School Life

  • Electives
  • Athletics
  • School Uniforms
  • Hot Lunch Program
  • Extended Care
  • Handbook
  • Safe Environment

  • Social Justice +

    The Social Justice elective will offer students opportunities to learn about the principles of Catholic Social Teaching as prescribed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Our food drive kicks off on October 26.  Prior to the kick off, a group of the students will take a tour of the food pantry at Christ Child North to learn about the community services provided there and also how important our donations are to the community.  Last year St. Wenceslaus donated over 36,000 pounds o food, which is enough to fill the pantry's shelves for six months.  Prior to kick off, students assist in many planning aspects of the food drive, including this year's theme.  They will also learn how donating to the pantry supports the principals of Catholic Social Teaching.  During the food drive, students will participate in collecting, weighing, sorting, and lading food in the POD.  They will make daily announcements.  Students will make three trips to deliver food to the pantry.  On those trips,t hey will unload the POD and will help stock the pantry's shelves and storage areas.

    After the food drive, students will have opportunities to hear guest speakers talk abut homelessness in Omaha, refugee programs, and environmental concerns.

    After the first of the year, students will visit local nursing home/care facilities to play Bingo with residents.  Last year we visited Mercy Villa, Seven Oaks, Brookstone, and Montclair care facilities.

    During Lent, we will take field trips to Holy Family parish to volunteer at their sandwich program and learn about homelessness in Omaha.

    Social Justice meetings will be held at school during 8th grade lunch and recess periods.  We will probably meet once weekly leading up to the food drive.  After the food drive through the end of the year, we will meet monthly or every other week depending on the activity. 

  • Archery +

    The archery elective meets every Tuesday from late October to mid March in the gym from 3:30-4:20.  The goal is for each student to feel comfortable enough to participate in the state tournament held in Lincoln in March.  Students will alternate A and B weeks throughout the year to be able to give them ample opportunity to shoot and learn more about the program.

    At St. Wenceslaus, we use the NASP program.  The archery equipment used in NASP is highly standardized to be safe, durable, and most importantly, universal fit for almost every student.  In NASP, learning the “process” of shooting is stressed far more than arrow scores.  The only bow used in NASP is the Genesis compound which has no let-off and is adjustable from 10-20 pounds of draw weight at any draw length.  Only full-length aluminum arrows are used in NASP to fit every student and to preserve NASP’s perfect safety record.  Sights, release aids, and stabilizers are kept out of NASP to facilitate equipment sharing among students.  NASP students are taught to shoot at an international, 80 centimeter target face.  While students start learning at an “always hit” distance of 5-7 meters, competitive distances in NASP are 10 and 15 meters.

    St. Wenceslaus provides all equipment for this elective; however, bows and arrows can be purchased through the Genesis website or local sport stores throughout Omaha.

  • Expressions Choir +

    Expressions Choir is a show choir made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who love to sing and dance!  No audition is necessary to join this choir, but excellent behavior and rehearsal skills are needed to maintain the group's success. Practices are held every Thursday morning at 7:00 from September 15th through May 4th.  The cost per student is approximately .00 which pays for a performance outfit.

    Concert performances this year are:

    •  October 25th at 6:30 p.m at St. Wenceslaus
    • December 15th at 8:15 a.m at St. Wenceslaus
    •  February 17th Contest at Skutt Catholic High School
    • May 4th at 6:30 p.m at St. Wenceslaus 

    In addition, the group will tour the Holland Performing Arts Center in the spring as a reward for their excellent work all year.

  • Campus Ministry +

    Campus Ministry is your opportunity to share your faith with our school and inspire your classmates.  We will be planning several devotional events this year including rosaries, Stations of the Cross, and May Crowning.  We also help with Catholic Schools Week events.  Campus Ministry meets on an as needed basis after school.  You will still be able to participate in another elective.  We will work around your schedule.  Students who do not meet the St. Wenceslaus academic and behavioral criteria will be ineligible to participate in Campus Ministry meetings or activities.  Campus Ministry is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Membership will be limited to 25 students.

  • Ambassadors +

    Ambassadors are students who value integrity, respect, responsibility, and teamwork.  As an Ambassador you are a role model of St. Wenceslaus School.

    The purpose of this program is to allow student leaders to have an active role in welcoming visitors and new students.  They will also help create and maintain a positive student environment.

    A few of the tasks you may be asked to do:

    •  Assist New Student Orientation
    • Help with Open House, Curriculum Nights and Roundup sessions
    •  Assist in conducting tours for families considering St. Wenceslaus School and Parish
    • Be a Peer Greeter
    • Help out with other opportunities as they arise throughout the school year.

    For many visitors, an Ambassador provides the first impression of St. Wenceslaus.  Therefore, it is crucial that their first impression be an extremely positive experience.

    You will be expected to maintain a positive and respectful demeanor at all times toward students, teachers, and administrators.  Being an ambassador will require you to occasionally miss class.  You will be expected to communicate and make arrangements with your teachers to make up any missed work. The correct uniform is a must. Student ambassadors must abide by the ineligibility guidelines.

    Ambassador Service Term: Once a student has been accepted, they may serve as an ambassador until graduation from 8th grade.

    The Selection Process:

    An interview panel of teachers will rate the applicant on the following…

    1. Turning in the application on time.

    2. The response to the application questions

    3. Confidence and communication skills 

  • Peer Mentoring +

    Students will participate as Mentors & Tutors to fellow-students or younger students in grades K-5 with homework or social struggles on Wednesdays in Mrs. Wethor’s room from 3:30-4:30. Mentors will help their buddy complete homework and a do fun activity.  Mentors must complete an application and be interviewed for positive communication skills, compassion, and confidentiality. 

  • Drama +

    The St. Wenceslaus Theatre and Drama Club will give students an opportunity to develop acting, communication, and public speaking skills while designing, building, creating, and performing in a full-length theatrical production.  There will be two productions this year: a 6th grade play in the fall and a 7th/8th grade play in the spring.

  • Wits Clash +

    Wits Clash is an academic competition. Ten students from 7th and 8th grade represent St. Wenceslaus to  compete against other schools. These students are chosen after Christmas break. The team practices almost every school day until the competition at the end of February. The practices are used to learn how to work as an academic team along with practice on general knowledge categories from core subjects of history, geography, math, science, English, fine arts, religion, business consumer and sports.  The team members are expected to attend practices and demonstrate a spirit of cooperation, participation and contribution to the group's success.  

  • Powerball Races +

    Each student will use imagination and knowledge of Physics to create a Powerball from a block of wood.  A racing tournament will be held to determine the fastest Powerball and declare “The Ultimate Powerball Champion”.

  • Digital Design +

    In Digital Design Club, we will be learning how to design a quality presentation using PowerPoint.  We will learn how to make custom backgrounds, frames and animated gifs.  Once we become comfortable doing this, we will create a custom poster.  Finally, we will take partial responsibility for designing the images on the TV in front of the school office.

  • Robotics Club +

    St. Wenceslaus Robotics Club

    Link to Robotics Club website:  http://kofc10909.org/robotics.php

    Robotics is part of St. Wenceslaus science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program. The robotics club is open to five sixth graders, five seventh graders and five eighth graders each year. The club meets on Tuesday’s from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. The club cost 5 per year. Addition to weekly meetings we will attend meeting with other Catholic schools to network and to learn. We will have competitions that may take place on weekday and weekends. Some travel may be required for competitions.

    Our robotics club is based on the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (http://www.roboticseducation.org/) and uses Vex Robotics EDR (http://curriculum.vexrobotics.com/) competitions and equipment. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. We also work with Competitive Robotics Enhancing and Advancing Technology Education CREATE (http://www.create-found.org/) with equipment orders and school networking.

    2014 St. Wenceslaus won the “Amaze” award at the Benson High School competition and sent the sixth grade team to the Nebraska State finals.

    Stephen Ivaskevicius has volunteered to coach the Robotics Club. Mrs. Hanson has volunteer to be a teacher sponsor for the Robotics Club. St. Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus 10909 actively sponsor the robotics club.

    Each member of a team will have one or more roles

    Project Management:

    • Gets everyone focused, get everyone’s ideas heard, find compromises, and keep everyone on schedule with a project timeline.

    Safety Captian:

    • Ensure tools are used properly and everything is put away neatly. Keep the work area organized and safe. Will get the equipment for their team and put it away.

    Engineering Notebook Documentation: 

    • Research and decide how the robot will work.
    • Use guidelines from team brainstorming to design a robot that can accomplish the team’s desired missions.
    • Make decisions about building, and work to achieve consensus among team members on the mechanical design.
    • Work with building groups so that all mechanisms will mesh together.
    • Engineering Notebook Documentation:
    • Record and document the entire team’s thoughts, actions, failures, and successes throughout the season in the engineering notebook. Everyone should contribute to the notebook, but one person may be the overall editor. Sketches, formulas and text to describe design as the robot is developed and completed. They will explain this to the Judges.

