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 April 17, 2015
A word from Mr. Guthmiller –  
What a beautiful spring week it has been. The cool, rainy days have been followed by sunny, warm ones.  It’s so nice seeing and smelling all the wonderful blooms outside. I wish my allergies were as excited as I am.  J
It has been another busy week of NeSA testing. We thank all of our students for continuing to give their best effort on the reading and math tests. We only have 5th grade science 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 Ms. Smrcina will be Carli Anderson. Carli has spent the past few years as a special education teacher at both Rumsey Station and Portal Elementary. Please join me in welcoming Carli to the Husky family! 
5th grade – Replacing Mr. Lowe will be John Teigland. Many of you may remember John as he was a student teacher in our building with Mrs. Smith in 6th grade during the first semester of school this year.  Please join me in welcoming John back to the Husky family! 
Other staff changes already communicated:
5th grade – Ms. Lindsey Pugmire will join the team. 
Media – Mrs. Bergen is retiring at the end of this year and will be replaced by Mrs. Caitlin Nelson, currently the Media Specialist at Parkview Heights Elementary. 
School nurse – Mrs. Magill is also retiring at the end of the year and building assignments for nurses next year have yet to be determined. 
At this point, I believe that is it!  Have a great extended weekend everyone! 
Mr. Guthmiller 
Mark Your Calendar…Sneak a Peek Scheduled
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. Tuesday, May 12th, 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 2015-2016 school year. Parents will be given materials 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 evening 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.
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.
NeSA Testing Resumes After Spring Break
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 Science                   April 22           1:00-2:30
Grade 5 Science                   April 23           1:00-2:30
Grade 6 Math                       April 22            8:30-10:30
Grade 6 Math                       April 23            8:30-10:30
Boosterthon Fun Run 
Our school year may be coming to an end but the Friends of Hickory Hill have their eye on the future. We are bringing back last year's super successful and well received fundraiser, the Boosterthon Fun Run! Funds raised from this event will support the Friends of Hickory Hill's budget for the 2015-2016 school year as well as purchase the final six Smart Boards and have them installed in the classrooms that do not currently have one. To be able to accomplish this, we have set our goal at $32,000 in pledges with 75% of that money going directly to Hickory Hill.  
This 2 week program, filled with lessons on character, leadership and fitness, kicks off with a school-wide Pep Rally on Friday, April 24th. Look for pledge books and more information in your student's backpack that day. Help them connect with potential sponsors and start entering  pledges right away. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 6th from 1-3pm and come out and experience this amazing event and support the students in the Fun Run. We are sure excited to partner with Boosterthon again and we hope you and your student are as excited as we are. Thank you, Friends of Hickory Hill 





































































































































































Important Dates
April 20          No School-Staff Development
April 21          Band Concert 7:00 P.M.
April 21          Garden Club 3:10 P.M. 
April 21          Robotics 3:10 P.M. 
April 22          Hickory Hill Singers 3:10 P.M. 
April 23          Math Olympiads 3:10 P.M. 
April 23          Music Program 4th grade -6:30 P.M.
April 23          Music Program 5th Grade- 7:30 P.M.
April 24          Grade 1 Field Trip to the Zoo
April 27-April 30     BOGO Book Fair
April 30          Ice Cream Social 5:00-7:00 P.M.
BOGO FAIR            April 27- 30 
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. & till 7:00 P.M. Thursday 
The 2015 BOGO – buy one get one - fair will be a lot of fun since PTO has planned Ice Cream Social on Thursday, April 30th! The selection of books will be superb, as always. Scholastic always sends our great readers a bountiful selection to choose from. Essentially, you choose a book and get the second one of equal or less value for free!  
Money … Yes, the students may bring money from home, with permission, and make purchases throughout the week. Teachers will bring their class to the book fair and classes will be able to see what is here during library checkout. 
Thanks for all your help to make this a success! 
Mrs. Bergen 
Media Specialist 
Hickory Hill Elementary 
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 30th 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.
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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