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Millard West News

  5710 So. 176th Ave.  Omaha, NE 68135 



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February  2012   










Year 17, Issue 7 

  Millard West Administrators                  Millard Board of Education  Dr. Greg Tiemann – Principal                  Mr. Dave Anderson  th Mr. Harry Grimminger – Asst. Principal, Student Services & 9  Grade Students      Mr. Todd Clarke  Mr. Rick Hook ‐ Asst. Principal, Activities Director            Mr. Mike Kennedy    Mr. Robert Lamberty – Asst. Principal, Assessment & 12th Grade Students       Mr. Mike Pate  th th Mrs. Stacy Longacre – Asst. Principal, Discipline & 10 /11  Grade Students       Mrs. Linda Poole  Dr. Kathy Ryan – Asst. Principal, Curriculum & Instruction          Mr. Pat Ricketts                            Dr. Keith Lutz – Superintendent 

Mission Statement  Millard West, a continuously improving professional learning community, investing in each learner through an inclusive  environment, guided by high expectations, guarantees personal and academic growth and the   ability to successfully compete and positively contribute to an increasingly globalized society. 

Index  Attendance Note……………….……..……………….. 2            Summer School Dates…………………………...….. 2  Dates to Remember………..….……………….……. 2  Advisement Information….....…………………….  3           District Transfers & Snow Days Reminder…  4  Congratulations……………....………………………… 5  MW Booster Club Fundraising Festival……...  5  Orchestra & Choir News……………..…………….. 5  Volunteers Needed…………………….……………… 6  Illness Policy………………………………………..…….  6 

    Senior Graduation Info………………………………. 6  Advanced Placement Exam Schedule…………  7‐8  Study Center & Testing Center Hours………… 9   Guidance Information………………………………… 10‐11  Eco‐West………………………….………………………… 12  Cat Racing & CatBotics………………………………. 12  Activities & Athletics.…………………………………  13‐15  Post Prom………………………………………………….. 16  Millard West Cheerleading Tryouts……………  17  Common Sense Parenting………………………….. 18 





NOTE TO PARENTS - ATTENDANCE The Millard Board of Education recently adopted changes to Board Rule 5200.1 regarding attendance, tardiness, and excessive absences. Beginning January 5th, 2012, Millard Public Schools will only send attendance notification letters to students who have reached their 8th and 15th day of absence. The revised policy may be found at

Dates to Remember Tues., Feb. 7 ........... Advisement Conf. 4:30-8:00 p.m. Wed., Feb. 8 ........... Advisement Conf. 4:30-8:00 p.m.

GRADE REPORTING - 3RD SEMESTER Progress Check: Monday, January 30 Progress Check: Friday, February 24 Semester Ends: Thursday, March 15 A reminder that Progress Checks are given to the students to bring home. Semester grades are mailed home.

Thurs., Feb. 9 ......... No school for students Staff Development 7:30-11:30 a.m. Advisement Conferences 1-4 p.m. Fri., Feb. 10 ............ No school for students or staff Mon., Feb. 20 ......... No school for students or staff Presidents’ Day Thurs., Feb. 23........ Incoming 9th Grade only Activity Fair 6:00-6:45 p.m. Advisement Conferences 7 p.m. Thurs., Mar. 15 ....... End of 3rd Term

SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION Summer School will be held at Millard West High School from June 11 - July 13. The Summer School registration brochure will be available in February on the district website: A copy of the brochure can also be picked up in the Guidance Office at Millard West.

Fri., Mar. 16 ........... No school for students Teacher work day Mon., Mar. 19......... 4th Term Begins Mar. 20-23 .............. Math ELO - 10th Grade Students Mar. 26-30 .............. State Math Assessment 11th Grade Students Apr. 2-6 .................. No School - Spring Break Apr. 10-19 .............. State Reading & Science Assessment 11th Grade Students Sat. Apr. 21 ........... Prom 8-11:00 p.m. - Qwest Center

ON-LINE STUDENT INFO VERIFICATION Starting third semester, Millard West High School will pilot the use of Millard Public School’s online student information verification and enrollment system (SIVES). The SIVES portal will provide currently enrolled families the ability to update and submit their student’s demographic information online. For instructions and a direct link to the portal: verification.cfm

Tues., May 8 ........... Honors Night for Seniors 7 p.m. Thurs., May 24 ....... Seniors last day - full day Fri., May 25 ............ Senior Commencement Practice At Civic Auditorium 9 a.m. Sat., May 26 ........... Graduation at Omaha Civic Auditorium - 10 a.m. Mon., May 28 ......... No School - Memorial Day Wed., May 30 ......... Last Day of School for Students Dismissal at 3:15 p.m. Thurs., May 31 ....... Teachers Last Day

Once you feel comfortable with the process, feel free to update your student’s demographic information as needed at any time. Finally, Millard West High School welcomes any feedback you might have regarding the portal and its use.


This calendar includes four days of school that may be used in case of inclement weather. If fewer (or more) days are used, the last day of school will be adjusted accordingly.

ADVISEMENT 2012-2013 Advisement for the 2012-2013 school year is fast approaching for current students in grades 9, 10, 11 and incoming 9th grade students. A letter will be sent home informing parents of the time and date of their appointment. An Advisor-Advisee Parent/Guardian conference is required to finalize the student registration process. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your son’s and/or daughter’s academic plan for the 2012-2013 school year. Your cooperation, participation, and interest are greatly appreciated.

The Advisement schedule is: Tuesday, February 7 (regular school day) 4:30-8:00 pm for current students in grades 9, 10, 11 Wednesday, February 8 (regular school day) 4:30-8:00 pm for current students in grades 9, 10, 11 Thursday, February 9 (no school for students) 1-4:00 pm for current students in grades 9, 10, 11 Thursday, February 23 (regular school day) 6:00-6:45 pm - Incoming 9th grade Activity Fair in Wildcat I 7:00 pm - Incoming 9th grade Advisement Conferences Please note: If you currently have a 9, 10, or 11th grade student attending Millard West and have an 8th grader who will be coming to West in the fall and would like both of your children to be in the same Quality Time, please contact us at 402-715-6015 prior to January 20 to make this request. Thank you.

Special Note to All Millard West Families From: Greg Tiemann, Principal As parents and students make course selections during registration/advisement, please know that the class schedule at the beginning of the school year is based upon this process. The registration process for your student needs to be thoughtfully done and accepted as final. Because of staffing and space, the school will need to hold to its practice of not allowing changes in a student’s schedule for the upcoming year. Parents, students and the school must consider the spring registration process as being one of a near contractual agreement. Therefore, class schedules are not subject to change in terms of courses selected or class periods scheduled. Work schedules, jobs, open campus privileges, or before and after school responsibilities must be worked around the class schedule provided at the beginning of the year. Changing schedules for things such as transportation, work schedules, or to move a class to another period or to a different teacher causes unbalanced class loads for both other students and teaching staff. Changes will only be made if one of the following conditions exists: health problems, computer error, misplacement, failing prerequisites, or incomplete graduation requirements. Thank you for your assistance and understanding of the constraints the school is under.


WITHIN DISTRICT TRANSFERS AND OPEN ENROLLMENT This is the time to apply for the 2012-2013 school year. Twenty-four schools remain open on a limited basis. To prevent overcrowding, 10 Millard schools will be closed to all but students residing in the neighborhoods assigned to the buildings. Open elementary schools on a limited basis include Abbott, Aldrich, Bryan, Cather, Cody, Cottonwood, Disney, Ezra Millard, Harvey Oaks, Hitchcock, Holling Heights, Montclair, Morton, Norris, Rockwell, Sandoz and Willowdale. Special programs also are open on a limited basis: Cather Core, Montclair Montessori and Norris Montessori. Open middle schools on a limited basis include Andersen, Central, Kiewit, North and Russell (open in sixth grade only). Special programs also are open on a limited basis: Central Montessori and North Middle School International Baccalaureate. Open high schools on a limited basis include Millard North and Millard South. Millard North High School’s International Baccalaureate program also is open on a limited basis. Millard students are given the first chance to transfer from one Millard school to another before accommodating students from other school districts. Transfer forms can be found on the district website under Pupil Services: go to “Enrollment and Transfer Forms.” Children of Millard employees will be allowed to transfer to the building where the staff member is assigned. All transfer applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that space is available. The deadline to submit a within-district transfer application to the Office of Pupil Services is February 15. The district will notify parents of the approval or denial of their requests by March 1. Open Enrollment Deadline is March 15 - Learning Community Reminder The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties wants to remind parents that the Open Enrollment deadline for the next school year is almost here. If you are interested in considering another school district for your child, applications must be postmarked by March 15 or delivered in person by 5 p.m. to the school district where you want to send your child. Go to for more information and to download an application.

