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Check It Out: 8/28/19

Your monthly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


September 3 - Library Schedules should be uploaded in OPS School Libraries Notebook

September 5, October 3 and November 7 - New Teacher Meetings  at TAC in Library Services from 4:45-6:15

September 20  -  Curriculum Day:  Joslyn Art Museum   1/2 Day Curriculum Day. Will post details in the next newsleeter!

October 23 - Secondary Librarians Team Meeting at TAC,  12:00-3:00

October 24 - Elementary Librarians Team Meeting  at TAC (room 5-151)  8:30-11:30

December 11-13 -  Holiday Open House and Book Bonanza TAC, Library Services

Literacy Night Resources

Does your school host a family reading or literacy night?

If so, we've got you covered! Order copies of the following handouts from Library Services:

Infgraphic:  Why Reading Matters   

Infographic: Why Reading Matters                               Flyer: Parents, It's Up to You (English/Spanish)

Available while supplies last! Email Laura with the number you need.

Additional resources available at

Tools for Spotting Fake News

This is a Open Resource (meaning you can use and modify) that teaches about “Fake News” and how to fact and source check. It could be used with secondary school students or even perhaps staff. And of course, you can modify it and pick from it to suit your students. Let me know if you find it useful. I know I learned a thing or two!!

STEM Resources through UNO!

I am the STEM Outreach Coordinator at UNO and I help to facilitate numerous camps and events on UNO's campus as well as other STEM related events off campus that UNO is involved with. I have STEM based supplies that we check out to teachers and staff members at area schools and we can offer training on these activities. We are also involved with many STEM family nights that area schools host and are able to bring a few of our most popular activities to the schools that some of our teacher preparation candidates run. If any of these opportunities sound interesting or you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact me (email is usually best).
Have a great beginning of the school year and GO STEM!

Tracie E. Reding, Ed.D.

STEM Education and Outreach Coordinator

College of Education | Roskens Hall 301H

University of Nebraska Omaha |


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, building projects, curriculum, newsletter, inquiry, professional library.
  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • McKenzie White (531) 299-9362 Instructional technology , ITL Program,  social media

  • Gwen Jackson  (531( 299-0249 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

Virtual Field Trips

Did you know that there are 29 virtual field trips you can access through the ESU? They have local favorites such as the Henry Doorly Zoo  and the Durham as well as the University of Nebraska State Museum, Ashfall Fossil Beds, and and the  selceted trips through National Park Service.
Be sure to check them out at

Takaways on Classroom Management

AASL Best Lists

AASL Best Apps Feature Top Choices in STEM, AR/VR, Content Creation


Best Websites for Teaching & Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning. Sites recognized foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

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).