Principal and President
In 2001 Mr. Morton was appointed by Archbishop Eusebius Beltran as the twelfth Principal of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. David has two children and three grandchildren. His son Zack is a 1998 graduate of McGuinness.
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Happy Monday Everyone! It was great to see so many of you at the auction last Saturday! Attendance topped 600 guests for the second year in a row!! A “Big Thanks” is extended to Advancement Director Katie Whitson and Coordinator Caroline Leahyfor all their hard work making this auction such a huge success. Thanks also goes out to Auction Chairs Kacee VanHorn and Anita Milam for their help organizing this years event. I also want to thank our many Co-Chairs for their dedication and assistance to this project. They were: Cindy Derryberry, Dana Hill, Tisha Bowen, Charlie Knight, Mary Chesher, Patty Labarthe, Grage Kelley, Debbie and John Rieger, Lori Fitzgerald, Betsy O’Hara, Melanie Maguire, Nichole Killebrew, Teddi Roy, Mindy Baze, Lisa Edmonds, Carol Lee, Susie and Gary Jones, Shannon Hill, and Julie Naifeh. Special Thanks to Tisha Bowen and Lori Fitzgerald for the many hours and late evenings spent at McGuinness!
This marked the 30th auction hosted by our school. Auction proceeds have helped start and complete a myriad of school projects over the years. This years proceeds will help fund the All Girls Sports facility and provide scholarship funds for the work grant program. Science-Technology-Engineering and Math (STEM) was featured on the Dutch Auction. Proceeds from the Dutch Auction will help fund two new 3D printers and furnishings for the STEM classroom.
Honorary Chairmen for this years event were Rick and Patty Ruffin. Rick is a 1977 graduate of Bishop McGuinness and their three children are all McGuinness graduates, Julie Ruffin DeWalt ’03, Andrew ’05 and William ’08. A “Big Irish Thank You” is extended to the Ruffin family for their long time commitment to McGuinness and Catholic education.
The auction stole the spot light this past weekend, but not before the boys basketball team played their best game of the year and defeated perennial 6A power Putnam City 59-52. The boys and girls swim team also performed well as13 Irish swimmers earned spots for the state swim meet on February 19-20 at Jenks High School. They are Gabe Dube, Lexi Wilson, Monica Borders, Hanna Newby, Cailin Harrington, Cecilia Carter, Erin Woods, Drew Heinen, Daniel Fortin, Ben Yokell, Alex Minielly, Bautista Baiocchi, and Hunter Lau. Besides the state swim meet, there are several athletic events scheduled for this week. The wrestling team will host Capital Hill on Tuesday night beginning at 6:00 pm. It is senior night, therefore we will be honoring senior wrestlers Nate Connelly, Jared Gibson, Brice Kelly, Elijah Noley, Zach Straughn, Joe Wiewel and their parents prior to the first match. Also, the boys and girls basketball teams will host Putnam City North Friday night. This will be the final home game this season and is senior night. Senior girls will be honored prior to the girls game which tips at 6:00 pm. Senior boys will be acknowledged prior to their game which tips at 7:30 pm. Senior members of Cheer and Pom will be honored during halftime of the boys game.
Congratulations to the boys and girls Speech and Debate team as they finished 2nd this past weekend at the Norman High School Monty Python Invitational gaining nine new Regional Qualifications.
Last Tuesday we hosted College Night for all of our junior students and their parents. Representatives from Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma and others were on had to present and answer questions about the college enrollment process. If you were not able to attend, I would encourage you to contact senior counselor Sandy Nedbalek for information.
Last Thursday 120 families joined us for Ninth Grade Curriculum Night. Parents and future students heard presentations from our Department Chairs, Counseling and Administration regarding class options for students entering high school. Registration for incoming ninth grade students is scheduled for Feb. 22, 23 & 29. Please contact freshman counselor Laura O’Hara if you have any questions about freshman enrollment for the 2016-17 school year.
Ash Wednesday is February 10. All School Mass will begin at 9:45 AM and parents are welcome. Lent is a time for reflecting and reconnecting our relationship with Jesus. I ask that you engage in conversation with your student(s) this week and discuss not only the meaning of Lent, but how they will use this time to reflect, dedicate and rededicate their life to Christ. Finally, thirty-five of our junior and senior girls will be attending Kairos this week. I ask that you keep the retreatants and retreat leaders in your prayers. Please note – there is no late start on Wednesday due to All School Mass.
Also, there will be no late start next Wednesday, Feb 17. The juniors will be on retreat at Camp OLOG and the sophomores will be taking a practice ACT exam. Following the test, the class will participate in a college seminar held on campus.
Hope you have a wonderful week. Please get out and support the Irish in one or more of our activities.
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Yours in Christ,