Counseling Corner

February 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) 531-299-3012

Mrs. Kim Schumacher 531-299-3916

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

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

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
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ACT for Juniors and PreACT for Sohpomores


Statewide ACT test is April 6th

1/2 day for Juniors 7:40-12:00

NO SCHOOL for Freshman, Sophomores, and Seniors that day


PreACT test is April 20th

1/2 day for Sophomores 7:40 - 12:00

NO SCHOOL for Freshman, Juniors, and Seniors that day

Free ACT Prep Virtual Seminar April 3rd

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Career Center Classes are Open - Apply Now!!!

Interested in hands-on relevant learning with industry certified instructors, the latest technology, and advanced equipment? Career Center wants YOU! Our 11 Pathways align to high wage, high skill, and high demand careers - not to mention provide access to certifications, early college credit, and work-based learning. Click here to see a video and for more info!

Quick, Easy, & Convenient Application Process

To APPLY - CLICK HERE and fill out the form!

If you are approved to attend the Career Center, your Career Center class will be LOCKED into your Infinite Campus Course Planner and your home attendance school counselor will be notified!

Any questions, contact your assigned counselor

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, 23rd TAC

Thursday, 25th South High School


Tuesday, 23rd TAC

Thursday, 25th South High


Tuesday, 20th TAC

Thursday, 22nd South High


Tuesday, 18th TAC

Thursday, 20th South High

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Spring Education Quest Virtual College Fair

Spring Virtual College Fair is March 2-3

EducationQuest will host a Virtual College Fair March 2-3 to help your seniors finalize their college decision – and to help your juniors get started. The event will feature college booths and live college-prep presentations.

Click Here to Register

Tuesday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.- Noon CT.
Students can visit college booths, chat with college reps, and view these live presentations:

  • Senior Check-In – 9:30-10:00 a.m. CT - Seniors will learn must-do tasks related to admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.
  • Junior Check-In – 10:30-11:00 a.m. CT - Juniors will learn how to research colleges, schedule campus visits, and start their scholarship search.
Wednesday, March 3, 5:00-8:00 p.m. CT. Students and parents are encouraged to visit college booths and view this live presentation:
  • FAFSA FAQs for Seniors and Parents - 6:00-6:30 p.m. CT - This session will address common questions from those who haven’t yet completed the FAFSA, and those who already have.
All college-prep presentations will be recorded for later viewing.

$500 Scholarship
Students who visit at least 5 booths between March 2-3 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $500 scholarship.

Want a preview of the Virtual College Fair?
Click on the "How to Navigate the Virtual College Fair" button below for a recording of our Feb. 3 webinar. You'll learn:
  • How you and your students register for the fair
  • How to get the most from college booths and the live presentations
  • Ways to incorporate the fair into your classroom
We'll provide more details and resources soon. In the meantime, contact us if you have questions.

NACAC College Fairs

More than 100,000 students and families signed up for NACAC virtual fairs this past fall. Students give them an enthusiastic "thumbs up" because it's so easy to drop in on live Zoom sessions offered by hundreds of colleges on a single day.

Encourage your students to register for free at

College Board College Fair

Big Future Days:

College Board is launching its inaugural Big Future Days, a regional series of virtual college fairs designed to help students connect directly with colleges and attend sessions to learn critical information that will help students navigate college admissions during this uncertain time. Big Future Days are designed to give students a tailored experience so that they can establish connections with admissions professionals and current college students that will continue to serve them as they move along their college planning journeys.

    • The Big Future days are intended for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.
    • We currently have a total of 4 events scheduled from March to April, for more information on Big Future days and schedule please click here.

How to Attend

You can register for any event and more than one.

Who: This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.

When: Click the events below to learn more about the colleges and states included in that region.

BigFuture Days Northeast
Sunday, March 7, 4:00-8:00 PM ET/1:00-5:00 PM PT

BigFuture Days West + Southwest
Tuesday, March 30, 5:00-9:00 PM ET / 2:00-6:00 PM PT

BigFuture Days Midwest
Sunday, April 18, 4:00-8:00 PM ET / 1:00-5:00 PT

BigFuture Days Southeast
Thursday, April 29, 5:00-9:00 PM ET / 2:00-6:00 PM PT

Sign Me Up Now

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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

Military Contact Information

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Senior News!!!

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Senior Yearbook Photos Due Jan 31st (Deadline Extended to Feb 28th)

Senior Photos

As a senior in the Burke High School class of 2021, you may make arrangements to use your senior portrait in the yearbook. Please, read the following direction carefully to ensure your picture is included correctly.

