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    The PTO-sponsored Used Book and Uniform Sale is just around the corner.

    Sale date is Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Make a Reservation - To reduce waiting times, we are asking that all families make a reservation for the July 19 sale date. Please use the link below to access the system (follow instructions to create a new user account for your family/student to complete the login process):

    http://www.supersaas.com/schedule/DJOUBS/Used_Book_Sale_2014

    Find Your Textbooks - Textbook requirements for all classes are available via MBS Direct.

    What to Bring - Please bring your student's list of courses* along with a list of books required and a printed copy of your reservation. A rolling suitcase is also recommended.

    *Students will receive their lists of courses in the mail on Monday, July 14.

    Other Details - The sale runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. by reservation only. If you are unable to make a reservation, please come for walk-in slots between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. Priority will be given to families with reservations.

    Sale Location - Please use the main entrance (Entrance #1) in the front of the school by the flag pole.

    New Uniform Sales - Representatives from Flynn and O'Hara will be on hand to take measurements and fill out orders, as needed.

    Contact - For more information, visit www.bishopoconnell.org/ubs or email usedbooksale@bishopoconnell.org.


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    The College Board's AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Congratulations to the 122 Bishop O'Connell students who were named AP Scholars in the 2014 program:

    National AP Scholars - These students received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

    Diane Arnos
    John Brough
    Sofia Goyonaga-Calata
    Austin Hall
    Nathan Rom
    Thomas Schefer

    AP Scholars with Distinction – These students received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

    Peter Bean
    Srijan Bhasin
    Sydney Boll
    Caroline Boras
    Madison Cilluffo
    Rachel Coltharp
    Mary Donnelly
    John Durel
    Matthew Funkhouser
    Steven Harokopus
    Elizabeth Iekel
    Amelia Lucas
    Alessandro Luna
    Rose Montgomery
    Colleen Nary
    Nyla Papiernik
    Maya Retterer
    Colleen Roney
    Benjamin Stievater
    Allison Sullivan
    Veronica Sullivan
    Grace Taneyhill
    Paul Tansey
    Kevin Thumim
    Jethro Torczon
    Nairan Wu

    AP Scholars With Honors - These students received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

    Sean Bailey
    Dominic Bernero
    Emily Bond
    Sarah Cahill
    Nala Chehade
    Cristina Cordoba
    Caroline Cubbage
    Grace Drahozal
    Ria Duffy
    Katrina Eichner
    Andrew Elias
    Kathryn Gliot
    Yu Ju Hong
    Michael Hurley
    Anna Keyes
    Kathleen Kinsella
    Martin Knauf
    Nicole Marinaro
    Alana McGovern
    Maggie Mclellan
    Susan Rodriguez
    Collin Snyder
    Kevin Tesch
    Stephen Thiringer
    Katherine Ward

    AP Scholars - These students received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

    Ryan Annitto
    Catherine Arendt
    Abigail Austria
    Mary Barna
    Catherine Bergaust
    Rhys Bergeron
    Tyler Boczar
    Lily Bourne
    Alexander Brynn
    Jan James Castro
    Natalie Chiames
    Nicholas Connell
    Elizabeth Dannenfelser
    Jerome Delgaudio
    Anne Di Gregory
    Jamie Dickman
    Jack Diebler
    Jeffrey Dixon
    Caitlin Donegan
    Paul Feghali
    Jack Feneley
    Michael Galvin
    Amanda Green
    Robert Hails III
    Michael Hochstein
    Katherine Horwath
    Hayley House
    Patrick Hughes-Creahan
    Jane Husk
    Mary Husk
    Matthew Kissinger
    Laura Kuhn
    Hoseung Lee
    Meagan Leverone
    Madeleine Lucchetti
    Won Woo Lyu
    Caroline Metzmaier
    Claudia Muniz
    Rebecca Nardacci
    Mackenzie Nihill
    Shea North
    Sydney Parker
    Francesca Pastore
    John Patterson
    Jason Pazirandeh
    Patricia Pope
    Katherine Richardson
    Katelyn Seeger
    Carrie Shawkey
    Alexander Socarras
    Megan St. George
    Ana Maria Stella
    Yiran Sun
    Carly Swanson
    Jennifer Ternullo
    Brian Tesch
    Grace Thomas
    Tuan Tran
    Michael Vaughn
    Katherine Walker
    Benjamin Watson
    Thomas Watson
    Emilly Weaver
    Nathanael Wilson
    Yameng Zhang


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  • 06/05/14--10:49: June 5, 2014
  • An interest meeting for fall varsity sailing will be held in the upper gym today at 3: 10 p.m.

    Homerooms please remember to elect your class councilors today, June 5th in Advisory. Please send your ballots to the SCA room as soon as you have completed voting.

    The Ecology Club will be holding an interest meeting in Mr. Britt's room, Room 236 after school on Monday.  We will discuss potential projects for next year and all are welcome to attend.

    If you are interested in taking a 1/2 credit online Social Studies course please see Mr. Haas or find a sign-up sheet in the counseling office. This on-line course will give students an overview of global systems as they earn a half credit in Social Studies. Course work will provide background for any global studies thread. Students will meet in a virtual classroom for a six week course discovering various cultures. This is an all-online course! Please contact Mr. Haas at ghaas@bishopoconnell.org for syllabus and course requirements. Registration forms are available in the Counseling Office.

    This Friday, June 6, is the last Food Distribution of the year at St, James, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. See Ms. Yanine for more details.

    There will be an interest meeting for all boys lacrosse players, and their parents, to meet the new varsity head coach, Ryan Beck, today at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.

    The DJO LINK (Leaders in Networking KIds) Program is looking for students to act as mentors for new students who transfer in the fall to DJO from other high schools, If you are interested, please contact Ms. Usle or Mr. Giska for more detailed information about this very special program.

    Students enrolled in AP Biology for next year should report to room 233 anytime during Knight Time or after school to pick up their summer assignments.

    This Friday Father Cozzi will celebrate the 7 a.m. First Friday Mass in the Student Chapel. The Mass will be followed by coffee and pastries in the Chapel Lounge. This is a great way to finish up the school year. Hope you can join us!

    As you clean out your lockers, you will find boxes in the hallways marked with a Medical Missionaries - Interact Clubs School Supplies sign. Please put any books, binders, notebooks, paper, markers, pens, pencils or other usable school supplies that you do not want or need. These will be distributed to 4 locations from Virginia to Haiti. Thank you for thinking of others.

     


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    Tryout dates and/or first practice dates for all fall sports teams have been posted on our school calendar.

    Find a complete list HERE.

    Also, please remember that required physical and permission forms MUST be in the athletic training office BEFORE the first day of tryouts.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the team coach or the athletic office.


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    The 2014-2015 Royalette Dance Team from Bishop O'Connell High School brought home top honors from the Universal Dance Association Camp at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County held earlier this month.

    This O'Connell squad finished in first place with their home routine, receiving a blue ribbon evaluation and qualifying for the National Dance Team Championship in February in Orlando, Fla., which is televised by ESPN.

    The team also received a Superior trophy as one of the top averaging teams based on individual team member evaluations. Each girl performed two routines and all received blue ribbons.

    The Royalettes were awarded the Team Drill Down Award, receiving the highest team average in ribbon accumulation from daily camp drills. On the final day of camp, members of the team competed in the final drill down competition. Out of 100 dancers, the Royalette Dance Team had six members left in the top 20, three left in the top ten, and two left in the top five. Maris Ratliff '16 finished in second place and Madison Rubley '16 took home the Drill Down Championship.

    All-Americans recognition was awarded to Tarah Fisher '15, Bridget Heppes '16, Maris Ratliff '16 and Madison Rubley '16. These members were invited to perform in the New Year's Day Parade in London, England.

    Officers of the team were invited to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the entire team has also been invited to perform during the halftime show of the Capital One Bowl.

    In addition, the Royalettes were awarded the Leadership Award, an honor voted on by other teams to recognize demonstrated leadership and good sportsmanship throughout the week.

    For more information on the Royalette Dance Team, visit their web page at www.bishopoconnell.org/dance.

    Pictured: Coaches Chrissy Salvador '95 (back row, far left) and Kelsey Timmerberg '04
    (back row, far right) join the members of the 2014-2015 Royalette Dance Team for a photo with their awards from camp.

    Royalette Dance Team 2014 camp





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    The summer edition of The Knights' Pages hit mailboxes this week. This issues includes school and alumni news, with a special section on the 2014 graduation ceremony.

    The magazine is available online at

    www.bishopoconnell.org/KP

    If you did not receive The Knights' Pages in the mail, please contact kogdoc@bishopoconnell.org or call 703-237-1445.

     


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    Eleven O'Connell students joined chaperones Colleen Stablein, Maria McDonald and our former chaplain, Father Phillip Cozzi, on a week long service trip to the Dominican Republic in early July.

    The group stayed in Banica where the Arlington Dominican Mission is based. The mission serves 10,000 rural poor living on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The O'Connell students worked primarily in the small village of Hato Viejo, putting down cement floors and helping to run a vacation Bible school/summer camp experience for children.

    Gabby Baltimore '16 shared her personal reflections on this trip in our Student Blog.

    READ GABBY'S BLOG ENTRY HERE

    Other trip participants included:

    Sarah Davis '15
    Sara Escobar '15
    Thalia Falcon '14
    Laura Kuhn '14
    Nicole Marinaro '16
    Ellie Matney '16
    Gaby O'Brien '16
    Katie Richardson '14
    Nicole Richardson '16
    Diandra Saravia '15

     



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    Bishop O’Connell High School has brought new faces and talents to the performing arts faculty, hiring a new choral director and a new band director for the upcoming school year.

    Ron Isaacson (pictured left) is the new band director. He comes to O’Connell as a trombonist/low brass specialist, an instrumental conductor and a music educator. He earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, in 1983 and earned his master’s degree from George Washington University in 1998.

    As a music educator, Isaacson has taught at schools in the Washington metropolitan area and in New Hampshire. He has also directed school and community musical theater productions, including "Annie,” "Once on This Island,” "Pirates of Penzance,” “The Adventures of Mr. Toad,” and "My Fair Lady.”

    Peter Kadeli (pictured right), a native of Falls Church, is the new choral director at Bishop O’Connell. He holds a Bachelor of Music in choral education and music composition from the George Mason University School of Music in Fairfax. Following his studies at Mason, Kadeli served as the choral director at Trinity School at Meadow View where he taught music theory and directed five high school choruses. His compositions have been performed in the United States and in Europe. Locally, the George Mason University Chorale, Modern Music Ensemble, Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale, W.T. Woodson High School Chorale, and Trinity School at Meadow View Chorale have performed his choral works.

    This past summer, Kadeli conducted the National Philharmonic Chorus in a premiere of his composition “Veni Sancte Spiritus” in a European tour that included the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. He also enjoys directing the contemporary choirs at the Saint Robert Bellarmine Chapel in Fairfax and the Life Teen Choir at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas.

    “Both of these new faculty members are committed to building on the successes of our award-winning music program at Bishop O’Connell,” said Carl Patton, assistant head of school and director of curriculum and instruction. “Our entire performing arts program will benefit from these experienced artists and dedicated teachers, and we looking forward to a year of learning and celebration of the arts.”


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  • 08/26/14--05:33: Aug. 27, 2014
  • O’Connell! Welcome back to school, we hope you all had a wonderful summer!

    PowerSchool information and parent codes are being sent home today with all students. Please give this important information to your parents. (PM UPDATE - Sophomore codes are not functioning correctly. New codes will be sent home tomorrow for sophomores only. We apologize for the glitch.)

    Attention all students - The Welcome Back dance will be on Friday, Sep. 5. Please bring $5 and your student I.D. to the door. Also bring extra cash for beverages. Remember “If it’s not neon, it’s not on”. This dance is for O’Connell students only, no guests please.

    If you purchased a 2014 yearbook, the books are now available to be picked up in Room 223 - Mrs. McDonald's room - after school Tuesday and Wednesday. If you did not purchase a book and would like to do so, a limited number of books are available for purchase.  Please bring a check for $75 to Mrs. McDonald in Room 223.  The remaining books are available on a first come, first serve basis.

    The PVI v.s. O’Connell football game will be this Friday, Aug. 29 at Paul VI in Fairfax. It will be a white-out and everyone is encouraged to come and cheer. Tickets are $5 and will be sold during lunch in Coach’s office and will be sold on a first come-first serve basis.

    Mr. Isaacson would like to remind the Jazz Band that there is rehearsal this afternoon, Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

     


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  • 08/27/14--08:42: Aug. 27, 2014
  • Attention all students! The Welcome Back dance will be on Friday, Sep. 5 from 8-11 p.m. Please bring $5 and your student I.D. to the door. Also bring extra cash for beverages. Remember “If it’s not neon, it’s not on." This dance is for O’Connell students only, no guests please.

    If you purchased a 2014 yearbook, the books are now available to be picked up in Room 223 - Mrs. McDonald's room - after school Tuesday and Wednesday. If you did not purchase a book and would like to do so, a limited number of books are available for purchase. Please bring a check for $75 to Mrs. McDonald in Room 223.  The remaining books are available on a first come, first serve basis.

    The PVI vs. O’Connell football game is at Paul VI this Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. It will be a white-out and everyone is encouraged to come and cheer.

    The DJO cheerleading program is hosting Fall Tryouts on Sep. 10 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Interested in rowing crew? There will be an informational meeting after school on Thursday, Aug. 28 at the field entrance to the school. Come out and find out more!

    Sophomores are taking home a corrected parent code for PowerSchool sign on. Please let your parents know that this new PURPLE sheet has the new information. Sorry for the confusion!

     


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  • 08/28/14--09:49: Aug. 28, 2014
  • Attention all students! The Welcome Back dance will be on Friday, Sep. 5 from 8-11 p.m. Please bring $5 and your student I.D. to the door. Also bring extra cash for beverages. Remember “If it’s not neon, it’s not on." This dance is for O’Connell students only, no guests please.

    The PVI vs. O’Connell football game is at Paul VI this Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. It will be a white-out and everyone is encouraged to come and cheer.

    The DJO cheerleading program is hosting Fall Tryouts on Sep. 10 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Interested in rowing crew? There will be an informational meeting after school on Thursday, Aug. 28 at the field entrance to the school. Come out and find out more!

    The Senior Class is selling Ozone Tshirts in the cafeteria during lunches today and tomorrow for $10.

    Any student interested in the Social Justice club please see Mr. Cummings in Room 221 after school today or Friday.

     


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    This summer, two new head coaches were appointed at Bishop O’Connell. Christina Bassett was named the coach of the boys and girls rowing program. Keith Williams-Parker was named coach of the wrestling team.

    Christina Bassett comes to Bishop O'Connell after three years at the helm of the crew program at St. John's College High School, where she oversaw the land and water training programs, and successfully coached competitive teams at the local and national level. She has also serves the junior development program at Thompson Boat Center in Washington, D.C. Coach Bassett was a scholarship rower at Temple University, where she was named MVP in 1992.

    “Coach Bassett has extensive experience at the high school and youth coaching ranks,” said O’Connell’s Athletic Director Joe Wootten.  “Her experience and whole program approach will allow our crew program to flourish.”

    Students and their parents interested in meeting Coach Bassett and finding out more about the crew program at Bishop O’Connell are invited to a team open house at Thompson Boat Center on Saturday, Sep. 6. For more information, contact cbassett@bishopoconnell.org.

    Keith Williams-Parker is a 2001 graduate of Bishop O’Connell, where he was co-captain of the wrestling team under Coach Bill Carpenter. Coach Williams-Parker had 142 varsity wins and was the 2000 Virginia Independent School state champion. He also wrestled for Team Virginia in both freestyle and Greco Roman. He previously served as assistant coach at Chantilly High School and is currently coaching both professional and amateur mixed martial artists in the local area. He is a graduate of Radford University.

    “We are excited to have Coach Williams-Parker assume the leadership of our program,” said Wootten. “He is a former O’Connell wrestler who has not only an incredible passion for the sport, but also for our school.  I am confident in his abilities to lead us to the top of the WCAC in wrestling.”

    There will be a meet-and-greet for wrestlers and their parents with Coach Williams-Parker on Tuesday, Sep. 2 at 6 p.m. in the school library.


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  • 08/29/14--07:13: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Attention all students! The Welcome Back dance will be on Friday, Sep. 5. Please bring $5 and your student I.D. to the door. Also bring extra cash for beverages. Remember “If it’s not neon, it’s not on." This dance is for O’Connell students only, no guests please.

    The PVI v.s. O’Connell football game is tonight at 7 PM at Paul VI. It will be a white-out and everyone is encouraged to come and cheer.

    The DJO Cheerleading program is hosting Fall Tryouts Sep. 10 & 11 from 6pm-8pm in the upper gym.

    The Senior Class is selling Ozone Tshirts in the cafeteria during lunches for $10.

    Any student interested in the Social Justice club please see Mr. Cummings in Room 221 after school today or Friday.

    The Republican Club will meet in room 326 at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 3

    Auditions for this year's Fall Comedy, "The Trials of Robin Hood," will be held next week after school on Wednesday Sept 3 and Thursday Sept 4 from 3-4pm in the Auditorium.  Please come prepared WITH a one minute monologue of your choice. Please see the Theatre bulletin board near the center office for more details or email Ms. Zimmerman at with any questions. We hope to see you there!


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    The first week of school is official in the books!

    We've pulled together a few photos from the first day of school, our new family cookout and today's senior cookout.


     


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  • 09/01/14--05:00: Sep. 2-5, 2014
  • Monday - NO SCHOOL
    Tuesday - Anchor Schedule
    Wednesday - B1 Schedule
    Thursday - B2 Schedule (AM Assembly)
    Friday - Anchor Schedule

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    During the month of August, four students from Bishop O'Connell participated in the 2014 Leadership Arlington Youth Program. Olivia Barksdale, Robert Burnham, Danny Schauf and Stephanie Semaan joined 24 other Arlington high school students in a two-week program that included visits to fifteen different non-profit organizations in the community. In the end, the group selected one of the organizations to be the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Leadership Arlington program.

    "We learned about the many needs in our local community," said senior Olivia Barksdale. "Being a leader means being aware of these needs and working with others to meet those needs."

    "Participating in this program opened my eyes to new aspects of commuity leadership," added junior Robert Burnham.

    Read more about this program from Arlington Now...


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  • 09/02/14--08:58: Sep. 2, 2014
  • All students must Swipe in when they arrive at school every morning or you will be marked “Absent.” Any Swipe Station may be used.

    A Memorial Prayer Service for 2014 graduate, Jiayi Dai, will be held today after school in the School Chapel.

    Café Vaticano (student lounge near the chapel) is open! Come get your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and popcorn.

    Did you volunteer over the summer? Would you like to see if your summer service hours will be approved for your Christian Service Project? Please go to the Christian Service website, click on the INTENT TO SERVE form and fill it out. Visit Ms. Hogan in the Christian Service Office during Knight Time for any questions or to discuss their summer hours. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.

    Chess Club will meet after school today in Room 112. We will be electing officers and playing some games. Any questions come see Mr. Holland.

    Auditions for this year's Fall Comedy - "The Trials of Robin Hood" will be held after school on Wednesday, Sep. 3 and Thursday, Sep. 4 from 3-4 p.m. in the auditorium.  Please come prepared WITH a one minute monologue of your choice. Please see the Theatre Bulletin Board near the center office for more details or email Ms. Zimmerman with any questions. We hope to see you there!

    There will be a French Honor Society meeting directly after school on Wednesday, Sep. 3 in room 319. We will be electing officers, so if you would like to run for an office but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Ms. Webb asap to let her know.

    Tomorrow Sep. 3, the SCA will hold its first meeting after school in room 234. ALL SCA Officers, councilors, and moderators MUST ATTEND this very important meeting. Class goals will be determined.

    Advisory Teachers… please remember that nominations for Advisory Rep will take place tomorrow morning during Advisory. Students, you may nominate yourself or another student in your Advisory.

    SCA Advisory Rep Elections will take place on Thursday, Sep. 4 also during Advisory.

    Tomorrow, Sep. 3, during lunch Father Thompson will hold the first “Praise and Worship Service." Please come to the school chapel at 11:35, 12:15, and 1 p.m.

    The Republican club will meet in room 326 at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 3.

    Want a chance to be on TV? Well come check out It's Academic after school tomorrow in Room 112. All are invited join. Yes, that includes freshman. We will talk about our upcoming show taping. If you would like to join but can not meet, please see Mr. Holland.

    Guitar Club will meet this Friday after school in Room 112. Come bring an acoustic guitar or plug into a small amp and rock out. If you have any questions, see Mr. Holland.

    Attention all students! The Welcome Back dance will be on Friday, Sep. 5. Please bring $5 and your student I.D. to the door. Also bring extra cash for beverages. Remember “If it’s not neon, it’s not on”. This dance is for O’Connell students only, no guests please.

    Ms. Webb will be holding information sessions about the Global Studies Certificate Program directly after school in room 319 on Monday, Sept. 8th, Wednesday, Sep. 10, and Monday, Sep. 15. All sophomores interested in registering for Global Studies need only attend one session to learn more about the Global Studies program. If you are unable to attend, please see Ms. Webb. If you are a junior interested in registering for Global Studies, please see Ms. Webb to schedule a meeting or to attend one of the sessions.

    Congratulations to the Varsity Football team in their dominance over Paul VI last Friday night. There was definitely a White Out in Fairfax. Way to go DJO!

    The DJO Cheerleading program is hosting Fall Tryouts Sept 10 & 11 from 6-8 p.m. in the upper gym.


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  • 09/03/14--05:02: Sep. 3, 2014
  • All students must Swipe in when they arrive at school every morning or you will be marked “Absent.” Any Swipe Station may be used.

    Auditions for this year's Fall Comedy - "The Trials of Robin Hood" will be held after school TODAY and TOMORROW from 3pm-4pm in the Auditorium.  Please come prepared WITH a one minute monologue of your choice. Please see the Theatre Bulletin Board near the center office for more details or email Ms. Zimmerman with any questions. We hope to see you there

    Did you volunteer over the summer? Would you like to see if your summer service hours will be approved for your Christian Service Project? Please go to the Christian Service website, click on the INTENT TO SERVE form and fill it out. Visit Ms. Hogan in the Christian Service Office during Knight Time for any questions or to discuss their summer hours. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.

    If you went to the Dominican Republic Trip this past summer, please see Mrs. McDonald in Room 223 after school today or tomorrow.

    The Stock and Finance Club will hold a brief meeting after school for students interested in serving in a leadership role in the club. As part of this club we will participate in a stock market competition with other students across the country. We will meet in Room 202 today at 3:00 PM. Please see Mr. Betthauser if you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting.

    There will be a French Honor Society meeting directly after school on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in room 319. We will be electing officers, so if you would like to run for an office but are unable to attend the meeting, please see Ms. Webb asap to let her know.

    The SCA will hold its first meeting after school today in room 234. ALL SCA Officers, councilors, and moderators MUST ATTEND this very important meeting. Class goals will be determined.

    Advisory Teachers… please remember that nominations for Advisory Rep will take place today during Advisory. Students, you may nominate yourself or another student in your Advisory.

    SCA Advisory Rep Elections will take place on Thursday, September 4 also during Advisory.

    Today, Sept. 3, during lunch Father Thompson will hold the first “Praise and Worship Service." Please come to the school chapel at 11:35, 12:15, and 1 p.m.

    The Republican club will meet in room 326 at 3PM on Wednesday, September 3.

    Want a chance to be on TV? Well come check out It's Academic after school tomorrow in Room 112. All are invited join. Yes, that includes freshman. We will talk about our upcoming show taping. If you would like to join but can not meet, please see Mr. Holland.

    Guitar Club will meet this Friday after school in Room 112. Come bring an acoustic guitar or plug into a small amp and rock out. If you have any questions, see Mr. Holland

    Attention all students! The Welcome Back dance will be on Friday, September 5. Please bring $5 and your student I.D. to the door. Also bring extra cash for beverages. Remember “If it’s not neon, it’s not on." This dance is for O’Connell students only, no guests please.

    Ms. Webb will be holding information sessions about the Global Studies Certificate Program directly after school in room 319 on Monday, Sept. 8th, Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 15. All sophomores interested in registering for Global Studies need only attend one session to learn more about the Global Studies program. If you are unable to attend, please see Ms. Webb. If you are a junior interested in registering for Global Studies, please see Ms. Webb to schedule a meeting or to attend one of the sessions.

    The Anime Club will meet after school on Friday in room 327. All are welcome!

    The DJO Cheerleading program is hosting Fall Tryouts Sept 10 & 11 from 6-8pm in the upper gym.

     


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    The Knights varsity football team opened their 2014 season with an impressive win at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax. The final score was 56-14.

    Read more about this game:

    Coach Orndorff's Blog - "The Week That Was"

    Arlington Sun Gazette

    Arlington Catholic Herald

     

     


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  • 09/04/14--09:00: Remembering Brother Bart
  • It is with heavy hearts that the O’Connell community shares the news that Brother Bart Schlachter, FSC (Brothers of the Christian Schools) passed away on Aug. 18, 2014, in Lincroft, N.J. He was 83 years old.

    Brother Bartholomew is fondly remembered by the first graduating classes at Bishop O’Connell High School, where he taught Religion and American History from 1957 through 1961. He went on to school administration in Pennsylvania and Ohio before becoming dean of students at Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tenn.

    Funeral arrangements for Brother Bart are as follows:

    Sunday, September 7, 2014
    10:00 a.m., Memorial Liturgy
    Reception to follow
    La Salle College High School Student Chapel
    8605 Cheltenham Ave
    Wyndmoor, PA 19038-7199

    For more information, visit:

    http://www.lasallian.info/2014/08/19/brother-bart-schlachter-rip/

    News of his passing prompted an outpouring of memories from O’Connell alumni, including the following:

    "In my last conversation with Brother Bart about a planned visit with a classmate about a week before he died, he told me that the only caveat was that we might have to accompany him to minister to the homeless--as was his routine. He was an emissary of God to the end."

    "We will never forget his gracious and interesting manner and the craft projects that we built for his class.”

    "The first motto learned at O’Connell was: ‘Boys will be boys, but Brother’s boys will be gentlemen!’ Brother Bartholomew has moved on from this mortal life, but his adages will always ring true."

    "I will admit I was at first scared of Black Bart in History class with that dark scowl and daily quiz, but a noble friend and care giver he became to me and many others.”

    “When we try to go thru the Pearly Gates, he’ll probably be standing there with his sleeves rolled up and a series of questions that we have to answer correctly before we’re given a provisional admittance.”

    “Brother Bart had a very significant impact on me.  He helped me learn how to study and what was important.  What he taught me helped me significantly through VA Tech and beyond.”

    “He was such a dynamic and faith filled person – really unforgettable!”

    “He was much more than a teacher. He was a positive impact for me throughout that year and an excellent role model for the entire school.”

    “Of all the brothers, I remember him as kind, fair, and rather hip and understanding.”

    "He was a true mentor and role model throughout my high school years."

    May he rest in eternal peace.


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