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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Happy Tuesday! A “Big Thanks” is extended to all of our families who donated items for the Hoops For Hope Catholic High School Festival held on the campus of Cascia Hall last Friday and Saturday. Items donated by the four Catholic High Schools in Oklahoma were given to support Catholic Charities. In addition to the items donated, over $3,000 was collected at the gate and also presented to Catholic Charities. Both teams performed well in the festival. The girls team defeated Bishop Kelley 38-23 on Friday, but lost a tough 56-50 decision to Cascia Hall on Saturday. The boys team lost to Kelley 57-53 but found redemption in a 53-31 dominating performance over Cascia Hall. The boys team has the week off, while the girls will compete in the Deer Creek Tournament Thursday – Saturday. Check the weekly calendar for times.
Congratulations to Kyle Fitzgerald for being selected as the Bishop McGuinness January Student of the Month. Kyle was nominated by his peers and faculty members for his leadership, dedication and loyalty to the school.
“Parents who want to send their kids to private school could get state funding for tuition if supporters of a new proposal get their way. A bill that would establish ‘Education Savings Accounts’ is making its way through the legislature right now.” This was the lead paragraph from the News9 website posted last March. The battle for free choice regarding schools will heat up again during this legislative session. Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School will play host for an important Town Hall meeting on Thursday, January 21 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Senator Clark Jolley and State Representative Jason Nelson will present and moderate discussions about the proposed school choice, legislation and how it potentially works. I hope many of you will attend the meeting. The proposal, if passed would have a tremendous impact on Bishop McGuinness and all of our Catholic schools in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa dioceses.
As I mentioned in last weeks blog, I want to describe in more detail how well our students performed on their PSAT exams given last October. This year 164 freshman took the new PSAT 8/9 test, and 380 sophomores and juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT assessment. As it is a completely new test, we do not have data to compare with previous years but the results suggest our students are ready and prepared for college. Beyond the 7 junior students who scored in the 99th percentile, and the 47 students who were in the 90th percentile or above, it is the performance of the student body as a whole which makes me believe even more in the education that is provided at Bishop McGuinness. For our students in the junior class, for whom this test is designed, the lowest quantile of students were still above the national average and, as we seek to provide more ways to individualize academic plans for students through greater collaboration between faculty, parents and students we hope to see this continue in the future. Paper reports will be distributed to the students as soon as we receive them. If your student provided email information on their test form, online access should have already been forwarded to them.
Finally, in Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscover Jesus, chapter one talks about God’s quest for new beginnings in everyone’s life. As an educator, we are offered the ability to start over many times. A new semester, a new week, a new day, a new event, a new teacher. The prospect for new beginnings are endless. It is in part why I start each weekly blog with Happy Monday. The beginning of a new school week with new prospects arising each day of the week, creates opportunities in the life of our school and our students. Kelly writes “one thing I love about our faith is that our God is a God of second chances, fresh starts and new beginnings.” Jesus, throughout the New Testament offers opportunities for new beginnings. God waits patiently for each of us to examine our life and experience a new beginning in areas where we have fallen short. Rediscover Jesus was written by Matthew Kelly and offered through Dynamic Catholic. I hope you will obtain a copy and begin reading.
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Yours in Christ,
Financial Aid Information
Financial aid applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available beginning January 15th. 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.
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Christ the King Mission Trip
Students interested in the Christ the King mission trip to California over spring break, please see flyer or link below for more information. You may also contact Antonio Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.