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! We ask that everyone please pray for an end to the violence that continues to affect the most innocent.Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all the people in France as they mourn for the lives lost in the senseless tragedy that occurred in Paris over the weekend.
Veteran’s Day was celebrated in our school last Wednesday as we gathered in the auditorium to give thanks to all those serving, and have served in our armed forces. Retired General Ben Robinson and 1967 McGuinness graduate and Retired Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic were our guest speakers. Both addressed the tremendous sacrifice made by those serving and their families keeping this great country safe. A “Big Irish Thank You” is extended to Coach Justin Jone’s Leadership Class for organizing and conducting this annual event for our school.
If you were not in attendance at the football game Friday night you missed out on a thrilling victory orchestrated by our football team and the coaching staff. Congratulations to the entire team for their 52-47 win over the Del City Eagles. Next up for the Irish will be the McAlester Buffaloes. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Pribil Stadium. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have so graciously given up your time to work in our football concession this fall. Because of your efforts, concession sales are up providing significant financial support for all of our athletic programs. We have one more game this Friday night and will need help. Please click on this link to sign up.
Also, Jacob Mullins is nominated for The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week. You can vote for Jacob here until 4:00 pm Tuesday.
The Bishop McGuinness annual Canned Food Drive “AmeriCAN” will end this Thursday, Nov.19 when the Oklahoma City Food Bank trucks arrive to collect our donation. Since the beginning of the drive, we have stressed 100% participation by the entire school. Currently the freshmen have the highest rate of participation with 54%; followed by the seniors with 53%, sophomores with 48% and juniors with 42%. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to reach out to the greater Oklahoma City community and help put food on the table for so many Oklahomans that go without each and every day.
Last Saturday we welcomed 85 eight grade students to our campus to take the school’s placement exam for the upcoming school year. Thus far 215 students have taken the test with another 20 scheduled for the first weekend in December. Many parents ask about our schools waiting list. As the Archdiocesan school in Oklahoma City, we have always maintained an open door policy for all students who have successfully completed the 8th grade, and have gone through our registration process. This year, we have a total school enrollment of 708 students. Our students come from thirteen traditional Catholic middle schools as well as other private and public schools in the greater Oklahoma City area. Currently, 78% of our students are Catholic and 22% are other faith. We strive to maintain a diverse student body and work very hard to keep our tuition at a rate that allows us to keep our doors open for all of those seeking a Catholic faith based education for their high school experience. If you know of anyone seeking information about the enrollment process at our school, please refer them to Dr. Andrew Worthington or freshman counselor Laura O’Hara.
Also, last Saturday night Dancing with the Irish Stars was held. First place student winners were Elaina Noll and JP Joyce. Runners up were Sophia Thiebaut and Alex White. Faculty winners were Julianne Annesleyand Joe Welch with Kylie Lyons and Mark Kineman as runners up and Kathy O’Meara and Taja Egert as 2nd runners up.
Congratulations to Dakota Heard and Matthew Nguyen who were selected as members of the All State Choir! Alex White was also chosen as an alternate. This is only the 2nd time in McGuinness history that a student has been named as All State Choir.
It is hard to believe, but this is the 14th week of school and our last week before Thanksgiving Break. As we pause to give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed on our lives, I also wish to thank each of our families for giving us the opportunity to educate your child. Every student is unique in their gifts they bring to our school. Challenges abound as we strive to help each achieve their full potential and become capable and responsible adults.
I pray that God will richly bless you and your family this Thanksgiving and look forward to everyones return on November 30th.
Happy Thanksgiving McGuinness Family.
Yours in Christ,
Parents in Prayer Group
All parents are invited to join the Parents In Prayer group. Any Thursday that school is in session, come to the McGuinness Chapel from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The parents pray over the petitions written by the students and staff in the theology classrooms, and afterwards they go out to lunch at Shartel Cafe. All religious denominations are welcome. Please call Amy Gaffney, 388-6485 if you have any questions. They would love to have more of you join them and surround our school with prayer!
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.
Chi Rho Yearbook
Parents! Friends! Students! Please order the 2016 Chi Rho yearbook online at www.jostensyearbooks.com
Christ the King Mission Trip
Students interested in the Christ the King mission trip to California over spring break, please see flyer below or click here for more information.