Any chili? The Underwood Education Association will sponsor a 5 p.m. Friday soup supper.
Two chosen: Omaha North seniors Madeline Nelson and Jackson Cutsor will get an inside look at the importance of technology in the workplace and the impact it has on the business world through the Gallup Education Taskforce High School Internship Program, also known as GET HIP. The program, which started Oct. 5, will run through Nov. 9 and again Feb. 1, 2014, to March 8, 2014, on the Gallup Riverfront campus. The students will compete for a six-week paid summer internship at Gallup. The program will focus on software development skills and concepts in object-oriented programming.
Boutique: Omaha Skutt will host Chic Boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the commons and gym with more than 70 exhibitors. Breakfast and lunch will be available along with a bake sale. Admission is $2. Children age 10 and younger are admitted free.
On stage: Schools traditionally present fall plays and this year is no exception. Here's a rundown:
» Lincoln Pius X, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” 7 p.m. Thursday through Oct 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Tickets: $7 for adults, $6 for students; available at the door.
» Omaha Bryan, “Rumors,” 7 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 19. Tickets: available at the door.
» Omaha Burke, “Don't Count on Forever,” 7 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 19. Tickets: $7 for adults and $5 for students; available at the door.
» Platteview, “The Canterbury Tales and Monty Python,” 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Tickets: $5 adults, $4 students; available at the door.
Nominations: The Millard North Hall of Fame seeks nominations for the induction class of 2015. Nomination forms can be found on the Millard North website or can be picked up at the school. The nomination period will close Dec. 31.
To your health: Millard North DECA raised $750 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Campus visit: Interested in studying science or becoming a physician assistant? Join College of St. Mary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for a campus visit and a preview of programs. Register at CSM.edu/VisitUs. For more information, call 402-399-2355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snack time: Millard South's Leo Club raised more than $250 for the Humane Society's Walk for the Animals benefit. The students prepared and sold “puppy chow” snack mix for people during the school's Pride Time to raise money.
Walk-A-Thon: Students ran, skipped and walked in Omaha Marian's annual student-driven fundraiser, Walk-A-Thon. The school surpassed its fundraising goal of $90,000. More than 700 Marian students traveled about four miles down Military Avenue, Crown Point Avenue, Sorensen Parkway and 72nd Street. Omaha police, parent volunteers, faculty and staff participated to ensure students' safety and cheer them on.
Going to the dogs: Millard South girls softball team's annual “Feed the Dogs” scrimmage collected 600 pounds of dog food and supplies for the Nebraska Humane Society.
All dressed up: It's homecoming season, which means it's dance time. These schools will have their dances tonight: Elkhorn South, Louisville, Millard North, Millard West and Omaha North.
Road trip: Bellevue West will participate Friday and Oct. 19 in the Bands of America Super Regional Competition in St. Louis.
Serving others: Omaha Creighton Prep Core team and club members will volunteer Thursday at Heart Ministry Center. The work is part of Operation Others Volunteer Day.
Time to eat: The After Prom Committee at Riverside High in Oakland, Iowa, will host today's Theme Luncheon as a fundraiser.
Tea time: Reservations are due Friday for Omaha Roncalli's 13th annual High Tea at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3. This event raises funds for scholarship and tuition grant programs for Roncalli students. Brother Armand Alcazar, a De LaSalle Christian Brother and former Roncalli teacher, will perform accompanied by Sylvia Black on the piano. Make reservations with Julie at 402-571-7670, ext. 113, or email@example.com.
Two generations: Omaha Skutt will host a Grandparents Mass on Thursday.
Stay in formation: It's marching band season and there are several competitions today. Here's a rundown:
» Dutchmen Field Championship, 3 p.m. at Korver Field on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Bands compete in field competition in one of four classes determined by Iowa High School Music Association guidelines. The event is sanctioned by the IHSMA. Admission: adults, $8; students, $5.
» Links Marching Contest, 10:20 a.m. at Lincoln High. Awards at 9:40 p.m. Admission: adults, $8; children 5 and older, $4; children younger than 5, free.
» Loess Hills Fieldfest, 10:15 a.m. at Ram Memorial Field in Glenwood, Iowa. Twelve bands in Iowa classes 2A, 3A and 4A will perform. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students.
Family fun: The Council Bluffs Kanesville Alternative Learning Center will host family fun night Thursday.
Special speaker: Treynor State Bank in Iowa each year donates $10,000 toward providing a motivational speaker to nine local high schools for assemblies. They will be held Monday through Wednesday at Treynor, East Mills, Riverside, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Tri-Center, Underwood, AHST and Heartland Christian School.
Toss-up question: Grades six through eight will participate in Monday's Cass County Quad Quiz Bowl at Conestoga Junior-Senior High.
Who has the answer? Teams of middle school students will put their brains to the test during today's McMillan Magnet Middle School's first MindMaster Quiz Bowl Tournament. About 120 students in grades six, seven and eight will compete in the tournament, which will include questions in several academic areas, particularly English, mathematics, science and social studies. Participants represent more than a dozen public and private schools in Nebraska and Iowa.
Show your moves: Bennington Junior High will have a Friday evening dance in the Commons.
Major outing: Students at Elkhorn Valley View Middle School who are taking the trip to Washington, D.C., will leave Thursday and return by Oct. 20.
Just the beginning: Students from Jody Boyer's class at Norris Middle School traveled Monday to the University of Nebraska at Omaha to visit with art students from Bart Vargas' 3-D design class. The two groups of students will co-design found-object sculptures that, when completed, will be installed inside Norris. In order to complete the project, the students will learn about scale, installation techniques, material, perspective and how to engage people through art. This was the start of a semester-long service learning project through UNO's P-16 Initiative.
ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Special guest: Author Mary Downing Hahn visited grades four and five Wednesday at Manchester.
Fall Festival: The Hillrise Parent Teacher Organization will have its first Hillrise Fall Festival today. At this family-friendly event, expect vendor booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Husker tailgating event, a fall frenzy of activities from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a soup supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
GLENWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Name game: Third-graders at West have considered the power of naming someone or something. They did a computer search on their Chrome books to learn the meaning of their own names. Students also learned from family members the stories of how those names were chosen.
MILLARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Pick a perfect pumpkin: Kindergartners at Ackerman will visit Vala's Pumpkin Patch on Monday.
Feel the BEAT: This information comes from the Ezra Millard newsletter. “I hear my child talking about what they did in BEAT every Wednesday, but what is BEAT?” BEAT stands for Body Enrichment Activities & Teamwork. It is a program that combines common curriculum components from both music and physical education. In BEAT, everything the students are involved in has an underlying beat to it. Lessons include line dancing, folk dancing, square dancing, alley dancing, cup stacking, cup passing, tinkling, rhythms, creative movements and many others. Grades one through four also participate in Informances with a special adult guest they invite. Informances demonstrate what the grade levels are currently doing in BEAT classes and provide parents the opportunity to participate with their child in a hands-on experience.
Field trip: Cottonwood first-graders will go to a pumpkin patch Tuesday.
Two by two: Harvey Oaks will host Lunch with a Loved One on Tuesday. After the meal, the student and guest can visit the book fair.
Bedtime Math: This useful information is from the Norris newsletter. Bedtime Math is a website that encourages kids to “think math.” The website's creator believes that parents can instill a love of math by including math in everyday routines. Bedtime Math's goal is “to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives, not just something found only in homework assignments.” To learn more, visit bedtimemath.org.
Books galore: The PTO at Disney is offering families a chance to fill teachers' wish lists at next week's book fair.
Blood drive: Reagan will sponsor a blood drive at the school from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org and search sponsor code 0092832 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You also can reserve a spot by email to CMHutchinson@mpsomaha.org.
Trick or treat: From Monday through Oct. 25, the Willowdale Student Council will sponsor a Halloween costume drive for the Open Door Mission. Gently used costumes can be dropped off at the school office.
Think about the future: The Omaha Archdiocese will host its annual career fair for sixth-graders Friday.
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Lunch with a firefighter: In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, firefighters with the Omaha Fire Department visited nearly 30 schools this week to eat lunch with elementary students. The OPS Nutrition Services Department has organized lunch with the firefighters for several years as a way to bring community leaders into the schools to interact with students and staff.
Lots of visits: Author Kate Klise, who writes the book series “43 Old Cemetery Road” with her sister Sarah, will visit schools next week. The books feature an improbable threesome of orphan Seymore Hope, cranky author Ignatius B. Grumply, and glamorous ghost Olive C. Spence. The books have been nominated to more than 20 kid-voted state reading lists, been named Junior Library Guild selections, and translated into 10 languages. The series is a good fit for readers in grades four through seven. Kate Klise will visit these schools: Saddlebrook, Gilder, Washington, Sherman, Ponca and Field Club.
Busy week: Chandler View will dedicate its walking track Wednesday. The PTO will sponsor Chandler View Night at Bellevue Berry Farm on Thursday.
Another writer: Author Jim Aylesworth will visit Pinewood on Friday.
Being fit: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the Omaha Schools Foundation and the Omaha Public Schools have joined forces with Project Fit America to bring innovative fitness in education to Mount View and Chandler View, which are the 2013 grant recipients for this fitness initiative. This program brings students a variety of fitness activities and is integrated into the school plan. Through the curriculum and fitness equipment donated, there will be something for every student regardless of skill ability. This effort is the latest phase of Project Fit America's Official Nebraska State Model and pilot program, which began in 2007.
Pink: Staff and students at Picotte are encouraged to wear pink Friday to help support Breast Cancer Awareness.
RALSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Good manners: The Silver Spoon Award at Wildewood is given weekly to the class that demonstrates the best behavior in the lunchroom. Students work together to encourage appropriate noise levels, cleanliness and good table manners.
RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Just emerging: School nurse Vicki Palmer raises swallowtail butterflies in a habitat by her elementary school office in Oakland, Iowa. Students have seen the caterpillars eat and eat, then become a quiet, still chrysalis. Classes have stopped to see if there are changes. Many students check every time they walk down the hall. One recent week, seven black swallowtail butterflies hatched on a Tuesday and another hatched Wednesday.
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Just for families: The Community Council at Hillside will sponsor Thursday's Family Fun Night at Vala's Pumpkin Patch.