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 junior Isaac Soto who received the 2018-19 United Nations Community Service Award. Isaac earned recognition from the United Nations Association for delivering impact toward the UN Global Goals between June 1, 2018, and April 15, 2019.
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.
Fr. Don has been with us at Cascia for the last two years. He serves as Prior of the Monastery and teaches Theology in the Upper School. We will miss his caring manner, great sense of humor, game-day presence, dynamic teaching style, and inspiring homilies.
Many thanks to Fr. Don for his service to the Cascia community. He is well loved and will be greatly missed.
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.
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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.
Please send a picture along with a detailed description to email@example.com (hint: the more detailed the information, the quicker we can post!)
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: