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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Irish Eyes Blog
Happy Monday Everyone! The weather is so nice I may have to call a snow day!! Now that I have said that, snowmageddon will occur next week!!
It was great to see so many of our families and alums at the Homecoming game Friday night. Both the Boys and Girls teams held up their end of the bargain. The girls rallied from behind and pulled out a 51-46 victory over the Del City Eagles. The boys pulled away early and coasted to a 52-36 win.
I was also proud of the Homecoming court! The young men and women represented the junior class and our school with such grace and elegance. Congratulations are extended again to the entire court. Special Congratulations go out to Avery Geist who was crowned our 2016 Junior Class Homecoming Queen. Avery was escorted by Alex Pham, and crowned by Zach Segell who escorted last year’s queen, Trinity Almaraz. Other members of the court were Sophie Romano, Sally Merrill, Roni Schrantz, Anna Kakish, Savannah Vogler, Kate Vesper and Charlotte Edmonds. Their escorts were Josh Berney, Matt Chancellor, Zeke Downs, Hunter Lau, Sean Reen, Cooper Larson and Ryal Reddick. The crown bearer was Cy Naifeh and the flower girl was Brynn Cronic. A Big Irish “Thank You” goes out to Bentley and Lisa Edmonds for hosting the homecoming court dinner last week.
We celebrate Catholic Schools this week. The history of Catholic parochial education can be traced back to the 1700’s but Catholic education as a whole did not really take root until the early 1900’s. Between 1900 and 1920 the number of Catholic elementary schools nearly doubled, expanding from 3,500 to nearly 7,000. Approximately 1.8 million students were being taught by 42,000 teachers who were primarily nuns. In 1900 there were only 100 Catholic high schools in the country, but by 1920 that number had increased to 1,500. By the mid 1960’s enrollment in Catholic parochial schools had reached an all time high of 4.5 million elementary school pupils, with about 1 million students in Catholic high schools. As our religious population has dwindled, so has the number of Catholic schools. No longer staffed by nuns, the schools are now staffed with lay personnel. Today Catholic schools are seen as offering superior academic training and advanced 21st century technology. Dedicated lay instructors, with some religious, Catholic schools offer a genuine respect for all people, sound theological instruction, provision of the sacraments, community service requirements, and academic instruction rivaled by few. Catholic schools continue to be schools of choice for large numbers of Catholic and non Catholic parents, and many Catholic schools have waiting lists to deal with the high demands of parents seeking Catholic education for their children. It is safe to say Catholic schools have, and will continue to play a key role in the education of many of the elementary and high school age students in our country.
This week we will be hosting “College Night” for all of our juniors and their parents. Because we are bringing in a number of presenters from various colleges and universities, this is the only night we will host College Night. The event takes place on Tuesday, February 2 and will be held in the auditorium. Presentations will begin at 6:30 pm. Please make every effort to attend. The information you will obtain is invaluable to your son/daughter as they begin to make plans for college.
Also this week is eighth grade “Curriculum Night” on Thursday, February 4 in the Commons. This night is for all families considering enrolling their child at McGuinness next fall. Information will be given over academic programs, extra-curricular activities, school initiatives, the transition to high school and college preparation.
Don’t forget our annual auction “Irishopoly” is coming up this Saturday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Tickets are $100 each and you must be 21 to attend. To make a reservation, please click here. We still need volunteers to help with the event. If you would like to volunteer, click here.
Finally, congratulations to all of our young men who attended the Kairos retreat lat weekend. I want to thank the student and adult sponsors who provide so much of their time preparing and conducting the retreat. Don’t forget Lent is just around the corner. I hope you will sign up for “Best Lent Ever” through the Dynamic Catholic Institute. I know you will find their daily messages inspirational as we move toward Easter.
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Yours in Christ,
Financial Aid Information
Financial aid applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available in the Business Office. This year we will be using SmartAid to conduct the financial needs analysis for us. There is no fee to make the application with SmartAid. Contact the Business Office for financial aid packets. Deadline to apply is March 21st.
Please see flyers below for information on: Irishopoly Auction, Chi Rho Yearbook order deadline, Smart Tuition, Irish Cheer Clinic, Booster Club Volunteers, Notre Dame Club speaker, BMCHS Alumni Assoc Bingo Night.