Central High School

News, Reminders, and Updates

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April 8, 2022

CHS Upcoming Events

CHS Upcoming Events

Friday, April 15th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Teacher work day

Monday, April 18th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Articulation Day

Wednesday, April 20th-College Planning Night for Juniors

Saturday, May 7th - Junior/Senior Prom

Tuesday, May 10th - Senior Recognition Ceremony

Tuesday, May 24th - Graduation

Thursday & Friday, May 26th & 27th - Final Exams

Friday, May 27th - Last Day of School

June 8th- July 1st - CHS Next Level Learning @ Lewis & Clark MS

August 2nd - 4th - 2022-2023 All Student Orientation

OPS 2022-2023 District Calendar

A Message from Ms. Kirksey

Eagle Families,

As we start the 4th quarter of the year, I remain thankful for the incredible students, staff, and families that make CHS such a special place. Each day, we continue to do our best to embraces each and every student who walks through our doors, prioritizing their academic, social, and overall health and success. Witnessing all of our student successes continues to inspire me. It is a joy honoring our Students of the Month each month, our World Language students have been honored as distinguished scholars, our Poetry students are advancing in the Louder than a Bomb competition, we have a student qualifying for the Speech and Debate National tournament in Louisville, KY, we have a student qualifying for the UNO Math day PROBE II, we have a student who was a finalist in the MSEF Science Fair, our students competed in the College of St. Mary Unified basketball tournament, our Education Rising students were the runners up at the state leadership conference, our chess team had a successful showing at the Metro tournament, our JROTC students helped rename a street, and the list goes on and on. The Central High School I know is a vibrant, thriving place filled with student scholars and dedicated staff members. I look forward to the remainder of the school year and all of the exiting events to come. As always, it is an honor and privilege to be the principal of CHS.

Happy 10th Birthday to IB at CHS!

An important milestone in Central High School’s journey as an International Diploma Programme school is April 24th when we celebrate our 10th anniversary as an IB World School!

Every five years after a school is authorized as an IB school, it must perform an evaluation of its Diploma Programme. The goal of the five-year evaluation is to identify major achievements and practices that need further development.

The IB embraces the notion that implementing an IB program is a journey. We move forward with that understanding, confident that our assessment will identify many areas of strength within our program as well as opportunities to align more closely with IB’s goals and serve our students even better.

We will be working with students, parents, teachers, coordinators, school administrators, and district personnel to review, brainstorm, gather information, invite input, and collaborate to determine where we are as a program, what things we are doing well, and in what ways we could improve.

If you would like to be directly involved in the evaluation process, please contact Central’s IB Diploma Program Coordinator, Cathy Andrus, at (531) 299-5654 / cathy.andrus@ops.org

Important Information for Senior Students & Families

Important Dates

Senior Panoramic Photo- Tuesday, April 26 (Rain Date- April 27)

Finals- Wednesday, May 11 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Finals- Thursday, May 12 (0, 1, 2, 3, 4)

Last Day- Friday, May 13 (final makeup day)

Cap/Gown/Stole/Ticket Pick Up- Friday, May 20 from 9-10:30 am in the gym lobby

Graduation Practice- Monday, May 23 from 10-11:00 am at Baxter Arena

Graduation- Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm at Baxter Arena

Cap and Gown

A cap and gown is required to participate in the graduation ceremony. You can still order! It is $72.65. There are order forms in the counseling office or you can go to jostens.com or call School Traditions at 402-733-0300.

Graduation Requirements

Members of the Class of 2022 must earn 49 credits to graduate. Included in these credits are several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate. Please contact Julie Politi (531) 299-5661 if you have questions about your student’s credit standing. You are also encouraged to keep in touch with individual teachers. Teachers may be contacted by phoning and leaving a message for them to return your call or by sending them an email. You may also keep track of your student’s academic progress via the Portal. Please contact Paul Nielson at (531) 299-5557 (or paul.nielson@ops.org) if you need help with your Portal account.


Seniors with outstanding debts are not allowed to participate in graduation activities or receive their diplomas. If your son or daughter owes money to Central High School or any other Omaha Public School, please see that the debt is paid as soon as possible. Please check the portal for any current debts. Also turn in any athletic equipment, books, etc. as soon as possible. Please contact the main office at (531) 299-2660 if you have questions about fines.

Commencement Tickets

Tickets will be required for admission graduation ceremony. Each graduate will receive six free tickets. No additional tickets will be available. The maximum is the six free tickets. The graduation ceremony will also be available via live stream. A live stream link will be available closer to the graduation date.

