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Guide to

Getting Involved at St. Thomas

Kathy Merkl(left), St. Agnes Academy ‘14 and TJ Martin ‘13 (right) profess their love to Merkl’s skeptical father, Tevye, played by Gabriel Gaucin ‘13 during the spring production of Fiddler on the Roof. Four performances of the musical took place before enormous crowds and drew rave reviews. ON THE COVER: Members of the 2013 Round-Up board celebrate the raffle ticket sale record being broken. (Top). The football team celebrates the stirring win over Strake Jesuit (Bottom). Photos courtesy of STH Publications Staff. Design and Layout by STH Communications.

Getting Involved at St. Thomas Dear Parents, Welcome to St. Thomas High School! I have the honor of serving as the second president of this school. Though I am only one year into my tenure as the head of school, my involvement in the St. Thomas community extends almost a decade. I have had the privilege of getting involved with many of the events that are fixtures on our calendar, including the annual auction gala and my personal favorite, Round-Up. I would like to invite you to join me in getting involved during your son’s time as a student here and beyond. I hope you will take a few moments and discover the ways that you can make a difference in the St. Thomas community with your time and talent. By accepting our invitation to get involved, we know that you will be further enriched by meeting new friends, learning more about St. Thomas High School, and deepening your appreciation for the Basilian tradition of teaching young men Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge. St. Thomas High School is a vibrant community that exists because of you, our dedicated and loyal parents. The selflessness of our parents when it comes to volunteering is truly inspiring. We rely on you to advance our sacred mission and to enable the school to continue the success the students here have enjoyed for over a century. Please join my distinguished colleagues and me in continuing the great tradition of Texas’ oldest Catholic boys school! Yours in Christ,

Rev. Kevin Storey, C.S.B. President

GET INVOLVED WITH MOTHERS’ CLUB Join the Mothers’ Club For over 80 years, the members of the Mothers’ Club have provided support and hospitality at events throughout the school year. The club meets monthly, when school is in session, and its participation in school events fosters community building and unity. There is no membership fee to join and all mothers are welcome to attend the Welcome Tea on Sunday, August 11 at noon in Cemo Auditorium. The Mothers’ Club President is Lisa Zook and she can be contacted at Among the volunteering opportunities for members of the Mothers’ Club this year are: • Freshman/Transfer Orientation • Back to School Night • National Honor Society Induction • Open House • Mother-Son Mass • HSPT Entrance Exam • New Student Registration • Mentor Mom Program • Junior Ring Mass • Style Show/Luncheon • Academic Awards • Baccalaureate Mass

GET INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY MOTHERS’ CLUB CAMPUS MINISTRY Among the organizations that receive support from Mothers’ Club is Campus Ministry. This support includes assisting with Campus Ministry and Columbian Squires events that are held throughout the school year. MUSIC GUILD The Music Guild receives assistance from Mothers’ Club for hospitality after the fall and spring concerts. The Christmas concert is one of the most popular and enjoyable events of the school year. DRAMA GUILD The Drama Guild provides support for the two productions put on by the talented actors at St. Thomas and drama director Dan Green. The spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof, was widely hailed as the school’s best yet. STUDENT ACTIVITIES The Student Social Coordinators will work closely with Joe O’Brien, Director of Student Activities, to provide assistance with school dances and activities like “Walk-A-Thon” and “Movie on the Field.” EAGLE BASKETS Over the last few years, the demand for St. Thomas themed baskets at auctions and galas around the Archdiocese has skyrocketed. The mothers on this committee will work with the admissions staff to assemble the baskets for events throughout the year. EAGLE TREATS Three times a month, the members of this committee coordinate volunteers to bring in snacks and refreshments for the faculty and staff. MENTOR MOMS The members of this committee organize events for mothers of incoming freshmen every spring. These moms work tirelessly during the summer to ensure that all new members are welcomed into the St. Thomas community. MOMS IN PRAYER This group meets weekly to share and express love for the families and men of St. Thomas. ROOM PARENTS These committee members coordinate information delivery to individual room parents in each grade. The members of the committee will solicit parents for items throughout the school year, especially for major events sponsored by Mothers’ Club.

GET INVOLVED WITH BOOSTER CLUB The St. Thomas Booster Club is a group of parents, alumni, and friends organized to promote, assist and financially support the athletic programs of St. Thomas High School. Activities are led by the board under the guidance of the school principal and the athletic director. Each year, the Booster Club makes a significant financial contribution to the Athletic Department with the money raised through a variety of activities. The three main fundraisers are: • Eagles’ Pride Sports Magazine • Concession Stands • Merchandise Sales The Booster Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, with the first meeting scheduled for August 13. There is no fee to be a Booster Club member and all parents are welcome to join the organization. For the third consecutive year, the Booster Club will organize “Meet the Coaches” night on August 20 in Granger Stadium. All parents will have the opportunity to meet the head coaches of each athletic squad. The Booster Club also sponsors the banquets for fall, winter and spring sports, held in December, March and May. In 2012-2013, theOVAL St.Rubric Thomas athletic program finished first among STHS EAGLE all boys schools in the TAPPS Henderson Cup rankings for the third PMSyear. color matching system consecutive Much of the success our teams have enjoyed can be PMS 185 attributed to the Booster Club, whose members have worked tirelessly to PMS 484 raise funds for uniforms, apparel, buses and more. black PMS 649

PMS 4535 For more information about the Booster Club, contact Jerold Sauter, white Booster Club President, at

THE ST. THOMAS ANNUAL FUND Each year, there is a gap between the tuition at St. Thomas High School and the actual cost of educating your son. The St. Thomas Annual Fund provides the foundation for our fundraising efforts, with 100% of the proceeds going to maintain the affordability of our tuition. Who participates in the St. Thomas Annual Fund? Everyone is invited to participate. In 2012-2013, we had 100% participation from the faculty and staff. Current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents and friends all contribute. The goal for the current school year is for 100% of parents to participate. How can I give? Every parent will receive a solicitation in September. You may send that back, or you can make an online donation at Contact Tiffani Kimball, Director of Annual Fund, with any inquries at (713) 341-5556.


