Career Day: McMillan Magnet Center held its annual Career Day on Feb. 11. More than 450 students had the opportunity to take part in activities such as “Careers Reality Check” and connect with professionals representing 19 fields, including engineering, medicine, law and justice, nursing, military service, insurance and food service. The fair also provided information on two- and four-year degree programs.
Chili Cook-off: (Click on photos for captions) Teams from schools in Fremont showed off their culinary skills at the TeamMates Chili Cook-off held Feb. 12 at Fremont High School during the “Pink Out” basketball games between Fremont and Bellevue West. Teams from the district’s schools brought their secret chili recipes, and visitors at the game bought samples and voted on their favorites. At halftime, former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and first lady Sally Ganem presented awards to the winners.
Founder’s Day: (Click on photo for caption) Marian High School celebrated the Servants of Mary Founders’ Day, a day dedicated to honoring the order’s Seven Holy Founders, on Feb. 17. To celebrate the annual event, Marian and Servite Schools in France, Australia and California divided the day into three eight-hour shifts and took turns offering 24 hours of continuous Eucharistic adoration. Students, parents, Servants of Mary, teachers and staff volunteered to help fill each school’s shift and practiced quiet reflection in their school chapels throughout the school day.
Pop, Pops & Popcorn Concert: Omaha Roncalli High School’s 10th annual Pop, Pops & Popcorn Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s student center. All of the music department’s ensembles will perform, as well as many soloists and small groups. The concert will present an evening of popular music from Broadway to British rock. Pop and popcorn will be offered. The price is $3 for students and $5 for adults at the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New class: (Click on photo for caption) Fremont High School initiated a new course this quarter, “Introduction to Health Science.” Guided by facilitator/teacher Carolee Cronin, the initial class has 11 students, some of whom are already involved in school-to-career programs at health facilities. Besides the lessons, students get to learn from visiting professionals such as school nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, veterinarian Dr. Mark Pettit, Metro Community College’s emergency medical services instructor Dr. Craig Jacobus and medical professionals from Clarkson and Methodist Hospitals. Midland University senior nursing students, whose population focus is high school students, have led IV, pulse rate, blood pressure and catheter administration labs as part of the course.
Math and Science Family Night: Field Club Elementary School held a Math and Science Family Night on Feb. 11. During the event, families were able to enjoy a meal provided by the Pancake Man before engaging in interactive learning activities led by the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Student Math Club, Grace University and Fat Brain Toys. Field Club teachers provided GoMath! stations to help parents and families connect to grade-level curriculum strategies.
“Avatar Yourself” design wins contest: (Click on photo for caption) Fremont High School student Hannah Rowell has placed first in the Nebraska Educational Technology Association Student Contest in the category of Still Images, Grades 9-12. Hannah’s design was selected from student entries across the state. Her design, entitled “Avatar Yourself,” was completed in Kristen Strickler’s multimedia projects class. Students used Photoshop to manipulate their photographs, incorporating blending techniques, adjustment layers, filters, masks and brushes to transform the image into an avatar figure. Strickler entered Hannah’s work into the student competition after seeing the final product. Hannah is the daughter of Chad Rowell and Kerry Campbell. Upon graduation in May, Hannah plans to pursue a degree in graphic design.
Construction academy graduation: The Omaha Public Schools’ department of economic inclusion and Jacobs Engineering Group held its third graduation ceremony honoring 12 small-business owners who completed the Jacobs Construction Academy on Feb. 11 at the Liberty Christian Center. Following the ceremony, Sampson Construction presented an overview of upcoming projects, which included a tour of the facility. Liberty Christian Center is set to undergo renovations as part of the 2014 bond issue. During the six-week academy program, small-business owners learn skills in construction safety, elements of contract documents, business practices and leadership and construction estimating, financials, scheduling and contracts.
Culinary competition: More than 90 high school students representing 15 Nebraska and Iowa schools will showcase their culinary expertise at the 11th annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational on Friday at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway. Teams will compete for culinary glory by preparing three-course meals and presenting their own restaurant concepts. Students will represent the following high schools: Bellevue East, Fremont, Omaha Gross, Louisville, Milford, Millard Horizon, Millard West, Omaha Career Center, Omaha Northwest, Omaha South, Papillion-La Vista South, Plattsmouth, Ralston, Omaha Roncalli and Waverly. The event is open to the public.
Check out these photos from other area schools:
Several members of the Gretna High School band are among a select group of students from across Nebraska that were selected to the Wesleyan Honor Band. Students submit recordings for acceptance into this ensemble. The event took place recently and included an afternoon concert with the festival orchestra and chorus. Pictured here: in back from left, Cal Switzer, Trey Switzer, Troy Scheer, Nathan Novak, and Jacob Mann. In front, Chloe Geise, Kayla Martin, Kaitlin Jensen and Sam O’Rourke.
Fifth-graders Ella Johnson, left, and Pamela Castaneda model the shirts Seymour students sold for the American Heart Association. Ella and Pamela, both student council members, helped organize the school's fundraiser.
The entire student body and staff of Seymour Elementary spell out "I love life" after selling shirts for the American Heart Association on Thursday. The school raised more than $700, with all profits going back to the American Heart Association.
Two St. Bernard grade school students take a minute to share a hug during Catholic Schools Week.
St. Bernard grade school students donated money for a chance to "silly string" their principal, Mark Zulkoski. Donations benefitted The Bethlehem House.
This year, the topic for the Woodmen of the World school speech contest is "Hunger in America." The fifth and seventh grade students at St. Pius X / St. Leo School are doing more than just writing their speeches on the topic of ending hunger, they are trying to do something about it. The fifth grade students, pictured, collected 130 jars of peanut butter and jelly and the seventh grade students collected 80 boxes of cereal for the Juan Diego Center. Students also received cash donations that they gave to the Juan Diego Center to buy food products for their clients.
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