University of Nebraska High School UNHS Notes: August 2014


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Charlotte Seewald ISHS Recruiter

We are looking forward to visiting old friends and making new ones this fall. If we are in your area, and you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact UNHS Assistant Director Charlotte Seewald.

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UNHS currently offers 103 courses to students worldwide.

In this issue


Message from our Principal

Barry Stark ISHS Principal

As we begin another school year, I am reminded of how the fresh start of a semester means great opportunities for students to work toward and reach their academic goals.

At the University of Nebraska High School we continue to strive to partner with schools to meet students’ needs, and we have done so again by providing several new opportunities.

  • Dual Enrollment: Thanks to our partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, students may now earn college credit for some of our courses.
  • New Courses: This summer, in addition to several course updates, we added two new courses to our offerings—AP French Language and Culture and Financial Algebra.
  • AP International Diploma: UNHS now provides the necessary courses for students to earn the APID. For international students attending a U.S. university or for U.S. students hoping for educational or career opportunities abroad, earning the APID is an excellent application-building program through the College Board.

I hope you share in my optimism for a great 2014-15 school year and will present these opportunities to your students. 

Barry Stark,
UNHS Principal


UNHS welcomes Ray Henning, Academic Adviser

Ray Henning, Academic AdviserUNHS is pleased to announce that Ray Henning has joined Debby Bartz as a second Academic Adviser. Ray brings more than 30 years of experience in academic advising and almost 40 years of background in education.

Throughout his time as a counselor, Ray said he has most enjoyed working with student to help them meet their goals.

“The University of Nebraska High School is so unique it can meet students where they are at and provide opportunities to help them achieve,” he said. “I like to know I am assisting them in something so important to their future."

For advising questions please call:
Toll-free in U.S. and Canada: (866) 700-4747
Local and international: (402) 472-3388

Dual enrollment: Register by Oct. 1 for fall semester

In partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, UNHS offers students the opportunity to earn college credit for three UNHS courses.

The fall session is currently enrolling through October 1, and students must complete the course by December 19 to earn UNO credit. For all program details and enrollment instructions, please visit


New course highlight: Financial algebra

This summer UNHS released financial algebra to provide students with useful finance management skills. The course is a great choice for students interested in business administration at the post-secondary level or for those who would like an upper-level option other than calculus. It also pairs nicely with UNHS’ statistics and probability course, to make one full year of math.

“This is a course for students who ask, ‘When are we ever going to use this?’” said Linda Wilson, instructor and author of the course. “Well, here it is. The topics in this course are ones that everyone will encounter sooner or later."

In writing the course, Wilson put special emphasis on finding practical applications for students that will reflect what they might encounter throughout their lives. She also adapted the course from the classroom version she has taught in the past.

In terms of design, UNHS instructional designer Tricia Kehn organized the course so students will feel educated about the content when they are done with each lesson rather than overwhelmed by the rigor of the math. She also incorporated several traditional resources in addition to websites and multimedia content, so students can expand beyond the textbook if they choose.

“My favorite part of this course is the practicality of it,” Kehn said. “The course content is up-to-date and relevant to what students and adults are faced with in their daily lives."


UNHS honor roll

Congratulations to our Honor Roll students! To qualify for Honor Roll, students must complete five or more courses, earning a grade of B or better in all courses during the designated semester time period. View the February 1 through July 31, 2014 honor roll.


NU online graduation program feature

The online Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for K-12 teachers in all areas and grade levels who are interested in becoming better classroom teachers. It emphasizes gaining knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum; gaining greater expertise in a chosen instructional specialization; and advancing professional growth. There are six concentrations available. For more information visit University of Nebraska Online Worldwide.


College-prep series: Parts I and II

We are currently running a series of articles to help students understand the characteristics of successful college students and challenges they may face as they enter either online or on-campus university.

To provide some insight, we interviewed 12 experts from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska at Kearney.


The freedoms of learning independently

UNHS Academic Advisor, Debby Bartz, recently wrote the following article for students who are considering online education. 

As an independent learner you are in control of your education, which gives you some additional freedoms that you may not experience otherwise. Read the article >


UNHS book review

By Barbara Wolf Shousha, UNHS Director
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Rook is classified by School Library Journal as an adult book for teens.  At approximately 500 pages of fast moving plot and quick humor it is best suited for older teens to adults.  From its gripping opening line “Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine” to the satisfying closure, readers follow the heroine as she tries to solve the mystery of why she is without her memory and how she fits into a secret government organization. This supernatural mystery was a great combination of fun and fantasy that will appeal to readers of Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Douglas Adams’ holistic detective series.