DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS - NEWS ROOM

rss

Latest News

Keep up-to-date on district happenings.

Science Textbook Community Input Opportunity

The Omaha Public Schools is conducting a Community Review for input on the potential adoption of an open educational resource (free and available to the public) as the textbook for Grades 6-8 Science. The Community Review working group will be provided with an overview of the resources, summary and results of the field test, and a summary and results of the bias review. The group will then be able to view and to provide feedback on the resources. This meeting will take place 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 via Teams. To receive links to the meeting and resources, register here https://forms.office.com/r/X8WbiUm5rj by Thursday, March 11.

Contact: Dr. Chris Schaben, 531-299-9506, chris.schaben@ops.org

Meals2Go - Spring Break

Throughout the break, we will continue our Meals2Go curbside meal distribution. The food provides meals for children ages 1-18 during the recess and is available at no cost to families.

Meals will be available Monday, March 8, 2021 from 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Each bag will contain 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches.

Meals are available for pickup at the following locations:
Elementary Schools:
Bancroft, Belle Ryan, Belvedere, Beveridge, Central Park, Dodge, Florence, Gateway, Gomez, Indian Hill, Sherman, Skinner, Sunny Slope and Wakonda

Middle Schools:
Bryan Middle, Marrs, Nathan Hale and Norris

High Schools:
Benson and South

If you have questions about student lunches or the Meals2Go program, please contact Nutrition Services at 531-299-0230.

2021 High School Graduation Dates

All graduations will be held at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.

Tuesday, May 25
2 p.m. - Bryan High
7 p.m. - North High

Wednesday, May 26
2 p.m. - Benson High
7 p.m. - Burke High

Thursday, May 27
2 p.m. - Northwest High
7 p.m. - Central High

Friday, May 28
7 p.m. - South High

Schools will communicate with families about specific health and safety precautions at the arena as commencement draws closer.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

OPS Schools Celebrate Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, a time dedicated to celebrating and honoring the rich diversity of our community and the achievements and contributions of Black Americans. As more students return to in-person learning and some continue to learn from home, our schools are finding innovative ways to engage students in these celebrations.  

Marrs Middle School is joining several other Omaha Public Schools by restarting its team and sending a group of students to the 100 Black Men of Omaha's annual African American History Challenge. The goal of the competition is to foster an appreciation of African-American history and culture in Omaha youth. 

“The study of African American history provides students with an understanding of what happened in the past, what is happening now, and a path for improving the future,” explained Sheila McCauley, coach of the Marrs Middle School team. “With this knowledge, students are able to become better citizens and positively impact their generation.”  

The program is based on the book “100 Amazing Facts” written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and covers topics from the Middle Passage, the 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments, Plessy vs. Ferguson, the Voting Act of 1965, Brown vs. the Board of Education, Omaha history and more. 

“In order to tell people about black history and be educated on black history you need to know the facts and the African American History Challenge is a good place to start,” shared Sierra Thomas, a member of the Marrs Middle School team.  

The Marrs Middle School team will compete in the junior competition. The winner of the competition gets to compete at the 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference, which will be held remotely this year for the safety of those in attendance.  

“You learn a lot about history” said McKenzie James, a student on the Marrs Middle School team. “It is important to learn about history around the world, and it is important to learn what people in history did and the accomplishments they achieved and how this affected the world today. “  

In 2019, Omaha Northwest High School's team of Lal Nuni, HToo Say, Tehya Wynne and coach Miss McCoy took first place in the National Senior Division. That same year, Beveridge Middle School earned first place honors in the National Junior Division. The team members included Kennedy Alati, Dee-Dee Djon, Briana Reza-Rivera and coaches Chad Carlson and Sheila McCauley.  

Our celebration of America's diverse history and culture continues throughout the year as an integral part of curriculum across the district. Our goal is for students to learn more about the impactful contributions of those who came before them, providing them a better appreciation of the whole story.