School Tours are a known highlight of the NFUSSD conference and the 2017 conference will be no exception! The morning will offer three choices of tours each highlighting the partnership activities happening throughout Papillion La Vista Community Schools. These partnerships bring education to life for PLCS students. The entire group will come together after lunch and will be treated to a special behind the scenes tour of the PLCS Zoo Academy located at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Tour 1 - Discover the greatness partnerships at all levels - elementary, middle and high
This tour will include an elementary, middle school and high school where you will learn from our students and teachers, what makes PLCS Known for Greatness. You will see how robotics brings education to life at a middle school and how the high schools are designed to provide students with exposure to a variety of career experiences. You will be able to witness how partnerships with local businesses and organizations bring education to life for the students in PLCS.
Tour 2 - ACCESS (Authentic College and Career Experiences for Student Success) Tour #1
This tour will focus on an in-depth look at the Academies programs within Papillion La Vista Community Schools. Our first stop will be at CHI Midlands hospital, our Health Systems Academy business partner, where we will meet students, staff and Hospital Administration and tour rotations within the hospital. Next, we will head to Papillion La Vista South High School (PLSHS) where you will have the opportunity to visit with students, staff and business partners for the STEM Academy. We will be featuring our STEM Partnership with BCDM and PL Schools Foundation. Next, we will meet with PLSHS principal for an overview of our Leadership and Education academies as well as general information about the school. We will round out our tour on Foundation Field featuring our Media Academy and partnerships involved in the planning and executing of this program.
Tour 3 - ACCESS (Authentic College and Career Experiences for Student Success) Tour #2
This tour will offer a brief overview of our Project SEARCH partnership with Embassy Suites. You will learn about the Business Advisory Council (BAC) and see our interns at work. Next you will travel to Papillion La Vista High School (PLHS) where you will meet the principal and we will highlight our STEM Academy featuring robotics and STEM Classes. We will round out our tour visiting the Health Systems Academy at CHI Midlands Hospital where you will be able to meet students and staff.
Tour 4 - World Class Zoo Tour (Everyone will participate)
The afternoon will be filled with a very behind the scenes tour of one of the top zoos in the country, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The tour will be hosted by the PLCS students that attend school at the zoo through the PLCS Zoo Academy Program. All NFUSSD attendees will be able to go on this amazing tour where you will see first hand how PLCS juniors and seniors learn the core high school curriculum with the entire zoo serving as their classroom. In this academy students learn all aspects of the zoo and gain a jump start on their future career.