Omaha North High Magnet School

October Edition

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Omaha North High School Mission Statement

The mission of Omaha North High Magnet School is to

prepare all students for success in life-long studies and careers.

Witness: The Art of Samuel Bak

On Thursday, September 26th Advanced Art students and their instructors Mr. Parker and Ms. Buckley visited the UNO Art Gallery to experience the art of Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak. Paintings of his emotional experiences have been exhibited all over the world since 1959. Students were given the opportunity to be involved in a question and answer session with the artist himself.

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North High Robotics Students in China

For the third year, a Robotics team from Omaha North earned the opportunity to compete and participate in a cultural exchange in China. Anna H., Quintin L., and Will F. spent 10 days in Shanghai and other surrounding cities working with students from China, both collaboratively and competitively, as well as getting to do some sight-seeing. Anna and her team won the Think Award during the Multicultural Competition and the team made it to the semi-finals in the International competition.

#AdultingClub Starting Strong!

Laughter and the smell of meatloaf and permeated the third floor hallway Thursday as the #AdultingClub learned how to make a “from scratch” microwave dinner. Under the planning of Senior Jakayla Franklin and Sophomore Georgia LeClair, the #AdultingClub is off to a strong start. With Jay Witty, Wilderness Survival Instructor, some students started the year learning basic First Aid. Then they began a service project for Little Dresses for Africa, learning to machine sew and small hand-finishing skills. They will complete the project, and add to their skill sets, as the year progresses. This past week students met for dinner – made from scratch in the microwaves! And, as true adults!, they even learned how to compromise when a vital ingredient was forgotten. “I wouldn’t say it’s great, but it’s not bad,” said Amauri Terry, of the banana that replaced the egg in the meatloaf. As leftovers were packed up for lunches, they decided on the next course of events. If you’re an adult and have an awesome skill you’d like to share, please feel free to contact Mrs. Witty. Anyone is welcome to join the #AdultingClub! Watch posters for places and dates.

Counseling Department hosts College Night

The Omaha North Counseling Department hosted college night! This was an opportunity for students and families to learn about the expectations of the students' senior year. This was also a chance for families to meet college representatives and ask questions pertaining to these colleges. Families got a chance to meet our EducationQuest rep Kimberely Brown who will work specifically with our students and families on Tuesdays beginning in October to assist with completing the FAFSA.

AP Exam Registration

AP exam registration begins Monday, September 16 and will close on Friday, October 18. The exams take place over a two week period in May. This is an opportunity for students to earn college credit for their Advanced Placement courses. Exams cost $98. The cost is $25 for students qualifying the free/reduced lunch program. If you are dual enrolled in an AP course, the dual enrollments fees cover the cost of the exam. Please go to https://www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/281720 to register and pay online! Contact April Martin at april.martin@ops.org with questions.

ACE Scholarship Information

Are you dual enrolling a course through UNO, Midland, or MCC? Do you qualify for free/reduced lunch? If so, apply for the ACE (Access College Early) Scholarship to cover the cost of up to three courses this school year! You will need a copy of your free/reduced lunch letter you received from OPS Nutrition Services. If you no longer have the letter, email Pamela Swanson at pamela.swanson@ops.org to receive a new one. You can apply for the scholarship at

https://ecmp.nebraska.gov/CCPE-ACE/Account/Login. Contact April Martin at april.martin@ops.org with questions.

Job Corps

What is Job Corp?

A free training and education program where you learn a trade and can earn your high school diploma at the same time.


What trades are taught?

There is a variety to choose from! It includes: welding, CNA, pharmacy tech, machining, painting, landscaping, dental assistant, culinary arts, computer tech, accounting, truck driving, office administration, etc.


What are some benefits of it?

Students will live on campus. Depending on the trade, you can finish in 6 months - 2 years. Upon graduation, students will receive a bonus!

To apply, you must be at least 16 years old.


Visit the website for more information: www.jobcorps.gov

If interested, see Mrs. Daniels in the GRC or email laterra.daniels@ops.org

Community Counseling Program Aids Students

Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program provides mental health services to students. Confidential counseling is provided by an experienced, licensed, master’s-level mental health practitioner in office space provided by Omaha North High Magnet School. Acceptable forms of payment include Medicaid, private insurance or self-pay. Foundation and payment plans are available. No one will be denied services due to inability to pay.

