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Nathan Hale Newsletter -- 1st Q 2019: Home

Important Dates

Week of October 21st -- Report cards mailed home.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 --  Fall Play at 6:00 p.m. at Northwest High School's auditorium

Thursday, November 14, 2019 --  Literacy Night from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Nathan Hale

Week of November 25th -- Progress reports mailed home.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - Friday, November 29, 2019 --  Thanksgiving Vacation, No School

Thursday, December 12, 2019 --  Instrumental Music Concert at 6:00 p.m. at Nathan Hale's gymnasium

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 -- Vocal Music Concert at 6:00 p.m. at Northwest High School's auditorium

Monday, December 23, 2019 - Monday, January 6, 2020 -- Winter Break, No School

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - Tuesday, January 21, 2020 -- High School Open Houses  (See article below.)

Week of January 13th -- Report cards mailed home.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 --  All eighth-grade students must return his/her high school selection form to their middle school by this date.


Important Telephone Numbers


(531) 299 - 2360


(531) 299 - 7027


(531) 229 - 2361

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 at any time. 

     One of our goals this year is to have all 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, your student(s) names, 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 achievement and communication between school and home.

     Thank you for supporting Nathan Hale Middle School. Go Patriots!


Anton Schmidt

Assistant Principal/Data Processor

From the Athletic/Activities Director's Desk

Hello Patriot Parents,

     I am excited to be working with your students!  They have welcomed me with open arms and shown me exactly what amazing leaders look like.  Please encourage your student to get active in a club or sport because student involvement can lead to academic and social success.

     We are coming close to the end of Season One of athletics.  Our cross country, football, volleyball, and soccer teams have all worked hard and shown their Patriot Pride!  As we move into Season Two, please make sure your female swimmers and male basketball players have their physicals and athletic contracts turned in, so they are eligible to participate.

     Our clubs also have started well.  Comic and Game Club, Drama, H Club, THRIVE, and Yearbook have all started meeting after school.  Students are having a great time making new friends and learning new crafts, 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.


Ayesha Station

Assistant Principal/Activities Director

Fall Sports Recap

Volleyball  -- Nathan Hale's volleyball team played games every Tuesday and Thursday.  The team was made up of 16 girls and their coaches, Ms. Ross and Ms. O'Hara.  The girls were very hard working and very supportive of each other as a team.  Congratulations to these 16 athletes who represented Nathan Hale well.

Cross Country -- The Nathan Hale Patriot cross country team had a successful season.  Each runner improved their endurance and shortened their times throughout the year.  Every student athlete had personal records during the Bryan Invite.  The boys team was coached by Mr. Elder, and the girls team was coached by Mrs. Ridgley.  

Football -- It was a hard fought season for the Patriot football team.  There was lots of growth, and ten seventh-grade students had 95% attendance during the season.   These young athletes competed and grew as the year progressed.  The coaches Mr. Matthews and Mr. Irvin look forward to seeing these dedicated students on the team again next year.  Nathan Hale's eighth-grade athletes finished the season with a 0 - 4 record.  The coaches wish them success on their future teams.  

Intramural Soccer --  According to Coach Wolf, sixth-grade soccer was awesome.  The Patriots started the season with nearly 60 girl and boy soccer players.  The Nathan Hale Patriots won three games and tied one game.  Everyone worked extremely hard and were super fun to coach.  Watch out!  The Patriots will be ready to compete for a City Championship next year!

Hello From Ms. McNeil

Hello Patriots, 

      My name is Nisha McNeil.  I am a Dean of Students at Nathan Hale for sixth-grade and seventh-grade students with a last name beginning with the letters M - Z.  I am excited to be a Patriot and serve this community.  I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and attended Omaha Public Schools for elementary, middle, and high school.  My post-secondary education includes a B.A. in Education with endorsements in Special Education and Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a minor in History from UNO, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Midland.  I am currently pursuing a principalship endorsement and will finish in May of 2020.  

      I have two young children and enjoy spending time with my family, working in the school system, having cook-outs, and advocating for opportunities for all.  

     Nathan Hale's focus on social justice and leadership is very important to me.  I am a firm believer in these values and will work diligently to help our students achieve our school's vision: "Where learners today make leaders tomorrow."


Nisha McNeil

Dean of Students

Save The Date

Ms. Workman and the Drama Team would like to invite you to the Fall Play.  The title of the play is Talent Show Fail.  It was written by Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen.  The performance will be Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Northwest High School's auditorium.  The play is a comedy about a talent show gone wrong.

The town of Holly Springs has terrible roads, and the citizens are counting on the money raised from this year's talent show to fix them.  Unfortunately, all of the acts are unexpectedly awful: the famous husband and wife dance duo break up moments before the show, the best singer in town decides to do taxes on stage, and an angsty teen reads some upsetting poetry.  The  host, Tina, is determined that the show much go on.  Will the town of Holly Springs get their act together, or are they doomed to a future of potholes and unrehearsed roller-skating routines?  

The play will feature the talents of 14 Nathan Hale students.

High School Application 2020 - 2021

High School Selection

The Student Assignment Plan allows eighth-grade students an opportunity to attend any OPS High School beginning with their ninth-grade year, providing space is available.

Students are guaranteed placement at their home attendance area high school if this school is selected in January.  


Please note that students may be eligible to receive transportation to some, not all high schools.  Students who change school placement after the selection process has been completed may not be eligible to receive transportation.  

Open House

Before making your selection, we suggest attending the Open Houses held at the high schools. 

The schedule is...


Benson High (5120 Maple Street) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Bryan High (4700 Giles Road)

Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Burke High (12200 Burke Boulevard)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Central High (124 North 20th Street)

Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


North High (4410 North 36th Street)

Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2:00 p.,m. to 4:00 p.m.


Northwest High (8204 Crown Point Avenue)

Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.


South High (4519 South 24th Street) 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


School Selection

Every eighth-grade student will receive a selection form from his/her middle school in early January 2020.  Every student must return his/her selection form to their middle school by January 29, 2020.  Students will register for high school classes at their current middle schools in March.

Please call the Student Placement Office at (531) 229 - 0302 if you have any questions.

Letter From Principal Williams

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.  Our students are representing themselves, their families, and our school community in a positive manner.  Our staff is hard at work teaching, assessing, and examining data within teams to ensure student learning is increasing.  Our students are engaged in learning during the school day and busy with their activities, athletics, play practices, and tutoring after school. 

     Given the busy schedules of our entire Nathan Hale Learning Community, we see our newsletter as one of the important ways we maintain communication between school and home.  It contains a variety of academic updates as to what your child is learning and provides you with an overview of learning and additional items about the middle school experience.

     We want our parents and guardians to know that we are working hard to continue the success that we have had in the past years.  We ask for your support as we are still in the final construction phase at our school and have a temporary main office on the northeast corner of the building.

     Earlier this month during grade-level assemblies, I took the time to meet with all students.  The main purpose of these meetings was to reinforce the importance of their education, highlight a few specific areas in the handbook, and inform them as to why those policies are in place.  I shared with our students that our core values are to "Be Respectful.  Be Responsible, and Be Safe."  We remind our students to "Give more to society than you take."  In other words, work hard to ensure your success at Nathan Hale because you are practicing habits that will help you in your future endeavors.  Parents, I personally thank you for sending your child to Nathan Hale!  Go Patriots!


Darin K. Williams


News From Team Pride -- Sixth Grade

Math --  Mrs. Quedensley and her sixth-grade Advanced Math students explored ratios and rates in various ways during first quarter.  Their work included ratio tables, graphing, and finding proportions.  They also learned to solve complex fractions, equivalent ratios/rates.  During second quarter, these math scholars will begin preparing for the Fermi math competition and work with fractions, decimals, and percents, as well as, computing numbers.  Mr. Ohira's Math 6 students worked with ratios, rates, percents, decimals, and fractions.  Second quarter will have Mr. Ohira's students computing multi-digit numbers, multi-digit fractions, and integers.  Ms.Ross' students in Math 6 also worked with ratios, units, rates, equivalent fractions, LCM, GCF, and graphing rations.  During second quarter, these mathletes will work with fractions, decimals, and percents.  First quarter found Ms. Johnson, Ms. Gutowski and their sixth-grade students also working hard on ratios and rates.  Whew!

