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Merry Christmas from Creighton Prep

Dear Creighton Prep Community,

As Christmas approaches, it is my sincere hope that you and your family are blessed with every JOY that comes from God. Here at Prep, we are fortunate to share in that JOY because of your incredible generosity. Simply put, you are the reason we are able to inspire students from all across Omaha to become the next generation of young men that go forth and set the world on fire.

During this season of giving, we appreciate your support of the AMDG Annual Fund and ask you to please consider a gift at this time. All donations will be matched during the month of December by Cindy and Scott Heider '81, totaling $100,000.

In addition, our students, faculty, staff and alumni would like to share what brings them JOY during the holiday season at Prep. This year’s Christmas video demonstrate the positive impact you make on our young men each and every day. Click on the image below to see it.

Thank you again for all you do for Prep, and please know that you and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas!

In Christ,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ
President
Creighton Preparatory School

 

Recommend a Student

Do you know a great student in your area? Here is how you can impact the future of Creighton Prep:

Creighton Prep is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest students from diverse backgrounds who have the desire to be formed in a rigorous, Ignatian educational experience. We believe that our parents, students, alumni and friends are the best vehicles for promoting Creighton Prep and recommending promising young men.

“Recommend a Student” encourages the Creighton Prep community to send us the names and addresses of young men they know from work, church or previous schools who they believe would be a great addition to the Creighton Prep community.

For more information, please contact the Director of Admissions Josh Luedtke at 402-548-3872 or via email at jlued@prep.creighton.edu.

 

PSAT Test Reports and January Meetings for Sophomore and Junior Parents

Students will be able to access their PSAT reports from tests they took at Prep in October on the College Board website beginning Monday, December 11. Students and parents should view the entire report and pay special attention to percentile scores.

Counselors will be meeting with juniors on Thursday, December 14 for a preliminary review of scores. Since we may not have the printed copy of the scores for each freshman, sophomore and junior until January, a more thorough discussion of the scores will take place with the students when we distribute the printed score report.

Mean scores on the 2017 PSAT at Prep for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math as compared with National 2017 PSAT scores:

 

Prep

 

National

 

 

ERW     

Math    

ERW

Math

Freshmen

494

470

432

427

Sophomores   

534

516

471

463

Juniors

572

556

512

502

The Counseling Department has planned meetings for sophomore parents during the evenings of January 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium to discuss PSAT scores and the college planning process for students at Creighton Prep. Information covered will include programs for sophomores related to career exploration, PSAT, ACT and SAT testing for students, course selection for junior and senior years as it relates to college admissions, how to use Family Connection and future meetings for parents. Sophomore parents are encouraged to come either night.

Also in January, the Counseling Department has scheduled three opportunities for junior parents to gain the same information that their sons are receiving about  college awareness. The College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents will cover understanding PSAT scores, selecting a college, college admissions tests, factors colleges consider in selecting you, registering for the ACT/SAT, paying for college, college majors, retaking the ACT,  and using Family Connection.

A class will be offered on Saturday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and evening classes will be offered on Tuesday, January 23 and Monday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you would like to participate in a College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents, call the Counseling Office at 402-548-3869 or email Fr. Tillman at rtill@prep.creighton.edu. Preregistration is required. The class will meet in room T-004. Sophomore parents who are eager to have college questions answered may also register for this workshop.

 

Important Senior Parent Information

Beat the holiday rush and make your Prep senior feel special by purchasing a senior ad in the 2018 Jay Junior yearbook! For $50, you can include a full color photo and up to 100 words of congratulations and encouragement.

To submit your senior ad online, here are the directions for using the new Walsworth Yearbook system:

  • Click on the following link: https://yearbookforever.com/#search.
  • Type in “Creighton Prep” where you type in your school name.
  • Click on the “Creighton Preparatory High School” link.
  • Click on “Buy a Senior Ad.”
  • Select “Go” in the “Have the School Design My Ad” box since Jay Junior staff members will design your ad.
  • From there, the website will walk you through the steps to confirm what you want the ad to say and the picture you would like to use/upload.

OR

Email a photo and a typed dedication to Yearbook Adviser Matt Rasgorshek at mrasg@prep.creighton.edu then send a check payable to “Creighton Prep” to:

Creighton Prep

Attn: Matt Rasgorshek

7400 Western Avenue

Omaha, NE 68114-1878

The deadline for submitting senior ads is December 31. If you need further assistance, please email Matt at mrasg@prep.creighton.edu. Thank you!

