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 SkyHawkAnnouncements

Holiday School Office Hours
The faculty, counselors, support staff, and administrators will generally not be in school Fri., Dec. 23, 2016 through Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017.  Voicemail and email will be checked regularly, so please leave a message if you need to get in touch with someone.  In case of an emergency, please contact Principal Rob Meyers at RobMeyers@skuttcatholic.com or (402) 670-7972.

Admissions

  • 8th Grade Entrance Exam
    The entrance exam for eighth grade students will be held at 8 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 14, 2017.  All eighth grade students interested in attending Skutt Catholic should take this exam.  You may register online using this link: SC Entrance Exam. The cost for the exam is $10.  Please contact Tim Bloomingdale at (402) 934-9085 for more information.

  • 6th and 7th Grade Practice Exam
    We will offer the 6th and 7th grade practice exam and Explore Skutt Catholic workshops on Sat. Jan. 21, 2017 at 8 a.m.  This practice exam helps students prepare for the entrance exam given to students in the eighth grade.  Click HERE for more information on registration and workshops.  Please contact Tim Bloomingdale at (402) 934-9085 for more information.
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 SkyHawk A Message from Tim Bloomingdale, Interim President

In August our superintendent, Patrick Slattery, asked me to step into the role of interim president while we conduct a search for a new president.  I am thankful to him and the board of directors for the opportunity to serve this wonderful school community in this capacity.  Our administrators, faculty, staff, and parents have taken a true team approach in this time of transition.   We have not paused for a minute in advancing the mission to form and educate young men and women to be Christian leaders who empower others, promote justice and initiate change.

It has been a busy and successful first semester.  We are currently working on a new strategic plan for the next five years with the help of parents, alumni, staff, and community leaders.  We are continuing with plans to remodel the Media Center in order to provide our students with a high-tech and inviting collaboration center.  Our principal, Mr. Meyers, is working closely with our faculty and staff to prepare for renewal of our accreditation.  Our fall athletic and activity season was a success, including a state title and national ranking for our volleyball team.  With the winter season well underway, our students continue to strive for success in all they do.

Although we continue to work in the present, we always keep an eye to the future. On Sun., Nov. 13, we welcomed over 200 middle school students and their families to our Open House.  As I walked through the school listening to our students, faculty, and staff work one-on-one with prospective families, it confirmed my belief that Skutt Catholic is one of the best high school communities in the region and will remain strong in the years to come.  We are now preparing to welcome eighth graders for the entrance exam on Jan. 14 and will register our new freshman class in early March. 

As vacation time approaches, we will continue to challenge ourselves to move forward in making a difference in the lives of all of our students.  On behalf of all of us here at Skutt Catholic, I wish you and your family a blessed and happy Christmas season.

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 SkyHawk A Message from Rob Meyers, Principal

It is hard to believe but we are three weeks away from final exams. Winter activities are in full swing.  The upcoming Christmas vacation is a time for students to relax, spend more time with family, and rejuvenate themselves for the second semester.

Prior to leaving for break, students will complete semester exams. Semester exams are cumulative in nature and can influence the overall semester grade. Quality preparation is very important in the weeks leading up to the exams. The exam schedule is as follows:

  • Mon., Dec. 19
    Exams for periods 1, 3, 5
    Noon dismissal

  • Tues., Dec. 20
    Exams for periods 2, 4, 6
    Noon dismissal

  • Wed, Dec. 21
    Exams for periods 7 and 8
    10:35 dismissal

  • Thurs., Dec. 22
    Exam snow date. Should any of the exam dates (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) be cancelled due to inclement weather, this date will be utilized for exams. Should this happen, an email blast will be sent to all families with pertinent details.

Please note that teachers may require students to be present for afternoon work if necessary. Also, all students are required to be present for classes and study hall periods. Students with eighth period study hall, are free to leave school early if a parent calls in the morning.  Seniors who have privileges may observe them during these days provided they have met all requirements from their classroom teachers. Lunch will not be served on any of the exam days.

The Christmas vacation begins after the last exam on Wed., December 21. School resumes on Monday, Jan. 9.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you for all that you do to make Skutt Catholic High School the great school that it is.
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 SkyHawk A Message from Father Harrison, Chaplain

Dear members of the Skutt Catholic community,

Whenever school is in session, daily Mass will be offered in the school chapel at 7:20 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  We are making a small change regarding the intentions for each of the Masses.  At every school Mass the priest will have a particular intention along with a general one for the entire Skutt Catholic community.  I will begin by taking the names from the In Memoriam section of the 2016 Our Legacy alumni news magazine which is published bi-annually.  If your family member or loved one has mass offered on a particular day, we invite you to come and pray with us.  Each day I will state the name of the person for whom the mass is offered. If you have any questions or further mass requests you may reach me at FatherHarrison@skuttcatholic.com.

