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It would be impossible for me to overstate how proud I am of the entire Prep community. Our faculty and staff have done a remarkable job rebuilding the airplane while flying it. Students have taken their part in this work seriously, as well, which is the best fuel for our teachers’ ambitions. And parents have become even greater partners for us in our mission to educate and form our students. The dean’s office and counselors are especially grateful for all that parents are doing to help them in their work. 

After a week of conferencing with principals from other schools around the region, it is clear that we have become a model for many other schools who have asked to consult with us on a wide variety of issues, allowing us the opportunity to act as a force multiplier for the common good. I conclude this first week of being an entirely online school leader with a deep sense of gratitude and respect for everyone’s efforts.

I wish that I could segue into an optimistic announcement about returning to regular life in the near future, but that is not the forecast we have received from the Governor, the Nebraska Department of Education, or our local health officials. Instead, state officials have recommended that all schools make plans to finish the year with their students learning from home. All of us are holding out hope that this will not be the case, but it is only prudent for us to begin to plan for this likely outcome. To that end, I would like to share the following:

  • We have developed some guidelines for online learning for parents and students that will serve as an update to the Student-Parent Handbook. More details below.

  • In an effort to ensure all students’ needs are being addressed, we have created a Student Support Services Call Team that will reach out to every family through a phone call to check-in with each of our students. More details below.

  • We will be creating a revised calendar that will take us through the end of this school year using our online learning schedule. We expect to release that to everyone early next week. 

  • We are working on new student activities and campus ministry programming that will create opportunities for students to engage in the types of formative experiences that foster the sense of brotherhood, servant leadership, and fun that are all hallmarks of the Prep experience. Information will be made available to students via daily announcement emails.

  • We are developing plans to provide special opportunities for seniors to celebrate and commemorate the conclusion of their experience as Prep students and will communicate those plans once they are solidified.

Please keep in mind that teachers and counselors want nothing more than to care for their students. The limitations of online learning make this quite a challenge because they are not able to pick up on all the nonverbal cues they used to have access to. If your student is struggling, please make sure that he lets his teachers and counselor know that. And if he does not, please feel encouraged to do so for him.

We have all been asked to make some pretty substantial sacrifices. I found this recent letter from Dr. Daniel Johnson, Prep grad and current UNMC critical care doctor, an important reminder of what we are trying to do together as a community. I think it is worth reading and discussing with your family.

Thank you for your continued efforts and ongoing partnership. The Prep community is only growing stronger as we face these challenges together.


Student Support Services Call Team

Starting next week, staff members from the Prep Student Support Services Call Team will be calling all parents to find out how our students are dealing with the move to online learning. We want to check on our families, make sure they are okay during this time of transition, and identify where we can provide support. We will begin calling freshmen and work our way up toward seniors and we expect it to take about two weeks to get in touch with every family. If you have anything you need us to address, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time.

Handbook Updates

Please review our Online Learning Plan: Guideline for Students and Parents found here. This document serves as an update to our Student-Parent Handbook and outlines some important changes to policies and procedures for our online experience. Mr. Brown sent this document in an email to all students with a request to review, as well. 

School Calendar Changes and Updates 

The school calendar has been updated through April 17. We will have a new calendar available next week that outlines the schedule for the remainder of the year working under the presumption that we will finish the school year via online learning.

The Student and COVID 19: Depression and the Impact on the Individual

Kevin Kaminski, Prep’s mental health practitioner, offers some tips on how to help ourselves and others to reduce the risks of depression during this time of social distancing.

Trying Times: And the Impact of E-Learning and Screen Time

We all know the significant impact technology and screen time has had on this current generation but this has become compounded with our current situation. “Screenagers” founder Dr. Delaney Ruston, MD can help you navigate the tech boundaries that we all need through Tech-Talk Tuesdays. 

Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary

comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents. 


For 49 consecutive years, we have hosted BASH, our annual dinner and auction, to help provide financial assistance to deserving young men who would not otherwise be able to attend Prep.  

While our 50th BASH will be different, it will happen! Prep's VIRTUAL BASH 2020 will include an online auction and sponsor recognition, raffle drawing and raise the paddle. 

Watch for an email from Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ on Monday with more details!


