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«Seton Notes, Page 1 SETON NOTES Ad Jesum per Mariam : To Jesus through Mary Monthly newsletter for parents of Seton Catholic Preparatory High School ...»

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Fall 2015, Seton Notes, Page 1


Ad Jesum per Mariam : To Jesus through Mary

Monthly newsletter for parents of Seton Catholic Preparatory High School

Fall 2015

Dear Seton Parents and Friends,


Each year we focus on one of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton charisms,

i.e. spiritual gifts of courage, determination, faith, and love. During a

Asst. Princ./Finance p. 2 student’s four years at Seton Catholic, the student will have had a full year devoted to each charism.

Dean/Parent Educ. p. 3 Advancement p. 4 When I reflect on this year’s charism, courage, John Michael Talbot’s song, Be Not Afraid, comes to mind. The lyrics of the song remind us Activities p. 5 that Jesus goes before us so we need not fear to follow.

Campus Ministry p. 6 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton demonstrated courage throughout her life.

Guidance/Counseling p. 7 She didn’t slay lions, she didn’t burn on a stake and yet she New Staff p. 8-9 demonstrated her courage by following Christ in her everyday life.

She had a regular life like ours, only by the standards of the 18th Admission p. 9 century. She married William Seton and had five children. She was SAP/Books/Library p. 10 there for her husband as he went through the loss of his company, his SPA p. 11 failing health and ultimately his death.

Misc. Events p. 12-4 Her courage continued as she faced being disowned by both his and her families after converting to Catholicism. She persevered and found a way to raise her family in a time when women faced many obstacles. She summoned the courage to heed Christ’s calling to take care of the educational needs of many others by the founding of Parochial schools in the United States and the order of the American Sisters of Charity.

Today we acknowledge St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and her charism of courage by learning her story and what it means to be courageous in For upcoming our everyday living. We look to the courage others have displayed in events, please their lives and stress to our students that it is through our faith in re

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As Seton continues to move forward with our technological initiatives, we want to take this opportunity to let you know of a change for all students beginning with the 2016 – 2017 school year. Starting in August of 2016, all students will be required to have an electronic device for use in the classroom.

There are two primary reasons for the change in approach from an optional BYOD policy to a required BYOD policy. First, the implementation of Canvas provides a platform for teachers and students to engage through digital content. In order to maximize the power of Canvas, all teachers and students need to have access to a device in the classroom. Second, Seton’s commitment to a college prep environment demands that we prepare our students for a post-secondary life, a life infused with technology. It is important that we teach our students how to successfully manage a digital educational environment.

The technology committee is reviewing the BYOD Approved Device Policy. After the review is complete, we will share with families any updates to the policy. For those families looking at purchasing devices for upcoming Christmas or birthday gifts, the current minimum specifications outlined on pg. 15 of the handbook will be permitted; a minimum 9 inch screen measured diagonally; the device must be a tablet, laptop or netbook; and the device must have wireless connectivity. QWERTY keyboards and vendor or third-party support plans are strongly recommended. Cell phones will continue to not be permitted as approved devices.

We understand the costs associated with a Seton education are high. In addition to the BYOD Approved Device Policy, the technology committee is researching and will be providing recommendations of approved devices that meet a variety of budgetary needs. The long-term goal is to alleviate some costs for families by leveraging the power of digital resources.

Stay tuned for updates as they become available!

God Bless,

David Sorkin

Office of Finance:

TUITION The end of the semester will be upon us soon. Remember Diocesan School Policy states: “no student will be permitted to take semester examinations, receive report cards, or register for the following semester until all financial obligations have been met.” No exceptions will be made. Your financial account information can be found on RenWeb under “Family Information.” Please contact Teresa Rodriguez at trodriguez@setoncatholic.org or Bob Esposito at besposito@setoncatholic.org with any FACTS or balance questions. Thank you.

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The Fund for Seton Catholic helps provide the resources to fund student programs and faculty resources while keeping tuition affordable. These funds, in addition to tuition, enhance the educational experience of all students at Seton Catholic Prep.

