Papillion-La Vista School District

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Hickory Hill - District Purpose and Direction
Purpose: The Hickory Hill community including staff, families, and community members, work together to develop students who are life-long learners and prepare every student for a successful transition into the next phase of his/her life.
Direction: Hickory Hill’s direction is to prepare every student for success through superior academic and behavioral programs delivered by highly effective educators.  Through the collaborative efforts of staff, families, and community members, Hickory Hill students become respectful, responsible and safe learners using innovative and research-based strategies in a safe and supportive environment.
News for the Week of May 15, 2015
Sarpy County Hosting Mock Mass Shooting Exercise Drill on May 28 
On Thursday, May 28, 2015 the Papillion-La Vista School District along with the Sarpy County law enforcement agencies,  all other Sarpy County school districts, fire and rescue, emergency management, Sarpy/Cass Health department and numerous other agencies are partnering together to conduct a mass school shooting exercise drill.  This drill, known as Operation First Bell, will test the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) recently developed and implemented throughout Sarpy County. This mass exercise will include over 200 role players, victims transported to the hospitals and a complete school evacuation and reunification. The entire exercise will take place at Papillion-La Vista South High School. It is important for parents and community members to be aware this is only a drill.
       Sarpy County is the first and only county in Nebraska to implement the SRP.  This mass exercise will be one of a kind in testing a county-wide response.  Student safety is a top priority and participating in an exercise such as this allows us to be certain we are prepared if anything ever happens.  If you have any questions, please contact Annette Eyman at 402-537-6200.

A word from Mr. Guthmiller –  
It is hard to believe we are ending the second to the last week of school!  Seems like just a short time ago we were welcoming everyone back for the new school year!  It is always difficult for staff to end the year and say good-bye to their students.  They have truly developed strong connections and relationships with their class and families!  Like parents, we feel a great sense of pride in all the accomplishments – big and small – that have been made throughout the year!  I know I speak for the entire staff by relaying that it has been an honor and privilege to have worked with your child(ren) this year!  Your children are simply the best. Thanks for all your support and trust!
We had a busy week at Hickory Hill!  Thank you to everyone who tried to attend the Storm Chaser’s game on Sunday.  It was a little rainy out there!  If you didn’t already get the message, the Storm Chasers will be honoring all tickets from Sunday’s game at any upcoming home game.  My family and I will be going back very soon!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful Friends of Hickory Hill for their service this year.  We wouldn’t be able to do many of the fun and exciting activities without such a supportive and active PTO.  They even provided a wonderful breakfast for the staff this past Wednesday morning.  We appreciate all of the support very much!  Thank you to all of the outgoing board members and welcome to the incoming.  I look forward to an even more successful 2015-16 school year!
If your child ordered a yearbook, they were distributed this week.  This will allow students to get them signed by friends and share memories without having to remember them on the last day of school.  Report cards will also be sent home with students on Wednesday, May 20th, so please look for your child’s report card in their backpack.  Report cards will be mailed US mail to any families leaving before the end of the year.
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Mr. Guthmiller
Class Lists for 2015-16
Mr. Guthmiller and staff will soon begin developing class lists for 2015-2016.  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.
Class Picnic are Scheduled
Class picnics have been scheduled for next week.  Students will need a sack lunch and comfortable shoes for walking. This is a grade-level activity, led by the teachers during the school day.  For safety and security reasons, visitors are not permitted to join.  The schedule is as follows:           
May 18 Kindergarten
May 18 4th Grade           
May 19 5th Grade          
May 19 2nd Grade         
May 20 3rd Grade
Please, remember the sunscreen!
Summer Library Starts Soon!
Hooray for Summer Library! We will start June 4th and be open from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Please use the northwest door near the library – we will have a sign near the door and we will post the other summer days and hours on the door. We certainly look forward to seeing our great readers over the summer!
June 4, 11, 18 25 & July 9 & 16.

