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Millard West News 5710 So. 176th Ave.  Omaha, NE 68135  402‐715‐6000    402‐715‐6060 fax            h p://     

October 2012             

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


Index End of Semester Informa on ........................ 2             Progress Checks & Parent Portal ................... 2  Tes ng & College/Career Experience ........... 3  10th Grade Parent Survey ............................. 4  Senior Informa on ........................................ 4             Red Cross/HOSA Blood Drive ........................ 5  AP Dual Credit Op ons ................................. 6  Hours‐Library, Tes ng & Study Center ......... 7  Key Club ........................................................ 8 

Wildcat Theatre Workshop ........................... 9  Guidance Informa on ................................... 10‐15  Orchestra & Band News................................ 16  Ac vi es & Athle cs News ........................... 17‐18  Senior Photo Deadline .................................. 19  Senior Tribute Deadline ................................ 20  Yearbook Order Form ................................... 21  Fall Booster Bash .......................................... 22   

Millard West Softball

Year 18, Issue 3 

Millard West Administrators                          Millard Board of Educa on  Dr. Greg Tiemann – Principal                          Mr. Dave Anderson  Dr. Jennifer Allen – Asst. Principal, Curriculum & Instruc on & 10th Grade Students     Mr. Todd Clarke  Mr. Mike Kennedy    Mr. Harry Grimminger – Asst. Principal, Student Services & 9th Grade Students  Mr. Robert Lamberty – Asst. Principal, Assessment & 12th Grade Students   Mr. Mike Pate  Mrs. Stacy Longacre – Asst. Principal, Safety/Security & 11th Grade Students      Mrs. Linda Poole  Mr. Chris Loofe ‐ Asst. Principal, Ac vi es Director  Mr. Pat Ricke s                                                                                                                                                               Dr. Keith Lutz – Superintendent 

END OF 1ST SEMESTER First Semester ends on Wednesday, October 17th and Second Semester begins on Monday, October 22nd. Students who need a 2nd semester schedule can print one via the Student Portal. Please note: There is no school for students October 18th and 19th. These days will be used by our teachers as work days and staff development. PROGRESS CHECKS We believe in the importance of our school and parents/guardians working together to help ensure student success. We know that communication is an important part of this relationship and of student success. The block schedule moves very quickly so students cannot afford to get behind. We need your help in ensuring students stay on track. As a parent you will receive communication about your child’s grades every 3 weeks. Final grade reports are mailed home to you. Because we want quick turnaround, however, progress checks are not mailed home, but rather carried home. Please ask your child for his/her progress check on the corresponding day and have a conversation about his/her progress. Progress Reports:  Monday, November 12th  Tuesday, December 4th Given to students during Quality Time. Students are responsible for bringing the progress checks home. You may also look at grades via your Parent Portal Account.

NUMBERS TO REMEMBER Attendance Activities Pupil Services/ Guidance Administration Office

402-715-6010 402-715-6025 402-715-6015 402-715-6000

*Please call the attendance office at 402-715-6010 to report all absences, early releases for appointments or late arrivals. Attendance does not accept written notes. Thank you.


SCHOOL LUNCH ACCOUNTS Students putting money on lunch accounts can do so from 6:30-10:00 a.m. daily. No money can be put on accounts during the lunch periods.   

Add money to a student’s account View account balances Set-up automatic payments

Lunch Prices High School Breakfast High School Lunch Extra Milk

$1.80 (includes milk) $2.60 & $3.10 (includes milk) $ .40

INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL Millard Public Schools provides parents/guardians access to student information via the District’s web accessible student database, Infinite Campus, Parent Portal. To register log on to:   Click on Infinite Campus  Select Parent Portal Available information includes daily attendance, student schedules, grade book information, progress reports and high school transcripts. PARKING AT MILLARD WEST There is no parking along the east, south or west main drive on the Millard West campus. This is a fire lane. If you are attending any Millard West event at any time, please park in one of the parking lots. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed. POTTERY CLASS Art teacher Joanie Sanders and her pottery students have created memory stones for Methodist Hospital’s Comfort Care Group. The Comfort Care Group is dedicated to aide patients and families transition into this last phase of life with ease and comfort. One of their projects is organizing tangible remembrance items to help patients and their loved ones. Over 360 small memory stones were created, painted and donated to Methodist Hospital by Millard West pottery students to be given to families as they deal with end of life/ hospice care. Sarah Sullivan, Millard West junior, introduced this project to her pottery class.

TESTING SCHEDULE & COLLEGE/CAREER EXPERIENCE October 25 and October 26 We have several activities going on during these two very important days. Several tests have been combined, allowing us to make better use of the time for all students. All grade levels are on different schedules, so it is important to pay very close attention to the schedule for each grade level.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 Ninth Grade:

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. TerraNova Testing Students should report to testing rooms no later than 8:00 a.m.

Tenth Grade:

Report at 12:00 p.m.

