Luis Reinoso '85, Management Officer with the U.S. Consulate General in Recife, Brazil, spoke to Dr. VanLandingham's AP Government Class on Monday about his job with the foreign service. The students found his presentation very interesting and had many questions. Many thanks to Officer Reinoso for sharing his insights and expertise with our students.
Congratulations to Senior Margaret Barbour who has been selected to the 2020 OklahomaAll-State Orchestra. The selection of instrumentalists was made through an audition process that included orchestra players from throughout the state. Margaret is one of only 40 violinists chosen.
The All-State Orchestra concert will be held in January 2020 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
MyCascia will be turned off beginning Monday, December 16 during semester exams and Christmas break to allow teachers to grade exams and enter semester grades. MyCascia will be available again January 7, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.
At the Oologah tournament last weekend, the CH Speech and Debate Team placed second as a team and picked up eight new qualifications to regionals, more than doubling their total going into the tournament. Outstanding performances included:
Today our AP European History classes bid farewell to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Sarah Jackson portrayed a bereft Josephine Bonaparte, while Luke Baber was a more composed Pope Pius VII who was very diplomatic about his parting words to Napoleon. Admiral Horatio Nelson (Travis Guillory) treated us all to a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace and although Nelson was a great adversary of Napoleon he still recognized him as a great military General. Alex-Marie Constable found it hard to contain herself as she said Au Revoir to the man who allowed her to return to France and reclaim her position as part of the French aristocracy. And finally, as a French newspaper editor, Trace Van Pelt did not have any tears for the man who introduced harsh censorship and closed all but 4 newspapers in France. During his reign, Napoleon disregarded many freedoms gained during the French Revolution and used his secret police to imprison many political opponents.
So, love him or hate him, friend or foe, hopefully, none of these AP European History students will ever forget - Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French who died May 5th, 1821.
Middle school basketball photos will take place on Thursday, December 12 after school in the Middle School gym. Each player will get an individual photo, and we will take a team picture as well. The students will need their jersey and shorts for the photos.
Cascia Hall families do it again! The Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Toy Drive will receive over 120 gift packages for their families! Check out how full the bus was with all the gifts! AMAZING! Thank you Cascia community for giving from the heart!
On November 27, 2019, the United States Archery Association announced the athletes invited to participate in the 2020 Regional Elite Development (RED) Program, and 7th grader Lydia Murphy was included. Lydia is one of 11 young ladies between the ages of 13 and 17 selected to represent the South RED Team (Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana).
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving Food Drive. In the Upper School, Rita House received the most points. In the Middle School, the 6th grade was in the first place. Every House and grade contributed and received points. The donations were very generous and will go far to serve the clients of the Community Food Bank.
Cascia's select vocal ensemble and Upper School handbells performed out in the Tulsa community on December 2. The groups brought Christmas music to residents at Methodist Manor and St. Simeons. Before and after each performance our Cascia students visited with the senior residents at these communities. It was a wonderful experience for all.
Three varsity wrestlers competed in the Edmond Pre-Season Open on November 27. Junior Eli Griffin kicked off his quest for a third state title, going unscored-on in four matches in a tough field. Junior Jed Wagner won three matches in the heavyweight division, and freshman Zamar Gardner finished third. Varsity competition begins next week when the wrestlers visit Berryhill.
Senior Payton Wooster won first place in the Kristallnacht art contest and sophomore Kaylee Do received an Honorable Mention. This contest was sponsored by the Council for Holocaust Education. Nancy Petus of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa gave a presentation in art class about Kristallnacht "the night of broken glass," and students then illustrated their interpretation.
Author, Anna Myers, was invited to speak to 7th and 8th-grade students regarding her book, Tulsa Burning. After her talk on Thursday, she was presented with a gift of appreciation by LMC Director Mrs. Joan Hubble.
It's not too late to register your team for the Chili Cook-off on December 6 at the Tree Lot. This competition is sure to be lots of fun and full of suspense--who will be the People's Choice! Get out your favorite, award-winning recipe and register now at www.casciahall.com/walk!
It’s time once again for the annual Cascia Hall Choral Christmas Concert! This treasured Cascia tradition features both Upper School and Middle School students. The concert is on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm in the Cascia PAC. As always, it is free and open to the public so join us for a night of celebrating Christmas music from around the world!
Parents of choral students: Please read important instructions for your students.
Please join us Monday, December 9 at 7 pm in the Scianna PAC for the annual Instrumental Christmas concert, featuring the US Beginning Guitar students, the US and MS Handbell Choirs, and AC Amplified, a student performance group. Soundcheck on stage is 5:30 pm for AC Amplified, 6 pm for handbells, and 6:15 pm for guitars. Dress code is nice jeans or khakis with button-down shirts or Christmas sweaters.
The votes are in. Kate Dreyer was named to the First Team and Luke Lawson was named to the Second Team of the 3A Preseason All-Vype Basketball Teams. They were both featured in the Vype Basketball Preview.
The Middle School Strength & Conditioning program is open to all Cascia Hall Middle School students who are interested in developing the fundamentals of proper athletic training while having fun in a team-oriented setting. The cost is $80 per student per month. Follow the link below to register for the next session. Please direct your questions to Coach Jared St. John or contact him via the program's GroupMe.
We would like to tell you about the National Honor Society (NHS) toy drive for Catholic Charities. The St. Nicholas Toy Drive is in its 15th year at Catholic Charities. This program has served over 300 families and as many as 900 children each year. Last year, Cascia students provided 125 children with Christmas gifts.
Come one, come all to the Old Fashion Christmas Tree Lot. What a great way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
The Cascia Hall Christmas Tree Lot opens on Friday, November 30 and will include Santa's Village, sponsored by The Children's Hospital at St. Francis, and will feature a kids' zone with lots of activities such as:
The Christmas Walk committee is looking for student volunteers to offer their musical talents for this year's Christmas Walk. Traditionally, the students volunteer (for service hours) to play their musical instruments for a two-hour shift. For more information and to sign up, please contact Jessica Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Luke Lawson has been nominated for Player of the Month in the Tulsa Private School Pre-Season Boys Basketball Poll, presented by Tulsa Bone & Joint. The winner will be featured in the next issue of VYPE.
Congratulations to the Cascia Commando Football team which finished third in the District (6 - 1) and is headed to the State Championship playoffs which begin Friday, November 15 against Checotah at 7 pm at Checotah. If you can't make the game, you can watch it at https://www.casciahall.com/athletics/live-stream
Congratulations to Senior Kate Dreyer who signed a national letter of intent today to play soccer for KU next year. She is pictured here with her immediate family, Mark Dreyer, Sandra Jarvis, and Morgan Dreyer '15, and Head Coach Todd Pemberton.
The Key Club is sponsoring a Food Drive from November 14-21. Each house will be assigned a category of food to bring. The winning houses will receive house points. The foods assigned to each house are:
Augustine: Canned Protein
Tack: Allergy Free Foods
Villanova: Peanut Butter and Jelly
Driscoll: Rice and Pasta
Perez: Canned Fruit
Rita: Canned Vegetables
Malvern: Canned Pasta and Canned Pasta Sauce
Monica: Prepared Meals (Mac and Cheese, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
Let us give generously to stock the food bank shelves!
Congratulations to the Commando Football Team which won its game on Thursday night 42 - 7. Read all about it in the Tulsa World. They are now headed to the State Championship playoffs which begin on Friday.
Mrs. Savage has just lost her husband but gained his whole fortune. Her three grown stepchildren consider themselves entitled to this fortune and are furious to find that she has sold all shares in all companies and hidden 10 million in bonds somewhere only she knows.
The Route 66 Marathon is on Sunday, November 24. Over 12,000 runners will be stopping for water and Gatorade on our campus! We need adult volunteers! Workers are needed for four hours in the morning. Register here to volunteer.Thank you!
Cascia Hall Senior Kate Dreyer has been nominated for Player of the Month in the Tulsa Private Schools Preseason Girls' Basketball Poll. Follow this link to vote for this outstanding CH athlete. Voting ends on November 12 at 8 pm. The winner of the poll will be featured in the next issue of VYPE.
Congratulations to Cascia junior Travis Guillory who was awarded 3rd place last weekend in the upper high school division of the NATS Texoma Regional Vocal Competition, held this year at the University of North Texas.
Junior and senior Minimester forms are due to Mrs. Coleman by Thursday, November 14.
If your student is interested in working with a Caritas Project partner, please ask them to speak to Mrs. Leighty. If your student has any questions about career exploration, please ask them to speak with Mrs. Coleman.
Middle School Art Club students created an altar for Day of the Dead this year to honor Marvel Comic creator Stan Lee. Fr. Medina blessed all of the altars on Friday, November 1 at Living Arts’s Day of the Dead Festival. All of the altars will remain on display at Living Arts for the month of November.
On Thursday, the Spanish students celebrated Day of the Dead with a special Mexican food lunch in the US gym foyer where they displayed their ofrendas. An ofrenda (Spanish: "offering") is a collection of objects placed on a ritual display during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de Muertos celebration.
The Key Club is sponsoring a sock drive next week November (4-8). Anyone who donates new socks will receive a coupon for a free cookie in the dining hall. The socks will be delivered to the Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children (one of our Caritas partners). They are often low on clothing for teens, so adult-sized socks would be most preferred.
In recognition of Mix-it-Up Week, students may wear an appropriate Halloween costume to school on Thursday, October 31. Candy grams/boo grams sold on Tuesday and Wednesday will be delivered on Thursday. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Catholic Charities.
In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, representatives from OperationAware spoke to 6th and 7th graders in their Theology classes on Wednesday. Students learned about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and vaping.
In recognition of Red Ribbon Week and Mix-It-Up Week, students who bring a donation for the missions will be allowed to wear Spirit Dress on Friday. In honor of All Saints Day, a school Mass will be celebrated in St. Rita Chapel.
Please join us for a CPFA meeting on Wednesday, November 6. Lunch will be provided for the noon meeting in the Brecht Center. Parents of Middle and Upper School students are welcome and encouraged to attend!
The Driscoll Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Cascia Hall Middle School was established in 1986 to recognize those students who embody the qualities of good character, scholarship, service, citizenship, and leadership as defined by the national organization.
Cascia is once again a volunteer partner for the Route 66 Marathon which will take place on Sunday, November 24. This world-renowned race is sold out with over 12,000 participants from every state and all over the world. Our campus is the first Gatorade/water stop again, and we need a LOT of volunteers (students AND adults) at the water tables, holding the "speed bump" posters, and cheering on the runners.
The Middle School book club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at lunch in the Brecht Center and all are encouraged to participate. The club members review books, give book reviews, and always have special treats in addition to lunch.
Hi Everyone!! It's that time of the year! Ginger Neely Kollmann and Kelly Mize Holley are partnering to bring you the best boutique at the 2019 Cascia Christmas Walk! This year's CCW will be unique because there are a lot of new events planned.
Library Directors braved the cold, rainy weather to hear author, Jennifer Latham of Dreamland Burning, at a meeting hosted by Mrs. Joan Hubble (Library Media Center Director) at Cascia Hall on Thursday, October 24, 2019. A few of those attending are shown here with Ms. Latham.
Ediblend will be at Cascia on Tuesdays during lunch, and we couldn’t be more excited! Ediblend will provide 8 ounce Acai Bowls (Original and Tropical) at $5 each. Students can pay through their Cascia lunch accounts!
We want to give our current CH 8th graders the chance to sign up to spend a shadow day with a CH 9th grader. Students who shadow will experience 9th-grade classes and eat lunch with the upper school students. This is a wonderful opportunity to see our Upper School and get exposure to upper-level classes. Please respond to Jane Easley at email@example.com to schedule the shadow day.
Cascia student Lexie Raley recently received notification that she was selected to be part of the Carnegie Hall Honors Chorus. Lexie prepared a recorded audition of two classical works (one in English and one in Italian) for this audition.
Santa's Village will have many family-friendly activities.
Sponsored by The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis
At the Tree Lot, pick out your favorite wreath or Fraser Fir tree (over 200 to choose from). Start or add to your customized CH Radko Christmas ornament collection, or shop in the Commando Gift section. See the following schedule:
The Middle School Strength & Conditioning program is open to all Cascia Hall Middle School students who are interested in developing the fundamentals of proper athletic training while having fun in a team-oriented setting.
There will be a basketball parent meeting on October 23 at 6:00 pm. Girls teams will meet in the dining hall and boys teams will meet in the US gym. Parents will hear from the varsity coach and then their respective team coaches. This is for Middle School and Upper School teams.
There will be an important Minimester meeting during break for juniors (Wednesday, October 23) and seniors (Monday, October 21). This is a mandatory meeting. Students will receive forms and guidelines regarding internships and Caritas opportunities. Forms are due to Mrs. Coleman by November 14. Contact Mrs. Coleman with any questions.
The 8th Grade Retreat will be on Friday, October 25. Students should arrive at school by 8:00 am to be transported by bus to Shepherd's Fold Ranch for their retreat. The dress code is Spirit Dress, and lunch will be provided. Students will be ready for pickup at the school at 3:00 pm. The attached release form must be completed and returned to the Campus Ministry Office by tomorrow (Thursday).
Please join us for the Middle School Tailgate on Tuesday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. as we cheer on the 7th/8th-grade football team against Metro. Mangiamo, T Town Gourmet, and Not Your Grandma's Cupcakes food trucks will be on site. There will also be an inflatable obstacle course to enjoy. The game will begin at 6:00 pm.
Cascia Middle School Cross Country team finished their season strong at the Edison Cross Country Meet on Saturday. Five boys placed in the top 20 and received medals and all three girls received medals.
Ryan Tupps (Class of '99) was recently awarded 2nd place in the Metro 50, a list of fastest-growing companies in Oklahoma City, awarded by the OKC Chamber. His business, the Right Strategy Group, has won other high-profile awards, including two Pollie Awards from the AAPC, as well as seven Reed Awards from Campaign & Elections magazine. Ryan lives in OKC with his wife and two children.
Bishop David Konderla presided at a service on Thursday evening at TU’s Newman Center at which Victoria Bonham ’18 was Confirmed and Logan Guthrie ’18 received his First Communion and Confirmation. Fr. Philip Cook was the sponsor for Victoria, and Mr. Adam Stoermer sponsored Logan.
Sunday is the last day to register for the Ladies Doubles Tennis Classic on Monday, October 21. There are still a few slots open at every level, and we would love to have full brackets for a day full of fun!
Friday, December 6, 2019 5:00 - 9:00 pm at the Tree Lot
Do you think your chili is the best? Then show off your secret recipe at the Cascia Hall Chili Cook-off. The team entry is $250 and tasting tickets are $5. Music will be provided by the Gemstar Caribbean Steel Band.
Congratulations to the General Chorus and Command Performance groups, Mrs. Coonfield, and Ms. Smith for an excellent US Choral Concert last night! Celyn Grigson '18, who is studying music at TU, conducted the final selection.
Twenty-four students (35%) from the Class of 2020 have scored a 30 or higher on their ACT. That is very close to a perfect score of 36. A breakdown of the results are: 8 students scored a 30; 4 students scored a 31; 5 scored a 32; 3 scored a 34.
DID YOU KNOW? Last school year, 162 students took a total of 347 AP exams, and 75.8% of them scored a 3 or higher. Depending on their college choices, those scores could result in college credit for many of the students!
Congratulations to Cascia junior Travis Guillory who competed at the Schmidt Vocal Competition in Waco, Texas this past weekend. This prestigious vocal competition is only held at a few select locations across the United States.
Friday, October 4 was the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. In honor of his feast day, the traditional Middle School Pet Blessing Ceremony was held on Thursday at the end of the school day.
If your student would like a retake, please have him/her return the portrait package that you received.
Students will be given an additional online order code to take home in case you would still like to purchase a package and did NOT do so in August. Portraits will be available online for viewing within a couple of weeks, but you will need the code that comes home with them.
Fall is finally here, which means it's time once again for the Upper School Fall Choral Concert! Please join us for an evening of fabulous music as our general chorus and select ensemble students perform a variety of music, including musical theater, pop, gospel, and much more! The concert will take place on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm in the Cascia PAC.
The League of Exceptional Players, special needs tennis camp, was held this past weekend, at LaFortune Park Tennis Center. With the assistance of several “Buddy” volunteers, including four Cascia students, 18 participants were able to enjoy the camp. Junior Kate Jackson volunteered all 3 days, making a new friend. Also volunteering were Freshmen Lydia Hoose and Cross Carter (not pictured) and Junior Grace Ahlfenger (not pictured). Upper School’s Tennis Assistant, Coach Moore, is the League’s Tennis Advisor.
Join Coach Jones on October 10 at 6:30 pm in the US Gym to learn about Cascia Hall’s esteemed wrestling program.
Did you know? The CH wrestling program has won two Academic State Championships and been 2nd in the State five times in its brief history. And, 80% of the programs' finishes have been in the top five teams in the state.
Each year, 10 North American Augustinian schools rotate hosting the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI). This year Cascia Hall will be hosting the 11th annual SAVI gathering October 4-6. Sophomores (who have applied and been selected to represent their prospective schools) and faculty will share ideas and create Augustinian Community throughout the weekend. To prepare for the guests, the school will be dismissed at noon on Friday, October 4. Please welcome the students and faculty from:
As a partner in your child’s education, we are pleased to announce the freshmen will be taking the PreACT on Wednesday, October 16. This is a paper-based test patterned after the ACT, using the same types of test questions, same score scale, and same format. It will be an outstanding practice opportunity for the ACT as well as provide excellent information for our students, parents, and faculty.
Tuesday morning we celebrated the Middle School Blazer Ceremony for new students and the first day of Full Dress for all students. Middle School Chaplain, Fr. Stephen Isley, O.S.A., and Upper School students shared the meaning of the Augustinian values—Truth, Unity, and Love—emblazoned on the school patches. New students were encouraged to embrace those values as they donned their blazers for the first time.
On Upper School testing day (Wednesday, October 16) sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT (preliminary SAT). The PSAT is the qualifying test for juniors for National Merit Scholarship consideration. The following are a few important items to remember regarding testing day:
The required parent meeting for Upper School boys and girls soccer will be held on Tuesday, October 22 in the Dining Hall. The boys' parent meeting will take place at 6:00 pm and the girls' meeting will be at 7:30 pm. Questions regarding boys soccer should be directed to Coach Huerta at firstname.lastname@example.org, and questions regarding girls soccer should go to Coach Pemberton at email@example.com.
Over the weekend, the debate team attended the Edmond North debate tournament where Carson Jones won second place and secured a spot at the regional tournament in March. Up next for the team is the Jenks tournament this weekend.
Mrs. Mary Ellliott's 8th grade English students will travel to the Mabee Center on Wednesday morning, October 9, to enjoy a dramatic presentation by Boston's Chamber Theater Productions of five classic short stories. "The famous tales of Poe, Twain, Irving, and de Maupassant make for a great live theater experience for the students," said Mrs. Elliott. "This has been a traditional 8th-grade outing for more than 30 years, and it's superb every year," she added.
Katie McKee '00 is an executive publicist in New York City. She spoke in a special assembly to some English students on Friday about her time at Cascia, her college/career path, and her life now working with famous authors, including Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing.
Brie Wright, CEO of the organization Real Understanding of Bullying and Suicide, was on campus today for a surprise presentation to senior Kaela Verner. Kaela was chosen to receive the Ivy L.Newsome Scholarship for college. She and other scholarship recipients will be honored at a gala in April. "Your video was superb, and your application was stellar," said Mrs. Wright while congratulating Kaela for her accomplishment.
Full Dress will begin for all students on Tuesday, October 1. Dress shirts and blazers will be required, and young men will wear ties. A complete description of the Cascia Hall Dress Code can be found at the back of the Student Handbook, which is available on the Resource Board under myCascia.
Cascia Hall will be hosting the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI) the weekend of October 4 - 6. To allow time to prepare for the event, the school will dismiss at noon on Friday, October 4. And, there will be a late start (8:50 am) on Monday, October 7 to allow the numerous faculty/staff and students involved in the event time to regroup.
On Thursday, September 26, the Library Media Center hosted local author, Mrs. Jennifer Latham, whose most recent work, Dreamland Burning is based on the Tulsa race massacre of 1921. Following her presentations to English and Social Studies classes, students asked many questions and brought their books to be autographed. Dreamland Burning was a summer reading requirement for freshman students.
Sophomore parents are invited to the October 4th tailgate prior to our home game against Jay. Parents are invited to help host this school-wide tailgate, but also to have social time together at our own designated area. The tailgate begins at 5:00 and ends by 6:30 p.m.
Contact Natalie Claflin (918-706-0556) or Cindie Milford (918-625-7255) if you would be able to help set up, clean up, or help on the food line.
Congratulations to senior Deborah Agorua who has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 PSAT.
Upper School soccer tryouts will take place on October 13 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Any girl interested in playing is required to be at the tryout at the football field. Contact Coach Todd Pemberton at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If your daughter participated in the Cheer Camp this past summer, mark your calendar for October 4. Your daughter is invited to eat pizza and cheer with the varsity cheer team. Check in with the varsity cheer team at 5:00 pm in the Upper School gym lobby. Contact Carla Fox (email@example.com) or Coach Michelle Capps (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Full Dress will begin on October 1. Students will begin wearing dress shirts and blazers, and the young men will wear ties. The full Dress Code description can be found in the back of the Student Handbook on the Resource Board.
