WALSH JESUIT September 2010
Volume 20 Issue 1
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Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:
I would like to share a few announcements with you as we begin the school year. First, make
2 Mini Course Night
the Walsh Jesuit website (www.walshjesuit.org) a favorite on your web-browser. As the year
(6:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
progresses and you become either more informed or puzzled, the web-site will answer many
6 No Classes – Labor Day of your questions. It is continually updated with calendar updates and events. The Principal’s
E-Bulletin will also be sent via email every Wednesday reminding you of events and programs
13 Mass of the Holy Spirit that are coming up, as well as any changes that are occurring during the week.
(12:00 p.m. Dismissal)
If you have a question or concern that deals with in-class events, there is no need to wait for
15 Early Dismissal formal parent-teacher conference evenings. Please keep the following communication
(1:47 p.m. Dismissal) protocol in mind. This protocol seeks both to resolve concerns at the most immediate level
and to help your student develop responsibility:
15 SPA Retreat Begins
(7:00 p.m.) 1. The first conversation will be between the student and teacher. If the student is
reluctant to speak with the teacher, the student will meet with his or her guidance
16 Adult Enrichment counselor.
Classes Begin 2. If a concern remains unresolved, the parent will communicate with the teacher.
(7:00 p.m.) 3. If a concern still remains unresolved, the parent or student will speak with the
department chair first, and then with Mrs. Rafferty, Assistant Principal for
18 Finding God In the Dark
22 Q1 Progress Reports Finally, in regards to school-to-parent communication, please continue to use your
NetClassroom username and password to access your student’s grades and conduct reports.
26 NHS Induction Mass All faculty are required to update their Netclassroom Gradebooks on a weekly basis.
(10:00 a.m.) Semester report cards are the only grade reports that will be mailed home. All interim
reports and quarter report cards will be posted on NetClassroom. Freshman parents received
28 Kairos 81 their NetClassroom username and password in the August mailing. NetClassroom usernames
(thru October 1) and passwords for the upper-class parents have not changed. If you have forgotten your
NetClassroom information, please email our registrar, Sue Kurtz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, it seems we are off to a good start to the school year. We are anxious and
excited to work with all of you in a productive and meaningful working relationship.
Together, with the help of our good Lord, we can play key roles in developing men and
women of care and compassion.
Mr. Mark Hassman
“Men and Women for Others”
The parent newsletter, "What's News at...Walsh Jesuit", is available monthly through the school website,
and can be downloaded and printed from your home computer. The newsletter serves as a way to inform
parents of important news and upcoming events at Walsh Jesuit. Please note that all athletic dates and
events can be found on the Athletics portion of the school website. Parents are encouraged to frequent
the website and read the E-Bulletin and Parent Newsletter in order to obtain the most current
information regarding all school activities.
Walsh Jesuit is pleased to announce new faculty and staff members for the 2010-2011 school year. New
members of the community include Ms. Catherine Cousineau (English), Ms. Tamula Drumm (Foreign
Language), Mrs. Jeannette Justice (Business Office), Mr. Andrew Kerr (Social Studies), and Ms. Jennifer
Razek (Science). Best wishes to these teachers and staff as well as all faculty, staff, and students in the
upcoming school year.
Mini Course Night will be held Thursday, September 2nd, beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. and
lasting until 9:00 p.m. All parents are encouraged to attend this evening as it provides an opportunity to
meet the faculty and get acquainted with the building by following an abbreviated student schedule.
Family Rosters will be available, as well as additional informational handouts.
The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Commons where President, Mr. Karl Ertle, will address the
parents regarding future planning and the 2010-2011 school year. Parents will then proceed to their
student's first period class and continue to follow the personalized daily schedule. Faculty members have
prepared a brief presentation in each class to introduce parents to themselves, their course, and
their goals for the students.
There is no need to RSVP or bring a student schedule. All instructions and materials will be provided for
parents in the Commons upon arrival. Student volunteers will be on-hand to assist with questions and
Welcome Walsh Jesuit
Class of 2014, Transfer
Students, and their
On Monday, September 13, Walsh Jesuit will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The Mass of the Holy
Spirit is celebrated by all Jesuit high schools and universities at the beginning of the school year. It is a
tradition almost as old as the Society of Jesus itself, going back to the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily
in 1548. As always, we pray in thanksgiving for the gifts of grace, and for the Holy Spirit to inspire us as
we pursue our academic endeavors.
All students must report to school at the regular time of 8:00 a.m. The class of 2014 and this year's
Eucharistic Ministers will be honored during the Mass, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00
a.m. in the Ricco Fieldhouse. This year’s celebrant will be Fr. Tim Kesicki, S.J., Provincial of the Chicago
and Detroit provinces. Students are dismissed after Mass. All Walsh Jesuit buses will transport students
home at approximately 11:30 a.m.; the public school buses will depart at the regular time of 2:50 p.m.
The Walsh Jesuit Mothers' Club will begin this year’s activities by assisting on Mini-Course night, Thursday,
September 2, and with the Eucharistic Ministers' reception on Monday, September 13. All parents should have
received a mailing including a Gold Card, which highlights important dates throughout the school year, and
includes a listing of Mothers' Club board members. Please feel free to contact any board member if you have
a question. As always, Mothers’ Club is looking for volunteers! Please consider taking a moment to fill out
the volunteer sheet and return it to school. You will be contacted by the committee chair.
The Walsh Jesuit Mothers' Club has compiled a custom cookbook with over 340 recipes. Purchase one for you
and a friend! It makes a great gift. Cost is $15 and they are available in the reception office and online
through the school website. Questions? Contact Marita Gilligan at email@example.com or
Senior yearbook photos must be taken by Woodard Photographic and submitted to the yearbook staff no later
than Tuesday, February 22, 2010. Students who do not plan to schedule a senior photo shoot with Woodard
will be able to have a yearbook photo taken at Walsh Jesuit on Friday, January 28, 2011, during their lunch
period. Representatives from Woodard will be on-hand that day to offer free-of-charge yearbook portraits for
the senior class. This will be the last opportunity to have a yearbook photo taken. Seniors may dress up for
these photos. All males are required to wear a coat and tie. Females should be dressed appropriately with
their shoulders covered.
Seniors may opt to have their personal senior pictures taken at a studio of their choice. The only photo
required to be taken by Woodard Photographic is the Walsh Jesuit yearbook photo.
Parents and friends of Walsh Jesuit are invited to join the Walsh Jesuit faculty and staff for yoga classes,
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the Campion Board Room, following the school’s calendar. The first class
is Wednesday, September 8, 2010. The cost is $5.00 for each class, but no one should feel excluded by the
Hatha Yoga creates space in the body and mind and brings focus, relaxation, and intention. Through the
practice of integrating the breath and lengthening the spine, hatha yoga will bring a sense of mindfulness
to strengthening the core, boosting the immune system, and inspiring overall health and well-being. A
variety of poses and breathing will be explored to assist in individualizing the yoga experience. Cheril
Walker, Yoga Instructor, is a visual artist, educator and yoga teacher residing in Kent, Ohio with her
husband, three children, dogs, and chickens. She has been formally trained as a Brahmrishi Yoga teacher
and is registered with Yoga Alliance, RYT 200.
Medal Winners (Top three GPAs in each grade level
for the second semester 2009-2010 school year)
Class of 2011
Gold – Alex Tomko
Silver – Alexis Gable
Bronze – Gabby Colavecchio
Class of 2012
Gold – James Moley
Silver – Michael Hudock
Bronze – Brenna Haag
Class of 2013
Gold – Claire Bauer, David Harvan, and
Silver – Brendan Riley and Sandra Yu
Bronze – Nicholas Musgrave and
College Guidance Reminder – Class of 2011 Parents “One Month Rule”
Senior students and parents are reminded that completed college application documents should be given
to their guidance counselor along with an Application Planning Checklist & Transcript Request (available in
college guidance) one-month before the application deadlines. Students are also responsible for asking
teachers for recommendations by Friday, October 15, 2010.
PSAT (Preliminary SAT) – Classes 2012 and 2013
Sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT (Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam) on
Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Unfortunately, there is no makeup date for the PSAT allowed by the
College Board, so students are encouraged to make every effort to be at school this day. The PSAT
program is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For many
students, the PSAT is one of the first steps in the college search process. It assesses skills developed
through years of study in a wide range of courses, as well as through experiences outside the classroom.
The PSAT has three critical parts: Critical Reading, Math and Writing Skills. Please look for test day
procedures in the weekly E-Bulletin.
Classes 2014, 2013, 2012
College Guidance Tip: As you know, colleges are looking not only for hard working and successful students,
they are also interested in students who have a passion for something outside of school. There are copies
of the Extracurricular Activity Resume Worksheet (by grade) on the College Guidance web page. The
purpose of this form is to provide potential colleges with a more complete picture of who you are. Many
colleges are most interested in students who have a few or even one extracurricular that they love and
show real passion for.
The Homecoming Dance is Saturday, October 16, in the Walsh Jesuit Commons from 8:00 p.m. until
midnight. Because the capacity of the room is 600 people, freshmen will not be permitted to attend.
Please be aware that students who are not properly attired will not be admitted to the dance.
Young men must wear a suit or blazer and dress pants, dress shirt and tie, and dress shoes. Dresses
for young women must be appropriate for a Catholic school ― knee length, modest top. Girls must
wear footwear at all times.
We encourage parents to assist in the chaperoning duties. If you would be available to chaperone,
please email Ms. Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshmen are not permitted to attend the Homecoming Dance. Instead,
Student Government is hosting a freshman mixer on Saturday, October 9, in
the Walsh Jesuit Commons. Attire for the evening should be dressy, but
modest. The dance will be for Walsh Jesuit freshmen only so that the students
will have the opportunity to meet one another. Details on time and cost will
be made available shortly.
2010-2011 School Calendar
19 Thursday 3 Monday
Classes Begin, Freshmen Only CLASSES RESUME
20 Friday 11 Tuesday
Classes Begin, All Students First Semester Exams Through Thursday,
January 13, 2010
September 14 Friday
6 Monday Exam Make-Up – NO CLASSES
Labor Day - NO CLASSES 17 Monday
13 Monday Martin Luther King Day
Mass of the Holy Spirit NO CLASSES
15 Wednesday 18 Tuesday
Early Dismissal End of 1st Semester
1 Friday 9 Wednesday
Faculty-Staff Day of Service Early Dismissal
NO CLASSES 21 Monday
22 Friday President’s Day – NO CLASSES
End of 1st Quarter
28 Thursday March
Parent-Teacher Conferences 24 Thursday
PLAN Test End of 3rd Quarter
29 Friday Parent-Teacher Conferences
Fall Break – NO CLASSES 25 Friday
Spring Break Begins – NO CLASSES
10 Wednesday April
Early Dismissal 4 Monday
24 Wednesday Classes Resume
NO CLASSES 13 Wednesday
25 Thursday Early Dismissal
Thanksgiving – NO CLASSES 22 Friday
26 Friday NO CLASSES
NO CLASSES 29 Friday
10 Friday May
NO CLASSES 18 Wednesday
15 Wednesday Early Dismissal
Early Dismissal 30 Monday
20 Monday Memorial Day – NO CLASSES
Christmas Break Begins 31 Tuesday
NO CLASSES 2nd Semester Exams Through Thursday,
Exam Make-Up – NO CLASSES
End of 2nd Semester
“Men and Women for Others”