Bishop Lynch High School invites all moms of prospective students to our annual Moms' Tea and Tour this Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Bishop Lynch Bistro. Join us at 9 a.m. to enjoy breakfast and beverages as you gain insight into the BL high school experience from our administration and in-the-know Friar moms. You will also be given a guided tour of the campus to learn more about our academics and facilities.
Two more eighth grade classes visited Bishop Lynch this week to preview the full Friar high school experience. BL welcomed eighth graders from Mary Immaculate School and St. Mark’s Catholic in Plano. They enjoyed performances from the band, brigade and cheer; toured the school; had lunch in the bistro; and learned about life as a BL student. Special thanks to these future Friars for spending the day on campus!
At the invitation of Bishop Lynch Principal Dr. Chad Riley, partner schools in the Diocese of Dallas were on campus today learning about BL mathematics. These middle school teachers gained new classroom tools for teaching math, networked with their colleagues and enjoyed the luncheon meeting held in one of BL’s Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms. The meeting was led by BL mathematics teachers Amy Duke, Margarita Morales and Kate See.
The holiday season is upon us and now’s the time to help those less fortunate. Bishop Lynch’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive kicks off TODAY and runs through Nov. 16. Help BL fill the large boxes in the atrium with nonperishable food items like canned vegetables and soup, dried beans, cereal, and peanut butter. See food drive flyers around campus for specific donation requests. Our BL community’s generosity brought in 9,800 pounds of food for Catholic Charities last year. This year, our school-wide goal is to collect 11,000 pounds. Check your pantry, add to your grocery list and GIVE for our food insecure neighbors in need.
Want to give back and get away at the same time? Then a Bishop Lynch mission trip might be just the thing for you! There will be a BL mission trip informational meeting for both parents and students at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the upstairs TEAL room on campus. BL has a long history of mission success through both school-sponsored and diocesan trips. All BL students are invited to apply for participation in a spring break mission trip to Abbeville, Louisiana March 9-16. The diocesan youth mission trip to Costa Rica June 11-21 will be for a limited number of current junior students. Please email Maritza Fierro at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions prior to next week’s meeting.
This week, the St. Patrick Panthers and the St. Pius X Tigers got a sneak peek of the Bishop Lynch High School experience on their eighth grade class visits to campus. BL was excited to welcome these nearly 100 future Friars and show them all BL has to offer! Students were treated to pep rally performances, presentations by school officials, lunch in the BL Bistro, guided campus tours, and their own BL T-shirts. We sure hope these school’s big cats become Friars in the fall!
The Bishop Lynch Blackfriars Guild is ready to light up the stage (literally!) next week with the opening of “The Arsonists,” the school’s fall play featuring seven performances Nov. 7-17. Be sure to buy your ticket to see not only the best actors, tech crew and stage managers on the BL campus, but the amazing work of the technical theater class students who’ve built, painted and lit up an exploding set! Performances will be held in the Blackbox Theatre. Tickets are available for purchase online and during all lunches. Don’t miss the hottest show around!
Michelle Dunkins was a beloved English teacher at Bishop Lynch, and also an avid writer. To honor her legacy, the National English Honor Society is sponsoring a new short story creative writing contest. All BL students are invited to submit a 1,000-word essay using a provided story prompt. Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1-Feb. 1.
The contest features an esteemed panel of judges, including a BL alumna who’s an editor for Penguin-Random House in New York City. What’s a contest without prizes? Winners of the Michelle Dunkins Short Story Contest will receive credit in The Locker with the top prize worth $500! In addition, selected entries will be published in a paperback. Look for posters around school for complete contest details.
It's a wacky Wednesday on the BL campus this week as students dressed in costume for Operation Oddball, a long-standing Friar tradition. Students and staffulty showcased their creativity as various idioms, calculators, comic book characters, Hogwarts students, and circus performers. We even had an inflatable cop and an eagle!
BL’s German program won one of only four grants awarded to American Association of Teachers of German members to support creative and innovative projects focused on the language and culture of Austria, Switzerland or Liechtenstein. Ms. Beth Burau’s German 2 students used the grant to learn about the history and culture of coffee houses in Vienna, Austria. Her Friar students designed and decorated mugs for their mock coffee house experience where they learned about Euros and tipping practices in German-speaking countries!
Bishop Lynch’s National English Honor Society and the German Club, in cooperation with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, invite you to a very special Leyden Lecture Series event Nov. 13 featuring Holocaust survivor Bert Romberg. Mr. Romberg was born in Astheim, Germany in 1930 just before the Nazi regime took power. When Mr. Romberg was eight years old, his mother realized the imminent danger to her family and sent him and his sister to the Kindertransport – a rescue mission that allowed thousands of Jewish children to live with private English citizens. Mr. Romberg will share his story of war, survival and hope with Bishop Lynch students, faculty, staff, and the community.
The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the McGonigle Theater and is free of charge. We anticipate a large, possibly standing-room only crowd at this presentation. Please plan to arrive early.
This week Bishop Lynch hosted the following four diocesan schools’ eighth grade classes for a campus visit: Good Shepherd Catholic, St. Cecilia, St. Elizabeth, and St. Philip/St. Augustine Academy. These future Friars enjoyed a pep rally, presentations about the BL high school experience, lunch, and guided tours. Admissions season is in full swing and we look forward to welcoming these eighth graders as freshmen in August.
All Souls Day is Nov. 2, and Bishop Lynch High School continues its poignant tradition of remembering deceased loved ones with an online remembrance book. Any member of the BL community is invited to share a name along with a special written remembrance in tribute of a loved one. In addition, the annual Alumni Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated by Father Edwin Leonard at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Competition Gym followed by a light breakfast. Please remember all of our community’s departed family and friends in your prayers.
French National Honor Society students recently attended the Dallas Opera’s performance of “Carmen” at the Winspear Opera House. “Carmen” is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. Bravo to these French language Friars on a fun cultural outing!
Whether you choose to dress up like a farmer, futurist, footballer, or Fortnite camper, be sure to buy your ticket for Operation Oddball before Oct. 31! Operation Oddball is a long-standing BL tradition, and it’s back for another wacky Wednesday in 2018. To participate, students must purchase a $5 ticket to be charged to their MKS account this Friday, Oct. 26 or either Monday, Oct. 29 or Tuesday, Oct. 30 during all lunches outside the BL Bistro. Ticket sales will benefit the junior/senior prom. Wondering what in the world to wear? You can let your creativity shine, but please adhere to the following guidelines:
The 2018 BL Fashion Show walked from the runway into the record books for most funds raised at this annual event. The Oct. 24 Fashion Show brought BL moms and female friends in the community together for a fun night out and featured Friar senior girls modeling the latest fashions from local boutiques. In all, nearly $8,000 was raised for the Michelle Dunkins Scholarship Fund. Special thanks to Sarah Davis and Michele Small who chaired the event, the planning committee and the student models!
The Friar Marching Band will compete Oct. 27 in the Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association’s State Marching Band Championship against the best private school bands in the state of Texas. This competition is the culmination of more than 150 hours of rehearsals and performances on their contest program! Our talented Friars take the field at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco. Come out and cheer them on to the championship!
