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March 6, 2017
 
Happy Monday McGuinness Families! The week before Spring Break is here, but we won't lack for activities this week. The school will be closed from Monday March 13 through Friday, March 17. Don't forget, while we are on break daylight savings time will begin on Sunday, March 12 and St. Patricks Day is celebrated on Friday, March 17.

The Speech and Debate team was at it again last weekend competing at the Western Oklahoma District Tournament. Two students, Madison Hart and Cheyenne Martin, qualified for the NSDA National Tournament. Madison won the District Championship for Dramatic Interpretation and Cheyenne was District Champion for both Humorous Interpretation and Oratory. She was also selected as the 2017 Western Oklahoma District Student of the Year. Wendell Hixson and Lucas Schrantz were semifinalists in Duo Interpretation. The Speech And Debate team was recognized last summer by the NSDA as one of the Top 20 high school teams in the country.

Last Friday friends and supporters of Catholic education gathered downtown at the Sheraton Hotel for an early morning breakfast offered by the Archdiocese and Archbishop Coakley. Guests were entertained by our orchestra, and greeted by many of our seniors who volunteered to be ushers. Presentations were made by the Archbishop, Superintendent Diane Floyd, and Sister Mary Paul McCoughey who is the former Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The morning was dedicated to bringing awareness to the needs of our Catholic Schools.

The boys and girls Basketball teams fought valiantly over the weekend before ending theirs seasons in area tournament play. The girls lost to Guymon 
50-47 on Thursday evening, and the boys lost to Tulsa Hale in a game played at Jenks High School Friday evening. I want to give a "Big Shout out" to our seniors who have given so much to their teams these past four years.  Senior girls are Charlotte Edmonds, Isabel Farris, Jessica Hardin, Camden Parrott and manager Ben Bazan; senior boys are Matt Chancellor, Griffin Charles, Jackson de la Garza, Rubell Goe, Davis Lauderdale, Ryal Reddick, Zach Segell, Mason Webb and managers Clay Morris, Kim Hagen and Haven Kostiuk   All of our winter sports seasons have ended and spring sports now take center stage. Please see the calendar highlighting events for the week. The Baseball team plays at home against Jones today beginning at 4:30 pm and the Track team will host the Clancy Classic Invitational Meet on Thursday beginning at 3:30 pm. Tennis, golf and soccer will also be in action during the week. 

Starting last October, I began speaking following each weekend Mass at every parish in north Oklahoma City. My last stop will be St. John the Baptist in Edmond sometime after Spring Break. The purpose of my message is to support Catholic education. Each parish where I have spoken has a Catholic elementary/middle school with the exception of Corpus Christi, whose school closed in the 1990's. Many of the parishioners in these parishes have or had their children in Catholic education. The center of my message is thanking those who have supported Catholic education by their attendance, and encouraging them to stay the course. Some of our Catholic elementary schools see a decline in enrollment beginning in the 5th grade, and that decline continues into middle school. The second part of my message is to encourage them to continue their students education and faith formation into high school. Fearing the cost, many choose not to attend McGuinness or the Mount. Speaking for McGuinness, I can say with great confidence that our graduates are often 1.5 to 2.0 years ahead academically than their public school counterparts. We were informed last year by OU and OSU that McGuinness students take fewer remedial (non credit) courses than any other high school in the state. Now giving more than 400 AP exams each spring, many of our graduates are starting college as second semester freshmen or first semester sophomores. This acceleration is saving our families thousands of dollars for undergraduate degrees. Academic preparation aside, Catholic high school graduates are 3 times more likely to remain committed to their faith, and contribute to society through service and special outreach programs. So, to all of our families, thank you for believing in the mission of our school, and investing in the future for your child. I can say after now watching for decades of students graduate from McGuinness, your investment will pay great dividends in the future. 

Did you sign up for Matthew Kelly's "Best Lent Ever" series? If not, tap this link bestlentever and sign up today! Matthew Kelly has a powerful saying, "Our lives change when our habits change." We tend to fill our lives with wants and not necessarily needs. Trying to find happiness by satisfying our wants often leads to emptiness and a loss of happiness. Finding that special relationship with God through prayer and spending just a few minutes reading the gospels can help each of us fill the void that we are often seeking in our life. Last week while on the principal's retreat, I purchased a book of prayers. It takes less than a couple of minutes to read the daily prayer each morning, but I have found the readings echoing in my ears throughout the day. I encourage you to try something similar throughout this season on Lent. I have a feeling if you start, its a habit you will keep throughout your life.

Have a wonderful week everyone and a safe, enjoyable and fun Spring Break. Hope to see you at one of our activities this week!
 

GO IRISH!

Yours in Christ,
 
David Morton
Principal


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  • Financial Aid Work Grant packets for the 2017-18 school year are now available. You can contact the Business Office and have a packet mailed to you, or stop by school and pick one up. New applicants are welcomed, but please remember that you must re-apply each year. The deadline to return the packets is March 22, 2017.  No award is final until all of students’ enrollment/re-enrollment is complete. Awards are announced in early May 2017. If you have any questions please contact Mary Jane Hughes at mhughes@bmchs.org or 842-6638, ext 222.
DATES TO REMEMBER

March 12-18           Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
March 20                Archdiocesan Day – NO SCHOOL
March 30                Sophomore Retreat
April 17                  Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL
April 22                  Prom
April 24-27             Olympics Week
Apri 30                   OKC Bombing Memorial Run "Irish Alley"

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To see the latest Chi Rhoan Newspaper, please visit our website at www.bmchs.org, Campus Life, Chi Rhoan or just click on the link below:
STEM II students making dreams a reality
STEM II students are working on a year long project of their choosing while guided by teacher, Ms. Smith and a mentor specializing in their field of study. They have created websites for their projects and are now fundraising hoping to proceed to the next phase of their venture.  If you want to see the status of their projects we encourage you to visit their websites! 
Bautista Baiocchi-Lora: http://app-enigma.weebly.com/ 
Christopher Labarthe:
https://sites.google.com/a/students.bmchs.org/stem-ii-project/ 
Bryce Buwick and Mitchell Ciupak: http://ciupakbuwickproject.weebly.com/

TO DONATE TO ANY OF THEIR PROJECTS, CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK: STEMPROJECT

Chris Labarthe

I am modeling, rigging, and animating a character that I created to perform various movements and actions. My project gives me firsthand experience with 3D animation. 

Fundraising goal met.

Bautista Baiocchi-Lora

I am creating Enigma, which is an anonymous android instant messaging application.

Fundraising goal: $350

Bryce Buwick/Mitchell Ciupak 

We are sending weather balloons into the stratosphere to measure high-altitude wind patterns.

Fundraising goal: $800

       A Big Irish Congratulations Goes To...
  • Michelle Nguyen and Zach Segell who were selected as Students of the Month for March last week during Ash Wednesday Mass.
  • Girls Golf team for their 10th place finish at Ponca City High School last week. Leading the Irish were Emma Hughes 98, Lizzy Harjo 102 and Kylie Lancaster 105.

 
  • Girls Basketball team for a great season.  The Lady Irish lost to Guymon 50-47 last week during regional action. Thanks to Coach Richie Henderson and the entire team for their perseverance and dedication this year!
  • Boys Basketball team for their valiant effort against Tulsa Hale during area play last week. The team lost bringing their season to a close. Thanks to Coach Tondrell Durham and the rest of the team for all their time and effort this year.

 
  • the BMCHS Cheer Stunt Team competed in the first Stunt Competition of the season tonight defeating Carl Albert 15-13!!  What a GREAT start to Stunt season!  To see a video of this performance, click here
     
  • Griffin Charles and Lucas Litchfield for being chosen as part of this year's All-State Academic Bowl Team.  Both Griffin and Lucas placed in the top 36 seniors across all classes of OSSAA schools. They will have the opportunity to compete in the All-State tournament on April 22nd.

 
  • Elizabeth Beall who served as a Senate Page for Oklahoma Senator Greg Treat, Majority Floor Leader last week.
     

 
  • the Boys Tennis team who placed 3rd at the Claremore Tournament last week. Placing for the Irish were:
1 Singles:  Will Puiggari 7th place
2 singles:  Peyton Tuller 4th place
1 doubles: Brock Buchanan & Bryce Buwick 2nd place
2 doubles: Colton Gilpin & Braeden Buchanan 4th place
  • Girls varsity tennis team for their performance at the Claremore tourney on Saturday.                                   Placing 2nd:  Tori Dill & Sami Court                             Placing 3rd:  Katherine Hill & Ashley Gawey                     Placing 5th:  Hailey Harris & Mackenzie McCuan.             The Boys & Girls varsity teams will be playing in the Ponca City tournament Tuesday.
  • Fighting Irish football team  for performing Christian Service Hours for someone in need over the weekend!
  • Band and Orchestra students who competed at Edmond Santa Fe for the OSSAA District Solo and Ensemble.Student ratings were as follows:
    Olivia Ortega-Superior Rating-Flute Solo
    Annika Lunsford-Superior Rating-Viola Solo
    Jason Mullen-Superior Rating-Classical Guitar Solo
    Kevin Suarez-Excellent Rating-Snare Drum Solo
    Rendon Chambers-Excellent Rating-Bb Clarinet Solo
    Ethan Williams-Excellent Rating-Bb Clarinet Solo
    Clare Barr-Excellent Rating-Alto Saxophone Solo
    Olivia, Annika, and Jason will advance to OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble April 19th at OSU! 
  • seniors Madison Hart and Cheyenne Martin who qualified for the 2017 NSDA National Tournament after competing this weekend at the West Oklahoma District Tournament held at OU!  Madison was the District Champion in Dramatic Interp, and Cheyenne was the District Champion in both Humorous Interp and Oratory.  Honorable mention also goes to juniors Wendell Hixson and Lucas Schrantz who were semi-finalists in Duo Interp.  In addition, a special congratulations goes out to Cheyenne Martin who was selected as the 2017 West Oklahoma District Student of the Year!
       A Big Irish Thank You Goes To...
  • Father Danny Grover and Deacon Clyde Grover for a wonderful Ash Wednesday Mass last week. Also, thank you everyone else who participated and made this such a special Mass.
  • the BMCHS Alumni Association for hosting a wonderful Irish Family Bingo Night last Sunday.  Special thanks to Bingo Chairman Carly Wegener '98, Master of Ceremonies Frank Ille '87 and the Alumni Executive Board. Members present were Sharon Tonseth '81, Hannah Huneryager Matteson '06, Mari Maidt Imel '69, Bev Braun Kanaly '66, Shelby King Steinkirchner '05, John Edwards '96, Darren Derryberry '84, and Chris Neumann '96. 
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