Holy Family Activities and Arts Watch Party

Let’s end our year celebrating the talents of our student athletes, artists, and musicians.  Over 1,200 members of our community joined our livestream of the Class of 2020 Baccalaureate and Commencement Mass on Wednesday, May 20. This week we invite you to tune in at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 28, for the Holy Family ESPYs, Spring Virtual Coffee House, Spring Band Performance, and the earlier shared Virtual Art Show.

The 2020 Holy Family ESPY’S

AWARDS SHOW HONORING HOLY FAMILY STUDENT ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES

Introducing the first annual Holy Family ESPY’S, recognizing excellence in student athletics and activities.

Holy Family Spring Virtual Coffee House

One of Holy Family’s favorite musical nights of the year went virtual this spring with a coffee house featuring a few veteran performers.

Holy Family Band presents “Music from our Virtual Journey.”

From our Mrs. Laura Boillat, HFCHS Director of Vocal Music: Learning, rehearsing and performing music is on an ongoing group project, with an ENORMOUS amount of subtle yet essential non-verbal communication between musicians. School moving online in mid-March due to Covid-19 turned music performance groups on their heads! The Holy Family Band was no exception, but we embraced the online format and began a journey into the world of studio music and music production. In doing so, we have learned a LOT about recording, editing, and mixing, and just how vital that non-verbal communication is to perform live music effectively. We have certainly grown as musicians through this experience!

Many of the virtual performances presented here are the culmination of our third project in our exploration of a digital audio workstation (DAW) called Soundtrap (similar in function to Garageband). Students started out experimenting with loops and beats to create original ringtones they could use on their phones. We then moved on to incorporating our own recorded tracks for project two. Project three expanded on it and required students to work individually or in groups to create layered recordings along with loops. It took countless hours for everyone to get from zero to their final product. After the music was selected, we familiarized ourselves with it through listening and practicing. Working with a timeline of what needed to be done and setting goals for accomplishment, students needed to collaborate with others in their group to make musical and non-musical decisions. Students then began recording their parts in their homes, using only the equipment they had on hand. Recording, along with editing, required a lot of problem-solving and experimenting with everything from microphone placement (typically just a computer or phone) to tempo and balance. Students then layered, edited, and mixed them into our final performance of the 2019-2020 school year.

We present to you “Music from our Virtual Journey.”

The 2020 Virtual Visual Arts Show

Check out our Spring Art Showcase!

 

Coronavirus Updates – COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Holy Family Activities – Summer Sports & Camps – May 26, 2020

Greetings Holy Family students, parents, coaches, and campers,

The following guidelines have been created to provide families with a clear understanding of Holy Family’s plans to create opportunities for students throughout the summer, while implementing measures to safeguard the health and safety of everyone involved. These procedures have been created based on recommendations from national, state, and local administrators and health experts, and tailored to the unique specifications of our school’s facilities and student body.

Families are expected to review the plan, and make decisions about their son or daughter’s participation in team training opportunities this summer.

Families who elect to participate in training and camps must complete the attached COVID release of liability form prior to participation.

Please know that this plan has been created with the most accurate and timely information available.  However, as new information becomes available, it is possible that plans may need to be modified. We will ensure that families are informed of changes as they arise.

Updates about training and camps in July will be provided at a later date, based on the available information at that time. We are hopeful that we’ll be in a position to offer camps and training throughout July with progressively fewer restrictions.

Period 1 – June 8 – June 29:

Youth Camps:

  • All sports camps for elementary and middle school students that were scheduled to take place prior to June 29th have been either cancelled or rescheduled for July.
  • Individuals who have registered for camps will receive communication regarding rescheduling and/or refunds.
  • Registration fees will be refunded in full in a timely fashion for all cancelled camps.

Training for Holy Family students (including freshman enrolling in Fall 2020) will adhere to the following parameters:

No sports specific training will occur until June 15 in accordance with MSHSL guidelines.  Coaches will provide specific information to their participants.

Pre-workout Screening:

  • All coaches and students should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to participation.
  • Screening includes a temperature check administered at home prior to participation.
  • Families are required to monitor the health of their children and withhold them from participation if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Sore Throat
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Close contact, or cared for someone with COVID-19
    • Temp (if higher than 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Any person with positive symptoms should not be allowed to take part in workouts and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health-care professional.
  • Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts during this phase.

