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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
I have been grateful to the many families who have joined me in calling their legislators through March to voice your support for House Bill 217, which would have improved state scholarship programs like the GOAL scholarship, which supports a number of HSP students. The bill had wide-ranging support among legislators, but was unfortunately defeated in a final vote in the Senate. We look ahead to next year's legislative session, when we'll continue to work to increase the cap on contributions to this worthwhile program.
Still, there are many, many good things to be happy about this spring, particularly here at Holy Spirit Prep. I want to congratulate six of our high school boys - Mason Anker, Deacon Broda, Daniel Grantham, Thomas Gras-Flynn, Gabe Hosier, and Connor McKittrick - on winning GISA's inaugural chess state championship. Chess has always been a passionate hobby of HSP's students, and it was remarkable to watch them assemble a championship team within just a month of the tournament. Congratulations!
This week, our Office of College Counseling released the final results of this year's college admissions season for our senior class. It is remarkable: 179 acceptances from 107 colleges and universities across the nation, including Ivy League institutions like Dartmouth and Cornell, Catholic universities like Georgetown and Notre Dame, highly selective colleges like Vanderbilt, UVA, and Wellesley, and research schools like Clemson, Georgia Tech, and UC Davis. Among the 38 seniors of this class, they have received over $3.5 million in scholarship offers, not including HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships. I am deeply proud of the Class of 2017, and the remarkable young men and women they have become. It is our goal in college admissions to find the right fit for each one of our students, and they certainly have their options open before them.
Read the full college update here
I would be remiss not to mention our sports successes this spring. I've just heard from Coach Bulak and Coach Cole that girls varsity tennis won their final match of the season this week to keep an undefeated record, 7-0. Our varsity track and field athletes just returned from a meet this weekend with 5 1st-place finishes, 4 2nd place finishes, and 2 3rd place finishes. Boys and girls varsity soccer both had impressive wins over the Fugee School this past week. Thank you to all the families from all campuses who came out to cheer on the Cougars last week.
This Friday, varsity soccer will take on Monsignor Donovan in the annual Pink Games, supporting Mercy Care of Atlanta. I invite you to come out to the games at the Upper School: girls start things off at 4:30pm, and boys at 6:00pm, after a presentation to representatives from Mercy Care. Performances of this year's spring musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will bookend the games, with a matinee at 1:30pm and an encore performance at 8:00pm. Come for one and stay for the other!
Finally, I hope to see you at the end of this month at our 21st annual Spring Gala on April 29. One of my favorite events this year, the Gala supports our faculty in several ways. This year's Gala will be hosted at the Mason Art Gallery. You can learn more about the Gala and how to buy tickets here.
Yours in service,
P.S. Save the date for what I believe will be an important Inspiratio event on campus. Catholic speaker Matt Fradd is one of the leading Catholic speakers on topics of chastity, and will host both student and parent sessions on the topic on Tuesday, May 2. More information will be available soon.
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See you at the Gala,
Rebecca Bernier and
If you want to make hotel reservations for the evening, we recommend staying at the Four Seasons in Midtown. HSP has a block reserved, but only until April 6 - so be sure to visit www.hspgala.org to reserve your room and purchase your tickets.
See you at the Gala,
Rebecca Bernier and
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors!
