MONTINI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
BRONCO EXPRESS grade school edition
2013 HOMECOMING Where all your dreams come true!
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Together we will develop young men & women who are prepared to EXCEL throughout their academic journey. As a Lasallian School, we offer small class size, address students’ individual needs, offer an extensive curriculum and inspire students with various instructional strategies. Our programs are tailored to help you uncover your hidden potential.
Students in Mrs. Davis’ freshman Theology Class prepare presentations on Apple iPads
he digital media and learning initiative at Montini Catholic is underway. Through the use technology in the classroom, our students are engaged in the exploration of language, games, social interaction, and self-directed education that can be used to support traditional learning. The digital media and learning initiative embraces the writing, thinking, and design tools of the digital age.
MCHS DIGITAL LANDSCAPE • •
Netbooks 28 on a cart Includes probe attachments for different type of experimentation by the science department
We are dedicated to providing our students with the skills, tools, and experiences needed to succeed in today’s world. This new program will better prepare our students for college and the exciting future that awaits. Next year, the class of 2018 will become part of a school-wide 1:1 digital learning environment that will balance traditional instruction with advancements in educational technology.
iPads 25 are used in the pilot program 30 are on a cart for all teachers to use within the classroom so every class can be exposed to the iPad this year 75 are used by teachers 130 total
Interactive White Boards 23 in use throughout the building
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Projectors 39 throughout the building Used as a presentation tool Computer Workstations 25 high-end workstations set up for the CAD class with AutoDesk Design Academy 30 Laptops on a cart 84 Dedicated Work Stations
Scholarship Details: • 95th to 99th percentiles receive a $2,500 scholarship • 90th to 94th percentiles receive a $1,500 scholarship • 85th to 89th percentiles receive a $1,000 scholarship *Scholarships are renewable for four years if a student meets the renewal criteria
ontini Catholic High School offers an Academic Scholarship Program that gives students the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 in scholarship money. The program is open to all incoming freshman (Class of 2018) students who excel on the January 11, 2014 placement exam. Only those students who take the exam at Montini Catholic on January 11 are eligible for the scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on national percentile ranking of the placement exam scores. • • •
95th to 99th percentiles receive a $2,500 scholarship 90th to 94th percentiles receive a $1,500 scholarship 85th to 89th percentiles receive a $1,000 scholarship
*Scholarships are renewable for four years if a student meets the renewal criteria
SCHOLARSHIPS PLACEMENT EXAM
The Class of 2017 had 21 students achieve scholarship status from last January’s exam. The students who received the 2013-2014 Montini Catholic Academic Scholarship from last year’s Placement Exam are Lucas Cabon, Elizabeth Drennan, Mary Larson, Daniel Lopez, Matthew McIvor, Catherine McNamara, Todd Meyer, Lauren Mikolajczak, Dominick Moran, Robert Mrazek, Elaine Nielsen, Mary O’Brien, Zoe O’Day, Nicolette Oppenheimer, Edward Rodriguez, Nicholas Roferos, Brandon Sakas, Joseph Spivak, Jack Walsh, Mary Watson and Margaret White. This year’s Placement Exam will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014. All 8th grade students are encouraged to attend the Montini Catholic Pre-Test and Registration Night on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7PM.
CLASS of 2017 SOUNDS OFF...
WHAT would you DO WITH THE MONEY YOU SAVED ON TUITION?
I would buy my sister a new puppy, probably a yorkie.
Nicholas Roferos I would save the money for a car when I turn 16
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READY TO MAKE SOME
Personal success and passion go hand-in-hand. Whether your stage is a studio, field, court, lab or classroom, at Montini Catholic, you are invited to ENGAGE with your passions on a daily basis. You will discover that your enthusiasm will become contagious as you reach your true potential.
The Lady Broncos are preparing for a big post-season. The team has compiled an impressive 25-3 record (as of publication) behind strong play from seniorâ€™s Joyce Balash (Lewis University commit) & Bridget Lucas, and junior Monica Loftus (above).
FALL PLAY FALL PLAY FALL PLAY
HOMECOMING WEEK, COURT & QUEEN Homecoming 2013 is in the books! The week began with the powder puff football on Sunday evening and ended with the traditional Homecoming dance on Saturday. The entire week was filled with festivities, fun and good old fashion school spirit. The court was presented and Sarah Sniegowski (above middle) was crowned Queen by Miss Teen Illinois (Nikki Carlevato - above right, class of 2013), Congratulations, Sarah & the entire Homecoming Court: (left to right) Sarah Sniegowski, Frankie Kamely, Lexi Sondej, Rachel Stevenson and Jordan Kopsky. 4 Fall 2013
THE DRIVE FOR FIVE
Bronco football is gearing up for another successful playoff run. The unity of the entire Montini Catholic community has been the backbone of the success the football program has sustained on the field. The Broncos are currently 7-0 and are poised to retain their place atop class 5A for a 5th consecutive season. GO BRONCOS!
3rd Time is a Charm! Consecutive 3rd place finishes at the IHSA State Championship have the Lady Broncos Cross Country team primed for success. This year as they head into post-season competition, they are ready to improve on their success behind the strong senior leadership of Brittany Fisher (below - left) & Margaret Hallerud. (below - center) Head coach Pete Connelly wonâ€™t let his Lady Broncos runners settle for anything less than their best!
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We provide you the opportunity to EXPLORE your faith, while you provide the courage and confidence to try. We believe these opportunities can occur in the classroom, on the field, at your locker, around your community as well as within yourself. You just may be surprised at what you can achieve.
Each year we host Easter Seals in our Field House and Parking lot. And each & every year our students get to make an impact in the lives of these inspirational children. Sarah Sniegowski (Senior from West Chicago) - Last March she volunteered as a Discovery retreat leader with her parish, St. Isidore. With her team they planned the activities, did research, and wrote speeches and talks. In June, they had a very successful retreat and with the participants, grew closer to God. “It was a very rewarding experience and I encourage everyone to participate in at least one retreat.” Said Sarah
Members of NHS spent the Monday afternoon of Homecoming Week wrapping birthday gifts for the Humanitarian Service Project birthday project for underprivileged children. Each table in Mrs. Laraine Parker’s classroom was filled with a large bag of unwrapped items for a child. Students spent over an hour wrapping each and every present to make it special for the child. The students of NHS decided (amidst the frenzy of a chaotic week) that they wanted to do something for others during Homecoming Week. Great Job, NHS!
Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, iCan Shine & Montini Catholic teamed up August 5-9 to provide a five day program to children 8 years old and up, in order to help them learn an often challenging skill to most every youngster.
On Monday, September 9 42 Juniors set-forth on a journey to become more self-aware. Retreat is a time that pairs introspective contemplation with deep, meaningful and often quite fun conversation. It is a time filled with moments that can change one’s perspective of their time at Montini, but more importantly alter and reinforce their personal outlook towards their faith and their relationship to and role in the greater community. It seems that each and every retreat is initially met with some resistance - if not mixed emotions, but like clockwork Juniors come back to their ‘normal’ routines FAR TOO SOON. We welcomed back this year’s first group with open arms & also challenged them to extend the relationships they have forged on this retreat for the remainder of the school year and the rest of their time at Montini Catholic.
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Andrew Grossklaus (Junior from Wheaton) - From June 16-22, he went on a mission trip to New Orleans with the youth group of St. James in Glen Ellyn. The agency that he worked with was called the “United Saints”. His team’s project was to conduct prep work and paint the “Sci- Academy” which is a school outside of New Orleans that was ruined by hurricane Katrina. With his team, he worked 4 days from 7am to 3 pm and painted about 10 classrooms, the cafeteria and gym.
On Saturday, September 28, the Lady Broncos Volleyball team was victorious over Sacred Heart Griffin & Breast Cancer, as they held their annual Volley for the Cure Game.
2013-2014 GRADE SCHOOL EVENTS OCTOBER
MON OCT 14 - Lombard Falcons Showcase SUN OCT 20 - Bronco Bash Boys VB THU OCT 24 - MCHS OPEN HOUSE
9th ANNUAL GRADE BRONCO BASH
SCHOOL XC STAMPEDE
WED NOV 13 - OPEN HOUSE
DECEMBER THU DEC 5 - MCHS Choir Tour
On Saturday, September 7 Steve Dowjotas and the Lady Broncos Volleyball Program hosted the 9th Annual Grade School Volleyball Bronco Bash. In the 5th Grade Girls’ Championship match St. Joe’s (Downers Grove - above) played St. Pius X (Lombard). Now...as a St. Pius X alum, I was bummed to watched St. Joe’s take the tournament in a close game, as both teams played their hearts out. Despite my sorrows, however, I was terrifically moved by what had happened that Saturday afternoon. The photo above is a small testament to the power of community that can be established through sports. One of the St. Joe’s players, Mikayla (far right), had recently beat cancer. The parents of St. Joe’s players decided to challenge their girls - they would donate $2 towards cancer research for every 3-contact return (bump-setspike) the girls were able achieve.
THU NOV 7 - Meet Montini
FRI DEC 6 - MCHS Band Tour THU DEC 12 - Meet Montini
Our Grade School event calendar is FULL of engaging events for grade schoolers We kicked-off the 2013-2014 calendar with our annual Grade School Cross Country Stampede. This event saw over 400 area grade school kids from 12 teams join Montini Catholic for an afternoon of high tempo competition. Thanks to all who attended. GO BRONCOS!
The “4” that Coach Joe Schallmoser is showing the team represents the $400 that those young ladies helped raise. Mikayla’s goal was to raise $5000 and with the help of her team she was able to exceed that goal with over $5500 raised. Chris Pestel ‘99 Communications Coordinator
THU JAN 9 - Meet Montini - Placement Exam Registration & Pre-Test SAT JAN 11 - Placement Exam
WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR
Have you seen us?
St. Isaac Jogues, St. Scholastica, Our Lady of Peace, Holy Family, St. Isidore, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Butler Junior High, St. Joan of Arc, Washington Elementary, St. Phillip the Apostle, Sacred Heart (Lombard), Westchester Middle School, Holy Ghost, Notre Dame, Visitation, St. Mathew, St. John the Cross, St. James the Apostle, St. Petronille, St. Pius X, St. Mary of Gostyn, St. Raphael, Divine Infant, St. Alphonsus, St. Patrick, Ss. Peter & Paul, St. Andrew the Apostle, Ss. Cyril & Methodius, St. Alexander, St. Joseph (Downers Grove), St. Dominic, Holy Trinity, Hillside Middle School, All Saints, St. Francis Xavier, St. Cleutus, Sacred Heart (Melrose Park).
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