 

Volunteers Needed

 

Volunteer During Operation Others Delivery Weekend

On Saturday, December 16, Operation Others will deliver food to Omaha-area families for the 51st time. Over 1,200 materially-poor families will receive a decent Christmas meal and a bit of extra food to help stock their pantry. Your help is requested during Operation Others Delivery Weekend as follows:

Thursday, December 14: Set-up Day at the warehouse (1441 N. 11 Street – directly north of last year’s space) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, December 15: Packing Day at the warehouse (1441 N. 11 Street – directly north of last year’s space) from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (This is a 12:35 p.m. early dismissal day at Prep so students are encouraged to help on this day as well.)

Saturday, December 16: Delivery Day at the warehouse (1441 N. 11 Street – directly north of last year’s space). Mass will be at 8 a.m. then deliveries will take place from 9 a.m. until the job is finished, usually around 2 p.m.

Thank you! Operation Others depends on the generosity of people like you to achieve its mission of providing food to families and finding Christ in the people they meet. 

For questions or additional information regarding Operation Others, please email Jerry Kinney at jkinn@prep.creighton.edu.

  

Upcoming Events

 

Shop Christmas eBASH Through Monday, December 11

Shop Christmas eBASH for the Prep fan in your life through Monday, December 11 at www.bidpal.net/christmasebash! Choose from over 50 Prep items, including new items such as CP Alumni T-shirts and sweatshirts, CP silicone cell phone wallets and items made in the new ToMorrow Labs.

   

Cheer on the Junior Jays – December 8-9

On Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, cheer on the Prep varsity wrestling team in a tournament at the Mid-America Center in  Council Bluffs, Iowa starting at 1 p.m. on the 8th and 9 a.m. on the 9th. Also starting at 9 a.m. on the 9th is a wrestling tournament for the Prep JV wrestlers and others from a number of Omaha area schools that will take place in the Heider Center.

Root also for the Prep varsity and JV basketball teams as they compete against their counterparts from Omaha North on Friday evening, December 8 in the Heider Center, with the JV game starting at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m. In addition, be sure to stop by the Jay Mart to get your holiday shopping done between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Jay Mart will also be open on Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. then both Prep teams return to the Heider Center on Saturday night to face Burke at the same start times as Friday evening: 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

For those who cannot attend the Prep vs. Burke varsity basketball game on Saturday night, be sure catch the live stream on YouTube HERE courtesy of Creighton Prep TV.

On both days as well, the Prep swim team continues its run to state with a meet against Burke, Central and Elkhorn South at the Common Ground Community Center in Elkhorn. Start times for the meet are 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

  

CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius – Monday, December 11

Get your preparations for Christmas off to a great start by attending the next meeting of CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius on Monday, December 11 beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Creighton Room, located in the south hallway of the main floor at the school.

The featured guest that evening will be Prep faculty member Mr. Ralph Setter who will discuss how Jesuit spirituality influences his work as a freshman science teacher, as a coach for freshman basketball, and as a coach for the weight events in the track & field program.

In addition, Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will guide us into the next phase of Spiritual Exercises and bless the gifts you plan to give at Christmas and in the next year. 

On that evening, attendees should enter the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot. The Creighton Room is located past the switchboard and to the left in the south hallway, just beyond the Skinner Chapel.

If you have any questions or need additional information about CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius, please contact Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ at kschn@prep.creighton.edu, Mark Sabaliauskas at masabali@yahoo.com or Jeanne Burke at jeanneburke@cox.net.

 

Christmas Concert by the Prep Choir – Wednesday, December 13

Join us in the commons on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. for the annual Christmas Concert by the Prep Choir. This group of amazingly talented vocalists will perform a range of Christmas songs from traditional to contemporary.

Admission is free but please note that donations for Bethlehem House will be accepted and appreciated. Refreshments will be served as well!

 

Powerlifting Meet – Saturday, December 16

Creighton Prep will be hosting the first high school RAW powerlifting meet (without lifting suits and knee wraps) in Nebraska  on Saturday, December 16 beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the Mullen Gym, and all are welcome to attend. The Prep team will be competing against teams from Brownell Talbot, Bellevue East, Lincoln High School, Papillion-La Vista South, Scotus Central Catholic and Yutan.

Prep will also be hosting the state meet for powerlifting on Saturday, February 10 in the Heider Center, and the team will be looking for the program’s ninth consecutive state title.

