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Mind. Body. Spirit. Spring Sentinel 2013

Our Mission:

We are committed to:

Our Mission – Holy Family Catholic School provides a nurturing environment that fosters the growth of the whole child- intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically. Our school is Catholic: promoting the teachings of the Church and inclusive of diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. We work with parents and the Central Texas community to promote Christ centered education with the highest moral and academic standards.

• ...a strong Catholic Identity which integrates Catholic teachings and values into our own lives and the experience of the school community.

Our Core Values:

• ...providing Academic Excellence that challenges the mind and engages the student in learning from a comprehensive curriculum.

Holy Family Catholic School holds firm to our four core values which define our identity and culture and are fundamental beliefs that guide the daily life of the school.

• ...the Faith Formation of all in our community, as we participate in the evangelizing mission of our Church, and we experience catechesis and sacramental life.

• ...promoting an understanding of the need for Stewardship as a means to recognize and use our gifts from God to serve the needs of others.

Table of Contents 1. From the Principal’s Desk 2. Board of Directors 3. Celebrating our Community 4. Choir of Angels 5. Gala 6. Student Achievements 10. Athletics 13. Social Conscience 15. Scene at Holy Family

From the Principal’s Desk Our students and faculty have all begun their summer plans now. We wanted to take an opportunity to review a few highlights of the year with you. We want to thank our parents and volunteers for supporting their children and helping us complete another successful year! I look forward to returning with you next year in our new governance model. I know you will welcome and support Mrs. Laster in her new role, as you have done for me. Wishing you a restful summer, Joan Wagner, Ph. D.

Joan Wagner, Ph. D. Principal


We say goodbye and thank you‌ It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our Board President, James Nastars. Mr. Nastars and his family have been a part of Holy Family since the beginning and have supported the school and the community through many efforts. Mr. Nastars has always been thankful for his Catholic education and wanted the same for his children and for children of many generations to come. His service to Holy Family is outstanding and includes being a founding Board member and President of the Board for the past three years. Mr. Nastars is a true champion of Catholic education and is often remembered as the guiding force behind the writing of the school’s first strategic plan. We are extremely grateful for Mr. Nastars and wish him and his family continued joy and success in their new home and community. Mr. Nastars leaves behind quite a legacy, but we are confident that our new Board President, John Miri, will continue to advance the mission of Holy Family through his dedication and support.

Please welcome Dr. Stephen B. Bookmyer DDS, MD to the Board of Directors Dr. Bookmyer is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Round Rock. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M Universtiy, dental school at the University of Texas Dental branch in San Antonio, followed by medical school and surgical residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Bookmyer is married to Kelsey Bookmyer, a pediatric dentist in Round Rock. They have a son, Carson, who is in PK at Holy Family. They are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. In his free time Dr. Bookmyer enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and ranching.


Celebrating Our Community Catholic Service Award

We are honored to recognize Keith Winkeler as our recipient of the Catholic Education Service Award. Mr. Winkeler has been active in the school community since 1997, three years before Holy Family became a reality. He has graciously volunteered in many different areas of our campus life including morning supervision, reading to students and serving on the school board from 19971999 and again from 2009-2012. Mr. Winkeler continues to provide leadership and service to this community for which this honor is so appropriate. Mr. Winkeler and his wife, Ekaterina, have two children at Holy Family. Dmitri is in 7th grade and Kira is in 6th grade. Their oldest daughter, Lucia, is an alumni of Holy Family and currently attends St. Dominic Savio as a Junior. Along with his family, we honored Mr. Winkeler at the Diocesan Celebrating Catholic Schools event during Catholic Schools Week in January.

Grandparent’s Day Grandparent’s Day is traditionally a time to share our joy and faith with our grandparents and greatgrandparents. We are truly thankful for their support, wisdom and unconditional love. We began the day with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Ray Dowling honoring all grandparents. After Mass they visited classrooms and prepared kits for Mobile Loaves and Fishes and made Christmas presents for local nursing home residents.

Many grandparents visited the Book

Fair and reception later that morning. We are very thankful for their involvement in making the Book Fair a success.


Choir of Angels We thank everyone for their generous donations to Choir of Angels, we currently have gifts and pledges totaling $289,793.57!!! We would like to thank each of you who donated to the Choir of Angels this year. Being the COA chairs for this wonderful and supportive community was an amazing experience, and we are so proud and excited to have seen firsthand the outpouring of generosity throughout the year. Thanks to you, Holy Family has reached our goal, and our school can keep the blessings coming for our children! Blessings, Matt & Megan DiTeresa In early December, we hosted Breakfast with Santa at Twin Creeks Country Club. The brunch was a thank you to the families that donated at the Angel level and above. Families enjoyed some time together while getting a head start on their ‘list’ with the big man himself.

Thank you to our Choir of Angels Representatives Terri Allman Carrie Bovin Kristen Brown Stacy Brown Joanie Butler Barbara Forbes Alicia Garza

Carolyn Gray Lara Hogan Terry Johnson Christy McNaughton Cynthia Nastars Jackie Neill Candace Regan


Patricia Ring Wendy Rogers Stacey Sherman Joan Tucker Beth Varan Scott & Kathryn Whitaker Carina Wise

Don’t Stop Believin’ 80’s Gala This year’s Gala was a totally rad time complete with leg warmers, big hair, Members Only jackets, plenty of neon and 80’s tunes to dance the night away!!! Together we raised over $113,000!

Thank you to our sponsors: Audio Visual Consultations, Inc. Cedar Street Courtyard Premier Animal Hospital Premier Pet Resort & Day Spa American Party Rental BRATH, Inc. bricks4kidz, Henna Chevrolet, LP United Heritage Credit Union John & Christine Gordon

Gary & Joyce Mink Dr. Matthew Rogers Jon & Danielle White Pete & Terri Allman Brett & Joanie Butler Dennis & Sandra Jones Fr. Matt Iwuji & St. Albert the Great Parish Paul & Patricia Miksch Michael & Gloria Lenis Timothy & Kelli Witt


Student Achievements Extreme Math Extreme Math teaches students competitive math with the goal of entering several competitions. Our students accomplished this goal and achieved 6 first place trophies. 1st place for 3rd grade at the St. Theresa’s Catholic School Tournament 2nd place for 5th and 6th grades at the St. Theresa’s Catholic School Tournament 1st place for Elementary and Middle School at the Brentwood Christian Tournament Top Bear Trophy for the top overall scoring student in each grade given to Nicholas Nguyen (5th), Jonathan Shoemaker (6th) and Matthew Bianchi (8th) School Honor Roll at the AMC 8 International Competition by competing with 3000 other middle schools from around the world and finishing in the top 1% 2nd place overall at the San Antonio Tournament 1st place overall at the Pearsall Tournament 1st place overall at the Middle School Math League Tournament Four students placed at the Mathnasium TriMathlon; 1st place for Jessica Shoemaker (3rd) and Jonathan Shoemaker (6th), 4th place for Nicholas Bianchi (6th) and 5th place for Nicholas Nguyen (5th). Jonathan’s perfect score earned him a spot in the National playoff where he placed 2nd. 1st place at the St. Dominic Savio Math Tournament for the team of Matthew Bianchi, Emily Shoemaker, Jonathan Shoemaker and Anthony Vento 2nd place at the St. Dominic Savio Math Tournament for the team of Eleazar Camez, Nick Isakson, William Smylie and Thomas Snyder 6th place at the Mathcounts Competition with two students placing in the top 10; 7th place for Matthew Bianchi and 9th place for Jonathan Shoemaker 1st place at the Math League Elementary School District Championships and the team of Nicholas Bianchi, Beatrice Hoang, Nicholas Nguyen and Jonathan Shoemaker qualified for the State Championship 3rd place overall at the Regional TMSCA Math Tournament


