Principal's Weekly Newsletter

WE ARE HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

~ September 21st, 2020 ~

Letter from the Principal

HT found its footing this week with Athletics, Forensics and Drama successfully launching their seasons, and school clubs reopening for business. It's starting to feel like normal school again. And although it's still a bit awkward, we're all settling into our Hybrid/DL modes and learning how to make school work.


Nevertheless, the faculty and staff are actively watching the covid statistics and balancing them against the success of HT's covid protocols, and specifically the success with which our in-school population has adapted to wearing masks. We are grateful that so far we haven't had any cases. We know this could change any day, and we are aware that throughout Texas, cases have risen, specifically linked to the reopening of schools. Despite these increases, we are confident that overall HT may be heading towards a return to normal soon. While it is too early to declare victory, please be assured that we are continuously working on the logistics of a possible return to normal and will be ready to roll out an expansion of our daily in-person attendance as soon as it is safe to do so.


Remember, this is a temporary situation, even though it feels like it'll never end.


Stay strong HT! Remember what Fr. Charlie said: "Relax! God's in Charge"

Mrs. Brogan

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

September 21st - September 25th

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: GENEROSITY


Monday, September 21st - Blue on Campus - Regular Uniform for All

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Matthew
  • Monday class schedule - Class periods 1, 3, 5, 7.
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm.
  • Lunch at 11:59 am - Pre-Ordered Bush's or bring your own.
  • Uniform: regular uniform.
  • Prayer Service: 9:54 am. Distance Learners Link here: Virtue Video: Generosity
  • Volleyball HOME GAME vs. Cen Tex Chargers, JV: 5:30 & V: 6:30 (*)


Tuesday, September 22nd - Blue on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus


Wednesday, September 23rd - Gold on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus

  • Senior SAT testing ON CAMPUS - 8am-12noon in KC
  • Saint of the Day: Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
  • Wednesday Mass schedule - Class periods 1, 3, 5, 7.
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm.
  • Lunch at 12:00 - Pre-Ordered Wings, Pizza n' Things, or bring your own.
  • Uniform: Mass uniform on campus (no hoodies or sweatshirts)
  • Mass: 9:44 am - 10:44 am: Celebrant Fr. John Guzaldo from St. Luke's Catholic Parish in Temple.
  • Mass live streamed here https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77873474293?wd=by8vSEZpTXdEUElldDRtNU5kaDdpUT09
  • HTCHS Board Meeting - 6pm.


Thursday, September 24th - Gold on Campus - Regular Uniform for All

  • Saint of the Day: Saint John Henry Newman
  • Thursday class schedule - Class periods 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • lunch at 11:30 - Pre-ordered Big Chew Chew's or bring your own.
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: 9:54 am Distance Learners Link here: Virtue Video: Generosity
  • Cross Country @ Home vs. Heritage Park - 7:45-8:45am


Friday, September 25th - Blue on Campus - Spirit Wear for All


Saturday, September 26th:

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Paul VI
  • Volleyball - @ CTCS Round Robin - 11:30-12:30 (*)


Sunday, September 27th:


Monday, September 28th - Blue on Campus - Regular Uniform for All

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: Kindness

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Wenceslaus.
  • Monday class schedule - Class periods 1, 3, 5, 7.
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm.
  • Lunch at 11:59 am - Pre-Ordered CFA or bring your own.
  • Uniform: regular uniform.
  • Prayer Service: 9:54 am. Distance Learners Link here: link will be posted here.


(*) Please see HTCHS Athletic Covid-19 protocols outlined below in this newsletter. The protocols can also be accessed on our website under the Athletics tab.

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: GENEROSITY

The virtue of Generosity is aligned with the Cardinal virtue of Justice.


DEFINITION OF GENEROSITY:

Giving of oneself in a willing and cheerful manner for the good of others


GENEROSITY LOOKS LIKE:

  • Spending time with someone else
  • Smiling
  • Thinking of others first
  • Sharing with someone
  • Collecting supplies for the poor

GENEROSITY SOUNDS LIKE:

  • Would you like to join us?
  • Silence
  • Go on in and sit down. I'll hold the door open till everyone gets here.
  • Want to borrow my notes?
  • I volunteered at the Food Pantry all day Saturday.
Virtue of the Week - Generosity

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~ Last week at a glance ~

These are some of the things that took place this past week:

Athletics:
  • Football played their first scrimmage and absolutely rocked it! This is going to be an exciting season, with a record 24 boys on the team!
  • Volleyball is coming together as a team and really showing strength going into the first games of the season.
  • Cross Country came off an amazing Meet on the 12th and are running each morning at 6am to prepare for their next Meet vs. Heritage Park.


Drama: the One Act Play was selected, auditions were held and rehearsals began.


Forensics: on Saturday the HT Debate team hosted its first Tournament: the Annual Hurricane Debate. This year it was a virtual tournament - talk about BYOD! Bring your own Debate!


Student Council got back into gear with the nominations of key positions. They hold elections this coming week. Vote HT, Vote!