Snow Days Reminder If schools are to be closed due to inclement weather, we make every effort to inform parents early and by multiple means. Closing announcements will be made on radio and TV stations by 6 a.m. and posted on Millard’s website: Parents and staff will also receive a phone call from our automated telephone system. Those phone calls typically occur after 6:00 a.m. depending on when the decision is made to close school. Superintendent Keith Lutz makes the decision based on information from the National Weather Service. Inclement weather can include snow, ice or extended wind chill warnings. If weather turns bad during the school day, parents are free to pick up their child from school. Stop in the office, and the office personnel will call your child for you. Due to the number of parents working outside the home, school is rarely cancelled during the day. If early closing is needed, students will be dismissed according to the preferences listed by parents on the Inclement Weather forms distributed at the beginning of the year.


ORCHESTRA NEWS Orchestra students continue to shine! Our recent All Millard Concert and Performance at Russell Middle School was terrific! Some important dates: CONGRATULATIONS MRS. EHRKE The Millard Education Association has selected Kirsten Ehrke, Spanish teacher at Millard West, to receive the Crystal Apple Award.

February 1 - Chamber Orchestra performs for the National Park Service Regional Office, over lunch February 6 - All State students are showcased at Board of Education 6:30 PM February 13, 14 - Volunteer students perform “Musical Valentines” during Quality Time

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS Fourteen Millard seniors have been invited to become U.S. Presidential Scholars, the nation’s highest honor for high school students. Up to 141 students are chosen each year. Students from Millard West are: Joseph Beeson, Katherine Preston, and Charles Schlaepfer.

February 17 - Chamber Orchestra performs at Brookstone Village Retirement Center, after school February 24 - Chamber Orchestra performs at Elk Ridge Retirement Center, after school February 28 - Music Mentors with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, during first and second periods, in the Band Room. Students should arrive before school- 7:30 AM. This will be fantastic!

2012 DECA DISTRICT WINNERS Giselle Nevarez - Marketing Management-1st Place Robert Harvey - Restaurant & Food Svc - 1st Place Shea Meyers - Apparel & Accessories - 3rd Place John Lee & Noah Vacanti - Travel & Tourism Top 8 Conner Jackson & Cody Woster - Business Law And Ethics Team - Top 8 Dillon Reaves & Josh Stokes - Sports & Entertainment Mkt. - Top 8 Tyler Banyay - Sports & Entertainment Mkt.-Top 8

Looking ahead…. March 17 - Strings perform with the rock band Kansas.

Super Saver and Millard West Booster Club invite you to join in the fun at the Fundraising Festival.

Saturday, February 4, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. At Super Saver, 5710 S. 144th Street

BENEFIT CONCERT - CHOIR TRIP Mark Germer, a junior music student at Millard West, will be presenting a concert featuring the music of Paul Simon. All proceeds will be donated to the Choral Music Department to fund their trip to San Francisco. Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Millard West Performing Arts Center Cost: Students - $5 and Adults - $7 Come and enjoy the evening.

Mini-Hole golf, Punt, Pass, Kick, Pop-a-Shot, Silent Auction, Food Drive. Invite your friends and family!


SENIOR GRADUATION INFORMATION MOCK JOB INTERVIEW VOLUNTEERS Every year MW students enrolled in Speech, Debate and/or Forensics participate in a Mock Job Interview. There are four different sessions each year during each 9 week term. To effectively put those sessions together, we need volunteer interviewers. Each term, we need approximately 30 interviewers. The sessions last from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon). If you're interested in interviewing or receiving more information, please contact Jennifer Jerome at: POST PROM NEEDS YOUR HELP Calling all volunteer parents to help create decorations for Millard West Post Prom 2012! Come as you are from 7 - 9 p.m. in the east hall by Wildcat I, Mondays and Thursdays to help make this the best Post Prom ever!! Please see flyer in this newsletter regarding Post Prom opportunities.


