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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

APRIL-MAY 2009

As we head into the final stretch of the 2008-2009 school year, I want to emphasize the importance of having our students finish on a strong and positive note. With the weather warming, some students have a tendency to lose their academic focus. Now is the time to really encourage your kids to maintain their dedication to their school work and their cooperative school spirit. Thanks in advance for helping to ensure a smooth 4th quarter academically, socially, and behaviorally for your sons and daughters. We have just wrapped up a successful winter activities season. We wish to thank our coaches, parents, and community for their support. Now, as we transition to our spring activities season, I strongly encourage you to continue to support our student-athletes, coaches, and sponsors. On a related note, I want to update our community on our ongoing Millard North school improvement process. Currently, four Site Based Planning Action Teams, comprised of students, staff members, and parents, are supporting our school by addressing four new strategies. Strategy number one reads: “We will develop and implement plans to engage members of the MNHS community to create a positive learning environment.� I would like to invite any parents and/or community members to join our new parent association. If interested, please contact Mrs. Susan McGillick at 778-0788/ MS4Mcfly@aol.com. We are excited about re-constituting our parent group, and we strongly encourage you to get involved and get connected! Our final exam schedule has been tentatively set. Unless we have additional snow days, final exams will be completed in May. Exams for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be on Thursday, May 28th. Periods 2, 4, 6, 0/8 will have finals on Friday, May 29th. The final exam schedule leading up to graduation may be adjusted for seniors. More details on exams and the last day of school later. Also, I wanted to remind all seniors and their families that our Graduation date is Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 1 PM at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Graduation information is included in this newsletter. Finally, Summer School will be held here at Millard North High School from Wednesday, June 10th through Tuesday, July 14th. Details can be found on the District website @ www.mpsomaha.org and click on Summer School. Enjoy your spring! Brian Begley Principal bbegley@mpsomaha.org

Millard North High School MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Millard North, an internationally respected high school, is to guarantee that all students, through multiple opportunities and personalized support, master the skills necessary for lifelong learning and responsible decision making in order to live and compete in a global society.


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Index ELO Testing ....................3 Prom ................................3 AP Testing ......................4 Senior Banquet ................5 Student Meds ..................5 Spanish Club ...................5 State Language Fair ........5 Art Exhibits .....................6 Metrolpolitan Writing .....6 JEA Winners ...................7 Yearbook ........................8 Class Recognition ...........8 Choral Music ...................8 IB-MYP ..........................9 IB ..................................10 Forensics .......................11 Band ..............................12 Amnesty International ...14 Counselor’s Corner .......15 Lunch Money ................16 Honors English..............16 Graduation Info .............17 Sports Medicine ............19 Athletics ........................19 Stadium Chairs ..............21 Town Hall Meeting .......22 ADHD Parent Group .....23 Tornado Safety ..............23 Car Decals & Plates ......24 Luggage Tags ................26 AfterProm .....................28 Calendar ........................29 PAYBAC Partners ........29

ATTENDANCE: 715-1223 (Use this number to report absences, call students in late, appointments, or phone messages) SPORTS SCHEDULES: www.highschoolsports.net LUNCH MONEY: www.mylunchmoney.com PARENT ACCESS: www.mpsomaha.org MNHS: www.mpsomaha.org/mnhs/

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT 715-1379 A - Che Chi - E Fa - Hol Hom - Lun Lup - Peters Petersen - Sp Sr - Z Special Projects

Laurie Stackhouse Vince Lenz Carmen Hippen Loel Schettler Vicki Griffin Jodi Therkelsen Andy Hahn Robin Breedlove

MNHS School Improvement Team Mary Bayne-Teacher Maurice Green-Student Brian Begley-Principal Beth Johnson-Teacher Mark Brunetti-Parent Julia Kolander-Teacher Jen Carson-Teacher Joe-Ann Moser-Student Tracy Cox-Teacher/Parent John Olson-Parent Jay Dostal-Assistant Principal Mark Pilkington-Teacher Katie Ehly-Paraprofessional Darci Schulz-Parent Jill Fialla-Secretary Don Thorson-Parent

Millard Board of Education

Millard North Administration

Dave Anderson Brad R. Burwell Julie Kannas Mike Kennedy Mike Pate Linda Poole Keith Lutz, Superintendent

Mr. Brian Begley, Principal Mr. Jay Dostal, Assistant Principal Mr. Kelley Hood, Activities Director Mr. Bill Jelkin, Assistant Principal Ms. Susan Marlatt, Assistant Principal Mr. Chad Zimmerman, Assistant Principal


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ELO TESTING 2008-2009 General Assessment Schedule Reading ELO (9th Grade Only) Math ELO (10th Grade Only)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2008-2009 Re-testing Assessment Schedule (Juniors & Seniors Only)

Community invited to presentation on substance abuse Millard West High School is hosting a presentation on substance abuse on Tues., April 14, 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Robert Stutman, a national expert, will talk about the age at which kids generally start using drugs and alcohol, what parents can do about it, and what the new drugs of choice among teenagers are. This free presentation is open to parents, staff, and the community (ages 18 and over).