Check out these former Friars back on the McGonigle Theatre stage for one weekend only! Alumni Revue No. 3 will debut at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 followed by an encore performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. These talented BL alums will revive the songs and dances from their glory days with 15 musicals represented. Buy your tickets online at www.bishoplynch.org/tickets.
Make plans to attend the Oct. 30 Leyden Lecture Series featuring Monica Shaw '78, author of “The Rainwater Secret.” Ms. Shaw’s tale is a fictionalized account of her great aunt’s missionary work with lepers in Nigeria. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the McGonigle Theatre and is free of charge to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Members of the Bishop Lynch Choir supported Ms. Barrett Nash ’01, director of the Harmony Show Choir, in her latest stage appearance. “On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning” is a Wingspan Theatre Company production playing at the Bath House Cultural Arts Center through Oct. 20.
It’s a tale of one play at two schools … BL’s cast of “The Arsonists” recently traveled to Fort Worth’s Trinity Valley School to attend their performance of “The Arsonists.” Our Friar actors enjoyed seeing another school’s interpretation of the play, but the BL cast can’t wait to bring their talent and version of the script to the Blackbox Theatre stage starting Nov. 7. Buy your tickets online today!
Bishop Lynch High School was thrilled to welcome eighth grade classes from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Prince of Peace, St. Bernard, St. Mary of Carmel, and Santa Clara to campus this week. These eighth graders got a glimpse of BL high school life thanks to a campus tour, talks from school representatives, a pep rally, and a yummy lunch in the Bistro. We look forward to seeing these eighth graders on campus in BL uniforms next fall!
Auditions for the spring musical production of “Mame” were held last week and the show has been cast. Congratulations to the following students on their lead roles:
MAME DENNIS – Kyleigh Freeman VERA CHARLES – Megan Bellinghausen AGNES GOOCH - Audrey Clay SALLY CATO – Audrey Hanna GLORIA UPSOM – Lindsay Tujague YOUNG PATRICK – Matthew Parsons OLDER PATRICK – Jacob Aguirre BEAUREGARD BURNSIDE - Beau Mills ITO - Connor Chen
What do you get when Mr. Corey Johnson’s sculpture classes team up with Ms. Maria Rodriguez’s upper level Spanish classes? You get an amazing Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed art and ofrendas exhibition! There are six community ofrendas and anyone in the Bishop Lynch community can take part by bringing a photocopied picture of a departed loved one to place on the displays. The show will kick off with an opening ceremony featuring food, music and fun from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the atrium. Be sure to stop by the atrium during the exhibition’s Oct. 24-Nov. 12 run.
Congratulations to BL Junior Anne Johnston. This past summer, Anne participated in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) BizCamp at Seagoville High School in Dallas and teamed up with another student to create a business idea called Seat Buddy. Their product is a portable climate-control chair that can be brought to stadiums or open fields for concerts. Anne and her partner were the first place winners at BizCamp, and they earned the opportunity to compete at this month’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City. Congrats Anne! Your Friar family is proud of you!
Bishop Lynch High School’s 2018 Alumni of the Year recipients Lauren Shircliff Caton ’82 and Thomas G. Yoxall ’84 were honored at a special alumni dinner on campus Oct. 4 during Homecoming Week. Presented annually since 1990, the Alumni of the Year Award recognizes those graduates who’ve embodied the Bishop Lynch tradition and Dominican heritage of service to the community. Shircliff Caton, a dedicated Catholic school principal in Minnesota, and Yoxall, a decorated Dallas lawyer and BL board member, are very deserving of this year’s highest alumni honor.
The A Cappella Choir has been asked by Bishop Edward Burns to serve as music ministers for the Dallas Ministry Conference Oct. 12 at the Irving Convention Center. The BL Choir has been honored to serve as the “Bishop’s Choir” at the morning conference Mass for the last five years. This annual conference is attended by more than 2,500 educators, clergy and ministers from around the country and Bishop Lynch is the only diocesan high school asked to provide ministers for the event.
The population on the BL campus swelled by more than 100 students today with the addition of future Friars. Eighth grade students from both All Saints and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic schools visited campus to learn what being a high schooler at BL is all about! The students were treated to a campus tour, special spirit performances, lunch in the Bistro, and welcoming remarks from school administration. We hope to see all of these happy faces in BL’s Class of 2023!
BL’s tech theater classes are working diligently every class period and even after school hours on the set of “The Arsonists” with opening night scheduled Nov. 7 in the Blackbox Theatre on campus. Props are being researched and created, and there is plenty of sanding, plastering and painting going on as well. Rehearsals are revving up for the cast too. The entire play has now been blocked and choreography is complete. With all this pre-play preparation, it’s sure to be another fabulous Blackfriars’ production! Tickets will be available online soon.
Drumroll, please … The BL Marching Band will present a special parent preview show in Roffino Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in preparation for Saturday’s Marching Contest at Ponder High School. All this extra prep is leading up to the big Texas Private School Music Educators Association State Marching Competition to be held Oct. 27. Come out to see (and hear) the band’s performance this Friday!
The Dunkins/Melancon Family have scheduled a visitation for tomorrow, Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the West-Hurstt Funeral Home in Desoto. The family has a private viewing Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Also on Saturday, the family invites you to Bishop Lynch to continue to remember Michelle with a family celebration of her life and work with remembrances, testimonials and song and dance followed by a reception in the Bistro. Please see the outline of the celebration:
CELEBRATION OF LIFE OCTOBER 13, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bishop Lynch High School
WELCOME MOMENT OF INSPIRATION SONG OF DANCE TESTIMONIALS AND REMEMBRANCES SINGING, “RISE UP REMEMBRANCE VIDEO CLOSING THOUGHTS SONG OF FAREWELL
Bishop Lynch High School honored 16 students at a special Scholars Breakfast on campus this week. These National Scholars are seniors who had high test scores on the PSAT and Advanced Placement tests. Special congratulations to Ellen Daly and Ashlyn Duy who were named National Merit Commended Scholars. From approximately 1.6 million students who took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, only about 34,000 of the highest-scoring participants are designated Commended Students.
The BL Band competed at the USBands Burleson Marching Showcase Sept. 29. Twenty-eight bands from all over North Texas and Louisiana came together to compete in what amounted to one of the most competitive shows in Texas. The BL Band won its class and took home awards for best visual, best overall effect, best colorguard, and best percussion in Class 1. As the Class 1 winner, the Friar Band earned the opportunity to compete in finals where the next smallest competitor was three times larger. Even so, the BL Band beat that group in music, percussion and colorguard, and earned an overall 12th place finish. Congratulations to the BL Band on this HUGE result, especially considering the size and quality of the competition!
Earlier this week, Allison Elliott’s dance students visited Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts for their Brown Bag Dance Series. Our Friar dancers were treated to lunchtime performances of original, student-choreographed works in various genres like ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. We can’t wait to see how this field trip inspires our BL students to further their study of dance!
Rehearsals continue in earnest for “The Arsonists,” BL’s fall play opening Nov. 7. Special thanks to Danielle Georgiou, a choreographer from Eastfield College, for recently working with the chorus of firemen. Make plans to see “The Arsonists” during its seven-show run next month for what’s sure to be another spectacular theatrical performance from the Blackfriars.
