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Bishop Gorman High School Monthly Parent Newsletter

SharingPride the

Volume 25 | Issue 4 | February 2019

In This Issue p. 2 Hammes Campus Store

Uniform News

p. 3 Inaugural Youth Action

Climate Summit

p. 4 Spotlight On Service

In Our Community

"All Our Dreams Can Come True, If We Have The Courage To Pursue Them"

Walt Disney

Freshman Roman Jimenez is a great example of how true this quote can be as he is one step closer to achieving his career goal of someday becoming the CEO of Walt Disney World! Roman is one of only 100 students nation-wide to have been chosen to attend a four-day Disney Dreamers Academy at Disney World in Florida, March 21-24, 2019. Roman had heard about this opportunity when he was in 6th grade, but had to wait a few years to submit his application since it is open only to freshmen. While at the academy, Roman will participate in career-oriented workshops and receive lessons in communication techniques, leadership skills, and network strategies. The goal of this academy is to help students evaluate their dreams and be inspired by professionals to help make their dreams a reality. Congratulations Roman!

p. 5 Juniors: ACT Test &

Test Bootcamp Course

p. 9 Knight Of The Gael

Counting Our Blessings

2019 Marietta Tiberti Memorial Spelling Bee Congratulations to our CO-CHAMPIONS, Dominik Marshall, an 8th grade student from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Matthew Steinhiser, a 7th grade student from St. Francis De Sales, on winning the 2019 Marietta Tiberti Memorial Catholic Schools Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Their prize? A full-tuition scholarship for their freshman year at Bishop Gorman High School. continued, page 11


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Updates from the

Hammes Campus Store

Dear Parents: As most of you know, we introduced a new uniform pant/short this fall in our campus store. This year, students were allowed to wear the khaki bottoms as well as the new grey ones. Please note that for the 2019-2020 school year only grey shorts/pants will be permitted as part of our approved uniform. The ladies' shorts/pants are custom-made and only sold at the Hammes Campus Store and the BG school website. The men’s uniform shorts/pants are Dickies brand and available in the Hammes Campus Store and/or anywhere that sells Dickies brand. Ladies' shorts are $28, and ladies' pants are $32 Men’s shorts are $26, and men’s pants are $32 Starting in the fall, ALL students must wear the GREY bottoms. At the end of the year Campus Ministry will collect used uniforms, as they have in the past, and will donate the khakis to non-profit organizations. Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to seeing you in the Campus Store. Michelle Roberts '99 Hammes Campus Store Manager


Finance Dept. News REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE MAILED IN FEBRUARY. TUITION ASSISTANCE: All applications must be submitted to FACTS, which can be accessed through the BGHS website: WWW.BISHOPGORMAN.ORG/TUITION Applications are still being accepted for tuition assistance. Remember, awards are granted on a first come, first serve basis so apply promptly! Returning families must re-apply for tuition assistance each year. Please be aware that you must be verified by FACTS for your application to be reviewed by the Bishop Gorman Tuition Assistance Committee. Incoming freshmen who are verified on or before February 15, 2019, and reviewed will receive a notification of award by mail in early March. All returning students that have been verified and reviewed will receive notification of awards by mail in April. If you have any questions regarding tuition assistance, please contact Terry Sampaio at 702-476-4027. TUITION ACCOUNTS: If you have any questions regarding your student’s tuition account, please contact Vanessa Orozco at 702-476-4023.

Gael News

A Tribute In Song Last year Sophia Wilson '19 was inspired by the October 1 tragedy to write a song in memory, as a tribute to those affected and to give hope. Her song, Heroes Made, just recently released on Apple Music, iTunes,

Youth Climate Summit by Ian Devlin As California’s camp wildfire raged in

Northern California, Tahoe Mack ‘19 and Georgia Walzog ‘20 were inside the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose attending the inaugural Youth Climate Action Summit. The keynote speaker was Robert Ballard (best known for discovering

Spotify and CDBaby. Sophia feels strongly about using her talent, and especially this song, to make a difference. A portion of all proceeds from downloads will go to charities that strive to help victims of senseless violence and to further common sense laws that will make our schools and public venues safer. She is also part of an upcoming charity event (in

the Titanic) - via satellite from his research

the planning stage) to raise money for the

vessel, Nautilus, stationed off the coast of

shooting victims and families of Thousand

the Channel Islands. Tahoe and Georgia

Oaks, California. She is using her talent for

attended panels featuring scientists and

good in the world.





participated in immersive VR experiences

You can watch Sophia in her role as "Maria"

and a rainforest themed escape room. The

in the upcoming Spring Musical "The Sound

day was filled with innovative activities

of Music."

and collaboration with over 500 students with the common goal of creating a future where technology and science are utilized to live sustainably on Earth. When asked how the conference affected them, Tahoe responded:

“You don’t realize the

positive impact you can make to help the world until you are surrounded by likeminded individuals who are going to make a difference.” The conference truly did leave an impact. Upon their return, two water refill stations were installed on campus with the goal of limiting the amount of bottled water on campus. According to Georgia, “there is no Planet B, we need to make changes today to have a tomorrow.”


Campus Ministry FIRST, YOU HAVE TO…THEN, YOU WANT TO! By Susie Portz

help them work their way back into society from homelessness. Michael was very impressed by Geoffrey Post, one of the volunteer coordinators there, who was once a client himself. He was proof to Michael that change CAN happen for individuals who are at a very low point in their Hannah Roth '19 Michael Morehead '19 life. Michael loved getting to know the individuals who Every student at Bishop Gorman is would come there for meals or training required to complete 25 hours of Christian and were happy to share their own life Service for each year they attend Bishop stories. In his words, Michael said “I’ve Gorman. Seniors, Michael Morehead and never met a person at Las Vegas Rescue Hannah Roth both discovered something Mission who wasn’t open or loving” and this about themselves as they chose Las Vegas has caused him to be fully on board with Rescue Mission to complete their service completing all of his Christian Service hours. Michael had gotten seriously hours in this one location. Hannah, who behind on his service and was in jeopardy provided over 200 hygiene bags to clients of not being able to graduate when it was at the Rescue Mission was touched that recommended to him by Mr. Len Urso to the clients appreciated that young people consider volunteering at Las Vegas Rescue wanted to come and help. Hannah stated Mission. Hannah, on the other hand, was in good shape on her service hours when that the clients felt “Bishop Gorman she signed up for Christian Service class volunteers are just the greatest!” There is nothing more rewarding for those of us with Mrs. Portz and committed to doing guiding students with their service hours 40 additional hours of service at Las than a student who has an experience like Vegas Rescue Mission. Both Michael and Hannah had an eye-opening experience Michael and Hannah. This makes us very proud of our commitment to serve the at the Rescue Mission. They observed kind Las Vegas community, and we continue people who began to call them by name as they returned time and time again. They to help our students find their passion for serving. also noted the many programs that the Rescue Mission offered to their clients to




Mite 2018-2019


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have our Mite Box


On Tuesdays, we


collection during first



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 and families can continue on with their lives and try to get ahead.

Classes Come Through For Mite Box!

Mr. Radzak and class celebrate their SIXTH Mite Box victory of the school year! Great job!

TruFusion Contributes To The Cause


We were excited to include Tru Fusion in our athletic shoe drive for Africa! Hundreds and hundreds of used and/or new sneakers were dropped off at two different locations to be sent to Ghana to provide shoes for the thousands who have none. A big thank you to Stevi Portz, for taking this wonderful cause to TruFusion and getting it off the ground!

Mr. Crisp and class celebrate their THIRD Mite Box victory of the year! Congrats and thank you!!

Academic Advisors ACT TESTING INFORMATION FOR JUNIORS All juniors will be taking the ACT on the Bishop Gorman campus on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Your son/daughter will be automatically registered for this test and no further action is required. Bishop Gorman High School is paying for the administration of this exam and there is no cost to families.

ACT Test Prep In conjunction with offering the ACT, Bishop Gorman is hosting an ACT preparation bootcamp taught by Ryan Fitzgibbons, owner of Tutors Across America. The class will consist of 20 hours of classroom instruction and 2 full proctored formal ACT exams. The cost is $299, but Gorman students can use the coupon code GOGAELS for a discounted rate of $199. This camp is offered only to Bishop Gorman High School juniors and will be held on our campus.

Counselor's Corner Course Registration

Course registration for the 2019-2020 school-year will begin in March. Each student will select their classes with their school counselor. The counseling department suggests taking the time to review the course guide, available at, with your son/daughter and discuss the courses that would best suit them. Please check your mailbox for registration materials beginning in late February.


Some of you are starting to receive decisions from the colleges to which you have applied. As you receive this information, please update your Naviance Family Connection account.

Bootcamp Dates & Times Friday, March 22: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM (school is half day) Saturday, March 23: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (lunch break from 1:00-2:00) Sunday, March 24: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (lunch break from 1:00-2:00)

How To Enroll in the ACT Bootcamp (1) Go to: (2) Scroll down to ACT WEEKEND BOOTCAMP to find your camp (3) Enroll as directed (4) Bishop Gorman Students: Use coupon code GOGAELS at checkout to get $100 off the price

Were you admitted, denied or waitlisted? Inquiring minds need to know. This information remains confidential so please do not hesitate to share. Admission decisions from each of the colleges you have applied to must be recorded in order to pick up your cap and gown in May. Additionally, this data is instrumental in assisting future students evaluate their college opportunities. continued, page 11

SERVICE HOURS Please remember that 25 hours of service per year are required for graduation. Please be proactive in completing your hours.

COLLEGE COUNSELING PARENT NIGHTS • Junior Parent Night | February 19 | 6-7PM • Sophomore Parent Night | March 26 | 6-7PM


Athletic News A Winning Season

Congratulations to Tommi Stockham '20 on being named 2018 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year! Tommi is the first Bishop Gorman volleyball player to receive this recognition. Way to go Tommi!

Bishop Gorman had one of its best fall seasons in school history as the girls' soccer team and girls' volleyball teams had their best teams of all time. Both finished their dominant season with a State Championship and a National Ranking. It was a “Decade of Dominance” for the Gaels football team as they won their 10th Nevada State Championship in a row with a convincing 69-26 win against Bishop Manogue at Sam Boyd Stadium. The winter sports teams have all competed in tournaments and are now in league play. The bowling teams are doing a great job and gearing up for the playoffs under first year coach, Tara Maguinness. The wrestling program has competed in several tournaments and has done well in league play. With a young squad, look for the Wrestling Gaels to continue to improve in the next few years.

The 7th annual Ta rka n i a n Basketball Tournament took place Dec. 18-22, 2018. The National event included about 100 boys teams and 50 girls teams. On the boy’s side, the Gaels won the event for the 2nd year in a row with a dominant performance in the Championship against Rancho Christian. Zaon Collins '21 and Noah Taitz '20 were named the Co-Tournament MVP’s and Will McClendon '21, Isaiah Cottrell '20, and Chance Michels '19 were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The women’s basketball team has competed in several tournaments and is currently in league play led by seniors Olivia Smith, Georgia Ohiaeri, Caira and Shaira Young, Maeah Turner, Tierney Holcombe, and Alexa Kruljac. The men’s basketball team has had a busy season so far, traveling around the US and competing against some of the best teams in the country. They kicked off the season with the FIRST EVER home basketball game on ESPN. The Gaels took on the Coronado Cougars on national television in front of a packed house. The G-Block was out in full force and did an amazing job cheering the team on to an 88-75 victory. In addition to winning the Tarkanian Classic with a dominant performance against previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Rancho Christian (see left), some of their more impressive wins came over Findlay Prep 59-55 at the South Point Arena and Chino Hills (CA) 82-57 in the Nike Extravaganza.

Watch for the Gaels in the playoffs as they compete for their 8th straight State Championship. Bishop Gorman began a flag football team this year and has been competing against other Las Vegas area teams. With close to 40 girls participating, Coach Colt Goodman is excited about the future of the Lady Gaels Flag Football Team. Check for a list of college signees plus winter playoff results in the next edition of Sharing the Pride.

National Signing Day: Wednesday, February 6 at 2:05 p.m. House of Glory 06

Join us as several of our senior student-athletes sign their Letter of Intent to play their sport in college!


SENIOR TRIP DISNEYLAND Friday, May 10, 2019 Total cost is $160 per student which includes transportation, admission to the park, all rides and entertainment at the park. Students will need to purchase their own food. Ticket sales begin on Monday, February 25, 2019, on a first come first serve basis. Payments can be made in two equal parts if the first payment is in by Friday, March 29, 2019. The final payment is due by Monday, April 29, 2019. Cash or check (made out to Bishop Gorman) only. Service hours must be completed and verified to reserve your spot. Students depart from Bishop Gorman the morning of Friday, May 10, 2019 and return the following morning. More details will be announced as the event gets closer. This senior trip is NOT mandatory. For questions and permission slips, check Showbie under the Class of 2019 page or the Clubs and Organizations Link on Plus Portals for more information. (Completed permission slip is due at the time of deposit).

February 4 - 8 Celebrate BGHS' Boys vs. Girls Week with the following Dress Days! Monday:

50s Theme; Danny vs. Sandy Day (white t-shirt, black jeans, leather jackets, bandanas)

Tuesday: Disco Fever

70s Theme; Eric vs. Donna Day (bell bottoms, flowers, vests, tie-dye)

Honoring the Gaels Football Team The Las Vegas City Council recognized the Bishop Gorman High School Varsity Football Team at the January 16, 2019, City Council meeting. Councilman Cedric Crear '87, honored the Gaels for winning the 2018 NIAA 4A State Championship. It is our 10th straight State Championship and 17th overall. In addition, the football program was recognized as the National Champions in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Great job Gaels!


80s Theme; Ferris vs. Sloane (neon, leg warmers, high tops, high-waisted jeans)


90s Theme; Ross vs. Rachel Day (plaid, overalls, jean jackets, turtlenecks, baggy shirts)


Extreme Pink and Blue Day

Saturday: DANCE!

BGHS Sadie's Dance! 7:30pm-9:30pm (lock in from 8-9pm) House of Glory Gym & Aux Gym Attire: Casual, Fun Costumes or Silly Group Dress is encouraged! Tickets: $5 pre-sale (until Feb 5) $10 at the door


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Let’s Celebrate Food! Feb 7 National Fettucine Alfredo Day: Love pasta? Get some Fettucine Alfredo today! Feb 11 Breakfast For Lunch: The best breakfast items for lunch! Feb 15 Something Sweet & Spicy: Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken stirfry is the way to go! Feb 20 It's a Wild Wednesday (every Wednesday in February): Go where the Wild Wings are! Feb 21 A Taste of the Caribbean: Don't miss the Cuban Hero Special Sandwich today! Feb 28 Everyone's Favorite: A gooey cheesy delicious Grilled Mac & Cheese!

Get Through The Line Faster! Add money to your student's

GAEL CARD You can add money online:

For every $100 deposited get $5.00 FREE!



Please visit

or call the Advancement Office at 702-476-4034 to make reservations or purchase a program ad.

Stay Connected!

Jingle Bell Run A few members of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society ran the Jingle Bell 5k for the Arthritis Foundation in December. and contributed over $250 to the Arthritis Foundation. How did they do??? Not bad at all... Abigail Hobson '19 and Math Teacher, Mr. Crisp both finished 2nd in their Divisions! Congratulations Gaels!


Happenings We Treasure Moments Like These

On Campus Sessions: (2 weeks each)* 8am-2pm daily Session 1: June 3-14, 2019 Session 2: June 17-28, 2019 Session 3: July 8-19, 2019 Driver Education: (4 days) 8am-3pm daily

(must be 15 years old at the start of class)

May 28-31, 2019





offered during the following sessions:

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Summer Enrichment classes will be

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On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted a clinic in the House of Glory for kids who are part of the Miracle League program. Miracle League traditionally offers the opportunity to those with cognitive or physical challenges to play baseball in a safe and nurturing environment. Bishop Gorman students are regular volunteers at the park for their baseball games and this offered the Miracle League kids a way to try something new in a supportive environment! Both the Miracle League kids and the BGHS students had a great time playing together and learning from each other. Then, on January 16, 2019, all the Miracle League kids were invited back as special guests for the game against Spring Valley. They were announced as part of the starting lineup and even got to sit on the bench. What an amazing experience for all involved!

Online Sessions: (4 weeks each) 15-20 hours of work per week Session A: May 28-June 21, 2019 Session B: June 24-July 19, 2019 For more information visit:

PLEASE NOTE: In order to improve continuity of instruction as well as facilitate greater classroom community, students who are taking summer Theology

classes in the freshman and sophomore curriculum must enroll for four total weeks. This will allow the students to complete the entire year’s curriculum (two semesters) in the summer. To allow for flexibility with vacations and camps, students may complete this sequence in Sessions 1&2 OR 2&3 OR 1&3. Please take this information into account as you are planning your Summer Enrichment options.

More Info Counselor's Corner, cont.

Pictured are our Wednesday Night Service Warriors along with Mr. Goertemiller. They are an enthusiastic group of individuals who always show up at Three Square to help provide food to people in need in the Las Vegas community! Keep up the good work Gaels!

Scholarship Information

Many colleges will include scholarship information in their admission letters. Some will send this information separately. Regardless of how you receive the information, please: • Make a copy of your scholarship letter and give it to Mrs. Conteduca in Student Services or Mr. Pietranton in the Counseling Department. • Scholarship information is listed in the graduation program and we want to ensure you get the recognition for the scholarships you have earned. • You do not have to attend the school which offered you the scholarship in order for the information to appear in the graduation program.

Spelling Bee, cont. In its 31st year, the Marietta Tiberti Memorial Catholic Schools Spelling Bee included 46 competitors—from grades five through eight—from each Catholic elementary school in the Valley. Congratulations to the 6th Grade Champion: Bryan Kano from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; and to the 5th Grade Champion: Danewelle Combatir also from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

• We include college related scholarship information as well as outside scholarship information so please bring us a copy of everything you receive. • The amount of individual scholarships and grants ALWAYS remains confidential. While we do publish the total amount of scholarships offered to the entire senior class – the class of 2018 was awarded more than $30 million dollars in scholarships and grants – individual amounts are never made public. • The deadline is April 26, 2019, for inclusion in the graduation program.


March 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7pm March 17 and 24 at 2pm

Jim3 House of Performing Arts Box Office Information Call: 702-476-4175

Come to the Hammes Campus Store to shop for your loved ones! Store Hours Monday Friday 7-2:30pm

Tickets Available Online For more information visit:

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