Bishop Lynch High School is hosting a voter registration drive on campus next week. Voter registration applications will be available Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the atrium and outside the BL Bistro near the bus barn during grab-and-go lunch. Students can fill out or pick up an application. BL will mail completed applications; otherwise, students will have to put theirs in the mail.
The deadline for the postmark of a mailed registration application is Oct. 5 to be registered for the Nov. 3 election. The deadline is the same for in-person registration. Citizens must be at least 17 years and 10 months old at the time of registration. A citizen will be able to vote if registered and 18 by the time of the election.
Thank you for your support of Bishop Lynch High School on North Texas Giving Day held Sept. 17. In all, we had more than 620 individuals donate to help make a difference in the lives of Bishop Lynch students. Because of your incredible generosity, Bishop Lynch students will have increased financial assistance and enhanced experiences in academics, the arts, athletics, and spiritual formation.
Your donation on North Texas Giving Day is counted as support for The Fund for Bishop Lynch and will be reflected as such. Thank you again for your generous contribution to our Bishop Lynch school community.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off Sept. 15,andit runs through Oct. 15. To celebrate, Bishop Lynch High School has created a special webpage called Celebrating our Community in the Student Life section.This webpage provides a history of Hispanic Heritage Month andwillhighlightthe culturesof fiveLatin American countries.Also, check out the spotlight on Guillermo Rios,one ofBishop Lynch’s amazing Spanish teachers (AP Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language/Culture and Spanish II). Mr. Rioshas traveledextensively,and he shareshisprofessional inspirations, artworkand other hobbies in the article.Stay tuned for more content over the next few weeks! Celebrating Our Community
What’s the latest must-have accessory for Bishop Lynch High School students?The green Friar Fred safety sticker, that’s what! When BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley sees a studentdisplaying all the proper BL safety protocols, he gives asticker of approvaland a verbal commendationto the diligent Friar.BL students are doing an excellent job of masking, social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing, as evidenced by the number of sticker-wearersoncampus!Keep up the good work Friars, and let’s see even more stickers on those badge holders, lapels and backpacks!
During this time of heightened health and safety protocols, Bishop Lynch High School has added more medical professionals to help in the school clinic. Read on to learn about the people with the smiling eyes above the masks.
David Rodriguez David Rodriguez is a driver/engineer and paramedic for Garland Fire Department. Mr. Rodriguez sees the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation through his work as a paramedic, so his expertise is a good fit in the school clinic. He is also no stranger to Bishop Lynch, as he’s the father of class of 2016 alumni, two current BL students and the husband of De Porres House Dean Lori Rodriguez.
Rachel Sangworn Rachel Sangworn has been a pediatric nurse for 12 years. She is currently working at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders clinic as a neuro oncology RN. Mrs. Sangworn’s husband Jason is a BL alumnus. They are parents to two young children and are parishioners at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Welcome to Mr. Rodriguez and Mrs. Sangworn! Thank you for your service to the school.
Thank you to all who have given to Bishop Lynch High School on North Texas Giving Day. Our community’s generosity never disappoints!If you have not given and you are able to do so, please consider a gift to directly impact our students’ Bishop Lynch experience. TheNorth Texas Giving Day event is open until midnight tonight.By making your gift today, you share with us in supporting the mission of our school. Please find our giving page at https://www.bishoplynch.org/NTXGD.
A special Back to School Dedication Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Edward J. Burns and Bishop Greg Kelly at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. The mass will be livestreamed at https://csodallas.org/mass.
The 2020-2021 school year will be dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima. Like the children to whom the Angel of Peace appeared, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos and Sts. Francisco & Jacinta Marto, we encourage students and faculty to pray the rosary for the pandemic, the sufferings of the world, and for all students and educators.
Please watch this resource video about Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima and the three children.
Bishop Burns has also recorded a special video message welcoming students back to school and providing a chapel tour. Watch it here.
We are counting down the days to North Texas Giving Day, and we’re counting on YOU to help make it a successful virtual philanthropic event! Please consider supporting Bishop Lynch High School Thursday, Sept. 17 for this annual 18-hour giving extravaganza. Funds raised for Bishop Lynch on North Texas Giving Day will support our students through financial aid and campus programming.
Early giving is now available. Visit BL’s North Texas Giving Day page here to learn more and donate.
Enjoy a Night Under the Stars in Roffino Stadium Saturday, Oct. 17. This Hollywood-themed Homecoming movie night will feature a film, food trucks, an outside photo booth, and more. A limited number of tickets ($30 each) will be sold Oct. 7-16 and the price includes a T-shirt, one meal ticket for the food trucks and a digital photo. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information coming soon!
Please note that Homecoming Week has been pushed back one week due to a football schedule change. Homecoming Week will now be Oct. 12-17.
Congratulations to Bishop Lynch High School Senior Joseph Mathews on earning his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America. Joseph is a member of Troop 746 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Dallas. During his years as a Boy Scout, Joseph has earned 66 merit badges, received multiple award recognitions and served as acting senior patrol leader.
Joseph designed and built 12 dog houses to protect at-risk shelter animals from the elements for his Eagle Scout project. As the project leader, Joseph recruited volunteers, gathered materials, documented the work, and ran all the operations. Way to go, Joseph!
Bishop Lynch High School welcomed students back to campus today for the start of Phase 2 in the school reopening plan. There were a lot of smiles behind those masks as students walked the Ferguson and Inadale hallways once again.
Safety protocols were introduced and will be reinforced during the first days of in-person instruction. Students saw several new additions to the campus environment, including touchless hand sanitizers in every classroom and common spaces, plexiglass barriers on tables, additional food stations for grab-and-go meal distribution, and signage promoting safe practices.
We were delighted to have mentor group time during our first day back on campus. The students on campus and attending remotely had an opportunity to connect with each other in a relaxed and fun environment.
“It is wonderful to see many of our Friar students back on campus again. I was pleased with our students’ adherence to proper mask-wearing and frequent hand sanitizing. It will take everyone’s continued diligence to keep our community safe and our campus open,” said BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley.
"We are a team of more than 3,000 people (students, parents and faculty/staff) that must work together for the same goal: keeping the school open and safe," Dr. Riley.
If you can’t find Bishop Lynch High School Sophomore Thaddeus Shearin on the ground, you can probably find him in the sky. This fabulous Friar is a member of Lima House and is well on his way to earning his pilot’s license. Thaddeus mainly flies in his neighbor’s Beechcraft Bonanza ‘74, and he has flown around the Dallas metro area and on longer flights to San Antonio and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Although you are required to have a registered instructor in the plane to fly under age 16, Thaddeus has taken off, flown and landed without assistance. Thaddeus says what he loves best about flying are the sunsets and the views of the clouds from the sky.
Besides his aviation pursuits, Thaddeus plays trombone and drums in the BL Marching Band and guitar in the Jazz Band. Congratulations to Thaddeus on being a fabulous Friar!
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As part of Bishop Lynch High School’s campus ministry program, each grade levelholds an annual retreat to grow in faith and fellowship. This year’s Freshman Retreat will be held Monday, Sept. 14 on the BL campus. This is a Phase 2 school day for freshmensobuses will run on their regular schedule and a grab-and-go lunch will be provided. The school day will begin at 8:30a.m. and end at 12:45 p.m. More details to come!
Bishop Lynch High School is celebrating Lima House in advance of St. Rose of Lima’s feast day on Aug. 23. Lima House, recognized by the Rose Red shield, is led by Dean Rachele Piazza who serves as BL’s director of teaching and learning. BL Senior Levi Herrick and BL Junior Ellie Wike were elected as 2020-2021 Lima House captain and co-captain, respectively.
During the BL House System’s inaugural year, this close-knit group truly developed its personality and traditions. Dean Piazza says the overall house has taken on many characteristics of its patron saint, St. Rose of Lima.
“St. Rose of Lima was bold, and she never gave up. She famously encouraged others to ‘be the rose amongst the thorns,’” said Dean Piazza.
At Bishop Lynch High School, faith life is celebrated, nurtured and studied. This summer, Bishop Lynch hired Lysette Flores as director of campus ministry to help advance the school’s mission. Ms. Flores was previously a teacher in the Diocese of San Jose and the program manager of the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Ministry at Syracuse University. She earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University and a master's degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School.
Ms. Flores is excited to be at BL and get hearts more on fire for Christ. She has already hit the ground running with her Christ-centered and student-driven campus ministry philosophy.
“Bishop Lynch is unique in being the only Dominican school in the Dallas area, and I want to focus on the four pillars of Dominican heritage – prayer,study, community, apostolate – in our faith life at BL,” said Ms. Flores.
Bishop Lynch High School recently welcomed Tony Ringuette as the new college advisor upon Dr. Bob Iden’s retirement. Mr. Ringuette earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. He brings a wealth of college admissions experience to Bishop Lynch, having served in the admissions offices at Southern Methodist University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Louisville.
Bishop Lynch was always one of Mr. Ringuette’s favorite schools to visit as an admissions counselor, and he is thrilled to make his new home on the BL campus.
Mr. Ringuette will continue Bishop Lynch High School’s college prepstandard of excellence. While COVID-19 restrictions will likely push most college visits into a virtual space this fall, Mr. Ringuette is committed to getting hundreds of top colleges and universities across the country in front of our Friars.
Bishop Lynch High School is excited to introduce you to the newest faithful, caring and dedicated faculty members to join the Friar family. These educators bring impressive degrees, relevant classroom experience and engaging interpersonal skills to their new teaching home on the BL campus.
Stay tuned to next week’s Friar Facts for features on BL’s new campus minister and college advisor.
Please join us in welcoming the following fabulous new faculty members (in alphabetical order):
Beth Storm, a Bishop Lynch High School social studies teacher and advisor for the mock trial team, was recently named the Texas Lawyers Auxiliary 2020 Law Related Education Teacher of the Year. This prestigious annual award recognizes teachers who have made significant contributions to law-related education.
BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley was not surprised by Mrs. Storm’s award.
“As an educator and a lawyer, Mrs. Storm combines her love of teaching and practical real-world law experience to bring her business law, U.S. history and AP human geography classes to life. Her law background also makes her an exceptional mock trial advisor, and her expert guidance has brought national acclaim to our mock trial program,” said Dr. Riley.
Bishop Lynch High School Junior Riley Sauter and BL Sophomore Bella Sauter are two sisters on a mission. During the earlier days of the pandemic, these fabulous Friars noticed an increasing number of homeless people in downtown Dallas. They wanted to help, so they assembled 100 bagged sandwiches and distributed them to some of the city’s neediest citizens. When the sisters discovered that COVID-19 was making it hard for the homeless to access shelters, they doubled (and tripled) down on their efforts.
These days, the sisters drop off between 300-400 lunch bags to the homeless throughout Dallas. Each bag includes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, granola bar, chips, fruit snack or apple sauce, a sweet treat, and a protein cookie. Thanks to overwhelming support and donated supplies from local businesses, the girlshave now teamed up with Family Gateway to provide hundreds of snack and breakfast bags each week to help families experiencing homelessness.
BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley is proud of these Friars for living the Bishop Lynch High School mission.
“Riley and Bella are truly fulfilling the BL mission to work for justice in the world. They saw a need and went to work to help others. This is a true testament to the power of Christian service,” said Dr. Riley.
The Sauter sisters named their volunteer organization Feed the People. In the nearly four months since they started helping the homeless, Riley, Bella and their friends have prepared and distributed more than 15,000 meals. Visit their website at www.feedthepeopledallas.org to learn more.
Bishop Lynch High School released its anticipatedschool reopening phases in Tuesday’s email from school leaders. As communicated earlier this week, Bishop Lynch will kick off the fall semester Aug. 10 with virtual instruction for all students. Sept. 3 starts in-person instruction, or students may continue with remote learning if families choose the eLearning option.
Click here to access the family choice commitment form. Responses are due July 31.
To view archived emails, the planned schedules, frequently asked questions (and answers), and more, please visit www.bishoplynch.org/reopening. If you have questions after reviewing the online information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a school reopening task force member will respond.
Thank you for your continued support as we plan for the reopening of the 2020-2021 school year. Our reopening task force is making necessary plans and recommendations to successfully open our doors to students in August. The task force is relying on several resources for guidance in the decision-making process: the CDC, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department, and the Catholic Schools Office.
Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the steady increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 both locally and nationally, and we are maintaining regular communications with local health authorities. Because this is a very fluid situation, we ask that you continue to follow communications from Bishop Lynch High School for updates related to reopening our school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we move forward to plan for reopening, Bishop Lynch High School is considering offering two learning options for the 2020-2021 school year. To plan thoroughly and effectively, we are asking our families to provide feedback as to the preferred option they may be considering.Please note: This is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that BL will offer both options. If you have more than one student enrolled, you may choose a different option for each of them:
Earlier this week, Bishop Lynch High School deans and mentors participated in the 2020 House System Institute Virtual Symposium hosted by O’Dea High School in Seattle, Washington. In all, 50 schools attended the virtual event.Bishop Lynch’s own Lima House Dean Rachele Piazza served as a panelist and offered best practices regarding house activities and student involvement.
