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Nathan Hale Newsletter -- 1Q 20/21: Home

Welcome Patriots!

Dear Patriot Community,

We are a few months into the school year, and we want our parents to know that we are committed to the learning environment of our school even during these uncertain times.  Our students are representing themselves, their families, and our school community in a safe, positive manner.  Our staff is hard at work teaching both in-person and remote to ensure student learning is increasing.  Our students are engaged in learning during their remote classes and in-person school days.  We are very glad to have them back in the building and look forward to starting activities, athletics, and tutoring after school.

Given the busy schedules of our entire Nathan Hale learning community, we see the newsletter as one of the important ways we maintain communication between school and home.  It contains a variety of academic updates and provides parents with an overview of what their children are learning, as well as, additional information about the middle school experience.  We want our parents and guardians to know that we are working hard to continue the success we have had in the past years.

Next week, the administration will meet with all students.  The main purpose of these meetings is to reinforce the importance of their education, highlight a few specific areas in the handbook, and inform them why the policies are in place.  Administration will share with the students that our core values are to "Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe."  We remind our students to "Give more to society than they take."  In other words, we encourage them to work hard to ensure their success at Nathan Hale because they are practicing habits that will help them in their future endeavors.

Nathan Hale students and staff are observing social distancing, wear face coverings at all times, and practice hand washing and sanitizing.

Parents, we personally thank you for sending your child to Nathan Hale!  Go Patriots!


Nathan Hale Administration 

Important Dates

Monday 10/26 - Thursday 10/29 --  ELA MAP Testing for In-Person Learners

Tuesday 11/3  -- No School, Election Day and Building Professional Development

Wednesday, 11/4 -- No School, Building Professional Development

Monday, 11/9 - Thursday, 11/12 -- Math MAP Testing for In-Person Learners

Monday, 11/16 -- Start of After-School Activities

Monday, 11/16 - Friday, 11/20 -- Spirit Week! 

Wednesday, 11/25 - Friday, 11/27 --  No School, Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, 12/11 -- End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

Monday, 12/14 - Friday, 1/1 -- No School, Winter Recess

Monday, 1/4 -- No School, Teacher Planning 

Tuesday, 1/5 -- Start of Quarter 3/Semester 2


Greetings From Assistant Principal Schmidt

Greetings Nathan Hale Community,

I am grateful to serve the students and families of Nathan Hale as the Assistant Principal/Data Processor.  Do not hesitate to contact me regarding questions related to assessment, grading, and scheduling.  

One of our goals is to have all our families monitor student progress through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Please email me at to request access.  You will need to provide your full first and last name, the name(s) of your Nathan Hale student(s), and the email address you would like associated with your account.  I will then email your activation key and instructions for setting up your account.  This is an important tool that can help increase student attendance and achievement, as well as communication between home and school.  You also can monitor student progress through your student's Infinite Campus account.  The login and password are the same as the login and password for your student's email account and computer login.

Also, it is important we have current email addresses and phone numbers for families so you can receive updated information from the school and the district.  If you have recently changed your email address or phone number(s), please call the school at (531) 299-7032 to update that important information.

Finally, please visit the OPS website at, the Nathan Hale website at, or our Twitter page @OPS_NathanHale, and our Nathan Hale Middle School Facebook page for information and updates.

Thank you.  Be well and safe.


Mr. Anton Schmidt

Assistant Principal/Data Processor

News From The Instructional Facilitator


Nathan Hale students will begin MAP testing starting October 26, 2020.  At this time only in-person students will be tested in their English Language Arts and Math classes.  Remote learners will complete asynchronous activities while testing is occurring in their classes.  Students will complete testing on their iPads so it is important to remind students to bring their device to school with them fully charged each day.  I am excited to begin the testing process to better assist students in their learning!


Mr. Andrew Samson

Instructional Facilitator

Counselor's Corner

Here To Help

We are living in unprecedented times, and that can come with many uncertainties. The members of Nathan Hale's counseling department understand that it can be very stressful for families.  We want you to know that your school counselors, Ms. Redinbaugh and Mr. Simmons, and social worker, Ms. Poskochil, are here to assist you. Nathan Hale also has a Community Counselor from the Methodist Health System who is available to meet with students. Ms. Jameson is here every Monday and Friday. Parents or guardians would need to complete an enrollment form for their student to meet with Ms. Jameson on a regular basis.  You may contact the school to request this form.

