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  • 09/04/14--10:10: Sep. 4, 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.

    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 cannot 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.

    All SCA members including advisory representatives must bring in two 2-liter bottles of soda tomorrow for the Welcome Back Dance.  Please bring soda to the SCA Room.

    Fr. Thompson will be celebrating the First Friday Mass in the Student Chapel at 7 a.m. A light breakfast will follow in the Chapel Lounge. In an apparition to St. Margaret Mary, Our Lord promised that anyone who lovingly received the Eucharist on 9 consecutive first Fridays would be especially blessed with the opportunity of  the grace of final repentance. All are welcome!

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

    Ms. Webb will be holding information sessions about the Global Studies Certificate Program directly after school in room 319 on Monday, Sep. 8, 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.

    The robotics club will meet on Monday, Sep. 8 right after school in room 212. Come and experience what robotics is all about!

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


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    Just as we welcome a new group of freshmen and a few transfer students into our hallways, we are happy to welcome the following new classroom teachers to Bishop O'Connell High School:

    Ryan Beck
    Social Studies
    Mr. Beck previously taught government and AP U.S. History at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He also has a background teaching English and special education in Fairfax County Public Schools. Mr. Beck earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Cortland.

    Ron Isaacson
    Band
    Mr. Isaacson comes to O’Connell as a trombonist/low brass specialist, an instrumental conductor and a music educator in the Washington, D.C. area. He has also directed school and community musical theater productions. He earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY-Potsdam, and his master’s degree from George Washington University.

    Peter Kadeli
    Chorus
    Mr. Kadeli holds a Bachelor of Music in choral education and music composition from the George Mason University School of Music. He served as the choral director at Trinity School at Meadow View where he taught music theory and directed five high school choruses. Mr. Kadeli 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.

    Maretta Krista
    Social Studies
    Ms. Krista holds a bachelor’s degree in history from James Madison University and a Master of Education in secondary studies from Marymount University. She served as a student teacher in the social studies department at Bishop O’Connell in 2013, where she planned lessons and units, participated in professional development and departmental meetings and engaged students in the classroom on a daily basis.

    Allison Lattie
    Theology
    Ms. Lattie received her bachelor’s degree in history from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she served as student coordinator for the Student Evangelization Networking Teams and was actively involved in Students for Life and the Liturgical Music Ministry.  After a year working with youth in Australia, she worked as the Youth Development Director for the Louisiana Right to Life and later as director for Crossroads Pro-Life. In 2014, she was a Susan B. Anthony’s List of Young Leaders nominee.

    Mark O’Connor
    Biology
    Mr. O’Connor comes to Bishop O’Connell from Northern Virginia Community College where he taught biology, served as a mentor for his peers, and developed course material for a new biotechnology curriculum. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and his master’s in bioinformatics from George Mason University.

    Samuel Pell
    Chemistry
    Mr. Pell holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and classics from Cornell University, where he also worked as a research assistant in a nanoscience laboratory, researching the fundamental properties of grapheme. He spent nine months with the Dominican Order as a novice.

    Matthew Rose
    Theology
    Mr. Rose is a 2004 graduate of Bishop O'Connell.  He returns to his alma mater after having taught theology, English and social studies at several area Catholic middle schools.  He holds a bachelor's degree in English and history, as well as a master's degree in systematic theology, from Christendom College.  

    Sara Zimmerman
    Psychology and Theater
    Ms. Zimmerman earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Education from Marymount University. She was most recently in the classroom at Saint Ann Catholic School in Arlington, where she founded the school’s acting club. At Marymount, Ms. Zimmerman worked in student development and was president of the theater program for three years.

     


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  • 09/08/14--05:17: Sep. 8, 2014
  • 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.

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13." The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15. Auditions will be held at 7pm on Sep. 22 and 23. Be prepared to sing and dance. Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    The first meeting of the membership of the keyette club will be Today, Monday, Sep. 8 immediately after school in room 114. Please be prompt.

    Attention those girls seeking to play basketball the year. This coming Wednesday, Sep. 10, there will be a meeting in the O'Connell Main Gym at 7:00 PM for both parents and players to get information about the girl’s basketball program and the fall workout schedule. If you have any questions please see Mr. Edmondson.

    Ms. Webb will be holding information sessions about the Global Studies Certificate Program directly after school in room 319 on Monday, Sep. 8, 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.

    The robotics club will meet on Monday, September 8 right after school in room 212. Come and experience what robotics is all about!

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

    Anyone interested in joining the Ecology Club is welcome to come by Mr. Britt's room today, Room 236 for our first meeting of the year. We will discuss campus recycling and also nominate officer candidates for elections this month.

    Mr. Isaacson and Mr. Kadeli would like to thank all the DJO musicians who came out on Saturday afternoon to lend their talents to the winning efforts of the football game against Bishop Ireton.

    Thank you to the O'Connell Singers for their beautiful rendition of the 'Star Spangled Banner', and thank you to the DJO Pep Band for helping to lead the cheers.

    And, of course, congratulations to the Knights football team on a masterful win!

    The Bishop O'Connell "HarmoKnights" will be holding auditions on Tuesday and Friday after school. The HarmoKnights is one of O'Connell's premiere female A Capella pop groups and is currently seeking new talent. Please speak with Lisa Humfelt or Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions.

    There will be a Tri M Music Honor Society meeting Wednesday, September 10, after school, in the piano lab. All students are welcome. Please speak with Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions.

    There will be a meeting for all men interested in forming a male only A Capella vocal group. We will be meeting Wednesday, September 10 during Knight Time in the Band room. Male faculty are welcome to attend as well. Please speak with Ryan Annitto or Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions

    Anybody interested in joining the O'Connell Unity Council, please come to our first meeting in room 317 after school on Monday September 8th. If you can't make it, please talk to Mr. Edmondson or Mrs. Stabile.

    Tuesday, September 9 will be the last day for sale of locker shelves for $3. in the Cafeteria during lunch periods. They sell for $8 at office stores and where school supplies are sold. The sales help support projects of the Medical Missionaries Club. If there are any left, they can be purchased in room 326 till the end of the week. Thank you for your continuing support!

    Thank You everyone who came to the Welcome Back Dance! We had a blast making that the best Welcome Back Dance in O’Connell history and hoped you had a blast dancing your socks off!

    Also congratulations to Football for crushing Ireton this weekend as well as Varsity Volleyball for their victory.

    The Theology department of Bishop O'Connell will be hosting a series of debates sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington. This event is free to our students and staff! We are looking for a few student volunteers to serve as Ushers, Hosts and tour guides. Please see Coach Owens for details room 224.

    Are you a writer? A poet? An artist? Or an amateur photographer? The Largesse student literary magazine is back and better than ever! There will be a informational meeting for all interested students after school tomorrow (Tuesday) in room 321. Stop by to join the staff, learn how to become an editor, and find out how you can become a published author or artist simply by submitting to the student literary magazine -- (that stuff looks GREAT on college applications!) No experience necessary! So stop by room 321 right after school tomorrow, or see Mr. Meehan for details


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  • 09/09/14--05:14: Sep. 9, 2014
  • 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.

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm on September 22 and 23.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    Anyone interested in joining the Ecology Club is welcome to come by Mr. Britt's room today (Tuesday), Room 236 for our first meeting of the year.  We will discuss campus recycling and also nominate officer candidates for elections this month.

    The Stock and Finance Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday at 3:05 PM in Room 202. During the school year, we will be participating in the Stock Market Game and competing against other students from across Virginia. We will be electing officers at this meeting. Please see Mr. Betthauser if you are interested in running for a position or if you have any questions.

    The Harmoknites will be holding auditions during Knight time and after school on Wednesday and Thursday after school; call backs will be held on Friday. The Harmoknites is a coed A Capella group and is open to all students. If you have any questions please speak with Lisa Humfelt or Mr. Kadeli. 

    Are you a writer? A poet? An artist? Or an amateur photographer? The Largesse student literary magazine is back and better than ever! There will be a informational meeting for all interested students after school tomorrow (Tuesday) in room 321. Stop by to join the staff, learn how to become an editor, and find out how you can become a published author or artist simply by submitting to the student literary magazine -- (that stuff looks GREAT on college applications!) No experience necessary! So stop by room 321 right after school tomorrow, or see Mr. Meehan for details.

    Tuesday, September 9 will be the last day for sale of locker shelves for $3.00. in the Cafeteria during lunch periods. They sell for $8.00 at office stores and where school supplies are sold.  The sales help support projects of the Medical Missionaries Club. If there are any left, they can be purchased in room 326 till the end of the week. Thank you for your continuing support!

    There will be a Tri M Music Honor Society meeting Wednesday, September 10, after school, in the piano lab. All students are welcome. Please speak with Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions.

    Where do we see the mystery of life in our daily experience? How do we judge what the right answer is? Have you ever had questions like these and more? Then come down to the School of Community and share your experience! On Wednesday in Rm 318 at 3.05. Led by Fr. Benetti. All students are welcome.

    Attention those girls seeking to play basketball the year.  This coming Wednesday, September 10th, there will be a meeting in the O'Connell Main Gym at 7:00 PM for both parents and players to get information about the girls’ basketball program and the fall workout schedule.  If you have any questions please see Mr. Edmondson.

    There will be a meeting for all men interested in forming a male only A Capella vocal group. We will be meeting Wednesday, Sep. 10 during Knight Time in the Band room. Male faculty are welcome to attend as well. Please speak with Ryan Annitto or Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions.

    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. 15th. 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 DJO Cheerleading program is hosting Fall Tryouts Sept. 10th and 11th from 6-8 p.m. in the upper gym.

    The Theology department of Bishop O'Connell will be hosting a series of debates sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington. This event is free to our students and staff! We are looking for a few student volunteers to serve as Ushers, Hosts and tour guides. Please see Coach Owens for details room 224.

    All Keyettes who missed the meeting on Monday please see Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116 ASAP to receive agenda and fill out service forms and find out about service assignments. All Keyettes please check outside the door of room 114 for Back to School Night Assignments and directions.


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  • 09/12/14--07:29: Sep. 12, 2014
  • 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.

    There are a few more locker shelves available for purchase. Support the Medical Missionaries Club and pick one up in room 326 for $3.

    To all sophomores: make sure you are checking your swipe in the morning as the counselors have begun individual appointments. Also, make sure you are completing the blue college readiness sheet and returning it to either Ms. Stuhlman or Mrs. Black by September 15.

    The Young Men’s Executive Club met yesterday after school. If you would like to be a part of this awesome club please come by and see Coach Owens in room 224. All interested young men of O'Connell are invited and encouraged to be a part of the YMEC in the DMV.

    Varsity football will be playing Saint Christopher's tomorrow at home at 1 pm. The game will be a GOLD OUT to celebrate the life of Luke McGuire. O'Connell and PVI may be rivals on turf, though in times of tragedy we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We're not only going to rock Saint Christopher's tomorrow, were also going to rock the gold.

    The Theology department will be hosting a series of debates sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington. This event is free to our students and staff! We are looking for a few student volunteers to serve as ushers, hosts and tour guides on Monday, Sept. 15, and Monday, Sept. 22 from 5 - 9:30 pm. Please see Coach Owens for details room 224. Underclassmen may receive service hours for volunteering!

    There will be a meeting of the O'Connell SADD Club this coming Monday, Sep. 15 during "B" Lunch in the Upper Auditorium Balcony.

    Ms. Webb will be holding information sessions about the Global Studies Certificate Program on Monday, Sept. 15th. 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 Social Justice Club will have its first meeting Wednesday, September 17, at 3:05 pm,  in room 221 to discuss issues students wish to support, raise awareness of, and fund raise for.  All are welcome.

     

    Juniors it is almost time to order your class ring! You can order your ring next Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday during lunches.

     

    There will be an FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America meeting on Thursday the 18th at 3:30 in room 113. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik. 

    There will be a Young Women's Leaders meeting Wednesday the 17th at 3:30 in room 113. We will be discussing plans for the year. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik.

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm on September 22 and 23.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    The executive board of the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa would like to invite all juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or above, who are not already a member of our club, to apply as soon as possible. Application forms can be found from one of us or from Mr. Haas in Room 124. It only costs $10 to join. Rho Kappa is an elite, nation-wide club that looks great for college applications, and it will reward you with a cord to wear for graduation.

    Attention for all returning seniors who were inducted into Rho Kappa last year: To remain in the club, you must fill out an application form and pay $5 to receive your cords at graduation this year. All applications and payments are due by Friday, September 26th. Thank you!


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    All music students, their parents and families are cordially invited to attend the Potluck Dinner hosted by the Fine Arts/Music Boosters on Thursday, Sep. 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Meet our new music faculty and learn about exciting plans in the music program. Please bring a dish to share. (Last name A-F, please bring dessert; G-K bring a salad; L-R bring a side dish; S-Z bring a main dish.) Please use disposable trays/plate/utensils or label yours for return. We do not have access to the kitchen for heating or preparation. Bring dishes ready to serve. Beverages, paper goods and utensils will be provided by the Fine Arts/Music Boosters. Attendance is mandatory for all music students.

    For more information contact Mary Kay Humfelt at MKH2841@gmail.com.


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  • 09/12/14--18:43: Sep. 15-19, 2014
  • Monday - Anchor Schedule
    Tuesday - B2 Schedule (AM Mass)
    Wednesday - B1 Schedule
    Thursday - Anchor Schedule
    Friday - Anchor Schedule

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    Bishop O’Connell High School has been recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as a 2014 School of Excellence. The society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll has a ten-year tradition celebrating quality Catholic education throughout the United States. Schools of Excellence are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics.

    The award comes as Bishop O’Connell completes a three-year facilities renovation project that resulted in nine new science classrooms—including a Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2) Laboratory and equipment and materials for the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum. This summer’s renovations also included an expanded space for academic support services.

    The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, covering 26 subject areas, and in 2014, 125 students were named AP scholars by College Board. The class of 2014 received more than $18.5 million in college scholarships and 62 members participated in dual credit courses that resulted in college credits from Marymount University. Another 22 members received a certificate at graduation indicating the equivalent of a ninth semester of study in the school’s Global Studies Program.

    The curriculum at Bishop O’Connell includes four years of theology study for all students, and the student life is enriched by the presence of a full-time chaplain, as well as a community of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on staff and in residence.

    “We strive for excellence in all we do at Bishop O'Connell and the foundation of our efforts is our Catholic identity,” said Head of School Joseph E. Vorbach. “We are honored to be recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as a School of Excellence. This award speaks to the dedication of our faculty and staff and the commitment of our entire school community.”

    This year, Bishop O’Connell was one of 71 schools nation-wide who received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.

    “Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school education,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “The Honor Roll schools are a reminder that Catholic education is getting better every day—not only academically, but in the renewal of Catholic identity—and we are delighted to see the increased level of competition among the schools that participated in the program this year.”

    Read more about the Cardinal Newman Society and the Catholic Education Honor Roll.

     


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  • 09/15/14--10:00: Sep. 15, 2014
  • Today is the day to have make-up ID pictures taken. If you don't have a current school year ID please go to the auditorium during lunches or Knight Time.

     Robotics Club will meet today after school at 3:10 in room 212.

    There will be an SCA meeting after school today in the auditorium. All councilors, officers, and advisory reps need to attend.

    To all sophomores: make sure you are checking your swipe in the morning as the counselors have begun individual appointments. Also, make sure you are completing the blue college readiness sheet and returning it to either Ms. Stuhlman or Mrs. Black by September 15.

    The Theology department will be hosting a series of debates sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington. This event is free to our students and staff! We are looking for a few student volunteers to serve as ushers, hosts and tour guides on Monday, Sept. 15, and Monday, Sept. 22 from 5 - 9:30 pm. Please see Coach Owens for details room 224. Underclassmen may receive service hours for volunteering!

    There will be a meeting of the O'Connell SADD Club this coming Monday, Sep. 15 during "B" Lunch in the Upper Auditorium Balcony.

    Congratulations to the new French Honor Society officers:

    President- Claire Saunders
    Vice-President- Jeffrey Dixon
    Secretary- Claudia Dubay
    Treasurer- Virginia Schilder

    Ms. Webb will be holding information sessions about the Global Studies Certificate Program on 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 Social Justice Club will have its first meeting Wednesday, September 17, at 3:05 pm, in room 221 to discuss issues students wish to support, raise awareness of, and fund raise for.  All are welcome.

    There will be a Young Women's Leaders meeting Wednesday, Sep. 17 at 3:30 in room 113. We will be discussing plans for the year. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik.

    Juniors it is almost time to order your class ring! You can order your ring this Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday during lunches.

    Thank you for your interest in an O'Connell all-male A Capella group. Audition dates will be Thursday, September 18 during Knight Time and after school, as well as Friday during Knight Time. Come ready with a song of your choice to sing. There will be a sign up sheet on the band room door. Please sign up for a time. 

    The Spanish Club will hold the first meeting of the year on Thursday in Room 313 at 3:05 pm. We will elect the Spanish club officers and plan the activities for the first semester. Please see Sra. Pacheco if you are interested, but are unable to attend the meeting.

    There will be an FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America meeting on Thursday the 18 at 3:30 in room 113. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik. 

    Attention junior and senior women of O'Connell!  Ms. Funk would like to invite you to the first meeting of Fiat (a girls' group) on Thursday, Sep. 18 in room 222, at 11:31 (Lunch B).  Fiat is a weekly group for young women who want to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.  For more details, come to the first meeting! 

    Medical Missionaries and the Interact Club will hold their first meetings and elect officers for the year.  All are welcome to join.  Meet in room 326 at 3:00 on Thursday Sept. 19! 

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm on September 22 and 23.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    The executive board of the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa would like to invite all juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or above, who are not already a member of our club, to apply as soon as possible. Application forms can be found from one of us or from Mr. Haas in Room 124. It only costs $10 to join. Rho Kappa is an elite, nation-wide club that looks great for college applications, and it will reward you with a cord to wear for graduation.

    Attention for all returning seniors who were inducted into Rho Kappa last year: To remain in the club, you must fill out an application form and pay $5 to receive your cords at graduation this year. All applications and payments are due by Friday, September 26.

    The first event in our Global Studies speaker series will be the library directly after school on Wednesday, September 24th-please be prompt. Our honored guest speaker will be Bishop O'Connell Alum, Paul Singh. He is the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. This event is mandatory as important business will be discussed, please see Ms. Webb if you are unable to attend.

    There will be a mandatory meeting for SENIOR Global Studies students only on Monday, September 22 at 3pm in room 319.

    All students planning to register for Global Studies, please return your signed purple sheets to Ms. Webb ASAP in order to begin your program.

    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.


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  • 09/15/14--12:28: Remembering Connie Frison
  • It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that O’Connell staff member, Connie Frison, passed away on Friday, Sep. 12, 2014.

    Since 2006, Connie managed accounts receivable transactions in the school’s business office. She is also the mother of two O'Connell alumni, Natalie (class of 2007) and Rachel (class of 2010).

    “Connie may not be well known to all our students, but because of her responsibilities with student accounts, she worked with many parents in our school community,” said Chief Financial Officer, Murl Altoft. “She had a pleasant and patient nature that made it easy for anyone to talk to her. She was a gift to our office and an enjoyable presence in our daily routines. She will be deeply missed.”

    Funeral arrangements are as follows:

    Visitation will be Tuesday, Sep. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave, Vienna, Va.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sep. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church at 8601Wolftrap Road in Vienna.

    May she rest in eternal peace.

     


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  • 09/16/14--09:42: Sep. 16, 2014
  • Juniors it is almost time to order your class ring! You can order your ring this today, Wednesday, or Thursday during lunches.

    Spanish tutoring has begun.  Are you having trouble in your Spanish class and could use some extra help?  Members of the Spanish Honor Society are ready to assist. Please come to room 312 during Knight Time.

    Congratulations to the three co-presidents of the Spanish Tutoring Society: Hannah Gavin, Alexandra Rodríguez and Diego García.

    There will be a Young Women's Leaders meeting Wednesday the 17 at 3:30 in room 113. We will be discussing plans for the year. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik.

    It's Academic will meet Wednesday afternoon in room 112. Anyone who will attend the taping on September 27 must attend.

    The Stock and Finance Club will meet on Wednesday at 3:05 PM in Room 202. During the school year, we will be participating in the Stock Market Game and competing against other teams from across Virginia. Please bring $5.00 to the meeting on Wednesday to cover the cost of the Stock Market Game. Please see Mr. Betthauser if you have any questions.

    Attention Seniors:  Fr. Thompson is holding a meeting for Seniors who are interested in working with the underclass retreats on Wednesday morning during Advisory period.  Working two underclass retreats will fulfill your Christian service project for the year.  Seniors interested in helping out with the retreats need to come to the auditorium balcony at 7:45 tomorrow morning to sign up.  Please swipe in at the chapel before entering the balcony.  The meeting will be brief; please be prompt.

    The Social Justice club meeting date is moved. The Social Justice club will now meet in room 221 at 3pm on THURSDAY, Sep 18 to discuss issues to support, and fundraising.

    Thank you for your interest in an O'Connell all male A Capella group. Audition dates will be Thursday, September 18 during Knight Time and after school, as well as Friday during Knight Time. Come ready with a song of your choice to sing. There will be a sign up sheet on the band room door. Please sign up for a time.

    The Spanish Club will hold the first meeting of the year in Room 313 at 3:05 pm on Thursday. We will elect the Spanish club officers and plan the activities for the first semester. Please see Sra. Pacheco if you are interested, but are unable to attend the meeting.