1. A professional photographer should take our senior portrait. You may use any photographer as long as they follow all of the guidelines. If you do not use your own photographer or follow all of the guidelines, your Scholastic school ID photo will be used.

2. Only head and shoulder shots will be accepted. We will not accept other poses such as face only, profiles or side views, full-length, or double exposures.

3. Background colors are best when neutral. Use medium grays, tans, or light backgrounds. If you choose an outdoor pose, try to keep the background as plain as possible.

4. A JPEG digital copy of the photo must arrive at the main office or email by, Sunday, January 31st. In order for use to meet our deadline, this date is final and will not be changed.

5. SCREENSHOTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. We need the original photo from the photographer.

6. The correct spelling of your name must be sent with your file. It is best if the file name is the student name.

7. This is a full color yearbook. Please submit a color photograph.

8. Purchase of portraits from the photographer is a private transaction between the student, their parents, and the photographer; it does not involve Burke High School.

We suggest you show these guidelines to your photographer so that he or she is fully aware of the regulations regarding your portrait. Remember: your portrait must be delivered or emailed (by you or your photographer) to:

Angela Wolfe, Yearbook Adviser email:

BY: February 28th

Purchase Senior Ad space at

You can purchase space in the yearbook to leave your son/daughter or friends a special message and pictures. Go to and enter “Omaha Burke” into the search. From there, find the link that says “personal ads.” Clicking on that link will give you the option to 1. Simply purchase an ad and let the yearbook staff design it for you. 2. Upload an ad from another program that you designed yourself. 3. Create an ad using their online templates. Prices vary depending on the size. What a great way to leave something special that your senior will keep and remember forever. Prices: Full Page - $240, Half Page - $145, Quarter Page - $85, Eighth Page - $50.


The Burke Yearbook staff will also be offering $10 senior portrait sessions throughout the year. If you would like to have your portraits taken on campus during the school day, you can schedule a time with one of our Burke photographers to do so. The $10 fee will cover a 30 minute photo session and we will release all of the photos to you when we are finished in JPEG format. You can choose one of these poses as your yearbook photo and the images are yours to use as you see fit. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send us an email at

Cap and Gown

Burke High School (and all OPS high schools) works with School Traditions (local company) who partners with Jostens (national company) to fill cap and gown orders. Due to the Pandemic, ordering a cap and gown on time is more important than ever. School Traditions has communicated that orders placed by March 6, 2021 will be here in time for Burke’s graduation ceremony May 26, 2021. Caps and gowns will be delivered to Burke High and Burke will distribute them to the senior class.

Two Options to order a Cap and Gown by March 6, 2021.

Option 1:

  • Order Online at

Option 2:

  • Go directly to the School Traditions at 12100 W Center Rd Suite 901, Omaha, NE 68144 - It is behind Nobbies.
  • Store Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, March 2nd-4th from 3-5:30pm

Saturday, March 6th from 10-12 noon

Jostens customer service 800-567-8367

School Traditions 402-733-0300

REMEMBER: *Order your cap and gown by March 6th to ensure your Cap and Gown will be delivered in time for graduation.

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



FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens October 1st. 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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New Scholarship Opportunities for Burke Students

We have some new scholarship opportunities that will be awarded to students at Burke. We encourage you to continue to join us with the Burke College Channels on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will continue to send an invite on that day.

  1. (SCHOLARSHIP ONLY OFFERED TO BURKE STUDENTS) Two $1,000 Scholarships for students with a 3.7 GPA or LESS! Miracle Hills Optimist Club Scholarships: 1 for any 4-Year College (UNO, UNL, etc.) and 1 for any 2-Year Trade School (Metro, IWCC, etc.). See attachments below and return to Mr. Ferree through email or school counseling office by February 19th.
  2. (SCHOLARSHIP ONLY OFFERED TO A FEW SELECT OPS SCHOOLS) Another $1,000 Scholarship from the Westside Kiwanis Club called the Jack C. Jackson Scholarship. See attachments below and return to Mr. Ferree through email or school counseling office by March 5th.
  3. Deadline for Freshman General Scholarships at UNL and UNO. When students apply to the school, they are automatically considered based on the information that is provided on your application. Most of you have already done this; however, if you have not applied yet, you may want to do it in the next few days!
  4. Reminder to complete the FAFSA Here is the FAFSA video (click here)

Also, if you need any assistance with scholarships, financial aid, college applications, please stop by our Burke College Channels in TEAMS, which we’ll send an invite out tomorrow.

DACA Student Scholarship Available at College of St. Mary

The Misericordia Scholarship is provided to undocumented students of diverse backgrounds who are not eligible for federal financial assistance. This significant scholarship allows students to attend College of Saint Mary at a fraction of the cost.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be accepted to College of Saint Mary
  • Be undocumented or have DACA.

