Buffett Bulletin

September 22, 2021

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Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences are coming up on Oct. 13 and 14.


Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 4:00-7:00 will be reserved for families requiring a remote conference option.

  • Virtual conference spots will be on a first come, first serve basis, so please consider joining us in-person if you are able.


Thursday, Oct. 14, from 11:30-7:00 will be for families to attend conferences in-person.


If you have not received an email with information about how to sign up by Sept. 27, please reach out to your student's homeroom teacher.


Omaha Public Schools encourages middle schools to utilize a student-led approach for conferences. When you attend student-led conferences, you can expect

  • To pick up your student's report card and Fall MAP scores in the commons.
  • Your student to lead you to their team area.
  • To be led through your student's reflection on their progress in each class by your student.
  • Your student to use their Powerpoint presentation created in homeroom to present their progress and goals.
  • Teachers to be available to answer any questions you have after you go through that process with your student as needed.


We look forward to seeing you and providing you support through this process.

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Supporting positive, safe student decisions at school

(letter from Dr. Logan to OPS families)

Dear Omaha Public Schools Middle and High School Families,


You may have seen local or national coverage of a social media trend that involves stealing from schools or damaging school property. Often, the vandalism involves a school bathroom. Much of the activity is posted to TikTok, a social media platform.

We are writing to make you aware and to help students make positive, safe decisions. Schools throughout the metro, including several in our district, have seen the negative effects of this dangerous behavior. We will thoroughly investigate any theft or damage to school property, following our student code of conduct and involving law enforcement partners when appropriate.

The safety of our schools is always our top priority. We encourage any students and families aware of unsafe behavior to connect with their school’s principal or call the Safe Schools Hotline at 531-299-SAFE. Thank you for your partnership and support.

Sincerely,
Omaha Public Schools
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From Ms. Wernsman: Attention Swimmers!

Please sign up if you'd like to be on the Buffett Girls' Swim Team. More information will then be sent to you via email.


Click on the link below.


https://forms.office.com/r/28gz79ggjw

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Procedure Changes for Attending Home Games

We are updating our procedures for students attending home sporting events to ensure a pleasant, positive, and safe environment for students, parents, and staff. The following are changes to our process:

  • Students are to sign up in advance to ensure adequate supervision. Only students on the game day list will be eligible to attend.
  • Students have a designated student section to cheer on Buffett athletes.
  • Students are to wear their lanyards throughout the game.
  • Students must provide their own transportation and are to be picked up by 4:45 PM to ensure all students get home safely.
  • As always, a student is welcome to come to an athletic event accompanied by a parent/guardian without signing up ahead of time.

Thank you for your support as we cheer on our wonderful athletes. Go Bobcats!

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Reminder: No School

Due to the approved new calendar dates for OPS, there will be no school this Friday, September 24th. There is also a previously scheduled professional development day on Friday, October 1st. Students will not come to school next Friday either.


See the rest of the no school dates below:


Changes Approved for the 2021-2022 Calendar

The Board of Education recently approved changes to the 2021-22 academic calendar. The calendar modifications include additional time for staff planning and professional development, which will benefit student learning. The new calendar shifts the following days to staff-only days where there will be no school for students:


  • Sept. 24, 2021 – Teacher Planning Day
  • Nov. 1, 2021 – Teacher Planning Day
  • February 4, 2022 – Curriculum Day
  • April 1, 2022 – Professional Development Day
  • April 15, 2022 – Teacher Planning Day
  • April 18, 2022 – Articulation Day


Click here to view and download the updated calendar.

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September Students of Distinction!

5th Grade

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6th Grade

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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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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A Millionaire in Bobcat Bucks!

Declan, a 7th grader at Buffett, has been saving his Bobcat Bucks for two years. On his first visit to the school store this year, he pulls out a brick of bucks carefully counted and held together with a rubber band.


Students in every grade receive Bobcat Bucks from teachers, administrators, and other staff members as part of Buffett's reward system for following the Buffett High Five. Students can use the bucks as currency at the school store, which is open every day during Bobcat Den. There are items for sale in different incremental categories starting at 3 Bobcat Bucks and increasing to 30 Bobcat Bucks. Some of the more popular items for sale are squishies, Rubix cubes, poppers, and stylus pens. Students can also buy essential items such as replacement agendas, masks, and ID holders.