Senior Recognition Night - May 10th, 2022 7:00 PM

Please turn in a copy of all scholarship award letters(both academic & athletic) as you receive them to Mrs. Meyer in Rm. 031. You may also email them to Mrs. Meyer @ Angela.Meyer@ops.org. Please turn them in, even if you do not plan to accept the scholarship or attend that college. We will be recognizing these seniors at Senior Recognition Night in early May. To receive an invite –YOU need to turn in your scholarship award letter(s)to Mrs. Meyer by Monday, April 25. The Central High Foundation Scholarships will be announced at this event.

College Planning Night for Juniors & Families:

Come to Central’s College Planning Night for Juniors, which will be held in the Central High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, April 20th from 6:00-7:00pm. Free pizza dinner will be served for you to enjoy during the College information presentation. We ask that you RSVP here by Friday, April 15th if you know you will be attending and indicate your preferred type of pizza so that we can plan accordingly.

We will discuss information regarding the following topics, and are happy to answer any additional questions that you might have:

  • College Planning Timeline
  • ACT/SAT Tests
  • How to select a school
  • Costs associated with college
  • Ways to pay for college
  • Going on a college visit
  • Attending college fairs/visiting with college representatives
  • Summer programs
  • Resources that are available for Central Students

Construction Update

Beginning in June, Central High School will be undergoing extensive construction renovation and repurposing projects. As a result, the CHS campus will be CLOSED during the summer of 2022. Any events that were previously scheduled at CHS will be moved to an alternate location, and impacted students and families will be notified directly.

Beginning at the end of April, OPPD will begin work along the South side of the campus. That work may impact dismissal along Dodge street. More information will be shared with families as it becomes available.

2022-2023 Senior Parking Lot Lottery

Date: MAY 1, 2022

On May 1st, current juniors who will be enrolled at CHS, as seniors, during the 2022-2023 school year, will receive an email with information about the 2022-2023 senior parking lot lottery process via their OPS email. The lottery information will also be shared via the Senior Class Microsoft TEAMS team.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) will not receive an email about the parking lot lottery. Lottery emails will go directly to current juniors' OPS emails.

MTSS-B Minute:

The Eagle Bucks Store is in Full Swing!

We are continuing to emphasize our "Eagle ABCs". We want all our students placing a priority on "Academics, Behavior, and Community".

Since our January implementation, we have had several Eagle Buck stores either after school, during Eagle Time or the lunch periods. During this time, students can purchase snacks, DECA cookie coupons, water bottles, etc. with their Eagle Bucks. They have also had the opportunity to nominate their favorite administrator to receive a pie-in-the-face (congratulation to Sara Evans for receiving this honor) as well as winner an administrator parking spot for the day. These opportunities will continue till the end of the school year.

If you would like to donate to our "Eagle Bucks Store", we welcome those donations. We are seeking gift cards in small denomination, treats, fidget toys, etc. Please drop off or send any donation to CHS, attn: Jamie Miller.

CHS Eagle Athletics

Come cheer on your Eagle Athletic teams this spring!

Team schedules can be found here.


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OSP Parent Voice Survey

Your voice is important to us. Please consider taking the OPS Parent Voice Survey found below.

CHS Parent Voice Survey

Counseling Corner

Community Resource Updates:
For School Social Worker, Ms. Hill's, 2021-2022 Padlet of Community Resources, check out 2021-2022 Community Resources (padlet.org). It is updated daily upon receipt of new resources in the communities.

The Nebraska Promise

Click the button below to learn more about the program and see eligibility requirements.

Learn more about the Nebraska Promise »

In order to determine your eligibility for the Nebraska Promise, students must apply for admission to and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1, 2022.

CHS Social Media Highlights

Remember to follow Central High School on twitter at @OPSCentralHigh & check the school website (https://central.ops.org), regularly!

Some of the most recent social media highlights include:

  • 15 CHS students being selected for the Creighton Haddix Stem Corridor Program
  • Liebe Akue being selected to the UNO COde Crush program
  • Eagle poetry students winning the 2nd round of the Louder than a Bomb poetry tournament
  • Three CHS Distinguished World Language Scholars
  • CHS Freshman Academy field trip to see Las Cafeteras at The Holland Center
  • February and March Students of the Month
  • Sam Morris being invited to UNO's 2nd round of Math Day, PROBE II
  • Charlie Yale qualifiying for the Speech and Debate National Tournament in Louisville, KY
  • Freshman Academy Students of the Month
  • Jace Westphal placing in two categories at the MSEF Science Fair
  • Eagle athletes participating in the College of St. Mary Unified Bowling Tourney
  • Dr. Jamar Dorsey speaking to the CHS Freshman Academy Mentors/Mentees
  • Educators Rising Students attending the State Leadership Conference
  • CHS Science students engaged in hands-on lab activities
  • The CHS Chess Team succeeding at the Metro Chess Tournament
  • JROTC presenting colors at the street naming ceremony honoring CHS graduate Sgt. Lillian Clamens
  • Eagle Wrestling Coach, Jimmie Foster, retiring as wrestling coach after 25 years
  • CHS Drama students performing their 1-act play at Liberty & Dundee Elementary Schools


          OPS Student Assignment Plan 2022-2023

          In the 2022-23 school year, our District will open two new high schools and implement a new High School Student Assignment Plan.

          Omaha Public Schools has taken many steps to plan for the opening of the five new schools. In 2019, the Board of Education approved new boundaries for elementary and middle schools. In addition, our district recently announced the proposed Omaha Public Schools College & Career Academies and Pathways, an evolution in our high school programming. Now that boundaries have been determined, the district has finalized the new High School Student Assignment Plan, to coincide with the opening of the two new high schools.

          The High School Student Assignment Plan determines a student's transportation eligibility and placement priority during the high school choice process. For more information about the 2022-2023 student assignment plan, click here.

          OPS Covid-19 Mitigation Strategies

          COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

          • Vaccines and face coverings
            • Health and safety is our priority. To protect students, staff and families, our district updated face covering requirements for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Students, staff and visitors must wear a face covering while inside our school. We care about our students, and we can work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our school will have face coverings available for those who need them.
            • Staff and families should continuously monitor their health. If a student or staff member feels ill, they must stay home.
            • Omaha Public Schools encourages everyone eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in consultation with their doctor.
          • Enhanced disinfecting measures
            • School campuses will undergo cleaning and sanitization procedures at least daily.
            • Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized with an EPA-approved disinfectant or sprayed with an ionizer at least daily.
            • Shared materials, including computer labs and other hands-on resources should be disinfected between uses.
            • Student desks should be wiped down with an EPA-approved disinfectant or sprayed with an ionizer at the end of each day.
          • Hygiene
            • Staff will work with students to teach and reinforce proper handwashing.
            • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout schools, where permitted by the fire marshal.
            • Staff will work with students on “respiratory etiquette,” like covering coughs and washing hands.
            • Signage throughout schools will strategies to limit the spread of germs.
            • Handwashing or sanitizing will be part of the routine when moving throughout the school, before and after mealtimes and more.
          • Mealtimes
            • Students will wash or sanitize hands before and after every meal.
            • Staff will follow public health recommendations and food safety will be prioritized at all levels.
          • Adjusted routines
            • Physical distancing should be maximized whenever possible.
            • Seating charts should be kept in classrooms to assist with contact tracing if needed.
            • Schools may adjust traffic patterns based on the needs of their location.
            • The use of shared materials should be limited when possible, and disinfected between uses.
            • Use of water fountains will not be permitted for health and safety reasons.
          • Visitors to school
            • Visits to schools must be planned in advance with school administrators.
            • If a visitor has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, we recommend they wear a face covering when on an Omaha Public Schools campus.
            • Face coverings and hand sanitizer will be available near the main entrance.
          • Contact tracing and communication
            • Each school will have a designated, isolated location for students who show symptoms of COVID-19. Any staff working in the area will have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
            • Families will be contacted immediately to pick-up their student.
            • The building contact tracing designee will work with Omaha Public Schools health services staff to complete the contract tracing process.
            • Close contacts of an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive direct communication and guidance, based on recommendations from public health and the specific circumstances of that close contact.
            • Schools will continue to communicate by email with all staff and families if an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 was on their campus while contagious.

          "Central Exchange" School Store

          The "Central Exchange" school store is open for business! Please access the school store using the QR code below.


          Safe2Help Nebraska is a confidential and anonymous reporting hotline for students, families, staff or community members to report concerns. Examples of potential topics that could be reported would include depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, bullying, relationship issues, substance abuse or distribution or threats against a school or an individual.

          The Safe2Help Nebraska app is installed on every Omaha Public Schools iPad and provides easy and immediate access to report a concern.

          OPS Nondiscrimination Policy

          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 of Equity and Diversity (equityanddiversity@ops.org), 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).