With sessions on distributed leadership, engaging all students, virtual team-building activities and competitions, and using technology to develop school connectedness, Friar leaders will be ready to kick off the second year of the BL House System this August!
Bishop Lynch High School is truly blessed to have a faithful, caring, and dedicated team of faculty and staff who work to ensure the school’s mission. The end of the academic year is a natural transition time where we say goodbye to some employees as they retire or leave to pursue other opportunities.
Please join Bishop Lynch in a heartfelt thank you to the following staffulty for their years of service to the school:
Congratulations to Bishop Lynch High School Senior Bridgette Clifford, who was one of only five recipients of the Backstage Excellence Award Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 from the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) High School Musical Awards. The Backstage Excellence Award is presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding work in the area of technical theatre. Bridgette has been a member of the Blackfriars for three years, appearing in four productions and serving on the tech crew for several others. She was student director for The Drowsy Chaperone and set designer for the spring play Harvey.
Congratulations to BL Freshman Lorenzo Curran for being named Best Featured Performer by the DSM High School Musical Theater Awards for his performance as Gangster #2 in the Blackfriars’ spring musical production of The Drowsy Chaperone. This was Lorenzo’s second appearance on stage – hewas also in the TAPPS One-Act Play last fall.
Read all about it in the latest issue of Reflections magazine! The Spring 2020 issue is making its way to your mailbox. This issue features alumni news and award winners, as well as articles on Bishop Lynch High School’s move to a temporary virtual campus and its new capital campaign. For your convenience, the current issue and multiple back issues of Reflections are available online at www.bishoplynch.org/reflections.
Bishop Lynch High School is proud of its college preparatory mission and the hard work of our graduating senior class. That’s why Bishop Lynch is especially excited to celebrate National Decision DayJune 1. Stay tuned to BL social media on Monday for the latest numbers regarding the Friar Class of 2020’s unique colleges and universities attending, as well as scholarship totals and college credit hours already earned while at 9750 Ferguson Road.
Graduating Seniors: Be sure to comment on Monday’s National Decision Day post with a photo in your new college gear. We want to celebrate our seniors and all the colleges/universities our Friars will be attending this fall!
Corey Johnson, Bishop Lynch High School’s sculpture teacher, truly inspired his students by focusing on community art this spring. The virtual lessons highlighted how communities across the United States have been transformed by art. BL Junior Lixue Thompson took Mr. Johnson’s lesson to heart. Working with her mother, Lixueproposed a community art project to encourage more of her neighbors to join their active neighborhood Facebook group. Lixue designed a printed invitation and encouraged neighborhood children to submit completed coloring pages that were then distributed with the neighborhood newsletter.
We know our Bishop Lynch High School students have talent - lots of talent! Now it's time to showcase that talent by submitting a virtual audition to be a part of the Blackfriars' fall and spring plays as either an actor or on the tech theatre side.
The virtual audition is an easy five-step process. Learn more below.
Audition for your shot in the spotlight (or to be the one directing the spotlight) today through June 30.
Every year in May, Bishop Lynch High School celebrates a weekend-long 50th reunion for the class celebrating 50 years of being BL alumni. The class of 1970's celebration, unfortunately, will be rescheduled to the fall due to the pandemic. But... the 1970'ers didn't let the virus get them down! On Saturday, May 16th Phase 1 of the 50th celebration rolled out as fellow classmate, Bishop Mike Duca, celebrated his class with a special Mass streamed through Zoom and YouTube. Members of the class then congregated together virtually on a Zoom call to laugh and catch up all night. Congratulations class of 1970 on 50 years as a Bishop Lynch Alumni!
And the student artist whose work will grace the cover of the 2020-21 school planner is … MK Futrell! Many thanks to this talented Bishop Lynch High School senior for submitting her artwork. With her nod to both the school’s faith life and house system, we will have a colorful cover to stay organized next year. Congrats MK!
Congratulations to the Bishop Lynch High School Class of 2020! Even thoughgraduation still awaits, the accolades and scholarship dollars keep growing for our amazing seniors.
Did you know that this year’s graduating Friar class has already amassed nearly $19 million in college scholarships and earned 5,272 college credit hours while at BL? While many college and university decision deadlines have been pushed back to June 1, our Bishop Lynch seniors will be attending at least 65 different schools. Also, 18 senior student-athleteshave signed to play collegiate sports!
The Class of 2020’s academic and leadership achievements were highlighted at last week’s virtual Honors Convocation. If you missed it, the video is still available at www.bishoplynch.org/graduation. Plus, BL Senior Megan Mathena created a fabulous tribute video highlighting the seniors’ college choices as part of her broadcast journalism class for Across Campus. Check it out here.
If you have a rising kindergarten through eighth-grade student, check out Summer at Bishop Lynch’s new Virtual Camp Clubhouse for endless summer fun from the safety and convenience of your home. Summer at BL’s Virtual Camp Clubhouse will be available June 1 through July 31 to providelive streaming and recorded videos covering academics, athletics and the arts. For just $129, you can get an all-access family pass for the entire summer. Learn more at www.SummeratBL.org.
Help Us Spread the Word!
Who’s tired of being chief entertainer 24/7 (among all your other titles)? Help us spread the word about Summer at BL’s Virtual Camp Clubhouse! Simply shareBishop Lynch High School (Official) Virtual Camp Clubhouse post,and you can help exhausted moms and dads everywhere. There is hope; summer doesn’t have to be a bummer!
Congratulations to Lindsey Matvey on being honored this week with a Work of Heart Award from The Catholic Foundation. Ms. Matvey is an athletic trainer for Bishop Lynch High School, and she is also a mentor for De Porres House. She received the award for consistently going above and beyond her job responsibilities and for exemplifying Christian values in her relationships withinthe BL community. Thank you to Ms. Matvey for inspiring others to be the best versions of themselves.
The Catholic Foundation’s Work of Heart Award nominations will re-open Sept. 1. Please visit theirwebsiteto learn more and download a nomination form.
Bishop Lynch High School’s weeklong mobile food drive, in partnership with Catholic Charities Dallas, isstill in full swing. Since BL began accepting donations on Monday, the three large pallets of boxes we were originally given have been filled with your generous donations of canned and boxed food items, diapers and baby wipes to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. New boxes have now been delivered, and we hope to fill them to the brim!
If you are able, please bring your non-perishable food donations to the circle drive on the BL campus (by the flagpole) from 1-5 p.m. tomorrow. Simply stay in your vehicle, and members of the Friar athletics department will unload your donation from the trunk or backseat.
