Central High School

News, Reminders, and Updates - BACK TO SCHOOL Edition

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August 16, 2022

CHS Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022- 9th grade students' first day (ONLY freshman attend)
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022- 10th-12th grade students' first day (ALL students attend)
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 - Gale Sayers Statue Unveiling at Seeman Stadium
  • Friday, September, 9, 2022 - CHS Homecoming Football Game
  • Saturday, September 10, 2022 - CHS Homecoming Dance
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022- CHS Open House

Central High School Bell Schedule 2022-2023

2022-2023 OPS Calendar

2022-2023 Career Center Bus Schedule

A Message from Ms. Kirksey

Dear Eagle Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

I am excited to welcome your students back into our building!

It has been a summer of construction and restoration around CHS. When your students return to our building, the upperclassmen will notice that the first floor looks different than it did when they left it in May- there are new classrooms and counseling offices on two of the first floor wings, water bottle fillers and new floors have been installed, and the courtyard lights are much brighter. When they return, they will also notice that the expectations are as bright and clear as the courtyard lights. My motto for Central High School this year is "Trust and Believe." When you see me walking in the halls or cheering on your scholar, athlete or thespian, you know I will be constantly saying, "trust and believe you can be successful!" I trust and believe that all of the young people who enter our doors are going to adhere to our Eagle ABCs .I expect that our students are going to focus on their academic success, maintain high behavior standards, and get involved in our school community. The students of Central High School are some of the finest students in Omaha, and this year, when our students, new and returning, walk into our building, the expectation is that they continue to raise the standard of excellence.

It is an honor to be the principal of this great school, and I will be here, trusting and believing in my incredible staff as they ready and prepare themselves to welcome and lead your children into the 2022-2023 school year.

Go Eagles!


E. Dionne Kirksey


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All Student Orientation Follow-Up

Thank you to those families who attend All Student Orientation. If you were unable to attend, please verify or change your household information by logging into your Campus Portal account. (Access the instructions here). The link to the Campus portal website can be found here. If you need additional assistance, please call the CHS main office at 531-299-2660.

  • Please have your child return any paperwork that was not turned in at ASO to their Eagle Time teacher.
  • Students who did not attend ASO will be able to have their pictures taken during a picture re-take date on August 31.
  • Student schedules are now available via the student portal. Schedule adjustments have been made since ASO, so students should check their portal prior to coming to the building on the first day of school. If you have any questions about your student's schedule, please feel free to contact your child's counselor. Counselor assignments can be found in the School Counseling Corner update below.
  • If you have historically filled out the Free and Reduced Meal Application, you will need to fill out the Educational Benefits Form instead. This form can be accessed via the School Cafe website, found here.
  • At CHS, there are no required school supplies. We suggest each student come to school, prepared to learn, with their school-issued iPad, a folder and notebook for each class, and pens and pencils. Teachers will communicate any specific supply needs for their courses with students during the first days of school. If your child needs support with school supplies, please let any adult in the building know, and we will help.

School -Issued iPads

All students will need a new Technology Agreement Form for the 2022-2023 school year. The form can be found on the parent portal.

We strongly encourage families to purchase the optional $20 device protection plan. This yearly fee covers stolen or lost iPads through the voluntary device protection program. This fee can be paid via the Parent Portal, or you can send payment to school with your student. Instructions for paying this fee can be found on the right -hand side of the Parent portal in the "messages" box. If you choose to have your child bring money to school, please send your payment in an clearly labeled envelope, along with the singed Tech Agreement form, and have your student give the money and form to their Eagle Time teachher.

*IMPORTANT* Please make sure your child brings their fully-charged iPad to school on the first, and all subsequent days of school.

If your child's iPad has been damaged, please have them return it to school. We will help them obtain a new iPad or work them to get theirs fixed.

Important Change to Students Being Checked out of the Building Prior to the End of the School Day

The safety of our student's is our top priority. To that end, a parent or legal must come inside the building and speak to an attendance secretary to to excuse their student from school so that the adult's identify can be verified.

The Attendance office will issue a pass for the student to be let out of class to meet their parent/guardian.

No student will be let out of the building based on a phone call, alone.

A parent/guardian must come inside the building to check their student out of school.

