University of Nebraska High School February Voice eNewsletter for Students and Parents: University of Nebraska High School

February 2015

Voice eNewsletter for students and parents


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"Don’t look at your failures as if you failed, look at them as opportunities to improve." — Patrick Rugel

Student FAQ

Q: How do I see what questions I missed on a unit evaluation?
A: Navigate to “My Grades” for the appropriate course. Next to the unit evaluation click the red arrow. A new window will pop up showing you which questions you answered incorrectly. Note: The answers listed on are the answers YOU chose, NOT the correct answers. The instructional statements provide you with enough information to determine the correct answer. You may view the questions and your answers by clicking the bold “here.” If after reviewing the report, you have questions, email

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In this issue

  • Message from Mrs. Shousha
  • Dual enrollment registration still open!
  • Make a portfolio
  • Redesigned PSATs and SAT coming soon
  • Honor roll
  • Find an opportunity for global experience
  • The many benefits of dual enrollment
  • New series—Empowering students for work
  • UNHS book review


Message from Mrs. Shousha

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.

Throughout the spring I encourage you to try something new. This is a time in your life to explore and expand your interests. Take a look at our elective courses such as digital  and film photography, film studies or web design. Then take what you learn out into the world and do it. Who knows—maybe this spring you could discover a passion that could lead you to a career.

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 >


Make a portfolio

It is important for all students to keep a portfolio of their best work for college applications. Whether this is an online folder of some sort, or a physical one, holding on to your great assignments will give you items to reference.

This task is particularly important for students seeking academic eligibility through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as they will be required to show some of their work.


Redesigned PSATs and SAT coming soon

The Collegeboard recently announced that the redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments will be released in October 2015 in March 2016.

The Suite of Assessments includes:

  • PSAT 8/9 (October 2015)
  • PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT (October 2015)
  • SAT (March 2016)

The purpose of the redesigned assessments PSAT 10 and PSAT/MNSQT is to help students focus on college readiness knowledge and skills. Both assessments are designed to provide valuable information about students’ academic progress and provides excellent preparation for the new SAT.

The PSAT 10 is designed for sophomores while the PSAT/MNSQT is for college-bound juniors. Students should consider the PSAT 10 a helpful tool for monitoring academic progress and deciding curriculum paths, but it is not affiliated with scholarship opportunities. The PSAT/NMSQT remains the path to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and related awards.

For both tests, students must contact their local school for testing dates and registration. This fall’s PSAT/NMSQT test dates are either October 14 or October 28, so make arrangements before local schools dismiss for the summer. Please note, UNHS diploma students should provide the UNHS school code, 281316, on their tests—not the code of the local school.

The Collegeboard will provide practice through a partnership with Khan Academy and currently presents online sample questions at Practice now.

The University of Nebraska High School college preparatory curriculum instruction also helps prepare students who will take the SAT Suite of Assessments. Some specific courses recommendations include:

  • Command of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: World History 1 & 2, American History 1 & 2, 10th Grade English 1 & 2, 11th Grade English 1 & 2, Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Algebra, Precalculus
  • Emphasis on Critical Thinking, Problem Solving Reasoning, and Data Analysis: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, First Year Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Precalculus
  • Strong focus on college readiness literary organization, analysis and interpretive reading skills: 9th, 10th & 11th Grade English courses, Short Stories, 12th Grade English 1 & 2
  • Building high levels of vocabulary and word meanings through contextual passages

For more information, please visit The CollegeBoard.


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 >


Find an opportunity for a global experience

From Debby Bartz, UNHS Academic Adviser

As you work to build your academic resume, it is important to consider what opportunities you have to become a global student. The world is expanding and interacting more than ever before, so colleges will like to see that you understand this and are participating in this reality.

Global experiences such as foreign exchange, pen pals, volunteer organizations, travel, etc. can show that you are a tolerant person and that you are willing to build relationships and learn from others. This is also a chance for you to expand your views, your interests and your communication skills.

To get started, read up on some of our own students’ travels or take courses such as:

  • International Relations
  • World Cultures 1: North and South America and Europe
  • World Cultures 2: Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania


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?