PROM The Junior Class Board will be hosting prom this year on Saturday, May 9th, from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. in the Junior Ballroom at the Qwest Center. Tickets will be sold in the concession stand at lunch during the two weeks preceding prom for $21.00 each. Students will be given a key chain which serves as their ticket to the dance. All juniors will receive a formal invitation during Mustang Time on Friday, April 17th and senior invitations will be mailed to their homes. Coronation of royalty is traditionally held at 10:00 p.m. and parents are welcome to attend! We look forward to what we know will be an evening of unforgettable memories and hope to see you there! Please note that there is a $6.00 fee per car for parking at the Qwest so plan accordingly.


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Advanced Placement Testing Registration for Advanced Placement May testing ends on March 6th. All students who are enrolled in an Advanced Placement course are encouraged to take the exam. This exam is a good indicator of how a student will perform at the college level. The cost is $86 per exam. The Millard Public Schools Foundation and the Millard Public Schools are offering financial support for students who cannot afford to pay the initial cost for Advanced Placement速 exams. Scholarship forms are available in the 9-12 office. UNO dual enrollment students are required to take the AP exam and will not incur a cost for the exam.

2009 Exams Schedule Week 1 Morning Session 8 a.m. Monday, May 4 Tuesday, May 5

Afternoon Session 12 noon Comparative Government and Politics French Language

Computer Science AB Spanish Language

Statistics

Wednesday, May 6 Calculus AB Calculus BC Thursday, May 7

English Literature and Composition German Language

Japanese Language and Culture

Friday, May 8

United States History

European History

Week 2 Morning Session 8 a.m.

Afternoon Session 12 noon

Monday, May 11

Biology Music Theory

Physics B

Tuesday, May 12

Chemistry

Psychology

Wednesday, May 13 English Language and Composition Thursday, May 14

Macroeconomics

Friday, May 15

Human Geography

Latin Literature

* Students should contact Mrs. Marlatt if a student would like to take exams that are scheduled for the same time.


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Senior Class Banquet

Baccalaureate

The 2009 Senior Class Banquet will take place on Thursday, May 28 from 6-8:30 Tickets must be purchased beforehand in the 9-12 office or a check can be sent in the name of Senior Class Board. The meal ticket is $10 and a copy of the senior video is $5. Be sure to purchase ahead of time. The banquet will take place in the Mustang Center at Millard North High School.

Baccalaureate, a religious service to bless the graduating seniors at all three high schools, will be held on May 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Millard South High School. The event is being organized by the Millard Parents Baccalaureate Committee. Student participation in Baccalaureate is voluntary. Baccalaureate is not sponsored by the Millard Public School District.

STUDENT MEDICATION Students who have medication in the nurses office need to pick up their medication by the last day of school or it will be thrown away. Thank You, Nurse Horton.

SPANISH CLUB Spanish Club co-starred in an hour-long live radio broadcast on 97.7 FM Radio Lobo, Omaha's Spanish radio station last Wednesday, March 4th from 8-9pm. Guests included Amelia Foubert, Fer-

nanda Carlessi, Kaitlyn Ferdig, Taylor Laughlin and Spanish Club sponsor, Theresa Jensen. DJ Sergio Robles talked with guests about learning Spanish, as well as Spanish music, food and culture all in Spanish, of course! It was an unforgettable experience for all involved.

STATE LANGUAGE FAIR/ SPANISH Congratulations to all students competing in the State Language Fair at UNL this Thursday, 3/12. Students competed in events such as memorized poetry recital, music, dance, posters and drama. Many blue ribbons were earned and a first place trophy was awarded to Katie

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ART EXHIBITS AND CONTEST RECOGNITIONS March is “Youth Arts Month” and, in recognition of the outstanding talent at Millard North, we would like to recognize and congratulate the following students: The Nebraska State Visual Arts Contest (Formally Scholastics keys) medals were awarded to: Andrea Eggleston, Christine Hsu, and Shannon Stovall for GOLD, and Courtney Kinney won a SILVER. Jessica Latch and Jessica Lillo are to be congratulated as their art works were chosen for the Nebraska Youth Arts Month Exhibit, now on display at the State Office Building in Lincoln. Don’t miss the Oakview Mall Millard Art display for March, Youth Arts Month (upstairs by Sears). Artwork includes works by: Nicole Trauger, Megan Seymour, Eric Penner, Mark Bai, Bram Kim, Taylor Laughlin, Jill Schomers, Ryan Scheetz, Mick Bayne, Kelsey McAlpine, Cain Silvey, Alysia Dirks, Talia Head, Nicole Kraft, Andrea Eggleston, and Leah Kottwitz. Our Advanced Studio seniors have entered the annual Belleview Art Competition/Show. We wish them luck. CONGRATULATIONS MNHS ARTISTS! For your calendars ---Our MNHS Annual Senior Art Show will be Tuesday, April 21st from 5 – 7:00 p.m.