Through the Fund for Seton Catholic, we ask for and receive significant support from a variety of sources including alumni, parents of alumni, Board members, community leaders and yes, the parents and faculty who benefit directly from the generosity of the Seton Catholic Prep community.

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We invite you to participate and respectfully ask you to stretch in your support to the extent possible at this important time in our school’s history. Your generous contribution will ensure the rich history and academic excellence of this institution will continue for generations to come.

Thank you for making a difference in the life of every student at Seton Catholic Prep.

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Make your gift online: SetonCatholic.org / Donate Now / Fund for Seton Catholic Fall 2015, Seton Notes, Page 5

Office of Student Activities:

Seton Catholic Preparatory activities play a key role in the daily lives of our students. We offer a wide variety of clubs in which our students participate. Through club membership our students are given the opportunity to explore areas of interest, acquire event planning skills, promote ideals, serve others, and develop leadership skills and friendships with students of varying grade levels who share the same interests. Each student is required to be a member of at least one club, but most students belong to more than one club. In January, we are always open to creating new clubs and welcome student input.

Seton Catholic Club List for 2015-16

Anime/Manga Club- Mrs. Griffith (A5, Wed.@ lunch) Art Club- Ms. Remmel (101, Tues. after school) Chess Club- Mr. Mead (B3, Mon. @ lunch) Chinese Mandarin Club- Ms. Chiu (C2, first Thurs. of the month @ lunch) Dance Club- Mrs. Polanco (103, every other Wed., 8th hour) Dr. Who- Mrs. Hillebrand (D2,Tues. @ lunch) Drama Club-Mrs. O’Neill (seasonal with productions) Fiesta Club- Mrs. Hoff (C2, Tues. @ lunch) French Club- Mrs. Noudali (C2, Thurs.@ lunch) French Honors Club- Ms. Noudali (C2, Tues. @ lunch) Friday Night Live- Comedy Club- Mr. Horn (B4, Wed., @lunch) Harry Potter Club- Mrs. Foor (A5, Thurs.@ lunch) Hip Hop Club- Mrs. Polanco (103,Tues., 8th hour) Junior State of America -Mr. Vetti (302, Wed., 3:00) Latin Club- Mrs. Henson (C2, Tues. @ lunch) Literature and Art Magazine- Mrs. Pearson (D2, Wed. @ lunch) Math Club- Mrs. Sanders (A2, Wed.& Thurs. @ lunch) Mentors Club- Ms. Hollerbach & Mrs. Hillebrand (B6 @ lunch Tues. monthly meetings).

Minecraft Club- Mr. Horn (B4, Thurs. @ 7:00am) National Honor Society- Mrs. Sanders (B6, Mon. @ lunch) Peer Ministry- Mr. Curtis (D3, every other Thurs. @ Lunch) Pep Band- Mr. Smith (Band Room, Tues., Wed., Thurs., zero hour) Photography Club- Mr. Foor (107, Thurs. 8th hour) Pinterest Club- Ms. Bell and Mrs. Kohl A6, Tues. @ lunch) Prom Committee- Mrs. Pattock (A3, Mon. @ lunch) Publications Club- Mrs. Tole(108,Tues.,7:30 am)) Robotics – Mr. Foor (C5, Mon. @ lunch & Frid. after school in the quad) SCOPE- Mr. Smith (Band Room, Wed. am and pm) Seton Buddies- Ms. Bell (A6-Thurs. @ lunch) SEAD- Mrs. Peterson (A4, Tues. @ lunch) Sentinel Ambassadors- Mrs. Hill (The Gym, First Tues. of the month @ lunch) Sister Schools Connection-Mrs. Olivieri (B-1, Thurs. @ lunch) Solidarity Club- Mrs. Kubasak (D1, Tues. @ lunch) Spanish Honor Society- Ms.Salazar (C2, Tues. @ lunch) Sports Club- Coach Stephenson (Gym Classroom @ lunch) Sports Medicine- Ms. Scandura (Daily 3:30 to 6:30) Star Wars Club- Fr. Chris Axline ( A1, Mon. @ lunch) Student Council- Mrs. Pattock (A3, Mon. after school & Wed. @ lunch) Students for Life- Fr. Chris Axline (A1, Thurs.@ lunch) Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program- Mrs. Hill (A1, Thurs., 6:50 am) Track Attack- Mr. Darby (Mon.-Thurs. 3:45 after school) Fall 2015, Seton Notes, Page 6