    Building:

    • Turn the design into a robot. Construct the robot using the VEX robotics system parts and pieces. Add sensors, motors, and mechanisms. Turn the design into reality.

    Pit Crew:

    • After each match, check that all nuts/bolts are tight, metal is not bent so as to not allow the correct motion, and that all wires are still firmly attached.
    • Make up a checklist and go through it after each match.

    Robot Operators:

    • Operate the robot during testing, practice, and at a tournament. Critical to be at all meetings, training, and competitions.

    Scouting:

    • Watch other teams to determine their strategies, strengths, and weaknesses. Talk with other teams. Determine whom to pick in Alliance selection. Develop a questionnaire. Ask other teams the questions on the questionnaire and calculate the results.

    Programming:

    • Write programs for the autonomous part of the competition. Multiple programs will be needed depending on the starting position of the robot and the abilities of your partner.
    • Write programs that will help the robot be more efficient during the driver portion of the match. Works with Driver(s) to develop controller attributes. Will be responsible for laptop
    • Write programs for skill challenges.
  • Book Bowl +

    Book Bowl is a reading competition for 7th and 8th graders.  Students who love to read and like to compete against other students will enjoy this elective.  Students participating in Book Bowl meet once a week to discuss the books and create questions. A competition is held in February at St. Vincent de Paul School. 

  • Speech Team +

    Speech Team is open to any 6th-8th grader. Speech Team is meant to enhance our public speaking techniques through competitions in various categories!  We compete against all of the middle schools throughout the Omaha area where we compete for excellence in speaking! 
     
    Any questions can be answered by Bib Cullen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Trap Shooting +

    Trap shooting is the sport of shooting clay targets with a shotgun.  It is a gender equal sport.  Females and males are all welcome to participate.  It is a sport of intense concentration and precision. Physical size and gender make no difference.   2016 will be the fourth season for the St. Wenceslaus Trap team.  We first teach shotgun safety under supervision of trained instructors.  We then teach all the aspects of competitive trap shooting at the Papillion Gun Club.  Students will learn: shotgun safety, mental concentration, eye hand coordination, teamwork, responsibility, and sportsmanship.

    The season begins the first week of February with practices Thursday after school and Saturdayafternoons.  We compete in six local tournaments and conclude with the state tournament the first week of May.   In addition, we will be having some fall shot gun safety  and trap shooting clinics on October 22nd,29th and November 5th and 12th.  They will be at the Papillion Gun Club  16712 S. 87th Street at noon to 2PM.  Any 6-8th grade student is welcome to attend one or more of these clinics.  For more information contact coach Joseph Labedz 402-651-7083 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Music in Catholic Schools +

    Music in Catholic Schools (MCS) offers a complete band curriculum and enriching instrumental activities to students enrolled within each participating school. MCS nurtures musical growth, creativity, social skills, communication skills, self-concepts, and life-affirming values, such as self-discipline, self-esteem, respect, and responsibility. Students learn basic music fundamentals that are life-long, enriching skills benefiting all God’s people.

    Our band program cooperates with parents and schools in providing band classes for their children enrolled in parochial Catholic and Lutheran schools. Catholic and Lutheran schools are part of the greater mission of Christ to bring God’s message of love to people and people to God.

    All staff members of the program are certified music instructors in the state of Nebraska. The administration of your school has approved the MCS instrumental program for their students in grades five through eight.

    Music in Catholic Schools is under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Omaha and is managed by a Governing Board. The program is financed by parent-paid tuition, along with funds from fund-raising projects, interest income, and gifts.

    Goals

    • Provide band instruction to interested students in participating schools, regardless of students’ financial resources to pay band tuition.
    • Provide management services and teacher services.
    • Provide instrumental equipment, music, and scheduling for operation of the program.
    • Give students an opportunity to progress in instrumental music skills through regular classes and enrichment activities.

    History

    In 1979, the MCS band program began under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, Sr. Genevieve Schillo, and Sr. Marie Juan Maney, Coordinator of Music at St. Cecilia’s, the group of parents serving as a Steering Committee became the first MCS Governing Board. Mrs. Barbara Sanders, teacher and coordinator, and Mrs. Debra Lund, teacher, served the 200+ students in 20 participating schools. In 1982 more Catholic elementary schools and five Lutheran schools joined MCS.

    The number of students served grew to well over 400 each year. Currently, 22 Catholic schools and three Lutheran schools are served by three full-time teachers, and one administrator that make up the staff of Music in Catholic Schools.

    http://archomaha.org/schools/music/

  • Math Club +

    Middle school students who are interested in developing math skills are welcome to join Math Club.  During Math Club, students will prepare for various math competitions that are held in the area.  Some examples of these competitions include Math Counts, the Central High School Math Olympiad, and the Archdiocesan Math Contest.  When we are not preparing for competitions, Math Club is a time for students to explore concepts that are not generally covered in the curriculum.  This can include higher level concepts, fun math facts, and interesting math history. 