    There will be an FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America meeting on Thursday the 18 at 3:30 in room 113. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik.

    Attention junior and senior women of O'Connell!  Ms. Funk would like to invite you to the first meeting of Fiat (a girls' group) on Thursday, September 18 in Room 222, at 11:31 (Lunch B).  Fiat is a weekly group for young women who want to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.  For more details, come to the first meeting! 

    Medical Missionaries  and the Interact Club will hold their first meetings and elect officers for the year.  All are welcome to join.  Meet in room 326 at 3:00 on Thursday Sept. 19! 

    This is a reminder to all LINK mentors and LINK buddies that you are invited to our second annual ICE CREAM PALOOZA, this Thursday, September 18, in the court yard during KNIGHT TIME. We will have ice cream and delicious toppings for you and your buddy.

    The executive board of the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa would like to invite all juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or above, who are not already a member of our club, to apply as soon as possible. Application forms can be found from one of us or from Mr. Haas in Room 124. It only costs $10 to join. Rho Kappa is an elite, nation-wide club that looks great for college applications, and it will reward you with a cord to wear for graduation.

    Attention for all returning seniors who were inducted into Rho Kappa last year: To remain in the club, you must fill out an application form and pay $5 to receive your cords at graduation this year. All applications and payments are due by Friday, September 26. Thank you!

    The last debate hosted by the Theology department is on Monday, Sept. 22 from 5-9:30 p.m. This event is free to our students and staff! We are looking for a few student volunteers to serve as ushers, hosts and tour guides. Please see Coach Owens for details room 224. Underclassmen may receive service hours for volunteering!

    The first event in our Global Studies speaker series will be the library directly after school on Wednesday, September 24th-please be prompt. Our honored guest speaker will be Bishop O'Connell Alum, Paul Singh. He is the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. This event is mandatory as important business will be discussed, please see Ms. Webb if you are unable to attend.

    There will be a mandatory meeting for SENIOR Global Studies students only on Monday, September 22 at 3pm in room 319.

     All students planning to register for Global Studies, please return your signed purple sheets to Ms. Webb asap in order to begin your program!!

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm on September 22 and 23.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    Spanish Honor Society students, Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School will be starting on Tuesday, September 30. Please see Srta. Yanine for more details in room 310.

    If you completed Christian Service over the summer, please see Ms. Hogan during Knight Time. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.

    Hispanic Heritage Month fact, "And now Kylan has a message from the O'Connell Unity Council"


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  • 09/17/14--06:13: Sep. 17, 2014
  • Congrats to the boys soccer team, who beat St Mary's Ryken yesterday 4-0 in their first WCAC game of the season.

    Juniors it is almost time to order your class ring! You can order your ring today, or Thursday during lunches.

    Spanish tutoring has begun.  Are you having trouble in your Spanish class and could use some extra help?  Members of the Spanish Honor Society are ready to assist. Please come to room 312 during Knight Time.

    There will be a Young Women's Leaders meeting Wednesday the 17 at 3:30 in room 113. We will be discussing plans for the year. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik.

    It's Academic will meet Wednesday afternoon in room 112. Anyone who will attend the taping on September 27th must attend.

    The Stock and Finance Club will meet on Wednesday at 3:05 PM in Room 202. During the school year, we will be participating in the Stock Market Game and competing against other teams from across Virginia. Please bring $5.00 to the meeting on Wednesday to cover the cost of the Stock Market Game. Please see Mr. Betthauser if you have any questions.

    Attention Seniors:  Fr. Thompson is holding a meeting for Seniors who are interested in working with the underclass retreats on Wednesday morning during Advisory period.  Working 2 underclass retreats will fulfill your Christian service project for the year.  Seniors interested in helping out with the retreats need to come to the auditorium balcony at 7:45 tomorrow morning to sign up.  Please swipe in at the chapel before entering the balcony.  The meeting will be brief; please be prompt.

    The Social Justice club meeting date is moved. The Social Justice club will now meet in room 221 at 3pm on THURSDAY, Sep 18 to discuss issues to support, and fundraising.

    Thank you for your interest in an O'Connell all male A Capella group. Audition dates will be Thursday, September 18th during Knight Time and after school, as well as Friday during Knight Time. Come ready with a song of your choice to sing. There will be a sign up sheet on the band room door. Please sign up for a time.

    The Spanish Club will hold the first meeting of the year in Room 313 at 3:05 pm on Thursday. We will elect the Spanish club officers and plan the activities for the first semester. Please see Sra. Pacheco if you are interested, but are unable to attend the meeting.

    There will be an FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America meeting on Thursday, Sep. 18 at 3:30 in room 113. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik.

    Attention junior and senior women of O'Connell!  Ms. Funk would like to invite you to the first meeting of Fiat (a girls' group) on Thursday, September 18 in Room 222, at 11:31 (Lunch B).  Fiat is a weekly group for young women who want to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.  For more details, come to the first meeting! 

    Medical Missionaries  and the Interact Club will hold their first meetings and elect officers for the year.  All are welcome to join.  Meet in room 326 at 3:00 on Thursday Sept. 19! 

    This is a reminder to all LINK mentors and LINK buddies that you are invited to our second annual ICE CREAM PALOOZA, this Thursday, September 18, in the court yard during KNIGHT TIME. We will have ice cream and delicious toppings for you and your buddy.

    The executive board of the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa would like to invite all juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or above, who are not already a member of our club, to apply as soon as possible. Application forms can be found from one of us or from Mr. Haas in Room 124. It only costs $10 to join. Rho Kappa is an elite, nation-wide club that looks great for college applications, and it will reward you with a cord to wear for graduation.