  • Thurs. Dec. 1 (7:00 a.m.): Lyndon Montgomery, grandfather of Ryan Montgomery '16
  • Fri. Dec. 2 (7:00 a.m.): Sam Milone, grandfather of Anna Milone '12, Sam Milone '16, Lauren Milone '19, Marie Krause '09, and Molly Krause '12
  • Mon. Dec. 5 (7:00 a.m.): Darlene Odorisio, grandmother of Michaela Odorisio Jones '99, Vince Odorisio '01, Angie Odorisio Grote '01, Tony Odorisio '03, Marcus Odorisio '04, and Elizabeth Odorisio '06
  • Tues. Dec. 6 (7:00 a.m.): Marian Phipps, mother of Kelli Phipps Dumont '97
  • Wed. Dec. 7 (7:00 a.m.): Lois Rew, grandmother of Brendan Stricherz '16
    Thurs. Dec. 8 (9:55 a.m.)Joseph Roh, grandfather of Anna Milone '12, Sam Milone '16, and Lauren Milone '19
  • Fri. Dec. 9 (7:00 a.m.)Thomas R. Burke, grandfather of Andrea Burke '18
  • Mon. Dec. 12 (7:00 a.m.)Robert Shewan, grandfather of Melissa Wasserburger '18, and Noah Wasserburger '18
  • Tues. Dec. 13 (7:00 a.m.): Helen Snowden, grandmother of Rebecca Snowden '17
  • Wed. Dec. 14: Flora Mae Suing, grandmother of Brianne Suing '02
  • Thurs. Dec. 15: Karen Svoboda, aunt of Allie Clark '19 and Zoe Clark '19
  • Fri. Dec. 16: Larry Tretter, grandfather of Brianna Tretter '19
  • Mon. Dec. 19: Norris Walter, grandfather of Taylor Walter '18
  • Tues. Dec. 20: Corky Weaver, grandmother of Claire Linstroth '16
  • Wed. Dec. 21: Michael Weston, grandfather of Christine Smith '12 and Connor Smith '12
  • Thurs. Dec. 22: Frank Alexander, grandfather of Marie Slavin '04, Ashley Slavin '06, Jared Slavin '09, and Ethan Slavin '19
  • Mon. Jan. 9: Joseph Barmettler, grandfather of Connor Carbullido '15 and Eli Carbullido '20 
  • Tues. Jan. 10: Lori Cable, mother of Corey Cable '06, Anna Cable '08, Megan Cable '12, and Monica Cable '13
  • Wed. Jan. 11: James Coughlin, grandfather of Hillary Wiese '11, Hannah Wiese '14, and Alex Wiese '17
  • Thurs. Jan. 12 (7:00 a.m.): Paul Hartigan, grandfather of Erin Hartigan '05, Amy Hartigan '08, and Tim Hartigan (assistant softball coach)
  • Fri. Jan. 13: Joanne Healy, grandmother of Jessica Healy Setlik '07, Ryan Healy '10, Nolan Healy '12, Jamie Healy '14, Christian Healy '15, Elia Healy '17,  Landon Healy '19, Grant Healy '19, and Mary Lausten '08
  • Tues. Jan. 17: Robert Hicks, grandfather of Sydney Long '18
  • Wed. Jan. 18: Ethel Koperski, grandmother of Jacob Koperski '16 and Madi Koperski '16
  • Thurs. Jan. 19: Diane Korus, grandmother of Ethan Baker '18 and Isabella Baker '20
  • Fri. Jan. 20: Art Krick, grandfather of Keenan Krick '04 and Hannan Krick '10
  • Mon. Jan. 23: George Lackovic, grandfather of Michaela Odorisio Jones '99, Vince Odorisio '01, Marcus Odorisio '04, Elizabeth Odorisio '06, Kathryn Lackovic Snyder '99, Amy Lackovic Gunn '04, Bob Lackovic '06, and Tim Lackovic '07
  • Tues. Jan. 24: Phillip Lawler, grandfather of Heidi Moore (wife of Activities Director Jeremy Moore) and father to Libby Dreier (Jeremy's mother-in-law and alumni stepparent)
  • Tues. Jan 31: Lucille Ritz, mother of Jeff Ritz (asst. girls basketball coach)

Father Patrick Harrison
Chaplin

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 SkyHawk Activities Office

Sports

Important Dates

  • Dec. 23 - 27: NSAA moratorium (no athletic or activity practices, games, or meetings - school closed)

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Activity schedules are located on the River Cities Conference page or on the SkuttCatholic.com page.

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Admission Prices

All regular season basketball/wrestling varsity or Varsity/JV: Adults: $6, students (K - 12) - $4

All lower level games (JV/9th): Adults - $3, students (K - 12) - $2

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Skutt Catholic Activity Passes

Skutt Catholic Family Passes are now available for $125. Download the form or purchase your pass online. Online price includes a $1.99 processing fee. (Reminder: These passes are only good for Skutt Catholic regular season home contests and immediate family.)
 
Lifetime Senior passes (age 65 and up) are available. Please call Joanie Drew at (402) 333-0818.

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Congratulations!  Athletic Scholarship Awards for 2016-17 - Fall Signings

  • Brooke Heyne– committed to Kansas State University for volleyball, daughter of Chris and Diane Heyne
  • McKenna Kirkpatrick – committed to South Carolina Upstate for volleyball, daughter of Rob and Loriann Kirkpatrick
  • Brett Miller – committed to Garden City Community College for baseball, son of Susan Miller and Don Miller
  • Ryan Moritz – committed to Hutchinson Community College for baseball, son of Jerry and Julie Moritz
  • Allison Schomers – committed to University of Missouri Kansas City for volleyball, daughter of Bill and Tracy Schomers

Congratulations to...

  • ...girls volleyball and Head Coach Renee Saunders on their state championship!

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Whether it be winning or facing adversity - Help the SkyHawks be champions!

Win with class and lose with dignity!  Show sportsmanship at all times!

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 SkyHawk Advancement

In mid-January Skutt Catholic’s Our Legacy Winter 2017 issue will land in your mailbox. Please take some time to read about the many exciting accomplishments that took place at school over the first semester. The winter issue also contains the Annual Report. It is gratifying to see so many constituents recognized for their generosity on the report’s donor pages.

In November we announced that alumni Mike Strawhecker ‘00 and Becca Strawhecker, and Amy Moylan Sauser ‘00 and Brian Sauser ‘00 are chairing the SkyHawk Appeal.

Strawhecker and Sausers

You should have received a letter and a request to donate over the Thanksgiving break. You may wonder why the school conducts an appeal each year. Listed below are some commonly asked questions concerning the need for this fundraiser:

Why does Skutt Catholic institute an appeal request? Doesn’t tuition cover the school budget?
Tuition is Skutt Catholic’s main source of revenue, yet it covers only part of the expenses incurred to operate the school. 

What about the fundraising dollars raised through the annual dinner auction, Angel Flight?
Angel Flight revenue is quite helpful to the overall annual budget, but it doesn’t cover all budgetary gap needs. Funds raised through the Angel Flight event often times are directed to specific school projects. For instance, our live auction Raise the Paddle efforts for the President’s Wish List have been directed to updating the school chapel, and this summer we will update the Media Center.

What’s the difference between a directed fund and an unrestricted fund?
Donors gifts are always appreciated. Some donors prefer to see their donations support specific causes. Other donors classify their gifts as unrestricted. A directed fund can only support the specific cause for which the gift was given.  Unrestricted funds support the general operating expenses of the school. Appeal funds are classified as unrestricted. Unrestricted appeal funds can go to work immediately to support a variety of school needs, everything from financial assistance to qualifying families to fixing a leaking roof!

Who all gives to the appeal?
We ask the following constituent groups to consider a gift to the appeal: current parents, alumni parents, current grandparents, faculty and staff, retired faculty and staff, and friends of Skutt Catholic. Most school appeals are mainly supported by the institution’s alumni. Since we are a young school, we depend on all constituent groups. This year, through the SkyHawk Appeal, we are actively trying to grow our alumni giving, but recognize that all other constituents must assist with the process to achieve our goal of raising $200,000.

Am I expected to donate?
We realize that appeal gifts are very personal and based on ability to give. We completely understand that current families already support the school through tuition, and many constituents give to a number of fundraising efforts conducted by school activity and athletic groups. We only wish to educate our community about the importance of the SkyHawk Appeal for the greater good of the entire school. Annual gifts are not mandatory; a gift of any amount is deeply appreciated.

When does the school conduct the appeal?
You can give to the appeal at any point during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Gifts can be made by mail or online at SkuttCatholic.com. You can even make a donation now by visiting our donation page. Those who give $1,000 or more will be recognized on signage in the school Commons.

Merry Christmas and God bless the SkyHawks!
Lucy Smith
V.P. of Advancement

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 SkyHawk Campus Ministry & Living the Gospel Service News

Campus Ministry
It has been so nice to meet, talk to, or email with so many parents in the last couple months. Thank you all for reaching out. If you have a student that you think wants to be involved we would love to have them and will do our best to reach out to them! We're praying for them and for all of you.

Parents - you can still join us in intercessory prayer every Monday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. It is never too late to start and there is no requirement that you come every week. Contact Christine French at ChristineFrench@skuttcatholic.com to get added to the email list for last minute time changes.

We are always looking for more students to join in for a variety of activities!

  1. Advent Drive Competition: This is our second year doing the Advent drive competition. These items will go to support 5 - 7 local organizations that are providing these items to people in need. We have an especially large need for warm coats, since several organizations requested them - especially for kids. The homerooms will compete against other homerooms in their grade for a prize (day of free dress and donuts)! Only the students in the winning homeroom that participate will get the prize. Each grade is responsible for the following items:
    1. Freshmen - canned and non-perishable foods
    2. Sophomores - diapers and baby wipes
    3. Juniors - coats (can be gently used, kids ones are especially needed); hats; gloves; warm socks
    4. Seniors - hygiene items (feminine products are especially needed; also deodorants, razors, soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, to toothbrushes, etc)

  2. Retreats: Our remaining class retreats coming up in the spring are the sophomore retreat in February and the junior retreat at the end of March and beginning of April. Additionally, there is still a little space on our women's retreat. Over Christmas break we are hosting two back-to-back women's retreats that will most likely be divided by upperclassmen and underclassmen. Those dates are Wed., Dec. 28 at noon to Thurs., Dec 29 at 5 p.m. for the first retreat and Thurs., Dec 29 at 3 p.m. to Fri., Dec 30 at 8 p.m. for the second.
    1. TEC RETREAT: Our archdiocese also offers an amazing three-day long retreat called TEC. Mark your junior or senior students' calendar for MLK weekend (Jan. 14 - 16, 2017) and email Ms. French for more info.
    2. Lead local confirmation retreats: Our students are requested by many different parishes to help lead their confirmation retreats. We will be going to St. Wenceslas and St. Patrick's in Elkhorn for their retreats in January and February.

  3. School Mass: Our next all-school Mass is for the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, held on Thurs., Dec. 8 at 9:55 a.m. in the gym.

  4. Prayer groups - The Angels (women's prayer group) meet on Thursdays from 6:45 - 7:15 a.m. and the Guardians (men's prayer group) meet on Thursdays, either beginning at 6:15 or 6:30 a.m. Late starts have slightly different schedules.

  5. Theology Thursdays - Each Thursday we host discussions over a different issue in Catholicism. The first two topics in December are Apparitions of Mary and Women in the Church.

  6. Eucharistic Adoration - Our first three adoration dates were a huge success and we plan to continue offering it once a month. In December we are tentatively planning on Adoration on Wed., Dec. 14. We have people signed up to cover shifts during their study hall, but if you would like to commit to a time please email me. Feel free to join students and spend some time before the Lord!

  7. Ministry Council: They helped turn posts in the Commons into a giant Advent wreath. Every other Wednesday we meet from 3:15 p.m. to about 4 p.m. to talk about upcoming events, do little service projects, or do activities to get to know each other. They also come up with the BEST ideas for our school events - look for Christian karaoke and a faith-based movie night coming up in the future! Our next meetings are scheduled for Wed., Nov. 30 and Wed., Dec 14.

God Bless,
Christine E. French
Campus Minister

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Living the Gospel Service Program

  • Tues., Nov. 15: All service completed Sept. 1 - Nov. 15 was due in x2vol.com.
  • Sun., Dec. 18: All service completed Nov. 16 - Dec. 18 needs to be entered by Sun., Dec. 18 to count towards first semester credit.
  • Tues., Dec. 20: First half of service hours need to be approved to receive a passing grade for first semester service. (for freshman: 2.5 hours, sophomores: 5 hours, juniors: 7.5 hours, seniors: 10 hours.)

Students who do not have half of their required service hours approved by Tues., Dec. 20 will receive a failing grade for first semester service.

Students need to be sure to provide adult verification, either through the automatic email verification system, the green card, or an email sent to Mrs. Schmitz from the adult contact. Approved service sites and many service opportunities are available in x2vol.com.

