Announcements

Note to parents about the cold vs. flu

Health officials in Lincoln have reported an increased number of flu cases in our community. Pius X is currently not seeing high rates of absenteeism in our school. But as a preventative measure, we are sharing some important information with you to help you and your family guard against illness during the flu season. Cold vs. Flu A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. Cold symptoms sore throat runny nose congestion cough Flu symptoms sore throat fever headache muscle aches soreness congestion cough Most flu symptoms gradually improve over three to five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. It is strongly recommended that staff and students with a fever over 100 degrees stay home

Uniforms items accepted for Thrifty Thunderbolt sale

Uniform items in good-condition and booster gear are still being collected as donations for a future Thrifty Thunderbolt sale.  Families save money buying used uniforms and all profits benefit Pius X High School. Please contact Marita Doty at (402) 202-1122, Sondra Schlautman at (402) 435-8180, Deb Mazour at (402) 430-0390, or Kari Price at (402) 314-1699 to arrange pick up or drop off of any items or if you would like to help with the sale.

Lancaster County Tobacco & E-Cig Compliance Checks

If you are interested in participating in the Lancaster County Compliance checks, please see the Guidance Office for a brochure or use the link https://tobaccofreelancastercounty.org/compliance-checks/. It will count for senior service or NHS volunteer hours.

Pink out shirts available for order this week

Pius X students can support the fight against cancer by buying a t-shirt to wear at the girls and boys basketball games vs. Lincoln East at Pius X High School on Friday, Feb. 7. T-shirts can be bought for $15: during lunch in the commons on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, online at https://shirts101.store/pius_x_pinkout/shop/home. Shirts can be picked up at the school on these days: Wednesday, February 5th from 3:30-5pm Thursday February 6th from 6-8pm Friday, February 7th at the game

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.

NCAA student-athlete compliance meeting

The Pius X Athletic Department & Guidance Department is hosting the NCAA Athletic & Academic Compliance Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in the Pius X Commons. All student-athletes and their parents that have an interest in competing in collegiate athletics at the NCAA level (Division I, Division II, Division III) should plan to attend.

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.

DREAMBIG Academy at UNL

University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Business Administration DreamBig Academy, July 26-30, 2019, is open to current juniors. The summer academy emphasizes leadership, networking skills and success in the business world. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, be a first generation college student, and meet federal guidelines for low income student status or qualify for free or reduced lunch, or have knowledge and experience in diverse communities. Student must be nominated by a counselor, teacher, parent, friend, etc. at https://business.unl.edu/dreambig. Applications are due March 15th.

Boys State/Girls State

This government education program takes place May 31-June 6, 2020 on the city campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There is no charge to attend as it is funded by the Nebraska American Legions and American Legion Auxiliary with additional support coming from other civic and non-profit organizations. Applications are in the Guidance Office.  They are due back in the guidance office by January 24th.

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.

Seniors applying to Nebraska Wesleyan University

Tom and Rhonda Peed have established the Nebraska Wesleyan University/Pius X Financial Assistance Program for students accepted to NWU. The program includes a self-help grant – The Tom and Rhonda Peed Work Ethic Fund –that will match students’ verifiable summer employment earnings. The matching grant of up to $3,000 per academic year will be credited toward students’ tuition, fees, room and board. The Peeds have also established the Nebraska Wesleyan University/Pius X Endowed Scholarship fund. Annual earnings from this endowed fund will support the financial needs of Pius X Students.

Landscaping club sale

The Pius X Landscaping club will be having a garage sale of paints, glitter, concrete moldings, wood cutouts, plants and etc during conferences on February 12th and 13. They will also have some closeout door signs on sale for only $10. Stop by the Landscaping Club table in the school entryway and get a bargain.

Sewing materials requested

The Textiles, Clothing and Design class is gratefully accepting donations of sewing notions and apparel fabric. They would appreciate fabric pieces that are at least ½ yard or longer. Donations and questions can be directed to Mrs. Shonka.

After School Driver’s Education

Road Ready will be offering driver’s education class immediately after school until 6:00 p.m. every day January 21-31. Perfect attendance is mandatory. Cost of class is $350. If you would like to register go to www.roadready.biz

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.