Ms. Redinbaugh (students with last names A - L) and Mr. Simmons (students with last names M - Z) are using several different ways to connect with students and parents/guardians.  If you need or would like to reach out to your school counselor, you can...

1. email your school counselor directly.  Contact Ms. Redinbaugh at or Mr. Simmons at

2. email our school social worker. Contact Ms. Poskochil at

3. complete a Microsoft Form.  You will need to answer a few questions and a counselor will get back in touch with you.  The link to this form is at the bottom of this article.

4. reach out to a counselor during their Office Hours on Microsoft Teams.

Other Resources

Lastly, it is important to know that, if for any reason you need immediate assistance from a mental health professional, please contact the SAFE SCHOOLS HOTLINE at (531) 299 - SAFE (7233).

Other options that are available 24/7 and are free include:

1. Call the Boystown Hotline at 1 (800) 448-3000

2. Text "Voice" to 20121

3. Chat at

4. Email

5. Download the "My Life My Voice" mood app

We don't want to overwhelm you with options, but we want you to know that we are here and ready to help you.


Every Learning Opportunity Counts!

1. In-person and remote learners attend every class, every day, on time.

2. In-person and remote learners please call the attendance office at (531) 299 - 7027 to report all absences: illness, medical, bereavement, etc.

3. In-person learners on the 3/2 Model are expected to attend school in-person as assigned.

4. Call (531) 299-9018 to request Remote Learning Every Day.

5. Please call the Main Office at (531) 299 - 2360 for technical issues, as needed.

Student Handbook

Nathan Hale students and families can access the 2020 - 21 Nathan Hale Student Handbook by using the link below.  It contains important information about Nathan Hale including Academics, Attendance, MTSS-B, Title I, and our school-wide expectations.  Please use this as an important resource throughout the school year.  

After-School Opportunity: DREAM

DREAM is going on its fourth year with Nathan Hale, and they hope to continue providing creative outlets, new experiences, and a safe and welcoming place to all students.  

DREAM offers a wide variety of clubs and skill-building activities including STEM, gardening, Art Club, Robotics, Book Club, Writing Club, culinary training, braiding, and more.  

DREAM meets Monday - Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

1. Tutoring

2. Homework Help

3. Daily Life-Skills Building With Community Partners

4. Reward Program For Students And Parents Participation

Important: In-person students may attend the physical program ONLY on the days they are assigned to be present in the building.  Students who are virtual may sign into activities remotely during the time.

Contact Ms. Terra Moore at (402) 214 - 5089 for more information.

Follow Us

Stay connected to the Patriot community.  Visit our website at  Follow us on Facebook at @NathanHaleMS, or follow us on Twitter at @OPS_NathanHale.  Thanks!

Welcome To New Staff

Ms. Sarah Billings -- Eighth-Grade Math.  Ms. Billings is a Kansas native.  She attended Wichita State University and earned her bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education.  Her favorite middle school memory is being on her school's National Academic League and competing in competitions.  Outside of school, Ms. Billings enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews and lounging around the house with her two cats Della and Lucy.  She also loves drinking coffee and spending time outdoors in the fall.  Ms. Billings states that she is so excited to teach Nathan Hale's Patriots!

Ms. Kelli Bomberger --  Vocal Music.  Ms. Bomberger is from Lexington, NE.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Music Theory from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Ms. Bomberger's favorite middle school memory is when she accidentally exploded a can of biscuit dough in her Home Economics class.  (It flew everywhere!)  She enjoys playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons in her free time.  Her favorite things include making playlists, eating Runzas, playing drums, and stepping on crunchy leaves.  Ms. Bomberger absolutely loves working with the staff and students at Nathan Hale!

Ms. Kaitlin Flynn -- English Language Arts.  Ms. Flynn grew up on a dairy farm outside of a teeny, tiny town in the middle of nowhere Nebraska.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, WA, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Her favorite memory in middle school is singing in her father's choir.  She loves Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian food.  She is also a tea and coffee fanatic!  She loves to read, knit, play video games, sing, and play the piano, as well as, hangout with her weird pets: a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach named Radaghast, a leopard gecko named Minerva, a corn snake named Esmerelda, and a giant, fat cat named Harvey.  In the summer, she can be found at the area comic conventions and renaissance fairs, usually in costume!  She is so excited to be a Patriot!

Ms. Stephanie Grunke -- Science and Social Studies.  Ms. Grunke is from a small town in central Nebraska named Broken Bow.  She was the first person in her family to go to and graduate from college!  She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English as a Second Language.  She then went on to get her master's degree through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Her favorite middle school memory is attending an overnight trip to Halsey National Forest.  Some of her favorite things are playing with her boys, eating pizza, going on walks, re-reading Harry Potter, and relaxing on the weekends.

Ms. Shirley Jackson -- Cafeteria.  Ms. Jackson is an Omaha native.  She attended Clifton Hill, Monroe, and Benson.  In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and going to the casino.  Her favorite type of food is Mexican food.  

Ms. Yuanyuan Jiang -- Science.  Ms. Jiang was born in China but raised in Omaha, NE.  She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha this spring with middle-level endorsements in science and social studies.  She is currently part of UNO's CADRE Project, working on action research and her master's degree in Instructional Technology.  Outside of school, Ms. Jiang's hobbies include swimming, reading, and traveling.  Her favorite part of teaching is working with students, families, and colleagues at Nathan Hale.

Ms. Shawn McCormick --  Sixth-Grade Language Arts.  Ms. McCormick is an Omaha native.  She grew up not far from Nathan Hale and even attended Roncalli for high school.  She attended college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Concordia University in Seward, NE.  She has a master's degree in Elementary Education and Literacy.  She also received her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2012.  Her favorite middle school memory is finally being in the middle-school wing of her K-8 school.  Ms. McCormick likes eating tacos, seafood, salads, and chocolate.  It was too hard for her to pick up just one favorite food.  When not at school, Ms. McCormick enjoys being outside.  She specifically enjoys walking, biking, camping, and hiking while being outdoors.  Ms. McCormick is excited to start a new journey in her teaching career by teaching middle school this year.

Mr. Michael Moore -- General Music and Music Explorations.  Mr. Moore is a native of Fayetteville, AR, but he has lived in the Omaha area since April of 2019.  He attended the University of Arkansas and Western Michigan University.  Music has always been an important part of Mr. Moore's life, so during his spare time, he likes listening and playing music.  He also enjoys playing his trumpet, beatboxing, playing video games, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and solving Rubix cubes.  His favorite food is Mississippi Chicken.  Mr. Moore is excited to be part of the Nathan Hale family.

Mr. Phillip Moreno -- Security.  Mr. Moreno's hometown is Omaha.  Growing up, he attended St. Philip Neri Catholic School and Central High School.  His hobbies include archery and special effect make-up.  His favorite food is Egg Foo Young.  

Ms. Racheal Murray -- Seventh-Grade Math.  Ms. Murray is an Omaha native.  She attended Ralston High School and went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She then attended the University of Phoenix where she obtained master's degrees in Teacher Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction.  Her favorite middle school memory was when she was able to go around to different elementary schools and talk about her plans to be a teacher.  Outside of school, Ms. Murray enjoys playing with her kids.  She has a 14-year-old son named Quinten and a one-year-old daughter named MaKenna!  Her favorite food is sushi, and in the summer you can find her at the pool or a baseball game!  Ms. Murray is looking forward to working with former and new students here at Nathan Hale!

Ms. Valerie Prince -- Cafeteria.  Ms. Prince is from Omaha, NE.  She is an alumni of Omaha Public Schools -- attending Belvedere for elementary school, McMillan for middle school, and Burke for high school.  She enjoys watching television, going to the casino, and laying around on the couch.  Her favorite food is enchiladas.

Mr. Steven Sledge -- Head Custodian.  Mr. Sledge is an Omaha native.  He attended Lewis and Clark Middle School and Burke High School.  He enjoys basketball and cars and likes to spend his time traveling, washing cars, and grilling.  His favorite food is ribs. 

Mr. Miguel Trotter -- Custodian.  Mr. Trotter grew up in Omaha, NE.  He attended all Omaha Public Schools: Burke, Lewis and Clark, and Belvedere.  His hobbies include working on trucks, being at home, and listening to music.  His favorite food is hamburgers.

Mr. Andre Waller -- Dean of Students.  Mr. Waller grew up in Newark, NJ.  His academic pursuits had him attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Concordia University, the University of Phoenix, and Bethany Lutheran.  Mr. Waller's hobbies include reading, working out, and spending time with his family.  His favorite food is cheeseburgers.  

Mr. Bryce Wynn -- Custodian.  Mr. Wynn is from Omaha, NE.  He attended North High School.  When he is not working, Mr. Wynn enjoys shopping at the mall, spending time with his family, and watching sports.  His favorite food is fried chicken.  

Ms. Bailey Zarybnicky -- Physical Education.  Ms. Zarybnicky is from Beatrice, NE.  She attended Doane University in Crete, NE.  Her favorite middle school memory is participating in middle school sports.  Outside of school and during the summer, Ms. Zarybnicky enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She loves to be a part of the Patriot community here at Nathan Hale!


News From Team Pride (Sixth Grade)

Math --  Hold on tight to your calculators, Ms. Quedensley, Ms. Ross, Mr. Ohira, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Patton kept the sixth-grade students busy during first quarter.  Their Math 6 students studied rates and ratios to begin the year.  They will investigate fractions, decimals, and percents during second quarter.  Ms. Quedensley's Advanced Math class also learned about rates and ratios, but they threw in proportions, for good measure.  Her pre-algebra class investigated real numbers to start off the year and will solve equations with one and two variables during second quarter.   

Science --  In first quarter, Ms. Grunke and Ms. Jiang's sixth-grade students completed their Energy unit in science.  During this unit, students found evidence of what energy is or is not, and the relationship between temperature and energy.  (Is it hot in here?)  Other energy topics students explored included: motion, force, work, kinetic and potential energy, other forms of energy, and energy change and observation.  The last half of the Energy unit saw students learning about Thermal Energy, including thermal energy, heat, temperature, and heat transfer.  Students became more familiar with using technology for remote learning, such as Teams, Nearpod, Kahoot, and Quizizz.  Ms. Grunke and Ms. Jiang are looking forward to learning about Weather and Climate in second quarter and life science in second semester, when these scientists will hatch chicks!  

Social Studies --  Where in the world are Ms. Wolf, Ms. Grunke, Ms. Johnson and their social studies students?  Turn on the GPS because they traveled all over the world during first quarter as they reviewed the continents, oceans, the early Hominids, and began to study Ancient Egypt. They "saw" the monuments left behind by the ancient pharaohs and investigated the daily life of Egyptians at that time.  Another thing they discovered is how over time people changed from being nomadic to becoming farmers and building cities.  During second quarter, they will finish learning about Ancient Egypt and travel to Ancient Rome.  

English/Language Arts --  Don't be afraid Patriots!  The first Collections unit in ELA for sixth grade was about Fears and Phobias.  As part of this unit, Ms. Worthy's and Ms. Patton's classes read part one of the novel Holes by Louis Sachar.  They also read the short stories "The Jumping Tree" and "The Ravine."  These readers and writers learned about fears and phobias, as well as, lyrical poetry.  They read Maya Angelou's poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me."  During second quarter, Ms. Worthy's students will read the short story "The Mixer," as well as, nonfiction articles about animals.  Ms. Ruppe, Ms. Patton and their students also learned about facing fear.  They explored how people experience fear and how fear affects the brain and body.  These scholars tracked character motivations, analyzed story plot, and created poems about something they fear using the elements of poetry.  During second quarter, their Collections unit is about animal intelligence.  The students will explore various perspectives on the intelligence of animals, and they will write a literary analysis in which they analyze an animal as a narrator or main character of a story.  Finally, these students will give an informative presentation in which they will explain how animals show intelligence.  Ms. McCormick and Ms. Patton are proud how their students learned to navigate Microsoft Teams while studying sensory details, inferences, tone, poetry, setting, characters, conflict, resolution, and the RACE strategy for writing.  Whew!  During second quarter, these scholars will learn how to successfully navigate in-person learning and remote learning at the same time.  They will study point of view and writing an argument.  

News From Team Truth (Seventh Grade)

Math -- During first quarter, Ms. Askew, Ms. Murray, Mr. Stark, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Bridgeford kept everything in proportion as their students in Math 7 learned about ratios, rates, and proportional relationships.  Ms. Murray's students also investigated percents (how to find them) and interest rates.  Mr. Stark and his students also tackled complex fractions. (Seriously, is there any other kind?) During second quarter, as the students are reacclimatizing to the school environment, they will be learning about integers, fractions, and percents.  They will use all these skills to solve word problems.  

