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The latest news from Bishop O'Connell High School

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    The World Languages department recently inducted 90 O'Connell students into language honor societies for French, Spanish, Latin and German.

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  • 03/21/16--06:51: Mar. 21, 2016
  • Today is the LAST day to collect money for our fundraising goal. If we can collect the remaining $35,000 by the end of today, then we will have Holy Thursday off of school. So please, make sure that you have turned in all your pledged money if you have it with you TODAY. Please stay in your Advisory until the Superdance chairs and co-chairs come to your room. If a chair or co-chair does not come, please let Ms. Hogan or Mrs. O'Reilly know asap. Every dollar helps! Thank you for your ongoing support of Superdance and May the Cure Be With You.

    Global Studies students - Please remember, the next important and exciting event will be in the library directly after school this afternoon. Our honored guest speaker will be Robert Hanson, Director of Tax Controversy at Ernest & Young.

    Hello! The Library would like to hold an Open Call for students who can sing or play instruments for the Jazz and Java event on April 4, recite for a Poetry Reading in mid-April (the date is to be determined), and also fold Origami cranes! If interested and willing to participate in any of these activities, stop by the library to sign up or receive more information.



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    O'Connell junior Grace Halford's first place microbiology project is entitled "The Effects of Sound on Bacterial Colony Growth."

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    Senior Walter Whitt shared his experiences with cystic fibrosis as a part of a congressional panel discussion on childhood diseases and cures hosted by the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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  • 04/08/16--10:39: AP Review Schedule
  • Optional AP review sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, April 12.

    CLICK HERE for the detailed schedule.

    Although attendance at these sessions is optional, it is highly encouraged. Similar sessions in the past have been extremely useful.

    PLEASE NOTE - Sophomores should note that the retreat is their priority on that date. They may only join sessions after the conclusion of the retreat.


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    O'Connell students traveled through Italy, Germany and Switzerland during Easter break this year.

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  • 04/14/16--18:36: 10th Grade Day of Service
  • This year's sophomore retreat focused on a day of service, where students rolled their sleeves up at more than a dozen area facilities.

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  • 04/15/16--05:13: April 15, 2016
  • AP students with "C" lunch should report to the auditorium right after advisory on Monday, April 18 to complete their AP Pre-Administration forms. AP students with "A or B" lunch will be completing their forms on April 26. Please bring a hard surface to write on and a #2 pencils-NO MECHANICAL PENCILS ALLOWED!!. Please be prompt.

    All students taking an AP courses are required to take the AP exams. If you have any questions see Ms. Saracina in the Counseling Office.

    Anyone going on the Peru Mission Trip this summer need to see Ms. Hogan TODAY.

    This Saturday, April 16 is the Knights for Life Monthly Prayer Vigil outside of the Falls Church Healthcare Center. This month we will be joined by the Pro-Life clubs from PVI, John Paul the Great, Robinson, and possibly Bishop Ireton. You do not need to be a member of the Pro-Life club to join us, but you DO need a permission form! We will meet at DJO at 9 am. Please see Olivia Eichner or Chris St. George for more information.

    The first meeting of the Alzheimer's Awareness Club will be on Tuesday, April 19th during B lunch in the Upper Auditorium Balcony! Please come by, there will be sweet treats! Contact Katherine Zain or Ms. Hogan for questions.

    The Festival of the Arts is fast approaching. If you are interested in performing on either the Gallery Stage in the Gym or the Courtyard Coffeehouse, please sign up this week. Sign-ups are posted on the Band Room Door. If you have questions, please see Mr. Britt, Mr. Kadeli, or Mr. Isaacson. All are encouraged to entertain!

    Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors: Your service deadline is rapidly approaching. Please check out the service opportunities posted at the Christian Service Office. A couple of opportunities are coming very soon if you are in need of a few hours!

    April is School Library Month and this week is National Library Week. Our school library transforms learning - celebrate with us!

    All juniors who are interested in running for the SCA Executive Board for the 2016-2017 school year need to compose a speech and turn it in to the SCA room by 3pm on Monday, April 25th to be approved. These speeches will then be available to be picked up in the SCA room by 3pm on Wednesday, April 27th. Speeches take place on Friday, May 5th and the elections are on Wednesday, May 11th.


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  • 04/15/16--14:10: Kairos II
  • Kairos II photo

    Earlier this month, 45 students and nine faculty members loaded a bus and headed to Maryland to participate in Bishop O'Connell's second Kairos retreat held at Camp St. Charles. Over the four day and three night retreat, O'Connell juniors and seniors interacted with each other in small groups and participated in the sacraments. The retreat's themes were "Who am I?" and "How do I build a friendship with Jesus?"

    "Kairos allows students to experience the joy of the gospels in real and tangible ways," said theology teacher Ed Fitzpatrick. "Through the retreat, we are able to take the time to step back and look at how God interacts with us on a personal level. It aims to give teenagers practical ways to see and experience Jesus in their everyday life."

    In addition to the faculty leaders at this year's retreat, seven seniors served as student leaders, having participated in the first O'Connell Kairos retreat a year earlier.

    "For me, this was a life changing experience where I felt God speak to me in a real way," commented junior Gianni Snidle.

    Senior Colum Bergeron described the retreat as "an amazing experience where I was able to meet close to 50 like-minded people in their faith."

    For Christian service coordinator, Kathryn Hogan, this was her second O'Connell Kairos retreat. "It's difficult for me to put into words how meaningful this weekend was. You can look at the photos and get a sense of the activities that took place, but they don't do justice to the beauty we all saw in these students throughout the retreat."

    Watch a slideshow from the Kairos retreat below or find it HERE.


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    Congratulations to senior ice hockey player, Robert Burnham, who was named first team All-Met by The Washington Post earlier this month.

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  • 04/25/16--07:26: April 25, 2016
  • Attention Senior boys: If you have a Mother-Son Brunch RSVP they need to be handed in to the SCA room ASAP

    All juniors interested in running for an executive board, nomination forms are due TOMORROW. Please turn in all forms to the SCA room.

    AP students with "A or B" lunch should report to the auditorium right after advisory on Tuesday, April 26 to receive their AP student packs and to complete AP Pre-Administration forms. Please bring a hard surface to write on and #2 pencils-NO MECHANICAL PENCILS ALLOWED!!. Please be prompt. If you have any outstanding exam fees please pay them as soon as possible are past due.

    Good morning DJO! The young men's executive club has started it's annual clothing drive we are looking for gently worn men's clothing: button up shirts, trousers, blazers, suits, shoes, hats, etc. They may be dropped off in room 224 with Coach Owens. We thank you very much for your support!

    Don't forget to bring in your picture books for preschool children this week! Collection boxes are in your English classroom. Please help underprivileged children in Washington DC discover a favorite book.



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  • 04/26/16--06:07: April 26, 2016
  • Attention Senior boys: The Mother-Son Brunch is this Sunday; please return any RSVPs with payment to the SCA room by Wednesday.

    All students going to Peru please stop by and see Ms. Hogan TODAY!.

    There will be an important Best Buddies meeting today (Tuesday) right after school in room 316, Mrs. Stabile's Room.

    Superdance money is well past due. Any student that owes SD money is banned from all SCA activities...this includes Prom for Seniors. Please listen while your names are called; come to the SCA room after announcements to speak with Mrs. O'Reilly and Ms. Hogan.You will receive a pass back to class. Thank you!

    Attention Spanish Honor Society: Tutoring at Tuckahoe Elementary School is today from 3:35-4:40. Please be prompt.

    A reminder for students from St. Agnes Parish: Fr. Edlefsen will be here on Wednesday to host a pizza lunch for you during your lunch period. Please report to the Trinidad Lobby (by room 226) at the beginning of your lunch tomorrow.

    Hola! Would you like to practice your Spanish in Spain and explore the culture? Then come to Salamanca over the summer from July 1 to July 16, and study at the University of Salamanca. The University is one of the most prestigious Universities in Europe built in 1218; it will allow you to be part of history.With this program you will earn 2 college credits and will participate in cultural activities, walking tours, and excursions to Segovia, Avila, Toledo and of course Madrid, the lively capital of Spain.For more information see Ms. Yanine in room 310 as soon as possible during Knight Time and don't miss this once in a life time opportunity.

    All juniors running for an executive board position, your speeches are due Friday, April 29. Please turn in all speeches to the SCA room.

    AP students with "A or B" lunch should report to the auditorium right after advisory TODAY to receive their AP student packs and to complete AP Pre-Administration forms.Please bring a hard surface to write on and #2 pencils-NO MECHANICAL PENCILS ALLOWED!!. Please be prompt. If you have any outstanding exam fees please pay them as soon as possible are past due.

    Good morning DJO! The young men's executive club has started it's annual clothing drive we are looking for gently worn men's clothing button up shirts trousers Blazers suits shoes hats they may be dropped off in room 224 with Coach Owens. We thank you very much for your support!

    Don't forget to bring in your picture books for preschool children this week!Collection boxes are in your English classroom. Please help underprivileged children in Washington DC discover a favorite book.

    It's Shakespeare's 400th birthday celebration...


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  • 04/28/16--11:16: Spring Musical Photos Posted
  • The O'Connell Players entertained audiences with their presentation of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

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  • 04/29/16--06:19: April 29, 2016
  • It's Shakespeare's 400th birthday celebration...

    Superdance money is well past due. Any student that owes SD money is banned from all SCA activities...this includes Prom for Seniors. Please bring your SD money to the SCA room.

    Greetings Seniors - Please make sure to either put into Naviance or tell your counselor, which college you will be attending. We must have this information no later than Monday morning, May 2nd! If you do not wish to have your college decision publicized please let Mrs. Herbst know. We still need to know your decision in order to send a final transcript to the college and for statistical purposes. Also, please make sure all scholarship information has been reported to Mrs. Herbst or Mrs. Saracina no later than Friday, April 29. This includes scholarships from schools you will not be attending. If you were invited into any honors colleges or received any awards please let your counselor know as well.

    All juniors running for an executive board position, your speeches are due TODAY Please turn in all speeches to the SCA room.

    Reminder to new Keyette applicants - application forms are due today, no late forms will be accepted.

    The Mother-Son Brunch is this Sunday with Mass beginning at 10 a.m. Please park in the front of the school and come through the cafeteria to the Chapel. Brunch will begin at 11. All Senior Class SCA Female Officers and Councilors, please arrive by 9 a.m.

    This weekend is the Festival of the Arts! We hope to see you Saturday night from 6 to 9pm. Our art students' works of art will be on display and the gym will be transformed into a Rain Forest! You will also get to see musical performances by your friends on three stages while enjoying delicious treats! The first 25 students get in for free. Tickets are $5 per person and $15 per family. We hope to see you there!

    Attention AP students - The AP exam schedule for the week of May 2 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, seating procedures instituted last year by College Board requires assigned seating. 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. If you have any questions please see me or your counselor.

    The Young Women's Executive Club is partnering with the Young Men's Executive Club in the professional clothing drive. Please bring clothing items such as pant suits, skirts, blouses, shoes, etc that are gently used. They will be donated to the homeless in DC who need clothing for job interviews. Items can be dropped off in room 224. Person with the greatest number of items donated will receive a Chik-fil-a gift card.

    Hola - Would you like to practice your Spanish in Spain and explore the culture? Then come to Salamanca over the summer from July 1 to July 16, and study at the University of Salamanca. The University is one of the most prestigious Universities in Europe built in 1218; it will allow you to be part of history. With this program you will earn 2 college credits and will participate in cultural activities, walking tours, and excursions to Segovia, Avila, Toledo and of course Madrid, the lively capital of Spain. For more information see Ms. Yanine in room 310 as soon as possible during Knight Time and don't miss this once in a life time opportunity. Gracias!


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  • 05/09/16--05:38: May 9, 2016
  • Seniors, please return your school library books & pay your overdue fines by Monday, May 23, the first day of exams for Seniors. All library materials must be returned and fines paid before a student may take final exams.

    On Tuesday May 10, there is an Alzheimers Awareness Meeting in Room 122 during B Lunch! We will be electing club officers and there will be cookies and KAHOOT! See you there!


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  • 05/09/16--12:28: Baseball Dugout Dedication
  • The home baseball dugout was recently dedicated in memory of Robert "Bobby" O'Donnell '73.

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  • 05/10/16--06:01: May 10, 2016
  • Seniors: Field Day will be held immediately after the mandatory graduation practice/picnic on May 31. Sign-up sheets will be made available during Knight Time this week. We'll have 32 squads of 8 seniors each. Remember... these are SCA events... all Superdance money must be paid in order to participate.

    Come on out and support your O'Connell Varsity Softball Team as they take on Ryken for the Championship title! The game is at 4:00 and at Holy Cross. Go Knights!

    Eat at Chick-Fil-A at Seven Corners TONIGHT from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and mention Bishop O'Connell to support the DJO All Night Grad Party!

    Best Buddies members are requested to attend a meeting in room 316, Mrs. Stabile's room today after school.

    Interested in going to Italy over Spring Break 2017? See Father Benetti for details!

    Today there is an Alzheimer's Awareness Meeting in Room 122 during B Lunch! We will be electing club officers and there will be cookies and KAHOOT! See you there!

    Congratulations to Sophomore Ken Rudolph for achieving all "1's" on his recent performances at District 12's Solo & Ensemble Festival on April 22. Ken achieved this for solos on both Violin and Cello.

    Don't forget to vote for your new SCA Executive Board tomorrow morning during Advisory!

    SCA Class Officer and Councilor nomination forms are available outside the SCA office in the black folder on the wall. The forms for SCA OFFICERS are due back on Wednesday, May 11th, while the forms for COUNCILORS are due Monday, May 23rd. Questions? See Mrs. O'Reilly or Ms. Hogan.

    The Tenth Annual O'Connell Dodge Ball Tournament is this Friday May 13 after school in the gym. We have a 12:00 dismissal on Friday. Cost is $5 per participant including coaches. Each team has 6 players; a coach is optional. Team sign-up forms, signed waivers, and payment may be turned into Erin Stuver, Diego Garcia, India Seldin, or Mr. Britt. All items must be received by the end of the school day Thursday May 12 in order to participate.

    Attention senior members of the National English Honor Society: Graduation cord order forms are due this week. Please submit your payment to Mrs. Cerniglia in Room 323.

    Seniors: Remember to return your school library books and pay your overdue fines by Monday, May 23, the first day of exams for Seniors. All library materials must be returned and fines paid before a student may take final exams.


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  • 05/11/16--06:15: May 11, 2016
  • It is the trip you have always dreamed of... Join a group of 2017 Seniors during spring break next year to "La Bellezza Eterna, The Eternal Beauty" in an epic journey in search of the timeless beauty of Italy. Led by Fr. Benetti, we will Discover the interplay between faith and culture by hiking in the majestic Italian alps, experiencing the Easter liturgy with Pope Francis and visiting the breath-taking beaches of the Italian east coast. Hurry up! Spots are limited. Contact Father Benetti or one of us for more details.

    Don't forget to vote for your new SCA Executive Board today, during Advisory!

    Also, SCA Class Officer and Councilor nomination forms are available outside the SCA office in the black folder on the wall. The forms for SCA OFFICERS are due back today, May 11th, while the forms for COUNCILORS are due Monday, May 23rd. Questions? See Mrs. O'Reilly or Ms. Hogan.

    Seniors: Field Day will be held immediately after the mandatory graduation practice/picnic on May 31. Sign-up sheets will be made available during Knight Time this week. We'll have 32 squads of 8 seniors each. Remember... these are SCA events... all Superdance money must be paid in order to participate.

    Seniors: Remember to return your school library books and pay your overdue fines by Monday, May 23, the first day of exams for Seniors. All library materials must be returned and fines paid before a student may take final exams.

    Tickets for Prom go on sale today after school in Room 236. Tickets are $75 per person and will be on sale after school through Monday, May 23. Tickets will NOT be sold at lunch or during the school day. If you are bringing a non-O'Connell guest, you may pick up a guest form before you purchase tickets. All completed guest forms must be returned to Mr. Britt by Monday, May 23. Get your tickets for this amazing night early to avoid the rush!

    The Tenth Annual O'Connell Dodge Ball Tournament is this Friday after the noon dismissal in the gym. Cost is $5 per participant including coaches. Each team has 6 players; a coach is optional. Team sign up forms, signed waivers, and payment maybe turned in to Erin Stuver, Diego Garcia, India Seldin, or Mr. Britt. All items must be received by the end of the school day Thursday in order to participate.

    Attention senior members of the National English Honor Society: Graduation cord order forms are due this week. Please submit your payment to Mrs. Cerniglia in Room 323.


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  • 05/17/16--04:52: May 17, 2016
  • Attention seniors! Since it is college shirt day, there will be a banner for every senior to sign with their name and the name of which college they will be attending in the fall. The banner will be located outside of the cafeteria during your lunch. A roaming photographer will be on hand to capture some great pictures!

    There will be a rehearsal for the NHS Induction Ceremony in the auditorium after school on Wednesday. Attendance is mandatory for all current members and new inductees.

    Knights for Life end of year party will be this Wednesday, May 18 during Advisory in Rm 125. We will be saying goodbye to our senior club members and officers. Members are encouraged to bring a snack and bring a friend.

    Come be a part of the Jenga tournament and support the Math Honor Society. Tournament rounds will take place after school in Rm 116. To enter you must come by Rm 116 after school today or Tuesday. Two person teams: Cost: only a dollar per person to join. Cash prize awarded to the winning team. Questions? See Mr. Bernhard. *Play video

    The final Knights for Life Clinic outreach for the school year is this Saturday, May 21st. We'll begin with Mass in the student chapel at 9:30 am and conclude at iHop for a time of fellowship with students from PVI, Ireton, and Robinson.

    Tickets for Prom are on sale today after school in Room 236. Tickets are $75 per person and will be on sale after school through Monday, May 23. Tickets will NOT be sold at lunch or during the school day. If you are bringing a non-O'Connell guest, you may pick up a guest form before you purchase tickets. All completed guest forms must be returned to Mr. Britt by Monday, May 23. Get your tickets for this amazing night early to avoid the rush!

    Senior Countdown to Final Exams. Return your library books and pay your late fees BEFORE exams begin on May 23 (which is four more school days from now), You will NOT be able to take your final exams until you do.

    It is the trip you have always dreamed of... Join a group of 2017 Seniors during spring break next year to "La Bellezza Eterna, The Eternal Beauty" in an epic journey in search of the timeless beauty of Italy. Led by Fr. Benetti, we will Discover the interplay between faith and culture by hiking in the majestic Italian alps, experiencing the Easter liturgy with Pope Francis and visiting the breath-taking beaches of the Italian east coast. Hurry up! Spots are limited. Contact Father Benetti or one of us for more details.

    Seniors: Field Day will be held immediately after the mandatory graduation practice/picnic on May 31. Sign-up sheets will be made available during Knight Time this week. We'll have 32 squads of 8 seniors each.


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  • 05/18/16--05:39: May 18, 2016
  • Tryouts for the 2016-2017 Cheerleading Team are next week! Join us Monday, May 23 to Wednesday, May 25 for clinics and tryouts. Please check out our website, www.bishopoconnell.org/cheerleading for more detailed information, or come and see Ms. Moynihan in Room 123. Go Knights!

    Any underclassmen that would like to usher at graduation, please come down and sign up in the activities office.

    The final Knights for Life Clinic outreach for the school year is this Saturday, May 21st. We'll begin with Mass in the student chapel at 9:30 am and conclude at iHop for a time of fellowship with students from PVI, Ireton, and Robinson.

    Come be a part of the Jenga tournament and support the Math Honor Society. Tournament rounds will take place after school in Rm 116. To enter you must come by Rm 116 after school today or Tuesday. Two person teams: Cost: only a dollar per person to join. Cash prize awarded to the winning team. Questions? See Mr. Bernhard. *Play video

    The Cookies and Coloring Club is holding their first annual meeting on Tuesday May 24th at 3:15 in room 301. There will be, you guessed it, cookies and coloring! See Ms. Liz in the Center Office for more information.

    It is the trip you have always dreamed of... Join a group of 2017 Seniors during spring break next year to "La Bellezza Eterna, The Eternal Beauty" in an epic journey in search of the timeless beauty of Italy. Led by Fr. Benetti, we will Discover the interplay between faith and culture by hiking in the majestic Italian alps, experiencing the Easter liturgy with Pope Francis and visiting the breath-taking beaches of the Italian east coast. Hurry up! Spots are limited. Contact Father Benetti or one of us for more details.

    Tickets for Prom are on sale today after school in Room 236. Tickets are $75 per person and will be on sale after school through Monday, May 23. Tickets will NOT be sold at lunch or during the school day. If you are bringing a non-O'Connell guest, you may pick up a guest form before you purchase tickets. All completed guest forms must be returned to Mr. Britt by Monday, May 23. Get your tickets for this amazing night early to avoid the rush!

    Seniors: Field Day will be held immediately after the mandatory graduation practice/picnic on May 31. Sign-up sheets will be made available during Knight Time this week. We'll have 32 squads of 8 seniors each.

    Seniors please return your library books and pay your late fees BEFORE exams begin on May 23 (which is three more school days from now), You will NOT be able to take your final exams until you do.


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