English/Language Arts -- During first quarter, Mrs. Worthy and her students read the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  They learned how to write leveled questions.  They also learned about character and plot by reading the short stories "The Ravine" and "Fine?" Additionally, these Patriot scholars wrote lyrical poems and argumentative essays.  During second quarter, they will continue to focus on plot and theme as the class reads the novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.  The class also will focus on main idea and detail after reading non-fiction text.  Ms. Workman, Mrs. Patton and their students worked on building their vocabulary during first quarter.  This meant they practiced using context clues, root words, prefixes, and suffixes to increase their vocabulary.  They also worked on reading fiction -- focusing on identifying character traits, making inferences, and comparing/contrasting.  Ms. Workman's students also wrote essays concentrating on sensory details.  Ms. O'Hara students learned reading strategies during first quarter that helped them break down text when reading non-fiction.  When reading fiction, they analyzed characters, setting, story plot, and author's purpose.  During second quarter, they will continue to build on these same skills, but focus more on informative pieces.  For example, they will analyze articles and present on how animals show intelligence.  

Science -- During first quarter, the sixth-grade science department was full of energy.  This industrious group studied the transformation and transfer of energy at the beginning of the year.  They learned about the different forms and types of energy, and they studied the Law of Conservation of Energy.  Dr. Rivers, Mr. Novotny, and Ms. Eltouny had their students learning the difference between thermal energy and heat, how heat transfers, and the difference between insulators and conductors.  During second quarter, they will study weather, climate, and the water cycle.  

Social Studies --  Where in the world are Ms. Wolf, Mr. Novotny and their social studies students?  During first quarter, you could find this studious group investigating Ancient Egypt.  They learned about Egyptian pharaohs and different social classes in Egyptian society.  During second quarter, they will travel to Ancient Greece.  


News Fromn Team Truth -- Seventh Grade

English/Language Arts --  During first quarter, Mr. Samson and his readers and writers worked on their summarizing skills, having appropriate literacy discussions, and using grade-level text.  During second quarter, they will continue to work on their reading and writing skills with more grade-level text.  Mrs. Foley's scholars developed their writing skills and their vocabulary weekly during first quarter.  They also practiced summarizing texts, identifying main ideas and details.  During second quarter, they will learn how to write an essay, read the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and analyze texts.  First quarter found Ms. Galles and her students reviewing capitalization and identifying subjects and predicates.  They also worked with root words and new vocabulary.  During second quarter, they will focus on writing summaries.  

Math --  Things are first rate in seventh-grade math!  In fact, Ms. Askew, Mrs. Bridgeford and their students focused on unit rates during first quarter.  They also worked on the key concepts of being able to convert fractions, decimals, and percents.  During second quarter, they will work with integers using number lines, and they will understand rational numbers.  During first quarter in Mr. Ohira's Math 7 classes, the students worked with ratios, complex fractions, and percents.  Second quarter will find them studying integers, rational numbers, expressions, and equations.  

Social Studies --  During first quarter, the students in Mr. Nelson's classes learned about the physical and human geography of Southwest Asia.  Mrs. Siert's students also learned about Southwest Asia.  They studied the culture, resources, and governments of the countries in this part of the world.  During second quarter, both teachers and their scholars will "travel" to Africa!

Science --  Science matters in seventh grade!  Dr. Rivers and her seventh-grade scientists spent first quarter learning all about matter.  They classified matter.  They measured matter.  They studied the Law of Conservation of Mass.  During second quarter, these students will continue investigating matter -- focusing on solids, liquids, and gases.  Mr. Clerc and the students in Science 7 classes learned about the chemistry that makes up our world during first quarter.  They will study the Periodic Table during second quarter.  


News From Team Freedom -- Eighth Grade

English/Language Arts --  Mrs. Kissinger, Ms. Carlson, Mrs. Ridgley, and Ms. Lee kept their students busy during first quarter with a unit about culture and belonging.  During second quarter, these readers and writers will be focusing on horror fiction with their Thrill of Horror unit.  Get ready, eighth-grade students to be spooked while analyzing the horror genre!  Mwahahahahahaha!

Social Studies --  During first quarter, Mr. Bedore and his students traveled back in time to the birth of our nation.  They built the Constitution through compromise and then studied the Federalists and Anti-federalists.  During second quarter, they will break down the Constitution and analyze it, and then they will expand the United States through the idea of Manifest Destiny.  Ms. Benson's classes also traveled through their pre-Constitution unit during first quarter, and they plan to study this important document closely during second quarter, as well.  

Science --  Mr. Elder and his eighth-grade scientists studied evolution and how organisms change over time during first quarter.  They also learned about Earth's history.  They will go "full steam ahead" to the final frontier during second quarter and consider the natural wonders of space.  During first quarter, the students in Mr. Clerc's Physical Science class learned physics with the help of rockets.  During second quarter, they will explore space and chemistry.

Math --  Need help finding x?  Just ask Mrs. Peters and her algebra students.  They have been learning about equations and functions.  Mrs. Peters wants parents to know that students have homework every day!  During second quarter, they will work on proportional and nonproportional reasoning.  In pre-algebra classes, Mrs. Peters, Mr. Stark, and Mr. Matthews had their students use rational numbers to explore properties of exponents and scientific notion.  Second quarter will find them starting to solve equations and inequalities.

Spanish -- Hola!  Mrs. Peters had the students in her Spanish class learn basic conversations and information during first quarter.  During second quarter, they will work on telling stories and describing people.  

News From Team Liberty -- Cooperative Arts

ESL --  Mrs. Taylor and her students spent first quarter working on descriptive writing, types of sentences, and identifying the text structures of problem/solution and compare/contrast.  Ms. Birkemeier and the students in her classes practiced the literacy skill of determining the main idea in a text.  They also worked on saying, spelling, and using sight words in sentences, and they increased their map skills by using a compass rose.

Affective Skills --  During first quarter, Ms. Moore and her sixth-grade and seventh-grade students read the novel The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman.  Her eighth-grade students worked on a unit that revolved around The Kindness Diaries and a kindness challenge.

Reading --  During first quarter, Mr. Irvin and his students worked on writing summaries in academic language.

Physical Education --  Ms. Clarke, Mr. Hansen and the students at Nathan Hale had to practice "patience" and "flexibility" during first quarter as they waited for the remodeling of the locker rooms and gymnasium to be complete.  Once ready, the girls were assigned locks and lockers and began participating in activities in the gym such as volleyball and basketball.  Due to the construction, the boys also started the year off in the classroom.  They went over procedures and talked through fitness goals.  They also discussed videos of athletes who had obstacles they had to overcome.  When they were able to get in the gym, the students participated in volleyball, basketball, and handball games, as well as, running the PACER.  Second quarter will find them incorporating spatial awareness and sportsmanship.  Fun activities will include soccer, football, and volleyball.  The boys also will run the PACER again and engage in fitness stations.  Mr. Hansen wants to remind everyone to bring their PE clothes.

Music --  Hello. Is it me you're looking for?  The students in Mr. Karpf's instrumental music classes spent first quarter getting reacquainted with their instruments.  They also began learning the music for their Winter Concert.  The instrumental music concert will be Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Nathan Hale's gymnasium.  Ms. Sewell and her musicians also prepared for their Winter Concert during first quarter -- as well as, improving their sight singing.  The vocal music concert will be Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in Northwest High School's auditorium.  During first quarter, Ms. Boesch and her scholars worked on team-building activities and began learning the basics of music.  During second quarter, they will investigate the elements of music.  

ACP --  During first quarter, Dr. Snell and his students worked on becoming better readers and better citizens.  

Leadership --  It has been said that true leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders.  This must make Ms. Benson a great teacher and a true leader because she spent first quarter teaching leadership skills to her students.  During second quarter, her seventh-grade scholars will look at leadership via the United States Presidents.  Her eighth-grade students will investigate ethics and diverse perspectives.  

Social Justice --  Mr. Nelson and the students in his social justice classes learned about the Civil Rights Movement during first quarter.  They also investigated in the inner workings of government.  

Health and Human Growth and Development --  Mr. Clayburn and his sixth-grade Health (Lifetime Fitness) classes worked on building healthy relationships, which include family and peer relationships.  During second quarter, they will concentrate on nutrition.  

Computer Applications --  In Computer Applications with Ms.Voss, students learned the ins and outs of Microsoft Office with a major focus on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Students were able to create independent projects to express their creativity and understanding of each concept.  Students also took a major focus to typing by improving their speed and accuracy. 

Life Skills --  Ms. King's sixth-grade students completed a library research project where they researched three or four careers using the Occupational Outlook Handbook website.  Students received insight into the inner working of several careers of their choice -- including educational requirements and salary.  

Careers --  Ms. King's seventh-grade students completed a page for a career book listing the top 50 jobs in the United States of America.  Students selected a number randomly to determine which career they would research.  The pages were organized into sections asking for different facts about the career.  Students were asked to add a little artistic work to the page to make it uniquely theirs.  Ms. King's eighth-grade students looked into creating a business including the number of employees they would need, creating a logo, and determining if they would deal in services or goods.  The last few weeks of the quarter were spent looking at college costs and paying for college.

Art -- During first quarter, Ms. Konvalin and her sixth-grade students studied art around the world. One of the places where they stopped to admire the art was Egypt.  Her seventh-grade students explored personal identity, identity as an artist, and identity in a community.  Her eighth-grade students discussed American Identity, Pop Art, Modern Art, and Contemporary Art.  


Strive For 95!

Attendance matters.

Every second counts.

Minutes Late Per Day or Early Out Per Day Learning Time Lost In A Year
5 minutes 2.07 days
10 minutes 4.14 days
15 minutes 6.21 days
20 minutes 8.28 days
30 minutes 12.43 days
60 minutes 25.86 days

Help your child have the best chance of success.

Attend daily, on-time, all day!

Please contact Ms. Walker-Dombeck, Nathan Hale's School Support Liason, if you have questions or concerns about your child's attendance.  

Counseling Corner

Setting a high achievement bar for your middle school student will inspire them to leap high.  Follow these steps to put realistic expectations in place.

1. Decide what is doable.

Perhaps your child got a C in English last year.  Rather than expecting them to earn an A this year, tell them you expect them to bring up their grades.

2. Focus on what matters.

Keep communication clear by saying exactly what you mean.  If your middle school student wants to quit the debate team, you might say "I expect you to stick to your commitments," rather than "You have to do debate."  This approach means they need to finish the competition season, but they can switch activities next semester, if they still feel the same way.

3.  Handle setbacks.

Part of meeting expectations involves making adjustments.  Let your tween know not to be discouraged by one low grade or one challenging experience.  Have them ask their teacher how a low score will affect their average, then make a plan to raise it.  Or they could plan to spend extra time practicing for their next activity or test.


Last Names A - L

Ms. Redinbaugh 

(531) 299 - 7037

Last Names M - Z

Mr. Simmons

(531) 299 - 7050


News From The Gifted and Talented Department

Quiz Bowl --  Mrs. Kissinger and the Patriots' Quiz Bowl Team had a great time competing in the Middle School Quad in October.

Book Blasters -- The Book Blasters teammates have been flying through the books on the Book Blasters' list.  The book selection this year is amazing.  Mrs. Ridgley and the team have room for more members!

Here are the titles on the Book Blaster list...

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter

Restart by Gordon Korman

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English

Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker-Rhodes

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Threads by Ai Polonsky

Honors Special Projects --  The eighth-grade HSP students and Mrs. Ridgley have been studying Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and preparing for a social justice project they will be working on with the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Freshman Leadership Council.  The seventh-grade HSP students and Mrs. Foley have been completing special projects, as well.  For example, they studied fictional genres and used their knowledge to arrange the books in Mrs. Foley's classroom library.  They also have focused on word study.l

Health News From Nurse Cunningham

Keep your child home if anyone of the following occurs.

1. Your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours.  DO NOT medicate your child with anti-fever medications and send them to school.

2. Your child has been vomiting or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours.

3. Your child has had any symptoms of acute illness such as persistent cough or body aches.

Your child should look and act like themselves for 24 hours before returning to school.  Why?

1. To protect your child from exposure to other illnesses before they can build a resistance.

2. To protect the other students and staff from any communicable disease your child may transmit.

Remember handwashing is the most effective means of preventing the spread of cold and flu. Remind your student to wash their hands frequently, to cover their nose and mouth with their elbow when coughing and sneezing, and to avoid sharing drinks and water bottles with others.

Flu Symptoms

High Fever


Muscle and Body Aches


Dry Cough

Cold Symptoms

Stuffy Nose


Sore Throat

Hacking Cough 

Winter Music Concerts

The Nathan Hale Instrumental Concert will be held on on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  It will feature sixth-grade, seventh-grade, and eighth-grade advanced string and band groups playing a variety of musical selections.  The concert will be held in Nathan Hale's gymnasium.  Mr. Karpf and his musicians hope to see you there.  

Nathan Hale's Vocal Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  It will be performed in the auditorium at Northwest High School.  

Science Olympiad

Students interested in participating in a team science competition should see Mr. Elder.  He will begin building and preparing Nathan Hale's team for the Science Olympiad in December.

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!


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 Cuming Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68131, (531) 299 - 0220.


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Please Help Us Welcome Our New Staff Members!

Miss Allison Birkemeier -- Miss Birkemeier teaches ESL at Nathan Hale.  She graduated from UNO in 2014 and began teaching third grade in OPS at Harrison Elementary.  She enjoys learning about new cultures, trying new foods, spending time with her friends and family, walking her dog, reading, and kayaking.  Miss Birkemeier is excited to join the Patriot family.

Ms. Margaret Galles --  Ms. Galles comes from a large family with three brothers and three sisters.  She grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa.  Ms. Galles came to Omaha for college and has lived here ever since.  She spends a lot of her free time with her sisters, nieces, and nephews.  Ms. Galles has been teaching for the past 27 years.  She spent most of her teaching career as a social studies teacher.

Ms. Teresa Gerrard --  Ms. Gerrard is happy to be back teaching at Nathan Hale!  This is her fourth year teaching.  She used to be the ESL teacher at Nathan Hale, but now she is teaching Math 7.  She feels it is fun to watch the students not understand the math skill and then watch the light bulb go on.  Ms. Gerrard got married this past May to a wonderful man and is enjoying getting to know his family and six kids.  She has four girls of her own, so they have quite a big family.  Ms. Gerrard enjoys hiking, singing, and spending time with family.  

Ms. Brandy Gutowski --  Ms. Gutowski teaches sixth-grade math.  She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.  Ms. Gutowski attended OPS schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.  The schools she attended were Fontenelle Elementary, Monroe Middle School, and Northwest High School.  Ms. Gutowski has two young daughters.  She graduated from the College of Saint Mary's in 2017.  She enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, and getting her nails done.  

Ms. Kara Harder -- Ms. Harder is a Speech-Language Pathologist.  She was born and raised in Minnesota.  She attended Minnesota State University - Mankato for both her BA and MA degrees in Communication Disorders.  She recently spent 13 years in California working in a high school for two years and with preschoolers for ten years.  This is her first year at OPS and with middle school students.  She has one daughter and two granddaughters with whom she loves spending time.  She also enjoys wine, travel, reading, bike riding, and doing something different once in awhile like sky diving and zip lining.  She is a fan of the MN Vikings and tries to attend at least one game per year.  So far games attended have been in Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, and Georgia.  The next one is the upcoming game in Kansas City.  Go Vikes!

Mr. Benjamin Nelson --  Mr. Nelson was born in Omaha, Nebraska but grew up in a small town in Iowa.  His hobbies growing up involved riding motorcycles in the country, as well as, playing football and golf on his high school team.  After graduating high school, Mr. Nelson moved back to Nebraska and attended Peru State College in order to become a teacher.  After graduating with honors, Mr. Nelson moved back to Omaha and started teaching at OPS.  One year after moving back, Mr. Nelson found himself teaching at Nathan Hale and is greatly enjoying his time with the Patriots.

Ms. O'Hara --  Ms. O'Hara teaches sixth-grade English/Language Arts and coaches the girls volleyball team.  Ms. O'Hara earned her degrees from the University of Nebraska - Omaha.  She currently has a Bachelors in Communication Disorders and another Bachelors in Secondary Education.  Ms. O'Hara recently got married to her high school sweetheart, and they celebrated their honeymoon sightseeing and hiking at Glacier National Park in Montana.  In her free time, Ms. O'Hara enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and watching movies.  

Dr. Diana Wells Rivers -- Dr. Rivers' career as an educator spans several decades.  Her professional path to teaching began in day care, and has lead to teaching in private and public elementary schools, high schools, and colleges.  She presently teaches sixth-grade and seventh-grade science at Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School.  Science is one of Dr. Rivers' favorite subjects to learn and teach.  While growing up, she lived near the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville, Florida.  This is where she learned to love the science of our universe, planet, and country.  She has traveled to and lived in two countries:  Japan and West Germany.  She has visited 20 states.  She and her husband Ron have three adult sons and five grandsons.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University where she earned her Bachelors, Masters, Urban Education (Certificate), and Doctorate degrees.  Dr. Rivers' favorite color is purple, and making pies is one of her gifts.  She feels it is a blessing to be here at Nathan Hale.

Ms. Ayesha Station -- Ms. Station is the Assistant Principal and Director of Athletics and Activities.  She comes to Nathan Hale from North High School as former Dean of Students and a business teacher.  Ms. Station is a native of Omaha and graduated from Benson High School.  She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master in Science in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  In her spare time, Ms. Station enjoys spending time with her daughters Mya and Grace and watching Husker football.  Her favorite part of being a Patriot is working with the leaders of tomorrow.  


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 (402-557-2001).

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 (402-557-2001).