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The latest news from Bishop O'Connell High School

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  • 04/09/15--18:38: AP Review Sessions - Apr. 14
  • Optional review sessions for all AP classes are scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 14.

    The schedule is posted HERE.

    Students - Attendance at these sessions is optional, but highly encouraged. Similar sessions in the past have been extremely useful. This year's weather-related missed school days make these even more important in your preparation for the AP Exam scheduled in early May.


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  • 04/13/15--20:54: Spring Music Trip to Boston
  • On March 25, Bishop O’Connell High School’s music ensembles headed to Boston for their annual Spring Music Trip. Eighty-one students representing the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Orchesquad, Concert Choir, and O’Connell singers participated in a variety of events around the Boston area.

    On Friday students enjoyed a tour of Freedom Trail and Salem while learning the rich history surrounding the formation of early Boston. The day was topped off by a spectacular evening performance from the renowned Blue Man Group.

    On Saturday the students participated in the Rhythms International Music Festival. Each ensemble performed three pieces and received adjudication from three music professionals. Our ensembles received the following rankings: Symphonic Band – Excellent, Jazz Band – Excellent, Orchestra – Good, Concert Choir – Good, and O’Connell Singers – Superior. All of the ensembles also received wonderful feedback from the adjudicators and tips on improving their performance.

    The music program would like to thank the Fine Arts Boosters for organizing the trip, Fr. Thompson and all of the chaperones, and the O'Connell administration that supported the trip.

    Enjoy a few photos from the trip below:

     


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    Bishop O’Connell High School has named Colin Disch as the new head football coach. Coach Disch has spent the last three years as an assistant coach for the Knights football program, first coaching the offensive and defensive lines and most recently as the defensive coordinator.

    Before coming to Bishop O’Connell, Disch served as an assistant football coach at Stonehill College in Massachusetts and St. John Fisher College in New York. He was an inside linebacker for the University of Albany football program, where he was a three-time captain, receiving All-Conference and All-American honors.

    "I look forward to this great opportunity,” said Disch. “I am thankful to be a part of this school community and feel fortunate to be able to work with these young men and build them up through the game of football."

    “Coach Disch has been an integral part of building our football program over the last three years,” said Athletic Director Joe Wootten. “We are confident he can lead the team to the next level.”

    Head of School Joseph Vorbach added, "Colin Disch has demonstrated that he is both a superb mentor for young men and an excellent football coach with the ability to develop each individual player. He has used his talents to support our Catholic mission and we look forward to him continuing to do so as our head football coach."

    Coach Disch is replacing Del Smith who is returning to Bridgewater College as defensive coordinator for the Eagles football program.


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    Join the family of the late Al Burch, former principal and coach at Bishop O'Connell, along with the Knights baseball team, baseball alumni, faculty and students, at the dedication of the newly completed Jacobs Field at Burch Stadium on Thursday, Apr. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

    The dedication takes place prior to the last regular season home game, where the Knights will take on WCAC rival DeMatha at 4:30 p.m. So come for the dedication and then stay to cheer for DJO!

    Please let us know you are coming. RSVP by April 24 to broberts@bishopoconnell.org or call 703-237-1445.

    Read more about Al Burch...


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    The O'Connell Players have been busy preparing the hills to come alive with the sound of music! This beloved musical is sure to please the whole family. Mark your calendar, tell your friends and join us on the weekend of Apr. 24-26 for "The Sound of Music" at Bishop O'Connell.

    Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale now at www.bishopoconnell.org/ocplayers.


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  • 04/20/15--06:34: Fine Arts Calendar Updates
  • The Fine Arts Department would like to announce the following updates:

     

    May 6 - Guitar Showcase - (7pm in the Band Room)
    May 7 - Piano Showcase - (7pm in the Band Room)

    May 13 - Fine Arts Boosters Meeting - (6:30pm in the Library)

     

    We look forward to seeing you at these great events!