Julie Schmitz
Service Coordinator
JulieSchmitz@skuttcatholic.com

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 SkyHawk Fine Arts - Band

It’s hard to believe that the first semester of the 2016 - 2017 school year is quickly coming to an end. Looking back on the semester we’ve had much to be proud of. We had a wonderful marching band season that both challenged the students and entertained audiences. In November, we were proud to have the following students represent the Skutt Catholic band program as members of the 2016 Nebraska All-State Band: Sarah Schrader, clarinet (3-year all-stater), Jet Paronable, bass clarinet; Meredith Ollerich, trumpet.  We were also excited to take our pep band to Lincoln to support our state champion volleyball team in mid-November. At the time of this writing, we will be traveling to Lincoln again to support the football team as they hope to bring home another state championship.

The instrumental music students are excited to present their 2016 band Christmas concert on Sun., Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Skutt Catholic Commons, featuring the Skutt Catholic jazz band, saxophone quartet, and concert band. We hope you are able to join us! Our first concert in 2017 will be the music department Pancake Benefit Concert on Sun., Feb. 26.  In March 2017 the Skutt Catholic band program will be taking a trip to Orlando, Florida. In addition to time at both Universal and Disney, we will experience a one-of-a-kind educational experience where the students will record a soundtrack to a Disney cartoon. We are still accepting students to go on the trip through the end of December, so please contact Mr. Cotignola if you’re interested in going.

We are always accepting new students into our various ensembles, so please come make music with us! If you have any questions or want to get involved in instrumental music at Skutt Catholic, please contact Mr. Chris Cotignola at ChristopherCotignola@skuttcatholic.com.
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 SkyHawk Fine Arts - Choir

The students in the Choral Music department have had an extremely busy November and are looking forward to the month of December and the performances they create during the Christmas season.  Please make plans to join us for our annual Christmas concert on Sun., Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in the SC Commons.  This year’s performance, Festival of Carols, will include traditional carols from around the world as well as familiar poems and biblical readings.  The public is encouraged to attend.

A big thank you to everyone who has been so supportive this fall with our chamber choir performance with the Choral Collaborative and the Omaha Symphony, and also the Big Red Singers performance with Vivace this past weekend. In the busy time that follows the Nebraska All-State Festival, we always have several students who go the extra mile to participate in additional honor choirs and festivals.  We were fortunate to have two students chosen out of over 4,200 auditions for participation in the American Choral Director’s Association National Honor Choirs, to be held in Minneapolis in March.  Please congratulate Sarah Schrader and Stephanie Schrader on this honor.  Several more SC students are auditioning for the BOCH Honor Festival, Wayne State Honor Choir, and Doane College Honor Choir.

If you have an SC student who enjoys making music and singing, please keep in mind that the change of semester is the perfect time to add concert choir into your class schedule.  While concert choir is a full-year course, we start new music in January as we plan for our Pancake Benefit Concert and spring concert, and this is a great time to get started.  All concert choir and Vivace members are eligible for annual department tours - like the 2014 Choir Department Rome tour, the 2016 tour to Washington DC and New York City, District Music Contest, Honor Choir Festivals, and many other great activities within the vocal music department. The choir students are already looking forward to our 2018 tour to Dublin and London. Concert choir students also have the option of competing at solo festivals and singing at our SC all-school masses.  If a student would like to discuss the possibility of concert choir being added to their schedule, they should stop by and see Mr. Storm, or they can stop and talk with their guidance counselor.  Our department has grown by almost 500% in the past seven years and we would love to continue that development!
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 SkyHawk Fine Arts - Theatre

ComedyTragedySkutt Catholic's winter play:
The Greek tragedy Antigone, by Sophocles
Thur., Fri., Sat., Jan. 12 - 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 15 at 2:30 p.m.
Students: $4, adults: $6. Tickets available at the door and will be available online at SkuttCatholic.com.

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 SkyHawk Guidance

Christmas Break
The Guidance office is closed over Christmas break.

Semester Finals
Final exam time will be here soon.  If your child is wondering how to prepare for the end of the semester, suggest the following:

  1. Start now by asking all teachers what the final exam will include.
  2. Study a portion of every class every day rather than cramming the week or the night before the final test.
  3. Ask teachers now if there are missing assignments that can be made up.  If so, do it now.
  4. Stay current on remaining day-to-day work.
  5. Meet regularly with teachers in classes where the student needs extra help/support.
  6. Ask questions.

The semester grade is a permanent part of every student’s transcript, so your child must work hard to earn the highest possible grade.

Semester Two Schedules
Students registered for second semester schedules during the registration period last spring and made adjustments during the book sale and drop/add period at the beginning of the school year.  New copies of second semester schedules will be distributed to all students on the first day back to school after Christmas break.  If your child needs to make an adjustment to the second semester schedule, he/she must stop by the guidance office to talk with his/her guidance counselor before Christmas break.

