Burke Bulldog Weekly Update

Important information and updates for learning

Message from Principal Rasmussen

Dear Burke High Families,

This first week of February has our teachers involved in a Curriculum Day of professional development on Friday, February 3. There will be no school for our students on this day. In addition, for advanced planning purposes, there will be no school on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day.

Spring Recess is around the corner and that week is March 13 through March 17th. There will be no school for our students during that week.

A shout out to our Boy's Bowling team for placing 2nd in the Metro Conference tournament and are heading into district play as one of the top teams in the state. Best of luck to both our boy's and girl's bowling teams as they prepare for districts and potentially state competition.

Our Unified Basketball team won the championship at the Special Olympics tournament this past week. We are very proud of our inclusive school and take pride in being inclusive. Throughout the school year, our students and student-athletes have supported our students in Unified experiences.

Our fist semester honor roll is on display in the hallway near room 153. Students who have achieved with at least a 3.0 grade point average or above are listed on the display. Congratulations to our students who continue to excel in the classroom.

We are sharing within this update our Remote Weather Learning Schedule that we will utilize in the event school is closed due to weather and our district calls for a "Remote Learning Day". It is beginning to get colder and those days are coming.

Strive for 95 is our district focus​ and effort to increase the number of students reaching 95% attendance or higher (missing 9 days or less throughout the school year).

As the effects of the pandemic continue to impact the nation, school districts and leaders paying close attention to attendance is more crucial than ever. How students recover socially, emotionally and academically depends upon being present and actively engaged in learning at school. Research states that students who miss less than nine days of school each year are more likely to stay engaged, be successful and remain on track to graduate. Chronic absence (missing 10% or more of school) is an early warning sign that students are at risk of not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, struggling academically in middle school and dropping out of high school. Attend. Aspire. Graduate.

Parents have been receiving email communications home from our school about their child(s) daily attendance. We want all of our students to be on-time to classes and have good daily attendance. This is an extra step we are taking to communicate with our families and to reinforce a partnership between the school and home.

As always, we have an open door here at Burke High School and value your feedback. It will be important for all of us to stay connected as we approach the start of a new school year.

If you have questions about school, feel free to contact us at 531-299-2580.

Go Bulldogs!

We are providing updated information to this link weekly to help keep our students and families informed of information related to Burke High School and student learning for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Burke Boy's Bowling Metro Runner-Up

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Unified Basketball

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Academic Support and On-Line Tutoring Now Available

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Summer Internships for OPS Students!

Are you 16 years old or older and want to work with students? We have a great opportunity for summer internships working with students in our summer learning program. See the flyer below if you are interested. Flexible times with morning or afternoons available. There is a QR code to apply!
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No School February 3 - Curriculum Day

There will be no school on Friday, February 3 for our teacher curriculum day.

No School February 20 - President's Day

There will be no school on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day

Remote Learning Schedule for Winter Weather Closure

We will keep this schedule here for your reference when our district call for a remote learning day due to weather. This schedule is what our students will follow for those snowy days when the roads are too treacherous to travel and our district calls for remote learning. It's always important to keep our district provided devices with us at home and carry them to and from school fully charged. We've attached a downloadable attachment for your reference.
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Advanced Academics Funding for Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement

We are excited to announce that the Omaha Public Schools will provide Advanced Academic support to pay for all tuition and fees for students who wish to enroll in Dual Enrollment courses. The district will also pay the fee to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May for all Advanced Placement courses. Our goal is that more students take advantage of these opportunities.

The Omaha Public Schools is proud to offer many advanced academic offerings for students in each our high schools. Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Exams provide students the opportunity to earn college credit or college placement while they are in high school. Students who graduate with college credits are often able to save significant amounts of time and money when they enter college. See informational flyers and information below.

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Burke Bell Schedule

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District Calendar for 2022-2023

We have included the most recent district calendar that reflects the opening days of the 2022-2023 school year in addition to non-school days.
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Burke Student Handbook for 2022-2023

We are including our student handbook within this memo as a reference throughout the school year. It is also located on our school website.

Is it an Odd Day or Even Day Schedule? We've got you covered here

As you look at the calendar of Odd/Even days below, please know that RED is and ODD day and BLUE is an EVEN day. No School days are highlighted in YELLOW.
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Important Calendar Items

February 3: No School; District Curriculum Day for teachers

February 20: No School; President's Day

Burke Graduation Dates are set for 2023

Burke High School will have our commencement on Wednesday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Baxter Arena. Burke High School students will not have school on this day so our staff can support our commencement with our seniors! Go Bulldogs!
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Important Information for Seniors

It will be important for us to stay connected with our seniors throughout the school year. Cap and Gown Packets were distributed to seniors on Monday, August 22. Cap, Gown, and Tassels are all that is required. These items and others for purchase can be ordered from School Traditions at 12100 West Center Road. Hours are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cap and Gown orders were due by October 26th. All items can be ordered at Jostens.com See graphic below for details.
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Free Breakfast and Lunch is provided for all students

We are pleased to inform our families that free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all of our students for the 2022-2023 school year. If students wish to purchase additional items, money can be deposited into school lunch accounts or students can pay with cash.

Breakfast begins in our school cafeteria as early as 6:55 a.m. and students are assigned a lunch period within their schedule. We ask all students to wear a face covering in the cafeteria if they are not actively eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances and lunch lines. Disinfecting tables between lunches will take place.

Standard Response Protocols for Emergency Situations

We are sharing our Standard Response Protocols for emergency situations. School safety is everyone's responsibility. We will be having discussions and practice drills for all of the situations outlined within our Standard Response Protocols.

  • Safety is everyone's responsibility!

    If you or someone you know is in need of support, or you would like to report a safety concern, Safe2Help Nebraska Hotline is available 24/7 at 531-299-SAFE or Safe2Help Nebraska.

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Infinite Campus Parent Portal Access

Infinite campus has been with us for many years and the opportunities to connect with our school will be increasing through the parent campus portal. OPS is adding opportunities for on-line payments and updating personal information such as addresses and phone numbers. Most of our students who attend Burke have access to the student portal. Having access to the parent campus portal requires and activation code that only our school can provide. We are attaching a couple of documents that can assist with downloading Infinite Campus Parent onto your devices. Please contact 531-299-2580 for assistance in getting the activation code once you feel comfortable with it and are at that point. We are here to help.
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Online Payment Options within Omaha Public Schools

Online Payment is a reliable and secure electronic payment processing solution for fees and fines transactions. The Infinite Campus Online Payment has been launched and parents or guardians can set up a payment method and select fees to pay through their Campus Parent Portal account.

Parents or guardians must have a Campus Parent account to do this. If a parent or guardian needs to set up their account, they should contact their child's school. Please contact our school at 531-299-2580 for information on setting up the Campus Parent Portal Account if you haven't done so.