Omaha North High Magnet School

May 2019 Newsletter, 2nd Edition

Omaha North High Magnet School Mission Statement

The mission of Omaha North High Magnet School is to

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

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4th year Bomed Students

Congratulations to our Biomedical Innovations class on completing all four years of North's exclusive Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program! They began as freshmen and got to experience a wide variety of hands on scientific activities as they got a head start on learning biomedical lab techniques
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High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Launch

On May 1, all students enrolled in Physics Science took part in a high-altitude balloon launch. Students designed their own experiments to be taken up on a Hydrogen filled balloon to near space. Projects included: slime, play-doh, popcorn, water, apples, soda, and many other items. Students were to predict what would happen to them because of the altitude, temperature, or pressure change. Upon the items’ return the students tested their objects and recorded their findings. They then communicated their results in a paper, just like real scientists!

Haddix STEM Corridor Program Selection

Congrats to Elyse Saxton, Audrey Anderson, Kylie Hughes, Morgan Ferrin, Moolaw Soe, and Jamie Alarcon for being selected to the Haddix STEM Corridor Program. Each year under the Haddix STEM Corridor Program, 13 top high school students from Omaha North, Omaha South, and Omaha Central will conduct summer research work with accomplished STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) faculty at Creighton University. Programming will include workshops on designing a career in a STEM field and networking with Creighton alumni. North students have been placed in the Biochemistry, Biology, Psychology, Physics, Medicine, and Neuroscience departments at Creighton.

First National Bank Hosts Business Junior Prep Day

Sophia Leach and Eric Gray represented Omaha North at First National’s Annual Business, Marketing, and Academy of Finance Junior Prep Day. Students had an opportunity to hear from Business Professionals about everything to prepare for that all first impression and job interview to different aspects of cybersecurity.
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North High Student Receives Lozier Sponsorship

Angel Rivera-Reyes has been awarded a full sponsorship from Lozier. As a 3-year student in our Precision Machine Academy, Angel has not only earned over 75 credit hours from MCC, she has also developed skills as a machinist. Angley is the 2nd North High student to receive a sponsorship from Lozier that will cover the rest of her tuition, books, and tooling at MCC as well as gives her a job at Lozier.

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North ACE Teams

The North ACE Mentor Teams presented their projects to engineers, mentors and industry judges in May at UNO. This project-based learning experience provided over 40 students from Omaha North the opportunity to work with industry mentors designing an exhibit with the Henry Doorly Zoo. A big thank you to all of the mentors and Ms. Wraage and Mr. Babb for all of their work with the students!

Seniors Jessica Szynskie and Samantha Keetle also received scholarships from the ACE Mentor Program.
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Gene Haas Foundation Grant Presentation

Productivity Incorporated presented a check for $8000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to the students and staff involved in the Machine Tool Program. This money will help pay for Machine Tool students' dual enrollment credits through Metro Community College. We are thankful to the Gene Haas Foundation for their generosity.

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Academic All-State

Congrats the following students on being named NSAA Academic All State!

The following students earned Academic All State for earning a cumulative 3.7 GPA or higher in their Spring Activity. Pictured left to right: Andra Williams (Music), Josue Quintanilla-Hernandez (Boys Soccer), Nathaniel Smith (Journalism), Elyse Saxton (Girls Soccer), Sydney Hamilton (Girls Tennis), Nate Schlader (Baseball), Jackson Walls (Boys Track), Eleme Mayani (Boys Soccer).

Not pictured: Dayton Bailey (Boys Golf), Lyndsey Bateman (Girls Soccer), Alyssa Burk (Girls Track), Kylie Hughes (Music), Devin Lundberg (Boys Track), Eric Manuel (Boys Golf), Morgan Messel (Girls Tennis), Jessica Wynne (Girls Track).