Science --  What can Mr. Clerc and his science students bring to the table?  Well, their knowledge of chemistry, of course.  During first quarter, these scholars covered the basics of chemistry.  They studied atoms, molecules, elements, mixtures, and the forms in which they appear.  They analyzed how thermal energy affects density and the state of matter's particles.  During second quarter, these scientists will turn their attention to chemical reactions and synthetic materials. Mr. Samson's students also investigated the states of matter and how the states of matter can change -- from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a gas.  During second quarter, they will discuss physical changes, chemical changes, and reactions.  Ms. Johnson and her scientists were in their element -- as they also studied the Periodic Table and the elements.  They learned how everything is made up of atoms and molecules.  During second quarter, their attention will turn to the states of matter and phase changes, physical and chemical.  

Social Studies --  During first quarter, Ms. Siert and Mr. Nelson packed their bags and traveled to Southwest Asia.  Their students learned about this region of the world.  They discussed the lack of water in the region and how that impacts the way people live.  They also learned about the three different religions that started there: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Next quarter, they will move on to the continent of Africa.  The will study the physical and human geography of Africa, the Atlantic Slave trade, and the colonization of Africa.

English/Language Arts --  Cha-Ching!  Ms. Foley, Ms. Flynn, Ms. Galles, Ms. Bridgeford and their ELA students studied texts about Consumer Culture during first quarter.  They discussed the advantages and disadvantages of living in a consumerism society.  They also worked on summary writing (using the IVF strategy) and brushed up on their reading, writing, and technology skills.  One of those writing skills was writing simple and compound sentences.  Vocabulary work also was highlighted.  Ms. Foley's GATE students created book blogs and a logo which represented who they are, as well.  During second quarter, all these seventh-grade scholars will be delving into some awesome books, writing an essay (or two), and adding more reading, writing, and researching skills to their toolbox.  All of this will be part of their Perception and Reality unit.  Ms. Foley will have her students read the play "A Christmas Carol" and the short story "Sorry, Wrong Number."  Her GATE students will keep their book blogs updated and write book reviews.  They also will conduct a virtual mock trial where they will put the characters from "Sorry, Wrong Number" on trial.


News From Team Freedom (Eighth Grade)

Math --  During first quarter, Mr. Matthews and his algebra students reviewed pre-algebra concepts and learned how to succeed in online learning.  Their attention will move from functions to solving equations during second quarter.  The students in Mr. Matthews,' Ms. Billings' and Ms. Lee's pre-algebra classes studied rational numbers and the real number system to begin the year.  They also learned what it takes to be successful in online learning.  For second quarter, these mathletes will move on to solving equations, slope, and how to be successful with Khan Academy.  

Science -- Ok, so maybe it is rocket science!  For first quarter, Mr. Clerc and the students in his Physical Science class applied physics to rocketry.  Although they missed launching rockets in-person, these industrious scientists were successful at explaining the relationship of Newton's Laws of Motion to sample data.  During second quarter, they will travel to the final frontier and learn about space chemistry.

Social Studies -- We the students in Mr. Bedore's and Ms. Benson's social studies classes learned a lot about the Constitution during first quarter.  This is because these scholars tackled units about Pre-Constitution history and the Constitution.  They created the framework of the Constitution through compromise and then studied the three parts of the Constitution: the preamble, the articles, and the amendments.  During second quarter, their units include Territorial Expansion, Settlement, Immigration, and Manifest Destiny.  They will cover these topics by analyzing several events: the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, Native American Displacement, Texas Annexation, the Mexican American War, Trails West, the Gold Rush, and the Continental Railroad.  

English Language Arts -- During first quarter eighth-grade students completed a unit on Culture and Belonging.  Each ELA teacher brought their own special talents and ideas this unit.  Ms. Kissinger and her classes focused on the elements of fiction and characterization.  Ms. Carlson, Ms. Lee and their classes explored the importance of respecting the various cultures that make up their class and community through stories, articles, and a variety of learning activities.  One of the essential questions that was woven into their unit was "How does discovering one's identity improve society and the culture we live in?" Her students completed a multi-step "Who I Am" project to work toward understanding the relevance of this essential question.  Ms. Ridgely and her HSP class created their own "Who I Am" poem and explored stories and writing in their Collection textbook.  During second quarter, these readers and writers will tackle a unit called the Thrill of Horror.  Students will study the horror genre.  Ms. Kissinger's classes will read the novel Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  Ms. Carlson's classes will experience the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, and others.  Their texts and learning activities will lead toward an enduring understanding of how challenges in life provide opportunities for personal growth.  Ms Ridgley's class will read the novel Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

