Omaha North High Magnet School

Spring Break 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.

Peru State Business Competition

On Wednesday, February 5 a delegation from North High School attended Peru State Business Competition.


Maggie Fuertas-Vega placed 8th in Introduction to Business and Teresa Plascenia placed 9th in Entrepreneurship.


Approximately 300 high school students attended the business competition from Eastern Nebraska. First place in each competitive category received a $500 scholarship to Peru State.

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The North High Hangouts Social and Life Skills Group

The North High Hangouts Social and Life Skills Group had their first event of 2020 on February 18th. Students needing additional support in learning these skills gathered to share pizza, conversation, and watch a movie. Skills monitored and discussed during this event included turn taking during conversation, perspective taking, and active listening. The group is run by the speech pathologist, through the special education department. All funds for the group were provided through a generous grant by the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.

Black History Month Poster Projects

French 1-2 completed, and competed in, a BHM Poster Project. Students needed to research a person with African roots that also has ties to the United States and the francophone world. Some examples of people researched: Josephine Baker who worked for the French resistance during WWII, Eugene Bullard who was a fighter pilot during both WWI and WWII, and Joel Embiid who plays for the 76ers and is from Cameroon.

Congrats to........

Morgan F. whose artwork was selected to to be on a billboard for the Omaha Public Schools Youth Art Month Billboard Project. The art will be displayed at 85th and Maple.

College signing

Senior AJ F. signing letter of intent for band at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA



(Bottom Pictures Left to right Band Director Jeremy Haupt, AJ F., Buena Vista Director of Bands Tiffany Wurth)

Omaha North Students Visit Lincoln

North students joined peers from other OPS high schools to visit Lincoln to learn more about the role of state government as a part of a grant from UNO’s Political Science Department. During their visit, they learned about the functions of the state government, different job opportunities in government and listened to a legislative session. A highlight of the trip included students talking to Justice Jonathan Papik and Secretary of State, Robert B. Evnen. This spring/summer, students will study other aspects of local, state and national government as a part of the UNO grant.


Pictured below are students Corie M. (11), Aliyyah R.-S. (11) and Kiya M. (11) in the Nebraska Supreme Court Chambers.

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Vikings in TSA TEAMS

Thirty North students participated in the Technology Student Association TEAMS Competition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in February. The competition allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in STEM to global issues in the form of an in-depth essay, a series of exams, and a design build challenge. The 9/10 B Team earned 1st place in their division. Congratulations, Vikings!

Postcrossing Brings the World to Vikings

"I can hang up the Russian card!"

"These are from Australia!"


Freshman Vikings were able to join Postcrossing (as a class) to send and
receive postcards from all over the world!

They have been able to send 13 postcards all over! For example, they've sent postcards to: Belarus, Taiwan, Tunisia, Czechia, and Malaysia.

One group said they like seeing about the person to whom they are sending a postcard. "We can learn about their culture, their hobbies - a lot of them leave questions for us to answer about our country," said one student. "It's cool we're ambassadors to them."


The student write their postcards in groups - sharing their hobbies, studies, and current interests. This encourages the Vikings to know what is going on in the world. The last postcard sent to China talked about the Coronavirus and how the quarantined patients are in Ashland. Other times the notes are more casual, talking about soccer to the Germans and favorite classes with the Russians.

They have revived 7; but, once other Postcrossers see that they're mailing a class, some have sent more than one to show off their country. Chinese Postcrosser, Lucky-Star, sent three postcards! "Seeing their handwriting is really, cool, too. Especially if it's, like, Chinese or Russian," said Trevor J.


"We've got three more years to get postcards ... I hope we can fill up this map!"


*Pictured: Freshman Viking Ja'Brielle M, Kamryn K., and Kenard S.
showing off postcards from around the world.



Note to Teachers: Postcrossing.com is a free site that coordinates sharing postcards. It's set up anonymously for students. The name shows as "Viking Time at North High School" with questions for the sender to answer. The postcards are then mailed to the school. This way, students can remain safe but still participate in this world-wide community.

Student Council Selling 'Be Kind' Shirts Again This Year

Student Council is selling Be Kind shirts again this year. We will be sponsoring a "Week of Kindness" at the end of March with lots of activities. Proceeds from t-shirt and sweatshirt sales will help StuCo keep the kindness going!

