The Wildcat News
Western Hills Magnet Center - January 7, 2020
Happy 2020 to all students, parents, family members and the entire Western Hills community! I was so glad and excited to see all of our students smiling faces this morning! In returning to school it also made me think…WOW…we are half-way through the school year. Second semester officially starts today. The calendar says January but I'm thankful for the not so winter weather as we start back this week! Thanks for your careful attention in making sure your child(ren) are properly dressed for the weather. We try to go outside for lunch recess daily unless the temperature is extremely low and the conditions are unsafe. Please know that we do have a small supply of coats/hats/mittens/etc in the Main Office. Check out the Lost and Found also if your child is missing mittens, hats, scarves, and other items that have been misplaced.
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been numerous communications about school selection for next year. If you are making a change of schools and need a School Choice Application, please contact the Western Hills office. All School Selection Choice forms, especially sixth grade must be returned to Western Hills by January 29th. If you have any questions, please call the Western Hills office, (531) 299-2240.
The new year is off and rolling and we are already rocking at Western Hills. In addition to regular daily instruction, students and staff are continuing to focus and prepare to take a number of assessments (district and state). Students in Grade 3-6 will be taking the MAP test beginning tomorrow through the end of January and the NSCAS Reading, Math and Science Tests in March and April. As you can see, we are very busy and we need your help to ensure students are on time and ready to learn each day! Thanks for your support! - Mrs. Harbison
Welcome to our new Librarian - Mrs. McKenzie
Welcome Mrs. McKenzie! Mrs. McKenzie grew up in good ol’ Omaha. Mrs. McKenzie attended several Omaha Public Schools for elementary school: Dundee, Boyd, Park, Field Club and Clifton Hill. Mrs. McKenzie said “I loved everything about school, I even played school every night using a big chalk board in my bedroom, stuffed animals and occasionally my little sisters. if they let me." One of her favorite things to do was to find new books to read, making new friends, and of course RECESS, where she was a kickball queen. The two subjects Mrs. McKenzie enjoyed the most were Reading and Science.
Mrs. McKenzie had always known she wanted to be a teacher but in third grade she was inspired by a teacher at her school. In total Mrs. McKenzie has been teaching for 15 years all with OPS. One of Mrs. McKenzie’s favorite things is to be able to teach students in the library, “I have a passion for books and love seeing all our Wildcats get excited about books too.” As far as a teaching superpower Mrs. McKenzie feels she can take any situation and turn it into a learning opportunity.
Outside of school Mrs. McKenzie like to spend time with her ever-busy family, attending sporting events and school functions for her two boys. On the days when she is not in class at UNO or with her family she likes reading, watching a good classic movie and listening to podcasts.
ROAR’n and Rockin’ Around the Gym
Student Drop Off
After Hours Voice Mail
Kindergarten Round-Up at Western Hills is scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd from 2:30—3:30 p.m. This event is for parents and students to attend. If you have a child who will be five years of age on or before July 31, 2020 and are planning on sending him/her to kindergarten next year, join us on the 23rd at 2:30 pm.
Please share this information with friends and neighbors in our community.
**NEW WINTER WEATHER** Late Start - Early Release
OPS Families: As winter continues, we want to remind you that we have two new options in our winter weather toolkit. The evening before a weather event, Omaha Public Schools may call for a two-hour late start or a two-hour early release if weather is predicted to affect part, but not all of a school day. We shared information about the new options earlier this year. OPS would communicate the schedule adjustment by phone call and email, so please be sure your Western Hills has your current contact information on file. Please do not block calls or emails from OPS, as you may miss important messages in the future.
After Hours Attendance Line
News From the Counseling Corner
January Fresh Fruit Program
January 9 - Gala Apple
January 14 - Kiwi
January 16 - Pear
January 21 - Tangerine
January 23 - Red Delicious Apple
January 28 - Lemons
January 30 - Mango
As always we are excited to share these nutritional snacks with our Wildcats!
Huge Thank You! Hats and Gloves
Western Hills PTO - Activities and Information
All School Field Trip - Cirque Mechanics - January 22, 2020
Did you know that every morning students recite our Western Hills pledge?
I am a Wildcat
I Respect people, places and things,
I Only use kind words and actions,
I Always do my best, and
I am Ready and willing to learn,
I am a Wildcat,
Hear me ROAR!!!
Ask your child to practice saying the ROAR pledge and ask what the pledge means to them.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE. 68131