Omaha North High Magnet

November 2021

Omaha North High Magnet Mission Statement

The mission of Omaha North High Magnet School is to prepare all students for success in lifelong studies and careers.

Message from Dr. Nero, Principal

Greetings Viking Family,

We are well into the 2nd Quarter of a busy school year. Students are engaged in athletics, after school clubs and various activities. Remember that we have free tutoring available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3:15-5:00pm in the library.

On November 30th, we look forward to hosting our first “Freshman Choose Your Academy and Parent Information Night” for current 9th graders. Please see the information and registration link below.

Safety continues to be our top priority. We are fortunate to have filled an existing security guard position, something that has been a challenge during a labor shortage. We have also been granted an additional security guard position, which we hope to fill soon. Qualified candidates should refer to the OPS Careers Page if interested in applying.

While social media can sometimes be a platform for highlighting negativity, please know that most of our students are at school each day making good choices. Our staff works hard to maintain a steady presence in the halls welcoming students to school, encouraging them get to class on time and helping them make better choices.

During Viking Time, we have weekly lessons on Social Media with discussions about the lasting impact our digital footprint can have on our lives. We encourage parents/guardians to continue these conversations and share your expectations as well. We appreciate all the support we have received from parents as we hold students accountable for the choices they are making.

If you feel your student needs additional academic or emotional assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to their School Counselor, our School Social Worker, or their Administrator. We are all here to aid in each student’s success on this high school journey!

As always, we appreciate your continued support and involvement. If you have any questions, please call us 531-299-2700.

Go Vikings!

What's happening at Omaha North?

Choose your Academy Night- For 9th Grade Families Only

Attention all North High freshman students and families! Please join us at North High on November 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for our Freshman Choose Your Academy & Family Information Night. Check-in is from 5:30 to 6:00. Students MUST register online prior to that night. Guardians can register online or at the door that night.
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Shrek the Musical

Tickets for Omaha North's Production of Shrek the Musical are now on sale! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 for students, and $15 for adults at the door. Come see a great production!

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African American History Trivia and Bake Sale

The Black Student Leadership Council is having a bake sale that will be in the lecture hall in 070. There will be all types of baked goods. This will be for teachers and staff held on November 18th. This is during all four lunches. If you answer 3 questions in a row correctly, you will receive a discount on your purchase. Come down during lunch and enjoy these trivia questions and delicious baked goods!!
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For 12th Graders Only

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8th Grade Counselor Tours

Student Ambassadors hosted OPS middle school counselors to teach them about our College & Career Academies:

  • Freshman Academy
  • Computer Science and Technology Academy
  • Engineering and Design Academy
  • Science and Research Academy

We always love an opportunity to show off our Viking Pride. Thank you, middle school counselors!

8th Grade STEM Workshop

Students Ambassadors hosted a STEM workshop for 8th graders from across the Omaha Metro. Students engaged in hands-on activities and learned more about our College and Career Academies. Special shout out to Mr. Hjelle, Mrs. Runyon, and Dr Musson for their support with this event!

UNL hosts Women in STEM

Omaha North participated in UNL's Women in STEM day. Female students were able to meet and hear from female professors and industry professionals. As a part of the day, female students were able to tour lab spaces and learn about the collaboration among the variety of STEM fields. Also during a panel discussion, the students learned how arts and humanities work within the STEM departments. It was a great day to learn more from women changing the world through STEM.
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Plasma Globes in Honors Physical Science

Aquifers in Honors Biology

Mr. Krebs and his honors biology classes made models of aquifers in class. While making the models, students earned a greater appreciation of the complexity of these natural systems, as well as how humans can negatively impact the aquifers, either through pollution or overuse.

French Students Attend Screening

French level 5 students attended the screening of the original Persepolis film offered by the Film Streaming Education Program on October 5. They were able to analyze the film thanks to a moderated discussion by the organizers. It was also the opportunity to meet other French students from other schools.

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Viking Times encourage each other to do well on the PreACT

Mr. Hjelle's Viking Time was surprised with balloons, streamers, and inspirational messages as they prepared for the PreACT. It's great to see the Viking Time comradery, including the support the students and staff have for each other.


Student Ambassador Training

Omaha North's student ambassadors participated in a district wide training session. This session helped the ambassadors develop their skills as student leaders, tour/event guides, and school representatives. The ambassadors also learned about the other 8 schools in the district, so they can be representatives for the entire district. Thank you, student ambassadors, for being exceptional leaders!

Engineering Students Visit UNL

The UNL Engineering department rolled out the red carpet for Omaha North's engineering students. The students were able to tour engineering lab/creator spaces and spoke with several different professors about the projects and research happening right now in Lincoln. UNL's Innovation Campus specialists even gave engineering students a free 1-month membership to their maker's space. What a great day to learn and explore all the opportunities for engineering students here in Nebraska.
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Vaccination Clinics

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SkillsUSA Craft and Vendor Fair

The Omaha North High Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Craft/Vendor Fair on Nov. 20th from 9-3 in the Viking Center.

