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THE February 21st PARENT PULSE



National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to our National Merit Scholarship Finalists from the class of 2020: Joe Boever, James Chapman, Tristan Curd, Henry Drvol, Ryan Kenney, Josh Kramer, Sam Loeffler, Mason Mandolfo, and Paul Owens.

Speech Team Wins

The Speech team won team sweepstakes recognition in competitions at both Marian and Lincoln North Star. Winners included Dominic Mendlik ‘21 in extemporaneous speaking and Nate Reyes ‘21 in poetry. Nate Reyes won three awards, and Jimmy Miller ‘21 and Jack McNally ‘22 were double medalists.

African-American History Challenge 

Tristan Curd ‘20, Steven Ross ‘22, and Andrew Joppa ‘22 placed fourth overall in the African-American History Challenge. The annual academic competition is hosted by the 100 Black Men of Omaha Inc. and focuses on the history and contribution of African-Americans in the United States.

Wrestlers Qualified for State

Good luck and congratulations to Francisco Becerra ‘21, Victor Kaminski ‘23, Jaden Overman ‘20, Joey Glogowski ‘20, and Tony Pray ‘21 who qualified at the state tournament.

Swim and Dive Team Wis at Metro Conference

Congratulations to the swimmers and divers for winning the Metro Conference Meet -- TJ Nissen ‘23 (50 free), Matthew Ahlgren ‘20 (100 Butterfly), and Hayden Hadford ‘20 (200 IM). Rush Clark ‘20 won two events and was named boys outstanding swimmer of the meet. Prep scored 395.5 points to finish ahead of Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (343) and Westside (332). Next up for the team is the State Meet in Lincoln on February 27-29.


Mom Prom Photos 

If you went to Mom Prom and got your picture taken with your son, remind him that he can pick up the photo in the high school office from Donna.

$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. Take a look at all of the details and use this Google form to formally claim your friend. 


Ash Wednesday Mass - February 26

Prep will celebrate an all school Mass on Ash Wednesday in the Heider Center at 9:45 a.m. This will be a formal dress day for all students.   

Prep Moms Meeting - March 3

Meet in the Hall of Fame room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Incoming Freshman Registration - March 4

Mid-Term and End of Q3 - March 6

Ignatian Volunteer Corps 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

Spring Break - March 9-13


Retreat Leaders Needed for March 21 Confirmation Retreat

Campus Ministry is looking for students to help lead an 8th-grade Confirmation Retreat for Holy Cross students on Saturday, March 21. If your son would like to volunteer, please contact Dave Lawler for more information.  

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. 

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!

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The September 13 Parent Pulse
Posted 09/13/2019 01:50PM

School News


Mid-Quarter Progress Reports Available on Monday, September 16

Late in the day on Monday, you will find mid-quarter progress reports available through 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

If you have questions or concerns about grades, please contact your son’s teacher.

PowerSchool and Canvas are excellent resources for monitoring student progress. Creighton Prep expects that parents are using these tools for this purpose. 

You can view your son’s grades at any time from the Grades and Attendance page in PowerSchool. Click on the actual grade for a breakdown of assignments. Canvas serves as a resource for what is going on in class. 


Prep Student From China Needs New Host Prep Family

Ethan is a current junior at Prep and is in need of a new host Prep family. His current host family is just very busy with smaller children, so he would like to find an environment that is more conducive to studying. 

Ethan enjoys studying science, playing sports and taking outdoor photos. You can find out more about him here

If you are interested in hosting Ethan, please email Hong Qian. She can let you know about a stipend / financial assistance.


Paying for Breakfast and After School Snacks

Did you know that breakfast and after school snacks are available to your son at Prep? Breakfast is served from 7-8:15 a.m. and after school snacks from 2:45-3:10 p.m. Students can pay cash for them at the point of sale or you can create and fund a MySchoolAccount they can use.


Letter Sweaters Can Be Ordered Until Tuesday, September 17

The price is $50 and samples are in the Jay Mart now.

  • White sweaters for students with state honors in a varsity NSAA sport or activity or an approved club sport
  • Blue sweaters for students who have lettered in those sports or activities
  • Dress-code approved
  • Can be worn on formal dress days
  • Sleeve chevrons to note successive years of participation: an additional $10.

