Principal's Weekly Newsletter

WE ARE HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

~ September 28th, 2020 ~

Letter from the Principal

How quickly times flies! Here we are closing out the month of September and welcoming the month of October! With October comes Homecoming week 2020! The spirit dress themes and guidelines are posted below. We encourage all our students to join in the fun and make this Homecoming Week memorable. Hobby Lobby has confirmed it has the colors for Holy Trinity Mums, and that probably means Michael's does too. So go out and get to crafting and show off your mums for Homecoming!


Thank you to everyone for continuing to support our "Masks On" policy. It may just be the ticket to keeping our school open for face-to-face attendance the whole of this quarter, if not the whole First Semester! And it's also our ticket to welcoming back more students to attend daily, and may allow us to extend this to all our students much sooner than we could've hoped. So continue to work with us and we may be back to "normal" really soon.


NB: Parents, please continue to ensure your students and your households are wearing their masks when outside of school and on weekends and are abiding by social distancing guidelines wherever they go. There's news of a second wave out there - let's not invite that wave to crash on our school.

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

September 28th - October 2nd

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VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: GRATITUDE

HOMECOMING WEEK - THEME DRESS WEEK


Monday, September 28th - Blue on Campus - Homecoming Theme dress

  • 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: theme day: MOVIE MADNESS MONDAY
  • Prayer Service: 9:54 am. Distance Learners Link here: Virtue Video: Gratitude

Tuesday, September 29th - Blue on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus - change into theme dress after

  • Saint of the Day: Saints Michael Gabriel, and Raphael
  • 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 then change into theme dress: TWIN DAY TUESDAY
  • 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
  • Cross Country HOME RACE vs. Reicher - 6:30am (*)
  • Volleyball HOME GAME vs. Reicher JV/V - 5:30pm & 6:30pm (*)
  • BLUE votes for HOMECOMING COURT - ballots handed out at school 1st period


Wednesday, September 30th - Gold on Campus - Mass Uniform on campus - change into theme dress after

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Jerome
  • 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 Dickeys, or bring your own.
  • Uniform: Mass uniform Mass uniform then change into theme dress: WAY BACK WEDNESDAY
  • Mass: 9:44 am - 10:44 am: Celebrant Fr. Kurtis Wiedenfeld from St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Mass live streamed here https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77873474293?wd=by8vSEZpTXdEUElldDRtNU5kaDdpUT09
  • GOLD votes for HOMECOMING COURT - ballots handed out at school 1st period


Thursday, October 1st - Gold on Campus - Homecoming Theme dress

  • Saint of the Day: Saint Therese of Lisieux
  • 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 Panda Express or bring your own.
  • Uniform: theme day: TOO TIRED THURSDAY
  • Prayer Service: 9:54 am Distance Learners Link here: Virtue Video: Gratitude
  • Cross Country HOME RACE vs. Live Oak JV - 6:30am (*)
  • Volleyball HOME GAME vs. Live Oak - JV only 5:30pm (*)
  • Volleyball AWAY game vs. CTCS - Varsity only 6:30pm (*)


Friday, October 2nd - Blue on Campus - Homecoming Theme Dress


Saturday, October 3rd:


(*) 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.

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VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: GRATITUDE

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


DEFINITION OF GRATITUDE:

Thankful disposition of mind and heart

GRATITUDE LOOKS LIKE:

  • Smiling when someone helps you
  • The Blessed Mother singing the Magnificat
  • Receiving a gift with a smile
  • Appreciating friends
  • Praying after you receive Jesus in Holy Communion

GRATITUDE SOUNDS LIKE:

  • Thanking those who provide for you.
  • The Almighty has done great things for me!
  • Thank you for thinking of me.
  • Thank you for being my friend.
  • Silence. Thank you, Jesus, for coming into my heart.
Virtue of the Week - Gratitude

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~ Last week at a glance ~

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

Athletics:
  • Volleyball won their at-Home games and showed how solidly they work together.
  • Cross Country came out strong for their meet at Heritage Park and are on their way to placing at State.
  • Cheer held their first Pep Rally and let us see their skilled routines ahead of the FB Game.
  • Football played their first Home game and absolutely rocked it, winning 48-0. Way to start the season!


Forensics: the Celtic debaters got off to a good start on Sat., Sept. 19, winning six awards at the 14th Annual Hurricane Debate Tournament, hosted online by Holy Trinity. Eleven schools, including three from Pennsylvania, competed. See below for a list of awards received.


Student Council - this year's officers were voted in and StuCo got right to work planning Homecoming. Look for ballots to vote for the Homecoming Court - Blue votes on Tuesday and Gold votes on Wednesday. Who will be the 2020 Homecoming King and Queen?..


Spirit Squad got to work too cranking out posters for our games and for Homecoming. It looks like school again!


SAT - the Seniors all came in to take the SAT in the Kasberg Center. How great to see them all!

Blue Day Mass at HT

Fr. Fred Gerhart, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Austin, came to celebrate our Blue Mass and inspired the students with a better understanding of how a vocation is discerned and how to hear, and respond to, the call to a vocation.

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SAT for the Seniors

On Wednesday, the seniors were able to take the SAT exam which had been postponed due to Covid. It was great to see all the seniors together again! Lunch, and the all important snackbar, were moved to the gym.

Gold Day Mass at HT

Because our Seniors were in the KC taking the SAT exam, we were able to seize on our reduced numbers and celebrate Mass in the Chapel for the first time since before Spring Break. Fr. John was our Celebrant and spoke about the suffering, like Padre Pio's (who's feastday it was) that is part and parcel with the amazing gifts Christ gives to those who heed the call to follow.

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Adoration at HT.

Adoration was held again in the gym, this time with the Blue group assembled. Ms. Snyder had all the kneelers out and coached everyone on what to expect in the gym. It was beautiful!
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Athletics at HT this week - We are F.A.M.i.L.Y.

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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CROSS COUNTRY

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Placing in the top were: Bruce R. (C'23), Nathan O. (C'22), Kate B. (C'24), Katie J. (C'23)
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Our XC team is coached by John Warnes, and Jane Boone, and consists of:


Left to Right: Back: Nathan O. (C'22), Joseph J. (C'24), Carisa T. (C'21), Jane B. (C'24), Sarah G. (C'23), Sadie C. (C'23), Bruce R. (C'23),

Front row: Madison D. (C'21), Therese M. (C'24) Priscilla W. (C'24), Natalie T. (C'24) Abby R. (C'21), Katie J. (C'22) and Front: Leyla R. (C'24)


RUN LIKE CHAMPIONS!

CHEER

Cheer's first Pep Rally of the season was held ahead of the First Home FB Game. The theme was Western. Coach Jasmine lead the girls in their stunts. Next Pep Rally will be next week for the Homecoming game.
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FOOTBALL

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Head Football Coach and Athletic Director James Shelton took his team to a whole new level for their first Home Game of the season. Both Junior Varsity and Varsity dominated the field. Varsity won 48-0 and really showed how HT football was a whole new game.

Coach Shelton and his Assistant Coaches Greg Powell, Demetrius Bennett and Dante Merritt gave their all and were rewarded by two amazing games that showcased everything they've been working on since the summer. Way to Go Celtics!

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FORENSICS at HT

Hurricane Debate Tournament

Celtic debaters got off to a good start on Sat., Sept. 19, winning six awards at the 14th Annual Hurricane Debate Tournament, hosted online by Holy Trinity. Eleven schools, including three from Pennsylvania, competed.


Earning awards for Holy Trinity were

Therese Mosmeyer, first, Novice LD Debate

Nicholas Boor, third, Novice LD Debate

Isabelle Kuriger, fourth, Novice LD Debate

Faithann Go, fourth, Varsity LD Debate

Thomas Bennett, fifth, Novice LD Debate

Valerie Schwartz, sixth, Novice LD Debate



Holy Trinity took second overall out of 35 registered schools from five states at the Princeton UIL Tournament.


