Papillion-La Vista School District

Welcome to Hickory Hill

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 February 20, 2015
A note from Mr. Guthmiller ...
Well, we all knew that Old Man Winter was not gone for good! Only in Nebraska can one day be jacket weather and the next snow gear! Hopefully this cold snap is its last hurrah, but I’m not holding my breath!
I want to again thank all families for the great turnout at our Parent Teacher Conferences last week! We had nearly 100% of our families in attendance—thanks for your continued support and partnership to ensure your child’s success! Thank you also to our student council “bandits” for collecting money for the Children’s Hospital. All together I think they’ve raised somewhere in the vicinity of $500. Wow! I’ve also been very impressed with all the students and families bringing in donations for the Tri-City Food Bank. Every little bit helps!
Next week is another busy one. Our 4th graders will be taking the NAEP tests on Monday.  NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is often called the "Nation's Report Card." It is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. NAEP is congressionally mandated, and was first administered in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally. Hickory Hill was randomly selected this year to participate along with several other PLV schools. 
Whew! Looking forward to it all! Have a great weekend everyone!  I’ll definitely be spending part of it down at the Century Link Center, cheering on all the high school wrestlers participating in this year’s state tournament.
Mr. Guthmiller
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.
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 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            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


Please Call to Register Your Child for Kindergaren Round-up
If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2015, and will be attending Hickory Hill for kindergarten, please call Nancy at 402-898-0469 to register your child.  Please pass this information to friends and neighbors who are new to the area or do not currently have a child enrolled in our school.  More information will be coming at a later date.  
Preschool Screenings Coming Soon! Make an Appointment Today!  
The Papillion-La Vista School District (PLSD) is proud to provide high quality early childhood experiences for young children and their families.  Children who will turn 4 years of age on or before July 31, 2015 are eligible for consideration for attending preschool in the PLSD.  In order to be considered, children must reside within the PLSD attendance boundaries, complete a FREE developmental screening process, and parents must submit all required application materials.  Children who have completed all requirements will be randomly selected to fill available preschool slots for the 2015-2016 school year. Preschool screenings will be held on: Thursday, March 19th from 4 to 8 p.m. at PLSD Central Office You must have an appointment to participate in the screening process.  Please call Andi at 402-514-3243 to schedule an appointment.  You may also call Kristy Feden, Early Childhood Supervisor, at 402-514-3242 or e-mail for additional information  


































































































































































Important Dates
February 24               Spring Pictures
February 24               Robotics 3:10 P.M.
February 25               Drama Club 7:15 A.M.
February 25               HH Singers 3:10 P.M.
February 26               Math Olympiads 3:10 P.M.
March 3                      Gr 6 Music Program
                                    6:30 P.M.
March 6                      Kindergarten Roundup
March 6                      No School-Current K Only
March 8                      Daylight Savings Begins
March 10                    Godfathers Family Night
March 13                    Popcorn Reading
March 16                    No School for Students
March 30-April 3        Spring Break
Exciting News ~ Picture Day is Coming!
Spring Picture Day is February 24th.  Prior to Picture Day, go to and enter the picture ID NE214119Y0.  Order your pictures, print off the receipt and send it to school with your child.  Your child will give the receipt to the photographer to scan on Picture Day.
When you order online you can select from even more backgrounds than those on the order form, choose the package you want or create your own package!
But hurry, because online ordering is only available from now until 48 hours after our picture day!
Hit the Books Family Event at Werner Park Save the Date….Hickory Hill Afternoon at the Ball Park with the Omaha Storm Chasers is Sunday, May 10th at 2:35! In addition to students having the opportunity to earn a free berm ticket to this game by reading and turning in their reading log, HH families will have the opportunity to purchase berm tickets for the game at a discounted rate! Ticket sales will run from February 25th to March 11th, and $1 from each ticket sold will come back to Hickory Hill. More information with an order form will follow. Thank you for your support of this fun event!

If you have any questions about these events, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Hickory Hill, 402-898-0469 or .

Happy reading!

Mrs. Nichols


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.


In Case of Inclement Weather
It may seem a little early to think about snow days, but we do live in Nebraska!  When the Papillion-La Vista School District makes the decision to close the school because of the weather, all of the local television stations and KFAB will run announcements.  Families will also receive a Parent Link message informing them of the closing.
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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