2009 METROPOLITAN WRITING CONTEST Millard North is pleased to recognize their winners in the 2009 Metropolitan Writing Contest. Students wrote on the theme of “People worth admiring” and competed against over 500 manuscripts throughout the metropolitan area. Winners and honorable mentions from Millard North included Alyssa Amen in First Place from Ms. Vanderkerkoff’s creative writing class; Andrea Bierman in Second Place from Ms. Shannon’s English 9 class, Mitch Amen in Third Place from Mr. Kaiser’s English 10 class. Honorable Mention winners were all from Ms. Shannon’s English 9 and English 10 classes and included Paola Avalos, Jennie Barney, Kody Houston, Miroslava Kotsan, Jill Schomers, and Emily Vaiskunas. Students will be recognized at the “Meet the Author” celebration at Northwest High School on March 7, 2009 at 9 am. Guest author N.L. Sharpe will be speaking to students, parents and educators in attendance. Sharpe is a Nebraska native who wrote the Golden Sower nominated book, Today I am Going Fishing with My Dad.


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2008 JEA Winter Journalism Contest Winners Asha Anchan—Superior in Newspaper Feature Writing Asha Anchan—Superior in Column Writing Scott Wexler—Superior in Sports Feature Writing Alyssa Amen—Superior in Sports Feature Writing Gabby Peterson—Superior in Newspaper Layout Scott Wexler—Superior in Headline Writing and Design Kassi Nelson—Superior in News Writing Scott McBride—Superior in Editorial Cartooning Asha Anchan—Superior in In-depth Coverage Kassi Nelson—Superior in In-depth Coverage Andrea Nolan—Superior in In-depth Coverage Carolyn Hsu—Superior in In-depth Coverage Gabby Peterson—Superior in In-depth Coverage Kassi Nelson—Superior in In-depth Coverage Taylor Meyer—Superior in In-depth Coverage Katie Lawlor—Excellent in Yearbook Layout Gabby Peterson—Excellent in Column Writing Lydia Selzle—Excellent in Editorial Writing Carolyn Hsu—Excellent in Infographic Design Scott Wexler—Excellent in Infographic Design Carolyn Hsu—Excellent in Headline Writing and Design Alyssa Amen—Excellent in News Writing Katie Lawlor—Honorable Mention in Yearbook Theme Development Katie Lawlor—Honorable Mention in Yearbook Theme Development Lanny Holstein—Honorable Mention in Sports News Writing Kassi Nelson—Honorable Mention in Newspaper Feature Writing Alyssa Amen—Honorable Mention in Column Writing Alyssa Amen—Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing Asha Anchan—Honorable Mention in Newspaper Layout Lydia Selzle—Honorable Mention in News Writing Gabby Peterson—Honorable Mention in Review Writing

JEA National Convention Award Winners Nov. 13-16, 2008 in St. Louis, MO Alyssa Amen—Superior in Editorial Writing (1 of 6 superiors nationwide) Scott Wexler—Superior in Sports Writing (1 of 4 superiors nationwide) Gabby Peterson—Honorable Mention in Review Writing Asha Anchan—Honorable Mention in Commentary Writing Kassi Nelson—Honorable Mention in Broadcast News Writing Nate Schaaf—Honorable Mention in Yearbook Copy/Captions for Clubs


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2009 YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION NOTICE Anyone who purchased a 2009 yearbook must have a school ID to pick up his or her yearbook this May in the concession stand. A limited number of books will be on sale for $50 after those who purchased books pick up theirs. There is no reserved list ahead of time for the extra book sales. Announcements on MN 99 News and posters will announce distribution and sales. Spring activities will be covered in a special supplement and will be distributed in August. Any questions, e-mail Ms. Cushman at sacushma@mpsomaha.org. CLASS RECOGNITION The Class Recognition Ceremony will be held during Mustang Time on Friday, May 1st. As with this ceremony last year, we plan to broadcast the proceedings during advisement on Channel 99 that morning. Parents of honorees will be invited to attend the program. It should be a posi-

Choral Music Look for pictures on the MNHS website covering our Music Department trip to Orlando April 3-7. The Choral Music students will be preparing for their District Music Contest which will be held April 23-25 at Papillion-Lavista-South High School. We are holding auditions for our solo and small ensemble events to fill our assigned entries on March 18th. The Varsity Choir and JV Choirs will be entered to perform at this event. The final Choral Concert will be May 5th in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. All Choral ensembles will be performing. Annually, one of the most popular groups will be the senior swing choir parents’ performance with their children. This will be the final concert for our seniors and Mrs. Nabity. The Music Banquet will be May 19th in the Mustang Center. Reservations will be mailed at the beginning of May to all music families.