Drop Off/Pick Up/Parking /ORBT/OPS Bus Lane

Drop Off/ Pick Up

If you are dropping of or picking up your child at CHS, please do so off of the South side or Northwest side of the building. If you are using the South side of the building, please pull up next to the curb and let your child out and/or wait for your child. Do not block the ORBT bus stop with your vehicle. If you are using the Northwest side of the building, please do not pull past the Stop sign on Davenport street. You do not need to pull into the staff parking lot. Once your child gets out of or into your vehicle on Davenport St, please turn onto 22nd street, and then leave campus.


There is no student parking available. Seniors were assigned parking based on the lottery that took place last spring. If you have questions about the senior parking lottery, please contact Mr. Locken at robert.locken@ops.org.


Please note that Central High School is very well served by public transit, including Omaha Metro’s Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT) line. Please consider utilizing this popular option throughout the school year to ease traffic congestion and parking needs around Central. A Park and Ride lot is available at the Westroads Transit Center with additional stops along Dodge and Douglas Streets. To reach Central, the eastbound ORBT will drop you off at 19th and Douglas, and you will board at 20th and Dodge to head west. Gain some time and skip the pickup line on Dodge after school by having your student depart Downtown Omaha on ORBT. Full details, including fare information and a rider guide, may be accessed at https://www.ometro.com/rider-guide/orbt/.

OPS Bus Lane

The OPS bus lane is located on 20th Street. Any student receiving OPS bus transportation will board their bus on 20th street. Students receiving door-to-door transportation will board their buses on the West side of the building near the "Eagle" statue.

CHS Behavior Expectations - New/Updated for the 2022-2023 School Year

Please click the link found here to read about some of CHS' updated/adjusted behavior expectations and procedures for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please take some time to note the Homecoming Expectations and Operation "Get to Class" Expectations

School Counseling Corner

The Central counseling team would like to welcome everyone to the 2022-2023 school year!! The counseling department has had a few changes over the summer!! First, our offices were remodeled. We are still located on the first floor, but our main entrance is now on the 3-side, Room 131. Our College and Career Center has also moved to the first floor and is located in Room 134 – just inside the west entrance to Central. Mrs. Meyers, our college counselor will office in there and be available to students needing assistance with college applications, scholarship applications, FAFSA information, ACT testing information and general college/career help. All of the other counselors will be located in room 131. Mr. Ron Moore and Mr. John Flemming retired at the end of the 2022 school year so are excited to welcome Mr. Jeremy Cisco and Ms. Diane Pfeiffer to our team! With this addition, Mrs. Synowiecki will be transitioning to the EL counselor. Below are the counselor assignments based on your student’s last name.

We are here to help in any way that we can. We look forward to partnering with you and your student for a successful school year.

Sheri Harrach – Director – A, X, Z

Jeremy Cisco – B, E, I , K, Y

Leslie Hill – H, R

Todd Hunter – F, G, T

Angie Meyer – College Counselor

Mindy Morgan – J, L, W

Diane Pfeiffer – D, O, P, U, V

Julie Politi – M, N

Tom Reilly – C. Q, S

Michelle Synowiecki – EL students

Athletics Update

Fall Sports are up and running!

If your student is still interested in participating, please contact any of the coaches below.

Football - Jay Landstrom - jay.landstrom@ops.org

Cross Country - Trent Lodge - trent.lodge@ops.org

Girls Golf - Brent Larson - brent.larson@ops.org

Volleyball - Ariel Gass - ariel.gass@ops.org

Boys Tennis - Bob Tucker robert.tucker@ops.org

Softball - Ben Titus titusb16@gmail.com

The OPS Fall Sports Participation Packet can be found here .

On Friday, August 26th, the Central High Foundation will be unveiling a statue in honor of CHS alum Gale Sayers. Read more about the event, and Gale Sayers, in the Omaha World Herald article found here . We'd love to have you join us for the unveiling and football game!

Activities Update - Dundee Day!

The CHS Cheerleaders and Marching Band will be participating in the Dundee Day Parade on Saturday, August 20! The parade begins at 10:30 am.

A Welcome Message from PEP

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

We would love to see you become a member of PEP!

The role of PEP is to support the teachers, staff, and students at Central High School. Traditionally, this has included events such as Staff Appreciation Week, Purple Feather Day, CHS Student incentive raffle, and more... For 2022-23, we are bringing back many of these great PEP traditions as well as exploring a few new opportunities to support the Central High School community.

As a member of PEP, you will have the chance to connect with other parents, support our teachers and staff, and stay informed of happenings at Central and within the district. Additionally, your membership fees enable us to financially cover the cost of the great events we host.

Membership costs $15 per year per person. In addition to your membership fee, we appreciate any additional amount that you choose to donate. Donations help cover the cost of all PEP events. It takes all of you and your generosity to make PEP a success. Best of all, the cost of membership and any donation is tax deductible. You can purchase a membership at our virtual store—and buy CHS gear there as well!



Staying up-to-date with PEP is easy! We plan to hold in-person meetings at Central on the second Monday of each month, beginning in September. We also will be sending email updates of our events and opportunities to volunteer to all our members. These updates are also posted on the Central High School website. Additionally, we have two social media accounts. You can follow us on Twitter at @OmahaCentralPEP and on Facebook at Omaha Central High PEP.

If you have any questions, please contact us, and thank you for supporting PEP!

Jill Moeller & Jodi Lakin

PEP Co-Presidents

Jill Moeller -

cell: 402-214-5455

Jodi Lakin -


cell: 402-599-0453

MTSSB Minute

Central ABCs

All CHS Students are asked to intentionally and consistently focus on the Eagle ABCs. As a building, we want all of our students to prioritize their academics, maintain high behavior standards, and become involved in our school and local community.

Social Skills Focus- Boys Town Partnership

All students have the right to purse an education in an environment conducive to learning. Therefore, all students have the responsibility to act in a way that does not interfere with other students’ right to learn or teachers’ ability to teach. Central High has instituted an approach that focuses on instruction designed to correct, mold and perfect character, and to develop self control. We will be intentionally using these strategies across our building, and we invite families to partner with us and use them at home.

Following Instructions

1. Look at the person

2. Say “Okay”

3. Do the task right away

4. Check back (when appropriate)

Asking for Help

1. Look at the person

2. Ask the person if he or she has time to help you

3. Clearly explain the kind of help that you need

4. Thank the person helping

Disagreeing Appropriately

1. Look at the person

2. Use a pleasant voice

3. Tell why you feel differently

4. Give a reason

5. Listen to the other person

Controlling Emotions

1. Learn what situations make you angry

2. Monitor the feelings you have in stressful situations

3. Take deep breaths or an alternate self- control strategy when stressful feelings begin to arise

4. Ask for time to calm down if needed

5. Wait to express yourself until you’ve calmed down

Greeting Others

1. Look at the person

2. Use a pleasant voice

3. Say “Hi” or “Hello”

Behavior Matrix

Eagle Bucks

This school year, we will one again be utilizing our Token Economy system - giving students an opportunity to earn "Eagle Bucks" when they make positive behavior choices. When a teacher observes a student making intentional, positive behavior choices, the teacher can reward the student with an "Eagle Buck." Students will be able to redeem their "Eagle Bucks" for prizes, including snacks, CHS gear, fidgets, school supplies, and much more.

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CHS Social Media Highlights

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

Some Recent Social Media Highlights Include:

  • CHS Cheerleaders in action at the OPS Back to School Bash!
  • CHS Singers enjoying their retreat at Glacier Creek Nature Preserve
  • CHS Senior, Joshua King, giving back to the community through his volunteer work with the Salvation Army
  • CHS Staff bonding as they returned to work for the 2022-2023 school year
  • CHS College Counselor, Angie Meyer, speaking at the OPS AP Symposium
  • CHS Alum, Jordan Flowers, speaking to incoming Freshmen students at CHS' summer Jumpstart program
  • CHS senior, Holden Fershee, participating representing Nebraska at Boys State


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).

Receive this message in error?

We apologize if you received this communication from CHS in error. Enrollments are still being adjusted in our system. Thank you for your patience as we continue to make our processes more accurate and efficient. If your child is not going to be attending Central High School this school year, and you have communicated that with our registrar, you will be removed from our mailing list soon.