"I have 240. I have been saving them since 5th grade," Declan tells us at the school store. "You're like a millionaire in Bobcat Bucks," Mr. CK exclaims! Declan scans his options, contemplating what to purchase first. He wants to buy his dad a Christmas present.


This highlights what it means to be a Bobcat. Like many of our students, Declan's character shines in this example. His collection of Bobcat Bucks means more than a purchase at the school store. It is a sense of pride that transcends these walls of our school. It shows up in all parts of life. This is true purpose of our Buffett High Five.


Declan is a terrific example of how to Be Hardworking at school!

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Code of Conduct: Access Parent Portal

Parent Portal is a great way to keep up on your child's grades at school. If you do not have a parent login, please email Darci.Watkins@ops.org to register.


Also, students have access to their grades! They check them weekly in Bobcat Den. Have your child pull up their grades from Infinite Campus right on their iPads and talk through them together.


Access the Code of Conduct here.

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I Love Public Schools Fundraiser

Have you heard? We’re raising money for Buffett's National Junior Honor Society and here’s how you can help! We’ve teamed up with Nebraska Loves Public Schools and created our very own Bobcat version of the I Love Public Schools t-shirt! The money raised will ensure that Buffett's NJHS charter continues at our school! NJHS provides our students with leadership opportunities and student input in the decisions at our school. Be on the look out for more information about how you can support the NJHS by pre-ordering your custom I Love Public Schools t-shirt starting October 1st!


Want to order a t-shirt?

It’s quick and easy to do:

● Visit iloveps.org/shop starting on October 1st

● Click on the limited edition section dropdown

● Find our school and start shopping

● Shirts will arrive 2 weeks after


Questions? Email Mrs. Howe for help

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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 RECOGNIZE which means to perceive to be the same; identify from having encountered before; know again.

Fall MAP Testing

Fall MAP testing started this week. Students will be taking the MAP test in their science, math, and ELA classes.


Math will administer MAP, Sept. 20-24


Please send your student well rested and ready to do their best!


MAP scores will be distributed to parents with quarter one report cards at conferences in October.

Ms. Hinde's STEAM Club

Attention to Ms. Hinde's STEAM club- 9/29 you'll meet her in the commons after school for some more fun. If you can't make it- please let Ms. Hinde know so that someone else may take your place because this STEAM club is HOT!!!

Game Board Club

7th and 8th grade Game Board Club tonight, 9/22, after school in room B108, sign up for the late bus if needed. Any questions, email Ms. Cornett.

LAUNCH Leadership Group

Are you a good leader? We are looking for Buffett students to start a LAUNCH leadership group that meets once a month to build their leadership skills and help change our world. Our first meeting is an invitation to a LAUNCH Live family event at Turner Park next Friday, September 24th from 5-9pm. Email Mrs. Howe if you would like more information!

National History Day (Grades 6-8)

Attention students in grades 6-8 interested in participating in National History Day competition. Are you a history buff? Do you like competitions? Mr. Becker is holding an informational meeting next Wednesday, October 7th in C219. Come learn about how you can enter this competition!
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Upcoming Events

Cross Country Invitational

Wednesday, Sep. 22nd, 3:30pm

8210 South 42nd Street

Bellevue, NE

Buffett, McMillan, Hale, King, Monroe, Davis, Bryan, L&C, Beveridge, Marrs, Morton, and Norris @ Bryan Middle

Varsity Volleyball

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 3:30pm

4606 Terrace Drive

Omaha, NE

Varsity only Buffett vs. Morton

JV Football

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 3:30pm

8050 North 129th Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Davis @ Davis

Varsity Football

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Beveridge @ Buffett

No School: Teacher Planning Day

Friday, Sep. 24th, 7am-4:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Volleyball Games

Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 3:30pm

3720 Florence Boulevard

Omaha, NE

@King

Cross Country Meet

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 3:30pm

8050 North 129th Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett, Hale, L&C, Beveridge, Morton, and Davis @ Davis

Volleyball Games

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Varsity & JV Buffett vs. Beveridge

JV Football

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Morton @ Buffett

Varsity Football

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 3:30pm

5120 Maple Street

Omaha, NE

Buffett vs. Monroe @ Benson HS

No School: Curriculum Day

Friday, Oct. 1st, 7am-4pm

14101 Larimore Avenue

Omaha, NE

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