8 June YOU'RE INVITED: Celebrating Creativity In A Covid-19 Culture June 8, 2020 By Alex Hassel Announcements Announcements 0 DON’T FORGET TO USE THE CODE: OSERT2020 Related Articles Pinewood Elementary Summer School Students Celebrate Cultures Pinewood Elementary students studied a different culture each week of summer school. The school’s library media specialist organized a wide range of activities for students and the surrounding community, and invited several guest speakers to the school to enhance the lessons. Guests included: a Mexican folkloric dance group; Hispanic storyteller and artist Linda Garcia; African storyteller Awele; African performance artist Charles Ahovissi; Chinese dancers and martial artists from the Omaha Chinese Culture Association; and origami artist Chizuko Takechi of the Nebraska Arts Council. Click here to see a photo slideshow of some of the presentations and activities! Celebrating OPS Alumni Jeff Snow graduated from Omaha Bryan High School in 1988. Snow is the Co-owner and Executive Chef of Catering Creations, "Voted Best Caterer” in Omaha since 2011 and specializing in custom menus for events of all styles from 40 to 3000 guests. Chef Snow also co-owns with his wife, Jennifer. Catering Creations is located in the Omaha Old Market at 19th and Jackson. Snow began cooking at such an early age, he can't even remember a time when he wasn't working in a kitchen or studying the culinary arts. Snow attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York where he obtained a degree in Occupational Studies. Upon graduation of the C.I.A., Jeff worked at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida and at Sarducci's Italian Restaurant in Plano, Texas. Snow eventually returned to his hometown of Omaha and worked for ten years as the Executive Chef of a French café in downtown Omaha. Jeff started his catering and event planning company with his wife in 2002 and Catering Creations now brings the restaurant to you with off-premise catering services for a wide variety of events. Ryan Ellis graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1997. Ellis began his career P.J. Morgan Real Estate as an intern while attending Creighton University. He graduated from Creighton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and took on a leadership role as property manager for P.J. Morgan Real Estate. In 2007, Ryan was promoted to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer due to his outstanding leadership and his excellent work in real estate sales and leasing. In 2009, Ryan became the President of P.J. Morgan Real Estate. John Krayneski graduated from Omaha South High School in 1961. Krayneski is the owner of AAA Building Components and Quality Door & Trim. The oldest of 10 children, Krayneski is a founding board member of the South High School Alumni Association and is past President emeritus. Krayneski was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 1996. A Gold Key National Home Builders Association, Krayneski has served on the boards of the Metropolitan Home Builders Association for 15 years and the Nebraska State Home Builders. He is a MOBA Associate of the Year as well as a 50 Penny Spike recipient. Krayneski and his wife Beverly (Moravec) Krayneski - 1962 have made significant financial and volunteer contributions to South High School through the Alumni Association. Peg Harriott graduated from Benson High School in 1974. She serves as President and CEO for the Child Saving Institute. Harriott oversees the agency’s administration, programming and services, financing, and fundraising. Harriott also served in leadership positions at Uta Halee from 1978 to 1999 and as the Executive Director of Omaha’s YWCA from 1999 - 2008. Harriott has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received the UNO College of Business Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. As an Omaha Benson High School Graduate, she was also inducted into the Benson Hall of Fame in April 2008. Quiana Smith graduated from Omaha North High School in 1995. She pursued a career in acting and singing and later took her talents to Broadway after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ithaca College Musical Theater. Smith has appeared in all major venues, sang at a Presidential inauguration, spent three years with the Disney production of Mary Poppins, and has been a guest soloist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. Smith is the daughter of longtime Omaha World-Herald photojournalist Rudy Smith. After numerous successful roles in Broadway theatre and the positive experience of her first TV screen work, a co-starring role on the BET mini-series A Royal Birthday, Smith is pursuing more TV and film work in Los Angeles. Pete McCann, age 49, founded Ideal Images in July 1998 with just a $10,000.00 investment. Ideal Images has since become the largest company in its industry in Nebraska. Ideal Images proudly employs over 50 people and is based in Omaha, NE. Before founding Ideal Images, Pete McCann worked in the sporting goods industry for over 15 years. Over this time he worked at United Sporting Goods, Olympia Village and Charlie Rose Baseball. McCann participated in all phases of the business. From that experience, Pete McCann concluded he would launch his own business, Ideal Images. Pete McCann is an active participant in many philanthropic endeavors. He annually supports the following organizations; Campfire USA, Salvation Army, DJ Heroes, Creighton Athletic Foundation, Big Brother Big Sisters, Alzheimer’s Walk, UNO Women’s Walk and Heartland Family Services. This year, Pete was especially proud in playing a major role in helping the Team Jack Foundation raise over 1 million dollars in the fight against children’s pediatric cancer. He has also been actively involved in many Burke High School projects (baseball field, weight room and the stadium scoreboard) over the past several years. Pete also received the Hometown Hero’s award in the fall of 2015 from the Omaha FBI in honor of the work he did in raising over $230,000 to the family of Officer Kerrie Orozco who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Pete lives in Omaha and is a Burke High School graduate from the class of 1985. He lettered in football and baseball. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Stephanie, Burke 1987 for 29 years. The have raised four children, Alex (Burke 2007), Morgan (Burke 2010), Mitchell (Burke 2012) and Mason (Burke 2014). Debra Esser, MD graduated from Northwest High School in 1975. Dr. Esser is vice president, medical policy and quality medical director. She is a member of the Blue Cross Shield of Nebraska leadership team with responsibility for medical policy and medical review, as well as strategic oversight of quality management programs. Previously, Dr. Esser served as chief medical officer for Aetna Better Health of Nebraska. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at Coventry Health Care Nebraska/Iowa, Omaha Physician’s Clinic and Methodist Hospital and United Healthcare Nebraska/Iowa. Dr. Esser is actively involved in community service and has served as president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society board of directors and is currently president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society Foundation, in addition to being a member of Live Well Omaha and Hope Medical boards. She is also on Senator Gloor’s Patient Centered Medical Home steering committee. Dr. Esser completed medical school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha/Lincoln and her family practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in medical management from Tulane University. Susana Lara graduated from South High School in 1991. Susana was inducted into the South High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Susana Lara is a curriculum specialist at Omaha South High School. She received her B.S. degree in secondary education with endorsements in Spanish, English and ESL and her M.A. degree in education leadership in teaching and learning. Her students won awards in the National Spanish Exam Competition and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Language Competition. She worked to create curriculum for the first “Spanish for Spanish” program and to align it with the Language Arts curriculum to support literacy and writing skills in both English and Spanish, which is growing. She advocated for a Latin American Studies course, which is now offered to students. As Advanced Placement coordinator, she has worked with other teachers to expand the program, resulting in South High having the highest number of students taking and passing the AP Spanish and Culture Examination. The classes have grown from one section to multiple sections and have maintained high passing rates. She works with parents to inform them of the benefits of advanced placement, dual enrollment and higher education. She held a parent-student conference and college fair that included more than 100 parents and students who visited the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Other schools since have followed suit. She won the Knights of Columbus Education Leadership Award, Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award and a Barrientos Scholarship Award in Education. Her community service includes starting the first Spanish youth club at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She volunteers as a religious education teacher at the church and has received volunteer awards from Gomez Heritage Elementary School. The Latino Leaders group she sponsors has volunteered at local elementary schools, adopted families at Christmas, cleaned up South Omaha, painted over graffiti, and participated in Cinco de Mayo activities. Niles Paul graduated from Omaha North High School in 2007 where he was a three-sport star in football, track and basketball. Paul helped Omaha North to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class A state quarterfinals. Paul was regarded as the top prospect in the state of Nebraska in 2007 and later went on to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2007 to 2010 and ended his college career with 103 receptions for 1,532 yards and 5 touchdowns. His career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranks fifth all-time in Nebraska history. Paul was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft as a wide receiver by the Washington Redskins, the team he continues to play for. Niles Paul continues to give back to North High and the Viking football team through mentoring opportunities. His family is a primary fundraiser for a scholarship recognizing North High volunteers. John Mangiameli is a former Omaha Northwest High School graduate of 1973. After graduating from Northwest, Mangiameli received his cosmetology license and is now the president and owner of Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa in Omaha, Nebraska located off of 120th and Pacific Street. Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa has been in business since 1982. Mangiameli says his inspiration as a hair stylist comes from working as an apprentice under his father. When asked what keeps him inspired John says, “as long as hair keeps growing and turning gray we will be in business.” Dr. Alvin Samuels Jr. graduated from Omaha Central High School in 2006. After high school he attended Creighton University where he received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology in 2010. While at Creighton Samuels spent four months studying abroad in the Dominican Republic, joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and participated as an officer in the Pre-Dental Society. After college, Samuels spent a year academically preparing for dental school in the Post-Baccalaureate Program at Creighton University. After the post-bac program Samuels enrolled in dental school at Creighton University School of Dentistry. While in dental school Samuels married his wife, Yvonnda A. Samuels, JD. Yvonnda graduated from Creighton’s School of Law in 2014 and Samuels graduated from Creighton’s School of Dentistry in 2015. Samuels was able to attend dental school via the United States Navy Health Profession Scholarship Program and as a result, he is currently practicing dentistry as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Samuels is practicing as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Norfolk, VA. This past January Samuels and his wife were blessed with their first child, a daughter, Amora Samuels. Upon completion of Samuels five-year commitment to the Navy he plans to become a Navy dental specialist or return to Omaha where he and his wife will practice their respective professions. Angeline Larson (Petak) is a proud South Omaha girl who graduated salutatorian from Omaha Bryan High School in 2002. She has an MBA from Creighton University and a BS from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Larson currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. a federally qualified health center system serving the medically underserved, under-represented, and underinsured residents in Omaha. In her role at Charles Drew, she leads the school-based health center program, health care for the homeless and primary care in public housing programs. She also leads the Corporate Compliance program, Medical Records, Patient Financial Services, Information Technology, Facilities, and Enabling Services such as interpreter services, transportation and reception. Larson also serves as the Youth Exchange Officer for international high school exchange students for the Rotary Club of Omaha Suburban a volunteer organization. She also volunteers as an advisory board member of the Creighton chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority and serves on the selection committee for Youth Leadership Omaha. Larson is proud of the education she received at Bryan High School where she was a 4-year varsity letter winner in Volleyball and was involved in Yearbook, National Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council. She credits her coaches Mr. Tom O'Hara and Mr. Paul Boisseree for influencing her love of both volleyball and tennis. She also credits her English teacher Mrs. Cathy Pierson who pushed her to succeed. "Mrs. Pierson taught my most difficult high school class, Senior AP English. She never let me cut corners and held me accountable to my work. She believed I was smart and pushed me to be better," Larson said. Angeline is married and lives in Omaha with her husband Peter Larson, an engineer at the University of Nebraska Medical Center - UNMC. Fernando “Butch” Lecuona III graduated from Benson High School in 1969. Butch served as Deputy Assistant to Omaha Mayor, Mike Fahey after retiring as the State of Nebraska Commissioner of Labor through three gubernatorial administrations from both political parties. Butch also served as a Cabinet member in each administration. Butch was in his 18th year with the Nebraska Workforce Development-Department of Labor when he retired from State government. Butch is now CEO/Executive Director for the Community Education Foundation in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Camille Metoyer-Moten graduated from Burke High School in 1972. A native of Omaha, Camille has been singing and acting in the city and surrounding region for more than 30 years. Often described as “Omaha’s most versatile singer” she is an independent singer/songwriter and performs for many special events around the city as a