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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
Welcome back from spring break! I hope it was restful, and that you were able to spend some quality time with your children. We took the opportunity over the break to make some improvements to our campuses. We installed a new HVAC system in the Lower School's intermediate building. Just in time for soccer season, we rebuilt the path from the Upper School quad to the track and soccer field. Staircases are now terraced down the trail through the woods, preserving the outdoor classroom the Class of 2015 built for us last year. Finally, we are finishing a re-grading of the baseball field. Our baseball team has seen enormous successes in its last two years, and this grading will allow us to host league tournaments on campus. Our students deserve the best, and we continually seek opportunities like these to improve their experience on campus. I hope to see you this spring at one of the games!
Speaking of inviting people to campus, Holy Spirit Prep will host its inaugural Catholic College Fair this Thursday, March 10. If you are wondering about the range of Catholic options for your student once they graduate the Upper School, I personally invite you to come to the fair. We have invited representatives from Catholic colleges and universities across the nation to the fair, and over twenty institutions of higher learning will be present to meet families interested in continuing their student's Catholic formation. The event is open to students across the archdiocese.
As part of Inspiratio, we have regularly invited speakers to campus to address technology and family relationships. This April, I'm delighted that HSP and Pace Academy will be co-hosting Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a psychologist and author of The Big Disconnect. It is important that at least one parent from each family attend one of her two sessions, either the evening of April 5 at Pace Academy, or the morning of April 6 at our Upper School. Please mark your calendars. I heard her speak at a conference in October, and she was remarkable. Her presentations are not only research-based, they also contain a trove of practical tips!
Another great article with a must-see video clip: "If Your Kids Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be?"
Finally, this week, you should have received an invitation in the mail to the 20th Annual Spring Gala and Spring Gala Sponsor Party. Every year at the Gala, we celebrate the contributions our teachers make in the lives of our students and raise money towards their professional development and scholarship opportunities for their children. This year, we also celebrate the first twenty remarkable years of our school's history. I invite you to sponsor this year's special 20th anniversary Gala and join us at the Gala Sponsor Party on April 2nd. I look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be our biggest, most successful Gala yet!
Yours in service,
Spring Gala Sponsor Party
Saturday, April 2
Ansley Golf Club
Saturday, April 23
The St. Regis
There is still time left to sponsor the Spring Gala and attend the Sponsor Party on Saturday, April 2, hosted by Drs. Angie and John Arnold at Ansley Golf Club! Those that sponsor the Gala at the Gold level or higher are invited to attend the Spring Gala Sponsor Party, hosted at Ansley Golf Club. Sponsors will enjoy:
You can make your sponsorship gift by clicking on the button above, or by contacting Jen de Castro at 678.904.2811, ext. 233, or email@example.com.
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To date, we have 52% parent support for the Annual Fund. Please help us reach 100%! Pledge now and pay by June.
Why is my participation in the Annual Fund important?
The first question that most outside constituencies ask before making a gift is, "What do your board, staff and parents contribute?" It is so important that we show support from within before we go to outside sources for contributions. Participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates to others that we, as one of the closest groups to the School, support our mission. What better way to motivate other groups to give?
The Annual Fund is the school’s largest and first fundraising priority, which supports resources and educational initiatives for students and faculty not covered by tuition alone. The Annual Fund allows the school to respond to immediate needs and make improvements that directly benefit our children.
The success of our Annual Fund depends on the participation of every member of the school community – parents, grandparents, trustees, faculty, staff, former parents and grandparents, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations. This school year, we aim to raise $535,000 with 100% commitment from our current parents.
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The 1996 Level
$19,960 and higher
The Donoghue Level
The Donnellan Level
$5,000 - $9,999
The Dillon Level
$2,500 - $4,999
The Paraclete Level
The Gold Level
The Green Level
Up to $499
Colleges attending include:
Belmont Abbey College
Catholic University of America
La Roche College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola New Orleans
Mount St. Mary's University
RC Mission Corps
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Louis University
Saint Martin's University
Saint Mary's College
Seton Hall University
St. Mary's University
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
Xavier University of Louisiana
Thank you to everyone who has pledged funds to next year's GOAL Scholarship! Payments are due to GOAL no later than this Sunday, March 13.
Make your payment online here
You can also mail a check made payable to GOAL to:
3740 Davinci Court, Suite 375
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
We’d like to thank you for your overwhelming support of our school through this wonderful program, especially in this challenging year of tax credit proration and early payment deadline.Through your excellent stewardship of this opportunity, you are truly making a difference in the lives of deserving children in our community!
Next Thursday, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day, and each campus will celebrate with a green dress-down day! Students are invited to wear dress-code-appropriate green attire.
As part of Inspiratio, we have regularly invited speakers to campus to address technology and family relationships. This April, HSP and Pace Academy will be co-hosting Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a psychologist and author of The Big Disconnect. It is important that at least one parent from each family attend one of her two sessions, either the evening of April 5 at Pace Academy, or the morning of April 6 at our Upper School. Please mark your calendars. Her presentations are not only research-based, they also contain a trove of practical tips!
2015-16 yearbooks are now on sale for $50 each!
Yearbook sales will close Wednesday, April 6. Yearbooks will be distributed on the last day of school, and students will have the opportunity to have their friends and classmates sign them at a signing party.
Order your yearbook online (link fixed!)
The yearbook is a timeless book documenting the life of the school, archiving memories your student will love to pore over now and thirty years from now!
Registration for HSP summer camps is now open! Holy Spirit Prep offers summer camps for students age 3-18.
Check out HSP's summer offerings
This year's summer camps include:
Bitty Ballerinas Summer Camp
British Soccer Camp
Mr. Greg's Superheroes
Playball Tennis Camp
Science and Nature Camp
Tony Young All-Star Karate Camp
Atlanta Braves Camp
Back to the Basics!
British Soccer Camp
Challenge Island's Icky Me Minion Camp
Challenge Island's Wizardry Camp
Championship Chess Camp
Coach Greg McClaire's Co-ed Cougar Basketball Camp
Coach Nixon's Soccer Camp
Going to the Movies
Little Cougar Cheerleading Camp
Music Composers and their Countries
Panda Learning Chinese
Sew Fun Studios' Designer in You
Sew Fun Studios' Fashion Runway Camp
Summer Fun Camp
Summer Reading Camp
Tap Ballet Camp
Tony Young All-Star Karate Camp
British Soccer Camp
Championship Advanced Chess Camp
Coach Greg McClaire's Cougar Basketball Camp
North Georgia with Mr. Cole: History, Flora, Fauna
Rising 7th, 8th, 9th Grade Summer Reading Assignment
The College Choice: Cultivating the Confidence and Competence to Select Your Best Match College
A huge congratulations to senior Delphine Mason, who will represent Holy Spirit Prep at this year’s Atlanta High School Art Exhibit at the 2016 Dogwood Arts Festival.
This is one of Atlanta's most prestigious student art shows and, consequently, exceptionally difficult to enter. The AHSAE accepts just 35 works each year from the close-to-1,000 submissions it receives. Delphine is Holy Spirit Prep's fourth student to be accepted to the festival.
The winning piece is a visual interpretation of “The Dark I Know Well” from the musical Spring Awakening.
Reporter Newspapers just started a new regular feature to showcase the work of outstanding teachers and school officials in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. For their inaugural feature, the Reporter News chose Jill Stedman, our Upper School social studies teacher!
A transcript of the article:
Q: What attracted you to teaching at first?
A: During my first two years of college, I competed on my university’s competitive speech and debate team. As my coursework became more intense, I decided I needed to give up competition because it required so much travel. However, I did not want to give up my involvement in competitive public speaking.
I was invited to serve as volunteer speech and debate coach at Georgetown Prep. I had recently completed an internship on Capitol Hill, and though I have always loved politics, I did not feel the same sense of fulfillment in my work for my congressman as I did when I was coaching. Soon after, I decided I would be happiest teaching the subject about which I was most passionate – government and politics.
Q: Has the appeal of teaching changed for you over 19 years? What keeps you going year after year?
A: Not at all. There are moments when teaching where everyone is so intensely engaged in the story of U.S. history, wanting to know the outcome of the event, that the desire “to know” is almost palpable. Those are the best moments. When a teacher can craft lessons in such a way as to generate that strong desire for knowledge, the teacher has the ability to get students to really dig deeply into a subject. It is those cliffhanger moments in a lesson when the students are on the edge of their seats with that desire “to know” that keep me in the classroom.
Q: What do you think makes a great teacher?
A: Great teachers love the subject area that they teach, but even more so, they are passionate about sharing their content expertise with their students. Enthusiasm is contagious, but that enthusiasm must be channeled into growth. Beyond enthusiasm, a great teacher knows how to share their knowledge in a way that makes learning accessible, manageable, and attainable for students. A great teacher is eager to find ways to support and promote each student’s learning potential.
Q: What do you want to see in your students?
A: I want my students to be well informed, engaged citizens. I hope they will seek knowledge and truth, and I hope they are courageous enough to stand up for that which they believe to be right. I hope they will actively serve those who are in need and that they will use their voices to promote polices that create a fair, just society. I believe my role is to help my students develop the skills that they will need to fulfill this potential.
Q: How do you engage your students?
A: I try to be very cognizant of the fact that students have different preferred means of learning, so I use a variety of learning strategies and activities within each lesson. I also make a very conscious effort to use a variety teaching materials (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) with the goal of addressing multiple learning modalities within each lesson
Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year?
A: Each year, my AP U.S. History students complete a “History Lab” through which the students explain the conflict between and evaluate the actions of the Native Americans and the U.S. government during the settlement of the Great Plains. This is an inquiry-based activity that requires students to analyze and synthesize a series of primary source documents (two treaties, two maps, a set of Native paintings on buffalo hide, a New York Times account from an Indian Bureau agent, and a few eye-witness accounts of conflict between Natives and the U.S. army). After using the documents to investigate the conflict over the Great Plains settlement, the students write an essay in which they evaluate the means through which the U.S. achieved its goals and are asked to propose an alternate means through which the U.S. might have achieved those goals while providing greater protection for native rights and culture.
Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class?
A: The day after the Iowa Caucus, my AP Government class reviewed the caucus results. My students were remarking on the closeness of the results between Clinton and Sanders when one of my student’s exclaimed, “and people say that one vote doesn’t matter!” This same student is so excited to cast her first vote on Super Tuesday; she plans to be present when her precinct opens.
On my classroom bookshelf, I keep a framed quote from President Kennedy that reads, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” I hope my students take away the belief that their civic actions matter, that they know that they can make a difference, and that they are inspired to try.
Welcome back from spring break, Cougar fans! This week kicks off the spring sports season with opening games in soccer, baseball, tennis, and track. Wish our teams success as they fight for C-pride! This week's games include:
See specific teams and schedules
Boys varsity basketball ended its season in the elite eight of the GISA state tournament, with a 14-1 region record, a region championship, and the best state tournament showing since our 2007 season.
“What a great season,” said Coach Greg McClaire. “We were region champs first year out and there’s so much to still learn. I’m very grateful for the players’ work, which helped me earn region coach of the year. It should be a nice journey moving forward.”
Sailing Through Sweet Sixteen
After a 70-47 defeat of Westwood School in the first round of the state tournament, the only team standing in the way was John Milledge Academy of Milledgeville.
In the game against Westwood, Holy Spirit scored 18 of its 36 first-half points from behind the 3-point line. Guard Christian Wright led the team with four 3-pointers. In the second half, HSP cooled off from the 3-point line, but they still outscored their opponent 36-19. Nicholas Maddox and Georgii Maslennikov added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Maslennikov also led the way with 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The elite eight game against John Milledge Academy was a defensive battle. HSP held a 10-8 lead at the end of the first period. With five minutes remaining in the fourth period, the score was tied 29-29. In the closing minutes, John Milledge was able to defend HSP's 3-point shooting, and stretched to a six-point margin of 43-37.
Holy Spirit ended its 2015-2016 run with a 22-4 record, surpassing the school’s previous best season, 2010-2011, of 19 wins and six losses.
Congratulations to Annaleena Hansen and Jerique Walker, who this week were named to GISA's all-state basketball team! Students chosen are considered to be among the best fifteen players in the state in GISA's AAA league.
SAVE THE DATE!
2016 HSP PRESCHOOL BOOK FAIR
ONLINE, FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 14
Mark your calendars! The HSP Preschool Book Fair is coming up March 16-18. The book fair is also online through March 14. Don't miss this opportunity to support the HSP Preschool, add to your child's home library, and stock-up on birthday gifts/Easter basket treats (Scholastic doesn't guarantee online delivery by Easter). For more information and a fair schedule, visit:
We're gonna celebrate our favorite guys on March 18, 8:30am-9:30am, in McDonough Hall!
The Lower School will pray a rosary together this Friday at 10:00am. Whether permitting, we will pray in the Lower School courtyard; otherwise, we will meet in the cafeteria.
Below is a reprint of an email sent to 6th-11th grade families on Friday, March 4.
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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
The deadline to submit online course registration forms for 2016-2017 is this Friday, March 11. It is imperative that the school receives your child's registration form online no later than Friday.
How to access your student’s course registration request form (.pdf)
Any student that has already turned in their registration form, but registered for an Accelerated/AP class for which they were not recommended, must submit a recommendation form from the Department Chair of that class to Miss Little by Friday, March 11. If an Accelerated/AP recommendation form is not received by Friday, then the student will be registered for the on-level course originally recommended for them.
Help with course registration
The school understands that the course registration process can be confusing. If you would like to meet with an administrator to help complete the course registration form, please contact Ms. Little at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting this week.
If a student and/or parent/guardian chooses to meet with an administrator to review course options, please plan on completing the online course registration request form together in the meeting.
Considering Diploma Options
Please be reminded of the two diplomas offered at Holy Spirit Prep– College Prep and Classical. Every high school student will be required to designate which diploma he/she is seeking during the 2016-2017 course registration process.
Review the requirements for the two diplomas
Official photos of clubs and service apostolates will be taken next Wednesday afternoon, March 16. Students in a club or service apostolate should plan to stay after school to be included in their group's yearbook photo.
Are you longing for more? And who isn’t looking for something more? Do you want to experience your faith - and live your life - more deeply? Then don’t miss YOUR Reboot! Live! event on March 23rd at 7pm. Draw closer to God. Deepen your understanding of His plan for your life. And gain a new passion to live the life God created for you.
Rediscover God and rediscover the life you were made for with internationally renowned speaker and author, Chris Stefanick, and Catholic recording artist, Jon Niven.
Reboot! Live! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience for all (ages 12 and up), of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life, from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more!
It’s time to start living the Life you were made for.
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For current sophomore, junior, and senior boys:
Interested in learning about wilderness survival, first aid, navigation, mountaineering, and horsemanship, then putting all that into practice during a 5-day rugged excursion through the Wyoming mountain ranges this summer? Then check out Adventure Mission Corps.
Adventure Mission Corps (AMC) is founded with the vision of guiding men out of the fold, rekindling their leadership, and igniting their souls. We forget the many blessings and temptations that are around us. The noise does not cease. Especially for those who do not even know it is there. We don’t need more, what we need is men.
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After completing their training, candidates for AMC will hike the Wyoming mountain ranges, culminating in a Peak Ascent by foot. They are expected to participate, pray, play, and persevere. Candidates should be between ages 15-21, able to endure the physical rigors of extended outdoor activity and climate changes, and open to discussing and sharing their faith in a Catholic environment of daily Mass and reflection. Upon conclusion of the mission, successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and Virtue Badges, with personal references for resumes. Exemplary performance will be honored with an invitation to return on successive missions to pursue roles as Mission Captains. Adventure Mission Corps, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 entity, located in Atlanta, Ga. This mission is a partnership with Wyoming Catholic College.
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