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Check It Out: September 2, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


September 18, Curriculum Day: AM session is at Northwest for high school and half of elementary and PM session is at Hale with middle school and half of elementary.

We are moving the first supply order date back to September 28. Please use the order form attached here. You will also find this form in Library Sites.

Setting Goals from SLJ

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

  1. Collaborate with teachers
  2. Promote the library
  3. Take a lead on professional development
  4. Meet with clubs
  5. Engage in making
  6. Celebrate “freadom”

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AASL Standards Survey

You Can Set the Standard for the Profession!

Learning Standards & Program Guidelines Survey Open through September 18

The survey is open to all school library professionals  (not just AASL members)
Welcome to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) survey!
This survey is a key part of the process of evaluating and revising AASL's learning standards and program guidelines. Thank you in advance for participating in this important research.
We estimate that this survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you need to, you may stop this survey and return to it at any time and resume the survey from where you left off. 

Students Say the Darndest Things

Submitted for your enjoyment by D. Levitt (Prairie Wind)

A first grader comes up to me at library and says "Oh my gosh, Creepy Carrots.  It BLEW MY MIND!"

Teacher's Night at the Durham

You are invited to Teachers' Night at The Durham Museum, cosponsored by NSEA, on Friday, October 2, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Come join us for free classroom supplies, door prizes, raffle drawings, and a complimentary cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception. You can even take an Omaha history tour aboard Ollie the Trolley!

Register to attend this free event at:

Joslyn Art Museum Thursdays for Teachers

THURSDAYS FOR TEACHERS (#JoslynT4T) is free for all Omaha Metro area and western Iowa schools. Sessions are held, 4:30–7:30 pm, at Joslyn Art Museum. Teachers engage in special training and receive teaching posters as well as materials to integrate art across the disciplines. Lesson plans, classroom activities, and support materials for sessions are available online. Each semester, schools receive a high-quality framed reproduction of Joslyn's best-loved artworks to display for their students. Once registered for the program, RSVPs to each session are required as seating is limited.   To register or receive more information, call (402) 661-3847 or click here to e-mail Joslyn's Director of School Programs & Interactive Media.

Bullying Resources

Here are a few quick visuals on bullying that may be of use to you.

Rude / Mean / Bullying: from Trudy Ludwig's website

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Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).