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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Mr. Morton’s Blog
Happy Monday Everyone! I pray that you made it through the ice storm with minimal damage. The school suffered some tree damage, and we have a heating unit down in our Theology win. Besides that, we seem to be in good operating order as we start our final push toward the end of the fall semester.
I realize that many of our families may be without power. We have several teachers who live in the Yukon and El Reno areas. OG&E is saying it might be several days before their power is restored. Hopefully that will be sooner for all of our affected families.
As you are aware, our state semifinal football game was postponed and will be played tonight at Cameron University in Lawton. Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 pm. We will not be streaming the game, but you can listen to it on KWHW 1520 in Altus. Because we will have students and fans returning late from the game, school will not start until 8:30 am on Tuesday. We will also keep our late start schedule Wednesday. If the team wins tonight, the state championship game will be played at Yukon High School on Saturday against Collinsville. Kick off is slated for 1:00 pm.
Booster Club will be selling Irish accoutrements Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Monday, Dec. 7, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Pribil Stadium concession stand. They have many items to choose from and make great Christmas gifts for the Irish fan! See flyer below.
It is a quick turn around from Thanksgiving Break until final exams. The fall semester exam schedule is as follows:
Wed. December 16
Foreign Language 8:00 am
Science 10:00 am
Thurs. December 17
English 8:00 am
Theology 10:00 am
Fri. December 18
Math 8:00 am
Social Studies 10:00 am
Christmas break is scheduled for December 21-Jan 3 with the spring semester beginning January 4.
KAIROS retreat for all junior and senior girls who signed up is scheduled for this Thursday-Sunday. There are 30 girls from McGuinness attending the retreat along with 6 student leaders and 5 adult leaders. KAIROS is an opportunity for students to deepen their relationship with Jesus. I ask that you keep all of our retreatants in your prayers as they take another major step in their faith journey.
Before we departed for our Thanksgiving Break,our annual food drive ended. All total the McGuinness community donated 90,300 lbs of food to the greater Oklahoma City Food Bank. Sixty-six percent of our student body participated in the drive which marks the largest total participation we have ever had for this event. I want to personally thank our entire community for your support. The McGuinness contribution alone will provide 75,250 meals for those families in need.
Fine Arts Night was held during the evening of November 19. Choir, band, orchestra, competitive speech and visual arts were all on display. A “Big Thanks” is extended to our teachers and students for helping make our Fine Arts Department one of the best in the state! If you missed the performances on the 19, band, choir and orchestra will perform their Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm in the Petusky Performing Arts Auditorium. The Ti Chi class will also be performing that week on Thursday, December 10 in the gym. The Christmas formal for 10-12 grade students will be held at the Connor Center on Saturday, December 12. Dance bids will be on sale December 8-10 for $10 each.
Finally, yesterday marked the first Sunday of Advent. I have recently subscribed to “Best Advent Ever” by Matthew Kelly. If you go to dynamiccatholic.com you can also subscribe to Matthews daily prayers and messages that will walk you and your family through the season of Advent and Christ’s birth. In this year of Mercy, it is more important than ever that we embrace Jesus’ birth and joyfully share the good news he brings to each of us. I hope you will take time during Advent to thank God for the gift of Mercy he offers each of us!
Be safe if you are traveling tonight. Hope to see many of you in Lawton.