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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~
Wellness Tip
Library News
Nebraska School 7
Activities Association awards
Thank You Veterans
HIigh School
Applications for
Homework Hot- 11
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.
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 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!
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
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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~
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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!
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Cindy Morrissey and
Sherri Robbins
volunteering for the
Supply Drive during Fall
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.
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 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
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
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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
Jackson Abramo
Joshua Baker
Angelika Bull Girls
Cross Country
Taylor Stern
Mariah Laher Girls
Cross Country
Nia Station Girls
Shelby Schneider
Girls Golf
Baylee Bench
Andrew Vasquez
Boys Cross Country
Samantha Simpson
Richard Klaczynsky
Boys Cross Country
Sam Ortgies Boys
Jared Noetzel Boys
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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.
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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.
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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.
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-
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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.
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