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An Important Message from Fr. Neitzke
Posted 03/30/2020 05:02PM

Dear Friends of Prep,

Today was a milestone in our 142-year history as we began a fully online academic schedule of courses. The young men of Prep attended their first day of virtual learning, and our faculty provided them with their regular daily course schedule.

While there are still a number of challenges for our faculty, staff and students, I thought I would share some of the updates from faculty and students that might bring all of us a little joy:

  • In Ms. Hefflinger’s third period AP Calculus and fifth period Calculus 1 classes, the students not only learned about derivatives and integrals but they also introduced their dogs to their classmates in their Zoom breakout rooms. (See picture below.)   
  • A student shared that “Everyone knew it was different, but no one was complaining. I was amazed about how down to business everyone was in my class.”
  • In Fr. Czerniak’s first period French class, he started out with a prayer which seemed very providential as it read “Remember that God is Now and God is Here, wherever we are, in whatever unchosen places and situations, and that it is God whom we seek, not a particular path."
  • In Ms. Taber’s first period freshman theology course and in her fifth and seventh period Moral Values courses, she shared that “We prayed together, just like we would at the start of class normally. It felt comforting to keep that routine, to hear the petitions of the students, and to connect spiritually.”
  • In all three of Mr. Clark’s Honors Chemistry courses, he was proud of his 100% attendance and the new apps that will allow them do live experiments. Mr. Clark taught and navigated his courses with the assistance of his 4-year-old future Prepster at his side! 
  • Another student shared that “My teachers were super understanding about the new situation and all of them told us that if we needed any help at all with anything school related or not, we can always reach out to them.”
  • In Mrs. Masek’s first, fifth and seventh period Church History classes, she said that “All students showed up - everyone was logged in on time! Better than happens while in the school building!” She shared how much she missed her student’s energy, their curiosities and getting to hear their hopes and dreams and how we are all realizing that relationships matter.
  • In Mr. Delaney’s first and fifth period World History and third period American Government classes, he shared that students were very happy to see one another again and that their faces lit up when their chat began. Mr. Delaney was impressed with their serious gratitude to be back together (in a digital fashion) and their “awesome interactions.”
  • In Mr. Chesire’s first and third period choir classes, he said they sang the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and reflected together on the story of Jesus calming the storm at sea. Moving forward, each class will begin with one young man singing a song followed by a reflection and prayer.
  • In Ms. Ayers’ fifth period American Literature class, she said the boys had her cracking up with their unfailing ability to roast each other, even during a pandemic. As with so much of our seeing and hearing from students, it has been just what the doctor ordered today. 
  • A senior shared, “Getting to see my classmates faces again gave me hope that senior year might not be over!”

I am very happy to report that none of our students earned a JUG. That might be another milestone in our 142 years!

In all seriousness, I could not be prouder of our faculty, staff, students and parents as Creighton Prep continues to work through the new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. Our community is strong!

Finally, I ask for your prayerful support as we continue our mission to form men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition.

In Christ,

Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ


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