    Attention for all returning seniors who were inducted into Rho Kappa last year: To remain in the club, you must fill out an application form and pay $5 to receive your cords at graduation this year. All applications and payments are due by Friday, September 26th. Thank you!

    The last debate hosted by the Theology department is on Monday, Sept. 22 from 5-9:30 p.m. This event is free to our students and staff! We are looking for a few student volunteers to serve as ushers, hosts and tour guides. Please see Coach Owens for details room 224. Underclassmen may receive service hours for volunteering!

    The first event in our Global Studies speaker series will be the library directly after school on Wednesday, September 24-please be prompt. Our honored guest speaker will be Bishop O'Connell Alum, Paul Singh. He is the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. This event is mandatory as important business will be discussed, please see Ms. Webb if you are unable to attend.

    There will be a mandatory meeting for SENIOR Global Studies students only on Monday, September 22 at 3pm in room 319.

     All students planning to register for Global Studies, please return your signed purple sheets to Ms. Webb asap in order to begin your program!!

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm on September 22 and 23.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    Spanish Honor Society students, Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School will be starting on Tuesday, September 30. Please see Srta. Yanine for more details in room 310.

    If you completed Christian Service over the summer, please see Ms. Hogan during Knight Time. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.


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    Spirit Week is Sep. 29 - Oct. 3. The Homecoming football game and dance is Oct. 4.

    Details about Spirit Week and Homecoming are posted in Advisories and can be DOWNLOADED HERE.


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  • 09/18/14--07:00: Sep. 18, 2014
  • Juniors interested in ordering a class ring can do so today at lunch.

    The Gaming Club will meet after school today in Rm. 202.  An official club photo will be taken, and all members must be in uniform.  All are welcome to attend.

    Are you having trouble in your Spanish class and could use some extra help?  Members of the Spanish Honor Society are ready to assist. Please come to room 312 during Knight Time.

    If any student wants to participate in the RESEPCT assembly video please come to the counseling office to see Ms. Stuhlman. Come give your definition of respect. 

    The Social Justice club will meet in room 221 at 3pm today. All are welcome!

    The A Capella group will hold auditions today during Knight Time and after school, as well as Friday during Knight Time. Come ready to sing with a song of your choice. Look on the band room door for a sign up sheet.

    The Spanish Club will meet in Room 313 at 3:05 pm today. Officers will be elected and activities planned. Please see Sra. Pacheco if you are interested, but are unable to attend the meeting.

    The Future Business Leaders of America Club will meet today at 3:30 in room 113. If you have any questions see Ms. Fratrik. 

    Ms. Funk would like to invite all junior and senior women to the first meeting of Fiat today, in Room 222, at 11:31 (Lunch B).  Fiat is a weekly group for young women who want to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.  For more details, come to the first meeting! 

    Medical Missionaries  and the Interact Club will hold their first meetings and elect officers for the year.  All are welcome to join.  Meet in room 326 at 3:00 today!

    This is a reminder to all LINK mentors and LINK buddies that you are invited to our second annual ICE CREAM PALOOZA, today, in the court yard during KNIGHT TIME. We will have ice cream and delicious toppings for you and your buddy.

    If you were unable to attend the Stock and Finance club meeting yesterday and wish to still participate in the Stock Market Game, please bring $5.00 to Mr. Betthauser in Room 202 by Friday.

    Do you enjoy puzzles? Drawing? Making up stories? Coding? How about putting all these activities together to create a game? That's what the members of the Game Design with Girls in Mind club does. Join us for the first meeting in Room 300 on Monday, September 22, at 3 o'clock. See you there!

    The executive board of the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa would like to invite all juniors and seniors with a 3.5 GPA or above, who are not already a member of our club, to apply as soon as possible. Application forms can be found from one of us or from Mr. Haas in Room 124. It only costs $10 to join. Rho Kappa is an elite, nation-wide club that looks great for college applications, and it will reward you with a cord to wear for graduation.

    Attention for all returning seniors who were inducted into Rho Kappa last year: To remain in the club, you must fill out an application form and pay $5 to receive your cords at graduation this year. All applications and payments are due by Friday, September 26th. Thank you!

    The last debate hosted by the Theology department is on Monday, Sept. 22 from 5-9:30 p.m. Please see Coach Owens in room 224 for details. Underclassmen may receive service hours for volunteering!

    The first event in our Global Studies speaker series will be the library directly after school onWednesday, September 24th-please be prompt. Our honored guest speaker will be Bishop O'Connell Alum, Paul Singh. He is the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. This event is mandatory as important business will be discussed, please see Ms. Webb if you are unable to attend.

    There will be a mandatory meeting for SENIOR Global Studies students only on Monday, September 22nd at 3pm in room 319. All students planning to register for Global Studies, please return your signed purple sheets to Ms. Webb asap in order to begin your program!!

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm on September 22 and 23.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    Spanish Honor Society students, Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School will be starting on Tuesday, September 30. Please see Srta. Yanine for more details in room 310.  Gracias. Srta. Yanine

    If you completed Christian Service over the summer, please see Ms. Hogan during Knight Time. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.


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    Congratulations to Bishop O'Connell's college counselor, Dan Stabile, Ph.D., who was named as the 2014 recipient of the F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

    “Dr. Stabile has been a devoted volunteer since 2006, during which time he has successfully guided nearly two dozen schools through the accreditation process,” said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “He is a hard working, courageous and dedicated advocate for high quality education and for preparing schools for continued growth and improvement.”

