Burke Bulldog Weekly Update
Important information and updates for learning
Message from Principal Rasmussen
Dear Burke High Families,
Winter sports competitions are winding down and Spring sports begin official practices on February 26. Best of luck to our boys and girls swimming teams as they prepare for the state finals soon. We also wish our basketball teams good luck as they approach district play. Our state qualifer in wrestling finished his junior year with a 32-4 record. We are looking forward to Phoenix Burt returning to the state championships next year representing the Bulldogs.
Spring Recess is March 11 - March 15 and there is no school for our students during that week. Parent teacher conferences are March 21 and we will be sending out more information about this process very soon.
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).
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.
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 continue through the school year.
If you have questions about school, feel free to contact us at 531-299-2580.
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 2023-2024 school year. We hope you find it to be a valuable resource.
Burke Westview Dance Team Top Ten in Nation!
Congratulations to our Burke Westview Dance Team for earning 9th place in the nation at the UDA National Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida on February 4th! We are proud of what this team has accomplished and they will finish this season as the best OPS Dance team ever!
First Semester Honor Roll Recognitions
Congratulations to our students who earned Honor Roll status in the first semester. We have our display showing students who earned this recognition. To earn honor roll status, students must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA or higher in the first semester. We have Honor Roll (3.0-3.49), Honor Roll with High Honor (3.5-3.99) and Honor Roll with High Distinction (4.0 or higher). We have included a link to access our Honor Roll students.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES SET FOR MARCH 21
We are preparing for our upcoming Spring Parent Teacher Conferences to be held on Thursday, March 21 with virtual and in-person options available. Look for more detailed information soon on how to sign up for virtual conference time or times for in-person conference time.
BURKE PROM SET FOR APRIL 20
Our Junior-Senior Prom will be held at the Creighton Mike and Josie Harper Center (602 North 20th Street) on Saturday, April 20th from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets for Prom will go on sale beginning April 1 - April 18 and the cost is $20 each. Any guest that is not a Junior or Senior from Burke must have a pre-approved form filled out. Guest approval forms will be due by April 18th.
JUNIORS TAKE THE ACT ON APRIL 9
April 9 is our ACT testing day for our Junior students (11th Grade). Only Juniors (11th Grade) will report on Tuesday, April 9th to take the ACT test. This is our state test and our school is rated based upon the scores of our students on this ACT test. We encourage all of our juniors to begin to prepare for the ACT on April 9th. We have included some information to help our students prepare and we are offering ACT prep sessions to be announced soon.
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Set for April 28 at 2:00 p.m.
We are preparing to recognize our National Society members on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. in our auditorium. Inductees and their families will be notified as we approach April.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIORS
Seniors go-to information link from our school counselors is here within the Senior Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/pv6cb
We will include snips of important information as the year progresses.
We have a high number of our senior students and families that have not ordered their cap and gown for graduation. All Cap and Gown orders must be ordered by March 1 to meet our deadline. Orders can be placed at Jostens.com (the easiest and most convenient way) or in the School Traditions store located at 12100 West Center Road Suite 901 in Bell Air Plaza on Tuesday or Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Orders can be taken online at the following link:
2024 Graduation Date Announced
Baxter Arena is located at 2425 S 67th Street
New Cell Phone Expectations Across All Instructional Classes
Dear Burke High Families
The students of the Omaha Public Schools all have been provided an iPad with wifi access to support learning in our classrooms. Our students have become familiar with the use of the iPad and the applications that are available to support learning and are doing a wonderful job. Our teachers and students are utilizing our district provided devices to engage students in learning. These provided devices include safeguards to reduce use for non-school purposes.
The use of cell phones in our classrooms and other personal electronic devices are not needed for instructional purposes and often times create frequent distractions to our students. We are not alone with addressing the challenges that personal cell phones and other electronic devices create in our instructional spaces. We began rolling out cell phone expectations in March of 2023 so most of our students and families understand the expectations for cell phone use.
Beginning this school year, Burke High will implement cell phone expectations and practices in all of our instructional classrooms. We are sending this communication to our families in advance so we can begin to work together to help our students and families have conversations about this new practice.
Classrooms will have a designated area within the room that is safe and visible if a student does not have a backpack or space that will keep their device off their person. Teachers will have professional judgment to determine if access to cell phones will be allowed and beneficial at any point during the instructional time and will communicate those expectations to our students.
The expectation of students entering the classroom is that personal cell phones and non-district electronic devices are put away in their backpack on silent or powered off. These devices should not be visible to the student or teacher. This includes ear buds or headphones.
If a student is accessing a personal electronic device during the instructional period without permission from the teacher, the following sequence of interventions will be applied. Compliance with any step along the way will prevent movement to the next step.
1. Teachers will ask students to place their electronic devices in the designated visible and safe location within the classroom. These will be numbered and align with student seating in the classroom.
2. Teacher will contact the assigned Dean of Students and the device will be collected and held in the Assistant Principal’s office for the remainder of the day. If the student refuses to turn over the device, the student will be removed from the classroom and our school will contact parents/guardians if this intervention is necessary.
3. If habitual non-compliance with these expectations leads to frequent disruptions to learning, teachers will refer the student to his/her administrator to work with the student and family to determine a personalized plan to meet the expectations.
Let us reiterate that our goal is not to confiscate cell phones and create additional power struggles with students and families. Our goal is to preserve the best instructional learning environment that we can and we believe that students will perform better, achieve at higher levels, and have better learning experiences in our classrooms.
This is where we need our parents/guardians help and support. Ensure communication between the parents and students during the school day goes through the attendance office or main office, such as reminders for appointments or changes in plans for after school. Students will still be allowed to use cell phones during passing periods and during the lunch periods, but the timeliness of response from your student may decrease from what you may have experienced in the past. Our attendance office can be reached at 531-299-2588 or via email at Burkeemail@example.com
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns via email (Darren.Rasmussen@ops.org) or phone 531-299-6831. Thank you for supporting Burke High and being a partner in the success of all of our students.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Cell Phone Expectations
Frequently Asked Questions about our Cell Phone Expectations
1. What about smartwatches? Smartwatches should not become a distraction from directing attention to our classroom teachers or classroom learning environment. They should be on silent mode while in classroom instructional spaces. We will work with our families if these devices become a distraction for individual students.
2. Are we requiring students to put cell phones in the classroom pockets upon entering the classroom? No. We are encouraging students to put their phones in their personal bags FIRST. A phone only goes into the wall pocket if they choose OR if the student must be redirected.
3. What about hallways and restrooms? Cell phones must be put away while students are on restroom breaks or on “passes” during the instructional blocks. Cell phones may be used before and after school, during the passing periods throughout the school day and in the cafeteria during lunch times. If students are using their cell phones in the hallways or restrooms during instructional blocks, they will be escorted to their classroom and asked to place their phones in the classroom pocket until the end of that instructional block.
4. What about during Homeroom? Cell phones must be put away during our daily Homeroom advisory time and have the same expectations as our instructional classroom spaces.
5. Can I have my earbuds in while my phone is off? We are asking students to put their earbuds away in a safe space during instructional class times.
6. Can students have cell phones during evacuation drills? Yes, our goal is to reduce distractions and preserve instructional time. Evacuation drills are already a disruption to the instructional time, so using them as a technology break is okay.
7. What if I do not have a backpack to store my cell phone? This would be a great opportunity to use the cell phone pockets within each classroom. Cell phones need to be on silent and out of visible sight of the student and teacher during instructional times, or in the safe, visible space within our classrooms.
8. As a parent, what if I need to get in touch with my child during the school day? Ensure communication between the parents and students during the school day goes through the attendance office or main office, such as reminders for appointments or changes in plans for after school. Students will still be allowed to use cell phones during passing periods and during the lunch periods, but the timeliness of response from your student may decrease from what you may have experienced in the past. Our attendance office can be reached at 531-299-2588 or via email at Burkefirstname.lastname@example.org
9. What if my Ipad is lost or the battery is dead? It will be important for students to charge their Ipads nightly. Charging student Ipads at night should become a routine for students as we have limited charging spaces throughout the day.
Extracurricular Activity Fees Waived for 2023-2024
On Monday, Aug. 7, our Board of Education approved waiving extracurricular
activity fees for the 2023-24 school year. Therefore, all students can receive
an activity card at no charge. Our district will provide each secondary school
with funding to account for this change.
We recommend that families submit an Educational Benefits Form to receive
additional services and benefits they may have previously obtained with the
free and reduced form.
Credit Card Processing Coming Soon to Activities
Beginning this fall, Omaha Public Schools secondary schools will accept credit and debit cards for gate admissions and concessions stands at extracurricular events. We know many of our community members have asked for this service. We are excited to offer this new opportunity to spectators. We appreciate your patience while we work to train our staff and get the proper equipment installed.
Burke Bell Schedule for 2023-2024
2023 - 2024 School Calendar
Academic Support and On-Line Tutoring Now Available
Important Calendar Items
February 19 - No School for President's Day
March 11 - March 15 - Spring Recess (No School for Students)
March 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences; No School for Students
March 22 - No School for students
April 12 - No School for students; Teacher Planning Day
April 20 - Prom held at Creighton University
Free Breakfast and Lunch is provided for all students
Breakfast begins in our school cafeteria as early as 6:55 a.m. and students are assigned a lunch period within their schedule.
Standard Response Protocols for Emergency Situations
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.
Infinite Campus Parent Portal Access
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.