CAP AND GOWN ORDERS Attention Seniors: If you have not placed your order for a cap & gown, please call School Traditions/Jostens at 402-733-0300 or stop by their store in Bel-Air Plaza, 12100 W. Center Road (right behind Nobbies at 120th & West Center Road). SCHOLARSHIPS Millard West students are offered millions of dollars in scholarship and grant money each year because of outstanding academic and activity achievements. We love to acknowledge students for these accomplishments through the Omaha World-Herald, Honors Night and in the Graduation Program but … if you don’t notify us we don’t know! To let us know of scholarships, please make a copy of the award letter and have your student turn in the copy to Brenda Cary in the Guidance Office. Please let us know of any and all offers (as they are received) so your student can be recognized – even if the offer may not be accepted by your student. The deadline to turn in scholarship offers to be printed in the Omaha World-Herald, Honors Night and Graduation Programs is April 13, 2012.

We would greatly appreciate the cooperation of all our parents with our school’s health and illness policy. If your son or daughter becomes ill during the school day, your child must report to the school nurse. Teachers will send any ill student to the nurse with a pass if requested by the student.

HONORS NIGHT FOR SENIORS Honors Night for Seniors will be Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Students must come directly to the nurse if ill. Also as a reminder, any student who leaves school without signing out in the Attendance office or the Nurse’s Office will be considered unexcused and will be referred to the student’s assistant principal. This policy has been in place for many years for the safety of your child and all our students at Millard West High School. Thank you, Jamie Matson R.N., School Nurse.

GRADUATION REHEARSAL Practice for Commencement is Friday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. It is mandatory that all graduating seniors attend. We strongly advise that you carpool to this practice.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SENIORS The last day of school for seniors is a full day on Thursday, May 24.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TRYOUTS Tryouts for Commencement speakers (2) will be late March. Please watch daily announcements for more information. GRADUATION DATE AND PLACE Graduation 2012 is on Saturday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Avenue.


2012 Advanced Placement Exam Schedule Week 1

Morning Session 8 a.m.

Afternoon Session 12:30 p.m.

Monday, May 7



Tuesday, May 8

Computer Science A Spanish Language

Wednesday, May 9

Calculus AB Calculus BC

Thursday, May 10

English Literature & Composition

Friday, May 11

Week 2 Monday, May 14

German Language U.S. History Morning Session 8 a.m.

Afternoon Session 12:30 p.m.

Biology Music Theory

Physics B Comparative Government & Politics French Language

Tuesday, May 15 Wednesday, May 16 Thursday, May 17 Friday, May 18

European History

English Language & Composition




Human Geography

The time is here to order Advanced Placement® tests. All students who have successfully taken or are currently in an Advanced Placement® course should register to take the corresponding AP® exam. Tests will be administered between Monday, May 7 and Friday, May 18 (see testing schedule below). Testing dates are set by the CollegeBoard and can’t be changed. Test Orders Test Order Forms must be turned in to Mrs. Zoucha in the Administration Office no later than Thursday, February 23 in order to ensure delivery of the testing materials. Funding Options This year all AP exams will be paid for by a grant from the Millard Public Schools Foundation. There will be no fees for AP exams; however, if you fail to report for an exam that you have ordered, you will be charged the $13 College Board restocking fee. UNO Dual Enrollment Students Students who have enrolled in UNO Dual Enrollment will be required to take the corresponding AP exam. Students need to order these exams and check the “Dual Enrollment” box on the order form. Test Schedule Conflicts Exams may only be taken at the designated national time and date. Only one test may be taken during any given testing session. Carefully check the testing schedule above for any conflicts you may have between exams. Please see Mr. Lamberty prior to February 23rd if you have any AP exams scheduled at the same time, or if you have any other scheduling conflicts (athletic or other school sponsored activities). 7


Advanced Placement Testing (Cont’d) Late Testing Late testing is allowed by the CollegeBoard under very limited conditions. Alternate exams must be ordered and must be given on the assigned dates. CollegeBoard charges an additional $50.00 for each late exam given. Late testing is only permitted for specific emergency situations or district competitions. Late testing is not permitted for senior class trips, school assemblies, family vacations or family commitments. Any student who thinks he/she might qualify for late testing should see Mr. Lamberty. Preadministration Sessions All students participating in testing must attend a pre-administration meeting. Attending this meeting and being on time is crucial. During this session, students will complete the background information required by the CollegeBoard. The CollegeBoard requires that the student background information be completed before a student starts any specific test. Preadministration for Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday, April 23rd during Extended QT Preadministration for Juniors & Sophomores . . . . . . Monday, April 30th during Extended QT General Testing Guidelines You must bring your student I.D., a pencil with eraser, and a blue or black pen. (Talk to your subject area teacher about whether or not calculators and what kind of calculators are allowed for certain tests. We will not provide any calculators). You must also arrive to testing on time. You will not be allowed to bring a cell phone in to testing. The CollegeBoard is very strict about this policy due to situations that have occurred across the country in the past. If it is discovered later that you had a cell phone during any of the test, your test (as well as others) may be disqualified. Tests can take longer than 4 hours. Students testing in the afternoon must account for this time when planning work schedules and commitments following testing. Review Sources The CollegeBoard offers test prep materials and practice tests. Some of these resources are free, others cost. Through the CollegeBoard web site, students will also find more information about AP testing and different college requirements for scores on tests to earn credit and advance standing.