Eleventh Grade:

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Science and Social Studies ELO Assessments Students should report to testing rooms no later than 8:00 a.m. It is essential that students complete this testing to meet graduation requirements.

Twelfth Grade:

Report at 10:00 a.m.

Senior Meeting and Class Picture

All Grades:

12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Attend Block 1-4 classes

Attend Block 1-4 classes

Thursday, October 25 Block 1 - 4 Schedules 1st Block

12:30 - 1:05


2 Block

1:13 - 1:48

3rd Block

1:56 - 2:31


4 Block

2:39 - 3:15

Friday, October 26, 2012 Ninth Grade:

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. TerraNova Testing Students should report to testing rooms no later than 8:00 a.m. Students will be released for the day at 12 noon when they complete the second day of testing.

Tenth Grade:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. PLAN Testing Students should report to testing rooms no later than 8:00 a.m. Students will be released for the day at 12 noon.

Eleventh Grade & Twelfth Grade:

TBD by student Job Shadow/College Visit All Day All junior and senior students are expected to participate in a Job Shadow/College Visit.

Please see page 12 of this newsletter for more information.


ATTENTION 10TH GRADE PARENTS Parents of 10th Grade students are asked to complete the High School Life Skills Parent Survey by going to Parents can find a link to this survey on the Millard West homepage - Look under Students, then click on Life Skills.

CLASS RINGS School Traditions/Jostens will meet with sophomores on Monday, October 29th during Quality Time to hand out packets regarding class rings. They will return during the lunch hours on October 31, November 1st & 2nd so that orders can be placed.

You will use your parent Infinite Campus login to access the parent survey for your child. Just follow the directions on the website to complete the survey.  Click on parent  Put in your Infinite Campus user name and password  Your child’s name will appear - Click on your high school student’s name  The survey will appear, please follow the written directions  Upon completion, submit the survey To access the Life Skills Spanish version, go to the Life Skills website on the Millard West homepage and click on the language button drop-down list on the upper left. Click on Spanish. Then, click on parent and put in your username and password to access and complete the survey. Upon completion, submit the survey.

PROM 2013 - FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS Prom will be held at the Century Link Center on Saturday, April 13 from 8-11 p.m.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. MOCK JOB INTERVIEW VOLUNTEERS Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year. Each semester, the Millard West Oral Communications students (those in Speech, Debate or Forensics) go through a Mock Job Interview. Students apply for part-time jobs and have a one-on-one interview with a business professional from the community. We are always actively looking for new Mock Job Interview Volunteers. The interviews run from 7:30 a.m. until noon. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Jerome at for more information. MILLARD WEST THEATRE PRESENTS The 2012-2013 Theatre Season has been announced! Theme: A season of Work and Play Fall Play: Noises Off by Michael Frayn One Act: Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets Spring Play: The Office Plays by Adam Bock

POST PROM The Post Prom party is hosted by parents to provide a safe, alcohol-free night of entertainment for our students following the formal Post Prom. Please see the enclosed flyer to see how you, as a parent, can be part of this event through your volunteer work and donations.

SENIOR INFORMATION ORDERS FOR GRADUATION School Traditions/Jostens will meet with seniors on Monday, October 22nd during extended Quality Time to distribute information on ordering cap & gowns and graduation announcements. They will return during the lunch hours on October 31, November 1st and November 2nd, so that you can place your order. A minimum deposit of $50 is required at the time you place your order. SENIOR MEETING & SENIOR PANORAMIC PICTURES There will be a Senior meeting and Senior Panoramic Pictures taken on Thursday, October 25th at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $25 for a large panoramic picture or $40 for a large picture, plus fun picture and 2013 picture. Full Field Panoramic Pictures will be returning the next day with the pictures, so students need to be sure they have their money ready to purchase the pictures. Pictures are on a first come first served basis. SENIOR PHOTO & TRIBUTE DEADLINE Please note: The deadline to submit Senior photos and Senior tributes is Friday, October 12th. GRADUATION DATE AND PLACE Graduation 2013 is on Saturday, May 25th at 1:00 p.m. at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Avenue.


HEALTH OCCUPATIONS STUDENTS OF AMERICA NEWS HOSA is a national organization dedicated to the provision of unique opportunities and experiences for students interested in the health and medical fields. It is based primarily out of Human Physiology and Athletic Training/Sports Injury courses. HOSA students at Millard West may participate in our three blood drives, various community service events, and attend local, state and national leadership conferences/competitions. American Red Cross/HOSA Blood Drives The ARC and the Health Occupations Students of America will be sponsoring three blood drives this year. The first will be on Friday, October 5 from 8:00 – 2:00. The Midwest Region needs to collect about 2100 units/ week to meet area and national requirements. To help meet this need, the Red Cross has had great success in recruiting high school students and encouraging them to be lifelong donors. In order to donate blood you must:  Be 17 years old (16 with completed parental permission form)  Be in good general health  Pass the comprehensive health/history screening  Weigh 110 pounds. If female there is a sliding scale according to height 5’6/110; 5’5/115; 5’4/120lbs, etc. We encourage all eligible students to donate blood. Our goal is to collect over 350 usable units/year. Please talk to your son/daughter about giving blood. If, for any reason, you would prefer your child to not give blood, please make that known to them so they do not register. If you have any questions or concerns about the blood drive, or if you would like to donate (parents make great donors!), please e-mail Jim Johnston at