    Stabile is the former Director of Navy Schools Overseas and Navy Impact Aid Schools and was the recipient of the 2009 NASA Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Stabile is currently serving as college counselor at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia.

    He also serves as president of the National Council for the Promotion of the Italian Languages in American Schools. In 2011, he was awarded Commendatore in the Order of The Star of Italy, a title given by the President of Italy to Italians abroad and foreign who have promoted ties with Italy.

    “It is my proud honor to accept the F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award for my work with the Middle States Association,” said Stabile. “I firmly believe that the Middle States accreditation process is one of the most effective ways for schools – and most importantly students – to grow, develop, and improve with measurable results.”

    Presented annually, the award recognizes a dedicated volunteer who has advanced the mission of the Middle States Association to foster continuous school improvement through accreditation so all students receive the highest quality education possible. Volunteers serve on accreditation teams that evaluate schools based on an established set of protocols and standards designed to reflect best practices in education. F. Laird Evans is the former president of the Middles States Commission on Elementary Schools and an ardent supporter of school accreditation.

    The Middle States Association will formally present Stabile with the award at its bi-annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 2.

    Find out more about the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA) at www.msa-cess.org.


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  • 09/22/14--04:53: Sep. 22, 2014
  • If any student wants to participate in the RESPECT assembly video please come to the counseling office to see Ms. Stuhlman. Come give your definition of respect. 

    Do you enjoy puzzles? Drawing? Making up stories? Coding? How about putting all these activities together to create a game? That's what the members of the Game Design with Girls in Mind club does. Join us for the first meeting in Room 300 on Monday, September 22, at 3 o'clock. See you there!

    Homecoming 2014 Guest Forms are now available in the SCA room. Guest forms are due back by September 26. Please come by and pick one up!

    Homecoming tickets will be sold starting today. They will be sold during lunch on anchor days as well as after school until 4 pm. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets!

    Attention for seniors and juniors who are applying or reapplying for the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa: You can get your application form from Mr. Haas in Room 124 or any of the board members (Marty Knauf, Sarah Davis, Anna Flach, or Claire Saunders). All forms are due by Friday, September 26.

    The last debate hosted by the Theology department is this evening, Sept. 22 from 5-9:30 p.m. Please see Coach Owens in room 224 for details. Underclassmen may receive service hours for volunteering!

    The first event in our Global Studies speaker series will be the library directly after school on Wednesday, September 24th-please be prompt. Our honored guest speaker will be Bishop O'Connell Alum, Paul Singh. He is the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. This event is mandatory as important business will be discussed, please see Ms. Webb if you are unable to attend.

    There will be a mandatory meeting for SENIOR Global Studies students only on Monday, September 22 at 3pm in room 319. All students planning to register for Global Studies, please return your signed purple sheets to Ms. Webb asap in order to begin your program!!

    McLean Community Players are looking for an all-teenage cast for the musical play "13."  The play will run on weekends from January 30 to February 15.  Auditions will be held at 7pm today and tomorrow (September 22 and 23).  Be prepared to sing and dance.  Details can be found in room 120, that's Dr. Le Blanc's room.

    Sign language club will have their first meeting on Tuesday at 7 am in room 321. You do not need to know any sign language to join this club! If you have any questions, talk to Mrs. Mihalich or Christine Castro.

    Did you forget to order your Class Ring? Were the lines too long to order? Due to popular demand, we extended your chance to order your class ring.  Wednesday and Thursday, September 24 and 25, Herff Jones reps will be here to help you order your rings.

    There will be a Tri-M Music Honors Society Meeting on Wednesday, September 24 from 3:15 to 4 pm

    Spanish Honor Society students, Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School will be starting on Tuesday, September 30. Please see Srta. Yanine for more details in room 310.  Gracias. Srta. Yanine

    If you completed Christian Service over the summer, please see Ms. Hogan during Knight Time. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.

    Congratulations to the following club officers who were elected last week:

    For Medical missionaries:

    President- Meagan Leverone

    Vice President- Katie Liverman

    Secretary- Susie Rodriguez

    Treasurer- Anne DiGregory

    For the Interact Club:

    President-Virginia Schilder

    Vice President- Agatha Tatang

    Secretary- Claire Stemberger

    Treasurer- Stephanie Tabash

     


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  • 09/26/14--04:34: Sep. 26, 2014
  • Homecoming 2014 Guest Forms are now available in the SCA room and online. Guest forms are due back today. Please come by and pick one up!

    Homecoming tickets will be sold during lunch on anchor days as well as after school until 4 pm.

    Voting for Homecoming King and Queen will happen on Monday, September 29 in Advisory! Thank you!

    Spirit week will begin on Monday, September 29. The themes for each day are as follows:

    Monday- Pajama day
    Tuesday- Tropical Tuesday
    Wednesday- Wacky Tacky Day
    Thursday- America Day
    Friday- Spirit Day

    For more information about appropriate clothing for spirit week, please see the flyers posted throughout the school thank you!

    Men's A Capella Auditions will be held during Knight Time, Monday and Tuesday of next week. Come ready to sing!

    Our students from France arrive October 10, National French Week will soon follow, and the International Francophone Festival is just around the corner! If you want to dig into the culture and variety of France, Louisiana or any other part of the French-speaking world, the French Club is probably for you! Knowing the language is not a requirement. All students are welcome! There will be a general meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at 3.Carnival time and Mardi Gras will be here before you know it! Get in on the ground floor! Come to room 311 on Wednesday at 3.

