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School Counseling at North High
School Counseling Calendar: November and December
1: No school: Teacher Prep and Planning Day
3: Academy Exploration Night; 5:30-8pm (8th and 9th)
21-25: Thanksgiving Break
8: Computer Science and Technology Academy & Title 1 Night
12-16: Final Exam Week
16: Second Quarter/1st semester Ends
12/17-1/3: Winter Break
School Counselor Information
Students at North High can access counselors in one of three ways:
- Email (click blue button below this box): Students are assigned a counselor by last name.
- Scan the QR Code on the Counselor Request Poster in your classroom.
ACT: A standardized test used for college admissions in the United States
Most four year colleges and many scholarship applications require the ACT/SAT. The ACT is the test most commonly used in the Midwest. All four-year colleges will accept the ACT or the ACT plus writing. Juniors will take the State ACT on April 4, 2023. Students who take the ACT more than once tend to raise their score by 1-2 points. The second test should be in the fall of senior year after additional review. December of senior year is the last test date that may be used for most college and scholarship applications.
Register at www.actstudent.org. Fee waivers, for juniors and seniors who qualify, are available in the GRC. You can also email Ms. Longacre at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be careful to sign up before the registration deadlines to avoid late fees and standby testing fees. Don't forget to upload your photo to complete your registration. Also, please send your scores to your top 4 college choices each time you register for the test. It is free send your scores to up to 4 schools at the time of registration. There will be a fee to send your scores after testing.
Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery Exam: November date TBA
Are you interested in joining the military?
Are you unsure of your plans for after high school?
Are you interested in doing some career development?
If you said yes to any of those questions, then I have an opportunity for you.
Omaha North High is offering the ASVAB, Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery exam in November. The date will be announced once it is known.
If you have more questions or if you want to sign up, please contact Allison Iles at email@example.com.
Health Careers Opportunity Program @ Creighton
● The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a grant-funded program focused on helping disadvantaged students reach their goal of working in healthcare.
● We have two yearly programs; the HCOP Health Careers Ambassador Program is a 7-month program that takes place during the academic year. Students meet two Saturdays per month to attend workshops, take part in clinical shadowing, meet with mentors, and more.
● The HCOP Structured Summer Program is a six-week program in which students are able to take part in enrichment courses in subjects key to successful pursuit of a healthcare career such as chemistry, physics, and writing, as well as upper level subject matter for undergraduate students. Students also participate in field trips and attend workshops with health professionals to help build their understanding of a broad range of health careers.
● Besides the above-mentioned activities, all participants have the benefit of meeting with an academic success counselor, access to tutoring and test preparation resources, and are paid a stipend for their participation in the program!
Who Is Eligible?
● The HCOP Health Careers Ambassador Program accepts 25 high school junior and senior students, 25 undergraduate students (all levels), and 10 students in health professional (medical, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy or pharmacy) programs.
● The HCOP Structured Summer Program accepts 25 high school rising juniors or seniors, and 25 undergraduate students of all levels.
● Beyond that, students must meet the following requirements:
○ 2.5 minimum GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
○ United States citizen or permanent resident
○ Have a professed interest in health careers
Interested students can apply online at: https://hipaa.jotform.com/hsmaca/hcop-online-application-system
OMAHA CONTACT - SHAYLA DAILEY 402-658-8610
Job Corps is a U.S. Department of Labor program that is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for eligible young people.
- Each year, Job Corps helps approximately 50,000 young people get the career training and education needed to enter the workforce or an apprenticeship program, go on to higher education, or be accepted in the military.
- Job Corps offers training in high-demand industries, including health care, information technology, and manufacturing.
- Through community college partnerships, Job Corps students can earn college credit (or even finish a high school diploma, if needed).
- After graduation, Job Corps provides transitional support services to help students further their education or find employment, housing and transportation.
- This program is funded by the federal government and is available at no cost to eligible participants
Social and Emotional Resources
Social and Emotional Resources @ North High
In addition to teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and support staff members, students at North High have access to the following social and emotional resources:
- School Counselors: In addition to scheduling, career/college planning, and academic support, school counselors are trained to help students address social and emotional issues through brief therapy, coping techniques, and goal setting exercises.
- Social Worker (Lindsay Longwell): Our school social worker adds another layer of support to students linking students and their families to community resources and other supports.
- Community Counselor (Roxanne Wayne): The Methodist Community Counseling program teams with Omaha Public Schools to provide therapy for students. Parents/Guardians must sign a consent form as well as provide insurance information to participate in the community counseling program.
To ensure student and staff safety, please be advised that counselors have limited access to messages outside of the school day. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the OPS SAFE Schools Hotline at (531) 299-SAFE (7233). If this is an emergency, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. Thank you.
Safety Is Our Priority
Letter from Superintendant Cheryl Logan, Ed.D.
Dear Omaha Public Schools Families,
Safety is always our top priority. We are focused on providing safe, welcoming and supportive environments for our students and staff.
Proactively setting expectations
Each school in our district is teaching student expectations to begin the new school year. We build from the same model: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior, or MTSS-B. It focuses on common expectations from the classroom to the lunchroom and recess, or extra-curricular activities.
Our district uses one Student Code of Conduct. The discipline outlined in our Student Code of Conduct reflects how seriously we take the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Consequences are designed to be a learning experience for students.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility
Families have an essential role in this work. There are many ways a student’s loved ones can join:
- Regularly discuss behavior expectations from school to home as a family. That includes the consequences if students do not use good judgment for their safety and the well-being of others.
- Check in daily with your child, listening for what is going well and what may be a challenge. If your student is struggling, support is available.
- If you or your student see concerning behavior, report it immediately.
Students and families should always report concerns to a trusted staff member at school. For 24/7 support, Omaha Public Schools partners with the BoysTown National Hotline to offer Safe2Help Nebraska. Trained counselors can help students and families in crisis or take anonymous reports about safety concerns. Hotline staff relay appropriate information to law enforcement, school leaders and our District Safety Office. A Safe2Help Nebraska link is installed on all student iPads. Families can also call (531) 299-SAFE.
We value open communication with our students, staff and families. Though privacy concerns often limit what information we can share, our schools communicate directly with staff and families about concerns and incidents on campus.
Responding in case of an emergency
Students and staff will regularly practice our district’s Standard Response Protocol, or SRP. It explains the actions that students, staff and visitors can take during an emergency (fire, evacuation, severe weather and more). SRP is used in schools across our country.
We care deeply about the community we serve. Thank you for your partnership in promoting safe, welcoming and supportive schools.
Cheryl Logan, Ed.D.
Omaha Public Schools