DECA JUNIOR OFFICERS Congratulations to the following students who were named DECA Junior Officers

2012-2013 YEARBOOK Don’t be left without a yearbook. Yearbook order forms are in this newsletter. Cost from September 1st through December 21st is $65. BECOME A TEAMMATES MENTOR Tom and Nancy Osborne founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to schoolaged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. To reach this goal, youth meet one-half hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact TeamMates at 402-3908326 or 5

Bargman, Meredith Boever, Brandon Brunswick, Sam Butler, Matt Coil, Morgan Daly, Anna Davis, Brianna Fabry, Rachel Franklin, Hayley Gianficaro, Angela Gordman, Mackenzy Griggs, Max Harding, Lauren Henrichson, Kolby Hoeft, Andrew Jochum, Paige

Jordan, Madison Larsen, Eryn Lau, Spencer LeBlanc, Jade Lee, Jennifer Lerdahl, Tanner Loberg, Jacob Mustard, Kaitlyn Pendergast, Madyson Pesek, Ricky Richards, Emily Strudthoff, Katelyn Sullivan, Sarah Trabucco, Tatianna Zimmer, Carly

MILLARD WEST BASEBALL CRAFT FAIR The Millard West Baseball Inc. Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, October 6th from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

University of Nebraska

AP Dual Credit Options for 2012-2013


Millard West High School

At Omaha

Students must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or greater in order to qualify for dual enrollment credit. Students must also sign up for dual enrollment credit concurrently with enrollment in the corresponding Millard West course. Students will not be allowed to retroactively pay for dual enrollment credit. Enrollment requirements are set by UNO and may be changed by them prior to any registration period.

English A.P. English Literature (Ms. Sandoz or Mr. Mercer)  UNO English 1010: Introduction to Genre Studies - prose (3 credit hours)  UNO English 1020: Introduction to Genre Studies - poetry, drama, film (3 credit hours)


A.P. United States History (Mr. Heys or Mr. Bull)  UNO History 1110: American History to 1865 (3 credit hours)  UNO History 1120: American History since 1865 (3 credit hours)

World Languages

A.P. Calculus AB (Mr. Hall only)  UNO Math 1950: Calculus I (5 credit hours)

A.P. French (Ms. Johnson)  UNO French 2120: Intermediate French 2 (3 credit hours)

A.P. Calculus BC (Mr. Hall only)  UNO Math 1950: Calculus I (5 credit hours)  UNO Math 1960: Calculus II (5 credit hours)

A.P. German (Ms. Langer)  UNO German 2120: Intermediate German 2 (3 credit hours)

A.P. Statistics (Mr. May only)  UNO Statistics CIST 2500: Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 credits)

A.P. Spanish (Ms. Ehrke)  UNO Spanish 2120: Intermediate Spanish 2 (3 credit hours)

Science A.P. Biology (Mr. Carlson or Dr. Hylok)  UNO Biology 1450: Biology I (5 credits)  UNO Biology 1750: Biology II (5 credits)

Music A.P. Music Theory (Mr. Keith)  UNO Music 1420: Music Core Curriculum II (3 credit hours)

A.P. Physics (Mr. Berzina)  UNO Physics 1110: General Physics (4 credits)  UNO Physics 1120: General Physics (4 credits) A.P. Environmental Science (Ms.Ord)  UNO Biology 1330: Biology (3 credits)

Other Dual Enrollment Options

Social Studies

Athletic Training and Sports Injuries Internship  UNO PE 3040: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

A.P. Comparative Government (Ms. Bragg)  UNO Political Science 2500: Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)

Academies: Education, Finance and Entrepreneurship  Each academy offers dual enrollment opportunities through UNO and Metro. Students must be enrolled in the academy to take advantage of these opportunities. See district website on Academies for more information.

A.P. European History (Mr. Fields or Mr. Royers)  UNO History 1510: Western Civilization 1453-1789 (3 credit hours)  UNO History 1520: Western Civilization since 1789 (3 credit hours) A.P. Psychology (Mr. Stauffer)  UNO Psychology 1010: Introductory Psychology (3 credit hours) 6

MILLARD WEST LIBRARY We are sure that many of our avid student readers will be 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 later in the evenings.

Library hours: Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 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 7:15 - 8:30 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. Beginning on Tuesday, August 21st. Tuesday - 3:30-5:30 p.m. English, Math, & Social Studies teachers will be available to assist students Thursday - 3:30-5:30 p.m. Math, Science, & 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. 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. 7

Millard West’s

Key Club

Key Club International is a student-led organization whose goal is to teach leadership through serving others. Key Club International is a part of the Kiwanis International group. Our Key Club is, in turn, sponsored by the Southwest Omaha Kiwanis club.

