Preparing for School
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Review your class schedule by logging into PowerSchool. Select "My Schedule" and then the "Matrix" tab. If you believe there are scheduling errors, please review the information below under Class Schedules. Counselors will prioritize and attempt to address these requests beginning August 1.
Review book and app requirements by clicking here.
Review the Student-Parent Handbook.
Complete the required annual update and handbook acknowledgment in PowerSchool by clicking on Annual Update.
Review the dropdown categories below for additional information about preparing for school.
- Annual Information Update and Student-Parent Handbook Agreement - Due July 31
- Athletics Participation
- Before & After School Meal Program
- Textbook and App Requirements
- Calendar & Upcoming Dates
- Class Schedules
- Emergency Notification
- Jay Mart - Spirit Store
- Job Opportunities for Students at Prep
- Lockers & Padlocks
- New Student iPad Orientation & Jay Squad Introductions
- Parking Permits - Online Registration Only
- Pictures & Yearbooks
- Registration and Freshman First Day - August 14
- Student Health
- Student-Parent Handbook
- Summer Reading Book
- Tracking Academic Performance, Homework and Course Planning
- Transportation Program and Carpooling
By July 31, we ask that one parent update student and parent information so that we can contact you or your son quickly and efficiently, especially in case of an emergency. We also need to know that you've read the Student-Parent Handbook and agree to its terms.
Start by logging into PowerSchool and selecting “Annual Update” in the left column under each son's name. If you have multiple sons at Prep, the update must be completed for each one. Email the High School Office with any questions.
All students participating in a NSAA or club sport must have an annual physical on file in the High School Office. To be valid for the 2023-2024 school year, the physical must be dated on or after May 1, 2023. Most doctors have experience conducting sports physicals and will provide you with a signed report.
If your son is planning to play sports, he must have a completed physical on file by the start of that sport. Fall sports physicals must be emailed to Liz Vokal in the High School Office (HSO) by Friday, July 28 ONLY for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are participating in football. All other fall sports physicals (for cross country, freshman football and tennis) must be emailed to Liz Vokal by Friday, August 4.
Physicals turned in later for these sports will likely delay participation. Please arrange a physical through your family physician or at a facility such as Urgent Care or Midwest Minor Medical.
Grades 10-12 - Football: Due Friday, July 28
Grades 10-12 - Cross Country, Tennis: Due Friday, August 4
Grade 9 - Cross Country, Football, Tennis: Due Friday, August 4
Freshmen should read the information for incoming freshmen that can be accessed via a link at the top of the cross country page. Interested freshmen should email Fr. Tillman with their intention to run cross country and/or attend the July 17-21 cross country camp if they have not already done so.
The first practice for freshmen is Monday, August 7 from 2:00-4:45 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. Practices for the remainder of the week will be 2:45-4:45 p.m.
First practices for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8 at 8 a.m. in the Criss Auditorium.
Check the cross country page on the Prep website under Athletics for practice times for the week of August 7. The practice schedule will be posted on Tuesday, August 1.
Bring $5 for the locker fee for the locker room on Monday, August 7.
Email Fr. Tillman with any questions.
Freshman Football Camp is July 17-19. On July 17 and 19, the camp is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Leahy Stadium. On July 18, the camp is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wear a T-shirt, shorts and cleats.
Freshman Equipment Checkout and Baseline Concussion Testing is on Friday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. This will take 60-90 minutes.
Bring $55 to cover the cost of the equipment, including a practice jersey, locker, belt and mouthpiece. If a player already has a white practice jersey, the cost is only $25. Please enter the building through the NORTH weight room doors between Leahy Stadium and Jurgensen Park (baseball field). Checks should be made payable to Creighton Prep.
A freshman team meeting and first practice is Monday, August 7 from 2:00-5:30 p.m. Practices will be from 3:00-5:30 p.m. each day.
Wear a T-shirt, shorts and football shoes for the first two days of practice.
Email Coach Ewing with any questions.
JV and varsity tryouts start Monday, August 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Koch Family Tennis Center, 12440 West Maple Road.
Expect tryouts to consist of drills and a double-elimination tournament.
Please email Coach Kowal if you plan on trying out or have any questions.
We invite students to participate in our before & after-school meal program – a cost-effective and efficient way for students to grab food outside of our lunchtime service. You can choose from one or two meals per day for a set price each semester.
