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The latest news from Bishop O'Connell High School

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  • 12/17/13--12:00: Dec. 17, 2013
  •  There is still time to sign up to be a part of our wonderful Peru Trip! Please come see Ms. Heard for more details. This is a great way to meet new friends and get introduced to South American culture and give back to those who are less fortunate! Don’t miss out on this once and a lifetime opportunity!

    Due to the set up time for the concert on Wednesday, we are going to switch Block 2 and the AM Block. Students will leave bags in Block 2 classroom and will go to the auditorium at the bell  So the schedule for Wednesday will be as follows: Advisory    7:45 - 8:05; Block 2      8:10 - 9:35; AM Block   9:40- 11:05; The rest of the schedule is the same. No class time should be affected

     Photo club will be meeting during advisory today to take their yearbook photo.  You must be prompt and in proper uniform. 

    The Young Republicans will have a combination Christmas party, year book photos and discussion about nuclear option this Thursday.

    The Fashion Club will be meeting today at 3:05 to take their yearbook photo. Once again must be prompt and in proper uniform.

    There will be a dress-up day to support Catholic Charities on Wednesday, December 18. Students who bring in a minimum of $5 to their Advisory teacher may have a dress holiday on Wednesday. This is a dress-up dayno jeans or sweats, but fun Christmas sweaters can be part of the spirit. Remember that all dress guidelines from the student handbook must be followed.

    If you are interested in auditioning for the spring musical THE WIZARD OF OZ please come to the auditorium after school  today. Information will be given when you sign up. If you can't make it at 3:00 pm  today please see Mrs. Milam during Knight time in the Upper Balcony area by her office.

    Attention SOPHOMORES! Sophomore Spirit wear is now on sale! Order forms will be available in advisory. There are four shirts available, or buy the whole set at a discount. Checks and forms are due Dec 18. Thanks!

    Students, would you like to study in Spain, at the prestigious University of Salamanca from July 1-16 and earn two College Credits? See Ms. Yanine during Knight Time in room 312. Gracias!


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  • 12/18/13--10:23: Students in the Community
  • Arlington National Cemetery
    Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

    Early last Saturday morning, a group of students from Bishop O’Connell headed to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in the annual Christmas wreath laying event in conjunction with the Wreaths Across America program. At the cemetery, they were joined by hundreds of other volunteers who first came together at an opening ceremony where they learned more about the history of the project. Then they fanned out in groups to help unload the wreaths from semi-trailer trucks and to lay them in designated quadrants all across the cemetery.

    For the third year in a row, the boys soccer team was represented in the O’Connell contingent. In addition, Christian Service Coordinator, Mannikka Heard, was joined by chaperones, Colleen Stablein, and T.J. and Sue Fitzpatrick.

    For some participants, this day of service had special significance.

    “I felt proud to be part of a large group that endured the cold in order to pay our respects to our fallen soldiers,” said one O’Connell student. “Arlington National Cemetery always makes me think about how each and every person buried there has a story behind them.”

    Many in the group plan to finish the project by returning in January to help pick up the wreaths.

     

    Operation Homefront
    Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

    On Sunday December 15, another group of students headed to Lorton to support Operation Homefront at the local Moose Lodge. Their mission was to provide a joyous holiday celebration for families in need whose loved ones are serving in the military. Our students started out the day by dressing in Santa hats and elf costumes before they helped organize the toys that were donated earlier in the month. Once the families arrived, the group helped with crafts and activities and kept a festive atmosphere as the children waited to see Santa.

    “This was my second year supporting this project,” said one O’Connell student. “were able to make a lot of people smile and ultimately helped complete a child’s Christmas.”

    In the end, more than 750 children enjoyed this special afternoon.


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  • 12/18/13--12:16: Dec. 18. 2013
  •  There is still time to sign up to be a part of our wonderful Peru Trip! Please come see Ms. Heard for more details. This is a great way to meet new friends and get introduced to South American culture and give back to those who are less fortunate! Don’t miss out on this once and a lifetime opportunity!

    The list of Superdance Chairs and Co-Chairs is posted on the door outside the Activities office.   There will be a brief meeting after school today for all Committee Chairs.

    It's Academic will be having our final meeting for 2013 today right after school in room 112. The final team members and alternates will be decided so anyone interested must come today. If you can't make it but would like to be an alternate please see Mr. Holland.

    The Young Republicans will have a combination Christmas party, year book photos and discussion about nuclear option this Thursday.

    Attention SOPHOMORES! Sophomore Spirit wear is now on sale! Order forms will be available in advisory. There are four shirts available, or buy the whole set at a discount. Checks and forms are due Dec 18. Thanks!

    Students, would you like to study in Spain, at the prestigious University of Salamanca from July 1-16 and earn two College Credits? See Ms. Yanine during Knight Time in room 312. Gracias!


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  • 12/16/13--12:00: Dec. 16-20, 2013
  • Monday - Anchor Schedule
    Tuesday - B1 Schedule
    Wednesday - B2 Schedule
    Thursday - 10 AM Opening
    Friday - 12 Noon Dismissal

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  • 12/19/13--08:00: Dec. 19, 2013
  • Thank you to all of the musicians and singers that performed yesterday at the Christmas concert. You all did a great job!

    There will be a MANDATORY meeting for Model UN, today immediately after school in room 126.

    The Young Republicans will have a combination Christmas party, year book photos and discussion about nuclear option this Thursday.

    Come to the Girls Basketball Game this Saturday, December 21st at 4:00 PM.  The game will be paired with a Toy Drive for needy children.  Anybody who brings a new toy to donate will receive free admission to the game.  

    The Virginia State Independent Athletic Association is holding a competition for the Top Student Basketball Cheering Section: Anyone that comes to the game, Coach Wootten Will buy you pizza in school the next day for lunch! GAME:  JANUARY 4 vs. at 3:30 !!!!   Criteria: Positive, Spirit, Creative, and Organized. We were awesome vs. Gonzaga as a student section!  Lets come and do it again and win the competition!  All are invited! Frosh, Soph, Junior, Senior.

    There is still time to sign up to be a part of our wonderful Peru Trip! Please come see Ms. Heard for more details. This is a great way to meet new friends and get introduced to South American culture and give back to those who are less fortunate! Don’t miss out on this once and a lifetime opportunity!

    Students, would you like to study in Spain, at the prestigious University of Salamanca from July 1-16 and earn two College Credits? See Ms. Yanine during Knight Time in room 312. Gracias!


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  • 12/19/13--12:25: Merry Christmas from the SCA
  • The SCA posted a special Christmas video on our school's YouTube channel.

    CLICK HERE to view the video.


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    Dr. Vorbach shares some thoughts about the past few weeks in his latest blog entry at www.bishopoconnell.org/blog.

    Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the blog to enjoy a taste of the sights and sounds of Christmas this week at Bishop O'Connell.

    May the blessings of Christmas be with you today and throughout the New Year.

     


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  • 12/20/13--08:53: Dec. 20, 2013
  • Come to the Girls Basketball Game this Saturday, December 21st at 4:00 PM.  The game will be paired with a Toy Drive for needy children.  Anybody who brings a new toy to donate will receive free admission to the game.  

    Hello Sophomores! Today (Friday) is the LAST day to turn in your spirit wear forms. Please turn in your forms and checks payable to Bishop O'Connell to the ACTIVITIES office IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENTS, as they CANNOT be collected after school today! If your homeroom teacher has any forms, please bring them to the activities office as well. Thank you!

    The Virginia State Independent Athletic Association is holding a competition for the Top Student Basketball Cheering Section, and we want to participate. Anyone who comes to the game, Coach Wootten will buy you pizza in school the next day for lunch! GAME:  JANUARY 4 vs. at 3:30 p.m. Criteria: Positive, Spirit, Creative, and Organized. We were awesome vs. Gonzaga as a student section!  Le’ts come and do it again and win the competition!  All are invited!!! Frosh, Soph, Junior, Senior.

    There is still time to sign up to be a part of our wonderful Peru Trip! Please come see Ms. Heard for more details. This is a great way to meet new friends and get introduced to South American culture and give back to those who are less fortunate! Don’t miss out on this once and a lifetime opportunity!

    Students, would you like to study in Spain, at the prestigious University of Salamanca from July 1-16 and earn two College Credits? See Ms. Yanine in room 312. Gracias!


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  • 12/30/13--13:19: Alumni Face Off on the Ice
  • Former members of the Bishop O'Connell Knights hockey team took the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington on the day after Christmas for a friendly Blue vs. White alumni ice hockey game. After three periods of hard-fought no-check hockey, the blue team, which was made up of the most recent alumni, emerged victorious. The final score was 10-4.

    Win or lose, the players enthusiastically embraced the evening’s events, recounting hockey memories from the past and lingered long after the final horn sounded.

    “We had a fantastic turnout both in the stands and on the ice,” said Head Coach Flip Collins. “Having such a strong and supportive alumni group is important to our hockey program. I can’t wait until next year!”

    The blue team was led in scoring by Jon Hannums ‘08 and Alex Guerere ‘11. They were backed up by team captain, Max Heimerman ’07, Anthony Olivette ’12, Matt Coit ’09, Chris Clark ’11, Nick Guerere ’09, Clay Koch ’13, Gray McLaughlin ’10, Boomer Malanchuk ’09, and Robert Klein ’85. Goalies for this team were Jeff Petroski ‘09 and Doug Page ’09. Jeremy Paul ’09 provided important bench support for this team.

    The white team was led by captain Ricky Rudolph ’05. His teammates included Danny Bessette ’02, Michael Willis ’06, Michael Connell ’03, Sean Coit ’05, Dante Schiavo ’01, Alex Avdioukhin ’01, Steve Pfister ‘04, Brandon Fay ’05, Rich Hardy ’02, Mike O’Brien ’04, Dan Connell ‘06 and Jeff Donovan ’06. Goaltending duites  for this team were handled by Jon West ’05 and Sean Moran ’01.

    Plans are already in place for the 2014 edition of the alumni hockey game. If you would like to be included in upcoming alumni hockey events, please contact Coach Collins at fcollins@bishopoconnell.org.


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  • 01/06/14--12:06: Voted Best Private School!
  • Bishop O'Connell High School is proud to be voted Best Private School by the readers of Arlington Magazine.

    The results of the magazine's second annual readers' survey were published in the January/February 2014 edition, which is now available on news stands.

    The story mentions many of the school's programs, including 26 AP classes, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, and dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities through Marymount University. Also mentioned are the school's caring faculty, happy students and last year's $130,000 Superdance to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.

    Great things happen every day on Little Falls Road!

     

     


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  • 01/08/14--09:53: Jan. 6-10, 2014
  • Monday - Anchor Schedule
    Tuesday - SCHOOL CLOSED (WEATHER)
    Wednesday - 2-Hour Delay Schedule (Anchor)
    Thursday - B2 Schedule (AM Block)
    Friday - B1 Schedule

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  • 01/08/14--09:56: Jan. 8, 2014
  • Today at Lunch the Asian & American Culture and Language Club is hosting a bake sale! All proceeds go directly to the Give2Asia Foundation to help the Ya'an, Sichuan Province which had a huge earthquake last year. Please check it out!

    O'Connell girl's lacrosse will have training on Wednesdays and Fridays every week starting at 3:30pm. Please bring all equipment and meet outside of the weight room.

    There will be a brief meeting for all Superdance chairs after school today in Mr. Glynn’s room __230__. Again that’s all Superdance Chairs in room __230__.

    There will be a meeting for all Chairs and Co-Chairs on Thursday after school in room 230.

    The boys basketball team plays Paul VI on Thursday evening (freshmen play at 4PM, JV at 5:45PM and varsity at 7:30PM). This game is expected to sell out quickly. The athletic office will be selling tickets to the game on Wednesday during lunches for students, families and alumni. Families with a booster pass are strongly encouraged to get their tickets ahead of time.

    All library books that were due before Christmas vacation must be returned before you may take your mid-term exams. Your teachers have a list of students that have not cleared up library obligations. This also includes any outstanding fines.

    ATTENTION PERIOD 6 AP BIOLOGY: Please report to Mrs. Curtin's Lab during Knight Time today for your regularly scheduled class. Bring your textbooks.


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  • 01/09/14--05:50: Jan. 9, 2014
  • The Young Men's Executive Club is meeting today afterschool in room 224. The meeting will begin at 3:15 and end at 4:00. Please be on time.

    There will be a mandatory meeting for all Model UN members who will be attending ILMUNC (pronounced ill-monk) this January. The meeting will be held immediately after school today in room 126.

    O'Connell girl's lacrosse will have training on Wednesdays and Fridays every week starting at 3:30pm. Please bring all equipment and meet outside of the weight room.

    There will be a brief meeting for all Superdance Chairs and Co-Chairs after school today in Mr. Glynn’s room 230.

    The boys basketball team plays Paul VI tonight (freshmen play at 4PM, JV at 5:45PM and varsity at 7:30PM). Go Knights!

    All library books that were due before Christmas vacation must be returned before you may take your mid-term exams. Your teachers have a list of students that have not cleared up library obligations. This also includes any outstanding fines.


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    Freshman Dalontae Wilkinson walks through the halls of Bishop O’Connell with a pleasant smile on his face. Those who might not know him, think he’s just another happy guy. But, he’s more than just another happy guy.

    In late November, after ten years in foster care, Dalontae was officially adopted into the family of his mentor and tutor, Kevin Wilkinson. The ceremony took place during the annual D.C. Adoption Day at the city courthouse. For Dalontae, this day brought him a blessing that most of his classmates might take for granted on a daily basis.

    “I am glad I have a family that loves me and cares for me,” he told the Washington Post.

    Read more about his story in the Washington Post.

    Watch a video from the ceremony from NBC4.

    It is indeed a Happy New Year!


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  • 01/10/14--07:42: Jan. 10, 2014
  • Thank You to all students who came to the basketball game last night to show their school spirit and help cheer on the boy’s team defeat the nationally third ranked PVI Panthers. Your effort was crucial to winning the game in overtime. Please show your spirit tomorrow; as they take on DeMatha at 7:30 at DeMatha High School. GO KNIGHTS!

    Interested in trying out for the Royalettes next year? RDT will be holding a technique clinic this Saturday from 10am-12pm in the gym. Waiver form available on their website: bishopoconnell.org/dance.

    Young Women's Leadership Club will meet on Monday during KNIGHT TIME at 11:45 in room 220. Please remember to bring a friend!

    Come support your nationally ranked Royalettes at the East Coast Regional Championship on Sunday, January 12th at West Springfield High School. Performance slots are 2:45pm, 3:35pm and 4:45pm.

    O'Connell girl's lacrosse will have training on Wednesdays and Fridays every week starting at 3:30pm. Please bring all equipment and meet outside of the weight room.

    The French division of World Languages currently seeks host families for students from France. The high schoolers will visit Bishop O'Connell in fall 2014. This is part of the continuing relationship between DJO and our partner school in France's Champagne Region. Welcoming families help the students become immersed in the English language and American culture. An expression of interest does not guarantee selection as a host family, as there is an application process, but participants benefit tremendously from interacting with these eager young people. If this interests you, talk it over with your family and see Mr. Hobson in Room 311. DJO parents and guardians may reach him at shobson@bishopoconnell.org .

    All library books that were due before Christmas vacation must be returned before you may take your mid-term exams. Your teachers have a list of students that have not cleared up library obligations. This also includes any outstanding fines.


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    Dr. Vorbach shares his thoughts from yesterday's events in his latest blog entry: www.bishopoconnell.org/blog.

    Be sure to select the ALERT button on the top of the page to subscribe to ensure that you never miss a new installment.

     


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  • 01/11/14--11:38: Jan. 13-17, 2014
  • Monday -Anchor Schedule

    Tuesday - Anchor Schedule
    Wednesday - Anchor Schedule
    Thursday - Anchor Schedule (with Per. 2 exams)
    Friday - NO SCHOOL

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  • 01/11/14--11:42: Exam Schedule Posted
  • The January exam schedule is now posted at www.bishopoconnell.org/exams.  Please note that the first exam will be given on Jan. 16.

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    The All Night Grad Party is a parent-sponsored and organized alcohol-free evening for the class of 2014. This event, is usually attended by more than 90 percent of the class, and creates a lot of fun memories for our graduates. But it takes a lot of parent planning to make it a success.

    Many hands make light work! Please consider joining us as we get this party started!

    Our first meeting is Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the school library. Everyone who is interested in helping with this important activity is welcome to attend. We will meet once a month in February and March and thereafter every other week until the fabulous party on May 29.

    Meeting Dates:
    Jan. 23
    Feb. 20
    Mar. 20
    Apr. 3
    Apr. 16
    Apr. 30
    May 14

    Please tell us you can help by coming to the next meeting and/or contacting Contact Colleen Scallion at 703-726-1033 or Chris Hughes at pto@bishopoconnell.org.


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    We hope you can join us on Saturday, Feb. 8 for a very special evening--the 13th annual Bishop O'Connell Gala & Auction to benefit our students programs. This year's theme is "License to Thrill," and organizers are planning an elegant and  "thrilling" evening at our new venue - the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington.

    Visit our web site at  www.bishopoconnell.org/gala for complete details!


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