Creighton Prep offers many opportunities for growth, learning and leadership that occur after the last class of the day. The co-curricular activities at Prep are a means by which our students forge and sustain life-long friendships. In particular, Prep's co-curricular activities, ranging from the Jay Journal to Computers for Africa to the Dodgeball Club, offer every young man a chance to fulfill his interest and taste, or simply try something new. It is stated in the "Graduate at Graduation Profile" that Prep's educational mission extends beyond intellectual competency. Our co-curricular program is vital to this area of development.
Prep offers a Community Period where Freshmen choose from a selected group of co-curriculars and meet on a regular basis as scheduled on the school calendar. Upperclassmen may and do participate as well.
Daily announcements and flyers in the hallways provide students with information conveying when and where co-curriculars meet. Students wishing to start a new club or activity should secure a moderator and then submit a proposal (mission statement, description of activities and a list of at least eight interested students) to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs who will then decide the club's eligibility.
- Architecture Club
Architecture club is open to all Creighton Prep students. Participants need not be currently enrolled in an architecture class to participate in the club. Students compete in the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Society of American Military Engineers--Omaha Student mentoring Program (SMP) program. This particular competition gives students the opportunity to meet local professionals and work alongside them throughout the design process. This is moderated by Mrs. Candace Thompson.
- Big Brothers
Creighton Prep Big Brothers organization exists to facilitate the transition of our freshmen into the Creighton Prep community academically, socially and personally. It provides seniors with the opportunity to serve as mentors to our freshmen, putting into practice the Jesuit motto, serving as men for others. It provides both freshmen and seniors the opportunity to experience the reality of Creighton Prep as a Christian community. For more information, contact Mr. Glenn.
- Campus Ministry Advisory Board
Campus Ministry Advisory Board
CMAB is a student-run organization that consists of approximately 40 students and four adult moderators. CMAB consists of the following committees that help support the work of Prep's Campus Ministry Department:
Responsible for planning the weekly student liturgies.
Responsible for recruiting and training leaders for the sophomore retreat. The committee is also planning a silent retreat for Prep students this year, in addition to helping with the Freshmen Retreat and Junior Encounter.
Responsible for planning the food, clothing, and blood drives. This committee also organizes the weekly mission collections and the Fall Service Day. This committee is also responsible for planning the Prep Summer Build and recruiting volunteers for the Jesuit Middle School Tutoring program.
Responsible for recruiting students and adults to be part of Christian Life Communities at Prep.
Creates the Freshmen Retreat slide show in addition to other movies, websites, and slide shows that promote and support the work of Campus Ministry.
For more information, contact Mr. Monzu in the Campus Ministry Office.
- Chemistry in Action
Chemistry in Action (CIA)
Chemistry in Action is a laboratory, demonstration, and project-based club with a chemistry focus. Participants perform all the awesome parts of chemistry without the math or tedious aspects of an actual chemistry class. Students see cool science demonstrations at every club meeting. After the demonstrations, students either work on a cool laboratory or complete a hands-on project or activity that requires science, engineering, and creativity to accomplish. For more information, contact Mr. Clark.
The Creighton Prep Chess Team is a member of the Omaha Metro Chess League. Chess practice begins at the start of the school year and meets one day/week after school for one hour. As a member of the Omaha Metro Chess League the team will participate in matches with other area schools during February/March. There are also opportunities to participate in area tournaments throughout the school year. Members of the team have the option of becoming a member of the United State Chess Federation to receiving their chess ranking. There is a $10.00 club fee for joining the team. Please see Mrs. Sands for more information if you are interested in being on the Prep Chess Team.
- French Club
The French Club is open to all present French students or other students who have a genuine interest in the French language and culture. The club meets during Community Period on the days designated for clubs & activities (on average 10 times per school year). Some of the planned activities are:
- Pétanque sur la pelouse: The French version of bocci ball played outside on the track (weather permitting)
- Fromage et fantômes: Our Halloween cheese-tasting and scary movie viewing. Students bring French cheese and/or bread to sample.
- National French Week croissant & bonbon sales: Our main fund-raising event every morning before school during the second week in November.
- Fête and chants de Noël: A Christmas party with traditional French food and Christmas carols.