Dede and Adolph Casal
Kim and David Hanna
Sally and Frank Hanna
Leonardo da Vinci $10,000+
Lorin and Matthew Middelthon
Primus Builders, made possible by Denise and Erik Gunderson and Richard O’Connell
Patty and Bill Turpin
Sandi and Anthony Cabrera
Canonbury Homes, made possible by Carolyn and Neil Johnson
Rene and Heath Cunningham
Francesca Aguilar and Paul Hossain
Joann and Todd Jones
Erica and Chris Neligan
Kelly and Mike Angelo
Rebecca and Mark Bernier
Michelle and David Bertany
Brasfield & Gorrie
Stephanie and Jim Briles
Peggy and Pat Carroll
Coles Barton, LLP, made possible by Ann and Matt Coles
Kara and Michael DiPrima
Margrethe and Taylor Fredericks
Margaret and Arthur Grigorian
Homrich Berg, made possible by Tricia and Nicholas Mulcare
Claudia and Scott Jackson
MaryLynn and William Llop
Michele and Robert Kelly
Betsy and Andy McDowell
Natalie and Ryan Marshall
Twinker and Keith Mason
Lesley and Stephen Mooney
Meghan and Kyle Pietrantonio
Araceli Sanroman and Ulises Ramirez
Kim and Tyler Woolson
Lisa and Jerry Zurovchak
Fra Angelica $1,500+
Affairs to Remember Caterers
Darryl Wiseman Flowers
Dennis Dean, a catering company
Karen and Erik Johnston
Marylu and John Valek
PREVIEW: GALA AUCTION ITEMS
Talladega Tickets and Pit Passes
Four seats in one of Talladega Superspeedway's incredible Tower sections, high atop the front stretch to witness the fifth race in the playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - the Alabama 500. In addition to the great seats, you will get four pre-race pit pass upgrades that will allow your group access to the pit area Sunday morning to see all the preparations for the race - you can witness the red carpet entrance to the drivers meeting, see the cars up close, and then get up close to watch the drivers introductions before heading to your seat. The race is scheduled for October 15, 2017.
Dinner for 25 at Bocado
Located within Atlanta’s growing Westside dining scene, Bocado offers contemporary, eclectic American cuisine on a rotating seasonal menu. The winner will enjoy a 4-course dinner paired with classic wines in Bocado’s private dining room for 25 guests. Donated by HSP parent and restaurant owner Brian Lewis.
Yacht Trip of a Lifetime
Enjoy a 5-6 day Caribbean adventure on the crewed, luxury motor yacht, Stella Mar. This 72-foot yacht has accommodations for 6 with three cabins including a Master Stateroom with vanity, large master bath, and walk-in closet; VIP Stateroom with Queen bed; and a Twin Stateroom (2 beds), each with their own bath. Your trip will be professionally crewed by the Captain and a chef. You will depart from the Stella Mar’s St. Martin berth. With gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. William Werkheiser.
We are drawing to the close of college admissions season, and wanted to update you on the remarkable achievements of the senior Class of 2017.
The 38 students of the Class of 2017 have received 179 acceptances from 107 colleges and universities across 44 states. Our students have again proven competitive across all types of universities: our student have been accepted into Ivy League universities, Catholic colleges, small liberal arts colleges, as well as large research public universities.
The Class of 2017's College Acceptances
Agnes Scott College
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Arizona State University
Ave Maria University
Belmont Abbey College
Birmingham Southern College
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
Catholic University of America
College of Charleston
University of Chicago
Columbia College Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Dallas
University of Denver
University of Evansville
Florida State University
Franciscan University of Steubenville
George Mason University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
High Point University
Holy Cross College
College of the Holy Cross
Kennesaw State University
University of Kentucky
Louisiana State University
University of Louisville
Loyola University of Maryland
Loyola University of New Orleans
University of Mary
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
Mount St. Mary's University
North Carolina A&T University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Georgia
Northeast Catholic College
University of Notre Dame
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University
Queens University of Charlotte
University of Redlands
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Roger Williams University
Saint Joseph's College-IN
Saint Louis University
University of San Francisco
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
Thomas Aquinas College
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
University of West Georgia
Western Carolina University
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Xavier University of Louisiana
Young Harris College
Ivy League Options
Natalie Casal and Cat Sanchez both have Ivy League destinations in their list of college options. Natalie is weighing admission offers from Dartmouth and Notre Dame against compelling full-scholarship options at Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Washington and Lee. Cat Sanchez was admitted to Cornell, but the big question on her mind is “where will my horse go?” She’s considering Cornell along with Emory, George Washington, Georgia Tech, and University of Miami.
Acceptances from twenty-three Catholic colleges and universities arrived from across the country for our seniors. Holy Spirit Prep fared exceptionally well with University of Notre Dame, garnering 3 early action acceptances out of the six students that applied. Holy Spirit Prep hosted its second annual Catholic College Fair in March, greeting representatives from 29 colleges and universities. The distinguished list of colleges included Georgetown, Notre Dame, Villanova, Thomas Aquinas College, Gonzaga University, Boston College and Catholic University of America and many others. Students were provided the opportunity to inquire facts and ask admission questions from the college representatives. This event proved to be a positive community building activity which provided great exposure to the Catholic colleges that joined us.
The class of 2017 has earned over $3.5 million in scholarship awards, to date, not including HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships. Eleven individual seniors received scholarship offers over $100,000. Our distinguished seniors have been offered full academic scholarships to outstanding universities including George Washington University, Wake Forest University, Vanderbilt University, and Washington & Lee to name a few.
This class also produced a semifinalist for the Coca-Cola Scholarship Program, an Atlanta's InTown 20 under 20 Honoree, and Governor's Honors Program participants. This class is a very talented, academically-driven class, taking a total of 81 AP exams in May which increases the potential for college credit tremendously.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School has won the inaugural State Chess Championship sponsored by the Georgia Independent School Association. The tournament, hosted on Thursday, March 23, at Marist School in Atlanta, pitted six varsity chess teams against each other in six rounds of individual chess matches: including 1st-place Holy Spirit Prep, runner-up Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 3rd place Trinity Christian, and Marist School.
Holy Spirit Prep claimed the inaugural championship after earning the most points in six rounds of chess games. One point was awarded for each individual win; ½ point was awarded for a draw, and 0 points were awarded for a loss. Each competitor’s points were added to their team’s collective score to determine the final winner, Holy Spirit Prep.
“People don’t understand the stress of a chess competition. It’s the same stress that any athlete feels, but it’s mental,” said competitor Daniel Grantham. Daniel was one of two student organizers of HSP’s chess team. After learning about the competition from his teacher, Mr. Chris Oppermann, Daniel and friend Gabe Hosier assembles a team from their friends, playing chess for practice before school, during lunch, and after school.
“I just have a love for the game,” Gabe said about his victory. “As a team, we only trained for a month, but I’ve been playing for a long as I can remember.” Gabe claimed a 2nd place trophy for Holy Spirit Prep in the individual competition winning 4.5 points and a 4-1-1 record - shy of Cristo Rey’s champion, who picked up a flawless 6 wins during the tournament.
For a time, the team didn’t know how close they were to victory. Competitor Mason Anker reports that his match against a Cristo Rey player was the final game in the final round. “We had all 40 or 50 competitors in a circle around us watching: it was very stressful,” Mason said. Mason did not know during the game that whoever won his game would be the ultimate champion of the tournament. “I was so happy,” he said. “I knew I had to win the game, but I had no idea it was the difference between first and second place.”
HSP’s varsity team plans to coach their middle school players, preparing for a GISA middle school chess tournament on April 20.
Registration for HSP summer camps is now open! Register before May 1 - that's the evaluation deadline. After May 1, underenrolled camps may be cancelled. Some camps will remain open for registration after May 1.
This year's summer camps include:
Challenger Sports British Soccer
Early Reading Strategies/Exploratory Learning
Playball Tennis and Basketball
Science and Nature
5th and 6th Grade Summer Reading
A+ Tennis' Obstacle Course
A+ Tennis' Summer Roundup
Book Scootin' on the Farm
Carnival of the Animals/ A Classical Christian Music
Challenge Island's Emoji
Challenge Island's Superhero
Challenger Sports British Soccer
Championship Chess K-6
Early Reading Strategies/Exploratory Learning
Electrified and Robofied
Gear Up for the New Year
Cougar Youth Football
Learning to Type
Little Cougar Cheerleading
Make It, Bake It and Create It
Metro Music Makers: Summer Songwriting
Metro Music Makers: Theatre Training
Minecraft and Architectural Design
Minecrafting Programming and Logic!
Nexplore- Spreading the Joy of Learning
Reading is Fun
Sew Fun Studios' A Day at the Beach
Sew Fun Studios' Cupcake Fashion Design
Championship Chess Advanced
College Application Essay Workshop
Cougar Youth Football
Congratulations to our 10th grade class, who have prepared all year and received their final sacrament of initiation into the Church, Confirmation! Archbishop Wilton Gregory presided over the Confirmation Mass, along with Monsignor Dillon, Fr. Juan, Fr. Brian Hoelzen, Fr. Brian Baker, and Deacon Bill McCarthy.
As usual at a Holy Spirit Prep Confirmation, there were a number of teachers and alumni among this year's sponsors. Seven of the thirty-six students being Confirmed asked teachers to sponsor them in Confirmation, including Miles Wallace, who asked his geography teacher Dr. Deen.
"As a teacher, my goal is to have a rapport with every student," said Dr. Deen. "That sense of connection is vital for how we operate here."
Latin teacher Mr. Jalbert joined the Church less than a year ago himself, but was surprised and honored to be sponsor to Watson Casal. "He and I have a similar worldview, and similar interests. He reminds me of a younger me sometimes," Mr. Jalbert said. "It was astonishing [to see Watson confirmed]. I take these matters of the faith very seriously, and it was quite affirming of what I'm doing as teacher."
Ms. Faraj taught Anna Neligan Latin in 8th grade, and Anna still comes by her classroom regularly during lunch. "We both share a devotion to the saints, a love of animals - and, of course, a love for Latin," Ms. Faraj said. Ms. Faraj was sponsoring another student last year, David Sullivan, and mentioned it to Anna. "'I'll have you next year as my sponsor!' - that's what she said, and so she asked me a year ahead of time," Ms. Faraj recalled.
Seeing the students you work so hard to teach can be a moving experience. "It was beautiful, but strong," Ms. Faraj said of the moment Anna was confirmed. "It was like she was being given armor."
Anna agreed about the beauty of the experience, "I really felt an inner sense of holiness. And now I feel more religious."
This year's Confirmandi include:
Angel Casillas, Jr.
Scott Jackson, Jr.
Mary Palmer Mason
John Michael Torres
Two juniors have earned the rank of Eagle Scout this year. Kyle Bannon and Charlie Ryan both completed Eagle Scout projects as part of their progression to the final rank of the Boy Scouts.
Kyle built fence line along the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park trails for his Eagle Scout project, preserving them from erosion and vegetation creep.
"If you're going to become an Eagle Scout," said Kyle, "you can't just put your mind into it. You have to put your heart into it, too."
Charlie also accomplished an environmental preservation project on the way to his Eagle Scout, building three roosts that will protect 9,000 brown bats and help control local insect populations.
In addition to their project, the young men had to earn 21 merit badges, 14 of which are specific to Eagle Scouts. The two also had to serve in leadership positions within the Scouts for at least six months.
"I learned a good leader has to be willing to do what they ask others to do," Kyle said
The prayer intentions below have been compiled by the volunteers of Connections for Women and Cougars Care. Please consider adding the following intentions to your prayers:
For the complete recovery of Fr. John Fallon, a resident of the rectory of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, who had cardiac bypass surgery on 3/28/17.
For the complete recovery of Linda Triggs, mother of Heather, who is recovering from her second surgery for a broken ankle.
For the repose of the soul of Van Johnson, a personal friend of Debora Brown, who passed away last week.
For the complete recovery of Linda Triggs, mother of Heather, who is having her second surgery for a broken ankle on 3/24/17.
For the repose of the soul of Charles Adibe, paternal uncle of Chika (’09), Nneka (’12) and Emeka (’10) Adibe, who passed away last week.
For the complete recovery of James Kuzel, maternal grandfather of Tommy (’20) and Jimmy (’24) Carroll, who had knee replacement surgery on 3/22/17.
For the complete recovery of Edward L. Pisani Jr, uncle of Gianna ('28) and Lucy ('30) who is hospitalized with kidney related issues
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Prizes include free summer camps and two tickets to the Spring Gala!
Thursday, April 6
Friday, April 7
8:00pm NEW TIME!
Saturday, April 8
Location: Upper School Gym
Admission: $10 at the door
Doors open 30 minutes prior to show.
It's the annual Spring Musical, presented by the Upper School Performing Arts department! Bring the whole family for this fun, high-energy show appropriate for all audiences! Run time: 90 minutes.
Friday's show will be held in conjunction with the Pink Games supporting St. Joseph Mercy Care! Come to the show, then stick around to watch Cougar soccer take on Monsignor Donovan.
HSP's Inspiratio parent education series presents Matt Fradd, Catholic apologist, speaker and author of books including Pints with Aquinas and Restored: True Stories of Love and Trust After Porn. Matt is one of today's Catholic leaders in presenting sensitive topics related to chastity and pornography, and will be bringing his expertise to address these topics in two sessions, one with HSP high school students during the school day, and an address for parents in the evening.
Preschool, Lower School, and Upper School PVAs are banding together for a fundraiser!
We need yummy desserts - cookies, cupcakes, breads, cake slices, etc! Donated baked goods can be dropped off at the Pope Room in McDonough Hall (circular room in the corner of McDonough Hall) anytime Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7. Please label items to say what they are and especially note any gluten-free/nut-free goods, or goods that have nuts. Goodies will be sold during the Fish Fry and any leftovers will be sold at the soccer Pink Games that evening!
Volunteer! We need Volunteers (adults or Upper School students) for set-up and sale in McDonough Hall from 4:00-6:30 on April 7. We're also looking for Upper School Students to sell baked goods during the Pink Games. YOU WILL RECEIVE SERVICE HOURS! Contact Mrs. Rebecca Bernier: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a heart-wrenching loss to Trinity Sharpsburg following extra time and penalty kicks, the Varsity girls picked themselves up this week and came back to beat The Fugees School with a score of 5-0. Coach Radosta and Coach Muñoz were happy with the improvement. The HSP Lady Cougars played a home Region game against Atlanta Girls School on Tuesday at 4:30. While holding possession for quite a bit of the game, the Lady Cougars tucked away three goals by Allie Bertany, Mikayla Brown, and Emma Jones to secure a 3-0 victory. The girls are currently ranked in 2nd place in the Region.
The Pink Games
On Friday afternoon, please join us for the Annual St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Pink Game against Monsignor Donovan at 4:30 (girls) and 6:00 (boys). In keeping with tradition, the HSP Lady Cougars will have dinner with the Mon Don players following the game and then head back to the field to watch the boys’ game.
Congratulations to varsity girls tennis, who wrapped up their regular season with a victory over Atlanta Girls School 3-2 Tuesday to end the regular season undefeated! Sabina Grigorian, Nelson Tyer Jones, and Addison Palmer all secured solid wins to carry the day. The team's wins include:
Girls Overall Record - 6-0
Mill Springs - W - 5-0
Trinity - W - 3-2
Heritage - W - 3-2
Dominion - W - 5-0
Bethlehem - W - 3-2
William Reed - W - 3-2
Boys' tennis ends with a stout record of 4-2 with losses to Bethlehem (4-1) and William & Reed (5-0). Their record includes:
Boys Overall Record - 4-2
Mill Springs - W - 3-2
Trinity - W - 5-0
Heritage - W - 3-2
Dominion - W - 5-0
Bethlehem - L - 1-4
William Reed - L - 0-5
Congratulations to varsity track and field, who take a slew of first place finishes at a meet at Galloway School this weekend.
Teresa Dominguez won 1st place in the high school 100m hurdles, 1st place in the 300m hurdles, and 3rd place in the long jump.
Julia Del Bosque won 1st place in the high school 3200m and 2nd in the 1600m.
Olivia Jones won 1st place in the middle school 100m hurdles and 2nd in the 200m.
William Schulman won 1st place in the middle school 110m hurdles and 3rd in the shot put.
Andrew Churchill won 2nd place in both the middle school 1600m and 3200m.
The Preschool's 2nd Mass of the school year is next week, Wednesday, April 12. Join us for coffee in McDonough Hall starting at 8:30am, then meet us in St. Mary's Chapel at 10:00am.
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Garden Club with Blue Heron Nature Preserve
from April 3rd- May 22nd
No registration or fee required.
The garden club will be a weekly after school club focused on maintaining the school pollinator and vegetable garden. Students will learn how to care for a garden, complete related art projects, and participate in periodical "garden parties" using what they have grown in the garden!
Additional programming will include pollinator observation and earth science exploration. Come play in the dirt with us!
It’s the time of year again for standardized testing! Testing is scheduled for April 19-26, from 8:15-11:00 each day. All students in Grades K-6 will take the Iowa Assessments. In addition to the Iowa Assessments, students in Grades 2, 4, and 6 will take the newly revised CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), also. Both the CogAT and Iowa Assessments are norm-referenced tests. The Iowa Assessments measures students' achievement and provides a comprehensive assessment of student progress in major content areas. The CogAT measures students' thinking ability and will assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols.
Also, all 5th grade students will be administered the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE for students). The ACRE assessment is an integrated approach to faith knowledge assessment for knowing and living Catholic faith. NCEA ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of catechetical / religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes. As an integrated assessment tool, NCEA ACRE provides faith knowledge questions (cognitive domain) and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions (affective domain). As a multilevel, age appropriate tool, NCEA ACRE is used in grade 5 (Level 1); grade 8 (Level 2); and grade 12 (Level 3) at HSP.
You will receive the results in mid-June via Portal Plus. I’ll alert you when the reports have been posted. Please remember that standardized test results are not necessarily the most appropriate means of evaluating a child’s need to be placed at a particular grade level. The test results are, however, a critical tool in assessing the extent to which our students are acquiring the educational background and skills that will enable them to succeed in their future studies. The tests are also an excellent means of identifying areas of relative strengths and weaknesses in the performances of student groups, which can alert us to the need for curriculum and instructional changes.In addition, we will be able to take an “external” look at the performance of our students, independent of our school’s existing measurements of student learning and academic achievement. Both tests give great information on how students learn and think.
Before testing, the teachers will inform their students as to the importance and purpose of standardized testing, the value of pacing oneself during the test, and what to do if unaware of the answer to a specific question. Teachers have also decided to reduce the homework load during this week. Below, I have also included some helpful hints that might aid you in helping prepare the students for the testing week:
Because there is a break between sub-tests each day, students are allowed to bring and eat a healthy snack during this time. If you think your child might need a snack to help renew much-needed energy before the next testing section, I recommend that students bring water and nutritional snacks such as: cut or whole fruits, high protein, high fiber cereal in a baggy, dried fruit, cheese, string cheese, whole-grain crackers, cut or whole vegetables, etc.
I hope that you will not hesitate to call me at (404) 255-0900, ext. 113, with any questions or concerns that you might have regarding the above.
Lower School Director of Student Success
A new event at HSP this year in partnership with our new school photographer, Cady Studios: each student will take a series of personality portraits with a professional Cady Studios photographer.
These fun, casual photos, are designed to capture your student's unique personality! This day is scheduled as a dress-down day. Send your students in dress-down (or dress-up!) attire you'd like to see them photographed in!
From Cady: How to look your best on picture day.
No pre-ordering with spring portraits: proofs will be sent home within about two weeks of the shoot.
As we approach the holiest days of the Church year in which we commemorate the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, the 6th grade class will lead a Living Stations of the Cross for the rest of the Lower School grades. Parents, please come and join in this moving moment of prayer, held in the Lower School courtyard before school lets out for the rest of Holy Week and Easter. Here is the schedule of class rotations:
8:55-9:20, 2nd grade
9:20-9:55, 4th grade
10:05-10:30, 5th grade
10:30-10:55, 3rd grade
10:55-11:20, 1st grade and K/Pre-1st
This past Thursday, the sound of nail guns, hammers, and saws filled the crisp Kentucky morning air. Twenty five men from Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis and five HSP parents (Pete Radosta, Dave Labbé, Dave Rosenzweig, Neil Johnson, and Ed Sanchez) along with Father Juan Hernandez arrived in Whitley City, Kentucky to begin building a new house for the Renfro family.
Stoney and Ambra Renfro have four children of their own and recently assumed guardianship of four younger nieces and nephews. Upon seeing their dilapidated, unsafe old trailer, St. Joseph’s Cohort (HSP) partnered with St. Mary’s Outreach (Chicago) to construct a new house for the Renfro family. The HSP family contributed just over $11K towards the project and on Thursday morning, the volunteer workers arrived to see a 54’ x 26’ floor plate and several stacks of lumber. In three days’ time, the thirty men who bonded through manual labor, meals,daily Mass, and fireside conversation, built a house together. By Saturday afternoon, the interior and exterior walls were up, the tin roof was on, the exterior doors were hung, three of the four walls were Tyveked and sided, and most of the electrical wiring was run. The kids kept us working through heat, rain, and cold – as they got off the big yellow school bus on Friday, they ran across the front yard, squealing, “Our house has a roof!! This is the best day ever!!” How could we ever stop?
When the SJC students arrive in June to work on the house, they will complete the front porch and siding, hang cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen, install all of the interior molding, paint the interior rooms, and build a playfort and swing set for the kids. We also have a few secret special projects we will work on for the Renfro kids. The ultimate goal is to have the family in the house and the old trailer towed away before school starts in August. With God and Father Juan on our side, we think we’ll be fine.
Previously on the master calendar, current 7th-graders were to be administered the IOWA Standardized Assessment on April 19–April 21. In light of our Spring Break schedule and late start on 4/21, please know that we have moved these standardized assessment dates to April 24– April 26 from 8:00am-11:00am. The Upper School will communicate more information regarding these assessments as the test date approaches, but do please update your calendars.
About the Iowa Tests
All students in 7th grade will take the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Assessments measures students' achievement and provides a comprehensive assessment of student progress in major content areas.
You will receive the Iowa Assessment results in mid-June via Plus Portal. We will alert you when the reports have been posted. Please remember that standardized test results are not necessarily the most appropriate means of evaluating a child’s need to be placed at a particular level. The test results are, however, a critical tool in assessing the extent to which our students are acquiring the educational background and skills that will enable them to succeed in their future studies. The tests are also an excellent means of identifying areas of relative strengths and weaknesses in the performances of student groups, which can alert us to the need for curriculum and instructional changes. In addition, we will be able to take an “external” look at the performance of our students, independent of our school’s existing measurements of student learning and academic achievement. Both tests give great information on how students learn and think.
Before testing, the teachers will inform their students as to the importance and purpose of standardized testing, the value of pacing oneself during the test, and what to do if unaware of the answer to a specific question. Below, we have also included some helpful hints that might aid you in helping prepare the students for the testing days:
Because there is a break between subtests each day, students are allowed to bring and eat a healthy snack during this time. Also, students need to bring 2 #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils) and an eraser.
Graduating Senior Mass
On Sunday, April 30, Holy Spirit will observe Senior Sunday at the 11:30am Mass. This Mass has been designated to honor seniors who are graduating this year from high school. All seniors and their parents will be recognized during Mass.The parish will host a reception immediately following the Mass at 12:30 pm in McDonough Hall. All graduating seniors and their extended families are invited to attend. Please RSVP online or contact Jonathan Eubanks for more information.
From April 21-23, the Legionaries of Christ will be putting on a Viking-themed weekend camp for boys grades 5-8 at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, GA. This camp is an incredible opportunity for your sons to grow in virtue and have fun while they're doing it. Fr. Juan will be there along with Fr Brian Hoelzen and two missionaries, Franz Hurd and Joseph Rice (who volunteer at the Upper School). Click the flyer below to sign up.
If you have any questions feel free to email Joseph Rice at email@example.com.