Short Sleeve T-Shirts, Crewneck Sweatshirts, and Hoodies are available for purchase. All items will be shipped to Omaha North and distributed. Please contact Michaela Marx for questions. Michaela.Marx@ops.org


https://stores.inksoft.com/omaha_north/


The store will be open until March 16th!

SkillsUSA Chapter is hosting a Spring Craft and Vendor Fair

The Omaha North Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Craft and Vendor Fair March 21st from 10a-3p in the MPC. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Wiemer, Ms. Runyon, or any members of the SkillsUSA Chapter.

Boys & Girls 2020 Viking Soccer Teams

The Viking Soccer Coaches invite all boys and girls out to play high school soccer in 2020,

currently the teams are in the conditioning phase, weight room and 2nd floor cardio fast-feet systems everyday Monday through Thursday.

What you need, to participate in the 2020 High School Soccer:

  • You must have Gold-Card Turned in no later than March 2nd (Goto Athletic Office)
  • You must have Shin-guards
  • Cleats Soccer Shoes (indoor tennis shoes if in MPC)
  • Need Water Bottle
  • Training Shorts & Dark Training Shirt
  • Training Pants optional
  • Warm Gear if Team is training in cold weather

Starting March 2, both boys’ and girls’ teams will begin team tryouts in the MPC after school.

If you have any questions, please see your Soccer Coach.

Boys Coach Koch Ryan.Koch@ops.org

Girls Coach Stanton Jon.Stanton@ops.org

Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Program is a college preparation program for juniors in high school.


Selected students will:

Participate in leadership building and career exploration

Take a UNO college academic course (3-credits) from June 1- July 2, 2020

Experience college life by living on UNO’s campus residence hall for a 5-day stay.

There is NO cost to the student if selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program. Tuition, fees, books, parking permits, etc. will be covered. This is a great opportunity!


To qualify, students must be juniors (when applying) and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale. ANY and ALL students who are juniors in High School and have a minimum 2.75 GPA can apply.


Student can apply online using the link below. Application deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020. Essays must be e-mailed to summerscholars@unomaha.edu by the application deadline. Incomplete application will NOT be considered.

Family STEM Collaboration Night, April 22nd

Omaha North will host a STEM Collaboration night, in conjuction with NE SciFest's showing of Apollo 11. Stop out before the movie for a scavenger hunt through hands-on STEM stations. Stations will include teachers/students of forensic sci, bio, chemistry, comp sci, technology, and math. Each participant will receive a "punch card" for the stations/hunt that will get them a free bag of popcorn for the movie.


Date: Wed., April 22nd

Time: 5p-9p

Location: Omaha North

1st Floor Haddix

2nd Floor Haddix

3rd Floor Haddix

Auditorium (showing of Apollo 11)

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Prom Information

  • The North High 2020 Prom will be held on Saturday, April 25th from 8-11pm. The theme is "The Roaring 20's".
  • Juniors and Seniors may purchase tickets for themselves and a guest. Tickets will go on sale starting April 6th for $20 each.
  • Guest forms for non-North students are available in the main office and must be completed before purchasing a guest ticket.
  • Prom Court Nominations will take place March 19th in Senior Viking Time Classes.
  • To be nominated, students must have a 2.0 GPA, no suspensions, no fines, senior credits, and no failed classes first semester or in the current semester. (Take care of those grades and get those fines paid, Seniors!)
  • Final voting will be held during the week of Prom.

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.

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!

ACT Test Non-Cog Consent Form Info

Parents of Junior Students,


The ACT Test is Tuesday, April 7, 2020.


Please use the link below to submit your Parental Consent for the Non-Test Portion of the ACT. To submit the online form using the link below you will need your student's OPS identification number. If you do not know your student's OPS identification number, it can be found on the Campus Parent Portal. The online consent form will be available until Thursday, February 27, and can only be completed once per household.



www.TinyURL.com/OPSACTconsent

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

Omaha North High Magnet School

If you have information you would like to share in the Omaha North High Magnet School Newsletter, please contact LaDeidre Jackson, ladeidre.jackson@ops.org
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