The Methodist Hospital Community Counselor at Omaha North High Magnet School is Roxanne Wayne. Roxanne has been working with youth and families in the mental health field, for over 15 years. She works with youth and adults in many areas such as anxiety, depression, developing healthy coping skills, resolving family issues, grief and loss, anger and stress management.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Community Counseling Program, please call Roxanne at (402) 557-3482.

Roxanne Wayne MS, LIMHP

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

Strive for 95!

Mighty Vikings, let’s Strive for 95!



The 2019-20 OPS Attendance Goal is that every student is in school at least 95% of the time - Strive for 95! There are approximately 180 school days. In order to achieve a minimum of 95%, a student must miss less than nine (9) days of school (excused/ unexcused). Students who attend school less than 95%, show less academic success.

We’d like to encourage you to track their attendance the rest of the school year and Strive for 95!


Did you know?


o It takes an average of 3 days for students to catch up for every 1 day of being absent.

o Missing 3 or more days of school per month can set a student back up to 2 full years of learning.

o When it comes to learning, 3 tardies equals an absence.



When do absences become a problem?


Chronic Absence: 18 or more days

Warning Signs: 10 to 17 days

Satisfactory: 9 or fewer absences




What if I have questions?

Contact North’s Counseling Office at 402.557.3409

Student Support, Rick Thurston (Rick.Thurston@ops.org) at 402.557.3488

School Social Worker, Monique Visocky (Monique.Visocky@ops.org) at 402.557.3424

School Support Liaison (Attendance Administrator), Shaneice Udofia (Shaneice.Udofia@ops.org) at 531.299.6793

Establishing Good Attendance Habits

Scheduling Appointments and Vacations

  • Remember that there are about 180 school days out of 365 total days in the year. Families are encouraged to take vacations during the ten weeks of summer vacation, two weeks near the holidays, or over the week break in the spring.


  • Schedule appointments after school hours or on the weekend. If you need to schedule an appointment during school hours, consult the school calendar to choose a day when students have the day off.

Pre-ACT Test Coming in October for Sophomore Students

What is the Pre-ACT Test? The Pre-ACT test simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. Predicts future success on the ACT test, and provides both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the 1-36 ACT score scale.


Who takes the test? Sophomores Only


When is the test? Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Who should I contact if I have questions about the Pre-ACT test? Contact Lynn Smith, Assistant Principal (Data) via email at lynn.smith@ops.org or by phone at 402.557.3413

Upcoming Dates

October 4th-Homecoming Game/Parade (Omaha North vs. Papillion-La Vista South)

October 5th-Homecoming Dance

Oct 10 - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 18-AP Exam Registration Closes

Oct 22nd-Pre-ACT

October 24th-Pre-ACT Make-up

21 Days of Kindness Challenge

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Spotlight on Omaha North Alum

Kari O'Neill Potts is a 1998 Omaha North grad. She joined Valmont in 2011 and is currently Vice President – Group General Counsel for Valmont Utility. Kari is a member of the Utility management team and provides strategic legal counsel for all aspects of the business. Kari particulary enjoys the M&A aspect of her role, most recently, assisting Valmont with purchasing a solar company in Italy.

Kari received her JD, summa cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law, with a concentration certificate in Business, Taxation, and Commercial Transactions. While at Creighton, Kari was President of the Women’s Law Student Association. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, graduating with High Honors.

Prior to joining Valmont, Kari worked in the M&A group of a law firm, was an Assistant Public Defender, and taught Business Law in the MBA program at University of Nebraska – Omaha.

Kari was chosen to participate in Project 5/165, a leadership development program aimed at having women placed in 165 of the Fortune 500 company general counsel roles within 5 years. She also participated in Valmont’s Global Leadership Program in 2016.

Kari currently serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Mid-America and Mentor Nebraska. She is a past board member for the Nebraska Women’s Bar Association, the girlFRIENDS Guild for Girl’s Inc., and the Service League for the Partnership for our Kids. Kari was recently selected as a Midland’s Business Journal 40 under 40 recipient.

Upcoming Dates

Oct. 4th..........Omaha North vs. Papillion-LaVista South (Homecoming)

October 5th.........Omaha North Homecoming Dance

October 10th........Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 11th........1/2 Day Teacher Work Day

Oct. 22nd........Pre-ACT Test (Sophomores Only)

Omaha North High Magnet School

If you have information you would like to share in the Omaha North High Magnet School Newsletter, please contact LaDeidre Jackson, ladeidre.jackson@ops.org
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