Millard West’s Key Club is open to all grade levels, 9-12. Sponsors: Ms. Hovorka and Mrs. Ellis The general membership will meet the first Thursday of each month in the Lecture Hall at 7:30 a.m. Students can join at any time. We hope your student will join us at our next meeting which will be Oct.4 at 7:30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall. Events are announced; members sign up for a committee to help us complete the activity. Committees will meet as needed to do their part to make the volunteer activity a success. This month, our Key Club Officers are the committee leaders planning the student portion of the Millard West United Way Campaign.

Key Club President, Maddy Miller recently delivered a $200 check to March of Dimes from a recent activity. Past activities have included: Humane Society drive, Yard clean-up, Blankets for Project Linus Dodgeball Tourney for March of Dimes, Unicef Project, Salvation bell-ringing

Help Millard West be the Power of Change! When we give as one, we change the lives of many. Won’t you give to the Millard West United Way Campaign?

How to make an impact:  A contest of giving will run amongst QT's ~ Sept. 24 - Oct. 12

Key Club members will pick up QT donations each Friday.  Millard West Key Club will pass the bucket for the United Way Drive at an upcoming

event: Millard West vs. Papio Volleyball Game Oct 4th – Half-time The United Way of the Midlands pools efforts in fundraising for a coalition of charitable organizations in our community.


Wildcat Theatre Workshop (For the young performing artists in our area, grades 3-5) Prepare for fun in high school theatre with Millard West’s Barn Yard themed Theatre Workshop!

Saturday October 27, 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Workshop includes:  Hands on production experience with acting, props, costume design, and banner design/ publicity.  A performance at the end of the day (12:15-1:00p.m.)  Meet and greet with Millard West Theatre Students  Selected scenes from Millard West Theatre’s production of Noises Off! by Michael Frayn  Lunch

Cost is $30 per student (Register below by October 17 ) Workshop Sample Schedule: 8:00- 8:30 Registration (MW Auditorium Lobby) 8:30- 8:45 Welcome in the auditorium 8:45- 9:45 Meet your small groups/ Learn improv games/Come up with team name and concept 9:50-10:10 Session 1: Costume and props/Banner Design/ Acting 10:15-10:35 Session 2: Costume and props/Banner Design/ Acting 10:40-11:00 Session 3: Costume and props/Banner Design/ Acting 11:00-11:20 LUNCH 11:25-11:45 Final rehearsal in own groups 11:45-12:10 Final Production Meeting with entire group 12:15- 1:00 Performances for family and friends (Millard West Auditorium) *Reception following performances

To Register or for more information: Return the following portion of this sheet with payment to Millard West High School, 5710 S. 176th Ave., Omaha, NE 68135 Attn: Brooke Phillips or email

Student Name: _______________________________________________ Grade(6-8): _________________ Student School: ______________________________________ Teacher contact: _____________________ Parent Name:_________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________ Email:___________________________________________________________________________________ Registration Fee Included: Check________ Cash________ (Make checks out to MW Theatre)


Fast Facts Parents Need to Know About…… Tobacco Use 

There is now evidence that nicotine may make the young brain more susceptible to other drugs like alcohol or marijuana.  1 out of 3 teens who try smoking will end up addicted to nicotine as adults.  If kids resist cigarettes while they’re still young, the chance that they will go on to become adult smokers is slim to none.

“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)

The Medicine Abuse Project Here's something you might not know: Drug overdoses now surpass car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the US. And what is driving this trend? Prescription painkiller overdoses. This uncomfortable truth is just one of the reasons why The Partnership at has chosen this moment to launch The Medicine Abuse Project. They’re aiming to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine over the next five years, but they can’t do it without YOU! Sign the pledge on The Medicine Abuse Project's website to add your voice: “I, (parent’s name), pledge to learn about teen medicine abuse, to safeguard my medicines and to talk to teens I know about the issue.”    

How Can SCIP Help Student 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.

Project Wee Care Project Wee Care is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that helps local MILLARD families who are going through a tough time by providing them with care packages in December. These care packages include food, clothing and other basic needs the family might have. If enough donations are made to Project Wee Care, the family in need will also receive “wish list” items so that each child in the family receives a holiday gift. If you would like to sponsor a family please contact: Michelle Brady ( 402-715-6069) or Maureen Zohlen (402-715-6329) in the Millard West Guidance Office by October 30th. THANK YOU!