Application Requirements

CSM Stands with Dreamers

College of Saint Mary is committed to standing with the DREAMERS of America. It's our mission as a university to provide access to education for all women in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership. While many colleges are aware of the looming Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) issue, we have taken an active role in it. By holding advocacy events, participating in documentaries and other projects, and traveling to Washington D.C. to meet face-to-face with legislators, CSM is taking a stand to protect the access to education for immigrants of this great country.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The College Board partners with scholarship providers connected to the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10. Through these partners, students can access over $300 million in scholarship awards. Learn more at

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): Phase I of the 2021-22 HSF Scholar Application is now open!

We invite you to share this news with your networks and community.

  • Every year, HSF selects approximately 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants.
  • HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training.
  • Career services include access to internships and job opportunities with HSF corporate partners.
  • HSF Scholars are eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences, including the STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media and Entertainment Summit, Entrepreneurship Summit, Healthcare Summit, and Alumni Symposium.
  • Finally, and importantly, HSF awards over $30 million in scholarships annually. Depending upon available funds, scholarships can range from $500–$5,000 and are awarded directly to eligible HSF Scholars.

Deadline: February 15, 2021, 5 p.m. PT

Important Information

  • It takes an average of 30 minutes to complete Phase I of the HSF Scholar Application.
  • No essays, recommendations, or document uploads are required in Phase I.
  • Eligibility
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage, a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit four-year university or graduate school, in the U.S., for the 2021-22 academic year
  • Submit the FAFSA® or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

To learn more, visit and create a MyHSF profile to access the HSF Scholar Application.

True Potential Scholarship

True Potential Scholarship for DACA Students

Are You Eligible for DACA or TPS?

True Potential Scholarship Information

WHAT: The True Potential Scholarship seeks to create opportunities for young people pursuing their True Potential through education. True Potential will grant at least fifteen, 1 year full tuition scholarships to deserving students.

WHO: The True Potential Scholarship has been created to help young immigrants continue their education. Specifically, the True Potential scholarship targets young immigrants that have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), sometimes referred to as “Dreamers” or the “Dream Act” as well as to students with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as those immigrants with Special Juvenile Visas.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant should meet the following criteria:

1) Have been awarded DACA, TPS or Special Juvenile Visas;

2) Attend or enroll in classes at a community college in Nebraska.

WHEN: The scholarships will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year.

WHERE: True Potential is creating partnerships with community colleges in Nebraska.

WHY: TPS and in particular DACA are tremendous blessing for many young immigrants. DACA allowed thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors to live and work legally in the United States. Despite the many advantages to having DACA as an immigration status, one major disadvantage is that DACA and TPS recipients cannot accept any federal or state money in any context. As such, DACA and TPS recipients cannot receive federal financial aid or many scholarships that are partially funded with public money. The True Potential Scholarship seeks to fill that gap by awarding scholarships that are 100% privately funded and targeted to those who need private scholarship funds.

True Potential has decided to partner with community colleges because True Potential believes community colleges offer tremendous value. Community Colleges offer a wide variety of opportunities ranging from technical certificates to classes required to graduate with a four year university degree in any field. All of these opportunities come at a fraction of the cost of public and private universities and allow True Potential to make the biggest impact with every dollar awarded. The founder of True Potential Scholarship, Ross Pesek, is a proud community college graduate, attorney, and recipient of the Nebraska Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2013.

Click her to APPLY

OPS Elementary and Middle School PTA(PTO) District Scholarship Applications Due Feb 25th

Did You Attend an OPS Elementary or Middle School?

If so you could be eligible for a scholarship from one of those schools.

To be eligible for any elementary/PTA scholarship offered, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Attended the elementary school for at least two (2) years.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Be a graduating senior from an OPS high school and plan to attend a college, university, vocational-technical, nursing, business, or other school of higher learning in the summer or fall term following graduation.

Submit the application from the forms below to the Burke Counseling Center or email to Diane Linkugel at no later than February 25, 2021. Applications will be sent to elementary schools by March 4. Elementary Schools will notify the appropriate high schools regarding scholarship winners by April 1.

  • Please read the requirements for each Middle Schools carefully, some require additional submission of items or links

UNO's Goodrich Scholarship Due March 1st

Goodrich students establish a dynamic presence on campus. They come hungry, ready to learn and eager to join the UNO community. Many recipients are the first in their families to attend college. They come from underrepresented populations and have earned an opportunity to continue their education.

The Goodrich Scholarship has many benefits, including:

  • Financial aid in the form of tuition and general fees
  • A specialized two-year writing-intensive humanities and social science core curriculum that emphasizes cultural and intellectual diversity within our local and global communities
  • Academic and non-academic support service

Only 2 Weeks Left

We want to remind you that applicants have less than TWO WEEKS to take the EPPE and be eligible to apply for the Goodrich Scholarship Program—please let us know if we can help in any way!

The EPPE is free, is all online, and is required for all Goodrich applicants (we use this as baseline data). Directions for this process can be reviewed at Applicants must have their UNO NetID credentials (username and password) to register for this ONLINE free exam. February 19, 2021 is the FINAL ONLINE EPPE date that will be accepted for Goodrich applicants--planning ahead is essential for processing.

The Goodrich Scholarship Program application process officially closes March 1, 2021 at 5:00PM (CST), and is online at

Metropolitan Community College Scholarships Due March 1st

The MCC Scholarships Office is launching a revamped scholarship application. Opening today, October 15th, all MCC students, whether current or prospective, can now apply for over $3 million in scholarships through one scholarship application.

How to apply:

1. Go to:

2. Click on “Apply now” at the bottom of the page

3. Create or Login to a student account

4. Complete the application!

Important application deadlines:

Prospective Students

· Early Awarding – December 1st

· Last Call – March 1st

Current Students

· Winter Quarter – November 15th

· Spring Quarter – February 15th

· Summer Quarter – May 15th

Noted changes:

· All 130+ MCC scholarships sorted through one scholarship application

· Application is now open continuously

· Skip logic applies students to eligible scholarships based on their answers

· Easier-to-find application process for prospective students

· Current students need to apply only once a year, instead of each quarter

o However, we encourage students to update their scholarship application if there are major changes to their academic profile (e.g. change in program of study, increase in GPA, etc.)

· Completely mobile-friendly

· Overall better student experience

How does it work?

All students – prospective and current – apply only once per year through one application and will be considered for each eligible scholarship during every scholarship period. If a student is not offered a scholarship in a particular scholarship period, their application is automatically rolled into the next scholarship period, and they will be considered for all eligible scholarships until all scholarship dollars are offered.

Apply early = more scholarship opportunities!

Why is this important?

Our goal is to make the scholarship application experience pleasant and convenient for students. Having one application for all students removes any confusion on where and when to apply. Eliminating the need for students to apply each quarter provides more opportunities to match students’ applications to more scholarships. MCC is about higher education, not higher debt. Even at an affordable institution, our students need money to attend MCC, and they deserve an easy and convenient method to apply for it.

What if I have questions, concerns, or feedback?

These changes started with simple yet valuable feedback from students and staff. As an iterative process, we welcome any suggestions, comments (especially from students), or concerns. Please email them to:

All the best,

The Scholarships Office


Urban League of Nebraska College Scholarships - Due March 8th

We know how important funding can be in pursuit of an education. That’s why Urban League of Nebraska wants to help you reach your goals with an opportunity to earn a scholarship. Below you will find local, state and national scholarship opportunities that are awarded to graduating high school seniors who want to attend college.

Urban League of Nebraska awards two types of scholarships – the general Urban League of Nebraska Scholarship and the Urban League of Nebraska-MCC Scholarship.

  • The General Urban League of Nebraska Scholarship can be used at any 2 or 4-year institution.
  • The Urban League of Nebraska-MCC Scholarship can only be used to attend Metropolitan Community College and is offered in partnership with MCC.


To be eligible for an Urban League of Nebraska scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current resident of the state of Nebraska
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have completed at least 10 hours of documented community involvement
  • Have taken the ACT or SAT


Students must complete the appropriate scholarship application and submit it with the following materials bound in a clear plastic report cover:

  • Typed application
  • Typed resume
  • Cover letter with color picture attached
  • Official copy of high school transcripts or GED (General Education Diploma)
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons attesting to your qualifications and motivation for attending college. We recommend teachers, administrators, or other impactful adult figures. Note: Family members and relatives cannot submit letters of recommendation on the student’s behalf
  • Typed 250-500-word essay detailing your goals, post-secondary ambitions, and why you believe you’re deserving of a scholarship
  • Note: Additional information may be requested by the selection committee

Clink HERE for link to application

Omaha Education Association Foundation Scholarships Due March 18th

The OEA Foundation was established in 1964 to serve as the educational and charitable arm of the Omaha Education Association. The Foundation has, through the years, funded over 100 different scholarships annually. Many of the scholarships are designated for specific high schools and winners are chosen by those high schools. Due by March 18th.

Click Here For Application

Please contact Linda Richter at 402-393-7998 or 402-740-7911 or by email at if you have any questions regarding the scholarships.

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