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Congratulations to the following sophomore students for completing their International Baccalaureate - Middle Years Programme Personal Projects. Karen Cheng – Global Warming Novel Cedrick Dalluge – Spanish Books for Children Andrea Eggleston – Health Video Andrew Filipinni – Built an LCD Projector Tim Gruber – Parking Lot Reconfiguration James Heitmann – Car Crash Prevention Alex Hippen – Mock Presidential Election & Debate Madeline Hock – Dance Choreography Marissa Kahn – Pennies for Peace Fundraiser Nick Lambert – Student Awareness of Political Issues Shelly Li – Mock Presidential Election & Debate Katie Liberty – Poetry on Tape for children Elizabeth Lien – Pennies for Peace Fundraiser Amanda Longley – College Major Investigation Ben Lorenzen – Easy Fitness Plan for Beginners Chanelle MAYah – Self-Mutilation Awareness Josh Moran – Teaching Youth Scout Skills Mukesh Muruganantham – Built an LCD Projector Suneet Sandhu – Mock Presidential Election & Debate Kristin Smith – Handcrafted Prom Dress for Charity James Yong – Swim for Leukemia The personal project is a significant body of work produced over an extended period of time designed to assess the student’s ability to organize and create. It is a chance for the students to design something of their own initiative based on their talents and interests. The project should be meaningful and should reflect what they have learned from the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. The Areas of Interaction are central to the experience of the personal project which is intended to be the culmination of the student’s involvement with the five areas (Approaches to Learning, Environments, Human Ingenuity, Community and Service, and Health and Social Education).

Reminders for the class of 2012 Completion of 20 community service hours and two reflections are due to Mrs. Sue Roberts by May 1, 2009. Reflection questions, cover sheet (including sponsor’s signature) and rubrics are available on the Millard North Website. Look under the Academics heading and then select MYP. http://www.mpsomaha.org/mnhs/index.html


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Millard North High School's IB Visual Arts students had their second annual public exhibition at the Boys Town National Headquarters on March 30th. All of their works had been set up on display in preparation for their individual oral exams on March 27th, when an Art Professor from UNO, Barbara Simcoe, came to spend an hour with each student. Rather than taking a written exam as in most of the other IB Diploma subjects, these students had the opportunity to reflectively analyze their entire portfolio of art works in response to questions from the visiting examiner. All Millard North High School International Baccalaureate Diploma students in grades 11 and 12 finished their Internal Assessment projects in March, which were sent away to examiners around the world. They will be taking exams in all of their IB Diploma subjects (the same exams world-wide based on the same curriculum world-wide) during the first three weeks of May, along with 120,000 other students in 132 countries. These exams are the culminating capstone of their studies and are written collaboratively by IB Diploma teachers from around the world and sent away to be graded by IB Diploma subject teachers who serve as examiners. (This year, for the first time in the history of the program in our school, one of our teachers has become an examiner: Simon Rohde in History.) Since IB Diploma exams are mostly essays rather than multiple-choice questions, the results of the May exams will not be known until the first week of July. The IB Diploma Senior candidates have finished their CAS requirement and their Extended Essays and Theory of Knowledge Essays have been sent away to examiners in other countries, so all that remains to determine whether they will be awarded the IB Diploma is their IB Diploma exam scores. Best wishes for successful exams for all of our IB Diploma students.

William R. Daughtridge Millard North High School IB Diploma Coordinator telephone: 402-715-1363 e-mail: wrdaughtridge@mpsomaha.org


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Forensics National Qualifiers: The following students have qualified for the National Forensics League’s National Speech and Debate Tournament to be held in Birmingham, AL from June 15th-20th.

Lauren Schaal - Humorous Interp Eddie Hanlon - Humorous Interp Lexy Wong - Dramatic Interp Queeny Pimentel - Duo Interp Anna Gronewold - Duo Interp Lydia Selzle - Extemp Speaking Priya Srivats - Oratory

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We will have a qualifying tournament in Student Congress and might add more students to this great list. State Qualifiers: We were District Champions this year and qualified 11 of our 16 entries for the State tournament. The following students qualified for the NSAA State Speech Tournament at UNK on March 19th: Entertainment Speaking: Lauren Schaal Humorous Interpretation: Eddie Hanlon Dramatic Interpretation: Queeny Pimentel and Lexy Wong Poetry Interpretation: Queeny Pimentel Duet Acting: Sarah Ray and Josh Temple Persuasive Speaking: Priya Srivats and Allie Herink Informative Speaking: Greg LeCleir and Emily Welch Oral Interpretation of Drama:, Rebekah Ehly, Lexy Wong, Shalee Coleman and Jamie Koseluk Other Happenings: We also attended the Harvard National High School Debate and Forensics Tournament in February with 11 students. This is the largest high school tournament in the national and numerous students advanced out of prelims: Queeny Pimentel Double Octa-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, Lexy Wong Octa-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation and Original Oratory, Bekah Ehly Double Octa-finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, Eddie Hanlon Quarter finalist in Humorous Interpretation, Claire Schlessinger and Ygal Schuler Triple-Octa Finalists in Public Forum Debate. On April 17th the team will host our annual Mini Mustang Invitational. This is a speech tournament for Middle School students and a large fundraiser for our program. On May 18th the Millard North Forensics Team will be hosting our annual National Showcase Night. This will provide our students attending the National Forensic League National Tournament and the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournaments an opportunity to perform for their friends, family and peers. All are welcome.


