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The three days leading up to Easter Sunday are often called the “Sacred Triduum,” since they are the holiest days of the Church’s year. On them, Christ was betrayed, gave us the Eucharist and the priesthood, and then gave up his own life for our sake.
This year, some HSP students, faculty, and families joined Mission Youth in downtown Atlanta to spend those days accompanying Christ with prayer and evangelizing outreach to the needy.
“God gave up his Son for us,” said Anamaria Duran, a current junior. “So we gave up a few days of our time to him in the less fortunate.” That made this mission different for her. “That’s how I felt,” she said. “We were accompanying Jesus in the little ways we could.”
From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday morning between 80-90 missionaries participated, with similar missions taking place around the country and the world. Groups visited a nursing home, cancer hospice, and children’s center; they went out to meet homeless men and women downtown bringing lunches, shoes, prayers, and smiles. Missionaries attended the special liturgies for Holy Week at Georgia Tech Catholic Center and Sacred Heart Basilica. Other activities included all night adoration on Holy Thursday and Living Stations of the Cross in Centennial Park and near Ponce de Leon Ave, all the while asking for prayer intentions from everyone they met.
"Holy Week missions were an amazing way to see Christ amongst the most vulnerable in our community. Sharing something as simple as a smile with our brothers and sisters in AIDS homes, homeless shelters, and the streets helped me encounter Christ in the most unlikely of places," Miss Muñoz said.
Freshman Sydnee Crawford commented on her experience of the Way of the Cross with the homeless, down Ponce. “We were walking through Atlanta, and it was a holy place! I’ve never thought of it that way,” she said.
Sydnee, Julia and Camila Del Bosque found the personal interactions with the homeless men and women to be the most powerful part.
“It was scary at first,” Sydnee said. “Usually I would never go up and talk to the people we encountered, but in the end, I didn’t want to leave because everyone had a different story, and they were so happy.” What was the key to their happiness? “They could see the light, rather than being down all the time,” she concluded.
Some HSP parents helped out as chaperones, including Armando and Illya del Bosque and Marta and Gustavo Duran. “It was eye-opening to see the students engage—working and giving without complaining!” Illya observed. Days after the mission, her daughter was still talking about the homeless man she met and played cards with. “It really impacted my girls,” she added.
"It was beautiful to see so many kids give up their weekend to step out of their comfort zone and give to those around them." said Maggie Muñoz, class of 2015.
Lower School families joined the group for a children’s festival on Holy Saturday. “It was really moving to see so many people come together to share the joy that Christ’s Resurrection brings us,” Beth Van de Voorde, US Campus Minister said. “And it was apparent on all of their faces—missionaries and children, alike!”
The excitement was electric and plans are already coming together for next year’s mission.
We are incredibly proud of seniors Emma Jones and Cat Sanchez, who this week were named Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education.
Emma and Cat are two of just 183 graduating seniors from schools across Georgia that have been recognized as 2017 Georgia Scholars. According to the GADOE, through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department "identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life." Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
A huge congratulations to the competitive drawing team, who took 2nd place overall at this year’s Art Throwdown Championships at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. The team just lost to SKA Academy of Arts and Design, an arts magnet program in Gwinnett County.
The team of 8 students competed in 4 different events: Portraiture, Figure Drawing, Landscape and Poster Design. In total, the team earned 19 total points, with individuals placing in almost every category.
The results include:
Landscape Challenge: Students were given 90 minutes to spread out around Piedmont Park and illustrate what they saw in the medium of their choice. A BIG congrats to Camila Del Bosque, who was a last-minute addition to the team to fill an empty spot and took 2nd place overall with a gorgeous watercolor of the park.