  • Art Club +

    Art Club is for students who are interested in exploring art media, styles, and subjects.  Students will have the chance to make more art than what having art class once a week allows.  Art Club students will be able to experience unique opportunities like glass fusing, glazing pottery, projects of their choice, exclusive art contests, family art night, helping with art related projects around the school and much more.

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  • Athletics +

    Participation in athletic programs contribute to physical, social, and spiritual growth, which helps develop the student-athlete as a Christian.

    Our parish athletics is open to Saint Wenceslaus School students and religious education students.

    Concussion Management

    On April 14th, 2012, Governor Heineman signed into law LB260, the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act. Below are some links to information about this act. During registration you will be asked to check that you have read these documents.

    Nebraska Concussion Information
    Athlete Fact Sheet
    Parents Fact Sheet
    Coaches Fact Sheet
    Coaches Clipboard Sheet

    All athletes and coaches must successfully complete the registration process before being allowed to participate in practices or games!

    For additional assistance, contact:

    President, Athletic Committee:
    Chris Pokorny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 402-289-5098
    5-Day School Athletic Director:
    Steve Schumacher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 402-850-3966
    Website Administrator:
    Jennifer Sopcich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Boys Basketball: Trevor Barton: 402-333- 0415 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Boys Track: Jill Edstrand: 402-320-7492 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Cross Country: Ken Wentz (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and phone (402) 321-4761
    Football: John King: 402-330- 6946 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Girls Track: Kevin West: 402-934-9378 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Steve Bunda: 402-430-2404 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Girls Volleyball: Tricia Montague | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Robin Stec | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Soccer Club: Mike Smolsky: 402-740- 2901 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Trap Shooting Club: Joseph Labedz: 402-651- 7083 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Volleyball +

    Registration is open! We are excited to offer opportunities to play volleyball for girls of all skill levels. The St. Wenceslaus teams participate in the PAL volleyball league. Register according to the grade you WILL BE IN for the 2016-2017 school year. Students who will be in grades 5-8 will tryout and be placed on teams according to skill level. Students in 4th grade do not try out and will play on teams with balanced skill levels.

    All INCOMING 5th graders through INCOMING 8th graders must register prior to tryouts. INCOMING 4th graders will not have a tryout, but must be registered by July 1, 2016.

    Parent Meeting - Monday, April 25 in the St. Wenceslaus Library from 7:30 to 8:30PM. St Wenceslaus is changing the volleyball jersey this season. Cost is apiece. More information will be sent out after team formation. Samples will be available at the parent meeting and uniform orders will be placed after team formation.

    Please note that only one tryout session will be held for each grade. A tryout t-shirt will be included in your registration fee and is provided at tryouts. If any parents are interested in volunteering to coach, assistant coach, or be a team parent, please register now! You must be Safe Environment trained.

    For Questions, please contact Robin.

    Contact
    Robin Strec
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  • Football +

    Read this document prior to registering. It contains policies, team formation, practice, and game information. 

    http://tinyurl.com/football-document

    Contact
    John King
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  • Cross Country +

    Registration:

    23 Weeks 2 Days 
    April 30, 2017 - October 10, 2017

    Play:

    6 Weeks 
    August 25, 2017 - October 10, 2017

    Description:

    Welcome to 2018 Cross Country!!!

     

    St. Wenceslaus Cross Country registration is now open for all Boys and Girls who will be in 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade in the Fall of 2018. 

    Registration Cost: .00 – includes entry fees for all meets. 

    2018 Tentative Meet Schedule:

     

    Late August – Glenwood Meet (Glenwood, IA)

    September – Central Meet, Lincoln Meet, Bryan Meet (Omaha, NE)

    October – State Meet (Walnut Grove – Papillion, NE)

    Weekend group training runs and practice dates: TBD.

    Optional family fun runs will begin July 7, 2018.  

    Uniform Requirements – Navy Cross-Country Singlets - If you need a new jersey (all new players, and any returning players who need a new size), please order at the time of registration. The jersey cost () is in addition to the registration fee. Jerseys run from true to size or slightly small. If the cost of the registration and/or jersey is a financial hardship, please contact Mr. Huben.

    All levels and abilities are welcome and the focus will be on encouraging each athlete to love running and perform to their best. Most meets are a 3k (appx. 1.8 miles). 

    If you have any questions please contact Ken Wentz at 402-321-4761 (text accepted too) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Basketball +

    2016/2017 Winter Basketball

    Registration Cost (Uniforms included): 
    6th – 8th Graders:  
    5th Graders:  

    Basketball tryouts is open to all St. Wenceslaus Parish members.

    Please contact Trevor Barton at 402.680.6712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

  • Track +

    Track is open to 6th-8th Grade Students.

    Registration cost:  .00

    Boys Coach:  Jill Edstrand 402-320-7492 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Girls Coach:  Steve Bunda 402-430-2404 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Soccer +

     

    Welcome to the St. Wenceslaus Soccer Club. SWSC is a developmental and recreational soccer club offering kids from PreK-8 the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a fun yet developmental environment. 

    - Our Micro-Program is open to all 4 day preschool, High Five and Kindergarten aged students who are parishioners of St. Wenceslaus (3 day preschool children may register as well, but only after receiving special approval from the soccer club). Our Micro Program is an in-house league with an emphasis on- having fun, learning ball skills, soccer basics and teamwork. 

    - Our older players (1st grade through 8th grade) participants in the CYSL (Catholic Youth Soccer League) and compete against teams from other parishes around the city.

    - Our philosophy is simple: (1) Have fun, (2) Develop Players, (3) On-field Results... in this exact order. (and without sacrificing Item 1 or Item 2 for the sake of Item 3)

    - Our mission is to build a greater sense of community within St. Wenceslaus, to positively influence the kids we are so blessed to serve and to promote a service for others mentality. 

     

    Follow us on Facebook @swscomaha and Twitter @swscomaha to stay updated with St. Wenceslaus Soccer Club! 

    Registration information can be found on the Athletics website.

    www.stwenceslaussports.siplay.com

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

    Tom Worthington- President (402)980-5189 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Galen Helton- Micro Soccer Coordinator (402)578-6702 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Joe Hall- Girls Registrar (402)676-0441 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    Fred Nelson- Boys Registrar (402)213-9507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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A school uniform has been adopted by St. Wenceslaus School and is worn by all students.  The uniform is a symbol of the community that all students in our school share.  Uniforms help ensure that clothing does not become a distraction to learning and serve to foster a sense of equality within the student body.

Uniforms are available from Educational Outfitters, 2528 S. 130th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68144 (402-333-1099) and Dennis Uniform Manufacturing Company, 748 N. 109th Ct., Omaha, NE 68154 (402-496-9911). 

St. Wenceslaus School maintains a government-subsidized hot lunch program. No commercially prepared food from a restaurant may be brought into the cafeteria during the time hot lunch is being served. Hot lunch service is available on most full days.

Monies need to be deposited into family accounts before a child eats hot lunch, and need to remain with a positive balance during the year. If a family continues to run a negative balance, parents may be required to provide a “brown bag” lunch for their children. If a parent would like to eat lunch with their child, the office should be notified in writing, by a phone call or through the child by 9:00 AM, so enough food can be prepared.

The social hall is considered a “dining room” and good eating habits and manners are promoted. Students are expected to use the same manners required in the classroom. Courtesy and cooperation toward others are in order at all times. In order to comply with our nutrition and wellness guidelines, students will not be allowed to have soda pop for lunch or treats, nor drinks that are energy drinks with high levels of caffeine.

Children may qualify for free meals or reduced meal prices through the federally run, Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Families may apply for this program by completing the forms that can be found on Sycamore or by contacting the Director of Food Service for an application. All applications will be kept completely confidential.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

St. Wenceslaus School’s Extended Care Program is available both before and after school and was designed to meet the needs of its Pre-School to 8th grade students and their working parents. The purpose of our after school programs is to provide a child-centered, safe, stimulating and happy environment, which allows children to interact freely with others. Each day staff will offer an after school snack, homework time and recreation time. In addition, a variety of activities are offered which include music, games, arts and crafts, cooking, holiday parties and programs from outside groups.

Morning program rates:

The daily rate for the morning program (6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.) is a flat $5.00. 

Afternoon program rates:

The afternoon rate for Pre-school through eighth grade (3:25 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) is $6.00 per hour.  Parents are billed for a minimum of one hour.

There are days extended care will be open when school is not in session.

Hours for these days will be 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The rate for the “Day’s Off Program” is:

  • $6.00 per hour for one child                                                                                              
  • $5.00 per hour for two children                                                                                      
  • $4.00 per hour for three or more children

Click for the Archdiocese of Omaha Safe Environment webpage