Preparing for School
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Review your son’s course schedule by logging into PowerSchool. Select "My Schedule" and then the "Matrix" tab. If there are scheduling errors, submit a course change request. 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 Food Service Program
- Book and App Purchasing
- Calendar & Upcoming Dates
- Class Schedules
- COVID Measures for Start of School
- Emergency Medical Action Plans
- Emergency Notification
- Freshman First Day: Monday, August 16
- Freshmen: Mandatory iPad Orientation & Jay Squad Introductions
- JayMart - Spirit Store
- Lockers & Padlocks
- Parking Permits - Online Registration Only
- Picture Order Form for All Students
- Pictures for Seniors and Yearbook Dedication Ads
- Prep Bus Transportation
- Registration Day - August 16
- Student Job Opportunities at Prep
- Student-Parent Handbook
- Summer Reading Book
- Tracking Academic Performance, Homework and Course Planning
- Transfer Students: Mandatory iPad Orientation and Jay Squad Social
- Yearbook Pickup for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
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 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 completed physical form from your physician to Liz Vokal in the High School Office. For those participating in a fall sport, the physical must be turned in by August 6. Prep will NOT be offering physicals at the school in August. Please arrange a physical through your family physician or at a facility such as Urgent Care or Midwest Minor Medical.
Freshmen should read the information for incoming freshmen on the cross country portal on the Prep website under athletics. They should email Fr. Tillman with their intention to run cross country or attend the July 19-23 cross country camp if they have not already done so.
The first practice for freshmen is Monday, August 9 from 2-4:45 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium. Practices for the remainder of the week will be 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can check the cross country portal for practice times for the week of August 9. The practice schedule will be posted on August 1.
Everyone needs to bring a $5 locker fee on Monday, August 9.
Email Fr. Tillman with any questions.
Freshman Football Camp: July 19- 21, 6- 8 p.m. at Leahy Stadium. Please wear a t-shirt, shorts and cleats. On July 20, the camp will run from 4-6 p.m.
Freshman Equipment Checkout and Baseline Concussion Testing on Friday, July 23 from 9-11 a.m. This will take a good hour so please plan accordingly.
Players should bring $20 to cover the cost of the equipment they will need (including a locker, belt and mouthpiece). Please enter the building through the NORTH Weight Room doors between Leahy Stadium and Jurgensen Park (baseball field). Checks can be made payable to Creighton Prep.
First Practice is Monday, August 9, 3-5:30 p.m.
The start time for the first freshman football practice will be announced at equipment checkout, and on the 2021 summer schedule on the website football portal. Wear a t-shirt, shorts and football shoes, and plan for three hours of practice time.
Email Coach Ewing with any questions.
JV and varsity tryouts start Monday, August 9 at 3:30 p.m.
This is subject to change but as of now, tryouts consisting of drills and a double-elimination tournament will start at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, August 9 at the Koch Family Tennis Center, 12440 West Maple Road.
Please email Coach Kowal if you plan on trying out or have any questions.
We invite students to participate in our before and after-school food service program – a new cost-effective and efficient way for students to grab food outside of our lunchtime service. You can choose from one or two meals a day for a set price each semester.
Convenient: Students stay on campus to eat before and after school.
Cost-Effective: Cheaper than eating at Canes, Freddies, 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, bacon, and juice or milk in the morning. After school, cookies, chicken fingers, and mozzarella sticks are student favorites. For each meal, your son can choose one food item and one drink item.
Cost & Details
One meal per day for one semester at $180
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 by Friday, August 27.
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 7-8:15 a.m., and after school snacks are served from 2:45-3:10 p.m.
Before making any purchases, review the Book and App Purchasing page for items that will be delivered through the school or that need to be purchased by students. Any other required materials will be outlined on the first day of class.
Most courses will utilize digital resources that are compatible with your son’s iPad. Purchasing these materials in bulk creates significant savings for our families. Charges for these materials will be noted on the textbook buying pages and automatically billed to your FACTS account. Here is a list of the 2021-2022 textbooks and apps.
Here’s how to purchase these items:
Review your son's class schedule in PowerSchool.
Visit our Textbook and App Purchasing page to review course requirements and purchasing options.
Review each course for the teacher's name, the title of the item, the ISBN of the textbook and the method of purchase (through your FACTS account or through your preferred method of payment).
Purchase books and apps that are not billed through FACTS.
Charges to your FACTS account will be incurred after the six-day course change period at the beginning of the school year. This charge is non-refundable after that point.
For the few remaining hard copies of texts (primarily novels in English), consider waiting to buy or sell until schedules are available in July. Each year there are changes in titles, editions or resources. We don’t want you to purchase something that is no longer in use.
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 2021-2022 school year on our website. Here are a few key dates to keep in mind as we start the new school year.
Sunday, August 15 - New Families Mass, Social and Orientation
Monday, August 16 - Student Registration and Pictures
Monday, August 16 - First Day of School for Freshmen (lunch will be provided)
Tuesday, August 17 - School for All Students - A-Day schedule
Friday, August 20 - Welcome Dance
Tuesday, August 24 - Curriculum Night, Early Dismissal
Download a PDF of Prep’s major dates calendar highlighting special dates of interest throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
If you are interested in carpooling, please complete the “Carpooling” section of the Annual Update in PowerSchool by July 30. Interested families will be contacted in early August. Email the High School Office with questions.
We plan to come back to school with both masking and vaccinations optional but highly recommended for students. We will continue our partnership with the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) as the year progresses and everyone will need to be ready for changes as circumstances evolve. Be advised that DCHD still has quarantine measures in place for close contacts who are unmasked and unvaccinated. Teachers will not be providing remote instruction to students who are absent from school due to quarantine. Unmasked and unvaccinated students placed in quarantine by DCHD risk a significant disruption to their academic and co-curricular endeavors.
We will be returning to our normal lunch service with approximately eight students at a table. Plexiglass has been removed. The regular schedule of events and activities (dances, socials, games, etc.) is in place. Similar to the school day, both masking and vaccinations are optional but strongly encouraged. Social distancing will not be enforced at school or any co-curriculars. Anyone who attends these events unmasked and unvaccinated may be placed in quarantine by DCHD if they are a close contact with a positive case.
In the event we have to assist DCHD with any contact tracing, it would be of great benefit to know if a student has been vaccinated. All vaccinated students are encouraged to provide a scanned copy of their vaccination record to the school nurse. If you have any COVID-19 questions or concerns, please email our School Nurse Katie Corrigan, RN.
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 which 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 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 Corrigan, RN.
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 text that states, “You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.” If you receive an error message instead, you may need to contact your carrier to enable this kind of text messaging.
Opt-In for New Wireless Numbers
You will receive the following request to opt-in for text messages: "Creighton Prep alerts. Reply Y for aprx 5 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Visit schoolmessenger.com/tm." Reply with "Y."
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 the opt-in message.
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.
Jay Squad leaders will help the freshmen get their school photo taken and get acquainted with campus before their classes begin. Students should bring their iPad, $5 cash for a lock, anything they’d like to put in their locker, and an optional notebook and pen. Please arrive and enter the upper Heider Center entrance next to the JayMart clean-shaven and in proper hair and dress code as outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook. The schedule for the day is below. Lunch will be provided.
|11:05–11:25 a.m.||Period 1|
|11:30–11:50 a.m.||Period 2|
|11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m.||Period 3|
|1:10–1:30 p.m.||Period 4b|
|1:35–1:55 p.m.||Period 5b|
|2–2:20 p.m.||Period 6|
|2:25–2:45 p.m.||Period 7|
Mandatory iPad Orientation
We are looking forward to having your sons on campus to meet their Jay Squads and start to get to know their classmates. Jay Squads have evolved from what was previously our Big Brothers program. In this new program, 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 mandatory iPad Orientation but start the process of making a smooth transition to high school for your student.
Drop Off and Pick-Up. Please arrive on the west side of the school to enter through the Sullivan Center doors. Pick-up 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 is tied to this Apple ID. 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 to the Sullivan Center, students will check in with Jay Squad members (upperclassmen student leaders), receive their iPad and accessories, spend time setting up their iPad with the help of Jay Squad leaders and go through student applications. After set up, Jay Squads will have some team-building activities 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 dress appropriately.
Assigned Shifts. There are two shifts for the day: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m. Click here to see which shift your son has been assigned. Please note the tabs at the bottom denote both shifts. If your son has a conflict with his assigned shift, please email Rachael Gandossy, School Counselor and Jay Squad Advisor.
Unavailable? If your son has a previous conflict for this mandatory iPad Orientation, there will be a make-up iPad Orientation before the Jay Squad social on Tuesday, August 3. Please email Rachael Gandossy to reschedule if you have not already done so and to obtain more information.
Jay Squad Social - August 3, 6-8:30 p.m.
Save the date for a fun evening to reconnect with your Jay Squads, get to know your new classmates, and socialize before the first day of school.
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.
School Lockers & Padlocks
All students will find their individual school locker assignment on PowerSchool a few weeks after class schedules are published.
All students are required to purchase a Prep-issued, gray-faced padlock. Students who do not already have a Prep-issued, gray-faced padlock should purchase one during registration.
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 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 $10.
Parking permits are available for purchase online prior to Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Purchases made after August 13, 2021 must be completed in the Dean of Students Office.
Each student should know the make, model, color and license plate number of all vehicles that he may drive to school.
Use this online form to register your vehicle(s) with the school and purchase a parking permit. A credit card is required for online payment.
Please keep your emailed receipt and bring it with you when picking up your parking permit.
See the Student-Parent Handbook for complete details on vehicle registration and student parking.
Permits can be purchased anytime throughout the year.
School pictures for all students will be taken at registration on Monday, August 16, 2021. Parents can order photos online through Jeremy Johnson Photography beginning July 1 and will expire on Picture Day on August 16. Orders will be accepted after this date by online ordering and that information will be provided on the proof insert that everyone who had a picture taken, will receive as usual.
As your son's last year of high school approaches, we want you to be aware of three important senior photo items.
All seniors will have their shirt-and-tie photo taken for the yearbook at registration on August 16. Prep will not accept a senior photo from outside photography studios.
All seniors are required to wear a shirt and tie to registration on August 16. Click HERE to learn more about how to properly dress.
You do not need to schedule a senior picture appointment to fulfill the senior yearbook requirements.
Yearbook Dedication Ads
The Jay Junior yearbook includes an optional section for parents to write dedications to their graduating sons. Parents are asked to include a photograph to be printed alongside the dedication.
The cost of this service is $65 for a 1/8 page ad. All dedications and photos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2021. Click here to submit and pay for your ad online.
This year, we are partnering with Chief School Bus to pick up students each morning in 12 locations across Omaha. New routes have been added based on parent input from a previous survey. You can sign up each semester for $240. For those receiving financial aid, we’ll adjust the prices based on the percentage of aid received.
Routes & Schedules
|Route||1st Stop Departure Time||2nd Stop Departure Time||Arrival at Prep|
|West||St. Patrick School, Elkhorn, at 7:05 a.m.||Baker's, 156th and Dodge, at 7:25 a.m.||7:45 a.m.|
|Southwest||St. Stephen the Martyr School at 7:05 a.m.||Mary Our Queen School at 7:25 a.m.||7:45 a.m.|
|South||St. Columbkille School at 7:05 am.||St. Gerald's School at 7:20 a.m.||7:45 a.m.|
|Southeast||Sts. Peter and Paul School at 7:10 a.m.||St. Thomas More School at 7:25 a.m.||7:45 a.m.|
|Northeast||Cubby's, 42nd and Sorenson, at 7:15 a.m.||Jesuit Academy at 7:25 a.m.||7:45 a.m.|
|Northwest||Casey's General Store, 156th and Ida, at 7:10 a.m.||Walmart, 99th and Blair High Road, at 7:25 a.m.||7:45 a.m.|
Costs & Details
You will be able to sign up each semester for $240 per semester.
We will adjust the price based on the percentage (rounded down to the nearest 10%) of financial aid received compared to total tuition and fees for the 2021-22 school year. For example, a $3,000 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 6.
Transportation Program Guidelines
Creighton Prep is contracting with 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.
Students will be required to present their Creighton Prep 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, 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.
If you have any questions, please email Alex Zimmerman or call him at 402-548-3850.
All students are required to attend this day to take school pictures, receive demerit cards, purchase locks for $5 cash, pick up pre-paid parking passes, and take care of other necessary items. No parking passes will be sold this day. Unless you are purchasing a lock, sophomores, juniors and seniors don’t need to bring anything else. Freshmen should review the list below, Freshman First Day, for what to bring to school.
Please arrive and enter the upper Heider Center entrance next to the JayMart clean-shaven and in proper hair and dress code as outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook based on the schedule below. A reminder that seniors need to wear a dress shirt and tie along with the rest of the dress code.
|Arrival Time||Student Last Name|
|8:00 a.m.||A-L Sophomores|
|8:30 a.m.||M-Z Sophomores|
|9:00 a.m.||A-L Juniors|
|9:30 a.m.||M-Z Juniors|
|10:15 a.m.||All Freshmen|
|11:00 a.m.||A-L Seniors|
|11:30 a.m.||M-Z Seniors|
STUDENT MAINTENANCE WORKERS
Prep is seeking motivated students to fill maintenance 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.
The summer reading book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer was distributed in English classes. This is a reminder that your son's English class will review the summer reading book at the start of school and that students are expected to complete the book before the first day of class. Click here for a study guide that helps students focus as they read.
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 totals and obligations owed.
Canvas for Homework
See an academic calendar with homework, tests and long-range projects.
View course links with information such as syllabi, course readings and notes.
Parents of Canvas users should look for the "Parent of a Canvas User?" link on the login page. You will need your son's username and password to register.
Mandatory iPad Orientation
All transfer students will join us on campus from 4- 6 pm on Tuesday, August 3 to set up their iPad.
Jay Squad Social
After iPad Orientation, transfer students will have the opportunity to connect with their Jay Squad leaders. Jay Squads have evolved from what was previously our Big Brother program. In this new program, 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 for your transfer student will not only address mandatory iPad Orientation but start the process of making a smooth transition to high school for your student. This will be a fun evening from 6- 8:30 pm to connect with your Jay Squads, get to know your new classmates and socialize before the first day of school.
Prior to Arrival. We ask that students set up their own Apple ID prior to this event. Note, this Apple ID will need to be the student’s own, not shared with another family member, as personal and academic content is tied to this Apple ID. 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. At this event, students will receive their Creighton Prep-issued iPad, a case with keyboard and stylus pen. We suggest students bring a backpack or drawstring bag to take these items home with you.
Unavailable? If you have a previous conflict for this mandatory iPad Orientation, please let Mrs. Gandossy know so we can connect with you about a makeup date, what next steps will look like and how to obtain your student's iPad.