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BAND ELKHORN BAND OPYMPICS The MNHS 9th and 10th grade band students competed in the Elkhorn Band Olympics, on Saturday, February 21st. EBO is open to any 9th or 10th grade band student wanting to perform as a soloist or member of a small ensemble. The MNHS students received the Championship Trophy in Class II competition!!! Congratulations to all students for their outstanding efforts!! The following soloists and small ensembles received Superior ratings. Medals earned are also listed below. Dana Coury Andrew Filippini Micah Houfek Patrick Luddy Graham Sheppard Dana Coury Paul Clark Kurt Brocket John Handel Anna Bute Reece Ristau Daniel Schlessinger Sara Atkins Jessica Levinger Sheng-Tzu Lim Michael Kirstein Ryan Coughlin Jordan Leever Carl Stokes Flute Duet Flute Duet Clarinet Trio Mixed Duet Percussion Ensemble

Misc. Percussion Solo Tuba Solo Tuba Solo 9th Alto Sax Solo 9th Trumpet Solo Mallet Solo 9th Trombone Solo 10th Trumpet Solo 10th Trumpet Solo Mallet Solo Piccolo Solo 10th Trombone Solo 9th Clarinet Solo 9th Clarinet Solo 9th Clarinet Solo 10th Alto Sax Solo 10th Snare Solo 10th Snare Solo Baritone Solo

1st 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 5th 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 4th 1st 5th 5th

Katie Gjesdahl/Bethany Felker Caitlin Drummond/Ruby Mussman Sheng-Tzu Lim/Sara Atkins/Dan Corrigan Sara Atkins/John Birkentall

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The following soloists and small ensembles received Excellent ratings: John Birkentall – 9th Trumpet Solo Katie Gjesdahl – 10th Flute Solo Dan Welton – 10th Trumpet Solo Kylie Scheetz – 9th Clarinet Solo Hayley Martin – 9th Clarinet Solo Albert Padanilam – 10th Snare Solo

Bethany Felker – 10th Flute Solo Anna Bute – Misc. Percussion Solo (2nd place) Sam Fulton – 9th Trombone Solo Alex Hippen – Baritone Solo Josh Watson – Baritone Solo

UNO JAZZ FESTIVAL Millard North High School’s Jazz Band 1 & Jazz Band 2 competed at the UNO Jazz Festival that was held Friday, February 20th at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO Campus. Jazz bands from Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa competed at this festival. Each jazz band had a 30-minute performance time, followed by a clinic session with a professional jazz musician/ educator. Both Millard North Jazz Bands received “Excellent” ratings. BIG BAND DANCE Come and enjoy dancing to the music of the Millard North Jazz Bands, Friday, May 15th, as we present our 9th annual Big Band Dance. The dance will be held in the north gym of Millard North High School. Dessert and beverages will be served beginning at 6:45PM, with music and dancing beginning at 7:30PM. Swing music from the 1920’s through current-day-jazz will be featured throughout the evening. Ticket prices will be $8 for adults and $5 for students, whether purchased in advance or at the door. You may purchase tickets by calling the MN band office (715-1513), or by purchasing them from a booster or jazz band member. AUDITIONS FOR MILLARD NORTH CONCERT ENSEMBLES – 2009-10 Auditions for all students (8th graders through this years juniors) will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. Audition times will be scheduled from 7:30AM – Noon. Students will sign up for audition times beginning the week of March 16th. Audition sign-up sheets will be taken to the middle schools by Mr. Rathbun. Students who are unable to attend auditions on May 2nd, due to conflicts, must turn in a taped audition (of all requirements) by Friday, May 1st. All audition excerpts will be posted on the band web site. www.mnband.net MUSIC AWARDS BANQUET The annual Music Department Awards Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th and will be held in the Mustang Center at Millard North High School. Tickets will soon be available for this popular event. Ticket information will be posted on the band web site. www.mnband.net.


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Counselor’s Corner Counselors for 9-12th Graders: A-Che Mrs. Stackhouse Chi-E Mr. Lenz Fa-Hol Mrs. Hippen Hom-Lun Mr. Schettler Lup-Peters Mrs. Griffin Petersen-Sp Mrs. Therkelsen Sr-Z Mr. Hahn ½ time curriculum Mrs. Breedlove

Community Counselor: Peggy Breard Psychologists: Kelly O’Toole and Karen Montgomery

Registration Deadlines: The final ACT test for the 2008-2009 school year is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2009. Registration deadline is Friday, May 8, 2009. This test WILL be offered at Millard North. There are two more SAT test dates. Saturday, May 2, 2009 with the registration deadline of March 31, 2009 and, Saturday, June 6, 2009, with the registration deadline of May 5, 2009. Scholarship Deadlines:

Although many scholarship deadlines have passed by the end of March, there still are some scholarships available. Seniors have been urged to check the scholarship rack in the Counseling Center, and read the Guidance News on the Millard North web page for information on these scholarship opportunities. Attention Scholarship Winners! Scholarship winners are requested to notify the counseling center of any and all scholarship offers (academic and athletic). Please complete the form in the Guidance News and provide a copy of the award letter to verify your award. The deadline to have your scholarship/ award included in the MNHS Honors Night Program (Thursday, April 30), the Commencement Program and the Omaha World list of scholarship winners is APRIL 2.

Junior Class Presentations: The guidance department will speak to all juniors in April regarding their options after graduation. The purpose of this is to help ensure juniors will meet the pre-requisites for what they want to do. This includes options ranging from attending a two or four-year college to going to work immediately following graduation. Planning to Attend College after Graduation? If you are a sophomore or junior planning to attend college, you may be asking yourself – What should I be doing now to get started? Here are a few suggestions: • • • • • • • • • •

Register and take the ACT or SAT Spring of your junior year. Make sure you register on “Naviance” using the registration code in your Gaggle e-mail Go through the ACT prep program on “Naviance,” in addition to exploring the program. Visit with college representatives who come to Millard North. Attend special college programs during the summer. Visit college campuses with your parents or friends. Write for information from schools you are interested in attending. Visit college web sites. Talk with your counselor and advisor. Make certain you have the high school courses needed for college.

College Visits It is not too soon to be making visits to college campuses. Here is a list of things to do when making a campus visit. 1. Take a campus tour. The following are must sees: a dorm room, library, computer center, dining hall, student union, academic facilities, athletic facilities, and performing arts facilities. Tours are usually arranged by calling the admissions office of the school that you want to visit. If you need assistance – see your counselor. 2. Make appointments to visit with an admissions counselor, someone in your major area of interest, and someone in scholarships and financial aid.


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3. Sit in on classes in your prospective major. 4. Meet with coaches from your sport if you are a prospective student-athlete. 5. Attend an event: a concert, theater, or sporting event to get a feel for campus life. 6. Sample dining hall fare. 7. Talk to students. They will be eager to chat and will be able to give you some insight into what, by now, you are probably calling “the college dilemma.” 8. Pick up a copy of the campus newspaper or any other publications that will give you additional information about the college.

College Fair On Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 6:00-8:00 P.M., approximately 100 colleges will be at Burke High School. This is an excellent chance for students to explore various college opportunities. EducationQuest will be here as well to discuss financial planning for college.

MNHS Mustang LUNCH MONEY Seniors and Parents of Seniors: Don’t forget about your lunch accounts. Parents, if you have mylunchmoney.com and are on a recurring payment you must stop the recurring payment and have your senior transfer their money into a younger siblings’ account or get a refund. Please delete your senior from the mylunchmoney.com or you will continue to see him/her long after he/she has graduated. I prefer that your senior either transfer or use up their money but your student can get a cash refund under $10.00. See Linda Doyle or Sergio Rodriguez in the manager’s office in the kitchen before the last day of school. Anything over $10 will be refunded by check from the district sometime in the summer months after your request has been made, it does not happen automatically. If you have questions, you can contact me between 6:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday-Fridays. Thanks, Linda Doyle, Kitchen Manager MNHS, 715-1373.


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ATHLETIC TRAINERS CORNER Janette Santee, MA, ATC Spring season is among us. Along with track and soccer season comes shin splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome). The cause of MTSS can be from a variety of factors. The running surface, shoes, muscle imbalance, and biomechanics are all factors. Track and soccer both take place on rough surfaces and are played with shoes that offer minimal support. Those athletes who have flat feet are predisposed to MTSS. It’s best for those athletes to get a shoe that offers a great arch support. To supplement the shoe, they may also benefit from a rigid arch support insert or have custom orthotics made. Muscle imbalance is a large factor in high school athletes contributing to MTSS. Tight calves increase the stress on the front of the shin. Doing calf stretches and hamstring stretches on a regular basis helps to reduce the chances of getting MTSS. Icing is a good way to reduce the pain associated with MTSS. A quick and easy way to ice an isolated area of the shin is to do ice cups. Take a Dixie or Styrofoam cup, fill it halfway with water, and put in the freezer. Once frozen, remove from freezer and peel away the cup to just below the ice. Press your palm against the flat surface of the ice to begin melting. Place a towel under the calves to prevent water from pooling under the legs. Rotate in circles, not staying in once place, for no longer than 7 minutes. Repeat every hour if needed.