Winter Season Academic All-State 

Congratulations to the following Creighton Prep students for being named Academic All-State in their respective activities:

  • Swimming: Daniel Peery ‘20 and Ethan Schmaderer ‘20

  • Basketball: Brendan Buckley ‘21 and Spencer Schomers ‘20

  • Speech: Dominic Mendlik ‘21 and Nathaniel Reyes ‘21

  • Wrestling: Francisco Beccerra ‘21 and Tony Pray ‘22


Daily Student Prayer

Today's Morning Prayer comes to us from our very own James Chapman ‘20. Thank you James for putting this together and representing Prep well!

Other CP Prayer Opportunities:


Registration Fee 2020-2021

The registration fee for the 2020-2021 school year has been billed to all families and is due April 15. If you have any questions, please email Debbie Novotny or call her at 402-548-3849

2020-2021 School Calendar
We’ve officially released the calendar of events for the school, Advancement and Prep Community events for the 2020-2021 school year. You can download this PDF for your reference and also find it on the website.

Parent Pulse - February 14th
Posted 02/14/2020 05:27PM


"Screenagers-Growing Up in the Digital Age" Movie Showing - February 18

Do you want to learn more about the impact of technology devices on our youth? We’re inviting parents to watch the movie “Screenagers” on Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. After the screening, we will discuss the issue with Prep's Mental Health Practitioner, Kevin Kaminski. 

Students will watch a shorter version of the movie on Friday, February 21, during Community Period. The screening is a part of a larger lenten season initiative inviting students to have a “Tech-Free LENT 2020,” while spending time in conversation and building community at lunch. 

$1,000 Bring a Friend to Prep Tuition Grant

Does your son have an 8th-grade friend who is interested in attending Prep but hasn’t yet applied? This year we are offering a $1,000 Bring a Friend to Prep Tuition Grant to all families who encourage a friend to attend Prep. You will receive a $1,000 tuition grant toward your son’s tuition when his friend applies to and attends Prep at the start of school in August. 

How it Works

  • Talk to the friend and his parents. Encourage the friend to schedule a shadow day or a private tour.

  • Let the friend's parents know that you are giving their information to Prep. If you don't have permission to share their information, please don't submit it. 

  • You complete this Google Form letting us know the name of the friend, the friend's current school, and your information. This formally claims the friend as your recruit with a date and time indicated. In the event that a friend is claimed by more than one family, the family that submitted the form first will receive the grant.  

  • After we receive your submission, we will contact you to discuss the potential student's interest in Prep.

  • The friend applies to Prep and registers to be part of Prep's Class of 2024. 

  • The friend shows up for his first day of school on August 17th.

  • In early September, you will receive a $1,000 credit to your son's tuition account. 


  • The friend must be a new applicant after February 10, 2020, and begin his freshman year at Prep on August 17th.

  • There is no limit to the number of friends you can refer. For each friend that qualifies you will receive $1,000 per friend up to the total tuition amount due. 

  • The offer only applies to the 2020-2021 school year.   

Contact Josh Luedtke '90, Director of Admissions, with questions. 

Prep Wins Again in the Annual Superstar Catholic School Contest 

Thanks for your votes. Prep is once again the Class A winner of the Spirit Catholic Radio Superstar Catholic School Contest!


Chess Team Win

The Chess Team swept their competition against Abraham Lincoln High School 5 matches to 0. The next competition is individuals hosted by Abraham Lincoln High School on February 27. 

Science Bowl Wins Nebraska Regional

Congratulations to the CP Science Bowl Team this past weekend for winning Nebraska Regionals. The team will represent Nebraska at the National Science Bowl Tournament in Washington, D.C. 

Connor Gregg also won the "I Am Smart" award for most correct answers during the morning matches. Prep is the only school to advance all three teams to the 16-team finals with Team 2 finishing 9th and Team 3 finishing 13th in the state.

Championship team winners include Jack Diers ‘20, Connor Gregg ‘20, Max Lauritsen ‘21, Ben Lyons ‘21, and Daniel Meyer ‘22. Ninth place Prep team members include Ben Cooper ‘23, Killian Green ‘21, Will Harper ‘21, Cole Mack ‘23, Kevin Prososki 22. Finally, Prep’s 13th place Team members include Kyron Barrow ‘23, Alessandro Bressani ‘21, Trevor Gregg ‘23, Caleb Hans ‘23, and Peter Sullivan ‘23.


Service Opportunities at the Siena/Francis House - February 17 & March 10

Campus Ministry will be serving the evening meal at the Siena/Francis House on Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, March 10 from 4:30-7 p.m. If your son would like to volunteer on either of these dates, please contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office. 

Eucharistic Adoration – Friday, February 21

You are invited to the Skinner Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on February 21 to volunteer for an “hour of power” before the Blessed Sacrament. Sign up today

Park in the west lot. Then enter through the Sullivan Center entrance and sign in at the reception desk. The receptionist will direct you to the chapel.

Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. The next Eucharistic adoration Friday is March 6th.  

Post Prom Volunteer Sign Up

Prep Moms are very excited to host Post Prom at Prep for the first time ever! Please sign up using Sign Up Genius to help us make this event a fun and safe night for our sons and their dates. With lots of fun games and activities planned we need lots of volunteers for decorations, food, awards, chaperones, game coordinators, and clean up. 

Feel free to contact the Post Prom Chairs with any questions: Lisa Gravelle 402-212-2980, Beth Kramer 402-689-7750 or Jenny Ugarte 402-312-6958.


No School Monday, February 17

Vineyard Vines T-shirt Pick Up - February 19

If you still need to pick up your Creighton Prep Vineyard Vines t-shirts they will be available for payment and pick up in the Commons on Wednesday, February 19th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Please send cash or a check payable to Creighton Prep with your son. 

Fine Arts Night - February 20

Join us for our annual Fine Arts Night this Wednesday, February 20th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Center. The new art gallery in the Lannon Learning Commons will also open at 6:30 p.m. You’ll have a chance to hear Prep’s band and choir and view student art. 

8:35 a.m. Late Start - Friday, February 21

8th Grade Entrance Exam & 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam - Saturday, February 22

There is still time for 8th graders to take the entrance exam to become part of Prep’s Class of 2024. We’re offering it on the same day as the pre-entrance exam for 6th and 7th graders on Saturday, February 22. Any 8th grader interested in taking the exam should email Josh Luedtke ‘90, director of admissions, or call him at 402-393-1256.

Taking our 6th/7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam on Feb. 22 is a great way to introduce your son to Prep. It will also help him get familiar with the test and relieve future test anxiety. 

Exam Details

  • Bring two #2 pencils, no calculators

  • Enter the building from the west parking lot at the Sullivan Center entrance

  • Arrive for check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. 

  • The cost is $10 

  • Register and pay online 

Financial Aid Applications Due March 1

All financial aid applications and supporting financial documentation for the 2020-2021 school year are due March 1 and will be processed through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. (If you have already submitted an application for the 2020-2021 school year, thank you.)

To apply for financial aid, click HERE. If you need assistance completing the FACTS application, please email Jacqui Warren or call 402-548-3859, or speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps has a Lenten Morning of Reflection - March 7

Father Andy Alexander, SJ will be speaking and reflecting on the theme “Letting Jesus Prepare Us on the Gift of Lent” on Saturday, March 7 at Mercy High School. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs from 9-11:30 a.m. 

Parking is available and enter on the east side of the school. Coffee and donuts will be provided, a free-will donation is greatly appreciated. You can register at the Ignatian Volunteer Corps website or send them an email


Help Make BASH Is Golden a Success

Bash Is Golden "Celebrating 50 Years of Building A Scholastic Heritage" will be held in the Heider Center at Creighton Prep on Saturday, April 25, just 71 days away as of today.

The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone and to provide $2.5 million annually in financial assistance to approximately 52 percent of our students. Plus, BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community.

BASH is a big undertaking, but with the help of our Prep community members, we come together each year to put together a successful event in support of our students – and have a little fun along the way!

How Can You Participate?

  • Visit our BASH webpage to learn more about the event and all of the ways you can get involved

  • Donate an Auction Item

  • Attend the Patron Party on Saturday, April 4 

  • Attend the BASH

  • Become a Premier Partner Sponsor

  • Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets

  • Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Volunteer

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