AP Test Season Kick-Off Thursday, March 15 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. All Millard West students who have taken an AP class any time in the 2011-12 school year and are registered to take an AP Exam in May are invited to attend. Join us for Food, Games, AP T-Shirts, AP Teachers, AP Survival Bag, etc. Look for more information coming to your QT and AP classes soon!

Please refer any specific questions about testing offered at Millard West to Mr. Bob Lamberty, 402-715-6004. 8

MILLARD WEST LIBRARY We are sure that many of our avid student readers will be very happy to know that there are hundreds of new books in the library! We have voracious readers at West, both students and staff. That’s what makes it exciting for the library staff! Students can find the new Millard Reads list on the library website link. We’re also very big on technology, and enjoy helping students through the intricacies of software and hardware use. It is a very good idea for all students to invest in a flash drive for project storage. As always, we’re asking students to save everything in two places, and we’re trying to remember to follow our own advice. Thank you to the Millard Public Schools Foundation for providing the funding to have the library open Tuesday evenings. The Library hours are: Monday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. TESTING CENTER - LOCATED IN ROOM 100B (inside the Library) This center is for students who have missed a test or other homework and need to make it up. The student needs to make arrangements with the teacher to report to the Testing Center to make up the work. Testing Center Hours - In Room 100B Monday 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Thursday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

STUDY CENTER HOURS - LOCATED IN THE LIBRARY Staff members are available to assist students in the following subject areas during our after school Study Center on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 3:30-5:30 p.m. Math, Science, Social Studies, & Spanish teachers will be available to assist students Thursday - 3:30-5:30 p.m. Math, English, & Spanish teachers will be available to assist students

SCRATCHIN POST For all your apparel needs, come visit us at the Scratchin Post. We are located in the Millard West commons area. The Scratchin Post is operated by Millard West DECA. The Scratchin Post will also be open on Tuesday, December 6th from 4-6 p.m. to assist with your Holiday shopping needs. The store will be closed the afternoon of December 21st. Monday Store Hours 7:50 - 8:45 a.m. 12:07 - 1:53 p.m. 3:20 - 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday Store Hours 7:10 - 8:00 a.m. 11:34 - 1:37 p.m. 3:20 - 3:45 p.m.



ACT TEST DATES Go to to register! TEST DATE February 11, 2012 April 14, 2012

REGISTRATION DEADLINE January 13, 2012 March 9, 2012

Scholarship Information Millard West students are offered millions of dollars in scholarship and grant money each year because of outstanding academic and activity achievements. We love to acknowledge students for these accomplishments through the Omaha World-Herald, Honors Night and in the Graduation Program but … if you don’t notify us we don’t know! To let us know of scholarships, please make a copy of the award letter and have your student turn in the copy to Brenda Cary in the Guidance Office. Please let us know of any and all offers (as they are received) so your student can be recognized – even if the offer may not be accepted by your student. The deadline to turn in scholarship offers to be printed in the Omaha World-Herald, Honors Night and Graduation Programs is April 13, 2012.

Application information for the UNMC High School Alliance has arrived. Courses in the Alliance have a medical research focus and are taught afternoons on the UNMC campus. To be considered for this one year program students must be a junior or senior, at least 16 years of age at the beginning of the 2012 -2013 academic year and have completed and received a grade of "B" or better in Algebra I, Biology, and Chemistry (may be concurrently enrolled in Chemistry while taking Alliance classes). See Mrs. Brewer in the Guidance Office for a fillable application. Applications are due to UNMC March 7, 2012.

