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THE MAY 28 PARENT PULSE

 

HEAD OF SCHOOL UPDATE

All of us at Prep are so excited to end this challenging year with so much to celebrate and nothing but bright prospects ahead. I could not be more proud of or grateful for all the tremendous efforts and ingenuity of everyone involved in both our curricular and co-curricular programs. Thanks to the dedication, hard work, and creativity of both our staff and our students, along with an incredible partnership with our parents, we were able to complete our 143rd year as a Jesuit institution fulfilling the entirety of our mission in spite of a wide variety of daunting obstacles. 

While it may not have been a year many would care to repeat, we learned a great deal that we will be able to carry into the future and that will ensure that we do not simply return to normal in the fall but that we will move into our 144th year better than ever. Enjoy the summer and be ready to come back in August full speed ahead in our pursuit of the magis.

SUMMER COMMUNICATION & OFFICE HOURS

Email Communication

This is our last Parent Pulse for the year. We will send periodic email updates throughout the summer with course schedules and tips on how to prepare for the fall semester. The Parent Pulse will resume on Fridays beginning August 20. Look for three emails this summer:

  • Mid-June - Early Summer Update  

  • Early July - Course Schedule and Book Information

  • Early August  - Preparing for School and Registration Information

High School Office (HSO) Summer Hours

This summer, the HSO will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day and Monday, July 5 for the July 4 Holiday. Student workers will be at the front desk. We will return to our regular staffing on Monday, August 2. If you have any questions, please email the HSO. While we’re not fully staffed during the summer, we will respond in a timely manner. 

COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATES 

Summer COVID Mitigation Protocols

We enjoyed another week with no positive cases. Given the steep drop in case counts, along with the fact that more than 95% of Prep's staff is fully vaccinated, we are making significant changes to our COVID mitigation protocols for the summer. This includes the following changes to our masking policy:

  • Masking is optional for all adults--both staff and visitors.

  • Masking for students while outdoors is optional.

  • Masking for students while indoors is expected anytime they will be spending more than 15 minutes closer than 6 feet to each other in a classroom setting. Prep students who have been fully vaccinated and who have submitted a copy of their records to the school nurse can be exempted from this requirement. At this time, the health department's quarantine policies for close contacts are still in effect for anyone who is not vaccinated and unmasked.

It is too early to say what the protocols for the start of school will look like. We will communicate those in July when we send start of school information. We hope that with continued low case counts and increased vaccination rates, the health department will allow high schools to return to normal in August.

Email Vaccine Card to School Nurse

Once your son has completed his second COVID vaccine, please email a copy of his vaccine card to School Nurse Katie Corrigan, RN, so we can update his records. 

No Remote Learning Option Next Year

Prep will not be offering a remote learning option for students next year. If you have any questions or concerns about in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact your son’s counselor.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Looking Ahead

  • Tuesday, June 1: Semester grades available

  • Monday, August 16: Freshman First Day, Registration Day

  • Tuesday, August 17: First Day of Classes for All Students

2021-2022 Major Dates Calendar

Take a look at the major dates calendar PDF on our website to see all of the details. 

SCHOOL NEWS

Final Grades Available on June 1 and Credit Recovery

Later in the day on June 1, final grade reports on PowerSchool. To check these reports:

  • Log in to PowerSchool.

  • Click on Grade History at left.

  • You will see a grade, an effort grade, and possibly other comments from teachers.

Unless there is a serious error in grading, these grades are final and may not be changed. 

Students who failed courses during either semester must recover credit to continue on their path to graduation. Click here to review important information about the credit recovery process beginning June 7. 

Sports Physicals

The NSAA has returned to the policy of requiring an annual physical to participate in a sport. To be valid for the 2021-22 school year, the physical must be dated after May 1, 2021. Most doctors have experience conducting sports physicals and will provide you with a signed report. 

If your son plans to play a sport, please email the form to Liz Vokal in the High School Office before the first day of practice on August 9 for fall sports. Prep will NOT be offering physicals in August. Please arrange for a physical through your family physician or at a facility such as Urgent Care or Midwest Minor Medical.

Graduation Lost and Found

A hearing aid and two tassels were found at Baxter Arena after graduation. If any of these items are yours, please contact Liz Vokal in the High School Office. 

STUDENT NEWS

Upperclassmen Studying Medicine This Summer

Congrats to soon-to-be-seniors Daniel Meyer and Nathan Ramachandran, who will be busy this summer working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Daniel is part of their inaugural Summer Training in Anesthesia Research (STAR) fellowship. He will get a deep dive into anesthesia research alongside high school students, undergraduates and medical school students. 

Nathan received the Travis B. Lewis Scholarship, an award typically given to 2-3 students from the state. As part of the scholarship, he will investigate HIV-1 associated dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis this summer in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience. 

Senior Wins 2nd Place at Omaha Catholic High School Art Show

Recent 2021 graduate Christopher Burke took 2nd place at the closing and awards ceremony for the 26th annual Omaha Catholic High School Art show at the Hot Shops center with his image, "Mystery Spot." You can see all of the winners at the art show website

Golf Team Wins State, Again!

The Jr. Jays golf team takes home their 13th state championship win while senior Jake Boor earns the individual title. They last won a state championship in 2019.

Lacrosse Wins State

The Jr. Jays take down Millard West 12-9 to win the Nebraska High School Lacrosse state championship. The team last won a state championship in 2018.

FAITH & RETREATS

Operation Others Club Summer Service Projects

The Operation Others Club will be volunteering at the Food Bank of the Heartland this summer on the following dates: 

  • June 17, 9-11:30 a.m.

  • June 20, 1-3:30 p.m.

  • August 10, 1-3:30 p.m.

Students who would like to participate can CLICK HERE to sign up. Contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office with any questions. 

JAYMART SUMMER HOURS

Three more days to get your gear at the JayMart from 9 to 11 a.m during finals. We will not have regular weekly hours in the summer, but we’ll be having POP UP SHOPS! The best way for you and all CP fans to know about our POP UP SHOPS is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Please share this info with your friends...especially those with incoming freshmen! 

CP CAR SHOW - SATURDAY, JUNE 19

The Creighton Prep Student Car Club cordially invites all members of the Creighton Prep community with a keen interest in cars and an automobile they'd like to show off to enter the CP Car Show on Saturday, June 19!

Register using the form HERE, and proceeds from the $25 entry fee will go to the AMDG Fund. Then on June 19, steer your automotive pride and joy to the west parking lot at Prep from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to enjoy food, music and plenty of car conversation.

Hurry, space is limited! Whether you have an American muscle car, a sleek foreign import or the latest model hybrid, we hope to see you there!

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT PREP

Student Maintenance & Front Desk Workers

Prep is seeking motivated students to fill maintenance and front desk positions beginning in mid-August at the start of the 2021-22 school year. You must be 16 years old to work, but you may apply at any time before your 16th birthday. You will not be required to work every day, and will have the opportunity to request seasons off to participate in athletics or other activities.

  • Maintenance positions pay $10 per hour and involve daily cleaning of classrooms and common areas, outdoor landscaping maintenance work, and any other duties as assigned after school from 3-6 p.m. with Saturday shifts possible. Summer positions will open in Summer 2022. Use this link to apply for a maintenance position. Contact Facilities Director Kevin Flint or Business Office Associate Mary McGuire with questions.

  • Front desk positions pay $9 per hour and involve monitoring all entry points to the building and answering and routing phone calls to the school. Shifts run from 3-5 p.m. during the school year, with full-day shifts available during winter, spring, summer breaks, and any other weekdays when school is not in session. Half-hour lunch shifts on school days will also be available. Use this link to apply for a front desk position. Contact Front Desk Manager Cody Everett or Business Office Associate Mary McGuire with questions.

Administrative Support Assistant for the Advancement Department

The Creighton Prep Advancement Office is seeking an Advancement Administrative Support Assistant. The full-time position reports to the Vice President of Advancement and supports the department and its leadership team with administrative work that includes mailings, email correspondence, and database support and maintenance. 

The Administrative Support Assistant will also help with event support including reservations, planning, setup and teardown. Additionally, becoming proficient and administering best practices with Prep's CRM platform, Raiser’s Edge, will be important.

Interested parties can email a cover letter and resume to Vice President of Advancement Rick Berger ‘76

Concession Stand Supervisor for the Athletic Department

The Athletic Department needs a concession stand supervisor for the 2021-22 school year. The position entails operating, stocking and staffing the concession stand at Leahy Stadium during the fall and spring seasons and the Heider Center during the winter season.If interested, contact Dan Schinzel.

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