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Students really enjoyed the KONA Ice Truck last year so we decided to bring it back again this year on Wednesday, May 18, to celebrate our parents participation in this year’s Annual Fund. We want to raise $85,000 before June 30 to meet our $535,000 goal.
Thank you to everyone who has made a gift! We want all parents to participate in the Annual Fund by May 31. If you haven't made your gift yet, please make your gift now.
Thank you for your continued support of HSP. Do not hesitate to contact Jen de Castro at 678.904.2811, ext. 233, if you have any questions.
Dear Holy Spirit Prep family,
We hope you had a wonderful time at this year’s 2016 Spring Gala celebrating HSP’s 20th anniversary.
I would like to thank our amazing Gala committee – Peggy Carroll and Kiley Nardelli (Co-Chairs); Tracy Jones (Auction Chair); Marty Jones (Sponsor Chair); Angie and John Arnold (Sponsor Party Chairs); Rosana Lassing (Marketing Chair); and Madeleine Stagliano (Gala Concierge).
Their dedication to HSP helped us break our records and raise over $280,000 - $80,000 more than last year! All proceeds from the Gala support our teachers in two ways: Teachers’ Continuing Education Fund (TCEF) and Teachers’ Children Tuition Assistance Fund (TCTAF). Thank you!
Even after the Gala, we've had demand for Christian Bling's special 20th anniversary bracelet. Several are still available for purchase!
Be sure to click on the link below for some great photos from this year’s event!
Thank you for your support of HSP! GO COUGARS!
Jen de Castro
Director of Advancement
PHOTOS FROM THE GALA
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Celebrate our seniors at Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
4465 Northside Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
Guest speaker: Matthew Kelly, author, CEO of Dynamic Catholic
Born in Sydney, Australia, Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and business consultant. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages, have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold more than twenty million copies.
Kelly is the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute a Cincinnati based non-profit organization whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing world-class resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
Kelly is also a partner at Floyd Consulting, a Chicago based management-consulting firm. His clients include: Pepsi, Procter and Gamble, FedEx, HSBC, the Department of Defense, McDonalds, US Bank, 3M, Ernst & Young, the U.S Navy, the U.S. Air Force, Michelin, and more than fifty other Fortune 500 companies.
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 newly-elected 2016-17 student leadership, led by House Presidents Noah Gunderson (Nicaea), Jonah Gunderson (Lyon), Davey O'Haren (Trent), and Shane Woolson (Chalcedon)! The elections come on the heels of the announcement of new Head Boy Cole Austin and Head Girl Natalie Casal. The four House Presidents were elected by their peers in their individual Houses to lead the Houses and, alongside the Head Boy and Girl, the student body, next school year.
The 2016-17 student leadership team is:
House President: Davey O'Haren
Vice President: Deisi Casillas
Captain: Sarah Durham
Captain: Chris Wilkinson
Prefect: Emma Daly
Prefect: Kaylea Focia
Junior High Rep: Anabela Lassing
Junior High Rep: Hayden Weiss
House President: Shane Woolson
Vice President: John Radosta
Captain: Emma Bohling
Captain: Cristina Cunningham
Prefect: Elizabeth Perez
Prefect: Jack Voss
Junior High Rep: Paydn Devine
Junior High Rep: Patrick Radosta
House President: Noah Gunderson
Vice President: Jesse Zurovchak
Captain: Charlie Ryan
Captain: Patrick Schulman
Prefect: Haben Tijar
Prefect: Sarah Gunderson
Junior High Rep: Michael Cabrera
Junior High Rep: Julia Jackson
House President: Jonah Gunderson
Vice President: Emma Jones
Captain: Jordan Daly
Captain: Maddie Hardt
Prefect: Rosie Stagliano
Prefect: Regina Munoz
Junior High Rep: Alex Plati
Junior High Rep: Jackson Lehmann
Congratulations goes to the HSP students who took this year's National Latin Exam!
Of the 109 students in grades 8-12 who took the exam, 81, or 75% scored above the national average.
25 earned Summa Cum Laude Gold Medals (including two perfect scores on the Latin I exam: William Arnold and Sophia John);
33 earned Maxima Cum Laude Silver Medals;
14 earned Magna Cum Laude Certificates;
9 earned Cum Laude Certificates;
Two students, Natalie Casal and John Arnold, earned their fourth Gold Medal in four years and have been awarded copies of the Oxford Classical Dictionary by the American Classical League.
Upper School Spanish students were administered the National Spanish Exam in April to compete with more than 150,000 other Spanish students who took the exam nationally. Many HSP students earned the prestigious recognition of earning national awards based on their results. Bilingual students competed against other bilingual students. Non-bilingual students competed against other non-bilingual students. The following students earned the following national awards:
Premio de Oro (Gold Medal) and State Winners
scored higher than 95% or more of the other students taking the exam nationally:
Premio de Plata (Silver Medal)
scored higher than 85%-94% or more of the other students taking the exam nationally:
Angel Casillas (state winner)
Giovanni Villavicencio (state winner)
Premio de Bronce (Bronze Medal)
scored higher than 75%-84% or more of the other students taking the exam nationally:
Premio de Excelencia (Honorable Mention)
scored higher than 60%-74% or more of the other students taking the exam nationally
John Michael Torres
Alejandro Duran Nunez
Congratulations to renowned 12th-grade artist Tom Yao, whose artwork has been selected for the 7th annual Southern Teachers Student Art Contest calendar! Tom's sketch, “St. Joseph's Oratory," will be featured in their student art calendar, sent to over 2,000 independent schools around the country.
Tom has become an established artist at Holy Spirit Prep, and often works Catholic themes into this artwork. Tom has just completed his AP studio portfolio, a series of prints expressing aspects of each of the sacraments. After graduation, Tom will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he intends to study graphic design.
Tom's work can be seen in this year's Ingenium.
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"
Congratulations to Head Girl Lauren Bohling, who was invited to the Georgia Tech Cheer Squad for the 2016-17 school year! Lauren will be part of the Navy cheer section when she attends the Division 1 powerhouse next school year. She will enroll in the Scheller College of Business.
New head football coach Shawn Coury has begun training for the 2016-17 football season, hosting afternoon workouts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The workouts are a precursor to summer training sessions.
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.
Varsity and Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts
May 24th and May 25th
Upper School Gymnasium
For information, contact Coach Megan Gallagher at email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy Muffins with Moms last week! We had such a blast!
Preppie Prom was so much fun last week!
May 18 – Field Day
Our annual Field Day will take place on the Upper School campus from 8:30 – 12:30. Drop off will be at the Preschool as normal. Please send your child in wearing sunscreen and bug spray as they will be outside all morning. There will be different stations set up for all the fun activities and snacks will be included.
May 18 – Art Show at Lower School
A sampling of all the fabulous art work that has been made at the Preschool and Lower School will be displayed at the Art Show at the Lower School from 4:00 – 7:00. If you purchased your child’s self-portrait, then you can pick it from the Art Show. Volunteer | Order Self-Portraits
May 26 and 27 – End of the Year parties
Each class will have an end of the year party to celebrate a wonderful year of learning, friendship, and fun. Look for specifics on each party to come from your room parent.
Coach Linkous and I are so excited about this year's Field Day! Coach Linkous worked really hard at coming up with new and exciting games for ALL the kids! However, we cannot make this event successful without YOU!! Please look at the list and sign up for however long you can! I'll take an hour or 2 - or ALL DAY!!
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Fifth-grader Issac Olguin and fourth-grader Brady O'Shields just finished their season with the Georgia Boys Choir.
The purpose of the Georgia Boy Choir is to "achieve the highest possible standard of musical excellence, while instilling in its members a life-long appreciation of music; an abiding love of beauty; a keen sense of respect for themselves and others; and the self-discipline necessary to become effective leaders in their families, their communities and the world." The Georgia Boys Choir consists of five tiers of performers, from age five through high school.
At the close of the concert season, Issac Olguin received the Concert Choir's Excellence Award. According to his mother, this award is given to a young boy that "strives to be the best boy he can be, with good character, musicianship and leadership, A boy that helps others to look for excellency, challenging them to greater things."
Issac and Brady will perform with the Georgia Boys Choir on a traveling tour to Portugal and Spain this summer.
Seventh-grader Juliette McKinley has been elected as representative of the Georgia NW district of 4-H. In April, Juliette trained with representatives from all four Georgia Districts at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Juliette and her brother Nicholas have been actively involved in 4-H for years through the Cobb County Horse and Pony Club. Through their involvement, they have been repeatedly recognized for their achievements and investment in equestrian and natural-resource related projects.
Recently, the twins were both honored for their Leadership in Action projects, "designed to recognize the work of Junior (7th-8th) and Senior (9th-12th) 4-Hers as leaders in their communities." 4-Hers identify an issue or need in the community or an issue related to agriculture or the environment. Their projects:
Nicholas McKinley, Cobb County
After learning about the Red Clay Ranch, an equine rescue sanctuary, Nicholas McKinley of Cobb County knew that he wanted to support organizations like Red Clay and the loving horses they care for. Nicholas has volunteered roughly 30 hours to serving these horses and raising awareness for their care. He has made several donations himself and has encouraged others to do the same, raising nearly over $500 for Red Clay and Molly the Pony Foundation.
Juliette McKinley, Cobb County
Juliette McKinley has volunteered with LARG--the Large Animal Response Group of Cobb county that serves to rescue horses, cows, and other big animals. Recently she learned that LARG was in need of a new trailer, so she with the help of her brother, parents, and other 4-Hers decided to raise and donate funds for the purchase of a trailer. Juliette has raised over $300 for LARG by working in concession stands at equestrian events as well as saving her own allowance. She has also volunteered during LARG trainings and raised awareness for this great organization.
Friday, May 13
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Junior High College Night
Thanks to everyone who came out on Tuesday to hear current high school students discuss tips, advice, and strategies to being a successful high school student.
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.
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.
Parents, do you need a night out?
HSCC Girl Scout Troop 25310 is hosting a Date Night Babysitting evening! Saturday, May 14, from 5:00pm–10:00 pm in preschool rooms 17 and 18. We will be accepting children potty-trained–10 years old. Dinner, snacks and a fun time will be provided. We are not setting a price per child, instead we are requesting donations. All funds will be used for our summer educational trip. Please RSVP to GSTROOP25310@gmail.com.
If you have any other questions please contact Kelly at (770) 363-0589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, 404-303-8600.