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December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 | Volume 12 Issue 4
 Winter Orientation Reminder for New Salaried Staff

Winter is coming! New Staff participating in MPS Induction Cohort 2016-17 should register for sessions using the information at: Refer to the email you received on November 28th or contact a member of the MPS Induction Team for more details! 

See you on Thursday, December 22nd at Millard West High School. Session begins at 8:00am with Continental Breakfast available beginning at 7:30am for your convenience.

Growing a Digital Environment
by Dr. Courtney Manzitto, Rohwer Elementary

Partnering with a buddy class is something you may be familiar with, but Tech Buddies puts a new spin on an old favorite! Second grade teacher, Mrs. Pearson, and fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Purcell, at Rohwer Elementary are one of many pairs that have partnered their classes for an exciting buddy experience this year. During the course of the year, when the two classes meet, they will participate in a variety of collaborative activities.

The Tech Buddy partnerships allow time for students to teach each other ways to utilize technology to demonstrate learning, provide feedback on projects, navigate new apps, grow in their digital citizenship skills and pair up to complete vertically aligned curricular projects.

Click here to read the full story.

Click here to watch a video on how one teacher put this into action.



Promoting Play: The First Step Toward Deeper Understanding in Mathematics

by Tyler Hottovy, Sandoz Elementary

As a music teacher trained in the Orff-Schulwerk method, my pedagogy focused on
teaching concepts in three phases: Play, Present, and Practice. I would  introduce a concept to my students through playful games and melodies, present a visual representation of the concept, and finally practice the concept to fluency. 

We are starting to see many of these same concepts as we navigate new mathematics curriculum and examine best practice. We know that students learn first through experiencing concrete information. One student-centered way to give them this experience is through play (Rogoff, 2003)
Click here to read the full article & see video.

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  December 2016 Issue

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Millard School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, or age, in admission or access to or treatment of employment, or in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 5606 South 147th Street, Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 715-8200. The Superintendent may delegate this responsibility as needed.  Complaints and grievances by school personnel or job applicants regarding discrimination or sexual harassment shall follow the procedures of District Rule 4001.2.  Complaints and grievances by students or parents regarding discrimination or sexual harassment shall follow the procedures of District Rule 5010.2.




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MPS School Board Members
Dave Anderson
Mike Kennedy
Paul Meyer
Mike Pate
Linda Poole
Pat Ricketts
Dr. Jim Sutfin, Superintendent

The mission of the Millard Public Schools is to guarantee that each student develops the character traits and masters the knowledge and skills necessary for personal excellence and responsible citizenship by developing a world-class educational system with diverse programs and effective practices designed to engage and challenge all students.