Principal's Weekly Newsletter

WE ARE HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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Letter from the Principal

Dear Celtic Families and Friends,


This week is our 4th week of school since the Christmas break, yet it will be our first full In-person week. Please pay attention to the new bell schedule and daily uniform requirements - these are listed below.


Our Virtue of the Week is Honesty - and it's striking that our virtues so far this year (Patience, Perseverance, Temperance, and Honesty) seem to echo the hopes of so many across the globe for 2021. At Holy Trinity, we continue to find ourselves asking important questions, reflecting on our roles as the Christian leaders of tomorrow, and appealing each week to our better natures through the examination of Catholic Virtues.


Continue to walk safely around our campus, masks on and shields up, and practice those same measures that have allowed us to defy the odds and keep our In-person school open.


Here's to another great week at Holy Trinity!


~Mrs. Brogan

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Schedule for the week.

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: HONESTY


Sunday, January 24th


Monday, January 25th

  • Saint of the Day: Conversion of Saint Paul
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm
  • Monday schedule: 1st@8:15; 3rd@10:05; 5th@12:04; 7th@1:32; 9th@3:00
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Lunch at 11:31-12:00 - Pre-Ordered Bush's or BYO
  • Girls/Boys V Soccer AWAY game @ Reicher - 5pm - 8:30pm(*) (**)


Tuesday, January 26th


Wednesday, January 27th


Thursday, January 28th

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • Thursday schedule: 1st@8:15; 3rd@10:05; 5th@12:04; 7th@1:32; 9th@3:00
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: 9:41-10:01: All Student Rosary in KC.
  • Lunch at 11:31-12:00 - Pre-ordered Big ChewChew's or BYO
  • Boys V Soccer AWAY GAME @ Austin Hill Country @ 6pm.


Friday, January 29th


Saturday, January 30th - Celebrating Catholic Schools Week


(*) The HTCHS Athletic Covid-19 protocols can be accessed on our website under the Athletics tab.


(**) For the remainder of the Winter season, all tickets will be sold at the gate only. No online ticket purchasing for now. Please keep in touch with the Athletic dept. as game schedules are subject to last minute changes due to Covid.

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VIRTUE OF THE WEEK - HONESTY

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The virtue of Honesty is aligned with the cardinal virtue of Temperance

DEFINITION OF HONESTY (also known as Truthfulness)

Sincerity, openness, and truthfulness in one’s words and actions


HONESTY LOOKS LIKE:

  • Sharing something equally
  • Going to confession
  • Admitting you did something wrong
  • Telling the truth even when it is hard
  • Keeping your eyes on your own paper


HONESTY SOUNDS LIKE:

  • I was fair.
  • Bless me Father, for I have sinned…
  • I am sorry.
  • This is what really happened… I told the truth.
  • I will not cheat by looking at someone else’s paper.
Virtue of the Week - Honesty
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2021 CELTIC GALA set for March 6th!

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We will be sending out information shortly about volunteering, class baskets, as well as details for sponsorships and donations. Our Gala this year will be a hybrid event, with guests choosing In-person or Virtual attendance. Details to follow, and as ever, thank you for your support!

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Congratulations to Holy Trinity's 2021 Celebrating Catholic Schools Honorees, Larry and Mona Lockhart!

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Thank you for supporting Holy Trinity! We are Celtic Strong!

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Last week at a glance ~ HT News and Info

Welcome Maddie Giraud!

Maddie is our newest Celtic. Her family just moved here from Camp Humphries in S.Korea where her dad was stationed. She is in the 10th grade. She started with us after Christmas but because of our two weeks in all-virtual, this was her first week in-person.

Welcome to Holy Trinity Maddie!

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Students are back in the halls of Holy Trinity!

After 2 weeks of virtual school, the classrooms and halls again are filled with the sounds of students. We're so glad you're all back!
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We returned to our beautiful Chapel to celebrate Mass!

Fr. Ranjan celebrated Mass for the freshmen and sophomores on Tuesday, and Fr. John celebrated Mass with the juniors and seniors on Wednesday. We are so glad to be back in the Fr. Charles Davis Chapel!
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HT's Forensics team competed in the El Campo Tournament last weekend and won First Place!

The Holy Trinity Forensics Team won first place overall out of 16 schools at the El Campo Speech and Debate Tournament. The team earned 13 individual awards.


Freshman Therese Mosmeyer led the team with three first place awards in Soapbox Speaking, Novice LD Debate, and Novice Extemp.

Also placing for the Celtics:

Senior Cate Barkis first in Senior Prose and Storytelling, and sixth place in Soapbox Speaking;

Theresa Lindberg, first in Novice Prose, and second place in Storytelling;

Isabelle Kurriger, first in Novice Poetry;

Nicholas Boor, second in Novice Extemp and sixth in Impromptu Speaking;

Josh Barkis, third in Novice LD Debate;

Benjamin Boor, fourth in Number Sense;

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Ford Player-of-the-Week staff came to HT to celebrate junior Zaylin Blackwood.

This Friday, the entire school gathered in the gym to watch Zayling receive formal recognition from Ford Built-Tough representatives. Zaylin was awarded Player of the Week during week 13 of last fall's Texas High School Football season. Channel 6 News was there to film the event and they broadcast it Friday evening during the 6pm and 10pm news.


Zaylin's nomination by Ford can be seen here: https://fordplayeroftheweek.com/fall-20-winners#week-13.


He was gifted a stunning Texas-shaped trophy, and a second trophy was awarded to Holy Trinity in his honor. We're so proud of you Zaylin.

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Dress Code Review

Dress Code

The weekly dress code for ALL students is:

Mondays: Regular Uniform

Tuesdays: Mass Attire

Wednesdays: Mass Attire

Thursday: Regular Uniform

Friday: Spirit Wear


Regular uniform:

Boys: khaki pants, HT polo (navy or white), BELT, brown or black shoes (Sperry-type or dress, not athletic shoes). Navy, black or tan crew type socks only. No white socks. No patterned or ankle socks. Optional HT hoodie or HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer or HT Letterman jacket. Optional white undershirt when it’s cold.

Girls: plaid HT skirt, HT polo (navy or white), blue, black or white KNEE HIGH socks, blue or black mary-jane shoes or Tom-type shoes. Optional HT hoodie or HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer or HT Letterman jacket. Optional white undershirt when it’s cold. Optional navy or black leggings or tights when it’s cold. Leggings must be worn with HT socks.


Mass attire:

Boys: TIE, BELT, khaki pants, HT oxford shirts. Navy, black or tan crew type socks only. No white socks. No patterned or ankle socks. Optional HT sweater, sweatshirt, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer, or HT Letterman jacket may be worn in the Chapel. While HT hoodies are allowed in school on Mass days, they are NOT ALLOWED in the Chapel. We highly recommend students keep an HT sweater in their locker to wear to Mass or wear it outright all day. Only HT sweaters, cardigans, sweater vests, blazers, and lettermans are allowed in the chapel.

Girls: HT plaid skirt (MUST touch the ground when the student kneels), HT oxford shirt, blue, black or white KNEE HIGH socks, blue or black Mary-jane shoes or TOM-type shoes. Optional HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer, or HT Letterman jacket may be worn in the Chapel. While HT hoodies are allowed during Mass days, they are NOT ALLOWED in the Chapel. We highly recommend students keep an HT sweater in their locker to wear to Mass or wear it outright all day. Only HT sweaters, cardigans, sweater vests, blazers, and lettermans are allowed in the chapel. Optional white undershirt when it’s cold. Optional navy or black leggings or tights when it’s cold. Leggings must be worn with HT socks.


Spirit Wear:

Blue or black jeans in good repair (no holes or tears, intentional or accidental). Any HT T-shirt. Optional HT hoodie or HT sweater, cardigan, sweater vest, HT blazer or HT Letterman. Optional HT beanie or HT hat (not baseball cap style).


For the complete Dress code, please refer to pp.27,28,29 in the Parent/Student Handbook. The Handbook outlines the grooming standard expected.


Link to Get Noticed, our uniform provider: https://www.getnoticedpromo.com/pres/1037656

Drama plans auditions for the Spring play

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Annual Women's Retreat

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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Congratulations to Caeleigh Salazar!

She has been accepted to Our Lady of the Lake University where she has been offered the Our Lady of the Lake University Presidential Excellence Scholarship of $16,500 per year totaling $66,000 for four years and the Mother St. Andrew Scholarship for Catholic High School Students of $2,000.


She has also been accepted to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

Congratulations to Catheryn Barkis!

She has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design.

Congratulations to Chryanthe Nikolaidis!

She has been offered the Green and Gold

Scholarship by Colorado State University of $2,500 per year totaling $10,000 for four years.


She has also been accepted to the University of Arizona and offered the Arizona Recognition Award of $2,500 per year totaling $10,000 for four years.

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Financial Aid Refresher:

What is financial aid?

  • When we talk about financial aid, we’re talking about ways you can get assistance paying for college.
  • Financial aid comes in many forms. Most forms of financial aid are based on your income or your family’s income, your GPA, test scores, and/or transcripts.


What are the main types of financial aid?

Grants

  • Grants are financial aid that does not have to repaid.
  • The grant amount is based on financial need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.

Loans

  • A loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. There are both student loans and parent loans.
  • Student loans do not need to be paid back until the student graduates, withdraws from college, or drops below full-time status.

Scholarships

  • Scholarships are gift aid and do not have to be repaid. These awards are based on different factors including merit, financial need, and other factors like talent or community service.
  • They are awarded by institutions, governments, private individuals, foundations, and community organizations.

Work-Study

  • Work-study is a part-time job opportunity. Work-study may be included in a student’s financial aid award. The student can then earn that award amount by working on campus throughout the academic year.


How can I get financial aid?

Complete a FAFSA

  • The most-important step to take is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you complete it, you can have your results sent to various colleges that you may be interested in.
  • Once you’re admitted, colleges will use your FAFSA to calculate any need-based financial aid you’ll receive. They’ll send you a summary via your financial aid award.


Fill out scholarship applications

  • As you now know from our definition above, there are two types of scholarships: automatic and those requiring a separate application. At some colleges and universities, you simply have to apply for admission to be eligible for automatic merit scholarships. When it comes to outside scholarships, you must search and apply separately.


Get good grades

  • It’s important to stay on track and attain the highest grades you can in classes. The higher your grades and test scores, the better chance you’ll have of receiving merit scholarships and other outside scholarships which may have a merit component.


What are some other strategies to pay for college?

  • Students employ a wide range of methods outside of financial aid to help offset college costs. No one strategy is right for everyone and you should decide what works best for you.
  • Some students work part time during the academic year as well as during the summer to offset college costs. Some also get help in the form of family savings. Others take AP courses in high school to earn college credit or start out at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university.


As you consider costs, admissions and financial aid counselors at all colleges and universities are there to help you nail down the right strategies for your situation.

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Below are scholarship opportunities we are republishing for your information.

If you are considering a career as a teacher, please see email below about a scholarship opportunity.

Dear Counselor,

I have some exciting news to share with you! This year the Bell County Retired School Employees Association (formerly known as Bell County Retired Teachers Association) will be awarding a one thousand-dollar ($1000) scholarship to two high school graduating seniors. The scholarship is for a student with a strong commitment to a career in education. This is meant for anyone who considers working within a school district, not just to teach. Any student who wants to attend college to later work within the educational system is strongly encouraged to apply.

Our guidelines read as follows:

“A one-thousand dollar ($1000) non-renewing scholarship shall be awarded annually to a Bell County high school graduating senior entering college and committed to a future in education.”

Please note that any applications must be mailed no later than Thursday, April 1st.

If you have additional counselors at your school, please feel free to share this email.

Thank you for all that you do in working with graduating Seniors as they transition into the next chapter of their lives. We look forward to receiving applications from your students. Our committee will select two outstanding students from our represented Bell County Schools as recipients and notify you of the winners.

