28 March Morton Magnet Named National Demonstration Site for AVID March 28, 2013 By News News 0 Morton Magnet Middle School was recently named a national demonstration site for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a fourth grade through postsecondary college readiness system that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. National demonstration schools are teaching and learning centers that model the AVID system and exemplify AVID strategies and methodologies. Morton, which joins 125 other AVID national demonstration sites across the country, was selected through an application screening and review process that included a site visit by a validation team from AVID headquarters in San Diego. Adopted by nearly 4,800 elementary, middle and high schools in 48 states and 16 countries and U.S. territories, AVID serves more than 450,000 students. Congratulations to Morton staff and students on this great accomplishment! Related Articles Morton Magnet Teacher Receives Recognition for Military Service Congratulations to Morton Magnet Middle School teacher Billy Ray Butler (Master Sgt.) who was recently inducted into the Nebraska National Guard Regional Training Institute's (RTI) Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is reserved for those outstanding individuals who, through their contributions and achievements, have brought great credit to the RTI and the National Guard. Butler (pictured below at right) has taught math at Morton Magnet Middle for four years. Burke High, Buffett Magnet Receive National Recognition Burke High School and Buffett Magnet Middle School recently received national recognition at the Southern Regional Education Board’s 25th annual “High Schools That Work” Staff Development Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Burke High was named an Outstanding High School by the High Schools That Work organization. Burke was the only Nebraska high school and one of only 13 nationally honored with this distinction. The awards are based on the success of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices and raising student achievement. Buffett Magnet Middle was recognized as an Outstanding Middle School by the Making Middle Grades Work organization. Buffett was the only middle school in Nebraska and one of only eight schools nationwide to receive the honor. McMillan Magnet Wins National Pentathlon Scrimmage McMillan Magnet Wins National United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) Pentathlon Scrimmage In the January Academic Pentathlon National scrimmage, McMillan Magnet Middle School outscored the reigning national champions from Riverview Middle School in Plymouth, Wis., to win the Overall Team gold medal. The Academic Pentathlon is a five event competition for middle school students that encourages and rewards academic excellence. The events are joined thematically around the “Age of Empire.” Students compete in essay, math, music, science and social science. Individual and team awards are given. The Academic Pentathlon is sponsored by the OPS Office of Gifted and Talented Education. Benson High Magnet JROTC Class Receives International Honor The D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration Committee has selected Benson High Magnet School’s JROTC class to represent the state of Nebraska at the 70th D-Day Memorial Parade in Normandy, France in June 2014. The D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute to the Veterans will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, France and the liberation of Europe. This event has been recognized by numerous veterans associations, community organizations and military and government officials, and will provide participants and spectators an opportunity to salute the men and women who have and continue to sacrifice for our nation. Official partners of the D-Day Memorial Parade include the History Channel, Boeing, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Greatest Generation Foundation. Twenty-five Benson High Magnet JROTC cadets and their instructors will have the opportunity to march in the commemorative parade, tour historic battlefields and experience history firsthand. In order to take part in this educational opportunity, the cadets need to raise $75,000 to cover airfare, lodging fees and transportation costs in France. Students and staff have planned several events to begin raising the necessary funds to participate in this unique opportunity. The first fundraiser will be a march-a-thon at Benson High Magnet School (5120 Maple St.) on Friday, March 29, at 1:15 p.m. Cadets are collecting pledges for each lap they march over the course of one hour. The community is also welcome to attend a pancake feed on Sunday, April 28, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Benson VFW Post 2503 (8904 Military Rd.). The cost is $8 per person or $25 per family. The students have planned a D-Day Memorial Run & Walk on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Zorinsky’s shelter 5 (156th & F). The event will include parachute jumpers and a recognition of three D-Day Normandy survivors. Interested individuals can register for this event by completing this form. Other future fundraisers include car washes, cookie dough sales, a motorcycle rally, garage sale and online auction. More information will follow when specific details are available. Anyone interested in making a donation to Benson High Magnet for the JROTC’s D-Day 70th Anniversary trip can do so through the Omaha Schools Foundation’s website at www.omahaschoolsfoundation.org or by sending a check to the following address: Omaha Schools Foundation 3215 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68131 Attn: Benson D-Day Trip North High Magnet/Benson High Magnet Family Festival North High Magnet and Benson High Magnet hosted the second of four family festivals in October that celebrate the district's 150th anniversary. The festivals include entertainment, interactive activities, sports clinics, student performances and more. Click here to see a photo slideshow. Nationally Acclaimed Landscape Painter Visits Catlin Magnet Catlin Arts Magnet welcomed landscape artist Andrew Peters in October, who shared a pictorial history of the 1832-1834 expedition of the artist Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximilian. The presentation integrated the visual arts with social studies and science. Peters also shared his personal, inspirational story of how the art of Bodmer and John James Audubon inspired his own life of travel, adventure, and living and painting throughout the world. Peters gave two presentations to fourth-grade students. Students at Crestridge Magnet Center watched one of the presentations using distance learning technology. During his second presentation, Peters provided an outdoor, plein air painting demonstration. Peters modeled everything from how he sets up his easel to signing his name on his finished painting. Following the demonstration, students created their own outdoor artworks of the surrounding school grounds using special oil pastels. Click here to see a photo slideshow! Comments are closed.