guest soloist and also has her own pop/jazz band. Her theater performance credits include starring roles in Ragtime, Evita, Funny Girl, Tarzan, Little Women and Having Our Say to name a few. Her musical travels have taken her to Barcelona, Spain. She has been a recipient of several awards including the Omaha Arts and Entertainment award, Theater Arts Guild and Fonda/McGuire awards. Her guest solo appearances have included the Omaha Symphony, Jazz on the Green and the Governor’s Arts Ball. She was recently nominated as top jazz vocalist for 2015 in the city. She has released two CD's and is in the planning stages of a third. Camille is also a public speaker and has released an inspirational book regarding her recent battle with cancer. Camille has been inducted into the Omaha Black Musicians Hall of Fame. Camille has been married to Bishop Michael T. Moten for 40 years and has two grown children. Her first love is serving the Lord. Camille has her music website at: www.musicbycamille.com Celebrating our Omaha Public Schools Alumni in 2017 Dr. Richard Bruneteau Dr. Bruneteau is a native of Omaha who graduated from Burke High School in 1974. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to his general surgery residency at the University of Iowa he also completed a two-year residency in plastic surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Bruneteau completed a fellowship in micro vascular surgery at the University of California and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Bruneteau returned to Omaha in 1990 and has been in practice at Aesthetic Surgical Images since that time. Dr. Bruneteau is board certified in plastic surgery and general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He belongs to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Metro Omaha Medical Society. He has written numerous articles in medical journals regarding plastic surgery. He is currently an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to being a renowned plastic surgeons in Omaha, Dr. Bruneteau was the director of the craniofacial team at Children’s Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. He has served on several charitable boards in the Omaha area. He was a member of the original UNO hockey committee that established UNO’s Division I hockey program. He has been actively involved in coaching youth hockey at multiple levels. Dr. Bruneteau has been married to his wife, Mitzi, since 1981. They have four sons: Brett, Matt, Nick and Tyler. Penny Sackett Penny D. Sackett graduated from North High in 1974. She is internationally acclaimed as a physicist, astronomer, and former chief scientist for Australia. Penny was part of a global network that discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star other than Earth’s sun. She was named Australia’s Chief Scientist, has worked in the Netherlands, and is on the Nobel Laureate Symposium. Possessing a worldwide reputation, she is a consultant and was honored recently as an outstanding alumna by UNO. Michelle A. Peak Michelle A. Peak graduated from Benson High School in 1987. She is the Director and Senior Labor Attorney for American Airlines. In her practice, Michelle manages a wide range of labor and employment issues for the $30 billion airline that flies to 350 destinations in more than 50 countries and has over 100,000 employees. Michelle concentrates on matters with a specific focus on the airline industry and the Railway Labor Act. She litigates and resolves issues involving collective bargaining and contract interpretation and mediates and arbitrates employee grievances. Michelle also provides labor and employment counsel and strategic advice to the airline’s executives designed to minimize legal risks, maximize profit potential, and achieve the best in employee relations and human resource practices. Michelle is a frequent speaker around the country discussing topics related to Labor Law and Diversity & Inclusion. She also acts as a mentor to diverse attorneys in an effort to help them navigate the legal profession and achieve their full potential. Michelle is also very active in her community and local bar associations with the following affiliations: -American Airlines Education Foundation, Board of Directors (2016 – Present) -LPAC, Board of Directors (2016) -Association of Corporate Counsel-DFW, Board of Directors (2013 – Present) (Chair, Diversity Committee) -Lambda Legal Board of Directors (2009 - 2015) (Co-Chair, Board Governance and Executive Committee Member 2012 - 2014) -Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Advisory Board (2005 – Present ) -Texas Minority Counsel Program, Board of Directors (2002 - 2014) (Co-Chair 2009-2011) -Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Advisory Board (2014 - 2015) -Butler Gast YMCA, Board of Directors (1997 - 1999) -Crèche Child Care Center, Board of Directors (1997 - 1999) Awards: -2017 Benson High School Hall of Fame Inductee -2013 Corporate Counsel of the Year, Texas State Bar Office of Minority Affairs -2013 Top 100 Emerging Leaders under 50, Diversity MBA -2013 Corporate Counsel Award – Champion of Diversity, ACC and D CEO Kim Cowman Kim Cowman (Bunz) graduated from Omaha South High in 1999. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Architectural Engineering. Cowman is a Senior Associate and Senior Mechanical Engineer at LEO A DALY. She's been with the company for 13 years. During her time at LEO A DALY, Cowman has worked on projects all over the United States that include: the design of the Boystown West Hospital, CHI Hospital in Saint Joseph London, Kentucky, and the rebuild of the VA Biloxi Facility after Hurricane Katrina. Kim is married to Jeff Cowman, has a son named Charlie and another son on the way. Harry Friedman Click here to learn more about Harry Friedman, an Omaha native and 1964 graduate of Omaha Central High School. Deb Grafentin Deb Grafentin graduated from Northwest High School in 1975. She has a bachelors of science degree in physical education from the University of Miami and a masters of art in management from Bellevue University. Grafentin is currently the director and head coach of the River City Juniors Volleyball Club since 1987. She’s also the primary owner and director of The Volleyball Academy for the past eleven years. Grafentin opened a new 50,000 sq. ft facility in February of 2017. She has a coaching and teaching background that spans 45 years. Starting in 1971 with 14 years of coaching swimming and diving, 32 years of club coaching,17 years of teaching physical education, physical training/nutrition, and seven years of coaching and teaching at the collegiate level. Deb is also a head coach and professor at Bellevue University and Assistant Coach at Creighton University. Some Highlights -Voted Best of Omaha 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 - The Volleyball Academy (TVA) -2013 Club of the Month (River City Juniors) -Over 300 wins at the High School level -Over 100 wins at the Collegiate Level -2014 JVA Service Recognition for over 20 yrs service to volleyball Ivan Gilreath Ivan Gilreath graduated from Bryan High School in 1977. Gilreath is an Omaha native and Boys & Girls Club alumnus and has been the President and CEO of Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands since 2011. Previous to his work at Boys and Girls Club, Ivan worked at ING Insurance in Minneapolis and for 20 years with Mutual of Omaha. He has a bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MBA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He shares, “I am a product of my Club and my community, and I hope my story and my experiences will inspire the youth of our Clubs to dream bigger and expect more of themselves and their futures. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is a great organization and I look forward to continuing that tradition of greatness.” OPS credits many tools for testing successes Teachers at Central Park Elementary like Anna Nugara, who teaches first grade, have helped raise test scores at Central Park Elementary, but Principal Sturgeon says there is still work to be done. OPS credits many tools for testing successes OPS administrators, principals, teachers, staff, and students are celebrating test score improvements across the district. Test results from the 2015-2016 school year showed growth across the board for science, math, reading and writing. The Journey Superintendent Mark Evans recently stated, “Our hiring of four principal supervisors several years ago to serve in coaching and mentoring roles to help provide building principals with additional central office support and resources, particularly for those schools that have shown persistently low achievement in the past, has demonstrated positive results, especially for schools that have struggled with achievement in the past.” It was back in 2014 that OPS moved Dwayne Chism, Pam Cohn, Melissa Comine, and Lisa Utterback, all former principals, into Executive Director positions. Since that time, reading scores have improved by 6.42 percent, math scores by 5.58 percent, science scores by 4.32 percent and writing scores by 10.72 percent. Utterback, an Elementary Executive Director for 21 OPS schools, said the success since that time cannot simply be attributed to a particular change, but rather, a combination of effective practices, aligned supports, and resources. "Our collective success really was not about one specific element or action,” she said. "The district made significant gains in our identified lowest performing REACH Schools this past year and we are really proud of our joint efforts. The Executive Directors worked very closely with our principals throughout the year and remained focused on increasing student achievement. Principals appreciated having a consistent thought partner to work collaboratively with on the journey. Meetings consisted of looking at data, setting attainable goals and developing action steps to move the work. Data was monitored on an ongoing basis and used to make informed decisions regarding next steps. Identified key resources and supports were also employed accordingly to schools. Our principals are incredibly hard-working leaders who take pride in serving in their respective building and they appreciate the authentic partnership with their Executive Director." Utterback added that team cohesion