Bishop Lynch High School inducted three new members into its Sports Honor Roll during a special halftime ceremony at the Friars’ Sept. 28 home football game in Roffino Stadium. The Sports Honor Roll was established in 1988 to commemorate exceptional Friar athletic accomplishments while celebrating lifelong excellence consistent with the school’s Dominican tradition of scholarship and service. The new inductees are Nikki Nester ’08, Kinsey Farren ’07 and Luke Silver ’07
Eighth grade classes from Good Shepherd Episcopal, White Rock Montessori and Zion Lutheran toured Bishop Lynch as prospective students this week. While on campus, these students got a glimpse of the Friar high school experience complete with guided tours, lunch in the Bistro, special spirited performances by the band, brigade and cheer, and even a rousing rendition of “Unwritten” by Katy Crawford, BL’s talented French teacher. If you know an eighth grade student who’d like more information about BL, please direct them to the admissions section of www.bishoplynch.org.
Ready for your shot at the spotlight? Now’s your chance with auditions for the Blackfriars spring musical production of “Mame” coming up Saturday, Oct. 13. Interested students need to sign up for an audition spot and pick up audition music and lines during lunches now through Oct. 10. Just look for last year’s cast members at a table outside the BL Bistro. The final audition list will be posted Oct. 11. Break a leg!!!
We know our BLHS students are the best and brightest, and so do college recruiters from across the state and nation! Bishop Lynch regularly welcomes college admissions counselors to campus so our Friar students are exposed to the widest variety of collegiate options. In fact, 307 college recruiters visited our campus during the last school year! Just this week, BL has recruiters on campus from The University of Oklahoma, University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, St. Mary’s College of California, and Washington University in St. Louis. Be sure to listen to morning announcements to hear which college recruiters are on campus each day.
If you want to be in the spotlight (or the crew in charge of the spotlight), now’s your chance to audition for the Blackfriars Guild spring musical production of “Mame” opening in late February! Auditions will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Audition materials will be available Oct. 1. Please contact Ms. May, BL’s theater manager, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
National German Week will be celebrated on the BL campus Oct. 1-4 with fun contests, delicious German food in the Bistro, morning prayer in German, and more! Sponsored by the German Club and the BL chapter of Delta Epsilon Phi, the week’s activities will include a daily Twitter contest, a weeklong scavenger hunt and even a Guess the Gummies game one day during lunch. Be sure to check BL social media next week for contest reminders. Guten Tag!
Friar Fred is at it again! Now that he knows how to text, be on the lookout for short school messages from our favorite mascot. Friar Fred will occasionally send information about upcoming events, quick polls, special giving opportunities, and more. BL students may help out with our communications efforts, but they text from a computer program that only shows a name (not a number). BL also monitors these conversations to ensure safety.
BL alums will be back on the McGonigle Theatre stage this fall to reprise their roles in 15 musical numbers at the Blackfriars Alumni Revue. Titled “We’re All in This Together,” the show will feature talented alumni singing and dancing to hits from “My Fair Lady” and “The Wedding Singer” to last year’s production of “Footloose.” Make plans to attend Alumni Revue No. 3 at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 or 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Buy Your Tickets Online
BL was thrilled to welcome two busloads of smiling eighth graders from St. Rita Catholic School for a campus visit this week. The SRS Spartans were treated to the full Friar experience with addresses from Principal Dr. Chad Riley and BL President Chris Rebuck, a special blessing from Father Edwin Leonard, a complete campus tour, lunch in the Bistro, and special performances from the band, brigade and cheer. We hope to see these eighth graders back on campus as freshmen in the fall!
On Friday, Sept. 28, Bishop Lynch High School will induct three new members into its Sports Honor Roll. The Sports Honor Roll was established in 1988 with the intent to commemorate exceptional Friar athletic accomplishments while celebrating lifelong excellence consistent with the Dominican tradition of scholarship and service.
The new inductees — Nikki Nester ’08, Kinsey Farren ’07, and Luke Silver ’07— will be recognized during a halftime ceremony at Roffino Stadium during the Friars’ home football game against International School of Broward (ISB).
It was a recording-breaking North Texas Giving Day last week for Bishop Lynch, thanks to generous contributions from hundreds of BL supporters. Seven hundred and ninety-five people donated to BL on North Texas Giving Day. That’s more one-day donors than ever before! In all, $244,113 was raised through total gifts, the $20,000 staffulty match and the $35,000 leadership match. Another new giving record!!!
Now let’s talk prizes! The SENIOR class raised the most and earned the top prize of Kona Ice and a jeans day. The FRESHMAN class came in second place and will enjoy a jeans day reward. Information on prize dates will be coming soon.
Thank you to all of our supportive donors! Funds raised through North Texas Giving Day directly impact our Friar students through academics, spiritual formation, athletics, and the arts.
Congrats to the 55 BL students who were recently inducted into their respective language societies! The newest inductees into the German, French and Spanish National Honor Societies enjoyed a keynote speech about being citizens of the world by BL alumna Dorothy-Ann Leslie Vakidis (’03). The ceremony also included symbolically receiving the light of knowledge, taking an oath, and receiving a pin and certificate.
If you want to be in the spotlight (or the crew in charge of the spotlight), now’s your chance to audition for the Blackfriars Guild spring musical production of “Mame” opening in late February! Auditions will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Students interested in auditioning for the show or being part of the production crew should plan to attend a brief meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Room 154 (Mrs. Sawyer’s classroom). The meeting will cover information on the audition process, technical opportunities and the show itself.
Audition materials will be available Oct. 1. Please contact Ms. May, BL’s theater manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
BL’s theatre production class for “The Arsonists,” the Blackfriars fall play, got a lot of real-world acting advice this week from Cody Smotherman, D/FW domestic outreach specialist for the New York Film Academy. Students learned about choosing a fine arts college, preparing for an audition, taking a headshot, and much more. We can’t wait to see what stages and sets our talented BL actors will grace in the future!
Congratulations to the following 10 BL seniors chosen for the 2018 Homecoming Court:
Izzy Clavenna – St. Mark Catholic School - Plano, TX Lauryn Green – The Shelton School Millie Hall – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Katie Hammonds – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Leah Hawthorne – Lakehill Preparatory School
Shirly Huezo – St. Philip & St. Augustine Catholic Academy
Harlan Miller – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Anna Murphy – Prince of Peace Catholic School
Jane Onuoha – Benjamin Franklin Middle School Lauren Youngblood – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
Stay tuned tomorrow for the announcement of the top five court members! Then be sure to attend the Oct. 5 BL Homecoming football game where one of these accomplished students will be crowned Homecoming Queen!
It was a civics lesson in action this week at Bishop Lynch! Juniors and seniors turning 18 years old on or before Nov. 6 could conveniently register to vote on campus. Representatives from the voter registration office were on hand during lunch to get students ready for the ballot booth this fall.
The seniors had their retreat in Bruceville, Texas this past weekend when they were able to open up and learn more about each other and their faith. Not only did the seniors enjoy it but the whole staffulty did. Deacon Bill Fobes thanks everyone who made it possible, from the staffulty to the student leadership team and says this senior retreat was "one of the best, if not the best senior retreat in recent memory."
The freshman had their retreat on Bishop Lynch's campus where they got to learn more about being a Friar. They also got to listen to and enjoy a powerful and relatable message from their speaker, Paul J. Kim. Paul was able to use beatboxing, comedy, inspirational speaking, and powerful messages from Scripture to engage with the freshman.
Thank you to everyone that made these retreats possible!
BL’s Leyden Lecture Series kicks off its 2018-19 guest speaker lineup Tuesday, Oct. 2 with Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh N. Wiley. Ms. Wiley was appointed district attorney following the murder of her predecessor in 2013. As the author of “A Target on My Back: A Prosecutor’s Terrifying Tale of Life on a Hit List,” Ms. Wiley will share her experiences with BL students, faculty, staff, and interested community members. This National English Honor Society’s Leyden Lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the McGonigle Theater and is free of charge.
Bishop Lynch held its first pep rally of the school year last Friday the 14th. It was full of excitement and fun games. The staffulty beat the students in a relay race that involved jumping in hula hoops and rock-paper-scissors. The band, brigade, and cheerleaders put on great performances. Coach Faucette and the football captains gave inspiring pep talks to the crowd and the seniors won the coveted spirit stick for being the loudest class.
Later that night the Friar football team got their first win of the year in Roffino Stadium defeating Frisco Centennial 42-3. We hope to see you at the next pep rally on October 5th!
It’s that time of year again! Ms. Wainwright’s honors biology students have deep cleaned the greenhouse, moved and prepped six above ground beds and planted our veggies for the fall! Our goal....to make an amazing salad! Herbs and veggies we have to work with:
* crookneck and buttercup squash * Cajun bell peppers * lunchbox peppers * red kitten spinach * mixed salad lettuce * hot and spicy oregano * chocolate mint * lemon eucalyptus * cinnamon basil
Corbin Neumann '15 serves as the Chief Justice of the TAMU Judicial Court and was invited to sit in the TAMU President's Box at the Clemson football game last week with other members of the Aggie Student Leaders. Pictured from left to right: Corbin; Student Body President Amy Sharp; Executive Vice President Valentina Tovar; and Speaker of the Student Senate Mitchell Parker.
Corbin also got the pleasure of meeting the United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, also pictured.
Corbin also serves as a Cadet Major and Commanding Officer of A1 Company in the Corps of Cadets.
North Texas Giving Day is our largest fundraising effort for the funds that directly impact our students, our “staffulty” have sacrificially given $20,000 to offer as a match for the pledge period of NTXGD. For every dollar you pledge between now and Wednesday the 19th, our staffulty will match (up to $20,000 total)! WOW! The funds raised through North Texas Giving Day make a tremendous difference to every aspect of BL from supporting academics, spiritual formation, financial assistance, arts, and athletics.
We will be featuring some of the staffulty who are a part of the match and let you hear from them why this was important for them to do leading up to NTXGD next Thursday. These will be featured primarily on our Facebook and Instagram pages and I encourage you to look at them.
If you would like to let Sister C and our staffulty know that you are committed, you can make your North Texas Giving Day pledge now here. These pledges will not be processed until Thursday, September 20th.
It’s time to donate school supplies for our next door neighbors at Truett Elementary School! BL’s annual school supply drive runs now through Friday, Sept. 14 and is spearheaded by the science department and the freshman and sophomore student councils. The following list includes suggested items to bring by class, but any donated supplies are welcome:
Sehr – composition notebooks and notebook paper
Cogwell – composition notebooks and notebook paper
Hedges – rulers and erasers
Maclin – school glue and glue sticks
Ferrel – markers and hand sanitizer
Norris – school scissors and pocket folders
Pfeil – pocket folders and hand sanitizer
Price – hand sanitizer
Taylor/Gaudet – black/blue pens and #2 pencils
Wainwright – Kleenex
Drop off donations in your science classes this week and help young students in need!
Erik is in Troop 713. He officially became an Eagle Scout on June 4 at the Troop 713 Court of Honor.
For his project, he and volunteers from his troop made 20 raised dog beds for the DFW Humane Society. Without these beds, dogs in shelters are typically sleeping on the hard concrete. In addition, he had a T-shirt drive with his troop and used the donated t-shirts to make dog toys for the dogs in the shelter.
Congratulations to Beth Burau, BL’s German language teacher, for being named the 2018 recipient of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation K-12 Teacher Award. This award recognizes outstanding teachers of German who strengthen intercultural understanding. Ms. Burau will be honored during the American Association of Teachers of German Convention Nov. 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, the award includes a travel stipend to Berlin to participate in the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Enrichment Educational Program to be held in June.
BL mathematics teacher Kate See has been awarded a grant from Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society. Mrs. See’s teaching grant provides $1,500 for classroom mathematics materials and is presented to a teacher in their first three years of teaching who was a member of Mu Alpha Theta in high school. Mrs. See is a proud Friar alum and was a member of BL’s Mu Alpha Theta chapter when she was a student here. Congratulations Mrs. See!
Opening night for the Blackfriars production of “The Arsonists” is 55 days away, and the sawdust is already flying in BL’s tech theatre class as students learn the proper use of tools and equipment for set construction. We can’t wait to see the finished product on stage beginning Nov. 7!
What do you get when you combine beatboxing, comedy, inspirational speaking, and powerful messages from Scripture? You get Paul J. Kim, one of the most sought-after Catholic youth speakers in America, and he’ll be the featured speaker at the Sept. 17 freshman retreat on the BL campus.
In his message “Meant to Live for More,” Mr. Kim will communicate the Gospel message of Christ to the freshman class in an engaging, entertaining and altogether life-changing way.
Check out Mr. Kim’s website at www.pjkmusic.com for more information, including his music and YouTube videos.
Bishop Lynch is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Nimmo as a member of the Communications Department.
Jennifer moved to Dallas 15 years ago and since then she has worked in marketing and communications for the Texas Society of CPAs and become a mother of two boys.
Originally from Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Jennifer earned her degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University. She has been married for 16 years to her husband Josh and has two wonderful boys, Gabe and Luke, who both attend St. Patrick Catholic School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, tennis, and watching her sons play team sports.
Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Nimmo to the Bishop Lynch Family!
Get a jumpstart on your Christmas décor and gift plans by ordering poinsettias today! The Bishop Lynch Choir just kicked off its annual poinsettia sale to benefit choir members traveling to Barcelona, Spain, for the spring performance/pilgrimage in March. Nursery quality red and white poinsettia plants are available in three different size foil-sleeved pots. Be sure and place your order now through Nov. 12.
Congratulations to Amy Duke, BL mathematics teacher and department chair, for receiving the Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). This national teaching award honors Ms. Duke’s outstanding work to spark students’ interest in mathematics through participation in the MAA American Mathematics Competitions. Ms. Duke will be recognized during a special reception at the MAA MathFest in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The TAPPS Academic Team is coming off a good year in 2017 where they finished fifth in the state championship. The team wants to continue the momentum they finished with in the 2017 campaign and take that into the 2018 year.
Congratulations to Stephanie Main ’08 who joined EDSA Fort Lauderdale, a planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm, in April 2018.
As a PLA (Professional Landscape Architect), Stephanie recently earned licensure for the state of Texas. Prior to joining EDSA, Stephanie was a team lead landscape designer with TBG Partners Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale.
Stephanie's work includes master-planned residential communities; mixed-use commercial developments; playgrounds; multi-family; culturally significant national, state and municipal parks; roof terraces; and resorts.
Bishop Lynch’s A Cappella Choir has accepted an invitation from the Archdiocese of Barcelona, Spain, to perform in cathedrals and basilicas around the city March 7-14 as part of its “Sacred Music in Sacred Spaces” initiative. New this year, JV Choir members are invited to attend the trip. Planning is underway for the spring performance/pilgrimage and fundraising efforts will once again include poinsettia sales to run from August through November.
In other choir news, Bishop Lynch students got to know the names and faces that belong to those beautiful voices at the choir’s annual Meet and Greet event this past Saturday. Choir students and parents, the Choir Booster Board and Choir Director Kathy Leos were all on hand to kick off the new year.
After a month of competition, 18 games, nail-biting finishes and 10,990 total votes, the winner of the BL Is My Home & This Is My Hub Tournament and your BL Hub is Roffino Stadium. Roffino beat out the Competition Gym in the finals last Friday. On its way to victory, Roffino totaled 1,853 votes in its four matches.
It’s a rite of passage for Bishop Lynch students: new teachers, new classes, and getting back in the groove of high school. While there may have been some first-week jitters, hopefully much of that was gone as students filled the Championship Gym on Wednesday for something else new at the traditional first-week Mass – Father Edwin Leonard leading students in worship.
The new BL chaplain for the 2018-19 school year welcomed students and led them in getting the year off on the right note – in worship on an important holy day of obligation. Principal Dr. Chad Riley was pleased how students embraced the day and Fr. Edwin.
“Since today was the Assumption of Mary, I had the expectation that it would be a joyful celebration and I was very happy with the students’ demeanor at Mass today, especially since it was the first Mass,” he said. “I was impressed with their attentiveness and level of participation. I think it set an impressive tone for future school Masses.”
Along with responding well to Fr. Edwin, students were attentive to the homily and made him feel welcome in his new role serving the campus.
Join us for our first Give Back NIght to benefit the Mock Trial team with Grub Burger for September 18th. Simply mention Bishop Lynch to the cashier and Grub Burger donates back 20% to BL Mock Trial. Tell your friends and family!
Athletics will be hosting our 3rd Together We Pray the Rosary on Friday, August 17, 2018, at 3:15 pm in the Competition Gym. This continues to be a beautiful event and we hope this year will be the same. The Rosary is student lead and teams are encouraged to sit together to start this year with prayer.
Congratulations to the Bishop Lynch chapter of Best Buddies! The summer, senior Victoria Braden traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to attend the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference at Indiana University. Victoria proudly accepted the Outstanding Chapter Award for the Bishop Lynch Best Buddies chapter by organization founder Anthony Shriver.
Best Buddies International is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs help people with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
Congratulations Victoria and all members of BL Best Buddies! If you are interested in signing up for the Best Buddies club, keep an eye out for their display at Club Fair on August 29th.
Bishop Lynch announced speakers for this year’s Leyden Lecture Series speakers. Mark your calendars!
October 2, 2018, Erleigh N. Wiley – District Attorney She wrote a book entitled A Target On My Back: A Prosecutor’s Terrifying Tale of Life on a Hit List. If you remember the Kaufman County murders in 2013, Erleigh N. Wiley took over the role of district attorney after the death of her predecessors. She is also the parent of Bishop Lynch graduate Brad Sargent.
October 30, 2018, Monica Shaw – Author Her book is entitled The Rainwater Secret. Much like Justin Wren’s work in Africa, Shaw tells the tale of her great aunt’s missionary work with lepers in Nigeria. Monica Shaw is also the aunt of the Hartmann children who have come through Bishop Lynch (Bobby, Anna, Charlie, Jimmy, et al.)
April 16, 2018, Dr. Lesa Roe – Chancellor Dr. Roe is the Chancellor of the entire University of North Texas education system. What makes her story intriguing is that before becoming the Chancellor 18 months ago, she rose to “second in command as acting deputy administrator” of NASA, where she spent 33 years.
All lectures will take place in the McGonigle Theater and begin at 4:00 pm and last until 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm.
Please continue encouraging students and the BL community to attend.
Have you ever wondered what we do with the old turf? This year we were honored to donate our turf to the Dallas Police Department and Dallas S.W.A.T so they can use our turf at their facilities to practice and train officers. We are very supportive of our local police men and women and very blessed to have them serve and protect our community while practicing on our very own turf!
Bishop Lynch students and chaperones have been on their mission trip for 10 days now and continue to have a great trip. They have been able to renovate churches in the Diocese of San Isidro, Costa Rica and also spend time with the locals by attending mass with them and sharing one on one time with them.
We couldn’t be more proud of all the students and chaperones from JPII, Cistercian, Bishop Dunne and Ursuline that made this mission trip possible. They are creating memories that they will never forget and impacting so many lives on this trip.
Please continue to pray for them their mission trip comes to an end.
Dr. Norelle Wildburger ’06 is doing great work with Alzheimer’s. She is currently working on her Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Washington University School of Medicine. She is also trying to secure a patent for brain cell slicing for dementia patients. Norelle also received the Jeane B. Kempner Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in 2015.
We are excited to welcome a familiar face to campus this school year! Father Edwin Leonard is joining Bishop Lynch as our Chaplain. Please see the attached press release.
Father Edwin has become a good friend and faithful servant to Bishop Lynch over the last several years and is well known among our student and staff community. Join us in giving Father Edwin a big Friar welcome!
Bishop Lynch is excited to announce two new members to our staffulty; one in the Advancement Department and the other in Admissions Department.
Melissa Wong will be joining the Advancement team in the position of Advancement Officer. Melissa, who is from San Francisco, graduated from Southern Methodist University and earned her B.A. in International Studies. She was an intern here at Bishop Lynch before being hired on full time. She is beyond excited to start her new journey here at Bishop Lynch. In her free time, Melissa enjoys going to spin classes and going on road trips. A fun fact about her is that she is fluent in Chinese.
The Admissions Department is thrilled to have Kim Jamieson as the new Community Engagement Admissions Coordinator. Kim graduated from Bishop Lynch in 2007 and then went on to Texas A&M where she earned her B.A. in Communications. Before coming back to Bishop Lynch, she taught at St. Pius X Catholic School. In her spare time, Kim teaches cycling classes and takes her dog, Rocko, to White Rock Lake. A fun fact about Kim is she constantly chews gum and she even had gum fines over a hundred dollars when she was a student at BL.
Join us in welcoming Melissa Wong and Kim Jamieson to the Bishop Lynch staffulty!
Why wait another 3 years for their 30 year anniversary? That’s why this past Saturday night the Class of 1991 decided to have their own mini reunion. Thanks to their classmate Robert Baker ’91, owner of restaurant and bar Guitars and Growlers, they all enjoyed great food and beverages! In fact they had so much fun that they can’t wait for the next one!! GO FRIARS!