- Convenient: Students stay on campus to eat before and after school.
- Cost-Effective: Cheaper than eating at Cane’s, Freddy's or Chick-fil-A, while saving 40% compared to purchasing a la carte snacks at Prep.
- Cash-Free Transactions: No need to dole out cash each day for your son to pay for snacks. Now you can pay once a semester through your FACTS account.
What's on the Menu?
The menu changes from time to time, but students can usually count on breakfast croissants, breakfast pizza, scrambled eggs, sausage, and juice or milk in the morning. After school, pizza, cookies, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks are student favorites.
COST & DETAILS
One meal per day for one semester at $200
Two meals per day for one semester at $300
In the fall, your son will receive a student ID that is scanned each time he wants to eat.
All fees will be charged to your FACTS account.
Use this form to sign up for the meal plan of your choice for the fall semester by Friday, August 12.
Students enrolled in a meal plan in the spring of 2023 will be automatically enrolled for the same meal plan for fall 2023 unless an opt out form is completed.
À LA CARTE OPTION
Breakfast and after school snacks also can be purchased by your son through cash or a MySchoolAccount that you create and fund. Breakfast is served in the commons from 7:00-8:15 a.m., and after school snacks are served from 2:45-3:10 p.m.
Most courses utilize digital resources that are iPad compatible. Those items are covered in the standard Technology, eTextbook & Supplies Fee for each student that is billed through your FACTS account. Materials covered by this fee will be noted on the Textbook and App Requirements page.
Here’s how to review these items:
1. Review your son's class schedule in PowerSchool.
2. Visit our Textbook and App Requirements page to review course materials and purchasing options.
3. Review each course for the teacher's name, the title and the ISBN of the textbook to determine whether the item is covered by the school fee or you purchase it.
4. Purchase books and apps that are not covered by the school fee.
If you have questions about textbook and app purchasing, please email Library Director Diane Sands.
You can see the complete list of activities and events for the 2023-2024 school year on our website. Here are a few key dates to keep in mind:
- Friday, August 11 - Welcome Dance
- Sunday, August 13 - New Families Mass & Orientation
- Monday, August 14 - Student Registration and Pictures
- Monday, August 14 - First Day of School for Freshmen (lunch will be provided)
- Tuesday, August 15 - School for All Students - C-Day schedule
- Wednesday, August 23 - Curriculum Night, Early Dismissal
- Thursday, August 31 - Mass of the Holy Spirit
Download a PDF of Prep’s major dates calendar highlighting special dates of interest throughout the 2023-2024 school year.
Class schedules will be available for review in PowerSchool after July 4.
Select "My Schedule" and then the "Matrix" tab. If you believe there are scheduling errors, please review the information below prior to submitting a course change request. Counselors will prioritize and attempt to address these requests beginning August 1. The course change period runs through the first six days of class. After that, no other courses may be added. The course catalog can be reviewed, if needed.
Please note that our scheduling process prioritizes students, beginning with seniors, for classes that fulfill graduation requirements. This includes elective courses. Although Creighton Prep would like students to receive all of their requested electives, there inevitably will be conflicts that include class size limits, conflicts with other classes, or the need to fulfill graduation requirements. These conflicts may prevent a student from receiving a requested elective. This is especially true with Fine Arts classes like Basic Art and Design, Photography I and Filmmaking I. Please keep in mind that younger students will have an opportunity to take these elective classes in the future.
Additionally, please remember that Creighton Prep will not change schedules for any student based on teacher preference. Accommodating these requests would ultimately make scheduling impossible.
We try to ensure that each student’s schedule is correct, but inevitably errors do occur either in the entry of course requests or in the scheduling process itself. One common point of confusion is two lunch periods listed on the schedule. This is not an error as it is one lunch for an A Day and one for a B Day on our block schedule.
If there are scheduling errors, please submit a course change request. Again, counselors will prioritize and attempt to address these requests beginning August 1. Priority for schedule changes will go to error corrections or approved placement changes. Discretionary changes will be made after scheduling errors are corrected. All requests will be processed through the student’s counselor, so please do not send schedule change requests to faculty or administration.
Creighton Prep uses the SchoolMessenger service to notify families about school closures, schedule changes or other urgent updates. These notifications take place through text, voice and email messages. Please take a minute to sign up or confirm that you are signed up to receive these important notifications.