Order today through Lawlor’s Custom Sportswear. Email Dan Kennedy, SJ with any questions.


2019 Yearbooks Ready For The Class of 2019

The Jay Junior 2019 yearbook is ready for pickup in the High School Office by members of the Class of 2019 or their parents. The HSO is located inside the Administration entrance from the east parking lot. 


Volunteer Opportunities


Help with Preptoberfest on Saturday, September 21

Preptoberfest, a celebration of all things Prep, will take place next Saturday from 5-9 p.m., and we need parent volunteers to sign up to help before, during and after the event. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please email Amy Knight or call her at 402-393-1190.


Volunteer for BASH 2020

Commit today to be one of the 500 volunteers who will make our 50th BASH fundraiser a success on Saturday, April 25 for the students who rely on financial assistance to attend Prep. 

Soon, we’ll need lots of parents to help with acquiring auction items. Later in January, to sell raffle tickets, help with decorations and write descriptions for the catalog. In late April, to set up auction items, serve drinks at the event, and help with tear-down and cleanup

This is a great way to give back to Prep and meet great people!


Tutors Needed at Jesuit Academy

Campus Ministry is looking for Prep students who would like to tutor at Jesuit Academy on Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m. If your son would like to participate, please contact Dave Lawler in the Campus Ministry Office.


Upcoming Events


College Admissions Counselors at Prep – September 16-19

Juniors and seniors interested in attending these visits need to notify their teachers in advance that they will be missing class. They are responsible for the material covered while they are away from class.

All meetings will be held in the office of Director of College Counseling Christianne Clark unless otherwise noted. She will give students a pass at the end of each visit to return to class. Seniors attending meetings over their lunch break can bring their lunch to Mrs. Clark’s office.

Monday, September 16

12:45 p.m. University of Chicago

Tuesday, September 17

9:35 a.m. Catholic College Fair in the Smith Atrium. Students register and pre-print a barcode.

7 p.m. Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis - Brownell Talbot School, Swanson Auditorium (400 Happy Hollow Blvd.) Students register here.

7 p.m. Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University - Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown (555 S. 10th St.) Students register here.

Wednesday, September 18

12:45 p.m. Seton Hall University

Thursday, September 19

7:30 a.m. Saint Louis University

9:30 a.m. STEM careers with NASA - Criss Auditorium

12:45 p.m. Texas Christian University

6 p.m. Historically Black College and Cultural Enrichment Tour Info Meeting - Salem Baptist Church, Conference Room (3131 Lake Street). Tentative list: Alabama A & M, Alabama State University, Grambling State University, Fisk University, Jackson State University, Langston University, Paul Quinn College and Tennessee State University.


Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, September 16

We look forward to seeing everyone who has registered for the annual Men for Others Golf Classic at the Omaha Country Club.

  • Two-player best ball format
  • Check-in / driving range begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. shotgun start 

Questions? Email Rick Berger ‘76 or call 402-393-1190.


Jr. Jays 12th Man Club Meetings – September 18 and October 22

Fathers of current student-athletes in the Prep football program and Prep alumni are invited to the Jr. Jays 12th Man Club meetings next Wednesday and Tuesday, October 22 

  • Cunningham’s Pub and Grill at 10904 West Dodge Road 
  • Social at 6 p.m., remarks at 7 p.m. by Coach Tim Johnk
  • $20 for two meetings. Includes appetizers and a beverage ticket
  • Menu and a cash bar available

Mail your $20 check to Creighton Prep Football Booster Club 1615 S. 126 Street Omaha, NE 68144.


Coffee and Conversation for Senior Parents – Thursday, September 19

The Counseling Office will be sponsoring Coffee and Conversation for Senior Parents in the Carta Hall of Fame Room next Thursday from 6-7 p.m.

Counselors will be present to answer any questions you have about the college application process, college scholarships or paying for college.


Freshman/Big Brother Service Day – Friday, September 20

The first of two Freshman/Big Brother service days will take place next Friday. The students participating have been emailed their service sites assignments. 

The big brothers will provide transportation that day. At 9 a.m.at Prep, they and the freshmen will enjoy donuts, juice and a short prayer service. They will travel to service sites in Omaha to volunteer from 10-11:30 a.m. then to lunch. Freshmen should bring money for lunch. Dress code is blue-white.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Lawler. Those not assigned to the September 20 service day will participate on November 8.    


Preptoberfest – Saturday, September 21

The Prep community is invited to a celebration of all things Prep at our second annual Preptoberfest! Admission is free and please register to help us plan for the crowd. Attendees must be 21 or older.

  • Mass at 4 p.m. in the Skinner Chapel
  • 5-9 p.m. celebration in the west parking lot
  • Food, beer and wine, and, by special arrangement, music by Omaha's own Billy McGuigan and his band!
    • Food trucks 5-8:30 p.m.
    • Billy plays 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Get a Preptoberfest pint mug for $25 or purchase individual drink tickets.

Questions? Email Amy Knight or call her at 402-393-1190 Ext. 322.


Sports Night Featuring George Brett – Tuesday, September 24

Join us in the Heider Center when the school welcomes legendary Kansas City Royals third baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett as the featured speaker for the 28th Annual Sports Night.

Evening program

  • 5:30 p.m. – Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
  • 7 p.m. – Oral auction
  • 7:15 p.m. – Program featuring George Brett


  • Individual tickets: $75 - $60 tax deductible
  • Table of 10: $700 - $550 tax deductible
  • Sponsor table: $1,000 - $850 tax deductible
    • One person from each sponsor table is invited to a private cocktail reception with George Brett and will receive a gift and preferred seating for the table at Sports Night.

Attire for the evening is business casual, and parking will be available in both the east and west lots. You may also park in the Hillside Elementary School lot west of Prep.

Reserve your seats for Sports Night. For more information, contact Dan Schinzel at 402-393-1190. 


Omaha National College Fair – Sunday, October 13

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) will be hosting the Omaha National College Fair at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Get more information on student registration and see a list of participating schools.


Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast – Sunday, October 20

Prep mothers, register now for the annual Mother-Son Mass and Breakfast. This special occasion is for mothers and sons of the Prep community, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, and the Mass will be concelebrated by members of Prep's Jesuit community. The cost is $22 per person.

We’d like to have all Prep mothers and sons there, especially the members of the Class of 2023. Of particular concern to us is the student who may not have a mother at home. We encourage him to come with a sister, aunt, grandmother or another student and his mother.

  • Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center
  • The Windsor Ballroom
  • 12520 Westport Parkway (conference center entrance)


Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 23

Celebrate with the Prep community at the 2019 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction. On that night, the following will be honored in the Sullivan Center:

  • Sword of St. Ignatius – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
  • Alumnus of the Year – Patrick J. Duffy ‘90
  • Ancilla Domini – Karen Van Dyke
  • Hall of Fame – Robert J. “Bob” Carlisle ‘76
  • Hall of Fame – Cindy Heider

$60 per person. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Make your reservations today and see the names of former honorees

For questions or more information, email Grace Cominoli or call her at 402-393-1190.


Prep Notes


Ten Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Congratulations to the following students on being named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition. According to the program website, approximately 1 percent of the 1.6 million students involved in the competition are named Semifinalists.

  • Joseph Boever
  • Richard Chapman
  • Tristan Curd
  • Henry Drvol
  • Ryan Kenney
  • Joshua Kramer
  • Samuel Loeffler
  • Mason Mandolfo
  • Paul Owens
  • Eric Woods

Finalists will be named in February then a smaller group of those will be announced in the spring as scholarship recipients.


From the Jay Journal: A Preview of Tonight’s Football Game

Catch Brendan Preisman’s Pre-Cap of tonight’s 7 p.m. football game between Prep and Lincoln High School at Beechner Field, 2229 J Street in Lincoln.


Interested in Joining our Facilities Maintenance Team?

We’re looking for a full-time team member to perform general maintenance: electrical, plumbing, cleaning, drywall, painting and light mechanical. Learn more about the position and apply.


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