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  • 04/20/15--07:47: Apr. 20, 2015
  • The DJO music program is very pleased to announce that on Saturday, April 18th, at the District 12 Solo and Ensemble Festival, held at Rocky Run Middle School, Juniors Kathryn Baker and Elliott Kunkel scored a "1" Superior for their performance of Edward Elgar's "Salut d'Amour," for Clarinet and Piano. Congratulations to them both on a very good job, well done!

    Congratulations to Srijan Bhasin, Eunsol Kim, Pearl Luan, Matt Funkhouser, Matthew Wisniewski, Jiakun Lin, Jennifer Ternullo and Yifan Shi. They participated in University of Mary Washington's Calculus Tournament on Saturday and finished second in the team competition. In the individual contest, Matt Funkhouser placed first and Srijan Bhasin placed second out of 48 students.  Overall, O'Connell students won a total of $350 in prize money.  All students are members of the Math Honor Society.  Well done.

    Students from St. Michael's parish should receive a pizza flyer in their advisory period today.  Fr. Carr will be here to host a pizza party for you during your lunch period on Wednesday.

    Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch every day! If you need a guest form, come to room 236, that's Mr. Britt's room. Get excited O'Connell!

    Attention Senior Homeroom Representatives, there will be a meeting this Friday during Knight-Time.

    The O'Connell Singers, Bishop O'Connell's Select Women's Vocal Ensemble, will be holding auditions for the 2015 -2016 school year for all current DJO women. The audition will be held today, Monday, April 20 during Knight Time with callbacks tomorrow Tuesday, April 21. Please speak with Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions or scheduling issues. We look forward to seeing the talent you will bring to our group and our school!

    If you are a young lady and are currently not a member of the Keyette Club and would like to be a member, come to a short informational meeting on either Tuesday OR Thursday in room 114 immediately after school. If you cannot attend either of these meetings please see either Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116.

    The Pro-Life Club will be holding club elections on Wednesday morning in room 146 during homeroom. If you are interested in being a member of the club's executive board for next year please be in attendance. Thank you!

    The Social Justice Club will meet Wednesday after school in room 221 to discuss the new initiative, "Girl Up: Uniting Girls to Change the World.” All are invited to attend.

    The Festival of the Arts is right around the corner - It is on Saturday, May 2. If you are interested in performing on the stages, it is time to sign up. If you wish to perform in the coffee house tent in the Courtyard, please sign up on Mr. Britt's door - Room 236. If you are interested in performing on the gym stage, please sign up on the Band Room Door. All sign-ups need to be completed by Wednesday, April 22.

    This Thursday April 23rd is the Faculty versus Senior Basketball Game. If any Senior is interested in playing they must sign up with either Ms. Funk or Mr. Blaser by Wednesday April 22nd.

    For any current Keyette members remember that re-applications are due this Friday April 24 and also applications for anyone wanting to run for office are also due this Friday April 24. If you have not yet picked up your re-application please see Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116 as soon as possible. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette next school year.

    Please bring your Superdance money to the SCA room asap! All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Just an fyi, seniors will not be able to purchase prom tickets until their money comes in.


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    Two teams of four students from Bishop O’Connell traveled to the University of Mary Washington over the weekend to participate in a calculus tournament. They tested their math skills by competing as teams and as individuals against other high school students from across Virginia. This is the first year that Bishop O'Connell has competed at this event.

    Team #1 Takes Second Place

    The team competition included 12 teams from eight schools. It was conducted as a round-robin Jeopardy format, with questions that fell into four categories: Limits, Derivatives, Integrals and Grab Bag. Both O'Connell teams earned ten out of a possible 12 points in this first round to move on to the quarterfinals. In the end, O’Connell’s Team #1 (seniors Srijan Bhasin, Matthew Funkhouser and Zhen (Pearl) Luan, and junior Eunsol Kim) advanced to the finals, and finished second overall. O’Connell’s Team #2 (seniors Matthew Wisniewski and Jennifer Ternullo and juniors Yifan Shi and Jiakun Lin) finished in the top six.

