8 May Jackson Elementary Celebrates Cinco de Mayo May 8, 2012 By News News 0 Jackson Elementary staff, students, their families and the community gathered for a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 4. In addition to delicious authentic Mexican food, students enjoyed watching their teachers compete to make the roundest tortilla, dancing and playing games that included pass the sombrero, pin the tail on the donkey, bean bag/ring toss, and a chance to burst open a piñata full of candy and goodies. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and in Mexico to celebrate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the celebration! Related Articles Sherman Elementary Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Sherman Elementary students enjoyed learning about Mexican culture during the school's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Students rotated through several stations at the festival, during which they cooked homemade flour tortillas, made and decorated maracas out of plastic milk containers, learned a traditional Mexican dance, and took turns swinging at a piñata. Click here to see a photo slideshow! Indian Hill Elementary Students Participate in Cinco de Mayo Parade Indian Hill Elementary students, staff and parents marched in Omaha's 25th annual Cinco de Mayo Parade in historic south Omaha. Pictured are Indian Hill students holding the banner for the school's "No Place for Hate" program. Students and staff worked hard all year to earn the banner from the Anti-Defamation League. Students signed a "No Place for Hate" pledge, and they recite the pledge together as a school every Monday. Gomez-Heritage Elementary Celebrates District's 150th Anniversary 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. Click here to view a slideshow. Miller Park Elementary Celebrates District's 150th Anniversary Miller Park Elementary recently completed two projects to celebrate the district's 150th anniversary. First, art teacher Katey O'Donnell and Miller Park students drew pictures that represented subjects studied at school. Artist Ananda Spadt took those images, along with a picture of George Miller, the OPS logo, and the school's mascot, and painted a mural along the back wall of the school library. O'Donnell and paraprofessional Sharon Lenz also created a special exhibit in the main hallway of the school, which showcases Miller Park photographs and artifacts from 1912 to the present day. Click here to see a slideshow. Ponca Elementary Celebrates 150 Years of OPS Ponca Elementary students and staff celebrated the district's 150th anniversary by creating a tile mosaic that is now proudly displayed in the school's main lobby. Under the direction of art teacher Emily Adams, each classroom, teacher and staff member painted an image on an unglazed tile. Students selected an idea based around a central theme taken from their grade level curriculum and teachers and staff members created tiles depicting raccoon paw prints. The mosaic's center raccoon was created by Adams. Themes include nature, animals, classroom community, the Omaha community, Native American history, the United States and famous sites around the world. Columbian Elementary Celebrates Winter Olympics Columbian Elementary students celebrated the 2010 Winter Olympics with their own "Columbian Olympics." During the opening ceremonies, students participated in a parade of flags, watched the Olympic torch being lit, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the National Anthem. The event concluded with students singing "We Go for the Gold." Throughout the games, students traveled to other countries (via a passport), where they learned interesting facts related to the country they were visiting, and exchanged pins with other student academic athletes. Countries represented during the "games" included New Zealand, Russia, China, Japan, Norway, Brazil and the United States. Click here to see a photo slideshow of the Columbian Olympics! Comments are closed.