Kylie Hughes, Andra Willilams


Nathaniel Smith


Nate Schlader

Girls Soccer

Lynsey Bateman, Elyse Saxton

Boys Soccer

Eleme Mayani, Josue Quintanilla-Hernandez

Girls Tennis

Sydney Hamilton, Morgan Messel

Girls Track & Field

Alyssa Burk, Jessica Wynne

Boys Track & Field

Devin Lundberg, Jackson Walls

Boys Golf

Dayton Bailey, Eric Manuel

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OutDoor Club Ends the Year Stargazing and Hiking

The Outdoor Club wrapped up the year by partaking in the Hummel Park May 4th Hiking and Stargazing event as part of the club's mission to bring awareness to outdoor activities offered in the Omaha Metro area. Members had a wonderful time participating in the various activities offered. Thank you to Omaha Parks and Rec. representative, Jake Higgins, who answered many questions and led the initial hike. (Photos: Ismael Chavez, Matias Terecero-Domingo, Eduardo Menoza, and Edgar Salcedo Gomez)

30 Ways to Say Yay!

Staff at Omaha North are making positive impacts on our students every day. 30 Ways to Say Yay!, is an opportunity to recognize, reward and thank those who embody what it means to be #OPSProud.

The following staff members have received 30 Ways to Say Yay! recognition during the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Gina Alati, Tim Anglen, Melinda Bailey, Jordan Bizal, Stacey Buckley, Dan Burns, LaTerra Daniels Michelle Franks, Jerrie Glassman, Mark Gudgel, Steve Guinn, Syndi Hackett, John Hjelle, Mike Kotrous, Marianne Laski, Laurel Mack, Sydnie McNeal, Teresa Morrison, Aaron Musson, Todd O'Neill, Michelle Porter, David Purdham, Tracy Sage, Shelby Schmidt, Brooks Tapp, Wynelle Tolen, Linda Townsell, Jeanne Wagner, Jessica Wilson, Bryson Wiser, Dan Witt.


Summer Reading Option for North High Students

OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program for schools in the US designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This year’s 10-week program, running June 6 – August 15, is our longest ever. We’re also offering more titles than ever before. Thirty free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobook and Read-Along options) will be available to students. These titles will be prominently displayed in Sora so it’s easy for students to find their next book and chill out and read.

Visit the Media Center & Online Catalog website to find out more.

Click on the Sora Overdrive Link.

* Library card no. = Your student ID

* PIN = Birthdate (MMDDYY)

Free Summer Auidobook Program for Teens

Sync has a summer reading program just for teens that will get them two free audiobooks each week this summer. Each week there will be a current YA book as well as a classic title that teens will be able to download for free through the OverDrive app. This summer reading program runs April 25 – August 1, 2019. During the month of May, get a jump on your summer planning with these family friendly ideas to help your students keep learning all summer long.

Click here for more details.

Miguel Keith Statue Unveiling on June 2nd at 2PM

Please join us for the unveiling of the life-sized bronze statue of LCpl Miguel Keith. It is on Sunday, June 2nd at 2PM at Miguel Keith Park at 30th and Y Street. There will be a fly-over, parachute jumpers, and the American Legion Riders. There will be brief speeches by the Asst. Secretary to the Navy, Congressman Don Bacon and Mayor Jean Stothert and David Biel, the sculptor who created the statue as well as refreshments. North High JROTC cadets will be handing out programs and Mr. Haynes will be attending. A great opportunity to remember and celebrate Miguel Keith, a Marine who is a Medal of Honor recipient as well as a North High Viking, Class of 1970 & 2018 North Star.

Alum Spotlight

Madison Sutula will graduate on June 7th from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is receiving a BSE in Materials Science and Engineering and a BS in Physics. She interned at SpaceX last summer in California and will work there again this summer. She’ll return to Boston in the fall to enter the PhD program in Electrical Engineering at MIT.

Tanajah Everett 2016 Omaha Alum Varsity Soccer Player:

Tanajah Everett is a Senior at University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is majoring in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Black studies. Over the course of her undergrad at UNO, Tanajah is involved in multiple community areas:

  • Awarded the Goodrich scholarship & Partnership 4 Kids scholarship and was the Speaker at two huge events for each scholarship.
  • Tanajah is in the process of starting Organic skincare business.
  • She loves photography (as hobby) plus helps generate income regularly
  • Filmed three large events for the Omaha community
  • Also, involved with children at Children’s museum, “Completely kids”.

