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DONATE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
We rely on the generosity of our families, their businesses, and connections to provide items for our live and silent auctions. Donations of your favorite bottle of wine, vacation homes, and in-home dinners are at the top of the list. Please review the following list and consider helping secure these and similar items.
Tickets to Broadway, museums, symphony, or opera
Tickets to Georgia sporting events
Food and Wine
Favorite bottle of wine
Special in-home dinners or wine tastings
Specialty whiskey and cigars
If you are interested in donating to our auction, you can make your donation online.
BUY YOUR SPRING GALA TICKETS
Tickets are now on sale for the 21st annual Spring Gala! The Gala takes place at the Mason Art Gallery on Saturday evening, April 29, and features live and silent auctions, a sit-down dinner, and live music. Proceeds from the Gala support faculty in two ways, through the Teachers' Continuing Education Fund and the Teachers' Children Tuition Assistance Fund.
Buy your Spring Gala tickets
Last Friday, our school nurse of eighteen years, Joana Dutcher, retired from her career at Holy Spirit Prep. In a touching farewell, the Lower School gathered in the cafeteria at the end of the day to say goodbye, to present Nurse Dutcher with a basket of hand-written cards, and to sneak in a few final photos.
Over the last eighteen years, Nurse Dutcher has not only healed bumps and bruises and headaches, but cared for our students in heart and mind, body and soul. She has manifested Christ's love in her attention to our students' well-being. We are grateful for her many years of service, and wish her and her family well in her future endeavors!
"Nurse Dutcher is the best nurse....she's caring and sweet with our students. She receives them in her clinic with a smile and makes them feel better as soon as they see her. I'm glad I can call her my friend: she listens and advises you even if is not health-related. Thank you, Nurse Dutcher!"
"It is hard to think about HSP without thinking about Joana and the impact she has had. While she does not teach an academic subject to the students, she is always teaching them. She is one of the few teachers who spans both the Lower School and Upper School. She is one of the few teachers that knows ALL of the students. Every student at HSP has visited Nurse Dutcher multiple times. Two interesting facts: 1. All students who return to HSP love to see Nurse Dutcher. 2. the number of graduates who chose nursing as their profession. They all contribute their career choice to Nurse Dutcher. Following in the steps of their school nurse is the highest compliment a 'teacher' can receive."
The Cura Personalis Award, presented at the Spring Gala each year, honors teachers who have served at HSP for at least five years and who, in that time, have supported HSP’s Catholic identity and had a significant positive impact on students, parents, and colleagues. This year's honorees are:
Jamie Reger is celebrating her tenth year at Holy Spirit Prep. She has taught English and language arts at both the Lower and Upper School and currently serves as the chair of the Upper School English department. As Housemaster of the House of Lyon, she has worked with student leaders to plan and facilitate House activities, and build morale and pride in the House of Lyon - under her watch, the House of Lyons is eyeing its first House Cup victory in years. While establishing high expectations for her students, she also demonstrates incredible care and unfailing attention to them. Jamie has a son, Joseph (Class of '26) at the Lower School. Her husband, Matt, chairs the science department.
Michelle Bertany began her career at Holy Spirit Prep as a Preschool assistant. That was in 2007, the year she enrolled her family, including Allie ('17), Michael ('19), Nick ('22), and, later on, Christopher ('28). Since then, Michelle has served HSP as a resource teacher at both the Lower and Upper Schools, seeing to the academic support of students with exceptional learning needs. The demands of her position require close coordination with parents (which she describes as one of the most rewarding aspects of her work) and with teachers (whom she humbly describes as so talented as to make her job easy). Michelle has supervised Alpha Phi, the Upper School's service sorority.
We are proud to name Joana Dutcher, school nurse as the final recipient of this year's Cura Personalis Award. Nurse Dutcher has served as our school nurse since the fall of 1999, and retires from her long career at HSP this week. Over the last eighteen years, Nurse Dutcher has not only healed bumps and bruises and headaches, but cared for our students in heart and mind, body and soul. She has manifested Christ's love in her attention to our students' well-being. We are grateful for her many years of service, and wish her and her family well in her future endeavors.
"Thank you for trusting me with the care of your children while they were at school," Joana writes. "HSP will always be a part of my family's life, and it was here that I took my first steps to feel part of an extended American family. I met so many wonderful people here, some of whom are among my closest friends. Thank you for the opportunity that brought me so much joy and satisfaction."
Holy Spirit Preparatory School hosted its 2nd annual Catholic Colleges and Universities Fair on Tuesday, March 21. The event drew hundreds of students and families from across Atlanta to meet admissions representatives from the nation's Catholic postsecondary institutions.
"Catholic higher education is such an asset to our students," new Director of Academic and College Counseling Ashley Meyer said. "These colleges combine a long tradition of academic excellence rooted in Catholic intellectual thought with a clear sense of mission, service, and formation. We want to help students in Atlanta connect with these schools and continue their formation in college."
Over two dozen Catholic institutions attended the event, including powerhouses Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Catholic University of America; Jesuit centers Fordham, Boston College, and Gonzaga; Belmont Abbey; Villanova; Seton Hall; and even small liberal arts colleges, including Wyoming Catholic and Thomas Aquinas.
Students in attendance came from Atlanta’s Catholic schools, including Marist, St. Pius, Blessed Trinity, Notre Dame, Pinecrest, Cristo Rey, Our Lady of Mercy, and Regina Caeli. Students from Westminster, John’s Creek High, West Forsyth High, and North Atlanta High were also spotted in the crowd.
“If you’re a Catholic school, it makes sense to point students towards institutions where they can continue and complete the education they’ve begun,” said HSP Theology Chair Tom Cole. “Catholic schools can serve as a kind of compass: those that have their Catholic identity at the forefront have a community with a firm sense of identity and purpose. They can keep you grounded in faith.”
Christendom College asked Tom Cole to serve as an ambassador for his alma mater at the college fair. “It certainly puts things into perspective to represent your alma mater. It made me consider my own college choice: why did I go there? Was it fruitful? And in my case, it certainly was.”
HSP eleventh-grader Kyle Bannon attended the event, though he wasn’t ready to commit to a college choice. “I’ve thought about attending a bigger, public institution, but I’m open to attending a Catholic school if I find the right match. Every college is different, and they all fit certain personalities. Catholic schools [can be] smaller, and I’m sure class sizes would be smaller and you could get to know your teachers better. A few of the admissions people here said that professors at their school would call you if you missed their class.”
HSP 11th-graders Sarah Durham and Madeleine Hardt were also at the Catholic college fair. “I was interested in learning about some of the bigger schools, like Boston College, Notre Dame, and Georgetown,” Durham said. “Some Catholic aspect to a college is nice: it’s easier to go to Mass and have access to the sacraments than it would at a public college.”
Maddie Hardt said, “It’s neat to see what colleges are like and what schools stand for. I’m looking at schools with strong environmental science programs and engineering. I was actually surprised by Georgetown. I hadn’t really considered them before talking to them at the fair, and I don’t know why.”
Sarah and Maddie both agreed that having a Catholic aspect to a school, while not their first priority, was definitely a benefit. “Catholic schools are so welcoming to people of all faiths, and they have that great Catholic intellectual tradition," Sarah said.
Registration for HSP summer camps is now open! Holy Spirit Prep offers summer camps for students age 3-18.
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
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Varsity boys soccer hosted their first region game this week on March 20 against Dominion Christian. "It was a very strong performance from the team with respect to the opposition," Coach Sam Walker reports. "We came out heavy winners at 11-2 and played very good soccer through the majority of the game."
Shane Woolson got a hat trick, Mason Anker got 2, with Blake Anker, Micahel Bertany, Jonah Gunderson, and Arik Duncan continuing the scoring. After a good preseason against strong opponents, the performance from the squad as a whole was pleasing.
Varsity boys enter a hard week ahead, playing two top region teams in Trinity Sharpsburg and the Fugees (2016 state runners-up ) next week. We will prepare for those games with a tough non-region game against The Kings Academy on Friday, a team which has already defeated the Cougars 3-2 in a preseason scrimmage.
"It will be nice to see how we have improved since our first meeting," said Coach Walker, "but the most important thing is making sure we continue with a positive performance, and making sure the players have a right mentality. We need to believe in what we are doing and believe in own abilities individually and collectively, hard work will determine our success this year. If we can get the mind set right with this group, then we will always have opportunities to be successful."
Get ready for the BOOK FAIR, March 20 - 24! It's the perfect chance to find some great new books for your little one's Easter basket and help support the Preschool!
Volunteer at the Book Fair
We need volunteers to make this year's Book Fair a success. Please sign up to help make wish lists, bring in goodies, set-up and pack-up. It's a fun opportunity to support Holy Spirit Prep and to nurture your child's interest in books!
Principal's Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade of A- or above for every subject taken that quarter including enrichment areas.
Elizabeth del Mazo
High Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade of A- or above for five or more core subjects for that quarter and a grade of B- or above in the remaining subjects. Core subjects are defined as Religion, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Madeline Van Oss
Mallory Kate Jones
Brady Van Oss
Honor Roll is awarded at the end of each quarter to any student earning a grade of A- or above in four or more core subjects for that quarter and a grade of B- or above in the remaining subjects.
Mary Meyer Martin
Mark your Calendars!
What: Lower School Attendance Competition
When: Thursday, March 30, 4:30pm
Where: Upper School Soccer Field
Come help us cheer on the boys Varsity Soccer team as they play the Fugee’s. This is an incredible team and will be a very competitive match. The grade level from the Lower School with the most attendance will get an ice cream sundae party. GO COUGARS!
Parent-teacher conferences at the Lower School are scheduled for Thursday, March 23. Please click on appropriate class(es) below to sign up for a conference.
KA – Ms. Kelly Martin
Pre-1st – Mrs. Bethany Rusenko
1A – Ms. Tracy Kendall
1B – Ms. Megan Gallagher
2A – Ms. Lyndsay Pinzone
2B – Mrs. Kettia Jasmin
3B – Ms. Grace Jacobi
4A – Ms. Whitney Johnson
4B – Mrs. Kelly Coury
5th and 6th Religion – Ms. Dana Christensen
5th Grade ELA - Mrs. Stephanie Irizarry
Math – Ms. Meghan McCabe
Social Studies - Mr. John Angelle
Math - Mrs. Samaris Andrews
Science - Mr. Justin Schmitt
6th Grade ELA – Ms. Ericka Schultz
As a reminder, Third Quarter for the Upper School ended on Friday, March 3rd. Now that the Third quarter has officially ended, please be sure to check your student’s progress in Plus Portal to see how he/she faired for 2nd semester thus far. To see your student’s third quarter progress grade to date, click “More” on your student’s summary box on the home screen and then make sure you are viewing the Third Marking Period grades from the drop down menu (both shown below).
This will list your student’s third quarter average . To see earned grades for individual assignments throughout the entire third quarter, click the blue title of the course to see that courses grading summary under “Scores” (both shown below). Please remember, the third quarter grade is just a progress grade, not a final grade.
As we move into fourth quarter, you will want to view the second semester average (2SAVG) on Plus Portal as your progress view (show below) for your student in order to see their most up to date cumulative grade for the third and fourth quarter.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to reach out to our Registrar, Rachel Little, at email@example.com.
St. Catherine's Closet will be hosting a clothing drive on Friday, March 24, from 3:30pm-5:30pm. St. Catherine's Closet is an Upper School apostolate that provides gently-used clothing to families in the Centro Católico community. The closet is in special need of clothing for children, but also needs clothing for men, women, and teens.
Drop-off is in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parking lot.
Holy Spirit's Vacation Bible School needs adult and teen volunteers who have an interest or talent in music and theatre (to help lead our music rotation and act out some daily skits).
For more information, please contact Julie Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Fish Fry
Holy Spirit’s popular Fish Fries will be held every Friday during Lent. Pick up your “to-go” order beginning at 4:30 p.m. Just come to the table in McDonough Hall to place your “to go” order. Dinner will be served in McDonough Hall from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Place your order, grab your beverage, and allow Holy Spirit’s Knights to serve your dinner at your table.
The cost: $10 (Ages 14+); $5 (Ages 3-14); No Charge (under 3). Dinner includes a Fish (baked/fried) or Shrimp Plate plus a vegetable and a starch. See the menu for other options. Please RSVP by by Tuesday, March 7th. Proceeds will support the programs and ministries of Holy Spirit’s Knights of Columbus Council #6517.
Graduating Senior Mass
On Sunday, April 30th, Holy Spirit will observe Senior Sunday at the 11:30 am 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.
Thank you so much for your interest in helping out at VBS this summer!
Registration for teen volunteers is open.
For complete info on VBS, visit http://www.hsccatl.com/Children/VBS/
For complete detail on Teen Involvement, visit http://www.hsccatl.com/Children/VBS/Downloads/Call-for-Teen-Volunteers.pdf
Please complete the following information:
Rising 7th through 12th graders: Registration/Application
Rising 9th through 12th graders: Registration/Application AND One Letter of Recommendation
Rising 11th and 12th graders: Registration/Application, Two Letters of Recommendation and Interview
We are collecting gently-used and new First Holy Communion attire for the children at Centro Catolico. For children in grades 2-11, please consider donating white dresses and veils for girls as well as suits, jackets, dress pants, dress shirts and ties for boys. Donations may be dropped off through Tuesday, March 28, at several locations including the Bride’s Room at Holy Spirit Catholic Church before or after weekend masses, at the Parish Office during the week as well as at the Lower and Upper School offices during regular office hours. Thank you for helping us make a child’s First Holy Communion an extra-special occasion! For more information, please contact Vanessa Sciacchetano at 404-889-5770 or email@example.com.