Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Kelley High School, Cascia Hall Preparatory School, and Gourmet on the Go are partnering with Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma to prepare meals for our local community in need.
Thank you, everyone, for your incredible efforts to make the best of this situation. The school has received excellent feedback from students, parents, faculty, etc. regarding its first week of distance learning. Following are some of those comments:
Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is making it even harder. With school closures and canceled events, many teens are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class.
For teenagers facing life changes due to the outbreak who are feeling anxious, isolated and disappointed, know this: you are not alone. Here are a few insightful articles that may help you during this stressful time:
Spanish Teacher, Miss Jaclyn Metcalf, snapped this pic on Thursday in her distance learning class because it made her so happy to have her students playing a game, almost like they were all together! "It was good for my soul," she said. #casciahall
Due to the directive from the Oklahoma State Board of Education, the 2020 spring sports season has been canceled. While we are truly disappointed for our athletes, we join in the agreement to keep our kids safe. There will be more information to come regarding the Sports Banquet, 2020-2021 tryouts, and sport-specific parent meetings. Please note that, at this time, Cascia still plans to host athletic summer camps beginning May 26.
The Junior Class Spring Flower Sale has been extended. You can place your order online through Friday, April 3. Orders can be picked up at the school on Thursday, April 16 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm. To request a special order or delivery, please contact Debbie Coleman or Jackie Stagg.
Our yearbook staff is seeking fun group photos of each grade taken at various activities or gatherings. If you have any images, you can easily upload them directly from your camera phone by using the app called RePlay at www.replayit.com.
Beginning this spring, Spectrum is offering free 60 day Internet Access to households with students in K-12 schools. To enroll in the program, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Cognizant of the most recent recommendations from health care agencies and moved out of an abundance of caution, Cascia Hall will open for classes on Wednesday, March 25, either on campus (Option A) or remotely (Option B). The decision for Option A or Option B will be made on the Thursday afternoon of Spring Break so that we can utilize the most up to date information on conditions here in Tulsa.
This spectacular Celebrate Cascia live auction item includes breathtaking views, an extremely comfortable estate that sleeps 14, and one of the most charming places in America! Bluff’s Cottage at Rosemary Beach is available for one week only to the highest bidder.
The math classes celebrated Pi Day on Thursday. The student's assignment was to bring round objects to class to measure. Once their calculations were completed, they could eat pie. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.
This month Cascia Hall is spotlighting members of the Science Research team, some of whom are presenting at the state competition on March 27. In this video, sophomore Ian Wilson tells about his project.
The Cascia Hall Green Team, led by Sophie Pazzo, Quinnlan Murray, Lydia Bodi, and Ellie Armstrong, gave a presentation to the entire school, faculty, and staff last Friday. Green Team is Cascia’s club for student-led activism surrounding environmental issues, with goals to inspire, educate, and promote change within Cascia.
Dr. Michael Charles, head of trauma at Ascension St. John, was the speaker at a Medical Exploration Club brown bag presentation on Tuesday. He shared experiences from medical school and working in emergency health care. Dr. Charles is pictured here with Club founder Ellie Armstrong, who arranged the event, and Club sponsor Mrs. Sarah Kennedy.
Congratulations to senior Jack Maricle (humorous interpretation) and freshman Jackson McCormick (dramatic interpretation) who both qualified for the NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) national tournament.
Congratulations to the girls varsity tennis team. They won the Jenks Invitational with 1st place finishes for 2 singles Houston Jennings, 1 doubles Erika Van Doren and Lucie Tuttle, 2 doubles Jacqueline Perkins and Layla Drotar, and runner up 1 singles Erica Lambrecht! Way to go, ladies!
The Science Research team members Luke Wilson, Erin Coulon, Ashlyn Milford, and Steven Stagg qualified to orally present their novel scientific research at the regional qualifier of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Stillwater last weekend.
On Tuesday, the boys team matched the girls team victory in the Union Tennis Championships, the first tournament of the season. The boys team took First Place in the singles divisions and second and third place in the doubles. There were solid performances all around especially considering most of the participants were 6A teams:
Meet Millie, the adorable black labradoodle Celebrate Cascia puppy for 2020! Born on October 26, 2019, Millie is sweet, snuggly and intelligent to boot! Millie loves to learn and quickly picks up on the training she is receiving by Donna Willis of Pup-n-Partners.
