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Check It Out: August 8, 2018

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Welcome Back!

Curriculum Day Information

Thursday August 9, 2018    High School Librarians   Northwest High School   8:00-3:00 in the library

Friday August 10, 2018       Middle School Librarians  Davis Middle School   8:00-3:00 in the library

Monday August 13, 2018     Elementary Librarians    Roskens Hall @ UNO  8:00-3:00 Will begin in the lecture hall on the lower level

                                             Parking available in the garage near the soccer field.  See map sent in email.

Friday September 14, 2018   Community Engagement Center @ UNO   1/2 Day (Check with your school for your time to attend)


Welcome our New Librarians!

Elementary Librarians

Central Park--Sean Albright

Conestoga--Anne Keenan

Field Club/Caselar--Shelby Bliss

Fontenelle--Amanda Serfass

Liberty--Samantha Brown

Masters--Jami Adelman

Standing Bear/Fullerton--Amy Ackerman

Pawnee--Kerri Ellen Stover

Pinewood--Susan Young

Prairie Wind/Saddlebrook--Lucie Ripley


Spring Lake--Tammy Block

Western Hills--Julia Reddel​

Wilson Focus-- LaRae Schmidt


Middle School Librarian

McMillan Middle School--Jeff Schafer

Changes to Elementary Librarians

Adams--JIll Zeigle

Chandler View--Amber Blair (full-time)

Columbian--Cynthia Jackson

Druid Hill--Ashley Lyles

Edison--Shelby Oelke

Field Club--Kindra Schoenradt

Gilder--Karene Christensen

Wakonda--Doug Keel

ILP/Hartman--Jo O'Garro

Benson West/Walnut HIll--Raelynn Buffington

Catlin/Boyd--Elizabeth Messina

Belvedere/Highland--Alicia Nordberg

APR/Ponca--Karen Davis Stone

Who Ya Gonna Call...or Email?

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

  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants and building projects
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609:  Inquiry, professional library, newsletter Items; Secondary Review Committee; secondary author visits, skype visits
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program

  • Gwen Jackson  Elementary author visits

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

CSTA Librarian Night Monday Sept 10

Webinar Reciprocal Teaching

Lori Oczkus is a literacy coach, author, and popular speaker across the United States. Tens of thousands of teachers have attended her motivating, fast-paced workshops and read her practical, research-based professional books. Oczkus has extensive experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, intervention specialist working with struggling readers, staff developer, and literacy coach. She works regularly with students in classrooms and really knows the challenges that teachers face in teaching students to read.

Title: Reciprocal Teaching: New Insights and Tools for Boosting Reading Comprehension

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Time: 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

This free webinar will also be archived if you can't watch it on August 14.  ClickHERE for registration link.

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).