    Attention for seniors and juniors who are applying or reapplying for the Social Studies Honor Society, Rho Kappa: You can get your application form from Mr. Haas in Room 124 or any of the board members (Marty Knauf, Sarah Davis, Anna Flach, or Claire Saunders). All forms are due by Friday, September 26.

    Fr. Benetti is available for confessions in the chapel during B and C lunches every day.

    Sophomores and Juniors Interested in applying for the 2015 Governor's School program need to see Mr. Giska in counseling for information by October 1.

    Congratulations to the new officers of the Spanish club:

    President: Ale Rodriguez
    Co-Vice Presidents:Julia Pipan and Stephanie Salinas
    Secretary: Hannah Weldu-Akol
    Co-Treasurers: Claire Stemberger and Alicia Gonzales
    Food Director: Andrew Oliveros

    This week we are celebrating Banned Books Week. Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

    Spanish Honor Society students, Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School will be starting on Tuesday, September 30. Please see Srta. Yanine for more details in room 310.  Gracias.

    If you completed Christian Service over the summer, please see Ms. Hogan during Knight Time. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.

     


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    The Global Studies program at Bishop O'Connell kicked off the school year with an afternoon session with special guest speaker, Paul Singh. Singh is a 1999 graduate of Bishop O'Connell. He has founded several startup tech companies and spent some time at PBworks, AOL and Symantec. He is currently the founder of Disruption Corporation, which provides research, investment and advice in the in Crystal City. He is also a general partner of Disruption's post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund.

    Singh shared his perspectives on the future business environment, telling the students, "The web is getting bigger and the world is getting smaller."

    He shared stories of well known Internet companies to give the students perspectives on the labor force behind the scenes. In this discussion, he also reinforced a theme that our students have certainly heard before: be aware of your online identities, and realize that future employers are looking at you from that lens too. He called this "online breadcrumbs."

    The school library was "standing room only" for this session, and students stayed around well beyond the formal presentation to have the opportunity to further engage with the speaker.  

    Read more about Singh in the April 10, 2014 edition of the Washington Post.

    CLICK HERE to find out more about the Global Studies program.


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    Bishop O’Connell High School has named Brianna Murphy to the ice hockey program coaching staff. For the 2014-2015 season, Murphy will serve as the head coach of the Varsity-2 hockey team. She will also serve as the head coach of an interim girls team that will play four exhibition games this winter.

    Beginning in the fall of 2015, Bishop O’Connell will field a varsity girls ice hockey team that will play a full season schedule in the Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League (MAGHL). This league currently includes five teams from Maryland: Academy of the Holy Cross, Holton Arms, Archbishop Spalding, Bryn Mawr and St. Timothy’s.

    Coach Murphy played four years of Division III women’s hockey at Buffalo State College, where she served as captain for two years. She graduated with a bachelor’s in health and wellness, and recently received her master’s in physical education from Canisius College.

    "We’ve had a great deal of interest in our girls hockey program,” said ice hockey head coach Flip Collins. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Murphy to build the girls ice hockey program at Bishop O’Connell High School.

    There will be a meet-and-greet with Coach Murphy on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the school library for all interested players and parents.

    For more information contact Coach Flip Collins at fcollins@bishopoconnell.org or Coach Brianna Murphy at bmurphy@bishopoconnell.org.


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  • 09/30/14--07:55: Sep. 30, 2014
  • Voting for Homecoming King and Queen will happen today during Advisory after announcements.

    Homecoming tickets will be sold after school today and during all lunches.

    Attention Advisory reps. There was an important SCA meeting regarding homecoming after school yesterday. If you missed it, you need to speak with your class officers and councilors today to find out what is expected of you for homecoming. If you cannot attend the set up after school on Friday, you need to come down to the SCA office immediately after announcements.

    Fr. Benetti is available for confessions in the chapel during B and C lunches every day.

    Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School will start today Tuesday, September 30. Please meet Ms. Yanine at 3:15pm at the main lobby of Tuckahoe Elementary School.

    If you completed Christian Service over the summer, please see Ms. Hogan during Knight Time. Summer service hours submissions are due Wednesday, Oct. 1.

    Sophomores and Juniors Interested in applying for the 2015 Governor's School program need to see Mr. Giska in counseling for information by October 1st.

    Spirit week has begun The themes for each day are as follows:

    Wednesday- Wacky Tacky Day

    Thursday- America Day

    Friday- Spirit Day

    For more information about appropriate clothing for spirit week, please see the flyers posted throughout the school or read Mr. Roque’s blog! thank you!

    Men's A Capella Auditions will be held during Knight Time, today. Come ready to sing!

    The Stock and Finance club will meet on Wednesday at 3:05 PM in room 202. Please bring $5.00 if you have not done so in order to cover the cost of the Stock Market Game. New members are welcome to attend.

    Our students from France arrive October 10, National French Week will soon follow, and the International Francophone Festival is just around the corner! If you want to dig into the culture and variety of France, Louisiana or any other part of the French-speaking world, the French Club is probably for you! Knowing the language is not a requirement. All students are welcome! There will be a general meeting on Wednesday, October 1 at 3. Carnival time and Mardi Gras will be here before you know it! Get in on the ground floor! Come to room 311 on Wednesday at 3.

    All junior and senior women of O'Connell are invited to attend the Fiat meeting Wednesday, October 1, at 11:31am (during B lunch) in Room 222. Fiat is a group for young women who want to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ. 

    The Spirit & Leadership Team, also known as SALT, will be meeting Wednesday at 3pm in Room 220.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Blaser or Ms. Funk.

     


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