Buffett Bulletin

September 16, 2020

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Spirit Week: September 21-25!

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New Club Opportunity!

Are you interested in joining a club to promote kindness and acceptance at Buffett? Do you have ideas to make everyone feel welcome and appreciated at our school? Buffett is starting a No Place for Hate group for any 5th-8th grader who wants to help spread kindness not just throughout our school, but throughout our Omaha community.

Martin Luther King said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” If this sounds like a group you would like to be a part of, our first club meeting will be Wednesday Sept. 30th, after school, 3:05-4:05 PM. We will meet remotely through TEAMS. To join or get more information, contact the club sponsors Ms. McKim-Richards (Madison.McKimRichards@ops.org) or Mrs. Tunning (amy.tunning@ops.org).

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Progress Reports

Progress reports will be mailed home this week! Keep an eye out!

You can check your child's grades on the Parent Portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact darci.watkins@ops.org in Buffett's main office. Remember that Progress Reports are a check point in the middle of the Quarter. Students still have opportunities to turn in late work or raise their grades before final grades are due. Emailing their teachers or utilizing Office Hours would be a great way to connect with their teachers and ask how they can bring up their grades.

Standards Based Grading

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Omaha Public Schools updated their grading scale. This scale is still used today. Grades used for students are based on district and state level content standards. The standards are the same across schools within the district, creating common grading practices. The grades show what the students should be able to know and do. Formative grades count for 35% of the overall grade. Summative grades count for the other 65% of the overall grade. Practice assignments do not have an effect on grades.

For more information, click here.

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How Office Hours are being Utilized

What Else Can Your Student Do During Office Hours?

Use this time for a brain break! PE with Joe is a great option to get your student up and moving in between classes. Check out his channel!
30 Minute No Equipment Home HIIT Workout | The Body Coach TV
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New Faces of Bobcat Nation!

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Brooke Jack graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She later went on to get her master's degree, also in Special Education! This Brooke's 4th year teaching. She spent the first three years of her career at Benson West Elementary teaching ACP before becoming a Bobcat.

Brooke's favorite thing to do when she is not at school is anything outside with her dog! She also enjoys spending time with her sisters and parents on the weekends. Brooke is a self-proclaimed shopoholic, specifically when it comes to buying new shoes. They are her absolute favorite thing to shop for.

Her favorite part about my job is her students! They never fail to put a smile on her face, and turn a bad day good. They are full of energy and personality. It makes doing her job that much easier! Welcome, Brooke!

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Middle Years: Working Together for School Success

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Meet Mr. Spore

Brandon Spore is Buffett's Technician. This is his 14th year with the Omaha Public Schools. Prior to Buffett, Mr. Spore worked at TAC as a systems engineer and helped Lewis and Clark and Nathan Hale middle schools.

Mr. Spore has seven kids. He loves to spend time camping with his family or attending his kids' sporting events.

Mr. Spore always has a smile on his face and is willing to help! He receives hundreds of emails or phone calls a week from students and teachers. His most common emails he gets are ones with TEAMS issues. Usually students are having trouble getting on, using the microphone, finding assignments, etc. We truly do not know what we would do without him!

He wants to remind students that if you have a broken device, fill out the Laptop Support Form on the Buffett website. If you are having issues with apps on your device, email buffettstudent-ts@ops.org.

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Tips for Assisting Your Student in Remote Learning

Refresh Apps

When apps aren't performing the way they should, your first step is to close the app completely and reopen it. To close an app, swipe the app up. Then swipe up again, to fully close apps that are open.

If closing the app doesn't work, try reinstalling the app from the Manager App.

  1. Tap and hold on the app
  2. Choose delete from the popup menu
  3. Open the Manager app
  4. Find the app you deleted
  5. Tap update/reinstall

Managing Emails

This may be a time where your students are struggling to keep up with communications. To streamline systems for our students, teachers are relying on Teams as their first line of communication.

Email does need to be used, however, especially in communications between the teacher and individual students. Here are some tips to help stay organized with communication.

How to Show Two Screens at the Same Time

Often, students may need to stay in Teams but look at an assignment, other app, or webpage while in a meeting. This video shows students how to see two different applications at the same time to make their work easier.
4-Multi Tasking on iPad Video 4
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Inside the Omaha Public Schools

Every month, Omaha Public Schools produces a publication called Inside the Omaha Public Schools. The newsletter includes a letter from the superintendent, what's happening around OPS, and parent information.

In this month's publication, Dr. Logan talked about the special school board meeting the district held. She also updated the public on the metrics they are using to inform them on the phased approach to returning to in-person school.

Here's the link to district's website where these publications are located.

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Note from Nurse Boyer

All incoming 7th graders are required by the state of Nebraska to have a physical completed after March 1, 2020. This physical can also be used for students interested in participating in athletics for the 2020-2021 school year. The state of Nebraska also requires all incoming 7th graders to have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis *Whooping Cough* booster) vaccine. Vaccine information has been updated in Infinite Campus parent portal if you have questions if this information has been recieved by the school. If you have not provided your student's updated immunization record/phyiscal to the school please have this completed as soon as possible. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me at tara.boyer@ops.org or via phone at (531)299-2321. Thank you and stay healthy!

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Family Support Center Update

Services Available at the OPS Family Support Center

The following services will be available for families:

· 1 to 1 Technology Support

· Nutrition Services to assist with meal applications and Meals2Go

· Student and Community Services

· Counselors

· Social Workers

· Student Support Liaisons

· Bilingual Liaisons

In addition to in-person supports, we have produced several videos to help families navigate district-provided iPads. To review these resources, click here.

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