Counseling Corner

May 2021

Burke Counseling Staff

Mr. Don Ferree (N,T,U,V,W) 531-299-9665

Mrs. Lalia Hart (P,B) 531-299-3914

Ms. Madelene McCracken (E,H,L,Y) 531-299-3791

Ms. Josie McDonnell (D,I,S,Z) 531-299-8992

Ms. Micaela Moriarty (J,K,R) 531-299-3910

Mrs. Nadine Reyes (C,G,O) 531-299-3912

Mrs. Kim Schumacher (M,Q) 531-299-3916

Mrs. Hope Smejkal (Director) (A,F,X) 531-299-3917

Mrs. Anne Beacom (School Social Worker) 531-299-3925

Mrs. Diane Linkugel (Counseling Secretary) 531-299-2589


You Are Not Alone

Students may face challenges when it comes to school work, peer

pressure, anxiety and more. They don’t have to deal with these feelings

alone. Safe2Help Nebraska is one resource available to help.

The website and phone number are available 24/7 and operated by the @BoysTownHotline.

Call 531-299-7233 or file a report on


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Social Emotional Learning Support Information

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and
manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Click here for link to Burke's Social Emotional Learning Resources


Student Ride Metro Busses For Free

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Summer Opportunities

Two sites to visit in order to view opportunities for Summer Employment or Enrichment Programs.

1. Naviance

  • Log into Naviance on your school issued device using the Clever App
  • Once you have logged in follow these instructions: Burke College Planning Pages>Read More>Summer Enrichment Programs>Filter>Only Show Programs With Future Deadlines

2. Burke Website

  • Go to Counseling Pages and click on Jobs, Volunteering, Military on the right hand side under menu
  • Or Click Here


CollegeNOW at MMC is Free for High School Students This Summer

If you are a Nebraska high school student graduating in 2021-2024, you are automatically eligible to take credit classes with no charge for tuition, fees or textbooks. This option is only available for the 2021 summer quarter. Students will be responsible for tools or other required supplies.

Classes begin June 6, 2021.


Step 1: If you haven't taken a college course before, talk to your high school counselor to see if taking a college course is right for you.
Step 2: If you haven't taken an MCC course, complete the free MCC Application.
​Step 3: Call the Contact Center, 531-622-2400, to make an appointment with a Success Navigator.
Step 4: Review the Summer Quarter class schedule, the MCC academic programs of interest to you, and the MCC transfer site.
Step 5: Meet with the Success Navigator who will register you for classes.
Step 6: Order textbooks online from the MCC Bookstore between May 29 and July 19.

  • HS Students registered before May 28 can order textbooks starting on May 29.
  • HS Students registered on or after May 28 will need to wait until after 12pm on the next business day (excludes Monday, May 31) to order online.


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FBI Summer Teen Academy

The FBI Omaha Field Office is inviting interested high school juniors and seniors to apply for the 2021 Summer Teen Academy. It will be held at FBI Omaha Headquarters, 4411 S. 121st Court, on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The Teen Academy provides an opportunity for high school students to get a hands-on, behind the-scenes look at the FBI. During the academy, students are given the opportunity to learn how evidence is collected at scenes; learn about hostage crisis negotiations; hear from members of the FBI SWAT team; and meet FBI agents and other personnel.

This is a competitive program, and not all applicants will be selected. Student selection for the Teen Academy will be based on a quality application and essay. The application, release form, and a supporting essay must be received by the FBI Omaha field office by May 21, 2021. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted.

Applications are currently available by clicking here.

The application can also be found on our website, under the Community Outreach tab. Interested students should complete and submit the required application and materials via mail to:

FBI Omaha ATTN: Teen Academy 4411 S. 121st Ct. Omaha, NE 68137 Or Send in the require documents via email to:

Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted

Due May 21st


College of St. Mary Summer Academies for Young Women of Color

College of Saint Mary is excited to announce the expanded offerings of its 2021 Summer Academy Programs for all young women of color! We are hosting two separate week-long experiences on our campus for young women in grades ten through twelve. With the theme of Positive Vibes: Mind over Matter, participants will learn about neuroscience and how their mentality can positively impact their mind, body and spirit. Students will interact with students and engage in the community.

During the academies, upcoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will:

  • Receive a $500 SCHOLARSHIP to CSM
  • Learn from a STEAM curriculum
  • Get acquainted with college life and meet new friends
  • Meet professional women in the community
  • Participate in cultural activities

Tentative Dates

June 7 - 11: Upcoming sophomores and juniors.
June 14 - 18: Upcoming seniors.

In addition to the list above, participants will:

  • Receive assistance with applying and preparing for college
  • Create a plan to apply to 10 colleges and/or universities and for 5 scholarships

Application Information

Applications for the Summer Academies should be submitted through our online application below.

The fee is $25 for the entire week of classes and activities.

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 14, 2021.

Click Here to Apply


Methodist College Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound is a program is offered through Methodist College that provides additional supports to students as they plan for college.

Students who meet at least one of the qualifications listed below can apply for Upward Bound.

  • Student would be a first-generation college bound student in their family
  • Student’s family income is within the limits of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, (ie: student receives free or reduced-price lunch).

If you qualify the next step in the process is for the student to complete the interest card found by clicking here.

This Upward Bound website is a good resource for more information.

Any questions please contact:

LaTina Rencher at or at 402-354-7844.


Academic Support for Students

Steps to Support Student's Grades at Burke

  1. Check students’ grades/assignments on parent/student portal in IC. (If you need a parent portal account, email
  2. Students can ask teacher during class, through the chat, or through email how they can increase their grades.
  3. Students can always contact teachers for additional support through email or Microsoft TEAMS.
  4. Burke tutoring is offered Tu/W/Th, 3:15-5:15pm. Students can Book a one-on-one tutoring appointment using this Link to Book Tutoring Appointment.

Helpful Academic Links:


Virtual School Counseling Curriculum

The OPS School Counseling department is proud to announce that middle and high school students in grades 6-12 are now able to access their OPS Social/Emotional and Post-Secondary/Career curriculum online. Students log in weekly to complete lessons, surveys, and reflections on topics including self-discovery, academic skills, career planning, and success skills. These activities provide a basis for students to work one-on-one with School Counselors to create personal learning plans and meet needs in middle school, high school, and beyond.

Download the PDF below for instructions


After School Tutoring

  • Virtual after school tutoring via Teams
  • Students can sign up through Bookings for a time between 3:15 to 5:15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Students must sign up for an appointment with one of the tutors through the link below.
  • Students will click on the teacher/subject area first, then dates and times will appear for availability.
  • After booking an appointment, they will receive an email with a link to the Team for After School Tutoring.
  • Subject areas include: English, math, science, technology support, ELL, French, and Spanish. Each slot is for 30 minutes; however, students can stay longer or move to a different teacher as needed.
Questions? Please email

Link for Bookings: kings/


OPS Food Distribution Dates


Tuesday, 18th TAC

Thursday, 20th South High



*Students who participate in extracurricular activities can do better in school, develop close

friendships, get to know the school and teachers better, and have more opportunities after high school.


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Job Corps Is Open!! Taking Applications NOW!!

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.
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Apprenticeship Opportunities


Apprenticeship Opportunity - Apache Industries

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Military Contact Information

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Military Service Academy Webinar

Students interested in Military Academies,

Congressman Don Bacon is hosting a free webinar with representatives for all U.S military Academies.

Click here for the link to register.

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Senior News!!!

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Important Dates For Seniors!!!

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Seniors, It's Decision Time!!

Here’s how to make your final college decision.

Compare your college acceptance letters, financial aid award notifications, and campus visit notes. List the pros and cons of each school using the following criteria:

Location – Is the college too close? If you come home every weekend, you won’t experience true campus life. Is the college too far away? If so, you may not make it home as often as you’d like.

Cost – Can your family afford the school? What can you expect for financial aid beyond your freshman year? Did you receive renewable scholarships? How much in student and parent loans will be needed to cover expenses?

Academic program – Which college offers the degree program that best fits your career interests? What happens if you change majors? Does the college offer other degree programs that interest you?

Student life – Does the school offer activities you will enjoy? If you plan to live on campus, do you like the housing arrangements? Will you have an opportunity to work on or near campus?

Make your final decision by May 1 and then notify the colleges you’re rejecting so they can offer your spot, and financial aid, to another student.


Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns will be distributed to in-person seniors on April 7-8. Remote students will be able to pickup their caps and gowns beginning April 9th in the main office.

If you still need to order a Cap and Gown you will need to go directly to the School Traditions at 12100 W Center Rd Suite 901, Omaha, NE 68144 - (Behind Nobbies).

  • Store Hours:

Tuesday 3-5:30, Wednesday 3-5:30, Thursday 3-5:30, Saturday 10-12:00

Jostens customer service 800-567-8367

School Traditions 402-733-0300

Burke Contact is Kris Kahlandt, Senior Dean at or 531-299-3888



It's never too late to complete your FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Seniors who are planning to apply to college and scholarships are encouraged to apply for the FASFA.


Show your counselor the confirmation email from FAFSA and you can get a free Burke T-Shirt.


Help with the FAFSA and College Planning

Education Quest

Education Quest is a free service to anyone in need of assistance with the FASFA, Appling for College, or Finding and Completing Scholarships.

Click here for Education Quest contact information to set up an appointment to meet with a Ed Quest Rep virtually.

· Create a Federal Student Aid Account Handout

· FAFSA Checklist

· Scholarship Tip Sheet

· Tuition Assistance Handout

· Junior/Senior Timeline

Click here for the Ed Quest monthly bulletin with lots of great college planning help.


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WSC is pleased to inform you of the availability of additional financial support for your students.

The Nebraska State College System has just announced that Wayne State College students who are Pell-eligible or have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or less are eligible to receive an additional $3,000 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III financial assistance during the 2021-22 academic year.

If your students have questions or wish to discuss special circumstances related to their FAFSA they can contact our Student Financial Services office at or 402-375-7229

Best regards,
Kevin Halle
Director of Admissions


UNO Next Generation Leadership Scholarship Due May 28th

The Next Generation Leadership Scholarship (NGLS) encourages and rewards students for their academic excellence and community engagement. There are up to two (2) $3,000 scholarships available for first-year students. Additional information and requirements for the scholarship are available in the attached bilingual flyers.

Deadline for the scholarship is Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5:00pm. Interested students can apply through

Contact information:

Ana Diaz-Orozco, B.A.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) | ASH 102

University of Nebraska-Omaha |

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UNO Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Freshman Achievement Scholarship

The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Freshman Achievement Scholarship is a non-renewable award worth $1,000 available to incoming freshman males. The UNO Chapter of the PIKE Fraternity will award the scholarship to an individual on the basis of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and athletic achievement. The online application must be submitted by Sunday, August 1st, 2021, for consideration. Finalists for the award will be contacted by August 8th, 2021, in order to set up an interview. You do not have to join PIKE to receive a scholarship

Click here for link to application


Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Quest

Fast Web


College Board

Student-View Scholarships

Omaha Public Schools Scholarship Handbook (see PDF below)

DACA Scholarship Resources (see PDF below)

Check the college websites for lists of scholarships offered by the institution