irish-eyesHappy Tuesday Everyone! Hope you and your family were able to enjoy a safe and restful Labor Day holiday! It is hard to believe today begins the start of the 4th full week of our fall semester.

The school year is off to a great start! Currently, there are 710 students enrolled in our school. I have to say how impressed I have been with how quickly they have immersed themselves into their school work and activities. It feels as though we did not miss a beat from ending one school year and beginning another.

Our football team opened their season in Shawnee last weekend. The team looked impressive in their 38-7 victory over the Wolves! Even more impressive was the packed visitor stands with parents, fans, and a large contingent of our student body. I was pleased to see such great support for a road game. Don’t forget this is BEAT KELLEY week! The shillelagh will be up for grabs as the Irish and the Comets collide for the 35th time. The rivalry began in 1960 and the Irish hold a 23-11 lead in the series. (The teams took a break from playing each other for several years.) I looking forward to seeing a great crowd in Pribil stadium on Friday night! Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Volleyball, softball and cross country are all in full swing. Last week the Irish softball team knocked off John Marshall on senior night and the Girls Cross Country team won the Duncan Invitational while the Boys team finished 3rd. The volleyball team has already captured the Big 10 Conference title and have set their sights on qualifying for the upcoming state tournament. Not to be forgotten, the Irish Forensics Speech team kicked off the new season with a great showing at the 2015 Plano Senior HS Invitational. The Irish advanced 5 of 5 entries to the semi-final round, with three events advancing to finals. Junior Cheyenne Martin finished 3rd in Prose & 6th in Humorous Interpretation and Junior Madison Hart finished 4th in Poetry. Martin & Hart also received their first of two bids needed to qualify for the National Tournament of Champions held in May. Congratulation to both competitors on a successful weekend! Way to SUIT UP!!!

There are many important events occurring before the month ends. Grandparents Day is this Thursday, September 10. Mass will be held at 7:20 am. Parking is avabilable on Francis street.The Admission Game featuring nationally acclaimed speaker Peter Van Buskirk is coming back to McGuinness on Sept. 14. All parents and students are encouraged to attend and hear Van Buskirk’s informative and entertaining comments regarding the rigors of selecting and getting admitted to a college of your choice. Also, next week is Homecoming Week. Lastly, Parent Class Night is Tuesday, September 29. Hope you have all these events on your calendar.

Remember, anyone that has donated an auction item valued at greater than $50 will get their name in the drawing for a $500 tuition credit. We will be drawing this Friday night during half time of our first home football game. Donations may be delivered to the main office until the end of the school day on Friday. This year’s annual auction,”Irishopoly,” takes place February 6, 2016.

Finally, beginning this week, I will close each week’s blog with a Bible verse. My hope is that you will capture a portion of the verse and use it as a point of conversation with your student. I loved Sunday’s 2nd reading from Matthew 18, “Brothers and sisters: Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Have a wonderful week! Look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

Sincerely in Christ,

David Morton