Hickory Hill - District Purpose and Direction
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.
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 –
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
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!
pleased to announce several positions at Hickory Hill that have been filled for
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!
staff changes already communicated:
5th grade – Ms. Lindsey Pugmire will
join the team.
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.
nurse – Mrs. Magill is also retiring at the end of the year and building
assignments for nurses next year have yet to be determined.
point, I believe that is it! Have a great extended weekend everyone!
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
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.
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
April 20 No School-Staff Development
21 Band Concert 7:00 P.M.
21 Garden Club 3:10 P.M.
21 Robotics 3:10 P.M.
22 Hickory Hill Singers 3:10 P.M.
23 Math Olympiads 3:10 P.M.
23 Music Program 4th grade -6:30
23 Music Program 5th
Grade- 7:30 P.M.
24 Grade 1 Field Trip to the Zoo
27-April 30 BOGO Book Fair
30 Ice Cream Social 5:00-7:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. & till 7:00 P.M. Thursday
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!
… 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.
for all your help to make this a success!
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.
11:45-12:05 6th Grade
12:00-12:20 4th Grade
12:10-12:30 2nd Grade
12:15-12:35 5th Grade
12:25-12:45 3rd Grade
END OF YEAR NOTICE FOR ONLINE LUNCH DEPOSITS
It’s been great to see so many parents enjoying the convenience of depositing money into lunch accounts online at mylunchmoney.com. 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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