News From Team Liberty (Cooperative Arts)

Music --  The year began on a positive note for Ms. Bomberger and her vocal music students.  During first quarter they focused on building a strong musical foundation, and they worked with sight singing, rhythms, and new vocabulary terms to help describe the music they sing and hear.  For second quarter, these musicians will be digging into some harder music.  The sixth-grade students will be singing a song from Moana.  The seventh-grade students will be working on a song by Queen and a song by Katy Perry.  The eighth-grade students will be singing a song from The Greatest Showman.  Mr. Moore and his students in General Music and Music Exploration were pitch perfect, as well.  They spent first quarter learning about the elements of music and exploring the genres of blues and hip hop.  During second quarter, they will continue participating in exciting lessons that cover the elements of music.  

Introduction To Careers -- During first quarter, Ms. King and her classes worked on understanding their personal skills, planning for a career, and setting career goals.  

ESL -- Hello!  For first quarter, Ms. Darling and her EL students worked on writing personal narratives and practiced conversations.  During second quarter, they will learn about author's purpose, digital citizenship, the research process, and informational writing.  

Physical Education --  Social distancing did not slow down the Patriots in their PE classes.  During first quarter, the students in Mr. Hansen's classes covered fitness, goals, routines, wellness, the Olympics, sports scandals, professional athletes, and weightlifting.  The students in Ms. Zarybnicky's classes covered stretching, fitness, and Track and Field.  During second quarter, their attention will turn to fitness testing and sports activities and topics such as the PACER, volleyball, fitness stations, parents in youth sports, and athletes using influence.  

Computer Applications -- In Computer Application classes, Ms. Voss and her students covered a variety of applications.  They mastered their daily typing, while enhancing skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  

Reading Skills --  Mr. Irvin and his students participated in the reading inventory during first quarter, while acclimating to remote learning.  During second quarter, they will learn about dystopian societies within literature.  As the students continue to advance their technology-based learning, they will keep using multiple strategies to increase reading levels.  

Service Learning --  Mr. Nelson and Ms. Benson began first quarter teaching their students the foundations of service learning.  Their students investigated what service learning is and how they can get involved with service learning.  Ms. Benson required her students to complete a personal service learning project.

Leadership -- During first quarter, Ms. Benson and her leadership students discussed the foundational skills of leadership and studied the basics of advertising.  

Health and Human Growth -- As HGD is a quarter-long class, Mr. Clayburn and his students focused on current issues that are affecting young scholars.  Those issues included conflict resolution, healthy relationship building, character development, mental and emotional health, mental and emotional disorders, violence prevention, and personal health care.  

Spirit Week 11/16 - 11/20

Monday -- Twin Day

Tuesday -- Super Hero Day

Wednesday -- Throwback Day 

Thursday -- Meme or Emoji Day

Friday -- Future Career Day

Greetings From Assistant Principal Station

Hello Patriot Parents,

I am so glad to have our students back in the building.  They have been very responsible with their social distancing.  Our athletics and activities will look a little different with the 2/3 model and our priority to make sure we are creating a safe environment.  Please encourage your student to get active in a club or sport because student involvement can lead to academic and social growth.

In-person activities and athletics will not resume until November 16, 2020.  This gives our students time to get acclimated to the new schedule, and it coincides with the start of our activity bus transportation.  The activity bus is available to any student that is eligible for bussing to and from school.  All activities and athletics will start at 3:10 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.

We are excited to bring back two new organizations this year.  Nathan Hale will be focusing on introducing, improving, and acknowledging our students' leadership abilities with the addition of our National Junior Honor Society and Student Government.  We also will continue to host Chess and Gaming Club, Math and Robotics Club, Creative Writing Club, Book Club, H Club, Thrive, Yearbook, and participation in the African American History Challenge. 

Athletics will look a little different for the start of second quarter.  In an effort to keep students safe and socially distant, we are providing conditioning and skill advancement for boy's basketball and girl's volleyball.  All seventh-grade and eighth-grade students are eligible to participate.  Physicals and athletic contracts are required.

Our goal is to make sure students have a great time and make new friends, while developing their skills to become tomorrow's leaders.  

I look forward to continuing to work with your students as we build their capacity of knowledge, character, and drive.

If you ever have questions, please contact me at (531) 299-7124 or


Ms. Ayesha Station

Assistant Principal, Athletic/Activities Director

Greetings From Ms. McNeil

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to welcome our students back into the building!  All of you have worked so hard from home, and I know that you will continue working hard on the days to come.  Stay postive, six-feet away, wearing a face covering, and amazing!  See you soon!  