We look forward to the two recipients attending our May 6 ZOOM meeting at 2:00 pm to be recognized by our members.

Respectfully,

Brenda Parker

BCRSEA Scholarship Committee Chair


NB: The accompanying documents for this scholarship have been emailed to each senior and are available in Mrs. Sanders' office.

Scholarship Applications Being Accepted for Current Texas High School Seniors

See below for more scholarship opportunities with deadlines from now until February 20, 2020. If interested or eligible, you should apply now before you miss any deadlines.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.


Cheryl Sanders

Counselor

Holy Trinity Catholic High School
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Catholic Life Insurance Scholarship

Seniors,

Please see attached file about the All American Scholarship that Catholic Life Insurance is offering. If you are not currently a member of Catholic Life Insurance, you might want to find out how to become a member so that you can apply for the scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021, which should give you time to find out about Catholic Life Insurance. We have had students in the past who received the scholarship.


Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar Booklet


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

National Scholarship Month

Seniors,

November is National Scholarship Month, referred to by the National Scholarship Providers Association as a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students.


November is also an excellent time to begin the scholarship application process if you have not done so already. Many of the scholarships are also dependent on the FAFSA. So if you have not submitted you FAFSA application, do so now. Go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa..


Attached is a Scholarship 101 flyer to help you understand scholarships. Make sure you meet the application deadlines when applying for scholarships. If you need a transcript or any additional information to complete your application, please let me know.


Blessings,

Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

Scholarship Websites

Seniors,


Attached is a flyer listing websites for scholarships. Below are the links to the scholarship websites:


Going Merry https://www.goingmerry.com/

Fastweb https://www.fastweb.com/

Scholarships.com

Chegg Scholarships https://www.chegg.com/scholarships

College Board - Big Future https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ (you should already have an account).


Be sure to check out the Financial Aid page for the college or university you are applying to or planning to attend.

Example - University of Dallas Financial Aid https://udallas.edu/admissions/ministry/finaid_scholarships.php.


Hopefully, you find this information useful and will spend some time checking out all the available scholarships that you may be eligible for.


Blessings,

Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

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BigSun Scholarship for 2021

Seniors,


If you are participating in a sport, please see below about a scholarship opportunity. I encourage you to apply.


Cheryl Sanders
Counselor

Holy Trinity Catholic High School


BigSun Scholarship


The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.


Deadline - June 19, 2021

Amount of Award - $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

Please visit our website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.

This scholarship has been listed with FastWeb

We recognize that each school will have the responsibility for scholarships assigned to different staff positions so we are giving this notice a wide distribution to ensure that each school receives fair notice. Please note that at no time will any student or other individual be asked for a fee of any description for any service.

Norm Fielder

Director

Information about the US Military Academy application process.

To all students:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Carter, Texas 31 and his team developed a virtual Central Texas US Service Academy Nomination forum to replace the sixth annual in-person event usually held in the Fall. This virtual product (link attached) is designed to assist students and their parents with information about the nomination process to the five national services academies:


United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.


While the deadlines for 2020 applications have past, we hope you will find these YouTube segments helpful to inform students, grades 9th through 11th, about the application process.


If you have any questions, please go to Congressman Carter’s website at carter.house.gov.

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NEW CELTIC SPIRIT WEAR

HT masks - $10 each (includes 2 N95 masks)

Contact Jane Boone for purchase details (jboone@holytrinitychs.org)

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Walden Library info

Good day, All!

The Walden Library is now home to a few "new" books, lovingly donated! Please feel free to share this with your students. Also, you’re always welcome to drop by and pick up a book or two, yourself!

Our new classics (in paperback) include:

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues, Plato

Electra, Sophocles

Aeneid, Virgil

Utopia, Sir Thomas More

My Fall hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

However, even if I am not here, you are always welcome to peruse the shelves on any day of the week.

Happy Reading!

Kira Ciupek

Librarian, Holy Trinity Catholic High School


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

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Here's to a blessed and prosperous new year 2021 for all!

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