Opt In for New Users
If you are a new user, opt in for text messages by texting "yes" to 68453. You will receive a reply confirming your registration. If you receive an error message instead, you may need to contact your carrier to enable this kind of text messaging.
Confirming that You Have Already Opted In
You can confirm that parent mobile phones are registered with our emergency text notification service by texting "yes" to 68453. It is okay to repeat this process each year if you’re not sure you are registered.
Opt Out for Discontinuing the Service
To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, text "STOP" to 68453.
Although Prep does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that you may incur for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges. If you have any questions about emergency notifications, please email the Dean of Students Office.
We invite all Prep parents and students to check out Creighton Prep and visit the Jay Mart, our school spirit store where 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the faculty, staff and students. The store sells dress code-approved apparel such as quarter-zips along with many other items.
The Jay Mart is located in the Smith Atrium just outside the Heider Center, and hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on regular school days. (Hours may change during finals week.) Please park in the west lot and check in at the High School Office desk inside the building's west entrance. The receptionist will direct you from there.
To shop online, visit www.cpjaymart.com. Follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the newest items and sales. We look forward to helping you with all of your CP Jr. Jays needs! For questions or additional information, contact Molly Sengstock.
Prep is seeking motivated students to fill maintenance and front desk positions beginning in mid-August at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Students will not be required to work every day, and may request seasons off to participate in athletics or other activities.
Maintenance positions pay $12 per hour and involve daily cleaning of classrooms and common areas, outdoor landscaping maintenance work, and any other duties as assigned after school from 3:00-6:00 pm with Saturday shifts possible. Use this link to apply for a maintenance position. Contact Facilities Director Kevin Flint.
Front desk positions pay $10.50 per hour and involve monitoring all entry points to the building and answering and routing phone calls to the school. Front desk position shifts run from 3:00-5:00 pm during the school year, with full day shifts available during winter, spring and 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.
School Lockers & Padlocks
All students will find their individual school locker assignment on PowerSchool a few weeks after class schedules are published.
Incoming freshmen students will be provided with a Prep-issued, gray-faced padlock at no cost. Returning students who need to replace a lost Prep-issued, gray-faced padlock should purchase one during registration ($5 cash).
After classes begin, padlocks will be available for purchase in the Dean of Students Office during school hours.
Locker Room Lockers & Padlocks
School-issued, blue-faced padlocks for locker room lockers are available through your son's coach or P.E. teacher for $5. All items in the locker room should be secured.
REQUIRED iPad Orientation
iPad orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 1. If your son is unable to attend, please email Rachael Gandossy to reschedule if you have not already done so and to obtain more information. Here's an overview of what will be covered at the orientation on August 1:
Jay Squad members (upperclassmen student leaders) will assist your son in this orientation. Students will be grouped with other students of all grade levels to create brotherhood and a sense of community during their time at Prep. This first Jay Squad event will not only include this orientation but start the process of making a smooth transition to high school for your student.
Drop-Off and Pickup: Please arrive on the west side of the school to enter through the Sullivan Center doors. Pickup will also be on the west side.
Before Arrival: We ask that students set up their own Apple ID prior to this event. This Apple ID will need to be the student's own, not shared with another family member, as personal and academic content will be tied to it. Parents will still be able to monitor and manage a student's App Store content using Family Sharing. A parent's guide to a student's Apple ID can be found here.
What to Bring: Students will receive their Creighton Prep-issued iPad, a case with a keyboard and a stylus pen at this event. We suggest students bring a backpack or drawstring bag to take these items home with them. A reusable water bottle is also always a good idea!
Event Agenda: Upon arrival at the Sullivan Center, students will check in with Jay Squad members, receive their iPad and accessories, spend time setting up their iPad with the help of Jay Squad leaders and go through student applications. After setup, Jay Squads will have some team-building activities for students to understand their new technology and become familiar with campus. Snacks and water will be provided.
Dress: There is no dress code for this event. Please make sure any clothing has appropriate logos or sayings. Students will spend a portion of time outside at the end of their assigned shift for a fun activity so students should dress appropriately.
Selecting Shifts: There are two shifts for the day: 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
- All students who drive to Creighton Prep must register their vehicle(s) with the school and have a parking permit. The cost of a parking permit is included in the school Technology, eTextbook & Supplies Fee.
- Students must use their Creighton Prep Gmail account to register their vehicle(s) at this link prior to Friday, August 11 at 11:55 p.m. To register a vehicle after this time, students must visit the Dean of Students Office.
