Important Dates & Deadlines

Senior Parent Letter 2020

November 12
Announcement and Cap & Gown Orders
School Traditions will be here

April 14 - May 13
Commencement tickets
go on sale

May 6 & 7
Senior Final Exams

May 8
Final Exam Make-up
Last Day for Seniors

May 13
Cap & Gown pick-up

May 14
Graduation Rehearsal

2:00 p.m.

May 18
7:00 p.m.

Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey

Julie Politi

Angie Meyer


Jenn Walker


Paul Nielson

Mallory Mohr

Central seniors will graduate on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Baxter Arena at 7:00 PM 

Graduation Announcement and Cap and Gown Orders

Rod Brakke, the School Traditions representative, will be at Central during the lunch periods on Tuesday, November 12 to take orders for announcements and caps and gowns. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO PLACE AN ORDER FOR THESE ITEMS AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. The cost of a cap and gown is $40.55 (if you want an extra tassel the cost is $54.46).  The cap and gown must be ordered from School Traditions and is yours to keep following the ceremony.  The cost of announcements and other graduation accessories varies depending on the items ordered.  Our senior class officers have designed the announcements.  Purchase of announcements and accessories is optional.  Generic announcements are available from other vendors.  A deposit of $60 is required to order the cap and gown and the announcements and accessories.  The full $40.55 must be paid if ordering just the cap and gown.  The balance will be due when the announcements are delivered in March or April.  Checks should be made payable to School Traditions.

Graduation Requirements

Members of the Class of 2020 must earn 49 credits to graduate.  Included in these credits are several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate.  Please contact Julie Politi  531-299-5661 if you have questions about your son’s or daughter’s credit standing.  You are also encouraged to keep in touch with individual teachers.  Teachers may be contacted by phoning 531-299-2660 and leaving a message for them to return your call. You may also keep track of your student’s academic progress via the Portal.  Please contact Paul Nielson 531-299-5557 or paul.nielson@ops.org if you need help with your portal account.

Graduation Tickets

Tickets will be required for admission to the Monday, May 18, 2020 graduation ceremony at the Baxter Arena.  Each graduate will receive six free tickets and will be able to purchase seven additional tickets, for a maximum of thirteen tickets. Tickets will be sold from April 14 to May 13 in the School Store.  Our reason for limiting tickets is that we want to maintain a dignified graduation ceremony.  This is difficult with large crowds.  We appreciate your understanding.

Debts Owed to Schools

Seniors with outstanding debts are not allowed to participate in graduation activities or receive their diplomas.  If your son or daughter owes money for Central High School or any other Omaha Public School, please see that the debt is paid as soon as possible.  Please contact the main office at 531-299-2660 if you have questions about fines.

Expectations of Seniors

The senior year is important, but the temptation to look ahead and lose focus is great.  Seniors may be tempted to slack off academically, miss too many days of school, become involved in inappropriate activities such as vandalism or pranks, participate in the publication of hurtful documents such as senior wills and underground newspapers, “party” in excess, or use poor judgment.  These actions jeopardize their education and can sometimes even endanger their lives and the lives of others.  Our expectations of seniors remain high.  We expect them to be in school, study, and follow the rules.  Those who choose to break the rules will be disciplined.  Disciplinary action may include not participating in the graduation ceremony.

Senior Final Exam Policy

All Seniors will take finals and they will be given on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and on Thursday, May 7, 2020.   On Wednesday, May 6, tests will be administered for class periods fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth.  On Thursday, May 7, tests will be administered for class periods zero, first, second, third, and fourth.  Students who missed tests for any reason will be allowed to make up tests on Friday, May 8, 2020.  Failure to take a required final exam may result in loss of credit in the class.

Last Day for Seniors

Seniors will officially end the school year on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Cap and Gown Pick Up

Cap and gowns will be available for pick up at Central High from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13. It is the graduate’s responsibility to pick up his or her cap and gown at that time and to take them to the graduation ceremony.  The school will not deliver caps and gowns to Baxter Arena.  All graduates must wear a cap and gown purchased from School Traditions in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

Graduation Rehearsal

Rehearsal for the graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, May 14 at Baxter Arena from 2:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors planning to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Planning of graduation activities for the Class of 2020 is already under way.  The Central High School staff will strive to make the ceremony very special for the graduates, their families, and friends.

