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District Announcements
Elementary Master Schedule
Figuring out which “special” an elementary school student is participating in during a school week is now just a matter of following the calendar and a short set of numbers.

Beginning this school year, Westside Community Schools has created a common master elementary schedule, which should make things simpler for parents/guardians and their children.  “Specials” (physical education, music, art, and foreign language) are on a four-day rotation.  Below is a pdf that lists numbers, which represent the four different “specials” for the next six weeks of the academic year for all elementary school.  Your child’s teacher will communicate which number (one through four) corresponds to the special activity for the day.

Also, for the parents/guardians of fifth and sixth grade band/strings students, the pdf also includes information on band/string cycle days.

Specials Calendar through Nov. 14
 
Home of the Sunset Hills Tigers!
The mission of Sunset Hills School, as part of a cohesive, involved community, is to provide a quality, well-rounded education by maximizing opportunities for each learner in a safe and caring environment.
Mrs. Lusero's Class Learns about Natural Resources!
In science class the second grade students are learning about natural resources and why they are important. This week students in Mrs. Lusero's class observed two different types of soils and used their senses to find similarities and differences between sandy soil and potting soil. Students used a magnifying glass and water dropper to learn more about the soils. We discovered that sandy soil is rough and potting soil is smooth, but both are made of tiny peices and soak up water. The kids had fun observing and playing with the different types of soil. 
2nd Grade Welcomes Special Visitors!
Last week second grade had a visit from two different service dogs. York is a labrador who works as a therapy dog to help people who may need cheering up or comforting. Blossom is a golden retriever in training to help someone with a disability. We talked about different people who may need service dogs, how service dogs are trained, and the life of a service dog. Second graders earned this educational visit as a class reward. The dogs also stopped in the kindergarten classroom as well.
Sunset Hills Stars Shine!
On Tuesday evening, Sunset Hills held their annual talent show.  Wow!  What talented students we have!  There was something for everyone to enjoy:  singing, dancing, piano, magic, skits, and overall great entertainment.  Thank you to all of the students who participated and put in hours of practice!  Also, a very special thank-you to the Sunset parents who organized and ran this event!  Bravo!  Click here to see more photos...
Green Apple Day of Service!
After school, on Monday, September 22nd, Sunset Hills SGA  participated in the Green Apple Day of Service.  This is a national event, in which students, teachers and schools participate in a local service project.  Maggie McMeekin, Green Omaha Coalition, and Michelle Biodrowski, Keep Omaha Beautiful, joined the students of SGA to assist in the project.  The students were given a short presentation on the importance of keeping storm drains free of trash, debris and toxic materials.  After the presentation they went out with safety vests and gloves to clean debris from storm drains close to the school.  Students also put “No Dumping” stickers on any drains that did not already have them.  Thank you Sunset Hills SGA for your commitment to keeping our community cleaner and promoting responsible behavior.  Click Here to See More Photos
SGA Elections!
Sunset Hills Student Government Association is in full swing!  Last week, elections were held for representatives and officers for this year!  Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in being a part of this program!  
Congratulations to the following students: 

3rd Representatives:  Greta Mann and Trevor Spady
4th Representatives:  Jackson Ingvoldstad and Holli Saunders
5th Representatives:  Jenna Liakos and Will Christensen

Officers:
President:  Will Eikenbary
​Vice-President:  Griffin Wolf
Secretary:  Franklyn Slaven
Treasurer:  Matthew Salfity
Box-Tops:  Emma Barnhart
 
3rd Grade Researchers!
The third graders in Mrs. McMeekin's class have been learning about the physical geography, natural resources and climate of places in the United States.  Last week they were given the task to research those three areas of a different state.  The students learned about looking for the geography key words, while researching.  They used a combination of text and iPads to find their information.  Each student completed a brochure showing the geography of their state.
Sunset Hills Family Picnic!
Last Sunday, Sunset Hills held the first annual Back-to-School Picnic.  The picnic was held at Elmwood Park, and it was a beautiful evening!  Everyone brought their own picnic dinner to enjoy, and Community Club provided cookies.   The kids enjoyed the playgrounds and other games, while parents got the chance to talk with other Sunset families.  Teachers and staff from Sunset also stopped by!  It was a great turn out!  Thank you to everyone who came!  Click Here to See More Photos...
Sunset Hills Gives to Africa!
With the new, can mean out with the old!  This year, elementary schools received new curriculum for reading and writing.  This left a lot of books, materials and teacher's guides that were not needed in our classrooms anymore.  The Sunset staff wanted to see these things go to a school in need.  They were able to connect with a program called Reading Drive For Africa.  This program is committed to promoting literacy in Cameroon by providing access to books for children in the primary and secondary schools.  On Friday, August 11th, cars were loaded with all kinds of books and materials for kids in Cameroon!   What a great feeling to know someone will be learning to read from our materials!
Garden Clean-Up!
The Sunset Hills Community Club hosted a garden clean-up last weekend.  Parents and students volunteered their Saturday morning to help make Sunset beautiful.  They pulled weeds and spruced up the grounds all around the school.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!
Welcome Back!
Welcome Back!  We hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and fun summer!  It is exciting that we are ready to start the 2014-2015 school year!  Remember that this year the first bell will ring at 8:30, and we will start school with the second bell at 8:40.  We look forward to the first day of school on Monday, August 11th!
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