11 September OPS Students Participate in 9/11 National Day of Remembrance September 11, 2012 By News News 0 In recognition of the National Day of Remembrance, students around the district took part in activities to honor the victims of September 11th and recognize the military members, firefighters and police officers who serve our nation. A group of approximately 150 students from North High Magnet, King Science and Technology Magnet and Lothrop Magnet gathered at Kountze Park to create a 24 by 48-foot pinwheel flag display and participated in a short ceremony that included partriotic songs and student-selected readings. Student council members at Crestridge Magnet Center lowered the school’s American flags to half-staff to honor the victims lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Click here to see a photo slideshow. Related Articles OPS students participate in Omega Psi Phi's Educational Tour Twenty-seven OPS students recently participated in Omega Psi Phi’s Educational Tour to Washington, D. C. sponsored by the Beta Upsilon Chapter. Students are members of the organization’s Project Manhood & Friends mentoring program. Project Manhood & Friends educates students on key principles that will be necessary for them to successfully transition from adolescents to adults. During the three-day trip, the group visited the following memorials: Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, World War II, Vietnam Veterans, The Three Soldiers, Vietnam Women’s and the Korean War. They also toured the White House, Howard University and the United States Capitol. “This tour gave students a chance to function outside of their comfort zone,” said Trevis Sallis, the program’s coordinator and supervisor of the OPS Transportation Department. “The experiences the students shared have created a lifelong memory.” Special Education Students Participate in OPS Fellowship Games OPS hosted the track and field edition of the A+ OPS Fellowship Games at Burke High in April to offer special education students an opportunity to compete in athletics. Nearly 120 students from 10 OPS middle schools and the Integrated Learning Program participated in the camp, which included skill development activities and competitions such as a softball throw, shot put, standing jump, long jump, and walking/running/wheelchair push events. Many participants also competed in a unified relay, which combined special education students with regular education students in a shuttle relay. Many of the middle and high school mascots also joined in the fun by racing along the track . The A+ OPS Fellowship Games also served as a service learning project to support breast cancer research. Many of the participating schools spearheaded projects to educate students about breast cancer prevention and raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. The Omaha Public Schools hosted a similar volleyball tournament in October and a basketball tournament in February. The goals of the A+ OPS Fellowship Games are to help students progress from physical education lessons into recreation competition, understand the importance and benefits of staying active, build relationships with other students, learn teamwork and fair play, and experience the enjoyment of recreational activities with others. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the A+ OPS Fellowship Games: Track & Field Edition! 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. Monroe Students Participate in Unique Art Workshop Monroe Middle School seventh-graders in Josephine Langbehn’s art classes worked with local graffiti artist Gerard Pefung during a two-day workshop entitled “The Community of Monroe.” Pefung - whose artwork is displayed in several metro area venues - shared with students the history, culture and pioneers of graffiti and the various types of mediums used to create the artwork. He then encouraged them to let their work express who they are as individuals as they created words they felt represented them as individuals. Pefung said the final 4’ x 16’ mural he’ll create will be representative of the collective ideas of individual students' artwork and small group and class discussions. The mural, which is scheduled to be completed in April, will be displayed in the school’s commons area. The project was funded by a grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the workshop! Native American Students Participate in Summer Art Camp The OPS Native American Indian Education Department and KANEKO co-hosted a summer art program in early July. Twenty Native American students had the opportunity to work with artists Therman Statom and Ashley Rodriguez Reed, as well as others from KANEKO. Projects ranged from designing and printing T-shirts to making glass collages. Participants also enjoyed field trips to KANEKO and Therman Statom's art studio. The program will offer the same students additional art opportunities during the 2010-2011 school year. Support for the program is provided by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, an anonymous grant, OPS and KANEKO. Click here to see a slideshow from the art camp! OPS Students Visit Kennedy Space Center Five OPS students and their two teacher advisors were invited to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla., to learn more about the launch of STS-134, the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour. The students—four seniors from North High Magnet School and one sophomore from Omaha Burke High School—were selected in a contest seeking student-designed experiments to conduct in microgravity. The OPS schools’ projects represent two of the 16 school communities from across the country represented on the April mission. The contest is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), coordinated by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks, LLC. SSEP is a national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative that provides middle and high school classes (grades 5-12) the ability to propose experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, and to celebrate that accomplishment with their local community and with national and global audiences. While in Florida, the students had the opportunity to tour Kennedy Space Center and received a bus tour of Cape Canaveral. They also got an up close look of Endeavour's launch pad and the media area. Students saw the assembly building where the booster rockets and external fuel tank are being prepared for the scheduled June launch of STS-135. The students were also able to test out a space shuttle sleeping bag and pose in a replica of an Apollo capsule. While in Florida, the students will also attend an SSEP conference, featuring speakers who work in the space industry. The North and Burke students will present the details of their spaceflight experiments and hear about the experiments from other participating students. Click here to see a photo slideshow of the students' trip to Kennedy Space Center! Comments are closed.