Principal's Weekly Update

January 13th, 2020


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Week of January 13th

Monday, January 13th

  • Monday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: Faculty Reflection
  • Boys Soccer HT v. Austin Hill Country @ HT 6:00pm - Home

Tuesday, January 14th

  • Tuesday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: PWP
  • G/B Basketball game @ HT vs. Allen Academy. Girls 6pm, Boys 7:30pm - Home

Wednesday, January 15th

  • Wednesday class schedule with Mass 9:35-10-35
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: Mass uniform
  • Prayer Service: Mass with Fr. Francisco from OLG
  • G/B Soccer HT v. San Juan Diego @HT Girls 5pm, Boys 7pm - Home

Thursday, January 16th
  • Thursday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: regular uniform
  • Prayer Service: Holy Rosary
  • G/B Soccer HT@ Reicher Catholic High School, Girls 5pm, Boys 7pm - 2102 N 23rd St, Waco, TX 76708

Friday, January 17th

  • Friday class schedule
  • School starts at 8:15 and ends at 3:45
  • Uniform: spirit wear
  • Prayer Service: Adoration
  • Forensics: El Campo Invitational - students leave after 2nd period.
  • G/B Basketball HT @ St. Joseph Catholic High School - Girls 6:00pm, Boys 7:30pm - St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, 600 S Coulter Dr, Bryan, TX 77803,

Saturday, January 18th

  • Forensics: El Campo Invitational
  • Girls Soccer HT @ San Juan Diego (Town & Country Soccer Fields) 11am - SJDCHS, 13455 Briarwick Dr, Austin, TX 78729 #23

Monday, January 20th - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


HONOR ROLL 1st Semester

Congratulations to the following students for placing in the 2019-2020 1st Semester Honor Roll!

BISHOP’S HONOR ROLL: Students who have all A's and at least a 95 or higher in each class

9 Camila Reano

PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL: Students who have all A's on their report card

9 Natalie Libreros

10 Nicholas Bennett

10 Dani Brown

10 Bryce Eichelkraut

11 Benjamin Boor

11 Rachel Heifrin

12 Margaret Linz

12 Reagan Smith

12 Dominique Weisbruch

ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL: - Students who have all A's and B's on their report card

9 Alondra Arredondo

9 Blue Brumbalow

9 Aryana Danielle Curtis

9 Stephan Galvez

9 Katie Jolly

9 Theresa Lindberg

9 Diego Milne

9 Bruce Reed

10 Nikelis Estrada

10 Sophia Howell Dancer

10 Jaewon Jang

10 Andrew Lindberg

10 Grace Morrison

10 Anh Nguyen

10 Nathan Orf

10 Lorien Richesin

10 Patrick Weisbruch

11 Shelby Freehill

11 Patrick McKenna

11 Chrysanthe Nikolaidis

11 Volodymyr Ploskanych

11 Abby Rockwood

11 Caeleigh Salazar

11 Carisa Torralva

11 Ashley Turck

12 Annie Boone

12 Ashley Olivos

12 Andrew Stevenson




Thank you Father Kurtis for welcoming us to the first student Mass of 2020!


Both Basketball Teams won their games against San Juan Diego this week. Way to go Celtics!

We couldn't play ball without our amazing parents! Thank you for all your support!


And our boys soccer team beat Veritas in their game at HT on Thursday night, 2-1. Way to go guys!!


Gary Rapp from the Temple Rotary Club visited our students and invited them to consider developing their leadership skills through RYLA's summer camp


Our weather got a bit crazy on Friday afternoon and there was talk of opening our Tornado Shelter

Olivia Levada from ABC Channel 25 in Killeen came to do a feature on Holy Trinity's Tornado Shelter (aka the Kasberg Center, aka the Cafetorium). Did you know it's a FEMA built tornado shelter, reinforced with concrete walls and built to withstand 250mph winds? Look on Ms. Levada's Facebook for her feature on tornado preparedness in our area, and you might catch a glimpse of our school!


Forensics competed at China Springs tournament on Saturday

Saturday, our Forensics Team took a small group of students to compete at the China Spring tournament. Placing for the Celtics were

Samuel Mosmeyer, second, Persuasive Speaking

Jaewon Jang, second, Social Studies

Ahn Nguyen, second, Mathematics (9-10 Grade)

Haram Yoon, third, Mathematics (9-10 Grade)

Linda Enriquez, fourth, Poetry

Jaewon Jang, sixth, Number Sense (9-10 Grade)

The Forensics Team will be in action again this weekend when they head to El Campo.


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CELTIC GALA - 2020 - LIGHT OF THE WORLD Saturday, February 2nd, 6pm

Hello HT Families,

We are a few short weeks from our Celtic Gala 2020. The Celtic Gala is our most important fundraiser of the year. It helps us fund our Tuition Assistance program, which allows so many of our students to attend Holy Trinity. We encourage everyone to consider joining us for this special event and show your support for our school.

Please consider attending our Gala. You may purchase your tickets directly at the office, or you may purchase your Gala tickets online by clicking on the following link (if you cannot attend, please consider clicking on the link below to make a donation to our Gala - your support in turn supports our students!):

Main Event Ticket Page -

A few other reminders--

1) HT Families (Killian, Columba, Finnian, and Aidan) all put together baskets for the silent auction. Family sponsors will be coordinating that with your student. We usually ask for students to bring items that pertain to their family basket, or a monetary donation.

The family baskets are as follows:

Columba--Movie Basket

Killian--Valentine's Basket

Aidan-- Rainy Day Basket

Finnian-- Handyman Basket

2) HT Classes (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) also pitch in to make bigger class baskets that are auctioned off as a live auction item. You may donate a monetary amount ($20 is recommended) or you may bring items that pertain to your class basket.

The class baskets are as follows:

Freshman--St. Rose Gardener's Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Sophomore--St. Drogo of Sebourg Coffee Lover's Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Junior--St. Clare Entertainment Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Senior--St. Lawrence of Rome Cook's Basket. Here is the link to sign up for items with google sheets.

Everyone should be able to sign up, but if you cannot, you might have to request permission to sign up. You may also just bring items up to the school office. All items for Class baskets and Family Baskets must be turned in by Friday January 24th to allow us time to put it all together.

Thank you, thank you for helping with these items for our school gala!

Jordanna Richesin

HTCHS Advancement


The Annual Holy Trinity Gala is the most important fundraiser of the year. We invite you to consider being a part of the fun by either attending our gala and/or joining our dynamic team of volunteers. Below are two areas we are in need of volunteers for:

* Class Baskets: In past years, each class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior) makes a "basket" for the Gala. It's approaching that time of year again and we are in need of parents for each grade level to help organize and oversee the creation of the class baskets.

***We auction all 4 class "baskets" at the Live Auction during the Gala.***

The baskets do really well and are loved by all and are well bid on items at the Gala. They help us make meet our fundraising goal and are essential to the success of our Gala. Come be a part of a special group of families that helps make our Gala special.

* Planning and Coordinating: We are putting together our planning and coordinating teams and would love to invite you to join the fun. There is everything from helping advertise our gala, to decorating, planning the dinner, planning games, helping with the Silent and/or Live Auctions. Everything you do helps our Gala, which helps our school.

Helping with the Celtic Gala is a great way to support Holy Trinity and meet other families and work 'behind the scenes'. If you are interested in being on a Class Basket Team or on the Planning and Coordinating Team (or both!), please contact Mrs. Jordanna Richesin:



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Congratulations to Yaquelin Mojica-DeLaCruz!

She has been accepted to the United States Air Force.

Congratulations to Christian Leurs!

He has been accepted to the United States Marines.



We Welcome Mrs. Marlene Poehlmann

Dear Celtic Families and Students,

We are very excited to announce that Marlene Poehlmann is joining our Faculty and will take over the classes taught by Mrs. Velazquez. Mrs. Poehlmann taught Spanish at Holy Trinity in the past and we are truly blessed to have her return to our school at this time. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Poehlmann back to Holy Trinity!

From Mrs. Poehlmann:

HT Students, Families, Faculty and Staff:

My name is Marlene Poehlmann and I am resuming the role as Spanish and Geography instructor at Holy Trinity Catholic High School. As many of you may know, I taught Spanish both at HT and St Mary’s from 2010 – 2014. From there, I worked in Austin briefly and then enrolled in graduate school at University of the Incarnate Word. I received my Master of Science degree in Organizational Development and Leadership in 2016. I worked at Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter as Development Director and Executive Director from 2016 until this past October.

I was recently notified about the vacancy of the Spanish instructor role. While I never imagined I’d have the incredible opportunity to return to Holy Trinity, I knew that it was God leading me in this direction. He definitely works in mysterious and serendipitous ways!

My immediate goal is to provide a seamless transition for the students, families and faculty. I will spend next week reviewing last semester’s material and assessing each student’s performance and learning style to ensure a strong foundation before learning new material. I encourage you to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have throughout this semester. You are more than welcome to stop by and introduce yourself as well. I look forward to meeting you next week!

May God’s peace be with you always,

Marlene Poehlmann


New Library Hours for Spring 2020

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See Ms. Snyder to sign up for DCYC weekend Jan. 31st - Feb. 2nd, 2020. This year the conference is in Waco.


All High School men are invited to the monthly Discernment Dinners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Dinners are every 1st Thursday at 7pm. For more information call: 254-773-6779. Join Fr. Francisco for Food and Fellowship.

Rotary Youth Club camp and Leadership Development Opportunity

If you are interested in our Interact Club or in Temple Rotary, please consider participating in the RYLA (Rotaray Youth Leadership Award program. For more information, including brochures, contact Mrs. Christy Dunstan at
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Student volunteers needed for the OLAMS 17th Annual Banquet - Friday, Jan. 24th

Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter is hosting their 17th Annual Benefit Banquet on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at the Frank Mayborn Civic and Convention Center. They are seeking student volunteers to assisting with hosting the evening.

Students will wear black pants and a white shirt and need to arrive by 5:30 pm to begin assisting with setting up tables and help with serving the meals to the attendees, as well as assisting people in finding their tables.

Students will be fed dinner and will receive service hours. This is a great ministry and a great way to say thank you to OLAMS for all the support they've given our school. Please consider volunteering if you are able.

To volunteer, contact Mrs. Brogan and she will put you in touch with the OLAMs cooridinator.


Volunteers in the Community

All families are encouraged to volunteer in their communities. Like our students who serve at school AND out in their community, Families can apply up to 10hrs of community service to their 20hr Family Service requirements. If you can wear an HT Spirit T-shirt to a community service event, we'd love a picture so we can share your wonderful community spirit!

All families are asked to complete 20 service hours


Ethics and Integrity Ministry (EIM)

In an effort to protect our children, the Diocese of Austin mandates that all individuals who have contact with our children must be in compliance with the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Policy, which equips each of us with the tools and knowledge to protect our children from possible abuse and perpetrators. All parents MUST complete this process to volunteer at the school.

Registration is required through the Diocese. In order to register for an EIM Workshop, you must first complete the volunteer application which is on their website. Once you have attended the workshop please submit a copy of the certificate to the school office. This workshop is for new parents and those who are in need of the refresher course.

For more information, go to:


See you soon, Class of 2024!

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Future Celtic Christian Demapan (SMCS - 8th grade), helps the Pre-K students bless themselves.



Summer Programs at Holy Trinity

Students and Parents,

The Summer Programs page of Holy Trinity's website has been updated, and if you are interested in applying to any summer programs, please go to and check out the programs being offered. Deadlines are coming up soon for some of the programs, so make sure you get your application submitted by the deadline.

If you have any questions about the summer programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Cheryl Sanders, Counselor