Award Year: 2021

Sagewood Elementary School

4910 N 177th Street
Omaha, NE, 68116-3175

(402) 289-9078

Mrs. Janet Peterson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Elkhorn Public School District

School Website


To build a nurturing/inclusive environment, fostering individual growth by providing students with challenging/diverse learning, achieving academic success, and thriving as responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Native American: 1%
Fifth graders completing a STEM activity on greatest weight.

Fifth graders completing a STEM activity on greatest weight.

Sagewood is committed to helping all students achieve high levels of success. This is accomplished through making families and the community a priority, as well as looking at each individual student's needs and how best to meet these needs. The staff at Sagewood begin each year building strong relationships in an effort to secure a solid foundation for instruction.

During the year, Sagewood utilizes multiple resources to ensure that all students are receiving the best education possible. The learning targets are consistent among all groups of students. Teachers employ a wide range of instructional strategies to give equal opportunity to all students. One way the teachers at Sagewood guarantee all students reach their full potential is by scheduling a guaranteed intervention and enrichment time for all students each and every day. This guaranteed time allows staff the time necessary to work with smaller, targeted groups of students.

Sagewood believes that communication between grade levels is essential to student success. Teachers share strategies for success. The teachers at Sagewood also understand that using shared math and reading vocabulary among all grade levels is essential in promoting learning that goes beyond rote memorization.

Another tool that Sagewood has embraced in order to advance student achievement is the use of technology when appropriate. Students are able to use Chromebooks to explore topics and resources that wouldn't be available otherwise. Teachers are able to assign content and teach students about digital literacy, all while covering the state standards. Teachers use their district computers to project content to the students individually or at the front of their classroom using ViVi. This technology allows teachers to move more freely about the room to help students. Overall, the entire staff at Sagewood has the same goal. That goal is to create an environment that promotes success and celebrates the individual.