Office of Campus Ministry:

Fall 2015, Seton Notes, Page 7

Guidance and Counseling News:

Counseling Assignments and Contact Information:

All freshmen have the same counselor. Upperclassmen, sophomores through seniors, are broken up by last name. If you would like to make an appointment with your student’s counselor, please email or call first. The assignments are as


Leah Kochis Freshmen ext. 2026 lkochis@setoncatholic.org Nan Hillebrand Upperclassmen A - F ext. 3009 nhillebrand@setoncatholic.org Jerry Mullin Upperclassmen G - M ext. 2025 jmullin@setoncatholic.org Pamela Hollerbach Upperclassmen N - Z ext. 2024 phollerbach@setoncatholic.org


The PSAT will be on Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 am. All freshmen, sophomores and juniors take the PSAT at Seton.

Seniors will not have school on this day. Students will be released from school when all of the testing is complete, at approximately 11:30 am.

Attention Senior Parents:

Your student should be starting the college application process for the in-state universities, especially if he/she meets the criteria for a merit-based scholarship. Remember that the criteria for merit-based scholarships are GPA, class rank and test scores. Check each university’s website for specific deadlines.

Important: when requesting a letter of recommendation, students should give the faculty member at least two weeks to complete the letter. Requests should be made through Naviance. Please have your students see their guidance counselor with any questions.

Barrett Honors College for Seniors:

The Priority Action due date for applications to Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, is November 15, 2015. The Regular Decision Deadline is February 14, 2016, and Late Consideration Deadline is May 1, 2016. Your application to ASU must be submitted before you apply to Barrett. For more information, contact your guidance counselor; for the website, click here.

Flinn Scholarship: The 2016 Flinn Scholarship materials are here and the deadline to apply is October 18.

Voice of Democracy: Click here for information on this year’s The Voice of Democracy scholarship program audio essay competition. Deadline: November 1, 2015.

Other Scholarship Opportunities: Scholarship opportunities are continuously updated in Naviance/Family Connection by the Guidance Counseling Department. Click here to login and select “Scholarships” to review the list.

College Planning Meetings for the Class of 2017 In mid-January, guidance counselors will be meeting individually with juniors and their parents to review their PSAT results and transcripts and to discuss the college application process. A link to the SignUpGenius schedule for your student’s guidance counselor will be sent via email when we return from Christmas break. If you do not need to meet with your student’s guidance counselor, there will be a general Junior PowerPoint posted in Naviance in January.

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Miss Ann Rogitz attended the University of Arizona where she received her undergraduate degree in English. After graduation, she became a member of the PLACE Corps (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education) through Loyola Marymount University. As a member of the PLACE Corps, she taught junior high English in South Central Los Angeles for one year, and then she taught high school English in East Los Angeles for two years. While a member of the PLACE Corps, she received her M.A. in Secondary Education. Miss Rogitz is happy to be back in Arizona, her home state, and is especially thankful to be here at Seton.

Ms. Christine Remmel graduated from Seton in 2008 and subsequently attended Arizona State University where she received her BFA in Art Education along with a minor in Sustainability. After graduation she taught classes at the Children's Museum of Phoenix and then worked at an art gallery in Old Town Scottsdale. As the saying goes, "Once a Sentinel, always a Sentinel," and she is thrilled to be back at Seton! She will be moderating Art Club and is looking forward to being a part of the expanding Fine Arts program.

Mr. Gary Galante is the new head football coach and physical education teacher. He has coached football for over 26 years at a variety of locations, including Mountain View High, Arizona Boys’ Ranch, and Brophy College Prep. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He believes the game of football is a teaching tool and an opportunity to instill character in young men. His unique physical education curriculum develops the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health of students. He also focuses on corrective exercises to reduce the incidence and severity of sports related injuries. Mr. Galante is married and has five children. He considers himself the luckiest man in the world to be called “Husband, Dad, and Coach.” Go Sentinels!

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