Buffett Bulletin

October 20, 2021

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Couldn't Attend SLC Conferences Last Week?

MAP scores will be mailed home along with report cards if you attended a Remote Conference or were unable to attend conferences last week.


Student's fall NWEA MAP scores for ELA, Math, and Science were handed out at conferences. Families also received a brochure to help tell what the scores mean for their student.


The video below is also a great reference if you are unfamiliar with NWEA MAP growth.

MAP Growth Family Toolkit Video
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Academic Competition Teams!

Academic Pentathlon Team-NEW!

Attention 7th and 8th graders!


We are looking to start a competition team at Buffett for Academic Pentathlon. We need students with A, B, and C average GPA to join our team.

The three levels are:

  • Honor (students with GPAs of 3.80 or above)
  • Scholastic (GPAs of 3.20 to 3.79)
  • Varsity (GPAs or 3.199 or below)


As a Pentathlete, you'll participate in five different types of events.The five different types of events are the Super Quiz, Speech, Interview, Essay, and Tests of Knowledge. The theme for 21-22 is Water: A Most Essential Resource. Academic Pentathlon will allow you, as a middle school student, a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon before entering high school.


Our meeting dates for Semester 1 are:

November 12, November 18, November 19, December 16, December 17


Team Expectations:

  • Read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Review study materials in the subject areas of Art, Fine Arts, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Social Studies
  • Attend all meetings
  • Top team members at each level will advance onto the competition in the Spring


We meet from 3:15-4:45 in B119. Click below to register!

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African American History Challenge-NEW!

Attention students 5-8th grade!


Are you booked after school most days, but you still want to be apart of an academic competition team? Well this opportunity is for you!


African American History Challenge is similar to the Academic Decathlon which school districts across the country compete. The Academic Decathlon’s areas of study are language, literature, art, music, economics, and mathematics. With the AAHC, students compete on African American history from the reference book, 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and are provided coaches to help with their preparation. The AAHC is divided into two divisions; junior and senior. Students are provided with study guides and virtual study sessions to help them prepare to compete in February at a live event.


We have one in-person meeting for all interested competitors on Friday, October 29th from 3:15-4:15 in B119. The rest of the meetings are held virtually via Zoom on Saturday mornings from 11:00-12:00 PM.


You must attend our one in-person meeting on October 29th to be invited to the team! The remaining virtual meeting dates will be given out at the required meeting.


Team Expectations:

  • attend the required October 29th in-person meeting
  • review the three study guides and read parts of the textbook
  • attend the four virtual review sessions on Saturdays
  • go to the Mandatory Rehearsal for the competition on Friday, February 4th
  • Top three competitors will advance onto the competition at North High School on February 5th


Click below to register!

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

To highlight ways Buffett students can help to stop bullying, we are celebrating National Bullying Prevention Month. This week in homeroom, students are taking part in daily lessons to learn more about words like bias, bystander, ally, inclusion, and activism in an effort to broaden their understanding of other.


Wednesday, October 20, is Unity Day. This day is celebrated as a part of National Bullying Prevention Month, to show you support a world full of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Students and teachers were encouraged to wear orange to show their support for this cause.

Parent Tips for Prevention of Bullying (courtesy Common Sense Media)

5 Ways to Stop Cyberbullies
4 Signs That Your Kid Might Be Cyberbullying
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Halloween Free Zone

Halloween and other holiday celebrations at school are reserved for our elementary school-aged students. Please do not send treats, allow your student to wear a costume, or allow your student to bring their Halloween stash of candy to school. We hope everyone has a fun, safe time celebrating at home!
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High Five Highlight

Buffett Middle School adopted five core values four years ago that we live and breathe every day at school. These values are called the Buffett High Five. They are Be Kind, Be Hardworking, Be Safe, Be Trustworthy, and Be Your Best.


This section of the bulletin will highlight one story featuring Buffett Bobcats staying true to these values.

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You Just Have to Jump In!

Buffett was secretly getting ready for a big event last week as one of our teachers, Mr. Perez, was named Nebraska's Teacher of the Year! The only information we could tell our Broadcasting and Journalism students leading up to the surprise was that something important was happening and that they would want to be there to document the event. The team prepared by charging cameras and getting passes out of class. They were told to meet at 9 AM in the Library.