Thank you for your participation.We’ve loved seeing all the students, parents, staffulty, alumni, and friends of the BL community swing by to drop off donations!
Amy Wheeler, Bishop Lynch High School social studies teacher and department chair, serves as the assistant chief reader for the Advanced Placement(AP) Modern World History exam.Mrs. Wheeler was recently a guest on the College Board’s student review broadcast for the upcoming AP exam. She was joined by the exam’s chief reader. Congratulations to Mrs. Wheeler forleading AP readers from around the world!
The entire Bishop Lynch High School community is invited to view the Class of 2020 Honors Convocation at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15 on the BL website at www.bishoplynch.org/graduation. This Honors Convocation video celebrates the academic and leadership achievements of our graduating seniors and faculty awardees. If you can’t join us at 1 p.m. tomorrow, the video will remain online. A downloadable program will also be available. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Bishop Lynch High School is partnering with Catholic Charities Dallas to host a mobile food drive on the BL campus all next week. From 1-5 p.m. May 11-15, BL families and friends of our community can drive through campus to donate nonperishable food items, diapers and baby wipes to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
If you’d like to participate in the BL/Catholic Charities Dallas charitable effort, please put your donations in the trunk or back of your vehicle and pull up to the school’s circle drive by the flagpole. Simply stay in your vehicle, and members of the BL athletics department will unload your donation. Many thanks in advance for your philanthropic work to help our neighbors in need.
Bishop Lynch High School debuted its new Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club earlier this school year. Since then, club members have dominated both the area and state competitions with two Friar freshman studentseven earning top 10 statewide finishes at the recent virtual event.
John Dryden earned his spot at nationals by winning the state Introduction to Public Speaking competition.Lui Andres placed seventhat the virtual state competition in the Introduction to Information Technology competition.
Ron Steiner is BL’s deputy director of technology operations and heis the FBLA club moderator. Mr. Steiner is thrilled with the FBLA members’ success, especially during this inaugural year.
“FBLA at BL is wholly student-driven. The students selected their own events for the area and state competitions and did their own research and preparation. Through competitions, FBLA prepares its members for careers in business while teaching valuable leadership skills. My role is to provide minimal guidance and just stay out of their way. I’m proud of each member, andI am looking forward to the next school year and future competitions,” said Mr. Steiner.
Father Edwin Leonard, Bishop Lynch High School’s campus chaplain, celebrated an all-school Mass for the BL community earlier today at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas. The Mass was broadcast live through Facebook. We are thankful for the more than 775 students, staffulty, parents, alumni, and friends of BL who joined us in prayer and virtual fellowship.
At the invitation of the Catholic Schools Office, BL families also joined an online dedication Mass for Catholic families this morning celebrated by Bishop Edward J. Burns and Bishop Greg Kelly. This diocese-wide service asked for the intercession of St. Anne and St. Joachim, parents of Blessed Virgin Mary, to guide parents, students and educators during this time of distance learning.
Both of today’s Masses provided a beautiful reminder of God’s loveand the importance of our faith community.
The Locker is now offering retail to-go! The first pickup was earlier this week for our Class of 2024 orders. Our incoming Friars need their new BL merch!
If you'd like to order from The Locker, visit www.thelockerBL.org. Please note that all sales are final and there are no exchanges or refunds. Items will be added to the website as they become available. Online orders placed by noon on Mondays will be available for curbside pickup from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesdays.
As a bonus, all orders placed for curbside pickup will also include a free BL Believing. Belonging. yard sign. Shop online with The Locker today!
Thank you to everyone who has already liked and commented on Bishop Lynch High School’s new digital ads on Facebook and Instagram. The ads tout what you already know – that BL offers an amazing dual enrollment program, we are better together with our co-ed advantage, our house system offers mentorship opportunities, and much more! If you happen to see our ads on social media, feel free to share them with any prospective families you know. It’s our mission to bring together a diverse community in a rigorous college preparatory environment, and we would be honored to welcome more students to share in our school’s mission. Go Friars!
We love the Bishop Lynch High School Class of 2020! What better way to recognize our super seniors than with a virtual Senior Week while we're off campus? April 27-May 1 is dedicated to the BL senior class. We'll have special days like Memory Monday, Thankful Tuesday, Shout-out Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Future Friday.
Be on the lookout for your special BL Facebook frame to show love to our graduating seniors too!
We may be stuck safelyat home, but students in Corey Johnson’s sculpture classes are virtually traveling the world for the sake of art. These Bishop Lynch High School sculpture students are virtually visiting communities that have faced economic and social adversity to learn how they overcame their struggles through grassroots efforts that incorporated the arts. Mr. Johnson’s Spin the Globe video series included recent visits to Detroit and Houston. Other planned destinations include Oakland, California, and even Australia.
“I want my classes to be uplifting and positive during these uncertain times. I also want the students to feel inspired to make positive changes in the world,” said Mr. Johnson.
Other sculpture eLearning lessons have focused on students recording architectural details or objects that are often overlooked in their homes and creating art with nature.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on many families’ livelihoods. Each year, Bishop Lynch High School provides financial aid for deserving students, but the need is greater now more than ever due to COVID-19's economic shutdown. If you are able, please join Bishop Lynch for its annual Giving Day May 5. This event will be held in conjunction with North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, and funds raised will provide immediate tuition assistance to current and incoming BL students.
A generous donor has pledged $25,000 as a matching gift to this initiative, so every dollar donated will be even more impactful to our students. You don’t have to wait until May 5! You can make a gift early by clicking here.
In acknowledgement of these unprecedented times, Bishop Lynch will initiate a final exam exemption process for students in any grade level who are passing their fourth quarter and semester courses and are in good standing with the business office. Students who are not cleared in the business office will receive a zero for the final exam grade until the account is clear. After the account is clear, the zero will be changed to exempt status (EX).
If students (grades 9-11) meet the criteria to be exempt from final exams, then their last day of school for the fourth quarter will be Tuesday, May 19. If seniors meet the criteria to be exempt from final exams, then their last day of school for the fourth quarter will be Friday, May 8. The two review days and finals week will become Academic Mastery Days (from 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m.) for those students who are not passing their fourth quarter and/or semester courses.
If Eastfield or Cedar Valley requires a final exam as part of a dual credit class, then the exam will be given during the scheduled BL class time, not during Academic Mastery Days. As such, AP Exams will occur as scheduled by the College Board.
In lieu of final exams, each quarter grade will weigh 50 percent toward the semester grade.