Quiz Bowl Quiz Bowl consists of teams of four students answering questions ranging from Science to Literature to Sports to History. Holy Family students have competed in many tournaments with the fastest on the buzzer earning them countless victories. 1st place in the Expert Division at the HoHo Tournament for the team of Matthew Bianchi, Nicky Butler, Eleazar Camez and Nick Isakson 1st place in the Regular Division at the HoHo Tournament for the team of Daniel Jilek, Allison McCain, Emily Shoemaker and Thomas Snyder 2nd place at the Quiz Bowl Kickoff Tournament for the team of Matthew Bianchi, Eleazar Camez, Nick Isakson and Emily Shoemaker qualifying them for the National Tournament in Chicago 1st place at the Southwest Texas Academic Challenge Regionals for the team of Matthew Bianchi, Eleazar Camez, Daniel Jilek and Thomas Snyder qualifying them for the National Tournament in New Orleans 1st place at the Dallas Quiz Bowl Tournament for the team of Matthew Bianchi, Nicky Butler, Nick Isakson and Emily Shoemaker 2nd place at the Dallas Quiz Bowl Tournament for the team of Max Forbes, Tricia Nazareth, Jonathan Shoemaker and Jenna Warfield 1st place at the Regional Texas Quiz Show for the team of Matthew Bianchi, Eleazar Camez, Nick Isakson and Daniel Jilek qualifying them for the State Championship at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

BEST Robotics Our middle school’s BEST robotics team competed against 23 other middle school and high school teams. They tied for 11th with two high schools in the head-to-head competition (building a robot from scratch to climb a 10 foot pole), 5th in the website design portion of the contest and 6th with the engineering notebook. For the overall BEST award they finished 6th!!


Celtic Invitational Students from Holy Family participated in the Celtic Invitational in the areas of Prose Interpretation, Group Improv, Poetry and Storytelling resulting in many top finishes. Group Improv - Natalie McCain, Caitlin McCauslin & Thomas Snyder - 1st 6/7 Prose - Caitlin McCauslin - 2nd Storytelling - Natalie McCain - 3rd 4/5 Prose- Michael Snyder- 4th Poetry - Natalie McCain -5th Prose - Thomas Snyder- 6th Avery Daigle, Cindy Corbett - semi-finalists

History Bee Four of our students, Matthew Bianchi, Eleazar Camez, Nick Isakson and Daniel Jilek, advanced to the Regional Championship in San Antonio. They competed in a game show format with multiple rounds facing 5-6 other students in each round. As they scored points, they qualified for subsequent rounds. The top 7 students overall were invited to the National Championship. The Final Round was a showdown between Eleazar Camez and Daniel Jilek. Eleazar edged Daniel 5-3 to win the Regional Title. Nick and Matthew made the top seven and also qualified for Nationals which will be held in Atlanta in June. Last year’s National winner won $50,000!

Leadership and Service Award This year’s recipients for the Leadership and Service Award are Jose Miguel Guevara-Hernandez, Mary Cooke, Amanda Fuentes, Emily Shoemaker and Nathan Nguyen. They were nominated by their teachers based on their personal characteristics of leadership and service, as well as their Christian witness to others. They celebrated a special Mass with Bishop Vasquez during Catholic School’s Week.

Diocesan Science Fair Nine Catholic Schools participated in the 11th Annual Diocesan Science Fair held at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. 113 students turned in 84 projects covering topics in Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science and Team Projects. Our very own Kraig Riek won 1st place in the Earth Science category with his project: “Got Water: Improving Recharge Zones”.


Solo and Ensemble Band Competition Holy Family Band students in grades 6-8 (and students from several other schools) were dressed to impress. Impressed is certainly how our students left the judges. The day was topped off with an awards ceremony where the following achievements were presented:

Solo: Division I Joshua Alvarado, Harrison Behr , Alexa Browning , William Callihan, Kyle Gonsalvez, Kaitlyn Hunt, Nick Isakson, Allison McCain, Natalie McCain, Rocco Morone, Cassie Prince, Jennifer Sanchez, Daismar Santos, Jenna Warfield and Isabella Young Division II Hannah Allman, Harrison Behr, Alexa Browning, Nicky Butler, Kyle Gonsalvez, Nick Isakson, Caitlin McCaulsin, Aaron Mink, Cassie Prince and Thomas Warfield

