News Archive

2020

  • February

    Friar Faculty Spotlight: John Athas

    John Athas is in his 24th year of teaching Speech, Technical Theater, and Theater Producing having directed more than 40 plays for the Blackfriars. With a B.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University, a Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge, and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas, Mr. Athas also maintains an acting career. His appearances include Friday Night Lights, The Deep End, The Good Guys, and a recurring role in Dallas. With several regional and national commercial credits for Lowes, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Kroger, JCPenney, and more, Mr. Athas has also appeared on the stages of The Globe Shakespeare Theater in Los Angeles, The Dallas Theater Center, the Undermain Theater, and Theater Three.
     
    Check out his latest film and commercial reel. We are so proud of Mr. Athas!
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  • Friars in the House: Students Select Elective Courses in Mentor Groups

    For the very first time, Bishop Lynch High School students selected their elective courses for the next school year during mentor group time earlier this week. In many mentor groups, students were arranged based on their upperclassmen/underclassmen academic advisor pairings. For instance, Siena House met with their Siena Sparks, Aquinas House paired up with their Ox Buddies and De Porres House consulted with their De Porres Partners.
     
    Thanks to this new process, students were able to ask questions and seek advice from fellow students. This collaborative approach was well received by students, mentors and deans alike!
     
    BL Senior Rylie Stark is a member of Montfort House and she thought having course selections during mentor time was a smart move.
     
    “Having the course selection discussion in a smaller environment was a great idea because I felt more comfortable giving my opinion to younger students,” said Rylie.
     
    Erika DeLaRosa is a sophomore and a member of the Aquinas House. She also liked selecting courses in mentor groups.
     
    “It was very helpful. I liked getting advice from older students so I’m not stressed about my classes next year,” said Erika.
     
    Students were encouraged to meet with their counselors if they had questions. Course selections will be finalized at the end of February.
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  • Sadie's Dance Rocks Record Turnout

    There was an all-time huge turnout for Bishop Lynch High School's annual Sadie's Dance last weekend! In honor of the 80s/90s theme, students rocked the bright rad colors and grunge looks. We even spied Top Gun, Spice Girl and Teletubby costumes!

    All the retro arcade games were a big hit too! 
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  • BL Teacher Named Assistant Chief Reader for AP Exam

    The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) and Educational Testing Service have once again named Amy Wheeler, Bishop Lynch High School social studies teacher and department chair, as the assistant chief reader for the AP Modern World History exam. AP readers from around the world will evaluate and score about 25 million free-response answers from students demonstrating their mastery of rigorous, college-level coursework – and Mrs. Wheeler has a prominent leadership role in this process.
     
    BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley offered his congratulations to Mrs. Wheeler on this honor.
     
    “Mrs. Wheeler is a treasured member of the Bishop Lynch faculty. She exemplifies dedication to education by being named to this national leadership role. I’m so proud of her and all of our Bishop Lynch educators who go above and beyond for our students and the education profession,” said Dr. Riley.
     
    Mrs. Wheeler will also present at the World History Association Conference in Utah this summer. Congratulations!
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  • Friars in the House: Student Leaders Attend Ethics Symposium at UTD

    Bishop Lynch High School’s House Council student leaders and members of the BL Belonging Board attended the 20th Annual Ethics Symposium – Ethics Everyday this week at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Hosted by Shelton and UTD, the daylong event focused on morality and ethics. Presentations covered ethics in education, ethics in religion and ethics in technology. Students then had the opportunity to listen to different scenarios and apply what they learned to determine how they would respond in an ethical manner.
     
    More than 150 students were in attendance from Bishop Lynch, Hill School in Fort Worth, Parish Episcopal, Shelton, and Ursuline. Every student received a copy of the book “How Good People Make Tough Choices, Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living” by Rushworth M. Kidder.
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  • MobilePack ’20 Combines Giving and Good Times

    Bishop Lynch High School’s MobilePack ’20 brought together hundreds of volunteers for a daylong charitable event of epic proportions! In all, 772 boxes were packed with 166,752 meals for malnourished children around the world. That’s enough to feed 456 children for a full year!

    Many thanks to all the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Bishop Lynch friends for spending your Saturday helping Feed My Starving Children with this most worthwhile endeavor. Fun Fact: In all, BL students worked 1,062.5 hours at the Feb. 1 event!
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  • Six More Friars Sign to Play Collegiate Sports

    Another round of Bishop Lynch High School seniors signed to play collegiate sports on National Signing Day Feb. 5. Congratulations to our newest college-bound student-athletes!
     
