Announcements

Good Shepherd Scholarship deadline extended to April 17

The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to April 17, 2020 for both the Good Shepherd and the Family Tuition Cap Scholarships.  Applications and all documents must be uploaded by April 17 to be considered for Diocesan scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. For more on this and other scholarships, visit https://piusx.net/scholarships.

COVID-19 Update: March 28

From Principal Tom Korta Before I get to the cancellation/postponement decisions, let me remind you: 1.       Contact school or email Jennifer.dynek@piusx.net if your child is sick. 2.       Your kids need to log in to BOTH Powerschool Learning and Office 365 EVERY DAY. 3.       Powerschool has had some technical issues.  Email the teacher directly if you need him/her to know that your student couldn’t get work in because of technical difficulties.  I’ve instructed our teachers to be VERY patient with deadlines and due dates. The administrative team met today to make some decisions about postponements and cancellations of seven key events that will impact students.  I hope you understand that the information I am about to share is our BEST INFORMATION AS OF TODAY and that we will continue to keep you updated.  A key piece we don’t know is whether the “10-person gathering ban” will end on May 6th or be extended.  I am betting on

NSAA Update on Spring Activities

March 25 Update – NSAA Activities All NSAA activity practices and competitions are suspended through May 1. These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant. Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time. The NSAA encourages all member schools to follow CDC, local, state and federal health department recommendations.

COVID-19 Update: March 25

From Principal Tom Korta,      Today the NSAA announced that all activity practices and competitions are suspended through May 1st. ·         Today Mayor Baird announced that as of 8 am tomorrow, gatherings of more than 10 people in a single space are prohibited until Wednesday, May 6th.  This period of prohibition includes several scheduled Pius events.  The administrative team will meet on Friday to review all of the events scheduled for the remainder of the year and decide which events to modify, postpone or cancel.  While my read of the announcement indicates that school cannot resume until May 6th at the earliest, I have not yet received any word from the Diocesan Education Office.  I will share that information as soon as an official decision is made. ·         The Nebraska bishops are joined in asking all faithful to participate in a state-wide rosary this evening at 6 pm.  Today is the Feast of the

COVID-19 Update – March 24

Good evening, I am going to try to be brief with this today: ·         PLEASE call Pius if your child is sick.  We really need this data to help track illnesses and make good decisions as a school.  We also share this information with teachers. ·         PowerSchool Learning was having problems, but seems to be back up and running now.  Please ask your students to log in and check daily. ·         For the safety of your students, the diocesan education office has turned off the ability for students to “auto forward” their Office 365 emails to a personal account.  Please have your students check Office 365 daily for communication from their teachers.  I have directed teachers to use the Office 365 accounts for student communication; hopefully reducing the flood of emails you have been receiving. ·         Pius has worked to join in caring for the food needs of families in our community.  We continue

COVID-19 Update – March 19

From Principal Tom Korta: I want to clarify the message about extending our closure indefinitely.  I hope by now you realize that we are not stopping our expectation that students continue learning, we are just changing our instruction from face-to-face teaching to a distance learning format.  We will not resume classes prior to April 3, and sometime during the week of March 30 you will get an update from me (from the diocesan education office, of course). Here are some quick things to know about distance learning: 1.       We are well aware of the issues going on with Powerschool Learning (PSL).  Even this afternoon, they asked teachers to temporarily stop posting content.  If your student is having trouble access Powerschool, or frustration using it, you might click on this link https://status.powerschool.com/ to get updates on their status. 2.       Today I spent an hour with our faculty addressing some of the questions and concerns that

Cheerleading tryouts indefinitely postponed

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of school closures, cheerleading tryouts are being postponed until May unless school resumes earlier. As of now we do not have an exact date but will continue to update as more information becomes available. Check the Pius cheer Instagram @px_cheer for messages and preparation ideas. 

