Spotlight on the OSF

Welcome to the Omaha Schools Foundation fresh new look at our award winning programs and success stories. Founded in 1984 by the Omaha Board of Education, the Omaha Schools Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (C3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors (all residents of the Omaha School District), and incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation. At the most basic level, the Omaha Schools Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars.

We are excited to share our enthusiasm for the Omaha Public Schools amazing students, administrators, teachers and curriculums and encourage you to participate in supporting the many programs and scholarships which facilitate the success of our students. 

Accelere Wins National Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced that Accelere and teacher Shawn Graham have been selected as a winner for the 2015-2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. As an award recipient, Shawn Graham and the Accelere Program will receive a Presidential plaque and a cash award of up to $2,500 to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Additionally, OPS  will receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

An award ceremony at the White House will be held on August 16th at 9am to recognize Accelere and the other winners and honorable mentions.


McMillan Conservancy Project Goes Live!

McMillan Magnet Water ConservancyThe hard work of the McMillan students paid off this morning when the Water Conservancy Project was turned on.

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OSF Honors the Future Educators and Super 13 Scholars

One of the Omaha Schools Foundation's most gratifying experience is honoring The Future Educators and Super 13 Scholars each year. At a reception held before the OSF Board meeting, scholars were given an opportunity to share their plans for furthering their education. It was great fun hearing where they were going to go to school and what they will be studying.

These Scholarships are administered through the Omaha Schools Foundation and made possible by the generous donations of friends of the Omaha Public Schools. The Super 13 Scholarship is awarded to one student from each high school who has attended the Omaha Public Schools consecutively from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students must demonstrate strong character, community involvement and a strong grade point average. Seniors from each Omaha Public Schools high school are nominated each year and chosen by a select committee of professionals to receive these honors.

The Future Educator Scholarship is awarded to one student from each high school who will be studying education. Students must also demonstrate strong character, community involvement and a strong grade point average.


Omaha Public Schools Job Fair

Omaha Public Schools Human Resources Department will be hosting two support staff job fairs. Staff will be on site during the job fairs to describe position responsibilities, answer questions, collect applications, interview and offer jobs.

Omaha Public Schools will be recruiting and hiring for the following jobs that will begin in the fall 2016: Cafeteria assistants, bus drivers, bus aides, custodians, security, paraeducators (teacher’s assistants) and bilingual liaisons.

Teresa McGee and Toba Cohen-Dunning representing Omaha Schools Foundation Kids Club, will be on hand to share information regarding job openings for Director, Assistant Director and Aide positions.  

The first job fair will take place on Tuesday, June 21 at North High School (4410 North 36 Street) from 1-7 p.m. (enter through the east entrance).

The second job fair will take place on Tuesday, July 12 at South High School (4519 S. 24 Street) from 1-7 p.m. (enter through the northwest entrance).

Attendees are requested to bring resumes and references. Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact OPS Human Resources at 531-299-9791.

Students Blaze Career Paths at Omaha High School

By Caralee J. Adams, for Education Week, Omaha, NE.
From zookeeping to transportation logistics, Bryan High School's career classes reflect real local economic needs. 
On some days, students here at Bryan High School are planting potatoes at a nearby farm or tending to chickens in a coop next to the parking lot. At other times, students might be touring Union Pacific Railroad's headquarters or helping to sort and ship packages at the school's fully operational book-distribution center.

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Thank you, Omaha!

The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to thank the generous donors who contributed to our success in the Omaha Gives! campaign. We are truly grateful for all the support we received both through our website as well as the Omaha Gives website. We would not be able to accomplish our mission supporting the students of the Omaha Public Schools without your help!

Art in the Heart of South Omaha

 On March 2, 2015, Omaha South High Magnet Principal, Ruben Cano, presented a plan to the Omaha Public Schools Board to build an addition on to South Magnet School supporting Visual and Performing Arts.  The addition will further expand opportunities for student training (artistic and technical) and encourage students to pursue careers in the arts. The proposed addition will benefit all of the visual and performing arts disciplines - vocal music, theatre, instrumental music, piano, guitar, film, dance, music technology, pottery, studio art, digital art. The addition will also include a new black box theatre and an art gallery. 

Read more: Art in the Heart of South Omaha

OSF Dollars at Work

Congratulations McMillan Magnet upon the dedication of your water conservation project! Thanks to Adam Steffen and Steve Kinkaid from the OSF Board for participating today. With a grant from the  Omaha Community Foundation Richard A. Shaw Grant and  matching funds from our very own Omaha Schools Foundation this project was made possible. Amazing students, staff and school. Can't wait to see its implementation in the fall! 

Thank you to McMillan Principal Dr. Jeaneen Talbott, Mr. James Mayberger, Mrs. Sarah Castanos, Dr. Toni Turnquist and Mr. Mark Warneke for the great opportunity for Omaha Schools Foundation to partner on your water conservation project at the school.  We are excited to see the waterfall in action in the fall!  You're an amazing team and the students have gained such a broad depth of knowledge as a result of this experience.

Congratulations to the S.A.M.E. club for taking second place for this project at the recent Kiewit/UNO Society of American Military Engineers Team competition.

Read more: OSF Dollars at Work

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