Burke Bulldog Remote Learning

Important information and updates during remote learning

Message from Principal Rasmussen

Bulldog students and families;

Our district announced this week that we will begin phasing to return to in-person learning. We look forward to seeing our students in our building learning along with us. As we approach October 19, we encourage you to follow any announcements from our district communications department on a safe return to in-person learning. We are attaching links to the latest district information and communications within this newsletter.


We had a great week here at Burke High School as we continue remote learning. We have been highlighting our outstanding programs and opportunities through social media outlets and our school website. Please check into those platforms to see the happenings of the week.


We are providing updated information to this link weekly to help keep our students and families informed of information related to remote learning and the return to in-person learning at Burke High School.

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IPads and 1:1 Technology - The Ipads have arrived! Distribution Dates

Our Ipads have arrived the afternoon of September 18th. We are prepping these devices and will begin mass communications on distribution days by grade level. Please look for emails and school messages on our upcoming distribution dates the week of September 21-25.

We ask families with multiple siblings to come on the date of the youngest sibling for check out.


iPad Distribution Plan


** Seniors who are taking the ACT; You can pick up your Ipad at the end of your ACT test in the main gym ** Seniors may drop off their HP Stream and charging cord upon arrival to the ACT test.


Tuesday, September 22: 10th Grade Ipad Distribution from 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

* Bring your HP Stream and charging cord for return; Electronic Device Agreement if you have not completed it prior; and $20 cash or check if you wish to purchase insurance on the Ipad.


Wednesday, September 23: 11th Grade Ipad Distribution from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

* Bring your HP Stream and charging cord for return; Electronic Device Agreement if you have not completed it prior; and $20 cash or check if you wish to purchase insurance on the Ipad.


Thursday, September 24: 12th Grade Ipad Distribution from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. AND any other grade that has not picked up an IPad.

* Bring your HP Stream and charging cord for return; Electronic Device Agreement if you have not completed it prior; and $20 cash or check if you wish to purchase insurance on the Ipad.


Each student will receive an Ipad, charging cord and cube.

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Remote Learning Daily Schedule for September 21 - 25

We have developed a remote learning schedule for all of our students. This will be on an ODD and EVEN day rotation.

Monday, September 21: Odd Day

Tuesday, September 22: Senior ACT Day; No School for 9th-11th Grade; 10th Grade Ipad Distribution 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.**Seniors taking the ACT can pick up their Ipad following the ACT in the main gym.

Wednesday, September 23: Odd Day ***Note this is an ODD DAY; 11th Grade Ipad Distribution 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24: Even Day; 12th Grade Ipad Distribution 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 25: Odd Day

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Attendance Procedures in Remote Learning

For the first couple of weeks, we recognized that we all were getting connected in this remote environment and working out any technical issues along the way. We feel confident enough now to begin tracking student attendance, tardies to classes, and addressing truancy issues with individual students and families. Regular school attendance is crucial to the development and education of students, and this is especially true during remote learning.


All students should be logged into their device and first block class at 7:40 a.m. and preparing for their first block class. This time is the official start to the school day.


If your student will be absent, even for remote learning, please contact our school attendance secretaries before 7:40 a.m. each day. If you leave a voicemail or email, please include your student's name and the reason for the absence. We appreciate your partnership and support and look forward to learning together in person soon.


Email addresses for attendance:

Cindy.Shulewitz@ops.org

Melanie.Pistillo@ops.org


Burke High School Attendance Phone Numbers:

531-299-2588

Burke High School Fax Number for Medical Notes:

531-299-2619

Senior ACT test date set for Tuesday, September 22

Burke High School seniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT on Tuesday, September 22. This will be an "in-person" testing day for our senior Bulldogs. There will be no remote learning for students in grades 9, 10, or 11 on September 22. This is due to the need to have our teaching staff help proctor the ACT test and help us all maintain social distancing guidelines in our testing environments. This is a free ACT test that all senior Bulldogs are already registered for and encouraged to participate. Additional details will be coming to our seniors as we approach September 22. Questions can be directed to Kathleen.Mauseth@ops.org
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PSAT Scheduled for October 14

Announcing the PSAT

The Omaha Public Schools encourages participation for college bound students in the Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October. Participating in the PSAT/NMSQT test opportunity is optional and provides the following:

  • Practice for College entrance exams
  • Strategies to improve your standardized test scores.
  • Comparison of your scores to other college bound students
  • Possible recognition from the College Board for Hispanic and African American students (juniors only).
  • Eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program competition (juniors only).

Test Date: Wednesday October 14, 2020

Location: Burke High School

Time: 7:40 – 12:00

Cost: $20.00* this includes all processing fees

*Juniors who qualify can receive a fee waiver. Please indicate your eligibility in the registration; your registration will be paused until your eligibility is confirmed.

Registration: www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/281716

If you have a total Registration account from AP exams you will use the same account.

Deadline: Registration is limited to the first 100. Please register by Friday Sept 11th.

A late fee of $3.00 will be assessed for registrations after Sept 11th, 11:59PM. No registration will be accepted after 8:00AM on September 15th.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Student schedules are available to view through our Infinite Campus Parent/Student portal. The parent portal provides families and students opportunities to check grades, missing assignments, attendance,, view student schedules and many other features. If families or students do not have access to the parent portal, we ask that you contact Nyla Bodfield via email at nyla.bodfield@ops.org for assistance. Ms. Bodfield can also be reached at 531-299-3928.

How do I access my classes with an IPad or a Laptop Computer?

For detailed information on how to access your classes using an Ipad or a laptop computer, download the document that best meets your needs.

Here is a link for more information

https://www.smore.com/kgs3m

We have also included documents to download for future reference.

Family Support Center to be held at Morton Middle School

Attendance and participation in remote learning is extremely important. The Omaha Public Schools is providing in-person assistance for our families to meet one-on-one with technical support, nutritional services, counselors and other district staff. The family support centers at Beveridge Middle, Bryan Middle, and Skinner Magnet will no longer be available. Morton Middle School will be the centralized location. Morton is located at 4606 Terrace Dr, Omaha, NE 68134


This family support center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the following days:

Monday, September 21

Monday, September 28

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Are you struggling with remote learning or coping with all the changes?

Burke has a Community Counselor available to provide both in-person and telehealth counseling services to support you and your families during this difficult time. Visit www.bestcare.org/CCP to complete paperwork or contact the counselor directly for more information. Need immediate assistance? There is also a covid-19 emotional support talk line with counselors available Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

Shelly Taylor, LCSW, LIMHP

Burke High School 531-299-2586

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

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School-Based Health Centers are available to all OPS Students

The Omaha Public Schools has 4 school-based health centers that are available and open for all Omaha Public Schools students. As a result of Covid-19, we know many parents have experienced concerns about taking their children to the doctor. Vaccinations, physicals and health screenings are more important now than ever. School-based health centers are located at Bryan High School, Indian Hill Elementary, Liberty Elementary, and Spring Lake Elementary. Families can call and schedule an appointment at 402-734-4110.

Parental Resources and supports during Covid-19

Check out the following information for resources to support learning during Covid-19. The below resources may offer help in supporting parents who may need to continue to work from home, while also helping their children with remote learning or finding alternative childcare solutions.

Omaha Public Schools District Calendar

We are attaching the latest district calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.
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Important Dates At A Glance

September 22: ACT Day for Seniors (in person); No School for 9-10-11th grade students. Seniors taking the ACT may pick up their Ipad in our main gym following the ACT.

September 22: 10th Grade Ipad Distribution 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

September 23: 11th Grade Ipad Distribution 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

September 24: 12th Grade Ipad Distribution 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

October 8: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Virtual); No School for students. More details to follow

October 9: No School for students/Teacher Work Day

October 16 End of First Quarter

October 19: Return to Family 3/2 in-person learning