In the fall, the annual Auction Gala is held in Cemo Auditorium and Reckling Gymnasium. The theme for the 2013 event is “Casino Royale” and it is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2013. With dozens of silent auction items and a host of star studded live auction items, the event figures to build on the success continued in 2012. Last year’s auction gala raised over $375,000. For underwriting opportunities, please contact Michelle Herrera at


Jubilant students implore Fr. Fulton for an extra holiday after breaking the record for Round-Up raffle ticket sales

A strong sense of service and tradition permeates the St. Thomas community. Each spring, the community becomes focused on Round-Up. Students sell raffle tickets, with 100% of the proceeds going to tuition assistance. They are keenly aware that many of their classmates would not be able to attend St. Thomas High School without financial aid. Over $1.6 million in financial aid was distributed for the 2012-2013 school year, and roughly 25% of those funds came directly from RoundUp. The record for raffle ticket sales was broken for the 10th consecutive year in 2013, with the students selling over $420,000 worth of tickets! On Round-Up Sunday itself, the campus is full of carnival rides and games, while dining options and entertainment abound. Students earn incentives for raffle ticket sales, such as trips to Schlitterbahn and Dave & Buster’s, as well as receiving days off in the month of April. Volunteering and sponsorship opportunities are available for Round-Up. Information will be distributed at the Mothers’ Club Welcome Tea, and the first Round-Up committee meeting will take place in November. Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved in one of the most exciting events of the school year!

OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED September 2013 St. Thomas Annual Fund is launched with the Basilian Tradition Breakfast in Cemo Auditorium on August 25. Invitations will be mailed to all current parents. The goal for the 2013-14 St. Thomas Annual Fund is $800,000 and 100% participation among parents. November 2013 Annual Auction Gala is scheduled for November 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM in Cemo Auditorium and Reckling Gymnasium. Underwriting opportunities are available for the event. Proceeds from the Auction Gala go to the St. Thomas operating fund, and the event set a record for amount raised last year. December 2013 Mothers’ Club Christmas Fund is accumulated in early December by members of that committee. The Christmas Fund is divided evenly by all faculty and staff members at St. Thomas High School. January 2014 Raffle tickets for Round-Up are distributed to students on January 24. This kicks off the six week lead-up to the event on March 2. All funds raised from the Round-Up raffle go towards Tuition Assistance. April 2014 The annual STH Golf Tournament will be held on April 9, 2013 at Blackhorse Golf Club. The event brings together current parents, alumni and friends within the St. Thomas community. Golf Tournament proceeds go to the Jimmy Burke Endowed Scholarship and the St. Thomas Athletic Department. April 2014 Just weeks before graduation, Senior mothers are given an opportunity to participate in the annual Mothers’ Club Style Show & Luncheon. The event will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014. All proceeds go to the Mothers’ Club Scholarship.

PARENT LEADERSHIP St. Thomas Annual Fund Chairpersons: Steve and Paula Winter Mothers’ Club Lisa Zook, Christi Quinn, Nickie Bounds, Rogena Sauter, Rebecca Rose Booster Club Jerold Sauter, Bill Rose, Chris Seeman, MaryCarol Hoesel Auction Michelle Herrera, Sylvia Herrera Round-Up Ashlyn Hall, Dawn McCarthy, Christy Wheeler Style Show Katherine Brady, Sally Farley, Lisa O’Connor, Michelle Williamson

Some members of the Class of 1952 celebrate at their reunion in October

2013-2014 Important dates August 12-15 August 11 August 13 August 15 August 21 August 25 August 28 September 12 October 1 October 9 October 11-13 October 15/17 October 18-19 October 23 October 25 November 1 November 2 November 10 November 19 November 26 December 6 December 12 Dec 21-Jan 5 January 10-12 January 23 January 28 March 2 March 5 March 12 March 17-21 March 21-24 April 6 April 8 April 9 April 23 April 25-26 April 25 April 26 May 6 May 23 May 24

Breakfast with the President (New/Freshman families) Mothers’ Club Tea & Opening Meeting Booster Club Meeting Opening School Mass Back to School Night Basilian Tradition Breakfast Freshman Parent Night Founders’ Day Father-Son Mass National Honor Society Induction Catholic School College Fair Fall Drama Production Parent-Teacher Conferences Alumni Weekend Freshman Conversations that Count Homecoming All Saints Mass Annual Auction and Gala Open House for Prospective Students Hot Art/Cool Jazz Expo Thanksgiving Prayer Service Christmas Concert Mother-Son Mass Christmas Holiday Father-Son Retreat Scholarship Breakfast Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas Mass Round-Up All School Mass; Ash Wednesday Parent-Teacher Conferences Spring Break Spring Drama Production Junior Ring Mass Incoming Freshman Registration STH Golf Tournament Academic Awards Assembly Junior High Speech Tournament Mothers’ Club Style Show Hall of Honor Induction Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge Society Dinner Baccalaureate Mass Commencement Exercises

Dates subject to change. Please check the calendar at

Sths getting involved booklet 2013  
Sths getting involved booklet 2013