UPDATE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL, JIM BOPP
As we bring this final day of classes for the school year to a close, every faculty and staff member at Prep is nostalgic for the sounds of students yelling in the hallways and honking their horns in the parking lots as they celebrate the start of summer. We have been through some trying times together and together is the keyword here. I was very encouraged to read through our recent student surveys and learn that nearly 90% of our students agree with the statement that they feel connected to and cared for by the Prep community despite the physical distance. Additionally, the majority of students believe the academic expectations set for them during this time of online learning were generally consistent with what they experienced in person. Given the circumstances, this is some remarkable data.
As teachers work to finalize grades, they do so with a sense of genuine optimism that their students will be ready to advance to their next level of studies successfully. When I contrast that to the many news stories coming out in recent days about gaps in learning and academic preparedness that so many school districts are contending with as a result of the pandemic, I am left with a deep sense of gratitude for the ingenuity, creativity, care, and hard work that exemplified the efforts of the Prep faculty these last two months. This, combined with the courage and determination that our students demonstrated in rising to meet this challenge, has left me more optimistic than ever about Prep’s future.
Now that classes have concluded, we begin our preparations for next year. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing details about our deliberations and major developments as early and as thoroughly as circumstances allow. As a first step in helping us with this process, I ask that all parents fill out this survey about their son’s experience with online learning these last two months. No school knows for certain what the future will hold and so we will be preparing for a wide range of contingencies. Your thoughtful reflections will play an important role in helping us shape those plans. There will be other surveys and forums for soliciting feedback on other topics related to being a student at Prep, but teaching and learning will be the center around which everything else will be structured, which is why this survey focuses almost exclusively on those topics.
We will continue to provide regular communications throughout the summer to keep everyone apprised of how plans for next year are developing. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we make our way through this uncharted territory.
Senior Video Goes Live Sunday, May 17 at 10 am
Sunday marks the original graduation date for Prep’s Class of 2020 and we want to commemorate this day by celebrating our graduates. We’ve compiled all of the input they provided about their post-graduation plans and photos into a video slideshow. This Sunday at 10 am take a look on our YouTube channel. Read the seniors’ thoughts as they share their special memories and proudest moments at Prep. We’ll send a link to the video in an email to all seniors and their parents Sunday morning. Congratulations Class of 2020!
Graduation Ceremony Set for Friday, July 31
The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony is set to take place at CHI Health Center Arena on Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. More information will come as we get closer to the date. An important reminder that we need all graduates to fill out this form ASAP to help us prepare for the ceremony.
Procedures for Picking Up Personal Items & Returning Borrowed Prep Property
Look for an email from Sterling Brown to all students and parents outlining procedures for picking up personal items and returning any Prep property students may have borrowed. Please make sure your son schedules an appointment for pick up on Wednesday, May 20 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. If your son isn't able to complete this himself, then we ask for someone in your family to do this for him. Please contact Sterling Brown if there are any special circumstances we should be aware of that may make this process challenging for your family.
Final grades for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be posted to PowerSchool by the end of the day Friday, May 22. Seniors’ grades were posted last Friday.
Omaha World-Herald Academic Teams
Congrats to these 38 Prepsters who earned recognition in The World-Herald All Academic Program.
Michalski Medal Winners
This year’s Fr. Jim Michalski, SJ Medal winners were announced at today’s last All-School Mass. These seniors demonstrate leadership in faith and service and help our school community live out the great commandments of loving God and loving neighbors.
Ink Inc. Publishes Its First Online Journal
Take a look at this year’s Ink Inc. Prep’s first online student literary journal features literary posts and a visual art gallery. If you see something you enjoy, leave encouraging “likes” and comments.
Omaha Catholic High School Virtual Art Show
The Omaha area Catholic High Schools have been collaborating on an end-of-year art show for the last 25 years. We typically enjoy the professional gallery space at Hot Shops galleries in NoDo Downtown Omaha. This year all area Catholic High Schools were determined not to let this great tradition falter, so the community adapted our first virtual show!
COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES
Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary
A comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents.
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