 

Junior Jays-for-Bluejays Pregame Social – Monday, December 18

Looking for a great way to kick off the Christmas holiday? Band together with other Creighton Prep fans and flock to the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill  at 501 N. 13th Street for a Junior Jays-for-Bluejays pregame social on Monday, December 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers at The Matt compliments of Prep then take the short walk over to the CenturyLink Center to cheer on our big brother school, BIG EAST power Creighton University, in their 8 p.m. game against the defending regular season champion of the Sun Belt Conference, the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Semester Exams – December 19-21

Please note the following semester exam schedule for December 19-21, 2017:

December 19

 

8:00 a.m.

Theology

9:15 a.m.

World Language

10:30 a.m.

Conflict Exams

December 20  

 

8:00 a.m.

Math

9:15 a.m.

Social Studies

10:30 a.m.

Conflict Exams

December 21

 

8:00 a.m.

English

9:15 a.m.

Science

10:30 a.m.

Conflict Exams

Exams given early include:

  • All Fine Arts classes
  • All technology classes
  • Composition
  • College Composition
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education electives
  • Social Studies electives

 

Christmas in the Cage – Friday, December 22

Please join us in the Heider Center on Friday, December 22 for the always-festive Christmas in the Cage event where the Junior Jays nesting in the Birdcage student section cheer on the home team in their holiday garb and entertain the crowd. On this night, the Creighton Prep JV and varsity basketball teams will play the Benson Bunnies, with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

The Heider Center ticket office will open at 5 p.m., and tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. The Jay Mart will also open at 5 p.m. for your holiday shopping needs and close at 9 p.m.

This is the last home game scheduled before the Christmas holidays and a large crowd is expected. See you there!

 

Christmas Midnight Mass – Monday, December 25

Gather your family and friends, and join us in the Sullivan Center (also known as the commons) at 12 a.m. early Monday morning, December 25 as we celebrate the birth of our Lord at the annual Christmas Midnight Mass. Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ will be the presider.

Parking will be available in the west lot, and attendees can access the Sullivan Center through the main west entrance to the school, adjacent to Memorial Plaza. See you there!

  

CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius – Monday, January 8

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the first meeting of the new year for CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius on Monday evening, January 8 starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Creighton Room. The featured guest that evening will be Principal Jim Bopp who will tell the story of how he came to Prep and how he lives the Jesuit spirituality in his life at the school.

In addition, Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ will instruct on the second phase of the Spiritual Exercises and deliver the thought-provoking Jesuit meditation on the Two Standards.

On that evening, attendees should enter the building through the Administration entrance next to the east parking lot. The Creighton Room is located past the switchboard and to the left in the south hallway, just beyond the Skinner Chapel.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or need additional information about CP Parents Praying with St. Ignatius, please contact Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ at kschn@prep.creighton.edu, Mark Sabaliauskas at masabali@yahoo.com or Jeanne Burke at jeanneburke@cox.net.

 

8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam – Saturday, January 13

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, January 13 at Creighton Prep. The cost is $10, and parents can register their sons and pay online HERE.

On the day of the exam, students should bring two #2 pencils (no calculators) and enter the building from the west parking lot. Students may arrive for check-in starting at 7:30 a.m., when breakfast will be available in the commons. At 7:45 a.m., they will be directed to a classroom where testing will begin at 8 a.m. Pizza will be served in the commons after the test has concluded, and parents can pick up students in the west parking lot starting at 11:30 a.m.

If you have any questions about the 8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam, please contact Joe Pick, Director of Enrollment, at jpick@prep.creighton.edu or Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at jlued@prep.creighton.edu.

 

6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, January 13

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, January 13 at Creighton Prep. The cost is $10, and parents can register their sons and pay online HERE.

On the day of the exam, students should bring two #2 pencils (no calculators) and enter the building from the west parking lot. Students may arrive for check-in starting at 8:30 a.m., when a light breakfast will be available in the commons. At 8:45 a.m., they will be directed to a classroom where testing will begin at 9 a.m. Parents can pick up students in the west parking lot starting at approximately 11:45 a.m.

If you have any questions about the 8th Grade Scholarship & Entrance Exam, please contact Joe Pick, Director of Enrollment, at jpick@prep.creighton.edu or Josh Luedtke, Director of Admissions, at jlued@prep.creighton.edu.