College Applications
All seniors should have submitted their college applications by Thurs., Dec. 1.  If you have questions about the status of your child’s applications, please call his or her guidance counselor at SC.

Junior Parent Meeting for College Planning
All parents of juniors should plan on attending the junior parent meeting for college planning on Wed., Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the SC Media Center.  At the meeting parents will be walked through the process of college exploration, application and selection, and the financial aid process.

College Scholarships
All seniors should be searching for scholarships!  There is a common misconception that only the top students in the class earn scholarships.  Actually, 67% of the graduating seniors last year received some type of scholarship.  Scholarship money comes from private donors or from the college and is NOT repaid.  Some scholarships are based on financial need, while others are based on criteria such as academics, leadership, athletics, talents, service, or other involvement.  Every week the scholarship list in the Guidance office is updated, so have your child pick up a new copy every week or check out the list on the Guidance page of the SC website!  Two other great websites to use in the scholarship hunt are fastweb.com and educationquest.org.  Contact your child’s counselor if you need help. As seniors receive award letters from colleges they applied to, they need to bring a copy to the Guidance office.  Students who earn scholarships will be recognized at the awards ceremony on baccalaureate night and the scholarships will be listed in the graduation program.  Students should provide the award letters of ALL scholarships earned, NOT just the scholarships that they will use at the school they choose to attend.

Testing
College admissions test scores are one of the major factors that most colleges use to determine admissions and scholarship decisions.  That is why it is so important that students be well prepared for testing by engaging in a course of curriculum that challenges them and doing test-specific preparation. The recommended time to begin taking the ACT/SAT is in the spring of the junior year.  By then, students will have covered the curriculum to the degree that will best prepare them for success and they will have numerous more opportunities to take the test again to earn their highest possible score. All students are encouraged to take both the ACT and the SAT and to repeat the test that they prefer.  All colleges will accept the score from either test. If they prefer the other, they will use a conversion scale. Remember, SC administers the ACT on all the nationally administered test dates.  To be eligible to test here students must meet all the ACT registration deadlines AND choose SC as their first choice testing location.  If you have questions regarding ACT registration or test administration, contact your child’s guidance counselor. 

PSAT
Paper reports of PSAT scores should be received at SC before Christmas break. They will be mailed to the student’s homes when they are received.  If parents have questions about the scores, they should contact the child’s guidance counselor.

Counselor Alphabetical Organization
Mrs. Reeves: A-G
Mr. Schumacher: H-O
Mrs. Klosterman: P-Z

Parents are encouraged to stay in close communication with teachers and counselors, so please contact your child’s counselor at any time with questions or concerns. If you have an immediate need and your child’s counselor is unavailable, please consult with either of the other counselors.

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 SkyHawk National Art Honor Society Induction

The National Art Honor Society induction took place on Sun., Nov. 13, 2016. There were 20 new inductees, all of whom have demonstrated not only an immense interest in the arts but also a plethora of talent. NAHS requires high academic achievements in the arts whether that be painting, drawing, sculpting, or digital media. It also requires a dedication to improving our school community through one's artistic abilities. In the past NAHS has designed and created murals for classrooms, sculptures for the Media Center, and assisted in the stain glass windows seen throughout the school. The dedication to improving our community doesn't stop with our school, it extends beyond into the greater Omaha area. Students are required to complete four hours of art related service per year of membership, prompting many students to find places like the Union for Contemporary Art, where their love of service and art can intertwine into something impactful. Art isn't only about making things that look pretty, it's about providing an outlet for expression and a forum for discussion. Art is universal and understandable without the context of time. NAHS hopes to illustrate this importance through fostering a love and understanding for the arts that will continue into future careers, homes, and communities.

Congratulations to Victoria Barclay, Thomas Baumert, Elyse Bergman, Emily Eich, Abigail Emery, Nathan Fletcher, Landon Healy, Jamie Jackson, Lily Jensen, Margaret Keller, Mickenzie Kunasek, Kathleen Langenfeld, Mia LeRiger, Frank Lonie, Holly Nowak, Emma Pfeifer, Jocelyn Polacek, Rebecca Snowden, Emma Taylor, and Adeline Thielen for their induction into the Skutt Catholic chapter of National Art Honor Society.

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 SkyHawk School News

Recycling Program
Just a reminder that we are still accepting used ink cartridges and cell phones. Please keep those donations coming!

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Bookstore hours for the second semester
The bookstore will be open for students to purchase textbooks for second semester classes on the following dates: Monday - Friday, January 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.  In addition to the after-school hours, we will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, the 10th, 11th, and 13th from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. to help students purchase books prior to beginning class.  Books will be sold from the bookstore, which is located in the Media Center.

