November 2020
Michael Gormley Visiting Columbus
From Scotus Central Catholic President, Jeff Ohnoutka

Over the course of the last year I have been listening to a Catholic podcast called Every Knee Shall Bow. 

This weekly show has had an impact on my spiritual life and really brought into focus our role as Catholics to evangelize the Gospel. One of the hosts of the show ( Michael Gormley) is coming to Columbus on Nov. 13. He will be doing a talk with our students in the afternoon. This talk will focus on a teenager's relationship with Christ and the potential for so much more.

As a gift to our parishes, Scotus has lined up Michael to do a talk on our role as Catholics in becoming intentional disciples of Christ. I really hope that you will join us at the new St. Bonaventure parish center for this evening. The more we are engaged in our faith the stronger our parishes and schools will be. See you on Nov. 13th!
Parents are invited to attend this event on Friday, November 13th at the new St. Bonaventure Parish Center.
Sign Up to Join the Speech Team
The Shamrock Speech Team is looking to grow! Although we aren’t quite sure how the competitions will be run during speech season next semester, we’re proceeding as normally as we can. It’s not too late to join the team! See Ms. Mimick or Mrs. Zanardi if interested. There is the potential for a virtual novice competition in December.
Golf Team Competes at the Class C State Tournament
The Shamrock girls golf team capped an excellent season with a Class C 9th place finish at the state tournament, held at the Elk's Country Club. Freshman Cecilia Arndt finished in 9th and earned a medal. Other participants were senior Jaelyn Podolak, juniors Alaina Dierman and Abee Hutchinson, and sophomore Ella Nahorny.

Throughout the year, the team placed near the top at different meets including earning a Conference Championship, the first in school history. Congratulations on a great season golfers!
New Members inducted into National Honor Society
On Thursday, October 22, 2020, 20 new members were inducted into the Scotus Chapter of the National Honor Society at Scotus Central Catholic High School. The new inductees were one senior:  Nicolas Schultz, one junior:  Jacob Melliger, and 18 sophomores:  Shelby Brandenburg, Elizabeth Brezenski, Mark Buhman, Daniel Cline, Ava Cremers, Jackson Faust, Ted Fehringer, Jasmine Jackson, Bohden Jedlicka, Brennen Jelinek, Samantha Johnston, Maysa Kuhl, Claire Rickert, Mason Roberts, Alexander Settje, Shayleen Smith, Hailey Steffensmeier, and Nicholas Zoucha. 
Membership in National Honor Society is based upon the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  The candidates filled out a form to show their own personal attributes and accomplishments as they apply to the four characteristics. Those sophomores, juniors, and seniors who had a cumulative Grade Point Average of 93.0% or higher and who had no offenses/violations (as described in the Activities Training Rules) were eligible and invited to become candidates. The faculty council consisting of Angie Rusher, Laura Salyard, Tyler Linder, Pat Brockhaus, and Joan Lahm selected the new members from those who filled out the candidate form.
For the 2020-2021 school year, there are now 71 sophomores, juniors, and seniors who belong to the Scotus Chapter of National Honor Society. The Scotus Chapter of National Honor Society is sponsored by Mrs. Dusel-Misfeldt. Congratulations to all newly inducted members!
Shamrocks Face Tough Competition at State Cross Country

Michael Gasper was the top Shamrock boy finisher at State Cross Country in 19th place. The Shamrock boys finished 7th as a team in Class C. While Olivia Fehringer was the top Shamrock girl finisher at State with a 16th place and the girls placed 11th overall.

As the Cross Country season ends today, we want to congratulate both teams on excellent seasons!
Donate to SEF today

We know you believe in our school and in our service to the Church and we ask you to support Scotus Central Catholic through our SEF 16 campaign, Stronger Together.” As of 10-30-20 we have raised $959,601 which is 75% of our goal! Please click here for more information on SEF16.

Dash For Holiday Cash Lottery

· November 20: Main Drawing Day: Drawing will be conducted in the main office just before final bell.
· The winner for the Dash for Holiday Cash early bird drawing is Aubree Beiermann. Her name will go on 100 free tickets worth $500. Main drawing for $1,000 will be on November 20th.
· Net Funding Goal: $13,000 to support tuition assistance awards for our students.

Watch for the announcement of other incentives that may be offered to the student body for reaching our ticket sales goal! We are very thankful for our Dash for Holiday Cash Lottery sponsor: St. Joseph Parish, Platte Center, NE. The parish provides the lottery license and special permit that makes it possible for the Lottery to take place!

Parents: the Nebraska Department of Revenue, Charitable Gaming Division, requires all sold and unsold tickets must be returned to Scotus by the day of the final drawing.
Mark Your Calendars for the 40th annual Gala!

The 40th annual Gala dinner/auction will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021. This is the school’s largest annual fundraiser and all proceeds are used to balance the annual budget and keep tuition expenses low for our school families. Last April, and with the event going totally online, our supporters helped us raise a total of $180,401 for the budget and an additional $26,103 for the campus ministry program.
Because of the changes we had to make for last Gala, our 2020 co-chairs, Dan & Jill Clarey, Mike & Nicole Fleming and Joe & Shelly Steffensmeier have offered to serve a second year as co-chairs along the 2021 co-chairs: Tim & LeAnn Parker, Bobby & Rachel Pensick and Joe & Amy Wemhoff. We are also pleased to announce that the 2021 vice-chairs are: Tim & Caree Cielocha, Cory & Tricia Faust and Matt & Sharee Jedlicka.

 If you would like to participate by donating an item for the silent or oral auctions, volunteer to help, or if you wish to receive an invitation to attend please contact our co-chairs, vice-chairs or Janice Rosenquist in the Scotus development office: 402 564 7165 ext. 154 or

   Your involvement will be key to our event’s success and that’s why we urge you to mark your calendars today!
Staff Wish List

Administration (Jeff Ohnoutka)
· Replace windows in stairwells, TBD
· Entrance floor mats, TBD
Maintenance (Joe Schoenfelder)
· Six (6) 3’ x 10’ entry mats, $76 dollars each
Health (Janet Tooley)
· Carpeting for west wall of Health classroom, TBD
Media Center (Cathy Podliska)
· 13” Globe w/ wood stand, approx. 3’ tall, $350
· Christian/Inspirational books, $355
· 2017 Commemorative World Book Encyclopedia, $700
· Refinish Library Circulation Desk, $1,200

To donate to a wish list item, please contact the office at 402-564-7165
Faith In Education
With construction now complete, Mass is held at St. Bonaventure Church for Shamrock students during the school year.
Once a month, students take part in Mass and Rock Talk. Due to social distancing, we have Mass for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders and Rock Talk for 10th, 11th and 12th graders on a Wednesday during the month. The schedule flips the following week.
Mike VunCannon talks to a group of senior boys during Rock Talk.
Scotus Journalism Photos For Sale

Do you want to support our awesome Journalism students and get a photo of your son or daughter during a school day? How about an action shot from a volleyball or football game? Journalism Photos from the 1st quarter have been updated online. Click HERE to see the albums.
If you would like to support Scotus Journalism and purchase photos, you can use the order form HERELet Mrs. Rusher know if you have any questions!
Your support is greatly appreciated and helps fund our journalism department to purchase new cameras, software and more.
Mark Your Calendars

· StuCo Meeting - Wed., Nov. 4, Room 126, 7:40 AM
· Rock Talk (7th,8th,9th) Mass (10th,11th,12th) Wed., Nov. 4, 2:30-3:30
· Team Scotus - Thurs., Nov. 5
· Campus Ministry Meeting - Thur., Nov. 5, Little Theater, 7:40 AM
· StuCo Dodgeball Tournament - Sat., Nov. 7, Memorial Hall 3:00-6:00 PM
· One Act Performance - Tue., Nov. 10 at Humphrey St. Francis, 12:00 PM
· Teacher In-Service Day - Wed., Nov. 11 12:07 PM Dismissal
· Campus Ministry Leaders Meeting - Thur., Nov. 12, Room 205, 7:30 AM,
· One-Act Public Performance, Thur., Nov. 12, Memorial Hall, 7:00 PM
· Team Scotus - Fri., Nov. 13
· One-Act Public Performance - Sun., Nov. 15, Memorial Hall, 7:00 PM
· First Day of Winter Sports Practice - Mon., Nov. 16
· NHS Officers Meeting, Tue., Nov. 17, Room 127, 8:00 AM
· StuCo Meeting - Wed., Nov. 18, Room 126, 7:40 AM
· Mass (7th,8th,9th) Rock Talk (10th,11th,12th) Wed., Nov. 18, 2:30-3:30
· NHS Meeting Thur., Nov. 19, Little Theater, 7:30 AM
· Dress Down Day Fri., Nov. 20
· HOSA Meeting Tue., Nov. 24, Little Theater, 7:30 AM
· THANKSGIVING BREAK No School, Wed.-Fri (Nov. 25 - Nov 27)

To see the calendar of Shamrock events for November click HERE
Guidance Information
Senior Scholarship Updates
·      Seniors should have a Scholarship Quest account- This free database contains over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships.
·      The Susan Buffet Scholarship application will be open on November 1st. This is a great scholarship to consider applying for if you are attending a Nebraska public college.
·      Get into a habit of checking Naviance weekly for new scholarships that may be added. Click HERE to access your account.
·      College admission counselors are great resources to use when wanting more information about scholarships you may be eligible for!
·      If you are having trouble with your FAFSA, feel free to contact Ms. Brichacek or an Education Quest representative: Cecilia,

College Planning

·      If you are interested in being involved in a college sport/activity, you must register with the division’s eligibility center.