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The latest news from Bishop O'Connell High School

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    Have you visited the Chaplain's Blog, Knights of Faith, lately?

    Father Thompson, along with the theology department faculty, regularly share news and reflections with our community.

    New on the blog this week:

    Confirmation for five O'Connell students on Pentecost Sunday.

    Father Thompson posted his Baccalaureate Homily.

     


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    Bishop O’Connell High School held its 55th commencement exercise at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, presented diplomas to the 311 members of the class of 2015.

    Included in that number were 38 legacies, that is, graduates with a parent who is an O’Connell alum. There were also 20 graduates who received a certificate along with their diploma to indicate the equivalent of a ninth semester of study as part of the Global Studies program.

    Head of School Joseph E. Vorbach III, a 1983 graduate himself, welcomed the students, families and honored guest to this celebration. He asked the soon-to-be graduates to not rush their mind through this day: "Absorb the details--the depth of the love expressed in the hugs of loved ones, the words of pride expressed by your parents and others who have helped you grow, the admiration of the faculty for your accomplishments, the moment you receive your diploma, the time with classmates outside the Shrine when we conclude."

    Alexander Socarras, the class salutatorian, reflected on the past four years and the O'Connell community the class built together: "Years from now, I will remember all the small moments I shared with you, in between classes, during Knight Time, after school, waiting at half-time and after dances. Everyone I came in contact with on a personal level has taught me something and left a lasting mark on my life."

    Srijan Bhasin, the class valedictorian, had one piece of advice for the class of 2015: be a chef. Yes, a chef! "Like a chef trusts his tools, you must trust your knowledge... Take criticism like a chef, realizing that those moments don't define you... Live with passion like a chef."

    Bishop Loverde, provided the commencement address. He reflected on a meeting he recently had with a group of seniors from O'Connell. "There is something different, unique, about this class," he said. "It's a spirit of belonging together like a family--with a strong faith, support given to one another and outreach to those outside the community in need."

    He encouraged the students to continue to pursue the kind of happiness, or feeling of fulfillment in your heart, that comes from being in the right relationship with God and with each other. "Living rightly is reality, and being happy is the result. May God walk at your side every day," he said.

    God Bless the Class of 2015!

    Photo slide show coming soon...

     


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    Bishop O’Connell High School has named Sarah Cohen Burrowbridge as the new head coach for the girls lacrosse program. Originally from New Jersey, Coach Burrowbridge received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, where she was a midfielder/defender for the lacrosse team. She earned her master’s in education from American University.

    Coach Burrowbridge began her high school coaching career at Holy Cross High School in New Jersey where the team competed for the state title. More recently, she has coached locally at Wilson High School in D.C. and Hayfield Secondary in Alexandria, where she built a successful program.  She also co-runs CRASH lacrosse club.

    Burrowbridge is an elementary school teacher. She and her husband, Adam, have three boys and are looking forward to joining the Bishop O’Connell lacrosse family.

    “Coach Burrowbridge brings a wealth of experience both as a player and a coach,” said Athletic Director Joe Wootten.  “Her passion for the sport and for working with young people is contagious, and we are confident she will lead our program to new heights!"

    There will be an opportunity to meet Coach Burrowbridge at an interest meeting on Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. in the school library.  Parents and players are encouraged to attend.


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    The latest entry in our student blog is a contribution by a group of juniors who took a unique field trip in their Honors Pre-Calculus class today.

    Read today's installment of "A Day in the Life of a Knight" at www.bishopoconnell.org/dayinthelife.

    Special thanks to Sister Tracey!


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  • 06/04/15--06:26: June 3, 2015
  • Attention students interested in the environment! The Ecology Club will be having our last meeting of the school year today, Wednesday, June 3rd, right after school in room 236, Mr. Britt's room. Cookies and Donuts will be provided to anyone who attends. All are welcome!

    Dear members of the Spanish Honor Society, We will have a mandatory meeting today after school in the Upper Auditorium, at 3:00pm.  Please be prompt. We will go over the services and guidelines for this society.   Also, St. James Food Distribution is this Friday, June 5 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

    If you have a class ring that needs any kind of adjusting, please come to the Activities Office today Wednesday, June 3rd during Knight Time.  The Herff Jones Rep will be here. The following students need to come to the Activities Office immediately after Announcements this morning: Molly Walker, Madison Robley, and Brandon Cortez.

    There is a mandatory Global Studies event in the auditorium today, Wednesday, June 3, during Knight Time. You will all need your ID to Swipe in. See Ms. Webb for questions.

    An additional mentoring & volunteer opportunity is available for rising 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students! LINK (leaders in networking knights) is a program designed to assist our O'Connell transfer students and give opportunities for you to help the new student get to know O'Connell. NHS members can earn hours and this is a great resume booster for college. Please see Ms. Usle or Ms. Stuhlman if you are interested in an application. Applications are due on June 12th.

    Attention all students: If you have an “Incomplete” in PowerSchool for your Christian service project, you MUST see Ms. Hogan this week to discuss your project plan. The Christian Service Project is a graduation requirement and you do not want to fall behind!

    Please check lost and found in Student Life for your lost articles. There are coats, watches, necklaces, water bottles, etc. All will be donated at the end of this week. Thank you.

    Attention all juniors taking AP English next year: There is a mandatory meeting tomorrow (Thursday) in Room 322 during “C” Knight Time\Advisory. Please be prompt. Summer assignments will be distributed.

    There is a FINAL Drama Club meeting after school on Thursday, June 4th, in the auditorium.  We will be discussing shows, activities and events for next year as well as voting on our new executive board.  If you are interested in acting, musicals, tech work, improvisation or comedy shows, please attend this FINAL drama club meeting of the year, Thursday after school in the auditorium.

    The Italian American Club is collecting boxes of pasta through Friday, June 5, to donate to the St. James Food Distribution. Please bring in any type of boxed pasta to donate. Collection boxes are located at both Trinidad and Underwood  entrances

    If there are any freshmen who need a few service hours to complete your service project, please see Ms. Hogan for an opportunity after school here at DJO.

    Did you know you can earn credit towards graduation in the Connell's Summer Studies program? Please come by the Counseling Office for course information and registration forms.

    According to the Student Life Handbook on page 25, “all library materials must be returned and fines paid before a student may take their final exams." Be sure to check the list posted at the library.

    As you clean out your lockers, please place any extra supplies you might have in the boxes marked. These supplies will be sent to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Southwest Virginia and even used right here in Arlington County. Thank you so much for sharing and caring!

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    Members of the Global Studies program at Bishop O’Connell welcomed back class of 1981 alumna, Mary Kate Cary, for a lunch-time discussion on her career as a speechwriter and on her most recent film endeavor, 41ON41—a documentary on President George H.W. Bush, as seen through the eyes of 41 former colleagues, friends and family members.

    Using clips from the film, Cary discussed the characteristics of a leader attributed to President Bush by those around him, and she had the group think about how those characteristics were manifested.

    “Our students are interested in many facets of international engagement and leadership,” said program coordinator, Whitney Webb. “Ms. Cary left these students with some important pointers as they begin to think about their own futures."

    Cary began her career in the newsroom before taking a job on the 1988 Bush-Quayle campaign. After the election she became one of the speechwriters serving President George H.W. Bush, where she authored over 100 domestic and international addresses. Recently, Cary has served as contributing editor and columnist at U.S. News & World Report. She continues to write speeches for corporate and political clients and serves on the advisory board of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M.

    Mary Kate Cary is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied international relations and served as an editor at several university publications.

    Find out more about her film, 41ON41, due to be released on Netflix this week, at www.41on41.com.

    Read more about our Global Studies Certificate Program at www.bishopoconnell.org/global.


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    Student representatives from both the Young Women’s and Young Men’s Executive Clubs recently traveled into Washington, D.C. to deliver gently worn men and women’s professional clothing to be donated to STRIVE DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping D.C. residents who need help finding sustained employment and becoming contributing members to their community.

    Theology department chair and club moderator, Mr. David Owens, accompanied the students on this trip which marked the second donation by the Young Men’s Executive Club, and the first by the newly formed Young Women’s Executive Club. The overflowing trunks were the result of a school-wide professional clothing drive organized by the two clubs.

    "We feel blessed to have had this opportunity to give to the local community," said a member of the contingent. "We are excited to give even more next year."

    Pictured: O'Connell students deliver trunks of professional clothing to the STRIVE DC offices on M Street.


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    Congratulation to O'Connell graduate, Emma Morris, who was recently profiled in Arlington Magazine, recognized as one of their 2015 Extraordinary Teens.

    Emma's accomplishments are numerous, both inside and outside of the classroom. She was a transfer student who joined the school's learn-to-row program not long after she arrived. She became an important part of the girls crew team; most recently, her boat took 8th place in the 2015 SRAA national championship.