What to bring?

  • Cash or check will be accepted for the amount of the purchase only
  • Two (2) checks needed for the book sale if purchasing new and used books
    • One check made out to Skutt Catholic New Books
    • One check made out to Skutt Catholic Used Books

Questions? Please call Sheila Bleyhl at (402) 691-0129.

Checks for books sold at the fall book sale have been mailed to students' homes the week of Nov. 21.  Please cash your checks as soon as you receive them.

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2018 Sophomore Spring Break Trip
Imagine enjoying sunny Spain, March 2018 - this could be you!  The sophomore trip for March of 2018 is filling up fast!  The trip is now open to freshmen and all upperclassmen.  Monthly payment plans are available.  If you are interested in sharing a fantastic trip with your classmates on the Costa del Sol, seeing Granada and Barcelona, and immersing yourself in the Spanish culture, contact Mrs. Rago at BeckieRago@skuttcatholic.com for all the information on the trip and how to sign up.  There are a limited number of seats available, so don't miss out on the trip of a lifetime!

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Skutt Catholic Yard Signs
Click HERE and show how proud you are of your SkyHawk by displaying one of our Skutt Catholic yard signs.  All profits from these yard signs go to the SC varsity cheerleaders.  They have signs for every sport/activity/alumni/and friend of Skutt Catholic.  Contact Beckie Rago at BeckieRago@skuttcatholic.com with questions.  Show your SkyHawk spirit! The cost is $28 per sign.

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Important Yearbook Information for the Parents of Seniors
Though it may be hard to believe, your seniors are on the cusp of graduation. One of the best ways to celebrate this momentous occasion is by placing a dedication to them in this year’s edition of the SkyHawk yearbook, in the form of a senior baby ad.
 
To place a senior baby ad: ELECTRONICALLY turn in all senior baby ad materials to yearbook@skuttcatholic.com by Fri., Jan. 27. Materials we will need by then:

  • Text that you want to appear in your baby ad (word count specifications below…)
  • Pictures (no physical pictures accepted; electronic only)
  • Payment (make a check out to Skutt Catholic and drop it off in the office, attn: Yearbook Baby Ads)

Here are your options for baby ads this year:

  • 1/8th page ($50) – One picture, no more than 25 words.
  • 1/4 page ($100) – Two pictures, no more than 35 words.
  • 1/2 page ($200) – Three pictures, no more than 50 words.

Know that your support is so incredibly appreciated by the yearbook staff – we literally cannot make this book a reality without your financial support. Thank you all so much in advance for helping us create the best yearbook in Skutt Catholic history. Please don’t wait until the deadline to get your materials in! Any questions should be sent to JoeElliott@skuttcatholic.com.
 
Thanks so much in advance!
Joe Elliott

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Science Quiz Bowl
Science Quiz Bowl meets weekly on Tuesdays, after school in Mrs. Fuelberth's room.  The state competition is Sat., Feb. 11, 2017 at Wayne State College. We hope to take two teams, so it's not too late to join Science Quiz Bowl.  See Mrs. Fuelberth or Mrs. Wawers if you have questions.

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Pollen Nation
It's not too late to send in your potted vegetables and herbs.  A hard freeze is on the horizon.  Why not donate your plants prior to winter's abrupt arrival?  We've a great start to our winter farmers' market.  We've peppers producing, bean plants getting bigger by the day, tomato plants off to a great start, and several herbs established and ready to start harvesting.  Please watch upcoming newsletters for farmer market days.  Send a little cash with your student in the morning and have fresh herbs and vegetables for dinner that night!

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Student Absent?
We always need parents to notify the school with a phone call when a student will miss school.  A member of the school staff is on duty at 7 a.m. each day or you may leave a message on our voice mail.  Please don’t neglect to call; it’s for the safety of your child.  Refer to the Absentee Policy for detailed information regarding absences in excess of two days or absences for personal trips.  Visit our website at www.skuttcatholic.com to find a copy of the Absentee Policy that is included in the Student Handbook.

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 SkyHawk Skutt Catholic Parent Association

It’s hard to believe that we are looking at the holiday season already!  We want to wish all of our Skutt Catholic families a very blessed Christmas season!

Meetings
There is no SCPA meeting in December. Please join us for the January meeting on Wed., Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Minutes
A recap of the last board meeting can be found here: http//www.skuttcatholic.com/parents-association/minutes

2016 - 2017 SCPA
The SCPA is planning some fun events for parents!  We encourage everyone to get involved and meet your fellow SkyHawk parents!

HawkNest
The HawkNest has extended hours for this holiday season!  Come get your Christmas shopping done and get your favorite SkyHawk some new apparel!

HawkNest Holiday Hours for December:

  • Mon., Dec. 5, 2016: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wed., Dec. 7, 2016: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Teacher Appreciation
A really big THANK YOU to everyone for your support of the Staff Appreciation November coffee cart and donuts!  Your generosity is appreciated by our hardworking, amazing Skutt Catholic staff.  We are planning to have a Chipotle lunch for the Skutt Catholic staff on Thur., Dec. 15 at 11:15 a.m.  Please visit our iVolunteer sign-up page if you would like to make a donation for the Skutt Catholic Staff Appreciation Christmas lunch.  Thanks again to our super SC parents!

After Prom Event
After Prom event is running a fabulous fundraiser ~ discounted Marcus movie tickets!  Order movie tickets at a huge discount!  These movie tickets can be used anytime and have NO expiration date.  For every two tickets you purchase you will receive $3 in snack cash!  This is a great deal!  Print out the order form and send it into the school office!  Turn around time is about 3 - 4 weeks.  Great gifts!!! Questions? Send an email to skuttcatholicafterprom@gmail.com

  • $8.50 (use any day/time - reg. pricing $10 and $13.50 ultra screen): for every two tickets purchased receive $3 in Snack Cash FREE!
  • $6.50 (use any day/time - reg. pricing $8 and $11.50 ultra screen): for every two tickets purchased receive $3 in Snack Cash FREE!
  • $5 and $10 gift cards also available

Print the order form and get your order in today: Marcus Tickets Order Form

If you have questions, feel free to contact us!

Stacy Watson at swatson@lutz.us or Becky Bertucci at rrbertucci@cox.net

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 SkyHawk Honors & Accolades

Congratulations to...

  • ...the following students who participated in the UNO Problem Solving Contest on Fri., Oct. 28, 2016: Claire Harrison, Matthew Gromowsky, Brett Manternach, Holly Chen, Joe Bean, Isaac Poulin, Corinne Chen, Stevie Yaghmour, Cathy Zhao, Joseph McAuliffe, Josh Gromowsky, Sunny Liu, Noah Wasserburger, and Elizabeth Howard.  The team finished in first place in the Gauss Division team competition.  The following students won the individual awards: Josh Gromowsky, Sunny Liu, Noah Wasserburger, Stevie Yaghmour, Joe Bean, Matthew Gromowsky, Brett Manternach. Sunny Liu finished 10th place and Matthew Gromowsky finished in 16th place out of 449 total participants.

  • ...the following students who participated in Math Day 2016 at UNL on Thur., Nov. 17, 2016: Kayley Anderson, Kelly Augustine, Tori Barclay, Joe Bean, Melissa Bowers, Corinne Chen, Holly Chen, Noah Doue, Will Fletcher, Josh Gromowsky, Matthew Gromowsky, Ethan Hall, Madison Han, Allison Heithoff, Elizabeth Howard, Marcus Judah, Ross Kathol, Sarah Kee, Claire Kolkman, Emily Koster, Sunny Liu, Brett Manternach, Korbin Meink, Isaac Poulin, Daniel Thibodeau, Hunter Warder, Stevie Yaghmour, and Cathy Zhao.  The team finished in first place in the Class III PROBE I team competition.

  • The Math Quiz Bowl team finished in third place in Class III. Teams members were Josh Gromowsky, Matthew Gromowsky, Stevie Yaghmour, Brett Manternach, and Holly Chen.

  • Cathy Zhao, Sunny Liu, Holly Chen and Matthew Gromowsky finished with a PROBE I score in the top 40 out of more than 1,500 participants, and Cathy Zhao finished in third place out of the top female participants in the individual competition.
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 SkyHawk Upcoming Events
  • Thur., Dec. 1: Late start day, 9 a.m.
  • Fri., Dec. 16: Noon dismissal; staff professional afternoon
  • Mon., Dec. 19 - Wed., Dec. 21: Semester exams
  • Thur., Dec. 22: Exam snow date; staff professional day
  • Fri., Dec. 23 - Thurs., Jan. 5: No school, Christmas break
  • Fri., Jan. 6: No classes, staff professional day
  • Mon., Jan. 9: Classes resume
  • Thur., Jan. 12: Late start day, 9 a.m.
  • Sat., Jan. 14: Eighth grade entrance exam
  • Mon., Jan. 16: No classes, staff professional day
  • Sat., Jan. 21: Sixth & seventh grade practice exam, eighth grade make-up entrance exam
  • Mon., Jan. 30 - Fri., Feb. 3: Catholic Schools Week
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