- When registering, each student should know the make, model, color and license plate number of all vehicles that he may drive to school.
- Students should keep the emailed receipt and bring it when picking up the parking permit at registration.
- See the Student-Parent Handbook for complete details on vehicle registration and student parking.
- Permits for new drivers can be obtained anytime throughout the year in the Dean of Students Office.
picture order form for all students
School pictures for all students will be taken at registration on Monday, August 14. Parents can order photos online now through Jeremy Johnson Photography. To get the best possible price, all orders MUST be placed by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 14. Orders placed after that day are not at the discounted price and will be charged shipping. Order date information will be included on the proof insert sent to those who had their picture taken.
pictures for seniors
As your son's last year of high school approaches, we want you to be aware of two important senior photo items.
- All seniors are required to wear a shirt and tie to registration on August 14. Click here to learn more about appropriate dress for formal senior photos. Prep will not accept a senior photo from outside photography studios.
- You do not need to schedule a senior picture appointment to fulfill the senior yearbook requirements.
Jeremy Johnson, our school photographer, has various senior photo options for you to save time and money. Please contact Jeremy Johnson Photography or call (402) 292-8438.
yearbook pickup for sophomores, juniors and seniors
All sophomores, juniors and seniors will be able to pick up their 2022-23 yearbooks at registration. Every Prep student receives a yearbook. Parents/guardians did not need to order one in advance. Recent graduates (the class of 2023) can pick up their yearbooks at the High School Office.
All Student Registration
All students are required to attend this day to take school pictures, receive demerit cards, purchase replacement locks if needed for $5 cash (freshman locks are provided), pick up pre-registered parking passes and get settled into lockers. No parking passes will be sold this day. Unless you are purchasing a lock, sophomores, juniors and seniors do not need to bring anything else. Freshmen should review the information in the Freshman First Day section below for what to do and bring to school.
Please arrive and enter the upper Heider Center entrance in dress code, including hair and facial hair as outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook. A reminder that seniors must be in formal dress code (a dress shirt and tie along with the rest of the items outlined in the dress code). Here is the schedule for registration:
|Student Last Name
freshman first day
Registration for freshmen opens at 10:00 a.m. Please drop your son off at the Heider Center entrance in the east parking lot. Freshmen should begin registration no later than 10:15 a.m. to ensure they’ve completed the process before their classes begin at 11:05 a.m. Students should bring their iPad, pen, pencil, notebook, and anything they’d like to put in their locker. Jay Squad leaders will help the freshmen get acquainted with campus. The class schedule for the day is below. Lunch will be provided.
|11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
emergency medical action plans
If a student has a life-threatening condition such as severe asthma, allergies, diabetes or seizures, submit the applicable action plan form to the Nurse’s Office.
If a student needs to take prescription medication while at school, ask your son’s physician to complete one of these applicable forms below that requires a physician’s signature. Return the form to the Nurse’s Office.
- Medication Authorization Form - for all prescription and non prescription meds that are taken at school
- Self-Management Form - for those with Emergency Action plans only- stating the student will carry and self-administer his Epi-Pen, Insulin, Or Inhaler. All other medication must be kept in the nurse office. Students are not allowed to carry any other medications.
These forms are also available on the Medical Information page and in the Dean of Students Office and should be submitted before the start of school. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the Dean of Students Office if changes occur. If you have questions about these forms, email our school nurse Katie Thompson, RN.
The summer reading book “This is not the Jess Show” by Anna Carey was distributed in English classes and at Freshman Registration Night. Students are expected to complete the book before the first day of class and should expect a quiz in the first few days of school. Click here for a link to the summer reading review guide.
This is the description of the book from the author's website:
The year is 1998, and like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama...but drama keeps finding her.
Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister’s worsening health, the only constant is change—and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.
Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious illness. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device—with an apple logo on it—falls out her best friend’s backpack and lands at Jess’ feet.
But the first iPhone won’t exist for another nine years.
Suddenly Jess has more questions than answers about her life. And as she races to uncover the truth about her family, her friendships, and her town, one thing becomes clear: we all have our own version of reality. Black Mirror meets My So-Called Life in this fast-paced, timely novel about separating fact from fiction—and the lengths one girl will go to live on her own terms.
For questions about the summer reading book, please contact English department chair Ms. Barb Hake at email@example.com.
Creighton Prep offers two online resources that help you track your son's academic performance, homework and course planning. Access to these sites requires separate logins with separate usernames and passwords. For problems accessing these sites, contact the High School Office.
PowerSchool for Academic Performance
Access current course grades and specific assignment grades and comments.
Review attendance history including a summary of reasons for absences.
Check discipline history, including demerit and Jug (detention) totals and obligations owed.
Canvas for daily class activities
View assignments such as homework, tests and long-range projects.
Follow course links with information such as syllabi, daily agendas, readings and notes.
Note that assignment and course grades are official in PowerSchool only and what you may see in Canvas may not always reflect the actual grade.
Parents should look for the "Parent of a Canvas User?" link on the top login page. You will need your son's username and password to register.
Creighton Prep and Marian have partnered with Chief School Bus to pick up students each morning at 16 locations across Omaha. You can sign up each semester for $250. For those receiving a tuition adjustment, we’ll adjust the prices based on the percentage of aid received.
bus Routes & Schedules
Early Stop Departure Time
1st Stop Departure Time
|2nd Stop Departure Time
|St. Patrick School, Elkhorn - 6:55 a.m.
|St. Vincent de Paul School - 7:10 a.m.
|Creighton Prep -
|Walmart, 180th & Center - 6:55 a.m.
|St. Wenceslaus School -
|Creighton Prep -
|St. Stephen the Martyr School - 6:55 a.m.
|Mary Our Queen School -
|Creighton Prep -
|St. Matthew School -
|St. Columbkille School - 7:00 a.m.
|St. Gerald's School -
|Creighton Prep -
|Sts. Peter and Paul School - 7:00 a.m.
|St. Thomas More School - 7:10 a.m.
|Creighton Prep -
|Jesuit Academy - 7:10 a.m.
|Cubby's, 42nd and Sorensen - 7:20 a.m.
|Creighton Prep -
|Cubby's, Hwy 36 & 156th - 6:55 a.m.
|Casey's General Store, 156th and Ida - 7:05 a.m.
|Walmart, 99th and Blair High Road -
|Creighton Prep -
Costs & Details
$250 per semester.
The price will be adjusted based on the percentage (rounded down to the nearest 10%) of financial aid received compared to total tuition and fees for the 2023-24 school year. For example, a $3,500 financial aid package rounds down to 20% of total tuition and fees; thus a 20% discount will be applied to the bus pass fee.
All fees will be charged to your FACTS account.
Bus pass fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Participation in this program can save you from making a 20+ mile round trip commute every morning, with the potential to save thousands of miles’ worth of fuel and depreciation on your vehicle!
Use this form to sign up by Friday, August 11.
Transportation Program Guidelines
Creighton Prep / Marian uses Chief School Bus to service these routes.
At drop-off sites, parents must stay with students (or leave students with another trusted adult) until the bus arrives. Students are not permitted to leave the designated drop-off zone or enter the school at private school sites. In inclement weather conditions, students should stay in their parents’ vehicles until the bus arrives.
Bus stop times shown represent the departure time. Buses will not leave the drop-off site prior to the time shown, but they may arrive a few minutes prior to departure.
Once the bus has departed the drop-off site, it will not return to pick up students who arrive late to the site. If your student misses the bus, it is your responsibility to transport your student to Prep.
Each route has a limit of 42 seats. If you purchase a bus pass for a route, you may use either of the bus stops on that route. You may not use bus stops on other routes. If a route has more than 42 students sign up, we will give preference to the families who live furthest away from Prep / Marian.
Students will be required to present their Creighton Prep / Marian student ID upon boarding the bus to verify the bus pass purchase. Until IDs are distributed after the first week of school, students will provide their name to the bus driver who has a list of those assigned to a particular route.
In the unlikely event of a bus “no show,” it will be your responsibility to transport your student to Prep / Marian, which is why we recommend that students stay in their parent’s vehicle until the bus arrives. In this scenario, you will be refunded a pro-rata portion of your bus pass fee.
After signing up, we will send you more information regarding your specific stop instructions and designated drop-off zone.
Creighton Prep students often carpool to school from different parts of the city. If you would like to explore carpooling options, complete this form to indicate whether your son needs transportation or can provide transportation. After August 1, a list of students with carpool requests will be shared with parents who have completed this form so they can contact each other.