    Tanajah will finish her undergrad, and hopefully take a rest to travel, before starting her master’s degree. Tanajah also plans to teach overseas, possibly in China. Another option is to work with the Peace Corps. While doing all this Tanajah continues to grow her Organic skin care business, while attending to earn her graduate degree.

Alum Spotlight

Since graduating from ONHS, Catherine has been a busy girl! Catherine attends Missouri University of Science and Technology and will graduate next May with a degree in both Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Catherine has been a member of the S&T Ultimate Frisbee team since her freshman year and has travelled around the country with them for games and tournaments. Catherine also plays the bassoon in S&T’s symphonic band and wind symphony. She has an internship with Garmin, Ltd and worked during the school year in their Rolla, MO office. This summer Catherine will be working full time at their headquarters in Olathe, KS. She is hoping this might turn into a fulltime job offer when she graduates!

Alum Spotlight

Jamie Sutula just finished her freshman year at UNO. She is studying Women's and Gender Studies and made the Dean's List and Chancellor's List for academics. She still finds the time to play soccer on occasion.

Alum Spotlight

Spencer Robinson is the Chief Technology Officer and Lead Developer at Appsky and a Omaha North graduate. He developed an app with his colleagues called Give Sight for a company called Give Sight Global that raises money so that they can perform cataract surgery to cure blindness in underserved areas of the world. They also did the new Omaha Food Truck App called OFTA Eat.

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Catherine Christopherson (2017 Omaha North) has completed her sophomore year at Central College majoring in biochemistry with a minor in physics. She is active on campus as a member of the Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) and was just elected to the Student Senate. She spent last summer at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) as a part of a research for undergraduate’s experience focusing on sustainable energy. She chose Central College because it was a school where she could play soccer and complete her major. Another reason is that there is a smaller student to professor ratio which provides her a more hands on experience with her areas of study. "Central College is like a small community where everyone knows each other and the professors are also very willing to help teach and they want the students to succeed in their courses," says Catherine when asked about why she chose Central College.

The Central College women's soccer team has been very successful and been awarded three years in a row for the United Soccer Coaches Silver Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. Her coach, Michael Kobylinski, also has a positive perspective on Catherine's performance at Central. He says, “Cate is a mainstay and stalwart in our back line. We look for her to play a more central role in our back line next year but she can also play outside back as well. She is one of our most versatile players.” Not only that, but Coach Kobylinski enjoys Cate's "no-nonsense approach" and "she always gives 100% and I'm glad she is in the Central red and white. Cate has started most of her matches that she has been able to play the last two years."

Cate "has a very bright future and I'm excited to be a part of her growth and development on and off the pitch."

Catherine travelled for 10 days with Central College Women’s Soccer team this past March to the Netherlands, where they had trainings, played 3 matches, and were able to watch many levels of soccer. They also had the opportunity to immerse themselves into the culture with visiting many of the incredible historical sites.

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Alum Spotlight

Ahsna is doing pre-med and majoring in biology. She is part of Karen Student Association (KSA) club. She’s also a member of the UNO inter-varsity club. She’s not on the soccer team due to her busy schedule, but she does join pick up soccer games and practice soccer on the side. This year she is starting to coach middle school soccer player for a church team.

Strive for 95!

The 2018-19 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.

Who do I contact?

Contact North’s Counseling Office at 402.557.3409

Student Support, Rick Thurston ( at 402.557.3488

School Social Worker, Monique Visocky ( at 402.557.3424

School Support Liaison (Attendance Administrator), Shaneice Udofia ( at 531.299.6793

Check your student's grades online!

You can access your student's grades, assignments, attendance & schedule online or on your mobile device through Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Information to create your account can be obtained in the main office.

Also, parents, please make sure you update your address information with Mrs. Dale, our school registrar. When updating your information, please bring in the following items (copy of utility bill or a mortgage/rental agreement.

Any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. at 405.557.3400.

When is sick too sick for school?

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