Papillion-La Vista School District

Welcome to Hickory Hill!

News for the Week of April 18, 2014
A word from Mr. Guthmiller 
I never imagined that at this time of year we would still need to be reminding students to dress appropriately for the colder weather!  But, it seems like even on the few really “nice sunny” days this spring—the children and adults here have needed to wear coats—at least in the morning and at recess!  Soon—very soon hopefully, we will be able to leave these behind at home!
It has been another busy week with NeSA testing and an opportunity to again thank students for their best efforts on the reading and math tests. We only have 5th and 6th grade math next week to complete this year’s testing!
I am pleased to announce several positions at Hickory Hill that have been filled for next year.
Special Education – Replacing Brooke Sampson will be Leah McGrew. After graduation, Leah spent three years working in the Columbus school district. After three years, she was presented an interesting opportunity and spent the first semester of this year as a relief teacher in Australia! Upon returning, Leah decided she wanted to be closer to family and moved back to Omaha and has spent the last few months working as an academic coach and tutor for a local organization. Welcome Leah!
1st grade – Replacing Sarah Rasmussen will be Stefanie Contreras. Stephanie has had a wide variety of experiences over the past few years. She taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades in Denver, CO as part of their university’s urban schools program. She’s also spent a great deal of time working here in Omaha at Educare. Fun fact about Stefanie – She attended grade school here at Hickory Hill!  Welcome Stefanie!
2nd grade – Replacing Shannon Miglini will be Lisa McCay. Lisa has spent this past semester student teaching in 2nd grade here in our district at Bell Elementary. Lisa is very enthusiastic, highly organized, has a positive attitude and full of great ideas! Two minutes into my conversation with Lisa and I knew she would be a great fit for our building and second grade team. Welcome Lisa!
Other staff changes already communicated –
Counselor – Replacing Nancy Husen will be Katie Boyle
Speech Language Pathologist – Replacing Caitlin Smith will be Laura Hartman
Special Education – Replacing Ashley Hergott will be Lindsey Smrcina
At this point, I believe that is it!  Have a great extended weekend everyone!
Mr. Guthmiller
Order your Yearbook Today
It's time to order your Hickory Hill yearbooks!  Order forms have been sent home with students.  Please return form & payment in a sealed envelope to the school office by April 25.  The cost is $15 per book.  Please make checks payable to:  Hickory Hill PTO & include "yearbook" in the memo line.  Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Kothenbeutel at 402-681-5392 or
Sneak a Peek into the 2014-2015 School Year!
All parents/guardians of current K-5 grade students and new kindergarten parents are invited to attend a special evening at Hickory Hill Elementary School.  Wednesday, May 7th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., all parents/guardians will get a preview of what the next school year will look like for their child.  Parents will visit the next grade level, meet staff and see what their child will be learning and how those objectives are taught to the students.  They will learn how they can support learning at home to help their child prepare for a successful 2014-2015 school year. Parents will be given materials that they can use over the summer with their child.  The Papillion-La Vista School District believes that in order to be successful, we need a team effort and strong connections between home and school.  Students will preview classes during the school day, so please make alternative arrangements for your children.  However, if this is not possible, feel free to bring them with you as that is a better option than not being able to attend.  We look forward to seeing you and talking about the learning your child will experience this next school year.
Sixth Grade Parents Invited to Junior High Orientation
Mark your calendars!  Sixth grade parents are invited to the parent orientation at the La Vista Junior High on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m.  This is a chance to meet with some of the junior high staff and learn more about the 7th grade program.  You will also have the opportunity to tour various parts of the building including classrooms and elective areas.
Class Lists for 2014-2015
Mr. Guthmiller and staff will soon begin developing class lists for 2014-2015.  While parent  requests for particular teachers are not considered, we are very interested in any information (learning styles, personality traits, educational needs, peer relationship concerns, etc.) about your child that you may want to share with us as we develop class lists for next year.  Such information must be submitted to him, in writing (or email), by May 1st.   The development of class lists is a very complicated, complex process that requires the consideration of a number of factors, so information received after May 1st may not be considered.
Important Dates 
April 18 & 21     No School
April 22             Robotics 3:10 P.M.
April 22             HH Singers 3:10 P.M.
April 23             Garden Club 3:10 P.M..
April 23             Math Olympiads 3:10 p.m.
April 23             Gr 4 Field Trip to Portal                Schoolhouse
April 24             HH Singers 3:10 P.M.
April 24             PTO Meeting 6:30 P.M.
April 25             Gr 5 Field Trip to NE Science            Festival
April 28             Student Council Field Trip
April 29             Gr 6 Parent Night
                        La Vista Junior High 7:00 P.M.
Mark Your Calendars -NeSA Testing Scheduled for April
Each spring all District students in grades three through eight, as well as eleventh grade students, complete the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments. These assessments are given in the following subject areas: Reading (3rd-8th, 11th), Mathematics (3rd-8th, 11th) and Science (5th, 8th, 11th). Results from the NeSA assessments are used to identify strengths and areas of need across the District, as well as for each individual student. These results will also allow our teaching staff to guide classroom instruction based on areas of need. Attending school during the testing days is very important.  Please do not schedule any appointments that may take your child out of school on the testing dates listed below.  As always we appreciate your support.
Listed below are the scheduled dates for the NeSA assessments:
Grade 5 Math            April 23            9:00-10:30
Grade 5 Math            April 24            9:00-10:30
Grade 6 Math            April 23            10:45-12:15
Grade 6 Math            April 24            10:45-12:15
Join us ….2014 Family Fest
Are you looking for fun, exciting activities for your children, youth or for your entire family?  Are you in need of particular resources to support your busy family?  You will find it all at the fourth annual “Family Fun Fest” happening Saturday, April 26 at Papillion-La Vista High School, 402 E. Centennial. Stop by anytime between 9-11 a.m. to visit with over 40 area businesses that will provide information ranging from summer camps and activities to resources and fun events for families, as well as pre-college opportunities. There will be lots of “freebies” and coupons from local businesses and attractions. While parents gather resources, students will be entertained with face painting, bounce houses, the Omaha Storm Chasers, “The Bug Guy” and so much more! This event is FREE!  Don’t miss this great family activity.  For more information, please contact: Patti Drewes at 402-514-3243.
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