Mrs. Bergen & Mrs. Trout
2015-2016 Jr. High Check-In
La Vista Junior High will be holding its 2015-2016 Fall Student Check-In for incoming 7th and 8th graders on Wednesday, August 12th  at PLHS due to construction at LVJH.  All incoming 7th grade students will have morning check in starting at 7:30 and 8th grade students will have afternoon check in starting at 12:00 and ending at 3:00.  Students will turn in required immunizations and physicals, complete necessary health screens, have pictures taken, receive schedules, deposit lunch money and purchase Monarch wear.  Please save the date and look for more information as summer approaches.
7th Grade Requirements
A reminder from the school nurse:  Nebraska law requires students entering 7th grade to have a complete physical (this physical also fulfills the requirements for a sports physical) and immunizations including the Tdap booster after 10 years of age.  Students will not be allowed to start school until all required immunizations are turned in.   La Vista Jr. High will be closed for the summer and our secretary will be working from PLHS this summer.  Please note that paperwork can be turned in at any time to your elementary nurse or to LVJH prior to the last day of school.  Over the summer all paperwork can be turned in at PLHS.  Please contact the La Vista Jr. High Nurse, Trish Franck, if you have any questions or concerns at 402-898-0436.





































































































































































Important Dates
May 18     Student Council Field Trip
                      to Children’s Hospital
May 18     Volunteer Luncheon
May 20     Awards Ceremony 1:45 P.M.
May 20     6th Grade Promotion 1:45 P.M.
May 21     Last Day-Early Release 11:40 A.M.
Volunteer Luncheon-May 18th
If you volunteered in a classroom, at a Hickory Hill school event, came in on Workday Wednesdays, or are on the PTO board, you are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on May 18th from 11-12:30   We will be serving soups, salads and desserts.  Hope to see you there.
You Are Invited
Parents of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are invited to the Awards Ceremony and Sixth Grade Promotion on May 20th at 1:45 p.m.  Awards will be given to members of the Hickory Hill Singers, Safety Patrol, Math Olympiads, Robotics, Student Council and Band.
Listed below are the classroom lunch schedules for Hickory Hill. You are invited to have lunch with your child during the school year. You may bring in a sack lunch or lunch from a fast food restaurant for you and your child or you may purchase a school lunch. Soda is not allowed. If you would like to purchase a school lunch, please call the office before 9:00 A.M. to order your lunch.  The cost of an adult lunch is $2.75 and you will need the exact change.
11:35-11:55                          Kindergarten
11:45-12:05                          6th Grade
11:55-12:15                          Kindergarten
12:00-12:20                          4th Grade
12:10-12:30                          2nd Grade   
12:15-12:35                          5th Grade    
12:25-12:45                          3rd Grade   
It’s been great to see so many parents enjoying the convenience of depositing money into lunch accounts online at  Some important things to keep in mind now that the school year is coming to a close: 
Money that has been deposited will remain safely in the lunch account for startup next fall. 
The last day to make deposits online for this school year will be Wednesday May 20th. The system will be closed for deposits after this date until fall. 
The first day to make deposits next school year will be Monday, August 3rd. 
If you are on Smart Pay, no payments will occur after the last day of school since the lunch account balance will not be dropping.  Smart Pay deposits will automatically resume when the lunch account balance drops in the fall. 
If you are on Smart Pay and your child is leaving the district, don’t forget to go online and turn Smart Pay off before you ask for a refund of money remaining in the account. 
Online Enrollment Now Open!
Parents of students new to the Papillion-La Vista School District, or who are enrolling their child for kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, can now submit an online enrollment form. The enrollment form can be found by clicking here.  If you do not have online access at home, you will be able to complete an online form at any PLSD School or the PLSD Central Office. 
Parents will need to create a username and password to complete the form. Once forms are submitted, please print the forms. On your completion page, you will be shown your child(ren)’s assigned school(s) with contact information. Please contact the school to finalize your enrollment. If you have any questions, please contact the PLSD Student Services office at 402-537-6214.
**Please notify the office when you have an email address or phone number change. This allows for better communication between school and home. Thank you for your cooperation.
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