    Emma will be attending Stanford University in the fall, where she hopes to study Human Biology. She spent last summer interning in an oncology radiology lab at Georgetown University. She has also volunteered with an adaptive rowing program in Anacostia, and worked with special needs children through local weekend retreats (through Jill’s House) and previously at a special needs camp in California.

    Read more in the July/August issue of Arlington Magazine.

    Your can also read more about Emma in our 2015 Senior Spotlight series.


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    For most students at O’Connell, June 12 was their last day of school. But for a group of young women—members of the FIAT club—June 12 was the beginning of a special retreat weekend. The group of 11th and 12th grade students were joined by three young adults from Marymount University and four staff members from O’Connell—Sister Tracey Uphoff, Ms. Anne-Marie Funk, Ms. Kathryn Hogan and Ms. Elizabeth Rubando. They loaded two small buses and headed to Summit Lake Camp in Maryland to participate in the school’s first Kairos Retreat.

    Read more about the Kairos Retreat in our Knights of Faith blog.


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    The 2015-2016 Royalette Dance Team from Bishop O'Connell High School brought home top honors from the Universal Dance Association Camp held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County earlier this month.

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

    The team also received a Superior trophy as one of the top averaging teams based on individual team member evaluations. Each girl performed three routines and they were awarded a total of 45 blue ribbons and three red ribbons.

    Each day during the camp, members of the team participated in a Drill Down competition, where campers are given drill commands and are eliminated as they make mistakes. On the last day, the drill continues until only one camper is left standing. Out of the 270 campers, the Royalettes had five left in the top 20, three left in the top ten and two in the top five. In the end, Margaret O’Connor ’17 took home the Drill Down championship, and Madison Rubley ’16 was the runner-up. This is the seventh year in a row that a Royalette member has won this competition.

    All-Americans recognition was awarded to Bridget Heppes ’16, Sam Neizgoda ’16, Annie Nguyen ’16, Maris Ratliff ’16, Madison Rubley ’16 and Erika Williams ’18. These members were invited to perform in the New Year's Day Parade in London, England.

    Officers of the team were invited to perform at the Varsity Christmas Spectacular, and the entire team has also been invited to perform at the 2016 Citrus Bowl pre-game show.

    “I always look forward to camp,” said Coach Chrissy Salvador ’95. “I enjoy seeing our new team come together, working hard and supporting each other.”

    For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, the Royalettes attended camp with the Paul VI dance team from Fairfax. “The girls attended Mass together,” said Coach Salvador. “Throughout the weekend the two teams work side-by-side and help each other out with their routines.”

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

    Pictured below: Members of the Royalette Dance Team and the Paul VI High School dance team take a moment out of their camp day for a joint photo.

     


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    Congratulations to the class of 2015 on their many accomplishments! Here are just a few examples:

    $23.7 million in college and university scholarships

    Military Academies
    Julia Bailey - U.S. Naval Academy
    Michael Galvan - U.S. Naval Academy
    Michael Hurley - U.S. Naval Academy
    Collin Snyder - U.S. Naval Academy

    ROTC Scholarship
    Antonio Marrero - Navy ROTC – Virginia Tech

    Entering the Corps of Cadets
    Kevin Caggiano – Virginia Military Institute
    Miguel Saunders – Virginia Military Institute

    Valedictorian
    Srijan Bhasin
    Read more about Srijan in a feature story in the Arlington Catholic Herald.

    Salutatorian
    Alexander Socarras

    Global Studies Certificates
    Read more about this O'Connell certificate program.
    Alisa An
    Danielle Atalla
    Olivia Barksdale
    Srijan Bhasin
    Caroline Cubbage
    Claudia Dubay
    Roman Endo Ondo
    Sofia Echeverria
    Matthew Funkhouser
    Hannah Gavin
    Meagan Leverone
    Amanda Meszaros
    Maria O’Neill
    Fracesca Pastore
    Amanda Peranich
    Carly Swanson
    Sara Tesfay
    Raei Tesfazghi
    Mailat Yonas

    Distinguished Honors
    Earning a grade of A- or better in all subjects throughout senior year
    Srijan Bhasin
    Austin Brown
    Theresa Cordero
    Sarah Davis
    Sofia Echeverria
    Mary Husk
    Asia Martin
    Maggie McLellan
    Johnathan Olaya
    Kathleen Reilly
    Claire Saunders

    AP Scholars
    A score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

    *   With Honors - An average of 3.25 or higher on all exams, and earning a 3 or higher on   four or more exams.
    **  With Distinction - An average of 3.5 or higher on all exams, and earning a 3 or higher on five or more exams.
    *** National AP Scholar - An average of 4 or higher on all exams, taking eight or more exams.

