Omaha North High Magnet School

January Edition

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Omaha North High School Mission Statement

The mission of Omaha North High Magnet School is to

prepare all students for success in life-long studies and careers.

Outdoor Club

On Friday, December 13th, North's Outdoor Club took to the ice at UNMC's outdoor ice skating rink. While there, members enjoyed the moderate December temps, while listening to holidays music, and drinking hot chocolate.

Outdoor Club will meet again on January 14th to discuss future activities.
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North High Jazz Band Branches Out

In the next few months, the Omaha North High School Jazz Band has been asked to perform several events in the Omaha community, including Education Night at Open Door Mission, an LGBTQ+ event, an Alumni event, and a Women's Health event at UNO, and at the Bellevue East Jazz Festival. This is a great opportunity to spread the news that music and service is alive and well at Omaha North High School!

"FulFill a Dream" Award Winner

Congrats to Sha'lise O. who won the Fulfill the Dream Award, presented by Creighton University. This award honors Educational Opportunity Center students and graduates, who in the spirit of Tamara Faye Stovall-Smith, work to make their education the key to a more successful and secure future and a means of fulfilling their dreams. Go Vikings!

Congratulations, Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar!

Congratulations to Audrey A.! The Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is proud to share that she has been named a top 300 scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Her selection as scholar is a great honor, and signifies her talent and promise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She will join a distinguished group of alumni that includes Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, entrepreneurs and innovators who were named among the top 300 competitors in this program as seniors in high school. Go Vikings!

City of Omaha MLK "Living the Dream" Winners

Congratulations to the following students for placing at the City of Omaha MLK "Living the Dream" High School Competition


Rachel L. placed 1st in the Spoken Word #BeKind&Brave Category

Peter S. placed 2nd in the Instrumental Music Category

Quintin L. placed 3rd in Spoken Word #BeKind&Brave Category


All students had phenomenal performances! Go Vikings!
June 2020 Summer STEM CAMP Information/Registration

Thank you for choosing Omaha North High Magnet School for your summer activities! Omaha North High Magnet School has provided hands-on summer enrichment opportunities in the STEM fields for students from across the area.

Skills USA Volunteers Needed for February 8th Event

SkillsUSA is hosting a robotics competition as a fundraiser to attend the State Leadership Conference in April. This event will take place on Feb 8th in the MPC and they could still use some volunteers to help them out with the event.

NE State VEX Robotics Championship Needed

We are looking for volunteers when we host the Nebraska State VEX Robotics Championships for the 5th time.

Open Space Summer Art Pogram Application is now open

Open Space for the Visual Arts is a summer art immersion program provided by Hastings College and the College’s Jackson Dinsdale Art Center. It’s specifically designed for future college artists currently completing their junior year of high school.

ACT Prep Resources----------ACT Academy

ACT Academy™ is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help you get the best score possible on the ACT test, and well on your way to college and career success.Any student, parent, and/or educator can join for FREE!

Upcoming ACT Test Information

The ACT test is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020. This test is for junior students only; there is no school for 9th, 10th, or 12th graders on that day.


The ACT offers many benefits, including,


  • The ability to send official test results to colleges, universities, and scholarship organizations
  • The opportunity to receive detailed reports from ACT that provide students with career guidance and insight about their academic readiness for post-secondary education
  • The opportunity to participate in ACT's Educational Opportunity Service (EOS), which may include information about scholarships and financial aid opportunities.


Parents, in order to take advantage of the benefits of taking the ACT, we are required to obtain your informed consent. Please be on the lookout for this information from the District via email and mail.

What is MTSS-B?

Multi-Tiered System of Support for Behavior (MTSSB) is being implemented in all Omaha Public Schools and Programs. MTSSB is a problem-solving framework for teaching desired behaviors in each school.


At Omaha North High Magnet School we have created school wide expectations based on three guiding principles: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Accountable. These guiding principles are the foundation for what it means to Be A Viking!


Viking Bucks are our official student recognition program and an awesome way for staff to show students that their positive behaviors are appreciated and are deserving of special recognition. When students receive a Viking Buck, they get specific positive feedback on the expected behavior (Respectful, Responsible, Accountable) and they can redeem that Viking Buck for a treat or chance to enter special drawings like a chance for a free Homecoming or Prom ticket.


Please take take time to review these classroom expectations with your student. As always, parental support is essential for our students' success.

CHI Health Top Teacher Nominations

CHI Health is seeking nominations of teachers who are changing the lives of students. Each month during the school year, we’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with an apple award, a treat basket, and a gift card. Fill out the form on the website to nominate your teacher. Thank you for helping us recognize the inspiring work teachers do every day. They truly shape our future.

Submit a nomination today!

Website: https://www.chihealth.com/TopTeachers

Community Counseling Program Aids Students

Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program provides mental health services to students. Confidential counseling is provided by an experienced, licensed, master’s-level mental health practitioner in office space provided by Omaha North High Magnet School. Acceptable forms of payment include Medicaid, private insurance or self-pay. Foundation and payment plans are available. No one will be denied services due to inability to pay.

The Methodist Hospital Community Counselor at Omaha North High Magnet School is Roxanne Wayne. Roxanne has been working with youth and families in the mental health field, for over 15 years. She works with youth and adults in many areas such as anxiety, depression, developing healthy coping skills, resolving family issues, grief and loss, anger and stress management.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Community Counseling Program, please call Roxanne at (402) 557-3482.

Roxanne Wayne MS, LIMHP

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

Strive for 95!

Mighty Vikings, let’s Strive for 95!



The 2019-20 OPS Attendance Goal is that every student is in school at least 95% of the time - Strive for 95! There are approximately 180 school days. In order to achieve a minimum of 95%, a student must miss less than nine (9) days of school (excused/ unexcused). Students who attend school less than 95%, show less academic success.

We’d like to encourage you to track their attendance the rest of the school year and Strive for 95!


Did you know?


o It takes an average of 3 days for students to catch up for every 1 day of being absent.

o Missing 3 or more days of school per month can set a student back up to 2 full years of learning.

o When it comes to learning, 3 tardies equals an absence.



When do absences become a problem?


Chronic Absence: 18 or more days

Warning Signs: 10 to 17 days

Satisfactory: 9 or fewer absences




What if I have questions?

Contact North’s Counseling Office at 402.557.3409

Student Support, Rick Thurston (Rick.Thurston@ops.org) at 402.557.3488

School Social Worker, Monique Visocky (Monique.Visocky@ops.org) at 402.557.3424

School Support Liaison (Attendance Administrator), Shaneice Udofia (Shaneice.Udofia@ops.org) at 531.299.6793

Severe Flu Season Having Significant Health Impact on Nebraskans

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting very high levels of flu and flu-related hospitalizations across the state.

A total of 14 Nebraskans have died from the flu so far this season including at least one child.

“This is a severe flu season and it’s having a significant impact on the health of Nebraskans,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “We expect high levels of flu activity for several more weeks, which means more illness, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccination continues to play a critical role, especially for those at high risk of flu-related complications. Antiviral medication for people who have the flu is equally important and so are preventive measures like washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home if you’re sick.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older every year. Certain people are at high risk for serious complications, and it’s extremely important they receive vaccine:

  • Young children
  • Adults 65 years of age or older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic lung disease (like asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions and certain other long-term health conditions
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

People should promptly seek medical care if they have flu-like symptoms which can include some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Some people may have vomiting or diarrhea. This is more common in children than adults.

Antiviral drugs are the best way to treat flu so take them if your doctor prescribes them. Early treatment with antivirals can lessen symptoms, shorten the amount of time you are sick, reduce the risk of serious flu complications, and potentially decrease additional spread of the virus.

A common respiratory virus called RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is also heavily circulating in Nebraska. RSV usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two but RSV can be dangerous for some infants and older adults. Right now, the state has the third highest number of cases recorded since DHHS began surveillance in 2003. Learn more about RSV - https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.html.

DHHS started its surveillance for the season in October. The Department uses multiple public health surveillance systems to track flu viruses, including physicians who report the number of people with flu-like illness weekly, lab tests, school surveillance, hospital data, emergency department data and death reporting. Flu surveillance shows where the flu is and how fast it's spreading across Nebraska.

For more flu information, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.ne.gov/flu or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu.

When Is My Child Too Sick to Attend School?

Keep your child home if he or she has a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.


Keep your child home if he or she is throwing up or have diarrhea.


Keep your child home if he or she has pink and crusty eyes.


Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.


Talk to your doctor or school nurse about when a sick child should come to school. Most health care providers allow a child to attend with a cold, but not with a fever.

Spotlight on North Alum

Joseph "LJ" Nash, 2015 Omaha North High graduate, just finished his Aerospace Engineering Degree from Iowa State University. While at Omaha North, LJ was both an academic and an athlete, playing basketball all four years. LJ was awarded a full tuition scholarship for academics during his senior year, and his strive for academic excellence continued into his university studies. LJ interned for Boeing in Seattle the past two summers, specializing in weight engineering and product development. After graduation, LJ will continue his work with Boeing, accepting a job as an Aerospace Engineer at Boeing in Philadelphia. We're excited for all the amazing work LJ is doing. He continues to make us Viking Proud. Good luck at Boeing LJ!

21 Days of Kindness Challenge

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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 (402-557-2001). 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 (402-557-2790).