Spring has finally arrived according to the calendar, and our final sports season of the school year is in full swing. Mother Nature has been very kind to us this year as team selection and final preparations for the spring seasons are well underway. But as we all know, Nebraska weather can change hourly and so will our schedules. Flexibility and an array of several layers of clothing and coats in your locker or car are keys for spring sport athletes, families, and fans. Please refer to the highschoolsports.net website often as we keep this site as current as possible with our athletic schedules. Our winter athletes provided some great moments throughout the season. Coach Weylon White and his staff led the Mustang Wrestling team to a tenth place finish at the State Wrestling Tournament, qualifying eight wrestlers for the tournament at the Qwest Center. Gil Allgood capped off a great season finishing at State Runner-up in the 125 pound weight class. The long grueling hours of training paid off for our swimmers and divers at the end of their season. Coaches Tara O’Shea and Amber Ripa finished the season with several of our athletes placing on the all time school record chart


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and both teams finishing in the top ten at the Metro meet. Many of those same individuals qualified for the State Meet in Lincoln highlighted by Brad Schoreit’s second State Championship in the one meter diving competition. Our basketball teams worked hard and improved in every facet of their game. The teams kept the fans entertained with many close games that were not decided until the last minutes and even seconds of the fourth quarter. The season was capped off when the girl’s team qualified for the Class A State Tournament. The trip to the Devaney Center in Lincoln was fun and exciting as the girls played hard but came up short losing to Millard West in the quarterfinals. For the second year fan support was great. Many students attended the girls and boys basketball games to support the Mustangs throughout the season. The students expressed their spirit dressing for the theme of the night. They were creative in their dress and chants as they recognized the players during warm-ups and for great play on the floor. The students finished the season with a number traveling to Lincoln for the Girls State Tournament. The groundwork is laid for a great season next year for all of our winter athletic teams as all the squads will miss graduating seniors, but have a large number of underclassmen returning. Millard North would like to congratulate all of our athletes on their achievements during the past season. We would also like to thank the fans, parents, and other community members for your support. It is always appreciated and does not go unnoticed. Again, Millard North Athletic Schedules can be checked at Highschoolsports.net on the internet. This is the best way to keep up with current schedules, changes and updates throughout the season. If you have questions about MNHS Activities, contact Kelley Hood, MNHS Activities Director, at 715-1371 or email him at jkhood@mpsomaha.org.


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The Stadium Chair‌.Buy It Today! The Millard North History Club is selling the Stadium Chair as a fund raiser for our trip to Washington D.C. this upcoming June. You will be able to purchase your very own Mustang Stadium Chair, great for all sporting events with those uncomfortable bleachers! Go ahead and check out the website http://www.sportsunlimitedinc.com/ stadiumchair.html so you can see for yourself how the stadium chair is designed.

Only $3 5

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If you would like to order a stadium chair please use the pre-order form below. Otherwise History Club will be selling the chairs at upcoming basketball games and sporting events. Please contact Jessica Hacker (Social Studies Teacher) at jlhacker@mpsomaha.org, if you have any questions regarding the Stadium Chair. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please send your pre-order form to the following address: Millard North High School Attn: Jessica Hacker 1010 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68154

Name: ______________________________________

Phone: _______________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________ E-mail Address (for contact on chair pick up): ________________________________________ Number of chair(s): __________ (x $35) = ______________ total *Please make checks payable to MNHS History Club

Thank you for your support of Millard North’s History Club!


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ADHD PARENT GROUP Come and meet other parents and caretakers of ADHD children. Learn about the latest research on this disorder, treatment options, behavioral interventions for home and school, and how to foster responsibility and social skills with your ADHD child. Discussions will be geared toward students of all grades. FACILITATORS:

Millard School Psychologists Karen Montgomery and Liz Carey (Call 715-8337 with questions)

WHERE:

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM MILLARD NORTH HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING CENTER 144th and Pacific Streets

March:

Monday, 3/23 More on Behavior Management/Fostering Responsibility

April:

Monday, 4/27 Social Skills Development

Everyone welcome!

TORNADO SAFETY With the tornado season approaching, parents are asked to keep in mind the procedures that affect schools and the safety of students: • • •

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With the assistance of the Douglas County Civil Defense Office, each school has developed safety plans to be followed in the event of a tornado warning. Tornado drills are held periodically so that students and staff members will be aware of the areas of the building designated as the safest. Although parents may come to school to pick up children at any time, the Civil Defense Office advises against doing so during a tornado warning, since this would expose both parents and children to danger. Parents are also asked not to call schools during tornado warnings, to avoid tying up phone lines that may be needed for emergency calls. If warning sirens are sounding at the close of the school day, dismissal will be delayed until the warning is no longer in effect.