Outstanding Performance Certificates: Adrian Day and Aaron Mink

Ensemble: Division I Alexa Browning/Allison McCain/Cassie Prince Natalie McCain/Rocco Morone/Nicholas Reese/Daismar Santos/Jenna Warfield (Outstanding Performance) Alexa Browning/Allison McCain/Cassie Prince Adrian Day/Jennifer Sanchez/Isabella Young (Outstanding Performance) Joshua Alvarado/William Callihan/Kaitlyn Hunt/Caitlin McCauslin/Thomas Warfield (Outstanding Performance) Division II Hannah Allman/Nicky Butler/Kyle Gonsalvez Harrison Behr/Nick Isakson/Aaron Mink



CONGRATULATIONS LADY ANGELS!!! Congratulations to all six of our Holy Family volleyball teams, coaches and parents for a very successful and exciting volleyball season. Overall results for Volleyball 5/6 1A…. 2nd place in league with a 5-2 record and 3rd place in the AIPL Tournament Coaches: Kim Maloney and Brian Davison Players: Elizabeth Camarena, Alina Davison, Margarita Downing, Mikayla Grice, Andrea Nguyen, Megan Pish, Katherine Sanchez and Jenna Warfield 5/6 3A…4th place in league with 6-4 record and 3rd place in AIPL tournament Coaches: Henry Garcia and Stacey Sherman Players: Bianca Aridjis-Olivos, Kendall Barclay, Anna Caroline Bischof, Catherine Burkhart, Trinity Garcia, Angela Herridge, Izabella La Pointe, Natalie McCain, Andrea Rodriguez, Kyra Sherman and Claire Spink 5/6 5A….Tied with Regents for 4th place in league with a 5-4 record Coach: Kim Maloney Players: Grace Carpenter, Briana Davila, Grace Henry, Micaela Kuenstler, Caitlin McCauslin, Jessica Maloney, Sydney Martinez, Grace Maxwell and Kira Winkeler 7/8 1A….Came in 5th place in league play with a 6-4 record Coach: Nadine Flack Players: Catherine Allman, Logan Anders, Lily Flack, Tulan Le, McKenzie Maddox, Lilly Mole, Tricia Nazareth and Ava Viccinelli 7/8 3A….Placed 4th in league with a 5-4 record and 3rd place in AIPL tournament Coaches: Lauren Bohling and Gabe Young Players: Andrea Alvarado, Mary Cooke, Jessica Giraldo, Shelby Gilmer, Peyton Kilburn, Allison McCain, Katie McGetrick and Isabella Young 7/8 5A….Placed 2nd in the Austin Sports Center Fall Volleyball Tournament (receiving individual medals) Coaches: Lauren Bohling and Eddie Ramirez Players: Sidney Brannam, Katherine Hawkins, Miranda Jaramillo-Cuevas, Stella Koziol, Maddie Miksch, Connor Neill, Olivia Ramirez, Emily Shoemaker and Catherine Smith A BIG THANK YOU TO MARY JO KILBURN AND ALL THE PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME TO RUN THE CONCESSION STAND, KEEP THE SCOREBOOK, RUN THE SCORE BOARD AND/OR CALL LINES.



CONGRATULATIONS BIG BLUE!!! Congratulations to our Holy Family Tackle Football, 3A Flag Football, and 1A Flag Football teams, coaches and parents for a very successful and exciting football season. Overall results for Flag and Tackle Football 5/6 1A….4th place in league with a 2-3 record. Our boys marched on through the first round of AIPL tournament play-offs beating the #5 seed Brentwood. In the 2nd round of play-offs Big Blue was defeated by #1 seed St Andrews. Fantastic season gentlemen! Coaches: Kenneth Bednarz, Richard Rivera and Keith Foster Players: Cole Becker, Bernardo Conterno, Matthew DiTeresa, Troy Foster, Mason Garcia, Ethan Janecka, Cole McHugh, Ryan McKinstry, Brandon Musabika, Sebastian Ramos, Lorenzo Rivera, and Cole Smylie 5/6 3A….8th place in league with 2-6 record. Our boys faced a tough first round challenge with the #1 seed St Andrews. With great enthusiasm, Big Blue fought hard but was defeated. Congratulations Men in Blue! Coaches: Kenneth Bednarz and Richard Rivera Players: Nicholas Bianchi, Kyle Champion, Michael DiNardo, Max Forbes, Jacob Giboney, Christian LaBrake, Bradley Lange, Z-Je Marcella, Dylan Nguyen, Luc Nguyen, Jonathan Shoemaker, Lucas Strader, Jackson Walker and Will Whitaker 7/8 5A….With limited number of 8th graders and lots of young talent being developed. The 3-3 Big Blue had a strong showing this season. Just like the team motto of ‘BELIEVE’ this team did just that. The future is bright for Big Blue Football! Coaches: Keith Foster, Augustine ’Yogi’ Beitia, John Isakson and Ruben Moreno Players: Carson Aldridge, Tyler Bednarz, Jake Becker, Matthew Bianchi, Patrick Carpenter, Adrian Day, John DiGravio, Michael Dolezal, Bryan Giraldo, Nick Isakson, Sammy Janak, Daniel Jilek, Ian Kloc, Jonathan McNaughton, Anthony Moreno, Alex Newton, Nathan Nguyen, Patrick Nicholson, Hunter Parks, Kraig Reik, Skyler Robinson, Richard Rogers, David Sanchez, Adam Sweeney, Brandon White and Dmitri Winkeler





CONGRATULATIONS HOLY FAMILY ANGELS! Congratulations to our Holy Family 2012-2013 Basketball Teams! I would like to thank all 9 teams for the countless hours of their time, as well as the hours donated by our coaches and parents for a fun and exciting season. Overall results for Basketball Of our 9 teams, 8 made the first round of playoffs! In addition to that, we had 4 teams make it past the second round of playoffs. In the end we had 3 teams bring home the trophies. Both 7/8 Boys 1A and 5/6 Girls 5A won the consolation bracket. Hitting their stride in the last few games of the season, the 5/6 Boys 1A rolled into the playoffs and brought home the 3rd place AIPL trophy! 5/6 BOYS 1A Coach: Keith Foster Players: Julio Carvallo-Roy, Thomas Cedeno, Michael DiNardo, Troy Foster, Jacob Giboney, Connor May, Diego McCabe, Brandon Musabika, Nicholas Reese and Thomas Warfield 5/6 BOYS 3A Coaches: Steve Parks, Scott Whitaker and Matt DiTeresa Players: Kyle Champion, Matthew DiTeresa, Reilly Klein, Bradley Lange, Z-Je Marcella, Cole McHugh, Ryan McKinstry, Jackson Parks, Cole Smylie and Will Whitaker 5/6 BOYS 5A Coach: Brian Bianchi Players: Raul Basualdo, Nicholas Bianchi, Christian LaBrake, Matthew Minor, Dylan Nguyen, Luc Nguyen, Jonathan Shoemaker and Jackson Walker 5/6 GIRLS 3A Coach: Mark Bohling Players: Bianca Aridjis-Olivos, Briana Davila, Alina Davison, Daniela Martinez-Anton, Lily Nash, Andrea Nguyen, Daismar Santos and Jenna Warfield 5/6 GIRLS 5A Coach: Scott Pish Players: Anna Bischof, Grace Carpenter, Grace Henry, Micaela Kuenstler, Izabella Lapointe, Jessica Maloney, Sydney Martinez, Megan Pish and Kira Winkeler 7/8 BOYS 1A Coach: Brian Behr Players: Harrison Behr, Nicky Butler, Austin Kees, Patrick Nicholson, Kraig Riek, Richard Rogers, William Smylie and Thomas Snyder 7/8 BOYS 3A Coach: Kenneth Bednarz Players: Carson Aldridge, Tyler Bednarz, Patrick Carpenter, Bryan Giraldo, Nick Isakson, Johnny McNaughton, Hunter Parks, Nathan Pish and Brandon Rodi 7/8 BOYS 5A Coaches: Jon White and Bill Zamora Players: Matthew Bianchi, Cameron Henry, Nathan Nguyen, Preston Noonan, Ryan Rodriquez, JP Strubbe, Brandon White, Dmitri Winkeler and Daniel Zamora 7/8GIRLS 5A Coaches: Frank Rodriguez, Robert Neill and Mary Jo Kilburn Players: Shelby Gilmer, Miranda Jaramillo-Cuevas, Peyton Kilburn, Eva Malone, Maddie Miksch, Allison McCain, Madyson McHugh, Lily Mole, Tricia Nazareth, Connor Neill, Cierra Rodriquez, Emily Shoemaker and Catherine Smith




