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February 2014

Marian thanks long-time teachers

Marian High School in Omaha paid tribute to its faculty and staff at the school's annual Breakfast of Gratitude.

Five people were honored Jan. 29 for a combined 100 years of service at the school. Assistant principals Rochelle Rohlfs and Kathy Tompkins each have served 25 years and were inducted into Marian's Quarter Century Club. English and journalism teacher Marsha Kalkowski and English teacher Susie Sisson each had 20 years at Marian, and Servants of Mary Sister Peggy Miller, database manager, 10 years.

Fifth-graders cook to help homeless

Fifth-graders at St. Cecilia School in Omaha made chicken casserole and collected personal hygiene items early this month for people staying at the Siena/Francis House homeless shelter.

The 18 students prepared several pans of the casserole at the school to be baked at the shelter, said principal Paulette Rourke. One student, Ellie Maguire, canvassed her neighborhood and collected 10 bags of toiletries, Rourke said.

Sixth-grader spells her way to victory

Caitlin Copenhaver out-spelled 49 other students to win the 2014 Metropolitan Catholic Schools Spelling Bee Feb. 8 at St. Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha.

The sixth-grader at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn won by correctly spelling "inane," and she will compete in the Midwest Spelling Bee next month.

Students from 25 Omaha-area Catholic schools spelled aloud 232 words during the two-hour competition, said Marcia Regan, the spelling bee director.

Flip flops become sign of solidarity

Creighton University students and staff made a bold fashion statement by wearing flip flops Feb. 5, a day when snow cancelled classes at other schools in the Omaha area.

Participants paid $5 and wore flip flops to show solidarity with the homeless and raise $1,250 for the Siena/Francis House homeless shelter, Creighton spokeswoman Deborah Daley said.

Parent organization wins NCEA award

The Home and School Association at St. Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha is one of four parent associations around the country honored in 2014 by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for their contributions to education.

The Distinguished Home and School Associations Award went to St. Stephen's group for bringing robotics to the school by purchasing three robots at $1,300 each. Seventh-and eighth-grade students are programming the robots and using them in competitions.

Mercy High celebrates FIESTA

More than 530 people helped raise a record $350,000 - $65,000 more than the top mark set in 2012 - at Mercy High School's annual FIESTA, with the theme "Another Day in Paradise."

The Feb. 8 dinner, silent and oral auctions raise money for tuition assistance and technology updates at the Omaha school.

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