Burt Street News - September 12

In this issue
Happening at DASH
  • Important dates
  • New transcripts
  • Progress reports
  • Parent Association meets Wednesday
  • Covid-19 update
  • Open Preschool position
Class News
  • Join a club
  • Fritaly trip returns
  • Adolescent mental health
  • College Counseling 
    • Paying for college
    • Preparing to apply
Campus Ministry
  • Helping Christ Child Society
  • Help choose our Mass songs
  • Baptism days
  • Retreats are coming up!
  • Goal One Spotlight
  • Join the Parent Book Club
  • Recruitment events
School Volunteer Opportunities
  • Congé is calling
  • Lunch help is needed!
Fine Arts
  • Macbeth rehearsals
  • Week in review
  • Cardinal sports schedule
  • Booster Club needs you

Burt Street News is a weekly newsletter for parents, students, and faculty/staff of Duchesne Academy. 

Please send any email address changes or news to: [email protected]

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Happening at DASH


  • Monday, September 12
    • All School Homeroom
  • Tuesday, September 13
    • Mass 
  • Sunday, September 18
    • Freshmen Retreat begins
  • Monday, September 19 
    • Freshmen Retreat
  • Tuesday, September 20
    • Nest
  • Monday, Sept. 26 - Saturday, Sept. 31
    • Homecoming Week
Go Cardinals! We've posed athletics events in the Athletics section! 

New Transcripts

Starting with the class of 2022, all Duchesne transcripts will report cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Prior to this year, our GPA was reported on a 100-point scale, which will continue to be used for all report cards and progress reports. Cumulative GPA is only calculated at the semester when the course is posted to the student's transcript.

Seniors will receive their new GPA from Mrs. Swanson this month in senior seminar. Any other student interested in knowing her current GPA on the new scale may request this information from the registrar, Mrs. Pavel, or from the principal, Dr. Hickman.

Click here to view the new scale on our website


Progress Reports

This week marks the halfway point of quarter one and course progress grades will be posted to the parent portal and student portal on Infinite Campus. All transfer and freshman students will have teacher comments in each class. For any student with a current class average less than 74%/C, we will also email the progress report to parents.


Parent Association Meets Wednesday!

The first Parent Association meeting of the year is Wednesday 9/14 at noon at Duchesne. All are welcome! Enter via Portry. We meet in the Kleyla Meeting Room, off of the hallway immediately to the right of Portry.


If you have questions or concerns you would like to share with the Parent Association, you can also contact the Class Representatives:

  • Freshman Class: Amy Roland
  • Sophomore Class: Shaina Pearson
  • Junior Class: Karen Shanahan
  • Senior Class: Amy Rossitto

**If you would like to get involved with the Parent Association, please contact Kelly Gering ([email protected]) or Brenda Hoover ([email protected])



  • We encourage you to have your daughter up to date on her COVID-19 vaccine and booster
  • In the event of a COVID-19 exposure:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, monitor for symptoms, and take an antigen test on Day 6 from the exposure
    • After Day 6 a student may stop wearing a mask after receiving negative results on antigen tests taken 48 hours apart
  • In the event of a COVID-19 positive test:
    • Please notify School Attendance, stay home and isolate from others for at least 5 days, and wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days
    • A student may return to school on Day 6 if she has never had symptoms or is fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved. Students who have tested positive should continue to wear a well-fitting mask through Day 10
  • Need COVID tests? You can order free tests by clicking www.covid.gov or Nebraska DHHS. Tests can also be purchased at most local pharmacies.

Open Position in the Preschool 

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and make a little money on the side by working at the preschool just three afternoons a week?

  • The position does not require a teaching degree and the hours are 11:30-4:00 M/W/F.
  • Work with another teacher and 8-12 children.
  • If you still want to be able to travel or take a few days off, that is no problem - we will find a sub.
  • Perfect for an empty -ester or someone whose children are old enough to be home from school on their own for a short while.
  • College students do not work well because their schedules change from semester to semester.
  • Contact Sara Wachter: [email protected]

What is the Duchesne Fund?

The Duchesne Fund supports day-to-day operations at our school not covered by tuition. Your support of this fund ensures our students continue to receive the best possible high school experience.

Questions? Contact Duchesne Fund Director Catherine Wieczorek A'09, at: [email protected]

Does your daughter need a lunch punch card?

Click here to purchase one!

Class News

Join a club! 

There are many ways to be involved and share your gifts at Duchesne. There are the very visible ways like athletics and theater, but there are many other options.

The first Thursday of every month the activity block is devoted to club time.

From archery to cooking, fashion to chess, there is something for everyone! Student ambassadors meet during this time and all freshmen participate in Peer Facilitation with older students as leaders.  

Many of our clubs also meet before school, after school and during lunch. Some clubs meet monthly, others weekly or biweekly.  

Students can choose from clubs like UNICEF, anime, board games, young meds, and many more.  

Club leaders communicate meeting times and activities through all school emails. Everyone is invited to belong to the many great clubs at Duchesne.

Fritaly 2023

For the first time since 2018 Duchesne is pleased to offer its student trip to France and Italy (aka, “Fritaly”). This is an incredible opportunity for students to explore some important places in the history of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Not only will students visit the beautiful cities of Rome, Siena, Florence, and Paris, but they will see Mater Admirabilis, spend a day in the hometown of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, and stay two nights at the Centre Sophie Barat, the birthplace of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat in Joigny, France.

Along the way, students will experience firsthand some of the finest art museums, architecture, history, culture, and cuisine that Europe has to offer. This trip is only open to current Duchesne freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and is limited to just 22 students.

To explore the itinerary and to register for the trip click here.

A deposit of $504 is due upon registration. If you have questions about the trip please contact Eric Krakowski at [email protected].



From Guidance Counselor Krissy Walsh

Mrs. Reinhart shared a podcast on adolescent mental health that I found to be interesting. It discusses what teens face in an era of unprecedented mental health issues. Your daughters are growing up in a world that looks very different than when you were in high school! It can feel overwhelming as parents, and Duchesne's counselors are here to help you if we can. Please contact Krissy Walsh ([email protected]) in the counseling department with questions or concerns. Mrs. Walsh coordinates Duchesne's school-based mental health program with Catholic Charities, and there are still a few openings. Take care of yourselves! 

College Counseling

Great opportunities to learn about the application process
  • Thursday, September 29
    • Admission to highly selective institutions is becoming more challenging every year.  We are excited to host an information presentation: “Selective College Admission: A Conversation with Boston College” at 7 PM in the Performing Arts Center. 
    • Registration is required and seating is limited. Click here for more information  
  • EducationQuest will host a series of virtual events this fall focused on financial aid and college planning 
  • Tuesday, October 4
    • Senior Parent College Planning: Paying for College
    • 7 PM Performing Arts Center
    • Directed to parents of seniors
    • More details to come
  • Wednesday, October 19
    • Demystifying College Admissions and Making your Search Fun
    • 7 PM Performing Arts Center
    • All grades are welcome 
    • More details to come

Campus Ministry

Upcoming Campus Ministry Events:

  • We need six thousand size 1 diapers! Senior service day is approaching and we need diapers for the over 500 layettes we make for Christ Child. (You can see a demo of what else goes in the bags here.) If you would like to help out, please bring a box (or several) to Portry to help out new moms and dads. 
  • Everyone is invited to participate in the new Campus Ministry JOY (Jesus, Other, You) opportunity. For the month of September, outside the cafeteria, there will be a competition to see which hymn reigns supreme… Think of it as a kind of canticle contest to determine some of the songs to include in upcoming liturgies. The first matches will be to rank/seed the songs, and then they will go head to head.  All the rules are posted on the board outside the cafeteria. Hope you join in the fun!
  • Campus Ministry wants to celebrate everyone’s baptism days! This is a school-wide initiative so that we can commemorate and celebrate together the journey of faith; one more way we hope to support a culture of personal and active faith in God.  Fill out this form and stop by Campus Ministry on your baptismal birthday (or ½ birthday).
  • 9/18-19: Freshman Retreat (5:00 pm-10:00 pm & 8:45am-3:15 pm)
  • 10/17: Junior Retreat
  • Ablaze Adoration: St. Margaret Mary on 9/23 at 7:00 pm; St. Vincent De Paul on 10/16 at 7:00 pm.

Goal One Spotlight

From Sarah Stratman, Computer Science Teacher

One of my favorite liturgical songs is “We are One Body.”  This song was written by Dana Scallon and was the official theme song of World Youth Day 1993, which was held in Denver, Colorado.  I was in Mile High Stadium when Dana debuted this song in front of Pope Saint John Paul II.  Every time I hear this song, I am taken back to the five days I spent in Denver surrounded by an estimated 500,000 young pilgrims from 70 different nations. The week was filled with friendship, prayer, joy, peace, love, and celebration and helped me experience what a personal relationship with God felt like.  To be surrounded by so many people singing and praising God, and yet still be able to feel the love God had for me as an individual was a transformative experience on my faith journey.  



Sophomore Parent Cocktail Party has been rescheduled


We understand that this Thursday 9/15 is a very busy evening for many families.

We will host the Sophomore Parent Cocktail party on a new date:

Thursday, December 1st 


Duchesne Parent Book Club Invitation

As one of our initiatives to build community and connection, the Duchesne Parent Association is facilitating a parent book club for the 2022-2023 school year, and we’d love to have you join us!
We plan to gather quarterly to read and share ideas of support for our daughters in their journey at Duchesne and beyond. Our first gathering is scheduled for next month. 

Wednesday, October 12th
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
at Duchesne
we will discuss:

Under Pressure-Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls
  by Lisa DaMour, Ph.D.

You can grab it from the library or purchase the book on Amazon in paperback for $17.
The author is the host of a really interesting, insightful podcast entitled, Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting.  You may want to listen to this episode, she engaged with the former dean of first-year students at Stanford, Julie Lythcott-Haims on "How to Raise an Adult."  In general, there are several episodes for raising children of all ages that you may find useful.  Additionally, here are some interesting food-for-thought questions from the author, that you may consider before we gather—this will serve as our conversation starter.
RSVP your attendance to Kelly Gering, [email protected], or call 402.968.8996 with questions.

Recruitment Events

Know of a middle school girl who would be a great Duchesne student? Make sure she knows about these fun events this fall! 

Heart for Art
Saturday, October 1, 2022
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Join Duchesne's art department faculty for a morning working with several different mediums. Students will be exposed to fine arts will also learn a short song and play on the drums! You will have fun learning new techniques, making new friends and creating in a supportive environment. Space is limited, sign up today! A $25 fee includes food, a t-shirt and works of art to take home!

Harvest Party for 8th Grade Girls
Friday, October 28, 2022
7:30-10:00 pm
Come celebrate fall on Duchesne's campus with hayrack rides, a photo booth, spooky tours of the school and of course, a caramel apple bar!  Please use the student parking lot (36th and California Street) for drop off and pick up and enter via the Performing Arts Entrance.  A $35 fee includes food, fun activities, prizes and a t-shirt!
Learn More & Sign Up!

School Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved in the Duchesne community! 

Congé is calling!

Here is a great opportunity to get involved with our annual fundraiser, CONGÉ!


Lunch Help Needed! 

Please consider volunteering in our cafeteria!  

Please consider volunteering in our cafeteria!  Duchesne only has one lunch period and we want all students to be able to enjoy their meal with friends. Our volunteers make this possible.  The last 3 weeks of September have MANY openings. Tuesdays and Thursdays are open!!! We would love to have you! 




Fine Arts

Macbeth like you've never seen it before

Duchesne’s production of “Macbeth” will be performed on the Fitz Patio at 7:30 pm on Oct. 6, 7, and 8.  We look forward to seeing all of you!

This production will be in a new, creative venue this year while the auditorium is under construction. We are transforming the space into a state-of-the-art theater. This work is part of Duchesne's A Bold Step Forward campaign. Click here to learn more!

Athletics Update

From Athletic Director Becky Slater-Johnson

Congratulations to the varsity and JV cross country teams who both placed third as a team in the Omaha Central Cross Country Invite on Saturday. The following individuals also had top 15 placements:


3rd Corinne Mansour

5th Maggie Lickteig


12th Josie Moore

13th Anne Cooper

The golf team placed 1st as a team with a score of 351 in the Plattsmouth Invite. The following individuals also medaled at the invite:

Whitney Dahir scored 82 and placed 1st

Isabelle Gutschewski scored 87 and placed 3rd

Ella Wright scored 81 and placed 6th

June Mullen scored 91 and placed 7th

Kate Kelley scored 92 and placed 9th

The varsity softball team continued their week with two more wins. They defeated Fort Calhoun 12-2 on Tuesday and defeated Mercy 1-0 on Wednesday. Their record is now 10-2 on the season. The JV team also competed against Mercy on Wednesday, but ultimately fell to the Monarchs with a score of 8-4. 

The freshman, JV, and varsity volleyball teams all competed against Roncalli Catholic High School on Thursday night. The freshman and varsity teams both won their matches, but JV fell to Roncalli in 3 sets. The freshman team won 2-0 and Varsity 3-0. The freshman team also participated in the Skutt Volleyball Tournament over the weekend. 


Upcoming Athletic Events:

Monday: Golf @ Duchesne Golf Invitational – The Knolls Golf Course (Tee times start at 9:00 am) /// Freshman Volleyball vs Gross Catholic High School @ Duchesne Academy 5:00 pm

Tuesday: no events (Softball games against Omaha Northwest were canceled)

Wednesday: Golf Triangular vs Ralston and Brownell-Talbot @ Miracle Hills Golf Course 3:00 pm

Thursday: Cross Country @ Blair High School Invitational – Blair High School, Varsity Girls 5:40pm, Reserve Girls 5:45pm /// Softball vs Elkhorn North @ Elkhorn North High School, JV 5:00pm, Varsity 6:30pm /// Volleyball vs Concordia High School @ Duchesne, Freshman 6:00pm, JV 7:00pm

Friday: Cheer and Dance are performing during the Mount Michael football game @ 7:00 pm. The game is at Mount Michael.

Saturday: Freshman Volleyball Tournament @ Omaha North High School, Game 1 @ 8:00 am vs Omaha South (additional game times TBD)

Sunday: no events

You can find the complete fall sports schedule here.


Get Ready for Trivia Night! 

Save the Date!

The Booster Club is once again proud to present Trivia Night for Cardinal families and fans! 

November 11
Duchesne Gym
This year's theme: Game Day!

Prizes will be awarded for team trivia winners and for the best team attire. Proceeds benefit Duchesne Booster Club, supporting Duchesne athletics.  Students welcome.

Watch Burt Street News for a registration link! 

About the Booster Club

The Booster Club raises funds and invests in the students, programs, and facilities that make up our school's robust athletics program. Duchesne's Athletic Department relies on the support of the Booster Club to financially support team and student bus transportation, equipment, technology, training camps, and weight room equipment – all of which are essential for our athletes. 

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Booster Club funded over $40,000 toward these investments. 

This support allows Duchesne to create successful programs and to continue the tradition of not charging participation fees for athletics.

Your support as a member, advertiser, or volunteer enables the school to make Duchesne Athletics the best it can be. Get involved today!

Go Cardinals!

Burt Street News is a weekly newsletter sent to parents, students, and faculty/staff with important notes about the upcoming week. BSN is published on Monday.