Buffett Bulletin Special Edition
April 3, 2019
Spring Hallway Sweeps!
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!
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.
Warm Weather Attire Reminder
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.
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!
"Say Yay" Staff Appreciation Program!
NJHS Induction Ceremony
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!
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.
State Geography Bee
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
Proposed High School Proposed Boundary Changes
Burke High School – Gym North High Magnet School – Viking Center
South High Magnet School – Gym Benson High School - Cafeteria
Central High School – Cafeteria Bryan High School – Library
Northwest High Magnet School - Cafeteria
North High Magnet School - Viking Center
Benson High School - Cafeteria
Bryan High School - Library
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!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
Attendance Matters - Every Minute Counts!
Fine Lines Writing Camp
2019 Summer Camp for Creative Writers
Grades 4-12, College, and Adult
Dream… Believe…Imagine... Explore…
Create…Soar... Laugh…Think…Share…Join 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.
TAGG (Together A Greater Good)
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!
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.