Mr. Seger’s dance class and Mr Penza’s guitar class will present Wonderland, a performing arts concert, on Sunday, January 22nd at 2:00 p.m. This show, hosted by Mrs. Seger, will include musical theater, pop tunes, and classic hits. All are welcome.
We wish everyone in the Holy Name community an enjoyable and restful Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, and we would like to especially salute those Holy Name community members who will be honored at two local events for their outstanding efforts in essay and poetry contests. We are extremely proud of these contest winners and offer special recognition to their English teacher, Mrs. Kathleen Bisson, who worked with them and submitted their entries.
At the Worcester Sate University breakfast on Saturday morning, Han Nguyen, Mairaed O’Sullivan, Peter Menchin, and Alexis Boston will be recognized for their outstanding work. And, at Quinsigamond Community College on Monday morning, Kylie Barbour and Angela Kwebiiha will be honored. Dr. Audette, Mrs. Bisson, and I look forward to joining these students and representing Holy Name at these wonderful events. We also appreciate Dr. Delma Josephson, our Superintendent of Schools, for her attendance in support of these students.
We are pleased and proud that the Christian message of love, equality, and brotherhood espoused by Dr. King resonates in our classrooms at Holy Name. As a Catholic community, we believe that all are children of God and that we are one family of brothers and sisters under one heavenly father. The achievement of the students referenced above proves that King’s messages of peace, love, and hope carry on today at Holy Name High School.
With the New Year at Holy Name High School, we have kicked off our annual appeal for the Fund for Holy Name, an opportunity for our alumni, families, and friends to show their appreciation for our wonderful school by making a donation to this important fund. The Fund for Holy Name provides financial aid resources so that our school remains accessible for working families who desire a Catholic education for their qualified students. I am pleased to report that this fund has shown increases over the past several years, and early returns are quite encouraging. We are extremely grateful for those who give consistently to support Holy Name, and we are blessed to have so many friends in the greater community.
The vast majority of our gifts have come as a result of the mailing of our annual report. This report not only documents giving at Holy Name, it also brings readers up to date with recent happenings at the school, including our hall of fame induction and our power storage study. Anyone who did not receive this report is encouraged to contact either Mr. Scott Anderson, Director of Development, or Mrs. Susan Hughes, Director of Alumni Affairs, by calling 508.753.6371, and they will be happy to send a copy.
We are pleased and proud to be increasing our efforts as they relate to development at Holy Name, and we are always looking for new ideas to become more inclusive regarding our alumni, families, and friends. We love to welcome guests to our school during regular school hours so that people get a sense of the good works happening at this outstanding Catholic school. Anyone who would like to join us is more than welcome to contact Scott or Susan as indicated above. We look forward to a bright future with all God’s blessings at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School.
Midterm Exams begin on January 23rd and continue through January 26th. Each exam day will consist of two exam periods: one from 8:00-9:30 and the second from 10:00-11:30. If a student does not have a scheduled exam during a period, they are not required to be at the school; however, the cafeteria will be open to students during all exam periods if they wish to be present at the school to study. Any snow delay or cancellation will push back the exam schedule equivalent to the time missed for said delay or cancellation.
The Literature and Social Justice Class will present Justice and Java on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m. in Cafe 144. This will be an evening of poetry, art, and dance, and refreshments will be available for purchase . The suggested donation for admission will be three dollars with all proceeds going to the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance to help families in need. All are welcome!
Prospective students interested in applying for grades seven through eleven for the 2017-18 school year are encouraged to contact Mr. Scott Anderson, Director of Admissions and Development, at 508.753.6371.
It is with great joy that we wish all members of the Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School community a very merry and blessed Christmas and a happy New Year! At Holy Name, our greatest gift is the ability to celebrate and herald Christmas in the true Catholic tradition. It has been a joy over the past few weeks and especially today during our Christmas mass to share this time and this wonderful spirit of the season with all of our faculty, staff, and students.
We hope that everyone has a relaxing and safe vacation, and we look forward to welcoming all back rested and ready to go. God Bless You and Yours during this Christmas season!
Second quarter progress reports were sent home with students today, Wednesday, December 21st.
Holy Name’s Christmas Break will begin on December 23rd and continue through January 2nd. Students and faculty will return to school on January 3rd. During this time, the main office will be open on December 27, 28, and 29 from eight a.m. until two o’clock. Have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas!
Our winter sports teams have begun and are off to an outstanding start. We are pleased to be fielding several boys and girls basketball teams, two cheer leading squads, an indoor track team; and, for the first time, a hockey co-op team with St. Peter- Marian. We are looking forward to an exciting season with all of these! Our athletic programs continue to grow with a focus on the future, including a plan for improved facilities and increased opportunities.
The mission of Holy Name athletics is to provide opportunities for student-athletes to enhance their spiritual and academic formation through discipline and teamwork. To achieve this, coaches are expected to provide a clear, Christian role model; students are expected to avoid self-promotion and dedicate themselves to team play; and parents are expected to maintain a healthy perspective regarding athletics within the scope of a high school experience.
In terms of human nature, the inherent competition of athletics, and our society’s premium on winning at all costs, it is easy to get misdirected and to lose focus on the proper role that sports should play in our schools. At Holy Name, we work together in a dedicated fashion to rely on the aforementioned mission in order to make good decisions regarding athletics. While we strive for excellence in all that we do, we recognize the essential importance of doing things in an ethical fashion. And we are extremely grateful for our students and parents who share the values espoused in our mission.