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! What an incredible week enjoyed by the Irish! The One Act Play troupe captured their 3rd consecutive Class 5A State Championship with their adaption of the Alfred Hitchcock’s play 39 Steps. Congratulations to Director Ryan Swartz, Set Design Director Matt Avra and all the cast and crew! Earning All State Honors for their performance were Chris Allen, Evan Clear, & Wendell Hixson. Next, the football team won the District 5A-2 Championship knocking off Western Heights 35-0. The team will square off against Piedmont this Friday before hosting Del City in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams placed 6th and 2nd respectively in the Class 5A State Cross Country Championship held at Edmond Santa Fe High School on Saturday. Kyndal Ashworth earned All State honors for the Irish while Annika Anderson was named Honorable Mention All State. Joe Engel was the top performer for the Boys team finishing in 20th place.
Finally, I want to give a shout out to our seniors and their sponsors Christine Pankratz and Lynda Schaffel for the great work they did organizing and running the Halloween Carnival for over 500 elementary and middle school age students at the Boys and Girls Club. Each year the senior class does a community service project as part of their outreach to the greater Oklahoma City area. This was the first year we partnered with the Boys & Girls Club.
Somehow October slipped away and it is already November. Last Friday was our annual Halloween dress up day and assembly. I want to thank the dance classes and the Pom squad for their incredible dance performance during the assembly. Friday also signaled the beginning of our Annual Food Drive in support of the Oklahoma City Food Bank. Last year as a school we topped the one million pound mark since our drive began back in 1987. This year we are asking every student to collect 50 pounds of canned food. Once a student has brought in their 50 lbs. they are allowed to wear jeans and a spirit shirt each day until the drive concludes on November 19th. McGuinness has been the Oklahoma City community leader each of the past 10 years in the amount of food collected by a school. Let’s not break our streak and help fight hunger in our state!
This Wednesday we will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting for the Archdiocese. The purpose of the meeting is to present information about the state of Catholic education in our diocese As a member of the committee, I believe the information you will hear about will shed light on the stability of our Catholic schools and the incredible asset our schools are for Oklahoma and the greater Oklahoma City area. The meeting will be held in the student commons and will begin at 6:30 pm. Leading the discussion will be Dr. John Convey and Dr. Len DeFlore from Catholic University and our own superintendent of Catholic schools, Dr. Cris Carter. I hope to see you there.
The annual Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Open House was held on Sunday. Close to 200 future Irish and many more current and future families were welcomed through our doors. It was great to see so many families in our building considering McGuinness for their son or daughter. A “Big Thank You” is extended to all of our teachers, administrators, sponsors, coaches, students and parents who helped with the event. Eighth grade students considering Bishop McGuinness will take a placement test next Saturday beginning at 8:00 am. Any 8th grader wishing to take the exam can sign up through their middle school (if attending one of our traditional feeder schools,) or by going to our website at www.bmchs.org.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will be on November 7th, 2015 in the BMCHS Commons. Honorees this year are: James Barnett ‘87, Ted Hughes ‘84, Jim Kelley ‘62, and Ashley Boothe Minnich ‘99. For more information please click on the link below.
We will be hosting a Veteran’s Day assembly on Wednesday, November 11 to honor those who are, or have been serving our country. Assembly begins at 9:50 am. All veterans and their families are invited to the assembly. For more information, please read the notice below.
Finally, November begins the season of giving. Yesterday we celebrated All Saints Day. As I reflect on our own patron saint, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, I am reminded of the many sacrifices he made in his life in an effort of giving to others. Pier Giorgio’s gifts ranged from tending to the sick or making personal sacrifices so he could help others in their greatest time of need. I hope you will take time this week to discuss with your student the importance of sacrifice and giving.
Have a great week! I hope to see you at the Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday!
Olive Garden Spirit Night
Irish families, help support BMCHS by visiting the Olive Garden (1844 NW Expressway) for Spirit Night on Nobember 3rd. A portion of the nights proceeds will be donated back to the school. Be sure to tell your server you are from Bishop McGuinness!
Senior Class Poinsettia Sale
The senior class will be selling poinsettias to help fund the All Night Graduation Party. The poinsettias are $15 each and the deadline is November 16. Please see the form below to place your order.
Attention Senior Parents – Yearbook deadline
As a reminder, the deadline for the yearbook Senior Salutes is approaching. These special ads for your senior were mailed in mid-August. If you are considering purchasing one, the Early-Bird deadline is 3:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 3. The On-Time deadline is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.10. The difference is in the cost of the ad. If you have misplaced the form and want to purchase an ad, please have your son or daughter come to room 132 to pick up a new form or click on link below.