Limitations on Gatherings:

  • Workouts will be conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 students always working together
  • No gatherings of more than 10 people at a time inside. Up to 50 individuals may gather outdoors for workouts.
  • It is essential that parents register for summer training opportunities immediately to provide coaches the opportunity to plan and stagger trainings.
  • Register today at: http://www.hfchs.org/firecamps/
  • Parents, if your son or daughter is planning on participating in summer training for an activity that does not require online registration, please contact the program head coach for specific information about training opportunities and logistics
  • If locker rooms or meeting rooms are used, there must be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times.
  • Outdoor training will be utilized, when possible, to increase distance between individuals
  • Parents who drop athletes off for camps and training are requested to remain in their vehicles, rather than entering the facility
  • Captain’s practices are not allowed during the month of June

 

Facilities Cleaning:

  • Adequate cleaning schedules have been created, and will be implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases.
  • Individuals should wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made plentiful and available to individuals as they transfer from place to place.
  • Appropriate clothing/shoes should be worn at all times to minimize sweat from transmitting onto surfaces.
  • Students are encouraged to shower and wash their clothing upon returning home.
  • There will be no shared clothing between students.
  • All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned intermittently during training.
  • All athletic equipment such as bats, batting helmets and catchers gear should be cleaned between each use.
  • All students shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles will not be shared.
  • Hydration stations will not be utilized.

 

Rights and Responsibilities for Athletes:

  • Choices made by families – to participate, to not participate, or to participate only in some settings will be respected at all times.
  • Athletes are expected to respect the privacy and space of others, and may expect the same for themselves.
  • Coaches will provide opportunities for students who are unable to train on campus to develop skills and improve strength and fitness, as requested.
  • Students may elect to wear cloth masks if they choose to do so during training, but they are not required to do so.
  • Families will be informed if a student develops COVID-19, but individual health information about students will not be shared with other families. Families are expected to contact the Athletic Director if your son/daughter is found to have COVID-19.
  • Individual adherence to the guidelines found herein is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our students, teams, and school throughout some very challenging times!

We are grateful to serve a community so committed to leading the way for our students.

Go Fire!

Nick Tibesar & Tim Triplett

April 3, 2020

All districts are offering free lunch to students who may or may not qualify for free and reduced lunch.  Below are sites for area school districts.  Click on the document below for links to sites for more information about free lunches during the COVID19 crisis.

Click on the link below

School Lunch Programs

March 26, 2020

En Español

Dear Holy Family parents and students,

We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz issued a Shelter in Place Order for the State of Minnesota from March 27 at 11:59 pm through April 10.  With the previous requirement of gatherings 50 or less in place until mid-May and this new directive, we are moving forward with the following items.

ONLINE LEARNING

NEW INFORMATION: Online School begins on Monday, March 30, and now extends until at least Monday, May 4, in accordance with today’s directive. Starting tomorrow, you and your student will receive more details from our faculty and staff on expectations, plans, and resources. By 8:00 am on Monday, March 30, students will receive information and directions for the week ahead.

We are tremendously grateful for the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff as they prepare for the launch of an extended online learning dynamic. Redesigning lesson plans and implementing an online approach rich in human connection is not a small task, yet, their commitment to seeing our students through this transition remains steadfast.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

NEW INFORMATION: Minnesota State High School League will honor the Governor’s executive order and suspend all spring sports until the state lifts distance learning measures. The league has not made a decision about the cancelation of the spring sports season. However, coaches have been notified of the MSHSL’s extension of the ban on any practices, training, etc. until at least May 4 when schools could potentially reopen.

We understand your disappointment as this is not what anyone planned or imagined, especially for our seniors. Discussions are underway to ensure we celebrate and acknowledge important rites of passage for our seniors. As more definitive plans (or as absolute as these times allow) develop for senior events and others, we will share more information. The continually changing COVID-19 landscapes make this work challenging, but not impossible.

Please know we are keeping you in our prayers and ask for your prayers in return. Please stay safe and take every precaution recommended by the State of Minnesota as all of us shoulder our responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We must echo the sentiment expressed by so many, “We will get through this together.” We will get through this together because of our deep faith in God, who guides our every step. We will get through this together as a caring and supportive family. We will get through this together and emerge as an even stronger community with new ideas and innovations in providing excellence in education for our students in mind, body, and spirit.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.

As we follow the recommendations of our state and national government, our campus is closed until further notice to all individuals with the exception of employees who have permission to access the building.

Monday, March 16, 2020 – 6:48 p.m.

Update from Assistant Principal Dols regarding tomorrow’s Student Assistance Day

First of all, great job, everyone!! Thank you for taking today’s practice experience seriously, working hard, and giving it your full attention. Most importantly, thank you for responding to the survey. The combined feedback from students and teachers will help us build on our strengths and make adjustments and corrections as needed.

We feel very good about today’s outcomes and confident in our preparation for a smooth and successful transition to online learning after the break. Our committed and talented teachers put in many additional hours in preparing today’s lessons. We are grateful for their flexibility and efforts, which allowed us to test our systems and software proactively.

The overwhelming majority of our students reported feeling prepared for online learning after today’s practice. We are in excellent shape to begin online classes on March 30. Closer to that date, we will send reminders and any necessary information to ensure a meaningful and academically strong extended online learning experience.

I want to reiterate the expectations for tomorrow’s limited Student Assistance Day. To minimize person-to-person contact, students should only attend Student Assistance Day if they have an appointment with a teacher to complete Quarter 3.

Finally, students may pick up any remaining necessary items from their lockers, but please make it a quick grab and go. We ask all students to enter and exit the building through the main entrance. The doors will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. In true Holy Family spirit, today was a success because of your willingness to work together and take care of each other. We will continue to do so beyond the course of this virus because that is what we do every day.


Update on Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

En Español

This morning Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-2 authorized the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, Holy Family administrators made plans for the continuation of learning, following the week of our scheduled spring break. While Governor Walz’s mandate was an order for public schools, we will be in compliance utilizing the following plan, as described below.

CONTINUATION OF LEARNING

Online Practice Day – Monday, March 16 

To prepare as fully as possible for an online learning dynamic, Monday, March 16, remains a practice day for online learning.  Students are to be at home on this day and will be expected to participate in a full day of online classes utilizing our regular schedule. It is essential that our students and families take this day very seriously as we prepare for the potential of a long-term dynamic.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Students will be sent a survey evaluating their practice day experiences by the end of the school day on Monday, March 16. Because we need time to evaluate this information for discussion with teachers on Tuesday morning, it is imperative that students respond to the survey by no later than 4 p.m.

NEW INFORMATION: Tuesday, March 17 – Student Assistance Day/End of the Quarter

School leadership made the decision to move Thursday’s end of quarter date to Tuesday, March 17. On that day, Holy Family will offer a Student Assistance Day for students who must make up Quarter 3 tests, quizzes, and/or presentations that cannot be accomplished from home. The hours of SAD are 10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Please note:

  • The building will be open on Tuesday until 5:00 p.m. to pick up any additional needed personal items or learning materials for the March 30-April 3 online learning dynamic. Students will not be allowed to congregate—only to pick up materials.
  • Teachers will communicate how they are wrapping up the quarter. This includes information regarding any scheduled assignments, projects, tests, and quizzes.
  • We are allowing an exception to our uniform policy for the March 17 Student Assistance Day. Students may be out of uniform.
  • There is no busing transportation available on Tuesday, March  17.
  • If a student feels unwell, his or her parent should notify the school office, and the student should stay home. 

While so much of our attention is focused inwardly on the needs of our school as we navigate these uncharted waters, let us not lose perspective of the ways we can support others beyond our campus. If you are coming to campus, please considering a non-perishable item to support local food shelves as they experience increased demand.

NEW INFORMATION: Extended Spring Break  

Spring break will begin on Wednesday, March 18, for students and last until the original scheduled end on March 27. Teachers will be using the additional days to wrap up the third quarter and refine plans based on Monday’s experiences and feedback received. For those of you making the decision to travel during spring break, we ask that you carefully read the travel guidelines listed in the “How You Can Help” in last week’s email and an update in the section below.

Online Learning Week – March 30 – April 3

As a reminder, March 30 – April 3 is an extended online learning week. Please refer to last week’s email or our webpage, http://www.hfchs.org/coronavirus-updates/, for details on expectations.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

NEW INFORMATION: Effective immediately, all sports and activities are suspended until further notice, including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, banquets, meetings, and contests. 

Decisions regarding future events continue to evolve. We will communicate decisions as soon as they are definitive. Calendars will be updated accordingly.

Please see the information in the previous update for a list of ways our community can continue to help with the management of the spread of COVID-19. Please note: If a family member has tested positive or been exposed, contact the school at schooloffice@hfchs.org.

CONCLUSION

These are challenging times, and this is a significant response by our state to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This raises many questions that we cannot answer immediately, but we are committed to keeping you as informed and supported as possible.  There is much more information to come.

As you prepare for the changes this will entail, please know that HFCHS is committed to providing a strong educational experience in the face of these drastic, but necessary measures. Together, we can ensure these next days and weeks will be productive as possible while we all curtail our activity in such a way that protects the health and well-being of each other, our families, and our community.

Stay healthy and continue to do all that you can to prevent the spread of germs.

We are keeping all our families in our prayers and ask for His blessing on our community as we enter into this new phase.


3/12/2020- Special Announcement Regarding Holy Family’s Plans Moving Forward

This email was sent to parents

En Español

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

Holy Family remains in solidarity with numerous government, business and educational institutions as we exercise vigilance and enact preventative measures with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the prioritization of the health and well-being of our community – both local and extended. As such, Holy Family continues to monitor information and recommendations from official and credible sources including the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Additionally, our professional networks are both strong and extensive, and include the Office for the Mission of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the local public school district ISD 112, the greater metro area Catholic high schools, and the Lasallian/Christian Brothers secondary schools across the nation. The exchange of information has been constant and the dialogue has been rich and supportive…we are in this together.

While this email is lengthy, there are times where more communication is helpful. We appreciate your thorough attention to the following information. Students will be provided this information tomorrow during Convocation and, additionally, in their classrooms.

Online Practice Day – Monday, March 16 

As shared in an earlier communication, Holy Family Catholic High School has been preparing for the possible extended closure of the school for some time, framing lessons and procedures to support the continuation of instruction in a non-traditional environment. Each teacher has designed meaningful course work and experiences that will be communicated online using mySchool and Office 365.

Refer to this regular schedule.
Refer to this regular schedule.

To prepare as fully as possible for an online learning dynamic, Monday, March 16, is scheduled as a practice day for online learning.  Students are to be at home on this day and will be expected to participate in a full day of online classes in accordance with our regular schedule.

This exercise will allow both teachers and students to experience various methods for academic instruction that could be utilized during any future implementation of online learning. Therefore, students are asked to bring all their textbooks, notebooks, calculators, instruments, music, and other resources home with them tomorrow and before they leave for spring break. 

When students return to school on Tuesday, March 17, teachers will solicit feedback in an effort to troubleshoot concerns and build upon strengths and successful practices. After school activities presently scheduled for Monday, March 16, will continue as planned.

Online Learning Week – March 30 – April 3

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Class of 2020 Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass

Watch for a link to the recording of our Class of 2020 Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass coming soon! Until then, enjoy a few of these awesome pre-prepared videos for the Mass.

Full Video Link

Mr. Jim Walker’s Faculty Address

Senior Class Video Link

Click on the light green button to view a PDF of the printed program for the Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass.

Click Here for a PDF of Printed Program

 

Visit this webpage created by Collin Nawrocki ’21 to honor the Class of 2020.

On Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. Holy Family Catholic High School celebrated our class of 2020 graduates through a special socially distanced Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass hosted at our outdoor track. Graduates and their families experienced the once-in-a-lifetime event from the safety of their own vehicles, spaced around the perimeter of the track, alongside their fellow classmates.

Following the preliminary Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass, two separate moving stages on opposite end of the track containing a podium and graduation décor will move from car to car as each student’s name is called. In front of both their household and high school families, they will then get their special moment to temporarily step out of their vehicle, receive their long-awaited diploma and handmade medallion of the Holy Family cross from a tabletop easel, take a commemorative photo, and cross the stage alone – all while experiencing an unforgettable academic milestone in a COVID-safe way.

A quality livestream captured with multiple cameras will be available on the Holy Family website for all graduating seniors’ loved ones and other community members to view, in lieu of the opportunity to attend in-person.

Planned carefully in compliance with guidelines provided to schools by the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education and organized with guidance from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and local officials, the Baccalaureate & Commencement Mass will recognize our graduating seniors while simultaneously ensuring the health and safety of each participant.

 

Online Learning from a Student’s Perspective

We asked current junior, Graham, to document his online experience with a camera and a day-in-the-life journal entry.  Graham is making the most of this atypical situation and discovering the benefits of routine, discipline, and looking forward to the fall. Here’s his story.

Online School Journal

Online school is very different compared to being in the classroom, though some things are similar. My morning routine has stayed almost the same: I wake up, eat breakfast, and get ready for the day.

Graham says hello to his teacher and classmates during a Zoom meeting.

A typical day of school for me is the same, schedule-wise. My week varies in terms of Zoom/office 365 meetings, and classwork time. All meetings occur during the duration of the regularly scheduled class time. If we are not meeting, teachers may provide videos, notes, worksheets, or other activities for us to do for class. I prefer to do the class homework during the scheduled class time to keep my day on track.

Finding the best place to study at home helps Graham stay on track with his homework.

I typically do my work in one of two places: the kitchen table or the desk in my room. I find that moving around throughout the day helps to keep my brain fresh. Any homework that I do not finish during class time, I will do around four o’clock, after a healthy break from screens. Following a schedule every day has been a critical part of my successful online learning experience.

Band and Jazz band are the classes that have changed the most. Playing together and communicating musically is something that cannot be recreated in an online setting, though we are still able to make music together. For jazz band we recorded several instrumental parts in Soundtrap, and stitched them together to create a song that will be in the virtual spring coffee house. We also recorded different pieces for band to make a mini concert created by Mrs. Boillat and Mr. Heller. 

Even concert and jazz band continue to rehearse.

Having a goal to work toward keeps me from setting my instrument aside and getting a little rusty. I’m excited our music will be part of virtual performances, but it doesn’t beat being in a band room making music with 32 other musicians.

Graham works on his lacrosse skills in rain, snow, sleet, and sunshine as he prepares to return to the field.

Online school also disrupted my spring sports season, along with every student-athlete nationwide. However, this disruption is not a time to forget about sports; it is time to train and become better for next season. Lacrosse is a team-based sport, but there is plenty of room for individual practice. Since online learning started in March and practices were cancelled, I continue to practice daily despite the weather. I go to Holy Family almost every day to practice in the fields. My practice routine consists of a 1-mile warm-up run, wall ball (throwing the ball against a wall to replicate passing), dodging drills, and shooting drills. It is every athlete’s responsibility to put in the individual work for the benefit of the team’s success.

Besides lacrosse, it has become clear that I miss Holy Family itself. From watching sports to seeing friends, to Mr. Murray’s fist bumps on the way into math class, Holy Family created an environment where students can grow educationally, socially, and spiritually.

Although we are ending the school year online, Holy Family is finding ways to continue our education as best as possible. Teachers are more than willing to help students whenever they can. I am excited to go back to Holy Family next year and take advantage of the opportunities it offers.

