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Post date: 01/18/2017
The Omaha Catholic School Consortium is driving academic excellence and efficiently managing resources in several ways: Sharing expertise in maintenance, technology, faith-building – and teaching. One example of pooling resources, said Donna Bishop, assistant superintendent of schools and executive director of the five-school consortium, is a...

Eighth-graders Penelope Williams of St. Thomas More, left, Jane Kucera of St. Bernadette, Cesar Saloma of Holy Cross and Emma Peters of Our Lady of Lourdes schools take a break while discussing and making a poster about stereotypes in school at an Oct. 14 retreat on leadership at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue.
Post date: 01/18/2017
A five-school consortium created in Omaha five years ago continues to build a cost-effective community of faith, academic excellence and service – and the best is yet to come, school leaders said. "It’s a very exciting time," said Donna Bishop, assistant superintendent of Catholic schools and executive director of the Omaha Catholic School...
Post date: 01/18/2017
Dance to live, big band music – take free dance lessons first if that helps – and provide scholarship money for band lessons for parochial elementary school students. Those are among the opportunities at Music in Catholic Schools’ (MCS) 14th annual benefit dance and silent auction Feb. 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Omaha. "It’s a...

Shaina McBride, physical education instructor and athletic director at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, helps pre-kindergarten student Victor Rivero Barajas at gym class Jan. 13. McBride has honed her Spanish to help in the classroom. Barajas’ classmate, Margo Haske, is in the background. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
Post date: 01/18/2017
Attending recent parent-teacher conferences at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, the coordinator of Latino enrollment in the Catholic Schools Office said she was happy to see a family greeted in Spanish by one of the teachers. The family’s response, Beatriz Arellanes said, was enthusiastic. Hoping to grow that level of enthusiasm – on the part of...

Juniors Audrey Yost, left, of Marian High School, Caleb Myers of Creighton Preparatory School and Grace Woltemath, also of Marian, all in Omaha, put the final touches with other cast and chorus members on Marian’s 2016 fall musical, “Singin’ in the Rain,” during an Oct. 26 dress rehearsal.
Post date: 01/18/2017
Rehearsal for real life. That’s how Jennifer Cimino – who studied music and theater and is involved in music ministry at Christ the King, St. Pius X and St. Frances Cabrini parishes in Omaha – describes the value of performing arts education in Catholic schools. Through a program she founded called "On Cue," Cimino this year is helping children...

Second-graders Corbin Rusiecki, left, Elena Brown and Riley Mogis compete for the ball in a round of scooter soccer Jan. 11 at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.
Post date: 01/18/2017
It’s not your parents’ gym class anymore. At Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese, including St. Margaret Mary in Omaha, Archbishop Bergan in Fremont, St. Mary in O’Neill and St. Augustine in Winnebago, teachers are using innovative techniques to make fitness fun and keep students moving. Scooter soccer, disc golf, drumming for fitness, and...

Mary Lentino, a kindergarten teacher at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue, helps a student with her phonics lesson Jan. 13 using an iPad, which the school received through grants from the Ignite the Faith capital campaign. Lentino said technology upgrades enhance the way she is able to teach her students. Photo by LISA MAXSON/For the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 01/18/2017
Kindergartners in Mary Lentino’s class used their index fingers to write the word "mud" on their iPad screens during a recent phonics lesson at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue. Once finished, they electronically sent their work to their teacher’s laptop, and it appeared on the large projector screen in front of the classroom. Lentino said the...

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