Elementary Education

Positive relationships are the foundation of our learning environment.

When you walk into a Millard Public Schools elementary classroom, you will see students participating in a challenging, developmentally appropriate education, enriched by the unique experiences that occur in each classroom and with each teacher. Our students engage in critical thinking and problem-solving, creativity and innovation, collaboration and teamwork, and citizenship and personal responsibility.

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Contact List

Andy DeFreece
Director of Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Kim Pirrone
Secretary for Elementary Education 

Nicole Chapman
K-12 Facilitator for Music

Shannon Cooley Lovett
K-12 Art, K-12 Counseling, K-12 Physical Education, Odysseyware Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator 

Monica Hutfles
K-12 HAL Program Facilitator

Cheris Kite
Early Childhood & K-5 Literacy Intervention Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator

Ellen Kramer
K-5 Science/Social Studies/Health Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator

Matthew Scott
K-5 Mathematics & Intervention Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator

Jody Sempek
K-5 Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction Facilitator

Dr. Carrie Novotny-Buss 
Coordinator - Elementary Special Education
Lead Administrator of MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)

Shelley Schmitz 
Facilitator - K-12 MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)



Students registering for Kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before July 31st of the year they enter Kindergarten.  If your child's birthdate falls between August 1st and October 15th, he/she would be eligible for Early Entrance testing.  The testing is available to Millard residents only.  For further information click here to view Policy 5100.2.  Contact Kim Pirrone at 402.715.8314 or kjpirron@mpsomaha.org if you would like to sign your child up for testing.

Please visit Student Services for enrollment information and the registration process.

A hearing screening is required as part of your child's kindergarten enrollment. A hearing test can be completed as part of the kindergarten physical with your pediatrician or a hearing test can be completed through the district at no charge. Complete diagnostic hearing testing through Millard can be scheduled at 402-715-8302. For additional information about Millard Public Schools Audiology Services click here.

If you need any help navigating through the kindergarten registration process, please call Central Enrollment at 402.715.8700.

Elementary Curriculum

Millard's elementary curriculum builds a strong base for future learning. 

Students learn across a variety of disciplines. All curriculum follow the Nebraska department of education standards. A deeper exploration of the curriculum can be found in the student handbook. Elementary curriculum includes:

  • Reading - The McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders Program combines the five essential components of a scientifically researched-based reading program. These components include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Reading follows the Nebraska College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts.
  • Writing - Teachers use a writing workshop model and focus on grammar, mechanics, and spelling while using the writing process to express ideas. Direct instruction in handwriting is given using the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Program. Cursive writing is formally introduced in third grade.
  • MathMathematics is taught using the Math Expressions curriculum. This research-based program is designed to focus on core concepts within each grade level to develop a more in-depth understanding of critical mathematical ideas within number, algebra, geometry, and data. Curriculum incorporates the Nebraska College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics.
  • ScienceThe purpose of science education is to prepare all students to be scientifically literate and to use science knowledge, skills and processes to meet the challenges of a dynamic society by making everyday decisions, participating in public discussions, functioning in the workforce, and appreciating the natural and engineered world. Students explore the natural and engineered world by investigating natural phenomena and designing solutions to engineering challenges utilizing curriculum resources from Full Option Science System Third Edition, Science published by Scott Foresman, and Engineering is Elementary published by Boston Museum of Science. Curriculum incorporates the standards of the Nebraska Department of Education, Science Standards. 
  • Social Studies - Social studies prepares students to become engaged citizens in local, national and global societies. The Teacher's Curriculum Institute Social Studies Alive! is the primary curriculum resource for all elementary classrooms. The curriculum incorporates the standards of the Nebraska Department of Education, Social Studies Standards.
  • Health - Elementary health focuses on physical, social and emotion well-being. Health curriculum uses McGraw Hill Health & Wellness and curriculum form Stanford Harmony and follows the standards of the Nebraska Department of Education, Health Standards.
  • Art - Art uses the Art program by Pearson Publishing. Instruction focuses on six areas, incorporating everything from understanding techniques and processes to making connections between visual arts and other disciplines. The art curriculum follows the Nebraska College and Career Readiness Standards for Fine Arts.  
  • Music - Music includes singing, movement, basic theory and playing rhythmic and melodic instruments. Lessons and activities are based on the nine national standards for Music Education and are taught with the GAMEPlan instruction material. The music curriculum follows the Nebraska College and Career Readiness Standards for Fine Arts
  • Physical Education - Physical Education focuses on skills, knowledge, active lifestyles and fitness, responsible behavior and awareness. The physical education curriculum follows the Nebraska Department of Education Physical Education Standards.
  • Counseling - The counseling curriculum promotes positive well-being and personal success by teaching important knowledge and skills for learning in school and throughout life. In addition, students will practice interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect themselves and others. They also will begin their investigation of the world of careers and job opportunities.
Digital Learning in Elementary School

Digital learning encompasses instructional practices that effectively increase student and teacher productivity, creativity, innovation, personalization, and engagement through enhanced learning experiences using a wide spectrum of digital resources that improve teaching, learning, and achievement. During the elementary years, students will engage with technology and digital resources across content areas through various learning activities, experiences, and tools.

Students have access to laptops and iPads in the elementary classroom. They gain experience using GSuite (Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides), various coding applications and learn keyboarding skills.  

The Information Technology standards are written in grade bands so students in PK-2nd and Grades 3-5 will acquire these skills throughout their PK-5 experience. These standards include:

  • Digital Citizenship,
  • Computational Thinking,
  • Computers and Communication Devices, and
  • Digital Communications.