Congratulations to the Cross Country teams: Both the girls and boys teams placed first at the Cleveland meet on Thursday! For the girls team, Sophie Pazzo was first overall, Annabel Hubner was second, and Styrling Murray came in fourth. Joe Kelly was first overall for the boys!
Friday's dress theme was NAVY NATION. Everyone wore their Homecoming T-Shirt or Navy clothing. There was a pep rally in the afternoon and an all-school/alumni cookout before the game. Fans created a huge walk-of-fame tunnel for the Commandos as they marched onto the field to take on Millwood.
The Middle School Strength & Conditioning program is open to all Cascia Hall Middle School students who are interested in developing the fundamentals of proper athletic training while having fun in a team-oriented setting. The cost is $80 per student per month. Follow the link below to register for the October session. Please direct your questions to Coach Jared St. John or contact him via the program's GroupMe.
Junior Travis Guillory was selected as a national finalist in the CS Music Online Summer Competition. High School students from around the U.S. submitted videos of prepared classical works to a panel of judges. Travis was selected as one of the nine finalists and is now up for an audience choice award. Click on the link below to vote by September 25! You have to create an account to vote, but membership is free. Travis will be competing in some larger vocal competitions over the next few months, so stay tuned! Click on "Read More" for voting instructions.
Congratulations to Sophie Pazzo who was accepted to three diversity fly-in programs (Smith College, Haverford, and Bates). The selection criteria were academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. These are all-expense-paid trips by the schools and are designed for student populations who might be underrepresented on their campuses. For example, the Bates coach mentioned that Sophie would be their first-ever Oklahoma athlete at the program should she choose to attend.
Do you have photos of Hall Brawl, HoCo, games, or other Cascia activities that you would like to see in the yearbook? Send them to the YEARBOOK STAFF! You can email them to email@example.com or get the Replay It app on your phone. This app will allow you to upload images directly from your photo album to our yearbook staff.
Tuesday was Senior Retreat Day. The seniors all met in the morning with special guest speaker Keith Hawkins. After a special out-to-lunch, they met in small groups for discussion, had the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and joined in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Middle School students have all been assigned a color to wear for the field day on Wednesday, September 18. Please help your student comply with the dress code for that day by wearing the color he/she was assigned. Thank you.
The Upper School ramp doors will open at 7:00 pm. There will be no admittance after 7:30. The dance will be in the upper level of the Dining Hall and will be over at 8:30 pm. The cost at the door will be $10 each, and the dress will be semi-formal. All guest forms must be received from guest's school by Wednesday, September 18 at 3:30 pm.
Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the 9/11 Memorial this morning to pray for those tragically affected by the 9/11 disaster. For the last 17 years, Cascia Hall students have commemorated the 9/11 attacks by placing one flag for each person who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Put on your favorite Cascia gear and come on out to cheer on your Commandos at all these athletic events:
Thursday, September 12 JV/Varsity Volleyball v. East Central 4:00 pm/5:00 pm
Friday, September 13 Varsity Volleyball @ Lincoln Tournament
Saturday, September 14 JV/Varsity Volleyball @ Owasso Tournament MS Cross Country @ OBU Invitational Varsity Cross Country @ OBU Invitational 1:00 pm - 6th Volleyball White vs Monte White @ All Saints 3:30 pm - 6th Football @ Pryor
Parents of Seniors: Please join us on Wednesday, October 2 at 6 pm in the Brecht Center for an information session regarding the financial aid process and FAFSA. There will be reps from OU, OSU, and TU to answer questions after the presentation.
Please invite family and friends interested in Cascia Hall to join us for Open House on Sunday, September 29 from 1-3 pm. Cascia Hall students will be tour guides and take interested families on a tour of the campus to meet faculty and staff as well as have a delicious snack in the Dining Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Makala Welsh, Director of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-746-2604.
You are invited to attend the Cascia Hall Blazer Ceremony, honoring all the new Middle School students, on Tuesday, October 1st at 8:05 am in St. Rita Chapel. All students need to wear oxford shirts, ties (young men), and blazers with the Cascia patch. Members of the 2020 Senior Class will present the blazers to all new students.
GO for Catholic Schools (“GO”) is a tool that gives Oklahoma taxpayers the power to proactively reallocate a portion of their state income taxes (that must be paid anyway) to benefit the Catholic schools of their choice. For more information, please visit the website: www.GOforcatholicschools.com
Thank you to all of the parents, students and extended family members and friends who participated in the blood drive last Friday. We more than doubled the goal for donations set by the Red Cross. They did not count on the giving Cascia Spirit that we in our community know so well. We received over 40 donations of blood, and two students even gave double red blood cells! What a wonderful way to kick off the Fall season!
On September 22, there will be boys basketball tryouts for the freshmen and new Upper School students. The tryouts will take place in the US gym from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. If you have any questions please contact Danny Hightower at email@example.com
Homecoming Dance guest forms will be available in the Campus Ministry office on Tuesday, September 3. All Completed forms are due back, scanned and emailed or faxed from your guest's school, by Wednesday before the dance.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Scianna Performing Arts Center
5:30 p.m. - Reception 5:45 p.m. - General Meeting 5:55 p.m. - Parents will travel to their children' s classrooms for 10 minutes each with 5 minutes passing time in between. Schedules will be available in the PAC lobby.
Exploring Education Excellence Admissions counselors from five schools will be visiting Tulsa on September 8, 2019, at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Doubletree. The following colleges will be represented: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, and The University of Chicago. Please register if you will be attending.
The deadline for ordering your Homecoming T-Shirt is midnight on Sunday, August 25. The Homecoming football game will be Friday, September 20 against Millwood at 7 pm. Students may wear their Homecoming T-Shirts to school on game day and to the game.
Any student who is not currently in a fall sport is welcome to join the Cross Country Team. Practices are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday right after school until 5:00 pm. Please contact Coach Adam Stoermer with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late Night Library is held every Monday evening and is open until 8:00 pm. This is a great time to read, study, meet for group projects, and peer tutoring. Late Night Library is not held when there is no school on Mondays. Join us for Late Night Library!
TUNNEL Cascia Hall fans will be creating a tunnel for the football players! Meet by the field entrance by 6:40 pm to line up and cheer on your Commando Football players!
GAME Cascia vs. Gravette on Friday, August 30, 7:00 pm The theme chosen by the students for the game is "Drop it like it's Yacht" (preppy). Outfit ideas include white button-up shirts or vineyard vine-like attire. Let's just see who will be the preppiest fan.
The game will be live-streamed for those Commando fans who can't attend but don't want to miss the game. Go to www.casciahall.com/athletics.
TAILGATE Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served while they last from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
STUCO (Student Council) is hosting an All-School Food Truck Night on Saturday, August 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the monastery parking lot. All students in grades 6–12 are invited, as well as faculty/staff. Bring cash for the food trucks. See food truck information on the next page.
Junior Abby Darden and 8th-grader Spencer Loeffler (both next to the Tin Man) performed in The Wizard of Oz at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. The production ran for the first two weekends in August.
A new visitor parking area for guests to the Upper School has been completed on the exit drive east of the chapel. All visitors to the Upper School are asked to use those new parking spaces and avoid parking along the curb on the U-shaped drive off of Yorktown. The new spaces, which include two handicapped spots, are well marked, and appropriate signage is on the way. Hopefully, this will clear the drive of added congestion from parked cars. Thank you.
7:00 pm, September 12, 2019 Brecht Center Conference Room
Please join us for a presentation on mental health called Talk Saves Lives. This presentation will include helpful information on risk factors and warning signs that someone might be struggling and ideas on how to respond to make sure they are safe. Even if you don't have any current concerns, you'll want to attend so that you know the best ways to help someone if they are in need. Please park in the visitor parking area in front of the chapel.
Supervised study for after school will be in the library this year, rather than the dining hall. Hours will be 3:30 - 5:30 pm commencing tomorrow, August 14. Students are expected to remain in the library and be productive until they are picked up. Mr. Lochrie will be present during the entire time, and appropriate behavior will be required.
The entire community is invited to join us tomorrow morning to welcome the new and returning students to their first day back at school. Parents, faculty/staff, and students will be lining the sidewalk in front of the Middle School and the designated pathway in front of the Upper School to cheer on the students. Drinks and donuts will be served, So, come on out and join the fun, beginning at 7:00 am.
The freshman Back-to-School breakfasts are tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14 at 6:45 am (first day of school). The boys will be hosted at the Lai's home and the girls will be hosted at the Hornbrook's home.
Boys' Breakfast, August 14 at 6:45 am 2152 E 26th Place, Tulsa, OK 74114
Girls' Breakfast, August 14 at 6:45 am 1571 E 22nd Place, Tulsa, OK 74114
Senior Camryn Hurley took part in a two-week Investigative STEM Program at Newman University in June. Part of the program was writing a paper on ethics and science. Camryn received 2nd place on her paper about China’s social credit system.
Seventh-grader Maya Jacob recently attended Juilliard’s Summer Performing Arts School in Geneva, Switzerland to study voice and dance. Maya was one of only 23 gifted vocalists worldwide to be selected for the prestigious program. The two-week competitive program included intensive vocal and dance training with world-renowned faculty of top performing arts schools and graduates of The Juilliard School in NYC. Fifteen nationalities were represented. Maya enjoyed meeting like-minded young artists from around the globe.
Please check your email to RSVP to the Evite for the Freshman Boys' or Girls' Back-to-School Breakfasts. We don't want any student to be left out! As a reminder, the breakfasts will take place on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:45 am (first day of school). The boys will be hosted at the Lai's home and the girls will be hosted at the Hornbrook's home. Promptly at 7:40, the groups will join each other for the Cascia Welcome Walk. If you have not received the Evite, or have any other questions, please contact class coordinators (contact info below.)
An outline of the preliminary schedule of dress for the fall semester is as follows:
Relaxed dress - 8/14 - 9/30
Full dress - 10/1 - 12/13
Spirit Dress - Homecoming week, TBA
Please review the Student Handbook to gain an understanding of each of the parameters that apply to these different modes of dress -- each of the guidelines listed will be strictly enforced during the 2019-2020 school year.
Other important notes:
**In the event that a student has grown, parents should plan to have needed alterations completed prior to the beginning of the school year. (e.g. skirt length).
**if you have any questions regarding shoe compliance, you can send an inquiry (with a picture of the shoes if available) to the Dean of Students Mr. Jared St. John, email@example.com
Lexie Cuttler (2020) recently completed an intensive two-week summer writing program in New York City entitled Writing for Television: Inside the Writers Room. During the two weeks, she developed a “Look Book” for a new television series. It included a tag line, plot explanation, character development, and layout of episodes/seasons. On the last day, she pitched her idea to her instructor. The group also had time in the evening for extra activities. Lexie was seen on TV in the audience of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, but her favorite extra activity was visiting the largest book store in Manhattan!
For the first time ever, in conjunction with the annual Cascia Christmas Walk, there will be a Christmas Tree lot on campus. Place your order soon to reserve a tree and custom, commemorative ornament for your family.
