Burt Street News - September 19

In this issue
Happening at DASH
  • Important dates
  • Fun lunch this week
  • New transcripts
  • Open Preschool position
  • Duchesne Fund
Class News
  • Mount Michael Homecoming dance
  • Join a club!
  • Podcast on mental health
  • College Counseling 
    • Paying for college
    • Preparing to apply
Campus Ministry
  • Christ Child Society help
  • Help choose our Mass songs
  • Baptism days
  • Important dates:
    • Retreats
    • Adoration
    • Mater
  • Goal One Spotlight
  • Fun recruitment events!
  • A'25 parent cocktail party new date
  • Parent book club invitation
School Volunteer Opportunities
  • Congé needs creative parents!
  • Lunch help is needed!
Fine Arts
  • Macbeth rehearsals in Fitz
  • Week in review
  • Cardinal sports schedule
  • Trivia Night returns! 

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]

We are guided by the 5 Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Learn more about them here. 
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Happening at DASH


  • Monday, September 19 
    • Freshmen Retreat
  • Tuesday, September 20
    • Nest
  • Thursday, September 22
    • Homecoming theme announcement
  • Monday, Sept. 26 - Saturday, Sept. 30
    • Homecoming Week
  • Friday, September 30
    • Homecoming Dance
    • 8 -11 PM @ Duchesne Gym
    • Dress is casual 
    • Tickets: $5.00
Go Cardinals! We've posed athletics events in the Athletics section! 

Hispanic Culture Awareness Month - Fun Lunch! 

Thank you to El Rancho and the Estrada family for providing a fun lunch on Wednesday, September 21.  We are all looking forward to the amazing feast and are grateful to the Estradas for making it possible! 

Does your daughter need a lunch punch card?

Click here to purchase one!

Preservation and construction teams making progress

Our campus is bustling with activity this month. Students are back and settling into the routine of the new school year and workers are moving forward and making exciting improvements to our school. 

Chapel Preservation
Almost immediately after opening convocation in August, the pews were removed to make way for improved and extended seating. Contractors saved the decorative end caps and will add them to the new pews when they are reinstalled. We are currently sampling paint schemes before we select a final color palate. Our goal is to restore this holy space to the original design intent of its architect, the renowned Thomas Kimball. This includes repairing damaged plaster, improving lighting and audio systems, and highlighting design features that tell the story of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in America and Omaha. 

Auditorium Transformation
Work is moving quickly and progress is impossible to miss. The auditorium's floor and ceiling have been removed and crews have begun the process to transform the space into a modern theater. When complete, this space will feature tiered seating with better sightlines, improved lighting and audio systems, and an improved backstage area.
A Bold Step Forward is the most ambitious campaign in Duchesne's history. With this effort, we will preserve, improve, and expand our historic campus, make major investments in classroom technology, and increase our endowment to help secure the future of Sacred Heart education in Omaha. 

You can learn more about A Bold Step Forward by visiting: bold.duchesneacademy.org

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


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]

Class News

Mount Michael Homecoming Dance 

Mount Michael has invited Duchesne students to attend its Homecoming dance this Friday, September 24. All girls are welcome with or without a Mount Michael date. Cost to attend is $10. 

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.


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)
  • 10/3: Day of Adoration at Duchesne – parents/grandparents welcome! 9:00-2:30 p.m. Please signup HERE for a spot if you are interested.
  • 10/17: Junior Retreat
  • 10/18: Mater
  • 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 Tom Shih, Math Teacher

From a recent Bible study at Duchesne, I came across Paul’s 1st letter to the believers in Corinth. Paul wrote: “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” - 1 Corinthian 2:1-2

I always thought that I was not qualified to share the Gospel, even though I have believed the Good News for almost 40 years. But Paul seems to be saying that fancy words or impressive arguments are not required. The gospel is Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Perhaps I can quit hiding under the bushel. Perhaps I can be the bearer of glad tidings. Perhaps by being obedient, people will witness God through the power of the Holy Spirit.



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!

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.

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

Our cast and crew and rehearsing with great enthusiasm and are excited to welcome you to a performance of Macbeth like none other at Duchesne. 

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

***Fall Sports Senior Night will be held on Tuesday, October 4th between the JV and Varsity volleyball games.***

Congratulations to the varsity and JV cross country teams who both placed 2nd as a team in the Blair Invite on Thursday. The following individuals also had top 15 placements:


7th Corinne Mansour

13th Eva Wentz


5th Evelyn Jeffreys

11th Sophie Owens

12th Clara Galvan

The golf team placed 1st as a team at the Duchesne Invite. The following individuals also medaled at the invite:

1st June Mullen

2nd Isabelle Gutschewski

3rd Whitney Dahir

4th Kate Kelley

5th Martha Mullen

11th Ella Wright


The varsity softball team was back in action this week with one game. They ultimately fell to Elkhorn North 2-8.     

The freshman volleyball team lost to Gross Catholic’s reserve volleyball team on Monday. Both the JV and freshman volleyball teams also recorded losses against Concordia on Thursday. The freshman volleyball team placed 4th at the Omaha North Tournament over the weekend.


Upcoming Athletic Events:

Monday: Golf Invite @ Willow Lakes (9:00 a.m. shotgun start) /// Varsity Softball Triangular @ Bryan High School 4:00 p.m. vs Bryan, 5:30 p.m. vs Westside

Tuesday: Creighton Prep Cross Country Invite canceled! /// Golf Triangular vs Gretna and Plattsmouth @ Bay Hills Golf Course 4:00 p.m. /// Volleyball vs Platteview @ Duchesne, Freshman 5:00 p.m., JV 6:00 p.m., Varsity 7:00 p.m. /// The dance team will be performing during the varsity match.

Wednesday: Cross Country @ Mount Michael Benedictine Invitational – Mount Michael High School, JV Girls 2:30 p.m., Varsity Girls 3:00 p.m.

Thursday: Golf Invite @ Holmes Golf Course (8:30 a.m. shotgun start) /// Softball vs Gross Catholic @ Dill Softball Complex, JV 5:00 p.m., Varsity 6:30 p.m. /// Freshman and JV Volleyball @ Papillion-La Vista High School, Freshman 5:00 p.m., JV 6:00 p.m.

Friday: Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ Papillion-La Vista High School, vs Lincoln East 5:00 p.m., vs Westside 6:00 p.m. /// Cheer and Dance are performing during the Mount Michael football game @ 7:00 p.m. The game is at Mount Michael.

Saturday: JV Volleyball Tournament @ Elkhorn High School, vs Gretna 8:45 a.m. (additional game times TBD) /// Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ Papillion-La Vista High School (game times TBD) /// Varsity Softball Tournament @ Benson High School vs Lincoln High 10:45 a.m., vs Benson 12:30 p.m.

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.


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!