#Leadership and Social Justice All Day, Every Day!

Thank you,

Ms. Nisha McNeil

Dean of Students

News From The Gifted And Talented Department

Mrs. Foley and her Honors Special Projects students will be reading the novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.  The students will be creating a project about the book using the RAFT writing strategy.  This strategy will have the students considering the role of the narrator, the audience, the format, and the topic of their writing. This industrious group just finished their book blogs and will be using them year-round to share their favorite books, learn about different authors, and critically evaluate the book they read.

Mrs. Ridgley and her Honors Special Projects students began a wonderful partnership with the UNO Freshman Leadership Council and the Omaha Public Library.  To prepare for their meeting, everyone read the ALA Best Books winner Seed Folks by Paul Fleischman, a book that illustrates how a community garden can bring people together from all walks of life.  Nathan Hale's students and UNO students are creating a Seed Folks sequel that illustrates the beauty of people coming together, understanding one another, and creating something that will unite their community.  The Omaha Public Library will feature this writing in their very own Zine available for public review.  Be sure to check it out!

The Book Blaster Books for 2020/2021 include...

Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

White Bird by R.J. Palacio

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Blended by Sharon Draper

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

News From Nurse Cunningham


It is important to have students compliant with Nebraska's seventh-grade immunization requirements. Please be sure the school nurse has the most up-to-date immunization records.  Please note, the state regulations are for all students regardless of whether they are participating in-person or remotely.


Also, Nebraska requires physical exams for students entering seventh grade and a physical exam including a vision exam for students transferring in from out-of-state.  

Students wanting to participate in a sport for seventh grade must have a physical dated after March 1, 2020.  Students in eighth grade wanting to participate in a sport must have a physical dated after May 1, 2020.  

See the School Physical Poster below for locations and phone numbers of OPS health clinics.

Medical Plans

All students with medical conditions will need a new asthma/anaphylaxis, Diabetic, and seizure plan.  The nurse will need a doctor's order for medications to be given at school and a parent-signed consent.

Contact Info.

Parents and guardians can call the school nurse, Nurse Cunningham, at (531) 299 - 7025 with any questions.

Telephone Numbers

Main Office

(531) 299 - 2360


(531) 299 - 7027


(531) 299 - 7025


Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities, and employment and provides equal access to Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Coming Street, Omaha, NE  68131, (531) 299 - 0220.

What Is A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)?

Speech-Language Pathologists or SLPs are part of the special education team in public schools.  SLPs take part in the intervention and evaluation process.  They work with kids who get related services through their IEP.  They also may work with kids who get services through a 504 plan.  

Their goal is to help improve how well a child is learning and performing in the classroom.  To do this, SLPs often focus on a child's ability to understand and use language.

How SLPs Help With Language And Communication Issues

SLPs at school may work with kids on language, speaking, listening, and reading skills.  If your child gets speech-language therapy through his/her IEP, the SLP will design activities for his/her particular issues.  The activities might help your child in ways like these:

* Boosting phonological awareness skills.  This can help your child's use of beginning reading and writing skills.  The SLP might start by helping your child with rhyming and with identifying the beginning sounds in words.

* Using language to express more complex ideas.  The SLP may teach your child to speak in longer sentences and to share more details.  For instance, she might focus on "joining words" like and, but, or, and because to help kids combine their ideas in sentences.

* Understanding inferences.  These are ideas that aren't directly stated in text.  The SLP can work on helping your child understand the meaning of what he/she reads.

* Building vocabulary.  Knowing more words can help your child with speaking, reading, and listening.  To help kids remember new vocabulary words, the SLP might act them out, use them to retell stories, or play vocabulary games.

* Using strategies to improve reading comprehension.  The SLP may start by helping your child recall what he/she knows about a topic before he/she reads.  She also may help your child find words or pictures in the reading that are clues to help with understanding.

* Improving social communication skills.  Your child may get help with the back-and-forth of conversation.  This can involve learning to pay attention to the other person's tone of voice, body language, and emotions.

October is:

* Down Syndrome Awareness Month

* Dyslexia Awareness Month

* Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month

* Head Start Awareness Month

Your Speech-Language Pathologist at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School is:

Ms. Kara Harder, MS/CCC-SLP

(531) 299-5267


Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).