BANDS FESTIVAL: The Wayne (Neb.) State College department of music is hosting today’s Festival of Honor Bands. High school musicians from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota auditioned to participate. They will perform a 4:30 p.m. concert in the Ramsey Theater in the Peterson Fine Arts Building. Admission is $5 at the door.
PARENTING CLASSES: Millard Public Schools will offer “Common Sense Parenting — Make a Difference!” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Feb. 21. Common Sense Parenting is a positive way for parents to be in charge of their children ages 5 to 16. The program teaches proven parenting methods developed at Boys Town. To register, contact Shelly Mann in the office of staff development at 402-715-8418 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The course fee, $50 per family, will be collected at the first class, which will meet at the Ron Witt Support Services Center, 13737 Industrial Road, Entrance A. Park in the front parking lot. The deadline to register is Feb. 19.
NOW YOU’RE TALKING: Papillion-La Vista South is hosting a speech tournament today.
SPELL IT: OPS will have its district spelling bee Tuesday.
ALL DRESSED UP: Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson will have its winter formal Snow Ball tonight.
ORCHESTRA: Many area high school students are participating in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Honors Orchestra today and Sunday at the UNO Performing Arts Center.
M&M PARTY: Manicures & Margaritas, a benefit for Council Bluffs St. Albert, will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Queen of Apostles Social Hall, 3304 Fourth Ave. Tickets, $30, include a manicure, two drinks and snacks. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are available at St. Albert Primary School, St. Albert High School, the school’s business office or by calling Laura Fender at 402-351-8026.
SHOWDOWN: Lincoln Southwest is hosting today’s Southwest Showdown Show Choir Invitational.
PASS THE PARMESAN: Bellevue West’s swing choir West Connection will host a Feb. 9 evening of food, fun and song at Avery Presbyterian Church, 1910 Avery Road in Bellevue. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner. West Connection will perform at 7. Donations will be accepted to help with expenses for a competition trip to Branson, Mo.
ROBOTICS: High school teams from across Nebraska will meet in robot-to-robot competition Friday and Feb. 9 at Elkhorn Mount Michael for the 2013 Nebraska State Robotics Championship. Fifty high school robotics teams and more than 600 students, educators and spectators are expected. The Create Foundation, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) are sponsors. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday will be a sports-style school playoff, in which two teams from the same school form an alliance that battles through a double-elimination tournament with the winner being crowned School State Champion. On Saturday, randomly established alliances of robots from schools will compete. The final head-to-head competition will begin at 4 p.m. to decide the tournament champion. The public is welcome to watch all the competitions.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: For $5, Gretna’s post-prom committee will deliver Candy Grams on Valentine’s Day to any staff member or student in Gretna Public Schools. All orders and payments should be made by Friday in a school office.
MORE MUSIC: Hastings College will host Hastings Honors Orchestra students from Thursday through Feb. 9. A number of area high school orchestra students will participate.
JAZZ: The Morningside College Jazz Festival will be Friday at the college in Sioux City, Iowa. Many area high school jazz students will participate.
MORE CRACKERS, PLEASE: Westside Activities Committee will host a chili feed from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Omaha Westside.
JUST FOR KIDS: The Papillion-La Vista Show Choir will host a kids show choir clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Participants will work on singing and dancing skills with Papillion-La Vista show choir members. Participants will perform at 4 p.m. that day. The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades three through eight. The cost is $35 and includes a pizza lunch, a snack and a T-shirt. For more information, contact Melinda Morrison at email@example.com or 402-212-3261. The deadline to register is Feb. 14.
LOTS OF BANDS: Omaha Westside will host Westside elementary schools Tuesday evening for the sixth-grade Band-O-Rama performance.
NOW PLAYING: Papillion-La Vista South will stage “The Foreigner” at 7 p.m. Friday and Feb. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and $4 for children. To buy tickets, call Titan Town at 402-829-4605.
PEER MODELS: Applications are being accepted for the 2013-14 school year for peer models to join the children in the Millard Public Schools Special Education Preschool Program. Eligible children must be born between Aug. 1, 2008, and July 31, 2010, and have average to above-average skills in language, social-emotional development, pre-academics and motor development. Preschool hours are three hours a day, four days a week. Parents provide transportation, but the preschool is free. The district has programs at Cody, Sandoz, Montclair, Wheeler and Hitchcock Elementaries. There are limited spaces available at each site. Applications are due Feb. 15. Applicants will be randomly selected. To apply, complete a Peer Model Application on the Millard Public Schools website, mpsomaha.org. Print, fill out and return by Feb. 15. You may return it by email, fax, U.S. mail or drop it off. The address is Jean Savage, Early Childhood Special Education Secretary, 5606 S. 147th St., Omaha, NE 68137; firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: 402-715-8448.
JUMP ROPE: Ezra Millard Elementary is participating this month in Jump Rope For Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Second- through fifth-graders take part. Fourth grade had its event Friday after school. Third grade will have its event next Friday after school. Second and fifth grades will have their events Feb. 21-22 during physical education classes.