If you are interested in having a booth please contact Jeremy Wiemer via emai (

Funds raised from this event will help offset costs for the SkillsUSA Nebraska State Leadership Conference in April.
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Omaha North Robotics is hosting a Fall Robotics League

Once again, this year the robotics team is hosting VEX Robotics League in the Robotics Lab. Students from across the district are coming each Thursday to compete for a chance to get to the Nebraska State Championships. After 3 weeks of league play, 6 of the North teams are in the top 10 with 4 North teams in the top 5 including the top 2 spots. All 6 teams are on top of the Skills Challenge. The League Competition is Thursday nights from 3:30-5:30 and can be seen on the North Striv channel.

Volunteer Opportunities

The North High Robotics Team is hosting a number of events this semester and we need volunteers. On November 20th we are hosting 2 competitions in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. These are intended to be smaller and (hopefully) less intimidating competitions. Lunch will be provided to all of the volunteers.
Robotics Volunteers Register here

If you have any questions about volunteering at either event, please contact Mr Wiemer ( or Ms Runyon (

Robotics Volunteers Needed in December Competition

On December 10th and 11th we will be hosting the largest robotics competition in Nebraska. We will have over 100 teams from around the country coming in to compete. Dinner on Friday and Lunch on Saturday will be provided. Along with meals, signing up for this competition you will receive a limited edition Omah North Robotics t-shirt.
Register Here

If you have any questions about volunteering at either event, please contact Mr Wiemer ( or Ms Runyon (

Congrats to........

Please congratulate Joshua Bartsch, 9th grade String Bass, for being accepted into the 2021 All-State Orchestra! He is the only student that will be representing North High at this year's event.
Sarah Niemann recently won 3rd place in the Nebraska Game and Parks National Reptile Month Contest. Her digital artwork portrays an ornate box turtle, which is a native Nebraska reptile.
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Please complete this process with the iPads once a week.
Step 1-To update the iPad’s Operating System, please open the Settings – Select General – Select Software Update:
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Step 2- If there is a pending update, select Install Now

(it’s better to do this at home or during an “off” time as this could take an extended period of time to complete. Do not install an OS update during class time when you need to use the iPad)

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Step 3- To update the iPad’s Applications, please open the Manager App:
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Step 4-Click the UPDATE button in the upper right corner:
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Opportunities for students

Zoo Academy Information and Application Due Dec. 3rd-


  • The online applications must be submitted by Friday, December 3rd.
  • The application must be finished in one sitting.
  • Zoo staff will interview selected students before final selection.
  • If selected, student is responsible for transportation.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship

The Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship is now available. Students with a 2.0 or higher gpa can apply for this scholarship at the link below. It is due February 1st. Contact your school counselor with any questions.

Engineering Scholarship Opportunity

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UNO-OLLAS ArteLatinX: Call to High School Students

ArteLatinX is a biennial art exhibition bringing together Latinx artists from all over the Great Plains. The High School Exhibition allows all high school students in the following school districts: Omaha Public Schools, Bellevue Public Schools, Papillion-La Vista Community Schools, Ralston Public Schools, Council Bluffs Community Schools, and Omaha Catholic Schools to submit one art piece. This exhibit will be a juried exhibition with 30 available slots.

All students are welcome to apply. Latinx students are especially encouraged!

The dimensions of the art piece are Portrait 11 x 14 inches; the art piece can be executed with any technique of illustration, painting, digital art, printmaking, collage, etc.

Art pieces should relate to the official motto/lema of ArteLatinX 2022: “In It Together/Juntos en Esto”.

Submissions must be submitted by Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 11:59pm.

Any questions or problems? Send an email to

Introducing the Omaha Public Schools concierge team

Dear Omaha Public Schools Community,

As Nebraska’s largest school district, we are stronger because of our 9,000 staff members. Our team arrives each day ready to serve the students of Omaha. We can all be proud of our focus on health and safety, academics and the well-being of students and staff. Still, we know this year’s normal looks nothing like what we’ve known before.

We’ve all seen news about shortages and disruptions affecting businesses across our country. We know those impacts can be seen and felt in Omaha and in our school district. Our Operations and Human Resources teams have been relentlessly focused on planning ahead, strategically staying ahead of disruptions and creatively recruiting the best candidates to work with our young people.

We’re writing to ask for your assistance – in lending your talent to our district or encouraging someone you know to join us. We need you. If you have five, 10, 15 or 20 hours a week we want you to join our concierge team. This team is paid and stands ready to assist with numerous non-instructional responsibilities. As a team member, you have the opportunity to support many schools as needed or maintain a relationship with one school in your neighborhood. The role could include any of the following:

  • Lunch Time Partner: Overseeing and providing support to students during the lunch time hour.
  • Classroom Partner: Assisting the teacher with necessary tasks in the classroom.
  • Bus Aide Partner: Assisting our transportation staff by supporting our students.
  • School Pride Partner: Assisting the school leadership team with special projects that foster pride and student success.

If you or someone you know are interested in the opportunity to be part of this team, please see the link below.

Thank you for your support. Because of you, our district has been a local and national leader throughout these challenging times. With you, we know that will continue.

With gratitude,

Cheryl Logan, Ed.D.
Omaha Public Schools

Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program

How is the school year going so far? Feeling stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? You are not alone with all the emotions you may be experiencing.

The Methodist Community Counseling Program provides confidential mental health counseling services by a licensed mental health practitioner right here at Omaha North High Magnet School. Please contact Roxanne Wayne for more information.

Roxanne Wayne MS, LIMHP

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner


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,
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Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 ((531) 299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9584).