Omaha North High Magnet

April 1, 2021

Omaha North High Magnet Mission Statement

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

Message from Dr. Nero, Principal

Greetings Viking Families,


We are in the homestretch of the 2020-2021 School Year. We continue to work with students in person and remotely encouraging them to have a positive presence in class, strive to achieve their goals and keep working hard to get credits toward graduation. Graduation is our ultimate goal for each student, but we want them to develop critical thinking, social interaction/collaboration skills and problem-solving skills along the way.


Teaching and learning within a global pandemic has certainly increased everyone’s resiliency, persistence, and grit. We are grateful for the hard work of all teachers, students, parents/caregivers, and community supporters. Let us continue to lean in and push forward through the end of the school year!


Please read this newsletter carefully for important dates and upcoming events. As always we thank you for your continued support and involvement in the Viking Community. If you have any questions, please call us 531-299-2700.


Go Vikings!

Upcoming Dates

Next Level Learning (Summer School)

Registration is now taking place for Next Level Learning Summer School 2021. Due to building renovations, the program will be held at McMillan Magnet Center. Eligible students and their parent/guardians were sent an electronic registration form to apply. Seniors are also receiving a hard copy through the postal service. Check your emails and return those forms! Return by Friday April 9, 2021 if you wish to receive transportation and are currently eligible for transportation.


Please note these important dates and details:


Friday, April 2-----Professional Development Day for Teachers (No school for students)

Tuesday, April 6- No school 9th, 10th, and 12th graders due to the ACT Test

Tuesday, April 20- No school for 9th, 11th, and 12th grade due to the PreAct

April 6 is State ACT Test and NSCAS Alternate Assessment Day

No school for students in grades 9, 10, and 12

On Tuesday, April 6, all Omaha Public Schools juniors and students in their third-year cohort at the high school level will participate in required state testing. Juniors will take the ACT or the NSCAS Alternate Assessment depending on their program. Attendance is critical, and it is important that juniors arrive at school on time at 7:40 a.m. Buses will run as normal for all high schools and students will have the opportunity to stay for lunch and regular dismissal at 3:05 p.m. Building principals will provide information regarding post-test activities and release information.


The test takes approximately four hours and requires an environment with no distractions. As a result, 11th graders will be the only students in attendance on that date. Due to testing parameters, there will be no school for students in grades 9, 10 and 12 on Tuesday, April 6.


As we continue to place the health and safety of all students and staff at the forefront, please know that our schools will maintain COVID-19 safety measures on test day to ensure your student’s safety to the greatest extent possible. Facial coverings will be required as well. Please do not send your student to test on April 6 if they are not feeling well or have been potentially exposed to anyone who may be or is known to be positive for COVID-19. Those currently in the Remote Learning Program have received information about on-site testing as well.


Digital online consent was collected for Parental Consent for the Non-Test Portion of the ACT and for early release through February 15. If you did not have a chance to submit the form electronically, please contact your child’s school.


Thank you for your support of the State ACT Test and NSCAS Alternate Assessment on Tuesday, April 6.

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Save the Date

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Remote Families of 10th Grade Students

Interested in taking the Pre-ACT in-person? Use the link below to indicate your participation/non-participation in the Pre-ACT Test.

Blue and Gold Recognition

The North High Blue and Gold Academic Letter Program recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence and an Academic Letter with a GPA of 3.5 or higher for 3 consecutive semesters and above cumulative GPA here at North High School. We will recognize in-person and remote learners during these ceremonies. Due to Covid restrictions, the Blue and Gold Academic Letter Program will be limited to a grade-level recognition ceremony with students only in the North High Auditorium. Please consider the following details:



  • April 13 will be recognition for seniors, at 8:00 AM in the auditorium. Here is the live-stream link: http://bit.ly/Blue_Gold_Seniors
  • April 14 will be recognition for juniors, at 8:00 AM in the auditorium. Here is the live-stream link: http://bit.ly/Blue_Gold_Juniors
  • April 15 will be recognition for sophomores, at 8:00 AM in the auditorium. Here is the live-stream link: http://bit.ly/Blue_Gold_Sophomores
  • All ceremonies are for students only, and will be streamed at the links above for parents, guardians, and family members.
  • Student-names will be read by North staff, students will walk across our stage, and be recognized for their achievements.
  • Students will be dismissed back to class together at the conclusion of the program.



We look forward to recognizing academic excellence at North later in April. If you have questions, please email Dr. Walters, North High Assistant Principal, at andrew.walters@ops.org.

Senior Scholarship Night, May 6th 7p.m.

Seniors will be celebrated for their scholarship achievements. This event will be live-streamed to include remote learners. Students need to email proof of scholarships offered to Ms. Iles (allison.iles@ops.org) by April 23rd to be recognized at this event and to receive their scholarship cord.
Watch the Senior Scholarship Night live!

*Link will go live on May 6th at 7pm

Graduation Practice, May 24th 9a.m., Baxter Arena

Tickets for graduation will be distributed at this time. This is for graduates only. Students must attend rehearsal to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony, May 25th 7p.m., (Graduates report at 6p.m.), Baxter Arena

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, each graduate will receive 4 tickets. The tickets will be randomly assigned seats that are grouped together and safely spaced throughout the auditorium. Graduation tickets will be distributed during graduation practice. ADA seating will be available, please contact Mr. Custard if you will need this by May 1. This event will be live-streamed, and we will provide link as it becomes available.

AP Testing Schedule

Please see the schedule for AP testing dates, times, and locations. Remote students were given the option to test remotely or in-person. If you did not respond to the survey, you will test in-person. Please email or call Mrs. Martin with questions at april.martin@ops.org or 531-299-7158.

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Congrats to....

ACE Mentor Omaha is proud to announce that Karen Hickey received the CMiC Scholarship, one of the top scholarship awards of $16,000. She has participated in ACE both her junior and senior year, and later this semester, she will be competing with her team for the National 2021 CIRT ACE Mentor Design and Construction Competition.

AP Bio Students Create Bacterial Plates

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Plants and Propagation students help keep our plants thriving!

Pictured: Alyceia Stevens, Olivia Howard
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EJI Essay Contest

The Equal Justice Initiative, in partnership with the Omaha Community Council on Racial Justice and Reconciliation (OCCRJR), is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th–12th grade students attending Omaha area public high schools. Prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded.

Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.
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Paid Student Internship Opportunity

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Prom Information

Great news for all OPS North High 11th and 12th graders! OPS is looking for ways to blend activities that are "normal" with prioritizing safety and COVID protocols and determined by the District. With philanthropic support from the community, the Omaha Public Schools are offering in-person Prom this spring at all high schools. North High Outdoor Prom will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 6 to 10 PM in the Capitol District in downtown Omaha.


This will be a FREE event for juniors and seniors who are in-person learners at North by March 15th. Student-dates from North or other OPS schools will be allowed using our Out of School Date Form and must also be in-person learners by March 15th.


Tickets will be provided and required for entry, masks will be required, security will be on staff, North staff and teachers will serve as chaperones, and food from local vendors is being provided. We hope you can join us for Prom on May 8.


Please contact Dr. Andrew Walters, Assistant Principal, if you have questions at andrew.walters@ops.org or by calling the school.


Look for Out of School Date Forms to be available after Spring Break. They will be due to the Omaha North Activities Office by Friday, April 2nd at 4:00 PM.

Prom Venue

Check out this website to view this beautiful venue for our Prom!

Say Yes to the Dress Prom Dress Dress



Say Yes to the Prom Dress is happening now until April 9th. Omaha Public Schools, in partnership with Max I. Walker, Von Maur, Dillards and the Omaha Public Schools Foundations, will host a donation drive. Students will be invited to make an appointment later in April to select a dress.
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Caring for your Ipad

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Community Counseling Program Aids Students

The Methodist Community Counseling Program continues to offer video conferencing for counseling services for remote learners too. Whether you are learning at school or at home, the Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program provides confidential mental health services to students at Omaha North High Magnet School.


Please contact Roxanne Wayne for more information.


Roxanne Wayne MS, LMHP, LIMHP

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

(531)299-2706

roxanne.wayne@nmhs.org

Omaha North High Magnet School

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