In honor of National Read Across America Day on Tuesday, library/media specialist Mrs. Hubble created a Dr. Suess-style poem of her own, highlighting many of the unique characteristics of our Cascia Hall teachers! She also made “Hop on Pop” corn for the kids and had many other treats for them too! Thank you, Mrs. Hubble!
Thank you, Jason Weis, from The Demand Project for your presentation at the Middle School Brown Bag on Tuesday. If you were unable to attend, please check out The Demand Project for more information on stopping online predators and protecting children.
The Commando girls basketball team beat Lincoln Christian on Friday night, 47-45, in overtime at the buzzer. They went on to beat Morris, 67-49, in the Regional Tournament in Kellyville on Saturday and earned the Regional Consolation Championship.
The Cascia girls varsity tennis team took 1st Place at the Union Championships on Monday. This was the opening tournament of the 2020 season. Cascia outscored 15 other 5A & 6A teams, winning two first places and two third places:
The OACA (Oklahoma Academic Coaches Association) Officers and District Representatives recently announced the members of the 2020 All-State and Honorable Mention Classes! Thomas Nash was named Academic Team All-State and Jack Mehl received Honorable Mention! The Cascia Academic Team recently won the State Championship.
The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Cascia Hall 7th grader, Odin Schieche, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition.
Mrs. Benne's Geometry students worked in groups to create a slide presentation displaying the geometry around the Cascia campus. They had to include polygons, a circle, three-dimensional shapes, parallel and perpendicular lines, and angles. Students were required to show the formula and steps on each slide.
The boys team which beat Sperry 60-50 to advance to the Regional title game on Saturday at 8:00 pm in Kellyville! The girls team beat Sperry 32-17 to advance to Regionals tomorrow night at 6:30 pm in Kellyville! #casciahallbasketball
The 10 Seed - 6th-grade boys Cascia White basketball team beat the 5 Seed Owasso Lightning last Wednesday night, 36-15, to advance to the quarterfinals. Cascia White is now 9-1, with their only loss coming in the first game of the season.
The Cascia White 6th-grade girls basketball team beat Catoosa in the playoffs and defeated Metro on Thursday night, 25-10. They beat Bixby 19-18 and Coweta 28-19 on Saturday and are going to the finals!
In their preseason game against Cleveland on Tuesday night, the girls soccer team won 10-0; the boys team won 6-2! The season opener is March 3 against Poteau at Cascia Hall: Girls 5:00 pm/Boys 7:00 pm.
Best wishes to the girls and boys basketball teams which both enter the first round of the Regional playoffs against Sperry on Thursday, February 27 at Kellyville. The girls will play at 1:30 pm and the boys will play at 8:00 pm. Go Commandos!
Casica junior Travis Guillory will be presenting a junior solo vocal recital at the Greenwood Cultural Center (322 N. Greenwood Ave) on February 27 at 7:00 pm. During the recital, Travis will be performing numerous works, including spirituals, classical pieces, and musical theater selections.
Congratulations to the AP Biology Class for success on the PGlo transformation lab. They successfully transformed e coli with a gene expressed in a marine jellyfish to glo green under UV light! This is the award-winning plate!
The CPFA is hosting a Middle School Brown Bag on March 3 at noon in the Brecht Center. The meeting will feature a special speaker, Jason Weis. Jason Weis is the co-founder and president of The Demand Project, where he and his wife Kristin fight three major crimes: online enticement, child pornography, and the sexual exploitation of children
The current eighth-grade candidates for induction into the Driscoll Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society have been given written application forms which must be returned to Mrs. Elliott by Tuesday, March 3.
Cascia Hall Middle School parent/teacher conferences begin Thursday, February 27 after school and continue all day Friday, February 28. Due to the conference times, the Middle School will not have school on Friday.
The Upper School combined (9th, 10th, and 11th grades) Brown Bag meeting will be on March 9 at noon in the Brecht Center. Lunch will be served. Agenda items will include Junior Class Flower Sales, Celebrate Cascia, Caritas hours update, and spring class socials. Please join us.
A Creative Writing Workshop with Oklahoma author, Anna Myers, was held Monday, February 24 in the Library Media Center at Cascia Hall. Ms. Myers is the author of 19 novels including Tulsa Burning which was recently read by Middle School students and is soon to become a motion picture.
On February 15, Villanova University hosted its annual Mass and dinner event for students from Augustinian high schools in the United States. Representatives from those high schools were also invited. Fr. Philip Cook and Mrs. Debbie Coleman represented Cascia Hall and enjoyed visiting with the Cascia alumni in attendance.
Four Commando wrestlers qualified for state competition at the 4A East Regional tournament last weekend: Eli Griffin - 113 lb, Champion; Luke Eschenheimer - 132 lb, 3rd place; Jake Weller - 170 lb, 3rd place; Grant Baber - 182 lb, 4th place
On March 4, Cascia's classical choral concert will feature great masterpieces reflecting varied interpretations and cultural realizations of concert level religious music, much of it specifically related to Catholicism.
This 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.
Oklahoma Girls State participants are given the opportunity to earn college credit by taking an online American Federal Government course through OU Concurrent Enrollment for only $240, including the book.
Auditions for Cascia's 2020-21 select vocal ensemble, Command Performance, will take place on March 10 and 12 after school in the Upper School choral classroom. The auditions are open to all students currently in grades 8-11 who have turned in a signed contract and deposit to attend Cascia Hall next school year.
The junior class is having a Spring Flower Sale to raise money for its senior activities and graduation gift to the school. Please help the juniors reach their fundraising goal by purchasing your plants from them by March 26 at http://www.casciahall.com/flowersale.
Which school has the best baseball player in the area? Cascia Hall is represented in the Tulsa Private Schools Preseason Baseball Poll. The nominee is Jaxon Henderson. The player with the most votes in the poll will be featured in the next issue of Vype. Cast your vote by February 24.
Did you know that Tulsa is home to TWO Travis Guillorys? One is our very own Cascia junior who has been singing at vocal competitions (and winning) around the country. The other is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated reporter and anchor at KJRH.
Tune into Channel 2 on Thursday (tomorrow) at 6:30 am to watch KJRH 's Travis Guillory and Cascia Hall's Travis Guillory trade places. Thank you Travis Guillory KJRH for being a CH student yesterday! #Back2School#TravisSwap
Cupid hit the Middle School on Friday! Some sweet little Cupids came in early Friday morning and decorated every 6th-grade locker with a sweet Valentine’s Day note! Here's hoping everyone had a LOVEly Valentine's Day.
Two informational meetings for parents of current sophomores and juniors interested in their students being a part of next year's minimester international trip to Germany and Switzerland will be held in upcoming weeks.
On the final day of World Language Week, students took selfies in front of foreign country backgrounds which they posted to social media, tagging Cascia Hall. Even the security team of Tim and Jessica enjoyed the activity.
Those eighth-grade students who are currently eligible for induction into the Driscoll Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society have received a written application form that must be completed and turned in by Tuesday, March 3.
On Tuesday, February 18, students, parents, and faculty will have the opportunity to hear award-winning speech and vocal solo performances. The evening will begin at 7:00 pm and will include humorous interpretation speech duets, prose performances, monologues, English and Italian classical art songs, and musical theater works.
The CPFA snowed out meeting has been rescheduled! Please join us WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH at noon in the Brecht Center. All parents are invited and lunch will be served. Catch up on building news, Celebrate Cascia updates, junior class flower sales, the newly proposed CPFA Board, and even prom!
This Thursday, February 13, members of Cascia's select vocal ensemble Command Performance will have a once in a lifetime experience performing the song "I Want To Know What Love Is" with the band Foreigner!
In honor of World Language Week, the students are collecting travel-size toiletries for the homeless and competing for the prize of an extra Spirit Dress day. One class in the Middle School and one class in the Upper School will win. The toiletries collected will be donated to Iron Gate Ministries. Please help us fill our boxes this week.
Cascia Hall won the 4A State Academic Bowl competition They beat Grove, Sequoyah Tahlequah, Bishop McGuinness, and Tuttle for the Championship! Team members are Abraar Hassany, Luke Baber, Andrea Armstrong, Lily Phillips, Thomas Nash, and Jack Mehl. The students are coached by Mrs. Pam Benne and Mrs. Catherine Sims.
Cascia Hall is hosting an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 25 in the Brecht Center from 5:30 - 6:30 pm to explain GO for Catholic Schools. Speaker Tom Kelley, CPA, will cover a basic understanding of GO for Catholic Schools, ways you can donate, and benefits of this tax credit scholarship fund for students, schools and you as a donor. Please join us.
The Cascia Hall Science Research Team will compete in the regional fair this week. You are invited to preview the projects and talk to the student research team members on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the Upper School main lobby. Here is some info on the students and their projects:
Mrs. Wilson took her 8th grade US History class to City Hall on Thursday where they were able to visit with Mayor G.T. Bynum '96. The class is studying the Constitution and all different levels of government.
Every February, Mrs. Hubble, Library Media Center Director, creates a display for Black History Month featuring different Civil Rights leaders and authors. This year the books on display spotlight minister and leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., author and poet Maya Angelou, abolitionist and women's rights advocate Sojourner Truth, social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass, and politician A. Philip Randolph.
Senior Luke Wilson was invited last year at the state science fair to be a presenter at the American Junior Academy of Sciences Conference which will be held in Seattle on February 12-16. His project is entitled "The Effects of Selected Antioxidants on UV Light-Induced Stress on LumbriculusVariegatus."
Congratulations to the varsity cheerleaders who were the champions in national competition last weekend in Dallas. They competed with 27 other teams from around the nation to achieve the following awards:
Returning student contracts were emailed to all current families on Friday, January 17. The due date for returning them with a deposit is February 7. Questions: Contact Mrs. Patricia Wilson in the Headmaster's office, 918-746-2601, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming CPFA meeting on Wednesday, February 5. Lunch will be served at the noon meeting in the Brecht Center. Be among the first to fall in love with Millie, the Celebrate Cascia puppy!
Senior Margaret Barbour's minimester internship is at Nathan Hale Junior High school. Margaret has been working with the 7th and 8th-grade orchestra students. The students, who play various string instruments have been working on practice techniques, music interpretation, and ear training. Margaret is pictured here with the orchestra students at Nathan Hale Junior High.
Do students really have to memorize the periodic table? This is an age-old question with which physical science teachers battle. You might say that’s impossible, a waste of time, or downright unnecessary in today’s age of information at your fingertips. Asking students to write and interpret chemical formulas without knowing the symbols for the elements is like asking someone to spell words and write sentences without knowing the alphabet.
The winner of the Cascia Hall Trivia Night games was a team made up of mostly Cascia teachers and alums. Team members were L to R Front Row: Regan Wright Daniel '94, Anne Lisko, Sarah Kennedy (US faculty), and Laura Millspaugh (US faculty). Back Row: Ian Lisko, Andrew Milllspaugh '97, Brian Daniel '97, and Joe Kennedy '94. Congratulations, team!
Senior Margaret Barbour was selected as the Tulsa Youth Symphony Concerto Competition winner. Margaret, who serves as the Co-Concertmaster for the symphony, will perform the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the Symphony Orchestra's Spring Serenade Concert to be held on May 3rd.
Junior Travis Guilllory has advanced to the second round of the National CS Music Vocal Competition in both the classical and the musical theater divisions. Travis was chosen for this round based on his video submission last month.
Senior John-Martin Willmann is interning with Dr. Mariam Hanna at Tulsa Modern Dental this minimester. During the internship, he has been able to learn about patient care and dental business practices. His favorite part was helping care for Gracie, the office therapy dog.
On Wednesday, the freshmen Oklahoma History students took a tour of some historical sites in Tulsa which included the downtown tunnel system, the oldest house in Tulsa, the house where the Outsiders was filmed, and the Council Oak Tree. They also dined at the Mother Road Market on historic Route 66.
Senior Christian Clark is working at Scissortail Wealth Management for his minimester internship. Christian is learning the importance of financial planning, wealth management, and how to manage stock market portfolios.
All Upper School students are invited to attend Teen Trialogue this Sunday from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Boston Avenue Methodist Church. Lunch will be provided, and student activities will promote this year's theme: Our Journey for Justice and Peace: How our faith traditions inform and encourage us to be change makers. Participants will receive Caritas service hours for either Greater Tulsa or Faith Community. Questions? Contact Erika Van Doren, Sydney Hoose, Patrick Zetik, Mrs. Sims, or Mrs. McMahon
As part of her Girl Scout Silver Award Project, Sophie has been knitting hats for months. Before Christmas, she donated them to Family & Children's Services. She was also able to meet some recipients of her work. The Silver Award requires a minimum of 50 hours.
The Cascia Hall Boys Upper School Golf team will have a parent/player meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 pm in the Brecht Center to discuss the upcoming 2020 golf season. If your student will be playing golf this spring, please be sure to attend. Here are some items that will be covered in the meeting: varsity/JV qualifying, practice schedule, tournaments, uniform orders.
The Cascia Hall wrestling team placed 8th in the 25-team Catoosa invitational. Eli Griffin pinned all four opponents on his way to the championship. Freshman sensation Luke Eschenheimer pinned his way to the championship also. Grant Baber, coming off a knee injury, placed second, and first-year wrestler Jed Wagner wrestled his way to 5th.
Tonight (January 17) during both varsity games, one lucky person will get a chance to win $300! What do you have to do? Just make a half-court shot--$300 for the girls game and $300 for the boys game. See you tonight! Bring your game!
The Upper School Art class portraits started as a study of the artist Chuck Close. Students learned how to grid a photo that they took with their phones or Chromebooks. Students were required to take a close up photo of themselves or a friend using exaggerated expression. They then enlarged the grid onto paper and followed the grid on the photo to find correct proportions and value. This was a fun study of creating character or emotion, value, and proportions.
The Cascia Hall Holy Rollers boys bowling team goes up against Jenks girls Friday night, January 17 at Andy B’s! Let’s bowl a 300 Rollers (because you might have to do push-ups if you don’t - check out the last picture!) #casciahall#bowling
These sophomores worked hard on Wednesday at Catholic Charities. Every Wednesday in January, the sophomore class volunteers at various organizations around Tulsa for Minimester Caritas! #chminimester#service#volunteer#casciahall
On Wednesday, the freshmen continued their Oklahoma History tour in Fort Gibson. They were able to see the rebuilt fort and learn about its significance. Check back next week to see where they are headed next! #chminimester
Students from Meudon, France (suburb of Paris) will be in the Tulsa area from April 1 - 18. Preference will be given to US French students, but all interested US students are welcome to apply to host. Please email or stop by Ms. Grounds' room for more details and a host application. Questions: email@example.com
Coach Rahilly will be holding an interest level meeting for any freshmen or new students interested in Boys Golf this spring. The meeting will be in the gym lobby during break on Thursday, January 23. If you are interested but can not attend the meeting, please contact Coach Rahilly.
In front of Guinness Brewery (no tasting allowed) Cross Erected in Phoenix park for Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland in 1979 Penultimate Day in Dublin River Liffey Runs through it (Dublin) #chminimester#ireland#casciaminimester#travel
Eighth graders Spencer Loeffler (left) and Sydney Cuttler (right) are performing in Theatre Tulsa’s production of The Music Man, opening this weekend at the Tulsa PAC and running through January 26. Both are veterans of Cascia’s Middle School theatre program and summer Performing Arts Camp. Break a leg!
Congratulation to Cascia Hall 7th grader Maya Jacob on being selected to perform in Hollywood on New Year's Eve at the VOCAL STAR Gala/Awards Show. It was a fun week of vocal lessons and songwriting techniques from Legendary vocal coach/songwriter Don Wolf.
On Wednesdays during Minimester, the sophomores participate in community service in the Tulsa area. Two of the five places they served this week were the Community Food Bank and Catholic Charities where they helped sort donations for distribution. #chminimester
Yesterday marked the first Wednesday of the Freshman Oklahoma History field trips! First, they visited Claremore and the famous Will Rogers Museum and completed a scavenger hunt learning about Will Rogers. They finished out the day at the Port of Catoosa learning about its history and how it operates today! Check back to see where they will venture next week in the OK History Minimester class! #chminimester
The Cascia travelers arrived in Dublin and chartered a bus to Belfast where they headed straight to the wonderful Titanic museum before getting settled in their rooms to recoup before dinner. The next day, they visited the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle.
We are working through some technical issues, but by this afternoon at 3:00 PM you will be able to see grades and semester exams results. Official reports cards with final semester grades and teacher comments will be posted by the end of the week. Sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused."
Congrats Nick Choquette, DB, jr.; Jaxon Henderson, QB/DB/P, sr. (#13 pictured); Grant Phillips, L, sr.; Patrick Pixley, LB/TE, sr.; Dylan Wilson, LB, jr. for making the 2019-20 All World Honorable Mention football team!
Celebrate Cascia 2020 will be held on April 17, 2020 at the Tulsa Club Hotel. The committee is working to put together live auction packages. If you have homes in ski resort areas, tickets for professional athletics events, airline miles, hotel points, or other items that would help make good experience packages which you are willing to donate, please contact LeAnn Nash leann.us.com, or Amy Westbrock firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorship information, contact Sandy Willmann at 918.746.2614 or email@example.com. Thank you.