Nearly 75 guests celebrated the holiday with Jesuit Academy on December 19. All students sang several songs and the sixth grade class presented a skit. The two students whose art was selected for the school Christmas card were also recognized.
Throughout the month of December, Jesuit Academy students and staff have been competing in a canned food drive. All items collected were donated to the Heart Ministry Center at 2222 Binney Street. The students took home an overwhelming victory to earn a free dress day.
During the final week before Christmas, Jesuit held a door decorating contest. Ms. Vacha's 5th grade class reigned victorious. Their theme of "Ms. Vacha's Rein-dears" won the judges over. The 4th grade class came in a close second with their Minion inspired door. Congratulations 5th grade!
Ms. Lenli Corbett joined the Jesuit Academy staff in December 2013 as the VP of Development. She will serve as the chief development officer for the school. Ms. Corbett will work to secure annual gifts in support of each students' education and manage the school's development plan.
Ms. Corbett joins the staff after serving as the Development Coordinator for Partnership 4 Kids. Prior to Partnership 4 Kids, she served as the Director of Compliance for the University of San Francisco Athletic Department.
Ms. Corbett returned home to Omaha in May 2012 after living in San Francisco for six and a half years. She is a proud graduate of Creighton University and in her free time enjoys home improvement projects, spending time with her family and dog, traveling, and cheering on the Creighton Bluejays!
On Wednesday, December 18, staff from Creighton University's EDGE program visited Jesuit Academy's 4th grade class, bringing lunch and treats for everyone. EDGE staff members enjoyed pizza and dessert with students and 4th grade teacher Mr. Pick. Everyone enjoyed game time in the gym after lunch and a tour of the 4th grade classroom.
On December 13, Jesuit Academy participated in the Hour of Code project as part of Computer Science Education Week (http://csedweek.org). The initiative was designed to encourage schools across the country to participate in an hour of coding activities and promote computer science education. Jesuit students completed over 3,000 lines of code during the event.
The Hour of Code activities were led by the 8th grade students who spent the week preparing to lead the groups during their science classes. On Friday, two 8th graders each led a group of 4th-7th grade students through six stations on computer coding. The stations included: solving mazes using computer code, "human" coding, using a spreadsheet to program a calculator, programming Lego Mindstorms robots, designing and coding a racing game on the Scratch platform, and a video presentation on Code Day and computer science.
To try out some of these activities for yourself, check out this page on the Jesuit Academy website. Below is a video highlight of the day: