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On Wednesday, September 17, Inspiratio presents Dr. Bill Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College, and “Less Than A Minute To Go: The Secret To World-Class Performance in Sport, Arts, Business and Everyday Life.”
What does the top athletic performance of professional athletes have to do with peak performance at work and in daily for the rest of us? Likely more than you think. Based upon his bestselling book, Dr. Bill Thierfelder shares the secrets of holistic success that he has used to coach professional, Olympic, and college athletes for years, and how those principles can apply in everyday life.
The event begins with wine and refreshments at 6:30pm in McDonough Hall. Admission is free; all are welcome.
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On October 29-31, in the Upper School auditorium, Holy Spirit Prep will present three performances of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.
When cleaning out your closets, consider donating your items to the HSP Theater Department! Your donations will be used for props, costumes, even garment bags! Current needs include:
The Importance of Being Earnest is set in the Victorian era, so items from this period are especially welcome! Donations may be dropped off on the stage and marked “theater”.
Wednesday, September 17, 10am
in McDonough Hall,
The Cultural Arts Committee will host Celtic Fire, Presented by Young Audiences of Atlanta
This day will also be a diaper drive for the Solidarity Mission, a charitable mission that HSP sponsors. Please bring a pack of diapers to donate! All types are needed.
Your children are invited to wear their HSP Spirit Shirts to the event. Our 2-day PreK-2’s are invited to attend the event with parent or guardian supervision.
Look forward to seeing you at this fun and educational HSP tradition!
Every year, HSP's 3rd grade visits the year throughout the year for Book Buddies, a special time of reading with 3rd-graders and their assigned Pre-K partners. The 3rd grade will visit the preschool for this year's first visit next Friday, September 12.
The Preschool partners with a variety of organizations to provide fun, engaging after-school enrichment activities. The following activities are available this fall semester. Please click the links below to access information and registration forms for each activity.
Creative Movement and Dance
Little Cougar Soccer (Saturday)
Mr. Greg's Musical Madness
Tony Young Karate
After-School Activities Schedule
This week, Mr. Schultz is hosting his series of parent coffees, and would love for you to join him. These coffees are an opportunity for parents to meet our new Lower School principal, each other, and for you to share your perspectives on HSP with Mr. Schultz. If you'd like, you can join Mr. Schultz for Mass at 8:15am with your student's class, then enjoy some coffee and conversation in the media center starting around 9am.
August 25 1st grade
August 26 Kindergarten/pre-1st
August 27 6th Grade
August 28 5th Grade
August 29 4th Grade
September 2 3rd Grade
September 3 2nd Grade
As one step in an ongoing process to enhance the security of our campuses, the Lower School has installed a new fence along the front drive of the school between the Main and Intermediate Buildings. The new fence is designed to hinder public access to the Lower School courtyard and direct all visitors to the main office, where they need to sign in upon arrival.
As with all holiday weekends, ESP will not be in session this Friday afternoon, August 29th. Please make arrangements to have your ESP students picked up at our regular dismissal at 3:05pm.
Registration is now open for select after-school clubs and classes, including karate, tennis, chess, Mandarin lessons, and creative movement. For more information and to register, please open the PDFs below.
Mandarin | about the instructor
Creative Movement and Dance
radKIDS self-defense and safety
Click to RSVP!
HSP's newest apostolate, the Bridge Apostolate, brings together HSP students of all ages, inspiring good character and noble leadership in Upper School students to lead Lower School students through leadership formation, activities, and apostolic projects throughout the year.
For information about joining the apostolate, please contact its faculty advisers, Ale Aguirre, firstname.lastname@example.org, at the Lower School and Thomas Clements, email@example.com, at the Upper School.
Meetings will be held once a month at the Lower School from 4-6. The planned meeting dates, usually the last Wednesday of the month, are:
If you are interested in joining HSP's Navy-affiliated Sea Cadets program, which accepts students ages 10 and older, please contact LTJG Shirley Ward at NATCSquadron@holyspiritprep.org.
Sea Cadets meet two Saturdays a month at the Upper School for drill exercises. The announced dates for drills are:
September: 6, 29 (this is a Monday)
October: 4, 18
November: 1, 15
December: 6, 13
January: 10, 17
February: 7, 21
March: 14, 21
April: 18, 25
May: 16 ,23
Today, Wednesday, August 27th, is the absolute last day to turn in completed Drop/Add Request forms to Ms. Little in Commons Building Room 221. If you drop a class after Wednesday, August 27th, it will remain on your official transcript. Please remember that if you are requesting to add an Accelerated or Advanced Placement (AP) course, then you must obtain a recommendation form from the Department Chair. Need a copy of the drop/add request form? Download it here or get one from outside Ms. Little's office.
Join LifeTeen and EDGE on Sunday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall for dinner and a presentation by Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. Sr. Miriam is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and graduated from the University of Nevada on a volleyball scholarship and, in a moment of radical conversion, heard Jesus call her to devote her life to Him by becoming a religious sister. She speaks often to young adults on the theology of the body, healing in Jesus, pop culture and beauty, and the transforming power of authentic love. Through engaging media, personal stories, and the beauty of Church teaching, Sister Miriam strives to bring the power of God’s love to life in the hearts of those to whom she speaks. If you want to eat, make sure to RSVP online by Thursday, September 4th. For more information, contact Kristina Wilhelm at 404-252-4513 x217.
This past Saturday, August 23rd, members of HSP's Pro-Life Apostolate met to complete the good work of HOPE: Help and Offerings for Prisoners Exiting. The group filled the backpacks collected at last semester's House Day with a Catholic Bible, collared shirts, toiletry items, and a list of metro Atlanta Catholic resources. Our school chaplains, Father Thomas and Father Juan, led the Pro-Life group in prayer over the backpacks, which will be distributed this week to men exiting from the Clayton County Transitional Center.
Upper School students will have additional planning meetings to plan the meetings listed above. Planning meetings will usually be held a week prior to the meetings above:
If you are interested in joining HSP's Navy-affiliated Sea Cadets program, please contact LTJG Shirley Ward at NATCSquadron@holyspiritprep.org.
Holy Spirit Prep was proud this week to show off its new look for HSP sports and spirit: a reimagining of our athletics identity that more closely expresses our identity as a Catholic, classically-inspired school and refreshes it for a new phase in HSP athletics, starting with a return to competition in the Georgia Independent School Association.
Holy Spirit Prep’s Head of School, Kyle Pietrantonio, said, “This process began out of attempt to make our sports uniforms more uniform. We had a variety of uniforms depending on the season, on the field and on the court. And we wanted our athletics to convey our values as an institutions.”
To develop the new design, HSP parterned with John Hartwell of Hartwell StudioWorks, a studio dedicated to sports brand marketing for professional, collegiate, and secondary institutions to develop the artwork. HSP challenged John to express HSP’s identity as a Catholic, classically-inspired institution while retaining the traditional hallmarks of our athletics: namely, the Cougar mascot.
“We debated whether this was an opportunity to move away from the Cougar as our mascot,” said Pietrantonio, “but it’s become entrenched in the identity of the school as the mascot, in our war cries and in our songs.”
In looking to make the logos more closely reflect HSP's Catholic, classical identity - while still retaining our traditional identity as the Cougars - John turned to traditional Catholic and classical icons: stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, Lombardic lettering, and church architecture.
What emerged from John's research is a fresh take on HSP's traditional athletic marks - the Cougar, coupled with the school's name - along with several new marks, including a new spirit shield. The shield has already been taken up as a badge of honor in HSP sports: you can see it on the back of football helmets this season as a sign of accomplishments achieved on and off the field - like UGA's dog bones or Clemson's paw decals.
From this point on, these images will replace our old Cougar images. A new line of merchandise and apparel will soon be available. If you haven't yet received a car magnet or bumper decal bearing the new logos, check in with your campus office!
This year's varsity Cougar football team was vindicated at the team's season-opener: the Cougars defeated the North Georgia Falcons 18-8, a triumph after suffering a defeat to the Falcons last year, 7-34. This marks the last game the Cougars play against teams in the Glory for Christ league before entering into play in the Georgia Independent School Association. The months of conditioning the team has undertaken was evident as the Falcons faded during the 4th quarter, while the Cougars never took their foot off the pedal. The Cougars ran for 217 yards, an average of 4.5 yards per carry.
The team now faces daunting challenges headed into GISA play but, given their first game, is clearly up for the challenge.
The night's MVPs include:
Overall Player of Game: Drew Vincent
Offensive Player of Game: Ryan Durham
Defensive Player of Game: Taylor Hazen
Thanks go out to:
*Page Sullivan and Dr. David Schulman for manning the concession stand. Many people on the football committee rallied to purchase and haul in items in for us including:
* Karyn Vickery and Cindy Whelan for manning the ticket tables
* Walter Bell, Steve Mocarski, and Vern Vincent, chain gang
* Billy King, announcer and "the voice" of Cougar Football
* Kevin Whelan, video
* Lynne Hosier and the Jeff Grantham family, trash pick-up
* Ken, Rhonda, and Marly Hazen, programs
* Father Jason Brookes for offering his Mass that day to the boys and their safety
* William Schulman, ball boy
The schedules of games are now online for for JV and varsity cross country, football, and volleyball. They can be found at our Team Schedules page at HolySpiritPrep.org.
For a calendar of all athletic events in a given week, you can always consult the online calendar at HolySpiritPrep.org. Make sure the Athletics category is checked and any categories you don't want to see are unchecked.
Holy Spirit College is offering a "Basic Catechetical Certification Course" this fall for new catechists and adults who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Designed in partnership with the Archdiocese of Atlanta to meet certification guidelines, this course offers catechists an in-depth look at the Catholic faith in order to prepare them better for their role as teachers of religious education to children (pre-K through 8th grade). A new cycle of classes will be offered on Saturday mornings (Cycle A) from 9:00am - 11:00am beginning on September 6 and on Wednesday evenings (Cycle B) from 7:00pm - 9:00pm beginning on October 8. Participants may take classes from either cycle as long as they attend all ten session.
Instructors include clergy from Holy Spirit Catholic Church and theology teachers from Holy Spirit Prep. The cost is $85 or only $35 if you volunteer with Holy Spirit’s religious education program! For more details about class times or to enroll, please visit the college’s website: www.holyspiritcollege.org or contact Kim Schulman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God’s Plan For You: St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians
A Life Application Bible Study for all women of the diocese
Proclaim My Word is offering a 7 week study at Holy Spirit Church in McDonough Hall. The study is written and presented by Keri Allen. There is no charge for attendance or for the materials. Homework is optional. Proclaim My Word Ministry accepts free will offerings to help fund the programs. The study will begin on October 9, meeting on Thursday mornings from 9:45am to 11:30am through November 20.
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians outlines God’s plan of salvation for us and how we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing through His Son Jesus Christ. Paul explains that you were chosen by God before the foundation of the world and that He has a purpose for each of us. Ephesians will lift your spirit and challenge you to determine if you are living God’s plan for your life and will help you answer the question, “How do you live His promise of Salvation?” To register and see the weekly schedule go to www.proclaimmyword.org. For online registration, click on “Register.” For questions or to register, you may e-mail email@example.com or call 404-281-5741.