Social Conscience Legacy of Giving We continued our partnership with A Legacy of Giving, which empowers children through philanthropy education and youth philanthropy programs to become more engaged in improving their communities and world. In the fall, students dutifully collected food items and coats to fill up a POD for a Coat and Can Drive. Holy Family students collected 3,572 pounds of food which will serve 2,858 meals to families across Central Texas! As a youth community, Legacy of Giving students donated more than 46,000 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank, which translates to 36,800 meals! Holy Family students collected 230 coats, and together, Legacy students donated more than 3,600 coats to kids in Central Texas.

In the spring, students turned their focus to Walk for the Water, a community service event that brings awareness and funds to build a clean water system for those in need. The Walk for the Water Campaign that was spearheaded by the Social Justice class in grades Pre-K – 4, and the Student Council in grades 5-8, yielded a total of $6,908.96 from the sacrifice, time, talent, treasure and advocacy of the students of Holy Family Catholic School. The Art Show at Savio brought in $4,625.00. This money was raised through the time of Mrs. Robbins and the time and talent of the students of Holy Family and St. Dominic Savio Catholic Schools. The total being sent to the Legacy of Giving/Gazelle Foundation is $11,533.96. This amount of money will build 1/3 of a water system in Burundi. The Water system is more than a well; it also purifies the water. We have collectively raised enough money to provide 575 children with potable, palatable water for the rest of their lives.

Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day Students from Holy Family were happy to participate in the Texas Catholic Pro -Life Day. Elementary students from Holy Family teamed up with other children to act out the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary for the Living Rosary at San Jose Parish. Middle school students ushered and assisted at the Pro-Life Mass with Bishop Vasquez. A large group of students and families braved the drizzly weather to march with thousands of other Texans at the March for Life. As the afternoon progressed and the sun came out, students were happy to give a voice to the voiceless and spread the good news of the Gospel of Life.


Scene at Holy Family Stations of the Cross The faculty, staff, students and families are enjoying our new Stations of the Cross. The 14 stations tell the journey of Christ in his final hours. Thank you to Alex Smith (Class of 2009) for his Eagle Scout Project for Holy Family.

Eucharistic Procession In honor of Catholic Schools Week, our school and community celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Fr. Steve Sauser, from St. Elizabeth Parish in Pflugerville, was our presiding Priest for Mass and the Eucharistic Procession which traveled through the buildings.

Holy Family Statue We have a new statue of the Holy Family, just outside our school offices. The statue has recently undergone restoration and was a generous gift from St. Thomas More Parish. We are delighted to have it and we know our community will enjoy it.

Choir Fest The Holy Family Blue Angel Choir hosted the 11th annual choir festival in Novemeber for elementary and middle school choirs from around the Austin Diocese. This event is also part of the National Sacred Music Festival, “St. Cecilia Sing� sponsored by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. The students made new friends as they enjoyed a day of fellowship, fun, prayer and rehearsal. The schools sang a few selections together as well and each school had an opportunity to showcase their choir during the concert.


All Saints Day Students, faculty, staff and parents celebrated All Saints Day together with a Mass that began with a procession of Saints. After Mass, our 6th grade Saints visited each classroom and shared information about their Saint.

Camp Kappe The 5th graders spent four days in Plantersville, TX at the School of Environmental Science run by the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Sister Thomas Ann oversees the camp with a staff of about eight others. Students attended classes covering topics such as potential and kinetic energy, meditation, gardening and agriculture. The staff did a wonderful job of keeping students engaged in their activities. The students, teachers and chaperones that attended learned quite a bit and created many memorable experiences.


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