1 June Thank You Retirees! June 1, 2020 By Alex Hassel Announcements Announcements 0 Related Articles Gomez Elementary Enjoying Outdoor Classroom Gomez Heritage Elementary's outdoor classroom is up and running, thanks to a true community effort. Over the course of the fall semester, Gomez students, staff and parents have pitched in to finish the landscaping by planting bulbs and trees. Parent Michelle Gaytan built storage boxes using recycled boards from an old barn. And South High Magnet's National Honor Society members helped move dirt and mulch. Gomez teachers are using the space for a wide variety of curriculum disciplines. Click here to see a photo slideshow. JP Lord Students Present "Cinderella" JP Lord students recently performed "Cinderella: The JP Lord Way" for parents, staff and the community thanks to a grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation. Under the direction of local writer, actor and producer Fran Sillau, students presented a down-home, hillbilly adaptation of the classic fairy tale. In this version, Cinderella lives on a farm and is befriended by barnyard animals that, along with Cinderella's fairy godmother, help her attend the royal ball. There, she meets and falls in love with Prince Charming and the two eventually marry. Unlike the original version of the story, however, the newlyweds decide to live on the farm with Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters rather than in the royal castle. Sillau, who wrote the screenplay, has an extensive background in theater for youth and conducts arts education professional development workshops for teachers across the country. To date, he has conducted workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, New York and Washington. Another focus of Sillau's work is conducting workshops for youth with physical and developmental disabilities to help them discover the power within themselves. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the performance! NSAA Academic Eligibility Standards for Student Athletes Attention all families of student-athletes, and families of any students interested in trying out for sports or other NSAA-sanctioned activities. OPS wishes to remind you that academic eligibility standards for students participating in those activities are changing, starting this fall. You should have received in the mail recently a brochure that outlines the new standards. The same brochure is available via the link below on this webpage. Please take the time to review the information in the brochure. If you have any questions about the brochure – or the academic eligibility standards it describes – please call us at (402) 557-2446. Thanks for your attention to this important matter – and, as always, thanks for your support of OPS! OPS Grade-Level Configuration – Community Discussions Grade-Level Configuration – Community Discussions OPS Families: The district is set to present the current proposed plan for a standardized middle school grade-level configuration. This plan outlines which grades would be present at most OPS middle schools going forward. As you’re aware, some of our middle schools presently have grades 7 and 8; some, 6 through 8; and others, 5 through 8. The district’s proposed middle school plan adheres to a grade-6-through-8 configuration. (Under this plan, two schools that currently have 5-8 configurations—King Science and Marrs—would remain in that configuration.) We invite you to attend any or all of the following Grade-Level Configuration Community Discussions as we answer your questions and ask for your thoughts: February 10th South High Cafeteria 6-8 P.M. February 12th North High Viking Center 6-8 P.M. February 17th Burke High Cafeteria 6-8 P.M. All are welcome! Your input is appreciated, and we will be happy to answer your questions. Thanks for your consideration—and thanks for your support of OPS. Joslyn Elementary Goes Green Joslyn Elementary kicked off the "Going Green at Joslyn" recycling program in January thanks to a $1,650 grant from Sam's Club. The student council is spearheading the program and plans to use the money to buy recyclable containers, books on recycling for the school library, and any other recycling-related supplies in the future. Students and staff will now recycle paper, plastic and aluminum. Schools Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, several schools planned ceremonies and/or special projects paying tribute to those who died and thanking those who serve. Click here to see a photo slideshow from Patriot Day 2011. Comments are closed.