News Archive

2020

  • April

    BL Athletic Trainer Pens Article in National Publication

    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 campusis 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 AssociationsHis 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!  
     
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  • BL Update: College Visits Go Virtual

    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. 
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  • Elwood introducing Harvey

    Blackfriars’ Spring Play Cast Rehearses Via Zoom

    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 eccentricitiesStay tuned for virtual tickets to the show!  
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  • French IV Friars Practice Language Skills with Teacher in France

    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! 
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  • March

    BL Student Fosters Pets in Need

    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. 
     
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  • BL’s ITeam and Director of Teaching and Learning Help Mobilize Virtual Learning

    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.  
     
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  • Father Edwin’s Ministry Message Coming to New Lunchtime Series

    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 messagesreassuring 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. 
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  • Football 4B class Zoom meeting

    Friars Virtually Rise to the Challenge

    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.  
      
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  • Kate See Named New Siena House Dean

    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. 
     
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  • BL Student Dances to Promote Theater Production

    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!
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  • Friar Faculty Members Receive Work of Heart Award

    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.
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  • On Air: BL Staff Share Expertise on Live Radio Show

    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.
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  • Staffulty Spotlight: Gray Huggins

    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!
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  • Student Spotlight: Jewell Bland

    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!
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  • BL Leaders Attend High School Summit

    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. 
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  • BL Receives Service Award from the Wilkinson Center

    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.

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  • Faculty Spotlight: Beth Storm

    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!
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  • BL seniors (from left to right) Emma Theodore, Annie Stewart, Josie Trent and Annie Zajicek

    Friar Seniors Recognized for Philanthropic Service

    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.
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  • Friar Students Succeed at Calculus Bowl

    Seven Bishop Lynch High School students competed in the Calculus Bowl at UT Arlington last week. The team placed eighth out of 24 teams, improving on last year's record of 11th place. Congratulations!  
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  • Sculpture Teacher Juries College Art Exhibition

    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.
     
     
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  • University President Visits BL Campus

    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.
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  • February

    Celebrating Black History Month with BL’s Jerrie Cooper

    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.
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  • Friars in the House: Carter in the Classroom

    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.
     
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  • Pan Africa Club Hosts All-School Assembly

    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.  
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  • Planner Cover Art Contest Now Open

    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 communications@bishoplynch.org. 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.
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  • Spring Musical Debuts Feb. 28; Buy Your Tickets Today

    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!
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  • Celebrating Black History Month with BL’s Edmund Jones

    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.
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  • Father Edwin Sets Off on Pilgrimage

    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.
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  • Friars Cruise to Second Straight TAPPS State Wrestling Title

    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.
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  • Friars in the House: There’s an App for That

    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.
     
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  • Get Your Legacy Gala and Tuition Raffle Tickets Today

    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).
     
    Get your Great Gatsby-esque vibe on and buy your Legacy Gala tickets at www.bishoplynch.org/gala.
     
    Tuition Voucher Raffle
    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.
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  • 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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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