Special thanks to several members of Bishop Lynch High School’s Pan Africa Club who submitted family videos to showcase the 2021 Black History Month theme of “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” The videos were shared via BL’s social media accounts and under Student Life/Celebrating our Community on www.bishoplynch.org. We even got a video from recent BL graduate Jane Onuoha ‘19 who is attending the University of Houston. Thanks, Jane! You can view the student videos and access PBS’s incredible Black history makers serieshere.
Be sure to review the Black History Month bulletin board outside the BL Bistro this week as well.
After last week’s bitterly cold winter weather, you may be dreaming of hot sunny summer days and how to fill them. If you have any rising kindergarten through eighth-grade students at home, plan some summer fun with Summer at BL’s half-day camps to be held June 14-July 29. Registration is now open for Summer at BL’s signature academic, athletic and artcamps led by many BL faculty members and coaches. There are more than 50 different camps to choose from! Peruse the listings and register online at www.SummeratBL.org.
For Ricci House’s Tiffany Shirley, Class of 2022, art is an enormous part of life. Tiffany is always sketching, painting and crafting, and she’s recently taken her passion and talent to the next level withTffnysrtCo for art commissions like paintings on canvas, wood and fabric, as well as custom T-shirts, stickers and face masks.
Tiffany describes herself as a self-taught artist, and she has also taken multiple BL visual arts courses, including intro to art, drawing and painting, and sculpture. Tiffany credits supportive BL faculty members like Mrs. Tabitha Gaudet and Mrs. Amy Wheeler for encouraging her artistry and entrepreneurial ambitions.
“My absolute dream is to become well known for the things I make and someday I want to paint the inside of a company’s wall, maybe their motto or their logo, and add some pop to it, or on a billboard or a brick wall in downtown Dallas,” said Tiffany.
Congratulations to Tiffany for being a fabulous Friar!
Please join the Bishop Lynch Parent’s Association as they kick off another semester of Scripture Study groups! The groups will study the Gospel of John with a program from Dynamic Catholic called The Turning Point (Buy Turning Point | Dynamic Catholic). There are two groups that meet on different days/times to choose from: Mondays from 12-1 p.m. led by Ronda Moreland and Tuesdays from 7-8p.m. led by Krystal and Julian Rodriguez. They will start meeting via Zoom next Monday, Feb. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 23. Sign up to join the Scripture Study groups here.
February is Black History Month, and Bishop Lynch High School’s Pan Africa Club members are recording special family videos in honor of the 2021 theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” Check out the new Black History Month section on www.bishoplynch.org under Student Life/Celebrating our Community to see Aquinas House’s Kingsley Nwabeke, Class of 2021, introduce the video series and Angelico House’s Alexis Ikemba, Class of 2022, share her family’s cultural and familial experiences. There are more family videos to come all month long!
Bishop Lynch High School’s Best Buddies Club is one of the largest student organizations on campus with more than 100 active members dedicated to promoting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The club meets once a month to plan events and take part in educational seminars. Members participate in several activities like ACEing Autism, craft events held by Best Buddies, leadership seminars, and even activities that help educate members on intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The BL Best Buddies Club is gearing up for Best Buddies Month in March and the Friendship Walk, the chapter’s largest fundraising event for the international organization. The annual Friendship Walk is set for April 17, and Bishop Lynch is currently the top fundraising team!
If you want to learn more about joining Best Buddies or donating to the team’s Friendship Walk goal, please email Mrs. Maggie Raymond, club moderator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your investment in Catholic education at Bishop Lynch High School. All week long, BL has been celebrating several key components of our community: faith, families, alumni, and faculty and staff. BL is recognizing our students on Friday, Feb. 5! As part of the student celebration, Friars may wear jeans (no holes, rips or tears) on Friday, Feb. 5, and enjoy a sweet treat at afternoon dismissal. From morning carpool greetings, special email messages, thank you notes, alumni cardboard cutouts on campus, and more, BL has loved celebrating our amazing BL community rooted in Catholic education.
Congratulations to Frassati House Member Julia Kubes and Angelico House Member Alanson (Lanse) Blois for being named Bishop Lynch High School’s Class of 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley and members of BL’s guidance department surprised Julia and Lanse with the exciting news earlier this week.
Valedictorian – Julia Kubes, Frassati House A graduate of Good Shepherd Catholic School, Julia has excelled in all her endeavors at Bishop Lynch High School. She is the recipient of the Star Student award, the Choir Booster Scholarship, the Catholic Foundation Scholarship, and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is a member of the National Honor Society, History Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society. Julia participates as Council Leader in our award-winning choir, is an active member of President’s Leadership Team and is a BL Ambassador. Julia enjoys reading, watching various Netflix series and hanging out with her twin sister, Michaela. You can see Julia perform in the upcoming Blackfriars’ musical “Curtains” this spring. Julia has thus far been accepted to Baylor and SMU and is interested in studying chemical engineering. Congratulations Julia!
