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

May 2015

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Course updates

Now available!

Revisions available fall '15

  • Geometry 1 & 2
  • Latin 1 & 2
  • French 3
  • Multicultural Literature
  • International Relations

Student spotlight

Shane Linden
Shane Linden

Jayla Johnson
Jayla Johnson


We are looking forward to traveling to the American School Counselor Association annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in June. If you would like to schedule a time to meet, please contact Charlotte Seewald.

Did you know?

Students can self-pace their UNHS course. They have up to a full year to complete a course, or they can complete it in as little as five weeks. The five-week minimum completion time starts the date UNHS receives the first completed assignment.

In this issue


Message from our Director

 Barbara Wolf-Shousha ISHS Director

As you look for creative solutions for the 2015-16 school year, I encourage you to consider how the University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) can benefit students seeking additional challenge and rigor.

UNHS has worked hard for decades to address the high-achieving student’s needs with:

  • Advanced Placement courses
  • Unique and interesting electives
  • Dual enrollment program

Through the use of our school, educators around the world have created “gifted” programs to meet a minority of their student population—inspiring their interests and exciting their potential.

Some have elected to focus these programs on career-orientation with courses such as Pre-Engineering and Introduction to Technology; while others have encouraged students to complete the Advanced Placement courses necessary to earn the AP International Diploma (APID) through the College Board. The APID is ideal for international students seeking post-secondary education in the United States or American students seeking university abroad.

In partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), UNHS also offers a dual enrollment program. As course selection continues to grow within this program, students will continue to have the option to earn UNO college credit for the completion of University of Nebraska High School courses. This program not only offers a monetary savings to the student but a time-savings as well, and allows the student to pursue more courses of interest in college.

These options may be an excellent fit for students who have the motivation and aspiration to study independently and succeed.


Barbara Wolf Shousha
UNHS Director


Dual enrollment registration for summer ends 5/18

The summer registration period for dual enrollment through the University of Nebraska at Omaha is open through May 18. Students must complete the UNHS course by August 15 in order to receive both UNHS and UNO credit.


Suggest summer courses through UNHS

We encourage educators who cannot provide summer school in their buildings to suggest a UNHS course to students. One course during the summer can help students:

  • Make their upcoming year easier to schedule
  • Stay on track for graduation
  • Get ahead
  • Explore their interests


New course highlights

We are proud to have recently released two new courses that extend our world language and science offerings. Both are NCAA-approved.
  • First Year ChineseBegin learning the language spoken by more than one billion people worldwide. First Year Chinese is the first of a two-year sequence UNHS will soon offer.
  • Anatomy & PhysiologyAs eleventh and twelfth grade students begin to seriously consider a career in the medical field, Anatomy & Physiology provides another science course to explore their interests.


NU online graduate program feature

Young people today are voracious consumers of knowledge. Educators who can effectively use cutting-edge technologies and innovative library practices are needed to help students learn about and navigate the incredible array of information resources.

The University of Nebraska’s Secondary Education, MS with School Library Endorsement combines core graduate education courses with literacy, technology and library media courses for those candidates who want to direct a secondary school library.

Coursework for this nationally-recognized program builds competencies in public services, technical services, and the leadership and management of school library media programs.


UNHS graduation ceremony 6/5

Each year University of Nebraska High School administration and staff invite graduates, their families and friends to a graduation ceremony. Please encourage your UNHS graduates to attend. This year’s ceremony will be held Friday, June 5, 2015, on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus. The RSVP and need materials are due Friday, May 22, 2015.


Be an active learner

UNHS Academic Adviser Debby Bartz explains how passive learning is detrimental to student success and how an active learning approach can be achieved. Read the article.


Empowering students for work

We have continued posting articles in our series, “Empowering Students for Work.” Most recently we have focused on Decision-Making & Problem-Solving and Technology.


UNHS book review

By Ray Henning, UNHS Academic Adviser
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

One of my favorite authors is Mitch Albom, and I highly recommend his classic bestseller, Tuesdays With Morrie. It is a true story about a relationship that redevelops between a student (Mitch Albom) and his former college professor (Morrie Schwartz).

Some years after Mitch graduated from college the two reconnect and Mitch starts spending some time each Tuesday with Morrie who imparts his wisdom and life lessons. Morrie is battling a terrible disease, which eventually takes his life.

Here is one quote from the book to peak your interest: “I look back sometimes at the person I was before I rediscovered my old professor. I want to talk to that person. I want to tell him what to look for, what mistakes to avoid. I want to tell him to be more open, to ignore the lure of advertised values, to pay attention when your loved ones are speaking, as if it were the last time you might hear them.”

You won’t regret spending Tuesdays (or any other day of the week) reading this short story.

There is also an amazing reason why Mitch Albom wrote this best-selling book. To find that out, you will have to read Tuesdays With Morrie.