COVID-19 Update – March 17

From Principal Tom Korta There was a brief moment this morning when I thought maybe I wouldn’t need to send an update today, but I have just a few quick things to share. ·        At 5:30 pm today, LPS announced that they are extending their closure “until further notice” and that they “will continue to monitor and evaluate (their) status every two weeks…”  Our diocesan chief administrative officer, Dr. Hecker, sent an email to all principals and CAOs shortly after, indicating that he will meet with his advisory council tomorrow at 10 am to determine our course of action.  I will push out a message through text and email with our decision. ·        The platform that we are using to post materials for students, Powerschool Learning, has been faced with a sudden increase in use by schools across the country.  This has caused a degradation in service, which has slowed our teachers’ ability to

COVID-19 Update – March 16

From Principal Tom Korta Today seemed like a big day of news. It seems every time I send an update, I wish I had said a few more things, all the while feeling that my emails are too long. As I made my list of things to cover tonight, I couldn’t believe how long the list was getting. Please read through the information carefully; especially the explanation at the very end of the email. Here are some quick-hitter items: ·        Today at 3:30, Governor Ricketts held a press conference in which he asked schools to do what it takes to be ready to provide distance learning by Friday.  He stopped short of officially announcing that schools across the state will be closed next week, but it sure sounded like that is where he is leaning.  Of course, I will keep you posted. ·        For the next two weeks, the governor is asking

COVID-19 Update – March 15

From Principal Tom Korta Information continues to come in fast and from a variety of sources.  Every Sunday the Nebraska Commissioner of Education has a teleconference open to all administrators across the state.  He invited the Governor in, as well as several public health officials.  I don’t really have much new to share, but I must say it is nice that they take the time each week to let us know what they are thinking about.  As I don’t have much in terms of news, tonight’s focus will primarily be on helping others. As word spread about COVID-19, many people flocked to the stores and thought nothing about buying two weeks’ supplies of food and disinfecting supplies.  Unfortunately, there are many people in our city (and Pius family) who don’t have that luxury.  These folks need our help.  This message has two parts—it is a “call to arms” to those

COVID-19 Update – March 14

From Principal Tom Korta: I don’t have much new to report today in terms of the virus or the school, but I want to share some quick newsy bits: 1.       If you haven’t heard yet, Archbishop Lucas has dispensed all faithful of the Lincoln and Omaha dioceses from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass this weekend.  His brief statement can be found here: https://archomaha.org/archbishop-lucas-announces-dispensation-from-sunday-obligation/  Of course we are not a group that attends out of obligation, but rather out of love for our Lord.  However, the Archbishop is saying that it is okay to stay home for reasons of safety of your family (especially those whose health make them most vulnerable to COVID-19) and out of respect for Governor Rickett’s request that we limit gatherings to 250 or fewer. 2.       Some students are accustomed to taking prescribed medications during the school day, and therefore have meds at school.  Please call the office between 8 am

COVID-19 Update – March 13

I want to give you some background on the decision to close school today and, more importantly, let you know what is coming next.  As I sit here typing, I hardly know where to begin, so I apologize if this gets too wordy and maybe not in the best order. I have been telling you that the decision to close school would come from the Lancaster County Health Department and the Diocesan Chief Administrative Officer.  Dr. Hecker convened an advisory group of pastors, principals, and diocesan leaders to help decide how we should proceed.  We were faced with the distinct possibility (and probability) that Lincoln Public Schools would cancel school next week, which they indeed ended up announcing today at 1 pm, while we were meeting.  I don’t know for sure why LPS canceled school, but I imagine that they were heavily influenced by the number of families who might

Cheerleading information meeting cancelled

Due to the school closing the informational meeting that was scheduled for Monday March 16th for cheerleading tryouts has been cancelled. At this time tryouts will continue as scheduled beginning March 23rd in accordance with classes resuming. If you would like to tryout for cheerleading please print off the materials and bring them with you on Monday March 23rd. We will continue to update you as we get more information or if anything changes. Please feel free to contact any member of PXHS cheer coaching staff if you have any questions. Amanda Largis – a.c.largis@gmail.com Erin Andrus – erin.andrus@ piusx.net Caycee Hays – caycee.hays@piusx.net

Girls soccer practices

All girls soccer practices, Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Reserves are suspended until we return to school. Coach Andersen

COVID-19 Update – March 12

From Principal Tom Korta I want to keep you posted about what we are hearing at school and share how we are responding.  First, I need to clarify a point that was brought to my attention last night.  I mistakenly classified “community-spread” as being dependent on the medium of contact.  Regardless of the method of contact, community spread refers to whether or not a new case can be directly traced to a known person with COVID-19.  I am grateful to the parent who clarified that for me. Here are some important updates: Effective immediately, we are suspending the 10-absence rule for illness.  If a student has a fever of over 100, shortness of breath or cough, the student MUST stay home for the safety and wellbeing of others. All absences prior to 3/12/20 are still subject to our 10-absence policy, but until we get to the other side of this

COVID-19 Update – March 11

At Pius, we are attacking this situation from both sides—taking steps to keep our building as healthy as possible while simultaneously preparing ourselves for a potential extended closing of school.

Backpack Drive for Cedars

Ambassadors and Student Council are teaming up to do a a Backpack drive for Cedars. Cedars is requesting backpacks or duffel bags that are new and a neutral color (black, grey, tan, etc.) Drop off outside the front office.

2020 Girls Tennis Team

Congratulations to the members of the 2020 Thunderbolt girls tennis team! Seniors: Gigi Carr, Grace Driewer, Grace Felder, Laura Pfeifer, Julia Wordekemper. Juniors: Anna Burt, Sophie Carpenter, Clare Plachy, Abby Reese, Stacie Thompson. Sophomores: Kennedy Shreve, Sara Tucker, Aly Woita. Freshmen: Ruth Cunningham, Hailey Kobza, Domi Pace, Jacey Tran, Cece Ulrich. We will practice from 3:40-5:30 on Wednesday and then will have our parent/player meeting at 5:30 in the commons.

Girls soccer adds games

The following reserve games have been added to the schedule: March 20th, home vs. Gretna 5:45 p.m. March 24th at Elkhorn South, 6 p.m. April 23rd, home vs. Papio South at 5:45 p.m.

Summer Driver’s Education

Summer Driver’s Education class will be offered June 15-19 (7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. classroom) June 22-26 driving will be scheduled during this week. Cost is $350. If you are interested register online at allmetrodrivingschool.com

Oxbow Vet Camp

Become a Vet Camp Assistant. For Camp dates and information visit www.oxbowvetcamp.com or call 1-800-249-0366. To apply for this volunteer position, please send your qualifications, availability, and statement of interest to: academy@oxbowanimalhealth.com. Applications accepted between March 1 – May 31, 2020.

Spring Sports Button Pictures

Spring Sports Button pictures will be this Friday morning, March 6. Boys Soccer – 9:30 Boys Golf – 9:45 Girls Soccer – 10:15 Baseball – 10:30 Track – 10: 45 – 11:30 Make sure you get your order form from your coach.

Ambassadors helping with backpack drive for CEDARS

The Pius X Student Ambassadors are teaming up with Leadership Lincoln Fellows 35 in a Backpack Drive for CEDARS. Parents are encouraged to donate new backpacks or duffel bags (no satchels) in black, grey, tan or other neutral colors. Donations should be delivered to CEDARS at 6601 Pioneers Boulevard, or you may this special Amazon link – BIT.LY/LL35BACKPACKS – to purchase and mail the bags directly to CEDARS. All backpacks will go to children who need a clean, safe and convenient way to transport their belongings. CEDARS helps children and youth achieve safety, stability and enduring family relationships.

Summer Nanny

Nanny for six and eight year old girls needed for summer. Must have car and be able to drive. If interested, come to the guidance office.

Health Physicals for spring sports, and 2020-21 sports seasons

Each student-athlete must turn in a completed pre-participation physical prior to the start of any tryout or season. Physicals for the 2019-2020 sports seasons must be dated after May 1, 2019. Physicals for the 2020-21 sports season must be completed after May 1, 2020. The Booster Club will no longer be sponsoring/offering sports physicals in the spring. Athletes can have physicals done at the office of their primary care practitioner or there are inexpensive options at many walk-in clinics throughout Lincoln.

Bryan College of Health Sciences Spring Visit Day

Friday, April 10th is the day for prospective students to learn more about Bryan’s undergraduate programs, practice hands-on in their skills labs, and get a campus tour. Register at http://www.bryanhealthcollege.edu/bcohs/admission/upcoming-events/

Bryan Health Career Camp 2020

Bryan College of Health Sciences will be holding their week long camps, June 22-25 for the Biomedical Sciences Camp or July 13-16 for the Health Career Camp. The June camp is for those interested in pre-med, pre-PT, or pre-PA. To participate, a student must be 16 or older, be interested in a health career and enjoy science classes, and be able to attend the entire week long camp. Information and applications will be available March 1st at http://www.bryanhealthcollege.edu/bcohs/admission/upcoming-events/. The application closes May 1st.

American Student Dental Clinic

The American Student Dental Association will have a Simulation Clinic on April 4, 2020. 8 am to 5:30 pm. Cost is $100. Open to Juniors and Seniors in High School. See what it like to be a dental student for a day with demonstrations and hands on experience. See the Guidance Office for a form to register. Questions to gabi.hurov@unmc.edu.

May 1st Tranfer Rule

NSAA May 1 Transfer Rule. Nebraska students who complete transfer requirements and/or enrollment paperwork on or before May 1 and whose names are submitted to the NSAA by May 1 as Nebraska transfer students shall be immediately eligible in the fall at the school to which they transfer. If the Nebraska student were to later change his/her mind and not transfer, that Nebraska student would be ineligible for 90 school days at the Nebraska school in which he/she attends. If such Nebraska student were to transfer to the new Nebraska school, but later decides to return to his/her former district before 90 school days have elapsed, such Nebraska student will be ineligible in the former district for 90 school days, with the ineligibility period commencing at the start of the fall semesterThe student and his/her legal parent(s) will be required to authorize and give consent to the administration of the

New date set for spring recognition ceremony

The Spring Athletic Recognition Ceremony has been moved to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. It will still be at 11:30 a.m. and in the Pius X LPAC. The event honors our student-athletes planning to play a sport in college.

College of Architecture summer workshop for high school juniors

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture offers a summer high school workshop to current high school sophomore and junior students. The Career Explorations in Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture camp (cost is $585), will be held June 14-19, 2020. The cost includes meals, equipment, etc. These camps offer a unique experience to investigate issues surrounding design and learn more about the design professions and what it’s like to be a college student. Those who attend are eligible for a $1,000 UNL College of Architecture Student Scholarship drawing to be held during camp. Applications are available at https://architecture.unl.edu/high-school-camp and are due Friday, April 24, 2020.

UNL Red Letter Days for Seniors and Juniors

Red Letter Days are your opportunity to experience what life is like as a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Days begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. You will have a chance to explore your academic interests, visit a residence hall, and more! Cost is $10.00 per person. Students must fill out a Parent Excused Absence form. The dates are February 14, 17 and 24 (Pre-Health), March 6 and 20, and April 20 and 24.

Senior Scholarships due Friday, May 1st

We do not receive notices of the scholarships you receive. Scholarships will only be listed in the graduation program IF a copy of the award letter is turned into the Guidance Office by Friday, May 1st. When you are awarded a scholarship, please bring a copy of the letter to us immediately. Note: Please turn in copies of each scholarship you have been offered, even if they are from a college that you do not plan to attend.

College Bound Athletes

NCAA Information All students aspiring to participate in Division I or II athletics must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Please register immediately, it’s important to keep track of your academic progress from grade 9. NCAA Eligibility Center

Pius X newest drop-off site for clothing donations to Catholic Social Services

Pius X and Catholic Social Services have partnered to establish a clothing donation drop-off site in the east parking lot at the school. Recycled clothes can be sold to help bring funds to help the poor, in addition to helping students attending Pius X. Every donated piece of clothing is reviewed to determine if it can sell, be given away, or recycled. Some clothes will be sold in the thrift stores in Lincoln, Hastings and Imperial. And some will be given away. The rest can be recycled and sold to a distributor that in turn breaks down the threads and re-uses the cloth. This allows all of us to clothe the naked and also, following the first words of God, to subdue the earth. As Pope Francis has pointed out in Laudato si we are called to be prudent caretakers of our resources and recycling clothing gives us an opportunity

Clubs Offered At Pius X

We now have a complete listing of the clubs that are offered at Pius. You may pickup a copy in the main office or find the listing online.

Activity Passes for Pius X hosted sporting events

Pius X fans can buy activity passes for the upcoming sports seasons. They can be purchased at the school office during the school day by stopping in or sending a check with a student. All passes are good for ten punches/games and are only valid for games hosted by Pius X. We have student passes at $35. Adult tickets at $55. Family passes $120.

Information about 529 College Savings plan

In 2018, a change at the federal government level granted states the opportunity to allow funds in 529 College Savings Plans to be used for K-12 education expenses. However, Nebraska’s state rules do not allow people to use those funds in that manner. You may learn more about this topic on this website – https://www.nest529direct.com – or speak directly with a financial planner.