Spirit Squad also re-emerged from the shadows of Covid - sophomore Abby C. rallied students to join the Squad. They help ensure that fun events are held and celebrated all year. The Squad needs you!


Robotics registered to participate in upcoming competitions and is planning on putting HT on the Robotics map this year.


Adoration: The Gold students participated in their first Adoration in the Gym. Like the Blue students a few weeks ago, they showed deep reverence and care despite the odd setting.

Blue Day Mass at HT

Fr. Francisco returned to HT to celebrate our Blue day mass. He continued sharing his devotion to our Blessed Mother by going more into depth about her "Yes" to God - emphasizing that you do not need to know where your Yes will lead - just be open to His invitation and trust in Him, like Mary did.

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Thank you to all who served: senior Nathaniel E., freshmen Jonah A. and Patrick S. (altar servers); senior Carisa T. and Caeleigh S., and freshmen Liberty M., Joseph J. and Adan T. (saxaphone) (music); senior Chrysanthe N. (lector); Ms. Snyder and the senior class: Set up and take down.


And thank you again to Fr. Francisco for all his support with our new Mass schedule!

Gold Day Mass at HT

Prior to the pandemic, HT attended Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church each first week of the month . To reconnect with us, Fr. Kurtis came to celebrate our Gold Day Mass at HT this week. He made us all laugh when upon hearing that our Virtue was Courtesy, he said, "Ah, Courtesy is my name!" He was referring to his first name Kurtis, and went on to link courtesy to the saint of the day, St. Cornelius, whose example of courtesy towards those who thought differently than he helped bring about a greater understanding of God's Mercy towards all people.

We can't wait to return to our monthly Masses at St. Mary's and appreciate Fr. Kurtis coming over to HT until then.

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Thank you Fr. Kurtis, we're so glad you came to celebrate Mass with us.

Thank you to all who served: freshmen Patrick S., Thomas B. and senior Benjamin B. (altar servers); senior Faithann G. (lector); juniors Nathan O., Andrew L. and senior Chrysanth N. (music); Ms. Snyder and the senior class: Set up and take down.

Adoration at HT.

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Athletics at HT this week

VOLLEYBALL


Volleyball Head Coach Brandi Jageler (Varsity) and Assistant Coach Jane Boone (JV) are leading the Lady Celtics into each game with demonstrated skill and strength conditioning. The teams' return to the HT gym made that very clear. We look forward to an exciting season!
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FOOTBALL

F.A.M.i.L.Y.

Head Football Coach and Athletic Director James Shelton is taking his team to a whole new level. With both a Varsity and a Junior Varsity team to train, Coach Shelton and his Assistant Coaches Greg Powell, Demetrius Bennett and Dante Merritt have put into place a work ethic and practice routine that is already bearing fruit. Holy Trinity dominated in its scrimmage on Thursday and is ready to play hard at their first Home game this coming Friday. Go Celtics!
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News for this Week

TIME TO VOTE FOR YOUR HT STUDENT COUNCIL

With Homecoming right around the corner, it's time to get our Student Council up and running again.

Nominations will be open from the 14th - 17th (forms available at the front desk), and Elections will be held on the 22nd and 23rd (google classroom.) Everyone needs to vote vote vote!!

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Join the Spirit Squad!

Spirit Squad president Abby C. (C' of '23) invites students interested in creating a spirit filled atmosphere at HT to join the Squad. They help plan fun events for all of HT, and create awesome banners and posters to hang around the school ahead of school events. Show your school spirit by coming out to help. We need all the Spirit we can to show Covid we're stronger than it! Information at the front counter.

One Act Play: Rehearsal Schedule

The tentative Rehearsal Schedule for Cagebirds can be seen at the following link.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eSuSOhRKTIz4BadxNONx0GXoZ3hIjZQ4nMRJkuzQ-Cs/edit?usp=sharing

Please check the link regularly for any changes to the Rehearsal Schedule.

Our first scheduled rehearsal is tomorrow, Monday, September 14th from 4:15-5:45pm. All cast, understudies, and crew are expected to attend if they are able. Rehearsal will be in Ms. Snyder's classroom.

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for which you are scheduled, please contact the following individuals:


Christ's Peace,

Ms. Snyder

Misc. HT info

Protocols for athletic games

Please be aware that our Athletic Director, Coach Shelton, is working hard to keep all our athletes and supporters safe during home and away games. Attached are protocols that he is enforcing for our HOME Football games, and for our HOME Volleball games.


If you are planning on attending any of our games, please take the time to familiarize yourselves with our protocols so that you know what to expect when you attend a game.


Please note that likewise, games held 'away' will be subject to similar protocols that we, as guests of the hosting school, will require our athletes, coaches, and attending parents to respect and adhere to. The Holy Trinity Home Game Protocols are posted on our website and you can access them by clicking on the links below.


HOLY TRINITY FOOTBALL 2020 HOME GAME PROTOCOLS

HOLY TRINITY 2020 FOOTBALL GAME SCHEDULE


HOLY TRINITY VOLLEYBALL 2020 HOME GAME PROTOCOLS.

HOLY TRINITY 2020 VOLLEYBALL VARSITY GAME SCHEDULE

HOLY TRINITY 2020 VOLLEYBALL JV GAME SCHEDULE

Attendance

If you know your child will be absent for any reason please be sure you notify Mrs. Mungia (vmungia@holytrinitychs.org). She is your primary contact for anything related to Attendance. You may email her about an absence and this will work as notification.

Likewise, if your child is unable to connect to their class for any reason, please let Mrs. Mungia know so she can notify the teachers. Your email serves as a time-stamp re: notification and she will log your email in her Attendance correspondence.

HOLY TRINITY MASKS AND GAITERS

We have masks and gaiters that were made specifically for Holy Trinity. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Mrs. Mungia. There are limited supplies so let her know asap if you'd like her to hold one for you. Cost is $10/each. The cost can be added to your FACTS.
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Snack Bar cards now available

You can purchase a Snack Bar card for your student. They're $20 each and are kept at the snack bar. Students can walk up to the snackbar and get a drink or snack and it's deducted on the card. They don't have to worry about forgetting to have $$ in their pockets.

Contact Mrs. Mungia to purchase one. They are added to your FACTS payment.


NB: You cannot buy Friday pizza with the card - for that you do need to have dollar bills in your pocket.

Walden Library info

Librarian Hours: Thursdays & Fridays: 100 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Self-Check-Out Log: Self-checkout clipboard on the front desk. When Mrs. Ciupek is in the Library, she will provide “auto-scan” services.

• In-Library Policy: max 5 students in the Library at any one time, and social distancing.

All-Distance Students (non-campus): DL students may select books or other items directly from the library catalogue: holytrinitychs.org/Academics/Catalogue


For more information, contact Mrs. Ciupek at kciupek@holytrinitychs.org

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~ COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES ~

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A message from our Counselor

SAT School Day Test

Seniors,


Just a reminder that the SAT School Day Test is this coming Wednesday, September 23. Below are things to be aware of:

  1. Blue day students should have their answer sheets completed and ready to turn in to Mrs. Sanders on Monday, September 21.
  2. Gold day students who did not turn their answer sheets in on Friday, September 18, should bring them to Mrs. Sanders on Monday, September 21.
  3. Testing will be in the Kasberg Center (cafeteria)
  4. Students will go directly to the Kasberg Center, not the gym, to have their temperature taken and answer questions about Covid symptoms.
  5. Students can park in the parking spaces on the west side of the school closest to the field or behind the gym. Do not park in the teachers' parking spaces by the west side school doors.
  6. Please arrive at the cafeteria by 7:45 to have your temperature tested, and then enter the cafeteria to be seated.
  7. Testing will begin as close to 8:00 as possible so that the students who are not taking the SAT with essay can finish by lunch and be dismissed.
  8. Blue day students not taking the SAT with essay will be allowed to leave campus. If you would prefer to stay at school for your class, please check with your afternoon teachers. You will be required to go to your 5th period class on line.
  9. Gold day students not taking the SAT with essay will go to the Gym to eat lunch. You will be required to go to your 5th period class at school.
  10. Students who are taking the SAT with essay will remain in the cafeteria and be allowed to eat lunch before we continue with the essay.
  11. Students taking the SAT with essay who ordered their lunch through RenWeb, will be brought their lunch in the cafeteria.
  12. Students who did order their lunch should bring a lunch; or if you would like Mrs. Mungia to order you lunch from Wing, Pizza, and Things, please let her know on Monday so she can order for you. The cost is $7.00.
  13. I will be sending out a separate email to students who still owe for the SAT.

To help improve your SAT score, remember to go to Khan Academy this weekend to help you get ready for the SAT on Wednesday. If you have any questions about the SAT School Day test, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a blessed weekend.

Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

Seniors,


Click below to access the Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar for High School Seniors. The booklet contains information about all the colleges in Texas with application deadlines, financial aid deadlines, admission tips, and various other information.


Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar Booklet


Blessings,

Cheryl Sanders

Thank you to all our Volunteers

We are so grateful to the extraordinary men, women, and students who work behind the scenes to make Holy Trinity such an amazing place.
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Thank you to all our volunteers, especially those who work behind the scenes. We are so grateful for your support!

Did you know...?

Whenever there's an issue

Jim Fetherman, who sits on our Board of Trustees, comes to help out behind the scenes on a weekly, if not daily basis. We are so grateful to Mr. Fetherman for his countless hours, and I mean hours, of work at HT over the weekends, in the evenings, really any and every time something comes up. He has proven time and time again that he has our back.


Mr. Fetherman and his wife Susan have two daughters who both graduated from St. Mary's and Holy Trinity, Elizabeth (Class of 2013) and Joanna (Class of 2016).


Thank you so much Mr. Fetherman, we appreciate you beyond measure.

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AND FINALLY....

A few pictures from last year to remind us of things to look forward to after Covid

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Relax HT! God's in Charge.