has also been a large factor. Since Evans joined OPS as Superintendent, there has been a Principals’ Institute each summer. Not only do the principals and administrators spend time together, but they also participate in professional development. For example, the past two institutes focused on culture while studying the book, ‘School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It,’ by Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker and the importance of collaboration with peers. Principals were an integral part of building the now established Principal Professional Learning Communities. “I think what comes to the forefront of my mind is we are truly aligned as a district. This can be attributed to we are listening to what our principals in schools need, and responding accordingly,” Utterback said. New Practices Led to Improvements Other new practices have made a big difference as well. In recent years, principals have put together School Improvement Plans that allow for meaningful professional development opportunities for teachers throughout the year. In addition, teachers and administrators can now analyze data together in Instructional Leadership Team Meetings and make informed decisions about further actions to lead the way to success. Principals have been able to customize plans for their individual schools as well. Scott Sturgeon, for example, is the Principal at Central Park Elementary where scores have gone up over the last three years. That first year, science scores went up. Then it was science and math in the second year. In the third year, the school saw improvements in science, math, and writing. Sturgeon explained, “We have tried to narrow our focus for the last three years on four or five things that we think are important, that we think our kids need, and that we think will move the needle in terms of their ability to reach student success. So by doing that, instead of asking someone to get better on multiple things over time and constantly learning new things, we just said focus on these four or five areas and watch the improvement come from those things.” Another standout success story is Wakonda Elementary School. After OPS brought in Principal Ebony Harvey in 2015 to lead the school’s turnaround efforts, she began hiring an entirely new staff and set a new leadership vision and culture for the school. Since that time, Wakonda has seen an increase in community partnerships as well as parent engagement. As a result, the school achieved notable test score improvements from the previous year and even won the Gold Award within the district. Gold Award winners receive a recognition plaque and a catered lunch for the school’s teachers and staff. “We hit the ground running,” said Harvey. “We hired staff who came in excited about the turnaround efforts and what we would be doing for our kids. We’ve also had ample support from the district. Our team is committed to professional development, leadership, success and contributing to a building culture that commands academic excellence.” The 2015-2016 scores are a big cause for celebration, but the district acknowledges there is still work to do. The idea now is to keep momentum going for higher scores in the 2016-2017 school year. “Our conversation this year is good to great,” Sturgeon said. “We are now doing good, but the worst thing you can have happen is you get complacent and you decide that you’re doing well enough, so what we challenged them is to look five years down the road and say, ‘What do you want to be in five years?’” “When it comes to building a road map to success, you do not want a one hit wonder. You want to build a model that continues onward and becomes part of the practice each and every day in those schools,” Utterback said. OPS Fourth-Graders Attend Annual Native American Education Days Nearly 4,200 OPS fourth-grade students had the opportunity to learn about Native American culture during the eighth annual Dreams of Eagles Native American/Indian Education Days held at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha campus in mid-September. Elders and tribal members from the Ponca, Santee Sioux, Yankton Sioux, Winnebago/Ho Chunk, Omaha, Cheyenne River Sioux, and Rosebud Sioux tribes will provide perspectives on urban and reservation life. Faculty from Sinte Gleska University, one of the oldest tribally controlled colleges in the country, will also present information. More than 40 Native American artists and experts will share facts and stories about Native American culture and allow teachers and students to interview them. Learning station displays will include: leather, moccasins, jewelry, paintings, clothing, herbs and medicines, dance, language and clothing. Four tipis will also be on display, representing four tribes native to Nebraska: Winnebago, Sioux, Omaha and Ponca. Click here to see a photo slideshow! Nathan Hale Middle School Mural Nathan Hale Middle School has completed a mural at the school celebrating the district's 150th anniversary. The mural features many famous African Americans of the past and present, including Omahans Luigi Waites, Thomas Wilkins, John Beasley and Preston Love. Comments are closed.