Ms. Kim Jones, Principal


Welcome to Gifford Park, home of the Groundhogs!

kimberly.jones@ops.org

Gifford Park Elementary opened its doors in August of 2019. Gifford Park is located at 717 N. 32nd Street, Omaha, NE 68131. Gifford Park opened as a Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade building with approximately 50 staff members and 350 students with the capacity to grow to three classrooms per grade level. Ms.Kimberly Jones is the Principal at Gifford Park Elementary, and brings with her 35 years of experience in education. We are very proud of our staff and celebrate the various experiences, as educators, that they bring with them to Gifford Park. Gracie, our Gifford Park therapy dog, is currently “in training” for her new role at Gifford Park!
Gifford Park Elementary celebrates its strengths of being strong, diverse, inviting and a united community , having engaging local businesses, associations, organizations, and institutions, having an abundance of neighborhood amenities, and a community that has a well rooted interest in preserving nature. We have many Adopt-A-School partners to include: Partnership 4 Kids, DIBS, P4K, Gifford Park Homes Association, Mutual of Omaha, Creighton Dental, Lozier Corporation, and Big Muddy Urban Farms. We continue to seek out additional Adopt-A-School partners and mentors for our students. The Gifford Park mascot is the groundhog, with school colors of black, green and gold.
Gifford Park’s priority goals are: Creating a safe and welcoming family, student, and community-centered environment that meets the social-emotional and academic needs of EACH child EVERY day! We believe in the importance of high expectations for achievement, excellent attendance for staff and students, consistency with building-wide procedures and routines, and in the importance of building relationships and creating engaging and rigorous lessons that result in every child wanting to be at school every day! We work with our community to create a nature conscious environment and safe routes to school for all of our students. We celebrate the diversity of our student population with over 14 languages spoken at Gifford Park. Our Gifford Park Groundhogs are everyone’s children and students, as it truly takes a village to help every child excel to their highest ability!