We hope that the information presented  will prove helpful as you plan for the graduation of your son or daughter.  You will receive letters throughout the year with additional information.  If you have questions, please call Assistant Principal, Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey, at 531-299-5670.

Counseling Corner

Members of the Central High senior class must earn a minimum of 49 credits to graduate. This includes credits for several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate. Please contact academic support Julie Politi 531-299-5661 if you have questions credit standing.
You are also encouraged to keep in touch with individual teachers. Teachers may be contacted by phoning 531-299-2660 and leaving a message for them to return your call or you can email them directly by clicking here. Grade and attendance information are also available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

These are minimum graduation requirements, and students are encouraged to take more than the minimum.  It is important for students to set up Personal Learning Plans that encompass the academic, educational, and career goals.  Read the individual high school course guides to become more familiar with course work needed to prepare for post-secondary educational and career opportunities.  Individual OPS high school course opportunities may be viewed at individual school websites.

Subject Area Credit Requirements for Graduation
English 8 Credits
Social Studies 7 Credits
Mathematics 6 Credits
Science 6 Credits
Physical Education 4 Credits
Human Growth & Development* 1 Credit
Electives 17 Credits
Total  49 Credits


*Students may opt out of Human Growth & Development with parental permission. A signed waiver is required.

Any member of the senior class who has earned a college scholarship will be honored on May 13, 2020 @ 7pm in the auditorium. All students who receive scholarship award letters need to take a copy of the letter, whether they plan to accept the scholarship or not, to Mrs. Walker (129) or Mrs. Meyer (Room 031) in a timely manner. 

The DeEmmett Bradshaw Zerbe, CHS 1943, and Mason Speltz Zerbe, CHS 1948, Central High School Student of the Year Scholarships : 2020 Senior Student of the Year


The Central High Foundation funds two $2,500 scholarships to be given to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating senior at the Senior Recognition Ceremony May 13, 2020 @ 7pm. 

The application form for this scholarship must be received by Monday, March 23, 2020.

Class of 2020 Application Link is @  http://www.chsfomaha.org/events/senior-recognition-ceremony


All applications need to be either dropped of in the MAIN OFFICE @ Central High School or addressed to:

The Central High School Foundation 

Attn: Student of the Year Application

1111 N 13th Street Suite 318

Omaha, NE 68102-4252


If you have questions, please call the Foundation at (402) 556-1996 or events@chsfomaha.org

Teacher of the Year


The Central High School Foundation will recognize a "2019 Central High Teacher of the Year" at the Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 13, 2020 @ 7pm. Graduating seniors (and/or their parents) are encouraged to nominate a current CHS teacher who has made a significant impact on their school years at Central. The nominee may be a teacher the student had for a class at Central, a coach, or activity sponsor.


Nomination form can be found @  http://www.chsfomaha.org/events/senior-recognition-ceremony

Nomination letters (1 page) are due by Monday, March 23, 2020


The nomination letters should be addressed to:

The Central High School Foundation 

Attn: Teacher of the Year Nomination

1111 N 13th Street Suite 318

Omaha, NE 68102-4252

Nomination Letters can also be dropped off in the MAIN OFFICE @ Central High School


If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at 402-556-1996 or events@chsfomaha.org

 Class of 2020:  CHS Scholarship Application:

  1. The CHS Scholarship (Class of 2020) is available to ALL Seniors:  Complete and submit The Central High School Scholarship Application by Deadline:  Monday, Nov 18th @ 3pm to Room 031 - Mrs. Meyer.    
     Hard Copies Applications available in the College Counseling Center (031)  *
  2. CLASS OF 2020 CHS Scholarship Fill-able Document:  Log into your NAVIANCE Account. Go to Scholarship Tab > Look up: Central High School Scholarship . 
  3. A copy of the Fillable Application was sent to ALL Seniors OPS email accounts.   

 * Application MUST be typed.  Please refer to #2 & #3 to go to the Fill-able Application form.

Please refer any questions to Mrs. Meyer in Rm #031. (531-299-5659)