This change is not an easing of academic standards, but an understanding that we are learning and growing together through these challenging times.
Academic Mastery Days
Academic Mastery Days will be held on the following dates for students to receive help in learning content that they found difficult and/or to make up any assignments missed due to disruptions related to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order:
As many of you know, several Independent School Districts in our area are temporarily shifting to Pass/Fail grades. It will be our policy not to adopt Pass/Fail grading. To do so would compromise your investment in a college preparatory education while diminishing the students’ hard work. Due to our unusual circumstances along with the decision not to adopt a Pass/Fail only grading process, the Academic Mastery Days (dates listed above) were established to provide the necessary learning support to any student who needs assistance in mastering learning objectives.
Students who are still failing the semester at the end of the Academic Mastery Days will be required to attend credit recovery summer school.
Bishop Lynch High School administrators are leading – and learning – when it comes to our new temporary eLearning reality. Just this week, Bishop Lynch administrators led a live webinar panel discussion titled Integration of Effective Assessments into an eLearning Environment for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Virtual 2020 that was held instead of the organization’s annual conference. Four hundred and sixty educators from across the United States attended BL’s session.
In addition to the presentation, BL leaders are virtually attending several conference sessions to get practical takeaways for improving school systems – both virtually and in our regular on-campus environment.
“Bishop Lynch has enjoyed a great relationship with NCEA for many years now. Our partnership allows us to share our best practices with a national audience and gain important information and resources to improve our own school community,” said BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley.
Special thanks to the following BL leaders for their contributions to the NCEA presentation:
Dr. Chad Riley, principal
Randy Becker, assistant principal for academic affairs
Rachele Piazza, director of teaching and learning
Beth Burau, Kay Gentsch and Cari Schnurr, ITeam members
The Bishop Lynch High School Blackfriars Guild is honored to announce that a cast member has been nominated for an award by the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Awards. BL Freshman Lorenzo Curran is a nominee in the category of Best Featured Performer for his role as a Pastry Chef/Gangster in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Also, Senior Student Director Bridgette Clifford has been awarded a Backstage Excellence Award Scholarship for $2,500. The award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding work in the area of technical theatre.
Congratulations to Carissa Torres and Annie Stewart for being named valedictorian and salutatorian for Bishop Lynch High School’s Class of 2020. BL Senior Carissa Torres has been named valedictorian. Carissa is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a National Hispanic Scholar. She’s also a BL Ambassador and a member of both Mu Alpha Theta and the National English Honor Society, among other extracurricular involvement.
Annie Stewart is the senior class salutatorian. She is a board member for both the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society, as well as a BL Ambassador. Annie is also a representative for Frassati House and a co-captain for the women’s cross-country team.
BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley is very proud of these Friars’ successes.
“Both Carissa and Annie represent the best of Bishop Lynch. They are diligent and hardworking students while serving as leaders on campus. They have both been incredible Friars, and I know they will go on to do great things in college,” said Dr. Riley.
Bishop Lynch High School takes its college preparatory role very seriously and is dedicated to connecting students with college admissions counselors even when our Friars aren’t on campus. BL College Advisor Dr. Bob Iden already had the April 7 College Knowledge Night on the calendar before the campus was closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Not ones to shy away from a challenge, Dr. Iden and the college admissions counselors in the Dallas-Fort Worth Admissions Regional Network (DARN) created a virtual event for BL families via Zoom.
A global pandemic and shelter-in-place ordermay have preventedthe faithful Friar Friends from holding their monthly rosary in the Siena Chapel on the Bishop Lynch High School campus, but it didn’t stop the group from virtually coming together for prayer on Friday, April 3. If anything, it made the need for prayer and community even more acute. Krystal and Julian Rodriguez are the rosary leaders, and they were joined by other current parents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, a board member, young alumni, and even a new memberto pray for the entire Bishop Lynch community and our church leaders via Zoom. Watch upcoming issues of Friar Facts for information on the May rosary.
Bishop Lynch High School Senior Bree Slay certainly has something to smile about! Bree was recently selected to join the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Pre-Law Scholars Program. Only approximately 40 students are selected for this honor each year. Students participating in the Pre-Law Scholars Program who satisfy certain conditions will be guaranteed admission into SMU Dedman School of Law upon completion of their undergraduate degrees. Bree is still evaluating her college options, but this honor deserves recognition. Congratulations Bree!
What is one great benefit of conducting classes on Zoom? Getting to see and hear from an actual curriculum producer, that is what!Bishop Lynch High School’s personal finance class taught by Kay Gentschhad a special guest speaker this week as Yanely Espinal, director of educational outreach at Next Gen Personal Finance, virtually joined the class on Zoom. Ms. Espinal personally went from deep debt to financial security by 30 years of age, and her company produces the curriculum Ms. Gentsch’s class uses. Ms. Espinal even appears in many of the course videos herself! To prepare for the guest speaker, the Friars read this MarketWatch article on Ms. Espinal so they could generate questions. Thank you to Ms. Gentsch for securing such a great guest speaker!
While we are all missing SAGE Dining Services’ delicious and convenient breakfasts and lunches at Bishop Lynch High School, we can use SAGE’s online recipes and tutorials to up our shelter-in-place culinary game. Also, now is the time for students to develop or fine-tune those kitchen skills for the ultimate college prep! SAGE at Home’s latest videos includes easy, yummy recipes and tips for cutting board safety.
Bishop Lynch High School’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Andy Zihlmanwas invited by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)to record a video presentation as part of its WBCA Power Hour online speaker series. Coach Zihlman and Shannon Mathis, one of BL’s assistant women’s basketball coaches, prepared a video about the school’s quarantine basketball workouts that utilize Zoom technology. Congratulations to these Bishop Lynch coaches for being chosen as leaders in their field.Please note that the basketball coaches are no longer recommending working out at parks. This segment was filmed before the current shelter-in-place order.
Bishop Lynch High School’s Head Athletic Trainer Mike Hopper, MS, ATC, LAT, is always at the ready to attend to a student-athlete injury or to aid in rehabilitation. Mr. Hopper, or “Hopper” as he’s affectionately known on campus, is also a national leader in the athletic training industry, a prolific writer and a sought-after presenter. Mr. Hopper’s latest published article on sports medicine appears in the March 2020 issue of High School Today, a publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations. His article focuses on the relationship between athletic trainers and school nurses to collaborate for student health. Bishop Lynch certainly enjoys a healthy, collaborative relationship between Mr. Hopper, Assistant Athletic Trainer Lindsey Matvey and School Nurse Patty Barton. Congrats Mr. Hopper!
One of the founding principles of the mission statement at Bishop Lynch High School is the college preparatory environment in which our students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth and work for justice in the world.
Now that our students, faculty and staff are learning and teaching off campus, how are they able to still create a college preparatory environment? Dr. Bob Iden, BL’s college advisor, has spent the last couple of weeks working hard to make sure all of our Bishop Lynch students and families are provided the resources and opportunities to learn and grow within a college preparatory context even when they are away from campus.
We (virtually) sat down with Dr. Bob Iden this week to learn more about the work he has done to bring the college preparatory environment to Bishop Lynch students on a virtual level.
No one knows the saying “The show must go on” better than the cast and crew of Harvey, the Blackfriars’ spring play. Even a global pandemic and shelter-in-place order cannot stop the talent and creativity of these student actors. John Athas, BL theater teacher and spring play director, reports the cast has adapted to the new normal by working through the script in real-time via Zoom.
“The Zoom program automatically cuts from one actor to the other when they speak, so there is an interesting TV quality about the process. We are hoping to capture the whole play in this way, and learn basic camera acting too,” said Mr. Athas.
The comedic play, written in 1944, explores the theme of acceptance and accepting someone for who they are even with eccentricities. Stay tuned for virtual tickets to the show!
In the foreign language department, Mlle. Katy Crawford is using Zoom to connect her French IV students with French speakers around the world. Chloe Figura, BL senior and president of the French National Honor Society, brought the idea to Mlle. Crawford of inviting a family friend who is a teacher in France to share her experience of “le confinement” (quarantine) in France. Thanks to the Figura family and Zoom technology, Mlle. Crawford’s class was able to ask the teacher questions about how French life has changed in the past few weeks and compare it with their own quarantine experiences here in the United States. Of course, the conversations were all in French. Oui!
What’s the cure for the quarantine blues? Photos of puppies and kittens, of course! BL Junior Grace Addison has plenty of furry pets to keep her company – and keep her busy – this spring.
Grace works with Dallas Animal Services’ foster department to care for both kittens and puppies. She routinely cares for entire litters and even the moms on occasion too. In all, Grace has helped around 30 kittens and five puppies. Her volunteer work includes house training, bottle feeding around the clock, attending to medical needs, and playing with the precious babies!
Right before the animals are ready for adoption, Grace takes them in to get vaccinated and spayed/neutered.
How does a large vibrant college preparatory high school go from a physical campus environment to a virtual community seemingly overnight? It was a team effort led by Bishop Lynch High School administration, but the ITeam and BL’s director of teaching and learning played starring roles as well.
Bishop Lynch High School debuted the ITeam (Instructional Technology Team) way back in 2012. The ITeam is comprised of BL faculty members Beth Burau, Kay Gentsch and Cari Schnurr, who are all Texas Computer Education Association-certified campus technology specialists. The ITeam’s goal is to continue student excellence by working with teachers on the integration of technology for both instruction and assessment within the curriculum. The ITeam evaluates and recommends software and technology for teacher use. The three ITeam members are also classroom teachers so they can integrate what they teach.
Father Edwin Leonard, Bishop Lynch High School’s campus chaplain, will be a regular part of our Friars’ eLearning journey with two weekly spots on the new schedule. Be sure to check out The Word Wednesdays and Fridays with Father from 12:40-1 p.m. each week. Since you can’t see him in person, Father Edwin’s powerful messages, reassuring words and scripture teachings in a virtual setting are the next best thing! Keep an eye out for Father Edwin’s sessions on BL social media. Fridays with Father are interactive and will be available via Instagram Live (@blfriars).
If you didn’t get a chance to view yesterday’s retreat video, please click here.
Amidst the transition from school days spent on campus to days now spent e-learning in a virtual space, the Bishop Lynch athletic department quickly reacted to finding ways to keep their 49 athletic teams connected and moving, while sidelined from practices, competitions, and use of school facilities due to the COVID-19 virus. In addition to the Bishop Lynch campus being closed, last week the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) suspended all competitions and activities within their organization until at least early April.
As a result, this past Tuesday, 40 Friar coaches and school administrators met via Zoom to touch base to discuss how to move forward in the foreseeable future to make sure our student-athletes continued their physical, spiritual, social, and emotional development within the athletic context.
Congratulations to Kate See on being appointed the new Siena House dean effective in June. Mrs. See will be replacing current Siena House Dean Amy Duke who is relocating to Nashville for a position as the director of houses at Father Ryan High School.
Mrs. See is a proud Bishop Lynch alumna and a teacher in the mathematics department. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University and taught middle school math at All Saints Catholic School before joining the BL faculty. Mrs. See is the moderator for Mu Alpha Theta and has received a teaching award from the honors organization.
House System Co-Director Kristie Wainwright is confident Mrs. See is the right person for the job.
Bishop Lynch High School Sophomore Jordyn Price and her mother Julie Price recently danced on FOX 4 Good Day to promote Lightwire Theater’s production of The Ugly Duckling, which was held at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Jordyn is a member of the BL Brigade and the Angelico House. Congrats to Jordyn on this honor!
Congratulations to Allison Elliott and Cari Schnurr for receiving the Work of Heart Award from The Catholic Foundation. Ms. Elliott is the head coach of the Bishop Lynch High School Brigade and Mrs. Schnurr is the BL Brigade director, among their other roles at the school. Both women were instrumental in providing emotional support, pastoral care and leadership to the BL Brigade team this winter. The awards were presented by Bill Kula from The Catholic Foundation during the March 11 BL faculty meeting.
If you would like to nominate a full-time Catholic school employee in the Diocese of Dallas for the Work of Heart Award, please complete and submit this nomination form.
Bishop Lynch High School’s Director of Guidance Raquel McKinney and School Nurse Patty Barton spoke live on The Mental Health Moment segment on KBDT 1160 AM’s morning program earlier this week. The two were interviewed by Steve Dunn, founder of The Morgan Foundation, and Patti Geolat, founder of the Something for Kelly Foundation, about mental health challenges encountered by high school students. They also had the opportunity to speak about the BL House System and the impact it has had on our school community in this inaugural year.
In a fun coincidence, the producer of KBDT’s morning programming is Kristy Brown Cisneros, a BL graduate from the Class of 1995! Congrats to Ms. McKinney and Mrs. Barton for being asked to share their mental health expertise.
Bishop Lynch High School is a robust and technologically-adept learning and working community, and that means there are hundreds of laptops, plus computers, printers, telephone systems, and wireless connections to manage. Thankfully, BL Director of Technology Gray Huggins and his team are hard at work making sure our hardware, software, data security, and full technology suite are running smoothly. Mr. Huggins recently led an industry-wide webinar presentation addressing the global issues of ransomware and disaster recovery and Bishop Lynch’s implementation of the two. Congratulations on being a leader in your field!
In a time when people scramble to be in front of the camera, Jewell Bland truly shines behind it. This Bishop Lynch sophomore’s creativity and technological know-how form the perfect blend of videography and photography skills. Jewell graciously lends her remarkable talent to help BL promote the school with sports team and other hype videos, as well as Summer at BL recaps. Her latest must-see reel is the Class of 2024 acceptance video that she developed from idea conception to scripting to filming to editing. Jewell has big plans for her future and hopes to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to study filmmaking. We’ll “take two” more years of Jewell’s incredible talent, please!
Four Bishop Lynch High School leaders attended the March 4 Allen High School Summit for area school leaders to learn about best practices in education and network with area high schools. BL leaders in attendance included Dr. Chad Riley, BL principal; David Cogswell, assistant principal for operations/facilities; Candice Barbosa, director of student formation; and Rachele Piazza, director of teaching and learning.
Bishop Lynch High School was honored to receive the Kids Can Too! Award from the Wilkinson Center at the organization’s eighth annual Wilkinson Center Can Do! Luncheon earlier this week. The event was held on March 2 at the Dallas Country Club. Annette Butler, BL theology teacher, gave the invocation and accepted the award on BL’s behalf. Evan Wormsbecher, BL theology teacher and Christian service coordinator, also attended the event. At the Wilkinson Center’s request, BL Choir Director Kathy Leos and a BL honors ensemble performed a closing song.
BL President Chris Rebuck thanks the Wilkinson Center for their recognition of our school’s Christian service.
“Our seniors served in the Wilkinson Center food pantry the last few years and really gained an appreciation of humility in service and the knowledge of having made a difference. This is a great organization that is changing lives in the Dallas community,” said Mr. Rebuck.
As Bishop Lynch High School’s mock trial varsity coach, Beth Storm brings her litigator background to the classroom to help form the next generation of law professionals. Mrs. Storm earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law and went on to work in law firms before being called to the education field.
Mrs. Storm’s blend of real-world law experience and being a teacher has certainly produced outstanding results. In Mrs. Storm’s six years of leading the Bishop Lynch mock trial program, the Friars have advanced to the final round of regionals all six years and were named regional champions four out of the six years. Last year’s varsity team won the state championship and then placed 10th at nationals.
Whether it’s earning awards at the Yale University tournament or bringing home accolades from Atlanta and San Francisco, the mock trial team is putting Bishop Lynch on the national map. It’s no wonder Mrs. Storm was the Texas Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Educator of the Year runner-up in 2019.
The team has been putting in considerable practice time over the past few months in preparation for the 41st Annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition to be held March 6-7 at the George Allen Courthouse in Dallas.
All rise for Mrs. Beth Storm and BL’s talented mock trial team. Best of luck at the state competition!
On Feb. 23, the Mockingbird Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) recognized 23 seniors, four of whom attend Bishop Lynch High School, for their philanthropic service given to the chapter’s chosen philanthropies in the Dallas community during the past six years. The BL seniors are Annie Stewart, Emma Theodore, Josie Trent, and Annie Zajicek. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
At the Senior Recognition Ceremony, the seniors were escorted by their fathers, formally bowed and were later celebrated for their achievements at a formal dinner with family and friends in their honor. The Bishop Lynch seniors received top awards for their many hours of service and their leadership skills while serving on the Executive Board and Committees. Annie Stewart and Annie Zajicek received “The League Leader Award” and were honored for their meeting attendance and completion of over 300 and 400 (highest in the Class and Chapter) community service hours, respectively, during the six-year period.
Corey Johnson, Bishop Lynch High School’s sculpture teacher, was asked to jury the 2020 Student Art Exhibition at Texas A&M Commerce. Mr. Johnson selected all the work for the exhibition that included both graduate and undergraduate work and he even selected the award winners.
John T. Shannon Jr., president of Christian Brothers University (CBU), visited the Bishop Lynch campus this week. CBU is a Catholic university in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Shannon identified Bishop Lynch as having a strong Catholic mission and he requested a visit to learn more about our school. His visit to campus included a meeting with BL President Chris Rebuck and BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley, as well as a school tour and lunch with Director of Student Formation Candice Barbosa, College Advisor Dr. Bob Iden, House System Co-Director Jerry Waldon, and several Friar students from all grade levels and different houses.
Dr. Riley was pleased to welcome Mr. Shannon to Dallas.
“Bishop Lynch is committed to educating the whole child and preparing our students for the next phase of their educational journeys. Making personal connections with university leaders is one way we can help strengthen our college relations program,” said Dr. Riley.
Jerrie Cooper is in her second year as an assistant women’s basketball coach and full-time substitute teacher for Bishop Lynch High School. Having been born in Chicago and growing up in both Los Angeles and Mesquite, Texas, Coach Cooper now considers herself a Texan. When asked about her life’s biggest influencer, Coach Cooper was quick to name her grandfather.
“My grandfather only received formal schooling until the fifth grade. He taught himself to read and became an airplane engineer. He even designed an airplane wheel carriage mechanism,” said Coach Cooper.
Coach Cooper is proud of her grandfather and he was extremely proud of her.
“Because of my grandfather’s limited education, he pushed me to become an educator,” said Coach Cooper.
She also credits Black History Month with being a great opportunity to remind everyone of the positive impact of African Americans.
“It’s a good time to let everybody know all we do and that we are all important,” said Coach Cooper.
Bishop Lynch High School was thrilled to have its new house system featured on NBC 5’s Carter in the Classroom. The segment aired earlier this week and showcased interactive student-led activities in both Angelico House and Frassati House mentor groups.
Mentor Maritza Fierro’s Angelico group was doing a chair relay race down the end of Ferguson hall. The activity was a ton of fun, plus it provided team cohesiveness.
In Mentor Pam Price’s Frassati group, a student had developed the idea of doing partner trust walks. An upperclassman paired up with an underclassman to lead the blindfolded younger student through a maze of desks and chairs using only verbal instructions. The group will reverse the exercise to allow younger students to lead older students through the maze in a future mentor group meeting.
Bishop Lynch is happy Carter in the Classroom captured the house system’s sense of belonging and student leadership. Taking a mid-day brain break, interacting with others and students implementing student ideas are all hallmarks of the BL House System.
Thanks to Bishop Lynch High School’s talented Pan Africa Club members, the entire BL student body learned a lot about African American culture during today’s Black History Month assembly. BL Pan Africa Club members demonstrated step dancing, held a traditional African dress fashion show, read aloud from Maya Angelou’s and Langston Hughes’ poetry, and conducted a fun trivia contest.
The members of the Pan Africa club are: Crystal Nwabeke, Kingsley Nwabeke, Etoile Iboni, Eden Girma, Liya Girma, Nailah White, Bene Metoho-Eke, Ricardo Carter, Nyankor Angoi, Agum Ring, Ayen Angoi, Maryanne Onyedinma, Caleb Williams, Caleb Ajakaiye, Jillian Jackson, Haymanote Gilliland, Mya’ Dunn, Alexis lkemba, A’cya Narcisse, Osarobo Obasuyi, Saadia Prevost, and Jeremiah Williams.
Maria Rodriguez is the club moderator, and she is proud of the group’s leadership in putting on today’s assembly.
“The students worked super hard to create a diverse and authentic assembly that showcased a wide range of African American perspectives. Pan Africa’s goal was to share their culture and educate the student body on contributions by African Americans to our nation. They did a fantastic job,” said Ms. Rodriguez.
Want to see your artwork on the cover of every Bishop Lynch student and staffulty planner for the next school year? Then start sketching (or painting) your way to Friar fame! BL is holding its second annual school planner cover art contest and it’s open to all students.
Please scan and submit your full-color original artwork as either a PDF or JPG file to email@example.com. The cover art should be oriented vertically and sized to 8.5” x 11”. Please allow space for the BL shield, school name and year to be inserted. Submissions are due Friday, March 27.
Tomorrow is the opening night of the Blackfriars’ spring musical The Drowsy Chaperone! Get your tickets today to see these talented Bishop Lynch actors, singers and dancers light up the stage, which all runs seamlessly thanks to the best crew! Tickets are on sale now at www.blblackfriars.com for both evening and matinee shows this weekend and March 6-8. You won’t want to miss the great music, humorous storyline, amazing costumes, and a little monkey business!
In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating Bishop Lynch High School staffulty and their reflections on African American history and culture. If you don’t already know BL social studies teacher and Ricci House mentor Edmund Jones, you’ll feel like an old friend within a few minutes of making his acquaintance. Mr. Jones majored in political science, but his mother – a lifelong school teacher – convinced him to minor in education. Mr. Jones started teaching in 1988, but then said he became a college and arena football coach for more than a decade before getting back in the classroom.
When asked about his most influential African American hero, Mr. Jones said there was no question about it. As a child of the 1960s, Mr. Jones revered Martin Luther King, Jr. and is still inspired by his influence today. Mr. Jones believes everything evolves and he sees improvement in our country’s cultural awareness and inclusivity.
“In the 1960s, African Americans were fighting for the right to vote. In 2008, our country elected its first black president. That’s an evolution,” said Mr. Jones.
Father Edwin Leonard, Bishop Lynch High School’s campus chaplain, is setting off on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this weekend. Please keep Father Edwin in your prayers as he walks the path of Jesus on his 10-day trip. Keep an eye on BL social media as Father Edwin plans to share his spiritual journey with us.
Last year's TAPPS State Wrestling Championship meet came down to the wire, with Bishop Lynch clinching the title in the final minutes. This time around, there would be no drama, as the Friars clinched a second straight state title before the finals had even started during Saturday's meet at McKinney Christian. The Friars totaled 203 points, a whopping 45 more than runner-up Liberty Christian (158) and 50 more than third-place St. Thomas, who scored 153. Fort Worth All Saints (128.5) and TCA-Addison (117.5) rounded out the top five. A total of nine Bishop Lynch wrestlers made the podium, with Charlie Holub and Webster Walls winning state titles in the 220 and 195 weight classes, respectively. Runner-up finishes by Ben Weber (285), Cort Doyle (152) and Raul Villa (126), as well as third-place finishes from Luke Mazur (132), Evan Petrek (145), Jimmy Nguyen (160), and Kade Findley (182) helped the Friars run away with their second straight title. Benny Simpson (106) finished fourth, Matthew Polak went 3-2 on the day to earn 10 team points, and Ben Van Wey also finished fourth. In addition to the list of awards received by the wrestlers, head coach Tom Trautman and assistant coach Bryan Ashford were named Coach of the Year and Assistant of the Year for the Texas/Oklahoma Region. Both will be eligible for National Coach of the Year consideration.
Bishop Lynch High School’s new house system is encouraging student engagement and participation like never before! Thanks to the Bishop Lynch House System App, we can keep track of all the points and the people who earn them.
By the Numbers
So far, the BL House System App has more than 800 users and Ricci House is leading the pack with the most house members who’ve downloaded the app. Siena House members have currently racked up the most points through the app though.
The mentor group with the most points (as of Feb. 19) goes to Mr. Tom Trautman’s mentor group in Ricci House. And the senior class is currently leading all grade levels with the highest point total.
Individual Leaderboard as of Feb. 19
Staffulty member with the most points: Mr. Ryan Plugge (Aquinas House dean)
Student with the most points: Emma Theodore (De Porres House captain)
Parent with the most points: Nancy Pigeon (Montfort House)
Did you know that parents can even get in on the fun? Download the house system app today to earn points while you cheer on your favorite Friars.
What Do You Win?
Besides earning points for your house and campus-wide bragging rights, house members with high point totals will be eligible for fun contests and prizes. Think throwing out the first pitch at McIngvale Field this spring or getting credit in The Locker. A couple of students even earned the chance to sink a three-pointer for prize money at BL basketball games this winter. Users who earn 200 points will get the coveted Friar Fanatic status.
Get on Board
If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, simply go to the App Store and search Bishop Lynch House System. Once it’s installed, be sure to check in at various games, performances and special events to earn points for you and your house.
Bishop Lynch High School’s Legacy Gala at the swanky Statler Hotel will be the place to be Saturday, March 7. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, now is the time to secure your spot at Bishop Lynch’s biggest celebration of the year. There will be dinner, drinks, entertainment, deserving honors, and the chance to outbid others for amazing vacays, one-of-a-kind experiences and sports memorabilia (including a Kansas City Chiefs’ helmet signed by Patrick Mahomes).
Speaking of tickets, sales for Bishop Lynch’s second annual $10,000 Tuition Voucher Raffle are currently underway. Raffle tickets are $150 each for a chance to win a $10,000 tuition voucher to be applied to 2020-2021 tuition. Only 200 tickets will be sold through 4 p.m. March 7 and they are going fast! Purchase a raffle ticket – or two, or 10! – online here.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963