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Superintendent's Contract and Future Expenses.
Our quarterly edition of “OPS News” is now available online.
2016-2017 Believers and Achievers represent three OPS seniors.
Quickstart Projects - Marrs, Blackburn, Picotte, Prairie Wind and Fullerton (Planning Area C Package 1) advertisements for construction bids have been issued.
Group 1 Projects* - Educational Specifications Committee meetings continue. Negotiation of Architect Agreements on-going.
Group 2 Projects** - Recommendation for Award of Design Services was approved at the March 16, 2015, Board of Education Meeting.
Economic Inclusion – Met with several community resources and contractors to encourage bidder participation in the Quickstart projects currently being advertised for construction bids.
A complete list of news and events happening in the Omaha Public Schools.
2014 OPS High School Homecoming Dates
OPS Bond Issue FAQ
Omaha North High Senior Justin Patton was recently named to National Top 50 List by Rivals.com
Recommended facilities capital plan for Omaha Public Schools
New information regarding the registration for swimming and volleyball classes for the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year.
OPS families who have moved recently or are planning to move over the Summer must notify the OPS Student Placement Office or any OPS school BEFORE JUNE 30TH to determine transportation eligibility for the 2014-2015 school year.
Important information for parents regarding the 2014 Summer School session offered through the Omaha Public Schools.
2nd Annual Belvedere Community Health and Wellness Fair
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Congratulations to the Marrs Magnet Middle School fifth-graders who are
the first students to be inducted into Gomez Heritage Elementary’s 100%
Club for achieving a perfect score on one or more of the 2012-2013 NeSA
Congratulations to the Central HS boys basketball team!
The Eagles just won the annual Metro Holiday Tournament -- extending
their streak of consecutive tournament titles to three. (Only one other
team in the history of this event has achieved the same feat.) Three of
the final four teams in the tournament were from OPS, with Benson and
South joining Central in the semifinal round.
Belvedere Elementary student council members present a check to Habitat for
Humanity representative Aly Eveland following a fundraiser in December. During
"Nickels for Nails," students and staff donated loose change for a month,
collecting a total of $476.
the OPS Board of Education meeting December 16th, the consulting team
of UPD/Cross & Joftus presented board members with the Needs
Analysis document they created as part of the district's strategic
planning process. The document details the team's initial findings from
data-based research, surveys of faculty and staff, community forums,
focus group interviews, and classroom observations.
The district welcomed 220 attendees to the first strategic planning forum.
Norris Middle School's student council organized a fundraiser in support of South High Magnet's "Team Cara" campaign.
Mark Evans spoke about his first 100 days as leader and the district's upcoming strategic planning forums.
Students in the Native American Indian Education program formed the Young Spirit Dancers to perform traditional dances at schools throughout the district.
High school and middle school special education students worked on their flag football skills during the OPS Sports Classic and A+ OPS Fellowship Games.
Four teachers received $1,000 worth of classroom supplies through OfficeMax's "A Day Made Better" program.
Mount View and Chandler View launched the Project Fit America program in September 2013.
Beveridge Magnet Middle and UNO International Language students explored Africa together using the world’s largest map of the continent.
OPS dedicated the new Gateway Elementary on Sept. 15, 2013. The school is the district's 63rd elementary building.
Lothrop Magnet, King Science Magnet and North High Magnet hosted a "Pathways for Peace" community service project on Sept. 11th.
Beveridge Magnet Middle School's International Studies students embarked on a new partnership with students from Creighton University's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI).
Fontenelle Elementary is the first school in Omaha to join the Partners for a Healthy City program.
Bryan High Urban Agriculture students brainstormed real-world solutions to critical global food security issues.
The OPS Music Department presented "The Secret Garden" for the 2013 summer musical.
Schools were recognized for improving state test scores during this year's OPS Leadership Summit.
Career Center culinary students received a lesson in setting career goals and food preparation from visiting Master Chef Franco Lania.
Approximately 225 Bryan High advanced placement students attended the school's second annual AP Boot Camp.
The 2013-2014 school year began on Wednesday, August 14th.
A new grant will provide OPS teachers with more continuing education centered on mathematics.
OPS students enrolled in the Native Indian Centered Education (NICE) program presented "Snail Girl Brings Water" this summer.
OPS third, fourth and fifth grade students particiated in the QUEST...Above and Beyond! summer camp.
Gateway Elementary summer school students enjoyed a visit from Wildlife Encounters.
Students in the Global Foods class at Lewis & Clark Middle learned about Rangoli art during a unit on India.
Congratulations to the South High Magnet boys soccer team!
JP Lord students recently performed "Cinderella: The JP Lord Way" thanks to a grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation.
Gomez Elementary students and parents worked with local artist Michael Fitzsimmons.
Students rotated through several learning stations during the school's Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Middle school special education students competed in track and field events in April.
Fullerton Magnet students researched the lives of some of the famous Omahans buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Belvedere Elementary provided a free health and wellness fair for the community in April.
Families enjoyed art, food, music and dance from countries around the world at the Pinewood Multicultural Fair.
South High Magnet and Norris Middle were recognized for their service learning projects.
The Vikings won the second annual Van Metre Invitational!
Monroe Middle School students worked with local graffiti artist Gerard Pefung during a two-day art workshop.
Morton Magnet Middle School was selected as a national demonstration site for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system.
Wilson was selected as an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Eagles won their fourth consecutive state basketball championship!
Congratulations to the Benson High Magnet JROTC class!
OPS elementary schools celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on Read Across America Day.
The Gifted & Talented Department hosted a poetry slam in February.
The Bulldogs won the state duals wrestling championship!
Six staff members agreed to have their heads shaved after students exceeded their fundraising goal in February.
OPS has won the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).
Washington Elementary presented a Read-a-Thon in January, which included "Dress Like Your Favorite Character" Day.
The Bulldogs won the Metro Conference Wrestling Tournament!
Prairie Wind Elementary's drama club presented "A Walk in the Woods" for its biannual play.
Joslyn Elementary won the Dancing Classrooms fall competition!
The Eagles won the 2013 Metro Conference Holiday Tournament!
King Science & Technology Magnet students explored topics in science, engineering and technology during the annual SET for Life Conference.
OPS recently inducted nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Vikings are Class A State Runners-Up!
Members of the Loveland Golden K Kiwanis Club donated a dictionary to every third-grader at Franklin Elementary.
Nationally acclaimed Israeli artist Hanoch Piven visited several schools in November to teach students his collage techniques.
Central High's Wind Ensemble and Acappella Choir were selected to perform at the NMEA conference.
Washington Elementary fourth-graders presented "A Walk in Your Shoes" to help refugees in the Omaha community.
A group of Joslyn students volunteered at the Together, Inc. food pantry following a very successful canned food drive.
Catlin Arts Magnet welcomed landscape artist Andrew Peters in October.
Western Hills Magnet students attended H2Omaha, presented by the Wetlands Learning Center in Bellevue.
Lewis & Clark Middle School kicked off National Brest Cancer Awareness Month in October with the "Passionately Pink for the Cure" campaign.
Conestoga and Fontenelle launched the Project Fit America fitness program in October 2012.
Omaha firefighters visited Harrison Elementary to share safety tips during National Fire Prevention Week in October.
Six foreign chefs visited the OPS Career Center in September to prepare traditional foods with culinary students.
OPS fourth-graders learned more about Native American culture during the annual Dreams of Eagles event.
OPS students honored the victims of 9/11 and those who serve our nation on the National Day of Remembrance.
Sarah Brogren was named the Elementary Art Educator of the Year!
Josephine Langbehn was named the Novice Art Educator of the Year!
More than 200 Bryan High students attended the first-ever Advanced Placement (AP) Boot Camp during the first week of school.
The 2012-2013 school year began on August 20th.
A group of OPS ninth-graders worked with teachers to learn about Omaha’s rich African American history and created digital history projects during the third annual program.
The OPS Music Department presents "Les Misérables" for the 2012 summer musical.
The Omaha Refugee Task Force and Omaha Public Schools presented the annual World Refugee Day on June 23, 2012.
Catlin Magnet summer school students learned about sculpting from artist-in-residence Tom Sitzman.
Belle Ryan Elementary summer school and Summer Library Program students became Olympic athletes during the school's Field Day.
Fullerton Magnet students learned about the science of bubbles during a Summer Library Program presentation.
The QUEST…Above and Beyond! Summer Program offers enrichment activities in science, math and literature for gifted and talented students.
Bancroft Elementary students enjoyed the Omaha Children's Museum's Whiz Bang Super Science Show.
Congratulations to Beveridge, Buffett, Crestridge and Morton Magnet Schools for earning Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards.
Nearly 200 JROTC students from all seven OPS high schools attended the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp in May.
Adams Elementary students learned about Nebraska's history during "A Track Along the Trails" informational fair.
Beals Elementary students and staff used a "passport" to travel across the continent of Africa during its annual Multicultural Festival in May.
Jackson Elementary staff, students, their families and the community gathered for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
A Service Learning class at King Science & Technology Magnet is growing lettuce and donating the harvests to a local food bank.
Nearly 1,000 students explored a variety of career options during the annual Seventh-Grade Career Fair in April.
Fontenelle Elementary staff, students, parents and the community attended the school's third annual Asset Fair in April.
Picotte Elementary students and their families had an opportunity to attend a Science and Sundaes Family Night in April.
Marcella Mahoney was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.
Yates Early Childhood students and their families took part in family literacy activities led by UNO's early education teacher candidates.
Carrie Pratt was named the 2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association (NBEA)!
Paul Limongi won the United Way of the Midland's Harry C. Voss Leadership Award.
The Eagles won the 2012 state championship!
Special education students from four OPS high schools presented "Rap-unzel: A Modern Telling of a Grimm Tale with Rap Music" in March 2012.
OPS elementary schools celebrated Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday on March 2, 2012.
A class of third-graders at Florence Elementary honored Martin Luther King Jr. with a special art project.
Congratulations to Wendy Oldenburg for earning certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards!
The Burke cheerleaders took home trophies at the state competition for cheerleading and dance!
North High Magnet School celebrated National Engineers Week in February.
Several Washington Elementary students were recognized for their courage during a bus emergency.
The exhibit "Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Leagues Baseball" will be on display at Conestoga Magnet Center this June.
Fullerton Magnet Gifted & Talented teacher Susan Carson won the Extra Mile Award!
McMillan Magnet won the National United States Academic Decathlon's (USAD) Pentathlon Scrimmage!
Two North High Magnet students and a teacher have earned awards from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
Four members of Blue Man Group visited Beveridge Magnet Middle School in mid-January to lead a percussion workshop.
A student from Skinner Magnet and Beveridge Magnet Middle won the MSA's regional poster contest!
The Bulldogs are Metro Conference Champions!
The Eagles are Metro Basketball Holiday Tournament Champions!
Matt Curtis was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans for 2011!
The Golden K Kiwanis donated books to Conestoga Magnet students.
OPS students across the district took part in many service learning projects in December 2011.
The Trailblazers won the 2011-2012 City Championship!
Adriana Vargas received an award from the American G.I. Forum Omaha Chapter.
The Central High Eagles won both the boys and girls OPS Basketball Tournament!
King Science & Technology Magnet presented its first SET (Science, Engineering & Technology) for Life Conference in November.
Congratulations to the Bulldogs for playing in the state football championship!
Thirteen middle school students participated in the first OPS Middle School French Eiffel Tower contest held during National French Week in early November.
OPS recently inducted new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle joined students for a pizza party at Sherman Elementary in mid-November.
Marilyn Hinkle has been selected to receive the Community Leader Award from the Ollie Webb Center!
Benson High Magnet JROTC students produced a documentary entitled "Project 9/11: Then & Now."
Congratulations to the Bulldogs for playing in the state volleyball championship!
The community had the chance to learn about the district's 19 magnet schools during the 2011 Magnet Fair.
Author and illustrator Lisa Campbell Ernst visited students at Kennedy Elementary in November.
Chandler View's Music Club presented a patriotic concert in honor of Veterans Day 2011.
Congratulations Dundee Elementary - 2011 Dancing Classroom Champions!
The Burke High Rockstars take the stage!
Seventh-graders in the Lewis & Clark Focus Program participated in the Outward Bound Ropes Course.
Chandler View students learned more about the vehicles and tools involved in a variety of careers.
Congratulations to the South High Magnet counseling team!
Meg Searl is the 2011 Nebraska Elementary Counselor of the Year!
Cathy Hill is the 2011 Nebraska Middle School Counselor of the Year!
Congratulations to Liberty Elementary teacher Luisa Palomo!
The Bears won the 2011-2012 City Championship!
The Wildcats won the 2011-2012 City Championship!
Andrew Brooks was named the 2011 Second Congressional District Outstanding Social Studies Teacher.
Hartman and Kellom Elementary Schools launched the Project Fit America (PFA) program in October 2011.
OfficeMax surprised a teacher at Central Park Elementary and Kennedy Elementary!
A Physical Science class at Lewis & Clark Middle School was charged with the task of making Periodic Tables of Common Objects.
The Jefferson Elementary community celebrated the opening of a new walking track in late September.
"Troo," the fun-loving kangaroo, taught Fontenelle students how to play it safe on the playground.
Pawnee Elementary students and their families enjoyed a "Books & Bingo Family Literacy Night."
Linda Hulsey recently received an award from the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America.
Keiante' Westbrook was named the Outstanding Paraprofessional of the Year!
In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, several schools planned ceremonies and/or special projects.
Mary Seger was named the Elementary Art Educator of the Year!
OPS students and staff celebrated College Colors Day by wearing their college gear on September 2, 2011.
Joe Gregory was named the Art Educator of the Year!
Welcome back to students and staff!
North High Magnet engineering teacher Lee Kallstrom completed a five-week fellowship in Madagascar.
A group of ninth-graders worked with teachers to learn about Omaha’s rich African American history and created digital history projects.
Congratulations to Burke High and Buffett Magnet for earning national awards in student achievement!
The OPS Music Department presented "Beauty and the Beast" for the 2011 summer musical.
The Native American Indian Education Dept. presented a musical adaptation of "Crossing Bok Chitto" during summer school.
McMillan Magnet Center offered its annual Jump Start summer camp in June 2011.
QUEST…Above and Beyond! is a three-week enrichment program for gifted & talented OPS students.
King Elementary's 2011 summer school theme was “College is for Everyone.”
Kennedy's summer school program included academic studies, enrichment activities and field trips.
The OPS Career Center offered a summer course that highlights career options.
Florence students studied about Lithuania as part of the school's Global Expedition summer program.
Board of Education member Freddie Gray was honored by the Women's Center for Advancement.
Bryan High gave each student five books during the last week of school.
Congratulations to the 15 OPS teachers who earned this year's Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.
The Eagles win the 2011 Boys Track Championship!
The Vikings win the 2011 Girls Track Championship!
Congratulations to the Falcons for winning the 2011 middle school boys soccer city championship!
Congratulations to Gomez Heritage principal John Campin who received the Spirit of Collaboration Award from the Omaha Education Association.
The Bobcats have won six consecutive city soccer titles!
Edison Elementary celebrated many of the cultures represented at the school with a Multicultural Fair.
Fullerton Magnet students researched famous Omahans during the fifth annual "Voices from the Past" event.
OPS middle school students learned about a wide variety of occupations during the annual Seventh Grade Career Fair.
Skinner Magnet’s first- and second-graders provided a closer look at the life of insects during their performance of “Goin’ Buggy!”
Congratulations to Laura Callahan, this year's only Nebraska recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching.
Sandra Jensen was elected to serve as chairperson for the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).
Five OPS students learn more about the launch of STS-134, the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.
Hale was the fourth runner-up for National Middle School of the Year.
Gifted & Talented fourth-graders visited the Henry Doorly Zoo for the annual Global Solutions Summit.
Deb Mosier was selected to receive the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.
Congratulations to Benson High Magnet students Joseph Umana and Sandra Lee!
Congratulations to the Eagles for winning the 2011Boys State Basketball Championship!
OPS elementary schools celebrated Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday on March 2, 2011.
Gene Haynes received the African-American Congressional History Award.
Congratulations to the OPS student artists who won 2011 Scholastic Art Awards!
Bryan High hosted a health fair for families during parent-teacher conferences.
Beals Elementary commemorated Black History Month with a celebration of cultures from around the world.
Saddlebrook Elementary third- and fourth-graders participated in a "Math-O-Ween" celebration at school.
Ferial Pearson has received an award from the National Education Association.
School Counseling specialist Kathy Solomon has received an award from UNO's College of Education.
Nearly 2,000 OPS students performed in the 62nd annual All-City Music Festival.
The community is invited to the OPS Latino Leaders/ESL/Migrant Program Generación Ñ fundraiser.
Lewis & Clark Middle School staff members wore red to support the Millard South community.
Congratulations to the King Science Wildcats for an undefeated season and for winning the MS City Boys Basketball Championship!
Congratulations to the Bryan Bears for winning the 2011 Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Miller Park Principal Lisa Utterback will receive an award from the American Red Cross in March 2011.
King Science & Technology Magnet presented its annual 7th & 8th grade science fair in January 2011.
OPS students across the district took part in many service learning projects in December 2010.
Belle Ryan Elementary incorporated family time and reading with its "Breakfast & Books" event.
Liberty Elementary students worked with artist Leslie Iwai to create a sculpture entitled "Upside-Down Sky."
Lewis & Clark vocal music students performed in the annual winter concert.
The winning class of a reading competition at Beals Elementary got to decorate the principal with silly string.
Congratulations to Lothrop Magnet for being the first metro-area school to recceive this recognition from the Green Education Council!
South's CIA organized "One Night Without a Home."
Dundee Elementary won the Dancing Classrooms 2010 Colors of the Rainbow Fall Champioinship!
Schools around the district honored the service of veterans on Nov. 11th.
The Burke High Rockstars impress the audience again!
The community had the chance to learn more about the opportunities available at the district's 19 magnet schools during the 2010 Magnet Fair.
The CHS Singers were invited to sing the national anthem for the Ambassador of Hope Awards presentation.
Heil received the Nebraska School Psychologist of the Year Award from the Nebraska School Psychologists Association (NSPA).
King Science & Technology Magnet won the 2010 OPS Middle School Varsity Football Championship!
Boyd and Bancroft Elementary Schools launched the Project Fit America (PFA) program in October 2010.
Students from Oak Valley, Boyd, Fontenelle and Mount View practiced drills at the Special Olympics soccer skills event.
The American Institute of Architects-Nebraska Chapter recognizes North High Magnet & RDG Planning & Design.
Mary Hill-Achelpohl received the 2010 Elementary School Counselor of the Year Award.
Mary Lincoln received the 2010 Middle School Counselor of the Year Award.
Eighth-grader Henry Harrison earns a full-tuition scholarship to UNL!
Congratulations to South High Magnet teacher Ferial Pearson!
OfficeMax surprised teachers at Fontenelle Elementary, Spring Lake Magnet and Pinewood Elementary!
Congratulations to Beveridge physical education teacher Aimee Noel!
Congratulations to Lewis & Clark art teacher Lynn Dingman!
Dave and Carol VanMetre were honored for their continual support of OPS student-athletes.
South's service group recently established a "Circle of Friends" program.
Career Center construction students built a reading loft for a third grade class at Liberty Elementary.
Congratulations to Morton Magnet Middle math teacher Billy Butler!
Congratulations to Kellom art teacher Melissa Cleaver!
Students returned to school August 16th.
North High Magnet School recently dedicated the school's new Engineering, Science and Technology facility.
The Focus Program at Lewis & Clark welcomed 40 seventh-graders for the first day of school on August 2nd.
A group of OPS ninth-graders worked with teachers to learn about Omaha’s rich African American history and created digital history projects.
ESL students designed a mural entitled "Education: A Bridge to a New World"
The OPS Native American Indian Education Department and KANEKO co-hosted a summer art camp.
Central High's vocal jazz group won a chance to perform with rock band Foreigner in July.
Nearly 50 summer school students took a trip to Nebraska's capital city.
The OPS Music Department presented "Guys & Dolls" for the annual summer musical.
Florence Elementary celebrated "Food, Fun and the World Cup of Games” during summer school.
Pinewood students learned about a different culture each week of summer school.
Castelar summer school students took part in a creative movement workshop based on the Diavolo Company's technique.
This project is the first Educare facility in the nation and the first OPS-affiliated facility to be rewarded with a LEED standard for highly sustainable design and construction.
Wilson has been named the 2010 Nebraska School Nurse of the Year.
The Vikings win the 2010 Girls Track Championship!
The Eagles win the 2010 Boys Track Championship!
Fifteen OPS teachers earned this year's Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.
Congratulations to the students, staff and schools who won MSA Awards for the 2009-2010 school year!
Local professionals talked to students about their careers during the Career Enrichment Day in May.
Joslyn Elementary won the 2010 Fifth Grade Spring Dancing Classrooms Championship!
Gifted and talented third-graders experienced a day of art appreciation, exploration and creation.
Students, staff and parents took part in the 25th annual parade in historic south Omaha.
Western Hills Magnet celebrated Earth Day/Global Youth Service Day with a school clean-up effort.
Each Springville student designed a square for the "Character Quilt" on Character Counts Day.
Art students created a 16-feet long mural comprised of clay, glass, wire, wood, pewter, feathers and metal.
The Eagles win the 2010 State Championship!
Congratulations to the North High Magnet cheerleading squad!
King Science students in the Aviation Exploratory class take the co-pilot's seat for a special field trip.
Elementary schools invited guest readers for the 13th annual Read Across America Day.
The Young Americans International Music Outreach Tour offered a three-day workshop in the performing arts for students in grades 4-12.
Columbian Elementary students celebrated the 2010 Winter Olympics with their own "Columbian Olympics."
Benson High Magnet students won awards in a multi-state art competition, and through the Nebraska Educational Technology Association.
Ponca Elementary students celebrated the district's 150th anniversary by creating a tile mosaic.
Congratulations to Monroe Middle School's girls basketball team for winning the OPS Invitational Tournament!
Joslyn Elementary students and staff will now recycle paper, plastic and aluminum.
Congratulations to Central High's boys basketball team for winning the 2009 Metro Holiday Tournament!
The Omaha Public Schools recently inducted nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gomez Elementary's outdoor classroom is up and running this semester, thanks to parents, students and staff.
King Science students met with local professionals during the school's annual career fair.
The community learned more about the district's 17 magnet schools at the 2009 Magnet Fair.
Congratulations to Burke High's volleyball team for winning the Class A-District 4 Championship!
The Gifted & Talented Department presented its annual Build It! event to introduce fifth-graders to architecture and engineering.
Standing Bear students celebrated the district's 150th anniversary by creating a special mural.
Northwest High and Burke High hosted the last of four family festivals in October that celebrate the district's 150th anniversary.
Benson High Magnet students in the Health Professions and JROTC classes recently executed a medical evacuation exercise called “Project Saving Grace."
Bryan High hosted the third of four family festivals that celebrate the district's 150th anniversary.
Crestridge Magnet celebrated OPS’s 150th anniversary by creating a large obelisk to display in the lobby.
North High Magnet and Benson High Magnet hosted the second of four family festivals that celebrate the district's 150th anniversary.
Field Club Elementary and Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary become Project Fit America schools.
South High Magnet and Central High hosted the first of four family festivals that celebrate the district's 150th anniversary.
Gilder Elementary celebrated OPS's 150th anniversary during the school's fall open house.
Congratulations to . . . Chandler View Elementary for being named a 2009 Blue Ribbon School.
Benson West Elementary students are enjoying a new playground that they had a hand in designing!
Miller Park Elementary recently completed two projects to celebrate the district's 150th anniversary.
Approximately 4,000 OPS fourth grade students had the opportunity to learn about Native American culture during the fifth annual Dreams of Eagles Indian/Native American Education Days.
...Norris Middle School Principal Anita Harkins who was named the 2009 Outstanding New Middle School Principal of the Year for Region II by the Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals.
Nathan Hale Middle School has completed a mural at the school celebrating the district's 150th anniversary. The mural features many famous African Americans of the past and present, including Omahans Luigi Waites, Thomas Wilkins, John Beasley and Preston Love.
...Catlin Magnet Center art teacher Kori Abdouch, who was named the "Art Educator of the Year" by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA).
The Sherman Elementary staff and student body celebrated the Omaha Public Schools' 150th anniversary by chronicling the history of the building and events in the OPS district on 16 ceiling tiles located in the school's main hallway. The tiles were unveiled during the school's Safe Walk to School Night on August 13.
...King Science and Technology Magnet science teacher Reenie McMains, who has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Reenie will be honored at a White House awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. this fall.
Back to School Enrollment Fair
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
TAC Building Board Room
3215 Cuming Street
Back to School Enrollment Fair PDF
Back to School Enrollment Fair PDF-Espanol
Gomez-Heritage Elementary is honoring OPS's 150th anniversary by designing three benches to represent the district's past, present and future. The school's art teachers and a group of five students dedicated much time brainstorming ideas and painting the benches over the summer. The "past" bench includes images of an old schoolhouse and depictions of historical south Omaha. The "present" bench has a facade of the school building with a sunrise and illustrations representing the 11 curriculum disciplines. The "future" bench represents an increasingly global society, and includes the word "learning" in 11 different languages. All three benches will eventually be on display in Gomez-Heritage's outdoor classroom/garden, which is currently under construction.
A group of OPS middle and high school students and teachers spent some time this summer learning about life in space during a two-week intensive program known as the Space Discovery Institute, offered by the Space Foundation. Their days were packed with hands-on lessons in space exploration, science, technology, engineering and math principles. Students and teachers were taught similar content in separate classrooms, but interacted several times a day for certain activities and design challenges. The students also worked with teachers on brainstorming how the subjects can be incorporated into the OPS curriculum. The group completed activities such as micro gravity simulations, spacesuit design, lunar lander design, and star observation.
...Bryan High School music educator Daniel Abrahams who will receive the first Teaching Music Award in concert band teaching from the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C. in June.
Congratulations 2009 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Winners!