Bishop Gorman High School Monthly Parent Newsletter
Volume 25 | Issue 6 | April 2019
8th Consecutive State Championship: Men's Basketball In This Issue p. 3 Scholastic Art & Writing
p. 4 Faculty & Staff Service
p. 7 Navigating The World of
p. 9 Spring Auction Benefitting
p.10 2019-20 Registration,
Summer Enrichment & Summer Camp Information
The winter sports season came to a close at the Orleans Arena on Friday, March 1. The men’s basketball team won its 8th straight Men’s Basketball State Championship by beating rival, Clark High School, for the 4th time this season and the 11th time in 3 years. The Lady Gaels lost in the finals of the State Championship to Centennial, but battled until the end, taking home the State Runner-Up trophy as Nevada’s 2nd Best Team of 2019.
During the men’s season, the team: • Won the prestigious Tarkanian Classic Tournament for the 2nd year in a row • Were undefeated in the Desert Southwest League • Won the Desert Regional Tournament; the Las Vegas City Championship; and finally, the State Championship The team also gained national attention and is currently ranked in the Top 25 in the country in almost every poll including 17th by Max Preps. The Gaels were led all year by starters Zaon Collins '21, Noah Taitz '20, Will McClendon '21, Chance Michels '19, and Isaiah Cottrell '20. They also got big contributions in the playoffs from Mwani Wilkinson '20 and Max Allen '22.
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GaelBots Go To State The Robotics Club recently finished the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Competition season. In the VEX Robotics Competition, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. The BGHS Robotics Club members fielded two robots, competed in 6 tournaments (winning one Judge’s Award), and attended the Nevada State VRC High School Championship recently held at Coronado High School.
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Graduation Events Schedule Graduation Practice: May 1 at 9:30 a.m. (Gaels Period) in the BGHS Aux. Gym. We will review procession, seating,
receiving your diploma. We will also cover the senior class trip itinerary and rules. Senior BBQ: May 3 at 10:25 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in both Gyms. Seniors are dismissed at 1:00 p.m. Pick up Cap & Gown: May 7, during Gaels Period and both lunches outside of Campus Store. Senior Trip to Disneyland: May 10 and 11. All seniors attending the class trip will meet in the gym on May 10 to load the bus. Senior Final Exams: May 13 & 14. Please see weekly schedule for specific dates and times.
Academic Awards Night: May 14 at 6:00pm in the BGHS Gym. This is a significant evening for students, their families and friends. This formal presentation will include the announcement of scholarships, academic .awards and a speech by the salutatorian. Only those students receiving an invitation will be receiving an award(s). Please wear appropriate, modest “dress” clothes. Cap and gown are not to be worn.
. Baccalaureate Mass: May 16 at 6:30pm; Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer at 55 E. Reno Avenue (Las Vegas Blvd. & Reno). Please arrive by 6:00pm. Bring your ironed gown to the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer. Please wear “dress” clothes under your gown. No caps, stoles or cords are to be worn to the Mass. Please try to carpool as there is limited parking available.
Graduation: May 19 at 12:00 noon Thomas & Mack (4505 S. Maryland Parkway – cross streets are Tropicana & Paradise). Seniors should arrive at the Thomas & Mack by 11:15am, enter through the side loading bay door on the southeast side (closest to the Cox Pavilion) to put on their caps/gowns and line up by 11:30am.
Finance Dept. News We are nearing the end of the tuition billing cycle for this school year. In accordance with the school’s policy, tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year must be paid in full by May 15, 2019. Please be aware that transcripts and grades cannot be released until your student’s account is current. If you have any questions regarding your student’s account, please contact Vanessa Orozco at 702-476-4023
You can still apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-2020 school year by visiting our website: www.bishopgorman.org/tuition where you will find a link to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Submit your application, pay the required fee online and send them the necessary documents. Please be aware that your application must be verified by FACTS before your application can be reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee. Returning families must re-apply for tuition assistance each year. If you have any questions regarding Tuition Assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Terry Sampaio at 702-476-4027.