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MILLARD NORTH HIGH SCHOOL LUGGAGE TAGS PERFECT FOR IDENTIFYING YOUR BAGS AT THE AIRPORT: · TRAVELING WITH YOUR SCHOOL GROUP · TRAVELING WITH YOUR FRIENDS · TRAVELING WITH YOUR FAMILY PERFECT FOR PUTTING ON YOUR: · GYM BAG · DANCE BAG · INSTRUMENT CASE · BOOK BAG

only $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00 SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT AND HELP SUPPORT THE MILLARD NORTH DANCE TEAM Contact Sandy Gordon 333-1218 or 680-3881 or sgordon@tconl.com


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2009 Millard North After Prom Frequently Asked Questions 1. What are the times for the After Prom party? Begins at 12:OO a.m., May 9th and ends at 4:00 a.m. May 10th No admission after l:00 a.m. 2. When can I buy tickets and how much are they? The tickets for After Prom are $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00. Tickets are on sale the week of May 4th before school and during lunch

Prizes. Prizes & More Prizes DEAL OR NO DEAL- Play and Win!!! The fun begins at 12:30 and lasts until the prizes are gone. CARNIVAL GAMES -Try your hand at Plinko, top & throw, football toss, or magnetic dart board. Win tickets to buy from our “Store”

3. Who can buy tickets? Any Millard North Junior or Senior.

CASINO – Try your luck at gambling. Convert your winnings to a chance at the prize of your choice.

4. How many tickets can be purchased? A maximum of two per student You can buy a ticket for yourself and one other person. You and your guest's name and phone number will be written on the tickets.

MAGICIAN – Enjoy a fun show of magic and illusions in the auditorium. 2 shows will be available during the evening.

5. Can tickets be purchased at the door? YES – It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. 6. Can I give my ticket to someone else? Tickets are non-transferable. The ticket will only be accepted for use by the designated ticket holder. 7. Can tickets be returned? Yes, during normal ticket sales times. You will be refunded the price of the ticket and your parents will be notified. 8. What if 1 purchase a ticket, but fail to show? At 1:00 a.m. parents will be notified if you do not show. 9. Can I bring food or drinks to the After Prom? Food and drinks are supplied. Any food or drink items that you bring must be disposed of before entering. 10. What if I arrive after having consumed alcohol or any other prohibited substances? Entry will not be granted. Infractions will be dealt with by law enforcement and administration. 11. Can I leave early? There is an "Early 0ut"option to leave at 2:00 a.m. When purchasing your ticket YOU supply one phone number where your parent(s) can be reached. If you desire to leave early, we will ONLY let you leave after we have called and RECEIVED parental permission. The option will only be used one time per student. 12. If I have early, can I still win the prizes? You must be present to win. Coats and backpacks will be checked in After Prom. 13. If I don’t go to the Prom Dance can I still go to After Prom. Absolutely. Simply purchase an After Prom ticket.

INFLATABLE – Enjoy the fun and games available in both gyms. Test your agility in the large inflatable obstacle course. PRIZES / RAFFLES will be located in the cafeteria and is open from 12 a.m. until all prizes are gone. GRAND PRIZES - Winners will be selected from your entry ticket presented at the door. Come to the Auditorium at 3:30 a.m. and WIN!!!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND LOCATIONS

12:00 a.m. – 3:15 a.m. Carnival Games - All over Food -Cafeteria & Concessions Casino- Cafeteria Obstacle Course -North Gym Basketball & Volleyball - South Gym Deal or No Deal - Mustang Center

1:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Magician – Auditorium (1st show)

2:30 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. Magician – Auditorium (2nd show)

3:30 a.m. – 4:00a.m. Grand Prizes- Auditorium ONCE YOU ENTER

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!! Food, drinks, snacks, etc. Any questions please feel free to call: Bobbi Lucas at (402) 658-1344


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END OF YEAR CALENDAR M 6 13 20 27

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Apr. 6-10 Apr. 15

NO SCHOOL – SPRING BREAK 9th & 10th Grade ELO Testing 8-9:30am 11th Grade report at 9:45 12th Grade report at 8am for senior meeting Apr. 21-23 AWA Retakes 3:30pm (Juniors & Seniors ONLY) Apr. 27-30 ELO Retakes – Math, Reading, Science, & SS (Juniors & Seniors ONLY) Apr. 30 Honor’s Night 7pm May 1 Class Recognition Ceremony 2:45pm May 9 Prom at Qwest Center May 25 NO SCHOOL – MEMORIAL DAY May 29 Commencement Rehearsal May 30 Commencement at Omaha Civic Auditorium 1pm Jun. 3 ?? Last Day of School – 4 snow days built in Jun. 4 ?? NO SCHOOL – TEACHER WORKDAY

PAYBAC PARTNERS Millard North High School continues its partnerships with many local businesses. Because of this partnership, our students benefit in many areas. Our partners help with Mock Interviews and provide a yearly scholarship for at least one graduating senior. In addition, they are working with the counseling department regarding career information for students. They volunteer their time during the work day to support Millard North High School. Please welcome and support these valuable partners! Hy-Vee (132 and Dodge) Fun Cutz Texas Roadhouse Smith Barney Gallup Organization Candy Wrappers Mary Kay Cosmetics John Klopp Insurance Agency DialAmerica Marketing

Mutual 1st Federal Huntington Learning Center Vintage Financial Group UNO Efanz Communications Sleight Advertising TRI-V-Tool and Die Methodist Hospital Xerox Corporation

Millard North High School Mustang News  

Newsletter to parents, students, and constituents of Millard North High School, Omaha, Nebraska.