- World Language Week croissant and bonbon sales: Another fund-raising activity in January.
- Masques et Mardi Gras: Mask making and games to celebrate “Fat Tuesday”
- Forthcoming in 2014: Nebraska French Convention – open to all Nebraska French students.
For more information, contact Madame Salzman.
- Green Circle
Green Circle is a program brought to Creighton Prep by the National Conference For Christians and Jews (NCCJ) in 1994. The NCCJ is now the Conference for Inclusive Communities (CFIC). Creighton Prep students travel once a week to a local grade school to present to first and second grade children about the joys of inclusion and how to care for and love all people regardless of their race, religion or physical appearance. Prep student use a felt board presentation to show the children how much more fulfilling and fun life is when you have lots of friends and when you are open to all people. It is a great message and one that is praised by the schools we attend.
The green Circle provides leadership opportunities for Prep students. It allows our students to enter both Catholic and public grade schools with a message of love and acceptance. The Green Circle also challenges our students that they must be living this message if they are out teaching it to others. Green Circle presenters sign an integrity contract committing to be young men who are making healthy decisions regarding alcohol, drugs and sexuality. The Prep students need to be positive role models for the kids to whom they present. For more information, contact Mr. Jim Swanson.
- Harvard Model Congress
Harvard Model Congress
Harvard Model Congress provides high school students from across the country with an opportunity to experience American government first-hand. During the four-day conference in Boston, over twelve hundred delegates tackle the most pressing and important issues facing our nation as they assume roles in each of the three branches of American government and beyond. Exciting and diverse programs, ranging from the House, Senate, and Supreme Court to HMC-TV, lobbyists, and the National Security Council, help bring American government to life and make Harvard Model Congress the nation's premier American government simulation. For more information, contact Mr. Van Winkle.
- International Club
The International Club is a new club open to all students with an interest in expanding their knowledge of different cultures, current world events and international job opportunities. The club meets on average three times per semester during Community Period. In addition to club meetings and social gatherings, there will also be opportunities to attend talks and other internationally-themed events on and off campus during the school year. For more information, contact Ms. Soffran or Mrs. Salzman
The CP Latin Club is open to any student currently enrolled in any Latin class. Our club is a member in good standing with the National Junior Classical League headquartered at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio. The National Junior Classical League provides a number of opportunities for leadership roles and competition both at the local and national level for any member who wants to get involved. For this academic year our Nebraska state competition will be at Westside and our national competition will be held next summer at the University of California at Davis. Come and join the team! For more information, contact Mr. Haynes.
- Lettermen's Club
The Lettermen's Club shall promote the scholastic activities of its members, foster a spirit of loyalty and service to Creighton Preparatory School and the community and propagate the ideals of sportsmanship, companionship and kindness.
Active membership in the Lettermen's Club shall be open to those Creighton Preparatory School students who have merited one or more letters in one or more of the following athletic activities: football, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving, basketball, wrestling, baseball, track, soccer, golf, hockey, lacrosse, bowling and trapshooting.
Meetings and Activities
Membership shall hold regular meetings at the behest of the officers. Regular activities shall include, but not be limited to, service projects, spiritual activities, leadership training and social activities. All activities and meetings shall affirm and promote the Ignatian values of the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation, with a special emphasis on the role of sportsmanship in revealing those values to the school community and beyond. For more information, contact Dr. Schinzel.
- Liturgical Band
The Liturgical Band is a collection of spirited musicians who are inspired to share their musical talents with God’s people. We bring together piano players, drummers, guitarists and singers to provide energetic music for liturgies and prayer services throughout the year. It is our mission to bring people closer to God through the wonderful gift of music. For more information and practice schedules, contact Mr. Chesire.
- Math Club
Click to view sample problems. The AMC contest allows top math students to compete at a national and maybe even an international level. Lastly, the math club sponsors a junior high math contest in the spring with usually up to twenty schools participating. Contaft Mr. Fisher with questions.
- Mock Trial
Mock Trial is an academic competition, conducted by the Nebraska State Bar Association State Center for Law-Related Education for the Public. Led by a faculty-moderator and attorney coach, students take on the roles of the Witnesses as well as the Prosecuting and Defending Attorneys. Pretrial preparation begins in early September, competition trials take place throughout October and November, and the state competition is in early December. For more information, contact Mr. Shreves.
- Model United Nations
Model United Nations
Model United Nations is an opportunity for students to prepare for and participate in a mock international delegation to the UN at UNO during the second semester. The purpose of the United Nations is to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people. It affords the opportunity for countries to balance global interdependence and national interests when addressing international problems (United Nations). For more information, contact Mrs. Kim Meyer.
- National Honor Society
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is dedicated to combining academic excellence and service in order to instill ethical leadership in the students of today, the leaders of tomorrow.
Eligibility for National Honor Society is open to members of the junior and senior class who have demonstrated good character and scholarship and who show evidence of leadership skills and a concern for social justice through service.
Criteria for invitation and acceptance:
3.7 GPA at the end of first semester of Junior year
Less than 20 demerits and/or 6 jugs accumulated during the first semester of Junior or Senior year
No reports of academic dishonesty all four years
Approval of the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for Academics
A committee reviews applications for evidence of leadership and service
NHS members serve the school as ambassadors and workers for Mini-School Night, Open House, BASH, Mission Week, and NHS Day of Service. We also organize two fundraisers each year with proceeds going to a charity chosen by the executive board.
Moderators are Mrs. Beth Ginger and Mrs. Mary Nowaczyk.
- Operation Others
Operation Others is a non-proft, student-run organization that provides over 1,600 underprivileged Omaha families with two weeks' worth of food during the Christmas season. OO has received an enormous amount of support from faculty, staff, students, and parents. Many individuals have contributed to its success throughout the years. For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Mr. Jerry Kinney.
Mission Statement: The Creighton Prep Science Club (CPSC) collects and processes several types of recyclable items and transports them to recycling centers. This is done both to raise funds for CPSC activities and science competitions as well to help the environment. Environmental benefits include saving energy, water and other resources, decreasing pollution, extending landfill life and many others. The recycling program also helps teach CPSC members responsible stewardship for God’s Earth.
Collection: Recyclables are collected at various locations at Creighton Prep including the commons and many classrooms. There is a public drop-off the fourth Saturday morning of each month at Prep’s North Dock (west side of the school). All items accepted by the City of Omaha’s drop-off sites may be left as well as white office or photocopy paper, aluminum foil, pans and scrap, alkaline and car/truck batteries, computer inkjet cartridges, cell phones and other small electronic items. Other desired items include aluminum cans and scrap, IA 5¢ refund plastic bottles. For more information, contact Mr. Dow.
- Science Club
Mission Statement: The purpose of the Creighton Prep Science Club (CPSC) is to promote an interest in science and related fields through interesting and educational science-related activities and competitions.
- CPSC: excellence in science activities and competitions
- CPSC annually sponsors dozens of field trips, tours and other science-related activities
- CPSC is affiliated with national high school science and engineering organizations
- CPSC members have won over three dozen individual state championships and over four dozen group state championships since 1978
- CPSC maintains one of the oldest and most award-winning recycling programs in Nebraska which has environmental benefits and finances CPSC activities
- CPSC has sponsored a week-long field trip to a major city in the United States or Canada every year since 1978
CPSC is open to any Creighton Prep student, grades 9-12, in good academic and disciplinary standing, upon completion of a membership application and payment of $1 semester dues. For more information, contact Mr. Dow in the science office (Room 125) or Room 111.
View more Science Club information.
- Science National Honor Society
Science National Honor Society
The Creighton Preparatory School chapter 777 will strive to adhere and enhance the defined objectives of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS):
- Encourage and recognize scientific and intellectual thought
- Advance the student’s knowledge of classical and modern science
- Communicate with the scientific community
- Aid the civic community with its comprehension of science
- Encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all of mankind.
Membership in the Science National Honor Society is selective and is limited to the most highly qualified and recommended student candidates of the junior and senior class who meet these criteria:
- A member must be a junior or senior at Creighton Preparatory School and be in good academic and disciplinary standing, maintaining behavior that is acceptable to the guidelines of Creighton Prep School.
- A member must have and maintain a 3.0/4.0 grade point average (GPA).
- A member must be enrolled in at least one honors or advanced placement science class during or prior to the eleventh grade year. A member must be enrolled in at least a single second year honors science or advanced placement class during or prior to the twelfth grade year. A member must maintain a B+ average (3.6/4.0 or equivalent) across all science courses.
- Member obligations: attendance at chapter meetings, participation in at least ten hours of service activities each year which may include peer tutoring (especially in sciences), science outreach activities, recycling, science competition participation, chapter project or other suitable activities approved by the chapter advisor. Half of these hours may overlap with the National Honor Society service hour requirement.
View the SNHS constitution
Print of SNHS Application
Contact Mr. Dow, CP SNHS chapter advisor, for more information.
- Spanish Club
The Spanish Club is open to all present Spanish students who are interested in practicing Spanish as well as learning about Spanish speaking cultures. Spanish Club meetings will be held three times per semester during Community Period as well as before school. Spanish Club members will have multiple opportunities to learn and experience many varieties of Spanish culture on and off campus throughout the school year. For more information, contact Srta. Soffran.
- Speech & Debate Team
Speech & Debate TEAM
Proud of our past, poised for the future…the Prep Speech Team wants you!
Creighton Prep’s renowned Speech Team is looking for a few good men for the upcoming season.
- This team is an NSAA-sanctioned activity and has affiliations with National Forensic League, National Catholic Forensic League and the Greater Omaha League of Debate
- Prep Speech Team offers opportunities to compete for district, state and national speech tournaments
- Speech team members develop interpretation, writing and presentation skills vital to the workplace and most professions – benefits for life!
- Opportunities exist on this team to nurture your creativity: options include events such as public speaking, acting, literature interpretation, and parliamentary debate (Congressional Debate)
- The Prep Speech Team is a fun, cohesive group; supportive of its members
- Experienced coaching staff yielding local, state and national winners for years
Season: runs fall through spring
Practices: Practices are every Tuesday for 10 minutes after school for the entire team. Extemporaneous Speaking and Congressional Debate will remain and practice after the meeting on Tuesdays. All other categories will practice on Saturday's between 8 - 1 by appointment only contact Destini Burns.
- Student Council
Student Council is a group of students selected by their peers and a committee to provide events for the student body and to serve as the voice of the students to the school administration. Duties include planning social and spirit events. The group meets two to three times a month, with extra meetings in preparation for big events such as Homecoming and Prom. Student Council’s purposes are to work for school betterment through student life, to provide cooperation between administration, students, and community, and to cooperate with and support other school organizations. Selections occur in April for the following school year. Interested students should see Mrs. Meyer
- VEX Robotics Club
VEX Robotics club
**New for Spring 2012**
VEX Robotics is open to all Creighton Prep students. Participants do not need to have any experience to join. Students have the opportunity to compete locally and if their teams qualify they can compete nationally and at world competitions.
This type of competitive robotics is one that is comprised of a 'game' in which the students design and program their 'bot' to score points against an opponent.
For more information on VEX, visit their website at: www.vexrobotics.com
This is moderated by Mrs. Candace Thompson.
- Yearbook Club
Members of the Yearbook Club make a real contribution to the Jay Junior by taking pictures, writing stories, and researching captions. Club members spend time learning to use the software programs Photoshop and InDesign. Active and reliable club members also have the chance to become part of the Editorial Staff. For more information, contact Mrs. Pfenning.
- Young Democrats
The Creighton Prep Student Democrats is an organization for all Prep students who are interested in politics and in the political process in the United States and in the state of Nebraska. We discuss campaigns on the local, state and national level. We examine the political philosophy of both major political parties. We compare the major positions of all serious candidates for public office. We emphasize the positions of the candidates of the Democratic Party and encourage participation in local campaigning. We serve as an outlet for local campaigns looking for student volunteers. For more information, contact Mr. Glenn.
- Young Republicans
The objectives and target goals of the YR's are to develop an aggressive,
intelligent, and optimistic association
To bring young people into the Republican Party and to provide them an opportunity for political
expression and recognition
To train young people as effective political leaders
To support the official platform of the RNC and the principles upon which our nation was founded as articulated in the US Constitution
To bring young people into the political process and keep them abreast of political events and
opportunities to get involved in the political process
To hold social events for politically like-minded individuals in Douglas County
For more information, contat Mrs. Meyer