Thespian State Competition Results
The following events received a SUPERIOR rating and have qualified to advance to the NATIONALS Competition this JUNE. PERFORMANCE: GROUP MUSICAL THEATRE. Hello! from The Book of Mormon-PERFECT SCORE! Selected to Showcase at the Closing Ceremony! Scholarship Recipient: Class of 2020: Logan Bolhouse, Gianna Falzarano, Rebecca Noall, Rohun Sharma, Jayden Sideco, Morgan Yeager. Class of 2021: Madeline Chatham, Matthew Johnson, Lillie Martin, Amanda Vaskov. Meet the Plastics from Mean Girls-Class of 2019: Samantha Avila, Amanda Banuelos, Jasmin Borja, Daniella Desio, Alyssa Lacap, Raissa Pilon.
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A Case of Whodunit? A Cross-Curricular Project
BGHS Wins Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Since 1923, The Awards have identified such writing greats as Capote, Plath, Warhol, and Updike, while they were still teens. Today, over ten million in scholarships are allotted, with over one million works entered in the past five years. Colleges and Universities view a gold key winner as a high achievement. Since we began entering these contests, nearly a dozen years ago, our win percentages, including The Voice of America and Best in Show prizes awe the judges.
On Monday, March 4th, Mr. Tracy Goode, Assistant Principal for Discipline, was found "dead" in the courtyard from apparent blunt force trauma. Students in Ms. DeJoria’s Honors Human Physiology classes will investigate this horrific crime using forensic evidence such as fingerprints, hair fibers, clothing fibers, and blood evidence. This cross-currricular
Broadcast Journalism and Photography classes as well. Stay tuned to find out who committed this unthinkable crime!
This year, 24 pieces (in addition to Art winners) earned honorable mention in writing. Twenty five (in addition to the Art winners) were awarded silver keys. In total, seven writing pieces earned gold key awards and will move on to Nationals this spring in New York City. Arthur Acuña '19 continues competing with his personal essay, “Keep the Streak;" Hira Ahmed '19 advances for her memoir “Children of a Lesser God;”
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Garaventa Center Essay Contest Congratulations to Christopher Karo '20 on winning a $250 Honorable Mention Award through an essay contest sponsored by the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at the University of Portland. This year's topic was What If My Classes Talked to Each Other? This contest is open to students in their Junior year only, so current sophomores will be eligible next year. Two Top Prizes and three Honorable Mention Awards were presented. Authors of the Top two essays each received $500 and each Honorable Mention $250.
GaelBots cont. Our robots finished with rankings of 21 and 34 out of 35 teams. It was the first showing of the GaelBots at the State Championship in 3 years and the team was delighted to be there! Members attending the State Championship: Abraham Ahmed '21, Jonathan Haddad '21, Michael Pero '20, Nguyen Vo '20, Arthur (Ace) Acuña '19, Vansh Chandra '21, Fareed Sayegh '21, Ethan Goroza '21, Dr. Joseph Haller (Moderator). Special recognition goes to Arthur Acuña for his outstanding leadership as Club President and for sharing his expertise. Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Acuña, Mr. and Mrs. Goroza, and Mrs. Pero for keeping the team well fed!
Faculty & Staff Service Retreat
T O t a l
our Mite Box collection
On Tuesdays, we have
during first period in every classroom. This
money is given to Las Vegans who are in a tough financial spot. It is used to pay rent, medical bills, groceries, car repairs, and a variety of other things so that individuals On March 15, while the students enjoyed a
and families can continue on with their lives
day off school, the BGHS Faculty and Staff
and try to get ahead.
participated in the annual Faculty & Staff Day of Service Retreat at Catholic Charities. The day began with morning prayer in the Chapel prior to boarding several busses en
route to Catholic Charities. Once there, the staff got to work! Armed with tape, ladders and paint they painted the hallways of the St. Vincent Apartments, which
housing for 120 low income men & women. Deacon Thomas A. Roberts, President & CEO of Catholic Charities, spoke to the group at the conclusion of the lunch meal served at the St. Vincent's Lied Dining Facility. Although tired at the end of the day, everyone left with a sense of accomplishment and purpose, knowing they made a difference in the lives of the residents.
As usual, Mr. John Goertemiller organized a group of BGHS students to volunteer at Three Square! We appreciate their efforts and taking the time to help families who are food insecure and hungry in our community! Way to go Gaels!
ecently the BGHS Men's Lacrosse team organized
a day of service at the St. Vincent's Lied Dining Facility
Charities. We challenge our other athletic teams to do the same and organize their own day of service!
BGHS Men's Lacrosse Team
Academic Advisors ACT All juniors took the ACT test on April 2, 2019. The results will be sent out 3-8 weeks after the testing date. The Counseling Department does not receive any information about the results prior to the students receiving them so please do not contact the counselors inquiring about scores ahead of time.
Summer Camps and Leadership Conferences Many
letters in the mail which are very flattering
Seniors: College Acceptance and Naviance With college decisions afoot, we would like to encourage the senior class to update their admissions decisions on Naviance. Whether your admissions decisions were favorable or not, this data allows us to provide accurate and timely information to future students going through the college application process. Your cooperation is appreciated.
and indicate they were nominated and/or
Set Attending College:
selected to participate in a national program
We are asking all seniors to identify the college they are attending in Naviance. If you
focused on medicine, science, law, business,
need assistance in completing this task, please see your counselor.
politics or current events. While Bishop Gorman students have attended a variety of these programs in the past, and have enjoyed them, they can be quite expensive and do not necessarily increase your chance for admission to the college or university of your choice. Please research these programs and weigh the cost/benefit analysis prior to committing.
Scholarship Information: Colleges may include scholarship awards in their award letters or under separate cover. When you receive a scholarship award, please give a copy of your scholarship letter to Mrs. Conteduca or Mr. Pietranton. The deadline for submission is April 26, 2019. Scholarship information is listed in the graduation program and we want to ensure you are recognized for the scholarships you have earned. It is not necessary for you to attend the school which has offered the scholarship in order for the information to appear in the graduation program. We include college related scholarship awards as well as outside scholarship information, so please turn in a copy of everything you receive.
SAT/ACT Test Dates for Juniors
AP Exams will be administered during the first two full weeks of
The spring semester of your junior year is when most students
May. You have been preparing for these exams all year and we
begin taking standardized tests. If you have only taken the ACT
want you to do your best.
administered at Bishop Gorman, you may consider registering
AP Exams Matter:
The counseling office was recently
contacted by the Admissions Office at a very selective university
today. Itâ€™s not too late to register for upcoming ACT and SAT tests.
SAT: May 4 (late registration fees may apply)
Some colleges may be using your AP scores as a component in
their admissions decision process.
inquiring about a studentâ€™s AP score from their junior year.
Athletic News Spring Sports The spring sports season is now underway. Support your Gaels' baseball, men's golf, lacrosse, softball, swimming/diving, track & field, and men's volleyball as they are all gearing up for a great season! Check back for updates on these sports in the next issue. Go Gaels!
Lady Gaels The Lady Gaels had a bounce back year under Head Coach Kevin Nixon. The Gaels competed in several out of state and in state battles all year before winning the Desert Region Tournament with a tough victory over Desert Oasis. The team came up short against Centennial in the State Championship game, but they had a great season. Seniors on the team included: Caira Young, Shaira Young, Georgia Ohiaeri, Maleah Turner, Olivia Smith, Alexis Kruljac, and Tierney Holcombe.
Basketball Championship, cont. With several key contributors back next year, the Gaels will clearly be the pre-season favorite in Nevada as well as one of the top teams in the country. Seniors on the team this year included: Chance Michels, Adrik Lazarou, Nolan Wedlow, Myles Bendavid, and DJ Kotek. Congratulations Gaels!
Activities Seniors Listen Up!
Navigating the world of Social Media By Jimmy Gleich '01 There is no denying it, Social Media is here to stay. As a parent, it cannot be easy to keep up with all the terms and trends that exist out there. With so many good and bad things that live in the digital world, how do you make sense of it all? Educating yourself on social media trends can be the best defense against issues that arise in the lives of our teens. Luckily there are places you can go to learn the terms, the trends and find out what every parent should know. In the digital age all people leave a footprint that can come back to haunt them as they get older. Students need to understand that the repercussions of mistakes made on social media can really influence their futures. Ninety percent (90%) of teenagers have at least one social media platform on their device. Thirty percent (30%) of teens admit they have been bullied via social media. Common Sense Media, (www.commonsensemedia.org) is a website where parents can personalize social media information based upon the age of your student. The answers to any question can be found within their site. â€˘ What exactly is Snapchat? â€˘ What are some apps you should be leery of?
Please submit your baby picture and current pictures of you and groups of friends! This is for the senior slide show at graduation.
Common Sense Media provides some great information for you to keep your kids safe
Pictures will only be accepted digitally via Showbie. The info is posted in the senior class Showbie.
on the internet.
for the CLASS OF 2019 FRIDAY, MAY 3RD
DEADLINE IS 4/15/19 07
TEXT TIBERTI TO 82257
Let’s Celebrate Food! LENT: march 6 — april 18 no meat will be served on fridays through april 18 April 1 In Service Day: 11:30am Dismissal; no lunch offered! April 2 National PBJ Day: The perfect pairing; a classic sandwich at any time! April 5 No Meat Friday: Check out the Stir-fry at the Chopsticks station! April 9 Meatball Sub Special: Awesome sandwich with awesome flavor! April 11 Sundae on a Thursday: Make your own Sundae after school! April 12 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day: Join us for Gourmet Grilled Cheese!
Enjoy your Easter Break: April 15-22 April 25 Einstein Bagels: Fresh Bagels is a perfect way to start your day! April 26 Omelet Bar: Get your omelet the way you like it!
Get Through The Line Faster! Add money to your student's
GAEL CARD You can add money online: bishopgorman.org/gaelcard
For every $100 deposited get $5.00 FREE!
Thespians, cont. GROUP MUSICAL THEATRE. Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun from White Christmas-Class of 2020: Hanna Barton, Avalon Grover, Sophia Vassallo. Mama I’m a Big Girl Now from Hairspray!-Class of 2020: Reilly Price, Karissa Rue, Alexandra Yu. Dreamgirls from Dreamgirls-Class of 2021: Alyssa Mangio, Laura Penalosa, Helena Sabas. DUET MUSICAL THEATRE. I Remember When Those Boys Could Dance from Carrie. PERFECT SCORE! Scholarship Recipient. Class of 2019: Sophia Wilson. Class of 2021: Julia Wilson. Secondary Characters from Title of Show-Class of 2020: Uzma Ali, Maeve Walsh. Take Me or Leave Me from Rent-Class of 2020: Maria Ines Manuel. Class of 2021: Athena Jett. SOLO MUSICAL THEATRE. Class of 2019: Kailyn Hammons: Carrie. PERFECT SCORE! Scholarship Recipient; Alyssa Lacap: Live Out Loud; Sophia Wilson: Show Me. Class of 2020: Gianna Falzarano: Pulled; Rohun Sharma: Hold Me in Your Heart; Jayden Sideco: Letters From the Refuge. PERFECT SCORE! Scholarship Recipient. Morgan Yeager: Blue Hair. Class of 2021: Madeline Chatham: Happily Ever After; Laura Penalosa: I’m the Greatest Star. Class of 2022: Jayce Bertrand: Epiphany
CONTRASTING MONOLOGUES. Class of 2019: Kailyn Hammons: Spoon River Project/The Auditioners; Olivia Maalouf: Point of Viewing/Night Luster; Angelika Maduka: Abstract Expression/Donut Day Dream. Class of 2020: Uzma Ali: Hairball/ Have You Heard; Logan Bolhouse: Buried Child/Arms and the Man; Kennedy Corrigan: Crimes of the Heart/The Diary of Anne Frank; Alexandra Milanowski: Spoon River Anthology/Shakespeare in Love. Class of 2022: Julia Weisman: Check Please/The Glass Menagerie DUO SCENE. Baby with the Bathwater-Class of 2019: Olivia Maalouf, Sophia Mastrangioli. TECHNICAL THEATRE: COSTUME CONSTRUCTION. Class of 2021: Raquelle Reyes: The Phantom of the Opera. PERFECT SCORE! Scholarship Recipient. Class of 2022: Dominique Cootes: The Wizard of Oz. PERFECT SCORE! Scholarship Recipient. SCENIC DESIGN. Class of 2020: Michael Menor: MacBeth. SOUND DESIGN. Class of 2019: Faith Nault: Little Shop of Horrors. STAGE MANAGEMENT. Class of 2019: Ashlyn Laning: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. OTHER HONORS RECEIVED: GOLD LEVEL HONOR TROUPE! Kailyn Hammons was named BEST THESPIAN and Gianna Falzarano was elected to serve on the State Thespian Officer Board.
Scholastic Writing, cont. Angelia Ferttita '19 shines with her personal essay “In the Eye of the Beholder;” Paige Hewlett’s '19 personal essay stood out with “Safe Haven;” and Mia Nakamura '19 won with memoir “Who I Am.” Melis Jensen '19, won for her memoir “A Courtroom as the Arena, a Blazer as the Uniform,” and Autumn Valentine '19 for science fiction/fantasy with “Frigid Abyss.” The following students, categories, and titles received Silver Key awards: Katie Grierson '20 for short story, “Monster Embraced.” Holly Griffith '19 for poetry “Genesis;” Zara Maissian '19 for memoir “Building Bridges.” Amanda Banuelos '19 for personal essay “How Do You Say Disappointment In Spanish?;” Briana Bolduc '19 for critical essay “Peace be with you but not also with you;” Michael Bonifazio '19 for poem “Morning After;” Theodor Delmonaco '19 for memoir “Fear’s Epiphany;” Lillian Hagos '19 for memoir “These Little Moments;” Malik Hays '19 for memoir “Which Life?;” Jennifer Kovarik '19 for memoir “Oh, the “Eye”-rony;” Hayley Linderer '19 for memoir “Lap After Lap;” Holly Lozzi '19 for memoir “A Tale As Old As Mine;” Samantha Naki '19 for poetry “Familial Love;” Gary Nguyen '19 for memoir “Race to the Deadline;” Kaylin Nguyen '22 for flash fiction “Daily Life in an Asylum;” Brooke Powell '19 for dramatic script “A Balancing Act;” Rachel Raps '19 for memoir “Music and Communication;” Alyssa Sanchez '19 for memoir “Calling An Audible;” Antonio Sanchez '19 for critical essay “Abhorrent Avarice;” Jason Song '19 for memoir “The Woes of Marine Military Academy;” Rylee Tan '19 for memoir “Ten Minute Recess;” Sophia Wilson '19
for poetry “Fool No More;” Devyn Wingender '19 for poetry “Life After You;” Laney Zinn '19 for humor “Metaphorical Premature Menapause.” Jayce Bertrand '22 for short story “Samaritan.” The following students, categories and works received Honorable Mention: Robert Cabatu, Jr. '19 for memoir “Game Called Life;” Noel Chang '19 for “Microcosm;” Julia Johnson '19 for “Searching for Steak;” Alexis Kruljac '19 for memoir “Constructing Sound;” Jill McPherson-Kellogg '19 for poem “Almond Joy.” Emily Burton '19 for poem “Tear Drops;” Kaile Camacho '19 for critical essay “Let’s All Drive Semi Trucks;”Abigail Hobson '19 for poem “Sunburn;” Kirsten Kircher '19 for poem “Would You Like Me;” Ashlyn Laning '19 for memoir “Monopoly Pieces;” Natalie Legakes '19 for memoir “Happiness Hides Exposed;” Brett McEachern '19 for memoir “A Letter to My Twelve-YearOld Self;” Marisol Miller '19 for humor “From A to Z;” Nicole Schwartz '19 for poem “Encapsulated;” Rohun Sharma '20 for poem “Generation Z:The Engineers of the Future;” Karissa Sideco '19 for dramatic script “You Thought;” Rhianon Simon '19 for memoir “Flightless Bird;” Destiny Small '19 for memoir “David Versus Goliath;” Beau Taylor '19 for “Second Chance Pony;” Jose Viajar, IV '19 for journalism “The Tim Hagan Experience;” and Caira Young '19 for memoir “Flooded.” Peyton Cromer '19 for memoir “Potty Talk. Jayce Bertrand '22 for poem “What Now?” and short story “The Cornfields.”
