr. Brosnan at ELBrosnan@MPSOmaha.org

Upcoming Assessments:

ELO/AWA Testing:

February 16th-February 26th

You will receive an email if your student is participating.


March 23rd

All Juniors


March 23rd

All Sophomores

College Planning

For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation:



Senior News

Students planning to participate in the graduation ceremony at their home high schools need to order a cap and gown from School Traditions

12100 West Center Road

"Right Behind Nobbies"

(402) 733-0300


Teenagers and Sleep: How Much Sleep is Enough Sleep

Teenagers and Sleep: How Much Sleep is Enough Sleep?

Most teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Teens often get a bad rap for staying up late, oversleeping for school, and falling asleep in class. But teen sleep patterns are different from those of adults or younger kids.

During the teen years, the body's circadian rhythm (an internal biological clock) is reset, telling a person to fall asleep later and wake up later. This change is likely due to the brain hormone melatonin, which is released later at night for teens than it is for kids and adults. This can make it harder for teens to fall asleep early.

Why Is Sleep Important?

Sleep is important for you to be at your best. Lost sleep can lead to poor grades, relationship problems, and drowsy driving. Falling asleep while driving can cause serious car accidents.

People with ongoing sleep deficits can have physical and mental health problems - obesity, depression, etc.

Am I Getting Enough Sleep?

Even if your teen thinks he or she is getting enough sleep, they may not be. He or she may need more sleep if they:

  • have a hard to wake up in the morning

  • have trouble concentrating

  • are falling asleep during classes

  • feel irritable, moody, sad, or depressed

How Can I Get More Sleep?

Set regular bed and wake up times. Try to stick to your sleep schedule, within an hour or two, even on weekends.

Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help you sleep better. Try not to exercise right before bed, though. Exercise can rev you up and make it harder to fall asleep.

Avoid caffeine. Don't drink beverages with caffeine, such as soda, tea, and coffee, after dinner. Nicotine (smoking and vaping) and alcohol in the evening can make a person restless and interrupt sleep.

Unwind by keeping the lights low. Light signals the brain that it's time to wake up. Staying away from bright lights (including device screens), listening to soothing music, or meditating before bed can help your body relax.

Turn off electronics. Don't use your phone (including texting), tablets, computer, or TV at least 1 hour before you go to bed.

Don't nap too much. Naps of more than 30 minutes during the day and naps too close to bedtime may keep you from falling asleep later.

Create the right sleeping environment. People sleep best in a dark room that is slightly on the cool side. Use a nature sounds or white-noise machine (or app) if you need to block out a noisy environment.


Summer School

Offering STEM, robotics, photography, math, language arts and so much more, Millard's Summer School is a wonderful place for students to stay engaged and get ahead. Students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals are also eligible for tuition scholarships.

Registration began on February 1, 2021 at 8:00 am.

Register Online at:

Current MPS Students: