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Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
This Monday morning, we celebrated our annual May Crowning ceremonies. Each campus honored Mary, our Mother, with prayers, hymns, and flowers, and asked for her intercession with her son. It's a beautiful morning at our school, and a momentous one for our Upper School, which traditionally announces a new Head Girl and Head Boy at the close of the ceremony.
See photos from May Crowning
I want to congratulate Natalie and Cole on their election to Head Girl and Boy. They are exceptional candidates among a class of exceptional students. This Friday, students in the House system will choose the rest of their 2016-17 leadership, and I'm proud of the talents of our incoming senior class and confident in their management of the House system.
Last week, we were thrilled to announce the appointment of Shawn Coury as our head football coach. Shawn brings nearly two decades of high school football coaching with him, and I expect him to continue to raise the profile of our football program to formidable heights. What most excites me about Shawn, though, is his natural alignment with our mission. He is foremost a Christian leader, and sees football as a vehicle for forming athletes into virtuous, courageous young men prepared to lead in their family and their community. Fr. Juan has noted the similarities between Shawn's own program of formation and his own ministry with our young men.
Last week was a great week not only for athletics but for our arts. I hope you were able to attend our Lower and Upper School musicals last week. Mrs. Thomasberger at the Lower School and Mr. Curtin truly have a knack for drawing out the talents of our students, and that was clear in the spectacular productions they put on last week. I hear it often, but particularly after a theatrical production: we have a remarkable wealth of talent for the size of our student body. A special congratulations to the lead of our Upper School musical, Cassie, who just released a full-length album. What a great accomplishment!
Photos from The Little Mermaid | Photos from Cinderella
Yesterday, we celebrated the release of the Ingenium, which showcases the best work of our Upper School artists, both visual and literary. Like our plays, this is a testament to the incredible talents of our students and the exceptional quality of their teachers.
Read this year's Ingenium
I was proud to hear that two of our eleventh-graders were recognized this week by local law organizations. Ellie Whelan was recognized last night at Sandy Springs City Council's meeting for an essay she wrote in Ms. Stedman's social studies class, "Miranda: More than Words." Gabi Flores was honored by Fulton County with a scholarship to a national workshop in Washington, DC, where she'll meet members of Congress and visit the city's historic sites. Perhaps we have a future President of the United States among our students!
I look forward to seeing you this May. Our 2nd-graders receive their first Holy Communion this Saturday, we celebrate them at an All-School Mass next week, and we will soon close out our school year with awards ceremonies, field days, and graduation.
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Yours in service,
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HSP celebrates its fourth All-School Mass of the year on Wednesday, May 11, at 8:15am!
Drop-off for Lower and Upper School students will be at the Upper School in front of the Commons Building. Lower School students will meet their homerooms in the gym, and Upper School students will meet in their homerooms before Mass.
Preschool students are welcome to attend this 4th All-School Mass of the year with their families!
Registration for HSP summer camps is now open! Holy Spirit Prep offers summer camps for students age 3-18.
Check out HSP's summer offerings
This year's summer camps include:
Bitty Ballerinas Summer Camp
British Soccer Camp
Mr. Greg's Superheroes
Playball Tennis Camp
Science and Nature Camp
Tony Young All-Star Karate Camp
Atlanta Braves Camp
Back to the Basics!
British Soccer Camp
Challenge Island's Icky Me Minion Camp
Challenge Island's Wizardry Camp
Championship Chess Camp
Coach Greg McClaire's Co-ed Cougar Basketball Camp
Coach Nixon's Soccer Camp
Going to the Movies
Little Cougar Cheerleading Camp
Music Composers and their Countries
Sew Fun Studios' Designer in You
Sew Fun Studios' Fashion Runway Camp
Summer Fun Camp
Summer Reading Camp
Tap Ballet Camp
Tony Young All-Star Karate Camp
British Soccer Camp
Championship Advanced Chess Camp
Coach Greg McClaire's Cougar Basketball Camp
North Georgia with Mr. Cole: History, Flora, Fauna
Rising 7th, 8th, 9th Grade Summer Reading Assignment
The College Choice: Cultivating the Confidence and Competence to Select Your Best Match College
Congratulations to Holy Spirit Prep's 2016-17 Head Girl, Natalie Casal, and Head Boy, Cole Austin! The two rising seniors have been named as the head of the student body and the House system, and student ambassadors to the larger community.
Natalie and Cole were elected from an incredible and talented pool of rising seniors.
Natalie has attended Holy Spirit Prep since 1st grade. She is deeply involved in the Catholic mission at Centro Catolico: she is the co-founder and president of the St. Catherine's Closet apostolate, which provides clothing to families at Centro Catolico; and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award (the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn) by creating a summer enrichment program and supply drive for Centro Catolico. She is an alumna of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs, a competitor on HSP's CertamenLatin team, and a competitive cross country and track athlete.
Since joining Holy Spirit Prep in ninth grade, Cole has been a passionate volunteer with the ONE apostolate, providing meals and resources to Atlanta's homeless community, and Elder's Friends, an HSP apostolate that visits local nursing homes. In addition to his service and scholarship, Cole is a talented pianist and organist who has provided accompaniment at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and for our recent Upper School musical, Cinderella.
Elections for the Upper School's 2016-17 House leadership, including House Presidents, will be held this Friday, May 6.
On Monday, May 2, HSP hosted its annual May Crowning ceremonies, when the school honored Mary as the Queen of Heaven and asked for her intercession.
Because of a rain-drenched quad, the Upper School's ceremony was moved to the church, where the student body prayed a Rosary. Following school tradition, immediately following the ceremony, the Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2016-17 school year were announced. Congratulations, Natalie and Cole!
The Lower School's ceremony began with Mass with Fr. Baker in the cafetorium, followed by a procession to the statue of Mary in the courtyard, where each student laid flowers at Mary's feet. The new Head Boy and Girl joined them!
The Preschool held their ceremony in front of the church, joined by HSP's new Head Boy and Girl, and, after a story with Deacon Bill, sang songs to Mary and offered her flowers.
This year's Upper School musical, a spectacular production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, may be best remembered for its closing night. With a storm raging through Buckhead and fifteen minutes left in the performance, the power went out. The cast and crew went to an intermission, but when the lights failed to come back on, the cast determined to finish their final performance. Chairs were rearranged, the audience was shuffled right to the stage, and by the light of the audience's cell phones, the cast completed their performance a capella.
Mr. Curtin once again proved his remarkable capacity for drawing out the untested talents of a wide swath of the student body, recruiting almost forty students for the ambitious production who excelled as an ensemble cast.
Cassie Schultz's Cinderella was both unassuming and cheekily innocent; sophomore Donovan Lewis shined in his musical numbers as the coming-of-age Prince Topher; Kyla Hill and Megan Turpin were amusing as the stepmother and stepsister; and Anamaria Duran and Gabe Martinez as the socially-conscious revolutionaries in love were a fun addition to a familiar storyline. Lauren Krupczak as fairy godmother was the perfect mix of prankster and diva, and Christian Jasmin as Pinkleton nailed a tone of resigned comic relief. Sam Skillin as the Lord Protector was the right kind of dry and cold his character needed.
A synopsis of the performance is incomplete without a mention of the spectacular costuming provided by Marcie Skillin, which visually enriched the production, particularly during the ball scenes.
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PRINCE TOPHER…………………………………………...Donovan Lewis
LORD PINKLETON……………………………………..…..Christian Jasmin
JEAN MICHEL……………………………………..…………Gabe Martinez
CHORUS & CREW
Thomas Flynn (crew)
Naomi Jasmin (crew)
Scott Jackson (crew)
John Michael Torres (crew)
Mason Anker (crew)
Skylar Willis (crew)
Julia Morris (crew)
Olivia Ford (crew)
Emma Neal Heery
Leah Krupczak (crew)
Congratulations to the 2nd-6th grade cast of our Lower School Musical, Disney's The Little Mermaid! directed by Rosemary Thomasberger.
It was a fun performance, and the cast and crew did great. Thanks, Mrs. Thomasberger!
We're thrilled to announce the release of the tenth edition of the Ingenium, HSP's arts and literary journal!
Congratulations to this year's winners in the visual arts and literature categories:
1st: Anna Podratsky, "Unity"
2nd: Tom Yao, "St. Joseph's Chapel"
3rd: Delphine Mason, "The Dark I Know Well"
1st: Natalie Casal, "A Sonnet for the Adolescent Poet"
2nd: John Arnold, "I am Lost: The Fork in the Road of my Life"
3rd: Morgan Wright, "Two"
We are so excited for senior Cassie Schultz, who recently signed with Tate Music Group and just released her first full-length album!
The savvy 12th-grader was gracious enough to sit down with us and talk about her album, her singing career, and the thrills of live performance.
Cassie at the Tate recording studio in Oklahoma
Cassie at her album cover photo shoot
Tell us about your musical history. When did you get started? I found my love of singing at an early age. I would watch a lot of Disney musicals and other musical videos like Kidsongs and Disney Sing-Along Songs. I would always be singing around the house and desire to be on TV. It was my wildest dream! When I was in third grade, I joined my school’s treble choir and cantored for school Masses until I graduated eighth grade and moved to New York. When I was 11, I learned how to play the guitar, and when I was 12, I wrote my first song.
I also started performing in musical theater when I was a freshman in high school. A particular memorable moment in my musical career was when I sang Pie Jesu at the Reston Chorale in Reston, Virginia. Another was when I recorded my first EP (which is a mini album) titled Just Believe (which is actually one of my songs on Decisions, my new album) at Bach to Rock studios in McLean, Virginia. This was one of the first things that happened to me that helped me learn about what it takes to be in the music world. Another one (and perhaps the biggest one yet next to the album) is when I performed at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Social Club in Senoia, Georgia. It was so awesome!
Tell us about the first song you wrote. I actually struggled to write my first song. When I was about to give up on it, I got this melody inside my head. I told myself I couldn’t let it go! When I thought of what words to put with it, I decided to write about something special. I was born in New York, and I always love it when I go to visit there and spend time with my family. So I wrote a song about my pride of being from there, and called it “New York Girl.” My advice to all people is to try something new, even if you do not think you’d be good at it. You’d be surprised at the results!
How did you decide to produce an album? Over the summer, Tate Music Group reached out to me. They had offered to sign me to their label earlier, but I said no because I did not feel like I was ready. However, when I heard from them this summer, I knew that I was ready. I said yes to the deal and my dad and I went to Oklahoma Cityin October to record it. I was fortunate enough to have talented people produce my album and I am so proud of the songs! I cannot wait for everyone to hear them!
How have you been able to exercise your musical gifts at HSP? HSP has been a wonderful place for me to share my musical gifts. Ever since the first school Mass when I came here last year, I have been in the Liturgical Choir and am now the President. Thanks to Mr. Curtin, I have had the opportunity to sing several solos in school Masses. One of my favorite performances was when I sang the lead vocals for “Shelter Your Name,” a song written and sung by Danielle Rose.
I have also performed in theater. Last year, I sang “I Feel Pretty” from the musical West Side Story in a Cabaret titled A Tribute to Broadway directed by the amazing Miss Helene Mengert. I also performed my original song “James Bond” at the HSP talent show hosted by the House of Trent last December. The most exciting performance at HSP that is coming up is that I am playing Ella (Cinderella) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the end of this month! It’s a dream come true! HSP has been so good to me in letting me share the musical gifts God gave me with them.
When did you start doing live shows? Any show dates in the future? I started playing at open mics when I was a rising freshman. My first real live show was last year and was amazing! I got to perform my own gig at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Social Club. It was so much fun, and some HSP people came to support me, which made it even more awesome!
Whenever I perform in public, I always get very nervous at first. However, I feel fine once I finish the first song, and I get into it more once I keep playing! As of now, there are no show dates planned, but I will make sure to let the HSP community know once there is!
How do you want to use your musical talents professionally? I want to keep writing songs and also play at places that will help me reach my audience. Another thing I want to do is to collaborate with other songwriters and musicians. I also want to continue to take voice lessons and perform in musical theater to train in my singing and acting abilities. My main goal is to make others happy with what I do in music and performing. God has given me several opportunities to do this and I am so excited with what he has in store for me!
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Shawn Coury as HSP's new head football coach.
When we began searching for a coach to take the torch from Coach Rosenzweig, we sought a candidate not only with significant football experience, but someone who could build on our legacy of forming players into virtuous, courageous young men. With almost twenty years of coaching experience; almost twenty years of teaching science, theology, and physical education; and fifteen years as an RCIA instructor and Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, Coach Coury is the man to take our football program to its next level, athletically and spiritually.
Coach Coury explains his academic, spiritual, and athletic expectations to HSP's football players
"Football offers a fantastic platform to form Christian leaders. Football is a tool to aid in the formation of young men as they move toward their lives as husbands, fathers, and community leaders. I believe it can provide lessons that they can apply as sons, brothers, students, and teammates," Coach Coury said. "It is important that they learn the game, but there are greater lessons that we as coaches are responsible for demonstrating. I think these young men need to see us as examples of good husbands, good fathers, good leaders, and good followers."
Coach Coury outlines his athletic philosophy with Upper School parents
Coach Coury comes most recently from West Forsyth High School, where he served as both offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. In his nearly two decades of coaching, he has also acted as assistant head coach, junior varsity head coach, and freshman head coach, and has coached teams at Cherokee High School, Pinecrest Academy, and South Forsyth High School.
Director of Athletics Coach Evans writes "We are so excited to have Coach Coury on our team. His vision syncs tightly with our school philosophy. He is definitely the man to build on our foundation of football and take us to the next level of interscholastic competition in Georgia."
Coach Coury looks forward to joining the Holy Spirit Prep community with his family: his wife, Kelly, and their three children, Luke (4th grade), Lexi (3rd grade), and Libby Kate (Kindergarten).
Varsity and Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts
May 24th and May 25th
Upper School Gymnasium
For information, contact Coach Megan Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PK4 Annual Preppie Prom
12:30-2:30 in McDonough Hall
Muffins with Mom
8:30am in McDonough Hall
Early Morning Care
7:40-8:45, carpool 8:45-8:55.
May 18 (please send kids wearing sunscreen and bug spray)
Click here to volunteer for the HSP Art Show
Upper School Open House
Thursday, May 5
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You're invited to see what's in store for your students when they move to the Upper School, whether that's next school year, or five years from now. At Holy Spirit Prep's Upper School, your student will experience the outstanding academics, courageous athletics, and faithful service you expect to follow your Lower School experience.
We are committed to making our school a communion of joy, so that when our students graduate and scatter to their colleges or universities of choice across the world, they are joyful young men and women poised for a lifetime of happiness.
Come visit the Upper School campus during out Open House to see what we mean: you’ll meet more of our brilliant, caring faculty and tour campus with our amazing student leaders, where you'll have the opportunity to quiz them on what an actual day in the life of an HSP Upper School student looks like.
Intermediate Building 101
Friday, May 6th
Dear 4th grade parents,
You are invited to attend a welcoming and preparation meeting for your rising 5th grade student. This is an important meeting to prepare you, as parents, for HSP’s middle school transition. Learn about what will be new and different for your student next year, including uniforms, academics, expectations, campus ministry, and leadership. Meet your lead teachers, Campus Ministry, middle school guidance counselor, and athletic director. Please make every effort to attend this informative session.
Please RSVP to our Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 4th.
Congratulations to 11th-grader Ellie, who this week was named the winner of the Sandy Springs Bar Association's Law Day Essay Contest. Ellie's essay on "Miranda: More than Words" was selected as the winning essay in the competition commemorating Law Day and the rights granted by the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona decision.
Ellie was recognized at the Sandy Springs City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 3, and presented with a $100 scholarship.
A special nod to senior Sarah Verlander, who came in second in the essay contest.
Read the official proclamation from the Sandy Springs Bar Association
Congratulations to 11th-grader Gabi, who was recognized last week as a winner of the 2016 “Future Leaders of America” scholarship, sponsored by the Fulton County Law Week Committee.
Gabi will receive round trip airfare, tuition, room and board, and transportation in and around Washington to attend the Washington Workshops’ Congressional Seminar studying national politics and government this summer. Gabi will meet with Members of Congress, government officials, diplomats, lobbyists, and professors. Students will also visit the historical and iconic highlights of our nation’s capital.
According to the seminar's organizers, the Workshop Foundation, the program "seeks to increase citizen participation in the electoral process while increasing students’ knowledge of contemporary events through informative, on site dialogue sessions with leaders from both the federal government and private sectors. To constantly seek out new information, to become involved and to find new answers are the timeless missions of youth and the goals of the Washington Workshops Foundation."
Gabi was recognized in a ceremony at the Fulton County Government Center.
Friday, May 13th
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
All seniors must attend this rehearsal, where they will walk through the baccalaureate ceremony, including their seating, movement during the ceremony, receiving their degree, and processionals and recessionals.
AP exams begin next Monday, May 2 and run through May 13. Please be reminded of the following important information regarding AP Exams:
See the AP exam schedule
Students must be in HSP uniform when on campus during the school day for AP Exams.
Students taking afternoon exams are not expected to be at school in the morning, but must check in with Mrs. Browning when they arrive on campus before heading to their exam room. Students taking morning exams are required to check out with Mrs. Browning prior to leaving campus for the day. On days that students do not have ANY exams, they are expected to attend regular classes.
Students should be extra diligent about being on time to school and present for all exams they are taking over the next two weeks.
Preparing for Exams
Students should strive for ample rest/sleep over the next two weeks and have a nutritional and balanced breakfast before school. Students are encouraged to bring snacks for exam breaks.
If you have any questions about AP Exams, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Rachel Little, AP Coordinator, at email@example.com or by phone at 678-904-2811, ext. 278.
Junior High College Night
When: Tuesday, May 10th
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Upper School Gym
This year, the College Counseling Office will feature current high school students who will discuss tips, advice, and strategies to being a successful high school student. This will be a wonderful opportunity to also be introduced to what the next four or five years of your student’s life, in terms of preparing for college, will look like.
RSVP to Mr. Sale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9th Grade College Night
When: Thursday, May 12th
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Upper School Gym
This year, we will be featuring Carl Forbes, Client Relations Manager with the ACT. Mr. Forbes will discuss the importance of test prep, testing at an appropriate time in your high school career, and how the GPA is not the only item colleges consider in the admission process. This will be a fun night to be introduced to HSP’s College Counseling program.
RSVP to Mr. Sale at email@example.com.
10th Grade College Night
Thanks to everyone who came out on April 28 to hear Chris Teare, Senior Associate Director of Admission at Drew University in New Jersey, and Will Brown, Associate Director of Admission at Georgia College and State University!
WHO IS CADY STUDIOS?
We are your school’s official senior photographer! We hold a Junior Meeting at every school before our studios open to meet with the rising seniors to talk about the Cady Studios senior portrait experience. Cady Studios must photograph each student in order to appear in the yearbook.
HOW DOES CADY STUDIOS CONTACT THE CLASS OF 2017 ABOUT SENIOR PICTURES?
We email out booking reminders and send out all-inclusive informational pieces to students’ homes.
WHAT IS A SESSION?
“Session” simply refers to your photo shoot at Cady Studios. Each session is a scheduled appointment time to be photographed on your chosen scenes. All sessions include yearbook, cap and gown, and an indoor casual scene.
HOW MUCH ARE THE SESSION FEES?
GET $5 OFF SESSION WHEN PHOTOGRAPHED IN JUNE!
Sessions start at $30, which includes your yearbook, cap and gown portraits, and one additional indoor scene of your choice. Elite Sessions range in price and can include an all-out private photography experience including eleven scenes and hair and makeup styling. Then, of course, there are plenty of options in between. You choose the one that fits your style. Prints, packages and upgrades come with additional charges.
HOW DO I BOOK MY SESSION?
You can book your session online at http://session.cadystudios.com/ or call our Customer Experience Team:
678.951.0102 | Local
800.547.6237 | Toll Free
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
Now! Most students take their senior portraits the summer between their junior and senior year, but book as soon as possible, because appointments fill up fast. You can schedule your session online or call our Customer Experience Team at 800.547.6237.
WHERE DO I GO TAKE MY PICTURES?
We have two studio locations:
ALPHARETTA, GA STUDIO - 44 MILTON AVENUE, ALPHARETTA, GA 30009
ACWORTH, GA STUDIO - 3979 S. MAIN STREET, ACWORTH, GA 30101
WHAT’S THE DEADLINE FOR YEARBOOK?
You must be photographed by AUGUST 30th to appear in your yearbook. If you have any additional questions, check out our Seniors FAQ page.
SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for flexible hours and a fun place to work? We are looking for friendly and helpful team members. No nights or Sundays. Discounts on uniforms for you and your family! Must be at least 16 years old.
Please email or call Kathy Lenthart, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-303-8600.