    O'Connell Seniors Take 1st and 2nd in Individual Competition

    In the individual competition, the 48 competitors were given 30 minutes to answer 10 questions. O’Connell seniors Matthew Funkhouser and Srijan Bhasin claimed the top two spots, answering all ten questions correctly. Funkhouser edged out Bhasin for first place by finishing in the shortest amount of time.

    “The competition was intense,” said Michael Bernhard, mathematics chair at Bishop O’Connell. “Our students were great ambassadors for our school and I could not be more proud of them. I am thankful to the University of Mary Washington for sponsoring this annual event which fosters a love for mathematics through healthycompetition."

    Pictured below: Top row (l to r) - Zhen (Pearl) Luan, Srijan Bhasin, Matthew Funkhouser and Eunsol Kim. Bottom row (l to r) - Yifan Shi, Jiakun Lin, Jennifer Ternullo and Matthew Wisniewski.


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  • 04/21/15--05:31: April 21, 2015
  • The O'Connell Singers, Bishop O'Connell's Select Women's Vocal Ensemble, will be holding auditions for the 2015 -2016 school year for all current DJO women. Callbacks are today, Tuesday, April 21. Please speak with Mr. Kadeli if you have any questions or scheduling issues.

    If you are a young lady and are currently not a member of the Keyette Club and would like to be a member, come to a short informational meeting either Today OR Thursday in room 114 immediately after school. If you cannot attend either of these meetings please see either Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116.

    Interact Club and Medical Missionaries are sponsoring a Bake Sale Wednesday during lunch periods.  Thank you in advance for your support.

    The Pro-Life Club will be holding club elections on Wednesday morning in room 146 during homeroom. If you are interested in being a member of the club's executive board for next year please be in attendance.

    This Thursday, April 23 is the Faculty versus Senior Basketball Game. If any Senior is interested in playing they must sign up with either Ms. Funk or Mr. Blaser by Wednesday April 22nd.

    The Social Justice Club will meet Wednesday after school in room 221 to discuss the new initiative, "Girl Up: Uniting Girls to Change the World". All are invited to attend.

    Students from St. Anthony's parish should receive a pizza flyer in your advisory period today.  Fr. Donelan will be here to host a pizza party for you during your lunch period on Thursday

    For any current Keyette members remember that re-applications are due this Friday April 24 and also applications for anyone wanting to run for office are also due this Friday April 24. If you have not yet picked up your re-application please see Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116 as soon as possible. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette next school year.

    Tickets are now on sale for The O'Connell Player's spring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  The show is this weekend and tickets are ONLY $5 FOR STUDENTS!  You can also show your support for a friend in the show by purchasing a flower gram for $2! For more information, please visit the ticket table during your lunch.

    The Festival of the Arts is right around the corner - It is on Saturday, May 2. If you are interested in performing on the stages, it is time to sign up. If you wish to perform in the coffee house tent in the Courtyard, please sign up on Mr. Britt's door - Room 236. If you are interested in performing on the gym stage, please sign up on the Band Room Door. All sign-ups need to be completed by Wednesday, April 22.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance and Prom. Thank you!


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  • 04/22/15--07:00: April 22, 2015
  • Students from St. Michael's parish should report to the Trinidad Lobby (by room 226) at the beginning of their lunch period today for a pizza party hosted by Fr. Carr.

    Interact Club and Medical Missionaries are sponsoring a Bake Sale today during lunch periods.  Thank you in advance for your support!

    The Social Justice Club will meet today after school in room 221 to discuss the new initiative, "Girl Up: Uniting Girls to Change the World". All are invited to attend.

    The Pro-Life Club will be holding club elections this morning in room 146 during homeroom. If you are interested in being a member of the club's executive board for next year please be in attendance. Thank you!

    The Gamer Club will host the re-scheduled SoulCaliber V Tournament on Thursday, April 23, beginning promptly at 3PM in Rm. 202. The entry fee will be $2 for all tournament contestants. Join in on the gaming competition, and have another great time in an exciting and competitive atmosphere. Gamers-s-s-s still Rock, Go Knights! Class of 2015!

    Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch every day! If you need a guest form, come to room 236, that's Mr. Britt's room. Get excited O'Connell!"

    This Thursday April 23rd is the Faculty versus Senior Basketball Game. If any senior is interested in playing they must sign up with either Ms. Funk or Mr. Blaser by Wednesday April 22nd.

    If you are a young lady and are currently not a member of the Keyette Club and would like to be a member, come to a short informational meeting on Thursday in room 114 immediately after school. If you cannot attend the meeting please see either Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116.

    Any seniors who would like to help with planning the Baccalaureate Mass, please sign up in the Activities Office by this Thursday 4-23.  

    For any current Keyette members remember that re-applications are due this Friday April 24 and also applications for anyone wanting to run for office are also due this Friday April 24. If you have not yet picked up your re-application please see Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116 as soon as possible. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette next school year.

    The hills are alive with the sound of music!!  Tickets are now on sale for The O'Connell Player's spring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  The show is this weekend and tickets are ONLY $5 FOR STUDENTS!!  You can also show your support for a friend in the show by purchasing a flower gram for $2! For more information, please visit the ticket table during your lunch.

    The Festival of the Arts is right around the corner - It is on Saturday, May 2. If you are interested in performing on the stages, it is time to sign up. If you wish to perform in the coffee house tent in the Courtyard, please sign up on Mr. Britt's door - Room 236. If you are interested in performing on the gym stage, please sign up on the Band Room Door. All sign-ups need to be completed by Wednesday, April 22.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance, Prom, next fall’s Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming...thank you!


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  • 04/23/15--07:00: April 23, 2015
  • Happy 451st Birthday to William Shakespeare! In recognition of the genius of Shakespeare, the English Department faculty offers these words of wisdom from Shakespeare himself: "Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

    The Gamer Club will host the re-scheduled SoulCaliber V Tournament today, Thursday, April 23, beginning promptly at 3PM in Rm. 202. The entry fee will be $2 for all tournament contestants. Join in on the gaming competition, and have another great time in an exciting and competitive atmosphere. Gamers-s-s-s still Rock, Go Knights! Class of 2015!

    Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch every day! If you need a guest form, come to room 236, that's Mr. Britt's room. Get excited O'Connell!

    If you are a young lady and are currently not a member of the Keyette Club and would like to be a member, come to a short informational meeting today in room 114 immediately after school. If you cannot attend the meeting please see either Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116."

    Any seniors who would like to help with planning the Baccalaureate Mass, please sign up in the Activities Office by today, Thursday April 23 

    For any current Keyette members remember that re-applications are due this Friday, April 24, and also applications for anyone wanting to run for office are also due this Friday, April 24. If you have not yet picked up your re-application please see Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116 as soon as possible. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette next school year.

    Tickets are now on sale for The O'Connell Player's spring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  The show is this weekend and tickets are ONLY $5 FOR STUDENTS!!  You can also show your support for a friend in the show by purchasing a flower gram for $2! For more information, please visit the ticket table during your lunch

    The Festival of the Arts is right around the corner - It is on Saturday, May 2. If you are interested in performing on the stages, it is time to sign up. If you wish to perform in the coffee house tent in the Courtyard, please sign up on Mr. Britt's door - Room 236. If you are interested in performing on the gym stage, please sign up on the Band Room Door. All sign-ups need to be completed by Wednesday, April 22.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance, Prom, next fall’s Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming...


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  • 04/24/15--07:04: April 24, 2015
  • Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch every day! If you need a guest form, come to room 236, that's Mr. Britt's room. Get excited O'Connell!

    Senior boys who are interested in attending the mother-son brunch should turn in their RSVP forms to the SCA room as soon as possible! Thank you!

    The Knights Tennis team beat St. John's 8-1 on Senior Knight. Seniors Patrick Hughes and Kevin Shepard won both of their matches and The dynamic doubles team of Sam Allen and James Toth bamboozled their opponents leaving them helpless in an 8-3 rout, leading the Knights to victory. The Knights play host to Virginia State rival Flint Hill on Monday and conference foe Good Counsel on Tuesday. Both matches will be played at Bluemont Park. Come cheer on the Knights to victory as they march toward the WCAC and State tournament

    For any current Keyette members remember that re-applications are due today Friday April 24 and also applications for anyone wanting to run for office are also due today Friday April 24. If you have not yet picked up your re-application please see Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116 as soon as possible. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette next school year." Thanks.

    Tickets are now on sale for The O'Connell Player's spring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  The show opens tonight and tickets are ONLY $5 FOR STUDENTS!  You can also show your support for a friend in the show by purchasing a flower gram for $2! For more information, please visit the ticket table during your lunch.

    The Festival of the Arts is right around the corner - It is on Saturday, May 2. If you are interested in performing on the stages, it is time to sign up. If you wish to perform in the coffee house tent in the Courtyard, please sign up on Mr. Britt's door - Room 236. If you are interested in performing on the gym stage, please sign up on the Band Room Door. All sign-ups need to be completed by Wednesday, April 22.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance, Prom, next fall’s Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming!


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  • 04/27/15--05:48: April 27, 2015
  • The DJO Fine Arts Department would like to congratulate the cast and crew, and pit orchestra of 'The Sound of Music' on three magnificent shows, this past Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon.  Everyone did an incredible job producing a great showing of the iconic Broadway musical and movie, especially in this 50th Anniversary of the movie. Congratulations to all!

    Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch every day. Get excited O'Connell! Attention ALL homeroom reps of ALL grades, please bring in two 2-liter bottles of soda to the SCA room by Friday for the Spring-Fling dance. Thank you!

    Senior boys who are interested in attending the mother-son brunch should turn in their RSVP forms to the SCA room as soon as possible!

    Attention all National Honor Society inductees!  There will be a rehearsal for the ceremony after school on Tuesday in the auditorium.

    The next important and mandatory event in our Global Studies speaker series will be in the library directly after school Wednesday, April 29. Our honored guest speaker will be Kevin F. Kelly. Mr. Kelly serves as Vice President at Van Scoyoc Associates Inc. and is the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Van Scoyoc Kelly & Roberts PLLC. Now in his 19th year at VSA, Mr. Kelly worked previously for more than a dozen years on Capitol Hill in various senior positions in the House and Senate.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance , Prom, next fall’s Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming.


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  • 04/28/15--07:44: April 28, 2015
  • Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch everyday. Get excited O'Connell!

    Attention ALL homeroom reps of ALL grades, please bring in two 2-liter bottles of soda to the SCA room by Friday for the Spring-Fling dance. Thank you

    Senior boys who are interested in attending the mother-son brunch must turn in their RSVP forms to the SCA room today. This is the final. Thank you!

    Attention all National Honor Society inductees!  There will be a rehearsal for the ceremony after school TODAY in the auditorium.

    Hey O’Connell… are you interested in being a part of the SCA student government and service team next year? If so, nomination forms will be available today after school. Come by the SCA office and pick one up. Executive Board forms (Junior Class only) are due back on Friday, May 4. Class officer forms are due back on Wednesday, May 13.

    SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY, Today, Tuesday, we will have tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School from 3:35-4:35. Please be prompt. Attendance will be taken.   

    Attention Seniors in the Spanish Honor Society, there is a mandatory meeting directly after school in room 310 on Wednesday, April 29. 

    The next important and mandatory event in our Global Studies speaker series will be in the library directly after school Wednesday, April 29th. Our honored guest speaker will be Kevin F. Kelly. If you have any questions please see Ms. Webb

    There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 29 in Room 125 at 3:00 for Teens Against Cancer. All are welcome.

    Attention Seniors, this Friday will be college t-shirt day, where you can wear a shirt from the college you're going to with the uniform bottom.

    'Operation smile: changing lives one smile at a time.' First operation smile student club meeting will be this Friday, May 1st, during B lunch in room 315, please see Brandon Horwath or Jessica Manning for details... There will be cookies.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance, Prom, next fall’s Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming.