Kalynn, Jonae, Lily-Marie, Danielle, Josie, and Nichole walked into a room full of media professionals, all gearing up for the big reveal. At 9:15, Mr. Perez would be called down to the Library. Buffett's Media team setup their cameras and started thinking of interview questions on the spot.


After Mr. Perez was awarded the Nebraska Teacher of the Year, the media started their interviews. Buffett's media was right there alongside them. Our media team had a list of interview questions, but one brave Broadcasting student dared to ask one during the peppering of questions the media professionals were firing at Mr. Perez.


"You just have to jump in!" Mrs. Howe encouraged.


There was a millisecond lull in the questions, long enough for Nichole, one of our Broadcasting students, to jump in.


"Mr. Perez, we have a question for you over here. What would you say to our Bobcats who want to become teachers in the future?"


Nailed it.


We couldn't be prouder of Buffett's Media Team that day. They acted as professionals. They experienced what real-world media looked like. They experienced something historic happen at Buffett. They documented every moment. And they were brave. This is what it means to Be Your Best at Buffett!

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Code of Conduct: Clubs and After School Activities

Access the Code of Conduct here


Students at Buffett Magnet Middle School have many opportunities to become involved with clubs and after school activities. Student involvement fosters self-confidence for learning and a sense of
belonging. Participation in clubs and activities also offers opportunities for developing social skills while interacting with students who hold similar interests. Clubs and activities may vary slightly from year to year

depending upon student interest and sponsor availability.


Check out the updated list of opportunities on Buffett's webpage and in the Student Announcements section each week in this Bulletin!

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College Savings Scholarship

Attention students in 6th-8th grade. Do you want to learn about how you can start saving for college? Education Quest Foundation is offering an opportunity to learn about college savings plans and is offering five $200 scholarships for students who participate.


Here's how you can enter to win:

  • Participate in the guided videos and information
  • Become eligible to win


Winners will be randomly selected on 10/31, 12/31, 2.28, and two students on 4/30.

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Student Announcements

School-wide Word of the Week

We continue to focus on a word of the week.


The word of the week this week is DELINEATE: Describe in detail, represent precisely & accurately

NJHS Pumpkin Decorating Contest


NJHS is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest! On Wednesday in your BCD, students will vote for a teacher on their team to represent them in this contest via a FORMS survey! The teacher the students select will become their team's representative. The teacher will decorate the team's pumpkin and enter it into the contest on November 3rd and 4th! Students will vote for their favorite pumpkin(s) by bringing cash or coins to drop in the buckets during BCD. You can vote for as many pumpkins as you want! The pumpkin with the most money, wins. The winning teacher will get 10% of the total money raised for their team! The rest of the money raised will go to NJHS to buy Teacher Appreciation Breakfast for all teachers in May.

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LAUNCH Leadership

Buffett is starting a LAUNCH leadership group to help build up our community of student leaders. If you think you might be interested, we are holding a small group leadership workshop after school in Mrs. McClintock's room, C110 next Wednesday, October 27th from 3:15-4:45. Everyone is welcome grades 5th-8th. Come join us!

No Place for Hate


No Place for Hate will meet on Wednesday, October 20th, from 3:15-4:15 PM. We will be planning our No Place for Hate Pledge signing week, so we need all the students we can get to help us work on this week to highlight our goals. Remember to sign up for the late bus if you need it. Questions? Contact Mrs. Tunning or Ms. McKim-Richards.

Spectator Sign-ups

Home Game Sign Ups for the Week of November 1st is on October 25th 7:40 AM – 3:30 PM. Please up if you want to attend the home games!


Please sign up if you want to attend the game on:

November 2nd –Boys Basketball

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Upcoming Events

Girls Swim Meet

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 3:30-5pm

6143 Whitmore Street

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Norris @ Hale

Bus Evacuation Drill

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 7am

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

For bus riders only

Girls Swim Meet

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 3:30pm

3802 Redick Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. King @ McMillan

Boys Basketball Game

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Hale @ Buffett

No School: November 1st

Monday, Nov. 1st, 7am-4:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Girls Swim Meet

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 3:30pm

6143 Whitmore Street

Omaha, NE

Boys Basketball

Thursday, Nov. 4th, 3:30pm

1616 South 120th Street

Omaha, NE

Girls Swim Meet

Friday, Nov. 5th, 3:30pm

6143 Whitmore Street

Omaha, NE

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 22nd, 7am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 4:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

No School November 22-26
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