Harry A. Burke Newsletter - Burke High School
Harry A. Burke Newsletter Volume I1, Issue IV "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~John F. Kennedy~ INSIDE THIS ISSUE: November: 1 DECA FOCUS 3 PTO 4 Yearbook Wellness Tip Library News 6 Nebraska School 7 Activities Association awards ACE 8 Thank You Veterans 9 HIigh School Applications for 2016-2017 10 Homework Hot- 11 line Calendar November/December 2015 Senior Vice President of Marketing Maddy McPhillips, was named the Nebraska State DECA Member of the Month for her outstanding contributions to Burke's DECA Chapter as an academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader. We are all very proud of Maddy and her accomplishments in the classroom, on the basketball court, in the community, and as a representative of Burke DECA! Nov 7 - First-year DECA students from the Omaha-metro area visited Burke High School to compete in Nebraska DECA's Jr. Invite competition. Seventeen first-year Burke DECA students put their knowledge, creativity and communication skills to the test against 500 other Omaha-metro students. Juniors Katie King and Brooke Schmidt, Tyler Bolte and Jake Re, Destiny Chitordom and Bailey Parsons all placed in the Top 8 of their respective team events. Nov 9 - Seniors Natalie Albracht and Sydney Baylor organized a 6-on-6 Volleyball tournament for all Burke Staff and Students. The event was a great success with 16 teams participating in the single-elimination tournament. Unfortunately, the staff/faculty team of Cassie Benzel, Dania Freudenberg, Kevin Kobs, LeAnn Larreau, Kris Lydon, and Jason Williams proved to be too much for the competition. They won! They took the crown, losing only one game the entire tournament. Nov 20-22 - Twenty-two Burke DECA students traveled to Kansas City, MO to attend the 2016 Central Region Leadership Conference. The 3-day conference allowed students to truly experience a professional development conference, attend seminars with Kansas City-area professionals, as well as attend the NCAA College Basketball Experience. Senior Vice President of Leadership Leah Whaley's role play was recognized for top honors among the 1,800 students in attendance. Page 2 Harry A. Burke Newsletter December: Nov 30Dec 11 - Seniors Bailee Bench, Molly Jackson, and Maddy McPhillips, along with Springville Elementary and Beveridge Middle Schools are collecting new and gently used books to donate to schools in Namibia, Africa. Burke DECA needs the community's financial assistance as shipping heavy boxes of books to Africa comes at a significant cost. Any and all financial donations are greatly appreciated. Please contact Mr. Dalton at Burke for details. Dec 7-11 - Seniors Carah Criner, Alexa Petri, and Emily Washer are partnering with the Omaha Police Department's Blue Knights to raise money for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree. The money raised will be used to purchase toys for children in the Omaha-metro area who are in need. The goal is to raise $2,000.00, with the project concluding at the Varsity Basketball game on December 11th. Dec 9 - Burke DECA will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Hy-Vee on 132nd & Dodge from 4-8pm. Please stop by, say hello, and help support the Salvation Army's cause to help those in need! January: Jan 16 - Burke DECA will participate at the Metro District competition held at Millard South. Over 700 students will compete against one another, putting their problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills to the test. We are expecting to build on our success from the Jr. Invite and have more students represent Burke DECA on the awards stage.. Jan 18-22 - Thirty-five Burke DECA students will travel to New York City to experience grandiose levels of marketing. While there, students will learn from professionals in nearly every industry; a Broadway producer, a Restaurateur, a Sports Illustrated sales agent and an Entrepreneur to name a few. We will also go behind the scenes of NBC Studios, Madison Square Garden, and Macy's to learn how different businesses must compete for customers. Of course, we will also take in the sites and entertainment; Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway productions of Wicked and The Lion King, and an NBA game. Volume I1, Issue IV November/December 2015 Page 3 On November 9th, Burke had the privilege to be visited by four original Freedom Writers of The Freedom Writer's Diary by Erin Gruwell. They shared their background stories, as well as the impact Miss Gruwell and the Freedom Writers had on their lives. It was an inspiring and motivational assembly to all students who attended. The next night, a screening of them Freedom Writer's documentary was screened at UNO. Erin Gruwell and some of the same Freedom Writers were there as well to talk about their journey and answer questions. Nearly 200 Burke sophomores had the privilege to listen to each speaker's entertaining stories. It was no doubt a great experience for all students in attendance. ~Written by: Katherine Worden and Isaac Lawrence (FOCUS Sophomores)~ November 13th, the FOCUS Juniors were invited to Gallup, a local data collection company in Omaha, to partake in their nationally-recognized StrengthsFinder Assessment. Through this assessment, the 34 Juniors discovered that out of the 30-plus strengths, which five were most prevalent in their personalities. Afterwards, the two Gallup employees assisting the students, Kurt Siebert and Anna Jurgens, provided a tour of Gallup's facilities. ~ Article by Casey Hobbs~ Page 4 Harry A. Burke Newsletter On Thursday, November 12th, Malorie Maddox of local news station WOWT, came to Burke High School to talk to the FOCUS program in our 21st Century Communications class. She taught us how we can make our media and Burke in FOCUS News better as we continue through our sophomore year by being more comfortable talking in the interviews we do with other people. Malorie talked about the good and the bad points of social media use for news stations. She knows how involved we are on Twitter or on Facebook so she showed us most of her popular tweets or trending posts. Everyone enjoyed listening to her speak and sharing her wisdom on broadcasting. She did a story about our class on the 10pm WOWT news can be seen on the FOCUS Twitter page, @BurkeFOCUS. ~Article by: Chris Honz~ Over 200 people supported Burke PTO by attending Burke Bash on November 20th. Guests included parents and grandparents of current and former Burke students, former and current staff, school board members, alumni, and community members. The evening included dinner, silent and oral auctions, music by Brad and Barry Felten, and a short program lead by Master of Ceremonies, Brad Ericson. Thanks to Brad F., Barry, and Brad E. for sharing your talents! Also, thank you to the following fabulous committee chairs: Sharon Kirshenbaum, silent/oral auction; Karen Musgjerd, marketing & promotions; Gretchen Hites, invitations; Jane Herman, nominations; Jill Idelman, checkin/out; Kelly Cate, Champions liaison/ MC/entertainment; and Rhonda Schmidt, decorations. Final numbers are not in yet, but Burke Bash proceeds are expected to surpass $27,000. A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended or donated auction items! Volume I1, Issue IV November/December 2015 Cindy Morrissey and Sherri Robbins volunteering for the Supply Drive during Fall Parent-Teacher Supply Drive at Parent Teacher Conferences Thank you to all parents and families who provided supplies for our teachers at Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 5th. The Burke PTO collected boxes of tissue, dry erase markers, disinfecting wipes and $160.50 to purchase additional classroom supplies. The winners of the drawing were Jennifer and Jim Wiehe. One of the main missions of PTO is to support the hard work and dedication of the amazing staff at Burke. One way we provide support is by funding classroom purchases that might otherwise be paid for out-of-pocket. Examples of grant items include but are not limited to supplemental reading materials, individual white boards, science lab kits, art supplies, music, set props, applied learning expenses/field trips, reward items, etc. The Burke PTO has budgeted $12,650 for the 2015 -2016 school year for staff grants. Page 5 Page 6 Harry A. Burke Newsletter Senior Portrait submissions are due January 11th. Submit an electronic copy to: [email protected] Parents can order senior ads online at yearbookforever.com. There are different sizes and design options. Preserve a memory for your senior forever. For more information email: [email protected] . Staying fit during the Holidays doesn't mean you have to give up the turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce, but it does involve understanding the trade-offs involved in your choices, and making decisions that maintaining a healthy balance. Try these to help: Eat Smart-Find a healthy new dish or two, make it, bring it to holiday gatherings. Get Plenty of Physical Activity-Try to burn some extra calories by blocking off some time for walking, biking, or going to the gym. Get "Quality" Rest- Enjoy your time off, don't jam it full of activities. Wake up without the alarm clock for a day. Did you know that your student can download a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 directly to your home computer through their Office 365 account? All you need to do is have your student log into their account on the computer onto which you would like to download the program and follow the directions at the top of the page. They get up to five downloads, so you can put it on any computer they use. If they download and use MS Office at home, the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint projects they create will have no problem opening on school computers. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this awesome opportunity! Any questions, please see Mrs. McCune in the library. Another great opportunity to open a dialogue between you and your student about computer usage is through Common Sense Media. CSM is full of great ideas and information that can help parents work with their students to become better digital citizens. Check it out at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ Don't forget to bring your Hy-Vee receipts to the library. Now through the end of December, any Hy-Vee receipt you bring in means more money for us to purchase books. We appreciate your help! November Burke Library News https://sway.com/ApHcSYEEnpbAb9dc Volume I1, Issue IV Page 7 November/December 2015 Congratulations to the following students who received the Nebraska School Activities Association award for academic and activity excellence for fall activities: Madlyn Christiansen Volleyball Jackson Abramo Football Joshua Baker Football Angelika Bull Girls Cross Country Taylor Stern Softball Mariah Laher Girls Cross Country Nia Station Girls Golf Shelby Schneider Girls Golf Baylee Bench Softball Andrew Vasquez Boys Cross Country Samantha Simpson Volleyball Richard Klaczynsky Boys Cross Country Sam Ortgies Boys Tennis Jared Noetzel Boys Tennis Page 8 Harry A. Burke Newsletter Can I apply for ACE (Access College Early) Scholarship? If I qualify for ACE, how do I know when my scholarship has been awarded? When are the deadlines to apply for ACE? Fall deadline (first semester classes): December 15, 2015 Spring deadline (second semester classes): November 15 (opens) and ends May 15, 2016 OR when funds run out. Volume I1, Issue IV November/December 2015 Some Heroes Some heroes stand on the battlefield, shouldering a gun. They look into the eyes of death, and never think to run. Some heroes work behind the scenes, a quiet trail they blaze. Putting honor and country first, and never seeking praise Some heroes choose to protect, accepting sacrifice. Shouldering duty for strangers, and paying the ultimate price. Reserve, retired, or active, you’re heroes one and all. We thank you for your service, and answering your Country’s call. Page 9 Page 10 Harry A. Burke Newsletter HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-2017 The Student Assignment Plan allows current ninth through eleventh grade students the opportunity to apply to any OPS high school for the 2016-2017 school year. Space availability will determine eligibility. Students may always remain at their current schools, or they are guaranteed placement at their home attendance area high school if the school is selected in January. TRANSPORTATION : The magnet schools of North, Northwest, & South High provide transportation to their home attendance area students when a student resides more than three miles from the school. Transportation is also provided to Northwest High for students residing in the Burke/Northwest Dual Home Attendance area. Should a student wish to attend a non-home attendance school, transportation will depend on socio-economic integration and distance from the school. OPEN HOUSE: If your student is interested in a new school placement for next year, we suggest attending Open Houses held at the high schools. The schedule is: Benson High 5120 Maple St. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 1:00-3:00 p.m. Bryan High 4700 Giles Road Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Burke High 12200 Burke Blvd. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Central High 124 North 20th St. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 2:00-4:00 p.m. North High 4410 North 36th St. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 2:00-4:00 p.m. Northwest High 8204 Crown Pt. Ave. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. South High 4519 South 24th St. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Career Center 3230 Burt St. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 10:00 a.m.-noon High School applications will be available at your current school on January 19th. They are due back to your school on January 25th. Carefully consider transportation and curriculum offered, as your student will be committed to his/her choice for the 2016-2017 school year. If an application form is not returned, the student will remain at the current school for the entire 2016-2017 school year. If you have questions regarding the Omaha Public Schools Student Assignment Plan or the School Application process, please call the Student Placement Office at 557-2710. La versión del Plan de Asignación Estudiantil permite que los actuales estudiantes de noveno hasta onceavo año asistan a cualquier preparatoria de OPS el próximo año escolar, si esta fue elegida durante el período de selección y siempre y cuando haya espacio disponible. Los estudiantes pueden permanecer en sus actuales escuelas o se les garantiza el cupo en una escuela preparatoria de su área de domicilio si la escuela fue seleccionada en enero. TRANSPORTE (Póliza actual: cualquier cambio será comunicado): Por favor tenga en cuenta que los estudiantes pueden ser elegibles para recibir transporte para algunas, pero no todas las preparatorias. El transporte será proporcionado a algunas preparatorias cuando el estudiante vive a más de una milla de la preparatoria a la que se transfirió, se integra a la escuela basado en su estado socioeconómico y selecciona esta escuela durante el tiempo de selección. La información sobre el estado socioeconómico del estudiante debe ser proporcionado en el formulario de selección para poder determinar su elegibilidad de transporte. Se proporciona transporte a las escuelas preparatorias Magnet del Norte, Noroeste y Sur, de su área de residencia, cuando el estudiante vive a más de tres millas de estas escuelas. También se proporciona transporte a los estudiantes que viven en el área doble de Burke/Northwest y que asistan a la Preparatoria Northwest. CASA ABIERTA: Si su hijo(a) está interesado(a) en asistir a una escuela nueva para el próximo año, le sugerimos que asista a las “Open House” que se llevarán a cabo en las preparatorias. El horario es: Benson High 5120 Maple St. Domingo, 10 de enero, 2016 1:00-3:00 p.m. Bryan High 4700 Giles Road Jueves, 7 de enero, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Burke High 12200 Burke Blvd. Martes, 5 de enero, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Central High 124 North 20th St. Sábado, 9 de enero, 2016 2:00-4:00 p.m. North High 4410 North 36th St. Domingo, 10 de enero, 2016 2:00-4:00 p.m. Northwest High 8204 Crown Pt. Ave. Martes, 12 de enero, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. South High 4519 South 24th St. Jueves, 14 de enero, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. Career Center 3230 Burt St. Sábado, 23 de enero, 2016 10:00 a.m.-noon La Escuela Secundaria las aplicaciones estarán disponibles en su escuela actual de 19 enero. Son debido a su escuela en 25 enero. SELECCIÓN DE ESCUELA: Por favor considere cuidadosamente el transporte y el plan de estudios que se ofrece, ya que el estudiante estará comprometido a su selección durante todo el año escolar 2016-2017. Si no se solicita o se entrega el formulario de selección, el estudiante permanecerá en su actual escuela todo el año escolar 2016-2017. Si se selecciona una escuela diferente, el estudiante permanecerá todo el año escolar 2016-2017 en la escuela selec- Volume I1, Issue IV December 10th Winter Instrumental Music Concert November/December 2015 December 16th Even Day Final Exams December 18th Odd Day Final Exams December 18th End of 1st Semester Second Quarter December 21January 1st Winter Recess Page 11 January 5th First Day of School 2016 We are on the web: Burke.ops.org Thank you to all of the Burke High School family; parents/guardians, students, staff, alumni, partners in education, and OPS Board of Education for your support of the Omaha Public Schools and Burke High School.