Salutatorian – Alanson (Lanse) Blois, Angelico House Alanson (Lanse) Blois has accomplished much while a student at Bishop Lynch. An advanced student, he is the recipient of the AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Student. He has been a member of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Club, the wrestling and track teams, and the Honor Societies for English, Math and Science. His favorite service activity is working at the Source of Hope Soup Kitchen. In his free time, Lanse enjoys hanging out with friends and his four siblings, and he has backpacked through China. Lanse attended Lake Highlands Junior High and was homeschooled. Lanse has been accepted to Fordham University, University of Georgia, UT Austin, and Trinity University and plans to major in chemical engineering. Congratulations Lanse!
Bishop Lynch High School’s Director of Logistics Donald Merkel is a prolific writer, education author and speaker. As a school administrator, Mr. Merkel has developed his student-first perspective on instructional strategy and school administration. In both “L’educateurModerne” and in collaboration with Dr. Todd Whitaker on the leadership book “Leading School Change,” Mr. Merkel has shared his perspective with audiences across the education spectrum. In addition, Mr. Merkel is currently working on numerous manuscripts, including “The STAPLES of Education,”“The Unabridged R’s of Education” and “KRAVE: A Guide to Learning Preferences.” Congratulations to Mr. Merkel on his publication success!
Montfort House Member Dani Pucci, Class of 2021, is involved in the 2021 Students of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Dani is enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach, and leadership, and is working to support patients battling blood cancers with her fundraising efforts. As a candidate for the LLS Students of the Year Campaign, Dani is learning to market her campaign and leverage her network.
“This campaign is extremely important to me because of the personal encounters I have faced with cancer. Having witnessed those who have battled cancer, I have felt a sense of responsibility to do my part in helping find a cure,” said Dani.
Lima House Member Alan Armenta, Class of 2022, was recently named the 2021 Hal Tehan Scholar Award recipient from The Catholic Foundation. As part of the Hal Tehan Scholar Award competition, local Catholic high schools submit one nomination from their junior classes. Alan was the overall winning scholar of a $5,000 scholarship based on his academic achievement, community and church involvement, leadership, and an essay that illustrates what Catholic education means to him. Thank you to The Catholic Foundation for their continuing support of Catholic education, and congratulationsto Alan!
You can watch Alan’s virtual award recognition here.
Catholic Schools Week officially kicks off Sunday, Jan. 31 and Bishop Lynch High School will be recognizing five important segments of our Catholic school community each school day next week. Stay tuned as we celebrate our faith, families, alumni, faculty/staff, and students in a manner adhering to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Watch for a thank you team of administrators and students at morning carpool drop-off from 7:30-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. We’ll be distributing BL stickers and yard signs to families. As part of BL’s student celebration on Friday, Feb. 5, students may wear jeans (no rips, tears or holes) and enjoy a special sweet treat at afternoon dismissal.
In addition to leading the band on the field, senior drum major Grace Pigeon leads in the practice room and on the stage. Each year, thousands of students from across the state of Texas prepare and audition to be selected as a member of the prestigious Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Band. For the fourth year in a row, Grace has earned a chair in the ensemble on flute. Less than 20 percent of students who audition make the group once, and to make it four years in a row is a truly rare occurrence and quite an accomplishment! Congratulations Grace!
Ethan Hull, a junior at Bishop Lynch High School, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout along with six Eagle Palms for the 51 merit badges he has earned to date. Ethan is a member of Troop 412 at St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas. His Eagle Scout project was for the benefit of the Fairhill School and entailed designing and building picnic tables for the school’s student outdoor area. Ethan included chess boards stenciled and stained onto each tabletop for the benefit of the school’s chess club. Ethan is a member of the Angelico House and the Bishop Lynch men’s swim team. Well done, Ethan!
Bishop Lynch High School is pleased to announce that Annette Butler, a faithful, caring and dedicated BL theology teacher, has been selected as the school’s nominee for the HALO Educator of the Year Award. Mrs. Butler previously served as chair of the theology department, where she created service opportunities for Friar students to positively impact the local community. She frequently volunteers to attend mission trips, showing students how to be excellent witnesses of the faith.
The BL Faculty Council noted on her nomination that Mrs. Butler is committed to the academic success of her students, holding them to standards that allow them to be successful but also push them to raise their own level of accountability.
Mrs. Butler’s HALO Educator of the Year Award nomination was submitted to the Catholic Schools Office, and she will be recognized along with other educators in the Diocese of Dallas for their efforts to form scholars and saints on the road to college and heaven. The HALO Educator of the Year awards ceremony will be held in May.
Anasofia Cano, a Bishop Lynch High School sophomore, earned an honorable mention award in the 2020 German Embassy Annual Essay Contest. Anasofia is currently enrolled in German II at BL, and she was one of the hundreds of students across the nation who wrote essays about German inventors or who the modern Beethoven may be. The German Embassy received a record number of submissions for their 2020 contest.
Beth Burau is Anasofia’s German language teacher, and she is thrilled for her student’s national recognition.
“Anasofia excels in German class. Her essay, which explores the influence of Beethoven on current musical icons, defines composer John Williams as a “modern Beethoven,” said Ms. Burau.
This is the second year in a row that Bishop Lynch High School German language students have earned awards in the German Embassy Annual Essay Contest.
Raffle tickets for a new Peloton Bike+ Essentials Package are now on sale. Only 100 tickets will be sold so purchase your chance to ride to the best shape of your life TODAY. Tickets are $100 each,and proceeds benefit the Bishop Lynch High School Legacy Gala to fund need-based student scholarships.
The Peloton Bike+ Essentials Package includes the following:
1 Peloton Bike+
1 pair clip-in cycling shoes
1 pair hand weights
1 exercise mat
Home delivery and setup
This raffle prize is available to both in-town and out-of-town guests. The raffle winner will be announced Saturday, March 27 during the Legacy Gala virtual event.
Are you looking for an easy way to help? Drop off your donated auction items from the comfort and convenience of your own car! Look for auction committee members in the afternoon carpool line on Thursday, Jan. 28. Drop-off times are from 12-2:30 p.m.
AUCTION WISH LIST: Amazon gift cards, gift certificates, hotels, restaurant gift cards, vacation homes, home and garden items, fitness equipment, health and beauty items, BL gear, electronics, wine, jewelry, art, college gear for our gift baskets, sports memorabilia, access to exclusive clubs/golf courses, and a golf cart!
Bishop Lynch High School’s sports information won second place in a national contest for school social media graphics sponsored by Gipper. Gipper’s Standout Awards 2020 recognized Bishop Lynch’s cutting-edge content and creative engagement, including the “This is the Way” podcast that gives an inside look into the lives of student-athletes. Congratulations to Ryan Plugge, BL’s sports information specialist, for his work on athletics social media!
Be sure to follow Bishop Lynch Athletics on Twitter @blathletics, Facebook (Bishop Lynch Athletics) and Instagram @bishoplynchathletics to follow game scores, recap articles and more.
Amy Wheeler, Bishop Lynch High School social studies department chair and AP world history teacher, was recently named an officer for the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS). Mrs. Wheeler is the council’s new high school representative. TCSS works to provide Texas educators with professional learning, resources and support to strengthen social studies education and civic participation, and Mrs. Wheeler will play an instrumental role in representing the needs of secondary educators.
“Mrs. Wheeler exemplifies our faculty’s core values of being faithful, caring and dedicated. Her leadership in the field of social studies enhances her classroom instruction and stewardship of the entire department. We congratulate Mrs. Wheeler on her election to this prestigious post,” said BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley.
Danny Kennedy, a Bishop Lynch High School junior, recently earned his Eagle Scout rank. Danny is a member of Boy Scout Troop 746 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Dallas. His Eagle Scout project involved designing, building and installing nine shelves for the Bishop Lynch Band Hall to provide a more professional display for the band’s trophies. In addition to his scouting achievement, Danny is a member of Aquinas House, and he’s the percussion caption for the BL Band. Congratulations Danny!
Bishop Lynch High School is providing resources, prayer and student dialogue opportunities in response to recent civic unrest.
Rosary for Peace BL’s department of campus ministry will hold a Rosary for Peace in the chapel at 1 p.m. on both Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Jan. 22. All students and staffulty are invited to attend. Remote students may contact Lysette Flores, director of campus ministry, at email@example.com to obtain a Zoom link for participation.
Student Dialogue Members of the BL Belonging Board, Veritas Board and house student leadership have been trained to facilitate dialogue sessions that promote respect and listening. This for-student by-student approach holds space to seek hope during this time of civic unrest. Student leaders will host the following convenings next week during the optional afternoon enhancement periods:
A sign-up email will be sent to students with location information given upon registration.
Faculty Resources BL faculty members have received resources and an invitation to a special roundtable about discussing civic unrest in the classroom. Resources will be utilized depending on the class subject matter and student interest.
Parent Resource Bishop Lynch recommends an excellent nonpartisan parental resource to use when discussing recent events at home with your child(ren). Please review these tips from the National Association of School Psychologists on promoting compassion and acceptance in crisis.
While Bishop Lynch High School students were squeezing in one last day of Christmas break, BL faculty were on campus for a professional development session to better understand student learning differences. The Jan. 4 faculty in-service brought John Hodges, instructor of therapy with the June Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, back to the BL campus for a deeper dive into recognizing student learning differences and best practices for helping all Friars achieve academic success.
BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley appreciates the Friar faculty’s growth mindset and eagerness to continually learn new ways to help students throughout their educational journeys.
“No two students are exactly alike, and all students do not learn in the same way. We are committed to helping a wide range of learners grow academically, and this third professional development session takes us another step closer to offering even more comprehensive teaching tools for various learning needs,” said Dr. Riley.
The pandemic may have put an in-person dance recital on pause, but it can’t keep Bishop Lynch High School’s dance students from moving to the music. Thanks to the ingenuity of Allison Elliott, BL’s dance teacher, dancers in all her class levels performed around campus – and from their homes – for a first-of-its-kind virtual dance recital aptly titled Social Dist-Dance. Congratulations to Ms. Elliott and her talented dancers for sharing their artistry, technique and joy with us. View the dancers’ jazz performance here.
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