Principal's Weekly Newsletter

WE ARE HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

~ September 14th, 2020 ~

Note from the principal

It's hard to believe, but here we are entering our 5th week back at school. It has been wonderful to get back to the business of having school, and I thank each of you for the ease with which you've stepped up and worked within our guidelines.


However, despite the success of our hybrid school system, I know it hasn't been without its frustrations and disappointments.


For the full time DL students, it's been a lukewarm experience. Thankfully they've created a sub-community and support system of their own. But it's still hard to feel like an HT student under these circumstances, especially if you are a new student!


For our Hybrid students, the frustration of lugging the contents of their lockers to and from home every two days is exhausting, not to mention that every time they settle into one routine, they've got to switch to a whole new routine.


And for teachers, even though theoretically all work is being live-streamed and recorded, the reality is that their workload has doubled while the demands on their flexibility and ingenuity is requiring them to completely rewrite how they do their jobs.


And yet in all this, everyone has behaved flawlessly, quietly rising to the challenge and showing true Holy Trinity spirit. No one fusses about wearing masks, hand sanitizer flows freely all day, and everyone seems to have figured out how to control their potential exposure.


Even if we do get some cases, I do feel that as a school we have established our baseline and are in a really positive place moving forward. If we continue to show ownership of personal precautions, continue to focus on keeping our teachers safe, continue to respect each other by following health & safety guidelines, school may return to a familiar version of normal sooner than planned.


I ask for your continued patience and especially for your perseverance with health & safety precautions as we head into the next week. If we can show that our baseline in terms of behaviors and results is constant, we may yet be able to argue for a more student-friendly approach to our Covid response.


~Mrs. Brogan

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

september 14th - september 18th

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: COURTESY


Monday, September 14th - Blue on Campus - Regular Uniform for All

  • Saint of the Day: Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, is credited with having found the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
  • 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: Virtue Video
  • Music Practice for Mass: 4:00pm-5:00pm in Mr. Knoke's room.


Tuesday, September 15th - Blue on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus

  • Saint of the Day: Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Tuesday class schedule - Class periods 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • School starts at 8:15 am and ends at 3:45 pm.
  • Lunch at 11:59 - Pre-Ordered La Roma or bring your own.
  • Uniform: Mass uniform on campus (no hoodies or sweatshirts)
  • Mass: 9:44 am - 10:44 am, Celebrant: Fr. Francisco Rodriguez III, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Temple
  • Mass live streamed here: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77873474293?wd=by8vSEZpTXdEUElldDRtNU5kaDdpUT09
  • Volley Ball Game - AWAY - JV only @ Austin Hill Country - 5:30pm *


Wednesday, September 16th - Gold on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Cornelius
  • 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 Tres Magueyes or bring your own.
  • Uniform: Mass uniform on campus (no hoodies or sweatshirts)
  • Mass: 9:44 am - 10:44 am: Celebrant Fr. Kurtis Wiedenfeld from St. Mary's Catholic Parish in Temple.
  • Mass live streamed here https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77873474293?wd=by8vSEZpTXdEUElldDRtNU5kaDdpUT09


Thursday, September 17th - Gold on Campus - Regular Uniform for All

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Robert Bellarmine
  • 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
  • Football Game - FIRST SCRIMMAGE - Matous Field @ 6pm - open to fb parents and staff only. (*)
  • Volleyball Game - FIRST HOME GAME vs. St. Joseph - @ 6:30pm (*)

Friday, September 18th - Gold on Campus - Spirit Wear for All


Saturday, September 19th:

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Januarius
  • Volleyball Tournament - JV only - AWAY @ CTCS (Sept. 18th & Sept. 19th) (*)
  • Forensics: HT is hosting the annual Hurricane DebateTournament. It will be online and will feature debaters from three states!


Sunday, September 20th:


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

VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: GENEROSITY

  • 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: 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: COURTESY

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


Courtesy is the entrance-level virtue that allows strangers to suddenly feel that they are kindred spirits. It is also the foundation on which other virtues might be established, such as kindness, thoughtfulness, amicability, and generosity.


by Donald DeMarco


(from: https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/the-virtue-of-courtesy.html)

Virtue of the Week - Courtesy

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~ Last week at a glance ~

Father Francisco from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic parish in Temple came to HT to celebrate our Blue day mass.

Tuesday was the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and our beautiful portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe, given to us by Dr. Veronica Alonzo, was displayed to honor Mary. For those who don't know, Dr. Alonzo was our Principal before Mr. Evans.


The Mass was beautiful, and Fr. Francisco humbly and prayerfully explained how it is through the intercession of our Lady that he was, and all of us are, invited to know her son Jesus. Thank you Fr. Francisco for sharing your moving story with us. We are so blessed to have you supporting and praying for our students.

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Thank you to all who assisted: senior Nathaniel E., freshmen Joseph J. and Patrick S. (altar servers); senior Caeleigh S. and freshman Liberty M. (music); sophomore Bruce R. (lector); Mrs. Rockwood: music; 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!

thank you father Francisco!

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Fr. Sang Quan, Christ the King Catholic Parish in Belton came to HT to celebrate our Gold day mass.

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Thank you to all who assisted: freshmen Zach B., Nick B, and Joshua B. (altar servers); junior Andrew L. (music); senior Volodymyr P. (lector); ; Ms. Snyder and the senior class: Set up and take down.

THANK YOU FATHER Sang. WE'RE SO GLAD YOU CAME TO CELEBRATE MASS WITH US!

Thank you also to Ms. Snyder for taking the time for each Mass to cue up the text of the Mass and find the lyrics of the songs. She keeps those scriptures and responsorials and lyrics ever scrolling on the screen for all to follow along with. This is greatly appreciated.

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WE LOVE OUR KNEELERS!

A huge THANK YOU to all our parents and friends who donated kneelers for our Masses in the KC Hall this year. They have made all the difference!


Below: Once again Mrs. Enriquez and Mrs. Kelley are on 'kneeler duty' and under the watchful eye of our Fr. Charlie Celtic, they manged again to fit all the kneelers back neatly in the box!

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honoring september 11th at holy trinity

Morning Announcements centered around 9/11.

On the 19th Anniversary of September 11th, a moment of silence was observed throughout Holy Trinity in accordance with the declaration made by Gov. Abbott (click HERE for the declaration). The moment of silence was followed by the prayer below in memory of September 11th:


God of comfort we lift to you our prayer this day on the 19th anniversary of September 11. We ask you to surround us with comfort, protection and your Divine Providence. September 11th was a day when we as a nation lost so many. May we take this time to honor the women and men, and the boys and girls who lost their lives. When we struggle with the questions behind these events, help us to know that we are never alone. Guide us with the courage to know that when we stretch out our hands to you, we feel your embrace in the arms of our neighbor. May we always remember that we are one family in this world. Help us to know that our pain is yours; and the tears of our family fall on your heart. Guide us as a nation, and help your people to never forget how so many laid down their lives for their friends. Bring us your grace to hear the small voice of the one crying in the wilderness. Bring those who are suffering your comfort in our embrace. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.


Amen.


Then the following prayers of thanksgiving were recited:


The Response is: “Lord, hear our prayer”


● For the Church, that she may continue to provide care and healing for all, especially those affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001, we pray to the Lord…

● For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord…

● For the safety of our service men and women abroad, for civil servants who protect us and keep us safe, and for all who live with war and violence, we pray to the Lord…

● For our leaders and for the leaders of nations, that they may work together to address the problems that provide fertile ground for the growth of terrorism, we pray to the Lord...

● For the ability to forgive and for an end to all hatred, beginning in our own hearts, we pray to the Lord…


Gathering all of these prayers together as one, we pray the prayer that our Savior taught us:

Our Father...

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ht flags at half-mast on 9-11

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~ NEWS OF THE WEEK ~

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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!!


Thank you!

Paloma Navarro

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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

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.

SUPPORT HT ATHLETICS BY PURCHASING AN AD IN THE SPORTS MEDIA GUIDE

Advertisements and Building our Holy Trinity FAMILY Together


Dear Friends,


Let Holy Trinity help give your businesses exposure or thank you for your general support, and let's grow our community together. Please consider general support, placing an ad, a coupon for your business or products, or just sharing this information with others, everything is appreciated.


The booklet is a 8.5 x 11 professionally printed booklet, and will be shared with families throughout Central Texas. The guide is handed out at all sporting events year round and advertisers also will be shared on Holy Trinity's social media. Please see the link below and fill it out so we can include you for 2020-2021. If you have questions email Jane Boone jboone@holytrinitychs.org..


Show Your Support and Advertise with Holy Trinity. Help us get to know you, and give back to our supporters, click on the link and fill it out and we will be in touch.

https://forms.gle/kcBcV8Kct2oLb2wF9


Thank you for your service and your support in the community.


Jane Boone

Director of Development

jboone@holytrinitychs.org

make sure you've signed up for the Remind App

If you are new to the school, please sign up to our Remind App for parents and guardians to receive text alerts to your phone from Holy Trinity with brief reminders or alerts.


For example, we will send you reminders of changes to the schedule, reminders about the uniform for the day, or alerts about the weather and potential delays or closures.


Please follow these simple steps to sign up:


1) If you are a PARENT OR GUARDIAN:

  • Text @htfam20 to 81010.
  • select parent as your role.


2) If you are a STUDENT:

  • Text @htchs20n21 to 81010.
  • Select "student" as your role.


It's that easy! You do NOT need to download the app to receive the text alerts.

the walden library is open

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, Mrs. Cheryl Sanders

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

Congratulations to Guido Zecca!

He has been accepted to the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas Tech University.

Congratulations to Ashley Turck!

She has been accepted to Tarleton State University.

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thank you 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.


This past weekend, Holy Trinity hosted its 3rd Annual Cross Country meet. The whole event was planned, organized and put together by Paula Orf (mom to junior Nathan). It's amazing turnout (over 17 schools participated) and seamless pacing is a testament to her countless hours of work for our students and our school. We are so grateful to her and to all the parent and student volunteers who helped make the first Meet of the season such a success! Thank you Paula!

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Paula talks to Mike Cornet, owner of Tenroc Ranch who so graciously opened his ranch to our XC meet. Thank you both so much for supporting our students!
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Coach Shelton, Coach Bennett, Paula Orf and Coach Merritt gave their all to support our XC athletes and their amazing Coach, John Warnes (not in picture).

thank you to all our volunteers, especially those who work behind the scenes. We are so grateful for your support!

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did you know...?

Senior De'Lilah Rico has been creating beautiful String Art pieces for Holy Trinity since her freshman year. She donates them each year at our Celtic Gala as part of our Silent Auction. The two pictured below were purchased then donated back to the school. You can see them both at school: the Holy Trinity Cross graces the entrance to the KC, and the Christus Vivit hangs in the main hall next to the exit doors, and facing the hallway to the gym.

Thank you De'Lilah!

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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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Mass in the Chapel - here with Fr. Sang from Christ the King last October, and who returned to celebrate Mass with us this past week.

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