Senior Camryn Hurley is in Sydney, Australia this week rehearsing and singing at the Sydney Opera House with the honors chorus. She has been preparing for the last two months with Mrs. Candy Coonfield, her Cascia Hall choral teacher.
Ella Newhouse, 8th Grade, was the High Point Co-Champion at the Oklahoma State Swimming Championships for the Girls Age 13 category. At the championship, she took the state title for the 100 breaststroke for the age 13-14 category. She also earned a spot on the Oklahoma State Swim Team and is now off to compete for our state at the Central Zone Championship being held in Fargo, ND.
We would like to welcome all our new Commandos to the Cascia community!
This summer we have been working hard to ensure your child has a smooth transition into the CH Upper School. To help in the process, the mentors of CAMP (Cascia Augustinian Mentor Program) are ready to guide their new classmates along. Each student has been placed in a group with other freshmen with two upperclassmen as their leaders. The mentors have been given your child’s cell phone number so they can connect with each other.
Cascia students Cara Gerlain ‘21, Sydney Hoose '21, Thai Jones ‘21, Lexie Raley '21, Miller VanHanken '22, and Patrick Zetik '20 excelled recently at Camp Anytown directed by Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice whose focus is to erase biases, promote respect and increase knowledge of cultural differences to aid in being better leaders within our community. Way to represent Cascia Hall students!
Mark your calendars for several events you won't want to miss! There are a couple of evenings for the parents to catch up or meet new faces, as well as some fun events for our students. Please check out the list below so you can get your calendar organized before the busy school year begins.
Tuesday, August 6, 5:30 pm is Upper School New Parent Night, hosted by Kathy Pixley at 4511 S. Columbia Ave. in Tulsa. This is for anyone new to Cascia, as well as any parents continuing from the Middle School. Kathy will give us all the inside scoop for starting high school. This event is for parents only.
Thursday, August 8, 9:00 am is the Freshmen Mixer. Drop your student off at Cascia to meet their mentor and have a fun day at Main Event. The event is for students only.
Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 am is the Freshmen Back to School Breakfast, AND it's the first day of high school for our kiddos!! Young ladies will meet at the Hornbrook's home for breakfast and will then be shuttled over to the campus to walk into school together. Young men will be hosted at the Lai's home for breakfast and will walk over to the campus together. Please keep a close eye for exact details with addresses and a sign up for food and drivers.
Wednesday, August 21, 5:30 pm is the Upper School Back to School Night. Immediately following, there will be a social for parents only at Polo Grill in Utica Square. More details will be sent out as the date approaches.
We look forward to visiting with old friends and meeting new parents soon. Please don't hesitate to email any questions you may have.
Kristin Bryant, 918-995-1336 and Sandy Boyaci Freshman Class Coordinators
Cap Club cards will be available for purchase at Spirit Buy on August 7 ($175 for up to five cards). The cards will provide access to all Middle School and Upper School games, with the exception of playoffs.
John Kingsley earned his Eagle Scout rank on June 4, 2019, and his Eagle Court of Honor was held on July 21. At the Court of Honor, Fr. Stephen Isley, O.S.A. delivered John's introductory speech and received a mentor pin from John.
There are several forms to be completed by parents and students online before school begins. Two of the forms (Cardiac Arrest, and Concussion) contain broken links to additional information. Please read the information (link provided below) before signing those forms. If you have already submitted those forms, please familiarize yourself with this additional information. Thank you.
The 6th-grade back-to-school swim party will be Monday, August 5 from 10 am-Noon at Southern Hills Country Club. Admission will be free. Towels, lemonade, water, and a snow cone will be provided. Parents are welcome to drop off their children. There will be lifeguards on duty, and several parents will be chaperoning. Please RSVP to one of the following:
Sophomore Claire Wilke spent two weeks in Iceland with the New York Times Climate Change Expedition. She witnessed the immediate effects of climate change on a more personal scale. She trekked a glacier and kayaked near the Arctic circle amongst many other incredible adventures.
Join us on July 19 (7 pm) and 20 (2 pm) for the Tulsa premiere of Frozen Jr. at the Cascia Hall Scianna Performing Arts Center. The Cascia Hall Performing Arts Camp boasts 50 incredibly talented kids from across the city, letting it all go on stage. Get your tickets now.
Margaret Barbour '20 recently had the honor of having her own musical composition presented at Chamber Music Tulsa. The piece entitled "Explorations on the Precipice of Madness," written for string quartet, was performed by the award-winning University of Tulsa String Quartet. Margaret (center) is pictured here with the TU players and Bruce Sorrell, Executive Director of Chamber Music Tulsa. Congratulations Margaret!
Presidential Scholar Julian Zanders attended the Presidential Scholars Award weekend in late June in Washington DC where he met Senator James Inhofe, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and President Donald Trump and attended a world-class show by the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Scholars. The photo with the President will be released later this month.
Presidential Scholar Julian Zanders attended the Presidential Scholars Award weekend in late June in Washington DC where he met Senator James Inhofe, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and President Donald Trump and attended a world-class show by the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Scholars. The photo with the President will be released later this month.
Margaret Barbour '20 recently had the honor of having her own musical composition presented at Chamber Music Tulsa.
The piece entitled "Explorations on the Precipice of Madness," written for string quartet, was performed by the award-winning University of Tulsa String Quartet. Margaret (center) is pictured here with the TU players and Bruce Sorrell, Executive Director of Chamber Music Tulsa. Congratulations Margaret!
Junior Dylan Wilson was invited to play baseball in the Oklahoma State Games on the Tulsa team. The games were played the last week in June at OSU. Congrats Dylan, way to represent! #casciahallbaseball
The gym uniforms will be available for pick up at Spirit Buy on August 7 between 9 am and noon. All 6th and 7th-grade students take PE and those 8th graders who chose it as an elective. The uniforms are the same as last year's.
Locker shelves are available in the Commando Store on the Cascia Hall website. They fit all lockers except for 8th-grade lockers. The price is $40. Place your order by August 1, and pick up the shelves at Spirit Buy on August 7, 9 am-noon. Follow this link to place your order.
By OSSAA rule, all athletic facilities must be closed from Saturday, June 29th to Sunday, July 7th. No practices or workouts of any kind are allowed during those days, and this includes casual use of facilities in any manner. All gyms, fields, and weight facilities will remain off limits for these nine days. Questions can be referred to Lindsay Rodgers firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hawl Brawl and Homecoming T-Shirts are ready to order.
Hall Brawl In keeping with tradition, the first varsity football game of the season will be against archrival Holland Hall on Friday, September 6 at Holland Hall; the Brawl will commence at 7 pm. Students may wear their Hall Brawl T-Shirts to school on game day and to the game. Orders must be placed by August 11.
Homecoming The Cascia Hall Homecoming football game will be Friday, September 20 against Millwood at 7 pm. Students may wear their Homecoming T-Shirts to school on game day and to the game. Orders must be placed by August 25.
Jack Maricle placed 13th in the nation in Humorous Interpretation at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. This ranking automatically qualifies him for next year’s tournament in New Mexico and successfully wraps up his junior year season which included the titles of Regional Champion, All-State, and State Champion. Well done, Jack!
Cascia Hall Varsity cheer squad earned all superior blue ribbons at NCA camp and received their formal bid to Nationals. Cascia had seven All-American nominees, two of which were named NCA high school All-Americans: junior Cara Rogers and sophomore Kaylee Do!
If you would like to follow our class on Facebook, request to join the Cascia Hall Class of 2025 group. Also, it's time to start thinking about Cotillion for our soon to be 7th Graders. Our first of five classes will be held at Junior League of Tulsa on August 25th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. If you are interested in receiving information once the details are finalized, please email Tami Tewis (email@example.com).
Reading Partners is one of Cascia's Caritas Partners. Many or our Upper School students (and their families) volunteer for the organization to earn Caritas Connection hours towards graduation. Cascia families are invited to a Reading Partners Celebration on June 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm under the Reading Tree at the Gathering Place to celebrate volunteers and those they serve.
Open tryouts will take place on June 10-12, 3:30-5:00 in the US gym with Coach Hightower. If you are unable to make this tryout period, there will be another opportunity to try out for the team when school begins in August.
Christian Clark '20 (white hat) is working towards his Eagle Scout Award. For his Eagle project, he organized and directed a landscaping improvement on campus. With the help of fellow scouts and classmates, they beautified the walkway along the north side of the PAC by adding a weed barrier, rose bushes, a rock bench, rock ground cover, and mulch. Thank you, Christian and crew.
Theatre Tulsa released the award nominees for their 96th season, and two Cascia students were nominated: senior Jack Maricle for two awards--Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast and for Outstanding Ensemble Actor in a Musical for Newsies--and 8th grader Spencer Loeffler for Outstanding Youth Ensemble Actor for Les Miserables.
Teachers will finalize grades on Tuesday, May 28. Grades will be checked, GPA calculations made and report cards will be published in myCascia on or before Friday, May 31. Remember that all books must be returned and accounts up to date to have access to myCascia grade access. If you have no access to your account on May 31, please contact the Business Office at 918-746-2608.
Congrats to Senior Lindsay Perkins on being selected for the All-State Tennis Team in honor of her outstanding high school tennis career. Lindsay will represent the East when she competes in the All-State Games at the end of July.
Attached is the physical form for students who were not able to take advantage of the free athletic physicals offered by the school. Additional health forms that are required for sports participation will be made available under myCascia over the summer break.
Wynter Hatcher, Addi Wagner, and Aubrey Wolfe were selected to be on the 5A All-State Soccer Team. What an outstanding accomplishment for these young ladies. The All-State Game is June 14 in Moore at 6:00 pm.
This summer, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will distribute over 4,000 meals each week to children across eastern Oklahoma. To meet this monumental task, they will need your help. Each lunch will need to be assembled and packaged before being sent to the feeding sites. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity with direct impact, look no further. Each meal you pack will directly sustain a child this summer.
ISEF participants Olivia Nalley, Sophie Pazzo, Caitlin Nguyen, Braden Milford, Jackson Pool, Jaxon Henderson, and Zach Uhren competed in Phoenix this past weekend at the International Science and Engineering Fair.
If you will need a gym uniform next school year, please place your order by June 28. The gym uniforms will be available for pick up at Spirit Buy on August 7 between 9 am and noon. All 6th and 7th-grade students take PE and those 8th graders who chose it as an elective. The uniforms are the same as last year's. If you need to check sizes, there will be samples at the Upper School reception desk.
The following School offices will be open from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm from May 28 through August 2: Headmaster, Upper School, Middle School, School Advancement, IT, and Campus Security. The Commando Store will be closed during the summer. The school will be closed on July 4.
Please Note: The Upper School office will be closed July 1-12. Please see Mrs. Patricia Wilson in the Headmaster's office if a driver's permit form is needed.
College Counseling will be open from May 28 - June 14 and from July 29 - August 1. For an appointment, contact Lisa Oliver, 918-746-2609, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At noon on Friday, May 17, access to grades on myCascia will be turned off for parents and students. Students will still be able to get to the Bulletin Board and Topics pages. Grades will not be finalized by your teachers until Tuesday, May 28.
Cascia Hall has four young ladies who represented Cascia on the Tulsa Lady Bulldog Lacrosse team this year: Aidan Kaltenbacher, Maddy Shaffer, Grace Ahlfenger, and Brylee Maddox. They will play for the Bulldogs until Cascia has enough girls to field its own team. Grace Ahlfenger (defense) and Brylee Maddox (midfield) were nominated All-Conference Players. They were chosen by the coaches who voted on the best players in their conference. Brylee Maddox was also nominated to be on the Heartland Lacrosse All-Star team for the third year. There were only two girls chosen for this honor from her team.
Congratulations to the Tack House (orange) who won the House Cup for the year with 600 points. Tack House members decorated the Dining Hall to celebrate. Thank you to Olivia Stump for providing the vision and the year-long execution of this renewed tradition.
This Sunday at 2 pm at the Tulsa Jewish Federation, ten of our students will be honored for sweeping the White Rose Essay Contest. The cash winners will be announced at the ceremony. Here are the finalists:
If you would like to become an altar server for school Masses, Sunday Masses at St. Rita Chapel, or both, please attend the training on Thursday, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel. RSVP in person or via email (email@example.com) to Deacon Michael.
On Sunday, May 12, Mr. David A. Konderla, father of Bishop David A. Konderla, passed away in Bryan, Texas. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18th, at Christ the Good Shepherd Chapel in Bryan. Please pray for the repose of Mr. Konderla's soul and for consolation for Bishop Konderla and his family.
The Cascia Hall boys varsity tennis team finished State 4th overall, with #2 singles Aiden Robinson runner up, #2 doubles Brock Hannagan and Conner Wood runners up, #1 singles Hunter Henry placed 5th, and #1 doubles Logan Des Los Santos and Blake Van Doren placed 6th.
Jack Maricle had the honor of performing live with Kristin Chenoweth at her recent, sold out concert, “My Love Letter to Oklahoma” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. He was also thrilled to share the stage with special guest, Grammy award-winning singer, Sandi Patty. Way to go Jack!
Five Cascia artists will receive Honorable Mention Certificates at the Yom Hashoah Art Contest reception on Sunday: Lindsay Perkins (12th grade), Beth Brierly (10th), Sarah Jackson (10th), Emma Causon (10th), and Audrey Nguyen (9th).These students placed in the top 10 of more than 150 entries. Students and parents are welcome to attend.
All Library books are now overdue. The cost of the book will be charged to your swipe account if it is not returned by May 16. If you are a returning Cascia Hall student, you may begin checking out books for summer reading beginning Friday, May 17. Thank you.
Jack Maricle is competing in the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions, May 10-12 in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a two-time National qualifier, 5A State Champion, and three-time 5A Regional Champion.
The morning school bus service will continue next school year. The bus picks up students at the QT at 91st and Riverside, departing from the QT at 7:15 am for Cascia. The charge for this service is $75 a month. Please contact John Santee if you are interested in this service.
Cascia Hall ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair) competitors, Jaxon Henderson, Braden Milford, Olivia Nalley, Caitlin Nguyen, Sophie Pazzo, Jackson Pool, and Zack Uhren will be competing May 13-19 in Phoenix, AZ. Congrats!
Fr. Don Lewandowski, O.S.A., announced recently that he will be moving on Monday, May 13 to the Augustinian Retirement Center in Crown Point, Indiana. He will say one final Mass at St. Rita Chapel on Sunday morning, May 12, at 10:30 am.
Thursday, May 23rd from 10 am - 2 pm in the PAC Auditorium!
The material will be provided for auditions. However, if you wish to memorize and present a 1-minute monologue, you may. Time is flexible, so arrive when you can and leave when you need to. The Repertory Troupe Fall Show will be chosen based on who is cast in Repertory Troupe. A list of the 2019 - 2020 Rep Troupe will be emailed out the last week of May/first week of June. See you at the Theatre!
Attention 7th graders: Let’s celebrate summer at an end of the year pool party on May 22 at Southern Hills pool from 2:30-4:30 pm. Grab lunch with your friends after your last final and then join us at SH for some fun in the sun.
A limited number of spaces will be available for an English enrichment and orientation course that will begin on July 29th and continue through August 7th. Students enrolled in the course will review basic grammar and writing skills in addition to gaining familiarity with new concepts and formats that will be useful to them as they enter the English 9 course in the Upper School.
If you have any Cascia gear you would like to donate to the school, we will repurpose it as much as possible. All of the following items will be appreciated: blazers, skirts, dress shirts, polo shirts, ties, belts, and spirit wear in good condition. Please drop off your donation at the Upper School reception desk. Thank you.
Our kids' first year of high school is almost over, and it's time to celebrate and have some fun! The 9th-grade parent spring social will be held on Thursday evening, May 9, at 6:30 pm. Please join us on the patio at Main Street Tavern on Cherry Street for appetizers and cash bar. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Heidi Hays (918-645-4623) or Brooke Smith (918-720-4603) with questions.
This is just a reminder that time is running out to complete your Caritas Connection hours and write your Rose Paper. The deadline is April 30. Check in the Campus Ministry Office if you have any questions.
Students will be dismissed at 12:05 pm this coming Friday, April 26th, so the campus can be prepared for Celebrate Cascia on Saturday night. There will be no Dining Hall service and no After School Care. All students are to be picked up by 12:30 pm. Thank you.
Everyone loves fried chicken—but whose is the best? Chef Fr. Don and Chef John Peters are stoked to find out! Graciously hosted in the beautiful home of Erin and John Peters, eight guests will decide if the winner-winner-chicken-dinner award goes to Fr. Don Lewandowski's time-tested secret family batter recipe or the Peters' crispy but tender temptation. Fr. Philip will be the best waiter you’ve ever had – so bogus! Be sure to save room for totally righteous homemade desserts. Feathers are sure to fly at this all-out competition!
April is National Poetry Month, and the Library Council will collaborate with the English Department to sponsor “Poetry @ Break," to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 and 25 during US break. Students may receive extra credit for the English class for reading a poem during the break on either one of these days. The Poem may be original or from another author.
After an extensive audition process, Jack Maricle was selected as 1 of 55 performing arts students, from across the country, to attend the 5th annual Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Bootcamp. This will be Jack’s 2nd year to be accepted into this prestigious camp.
Earn a National Community Service Award for your impact and distinguish yourself when applying for college, jobs, and scholarships. Share a few details and a photo from each of your volunteer, philanthropy and leadership activities this year - 20 hours across at least 4 activities to earn recognition. Application deadline is April 15, 2019. Get started at my.InnerView.org
o Sophia Pazzo finished 1st in the mile run o Abby Dennis took 1st in the pole vault o Avery Gonzales took 5th in the pole vault o Zoe Gardner was 4th in the shot put o Boys 3200 relay with Matthew Shrier, John Kingsley, Liam Donnelly, and Joe Kelly placed 2nd. o Matthew Shrier placed 3rd in the 3200 run o Joe Kelly was 2nd in the mile run breaking the 5-minute mark! o Liam Donnelly took 6th place in the mile
Six sophomores are representing Cascia Hall at the 10th annual Student Augustinian Values Institute at St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ. Today, they learned about our core value of Caritas (love) by spending the morning with students from Holy Name School in Camden, NJ.
Mr. Jeremy Ford has been named the new Middle School Athletic Director for the 2019-20 academic year. He comes to this position with many years experience in this area at his previous school. He will continue as Varsity Girls Basketball coach amid his other duties here. We welcome him to this new position and look forward to working with him in this role of service to our Middle School families and students. Thank you, Coach.
If you have not placed an order for flowers, it is not too late! You can order online until midnight this Sunday, submit an order form or contact Kathy Pixley by Friday, April 12 to place your order. Credit cards are only accepted online, so orders placed with an order form or with Kathy will need to be cash or check payable to CPFA. Any questions, contact Kathy Pixley, 918-625-6767.
Congratulations to senior Matthew Wells who signed a national letter of intent on Friday, April 5 to play baseball for Austin College in Sherman, Texas next year. He is pictured with his parents, Tina and Rick Wells, and Head Coach Dean Wilson.
On Wednesday night, 34 Cascia students took advantage of the opportunity to see the documentary at the Circle Cinema about the Warsaw ghetto entitled - Who Will Write Our History. "This was a challenging documentary to watch but extremely worthwhile. To say they enjoyed it would be wrong, but they all certainly took something positive away from it," said their History teacher, Mrs. Gemma Booth. Mrs. Booth teaches AP European History and Germany Between the Wars.
Sixth and seventh-grade students have completed another STEM activity this semester. Students have designed and constructed paper roller coasters, which allowed a marble to accelerate and remain in motion through a variety of turns, loops, and drops. The goal was to keep the marble moving for the longest amount of time. Students worked in groups while accomplishing a common vision, teamwork, accountability, and division of labor.
It's that time of year again for our seniors to participate in the Senior Road Rally and All Night Graduation Party! On Sunday, May 5, Cascia Hall seniors will participate in a fun Road Rally Challenge that culminates with a picnic dinner at the Tennis Gazebo. After Commencement ceremonies, there will be an all-night party for the graduates.
Please log in to myCascia for the Senior Events form and submit it by May 1 to give your student permission to attend and participate in these events.
Call Kelly Smythe 918-851-8676 or Marjorie Erdmann 918-640-2006 with questions.
Parents: Please join us Wednesday, April 3 (noon to 1pm) for our CPFA meeting in the Brecht Center. Our agenda will include updates from Headmaster Father Philip Cook, US Principal Shawn Gammill, and MS Principal Todd Goldsmith. Our special guest speaker is our Director of Athletics, Lindsay Rodgers. Lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you!
There will be a Middle School volleyball parent meeting on April 25 at 6 pm in the Dining Hall. This mandatory meeting is for all parents who have a current 6th or 7th-grade daughter wanting to play volleyball next year.
Tryouts for current 6th and 7th-grade girls will be held on May 2nd and 3rd.
May 2nd - 3:15pm-5pm
May 3rd - 3:15pm-4:30pm
If you have any questions please contact Jenny Pearson.
CFO Karen Tennery (third from left) was surprised last week by a representative of United Way, Chase Mowery (second from left), who made a special trip to campus to present her with the Leadership Giving Award. He thanked her for giving at the Leadership Level and being a longtime, generous supporter of the United Way in Tulsa. They are pictured here with Headmaster Fr. Philip Cook, and Mrs. Bonnie Leighty who is the Cascia representative for the United Way campaign. "I value giving to the United Way because it supports so many important organizations that provide meaningful services to those in need and the underserved," said Mrs. Tennery.
You are invited to become a part of this winning program. The Cascia Hall Volleyball teams have earned six 4A State Championships and two 5A State Championships in OSSAA competition. If you are interested in joining the team, please make note of the following important dates:
Are you curious about Anytown? Do you know an incoming high school sophomore, junior or senior who is ready to take their leadership skills to the next level this summer? Great news! Applications for Anytown Leadership Institute are now open! Anytown is an award-winning training where delegates build an inclusive community based on mutual respect and understanding. Delegates from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to meet people whom they would not otherwise meet, and they often develop lifelong friendships and connections. The 2019 session of Anytown is July 14 through 20, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Senior Mary Erdmann has been named as one of five Oklahoma State Scholars Society Fellows. Oklahoma State University provides the scholarship as a commitment to "nurture and grow Oklahoma students who demonstrate academic performance, a proven record of accomplishments and a combination of emotional maturity and native intelligence.” Students who are eligible based on GPA, test scores, and Honors College acceptance are scored on their leadership resume and essays. Fifty semifinalists are phone-interviewed, twenty are invited to in-person interviews with faculty and from those 20 five fellows are selected “based on work ethic, maturity, and potential.” Fellows receive scholarship dollars estimated at the cost of four years of attendance and a one-time stipend to study abroad. OSU President Burns Hargis congratulated Mary on the OSSS Fellows award through a personal video welcoming her to OSU.
In addition to the OSSS Fellows award, Erdmann has also been named a Carl and Gladys Herrington President’s Distinguished Scholar, a Regent’s Distinguished Scholar, and a Freshman Research Scholar and was selected for the President’s Leadership Council.
Congrats to the boys and girls Varsity and JV tennis teams! Neither JV nor Varsity lost a single match in competition last Tuesday. The JV boys and girls swept Holland Hall on every line at home. The Varsity boys and girls traveled to Claremore and dominated their 5A competition sweeping all 8 lines. Outstanding work teams; let's keep it going!
The yearbook staff is seeking more Middle School images to include in our yearbook. If you have a photo you'd like to see in the yearbook, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Replay It app to upload directly from your phone's photo library.
Apple users: You can update and download the app from the iTunes Store here.
Android users: You can update and download the app from the Google Play Store here.
The Junior/Senior Prom is Saturday, April 13 at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Doors open at 7:00 pm - no admittance after 7:30. Dinner and dancing from 8:00 - 10:00. Tickets are $65/each - cash or check, no swipe cards. Students taking a guest from another school need to pick up a guest form.
Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma is seeking applicants for a full-time middle school math/English teaching position for the 2019-20 school year. In addition to having extensive subject-area knowledge, applicants need to be dedicated to Cascia Hall’s rigorous academic goals, possess excellent communication skills, and have a commitment to serving their students. Teaching certification in grades 6-8 is required. Cascia Hall seeks faculty members who have a strong desire to be part of this Catholic, Augustinian educational community. Additional duties, such as sponsoring an activity or coaching, may be associated with this position.
Middle School Science Teacher
Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma is seeking applicants for a full-time middle school Earth Science/Life Science teaching position for the 2019-20 school year. In addition to having extensive subject-area knowledge, applicants need to be dedicated to Cascia Hall’s rigorous academic goals, possess excellent communication skills, and have a commitment to serving their students. Teaching certification in grades 6-8 is required. Cascia Hall seeks faculty members who have a strong desire to be part of this Catholic, Augustinian educational community. Additional duties, such as sponsoring an activity or coaching, may be associated with this position.
If interested in either of these positions, please send your resume to:
Fr. John Gaffney, an Augustinian priest and teacher, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 19 at Montereau in Tulsa. He was 20 days short of his 100th birthday. In his 80 years as a professed Augustinian Friar, Fr. Gaffney enjoyed a 43-year teaching career, 33 of which were spent at Cascia Hall Preparatory School.
Fr. Gaffney was born on April 9, 1919 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduating high school in 1937, he began his seminary training at the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, New York. “I believe I had a cradle vocation,” he once said. “I wanted to be a priest since fourth grade. It was a desire in my mind and heart that I never analyzed.” Fr. Gaffney professed his first religious vows in the Augustinian Order in 1939. After he solemnly professed his perpetual vows in 1942, he proceeded to advance his education and was ordained to the priesthood in 1945.
The Augustinians are primarily a teaching order, and Fr. Gaffney was ordered and educated to become a teacher, an assignment he accepted with great love and humility in spite of a personal wish to work internationally. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from present-day Villanova University, furthered his theological studies at Augustinian College in Washington, D.C., and earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from Catholic University of America in 1945. Although initially disappointed about teaching, Father Gaffney found that “enlightening young minds” in the subjects of grammar, composition, literary appreciation, and public speaking was his true vocation.
“He acquired a reputation as one of the finest English teachers ever to influence Cascia students and prepare them for college,” said former Headmaster, Fr. Theodore Tack, OSA†. “His former students still love to share stories of those classroom days when the great and coveted prize was to view the golden acorn. A student needed three perfect consecutive test scores to qualify for the privilege. Those who viewed the beautiful object were sworn to secrecy, and what the golden acorn was is still a mystery.”
“As a person who has had much formal education, from kindergarten through law school, I can say that Father Gaffney was the finest teacher I ever had,” said former student Tim Sullivan. He was demanding, but he made learning fun for all of his students. That was a special challenge when the subject was English grammar, but Fr. Gaffney had that special gift. One of my English teachers in high school once complimented me on my background in English composition. I told him that any ability I had in writing was attributable to my training under Fr. Gaffney at Cascia Hall. Every student of his was uniquely privileged.”
Fr. Gaffney was assigned to Cascia Hall in 1954 where he served as a teacher, dorm proctor, chaplain, vocations director, and department head before retiring from the classroom in 1989. He continued to tutor middle and high school students for several years and for two more decades served in a variety of pastoral capacities such as celebrating daily Mass, filling in at various parishes, hearing confessions, and visiting the sick. “Fr. Gaffney’s deep love of God, his priesthood, and the Augustinian order has been clearly evident over his many years of dedication to Cascia Hall,” said former headmaster Fr. Bernie Scianna, OSA, PhD. Fr. Gaffney lived at the Cascia Hall Monastery in retirement until he moved to Montereau in 2012.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday in April 2009, to recognize and thank Fr. Gaffney for his more than 54 years of service to the Cascia Hall community, the School Board of Directors established an endowment in his name, the proceeds of which would help fund the annual salary of the English Department Chair at Cascia Hall. Donations to this endowment in his honor can be made to the Rev. John H. Gaffney, OSA English Department Chair. For more information, contact Mrs. Sandy Willmann, email@example.com, 918-746-2614.
Services will be held at St. Rita of Cascia Chapel. There will be a Visitation on Sunday, March 24 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 25 at 10:30 am followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery in Tulsa.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Today, the 7th grade took a field trip to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to supplement their study of the four marks of the Church (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic). Thank you to Father George Gartelos for welcoming us and discussing the church’s architecture and icons, liturgy, and history.
Congratulations to the Boys Golf Team for finishing 2nd at the Sand Springs Tournament yesterday with a 325 total. Freshman Will Sides tied for 2nd as an individual shooting a 79, Jake Dukes finished 4th with an 80, and Trent Westbrook came in 5th with an 82.
Honoring Class of 2023 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:15 Pictures (Mandatory for Students) 6:00 Reception with Program to Follow Cascia Hall Scianna Performing Arts Center Family & friends are welcome to attend the ceremony.
Geni Gallant will be performing in a contemporary theatrical production entitled "My Deliverer" at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center April 19-21, 2019. The production utilizes many different art genres, including dance, music, lighting, special effects and more. Geni is currently a dancer at The Legacy Project in Tulsa. More information on "My Deliverer" can be found at My Deliverer – Telling the Story
Ella Newhouse and Sophie Vaughn (both 7th graders) competed in the middle school girls Hurricane Mathfest on Saturday along with 23 other teams. Hurricane Mathfest is sponsored by the TU Math Department.
Congratulations to our Cascia Hall Commandobots who finished 13th out of 62 teams at the FIRST Robotics Competition Oklahoma Regional. They advanced all the way to the semi-finals and fell one match short of making the finals. Additionally, they won the Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford for their exemplary programming abilities and exceptional control systems. Great Job!
Over the weekend at the Speech & Debate Regional Tournament at Bixby, Travis Guillory was awarded 3rd Place in both Prose and in Dramatic Interpretation, and Jack Maricle was the Runner-up in Dramatic Interp and was the Regional Champion in Humorous Interp. These awards earn Travis and Jack an entry at the State Tournament in April at OU.
On Friday, March 8, the Upper School Houses competed in a scavenger hunt. House members had to complete certain tasks before receiving each clue that would advance them to their next station. The winner, Tack House, received 150 points for being the first team to complete the challenge which included games like marshmallow toss, banana pass, and three-legged racing.
The 2019 Tulsa Engineering Challenge was held on March 1, 2019, at the Tulsa Tech Riverside Campus. The Challenge is a hands-on opportunity for youth to explore problem-solving, designing, and construction of devices that accomplish specific tasks.
Jostens will be here on Thursday, March 14th during 2nd lunch to hand out graduation announcements and name cards and anything else you might have ordered for graduation. Seniors are to stop by the Jostens table in the upper level of the dining hall to pick up their orders.
The 8th-grade art students had a great time on their field trip to see The Cabinet of Wonder at The Gathering Place. Students explored artist Mark Dion's installation of objects in the boathouse and then enjoyed playing in the park.
Cascia Art students attended the Generation Creative Open House on Thursday at TCC’s Center for Creativity with their Art teacher, Mrs. Esther Sartain. They were able to participate in numerous creative fields including printmaking, digital media, and even television production.
Junior Lexie Cuttler was chosen as one of 50 students to attend a two-week intensive summer program sponsored by The New York Times entitled, “Writing for Television: Inside the Writers’ Room." She will spend two weeks this summer in New York City working with some of the best television writers in the nation.
Sixth-grader, Maya Jacob, is one of 16 vocalists worldwide selected to attend a Julliard summer program for gifted performing artists ages 10-18. For two weeks in July, she will study voice and dance in Geneva, Switzerland where she will work closely with some of the best artists from the Julliard faculty. Maya is looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and meeting other like-minded kids from around the globe.
Save the date! On Thursday, May 16, Cascia will offer on-campus physicals for all Middle School and Upper School athletes. This will be a complete physical offered by Tulsa Bone and Joint and will serve as your required physical for all sports participation for 2019-2020. More info to come!
The Caritas Connection is a graduation requirement; all hours in each category and the Rose Paper are due April 30 of your junior year. Your hours are posted on the bulletin board outside the Campus Ministry office in the basement.
If you have completed your hours and paper, please come to the Campus Ministry office and claim your student file. Good job!
Cascia Hall received a Leading Chapter Award from the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). From more than 3,600 schools across the country, only approximately 3% of schools are recognized as Leading Chapter Award winners. Leading Chapter schools are recognized based on student participation throughout the school year. "Speech and debate advances communication skills, develops interpersonal skills, improves reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, and prepares students for college, careers, and beyond," said NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. "Nowhere is this more evident than in our Leading Chapter Schools." The Award was presented at the NSDA District Tournament last weekend at TU to Mr. David Galoob, Cascia's Speech and Debate teacher and coach. He is pictured here with junior Jack Maricle (see related story below).
Congratulations to Jack Maricle who, for the second year in a row, qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Humorous Interpretation. Jack finished second out of more than 40 contestants and will represent Cascia this summer in Dallas. He also finished 6th in Dramatic Interp.
Based on “Horton Hears a Who,” and filled with beloved Dr. Seuss characters including the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1&2, Seussical Jr is an adventure that spans oceans, deserts, and demonstrates that “a person’s a person, no matter how small!” Come meet Jojo and her family of Whos, the gentle giant, Horton, Gertrude with her one feather tail, the Sour Kangaroo, and the irresponsible, inadvertent villainess, Amayzing Mayzie, as they deal with the plights of an egg and an entire town too small to see! Will Horton be able to convince the residents of the jungle of Nool that he isn’t crazy? Come find out as our middle school cast presents this lively and heartwarming show!
On Wednesday, March 6, the Upper School general chorus and select ensemble will hold their classical choral concert. This concert will feature movements from Verdi’s Requiem. Considered one of the greatest choral works of all time, this epic work is both tender and strong, complex yet with beautiful simplicity, and very moving. Written in the 1800s, this work has survived the test of time and is performed by professional chorus groups around the world. Please join us for an evening of beautiful music. The concert begins at 7:00 pm in the Cascia PAC and will last approximately one hour.
Congratulations to junior Camryn Hurley who was accepted into the Sydney Honors Chorus. She will perform at the Sydney Opera House this summer. Earlier this month, Camryn performed with the Women's Honors Chorus at Carnegie Hall.
The MS Brown Bag is next Tuesday, March 5th at 12:00 pm in the Brecht Center. Feel free to bring a lunch and hear from Todd Goldsmith. The 8th Grade Transition Meeting will follow the brown bag. Shawn Gammill will speak to the 8th-grade parents regarding the transition to the high school. Hope to see you Tuesday!
The 8th grade transition meeting for 8th-grade parents is going to be directly after the MS Brown Bag which will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th. Shawn Gammill will be speaking and fielding any questions.
Congratulations to the Girls’ Basketball Team on their victory over Hugo last Friday for the District Championship. They were also victorious over Tishomingo on Thursday night to advance to the Regional finals this Saturday night at Henryetta at 6:30 PM vs. Sulphur.
Congratulations to Senior Carrington Rogers who signed a national letter of intent on Thursday to cheer for Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She is pictured here with her parents Charles and Ramona Rogers, her sister Cara '21, and Coach Michelle Capps.
Carrington has cheered competitively for five years at Twist and Shout and is currently on a Level 5 Senior Open Coed Worlds Team. She is an NCA National Champion and an Oklahoma All-State Cheerleader. She received the top scores in our region at state tryouts.
Congratulations to the Cascia Speech and Debate Team. Last weekend they competed at the Poteau tournament and earned Third Place as a team, picking up four new qualifications for Regionals. Outstanding performances included:
Maria Salas - 3rd place in Prose Interpretation Kate Huff - 3rd place in LD Debate Isaac Ingram and Ellie Armstrong - tied for tournament champions in LD Debate Jack Maricle - 3rd place in Champs Dramatic Interp and tournament champion in Champs Humorous Interp
Fantastic job to the entire team. Up next is the Owasso tournament this coming weekend.
Last weekend, 6th grader Lydia Murphy competed in the USA Archery - Oklahoma State Championship and finished First in her Division, earning a Gold Medal from the Junior Olympic Archery Development Program. She shot a personal best score of 528 (out of a possible 600). Lydia competed in the Cub Division (ages 13 to 15) despite being only 12.
Wrestler Eli Griffin remains undefeated and will lead the team into the state tournament this weekend in Oklahoma City. Eli will be seeking his second state championship. Cameron Oliver placed 2nd, and Jake Weller and Marche Ashford placed 4th. Grant Baber also qualified, and all have a great chance of placing in the state tournament.
Four Cascia students recently performed at Carnegie Hall with the Honors chorus and orchestra. Chosen to sing in a chorus were Camryn Hurley, Joseph Barbour, and Travis Guillory. Chosen to play violin in the orchestra was Margaret Barbour. Sophomore Travis Guillory was selected for a solo part. See recent article from Oklahoma Eagle: http://ed.gr/bdl97
Last week was World Language Week at Cascia Hall. All five World Languages taught at Cascia had a special day on which students recited the morning prayer in that language, special music played during class passing, appropriate cuisine was served in the dining hall, and students could wear their club shirts to school.
A competitive toiletry collection was held to benefit Iron Gate Ministries. In the Middle School, the 7th grade donated the most to win an extra spirit dress day. In the Upper School, Houses competed for points, and the top three winners were Rita, Tack, and Perez Houses which received 50, 40, and 30 points, respectively. The House with the most points at the end of the school year wins the House Cup.
To wrap up the week, Greek Dancers from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church performed and taught the students a few dances. See links to videos below. Four of the dancers are Cascia students: Labrini Panagopoulos, George Panagopoulos, John Kingsley, and Sophia Boyaci.
Attention 7th Grade Students and Parents: Mark your calendars for a Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, February 22. Meet in the US Gym at 6:30 pm for pizza and team formation. Play begins at 7:00 and ends at 8:30. You do not have to play to come! This will be a fun night you won’t want to miss!
The auditions for Command Performance, Cascia's select vocal ensemble, are coming soon. This 16-member group meets year round as an elective course and accepts members only through these once-a-year auditions. The auditions for next school year (2019-2020) will take place on March 5 and March 7. The auditions will be held after school in the Cascia upper school chorus room.
The Commandos Diversity Committee and Campus Ministry Office invited members of the Tulsa Community to speak at morning Chapel about their experiences of faith and how they intersect with diversity.
The second speaker in the series was Fr. Elkin Gonzalez who is pastor of Christ the King Parish and Vicar General of the Diocese of Tulsa. Fr. Elkin spoke about the universality of the Catholic Church; the word catholic means universal. He encouraged the students to look around them in their families, friends, and communities to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of the members who contribute to the common good by sharing their special gifts with others. The Church is diverse with many languages and cultures, but the church comes together in prayer, united in its goal to serve God and each other.
Literary Magazine had an unprecedented event--a small surplus in the budget. Lit Mag members used the leftover funds to provide the San Miguel School English classroom and its teacher, Dennis Donnelly '85, with a new set (30 English copies and two in Spanish) of Fahrenheit 451.
On Wednesday of this week, junior Jack Maricle had the privilege of interviewing former Cascian, Julliard graduate, and now renown Soprano Christine Taylor Price. Christine is performing in the Tulsa Opera production of "The Little Prince" this weekend. She is cast in the major role of the Rose. Showtimes are Friday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2:30 pm at the Tulsa PAC.
Christine was back on campus Thursday to visit Mrs. Coonfield's Performance Ensemble class. She sang for them and discussed her vocal training and career. Then she worked with some of the students on vocal technique. Christine was invited to return in May when she will be back in town for the Tulsa Opera production of Don Giovanni in which she is cast as Zerlina.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on February 28 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm and on March 1 from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm. We will continue using the online scheduling system. Please click on the link below to go to the conference scheduling site (scheduling will be available until February 22.)
Here you will be able to choose the teachers you want to see and the times that are convenient for you. However, if a teacher’s name is not listed or the times are blocked as unavailable, that means he or she has scheduling conflicts, so please email that teacher directly to schedule an appointment. You are not required to meet with every teacher; see who you would like when you like. Appointment times are 15 minutes each. The deadline to sign up for a conference is Friday, February 22. If you have any questions, please contact the office, 918-746-2616.
News on 6 surprised Upper School math teacher, Pam Benne, on Valentines Day by presenting her with the Impactful Teacher Award and a check for $500. Mrs. Benne was nominated by fellow faculty member, Kathleen Brown. The interview aired Friday morning on News on 6.
The Commandos Diversity Committee and Campus Ministry Office members of the Tulsa Community to speak at morning Chapel about faith and diversity.
The first speaker was Adrienne Watt Nesser '95 who spoke on Wednesday in Upper School Chapel about her experiences of faith and diversity. Adrienne is chair of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) and is an attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. She spoke about her Catholic faith informing her belief that God loves all people equally and that all people thus have equal dignity. She also encouraged the students to participate in immersive experiences of diversity, such as OCCJ's Anytown Leadership Institute, which boasts many Cascia alumni, to educate themselves about the realities of diversity issues, and to forge real relationships with people who are different than themselves.
Mrs. Nesser will return on March 12 to address the Middle School students during their Chapel time.
Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Bowling Team for placing #1 in the Andy B's Conference with 40 wins and 23 losses. Zach Yuan was named a member of the Andy B All Star Team for rolling a 331 for 2 games. Logan De Los Santos was named the 1st alternate after rolling a 318 for 2 games. Good luck to the boys' and girls' teams as they compete in the Regional Bowling Tournament at Sahoma Lanes in Sapulpa this Saturday morning.
Congratulations to Bowling Coach Brother Nick Mullarkey for winning the “Coaches Game” yesterday at Sahoma Lanes. The two Strikes he rolled put him ahead of Coach Pilgrim and Coach Weaver.
Congratulations to freshman Ashlyn Milford who is one of 10 recipients nationwide of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Youth Virtues, Valor, and Vision Award which recognizes extraordinary young people in Catholic schools who through their selfless service, innovation, and commitment to social justice are changing the world.
Your Celebrate Cascia committee is busy planning for a great evening on April 27. To sponsor or buy Free Tuition Drawing tickets, visit www.casciahall.com/celebrate. If you have access to vacation homes in ski areas or beach communities, or NFL football tickets, and would be willing to help us in putting together live auction packages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We NEED YOUR PHOTOS so the 8th Grade Class Video will be a success! The turn-in DEADLINE, MARCH 1, is right around the corner, and we only have about 20% of the students with uploaded photos. Please use the easy instructions below to upload your four photos today:
Senior March Ashford signed a national letter of intent today to play football and lacrosse for Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. His parents are Jacqui and James Ashford. His football and lacrosse coaches, Joe Medina and Trevor Wolf, praised him for his accomplishments.
Congratulations to senior Brad Hensley who was chosen as a preferred walk-on to play football for The University of Tulsa. His parents are Jacque and Mike Hensley. Head Coach Joe Medina praised him for his accomplishments.
CH Junior, Sophie Pazzo served her Minimester internship with Kevin Dukes, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at Tulsa Bone & Joint. “Dr. Dukes and his team were so welcoming, and it provided me valuable insight into practicing medicine,” she said. During her time with Dr. Dukes, Sophie observed a variety of orthopedic surgeries, and participated in patient consultations through his clinic. As an aspiring physician, Sophie describes the experience as amazing. “I appreciated the opportunity to see every aspect of a successful practice, and I have newfound respect for the complicated nature of orthopedics” #casciahallminimester2019
We are grateful to Cascia Hall parents, Mrs. Marjorie Erdmann and Dr. William Paiva from the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation for hosting CH Junior, John-Martin Willmann, during this year's Minimester. He was able to research opportunities to help solve the problem of lower income families with children in rural Oklahoma missing pediatric appointments by providing transportation. John-Martin will present his findings at the Oklahoma Research Day at OSU on February 22. CH student, senior Mary Erdmann will also present a poster at the Research Day on research she conducted last summer at the OSU CHS Forensics Lab.
Three Cascians participated in Theatre Tulsa’s “Beauty and the Beast." Jack Maricle '20 played LeFou, Sara Bingman Phoenix '95 was the Director, and Lauren Steele 03 was in ensemble. The show ran for four weekends from January 11 through February 3, 2019. Many shows were sold out.
Senior Rachel Golla won Honorable Mention for her watercolor of honey bees, entitled "Just Us" at the 15th Annual Sutton Wildlife Conservation Art Contest. Winning artwork will remain with the Sutton Center and will be displayed at the NatureWorks Show & Sale on March 1-3.
Send your Cascia Hall stories, game scores and highlights, student accomplishments and any other newsworthy stories to firstname.lastname@example.org! We will do our best to showcase as many stories as possible on Cascia Hall social media.
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Holy Family School is looking for some responsible teenagers who are in need of service hours to provide babysitting services during our home and school meetings and some other faculty events. There would always be an adult present in the building to assist as needed and to give direction. Our home and school meetings are usually the first Thursday of the month from 5 - 6 or 6:30 pm We have a faculty event the morning of Saturday, February 16 and would need help from about 8 am - 1 pm. There is also a possibility for more hours the Friday before should there be an interest. Contact Angelina Dunn - 918.582.0422
TULSA POLICE ON CAMPUS TOMORROW FOR SITE EVALUATION
The Tulsa Police Department Emergency Management Team has been invited to our campus on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for a scheduled site evaluation. The Team will arrive at approximately 8 am and will consist of approximately 10 to 15 Tulsa Police Officers in uniform and police cars. The cars will all be parked in the gravel parking lot off of the Utica entrance.
The Team will be touring the building and grounds and will be accompanied by our Director of Safety and Security, Mr. Tim Thomas. This evaluation should be completed by around 11 am.
Please do not be alarmed if you see 10 to 15 Tulsa Police officers or police cars on campus during this evaluation.
Tomorrow, we will resume our weekly collection in the 1st-hour classes for our Augustinian missions in Peru. Our students often don't carry cash, so thank you for reminding your children on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings and for encouraging them to be intentional and generous in their giving!
Over the weekend, “they got that bread” at the Union tournament, picking up four new qualifications for the regional tournament and getting several trophies and accolades along the way. Outstanding performances included:
Timothy Calvert - 2nd Place in Humorous Interp Ella Padalino (6th grade) - Tournament Champion in Novice Prose Carson Jones - Tournament Champion in Lincoln Douglas Debate (without losing a single ballot) Travis Guillory - 5th Place in Champs Prose, 2nd Place in 5A Dramatic Interpretation, 4th Place in Champs DI, and Tournament Champion in 5A Prose!
Parents, please join us on Wednesday, February 6 (noon to 1 pm) for our CPFA meeting in the Brecht Center. Our agenda will include updates from Headmaster Father Philip Cook, US Principal Shawn Gammill, and MS Principal Todd Goldsmith. Our special guest speaker will be Mr. Tim Thomas, the new Director of Safety and Security for the school. Lunch will be provided. Please join us!
Congratulations to Middle School Geography Bee winners. L to R: In First Place was Styrling Murray (8th Grade); the Runner-up was Charlie Goldsmith (7th Grade). They are pictured here with Mr. Todd Goldsmith, Middle School Principal.
This is a great time to give! A generous, anonymous Cascia family has provided an extra incentive for you to make a gift to the Annual Fund during the month of February. They will match, dollar for dollar, every gift made up to $20,000! CLICK HERE to make your gift online.
Eli Griffin was selected Prep Wrestling Athlete of the Week by the Tulsa World, honoring his undefeated 35-0 season and being named the Outstanding Wrestler in the Pryor Tournament, pinning all his opponents in the event.
During Minimester, AP European History students laid Napoleon to rest. Each student eulogized the late French Emperor from the perspective of his contemporaries. Needless to say, not all were sad at his departing!
Middle School students will not have school on Friday, March 1. (It was originally announced on the school's calendar that they would be dismissed at noon that day.) Middle School Parent/teacher conferences will take place on Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday morning (February 28 - March 1).
Patrick Zetik (2020) is interested in pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering. He has spent his Minimester at Hanger Clinic Prosthetics & Orthotics under the supervision of Ms. Sarah Matthews. Hanger has been providing bracing support care for over 150 years. Patrick has observed computer applications, orthotic and prosthetic evaluations/adjustments and consultations regarding recommendations for fit and function of prostheses.
Sophomore, Buck Todd, is featured in the February issue of Tulsa Kids Magazine. Follow this link to read about his fundraising activities for the Heart Association. Cascia Hall is proud of all the Sweethearts and Mavericks who participate in the American Heart Association Tulsa Heart Ball program
The deadline for applying for tuition assistance is March 15. It will be necessary to file your income tax return for 2018 in order to complete the application for tuition assistance. See attached for more information.
This is a courtesy reminder that the due date for returning contracts for the 2019-20 school year is February 4th. Also, if selecting in-school payment, the contract will not be accepted until your cash or check for $500 is received in the Admissions Office.
Congratulations Middle School MathCounts Team who competed last weekend. Kaleb Stone was 3rd and Josh Glasgow was 6th in individuals out of at least 80 students. Cascia Hall Team 1 - Ella Newhouse, Josh Glasgow, Kaleb Stone, and Jamison Fisher were tied for first with two other teams but ended up third in tiebreaker rules.
Congratulations to Sam Coulon who made the OCA All-State Football Team. Marche Ashford made the 3A All-Star by class team.
Cascia wrestlers finished 5th in the 23-team Pryor Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Eli Griffin and Grant Baber were champions with Eli being voted the meet’s outstanding wrestler. Marche Ashford placed 3rd and Jake Weller 4th, with Cameron Oliver and Jared Douglas also medalling. All are invited to senior night here at Cascia on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper School gym.
Congratulations to 6th grader, Matthew Kendrick (left), and 8th grader, Josh Glasgow, for their stellar performance in the Cascia Hall Spelling Bee on January 23, 2019. Matthew is the school champion and Josh is the runner-up. Both boys will represent Cascia Hall at the Diocesan Spelling Bee on March 26. Great job and good luck!
L to R: Payton Plyler and Ella Wood are working in Los Angeles, California, at Lionsgate Entertainment in the casting department for their Minimester career exploration. What an amazing opportunity and experience!
Parents of rising juniors and seniors who would like to participate in next year’s international study tour to Ireland during Minimester must attend one of two informational meetings before their student is allowed to enroll.
The first meeting will be Thursday, January 24 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM in the Brecht Center in the Upper School.
The second meeting will be Wednesday, February 6 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM in the Brecht Center.
Parents will receive detailed itineraries, information about trip costs, and specifics regarding expectations for students both before and during the trip.
The organization called "three dot dash" powers the most influential social entrepreneurs between the ages of 13-19 in 14 countries (six continents) who have found a solution or innovation to address a basic human need. Cascia Hall senior, Braden Milford, has been named a Global Teen Leader for 2019. See Braden's bio below and check out three dot dash and all the 2019 Global Teen Leaders and their innovations at http://ed.gr/90uo….
Here is a list of seniors from whom we are still needing senior and/or Kindergarten photos. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
ASAP so I can make sure everyone is included in the senior slide show. Thank you for those who have replied. Also, I am including the link below for you to upload photos of your child and friends throughout their years at Cascia to also include in the video.
This Sunday (January 20) night all will be able to witness a total lunar eclipse. The next day is MLK Day (no school) so you can sleep in if you choose to stay up late to watch this rare event. More information.
Congratulations to the Upper School Academic Bowl Team which won the Area Tournament. Team members are Luke Baber, Thomas Nash, Abraar Hassany, Jack Mehl, Aiden Smoot, Joseph Barbour, and Julian Zanders.
Upper School students, do you need "faith community" service hours? Then plan to attend the 2019 Teen Trialogue on Wednesday evenings in February. A complimentary dinner is served at 6:30 pm and the program is finished at 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to dialogue with other teens about your own faith tradition while simultaneously making new friends. "It's really fun; I've done it every year," said Ciara Fitter. Notice that the program location changes each week. Contact Mrs. McMahon or Mrs. Sims to make reservations or for help with transportation.
The Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament between the four Catholic high schools in Oklahoma will be held next weekend at Bishop McGuinness in OKC. This annual event benefits Catholic Charities. Our community has been asked to donate the following items. The collection location is the Upper School gym lobby. The deadline is next Thursday afternoon, January 17.
oFood items (snack packs and non-perishable food items)
There will be a parent/player meeting for Boys' Golf on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 pm in the Brecht Center. Coach Rahilly will discuss the practice schedule, tournament and team qualifying, gear order and all additional season information. Please plan to attend if your son is playing golf in the spring. If you are unable to attend you can email Coach Rahilly before Jan. 23 to get the season information.
All Cascia parents and parents in the Tulsa community are invited to attend a presentation on student stress on February 7 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Scianna Performing Arts Center on the Cascia Hall campus.
The two facilitators of the evening will be Allan Gates, LPC, LMFT, LADC (Director of Therapy Services at Laureate) and Steve Phelps, LMFT, LADC.
Topics for the talk will include:
Building awareness that students experience stress in overlapping areas (study, social situations, sleep), creating an out-of-balance experience.
A typical teenager’s stress response is fight or flight.
Teens need to form new ways to attend to and befriend stress.
Most of the spring semester will consist of an exciting new program from Ascension Press called YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body. This program is based on St. John Paul II’s landmark teachings that have been compiled under the title “Theology of the Body” and which offer a very positive message of the gift of sexuality as a good and essential part of love and life. We hope that this program will provide your children with the knowledge and understanding they need concerning the meaning and purpose of sexuality as an inherent part of their humanity.
The Class of 2023 is collecting four photos of every 8th-grade student to compile a class video for the 8th Grade Recognition Reception. Photo turn-in deadline is March 1, 2019. Please see specific instructions for photos: