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 March 20, 2015
A note from Mr. Guthmiller ...
We sure have enjoyed the warmer weather recently and being able to be outside for Walking Club and recess. Hopefully, the weather has finally turned to spring as all of us could use some fresh air, exercise, and extra dose of Vitamin D!
It has been another wonderful and productive week at Hickory Hill! How amazing are your children? As I get into classrooms, it is so hard to tear myself away from hearing and seeing the terrific learning that goes on! Like in fourth grade—students were sharing some great strategies on how they identify important information in story problems and talking through their many strategies to solve them. Our kindergarteners were busily observing their guppies and looking for similarities and differences between the different tanks of fish. Today some staff members from the Junior High were here to visit with our 6th graders about their upcoming 7th grade experience. What fun it is to walk in our shoes!
Thanks to all parents for supporting our Hit the Books reading at home! As of right now I think our students have earned somewhere in the vicinity of 200 free berm tickets and purchased an additional 100 to an upcoming Storm Chaser’s game on Sunday, May 10th, at 2:05. Way to go and I’ll see you there!
Next week is severe weather awareness week.  It provides us a great opportunity to practice several of our building safety drills, including what to do in the event of a tornado. At some point next week we will probably have a tornado drill, as well as review our lockout and lockdown safety drills for a final time this school year. 
Have a great weekend everyone!
Mr. Guthmiller
Yearbook Orders due Friday, April 10
Final call for 2014-15 Hickory Hill yearbook orders.  Don't miss out on the memories.  Please have all orders & payments turned in by Friday, April 10.  An order form is attached.  If you need to verify your previous order, email Leigh Anne Koehler at  Thank you. 
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.

NeSA Testing Begins Next Week
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 3 Reading    March 25         8:30-10:00
Grade 3 Reading    March 26         8:30-10:00
Grade 3 Math          April 7             8:30-10:00
Grade 3 Math          April 8             8:30-10:00
Grade 4 Reading    April 8            12:30-2:00
Grade 4 Reading    April 9            12:30-2:00
Grade 4 Math         April 16          10:15-11:45
Grade 4 Math         April 17          10:15-11:45

Grade 5 Reading    March 25        1:00-2:30

Grade 5 Reading    March 26        1:00-2:30
Grade 5 Math          April 14          1:00-2:30
Grade 5 Math          April 15          1:00-2:30
Grade 5 Science     April 22          1:00-2:30
Grade 5 Science     April 23          1:00-2:30
Grade 6 Reading    April 14           8:30-10:00
Grade 6 Reading    April 15           8:30-10:00
Grade 6 Math         April 22           8:30-10:30
Grade 6 Math         April 23           8:30-10:30




































































































































































Important Dates
March 24           Robotics 3:10 P.M.
March 24           Runza Night 5:00-8:00 P.M.
March 25           HH Singers 3:10 P.M.
March 26           Grade 4 Field Trip to Lincoln
March 26           Math Olympiads 3:10 P.M.
March 27           Report Cards go Home
March 30-April 3          Spring Break
April 20              No School-Staff Development
April 23              Music Program 4th grade -6:30
April 23              Music Program 5th Grade -7:30
Middle School Boundary Community Forums
The PLSD will be hosting two forums to gather input on middle school boundaries. The Board of Education has looked at several proposals and would like to present 2 options to the community and gather feedback. To manage an organized forum we ask for everyone to RSVP to if you plan to attend.  Registrations will also be accepted at the door.  There is no need to attend both forums, the same information will be shared at each forum. The forums will take place on…
Tuesday, March 24
Papillion Junior High
423 S. Washington Street, Papillion, NE 
Thursday, March 26
Papillion-La Vista High School
402 E. Centennial Road, Papillion, NE 
6:00 P.M. Registration
6:30 – 8 P.M. Presentation
We know this is a very busy time of year but the Board of Education would like to hear from the community regarding the middle school boundaries before making a decision.  Please take an evening and help shape the future direction of the Papillion-La Vista School District.


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   
**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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