Course registration for the 2019-2020 school year is under way. In preparation for your child’s registration appointment, we encourage parents and students to discuss their course selection in advance. You can view the course descriptions through the online Course Guide on the school website under the “Academics” tab and then click the “Academic Requirements” link. Each student will have a scheduled appointment with their school counselor to discuss their course selection and select the most appropriate courses. Students do not need to request the appointment with their counselor. Please keep in mind that class availability is on a first come, first served basis. Registration letters were sent out at the end of February. Prior to students being scheduled for registration appointments, they must submit their enrollment agreement online. No fees are due prior to registration; simply submit the aforementioned form online. The registration fee will be billed in July.
Summer Enrichment Summer
part in the academic plan for many Bishop Gorman students. Please visit
bishopgorman.org/summerenrichment for class offerings and session dates.
courses cannot occur until students have had their registration appointment with their counselor. Online registration is not available for Summer Enrichment 2019.
If you are looking for activities, look no further than the BGHS Summer Camps for Boys & Girls of various ages and skills! Basketball Volleyball
Musical Theatre & More! visit:
More Info Faculty and Staff Celebrate Milestones at BGHS 2018-2019
Congratulations to those faculty
48 YEARS Margaret Foy
20 YEARS Ryan Pietranton
43 YEARS Virginia Cunningham Jean Poteete
19 YEARS Heather Marr
41 YEARS Pattie Johnson 31 YEARS Kathy Glenn 29 YEARS Joanne Andrews Jay Bonar Christi McEachern 27 YEARS Judy Ferguson Tracy Goode 25 YEARS John Goertemiller 24 YEARS Kim Martinez 23 YEARS Stacy DiVento Pat Taris 22 YEARS Kelly Ivie 21 YEARS Mary DeJoria Sheryl Krmpotich Dee Roberts Rick Spiritosanto
18 YEARS Grant Rice Michael Wright 16 YEARS Elena Ferrante-Martin Linda Fox Michelle Healy Juliana Hilliard Kim Tegano 15 YEARS Greg Cava Kerry Lieb Michelle Truitt 14 YEARS Jill Bernhardy Greg Piet Christine Scoville 13 YEARS Irene Anderson Ian Devlin Gino DiMaria Lora Feely Bridget Michlik 12 YEARS Kristin Block Kevin May Adriana McGurk Terry Sampaio
11 YEARS Amy Dawson Charles Fiore Susie Portz Domingo Rivera Jackie White 10 YEARS Karen Alessi Robert Burgman Susan Cannella Kathleen Foglia Larry Javier John Kilduff Patrick McGurk Br. Daniel Tripamer Leonard Urso 9 YEARS Paul Ciullo Scott Cooley Nicole Davis Mark Hancock Frank Hicks Nancy Maheras Vanessa Orozco Laura Pittmon Tessa Rivera Marc Sayre 8 YEARS Jeanette Dixon Isabel Henry Kevin Kiefer Michelle Roberts April Sauline
and staff members who celebrated anniversaries this past school year. We thank all of them for their dedicated service in carrying out the educational mission of Bishop Gorman High School.
7 YEARS Lauren Blasek Barrett Henzel Krystal Jackson Kevin Nixon Sandy Young 6 YEARS Alice Braun Robert Crisp Reginald Cruz Stephen Gatto Morgan Jackson Gregory Lim Geoff Neuman Deborah Oâ€™Brien 5 YEARS Joan Commons Jesus Garcia Andrew Giger Janell Gomez Danny Green Caprice Houston-Bey Mary-Kathleen McCann Jacob Moore Mary Vance Lisa Werksman
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