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  • 04/30/15--05:39: April 30, 2015
  • Are you ready for Spring-Fling? Tickets are on sale during lunch everyday. Get excited O'Connell! Attention ALL homeroom reps of ALL grades, please bring in two 2-liter bottles of soda to the SCA room by Friday for the Spring-Fling dance. Thank you!

    Hey Junior Class… are you interested in being a part of the SCA student government and service team next year? If so, forms will be available today after school. Come by the SCA office and pick one up. Executive Board forms are due back on Monday, May 4. Class officer forms are due back on Wednesday, May 13.

    Any sophomore in need of service hours to complete their requirement this year need to see Ms. Hogan in the Christian Service Office for an opportunity that has come up right here at DJO.

    If you are a member of the Spanish Honor Society and did not attend the meeting yesterday, please see Señorita Yanine in room 310  or one of the officers: Srijan Bhasin, Alisa An, Alex Soccarras, or Theresa Cordero, before the end of this week. It is imperative you do so if you want to graduate as a member of the Spanish  Honor Society. Thank you!

    Once again, the stupendous doubles team of Sam Allen and James Toth lead the Knight tennis team over Good Counsel yesterday. Honorable mentions to Luke Brinkman, who's bedazzling serve befuddled his opponent...Antedisestablishmentarianism.

    Attention all Interact and Medical Missionaries Club Members, Dr. Joseph Akkara will be at our meeting TODAY to present us with the Rotary Presidents Award.  Please be on time in room 326 at 3:00 pm for the picture.

    Attention Seniors, this Friday will be college t-shirt day, where you can wear a shirt from the college you're going to with the uniform bottom.

    Attention Senior members of the National English Honor Society: Order forms for graduation cords are due by this Friday. Please submit form and payment to Mrs. Cerniglia in Room 323

    'Operation smile: changing lives one smile at a time.' First operation smile student club meeting will be this Friday, May 1, during B lunch in room 315, please see Brandon Horwath or Jessica Manning for details... There will be cookies."

    "All freshmen and upperclassmen who wish to become Keyettes next year--remember your applications are due Friday, May 1. That is the deadline. No applications will be considered after that date. Get your applications in. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette during the '15 - '16 school year. Turn applications in to Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116." Thanks.

    Attention AP students: On Friday, 5/1 any student who has not completed a pre-administration session should report to the Counseling Conference room during advisory. The AP exam schedule for the week of May 4 will be posted in the Blitz and outside both the Counseling and Center Office. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your exam start time and don't forget number 2 pencils -No Mechanical Pencils Allowed!  Also, new seating procedure this year required by College Board: Posted outside the exam location will be assigned seat listing. You will need to check for your assigned seat prior to entering the exam room. Good Luck with all your exams!

    The Festival of the Arts is this Saturday, May 2nd from 6 to 9pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the art work created in our art classes and hear your friends perform.  We will have three stages going at once!  PLus, lots of great food will be served! A special note to art students - we will start transforming the gym into an art gallery on Thursday.  Please plan on staying after school on Thursday to help start the process. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

    In honor of former principal Richard Martin, the PTO awards $500 to a senior at graduation, who has written the best essay entitled "What O'Connell has meant to Me". The essay should be no longer than one page double-spaced (longer will not be accepted). E-mail the essay to Mrs. Stabile by next Friday, May 8.

    Are you passionate about O’Connell? Are you responsible? Do you take initiative to help others? If you answered yes to any of these questions than we invite you to apply to be a mentor for the Knight2Knight program for next year’s freshman class. Must be a rising 11th or 12th grade students and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Please see Mrs. Jacobsen in the counseling office or contact her at ljacobsen@bishopoconnell.org for an application. Applications are due on May 22.

    Please send all Superdance money to the SCA room ASAP. All pledged money must be collected by the end of April. Students who do not bring in their pledged money will not be able to attend future SCA activities. This includes the Sadie Hawkins dance , Prom, next fall’s Welcome Back Dance and Homecoming...