    FOOTBALL
    Austin Bell — Southern Nazarene University
    Justin Bell — Southern Nazarene University
    Darries Boyd Jr. — University of Arkansas at Monticello
    Andy Cardenas — Southern Nazarene University
    Ayden Howard — Villanova University
     
    POWERLIFTING
    Isaac Chavez — Midland University
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  • January

    Bishop Lynch Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

    Bishop Lynch High School has been busy celebrating Catholic Schools Week with multiple activities on campus. From thanking our Friar families with donuts and coffee at Monday morning carpool to hosting the annual diocesan Catholic Schools Week poster contest – and everything in between – it’s been a true community celebration on the BL campus.
     
    Stay tuned to BL social media for tomorrow’s community/service focus leading up to Saturday’s MobilePack, the school’s signature service event benefitting Feed My Starving Children.
     
    Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson even sent his Catholic Schools Week congratulations to the school! Read his letter here.
     
    Thank you for investing in Catholic education and for your continued support of Bishop Lynch High School!
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  • Friars in the House: Mentor Shares a Meal and Real-World Skills Development with Students

    De Porres House Mentor Ron Steiner has gone the extra mile to get to know his mentor group. Last fall, Mr. Steiner invited the students in his group for an individual get-to-know-you meal on campus. The majority of his mentor group took him up on the offer. Mr. Steiner and the mentees enjoyed either a BL breakfast or lunch, as well as the opportunity to learn more about each other.
     
    Over the meal, Mr. Steiner asked each student what one non-academic thing they’d like to do during mentor group time. The answers were varied, and they were practical. Students wanted to learn how to change a tire, rudimentary cooking skills and personal finance basics.
     
    Mr. Steiner has already incorporated the student suggestions into his mentor group time by holding a talk on credit basics using financing a car as an example. Once the weather warms up, Mr. Steiner is planning to teach his group how to change a tire. While he doesn’t rate his cooking skills too highly, he said he can handle the basics. We’ll have to see what the group cooks up next!
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  • Sophomore Clinches Top Spot in BL Science Fair

    Friars in Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry classes participated in Bishop Lynch High School’s annual science fair this week. BL Sophomore Alonso Toji won first place with his project on B.L.I.S.S. – Bishop Lynch Intelligent Security System. Toji and the second-place winners will have the opportunity to participate in the Dallas Regional Science Fair in February.
     
    In other science news, Bishop Lynch High School had another Hitachi scanning electron microscope back on campus this month. This amazing piece of equipment is giving our science classes unprecedented close-up views to further their studies. 
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  • BL Celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2020

    Bishop Lynch High School will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-31 with various activities on campus and special promotions advocating the importance of Catholic education. Highlights of the week will include an all-school Mass Tuesday, Jan. 28 to be celebrated by Bishop Edward Burns and a come-and-go alumni lunch Thursday, Jan. 30. The week wraps up with BL’s third annual MobilePack event benefitting Feed My Starving Children. Thank you for investing in Catholic education!
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  • BL Junior Earns Eagle Scout Honor

    Bishop Lynch Junior Joshua A. Curtis achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at his Eagle Board of Review in November. Joshua is a member of Boy Scout Troop 412 at St. Monica Catholic Church and School. To achieve the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges (so far, Joshua has earned 43) and demonstrate leadership and commitment to community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle Project. Joshua’s Eagle Project was to design and create a Marion Courtyard on the lawn of St. Monica Catholic Church.
     
    For many years, the existing Mary statue stood alone on grass next to the church. With the help of fellow scouts and the generous donation of Roc Construction and Complete Landsculpture, they were able to construct a beautiful courtyard around Mary where people could walk on a stone-paved cross to sit on two granite benches and pray or spend time with the Holy Mother. Congratulations Joshua!

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  • Friars in the House: Ribbons for Reese

    The De Porres House mourns the loss of member Reese Termulo. To honor Reese’s memory, all De Porres mentor groups made pink ribbons this week and distributed them school-wide in advance of Reese’s funeral. Dean Lori Rodriguez said it was a therapeutic activity and a way for house members to remember their friend and classmate.
     
    “The students were able to reminisce about Reese while making a tangible reminder of her to share with the entire school,” said Mrs. Rodriguez.
     
    “I know the De Porres House has an extra special guardian angel watching over all of us.” 
     
    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 
     
     
    Implementing a house system at Bishop Lynch High School was a big, bold move to improve pastoral care, mentorship and student leadership opportunities. Now that the BL House System is underway, it’s time to check in on the progress and hear from deans, mentors, student leaders, and students.
     
    This weekly series provides a glimpse into all the ways – big and small – that students, and even staffulty, are being positively affected by the new BL House System. It will also address plans for growth and refinement during year one.
     
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  • Friars March for Life in Annual Dallas Event

    Nearly 50 Bishop Lynch High School students participated in the March for Life in downtown Dallas on Saturday, Jan. 18. The BL contingent was honored to lead the parade of 10,000 participants with Reese Termulo’s family. Before the march, Friar students and chaperones attended a youth rally with music, speakers, prayer, and Mass. The march then started at Cathedral Guadalupe and ended at the federal courthouse, which was the site of the Roe vs. Wade court case. Last weekend’s event was Dallas’ largest pro-life march ever!
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  • Friars in the House: New Year, New Schedule

    With the new year comes a new schedule for the Bishop Lynch House System! To give our mentors and mentor group student leadership ample time to plan weekly activities, the previous Monday mentor meeting time is now dedicated to house leadership collaboration. Students who don’t hold a house or mentor group leadership position can enjoy a little Friar free time to seek peer tutoring and do homework or to hang out with friends.
     
    “The house system had a great debut semester, but we decided to make this schedule tweak to allow more time for planning between deans, mentors and student leaders,” said House System Director Jerry Waldon.
     
    “This new Monday unstructured time still accomplishes a lot of what the BL House System is designed to do – encourage interaction among our entire student body and create opportunities for leadership development,” said Mr. Waldon.
     
    The new Monday schedule is now in effect from 11:25-11:55 a.m. on school days.
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  • Leyden Lecture Series Brings the Monuments Men Foundation to Campus

    The first Leyden Lecture Series of 2020 kicks off Jan. 28 with a presentation by Anna Bottinelli, president of the Monuments Men Foundation. The Monuments Men Foundation honors the legacy of the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section, and their unprecedented and heroic work protecting civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict during World War II. If you’ve seen the 2014 film Monuments Men starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, you may be familiar with this organization’s work.
     
    The presentation will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 in the McGonigle Theatre. The event is free and open to the entire BL community.
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  • Schedule Change Jan. 22; Funeral Arrangements for Reese Termulo

    It is with a profound sense of loss that we continue to mourn the passing of beloved Bishop Lynch High School Junior Teresa “Reese” Termulo. We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support being shown to the Termulo family and our Bishop Lynch community.

    Reese’s funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, followed by a reception in St. Anne’s Hall. To celebrate Reese’s life, her family has requested people wear pink (Reese’s favorite color) to the service.

    To accommodate the large number of students, faculty and staff who would like to attend the service, Bishop Lynch will move to a half-day schedule next Wednesday. Students will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and buses will run on the regular half-day schedule.

    Please continue to keep the Termulo family and all of Reese’s friends, fellow Brigade sisters and classmates in your prayers.
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  • Vote for BL Educator Nominated for Catholic Financial Life Give Back Contest

    Bishop Lynch High School Choir Director Kathy Leos has been nominated for Catholic Financial Life’s Give Back Contest. The contest honors Catholic school teachers across the country for their hard work and their positive impact on students. Catholic Life will award $500 each to three deserving teachers and $4,000 to each winner’s school.
     
    Ms. Leos’ nomination credited her ability to make the choir a place of belonging and how the choir has been a beacon of spirituality both locally and internationally. The nomination praised Ms. Leos’ more than 35-year career and all the charitable outreach performed by the BL choir, including singing at hospitals and the Notre Dame School and numerous diocesan events.
     
    Voting opened earlier this week and runs through Jan. 17. Submit your vote at cfl.org/givebackcontest. Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week.
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  • House System Kicks Off New Semester with Prayer Rally

    Give me a P-R-A-Y-E-R! The Bishop Lynch House System kicked off the new semester with a prayer rally for all houses today in the Competition Gym. The rally was organized by the student House Council and the eight house chaplains.
     
    Information was shared about each house’s patron saint or blessed, the various types of prayer (supplication, thanksgiving, meditative, etc.) were covered and then each house chaplain led a special prayer.
     
    Since the house system’s third-quarter theme is prayer, the rally was the perfect launch for upcoming mentor group activities. 
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