Buffett Bulletin Special Edition

April 3, 2019

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Spring Hallway Sweeps!

Parents/Guardians


As we approach the last months of school and with the warmer weather and NSCAS testing in full swing, our goal is to keep focus on learning and helping all students successfully finish the semester. There is a lot of instruction left and learning occurs throughout the block (bell to bell).

Students are expected to be in their classrooms before the last gong. Students who do not have a pass are considered tardy to class. Parents will be notified and students will serve an after-school detention as per administration.


Thank you for all your support as we focus on instruction!

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April Is School Library Month!

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.

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Warm Weather Attire Reminder

As the weather warms up, our goal is to keep the focus on learning and help students finish the year strong. We want to provide some reminders of warm weather attire. Your support is needed by talking to your students about appropriate school wear.


Please review the “Warm Weather Attire” power point with your student. The power point is located in the Buffett website under the Parent/Student tab.

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MTSSB - CK's Shout Outs!

Teachers have nominated students who have gone above and beyond to live the Buffett High Five! We are so proud of all of our bobcats! Special Shout outs to:



  • Sam Palfini for being kind and holding the door for students and welcoming them to class.
  • Eric Isola for his kindness in donating to the coin drive.
  • Rashaun Carodine cleaning up after the basketball game.
  • Cassie Lucas for being hardworking everyday.
  • Carter Tipler for working hard on his writing and getting published.
  • Isai Herrera using his bobcat bucks to help others buy lanyards.
  • Ellie Briggs for being hard working in reading
  • Gabe Pettigrew also gets a shoutout for his hard work in reading!
https://youtu.be/hehQjhQ4jeE
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"Say Yay" Staff Appreciation Program!

The OPS "Say Yay" program is intended to recognize, reward and thank employees who embody what it means to be #OPSProud. Each week going forward, check out this space to learn about some recent Buffett recipients. "Say Yay" for awesome Buffett employees!
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NJHS Induction Ceremony

New members of Buffett's chapter of National Junior Honor Society were inducted on Thursday, March 28th. The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.
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Metro Science and Engineering Fair

The Metro Science and Engineering Fair recently held their awards ceremony. Buffett students earned 33 category awards, 9 Special Awards, and had 3 projects in the top seven! Charlie M. (7B) and Cameron R. (8B) will compete at the Nebraska Junior Academy State Fair. Braden S. (7A) and Spencer F. (7A) are alternates! CONGRATS!

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Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to our Quiz Bowl team for their 4th place finish at the OPS Quiz Bowl Finals on Tuesday, March 26th. The final competition was held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Front Row: Joslyn S., Madison P., Arehant A., Mya B., Mani S., Andrew T.

Back Row: Mr. Daugherty, Tate G., Will N., Jaden C., Marissa W., Brayden S.

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H.O.P.E. Awards

The annual H.O.P.E. Awards were held on Sunday, March 31st at South High School. The H.O.P.E. Awards are co-sponsored by the Community Academic Achievement Awards Committee and other community organizations. These organizations with assistance from Omaha Public Schools develop and coordinate special recognition programs for students and parents.
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Spring Play

On Tuesday, March 26th, the Buffett Drama Club performed the Wizard of Oz in the Wild West. Dorthy and her friends from Oz are transported to the Wild West by one of the witches. During their time in the Wild West, they meet Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickock, and Annie Oakley. As they meet new friends, they must teach them the lessons they learned in Oz so they can stand up to the Wicked Witch of the Wild West.
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State Geography Bee

Buffett seventh grade, Jacob L. was one of six OPS students who qualified for the State Geography Bee recently. The state bee was held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Friday, March 29th. Way to go Jacob!
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OPS Open Community Meetings

The Omaha Public Schools recognizes and supports the need for planning for the future of our school district. To accommodate current and future needs of OPS students, the district held a series of meetings to assist in the development of a redistricting boundary plan to accommodate the opening of five new schools: two elementary, one middle and two high schools. The meetings took place on Feb. 13 and 14 for principals and Feb. 27 and 28 for staff, students, parents and community members.


Additional focus group meetings involving larger groups of principals, staff, students, parents and community members will take place on April 2, 3 and 4. A compilation of the boundary options created during those meetings will be presented to the broader community April 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and May 6, 7 and 8. The dates, times and locations are as follows:


Proposed South Omaha Elementary/Middle School Boundary Changes

South High Magnet School – Gym

April 16

6-8 p.m.


Proposed High School Proposed Boundary Changes

Burke High School – Gym North High Magnet School – Viking Center

April 22

6-8 p.m.


South High Magnet School – Gym Benson High School - Cafeteria

April 23

6-8 p.m.


Central High School – Cafeteria Bryan High School – Library

April 29

6-8 p.m.


Northwest High Magnet School - Cafeteria

April 30

6-8 p.m.


North High Magnet School - Viking Center

May 6

6-8 p.m.


Benson High School - Cafeteria

May 7

6-8 p.m.


Bryan High School - Library

May 8

6-8 p.m.


The information to be shared at the high school meetings regarding the new high schools will be the same.The success of this planning process requires involvement by all facets of the community and we encourage you to attend one of these meetings to share any input or concerns you may have.


After a review of all information obtained during the open community meetings, final boundary options will be presented to the OPS Board of Education for review and a final vote sometime this summer.


As always, thank you for your continued support of the Omaha Public Schools!

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Upcoming State Assessments

NSCAS (Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System) testing will begin the week of March 25 and run through April 19. Each content area will be assessed in different weeks to ensure students are only testing for one block each day.


  • No assessment will be given the week of April 8.
  • The ELA assessment will be given the week of April 15 in grades 6-8 and Math assessments in grade 5.

NO Cell Phone Policy During State Assessments

In an effort to reduce distractions and to ensure we are in compliance with Nebraska State Testing Procedures and Protocol, students will not be allowed to have their cell phones with them in a class when the NSCAS assessment is being administered. This will include any type of smart watch.


During NSCAS testing, your child will be asked to leave their cell phone in their locker during a class where testing is taking place. If the cell phone is not left in their locker or can’t be left in their locker, they can turn it in to the teacher for safe keeping for the duration of the class. Students are always welcome to leave their phone at home if neither option is acceptable.


There will be no exceptions for this procedure as the risk for a security breach due to phone usage during the test, even if a student reports they were texting a parent, is too high. Thank you for your support with this expectation.

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Bobcat Camp

Bobcat Nation could not be more excited to meet our newest Bobcats! Recently, a letter containing information about two summer programs available at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School was emailed by Mr. CK. One program is Bobcat Camp. This one-week experience is for all incoming 5th and 6th grade students. It is a wonderful opportunity to get acclimated to the middle school setting. The other program is Summer School. Please review the letter and use the links either within the letter or below to register for either or both programs.


For families that are not new to Buffett, you will notice Bobcat Camp and Summer School will be run in a slightly different manner than in past years. This is due to the district's implementation of "Transition to Success" programming that affects transportation to summer programming. The experience your child has at Bobcat Camp will not change; the offering of times and dates is slightly different. Due to this, please read the letter carefully so your registration is correct.

Summer School Registration

Summer school at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School is an opportunity for your student to improve their academic growth in reading, writing, language arts, and math. During the month of June, students can benefit from smaller class sizes and lessons that focus on hands-on learning.


The program consists of a 4-week session (20 instructional days) from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM daily from Monday June 3rd to Friday, June 28th. Click on the link below to register your child for summer school.


If you have any questions email Amye Aggen (Summer School Principal) at amye.aggen@ops.org.

OPS Swimming Lessons - Summer 2019

Registration Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019


Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM


Fees: $25.00 per session for each student. Registration limit of six students per person.


Locations: Sign up at the school where you wish to participate. Registrations are first come first serve basis.


Summer 2019 - Monday - Friday Swim Lesson Dates: Session 1 (June 3-14), Session 2 (June 17-28), Session 3 (July 1-15). July 4th is a Holiday - No swim lessons.


American Red Cross Swim Courses offered: Parent and Child Aquatics (Ages 3 and under), Preschool Aquatics / Level 1 (Ages 4 - 5), Levels 1 through 6.


*All courses are taught by a certified Water Safety Instructor along with one/ two lifeguard swim instructor aides. Class limits will vary.

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Future Blood Donor Program

Alice Buffett Magnet Middle is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive through the Future Blood Donor program. This program will introduce students to the importance of blood donation and will provide lifesaving blood products for hospital patients. Our students will have the opportunity to show leadership and help save lives by recruiting blood donors for our upcoming blood drive. Each student who recruits an adult to donate will be recognized as a Future Blood Donor with a fun gift from the Red Cross.

You can support this program by donating blood, recruiting other donors or volunteering at the blood drive. Please schedule your blood donation appointment by clicking here, by downloading the Blood Donor App, or contact calling 1-800-Red-Cross


Alice Buffett Middle School
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. We hope you will join us and help save lives!

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Attendance Matters - Every Minute Counts!

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Fine Lines Writing Camp

2019 Summer Camp for Creative Writers

Grades 4-12, College, and Adult

Write On!

Dream… Believe…Imagine... Explore…

Create…Soar... Laugh…Think…ShareJoin us!


This is our 20th year of creating Fine Lines writing summer camps for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word. We have fun with sentences, learn to play while developing poems, stories, essays, and discover creative corners of our minds that we did not know existed.


Where: Beveridge Magnet Middle School

1616 S 120th St, Omaha, NE 68144

When: June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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TAGG (Together A Greater Good)

Help raise money for Buffett's PTO by TAGGing purchases at local participating businesses! To download the app, click here.


TAGG's mobile app revolutionizes the way you can support local organizations. When you use the app at participating businesses, they will donate 5% to your favorite non-profit, school, team or other organization of choice! Through social media integration, you can influence your friends and family to take part in the social good as well. Download the app, and start TAGGING!

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Students of Distinction

Congratulations to our March Students of Distinction!


5th Grade: Dallas F., Violet H., Justin W., Eva C.


ACP: Connor N., Jada W.


6th Grade: Lewis F., Dustin N., Kailyn F., Mia B.


7th Grade: Cami H., Joseph A., Grace S., Caleb N.


8th Grade: Kyjoji H., Skylar H., Maria L., Jackson C.

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Important Links

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Upcoming Events

Staff Content Meetings

Monday, April 8th, 3:15pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Boys Soccer vs. McMillan

Tuesday, April 9th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Girls Soccer vs. McMillan

Tuesday, April 9th, 3:30pm

3802 Redick Avenue

Omaha, NE

Track vs. McMillan

Wednesday, April 10th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

No School

Thursday, April 11th, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

No School

Friday, April 12th, 7:30am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Welcome To Middle School Night

Thursday, April 18th, 6pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

PTO Meeting

Monday, May 6th, 4:15pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

8th Grade Recognition Night

Thursday, May 16th, 6:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE