Omaha Schools Foundation
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.
The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to thank the outgoing Board Members, Chris Proulx, Nestor Herzbaum, Sheree Gilmore, and Sharon Smith, for their years of service. Their dedication to the Foundation and their work on the board has been exemplary. We welcome new board members, Bridget Donovan (OEA), Sharon Kirshenbaum, Dr. Gema Simmons, and Sarah Rhynalds Gilbert. The Board is a valuable asset that the Foundation treasures. We are looking for a productive and exciting year ahead.
If you don't already know about Bryan High School's amazing Urban Agriculture Academy, please take a few minutes and read in detail their story at any of these contributing sites. The Academy is an award winning program showcased at Nebraska Loves Public Schools. (See video.) http://nelovesps.org/story/urban-agriculture-academy/
Recently through the hard work of Robert Aranda, Mary Miller, and the passionate students and staff of Bryan High School, the career academy collaborated with Rubicon Agriculture to install an agrobox on campus, giving students a life-changing opportunity to grow their skills and truly impact the environment in a very meaningful way. The team from Rubicon Agriculture made the trip to Omaha to install the box. Chris Moorman, from Rubicon Agriculture, chronicled the experience in a recent blog post.
If you aren't familiar with Rubicon Agriculture and the agrobox, you can read all about it here.
The AgroBox at Rubicon Agriculture
Kudos to Omaha Public Schools and the Omaha Schools Foundation for making dreams come true for hundreds of students and promoting environmentally responsible citizens of the future.
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.
The hard work of the McMillan students paid off this morning when the Water Conservancy Project was turned on.
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 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.
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!