26 April Special Education Students Participate in OPS Fellowship Games April 26, 2013 By News News 0 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! 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 Present "Rap-Unzel" Special education students from South High Magnet, Burke High, Benson High Magnet, and North High Magnet presented "Rap-unzel: A Modern Telling of a Grimm Tale with Rap Music" in early March. "Rap-unzel" is an original work co-written especially for this project by Fran Sillau, well-known theater educator, director, and writer, and Mark Kurtz, accomplished composer and musician. Students created a special backdrop for the production with the help of Paula Wallace, a painter from Omaha's Hot Shops. This project was a collaboration between the Omaha Public Schools and WHY ARTS. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the performance! District Hosts OPS Sports Classic, A+ OPS Fellowship Games The heart of football season made for the perfect time for OPS special education students to build their throwing and catching skills during the fall edition of the OPS Sports Classic (high school) and A+ OPS Fellowship Games (middle school). The OPS Sports Classic and A+ OPS Fellowship Games offer special education students an opportunity to compete in athletic events. The first event of the 2013-2014 school year was a flag football camp at Burke High School. The day included skill development stations to help the students with throwing, catching, handoffs and flag pulling. The A+ OPS Fellowship Games will continue with a floor hockey tournament in January and a track and field competition in April. The OPS Sports Classic will introduce students to basketball in January and track and field in April. The goals of the A+ OPS Fellowship Games and OPS Sports Classic 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 flag football event! Board of Education Notes - 07/07/2014 The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education met on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at the Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street. To view the full agenda click on the following link: http://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/CurrentMeetings.aspx The following are highlights of the meeting held on July 7th, 2014: School Spotlight: Pawnee Elementary was recently the subject of a friendly media visit in which the school's phonics academy was highlighted. The program helps students to efficiently and effectively learn innovative ways of 'sounding out' words. The program -- which is also offered at other OPS schools -- has been extremely successful. We salute Principal Sandy Bredfeldt, Summer School Principal Leah Weeks, and Teacher Terri Fuxa for their efforts! Consent Agenda Items: The Board of Education approved the following: Recommended Administrative Appointments The Board of Education voted to approve the following appointments: Darlene Dunklau, current OPS Student Personnel Assistant, will be the new Assistant Principal of Nathan Hale Middle School; Chris Humphries, current OPS Assistant Principal at Morton Middle School, will be the new Assistant Program Director of Blackburn; Kevin Johnson, current OPS Student Personnel Assistant, will be the new Secondary Education Human Resources Administrator; Paul Kosch, current OPS Student Personnel Assistant, will be the new Assistant Principal of Bancroft Elementary; Erin Perry, current OPS Special Education Supervisor, will be the new Special Education Human Resources Administrator; Kelly Ramm, current Customer Service Specialist for BelPastry Inc. will be the new Transportation/Nutrition Services Human Resources Administrator; Kara Saldierna, current OPS Special Education Coordinator, will be the new Director of Special Education; Scott SchmidtBonne, current OPS Evaluation Specialist for Research, will be the new Director of Research. Discussion and/or Action: Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Grant Permission was given to apply for the annual Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Grant. The purpose of the grant is to fund various activities/projects within Omaha Public School’s career education programs such as school achievement and academic integration, professional development, post-secondary/industry career connections, college and career awareness, and new and innovative technology. All seven high schools, twelve middle schools, Career Center and alternative education programs receive funding from the grant to support career education programs. The proposal includes provisions for the district to receive an allotment of basic grant funds for the purpose of improving and expanding career education programs. The office of Career Education will work closely with the Department of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment to implement the grant. $818,053.00 (2014-2015 amount) Superintendent’s Contract The Omaha Public Schools Board of Education approved the Superintendent’s Contract. The contract is posted on ops.org. Venues for Graduation – 2015 Dr. Bartee provided a brief history on graduation venues. Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee Update Mrs. Underwood provided an update on the Ad Hoc Student Assignment Committee and a future BOE Workshop to be held on July 15 at 5:30. Conclusion: The Board of Education went into closed session at: 9:49 P.M. Meeting concluded at: 10:38 P.M. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. A special meeting of the Board will be held on July 9th at 6:30 P.M. 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. 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! Comments are closed.