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Check It Out: October 12, 2016

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


October 16 - First Quarter ends

October 19-21 - NLA/NSLA Fall Conference: Libraries Transform. Ramada Conference Center, Omaha.

October 26 - Secondary Team Meeting (Both MS and HS) at Millard Branch of OPL (12:00-3:00)

October 27 - Elementary Team Meeting in TAC Cafeteria (8:30-11:30)

Elementary Team Plan Day Choice Session Registration Form

Please take a moment to fill out this registration form for your choice sessions at the Elementary Team Plan Day on Thursday October 27th.  Please pick TWO as we will have time for two that day (The de-escalation presentation needed to be moved to another time).  This will help us plan room assignments for these sessions.  (We would hate to have too small of a room for any of the groups).  Thank you!  Please respond by Friday October 21st.

Skype Author Possibilities

Penguin-Random House Full List of Skype Authors: Ellen Booraem, Chris Bradford, AdamTroy Castro, Gayle Forman, Curtis Jobling, J.V. Kade, Ellen Klages, Jane Kohuth, Max Kornell, Nancy Krulik, Ingrid Law, Caroline Lawrence, C. Alexander London, D.J. MacHale, John Madormo, Jake Marcionette, M.D. Payne, Diana Renn, Geoff Rodkey, Polly Shulman, Padma Venkatraman, Danette Vigilante, Matt Ward, Robert Paul Weston, and Django Wexler.

Harper Collins Authors $150-300/hr

Peter McCarty          Michael Hall          MaryRose Wood
Sarah Pennypacker          Tim Harrington
Diane Stanley          James Horvath        Peter Lerangis
Sarah Prineas          Thanhha Lai

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609: Library curriculum, Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry, Professional library, Newsletter Items, Secondary Author Visits
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants, Elementary Author Visit

Lightbox Flyer

Let's not forget to promote the Lightbox resources we purchased last spring. Attached is flyer that you can use or modify to promote this great resource in your buildings. Enjoy!

Interactive Libraries

This is a great interactive program that schools at any grade level can use.  You could also post a question that could be answered using one of the district's online resources!  Click on the picture below to be taken to the original source.

Great exit ticket ideas!  Click on the picture below to be taken to a site full of ideas on how to "show what you know" or "what stuck with you?"

How can you use the emoji craze to provide formative assessments?

This display could easily be made for both students and staff.

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Week Oct 16-22

It's here again: Digital Citizenship Week! What can you do to celebrate kids using technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully? Empower them in three simple steps:

Take the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge.

Ask your students to create their own pledges.

Challenge your families to have a #DeviceFreeDinner.

Click here for more info

Paper Blogging

How Teachers Use Paper Blogging to Promote Student Voice

Paper blogs are exactly that -- blog entries written on paper. Ranging from a simple composition akin to a personal essay all the way to an analog replica of a blog platform’s user interface (with tag clouds, “plug-ins”, and more), paper blogging serves as an entry point to reflective writing, offline discussions about digital citizenship, and best of all, continuing conversations through commenting.

OPS Librarians and MakerSpaces

Make making easy for your students!  Give them suggestions, but also encourage them to let their imaginations run wild.

The pictures below are from Gateway Elementary School where Dr. Diana Casey has created great visuals to go along with her kits.

Display ideas


Libraries Transform

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."

Andy Warhol

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).