University of Nebraska High School May Voice

May 2015

Voice eNewsletter for students and parents


Course updates

Now available!

Revisions available fall '15

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

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Student spotlight

Shane Linden
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Jayla Johnson
Jayla Johnson

Student tip

“My advice would be to take advantage of the Teacher-Connect activities. If you have any problems, or struggle with any concepts, the teachers are always very helpful.”Laura Herman, UNHS Graduate

Student FAQ

Q: How do I see what questions I missed on a test?
A: Your proctor will be able to access this information.

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.


Message from our Director

As many of you head into summer vacations, I strongly encourage you take at least one UNHS course this summer. This can help you stay on track and explore your interests.

Whether or not you take a course this summer; however, it’s always important to consider how you can keep challenging yourself. Staying challenged will help you engage in your courses and figure out where your true interests lie.

UNHS is proud to offer several ways students gain academic rigor, including:

AP courses are offered in five subject areas, and include niche subjects such as:

If you do not choose the rigors of AP at this point, you could elect to explore career options such as:

Finally, dual enrollment is a great way to get started on college now. By participating in our program you will receive college credit from the University of Nebraska at Omaha for several UNHS courses.

You’ve been challenged! Good luck.

Barbara Wolf Shousha

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 Chinese: Begin 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 & Physiology: As 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.


PSAT updates

The College Board has recently changed the PSAT practice testing for grade 10. It is now called the PSAT™ 10 and is a preliminary test for the 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT.

Students may participate in the PSAT™ 10 by contacting local schools. Schools and districts will schedule the administration of PSAT™ 10 between Feb. 22 and March 4, 2016. The PSAT™ 10 is not required for college admissions.

The PSAT/MNSQT continues to be administered to students in grade 11 during October of their junior year. This test is the only qualifying exam for the National Merit Awards. Students who earn appropriate Selection Index scores within their state will be advised to complete a SAT in order to be selected for future award levels.

Students may participate in the PSAT/NMSQT by contacting a local school during the spring before the exam.

For those who want a head start on preparing for the October 2015 exam, visit The College Board to download a complete exam as well as answers and rationales.

Please note: When registering for the PSAT™ 10, PSAT/MNSQT, ACT, SAT or AP Exams, the students may use the UNHS CEEB Code of 281316 so that we will receive a report.


Technology tip: Reducing file sizes

As an online student you are already fairly savvy in how to use technology, but it is important to keep learning. Here is a reminder or introduction about how to reduce file sizes, which is important when uploading or e-mailing large files.

For both PowerPoints and Word Documents, make sure the pictures you have inserted have a low resolution—as low as 72 for online viewing only—and are sized down to only a few hundred pixels vs. thousands. You can also compress your files to save space, which is shown here for Windows 2010.

Taking these steps will make uploading and sending your files much more efficient for you and much easier for your teachers to open.

Visit for more details.


Make a portfolio

It is important for all students to keep a portfolio of their best work beginning in high school and throughout college. 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 during the college application process.

This 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.


Congratulations National Merit Finalists

The University of Nebraska High School is proud to recognize the following students who have earned National Merit Finalist scholarships during the 2014-15 school year. Read the article >


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:


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.