Bishop Lynch's class of 2018 graduated 255 students this year. Our graduates are going to 68 prominent colleges, universities, military academies and seminaries across America including Notre Dame, Rice University, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Megan Metry was the class of 2018 valedictorian and Maggie O’Connor was salutatorian.
The class of 2018 earned a record-breaking $22,888,312 in scholarships this year. This also brings BL's nine-year total amount of scholarships earned to $174,214,248.
We are so proud of the 2018 graduating class of Bishop Lynch!
Once a month, Bishop Lynch elects a “Staffulty” member who has gone above and beyond their duties for Employee of the Month. Faculty and staff submit who they think is most deserving and the member with the most votes gets the award.
For the month of May, Bishop Lynch has awarded Kay Gentsch this honor. Kay goes above and beyond: she knows all the nooks and crannies of Blackboard Classroom, a digital learning environment system, and is constantly aiding teachers and students in their navigation of the learning tool. She works on the TechTuesday newsletter and has represented BL and the iTeam at numerous conferences around Texas. She, along with Beth Burau, was recently published in an article about how we utilize the TEAL rooms and integrated learning at BL.
Her commitment, sense of humor and outstanding abilities as a teacher and mentor set a great example for everyone in this school. She is an outstanding leader and has always been someone to look up to at Bishop Lynch.
Please join us in congratulating Kay Gentsch on winning the Employee of the Month for May 2018!
THE ARSONISTS by Max Frisch will be the fall Blackbox production. The play is a study of a tepid society that refuses to question obvious exploitation. Performances will be November 7-17, 2018 in the Blackbox Theatre.
The Blackfriars spring musical is MAME, A classic musical based on the novel "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis and the play "Auntie Mame" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Mame Dennis's eccentric, bohemian lifestyle is interrupted when her late brother's son is entrusted to her care. But rather than adopt to any societal standards about child rearing, money-making and romance - Mame does everything with her own dramatic flair. Performances will be February 22 – March 3 in the McGonigle Theatre.
The 2019 spring play will be SENSE AND SENSIBILITY based on the novel by Jane Austen. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne as they come of age and move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up to their meagre new home. Performances will be held in the Blackbox Theatre beginning April 3 and running through April 13.
On June 11th, 8 rising senior students and 8 chaperones from Bishop Lynch will be joining students and chaperones from JPII, Cistercian, Bishop Dunne and Ursuline on the Diocesan Youth Mission Trip to villages around the Diocese of San Isidro, Costa Rica. The students from Bishop Lynch are Anna Murphy, Garrett Lancaster, Jane Onuoha, Larson Beaurline, Lauren Youngblood, Maggie Campbell, Theo Uhrik and Victoria Braden. The chaperones from Bishop Lynch will be Maritza Fierro, Allison Elliott, Diego Morillo, Robert Clark, Jerry Waldon, Patty Barton and Nancy Wrozek.
The Bishop Lynch A Cappella Choir was invited to sing at the service honoring fallen Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander Jr. on Tuesday, May 1. Officer Santander was killed in the line of duty on April 25, 2018. The service, officiated by Bishop Edward Burns, was held at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall in order to accommodate the thousands of police officers and mourners who were in attendance.
On Monday, May 7, the Bishop Lynch A Cappella Choir was honored by the Dallas Police Department and Point 27 for their moving performance at the funeral of Officer Rogelio Santander Jr. Deputy Chief of Police Stephan Brody and retired Dallas Policeman Jerry Rhodes came to Bishop Lynch to present the Point 27 Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength dog tags to all the members of the Bishop Lynch Choir. These dog tags serve as physical reminders of God’s Word, His promises, and His unconditional love. The description on the dog tag says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9. The whole Bishop Lynch community wants to thank the Dallas Police Department for this honor.
Our thoughts and prayers are still with the Dallas Police Department and all the officers and families that were affected by the events took place on April 24. Thank you to all the men and women who serve our community every day in the Dallas Police Department.
In April, our band traveled to Southern California and had a blast growing together as musicians, students, and followers in Christ. The BL Band took part in an once-in-a-lifetime movie-music workshop experience at Disney Studios in Anaheim. They worked with a movie music producer to rehearse, perform, and record “edits” of famous soundtrack scores which were then set to the actual animation! In addition, they got to worship at the Christ Cathedral in Anaheim (formerly the Crystal Cathedral) and continue to develop closer friendships at the Disneyland and Universal Studios parks. A great time was had by all.
This past Friday, May 4th, film students traveled to Mercury One Studios in Irving to take part in High school Day, an annual event held at the beginning of the Dallas International Film Festival. In celebration of “May the 4th be with you” the workshop was Star Wars themed.
This year Bishop Lynch students attended workshops on “Film as Art and Business”, taught by SMU film professor Derek Kompare; “Pursuing Your Creative Destiny”, presented by Brad Cummings, author of the book and producer of the film “The Shack” and “Finding Your Story: Inspiration In Animation”, presented by Morgan Strong an animator who has worked for Pixar and Dreamworks and who now works locally at Brazen Animation. We ended the day with lunch provided by IN n Out Burger and we were sent home with posters for the soon to be released Star Wars Saga SOLO.
Lynch students asked questions and engaged in discussions regarding many film topics and being surrounded by high school film students from around the metroplex was inspiring and motivating. We look forward to being a part of the program next year.
Members of the Technical Theatre Class attended a performance at Theatre 3 on Thursday, May 3 accompanied by instructors Mr. John Athas and Mr. Robert Clark. The group discussed the production's use of the Blackbox space, lighting, staging and sound choices.
Please congratulate the BL Mock Team on their win last week at the first ever David Post Mock Trial tournament. The team competed against JBS Law Magnet in the final round, winning a tough battle. In addition, sophomore Grace Rochester was a finalist for the Tom Yoxall Attorney Award and sophomore Charlie Stock was a finalist for the Allie Alexandrou Witness Award.
The tournament was the first, of many to come, that was put on by the BL team and was named in honor of David Post, a former BL teacher and founder of the mock trial program. The awards were named after Mr. Yoxall, a mock trial parent and a great supporter of the team, and Allie Alexandrou, a BL student and past team member.
Bishop Lynch held its annual blood drive yesterday, May 2nd. This event is sponsored by Carter Blood Care and students and staffulty were able to sign up to donate their blood. This year’s blood drive was a huge success in that BL filled up all the slots that were available. 89 Bishop Lynch students and staffulty made the choice to give blood for a greater cause.
Thank you to all the participants that were able to donate. It only takes one pint of blood to save three lives. #GiveItBack
Bishop Lynch French National Honor Society held its annual charity bake sale today. They sold during all lunches until everything was sold out. The proceeds will be going to Doctors Without Borders, a French organization.
Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in benefiting this wonderful cause.
Today is not just another Tuesday, it's also National Principals Day! Dr. Riley truly embodies the mission of BL and for that we are so grateful. Thank you Dr. Riley for everything you do for Bishop Lynch
If you see Dr. Riley, be sure to tell him thank you for all he does!
Congratulations to Zimu Peter Guan for finishing eighth at the Diocese of Dallas Open Chess Tournament at Jesuit College Prep School last Friday! Also representing Bishop Lynch were - Harris Goetz, William Guo and Ben Collier.
Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.
Murder on the Nile is a 1944 murder mystery play by crime writer Agatha Christie, based on her 1937 novel Death on the Nile. The Blackfriars Blackbox production opens on Wednesday, April 18 and runs through Friday, April 27. Tickets will go on sale during all lunches on Monday, April 9. For more information please contact Terry.May@bishoplynch.org.
The Bishop Lynch freshman class of 2021 held the annual Bare Necessities Drive benefiting the clients of the Genesis Women Shelter. Thank you everyone who donated! Your generous offerings will make a difference in someone’s life TODAY!
We are so thankful to celebrate our last all school Mass of the 2017-2018 school year together as a family with Fr. Vincent Anyama. Thank you, Dr. Riley, for reminding our seniors to "run as so to win the race!"
Reagan Withrow was one of 16 local high school students who received the Dallas A&M Club Scholarship to attend Texas A&M University this fall. The recipients of this scholarship were officially announced and honored during the annual Aggie Muster this past Saturday, April 21st in front of hundreds of Aggie alumni and family.
Applicants were not only chosen based on their academic achievements and potential, but also on their participation and activeness in their communities. The Dallas A&M Club proudly spoke about this year's group of brilliant individuals, each warmly welcomed into the Aggie family.
Please join us in congratulating Reagan on this amazing accomplishment!
There are only two more opportunities to see the Blackfriars Spring Play production of MURDER ON THE NILE – Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27. If you already you’re your tickets, CONGRATULATIONS! Both shows are sold out! Shows begin at 7:30 pm seating is limited, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
The 2018 Bishop Lynch High School junior and senior prom was held at the Perot Museum on Saturday, April 14th. The students were able to come together for a fun night out of dancing, singing and exploring the museum and were greeted by BL Live guest correspondents Darrin Hedges and Bill Storey for a quick red carpet interview that was played on Across Campus this week.
After eating a great meal and lot of dancing, the most anticipated part of the night arrived - the announcement of the prom king and queen.
The 2018 Bishop Lynch Prom King and Queen are Presley Luce and Adriana Acuna!
Thank you for everyone who volunteered and helped to make this night so special for the juniors and seniors!
Have you ever been dumped by your boyfriend or girlfriend? Even if the answer is NO, you do not want to miss what happens! Simon falls in love with his fiance’s best friend, dumps his fiancé, and marries the best friend. So the fiancé follows them on their honeymoon on the cruise ship on the Nile River! You do not want to miss what happens next!
The Blackfriars Guild presents MURDER ON THE NILE – the Agatha Christie murder mystery that takes place on the paddle steamer Lotus. The show opened Wednesday, April 18 with a $5 admission preview. Regular performances are April 19, 20, 22 and 26, 27 at 7:30 pm. There is a 2:00 matinee on Sunday, April 22. All shows are $10 per person.
Once a month, Bishop Lynch elects a “Staffulty” member who has gone above and beyond their duties for Employee of the Month. Faculty and staff submit who they think is most deserving and the member with the most votes gets the award. For the month of April, Bishop Lynch has awarded Cody Norris this honor. Cody teaches physics to sophomores and juniors. Not only is he a huge mentor for his students, but he is also one for his fellow colleagues, “He has had a tremendous impact on his colleagues because he asks his students to write thank you letter to their teachers once a year and that always brightens my day”. If you have ever seen Cody on campus, you might notice how he is a very quiet person, but as one of his fellow staffulty members mentioned, “His actions should be mentioned on a megaphone, I need him to know how much he is appreciated and how highly we think of him”. Cody not only takes time to make sure all the students are succeeding, but that they are all doing well in and out of the classroom, “He is overall just a great person who is truly dedicated to his profession and to his students. We are lucky to have him”. Please join us in congratulating Cody Norris on winning the Employee of the Month for April 2018!
Bishop Lynch High School hosted international delegates from the World Affairs Council last week on April 12th. The event was organized by Anna Emery, a Bishop Lynch alumna, who is a Program Manager for the World Affairs Council and Rachele Piazza, '02, Instructional Specialist at Bishop Lynch. These delegates, from 24 countries, came to BL and were shown around our campus by senior students from the Senior Leadership class.
Retreats are an important component of the spiritual life. During retreat, one steps away from the normal routine of life and allows God the opportunity to pierce the heart and inform the mind while discerning how best to do what God wants of us.
High school class retreats are no different. All classes at Bishop Lynch have the opportunity for class retreats. The freshman and senior class have their retreats in the fall, and the junior and sophomore classes retreat are in the spring of the school year.
Each class retreat has a different focus and different activities but all are integral parts of a student' formation.
The sophomore class spends their day with a variety of activities that help them discover who Jesus is and how will they allow Jesus to make a difference in their life.
Junior Boys and junior girls hold separate retreats that allow a deeper look at what it takes to be a Christian Man and a Christian Woman in the world they face today.
Taken together this network of retreat activities complements and amplifies all the other elements of academic, personal, behavioral, social and spiritual development that forms students in the model of Jesus Christ.
The Bishop Lynch art team shined in the TAPPS State Championship this week finishing fourth overall. The team was led by Ailish Tierney, who finished in first place in Applied/Industrial Design for her amazing wooden end table.
Other strong showings were - Molly Vaundry finished second place in Applied/Industrial Design, Kylie Conway finished second in Relief and eighth in Painting, Kelsie Rathburn finished third in Relief Teresa Nguyen finishing fifth in Sculpture, Alexa Salazar finished fifth in Computer Rendered Art, Marena Oliver finished sixth in Computer Rendered Art and Lilly Guerra finished seventh in Pottery, Ceramics and Plastic Arts.
Join us in congratulating the art team on their great accomplishment! If you want to see their works, they are on display in Mr. Corey Johnsons’ room.
On Tuesday, April 10th, the Honors German III students found themselves learning not from their teacher but from their AP German IV classmates, who served as docents at the art museum. The classes visited both the Dallas Museum of Art and Kuby’s Sausage House and Market as an extension of the four walls of their classroom for the day. The field trip, funded by a Target Field Trip Grant written by Frau Beth Burau, had the upper-level German students of Bishop Lynch High School exploring the Kunst (art) and Kultur (culture) of Dallas.
The AP German 4 students enjoyed being teachers for the day. “My favorite part was seeing the artwork in person,” exclaimed senior Lauren Dieter. Some of the art seen were part of the Bauhaus movement and others were influenced by Expressionism. Bishop Lynch senior Helena Lykke stated, “I learned more about German art and how it has evolved over the years.”
As prom approaches, Bishop Lynch students have voted and announced the 2018 prom court. The finalists for Prom King are - Russell Barlow, Presley Luce, Chris Dunn, Reagan Withrow and Sean Coman (not pictured). The finalists for Prom Queen are - Adriana Acuna, Natalie Bennett, Jordyn Beard, Gabby Covarrubias and Lizzy Gonzalez.
Students are able to vote for the king and queen until Thursday, April 12th through FriarNet. Go vote and be a part of one of the most fun nights of the year!
Prom is on Saturday, April 14th for juniors and seniors and will be held at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Can’t wait to see you for a fun night out at the museum!
Congratulations to senior Joe McDonald, who was recognized with an Honorable Mention from the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theater Awards. Joe played Willard Hewitt in the Blackfriars spring production of Footloose.
The Diocese of Dallas has launched a year-long initiative to promote the observance of the Golden Rule in our relationship with others. Bishop Burns announced this initiative, called #BeGolden, jointly with Mayor Mike Rawlings and other faith and local government leaders.
Congratulations to freshman Claire Jenkins and senior Mabry Webb for their placements at this year's Dallas Region Science Fair. Claire was honored with a special award by the Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association and an honorable mention in the Earth & Environmental Systems on her project involving the effects of waste and methane gas emissions. Mabry, competing in her 3rd science fair, won third prize in the Life Sciences Plant Science division on her project involving the effects of nitrogen on algal oil production.
Please join us in congratulating Claire and Mabry on their amazing accomplishments!
The 50th Line of the BL Brigade would love to invite everyone to their annual Spring Show. There are two showings of “To Fifty and Beyond,” Friday night at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm, both in the McGonigle Theater at Bishop Lynch High School. Admission is free, so bring the entire family! Saturday’s show runs concurrently with our Spring Market. We have over 80 vendors on hand so you can shop to your heart’s desire and find unique Graduation and Mother’s Day gifts!
Our Broadcast Journalism students have reverently led us through our Lenten journey with the Stations of the Cross. Today on this Holy Thursday, we share these prayerful meditations with our community as we prepare for our hearts for Jesus’ resurrection.
As we start our fourth and final quarter of the 2017-2018 school year, our senior students took a moment to reminisce about their time at BL and the spot on campus that they’ll miss the most! Each week, we’ll be sharing some of these special memories with you …
Bishop Lynch was so blessed to have Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro celebrate Mass on March 22nd. Fr. Alfonse is the Pastor at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas and took time from his schedule to come celebrate the last all-school Mass of the Lenten season with our students and staff.
This is the last time Bishop Lynch would be together before Holy Week next week and we could not have asked for a better priest to send us into Easter than Fr. Alfonse! He gave us a great message of not taking things for granted and to be more thoughtful in our day-to-day life. Thank you again, Fr. Alfonse!
Over the break, on Saturday, March 10th, the Bishop Lynch Winterguard competed for the title of state champion at the NTCA Cadet and Novice Championships. Finishing with the highest score of the day for any classification, the BLHS Winterguard blew away the competition and were crowned state champions! Congratulations to the members of the guard, Christina Lopez, Lilly Booth, Genesis Gonzalez, Ruth Denton, and Katherine Earnshaw.
Students, are you interested in joining the state-champs for 2018-2019? No experience needed, just fill out the form at http://bishoplynchband.org/join for more information!
Chris Dunn is a senior member of the Bishop Lynch Track & Cross Country team who was named a semi-finalist for Christian Athlete of the Year. He was honored in a ceremony on Monday, March 19 in Irving. Chris exemplifies what it means to be a Friar as a student-athlete who is unashamed to share the Gospel with others and a fierce defender of the Catholic faith.
Please join us in congratulating Chris Dunn in his incredible accomplishment!
The Bishop Lynch Blackfriars Guild hosted 8th graders from St. Patrick, St. Phillip, St. Augustine, St. Thomas, St. Bernard, St. Pius and Prince of Peace to watch their production of "Footloose" on Wednesday, March 7th.
Bishop Lynch is happy to announce the new hire to the Friar Staffulty!
Mrs. Mary Helen Giovas is excited to be apart of the Bishop Lynch Family. She started as the schools new Registrar this past week and is already fitting in well with our community. Mary Helen is originally from El Paso, TX where she also attended Univeristy of Texas at El Paso. Before coming to Bishop Lynch she worked at St. Joseph Catholic School for the last 16 years.
In her free time, she enjoys working on DIY projects with her husband Joe. Mary Helen and her husband have been married for 24 years and are very proud of their two children Cassie and James. She also is a dog lover as she has one rottweiler and three chihuahuas.
Please join us in welcoming Mary Helen to the Bishop Lynch community!
We are so proud of everyone’s hard work on Mission: Rally this year! While we didn’t meet the goals to receive the days off of school, we will be celebrating the accomplishments of those that worked to make this event as successful as it was!
This past weekend, Shakespeare Society senior Amy Olvera represented Bishop Lynch at the English-Speaking Union's Dallas area Shakespeare Monologue competition, where she performed one of Helena's monologues from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sonnet 18. Thanks for all your hard work, Amy!
The 101,088 meals that the Bishop Lynch Community packed during the MobilePack at the beginning of February have been shipped to Haiti to a Feed My Starving Children partner agency that will distribute the meals locally to those most in need.
Thank you so very much for your partnership in this event and for living the Gospel values and putting into practice both the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy.
The BL Choir is hosting its annual Coffeehouse on Friday, February 23 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Atrium, featuring YOU as the musical talent!
Coffeehouse is an opportunity for you to perform your music, whatever style or genre, in a low key, fun gathering. Musical acts can be vocal or instrumental - solo or a group - accompanied by piano, guitar, ukulele, drums or any other instrument. You can sing your own music, or cover someone else!
On Saturday, February 3rd during the BL MobilePack, three groups of volunteers worked together to make 101,088 meals which will feed 276 children a meal a day for a whole year!!! Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success!
Please see video for a special thank you from president Chris Rebuck.
Performances will be March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10* @ 7:00 PM AND March 4** and 11 @ 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10 each, general admission, and maybe purchased at the school, online or by emailing TerryMay. Group Rates and Reserved Seating are available. For more information, please call 214-324-3607 ext. 4131.
RESERVED SEATING LEVELS:
FRIEND - $25 = One Reserved Seat
SPONSOR - $100 = Two Reserved Seats in Center Section
BENEFACTOR - $200 = Four Reserved Seats in Front Row of Center Section
*All Alumni are invited to attend the Blackfriars DINNER/THEATRE on Saturday, March 10. The cost is $30 per person and includes a nice meal and RESERVED SEATING for the show! The dinner begins at 6PM and will be held in the Atrium.Please RSVP to Terry May.
**On Sunday, March 5 we will have a separate party for the kids in the BL Bistro during intermission. Please reserve your spot NOW for this event!
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Bishop Lynch High School President Chris Rebuck had the great honor of presenting two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. The Points of Light Foundation administers the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards program on behalf of the incumbent President of the United States.
The administration of Bishop Lynch High School has decided to implement the E-day protocol and close the school campus on Thursday, January 25th (A-Day) and Friday, January 26th (B-Day). Our goal is to promote the health and wellness of our student population during this stage of the influenza season and maintain the continuity of instruction.
On-campus activities will resume at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 26th.
Congratulations to Ms. Amy Duke (Bishop Lynch - Class of 1994), selected as February “Teacher of the Month” through the Dallas Mavericks Classroom Champions Program, presented by the UPS Store and in partnership with Teach for America! Ms. Duke, math department chair and teacher, was nominated by for her dedication to excellence in the classroom.
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