Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it's important for kids to understand – and be able to innovate with – the technology around them. Career Preparation: There's a high demand for workers in the tech industry; mastering coding at a young age allows kids to excel in any field they choose. This club is taught by St. Wenceslaus technology teacher, Mrs. Renee Hanson.
Chess is the classic game that develops spatial thinking and strategies and builds focused concentration. This afterschool activity meets weekly and is open to middle school students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Beginners learn basic game rules and opening tactic moves. Intermediate and advanced players learn sophisticated combinations and strategies and advanced opening moves. This club is moderated by volunteer parent, Mrs. Gabe Newton, with the assistance of parent volunteers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $125 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
Engineering Notebook Documentation:
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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 $30.00 which pays for a performance outfit.
Concert performances this year are:
In addition, the group will tour the Holland Performing Arts Center in the spring as a reward for their excellent work all year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
****New St. Wenceslaus Athletic Handbook****
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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.
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:
5-Day School Athletic Director:
Welcome to 2019-2020 Volleyball!!
The St. Wenceslaus teams participate in the PAL volleyball league. The season runs August-October.
Please register according to the grade the player WILL BE IN for the 2019-2020 school year. Students who will be in grades 5th-8th are encouraged to tryout and be placed on teams according to the skill level. If a 5th-8th grade student does not attend tryouts, they are welcome to play, and will be placed on the lowest level of team for their grade. Students in 4th grade do not try out and will play on teams with balanced skill levels.
Registration: All INCOMING 5th graders through 8th graders must register prior to tryouts. INCOMING 4th graders will not have a tryout. The registration fee is $70 and is non-refundable. Registration deadline in Monday, April 29.
Uniforms: Uniforms are long-sleeved navy jerseys. 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 ($25) is in addition to the registration fee. Note, the jersey’s run small, we suggest ordering a size or two larger than your daughter’s normal size. If the cost of the registration and/or jersey is a financial hardship, please contact Mr. Huben for scholarship options.
Volunteering: If any parents are interested in volunteering to coach, assistant coach or be a team parent, please register now through http://www.stwenceslaussports.siplay.com/site/
*Teams will be posted after school is dismissed in May.
Read this document prior to registering. It contains policies, team formation, practice, and game information.
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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.
Late August – Glenwood Meet (Glenwood, IA)
September – Central Meet, Lincoln Meet, Bryan Meet (Omaha, NE)
October – State Meet (Walnut Grove – Papillion, NE)
Optional family fun runs will begin July 7, 2018.
Registration Cost (Uniforms included):
6th – 8th Graders: $65
5th Graders: $50
Basketball tryouts is open to all St. Wenceslaus Parish members.
Track is open to 6th-8th Grade Students.
Registration cost: $30.00
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.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
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 DiGiorgio's Sportswear, 14111 Q St, Omaha, NE 68137 (402-894-5627) 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 Preschool to 8th grade students and their working parents. The purpose of our after school program 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.
Hours for these days will be 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.