PSAT INFORMATION PSAT Test Description The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. The PSAT primarily allows students to be considered for the National Merit scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills The PSAT is open to all students. It is recommended for the following students:   

Juniors who took the PSAT during their sophomore year Sophomores/Juniors who rank in the top 30% (3.75 GPA) of their class Freshmen and sophomores in Honors English and/or Honors Math

Many students take the PSAT in order to:   

Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11 only) Receive feedback on skills necessary for college study Prepare for the SAT

Test Details The test will be offered at Millard West High School on Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 a.m. (Students must report by 7:45 a.m.). Please note that the test date is during Fall Break. Students need to complete a registration sheet and submit a $20.00 payment to the guidance office. Checks should be made payable to Millard West. The deadline to register is October 10, 2012. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for any reason. Questions? Contact guidance counselors Mrs. Reoh at 402-715-6017 or Mrs. Munoz at 402-715-6013.


PSAT REGISTRATION FORM Student Name__________________________________________________ Grade (circle one) 9 (Please Print)



Parent Signature:___________________________________________________________________________ I have attached the $20.00 registration fee (make checks payable to Millard West). I understand that registrations will be taken only as long as space is available. This form should be returned to Mrs. Brenda Cary, Mrs. Reoh or Mrs. Munoz in the Guidance Office. We regret that we cannot issue any refunds once the payment has been submitted. Office Use Only: Payment Date _______________________



Check # __________


Career/College Exploration Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors - Friday, October 26 All junior and senior students are expected to participate in a career/college experience on Friday, October 26. Students will have the option of participating in one of four activities:  ASVAB testing  Career/college tours pre-arranged through the Guidance Office  Job shadows  College visits

Career/College Pre-Arranged Tours: Friday, October 26 Career/College Day tours to area colleges and universities will be pre-arranged by the Guidance Office with a limited number of seats available The following schools are currently being contacted to develop plans for pre-arranged tours: Creighton University Midland University Doane College Southeast Community College Iowa Western Community College University of Nebraska - Kearney Nebraska Wesleyan University University of Nebraska - Omaha Northwest Missouri State University of South Dakota Metro Community College Wayne State Students will receive a final listing of college tours, details of each tour, including departure times, as well as information on how to sign up for tours through their QT advisor. Students may be expected to pay for lunch if their tour carries into the noon hour.

Job Shadows or Personal College Visits: Friday, October 26 Individual families should make their own arrangements for job shadows or personal college visits. Students involved in a job shadow should plan to spend 3 – 4 hours shadowing a person in a career area of interest. College visits are used to research schools that offer programs of student interest and may last a few hours to all day. Try to contact the admissions office at least two weeks in advance to schedule a tour. Schools such as the University of Nebraska - Lincoln have already scheduled October 26 as an open house date. Go to the school’s website for information and register early for these campus events. Students who need more information about possible job shadow or college site visits should contact Mrs. Reoh, Mrs. Munoz, or Mrs. Brewer in the Guidance Office. College Fairs coming to Lincoln and Omaha Visit with representatives from colleges across the state, region and nation during upcoming college fairs in Lincoln and Omaha. Admission is free. The Lincoln Area College Fair is Sunday, October 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Southeast Community College, 8800 O Street in Lincoln. The Omaha Area College Fair is Sunday, October 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Sapp Fieldhouse. The college fairs will also feature financial aid presentations conducted by EducationQuest. Before you attend, visit to register for a barcode. Print the barcode and take it to the college fair. College reps will scan it to retrieve your demographic information. For more details, including a list of participating colleges, see the College Fair article at 12

GUIDANCE OFFICE NEWS Before you attend, visit to register for a barcode. Print the barcode and take it to the college fair. College reps will scan it to retrieve your demographic information. For more details, including a list of participating colleges, see the College Fair article at

Register for a college fair barcode!! If you plan to attend the Omaha Area College Fair, register for a barcode that will streamline your visits with college reps. Here’s how it works: 1. Before you go to a College Fair, visit and select the event you plan to attend. EducationQuest’s website also has a link to this site. 2. Complete and submit a confidential form providing details such as contact information, age/gender/ ethnicity, year in school, academic information, extracurricular activities, and ACT/SAT test scores. 3. Print the barcode that appears on your screen. 4. Important! Take the barcode to the College Fair(s) you attend. College reps will scan your barcode to retrieve your information

Seniors…have you visited your top colleges? If you haven’t done so already, visit your top colleges soon to narrow your choices. Application deadlines will start hitting later this this fall! Follow these tips for a successful visit:  Contact the admissions office at least two weeks in advance to schedule your visit. Make appointments with an admissions representative, financial aid counselor, and a faculty member in the area of study that interests you.  Check out the college website before your visit. Most college sites have a section for prospective students where you can learn about the admissions process, types of majors, student services, and employment opportunities. You might even be able to schedule your visit online.  Visit while school is in session. You won’t get the true flavor during breaks or finals week.  Ask LOTS of questions. See this Go.Visit.College! handout on the EducationQuest webpage for good questions to ask.

Parent Tool Naviance's Family Connections makes college research easy!! Whether it's matching colleges to a student's career interests or comparing admissions rates at a student's top college choices, the college planning tools allow students and families to make informed decisions about their options by comparing colleges and universities, exploring scholarship opportunities, tracking college applications and accessing a variety of other college research materials. Parents of Millard West students may set up their own Naviance accounts by emailing you student's first and last name and grade to Mrs. Cary ( in the Guidance Office for log-in information.



The College Admissions Process: Priority vs. Regular Deadlines A priority deadline is the deadline by which a 12th grade student must submit his or her application in order to be considered for admission and financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, or loans. The regular deadline is deadline by which a 12th grade student must submit his or her application in order to be considered for admission only. In other words, students who apply for admission after the priority deadline will not be eligible to receive financial aid. While not all post-secondary institutions have priority deadlines, students should research each of their prospective colleges to find out if a priority deadline exists. Examples of upcoming priority deadlines are as follows: Creighton University: January 7, 2013 Kansas State University: November 1, 2012 University of Nebraska Kearney: February 1, 2013 University of Nebraska Lincoln: January 15, 2013 University of Nebraska Omaha: February 1, 2013 Students are able to access information about priority and regular deadlines through their Naviance accounts and the university website. If you have any further questions concerning this topic, please contact Mrs. Munoz or Mrs. Reoh in the guidance department at (402) 715-6015.

Test Preparation The following is a brief, but not all-inclusive list of websites with practice tests and classes students can take here in Omaha. There are also test prep resource books available to be checked out in the guidance office at Millard West.



Baylor Test Prep 402-475-PREP Classroom course specific to ACT, PSAT, or SAT. Test taking practice, review of all aspects of the test

Assistance League of Omaha


Online practice tests & test taking strategies – books and CSs available for purchase 402-342-4288 The ACT Review includes two, three-hour classes with an optional third class addressing ACT writing. Class meets at Westside High School. 1-800-KAP-TEST SAT and ACT courses available – Test preparation books available for purchase

Huntington Learning Center


Online practice tests & test taking strategies – books and CDs are available for purchase 402-315-9722 Individual testing and tutoring – reading, study skills, writing, phonics, spelling and math for the ACT/SAT Test Online classes & practice tests – Diagnostic Assessment Services – Software available for purchase

Creighton University 402-280-2424 or 800-637-4279 16 hours of in-class instruction by current and former Creighton faculty, comprehensive 4-hour sessions covering all sections of the ACT test 14

GUIDANCE NEWS Students planning to attend four year colleges and universities should take a college entrance exam a minimum of three times during their junior/senior year of high school. Students should also research their possible post-secondary institutions in order to review admission testing requirements. Please contact the Millard West Guidance Department if you have questions.

2012-2013 ACT Test Dates Students may register by going to the following website:

Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

October 27, 2012

September 21, 2012

September 22 - October 5, 2012

December 8, 2012

November 2, 2012

November 3 - 16, 2012

February 9, 2013

January 11, 2013

January 12 - 18, 2013

April 13, 2013

March 8, 2013

March 9 - 22, 2013

June 8, 2013

May 3, 2013

May 4 - 17, 2013

2012-2013 SAT Test Dates Students may register by going to the following website: Test Date

Tests Offered

Regular Registration Closes

Late Registration Closes

October 6, 2012

SAT & Subject Tests

Sept. 7, 2012

Sept. 21, 2012

Nov. 3, 2012

SAT & Subject Tests

Oct. 4, 2012

Oct. 19, 2012

Dec. 1, 2012

SAT & Subject Tests

Nov. 1, 2012

Nov. 16, 2012

Jan. 26, 2013

SAT & Subject Tests

Dec. 28, 2012

Jan. 11, 2013

Mar. 9, 2013

SAT Test Only

Feb. 8, 2013

Feb. 22, 2013

May 4, 2013

SAT & Subject Tests

Apr. 5, 2013

Apr. 19, 2013

June 1, 2013

SAT & Subject Tests

May 2, 2013

May 17, 2013

Additional fees apply if you register late or make changes to your test type, center or date after registering.


Orchestra News Invite your friends and family to our October 23 concert. Bring treats for our reception! Watch for an email from our reception Coordinator, Marilyn Kerkhove. We welcome the fine musicians from Westside High School and their director Mr. Lanny Stutheit, as well as Beadle Middle School musicians under the direction of Mrs. Patti Clifton, for this gigantic and fun combined concert! October includes some terrific opportunities: October 12

8:15 AM UNO Faculty perform for Orchestra n - How fortunate we are!

October 13

All State auditions at Elkhorn High School - Best of luck and keep practicing!

October 20

Saturday String Studio (we teach younger students) – We need student volunteers !

October 23

Halloween Concert 7PM and dress rehearsal 3:30 PM – Students need to reserve the entire day for this fantastic experience.