Placing for the Celtics were

Valerie Schwartz, second, Poetry

Therese Mosmeyer, third, Oratory

Benjamin Boor, fourth, Informative Extemp

Jonah Ainley and Zach Boor, fourth, Public Forum Debate

Liberty Morgan, fifth, Informative Extemp

Brisa Gonzalez-Fernandez and Thomas Bennett, fifth, Public Forum Debate

Theresa Lindberg, fifth, Oratory

Theresa Lindberg, fifth, Prose

Therese Mosmeyer, fifth, Persuasive Extemp

Valerie Schwartz and Liberty Morgan, sixth, Public Forum Debate

Nicholas Boor, sixth, Informative Extemp

Valerie Schwartz, sixth, Persuasive Extemp


This year, nine students have earned membership in the National Speech and Debate Association by earning at least 25 points:

Jonah Ainley

Joshua Barkis

Thomas Bennett

Nicholas Boor

Zachary Boor

Isabelle Kuriger

Liberty Morgan

Therese Mosmeyer

Valerie Schwartz

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Congratulations Mr. Mosmeyer on what looks to be another amazing year for HT Forensics!

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News for this Week

TIME TO VOTE FOR HOMECOMING COURT

With Homecoming coming up this Friday, Blue and Gold will both get a chance to vote for the Homecoming Court. Blue votes on Tuesday, Gold votes on Wednesday.

HOMECOMING WEEK SPIRIT DRESS THEMES

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A Message from Ms. Snyder: Senior Off-Campus ministry begins this week

The Senior students begin to serve off-campus during their Christian Leadership class starting this week! I've been working to find various sites in our community where the Seniors can participate in community service while still practicing safe social distancing etc. Students will travel off-site to the following service sites on the day that they are on-campus for their Christian Leadership class:


Mondays: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church


Tuesdays: 11:05am - 12:00noon

  • Feed My Sheep
  • St. Vincent de Paul


Wednesdays: 2:40pm - 3:30 pm

  • St. Luke's Catholic Church


Thursdays: 10:35am - 11:35am

  • Feed My Sheep
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
  • Christ the King Catholic Church



Students will abide by all COVID protocols that each service site has put into place and will maintain social distancing protocols, safe hygiene protocols, and mask-wearing protocols during their service and while traveling to and from each site.


I'm very excited that our Senior students are finally able to return to this long-held HT tradition of participating in regular community service! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Christ's Peace,

Ms. Snyder

A message from our Counselor

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

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Congratulations to Caeleigh Salazar!

She has been accepted to Abilene Christian University. She was offered the merit-based A. B. Barret Award for Academic Excellence Valued at $18,000 per year totaling $64,000 for four years.

Central Texas College Fair October 3rd - VIRTUAL - 300 Colleges

The Central Texas College Fair that has traditionally been held at the Bell County Expo Center will be held virtually this year. The date for Central Texas is October 3, but there are additional dates for the fair on the website.


To register for the Virtual Fair, go to https://falltacrao.swoogo.com/2020Virtual. Once you have registered, you can do virtual tours of over 300 colleges and universities.


The Fair is a great way to explore different colleges from across Texas and the country. I encourage all students from freshmen to seniors to attend the fair. Be sure and put the date on your calendar so you don't forget to attend.


Cheryl Sanders, Counselor

Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar Booklet

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

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Misc. HT info

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.

TICKETS TO ATHLETIC EVENTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Holy Trinity is partnering with Home Town Ticketing to make tickets available for pre-purchase via our Online Ticket link. Find the link at the top of our Homepage, or on our Athletics page.

Support Holy Trinity and purchase tickets ahead of a game. We'll be able to scan your ticket directly from your smart phone. See you at the game!

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.

HT masks and gaiters for sale

We have masks and gaiters that were made specifically for Holy Trinity. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Mrs. Mungia (vmungia@holytrinitychs.org). 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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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...?

Coach Shelton's young family is always there to support our Celtic Family.

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Sunrise over the KC