October 20, 2021
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.
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
- 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!
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.
- 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!
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)
Halloween Free Zone
High Five Highlight
This section of the bulletin will highlight one story featuring Buffett Bobcats staying true to these values.
You Just Have to Jump In!
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?"
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!
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!
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:
- Go to eqf.org/MSrules
- 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.
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.
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.