Band News Congratulations to the Varsity Marching Band for their outstanding performances at the Bellevue East High School Chieftain Marching Invitational. The band finished in 1st Place in both the Prelims and Finals Competition and received the awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Effect. Great start to the competition season! Our remaining competitions are: Columbus Marching Invitational (Columbus, NE), Festival of Bands (Sioux Falls, SD), Omaha Marching Invitational (Omaha), and the NSBA State Marching Band Competition (Omaha). Good Luck throughout the season! The Bands hosted the 3rd Annual Wildcat Classic on September 15. Nine bands competed this year in Prelims and Finals Competition. Our numbers were up again this year and it was a very successful day. Several of the judges (many from out of state) and directors commented that it was the smoothest run competition they have been to. A huge thank you to Susan Rhodes, Janice Kolomaya, and Mitzi Magsam for all their work in organizing the competition, and to all our parents and students who volunteered. Our Wildcat Marching Band is traveling to Philadelphia in November to march in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. We will have information on how to watch the webcast of the parade for those who are interested. Thank you to our major corporate sponsors – Omaha Steaks and Hy-Vee for their support! Go green for the band. Cans for the band is October 19 – 21. Please drop off your cans at the trailer in the parking lot.



ATHLETICS FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR It is not too soon to be planning ahead for participation in athletics for the next school year. All students and parents are reminded that in order to participate in interscholastic NSAA athletics & activities, all students must do the following: 1. Pass a minimum of 20 credits during the 3rd and 4th terms of 2011-12. If you will not earn 20 credits, you must take summer school to earn those credits in order to participate in athletics for the first semester of 20122013. West students must be enrolled in a minimum of two classes in each nine week term. We strongly recommend a minimum of three courses and encourage students to register for four classes each nine weeks. 2. Have a physical exam by a licensed physician after May 1, 2012 and have the required forms completed. 3. Complete the student Participation/required forms, complete the Emergency Card, plus the Transportation Form. Turn them into the Millard West Activities Office. 4. Millard Public Schools has an annual non-refundable participation fee of $60.00 for each student participating in NSAA sponsored interscholastic competitions. All students participating who have paid the $60.00 fee receive the Millard West student athletic admission pass and a participation card. When all of the above steps have been completed and filed in the activities office, each student will be issued an Athletic Participation Card, which verifies that they have met all requirements for participation in athletics. Each student must give their Participation Card to their respective coach when checking out for their first practice. NO STUDENT MAY PRACTICE UNTIL THEIR PARTICIPATION CARD IS TURNED IN TO THEIR COACH. PLEASE! Don’t put off getting your physical or completing and turning in the necessary forms. Get them turned in well ahead of the first scheduled practice. A NEW PARTICIPATION CARD IS REQUIRED ANNUALLY FOR PARTICIPATION IN NSAA ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES. FALL SPORTS COACHES INFORMATION


Boys & Girls Cross Country - Coach Max Kurz Football - Coach Kirk Peterson Girls Golf - Coach Kent Speer Girls Softball - Coach Don Brummer Boys Tennis - Coach Dan Bratetic Volleyball - Coach Erin Byrd


WILDCAT ATHLETIC & ACTIVITIES NEWS 2012-2013 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

 Join the Millard West Athletic Booster Club. Help this organization support our athletes and coaches with

parents’ nights, banquets and fundraisers to help us provide in areas where revenues don’t match needs. A booster club membership entitles each family to two booster passes which admit the holder at no charge to all Millard West athletic events, EXCEPT VARSITY FOOTBALL AND VARSITY BASKETBALL. Contact the Activities Office for more information on how to join.

GIRLS BASKETBALL OPEN GYM / WORKOUT SCHEDULE Beginning September 4th: Mondays: Mornings from 7:00-7:45 shooting (stretch @ 6:50) / kettlebell & plyo’s 7:45-8:15. Tuesdays: Mornings from 6:45-7:30 shooting (stretch at 6:35). Wednesdays: Evenings from 6:00-8:00 (stretch @ 5:50) kettlebell, open gym, & plyo’s Fridays: After school senior led workouts from 3:30-4:30. Track workouts followed by weight room (supervised by weight room coordinator). *Fridays beginning Oct. 5th Mornings from 6:30-7:00 shooting (stretch at 6:20) kettlebell & plyo's 7-7:30. After Volleyball season, we will adjust the schedule. Go to then click on “Activities” / “Athletics” / “Girls Basketball” for updated information on shoes, schedule changes, etc. Nov. 12th: Basketball season begins. Be sure to get your physical and then turn in your participation card to me asap!! Nov. 2nd & 3rd: Lady Cat Tournament – plan on helping! Sign up early to get the times you want!! If you have any questions, contact Coach Kip Colony:

BOYS BASKETBALL OPEN GYM / WORKOUT SCHEDULE Boys interested in trying out for the 2012-2013 teams can attend pre-season workouts. If you participate in a fall sport, you do not need to attend until your season is over. We will lift/condition after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays beginning at 3:30. Upperclassmen are currently lifting. Freshmen will start these workouts on Monday, October 1st. We also have morning shooting workouts. Players shoot 2 days a week from 6:15 - 7:15. See Mr. Morrison to find out what days to come. Mr. Morrison can be contacted at:


want you in the face it we 2013 Prowler Yearbook Senior Photo Submission Deadline is October 12, 2012 Senior Picture Guidelines:

• Full color digital print or image (no black and white photos will be accepted) • Neutral background (no outdoor/distracting background) • Head and shoulders, looking directly into camera • No hands, or objects in photo • If submitted digitally, 350 resolution needed • We will notify any individual whose senior photo does not meet the guidelines and will allow exactly two weeks for resubmission within guidelines to ensure placement in the yearbook • We cannot guarantee publication of any senior portrait submitted after the October 12, 2012 deadline. Starting in October, a list will be posted outside room 312 of all senior portraits submitted to ensure accuracy. It’s a good idea to check with your photographer to see if they are submitting the photo for you, or if you are responsible for submitting the photo. • If NO senior photo is submitted, we will use the photo taken during registration (if taken), to increase coverage of all seniors in the yearbook. • Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student and parent, not the yearbook staff, to ensure a senior photo is correctly submitted before the deadline. Address questions to:

Mark Hilburn (Prowler Yearbook Adviser) 402.715.6067

Acceptable Senior Pictures: Girls


Photo submissions: email: (you will receive an email notifying you the photo was received)

or mail to: Millard West High School c/o Prowler Yearbook 5710 South 176th Avenue Omaha, NE 68135

Submission Deadline: October 12, 2012

Send your senior Submission Deadline: October 12, 2012

a message from the heart by purchasing your senior tribute today Student Name: ____________________

Check ad type/size desired: 1 photo/20 words maximum

Parent(s): ________________________

____ 1/4 page color ($100) 2 photos/40 words maximum

Phone number: ____________________

____ 1/2 page color ($175) 4 photos/60 words maximum

email address: _____________________

____ full page color ($350) 8 photos/100 words maximum

Please send to: Millard West High School c/o Prowler Yearbook 5710 South 176th Avenue Omaha, NE 68135

____ 1/8 page color ($65)

Total paid: ___________ Check #: ______ (make checks payable to Millard West High School) # photo(s) submitted: ____ online _____ hard copy ____ total # of photos submitted **Submit ALL materials together. If emailing images, send order form and payment to school, and indicate above photographs are coming online.** Tribute Guideliness: • Please print information clearly (or attach electronically). • Photo files submitted electronically must be in .jpg format at 350 dpi. Please attach photo files in the email rather than pasting into email text. • No photographer or pre-designed layouts. Please submit the elements and allow the senior tribute editors to arrange these elements. • To have photos returned: Submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with the tribute materials. **Please note: Items may be returned as late as March** • Late tribute submissions will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis, and if space allows, will be included. Message: (please print clearly or attach typed message) ______________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________. ___________________

Address questions to: Mark Hilburn (Prowler Yearbook Adviser) 402.715.6067 sample tribute:


We are so excited to see how you decide to apply your faith, love, and compassion as you pursue your talends and future. We could not be prouder of the person you have become.


a1 u h s o J

WE know you will be successful and live a meaningful life regardless of the path you choose. We love you very much Mom, Dad, Nate and Abbie

Submission Deadline: October 12, 2012

remember and celebrate Introductory Price: $60 MUST order before August 31, 2012

all the memories

by purchasing your 2013 Prowler Yearbook

Student Name: ____________________ Date: ____ Phone number: ___________ Grade: ____ QT Teacher: ___________ Total # of Yearbooks: ______ (please use a seperate form for each student)

Total Paid: $_________ Payment: Check #: _____

($60 each) Cash: ______

(make checks payable to Millard West High School) Address questions to: Please send to:

Millard West High School c/o Prowler Yearbook 5710 South 176th Avenue Omaha, NE 68135

Mark Hilburn (Prowler Yearbook Adviser) 402.715.6067

$60: Introductory Price: valid through August 31, 2012 $65: September 1, 2012 - December 21, 2012. (ALL Yearbook sales end Friday, December 21, 2012. A limited number of yearbooks will be sold during distribution for $75). The Prowler Yearbook is a self-supporting program and receives no school funding.

$60 Introductory Price expires on August 31, 2012

All Millard West Parents, Coaches & Supporters

Fall Booster Bash 10.13.12 Please join us for the

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 7:00 pm – Midnight $15 / person Bellbrook Club House 19653 Chandler St. (196th & Harrison)

• Enjoy appetizers • Bid on bountiful gift baskets at our Silent Auction • Buy your lucky Raffle Tickets at the door • Invite all your fellow sport parents and coaches along with your friends for an Adult Night Out

Need Tickets? Contact Nikki Lusso at 991-3921 or If your business would be able to support this event either monetarily or with resources it would be greatly appreciated. Proceeds from this annual event supports ALL of our student athletes; both athletically and academically.

October 2012 Newsletter  

October 2012 Newsletter

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