Dance and silent auction: Music in Catholic Schools will hold a benefit dance and silent auction on Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center. Free dance instruction will be available from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15 each. Music in Catholic Schools is a parent pay band program in 23 Catholic and four Lutheran grade schools in the Omaha metro area.
Show choir clinic: The Papillion-La Vista High School Show Choir will be hosting a kids show choir clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Young students will work on their singing and dancing skills with current Papillion-La Vista High School show choir members. The students will then have a performance to show off what they learned at 4 p.m. the same day. The clinic is open to boys and girls third through eighth grades. Cost is $35 and includes a pizza lunch, a snack and a T-shirt. For more information contact Melinda Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-212-3261. The deadline to register is Feb. 12.
Nominate a young hero: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2014 award. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 9-18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. The deadline for nominations is April 15. The top 10 to 15 winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. For more information on this national award, visit www.barronprize.org.
Poster winners: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Radon Program recently announced the winners of its annual Nebraska Radon Poster Contest for students ages 9-14. The top three finishers: third place, Mikenna Spenceri of Columbus Scotus; second place, Analise Hernandez of McCook Central Elementary School; and first place, Megan Hodson of McCook Central. The poster contest is held each year to highlight the risks posed by exposure to indoor radon, which is a radioactive gas that causes thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. Over 350 students in Nebraska participated in this year’s contest.
Spelling bee: Lincoln Public Schools will host a districtwide spelling bee for students in grades four through eight at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Culler Middle School Auditorium.
App Challenge: Omaha North students were named Nebraska’s winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The national contest has students develop a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities. The concept designed by Omaha North students is called STEM — Strategies to Empower myself — which allows anyone in the community to find resources needed for their improvement and independence. On Feb. 19, eight Best in Nation winners will be chosen. The winning teams will earn their schools a $15,000 cash grant to further develop or support a program in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition each team member will receive a Samsung tablet.
Battle of wits: Omaha Roncalli will host the 39th annual Wits Clash on Friday from noon to 3:30 p.m. The competition is done in game show format and features questions on history, math, geography, current events and more. Schools can compete by signing up teams of four students. For more information or to sign up contact Kathy Slaight at 402-571-7670 or email@example.com.
School play: Papillion-La Vista South High School will present the play “Inherit the Wind” at 7 p.m. Friday and Feb. 8. The play tells the story of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $4 for children. To buy tickets call 402-829-4605.
Coat drive: For the last two weeks, the Papillion-La Vista South High School Leo Club hosted a winter clothing drive. The items collected will be donated to Sarpy Country Family Services.
Speech results: Concordia University, Nebraska, hosted the CUNE High School Speech competition Jan. 25. The following are winners and schools in descending order from first place. Informative: Madison Schlake, Fairbury; Rowan Gruber, Elkhorn Mount Michael; Alexa Bruick, Seward. Impromptu: Jacob Eyth, Mount Michael; Austin Stone, Conestoga; Bruick. Duet Acting: McKenzie Hemphill/Hannah Moody, Seward; Oliver Jarosik/Alex Hotovy, Mount Michael; Jake Marshall/Levi Dybdal, Seward. Persuasion: Bruick; Becca Williams, Conestoga, Nathan Klaumann, Fairbury. Poetry: Cami Larson, Conestoga; Jarrett Crnkovich, Mount Michael; Broden Capps, Mount Michael. OID: Fairbury, Seward OID 1, Seward OID 2. Serious Prose: Paige Larsen, Conestoga; Zach Frebert, Mount Michael, Hemphill. Entertainment: Aly Kozma, Conestoga; Miranda Miller, Conestoga; Will Helmer, Seward. Extemp: Eyth; Jaden Rannells, Yutan; Cameron Engel, Mount Michael. Humorous Prose: Athalee Lynn, Malcolm; Gavin Ragland, Fairbury; Cole Bauer, Fairbury. Individual Sweepstakes: Bruick; Moody; Dybdal. IE Team Awards: Seward, Mount Michael, Conestoga.
Scholarship opportunity: The Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska invites eighth-graders of Polish descent who plan to attend Catholic high school in the Omaha area to apply for the 2014 Blessed Pope John Paul II scholarship. Two $700 scholarships will be awarded. Applications and completed essays due by April 12. For application and guidelines, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “scholarship” in the subject line or call 402-331-2409.
Strike up the band: This year’s All-City Music Festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Expect performances by a sixth-grade chorus, seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra and seventh- and eighth-grade band. Tickets for the concert will be $7 for adults and $3 for students.
All about blood: Lewis and Clark Focus Program seventh-graders visited the American Red Cross to learn about the four components of blood, blood types and blood donation. Then they hosted a blood drive at Lewis and Clark Middle School, which is in the Omaha school district.
Time to dance: Papillion Junior High seventh-grade students were “swinging into fitness” Friday. Throughout January, the students learned swing dance moves in their physical education classes. The students put their skills to the test when they hosted the Annual Swing Into Fitness Contest in the school gym. Students in each class competed to see who had the best swing dancing skills.
COUNCIL BLUFFS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
IB accreditation: College View celebrated its recent authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School. More than 200 people attended a recent open house.
FREMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
100 days: For the 100th day of school, kindergartners did lots of activities incluting wearing 100th-day crowns, popping 100 balloons, and making 100-day charts by placing various treats including licorice, popcorn, Skittles, mini-marshmallows and gummy bears on squares numbered to 100. Those treats then made up their 100-day stew that they could enjoy with their families.
OMAHA ARCHDIOCESE SCHOOLS
Math workshop: Students in fourth through sixth grades from St. Bernard participated in Math Alive!, the interactive math workshop held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum that focuses on exploring math in the real world. Students participated in many hands-on experiences ranging from snow-boarding simulations to robotics.
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Robotics: Picotte will host a robotics event today with 40 teams expected to participate.
ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Day 100: Westridge students celebrated their 100th day of school with several activities focused on counting to 100.
PAPILLION-LA VISTA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Author visit: Students across the district can learn from Jeff Kurrus, a nature writer and editor. Kurrus is the editor of Nebraskaland magazine and author of the book, “Have You Seen Mary?” which is a 2013-14 Golden Sower nominee. Kurrus has already visited Anderson Grove, Walnut Creek, La Vista West, Rumsey Station and Hickory Hill. He will visit G. Stanley Hall on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Portal on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.