 

PSAT Scores and College Planning Meetings for Sophomore Parents – January 15 and 16

The Counseling Department has planned meetings for sophomore parents during the evenings of January 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium to discuss PSAT scores and the college planning process for students at Creighton Prep. Information covered will include programs for sophomores related to career exploration, PSAT, ACT and SAT testing for students, course selection for junior and senior years as it relates to college admissions, how to use Family Connection and future meetings for parents. Sophomore parents are encouraged to come either night.

 

College Awareness Workshops for Junior Parents – January 23, 27 and 29

Also in January, the Counseling Department has scheduled three opportunities for junior parents to gain the same information that their sons are receiving about college awareness. The College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents will cover understanding PSAT scores, selecting a college, college admissions tests, factors colleges consider in selecting you, registering for the ACT/SAT, paying for college, college majors, retaking the ACT  and using Family Connection.

A class will be offered on Saturday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and evening classes will be offered on Tuesday, January 23 and Monday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you would like to participate in a College Awareness Workshop for Junior Parents, call the Counseling Office at 402-548-3869 or email Fr. Tillman at rtill@prep.creighton.edu. Preregistration is required. The class will meet in room T-004. Sophomore parents who are eager to have college questions answered may also register for this workshop.

 

Prep Notes

 

Mock Trial Team Repeats as State Champions

Congratulations to the Creighton Prep Mock Trial team, which successfully defended their 2016 state title by repeating as state champions in the 2017 competition that took place on December 4 and 5 in La Vista, Nebraska. On the way to the title, the Prep squad defeated York in morning competition on the 5th and Scotus Central Catholic in the final round in the afternoon.

The Prep team members included Nolan Drain ’18, Patrick Gillaspie ’19, Graham Laughlin ’18, Dominic Mendlik ’21, Isaiah Mueller ’18, Jaliya Nagahawatte ’19 and Peter Owens ’18. They will go on to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship event in Reno, Nevada in the spring of 2018.

 

Prep Teams Finish First and Second in Grace University High School Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the advanced and novice quiz bowl teams that finished first and second in their respective divisions at the Grace University High School Quiz Bowl on Friday, December 1. Between the morning round robin competition and single elimination playoffs in the afternoon, the Prep teams went a combined 13-1 versus the competition.

During the tournament, the advanced team (pictured above) comprised of Jackson Bartak '18, Joseph McGill '18, Matthew Muellner '19 and Jack Nussrallah '18 defeated squads from Blair, Oakland-Craig, Westside and Gretna on the way to the championship, and the novice team (also pictured above) comprised of James Chapman '20, Daniel Fagan '20, Connor Gregg '20 and Matthew Lemar '20 defeated teams from Waverly, Oakland-Craig and Westside before falling to division champion Norris.

 

ATM Machine Installed in Sullivan Center

We have installed an ATM in the Sullivan Center. Our friends at American National Bank have provided it to us free of charge, and there are no user fees from American National Bank to use the machine. Users should check with their bank to determine if that institution will charge a fee for using an ATM not associated with their bank. A bonus is that, unlike other ATM machines, users can choose “other” under “amount” and withdraw denominations as low as $5.00.

This will be a convenience for those who wish to purchase before and after school meals through Flik or for other cash needs. Students have been reminded that they should spend their money responsibly and pay attention to how much money they have in their account so they don’t incur fees for an overdrawn account.

 

Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge

Creighton Prep is pleased once again to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge happening throughout the month of January to benefit the American Cancer Society, and your help is requested.

Prep fans can pledge a one-time donation or pledge to donate for every 3-pointer made by the Prep basketball teams (from freshman A to varsity) throughout the month of January.

Join the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, and make your pledge today by visiting the website HERE and clicking on the PLEDGE NOW! button.

 

Visit the Jay Mart in December for Your Holiday Shopping Needs 

Be sure to visit the Jay Mart in December for your holiday shopping needs as the store will have extended hours during that time. In addition to the hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on regular school days, the Jay Mart will be open during the following days and times:

Date

Hours

Friday, December 8

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 9

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20  

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thursday, December 21

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Friday, December 22

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium outside the Heider Center.

 

Driver’s Education – Christmas Session

A driver’s education Christmas session will be held at Creighton Prep in room T-001 and provided by Cornhusker Driving School as marked on the schedule below. Please note that driver’s education is co-ed and open to students from other high schools. Driving times are arranged with the instructor, and the cost is $375.

For more information and to register your son today, click HERE.

Christmas Session

 

Wednesday, December 27   

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, December 28

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, December 29

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Keep up to date on Creighton Prep

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