It is hard to believe that we have already made it through the first four weeks of school. It has been a very busy four weeks --- our first home volleyball and football game, Senior Parent Night, Meet the Teacher Night, College Visits, our first All School Mass, the implementation of the Cohort Program and the Catholic Bowl
to just name a few activities. Cross Country athletes are running early each morning; Band is hard at work practicing their marching routine; Belles are showing off their state championship skills; cheer and spirit groups have the fans going at the games; clubs have started meeting and the list goes on. High school is always very busy.
Please continue to check your students’ grades and assignments on Cardinal Connect and encourage them to keep up with their work. Tutoring is in full swing and many students are taking advantage of their teachers working with them.
Community Service this year will go through your student’s Theology teacher. We lowered the number of required hours. All students will now have to have three hours of community service every quarter, twelve for the year, which is very doable. Community service is also a requirement for graduation and eligibility. We will be sending you resources and places that your student may be interested in working. If you have any questions regarding community service, please contact your student’s Theology teacher.
Eligibility: A reminder that students must pass their classes, including the required number of community service hours, to remain eligible for the sport or school activity they are involved in. Eligibility is determined at the end of each quarter.
COVID Cases: We have had several COVID cases, mainly of students getting exposed through a family member or an outside activity. But the number has been manageable. Once again, this is very important information from Health Services given to our nurses: If a student or staff member is determined to be a close contact but is vaccinated, they do not have to quarantine unless they start showing symptoms. If a student or staff member is determined to be a close contact and is unvaccinated, then they will need to quarantine. The nurses will contact parents and/or staff members to let them know the dates for quarantine and when to return to school.
GPA’s: When I visit 9th grade classes, I tell them that their grade point average began the first day they entered John Paul II High School and that it is cumulative through senior year. I continue to remind students every year. If students want to be accepted into the college of their choice, they must keep up with their schoolwork. We are a college preparatory high school with a rigorous curriculum. We want your students to be successful and are thankful for your partnership in this journey.
PTSO: Please join.
This organization does so much for the staff, the students, and the school. It is one of the ways you can be involved.
This Friday, Cardinal Football plays Bishop Lynch: It is a home game at 7:00 PM. This is one of our biggest rivals and it should be a great game!
We hope that these periodic information letters help you through the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or one of my Deans.
"Also Contagious- Kindness, Patience, Love, Enthusiasm, and a Positive Attitude. Don't wait to catch it from others--be the carrier"
Let’s exhibit these qualities every day and be the role model for our students and each other.
Blessings and Continued Prayers,
Dr. Marlene Hammerle
Principal & Interim President
John Paul II High School