LET’S TALK: Elkhorn Middle School will have a parent communication meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
ART ON DISPLAY: Arbor Park Intermediate School in Blair will have an All Student Art Show during the week of parent-teacher conferences. All students will have one or more pieces of art, created in art class and chosen by them, on display. The show will begin Monday and run through early March.
MORE POPCORN, PLEASE: The PTO at Standing Bear Elementary in OPS will sponsor movie night Friday.
POPULAR BOOK: Sunny Slope Elementary in OPS will celebrate the book “The Hundred Dresses” at a final One School/One Book activity Tuesday.
HEALTH: Pinewood Elementary in OPS will have Wellness Night on Thursday.
JUST FOR BOYS: Hillside Elementary in Westside has started a Boys Read Book Club. Dr. Ally Hauptman, Hillside’s literacy coach, and librarian Stacy Johnson saw a need to engage boys to spend more time reading. So the two wrote a grant proposal, which the Westside Foundation approved, to start the club. It engages boys in fourth through sixth grade in reading and discussing great books to try to motivate them to read. Hauptman and Johnson want to start a love of reading that could lead to increased reading achievement and lifelong readers. About 20 boys were invited to join the club and are meeting in five groups with Hauptman, Johnson, teachers Daren Folchert and Christopher Turner, and teacher leader Dr. Greg Betts. The goal is to read and discuss books that are first in a series or by an author. The boys read and discuss the first book in a high-interest series and then are given a second book to read on their own and keep. “The idea is to get the boys so excited about the first book that they want to read the second and possibly more books in the series on their own,” Hauptman and Johnson stated in their grant. Hauptman said the kids are really excited: “I heard four sixth-grade boys in the book club walking down the hall talking about their book. They were so excited and so animated and it has generated such a buzz that several students a week ask me about how they can get into the club.” The boys will read at least five books this semester, including “Brotherband Chronicles” by John Flanagan, “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, “Storm Runner” series by Roland Smith and “My Life as a Book” by Janet Tashjian.
TIME TO VOTE: The Community Club at Loveland Elementary in Westside is considering a request to buy the math software program IXL. This is a Web-based site for math concepts from kindergarten through sixth grade. It supplements school curriculum covering math from all angles, offering visual representations, word problems, interactive activities and more. It cost $1,750 for one year of the program, which would be available to all students. Students could access IXL during free time at school as well as any other time they had access to a computer. For more information, visit ixl.com/. The Community Club will vote on the purchase at its 7 p.m. Feb. 11 meeting.
HEART MONTH: February is Heart Health month. To kick off Heart Health awareness, students and faculty at Loveland Elementary in Westside wore red Friday. That evening, the school had an open gym for “Jump Rope for Heart” to raise money for the American Heart Association.
BE MINE: The Student Council at Cather Elementary in Millard is selling Candy Grams before Valentine’s Day.
BUSY SCHOOL: Cody Elementary in Millard will have Cody Night at the library on Monday. Friday during school, fourth- and fifth-graders will go to Western Bowl.
SKATING: Norris Elementary in Millard will have family skate night Tuesday at Skate Daze, 3616 S. 132nd St.
WHAT YOU KNOW: Reagan Elementary in Millard will have its Show What You Know Fair on Monday evening. All students were invited to participate by creating a display showing something they know. Individual, family and group projects were welcome. Also Monday, Reagan will have a 3:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Pint-Size Hero Blood Drive. To make an appointment to donate, go to redcrossblood.org and search sponsor code 0092832 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
SCRAPBOOKING: Reagan Elementary will sponsor a fundraising Scrapbook Day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. Proceeds will go for a new school mascot and beautification projects. For a donation of $30, you will get a meal, snacks, goody bag, reserved table and more. The registration deadline at this price is Monday. After Monday, it increases to $45. Email reservations to Bridget.Lewis@nebraska-blue.com. Let her know if you have someone you want to be seated with or if you have any special dietary needs.
BINGO: Willowdale Elementary in Millard played Bingo for Books on Thursday, courtesy of the PTO.
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HANDS ON EQUATIONS: Paddock Road Elementary in Westside had this information in a recent newsletter. Jenny Henningsen, talented and gifted teacher, received a $250 grant from the Ritonya Buscher Poehling Scholarship Fund. The funds will go to buy a classroom set of Hands on Equations. The program is a visual and kinesthetic teaching method that introduces algebraic concepts.
COLLECTION: The Boy and Cub Scouts at Paddock Road Elementary in Westside are doing a service project to provide a church pantry with day-to-day items. The collection drive will run Monday through Friday. The Scouts need these items to support the pantry: paper towels, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, deodorant, paper grocery bags, canned soup, facial tissue, toilet tissue and shampoo.
HISTORY EVENT: Sunset Hills Elementary in Westside will have a history event at 7 p.m. Thursday.
PIZZA, ANYONE? Participants in Destination Imagination at Ralston Middle School will have a fundraiser Monday at Pizza Ranch, 3010 S. 84th St. The DI team will work at Pizza Ranch to raise money for district and state competitions.