    Victoria Adams* Matthew Funkhouser*** Johnathan Olaya
    Fernando Agront Michael Galvan** Francesca Pastore*
    Alisa An Hannah Gavin** John Patterson***
    Stephen Anderson Kathryn Gliot** Sean Paulson
    Dominic Bernero*** Jiahong Guo Jason Pazirandeh
    Srijan Bhasin*** Robert Hails III* Carmen Pizzano
    Anna Bourque Lauren Harkes Olivia Price
    Ryan Brideau Yu Ju Hong** Fabio Quiroga
    Austin Brown** Patrick Hughes Kathleen Reilly
    Sarah Cahill* Michael Hurley Susan Rodriguez**
    John Carter Mary Husk* Matthew Salvador
    Zhenh Chen** Matthew Kissinger Claire Saunders
    Natalie Chiames Martin Knauf** Katelyn Seeger**
    Thomas Conroy Samara Leith Carrie Shawkey
    Robert Crowe Meagan Leverone Collin Snyder
    Caroline Cubbage** Madeleine Lucchetti** Alexander Socarras**
    Sarah Davis Zhen Luan Carly Swanson*
    Anne Di Gregory* Nadine Ly Jennifer Ternullo
    Jack Diebler* Nicole Marinaro Stephen Thiringer
    Jeffrey Dixon Antonio Marrero Grace Thomas
    Andrew Elias Maggie Mclellan** Diane Valentine
    Sarah Escobar Emma Morris Benjamin Watson**
    Tarah Fisher Brian Murray Katherine Ward*
    Justin Fitzsimmons* Mackenzie Nihill  

                                                 

    Student-Athlete Commitments
    Kyra Alexander (Soccer) - Old Dominion UniversityJulia Bailey (Crew) - U.S. Naval Academy
    Oumar Barry (Basketball) - DePaul University
    Lizzie Brooks (Soccer) - University of Mary Washington
    Sarah Cahill (Swim) - Drexel University
    Shannon Cross (Lacrosse) - University of California, Davis
    Kevin Fraser (Lacrosse) - Ursinus College
    Michael Fraser (Lacrosse) - High Point University
    Lauren Harkes (Soccer) - Clemson University
    George Hawkins (Football) - Merrimack College
    Cole Hogan (Lacrosse) - University of Mary Washington
    Anthony Howard (Football) - Gannon University
    Patrick Hughes (Tennis) - University of Mary Washington
    Jamaal King (Basketball) - St. Francis University
    Riley McGovern (Crew) - Stetson University
    Katie Meckus (Basketball) - University of North Florida
    Emma Morris (Crew) - Stanford University
    Shannon Murphy (Softball) - Bucknell University
    Chris Outlaw (Swim) - Virginia Tech
    Stephanie Page (Soccer) - Stony Brook University
    Jacob Slazer (Lacrosse) - Randolph-Macon College
    Siyao Sun (Basketball) - California State University, Northridge
    Carly Swanson (Crew) - Stetson University
    Erin Sweeney (Softball) - Mount St. Mary's University
    Tylar Thompson (Football) - Merrimack College
    Sara Wilson (Soccer) - University of Florida

    More Information

    Read more and see photos from the 2015 commencement exercise.

    Meet 18 members of the Class of 2015 on our "In the Spotlight" page.

    View a list of colleges and university where O'Connell graduates from the past four years are currently enrolled.

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    UPCOMING JAZZ BAND REHEARSAL

    Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Band Room
    Thursday, Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Band Room (will play at Pep Rally at 2:10 p.m.)
    Tuesday, Sep. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Band Room
    Thursday, Sep. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Band Room

     

    UPCOMING PEP BAND REHEARSAL

    Thursday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Band Room
    Saturday, Aug. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Band Room (will play at home football game at 2 p.m.)


    Please be on time so we can leave early…  

    Questions? Please contact Mr. Ron Isaacson at risaacson@bishopoconnell.org.

     


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    Moss never grows under their feet.

