Family and Community Relations Programs

 

The Adopt-A-School (AAS) partnership program successfully joins the Omaha Public Schools with businesses and organizations in the Omaha community.  This program is designed to enhance the exchange of resources and expertise between schools and the private sector.  These lasting partnerships are mutually beneficial in providing enrichment to the community and to the schools. 

History 
The Adopt A School Partnership Program initiated in 1983, encompasses hundreds of agencies, business, and organizations that work with schools in the Omaha Public School District. Each partnership is designed to be a mutually beneficial sharing of resources to enhance the education of students and the environment of the business partner.

Examples of Partnerships

  • Career Talks
  • Career Days/Career Fairs
  • Job Shadowing
  • Internships/Externship
  • Mentoring
  • Lunch/Reading Buddy
  • Project Based Learning
     

 

The African American History Challenge is a national education reading program designed to enhance the study of African American history and culture among middle and high school students. The winning team of the senior division competes at the National Competition. Omaha Public Schools partners with 100 Black Men, Inc. to support the program. 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Community Academic Achievement Awards are co-sponsored by the Community Academic Achievement Awards Committee and other community organizations. These organizations with assistance from Omaha Public Schools develop and coordinate special recognition programs for underrepresented students and parents. Examples of these programs are: 5A Awards, AWESOME Awards, HACE Awards, HOPE Awards, and Native Indian Centered Education Honors Ceremony.

5A (African-American Academic Achievement Awards):

      Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 2:00 P.M. | Northwest High School

 

HACE (Hispanic Academic Challengers of Excellence):

      Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. | Bryan High School

 

 

HOPE (Honoring Outstanding Performers in Education):

      Sunday, March 29, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.  & 3:00p.m. | South High Magnet School

                                                  *2 Programs will be conducted*

 

AAWESOME (African-American Well-Educated Students on the Move Everyday):

      Sunday, April 26, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. | Benson High Magnet School

 

Native American Achievement Awards:

      TBD 

 

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP MEETINGS

Leaders from the African American, Asian, Latino American, Native American, and Somali communities are invited to dialogue with the Superintendent regarding community and school issues. The purpose of these meetings is to strengthen the connection between the Omaha Public Schools and many publics served by the school district.

·         The Superintendent and staff discuss key issues such as legislation, funding, state and federal mandates, issues in the news and other topics impacting the school district.

·         The community leaders share community updates, accomplishments, concerns, and solutions.

Each community group meets with the superintendent once a year. Additional meetings are held, if necessary.

 

 

DISTRICT CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (DCAC)

Program Description

Community members throughout the Omaha Public Schools District serve as an information gathering and sharing committee to the Superintendent and administrative staff. Meetings throughout the school year keep the committee members informed on key issues occurring in the District. 

How does it work? 

The principal of your child(ren)’s school recommends you for membership for the current school year.

Membership involves a one-year commitment. 

There are four scheduled DCAC meetings throughout the school year.

DCAC Committee Offers an Opportunity for:

Table Talk with District Staff. 

Members to share information on topics of concern/interest with the OPS Superintendent and administrative staff. 

A safe place to discuss current topics/issues and collect feedback.

Members are encouraged to: 

Attend all four scheduled meetings.

Work in a collaborative manner with one another.

Express views and opinions constructively and respectfully.

Share pertinent information with their school’s principal and others in the school community. 

Join the DCAC Facebook group: DCAC Omaha.

 

2019-2020 Meeting Dates

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

October 8, 2019

December 10, 2019

February 11, 2020

April 14, 2020


Location

TAC Building 

Board Room - 2nd Floor

3215 Cuming Street

Omaha, NE 68131

Contact

Student and Community Services

531-299-0314

 

 

                                                         Omaha Public Schools
                                                            Greeters Program



About the Program

The Greeters Program utilizes volunteers to welcome students in a friendly and respectful way as they arrive to school in the morning. The program is presently implemented in the following elementary schools: Conestoga, Druid Hill, Franklin, Kellom, Kennedy, King, Lothrop, Mt. View, Skinner, and Wakonda.

How does it Work? Volunteers greet students at designated schools as they arrive in the morning. Volunteers work with the school to determine the days of the week and where they would like you to position yourself to greet. Volunteers are asked to greet at least once a week.

Who Participates? Volunteers come from a multitude of businesses and community organizations from across the greater Omaha area. Individuals such as parents or interested volunteers are also welcome to greet.

How do I get Involved? Individuals or organizations who want to greet should contact one of the pilot schools. Speak to the principal or building coordinator for the program. Contact the Office of Community, School and Family Engagement at (531)299-0314, if no specific school is preferred.

Every potential greeter must complete the Omaha Public Schools Application for Volunteer Services. The application forms are available on the tab found on this page, or at the school in which you want to greet. Completed forms are turned into the school at which you wish to greet.

 Greeters Brochure

 Greeter Application Packet

 Reader Application Packet