Happy Monday Everyone! Eighty plus degree temperatures on Saturday had visions of summer dancing in everyone’s head!! It won’t be long, but we still have a lot to accomplish before the school year comes to an end in May.
Winter sports are drawing to a close. The State Swim Championship was held at Jenks High School last Friday and Saturday. Congratulations to the Irish Girls team for their 6th place finish, and the Boys team for placing 12th in Class 5A competition. A “special Irish Salute” goes out to Hanna Newby for winning the individual state championship in the 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter individual medley. Hanna also set new state records in both events. Way to go swimmers! State medalists include:
1st place State Record Girls 200 Individual Medley: Hanna Newby
1st place State Record Girls 100 Breaststroke: Hanna Newby
2nd place Girls 400 Freestyle Relay: Gaby Dube, Lexi Wilson, Monica Borders, Hanna Newby
3rd place Girls 200 Medley Relay: Lexi Wilson, Hanna Newby, Monica Borders, Gaby Dube
6th place Girls 100 Freestyle: Lexi Wilson
7th place Girls 50 Freestyle: Monica Borders
9th place Boys 200 Freestyle Relay: Alec Minielly, Bautista Baiocchita-Lora, Daniel Fortin, Ben Yokell
9th place Boys 400 Freestyle Relay: Daniel Fortin, Alec Minielly, Drew Heinen, Ben Yokell
11th place Boys 200 Individual Medley: Ben Yokell
13th place Boys 200 Individual Medley: Daniel Fortin
13th place Girls 100 Freestyle: Monica Borders
15th place Boys 100 Backstroke: Ben Yokell
The Wrestling regionals were held at Western Heights and the Irish wrestlers were out to make a statement! Congratulations to Nate Connelly for winning the consolation championship match and earning a spot in the state wrestling tournament. Special Congratulations to Zach Straughn for his 2nd place finish in the 145 weight division, and also earning the right to contend for a state title. Brice Kelly will be the 220 pound alternate. The Class 5A state championship matches will be held at the State Fairgrounds next Friday and Saturday. Great job Irish wrestlers on your 10th place finish at the Class 5A Regional Tournament. Matches begin at 10:30 am. For bracket information, please click here.
State Basketball Regional action begins this week. The Girls team will face Tulsa Memorial in the opening round on Thursday at Collinsville with tip off scheduled for 6:30 pm. The Boys team will face off against McAlester on Friday at Tulsa Memorial. That game is also scheduled to tip off at 6:30 pm. For a complete list of tournament bracket pairings, please see the following links:
Big Congratulations to senior Tori Shanbour who signed a letter of intent to play basketball with Oklahoma City University last week!
No rest for the weary. This will be another packed week around school. The fourth six week grading period for the school year ended last Friday. All grades and comments for T4 will be posted on PowerSchool by the end of today. Please do not hesitate to email teachers or counselors if you have any questions or concerns about your students’ progress.
Sophomore and junior class recommendation forms are due back to their level counselors by Friday, February 26. There has been quite the buzz among our students following junior Class College Night, and the ACT exam and college information provided for the sophomores last week. Class selection is critical for all students as they plan their academic future.
Registration for the 2016-17 freshman class will be held at the school from 6:00-8:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 22 (A-G); Tuesday, Feb. 23. (H-N); and Monday, Feb. 29 (O-Z). Enrollment night is determined by the first letter of your last name. We look forward to all the new students and families who will be joining our school community next fall. Based on the number of current 8th graders who have already taken our placement exam, we are anticipating a freshmen class of approximately 160-170 students.
The play “Godspell” opens this Wednesday when 300 feeder school students will arrive on our campus for a special performance. Opening Night for the general public will be Thursday, Feb. 25. The curtain goes up at 7:00 pm. Hope you can make one of the performances. “Hat’s Off” to the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of this semester in preparation for this production.
The most influential teacher I ever had as a student was my American Literature teacher in high school. Mrs. Smith brought literature to life, cared deeply about every student and often attended our extra-curricular activities. Mrs. Smith taught me how to believe in myself and I credit her for opening my path to become a lifelong educator. Mrs. Smith emulated Christ’s teaching through scripture. Jesus’ endless love for every person regardless of our faults, His desire for each of us to become a “person for others,” and willingness to make sacrifices necessary to draw us closer to Him has certainly helped shape my life as well!
This past week Matthew Kelly talked about Jesus the teacher. He asked each of us to reflect on that one teacher who helped change the course of our life and draw a parallel to Christ’s desire to teach us. Once again, I have embedded a short clip from Dynamic Catholic, “The Greatest Teacher Ever.” I hope you will watch and reflect on Matthew Kelly’s words.
Have a great week! Spring Break is just around the corner!!
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Yours in Christ,