OFF AND READING: Mockingbird Elementary in Ralston started its Hit the Books reading incentive program Friday. The Omaha Storm Chasers-sponsored program will end March 1, the day Dr. Seuss’ birthday will be celebrated this year. Students will read to round the bases by reaching goals set by their teachers.
RETREAT: Junior high students at Our Lady of Lourdes School recently had a Youth Frontiers “Courage” retreat.
TAKE TIME TO REMEMBER: Conestoga will have the photo exhibit “Remembering Our Fallen” on display Monday through Friday. The exhibit honors men and women in the military with ties to Nebraska who have been killed in Afghanistan or Iraq while serving in the war on terror. “Remembering Our Fallen” was created by Bill and Evonne Williams with help from The World-Herald.
TIME FOR BED: The Papillion-La Vista School District invites parents to a free workshop, “How the Rest Was Won: How to Make Sleep Time Successful.” The presentation will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Central Office. Representatives from Behaven Kids, an organization in the Omaha metro area that focuses on building positive behaviors in children, will make the presentation. The workshop will help teach parents the proper environment to enhance sleep readiness and join an in-depth discussion on the appropriate discipline to use when a child misbehaves at nap time or bedtime. Preregistration is required by contacting Kristy Feden at 402-514-3243 or email@example.com.
ONE BOOK: Hickory Hill Elementary in Papillion is having an all-school book club. Hickory Hill families got a free copy of the book “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney. Families were encouraged to follow a schoolwide reading schedule, generally 20 minutes a night. School staff will also be reading along with the families. Students will have the opportunity to answer questions about the book that encourage attentive listening. The celebration will close with Bedtime and Books at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Feb. 7
NAP TIME? Students at Portal Elementary in La Vista wore their pajamas to school Friday. The school’s Star Council sponsored this activity to promote school spirit.
STAGE SHOW: Fourth-graders at Anderson Grove and G. Stanley Hall Elementaries in the Papillion-La Vista district saw a special presentation Friday of “NebraskaLand,” put on by the Rose Theater. Actors portrayed famous Nebraskans and talked about important aspects of the state. This event helps to highlight what the students have been learning in their social studies class.
SUMMER SCIENCE: Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds invite graduating seniors to apply to be a delegate to the 2013 National Youth Science Camp. Two Iowa seniors will get a full scholarship to the camp next summer in West Virginia. Students may nominate themselves or may be nominated by school administrators, teachers or parents. The three-week camp includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists, overnight camping in the Monogahela National Forest, and a visit to Washington. Delegates must demonstrate academic achievement in science and potential for thoughtful scientific leadership. Camp dates are June 26 to July 20. Application forms are available at 2013.nysc.org/ and must be submitted to the Iowa Academy of Science as follows: Attention Marcy Seavey, NYSC, Iowa Academy of Science; 2607 Campus St.; Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0508. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 15. Delegates and alternates will be honored April 19 by Iowa’s scientific community at the 125th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science at Simpson College.
FUN NIGHT: Underwood Middle School will have fun night Friday.
NEW BRANCH BANK: Students at Hoover Elementary in Council Bluffs can learn about saving money and how a bank operates with its new student-run bank branch. The branch is the fifth “Bank in a School” opened in Omaha and Council Bluffs by U.S. Bank and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Economic Education. Hoover’s bank is the second “Bank in a School” branch opened in the Council Bluffs district. The first opened last year at Bloomer Elementary. The new bank, open to Hoover Elementary students only, is designed to introduce the concept of saving money at an early age, which will be reinforced throughout the school’s curriculum. U.S. Bank matched each student’s first deposit of up to $5. Incentives including piggy banks, key chains, pens and pencils will be provided by U.S. Bank as students reach savings goals. All students must have parental permission to participate. The branch will be open once a week for savings deposits only. Hoover student tellers will be supervised by U.S. Bank employee volunteers. Anna Boes, a fifth-grade teller, said of the training: “We got to experience what it was like to be at the teller booth and we took turns being customers and being able to practice,” she said. “We even got to hold $100,000, which was really exciting.”
ORATION: The Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Large Group Speech contest is today in Waukee.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Glenwood will participate Sunday in Pella Jazzmania.
KEEP MOVING: Fifth-graders at Riverside Community Schools will have an ice skating and bowling trip Friday.
SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: The Sioux City Noon Lions Club is accepting college scholarship applications from high school seniors who will be graduating in May from Sioux City East, North, West or Bishop Heelan. The club will grant three $1,000 scholarships to three qualifying high school seniors who have been accepted as full-time students at Briar Cliff University, Morningside College or the School of Arts and Sciences at Western Iowa Technical Community College. Application deadline is April 12.
SOUP TIME: Waverly-Eagle School Band Soup Supper will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Waverly High School. Concerts that evening will feature fifth- through ninth-grade band, varsity band, middle school and high school jazz band. Tickets are available in advance from band students or at the door. The cost is $7 for fifth-graders and older, $4 for fourth-graders and younger.
PASS THE POPCORN: Beattie Elementary in Lincoln will have movie night Friday.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service