The Wildcat News

Western Hills Magnet Center - November 6, 2019

Principal's Message

Thank you to all who came out and made our 1st quarter conferences a success. Out of almost 350 students we had 293 families attend over the course of the two days. We know family engagement and involvement is a key factor in student success and thank you for being an important member of your student's educational team.

We had a grand time at the Harvest Festival on October 31st. There were so many fun and creative costumes of both the staff and students. A big thank you to the PTO for putting together great games and activities for all of our students...lots of FUN was had by all!!

Second quarter is underway and we will continue to work hard each and every day to make a difference with our youngsters. Here are some ways you can help too!

+Read, read, read. Read with your child or have him or her read every day!!!

+Make home a place for learning. Set up a quiet study area for homework.

+Make school important. Insist on good attendance, respectful behavior and


+Ask your child about school each day!

+Find time tor some physical activity together: take a walk, dance to music, run or jog,

a run, ride a bike or play at the park while the weather is nice!

Along with second quarter comes cooler weather as fall turns into winter. Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for school. Western Hills students are outside in the morning before school and at dismissal. We also go outside after lunch for recess unless it is raining, snowing, or subzero weather! Coats, mittens, and hats are a necessity for cooler weather. Thanks for your help!

Also continue to check Friday folder contents, weekly papers, student folders, and assignment notebooks. All of these school-to-home communication forms help you to stay informed about your child’s education. Remember… when home and school work together, SUCCESS happens! Together we can make a positive difference in the lives of our children!

Mark your calendars….Come join us for our 1st PTO Turkey Bingo Family night on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 6 pm. Also students will be out for Thanksgiving Recess November 27th – 29th.

Mrs. Harbison

Welcome to our new 6th Grade Teacher - Mrs. Amill

Welcome Mrs. Amill! Mrs. Amill grew up in Gering, Nebraska and went to Lincoln Elementary. One of her fondest memories of elementary school is when she dressed as a pioneer and had a day at "Pioneer School". They spent the day at Chimney Rock and were able to experience life as pioneer children. As to what was her favorite subject " Writing, I have always loved expressing myself through writing." When asked about wanting to be a teacher, Mrs. Amill said, "I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My friends and I would set up a classroom and I was always the teacher. We made our younger siblings be the students and we taught them for hours!

Mrs. Amill has been teaching for OPS for 17 years. This is her first year at Western Hills. She likes the people here, "the teachers, administrators and students have all been very kind and welcoming. My class in particular has created a family environment where we look out for each other and have each other's backs!" Mrs. Amill feels her teaching super power is "creating positive relationships"-- where everyone can be themselves and accept our differences.

Outside of school she loves spending time with her family. Her kids are very involved in athletics which keeps them quite busy. She is also a lover of the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking and snow skiing. We are so glad Mrs. Amill has joined our Western Hills family this year!

Martial Arts Classes at Western Hills - Preview Class - 11/5/2019

Sensei Todd will be the Gym on Tuesday 11/5/19 to offer a "pre-view" of what the after-school class will be. Check it out!

Time: 4:15 - 4;45

Cost: Free (we will offer sign ups at the pre-view class) **official class starts 11/11

Click on the button below to access the flyer.

** Parents musty accompany children, or be present to pick them up after the class**

Martial Arts Classes at Western Hills

Click on Button to see flyer for all four classes and further information.

School Selection for 2020-2021

Click on this link to get the School Selection in English

School Selection for 2020-2021

Click on this link to get the School Selection in Spanish

Attendance Calls

The safety of the students at Western Hills is always on our mind. Each morning the teachers take attendance by 8:55 am. If your child is marked absent you will be receiving a phone call from the office to confirm their absence. To prevent an attendance phone call, please call the office after 8 AM, students will be marked with an appropriate absence code and a phone call will not be made. Thank you in advance for your help!

Interested In Paying for Lunch Online?

Did you know you can pay for your child’s lunch online? If you have access to a computer visit the OPS webpage... Select Parents and then select Pay for Lunch. Once there you can create a new account and begin.

Is there an Omaha Public Schools teacher that deserves recognition?

A great teacher can turn a geography lesson into an exciting adventure or make a passing conversation become a life lesson. Our Western Hills community is fortunate to have so many great teachers! It’s why the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award was created more than 25 years ago—to recognize those teachers who have gone above and beyond to help their students in the classroom and in life. Nominate an OPS Teacher for this award, and tell us what he or she has done that has made a difference. Make your nomination by January 15, 2020 at

News From the Counseling Corner

Mrs. Jaeke our School Counselor is on site to help support and connect our families with community resources, and to help support many important initiatives at Western Hills. Those activities will always be found in the Counseling Corner.

Did you know we have a Zen Den at Western Hills?

We wanted to let you know about a resource we have for all the kiddos at Western Hills this year called the Zen Den. Mrs. Jaeke has moved her office upstairs into a classroom and has made a sensory room. When students are having a hard time regulating their emotions they are able to visit the Zen Den to find a place to calm down. You may see students hiding in the tent, rocking in the glider, jumping on the trampoline, using a weighted blanket or sensory tool to just name a few of the options. The kids are not "playing" they are meeting their sensory needs in order to be the best they can be. Stop by anytime for a visit if you want to check this amazing area out. Stay tuned for more about the Zen Den and what some of our sensory needs are in future editions of our newsletters.

November Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The theme for FFVP in November is healthy foods that might be served at your Thanksgiving meal. Here are the foods that will be served in November for our fresh fruit and vegetable program:

11/5 - Green Beans

11/7 - Pear Halves

11/12 - Potato Pieces

11/14 - Pomegranates

11/19 - Turnips

11/21 - Cranberries

Western Hills PTO - Activities and Information

The Western Hills PTO is always looking for interested parents to join in and support activities at our school. You will find posted here upcoming events and activities.
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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.

School Portrait - Make Up Session

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 8:30-10:30am

6523 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE

Grade 5 - Fontenelle Forest

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 9:15am-2:30pm

1111 Bellevue Boulevard North

Bellevue, NE

Grade 5 - Fontenelle Forest

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 9:15am-2:30pm

1111 Bellevue Boulevard North

Bellevue, NE

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