Welcome Back!

1st Quarter September 2021

Omaha North High Magnet Mission Statement

The mission of Omaha North High Magnet School is to prepare all students for success in life long studies and careers.

A Message from the Principal

Greetings Viking Families,

The 2021-22 School Year is off to a great start. We are so excited to have students in the building engaged in learning and extra-curricular activities! Be sure to keep up with everything by following the Omaha North High Calendar at mhsaaconference.org see the link below. We are proud of our freshman who are getting to the know the building and their team of teachers. Our staff is working hard to provide high quality learning experiences where students have opportunities to collaborate, innovate and communicate!

School Safety is our top priority so we will be reviewing Safety Procedures and conducing safety drills. Your students may also talk to you about “hall sweeps,” which are designed to get students to class on-time. This is another measure to promote safety as well as achievement to ensure students are in their assigned location focused on learning.

As you are aware, we continue to communicate when individuals test positive for COVID-19. While the letters are concerning, remember that as we go about our daily lives, we are exposed to COVID at the local grocery store, restaurants, or other businesses where mask-wearing is optional; however, they are not required to send a notification letter. Additionally, notification of positive results does not necessarily mean that transmission occurred at school.

Please know that students and staff continue to adhere to health & safety guidance including wearing face coverings, frequent handwashing and sanitizing high touch points. Continue to screen students daily before sending them to school. If they are not well, keep them home. Contact the school nurse if your child is awaiting results or tests positive. We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation as we continue to navigate this pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support of the Viking Community. If you have any questions, please contact us at 531-299-2700.

Go Vikings!

North High Magnet School Pictures 2nd Sale

This link is used if your student has already had there picture taken. The username is your email and the password is your students ID number.

School Picture Make-up or Re-takes, September 24th

The username for this link will be your email and the password will be Vikings with a capital V.

Bell Schedule

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Attendance Matters

While we know that attendance at school is important, our district recognizes this is an unprecedented time. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is a high priority. With Omaha Public Schools’ 1 to 1 technology initiative, each student is receiving an internet connected device. Attendance in remote learning will be an expectation throughout our district to monitor engagement.

The secondary instructional day starts at 7:40 a.m. Families are expected to call in their students when they are not able to participate remotely. Please call the Omaha North Attendance Office when your child cannot participate in remote learning. The attendance phone number is 531-299-2708.

Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

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Health & Safety Info

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Technical Assistance for Laptops and Ipads

Please email us at North-ts@ops.org. When explaining your tech issue, please make sure you have contact information (student's first and last names, student number, callback number) in your request so you can get a call back.

How can I reach my counselor at North?

Counselors will be checking in with their assigned students weekly via email. Within that email there is a link to a counselor request form. If you need assistance from your counselor, please follow that link and we will be more than happy to assist you. You can also call the GRC (Guidance Resource Center) at 531-299-7150.

Also, Ms. Visocky, the school social worker, can be reached via phone at 531-299-4020 or email at Monique.visocky@ops.org. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for any needs, basic or personal.

Fall Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is now open for eligible courses through UNO, Midland, and MCC. Links and deadlines are below:

UNO-applydual.unomaha.edu-October 1, 2021

Midland-midlandu.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment/-September 9, 2021

MCC-21FA OPS North.pdf-must be filled out and emailed to April Martin at april.martin@ops.org by September 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm.

Eligible students and guardians should have received an email with information.

Please contact April Martin at april.martin@ops.org or 531-299-7158 with questions or concerns.

Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program

Are you adjusting to the new school year, ok? You may be feeling stressed, anxious, or sad about all the changes happening in your life. You are not alone with all the emotions you may be experiencing.

The Methodist Community Counseling Program provides confidential mental health counseling services by a licensed mental health practitioner right here at Omaha North High Magnet School. Please contact Roxanne Wayne for more information.

Roxanne Wayne MS, LIMHP

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner



Parent & Student Infinite Campus 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 Doretha Webbs-Dale via email at doretha.webbs-dale@ops.org for assistance. Ms.Webbs-Dale can also be reached at 531-299-7103.

Congrats to.....

Congratulations to the 2021 AP Scholars! AP Scholars have earned passing scores on at least three AP exams in their high school career. AP Scholars with Honors have passed at least four AP exams with a minimum average score of 3.25. AP Scholars with distinction have passed at least five AP exam with a minimum average score of 3.5. The following are 2021 North High Scholars:

AP Scholar

Ariana Anchondo

Johnnah Bailey

Henry Emmer

Trevor Gibbons

Virginia Holtzclaw

Isabel Kolb

Hannah Kriegler

Quinton Schievelbein

Nathaniel Schlader

Davion Scott-Bell

Bowen Steffen

Ashton Vukson

Jackson Wynn

AP Scholar with Honor

Teresa Gibbons

Jackson Hatcher

Anne Rogers

AP Scholar with Distinction

Nayera Abdessalam

Zackarea Alhejaj

Micah Gilbert

Karen Hickey

Jackson Long

Sneha Sengupta

Peter Sukstorf

Caiden Williams

Opportunities for Students

Black Student Leadership Council

Black Student Leadership Council has resumed meetings for the 2021-2022 school year! We are currently preparing to represent BSLC during the Homecoming Day Parade, as well as preparing for our annual Ujamaa Day. Please contact John Jackson with any questions at John.Jackson@ops.org.

SkillsUSA Craft Fair Information

The Omaha North High Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Craft/Vendor Fair on Nov. 20th from 9-3 in the Viking Center.

If you are interested in having a booth please contact Jeremy Wiemer via email (jeremy.wiemer@ops.org).

Funds raised from this event will help offset costs for the SkillsUSA Nebraska State Leadership Conference in April.

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Banisters Leadership Academy

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This program is completely free to all children and their families and is centered around teaching leadership skills, and helping youth become leaders in the community. Programming is held during high risk hours, meaning it is on Friday and Saturday nights. At each program day, a hot meal is provided at no cost, and there is a weekly stipend to children for their attendance and participation.

Contact Person:

Jose Rodriguez

Program Support Specialist

Banisters Leadership Academy




Meet our new teachers

Benjamin Schumacher, Math

I want to be a part of a diverse community that is passionate about learning from one another in pursuit of knowledge.

My philosophy is to be a facilitator for students to have their education tailored to their individual needs as much as possible.

Tanya Westbrook, Special Education Department Chair

I am excited to work under great leadership and with amazing staff and students. Over the the years I have heard so many great things about North. I am excited to finally be a part of the great things that are about to happen.

My teaching is to create a positive space that students, administrators, educators, and parents feel they can rely on. I feel it is important to build a relationship with all stakeholders and create a positive culture.

Andrea Laudi, Science

I decided to work at North because I was impressed by its commitment to science as well as its students. As a science teacher, the possible opportunities within a STEM-focused building excite me. I continue to be impressed by the dedication that the faculty and staff show for their students. Student success, both in and out of the classroom, is placed at the forefront of North's mission. Students are why we teach, and I believe that North's student-centered approach will empower me to make the biggest impact on my students.

My teaching philosophy comes from a place of mutual earned respect. I believe that this dynamic, between and among students and educators, begins with relationship-building. Learning is best accomplished in a place where students feel safe and welcome. I hold my students to high expectations but also believe that it is my responsibility to provide them with the tools necessary for success. I hope that my classroom is a space for students to learn about science, explore their interests, and think critically about the world around them.

Siobhan Green, Social Students

When I decided to move to the Omaha area, I choose North after talking with Dr. Nero and Coach Martin because I could tell this was a positive school that would be a great fit for me.

Students learn best when they are the ones doing the work rather than the teacher giving information. In my classroom, I believe in giving students ownership. I encourage students to explore the content and find something in history that they connect with or find interesting. Students develop and practice key 21st century skills that will help them beyond their formal education years.

Natalie Hafner, Art & Digital Design

I chose to teach at North because I enjoy the atmosphere, the diverse student population and the friendly staff . I went to a OPS high-school (Burke) so I feel at home in a big school and I want make it feel like home for my students as well.

My teaching philosophy is student-centered, I truly care about each individual that I have the privilege to teach. My goal is to always help students believe in themselves so they can reach their potential in and outside the classroom.

Steven Kirchner, Social Studies

Omaha North is home for me. I attended high school and won a state championship in wrestling here. I have always held this school and this neighborhood very close to my heart since it is where I am from. I have coached wrestling as an assistant coach at North since 2019. I am excited to take my passion for this community into the classroom!

Omaha North is home for me. I attended high school and won a state championship in wrestling here. I have always held this school and this neighborhood very close to my heart since it is where I am from. I have coached wrestling as an assistant coach at North since 2019. I am excited to take my passion for this community into the classroom!

Matthew Kudlacz, Social Studies

I'm an Omaha native who's lived in other parts of the country for the last 25 years or so. When I decided to relocate to Omaha to pursue a new career in teaching, I knew I would be happiest serving students in a large, diverse, academically-rigorous high school with a rich cultural history and community. North High is, in my estimation, the best example of that in all of OPS. I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to join North's faculty.

I believe that good teaching is premised on a balance between teacher and student concerns. Though I have high academic standards and expectations for my students, I also rely on my reserves of compassion, curiosity and flexibility to meet students where they are. In this, I try to model to my students how one must always strive to adapt as a learner and a person in order to fulfill our potential as human beings.

Tyler Shearer, Social Studies

I student-taught here and loved my experience here at North.

I believe that teachers are obligated to hold their classrooms to the highest expectations for every single student. With hard work, dedication, and perseverance students can rise to any occasion and surmount any task. I also believe the classroom should be a safe environment for all students and that all students should feel safe expressing themselves in a judgement free zone.

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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Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 ((531) 299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9584).