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    The Global Studies program welcomed Kevin Kelly of Van Scoyoc Associates for an afternoon discussion in the library. Kelly is an attorney with significant previous experience as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. He now helps corporations and non-profits work with the federal government on major programs and initiatives. His areas of expertise include aerospace and biomedical research, cybersecurity, defense, education, energy and much more.

    Kelly shared his enthusiasm for the promise of several technology programs relating to space exploration and also in the biomedical fields. Even though he is not a scientist, he has developed a passion for helping solve complex programmatic issues in these areas. Kelly began his studies in the seminary before applying his interest in politics to support committee work of his congresswoman.

    Kelly left the students with this piece of advice, “Do the best job you can on what is in front of you. This will lead you to the next level.”


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  • 05/01/15--03:00: May 1, 2015
  • Hey Junior Class…are you interested in being a part of the SCA student government and service team next year? Come by the SCA office and pick up a nomination form. Executive Board forms are due back on Monday, May 4. Class officer forms are due back on Wednesday, May 13.

    Any sophomore in need of service hours to complete their requirement this year need to see Ms. Hogan in the Christian Service Office for an opportunity that has come up right here at DJO.

    Junior SCA class officers and Senior SCA class officers and councilors please come to SCA room after announcements for important details regarding Sunday’s Mother\Son Brunch. Thank you!

    The Spring Fling is tonight and tickets are not sold at the door! Get you ticket today during lunch! Attention ALL homeroom reps … please bring in two 2-liter bottles of soda or bottled water to the SCA room TODAY for the Spring-Fling dance. Thank you

    If you are a member of the Spanish Honor Society and did not attend the meeting yesterday, please see Señorita Yanine in room 310  or one of the officers: Srijan Bhasin, Alisa An, Alex Soccarras, or Theresa Cordero, TODAY. It is imperative you do so if you want to graduate as a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Thank you!

    Senior members of the National English Honor Society: Order forms for graduation cords are due TODAY. Please submit form and payment to Mrs. Cerniglia in Room 323

    'Operation smile: changing lives one smile at a time.' First operation smile student club meeting will be TODAY, during B lunch in room 315, please see Brandon Horwath or Jessica Manning for details... There will be cookies!

    French Honor Society seniors- see Ms. Webb TODAY if you would like to order a graduation cord. They are $8 and will not be ordered until payment is made.

    All freshmen and upperclassmen who wish to become Keyettes next year--remember your applications are due TODAY. That is the deadline. No applications will be considered after that date. Get your applications in. You don't want to miss out being a Keyette during the '15 - '16 school year. Turn applications in to Mrs. Graif in room 114 or Mrs. Koranek in room 116." Thanks.

    Attention AP students: any student who has not completed a pre-administration session should report to the Counseling Conference room during advisory, TODAY. The AP exam schedule for the week of May 4 will be posted in the Blitz and outside both the Counseling and Center Office. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your exam start time and don't forget number 2 pencils -No Mechanical Pencils Allowed!  Also, new seating procedure this year required by College Board: Posted outside the exam location will be a assigned seat listing. You will need to check for your assigned seat prior to entering the exam room. Good Luck with all your exams!

    The Festival of the Arts is this Saturday, May 2nd from 6 to 9pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the art work created in our art classes and hear your friends perform.  We will have three stages going at once!  PLus, lots of great food will be served! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

    In honor of former principal Richard Martin, the PTO awards $500.00 to a senior at graduation, who has written the best essay entitled "What O'Connell has meant to Me". The essay should be no longer than one page double-spaced (longer will not be accepted). E-mail the essay to Mrs. Stabile by next Friday, May 8.

    Hey O’Connell… thank you for your support of Superdance 2015, and thank you to all the students who have sent in their pledged money. We would ask that the following students come to the SCA room to speak with us about your outstanding pledged money:

    Did you raise over $300 for Superdance? If so, you can dress out for your AP and final exams. The list will be posted on the SCA room door.


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    The Bishop O'Connell boys tennis team won the WCAC championship today as the Knights won four out of nine championship matches.

    The WCAC tennis championship is actually nine separate tournaments played over the three days. Each team has six singles seeds and three doubles seeds, and each seed plays the corresponding seeds from the other teams.

    Going into the doubles championship matches, the Knights were trailing 26-25 to Gonzaga, but the #1 doubles teams of Patrick Hughes/Erick Rivas, #2 doubles team of Kevin Shepard/Luke Brinkmann and the #3 doubles team of Gianni Snidle/Shaun Freeman swept the doubles championship matches giving the Knights a convincing WCAC win.

    Luke Brinkmann also added a #4 singles title, while Patrick Hughes (#1 seed), Eric Rivas (#2 seed) and Christian Kotto (#5 seed) all made it to the singles finals.

    "We have been saying all year that this is our year," said Head Coach Mark Borgiasz. "We played as a team, we suffered and we rejoiced together, and at the end the we came out on top because our desire to win outweighed our fear of failure."

    Read more about the Knights' win from The Washington Post.


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  • 05/04/15--06:05: May 4, 2015
  • Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Festival of the Arts on Saturday night!  The evening was a great success.  Congratulations to all of our talented artists, singers, and musicians.  The artwork on display was phenomenal and the performances were top-notch!

    If you were unable to attend, we invite you to visit the gym during Knight Time today to see the work of our talented artists.  You may also see Mrs. McDonald in Room 223 if you would still like to purchase a t-shirt.

    SCA Executive Board Nomination forms are due back today. Forms received after today will not be considered. If you are thinking about being a member of SCA for next year, please return your signed forms today! Class officer forms are due back on Wednesday, May 13.

    In honor of former principal Richard Martin, the PTO awards $500.00 to a senior at graduation, who has written the best essay entitled "What O'Connell has meant to Me". The essay should be no longer than one page double-spaced (longer will not be accepted). E-mail the essay to Mrs. Stabile by Friday, May 8.

    Are you passionate about O’Connell? Are you responsible? Do you take initiative to help others? If you answered yes to any of these questions than we invite you to apply to be a mentor for the Knight2Knight program for next year’s freshman class. Must be a rising 11th or 12th grade students and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Please see Mrs. Jacobsen in the counseling office or contact her at ljacobsen@bishopoconnell.org for an application. Applications are due on May 22.

    Thank you for your support of Superdance 2015, and thank you to all the students who have sent in their pledged money. We still have a few students who need to bring in their pledged money. Did you pledge over $300 for Superdance? If so, you can dress out for your AP and final exams. The list will be posted on the SCA room door.

    The Boys varsity tennis team won the WCAC CHAMPIONSHIP on Sunday, defeating 2nd place Gonzaga and third place Good Counsel. The Knights were represented in the final day with players in 7 of the 9 championship matches. The Knights won 4 out of nine championship matches.  Patrick Hughes and Erick Rivas won the #1 doubles championship, Kevin Shepard and Luke Brinkmann won the number 2 doubles championship and Gianni Snidle and Shaun Freeman won the #3 doubles championship. Luke Brinkmann added a singles title at number 4. The Knights would like to thank everyone who supported them! 

    There will be a meeting of newly inducted National Honor Society Members in room 231 after school on Tuesday.

     


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  • 05/05/15--10:32: Burch Stadium Dedication
  • On April 30, members of the O'Connell community gathered before the final regular season home baseball game of the season to dedicate the baseball stadium in honor of former coach, teacher and principal, Alward V. Burch. In attendance were Burch's family members, former players and students and many friends.

    Mrs. Donna Burch cut the ribbon on home plate and her grandchildren unveiled the permanent plaque nearby. O'Connell's school chaplain, Rev. Gregory Thompson blessed the field and led the group in prayer.

    More on the Burch Stadium Dedication...

    Head of School blog (May 1, 2015)

    Arlington Catholic Herald (May 4, 2015)

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