2020 Virtual Art Showcase

At the close of each semester, the Holy Family Catholic High School Visual Arts Department features a showcase of student work in ceramics, painting, drawing, illustration, photography, and videography. This year’s showcase occurred during our period of online learning, but dedicated visual art instructors, Dr. Shelagh Gamble and Mr. Brad Perrin-Smith, remained committed to seeing their students artwork presented for viewing for the Holy Family Community.

Artwork in feature image is ceramic by Reyana S.

A full list of students featured in the art show is included at the bottom of this post. All artworks included in this showcase are the property of the student artists and Holy Family Catholic High School, and may not be used without permission.

We checked in with Dr. Gamble and Mr. Perrin-Smith to learn more about the virtual showcase.

How did you come up with the idea of a virtual show?

Dr. Gamble: It’s been a popular thing to do at art museums with all the closures, and it just made sense to give it a try.  The biggest challenge I had was that students had to learn how to photograph 3-D artwork at their homes, which as Mr. Perrin-Smith knows is an art form in itself.

Mr. Perrin-Smith: The virtual show is really no different for the photography students, as we always have this type of presentation showing in the Bus Lobby on a big screen during the event. This year, we just decided to add the non-photo students work the same way.

Why is it important to continue with the showcase?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: I believe it is good to continue for two reasons: the goal of showing keeps the student on track and working; the result of showing/exhibiting, is a critical component of art-making. It allows the artist’s voice to be heard and just as important, allows the artist to hear the audiences’ voice, praise, dislike, or ambivalence, from which the artist learns how to clarify their voice/expression.

Dr. Gamble: I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Perrin Smith’s comments. In addition, our students have been working hard on their artwork all semester, and some over longer periods of time.  I wanted to make sure everyone, especially our seniors had a chance to share their work with the community.


Are your students still creating art even though they are learning from home? If so, what type of assignments have they had?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: Photo students always create outside of class, so it is not so different. Things would have been the same EXCEPT shelter-in-place and social distancing effected the opportunities and also became some of the topics.

Dr. Gamble: Absolutely!  The painting and drawing students are completing assignments fairly similar to what we would do in the classroom.  The clay students, however, are doing some completely different things since they don’t have access to clay.  They have worked on recycled sculptures, Origami, museum tours and re-makes and even tried to make their own clay!  It has been a pretty wild experiment.


What has inspired you when working with your students online?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: Willingness to try different things and maintain some semblance of normal class routines.

Dr. Gamble: The students continue to create artwork in so many creative ways, despite the challenges they are facing. Many of them are working in materials they have never tried before and they have really embraced the process.

What have you missed most about teaching during online learning?

Mr. Perrin-Smith: Group critiques, though it should be as easily done in on-line meetings, the students seem less willing to engage in the same way using technology.

Dr. Gamble: I miss the energy and collaboration that happens when students are creating in the same space.  The little conversations and informal feedback that happens as the work is being made is invaluable to the final results.  Art can be such a collaborative process and not having the interactions can force us into closed circles of creating.


List of students submitting work in the Spring Art Showcase

Here are my students:

Aiden O.
Abbey H.
Anika O.
Betsy R.
Danielle S.
Evelyn M.
Gaby C.
Lucy T.
Grace M.
Indira S.
Jared L.
Jake C.
Katie J.
Lauren M.
Lauren P.
Lucy H.
Luke J.
Luke O.
Maddi D.
Megan S.
Natalie L.
Nicole R.
Olivia G.
Olivia P.
Owen L.
Reagan C.
Rebecca E.
Reyana S.
Shannon F.
Sydney A.
Thomas A.M.
Zoe G.

Photography:

Anton B.
Emma B.
Dayrin J.
Luke S.
Luke K.
Kori L.
Jackson R.
Jordyn S.
Collin N.

 

John Dols Named Holy Family’s Second Principal

President Brennan Announces Holy Family’s Next Principal

Earlier today, President Brennan announced the professional advancement of assistant principal John Dols as the next principal of Holy Family Catholic High School. Effective immediately, Mr. Dols will begin to work alongside current principal Kathie Brown to ensure a smooth transition as the necessary planning timelines of the upcoming school year approach.

President Brennan shared the following message with the community:

As you are aware, at the end of the current school year, Mrs. Kathie Brown will be retiring from Holy Family after 20 years of dedicated service to our school – a legacy for which we will remain forever grateful. What began as a search process aimed at finding a replacement for a single position would evolve, in the space of the last nine months, into a far more comprehensive, organization-wide process. This expanded approach called upon Holy Family to look inward and evaluate existing roles, functions, and their respective alignment in an effort to determine the optimal structure for effective school operations. The result positions Holy Family to build upon current levels of institutional momentum to support the attainment of our strategic goals aimed at driving growth through excellence.

With that said, as Holy Family Catholic High School’s president, and with the support of the Holy Family Board of Directors, I am excited to announce the appointment of Mr. John Dols as the next principal of our beloved school. Currently serving in the role of assistant principal, Mr. Dols is a licensed school administrator with 23 years of Catholic education experience. He grew up in Catholic education attending Minneapolis’ Ascension Catholic School for grades K-8 and DeLasalle High School for grades 9-12. Mr. Dols holds a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies from St. Norbert College, a Master of Education from St. Mary’s University, and his principal licensure from the University of St. Thomas. He is a graduate of the Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice. He began his career as a theology teacher, first at Xavier High School in Appleton, WI, and then at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights before joining Holy Family as a campus minister and assistant principal in 2006.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of working and serving alongside John Dols for the last three years.  With unwavering conviction, I can state that our school community is blessed and fortunate to have such extraordinary talent within our walls. Mr. Dols’ leadership will set forth a course for the future of Holy Family that seeks continuous innovation and reinvention, and remains authentic and true to the mission-centered aspects of our school’s culture – faith and family.

Effective immediately, Mr. Dols will work closely with Mrs. Brown to ensure a smooth transition as the necessary planning timelines of the upcoming school year approach.

As Mr. Dols shares in his message below, we are blessed to have such incredible and experienced educators within our current staff who lead with deep faith and passion for the mission of Holy Family. We look forward to enhancing each student’s educational experience with an unrelenting commitment to developing young adults with ever-deepening faith and Christian leadership skills — caring for them in mind, body, and soul— forming scholars and saints.

Live Jesus in our hearts…Forever!

Michael Brennan


A Message from Principal-Elect John Dols

Principal-Elect John Dols shared his gratitude and excitement as well as two additional position announcements.

Fifteen years ago, I drove to the Southwest suburbs to interview for a job I was not sure I wanted in an area that was utterly unfamiliar to me. One of the things that I remember vividly from that interview was a statement made by Kathie Brown. She said, “Holy Family does not have an entrance exam; we have a placement test. All kids are welcome here. All kids belong.” It was this statement, among others, that convinced me to take the job. It is the way this reality plays out daily that has made me fall in love with the school, the students, and the faculty and staff, and families.

Our mission is to take care of students wherever they are academically, spiritually, and emotionally, and help them grow. This mission lives and breathes in our faculty, staff, and administration— in the way we teach, the way we interact with students and families, and the policies and procedures that drive us. I am proud to be a part of this mission.

As I look toward next year and the years to follow, the innovations such as May Term, Canvas, and our International Student Program excite me. We can innovate while staying true to who we are, a Catholic school that strives to serve all!

I am pleased to announce the professional advancement of two distinguished Holy Family colleagues and the following first steps in further aligning our structure with our school’s mission and core values of scholarship, leadership, integrity, and faith. Current Dean for Academic Support, Melissa Livermore, will be promoted to the role of Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs – a newly developed position with an acute focus aimed at advancing the academic dimension of our school’s mission through faculty and student support, professional development, curriculum oversight, and technology integration. Current Director of Individual Giving and Alumni Relations, Matt Thuli, will serve as the Assistant Principal for Student Life – a position that supports our students as they navigate the ever-increasing complexity of life beyond the classroom setting.  ( Please see their bios below.)

I love Holy Family. I am honored and blessed to be able to serve as the second principal in the school’s history.

Abundantly blessed,

John Dols


Melissa Livermore
Current Dean of Academic Support, Melissa Livermore, takes on an expanded role in her new position as Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education from Willian Penn University and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction as well as  Ed. S- Education Specialist from the University of St. Thomas. She holds a K-12 principal licensure from the State of Minnesota and is currently working toward the completion of a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Learning from the University of St. Thomas. She completed the Lasallian Social Justice Institute, a formation program based on the Gospel. Mrs. Livermore joined Holy Family in 2001 as a math instructor, and has spent the last eight years overseeing academic support, guidance, and teacher development.

 

 

 


Matt Thuli
Current Director of Alumni Relations Matt Thuli has accepted the position of Assistant Principal for Student Life and Alumni Relations. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Winona State University and principal licensure from the University of St. Thomas. When Holy Family opened its doors in 2000, Mr. Thuli was our first physical education instructor, basketball coach, and activities director. For ten years, he performed the role of both activities director and dean of students, before accepting his current position on the advancement team four years ago. Mr. Thuli has successfully grown our alumni relations program and led three consecutive years of growth of the annual fund. However, his heart remains that of an educator and school administrator, and he looks forward to returning to serving students and families on a personal and daily basis.

Course Registration is Open

The online course registrations for summer school and the 2020-2021 school year for current students is now open! The 2020-2021 Course Description Book is located on our website (www.hfchs.org) under Academics.  Go to Curriculum and click on the book.  There you will find information about each class we offer.

Summer 2020 Summer School
Click HERE to register for summer courses and summer camps. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for summer course options.

2020-2021 Course Registration
To use the registration system, parents need to access their mySchool accounts and click on Begin Registration.  The program identifies prerequisites, totals credits as you make choices, and lists remaining requirements for graduation.  It will highlight a course for which a student is not prepared.  Students who have transferred to Holy Family may need the help of a counselor to navigate the differences between former requirements and those of Holy Family.  After making selections, click Preview.  If choices are correct, click Submit.

Other than simple drops, class changes requested after June 4, 2020 will require a $20.00 fee as every alteration impacts the design of the master schedule.  If a class change is impossible to accomplish, the fee will be refunded.

As a reminder, a fee is no longer required at the time of class selections. Each student’s course registration fee will be billed and processed through TADS on March 15, 2020 based on current payment type (i.e., automatic bank withdrawal or card payment). If you need to adjust this payment date, please reach out to Jodi Smith in our business office at 952-856-1413 or smithj@hfchs.org to make arrangements.

Please note: Tuition agreements are not yet available and are not necessary to select courses for the summer or 2020-2021 school year. Families will receive notice of their agreement’s readiness via an email from TADS in the coming weeks. Families applying for tuition assistance will receive award letters from the business office when their awards are determined. Tuition agreements will follow.

Begin 2020-2021 Course Registratoin

Holy Family Dance Team Heads to State!

Holy Family Catholic High School Dance Heads to State in both Jazz and Kick!

Following very strong performances throughout the competitive dance regular season, Holy Family Dance Jazz and Kick teams brought their best to the Section 2A competition on Saturday, February 8. And it paid off! Fire Jazz won the Section Championship, and Fire Kick finished in third place, earning them a trip to the MSHSL State Class A Dance Tournament on Friday, 2/14, (Jazz) and Saturday, 2/15, (Kick)! Congratulations to the dancers, coaches, and parents!

The Jazz performance schedule can be found HERE. We recommend arriving early as they often run ahead of schedule.

The Kick performance schedule can be found HERE. We recommend arriving early as they often run ahead of schedule.

We are excited for the continuation of a strong dance program legacy:

Jazz/Funk State Champions:

2004, 2006

Additional State Appearances:

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2020

We hope you will join us in cheering on both teams at the Target Center. If you are unable to make it to Target Center, the competition will be streamed on https://www.prepspotlight.tv/MSHSL.

Holy Family Catholic High School Dance Team Interview from Holy Family Catholic High School on Vimeo.

Scholarships for Incoming Students

Middle School Matters! Let’s talk scholarships.

Let’s talk SCHOLARSHIPS, and the huge opportunity they provide families with students attending Holy Family Catholic High School.

Each year Holy Family awards a number of scholarships and grants to incoming students. These awards ease tuition costs, while also rewarding students for their past success and future potential.

“We’ve put our money where our mouth is with this program,” says Scott Breimhorst, Vice President for Enrollment and School Partnerships. “We have dedicated significant financial resources to these scholarships to ensure a broad application of funds is possible.”

For those who like hard numbers, consider these facts:

  • 9X. Holy Family scholarship and grant offerings are trending up with many added during the last three school years. Students may apply for more than one scholarship in the areas they feel most appropriate. Most are awarded to multiple students each year.
  • 3 Categories. 1) Merit Scholarships are earned by students that have already achieved and excelled in middle school, and show potential for future success. 2) Qualifying Scholarships are for students meeting specific criteria, such as coming from one particular middle school.  3) Grants are awarded to families meeting qualifying criteria.
  • Stackable and Renewable. Many scholarships and grants are awarded to multiple students each year. Also, most scholarships are renewable annually for four years, and students can apply for up two different merit scholarships.
  • Lots of Zeros. Annual awards range from $500-$3,000. Multiply by four years, and they grow to several thousands of dollars in tuition savings!

“It is absolutely in every incoming ninth grader’s best interest to apply,” Breimhorst adds. “With the variety of areas covered in our merit scholarship program, we have the ability to reach many families. Why not give it a shot?”

Before breaking down each scholarship opportunity available to incoming students, here are some essential yet critical things to know:

  • Holy Family Enrollment. Before applying for scholarships or grants, students complete the Application for EnrollmentIncoming ninth grade students must also take the High School Placement Test given in January.
  • Categories. Scholarships are available for academic achievement, leadership, volunteerism, and involvement in extracurricular activities except for athletics. 
  • January 17 is the priority deadline for applications. Don’t wait until last minute. Several scholarships require an essay or plan. These take thought and polishing. Students meeting the January 17 deadline receive first consideration.  Applications received after that date may be eligible if funds are still available.
  • Financial Assistance Applications. For most scholarships and grants, the TADS application for financial assistance is not required. But some do require this application. If so, be sure to complete by January 17.

Now that the official stuff is out of the way, here’s a look at all Holy Family scholarship and grant opportunities. Any way you add it up, these are a win for Holy Family students and families.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

President’s Award for Academic Achievement

Award: $500-$1,500 per year

Who Should Apply: Students with proven academic success in middle school or other high schools.

Who’s Eligible: Incoming 9th-grade students and transfer students

You’ll want to know:

Fine Arts Scholarship

Award: $500-$1,500 per year

Who Should Apply: Students who have participated and excelled in art, music or theater, and plan to make it a significant part of their Holy Family experience.

Who’s Eligible: Incoming 9th-grade students and transfer students

You’ll want to know:

  • Scholarship requires a Merit Scholarship Application
  • Criteria for selection include a student’s past involvement and experience in arts programs, accomplishments in arts programs, and a written statement of “passion for the arts.”
  • Annually renews if a student continues to participate in Holy Family fine arts programs. 

Founders’ Scholarship for Leaders

Award: $500-$1,500 per year

Who Should Apply: Students whose leadership has positively impacted the lives of fellow students, their community, and the world.

Who’s Eligible: Incoming 9th-grade students and transfer students

You’ll want to know:

St. John Baptist De La Salle Award

Award: $500-$1,500 per year

Who Should Apply: Students dedicated to service and have made an impact on their school, local community, or church.

Who’s Eligible: Incoming 9th-grade students and transfer students

You’ll want to know:

GRANTS

Catholic Parish and School Staff Discount

Holy Family Catholic High School is excited to provide a tuition discount program for children of Catholic parish and Pre-K-8 school staff members.

Award:  $4,800 per year

Who Should Apply: Staff Members of Catholic Parishes and Schools

Who’s Eligible: Staff Members of Catholic Parishes and Schools

You’ll want to know:

  • Check the box on the scholarship application.
  • Also eligible for other scholarship or tuition assistance awards

QUALIFYING SCHOLARSHIPS

Ignite the Fire Scholarship

Award: $1,000-$2,500 per year

Who Should Apply: Students from St. Hubert School who are active in SHS programs and activities, plus maintained a 3.5 GPA while attending middle school.

Who’s Eligible: St. Hubert School incoming 9th-grade students attending Holy Family.

You’ll want to know:

  • Scholarship requires a separate application.
  • Students must articulate a plan for remaining active in Holy Family extracurricular activities.
  • Annually renews if a student maintains a 3.25 GPA at Holy Family. 
  • Must demonstrate financial need via TADS application

Click HERE if you are a St. Hubert family with an application on file and would like to apply for the Ignite the Fire Scholarship.

Flaherty Family Foundation

Award: Determined on a case-by-case basis

Who Should Apply: Highly motivated students with high potential and significant economic needs determined by TADS; positive contributor to the community.

Who’s Eligible: Students with a 3.5 middle school GPA meeting needs determined by TADS from a household with an annual income below $70,000.

You’ll want to know:

  • Families must complete a TADS application. Those meeting criteria are invited to complete the foundation’s application.
  • Annually renews by foundation if similar standards are met each year.

Hildebrandt Family Scholarship

Award: $1,500-$3,000 per year

Who Should Apply: Incoming 9th-grade students attending public middle schools.

Who’s Eligible: Students attending public middle schools who complete separate scholarship application.

You’ll want to know:

  • Scholarship requires a separate application.
  • Annually renews for students maintaining good academic standing.

Click HERE if you are an incoming student from a public school and would like to apply for the Hildebrandt Family Scholarship.

Radick Family Scholarship

Award: Up to $2,000 per year

Who Should Apply: Guardian Angels Catholic School and Parish families with financial need determined by TADS application.

Who’s Eligible: Guardian Angels Catholic School and Parish families.

You’ll want to know:

  • Families must complete a TADS application
  • Applicants may also qualify for additional tuition assistance.
  • A separate application is not required.
  • Annually renews if similar standards are met each year.

Apply by January 17 by clicking on the button below

Jack Kelly joins Advancement Team

President Michael Brennan is excited to announce the hiring of Jack Kelly in the role of Executive Director of Major Gifts and Donor Relations within Holy Family’s Department of Advancement. Jack began his career in development at Holy Family well over a decade ago. For the last eight years, he served as an executive consultant and vice president for Mission Advancement Partners (MAP), an independent consulting firm specializing in fund development for nonprofits.

There, his work focused on leading development teams and guiding their efforts in raising immediate operational funding as well as creating development plans targeted at sustaining long-term growth. In his time with MAP, Jack demonstrated a keen and committed passion for working with nonprofit organizations. He provided strategic oversight and expertise in the area of capital campaigns, operational fundraising, and internal advancement program development – in all, helping his clients raise over $200 million.

While Jack brings a wealth of industry experience and wisdom, he returns to the many robust Holy Family relationships, which he continued to nurture over the years. His diverse skill sets, coupled with his unique relational connections with so many of our school’s constituent base, will allow him to hit the ground running in his new position. As his title indicates, Jack’s role will focus on donor cultivation and stewardship as well as major gift solicitation aimed at supporting our campaign efforts, debt service, and special projects.

When describing his feelings about the recent hire, Mr. Brennan shared, “I am enthusiastic about this positive development in our school’s institutional advancement trajectory and filled with hope as Jack joins our team. I hope our community will join me in congratulating and welcoming him (back) to Holy Family!”

Mr. Kelly officially began his work with Holy Family on December 16. You may reach him by email at: kellyj@hfchs.org or by phone: 952-856-1418.