Omaha North High Magnet School has created a new Academic Program for students who are involved in athletics. As a faculty, we value your child and want to ensure that as a student-athlete, we are not only preparing them for the playing field, but also for their academic achievement.
With this priority in mind, we are developing an Academic Program for student-athletes. For the 2009-2010 school year, student-athletes will be expected to pass 6 classes in order to be eligible to participate in their given sport. With this program, if the student is not passing 6 classes, he or she will be required to complete study table hours after school. The study table advisor will be working with all head coaches to help with this process. The student will not miss practice or a game if he or she is fulfilling these hours. However, if the student continues to pass less than 6 classes for a period of time, and is not utilizing study table hours, then he or she will be suspended from practice or games until further notice of academic improvement. These decisions will be made with the athletic director, Mr. Bartels, the study table advisor, and the head coach of the student’s sport.
One may wonder why we are making this change. Currently, the NSAA requires that a student only passes 4 classes per semester. This is a concern to faculty and staff at Omaha North High Magnet School. With this minimum requirement, students would not be on track to graduate in 4 years from our school. In fact, if a student passes only 4 classes per semester, at the end of 4 years, this student will be 17 credits short of the Omaha North High Magnet School graduation requirements. He or she will be an entire year behind his or her graduating class. Our expectation is that all students will graduate from Omaha North High Magnet School in 4 years. This includes our student athletes.
In addition, we have high aspirations to also prepare our athletes for post-secondary education. By increasing the eligibility requirement from 4 credits to 6 credits, in turn we are increasing student motivation to perform in their classes. Eventually, students will be raising GPA scores and will be learning more in the classroom, which will most certainly allow them to be better prepared for schooling past high school.
Omaha North High Magnet School feels that this program is a very important element to your student-athlete’s high school experience. We want to ensure that our students not only put time and dedication to their sport, but also to their education.
Grades will be checked at specified times during the school year according to this schedule:
In order to be certified by the Clearinghouse, the student-athlete must:
The Nebraska State Activities Association sets rules and regulations for all high schools in Nebraska. The following is a summary of the major rules:
It is particularly Important that the warning statement located near the bottom of the form be read and signed.
We realize that such activity involves the potential for injury which is inherent in all sports. It is acknowledged that even with the best coaching, use of the most advanced protective equipment and strict observance of rules, injuries, paralysis, or even death are still a possibility.
Students and parents are responsible for reading the rules of eligibility pertaining to activities participation and acknowledge and understand the purpose and content thereof.
Omaha North High School is a member of the Nebraska School Activities Association.
Student athletes who have been awarded varsity letters are eligible for membership in the "N" Club. Rules for earning a varsity letter have been determined for each sport by the coaching staff.
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