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Check It Out: 4/24/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Seeking Session Proposals for Fall Professional Development

Thank you for your input on professional development. We have reviewed your feedback and will use it to shape our PD activities for the upcoming year.

One idea that resounded with us was your interest in having peer presentations in a conference format. 

Our C-Day activities will provide a mix of invited speakers and submitted ideas for sessions through this call for proposals. A variety of breakout sessions will be chosen to meet the diverse needs of our librarians. See the attached call for proposals.
Laura Pietsch

Feedback for Elementary Technology Curriculum/Pacing Guides

Library services is seeking feedback on the current technology curriculum/pacing guides for elementary.  These documents will undergo revisions this summer based on your feedback.  If you would like your voice heard prior to the start of curriculum writing, please respond to this form no later than May 15th.

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

Watch Astronauts Read Popular Books from Space!

“What you cannot imagine, you cannot do”

Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…it’s Story Time from Space!

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation.

We have sent our first set of children’s books to the International Space Station! This first set of 5 books are written by author Jeffrey Bennett.

While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website- look under the heading of ” Video Library”.

Astronauts on the ISS will also conduct and videotape 9 educational demonstrations designed by Veteran Canadian Astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts found in the Story Time From Space books.

More Star Wars Ideas for May the 4th be with You!

Click on the death star picture for some programming ideas.


Cute Reading Poster that is a FREE download! ♥ ♥ Please feel free to repin ♥♥

PBS Space Themed Resources

Star WarsTM is the movie that proved science fiction could be a blockbuster. Within the Star Wars fandom, May Fourth is celebrated as “Star Wars Day.”  The date was chosen because of the pun on the famous catchphrase “May the force be with you” which sounds quite similar to “May the Fourth be with you." Even though it is not an official holiday, fans across the world take the opportunity to celebrate—for example the astronauts on the International Space Station watched the movie from orbit in 2015!

Whether your students are huge fans, or have yet to see the series, May 4th is a good time to connect your students to some real-world science and technology that isn’t far removed from the futuristic storylines found in this iconic series.

We have curated the following lesson plans, videos and more from PBS LearningMedia for those inspired (Jedi) instructors out there.  And remember…  Teach. Or teach not. There is no try.

More Star Wars Ideas

Star Wars Snowflakes -- For Makerspaces

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 (531-299-9822).

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 (531-299-9822).