Omaha North High Magnet School

October Edition II

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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.

HDR Visits North High

On Thursday, September 26th, engineers from HDR came and spoke to the freshman engineering classes. Ann W., Josh C., and Gina H. shared with the Introduction to Engineering students information about their career paths and engineering projects with HDR. Student were able to take notes and ask questions over these different careers within the engineering field. More about HDR and their projects can be found at https://www.hdrinc.com/

Omaha North's Digital Journalism Class Partners with Skinner Elementary

Students from Mrs. Schmidt's Digital Journalism class are currently working with 3rd graders from Skinner on a project about "their community." On September 27th, North students went to Skinner to film for the final video. Here, students set up the camera for interviews over the different communities with which they belong.

Round Table Event at HDR

On October 9th, Principles of Engineering students visited Omaha's HDR headquarters to met and understand the communication pathways for a large scale project, specifically the Lake Cunningham Project. Students listened to each member of the team explain his/her role and how they work with others to complete this massive undertaking. Students were then able to speak to the different presenters in small groups about his/her job and role in the project. Students were concerned with conservation, specifically energy use, deforestation, and wild life sustainability.

What's "Newsworthy" in the Audiovisual Class?

The Audio Visual 3-4 students had the opportunity to participate in a “newsworthy” work shop with Elis Estrada, Director of Student Reporting Labs with PBS News Hour. This class is developing their reporting, writing and storytelling skills and with the help of Elis, they have a lot of ideas and are excited to start. In addition to Elis’ visit, the class has been working on rapid responses for the PBS Student News Hour, Corie McC. interviewed several Omaha North students about Pop Culture. Her interview with Alexis H, has been selected to air this month on PBS News Hour Pop Culture montage.

What's happening in Biology?

Samantha M. R. (9) and Isabel K. (9), both in Mr. Anton's Biology class, investigate the rate of respiration in yeast after providing them sucrose using a carbon dioxide detector.

October 22 is PreACT day- No School for 9, 11, and 12 grade students

Again this school year, all sophomores (Grade 10 students) will have the opportunity to take the PreACT. PreACT is modeled after the ACT testing experience but within a shorter test window on four of the ACT test subjects: English, math, reading, and science. This is a great opportunity for students to practice and prepare for taking the ACT in the future. In addition, schools will be able to use results to provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores.

The paper/pencil PreACT test administration date is Tuesday, October 22, 2019. All sophomores are encouraged to take the assessment. The test takes a little over 2 ½ hours and requires an environment with no distractions. As a result, sophomores will be the only students in attendance on that date with dismissal at 1:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Busses will arrive at dismissal. We are excited to offer this opportunity to OPS sophomores.

Omaha North Student Ambassadors

Omaha North Students Ambassadors attended a leadership training hosted by Omaha Public Schools at The Venue. Student Ambassadors are a group of juniors and seniors dedicated to the positive promotion of our school. Seniors Dayton B. and Zachary H., along with program sponsor Amanda Gutierrez, led sessions on public speaking and school tours at the training event. Go Vikings!

2nd Annual Boo Bash

The Omaha North High School Student Council is organizing our second annual ‘Boo Bash,’ a safe Halloween celebration, on October 27 from 1pm to 3pm at Omaha North High School. While we do have a suggested donation of $1 or a non perishable food item, this event is free to the public. Games, face painting, and trick-or-treating will be part of the event. We would invite all of you to attend and spread the word! If you are interesting in hosting a table at the event, please contact michaela.marx@ops.org for more information.

AP Exam Registration

AP exam registration begins Monday, September 16 and will close on Friday, October 18. The exams take place over a two week period in May. This is an opportunity for students to earn college credit for their Advanced Placement courses. Exams cost $98. The cost is $25 for students qualifying the free/reduced lunch program. If you are dual enrolled in an AP course, the dual enrollments fees cover the cost of the exam. Please go to https://www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/281720 to register and pay online! Contact April Martin at april.martin@ops.org with questions.

ACE Scholarship Information

Are you dual enrolling a course through UNO, Midland, or MCC? Do you qualify for free/reduced lunch? If so, apply for the ACE (Access College Early) Scholarship to cover the cost of up to three courses this school year! You will need a copy of your free/reduced lunch letter you received from OPS Nutrition Services. If you no longer have the letter, email Pamela Swanson at pamela.swanson@ops.org to receive a new one. You can apply for the scholarship at

https://ecmp.nebraska.gov/CCPE-ACE/Account/Login. Contact April Martin at april.martin@ops.org with questions.

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

Establishing Good Attendance Habits

Scheduling Appointments and Vacations

  • Remember that there are about 180 school days out of 365 total days in the year. Families are encouraged to take vacations during the ten weeks of summer vacation, two weeks near the holidays, or over the week break in the spring.


  • Schedule appointments after school hours or on the weekend. If you need to schedule an appointment during school hours, consult the school calendar to choose a day when students have the day off.

Parent Engagement Survey

Dear North High Families:


North High Magnet School would like to invite you to participate in a survey for our upcoming Accreditation Engagement Review. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by clicking on the box below. Thanks for your participation!

Upcoming Dates

October 18-AP Exam Registration Closes

Oct 22nd-Pre-ACT

October 24th-Pre-ACT Make-up

21 Days of Kindness Challenge

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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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