3 May Sherman Elementary Celebrates Cinco de Mayo May 3, 2013 By News News 0 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! Related Articles Jackson Elementary Celebrates Cinco de Mayo 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! 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. Omaha Mayor Joins Sherman Students of the Month for Pizza Party Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle joined students for a pizza party at Sherman Elementary on November 18. The students are the school’s “Sharks of the Month.” Every Sherman teacher selects one student each month who has exemplified the Six Pillars of Character Counts—trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Sherman Elementary 150th Celebration 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. Click here to view the slideshow. 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. Comments are closed.