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 Folllow 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: