Counseling Corner

Summer 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


2021-2022 School Year

School starts on August 17th 2021 - Freshman ONLY

School begins for ALL students on August 18th 2021


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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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:


OPS Food Summer Distribution Dates

Meals2Go Summer 2021

Meals will be available every Monday, June 2 - July 23, 2021. Meals for the week of July 4 will be distributed on Wednesday, July 6. Each meal bag will contain five breakfasts and five lunches, except for the July 6 bag which will have 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches. Meals will be distributed from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Parents may pick up the meals for the children with identification for the child. Children do not need to be present. Students participating in Next Level Learning will receive meals at school.

Pickup Locations:

  • Bancroft: 2724 Riverview Blvd.
  • Belle Ryan: 1807 South 60th St.
  • Belvedere: 3775 Curtis Ave.
  • Benson: 5120 Maple St.
  • Beveridge: 1616 South 120th St.
  • Boyd: 8314 Boyd St.
  • Bryan Middle: 8210 South 42nd St.
  • Central Park: 4904 North 42nd St.
  • Dodge: 3520 Maplewood Blvd.
  • Field Club: 3512 Walnut St.
  • Franklin: 506 Franklin St.
  • Gateway: 5610 South 42nd St.
  • Gilder: 3705 Chandler Rd.
  • Hale: 6143 Whitmore St.
  • Harrison: 5304 Hamilton St.
  • Indian Hill: 3121 U St.
  • Jackson: 620 South 31st St.
  • Jefferson: 4065 Vinton St.
  • Joslyn: 11220 Blondo St.
  • Kellom: 1311 North 24th St.
  • Kennedy: 2906 North 30th St.
  • Liberty: 2021 St. Mary’s Ave.
  • Lothrop: 3300 North 22nd St.
  • McMillan: 3802 Redick Ave.
  • Minne Lusa: 2728 Ida St.
  • Norris: 2235 South 46th St.
  • Oak Valley: 3109 Pederson Dr.
  • Pawnee: 7310 South 48th St.
  • Prairie Wind: 10908 Ellison Ave.
  • Skinner: 4304 North 33rd St.
  • Spring Lake: 4215 South 20th St.
  • Sunny Slope: 10828 Old Maple Rd.
  • Wakonda: 4845 Curtis Ave.
  • Walnut Hill: 4355 Charles St.

We are grateful for partners like Food Bank for the Heartland supporting community members facing food insecurity. For a complete list of their upcoming mobile pantries as well as community pantry locations, please click here.

We are happy to support student success through our Meals2Go program.

Omaha Public Schools is offering Meals2Go at no cost to any child ages 1 - 18 including remote learners. Each bag contains school favorites, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Milk is available as an option.

  • All students will receive a breakfast and lunch, at no charge, through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Students' accounts that were charged for meals from Aug. 18 through Sept. 18, 2020 have been credited.
  • Students who will return to the classroom will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.
  • During the school year, Meals2Go will be distributed on Mondays with five days of meals provided in the drive-through format. Pickup times are 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. for elementary schools and 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for secondary school.
  • Parents/guardians who pick up the meals, without children in the car, will need to provide identification (report card, schedule, birth certificate, etc.) that the meals are for a child at home.
  • Program schools, Early Childhood Locations, TAC programs will not distribute the Meals2Go bags. Families may pick up meals at any of the other sites currently open.
  • If the pick-up time does not work for your schedule, please contact the Nutrition Services Office, 531-299-0230.

We encourage families who have not completed a meal application for their child to contact their school or the Nutrition Services Office, 531-299-0230. Although the meals are at no cost, the information on the application determines additional benefits for students and families, such as discounted internet service, scholarships, fee waivers, etc. Additionally, the information is used in district funding, qualifies schools to provide no-cost food to youth 18 and under during after school programs and in the summer months.

If you have questions or concerns about student lunches or the Meals2Go pickup, please contact Nutrition Services at 531-299-0230.



*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.


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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