I am please to announce the Beveridge Academic Pentathlon Team for 2018-19.

Noemi G., Dee Dee D., Jaden P., Khadijath D., Breann L., Emma H., Enoc O., Adamaris Q., Angel G., Joseph M., Mu Nay S., Montaija W., Kyle T., Jazmin J., and Ethan P.

Ms. Nielsen and Mrs. Sammons are excited to be able to work with sucjh a fine group of students.

This years Theme:  The 1960's: A Transformational Decade. and will read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

Nationals will be held in Nashville, TN.

This years team has been the most successful Academic Pentathlon ever.  We need you help in attending the Academic Pentathlon National Tournament May 19th & 20th. Please link to our OPSFpossible site to help out.

Here's the link. 


Coaches:  Mr. Mark Buell- mark.buell@ops.org 

                 Mr. Matt Coolon- matthew.coolon@ops.org  

November 17th Norris Robotics tournament

February 9th Beveridge Robotics Tournament

2018-2019 Quiz Bowl Team



Sophia Bouman, Andrew Lawler, Liam Shockey, Rhiannon Herrmann, Elijah Heady, Mackenzie Reidy, Gavin Gaither,  Holli Wright


Abhinanda Bista, Devon Pope, Duncan Sanders, Daniel Bargholz, Nayeli Gonzalez, Anna Bucksner, Marshall Gatlin, Kinverly Franco


Samantha Zustra, Jacob Chytil, Kennedy Alati, Dee Dee Djon, Zoe Brumfield, Noemi Gilbert

Jaden Pospishil


September 18th Quiz Bowl Quad @ Career Center - 2nd Place

September 22nd Beveridge Quiz Bowl     -4th place (27 teams)

October 27th McMillan Quiz Bowl    A Team 5 wins; 1 loss  B Team 3 wins; 3 Losses

November 10th  Bryan High School

March 27th OPS Quiz Bowl Championships @UNO


other events may be added


Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Beveridge Middle School of Global Studies and the Arts-- Home of the Bulldogs.  My name is Dan Guinan and I am the Gifted/Talented (GATE) Facilitator at Beveridge. I look forward to communicating with you throughout the school year.

Beveridge Magnet School has maintained an outstanding record of academic excellence. Students who attend Beveridge are well prepared to meet the academic rigors of high school. Our mission is to provide a rigorous academic experience that is based on research and best practices and enables all students to achieve their highest potential.

The goal of the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is to identify gifted and exceptionally talented students within the Omaha Public Schools, nurture their social/emotional development and enhance their curriculum experience so these unique individuals may reach their fullest potential.  At Beveridge Magnet the program is designed to address student needs through a combination of the following methods:

  • Classroom Differentiation
  • Honors and Advanced Classes
  • Contest/Competition
  • Enrichment Activities and Clubs

Our Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program at Beveridge is based on the Omaha Public Schools “Best Practices”. We want to support your high ability learner. We will be making sure our courses are differentiated. We will support staff through collaboration and professional development and by planning and providing opportunities for your child.

Should you have any questions throughout the year, contact Mr. Dan Guinan, 402-557-4000 or daniel.guinan@ops.org.  A strong partnership between school and home is vital to the success of our students. Thank you for supporting your student academically/socially/emotionally, which will result in their sterling success.


Dan Guinan
GATE Facilitator
Beveridge Magnet School

Goal of the Gifted & Talented Program

Beveridge offers many academic courses and activities to enrich the curriculum established by the Omaha Public Schools.  Our Gifted & Talented (GT) program is designed for students who wish to be challenged through academic competition, honors courses, special activities, and programs.  We believe that all students need high expectations and challenges based on individual needs.  Our classroom teachers use differentiated instruction in their lessons to meet the needs and interest of all levels of learners.  Students are expected to develop self-discipline by meeting deadlines, asking questions, and acquiring organizational and study skills as they strive to become both independent and successful at the middle level and beyond.

August 27-31

Monday 27; all 7th & 8th Grade meet with Mr. Guinan during 5th period (working lunch)  1. Get to know each other 2. Fill out gifted and talented survey  3. Visit about upcoming events

Thursday: 6th grade meeting 1st half of period 8 in Library;  Meet with Mrs. Bauerly to learn about Destination Imagination


The Omaha Public Schools’ method of identifying gifted and talented students is modeled after the NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children).  Identification includes performance at 130 or above on IQ assessments and 95% or above on any sub-tests of the California Achievement Tests.  

Selection for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at Beveridge Magnet can also be determined by a student’s performance in certain courses.  Identification encompasses the following five areas: Intellectual, Academic, Creative, Leadership, and Visual/Performing Arts. Middle school is an opportunity for students to self-select areas that allow them to explore and capitalize on their strengths, display their talents, and excel. Whether it is found in their coursework, a competition, a contest, or an extracurricular activity, a student’s giftedness and/or talents can blossom and develop at Berveridge Magnet.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
Coordinated by the Office of Gifted and Talented 

Academic Pentathlon: The newest program of the United States Academic Decathlon for middle school students was created to provide opportunities to experience the challenges of a rigorous team and individual competition in five events: Language and Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Social Studies. The Pentathlon theme parallels that of the high school Academic Decathlon program.  (currently optional for a school to participate)

Book Blasters: Book Blasters is a district-wide competition that involves a team of students who are responsible for reading approximately 12 selected novels. Teams then compete to see who reigns supreme in knowledge of the novels’ content.

Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP): The 7th grade talent search through Duke University provides an opportunity for high ability students to pursue an above-level testing experience. 

Poetry SLAMS:  Each fall and spring student poets from each middle school take the stage and share their writing with their peers.  SLAMS provide an outlet to express feelings, thoughts and ideas with an audience that yearns for student expression.

Quiz Bowl: Quiz Bowl is an academic competition. A four-member team competes against the clock answering questions from various disciplines. Skills, such as teamwork, cooperative group discussion, problem solving, and reaction time, are enhanced through practices and competitions.

Read to Succeed (R2S): Middle Level schools with fifth and six grade students may compete in this elementary competition. Students read 10 novels (Big Ten) and compete in a team approach to gain a spot in the Super Ten competition. The contest was designed to promote and encourage the love of reading. (middle schools with 5th and 6th grade students)

Scholars: Seventh and Eighth grade students (selected) for the Scholars program engage in activities that are goal-oriented.  Students learn more about themselves, support on another, and achieve success at school. Various events are planned to prepare students for their high school years and beyond i.e., College Campus tours, Gallup Strength Finder, ACT prep, etiquette course and more.

Think Tank: Think Tank is a competitive problem-solving event for 7th and 8th graders held on the UNO campus. This day long event features a game that involves creative problem solving. 

Beveridge Enrichment:

African American History Challenge: The African America History Challenge is a national educational program designed by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to enhance the study of African-American history. The goal of the local competition is to encourage pride, self-worth, and an appreciation of the African-American legacy and culture in Omaha youth.

Future City Competition: This program offers students a fun way to build their math and science skills and learn about engineering by solving the real-world problems in designing cities of the future. Grades 7-8 can compete, 6th graders can participate.

Geography Bee:  All Buffett students participate in a written geography test.  Participants with the highest scores move on to Buffett’s oral Geography Bee.  The winner of Buffett’s Geography Bee takes a written Qualifying Test for the state Geography Bee. 

History Day:  Buffett students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 have the opportunity to participate in the Nebraska History Day Contest.  Each year there is a theme that presents students with many fascinating opportunities to explore history.  Students choose one of eight categories to participate in. 

Math Contests:  Math contests/competitions are available for all grade levels throughout the year.  Students in Grades 5 and 6 are selected to participate by classroom performance and teacher nomination.  Students in Grades 7 and 8 must be a member of MATHCOUNTS to participate.

Math Team (MATHCOUNTS): Math contests/competitions are available for all students throughout the year. MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The National Society of Professional Engineers support MATHCOUNTS at the state and local levels.

Spelling Bee: The Omaha World Herald sponsors the Spelling Bee. This competition is open to all students. Students participate in mini spelling bees in their Language Arts class. The top students then compete in the Davis Spelling Bee. The winner of the Davis Spelling Bee competes in the Omaha Public School District Spelling Bee.

Science Bowl:  Science Bowl is a fun, fast-paced, tournament-style academic competition that challenges and recognizes middle school students’ knowledge of science and mathematics. 

Science Club: Science Club prepares team members to compete in the Science Olympiad. Science Olympiad is a competition in which students compete in ‘events’ pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Enrichment Clubs & Activities

  • Student Council 
  • Leadership 


  • Math 
  • Writing 
  • Speech 
  • Poetry 
  • Science 
  • Social Studies 
  • Technology 

January 21       Academic Pentathlon Practice Competition @ buildings

January 26       9:00 - 12:00     Scholars (7th grade) Gallup University

February 6       8:00- 1:00    ACT Test (various locations on Saturday)

February 4       Academic Pentathlon Essay for Regional Competition @ schools

February 23     Academic Pentathlon Regional Competition @ schools                         

March 3           Academic Pentathlon Essay for State @ schools           

March 24          8:00-2:00        QUIZ BOWL FINALS   @UNO

March 31          Academic Pentathlon State Competition @ schools

April 13             9:30 – 1:00-UNO Tour (7th Grade Scholars)--Beveridge, Buffett, King, Bryan only                                                                             
April 19             8:30 – 11:30  Academic Pentathlon SUPER QUIZ @ The Teacher                                               Administrative Center board room        

April 22             8:15-12:00   Book Blasters – Skinner Elementary

April 28             Academic  Pentathlon Essay for Nationals @ schools

May 3                8:15-1:30    Tour of Omaha  Marrs, McMillan, Bryan, Davis

May 5                8:15-1:30    Tour of Omaha  Hale, Monroe, KSC, L&C

May 6                8:15-1:30    Tour of Omaha Morton, Norris, Buffett, Beveridge

May 10              8:15-12:00   Poetry Slam @ Pizza Shoppe in Historic Benson 


Dan Guinan
Gifted/Talented Facilitator