The Pius X Foundation has received a $56,000 gift from a Lincoln couple to support Pius X High School’s efforts to increase teachers’ salaries to within 90% of Lincoln Public Schools. The gift from George and Barb Hendricks of Lincoln is two-fold with $26,000 being applied to the John Hanigan Endowment for New Teacher Salaries. This fund, created by John’s family after his passing in March 2014, will benefit Pius X teachers who have five or fewer years of teaching experience. The remaining $30,000 establishes the George & Barb Hendricks Bonus Fund for . . .
Two school-wide Advent prayer services were held on Friday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 12th in Bishop Flavin Gym. During the first service, several students led the school in prayers and meditations reflecting on the season of Advent. Senior Katy Benal opened the ceremony with a prayer and introduction, noting the themes of Advent for this coming week: Waiting and Hope. Sophomore Anna Krause explained how the Advent wreath is a helpful, concrete symbol to describe the meaning of this liturgical time. Junior James Hansen gave a more detailed . . .
A new mobile iPad computer lab will be added to Pius X High School’s technology resources this coming year, thanks to a generous grant awarded to the school by the Lincoln-based Dillon Foundation. The $30,000 grant will be used to purchase 30 new iPads, a mobile cart, a printer, and support devices. Funds remaining from the grant will go toward security improvements in the school. At a time of increasing enrollment, the addition of a mobile computer lab equipped with 30 iPads and printer will increase availability and reduce wait time for teachers and students . “Each . . .
During the weekend of December 13-14, the Pius X Vocal Department hosted a Madrigal dinner with three festive performances at St. Patrick parish. The Christmas show and celebration showcased the choirs in a festive display of music and entertainment honoring the birth of Christ. The interactive dinner theater event featured a three-course meal with a Wassail Toast, trumpet fanfares, skits, and students’ musical talent. A Madrigal Dinner is a twenty-first-century re-creation of the Renaissance feasts held in the great baronial halls throughout England during the Twelve Days . . .
Pius X's student body, faculty and staff soon will be safer and more secure, thanks to a generous grant from the Lincoln-based May Flanagan Foundation. The organization has awarded a $10,000 grant to fund security equipment and upgrades, enabling school administrators to enhance their ability to both prevent and respond to potential security breaches, severe weather events, or other incidents that may jeopardize the safety of students, personnel, and visitors. Funding from the grant will be used to purchase ten professional grade walkie-talkies for administrators and staff to . . .
The Pius X One-Act, The Sequence , received a Superior Ranking at the Class A-1 District Play Production Contest on Saturday, December 6, at Bellevue East High School. Lincoln High School will represent the A-1 District at the State Play Production Contest in Norfolk on Friday, December 12. Receiving an Outstanding Acting Award at the Class A-1 District Play Production Contest for his/her role in The Sequence were junior Hannah Bertrand, senior Esther Brown, juniors Nick Korta and Monica Marsolek, and seniors Justin Minchow and Carly Moore. . . .
Pius X’s Writing Resource Center (WRC) and its literary website Wordstruck.net have been awarded a $4,000 grant from the U.S. Bank Nebraska Foundation. In addition, an anonymous donor has contributed an additional $1,000 toward the programs that are designed to improve, promote and celebrate literacy and the arts at Pius X. Funding from the grant and anonymous donation will go toward the purchase of a computer, website hosting and maintenance, Adobe Premiere software licenses, and microphone equipment that students will use for interviews and broadcasting. In addition, the . . .
Pius X Spanish Teacher Katie Hayes is the latest Teacher of the Month honoree recognized by the Lincoln East Rotary Club and U.S. Bank. She will be honored at the organization’s awards luncheon on December 10, 2014. Hayes was nominated by Pius X Principal Tom Korta, and letters of support were submitted by Katie’s colleague and International Languages Department Chair Tracy Chapelle, senior student Jacinta Benton, and Hayes’ former student Catherine Berrick, who graduated from Pius X in 2013. A native of Lincoln, Neb., Hayes was valedictorian of Pius . . .
On Dec. 17th, Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, allowing qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from individual retirement accounts (IRAs). This current extension is set to expire as of December 31, 2014. Under this provision, individuals age 70½ and older can make a charitable donation directly from their IRA to the Pius X Foundation. Your donation would fulfill your required minimum . . . read more
Pius X High School was recognized by The Cardinal Newman Society as it released this year’s list of schools selected as the Catholic Education Honor Roll 2014 Schools of Excellence . This distinct honor places Pius X among the top 5 percent of Catholic High Schools in the United States. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has . . . read more