Happy Monday Everyone! The weekend started early with a thrilling goal line stand victory over the Carl Albert Titans Thursday evening. The team travels to Guymon this week before returning home on October 30 to play Western Heights on senior night. The volleyball team kept this going on Friday with a heart stopping come-from-behind victory over Cascia Hall in the state quarterfinals of the Class 5A State Championship Tournament. Down 2 games to 1, the girls fought back and took defending state champion Bishop Kelley to a 5th and deciding match, but fell just short of advancing to the state championship contest. Congratulations to Head Coach Teddi Roy, her coaching staff, players and all tournament selections Elizabeth Cloe and Addie Martinez. Not to be outdone, the cross country team had stellar performances last week at the Big Ten Conference meet. The girls came in 1st place and the boys placed 2nd!!
As you might recall, I mentioned last week the One Act team won regionals and will compete in the state championship competition on Friday, October 30. If you would like to see the play, it will be performed this Thursday and Friday in the auditorium. The curtain will go up at 7:00 pm. I hope many of you can make it out to see the wonderful production and set of The 39 Steps. The Speech and Debate team traveled to Kansas City, MO. over the weekend and competed in the 2015 Crabtree Classic! Senior Evan Clear was the tournament champion in Humorous Interpretation, and junior Cheyenne Martin finished 3rd in both Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling. In addition, both competitors earned a bid to the 2016 National Tournament of Champions.
Last Wednesday our 9, 10 & 11 grade students took the PSAT exam. The test was reformatted and the instruction section took longer for the students to read and complete than previous exams. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone picking up your student on that day. This Wednesday the ACT Aspire exam will be given to all of our sophomores. This is an ACT readiness exam, and will provide valuable information regarding any gaps our students might have in their educational background before taking the ACT exam their junior and senior year. The test is long and will be broken into two parts through the course of the morning. Following the exam we will have some planned activities in the gym for the entire class. Due to the length of the test and the teachers needed to administer the exam, THERE WILL NO LATE START THIS WEDNESDAY. Classes for all students will begin at 8:00 am.
Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Seventh grade students from all of our Catholic grade schools have been visiting our campus since the middle of September. Open House is an opportunity for these students to return with their parents as well as current 8th grade students in our Catholic grade schools, charter and public schools. Please tell anyone you might know who is thinking about their student attending Bishop McGuinness to join us. Open House provides a unique opportunity to visit with teachers, coaches and sponsors about various programs in the school. We will also be showcasing many of our fine arts and athletic programs during the afternoon. We will be offering the STS 8th grade placement exam on Saturday, November 7 & 14 from 8:00 – 11:30 am. If you have not signed up, students can register at Open House or online at www.bmchs.org.
This begins our 10th week of the school year. Events on the horizon include Father Uhen celebrating Mass with our students and guests on October 27, Halloween Dress Up Day and assembly on October 30, state cross country meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School on October 31, Open House on November 1, Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 7, Class 5A football playoffs beginning on November 13, Harvest Food Drive starting October 30 and ending November 19 and Thanksgiving break November 23-27.
Finally, it is with great sadness that I report Father Shane Tharp passed away Friday, October 15. Father Shane was currently assigned to Blessed Sacrament Church in Lawton but was our Campus Priest a few years ago. A Vigil will be on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Lawton and a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 23 at 11:00 am at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Blessed Sacrament community and Father Tharp’s family. May he rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.
Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our activities this week!
Yours in Christ,