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Stereotypes in school negatively affect students

Nadia Spurlock, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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According to Webster, stereotypes are standardized mental pictures that are held in common by members of a group that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment. These stereotypes can be...

Black History Month deserves more recognition

DeAjia Philmon, Tyvon Smith, Nadia Spurlock, and MaRaya White

February 28, 2018

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Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.             “Strange Fruit”  by Billie Holid...

Don’s Barbershop impacts North Omaha

Tyvon Smith, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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In 2009, Donald "Don" Fantory opened Don's Barbershop located in the heart of North Omaha, on the corner of 40th and Ames. Here their objective is to provide a sense of family and assurance in guidance to young men in the com...

Teachers focus in on Black history during February

Sydney Hamilton, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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February, African American History Month, is the prime time for teachers, specifically History teachers, to teach their students about African American history. Some teachers incorporate African American history into their lessons...

School staff lacks diversity

MaRaya White, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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In the state of Nebraska, the education system includes 23,900 teachers, 96.8 % of which are white according to the National Center for Education Statistics. John Jackson, an African American English teacher at Omaha North...

Teachers and staff help students reduce stress

Tyvon Smith, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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At Omaha North, teachers are aware of stress that could possibly be burden on their students. Being assigned a load of coursework in challenging classes is an obstacle within itself. Omaha North admissions counselor Kevin Custard...

Teachers adjust coursework in relation to student stress

Sydney Hamilton, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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With adults having such high expectations for students during the school year, stress has begun to take its toll. Reports from the American Psychological Association (APA) have indicated that teen stress levels during the school...

Upperclassmen take on mental and physical stress of school

MaRaya White, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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In high school students today, more that 49 percent feel stressed due to school. Along with those students, 26 percent has been diagnosed with depression. The stress of graduating and keeping Students experience the stress...

Daily Viking Time shortens classes for more productive worktime

Sydney Hamilton, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

Filed under Humans Of North High, In-Depth

During the summer of 2015, the OPS School Board made the decision to add 20 minutes to all high schools and 25 minutes to all elementary and middle schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This decision came as a surprise to students...

OPS suffers from shortage in substitutes

Tyvon Smith, In-Depth Editor

February 28, 2018

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A substitute shortage in Omaha Public Schools has had a major effect among schools throughout the district. Substitute Barbara Hall has been in the education field for 33 years. Hall was a teacher at McMillan Magnet School...

Shift in OPS grading scale qualifies for more effort from students

Nadia Spurlock and In-Depth Editor

February 26, 2018

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The start of the school year marked the beginning of the full implementation of the field-tested grading scale in Omaha Public Schools. The point shifts made to the scale included raising the "A" grade from originally requiring...

The difficulties with International School trips within OPS

MaRaya White, In-Depth Editor

February 26, 2018

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In attempt to expand the learning environment beyond the beige, plain walls of Omaha North's classrooms, several organizations plan trips to various locations that would be beneficial for the students; a variety of the trips are...

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