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Published Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 7:26 am


SCRIMMAGE: Lincoln Pius X will host an Academic Decathlon Scrimmage on Dec. 8.

SHALL WE DANCE? Students at Omaha Duchesne will have their winter prom tonight.

MORAL COURAGE: A Tribute to the Rescuers High School Essay Contest is open for business. Through the lens of the Holocaust, students explore the true meaning of moral courage and discover how this topic affects them personally. The essay contest is a multidisciplinary assignment that aligns itself with Nebraska state standards in reading, writing and social studies. Cash prizes are offered for ninth- through 12th-graders. The Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha has toolkits filled with resources to help. To check out a toolkit or get more information on the contest, contact Donna at or call 402-334-6453.

MATH DAY: Nearly 1,400 students from 97 Nebraska high schools participated in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s recent 23rd annual Math Day. Omaha Central’s Marika Svolos claimed the top prize in the scholarship competition — an $8,000 award to attend UNL. Winners in the team competition were Lincoln East in Class A, Elkhorn in Class B, Omaha Brownell-Talbot in Class C and Sargent in Class D. The day consisted of two individual mathematics competitions plus a team contest and the team math bowl. All students started with a multiple choice, preliminary exam called PROBE I (Problems Requiring Original and Brilliant Effort). The top three girls and boys received awards. The top 50 students moved on to take an essay-style mathematics exam called PROBE II. The 10 students who performed best on the essay exam were awarded a total of $34,000 in four-year scholarships.

The team competition was determined by averaging the top scores from each school on PROBE I. Math Day 2012 summary results follow. The two top individual winners are listed with first place named first.

PROBE I: Tie, Marika Svolos of Omaha Central and Ingrid Zhang of Lincoln East.

Ryan Goding of Omaha Central and Akshay Rajagopal of Lincoln East.

PROBE II: (scholarship competition; awards are four-year totals) Marika Svolos, $8,000; Ingrid Zhang, $4,000.

Math Bowl Tournament (team members in parentheses): Class A, Lincoln East (Sam Kohler, Akshay Rajagopal, Katie Sedlar, Eric Weber, Ingrid Zhang).

Class B: Omaha Duchesne (Zoe Cohen, Jackie Grode, Erica Hedrick, Anna Petrow, Pooja Varman).

Class C: Omaha Brownell-Talbot (Andrew Chen, Linda Liu, Michael Zhong, Jessica Zhou).

Class D: Waco Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran (Naomi Brandt, Ryan Henning, Catherine Jurgens, Tiara Lee).

NEVER FORGET: The photo exhibit “Remembering Our Fallen” will be displayed Monday through Friday at Papillion-La Vista High School. The exhibit honors more than 80 men and women in the military with ties to Nebraska and western Iowa who have been killed in Afghanistan or Iraq while serving in the war on terror. “Remembering Our Fallen” was created by Bill and Evonne Williams with help from The World-Herald.

NOW SHOWING: Westside will stage “A Night of Murder and Mystery” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 8. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

BEE TIME: The Westside Community Schools spelling bee will be Friday.

GIVING BACK: Blair staff and students have been doing many charitable acts.

» Drama students went trick-or-treating for canned goods for the food pantry.

» High school students working with Flamingos for Hope delivered craft items to both the Blair Hospital Cancer Center and Omaha’s Estabrook Cancer Center.

» National Honor Society teamed with the Food Pantry to decorate for the Sugarplum Festival. Honor society members and choir students sang carols at the festival.

» Future Business Leaders of America students distributed balloons to businesses participating in the Sugarplum Festival, and students dressed up as holiday characters to entertain children.

» The honor society sponsored a Blair Staff Casual Day, and donations of $5 or more from each person went to the Food Pantry.

» The annual Holiday Blood Drive, open to high school students older than 16 and staff, will be Friday. Students also help run the drive.

» FBLA Christmas Caroling at Blair nursing homes on Dec. 10.

» FBLA-sponsored annual food drive for the Food Pantry.

» NHS-sponsored the Macho Man volleyball competition, with proceeds going to the Food Pantry.

» FBLA ringing bells for the Salvation Army.

» FBLA toy drive for the Optimist Club.

» The drawing and painting class is painting a mural at the Auxiliary Closet.

MONDAY BASICS: ACCESS has launched its second annual “Mastering Money Basics” essay contest. This year’s theme is “If You Received $1,000 For Your Birthday, How Would You Manage It?” The competition is designed to get students, teachers and parents to discuss the importance of managing personal finances and do it in a formal educational setting. The contest is open to Nebraska students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Classrooms with winning students will be awarded cash prizes up to $1,000 that can be spent on anything the teacher deems appropriate. Parents of home-schooled children may enter, too. Entries are due by Feb. 28, 2013. Winners will be announced April 15, 2013. For more information and to get a contest entry form, visit

Northwest metro

LET’S TALK: Elkhorn Middle School will have a Parent Communication Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

FIELD TRIP: Third-graders from North and South Primaries in Blair will attend “The Nutcracker” on Thursday.

CANS AND BOXES: Bennington Elementary is sponsoring a food drive from Monday through Dec. 14. Fifth-graders will take a field trip to see “The Nutcracker” on Friday.

ON STAGE: Students in sixth through eighth grade at St. Patrick School performed the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” Students began rehearsing for the production in August. Leading roles were played by Sophia Lanphier as Willy Wonka/Candyman and Anthony Benes as Charlie Bucket.

ANOTHER FIRST: Heritage Elementary in Blair, which opened this school year, is sponsoring its first Student Council Food Drive from Monday through Dec. 14.

Central metro

STACKING THEM UP: A canned food drive began Monday at Ponca Elementary in OPS.

TOYS GALORE: The Student Council at Rose Hill Elementary in OPS is leading a drive to collect items for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. The drive continues through Dec. 14.

BY THE POUND: King Science and Technology Magnet Center in OPS is recycling shoes through Dec. 20. Students are collecting lightly used or new shoes to raise money for a new outdoor scoreboard. The school gets 50 cents for every pound of shoes collected. King’s Science Scholars is organizing the fundraiser.

A CLASSIC: Fourth-graders at Boyd Elementary in OPS will attend “The Nutcracker” on Thursday.

FOOD AND A FLOOR SHOW: The PTA at Edison Elementary in OPS will sponsor a dinner Friday for school families. Besides food, expect live entertainment.

TIS THE SEASON: Springville Elementary in OPS will have Trim-A-Tree on Thursday evening.

West metro

INCOMING: Wheeler Elementary in Millard will host a Future Kindergartner Reading Event on Friday. Incoming kindergartners can come for a story, songs, a craft and a snack. Meet the principal and tour the school. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

DERBY TIME? Fifth-graders at Reagan Elementary in Millard went roller-skating Friday in physical education class.

HELPING OTHERS: Students at Morton Elementary in Millard collected 2,919 food items to help those in need. They also collected 85 pounds of used batteries for recycling as part of the Interstate Batteries Go Green Turkey Challenge. Now students are collecting items for Toys for Tots through Dec. 10 and new or gently used coats through Dec. 16. New hats, gloves and scarves also are needed.

PASS THE POPCORN: Families at Montclair Elementary in Millard can see “FindingNemo” at a pajama party Monday. Bringpillows andblankets,andwearyourpajamas.The event is part of FamilyConnectionsNight.

South-central metro

BOOK FAIR: Paddock Road Elementary in Westside will have a Barnes and Noble Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Mention Paddock Road at checkout and a percentage of sales will be returned to the school. Students’ holiday artwork will be displayed at the Oak View Drive store.

NO SELF-DOSING: This information from the newsletter of Sunset Hills Elementary in Westside is typical of health statements from many school newsletters. Students should not have cough drops at school in their desk, pocket or backpack. Cough drops are considered a medication, so they need to be kept locked in the health office. This is a matter of safety for all students in the building.

LOTS OF READING: To encourage reading, Our Lady of Lourdes School began a reading incentive program called “The Panther Page Turners.” More than one-third of the students reached their goal and received recognition the first quarter.

BE POSITIVE: The newsletter from Paddock Road Elementary in Westside carried these ways to be positive for your child.

» Encourage your child’s creativity. Ask lots of questions.

» Stay involved. Know what’s going on in your child’s life.

» Keep your word. If you break it, apologize.

» Discipline your child fairly, firmly and with love. Focus on the behavior, not the child.

» Make time to do fun things together.

South metro

PTO EVENT: Students at Portal Elementary in La Vista can shop for gifts for their family, see Santa, and have cookies and hot chocolate today when the PTO Holiday Gift Shop is open.

MAKE AND TAKE: The PTO at Carriage Hill Elementary in Papillion will sponsor Holiday Make and Take from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.

FLU SEASON: This information is from the newsletter of the Louisville Public Schools. Follow these tips to help prevent getting the flu.

» Get the flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated also helps the people around you because there’s less chance you’ll catch the flu and pass it on.

» Wash your hands often. Hand-washing is an important line of defense against germs such as the flu viruses.

» Keep your distance if someone is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.). Flu viruses travel through the air, so try to stay away from people who look sick.

» Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow — not into your hands. That way, you’re not spreading the virus when you touch surfaces that other people may touch, too.

» Stay home if you have the flu. You don’t want to pass your germs to someone else.

HOLIDAY SHOP: The PTO Holiday Shop at La Vista West Elementary will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

BLESS THE BEASTS: First-graders at Trumble Park Elementary in Papillion have asked fellow students to help them collect pet items through Dec. 20. Items such as blankets, food and Kong toys are requested. The items collected will be donated to the Towne & Country Humane Society.

HEAR THEM SING: Honor Chorus members from Anderson Grove Elementary in Papillion-La Vista will sing at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 in front of the tree at the Durham Museum.

TOY DRIVE: The students of the Papillion Walnut Creek Elementary Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids) have asked their fellow classmates to help them collect toys for the less fortunate until Friday. Once collected, the toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots.


MAKING PLANS: Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln will have senior financial planning night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.

NOW SHOWING: Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson will stage the musical “Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 8.

CRAFT FAIR: The band and orchestra at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson will have a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

CHEF COATS: The Riverside Road House is baking and cooking up all sorts of food in the consumer science program at Riverside. Members work every week on putting up interesting menus. Menus have consisted of Mexican Week, Soup & Sandwich, Breakfast for Lunch and more. Each week the Road House crew selects a theme and coordinates recipes around it. Crew members also work on their baking skills with fresh pies, cakes, cookies and snacks. New this year to the Road House are chef coats that were embroidered with the Riverside Road House title on the front.


SET FOR WINTER: Lincoln families began lining up at 7 a.m. on a recent Saturday. Doors opened at 8 a.m. And within 45 minutes, the coats, hats, mittens and other winter wear were gone. The annual Bubba’s Closet is coordinated by Lincoln Public Schools elementary school principals to distribute warm clothing to children. Each year, Lincoln citizens donate thousands of items. Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may come and choose appropriate items to adopt and use free. There are no income requirements. This year’s Bubba’s Closet was at Elliott Elementary in central Lincoln.

BLOOD DRIVE: Lincoln Lutheran will have a blood drive Friday. Donations help two ways: Blood can save lives, and giving blood raises funds for school scholarships.

NEED HELP? Homework HelpNow through the Lincoln City Libraries provides free homework help and online tutoring to any student who has a library card in good standing with less than $15 in outstanding fines. Chat with a tutor through instant messaging from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. The link is at This information is from the newsletter of Lincoln Pius X.

Compiled by Sue Story Truax

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