University of Nebraska High School February Notes eNewsletter for Educators: University of Nebraska High School

February 2015

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Course updates

Coming summer '15

  • First Year Chinese
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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Student spotlight

Laura Portrait
Laura Herman

Patrick Rugel
Patrick Rugel


We are looking forward to another spring of travels and visits.  If we are in your area, and you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact UNHS Assistant Director Charlotte Seewald.

Feb. 25: National Association of Independent Schools (Annual Conference), Boston, Mass.

Mar. 6: Association of International Schools in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

Mar. 19: Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association (Spring Conference), Kearney, Neb.

Mar. 21: ASCD (Annual Conference), Houston, Texas

Apr. 8: European Council of International Schools (Leadership Conference), Brussels, Belgium

Apr. 23: Nebraska Educational Technology Association, Omaha, Neb.

May 6: Independent Educational Consultants Association, Baltimore, Md.

Did you know?

The University of Nebraska offers certificates, endorsements and degrees online, allowing you to continue your education no matter where you are.

In this issue


Message from our Director

Barbara Wolf-Shousha ISHS DirectorJust when New Year’s resolutions begin to fade, we look ahead and see spring just around the corner. What does spring offer? Change! New growth! Brighter days! If you ask my young daughter, she would tell you, “Mud!” which just goes to show that everyone finds their own bright side.  

At UNHS, we’re planning graduation and looking ahead to new courses. This year we are also looking for a new principal. Mr. Barry Stark has retired from UNHS and from a 40-year career as an educator. We were proud to have him associated with our school and, while he is no longer a part of our UNHS staff, he will forever be a friend to the work we do.

As we continue through our hiring process for a new principal, we are fortunate to have the leadership of Mr. Randy Bates as our interim. Principal Bates brings strong skills and broad experience in education to UNHS.   

For the schools we serve, we know the spring means assisting students as they approach the end of one school year while simultaneously planning schedules for the next year. New schedules mean new scheduling conflicts, new goals mean new requirements. UNHS is ready to assist schools in addressing these issues and helping your students grow.

I wish you all the hope that springtime brings. If we can help you with your plans, let us know. We are glad to help you grow!


Barbara Wolf Shousha
UNHS Director


Dual enrollment registration still open!

UNHS is proud to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit for Sociology, Psychology and AP Comparative Government and Politics. Spring semester registration through the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is open through March 15, but students are encouraged to start as soon as possible as they must complete the course by May 15. Get details >


NU online graduate program feature

Put science in action with the online Science for Educators specialization, which is comprised of 18 credit hours within the 36 credit hour, non-thesis Master of Applied Science graduate degree program.

This program offers the convenience and flexibility of online learning and enhances teaching skills through inquiry, integration and application. Find out more from University of Nebraska Online Worldwide.


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 honor roll >


Excellent opportunities for eighth grade students

From Ray Henning, UNHS Academic Adviser
For 25 years I served as a middle school guidance counselor, directing students and parents to various resources they could use to reach their academic goals. Now, as a counselor serving University of Nebraska High School students, I see our program as an amazing option for gifted students not yet in high school. Read more >


The many benefits of dual enrollment

It sounds too good to be true—earn college credit for University of Nebraska High School courses. But it is true, and there are many benefits. Learn more >


New series—empowering students for work

In today’s society students need to begin developing employment skills when they are in high school. Many of these characteristics can be gained through successful completion of University of Nebraska High School courses.

We’re proud to have launched a series of articles to help you and your students explore these skills, their benefits and what students can start doing now to improve them. Currently two of the six articles in the series are available—Part I: Communication and Part II: Organization.


UNHS book review

Tricia Kehn, UNHS Instructional Design Specialist
An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

A true story about two people who were brought together by fate and soon realize they need each other in life. This book explores how their relationship developed from Maurice being an 11-year-old panhandler and Laura being an advertising executive through current day with a friendship lasting nearly 30 years. An Invisible Thread is truly an inspirational story about kindness and compassion.

After reading this book, I had to stop and think about the true meaning behind compassion, empathy and friendship. I wondered if I was faced with the same situation as Laura, would I react in the same way. As individuals we tend to think that we are compassionate, understanding and helpful to those in need, but do we really empathize with the other person’s situation where the exchange in what is needed is truly heartfelt?