Figure Drawing: live model drawing in 5-, 10-, and 20-minute rounds. Points are awarded to the top 5 in each round (about 30 students competed each round). Congrats to the triple threat team:
5-minute round: Cynthia Liao, 3rd place
10-minute round: Anna Podratsky, 2nd Place; Cynthia Liao, 4th place; Julia del Bosque, 5th place
20-minute round: Anna Podratsky, 3rd place; Cynthia Liao, 5th place
Face-to-Face Challenge: students had 5 minutes or less to draw the person sitting directly across form them in a head-to-head elimination match. Each round was cut by one minute until the 30-second championship showdown. Congrats to Julia Del Bosque for her 5th place finish. Especially impressive when you consider she was the youngest of the top 5 by 3 years!
Please congratulate the members of the 2017 HSP competitive drawing team:
Anna Podratsky (face-to-face and figure teams)
Julia Del Bosque (face-to-face and figure teams)
Cynthia Liao (face-to-face and figure teams)
Jack Li (face-to-face and figure teams)
Giovanni Villavicencio (face-to-face, landscape and poster teams)
Camilla Del Bosque (landscape team)
Luke Cocks (poster design team)
Mathew Spencer (poster design team)
Managers: Jaelyn Kelly and Gabe Hosier (Thanks for keeping us stocked in sharpened pencils and reminding us how much time was left in each round)
Also a nod to Mrs. Francis, Jessica Garcia (c/o 2011), and Mrs. Rondeau for competing in the teacher and alumni portion of the event.
Read the complete article at the Northside Neighbor.
A feat which has been accomplished by 5.4 percent of Girl Scout troops throughout the country now has 10 new inductees from a troop that claims Buckhead as its home.
Each of the 10 members of Girl Scout Troop 25309, based out of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Buckhead and guided by troop leaders Anne Marie Hooper and Lori White, in February were awarded the Gold Award. The girls were honored for projects they selected and completed, which has earned the group, composed of all high school seniors, a scouting honor which is more rare than a Boy Scout earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Hooper said.
Scout Allie Bertany’s project addressed the issue of stress among siblings who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their brothers or sisters are hospitalized at a local children’s hospital. She provided kits to these children as a distraction from the reality of their situation.
Andi Rozelle’s project focused on helping hungry and homeless people find meals throughout the summer and the rest of the year.
Emma Jones’ project addressed the issue of children of incarcerated women and the difficulties these kids face due to the absence of their mothers.
Emma Zdrahal’s project involved providing the gift of music to girls at Jesse’s House, a Forsyth County emergency children’s shelter/foster home.
Jaelyn Kelly’s project had her partnering with the Haiti Deaf Academy to address a lack of knowledge about hearing loss and the challenges deaf students face.
Natalie Casal helped the immigrant community in Sandy Springs by providing reading and math summer tutorials for elementary school students in an English-as-a-second-language program.
Congratulations to Anna Grigorian, who won this year's oratorical competition! The top three finishers include:
First Place: Anna Grigorian
Second Place: Amari Jones
Third Place: Sofia Oliver
The oratorical contest, sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America, challenges students in 5th-8th grade to answer the question, "what makes a hero?" The winners and their classmates presented essays on the topic in front of the assembled Lower School.
Anna will represent Holy Spirit Prep at the archdiocesan round at Blessed Trinity.
Mr. Curtin's final show as overseer of HSP's Performing Arts department may have been the most fun a theater cast has had during a school show - at least, that's how it looked to the audience. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is in so many ways the opposite of the Upper School's fall production of A Man for All Seasons, which grimly portrayed the arrest and martydrom of Sir Thomas More. Joseph is loose, bright, and fun, a family-friendly celebration of light and color and joy. In that sense, the show challenged the range of HSP's actors, who had found their solemnity and gravitas in the fall, only to be asked to abandon it for contagious fun this spring.
Donovan Lewis and Kyla Hill were predictably great in their lead roles - a fond farewell to Kyla as she prepares to graduate next month - though the story of Joseph is really its ensemble nature, with broad roles for a huge cast. Huge it was, with nearly 30 students rounding out the cast list, including:
Narrator 1: Kyla Hill
Narrator 2: Teresa Dominguez
Narrator 3: Gabby Schultz
Narrator 4: Ariel Watson
Narrator 5: Mikayla Brown
Joseph: Donovan Lewis
Jacob/Potiphar: Sam Skillin
Ruben: Gabe Martinez
Simeon: Patrick Schulman
Levi: Kyle Bannon
Naphthali: Tommy Carroll
Isaacar: Michael Bertany
Ashur: Alex Plati
Dan: Eli Sysyn
Zebulon: Hector Padilla
Gad: Olivia Jones
Judah: Kaley Turpin
Benjamin: Hayden Weiss
Emma Neal Heery
The prayer intentions below have been compiled by the volunteers of Connections for Women and Cougars Care. Please consider adding the following intentions to your prayers:
Inspiratio Presents Matt Fradd on “Parenting the Internet Generation”
Tuesday, May 2, at 7:00pm
Matt Fradd is an internationally recognized Catholic apologist specializing in issues of purity and online safety. With Matt’s charisma and deep knowledge of the Catholic faith, this evening promises to be engaging, eye-opening, and educational. As one of his many endorsers put it, “Put Matt in front of the microphone, sit back, learn, and enjoy.”
You can view Matt’s website at www.mattfradd.com to learn more about him and view several of his talks. Please note that this talk replaces one by Aurora Griffin, originally advertised for April 22. We hope to reschedule Ms. Griffin for some date in the future.
Addressing HSP Students
Mr. Fradd will also deliver a presentation to HSP high school students during the day. Because some of the content of this talk deals with more mature subject matter, the school has decided not to include junior high students. Instead, we particularly hope every parent of a student in grades 5-8 will make time to attend the evening presentation and then speak with your child according to your judgment. You are your child’s best defense against the dangers posed by unrestricted internet access, and HSP hopes to equip you with the best information to be a leader at home.
So mark your calendars now and keep your eyes open for an RSVP to be sent in the coming weeks. See you there!
This Friday, April 21, will be the last late arrival day of the school year. The day will begin at 9:00am for the Lower and Upper Schools.
The Preschool will observe a regular start time.
RSVP for an upcoming Open House
Registration for HSP summer camps is now open! Register before May 1 - that's the evaluation deadline. After May 1, underenrolled camps may be cancelled. Some camps will remain open for registration after May 1.
This year's summer camps include:
Challenger Sports British Soccer
Early Reading Strategies/Exploratory Learning
Playball Tennis and Basketball
Science and Nature
5th and 6th Grade Summer Reading
A+ Tennis' Obstacle Course
A+ Tennis' Summer Roundup
Book Scootin' on the Farm
Carnival of the Animals/ A Classical Christian Music
Challenge Island's Emoji
Challenge Island's Superhero
Challenger Sports British Soccer
Championship Chess K-6
Early Reading Strategies/Exploratory Learning
Electrified and Robofied
Gear Up for the New Year
Cougar Youth Football
Learning to Type
Little Cougar Cheerleading
Make It, Bake It and Create It
Metro Music Makers: Summer Songwriting
Metro Music Makers: Theatre Training
Minecraft and Architectural Design
Minecrafting Programming and Logic!
Nexplore- Spreading the Joy of Learning
Reading is Fun
Sew Fun Studios' A Day at the Beach
Sew Fun Studios' Cupcake Fashion Design
Championship Chess Advanced
College Application Essay Workshop
Cougar Youth Football
Congratulations to varsity tennis and to Sabina Grigorian! After the girls closed their regular season undefeated, the team headed to the GISA individuals state tournament this week, where Sabina Grigorian and Scott Jackson carved and smashed their way to the semifinals. Sabina continued on into the second day of the tournament to win the state championship in individuals tennis.
Wish the girls tennis team luck as they compete in the GISA team state tournament next week!
Congratulations to the track and field team, who competed at the GISA 1AAA region tournament in Jonesboro this week, bringing home at least five top-three finishes. The results are as follows:
Julia Del Bosque: 1st in both the 3200m and the 1600m
Camila Del Bosque: 2nd in both the 1600m and the 800m
Andrew Churchill: 4th in both the the 3200m and the 1600m
Olivia Jones: 3rd in the 100m hurdles, 5th in the 200m, and 6th in the 100m
Teresa Dominguez: 1st in the long jump, 2nd in the 300m hurdles, and 4th in the 100m hurdles
William Schulman: 5th in the 110m hurdles
Watson Casal: 6th in the 400m
Nolan Gibbs: 6th in the 1600m
Matthew Spencer: 3rd in the 800m
The following athletes are headed to the GISA State Championship on April 27-29 in AlbanyL
Julia Del Bosque, for the 3200m and 1600m
Camila Del Bosque, for the 1600m and the 800m
Andrew Churchill, for the 3200m and 1600m
Teresa Dominguez, for the 100m hurdles, the 300m hurdles, and the long jump
Olivia Jones, for the 100m hurdles
Matthew Spencer, for the 800m
The HSP Lady Cougars beat the Heritage Lady Hawks 6-1 on Tuesday. On the offensive side following positive build up from possession, goals were tucked away by Allie Bertany (hat-trick), Paloma Robledo (2), and Annaleena “Gretel” Hansen (1). The girls also played a strong defensive game, limiting Heritage to one lone goal.
The Cougars currently stand in 2nd place in the region. They have two home games this week: LaGrange Academy (region game) and Dominion Christian on Thursday (non-region). Come cheer them on at the Upper School soccer field!
The seniors of 2016-17 girls varsity soccer
Head baseball coach Scott Harrison is building something big in HSP's fledgling baseball program. With the help of Coach Mark McCarty (and new assistant coach Tim Thornhill), the team has risen through the ranks of local conferences and, last year, stepped into GISA competition.
This year's varsity team - the biggest team the school has seen, with 17 players, including 4 fresh underclassmen - has already tied last year's win totals, and are still looking at 7 games in the pipeline.
Like HSP's football and basketball teams, the roster is comparatively young, featuring just five upperclassmen, and one senior, Nick Priestly. Still, junior Vinny Antinori currently leads the team in hitting, boasting an incredible .400 average, 3 home runs, and 16 RBIs.
The team, standing at 4-5 in the season, heads into an important two-week stretch against mostly region competition, with a road match against Heritage and home games against Trinity and Bethlehem later this week. The team looks at four games next week, including a double-header against Dominion Christian.
"These two weeks will decide all the region standings and playoff picture," said Coach Harrison.
Here we go again - a Lower School grade level attendance competition!
Please come out and support our Musical Theater program as they perform The Lion King.
When: Wednesday, April 26
Where: Lower School Cafetorium
The winning grade level will be rewarded with an ICE CREAM SUNDAE PARTY!
It’s the time of year again for standardized testing! Testing is scheduled for April 19-26, from 8:15-11:00 each day. All students in Grades K-6 will take the Iowa Assessments. In addition to the Iowa Assessments, students in Grades 2, 4, and 6 will take the newly revised CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), also. Both the CogAT and Iowa Assessments are norm-referenced tests. The Iowa Assessments measures students' achievement and provides a comprehensive assessment of student progress in major content areas. The CogAT measures students' thinking ability and will assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols.
Also, all 5th grade students will be administered the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE for students). The ACRE assessment is an integrated approach to faith knowledge assessment for knowing and living Catholic faith. NCEA ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of catechetical / religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes. As an integrated assessment tool, NCEA ACRE provides faith knowledge questions (cognitive domain) and questions related to religious beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions (affective domain). As a multilevel, age appropriate tool, NCEA ACRE is used in grade 5 (Level 1); grade 8 (Level 2); and grade 12 (Level 3) at HSP.
You will receive the results in mid-June via Portal Plus. I’ll alert you when the reports have been posted. Please remember that standardized test results are not necessarily the most appropriate means of evaluating a child’s need to be placed at a particular grade level. The test results are, however, a critical tool in assessing the extent to which our students are acquiring the educational background and skills that will enable them to succeed in their future studies. The tests are also an excellent means of identifying areas of relative strengths and weaknesses in the performances of student groups, which can alert us to the need for curriculum and instructional changes.In addition, we will be able to take an “external” look at the performance of our students, independent of our school’s existing measurements of student learning and academic achievement. Both tests give great information on how students learn and think.
Before testing, the teachers will inform their students as to the importance and purpose of standardized testing, the value of pacing oneself during the test, and what to do if unaware of the answer to a specific question. Teachers have also decided to reduce the homework load during this week. Below, I have also included some helpful hints that might aid you in helping prepare the students for the testing week:
Because there is a break between sub-tests each day, students are allowed to bring and eat a healthy snack during this time. If you think your child might need a snack to help renew much-needed energy before the next testing section, I recommend that students bring water and nutritional snacks such as: cut or whole fruits, high protein, high fiber cereal in a baggy, dried fruit, cheese, string cheese, whole-grain crackers, cut or whole vegetables, etc.
I hope that you will not hesitate to call me at (404) 255-0900, ext. 113, with any questions or concerns that you might have regarding the above.
Lower School Director of Student Success
The Upper School skeet shooting club had its inaugural outing over Easter break. Seven of the team's 18 registered members ventured to Burge Plantation for a day of recreational shooting. The club was founded by sophomore Nolan Gibbs, and is currently advised by Michael Karafotias. Students interested in joining can speak to either Nolan or Mr. Karafotias.
Seventh-graders will take standardized assessments on April 24– April 26 from 8:00am-11:00am.
About the Iowa Tests
All students in 7th grade will take the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa Assessments measures students' achievement and provides a comprehensive assessment of student progress in major content areas.
You will receive the Iowa Assessment results in mid-June via Plus Portal. We will alert you when the reports have been posted. Please remember that standardized test results are not necessarily the most appropriate means of evaluating a child’s need to be placed at a particular level. The test results are, however, a critical tool in assessing the extent to which our students are acquiring the educational background and skills that will enable them to succeed in their future studies. The tests are also an excellent means of identifying areas of relative strengths and weaknesses in the performances of student groups, which can alert us to the need for curriculum and instructional changes. In addition, we will be able to take an “external” look at the performance of our students, independent of our school’s existing measurements of student learning and academic achievement. Both tests give great information on how students learn and think.
Before testing, the teachers will inform their students as to the importance and purpose of standardized testing, the value of pacing oneself during the test, and what to do if unaware of the answer to a specific question. Below, we have also included some helpful hints that might aid you in helping prepare the students for the testing days:
Because there is a break between subtests each day, students are allowed to bring and eat a healthy snack during this time. Also, students need to bring 2 #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils) and an eraser.
Graduating Senior Mass
On Sunday, April 30, Holy Spirit will observe Senior Sunday at the 11:30am Mass. This Mass has been designated to honor seniors who are graduating this year from high school. All seniors and their parents will be recognized during Mass.The parish will host a reception immediately following the Mass at 12:30 pm in McDonough Hall. All graduating seniors and their extended families are invited to attend. Please RSVP online or contact Jonathan Eubanks for more information.
The Knights of Columbus Council 6517 invite all graduating seniors to participate in their Scholarship Essay Contest. The Council will choose one male and one female to be awarded a $500 scholarship to their matriculating school. Students are to write a 400-500 word essay on the topic of “The Importance of Maintaining Your Catholic Faith in a College Setting.” All submissions are to be received by May 23rd. Please include name, address, email, and contact number with the essay submission.
For additional information and essay submissions, please contact David Labbe at email@example.com.
From April 21-23, the Legionaries of Christ will be putting on a Viking-themed weekend camp for boys grades 5-8 at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, GA. This camp is an incredible opportunity for your sons to grow in virtue and have fun while they're doing it. Fr. Juan will be there along with Fr Brian Hoelzen and two missionaries, Franz Hurd and Joseph Rice (who volunteer at the Upper School). Click the flyer below to sign up.
If you have any questions feel free to email Joseph Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org.