    It’s summertime, and that means that Dr. Dan Stabile and his wife, Monica, are traveling somewhere fabulous and bringing back great memories along with important cultural information that they happily share with their co-workers, friends and family. This year was no exception. Their destination: Cuba!

    Both Dr. and Mrs. Stabile are faculty members at Bishop O’Connell. Dan Stabile is a college counselor and Monica Stabile is a German teacher.  In late July, they traveled for eight days to Cuba as part of one of the first U.S. research delegation of educators.

    “Our group was primarily focused on learning more about some of the exemplary education programs that have existed for years in Cuba,” said Dr. Stabile. “For example, in the early 1960s they successfully eradicated illiteracy, and they have continued to outscore students in all Latin American countries.”

    “We also looked into their university system, which has world renowned medical and science preparation programs,” he added.

    “Learning more about today’s Cuban society and their culture and art was a tremendous byproduct of our visit,” Stabile continued. “We had opportunities for many informal engagements with citizens from all walks of life.”

    The Stabiles visited the University of Havana, several high schools and elementary schools, as well as a trade school and a preschool. They also had the opportunity for in-depth conversations on urban development, housing and home ownership, and economic and employment issues. In addition, they were able to spend time with several artists and visit iconic collections of modern Cuban art,that included paintings, ceramics, engravings and graphic design.

    “The pride of the Cuban people in their customs and culture as well as all their contributions to the world resonate in conversations,” said Dr. Stabile.  “The Cuban heritage, art, dance, music, athletics, and folklore present a rich history and promising future for this country.”

    Regarding the Catholic Faith, Dr. Stabile said,I believe that a resurgence of the Catholic Church is occurring. Pope Francis will be offering Mass at Revolutionary Square during his visit to Havana in September, and it would not surprise me if a million Cubans turn out for this event.”

    Pictured: The Stabiles pose with artist Eduardo C. Reyes and his depiction of US-Cuba restoration of relations.


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    Last spring, Bishop O'Connell rolled-out the “igKnight” program — a professional development network designed to help teachers share best practices and make use of instructional technologies in their classrooms.

    Over the course of the summer and continuing on into the school year, teachers have participated in in-house workshops, seminars and one-on-one coaching with the goal of "always improving" in order to enhance student engagement and learning.

    Read more about this program in this week's Arlington Catholic Herald.


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  • 08/24/15--10:50: Welcome Cookout 2015
  • McMurtrie Field at Bishop O'Connell was hopping with activity over the weekend, as new families were invited to mingle at the annual Welcome Cookout. More than 500 attendees enjoyed burgers and hotdogs grilled and served by administrators, faculty members and parents. An assortment of cookies and brownies, baked by teachers, staff and PTO members, rounded out the offerings.

    Erin O'Malley, dean of student services, called the event a great success: "My favorite part was seeing new students recognizing the names of teachers from their schedules and saying, 'Oh, you're Mr. Edmondson...I have you for History!'"

    Attendees were also able to enjoy a variety of classic rock tunes performed on the plaza by Father Thompson and his band, "Teacher's Pet." 

    On the football field, the fans were treated to a varsity football preview, as the Knights took on Surrattsville High School in a scrimmage. Go Knights!

    See more photos from the Welcome Cookout HERE.


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  • 08/27/15--13:29: Welcome Class of 2019
  • This morning, 318 new Knights, members of the Bishop O'Connell class of 2019, walked through our doors to officially inaugurate the 2015-2016 school year.

    It was a day to make new friends, meet classroom teachers and catch some school spirit. It's going to be a great year!

    Read more about last weekend's new family cookout HERE.

    Enjoy glimpses from today's events below.



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  • 09/01/15--11:12: Sep. 1, 2015
  • Come learn about the Crew Team and eat FREE PIZZA today, September 1, at 3 PM in room 140. No Experience necessary to try out for the team. Try outs start September 12.

    Attention all DJs interested in DJ-ing in the Welcome Back Dance, a sign-up sheet will be available outside the Christian Service Office.  Registration will be closed September 4, and tryouts will be held September 8, after school in the SCA Room.

    For all students interested in joining the  “School of Community” with Fr. Benetti, there will be a brief introductory meeting today immediately after school in RM 212. Come and see!"

    Have you thought about majoring in business in college? Do you want to start a new company some day? The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) may be for you! The FBLA club will be meeting after school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 3 in room 202. All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Betthauser or Mrs. O'Malley.

    Start the school year off right!  Get your locker organized! Medical Missionaries and the Interact Club will be selling locker shelves for just $2.00!  New, these shelves sell for $8.00 - $12.00. Shelves are available in room 326 before and after school and during Knight Time.  We have a limited supply so get yours soon!

    Attention participants in the upcoming French Exchange! Today is the day! Remember that you must meet all previously listed requirements by 3 p.m. so that Mr. Hobson and the travel agency can submit your name to the airline and the State Department as a participant.

    If you purchased a yearbook last year, you may pick up the book today after school in Mrs. McDonald's Room - Room 223. If you would like to still purchase a book, there are a few left.  Please bring a check for $75 to Mrs. McDonald.  The books are available on a first come, first serve basis and we will sell out this year.  Get yours while you can!

    ANY student (including seniors) needing an ID or a replacement ID should go to the Upper Gym during Lunch Today, Tuesday, September 1st.

    Attention SCA, there will be a mandatory meeting in room 328 today directly after school at 3 pm.

    The Knights Hockey program is excited to announce the Pre-Season Skills and Drills camp every Tuesday and Friday from 4:00PM to 5:00PM for the month of September at Kettler Capitals IcePlex.   First Session is this coming Friday, September 11th.   New players should contact Coach Collins at FCollins@BishopOconnell.org

    Nominations for Class Representatives will be held on September 9th, and Elections will be held on September 10th, in your Advisory.

    The Welcome Back Dance will be held on September 11! Only O’Connell Students are allowed to the dance. If it’s not Neon, it’s not on!! $5.00 at the door!

     


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  • 09/02/15--06:00: Sep. 2, 2015
  • The young women's executive council is seeking new members for the 15-16 school year. This club aims to promote traditional values for the modern young woman through activities such as guest speakers, field trips and service opportunities. The club is only open to juniors and seniors. Applications can be found on the door of room 122. Please return them to Ms. Krista no later than Wednesday, September 9th by the end of day. 

    Today, Confessions will be held during lunches A and C.  Mass will be celebrated during B Lunch in the student chapel.   Please remember to swipe in at the chapel entrance.

    For students interested in Peer Mentoring for Expanded Services, there will be a make-up training after school on Friday, September 4 from12:45 - 2:00 in the Library. This is only for students who have not already attended training and wish to serve. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by rm 214 and speak to Mrs. Rinaldi or Ms. Desmarais. THANK YOU!

    Have you thought about majoring in business in college? Do you want to start a new company some day? The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) may be for you! The FBLA club will be meeting after school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 3 in room 202. All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Betthauser or Mrs. O'Malley.

    This Friday is the First Friday of September. The 7 a.m. Mass will be celebrated in the School Chapel. A light breakfast will follow in the Chapel Lounge. All are invited to begin the observance of the 9 First Fridays with all the graces that come with that observance. We hope to see you there.

    Start the school year off right!  Get your locker organized! Medical Missionaries and the Interact Club will be selling locker shelves for just$2.00!  New, these shelves sell for $8.00 - $12.00. Shelves are available in room 326 before and after school and during Advisory/Knight Time. We have a limited supply so get yours soon!  Thank you for your support!

    The Knights Hockey program is excited to announce the Pre-Season Skills and Drills camp every Tuesday and Friday from 4:00PM to 5:00PM for the month of September at Kettler Capitals IcePlex.   First Session is next coming Friday, September 11th.   New players should contact Coach Collins at FCollins@BishopOconnell.org

    Come one, come all!  Drama club will host its first ALL CLUB meeting on Wednesday September 9th after school in the Auditorium from 3-4pm.  If you are interested in the Spring Musical or the Fall Drama, or perhaps you want to help with the tech crew, or be part of our Orchestra, we want to see your face!  Come see how you can be involved in the theatre.  Please email Ms. Zimmerman if you have any questions.

     


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    Even before the official first day of school, students return to Bishop O'Connell to begin fall sports practices. Two photographers from the Arlington Catholic Herald stopped by on a warm day in August to snap some photos of our teams already in action.

    See the feature on the Arlington Catholic Herald webpage.


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    It's a new year for Knights football. Colin Disch is in his first year as the team's head coach, and a new crop of underclassmen joins the group of returning seniors who are determined to leave their mark on the football landscape of the WCAC and the region.

    O'Connell is hoping to build on their early-season non-conference loss to Maryland powerhouse, McDonogh. Read more about things to come in the Arlington Catholic Herald.


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