Metro Career Academies Sophomores and Juniors - Are you interested in getting an early start on your career and post-secondary plans? Millard Public Schools and Metro Community College partner together to offer career academies in the following areas: Auto Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, Diesel Technology, Digital Cinema/Filmmaking, Electrical Technology, Theater Technology, and Welding Technology. Participation in an MCC Career Academy allows a student the opportunity to learn about the career field, complete college courses while in high school, demonstrate new skills and possibly intern with a business/ employer. Students may earn both Millard and college credit. Metro Career Academy courses are offered at a 50% discount in tuition. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Go to Updates in your Naviance account or see Mrs. Brewer in the Guidance Office for more information and an application.



Fast Facts Parents Need to Know About…… Circumstances that Increase Risk of Substance Abuse  Family disruptions such as divorce, frequent moves, or the death of a loved one can significantly increase

stress and anxiety in teenagers. During these disruptions teens are more susceptible to the lure of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.  Adolescents with social anxiety, eating disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disor-

der or depression may struggle more than others to thrive, to excel, and even just to fit in. These teens often use substances to help them cope, self-medicate, or escape the stress of their everyday lives.  High stress, frequent boredom, and too much spending money can be a dangerous combination for any

teen. Teens who share two or more of these characteristics are three times likelier to smoke, drink, and use illegal drugs. PARENT POWER!!!! Awareness of these circumstances is the first step in decreasing your child’s risk of substance abuse.

“A child who reaches age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol, or using drugs is virtually certain to never do so.” Joseph Califano, Jr. (President of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) For more information read How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents by Joseph Califano, Jr. or visit For a FREE copy of the book please contact Michelle Brady in the Guidance Office at 715-6069 or

How Can SCIP Help Students and Families? The School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) program at Millard West is ready for your referrals. This program helps to identify and refer students who might be having problems in school as a result of mental health or drugs/alcohol issues. Parents, students, school staff or other concerned people can make a referral to SCIP. Students who are referred to SCIP can then be connected to appropriate resources in the school and community to help address any problems that are identified. If you have concerns about your own child, your child’s friend, or some other young person at Millard West, please contact the SCIP team leader, Michelle Brady, at 715-6069 or All referrals are kept strictly confidential.


Eco-West Club Eco-West Club would like to encourage local participation in Earth Hour 2012. This is a worldwide campaign that allows people to speak via their actions, and send a powerful message of concern regarding climate change. Your individual and family choices can help create a better future for our planet. This event takes little effort and will make a huge difference! We hope you will continue your efforts after the 60 minutes of Earth Hour. Participate with the world, Saturday, March 31, from 8:30-9:30 pm. Suggestions for your family: 1. Avoid electronics; have a family night of board games 2. Turn down the heat for the evening 3. Have a cozy fire and roast marshmallows 4. Turn off as many lights as you can 5. Unplug every appliance you are not using Commit to the 60+ and continue one household effort to lower your energy consumption for the rest of 2012.

Millard West High School is proud to present a brand new course for advanced Industrial Technology Students. Power Systems Design and Fabrication is a two semester course, applying classroom lessons and experiences to promote and teach students: team work, engineering, problem solving, physics, science, math, commercial art, design concepts, fabrication, marketing, computer skills, web design, safety, and career opportunities. This project based class allows students to choose between two projects:  Electrical Car: Students that choose this project will have the opportunity to design and create one of two

different types of Electric Vehicles. Students will follow guidelines and rules presented by OPPD Drive.  Robotics: Students that choose this project will have the opportunity to design and create very complex

robots. These robots will follow the guidelines and rules presented by Vex Robotics State and National Competitions. Students enrolled in this class will also have the opportunity to be involved in respective ITE Clubs: CatRacing and CatBotics. Students participating in these Millard West ITE Clubs will have the opportunities to promote sponsors, go on after school field trips, organize fundraisers and compete in multiple local, state and national competitions. The Design and Fabrication Course along with the Clubs allow these students to experience multiple learning processes. Unfortunately, funding is limited. CatRacing and CatBotics Clubs are looking for sponsors to help fund their project needs. Sponsors who are willing to donate money, services or materials would be greatly appreciated by all involved. If sponsorship is a consideration, we would like to arrange a presentation with you to demonstrate what we are creating and talk about the needs we may have. Please respond back if this is an interest. Scott Bohlken - Millard West High School - Power Pathways Instructor CatRacing / CatBotics Team Supervisor 402-689-6034 12

ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS EVENT INFORMATION To view up-to-date athletic schedules go to: Please note that this is a new website.

Millard West hosts the Metro Conference Swimming Championships on February 10th & 11th.

Eligibility for Athletics Reminder Reminder: All students participating in an athletic or other co-curricular activity must be enrolled in a minimum of two classes in each nine week semester. Each student athlete must pass 20 hours of course work from August through December 21st. Failure to do so will render the student ineligible. No student who is a member of a school sponsored team may participate or compete in the same sport for a non-school organization during the sport season in which they represent Millard West High. The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) prohibits this at all levels of competition. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Hook, Athletic Administrator at 715-6025.

Spring Sports Plan ahead - spring athletic practices begin on Monday, February 27, 2012 Students planning on participating in a spring sport need to start planning ahead. Any student who has not yet participated in athletics must have a physical and parent consent form on file in the activities office. This is required in order to check out equipment and practice. The forms are available in the West High activities office. In addition to the physical/parent consent form, there is a $60.00 non-refundable participation fee that is a one-time fee for athletics. If a student has already purchased an activities admission ticket, then there are no additional fees. If a student has already participated in a sport in the fall or winter season, they have already completed the necessary steps. Upon turning in all forms and fees, students will receive a parent/student activities handbook, and a Participation Card. They must present the Participation Card to their respective coach prior to the first practice. Athletes, who have already participated, should get their card back from their coach when they complete the season and check in all equipment, uniforms and other items as required by their head coach. Spring sports offered are baseball, golf for boys, and soccer for boys and girls, tennis for girls, and track and field for boys and girls.

SUPER DEAL! Millard West Athletics is selling Super Coupon books worth over $50 in coupons plus an additional $5 off your purchase at Super Saver! Books are only $5 each! What a great deal! They will be sold at all home athletic sporting events during January or books may be purchased by contacting your booster Club Sport Rep or Nicki Lusso, Our fundraising event is Saturday, February 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Super Saver - 5710 S. 144th Street. Come out for fun and Super Bowl supplies. 13

WILDCAT ATHLETIC & ACTIVITIES NEWS SPORTSMANSHIP AT ATHLETIC EVENTS Sportsmanship Definition “Good sportsmanship is the attitude and behavior that supports athletes, and respects their efforts and those of opponents, their fans and game officials.” At Millard West, we expect our fans, students and guests to demonstrate GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP and respect the principles of high school athletics as an important part of our educational mission. GAME REMINDERS FOR PARENTS AND FANS: 1. 2. 3. 4.


2011-2012 admission prices are as follows: Varsity Football and Basketball Adults = $6.00 Students = $4.00 All Other Varsity Sports Adults = $5.00 Students = $3.00 Non Varsity Events Adults = $3.00

Students = $1.00

FUTURE WILDCAT NIGHT Millard West is again sponsoring a “Future Wildcat Night” at our home basketball games. Each of the following schools will be recognized on these nights and the admission for your student will be Free. We will send tickets to each school for students attending Future Wildcat Night! Future Wildcat Game Night Schedule Friday, February 10 - Black Elk Eagles (choir will sing National Anthem) Friday, February 17 - Ackerman All Stars Saturday, February 18 - Reeder Roadrunners

GIRLS TENNIS CONDITIONING Spring season conditioning for girls tennis is scheduled from 3:30-5:15 p.m. in the Green Mile Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, starting Jan. 30th. Official season starts on Monday, February 27th.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Information on Summer Camps can be found at Go to “Activities” / “Athletics” / “Girls Basketball” Any questions about basketball, email Coach Colony at: "C" you on the court!!

Email Coach Robertson with any questions 14

BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK & FIELD CONDITIONING GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Off season training will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Meet in front of the girls locker room, dressed and ready to go. You must have a participation card.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD Off season training will be held daily, Monday through Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Meet in front of the boys locker room, dressed and ready to go. You must have a participation card. For more information contact: Max Kurz or 402-715-6029

For more information contact: Seth Turman or 402-715-6029

The official start of track season is Monday, February 27th. BOYS & GIRLS TRACK BOOSTERS NEEDED FOR SPRING Coach Kurz, boys head track coach, and Coach Turman, girls head track coach, are asking for volunteers to be the track representatives this Spring. An organized parent group can be a great asset to any track program. In addition to being spectators, active involvement with the team can increase a feeling of unity and support among parents, athletes, and coaches. For further details and information, please email Coach Kurz or Coach Turman at the above addresses.

SPRING BASEBALL (9-12 Boys) All Spring sports, including Baseball, will begin on Monday, February 27th. All participants must have the Participation Card process (physical, forms, fees) completed before that date to be eligible to tryout. You may give your participation card to Coach Ryan at any time between now and Feb. 22nd. There will be some informational meetings (see dates below) on the upcoming season. Just showing-up on February 27th is not the proper way to get ready. PLAYERS are responsible to obtain the proper information and to communicate with the coaches if they are interested. Students in grades (10-12), not in a Winter sport, will have the opportunity to participate in formal strength & conditioning workouts beginning in January (see Coach Ryan). The coaches can provide a strength workout card to the 9th graders, but formal sessions are not probable due to space limitations. Important Baseball Dates :  Wednesday, Feb. 15

PRE-SEASON PARENT meeting in the Lecture Hall This informational meeting is geared for 9TH grade parents and others who have not previously been a part of the Baseball program. -- Tryout procedures, squad make-up, fundraising, parent info. 6:30 p.m. – Spring baseball meeting 7:30 p.m. – Baseball fundraising & Summer ball information

 Wednesday, Feb. 22

“Final” All Grades (9-12) Player meeting 3:30 in Wildcat III

*** All participation cards due to Coach Ryan on February 22.


Millard West High School  5710 So. 176th Ave.  Omaha, NE 68135-2268  (402) 715-6000  Fax (402) 715-6060 Dear Millard West Junior/Senior Parents: Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we’ve turned the calendar page to 2012! Where does the time go? Now it’s time to look forward to your student’s Millard West Post Prom Party. Many committees have been working to insure that this year will be one of the best ever! You can help make this experience a safe, supervised destination event to fill those hours after the Prom. Once again, we entertained over 1,000 students last year, and we hope that number will grow in 2012. All Millard West juniors and seniors and their dates are invited, regardless of prom attendance. To make this event a success, we need your support! Today’s economic reality has been a factor for many, but this is an easy and affordable way to make a real difference and provide a great experience in the life of your teenager. Exciting entertainment, wonderful prizes and great food all combine to make lasting memories, so please contribute today. We need volunteers to help with set-up on April 20 and 21 and to “work” the night of April 21. (It’s a FUN night for parents, too!) Just check your area of interest and return the form below. Post Prom is planned and staffed entirely by Millard West parents, and it is financed by parent, community and local business donations. Contact Kellie Wells, Post Prom General Chair, or 402-670-1531, if you have questions. (Note: If you have already given a donation and received this letter, we apologize. If you are not sure, please check the name list in this mailing. Thank you for your gift!) Parents: Your help is needed with decorations for Post Prom. Volunteers meet on Monday and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. in the east hall by Wildcat I. If you have any questions contact Kellie Wells.

Parent Name ____________________________________ Email ________________________________ Phone ____________________ Student’s Name _________________________________ Grade ______ Donation Attached:

______ ($25 suggested)

Other $ ________

Yes! I would like to help with Post Prom 2012 ____

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Decorations Committee (makes decorations throughout the year) Donations Committee (contacts businesses, makes gift baskets) Entertainment Committee (plans entertainment for the night) Food Committee (plans menu, contacts businesses, serves food) Front Door Committee (event preparation, ticket sales, event check-in) Event Worker (works night of Post Prom) Tear Down (immediately following Post Prom) Please contact my business about making a donation Business name and contact information: _______________________________________________

Please mail or take checks to the school administration office:

Millard West Post Prom 5710 S. 176th Avenue Omaha, NE 68135

(Checks made out to Millard West Post Prom)







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Common Sense Parenting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Make A Difference! Common Sense Parenting is a positive way for you to be in charge of your family. The program teaches you proven parenting methods that were developed at Boys Town. Each skill and technique you learn is adaptable to any home environment. It is an innovative approach that will build and reinforce healthy family relationships. The class will be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. The program teaches effective strategies for children aged 5-16. Kim Secora, a school psychologist for the Millard Public Schools and former parent trainer for Boys Town will be facilitating this class. Call Kim at 402-715-8377 or email for more information about the content of the class.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning February 21, 2012 through March 27, 2012 for 6 sessions. Classes will meet from 7:00-9:00PM.

MPS - Ron Witt Support Services Center 13737 Industrial Road - Entrance A Park in the front parking lot.


MPS employees may attend the class at no charge.

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The cost of the class is $50 per family for non-MPS employees. Interested parents may contact Shelly Mann, in the Office of Staff Development at 402-715-8418 or to register.

The course fee will be collected on February 21 at class.

February 2012 Newsletter