CLASS OF 2024
FRIAR FRESHMAN FACTS

Whether you’re a first-time freshman parent or a seasoned one, we are so happy to welcome you to the Bishop Lynch High School Friar family! Get the scoop on all things freshman so you and your family are ready to hit campus this fall. We have you covered from A-Z!
 

Meet our Freshman Counselor

Beverly Brin, M.S., LPC
beverly.brin@bishoplynch.org
214-324-3607, Ext. 4151

Ms. Brin is a licensed professional counselor and is dedicated to all incoming freshman. She helps students and parents with high school adjustment issues, encourages students to take responsibility for their actions and empowers them to communicate effectively with teachers. Ms. Brin will sit in on parent-teacher conferences when asked. Additional services include monitoring mental health issues, providing crisis counseling and outside referrals, and assisting with schedules.
 
Please email Ms. Brin if you have a problem with your schedule.

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CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS AND INFORMATION

Bishop Lynch is keeping a close eye on the developing situation in regards to coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking the appropriate safety precautions by following the latest CDC and Department of Public Health guidelines.

More information: www.bishoplynch.org/covid19

Our concerns remain the health of our Bishop Lynch community — which includes our students, employees, families, alumni, and members of the extended community — and the education of our students.

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • ALGEBRA READINESS

    Online preparation program for Algebra I (incoming freshmen seeking to take the placement exam)

    Complete this online form for the purchase of your subscription to Aleks ($20.00). 

    More information will be sent after purchase.
  • BL BISTRO

    Bishop Lynch has an all-inclusive breakfast and lunch for students and staffulty during the school year. SAGE Dining is our food service provider. Lunch is during third period and is assigned by hallway. It changes at semester. BL has three lunch periods (A, B and C). They do not appear on the student schedule but will be communicated at the beginning of the school year. In addition, the Friar Feeder is open after school from 3:40-6 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) for students to purchase fresh snack items through their MKS account.

    Breakfast is available from 7-10 a.m.
  • BOOKS

    Please purchase books online through the BL Virtual Bookstore. Our authorized book vendor is BNC (formerly MBS Direct). Alternatively, you may get the ISBN number and then check Half Price Books, Amazon, etc. for availability.

    Final student schedules are subject to the results of placement tests.  As a result, pending social distancing and other COVID-19 related developments, placement tests have been delayed.  This means that student schedules will not be available until mid-July at the earliest.

    Please don't purchase textbooks in advance of receiving your student's final schedule.
  • CALENDAR – IMPORTANT DATES

    Aug. 6, 2020 – Freshman Orientation
    Freshmen orientation is Thursday, August 6 
    Bring laptops and cell phone (if you have one) to orientation.
    Wear full uniform. Yearbook photos will be taken at this time.
     
    Please make travel plans accordingly …
    Thanksgiving Break Nov. 22-27
     
    Semester exams Dec. 15-18 (Please remain in town during this time.)
     
    Christmas Break Dec. 21-Jan. 4
     
    School resumes Jan. 5
     
    Sophomore year course selection information will be available in early February. Be sure to keep your email and address updated in FriarNet.
     
    Spring Break March 15-19
     
    Semester exams May 24-26 (Please remain in town during this time.)
     
    Last day of school May 28
     
    The online BL calendar is very comprehensive with daily schedules and both on and off-campus events. 

    2020-2021 BLHS School Calendar at a Glance - Please note that COVID-19 social distancing restrictions and other guidelines may impact these scheduled events. 
  • CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS

    Students are required to do five hours of Christian service per quarter. Up to five hours can be done in the summer before freshman year. Christian service hours are coordinated through theology classes.
     
  • CLUB FAIR

    Bishop Lynch offers more than 50 clubs and organizations to fit every interest. Club Fair will be held at the beginning of the school year and freshman can learn about the various academic, fine arts and performance, Christian service, special interest, and sports clubs available! Students can join a club at any time by attending a meeting and speaking to the moderator.

    More information:  https://www.bishoplynch.org/student-life/clubs--organizations
  • COMPUTERS

    Bishop Lynch has a “Bring Your Own Device” laptop program to ensure the enormous power of technology is in the hands of every Friar student. Basically, a modern Windows or MacBook laptop (no Chromebooks) will do! If you have questions on the program or the type of laptop your child will need, please visit www.bishoplynch.org/academics/technology.
  • COURSE SELECTION

    Bishop Lynch has a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum featuring a wide variety of courses. Visit our online course guide for information on our block scheduling, course descriptions and the courses needed for graduation.
  • FRESHMAN SEMINAR

    This one-semester course is an excellent introduction to high school life at Bishop Lynch! The course provides an overview of the school, gives extra time for study and supports freshmen during their first year. Students will have Freshman Seminar either during the fall or the spring semester.
  • GRADES/FRIARNET ACCESS

    Freshman parents and students received an email with their FriarNET invitation the first week of June to access student schedule/grades. Please be sure to keep your profile updated in FriarNet.

    If assistance is needed with your FriarNET account, please contact FriarNET@Bishoplynch.org.

  • LEARNING DIFFERENCES

    If your student has a documented learning difference, please email the testing results to Jan Hublein, BL’s learning center coordinator, at jan.hublein@bishoplynch.org or contact her at 214-324-3607, Ext. 4132.

    Parents need to contact Mrs. Hublein in early August to schedule a meeting.
  • LOCKERS

    Students will be assigned lockers at orientation.
  • THE LOCKER – CAMPUS STORE

    This is the place to buy all your Bishop Lynch spirit wear and other gear on campus. Some BL items are available for purchase online at https://thelockerbl.org/. The Locker carries a limited number of uniforms in the campus store. In addition, The Locker’s annual Used Uniform Sale takes place in August, please check back for date/time. Please see the entry under Uniforms for more information. Please note that the boys’ tie can only be purchased in The Locker.
  • MATH CLASS REQUIRED MATERIALS

    A TI graphing calculator is required for Bishop Lynch math classes. All incoming freshmen must purchase a TI-84 Plus CE for their math classes. When purchasing your calculator over the summer, please save the TI Technology Rewards Symbol and turn it into your math teacher in August. Or, you may mail it to the school (Attention: Mrs. Kate See). The BL math department can use these points for free calculators!

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • MKS – MY KIDS SPENDING

    This is Bishop Lynch’s virtual payment program. Student activities, sports fees, merchandise, and incidental charges are billed and paid via MKS. You will receive an email from FriarNet this summer in order to set up your MKS account. Please monitor this account throughout the year for student purchases.

    www.mykidsspending.com
  • NEWS AND INFORMATION

    Be sure to read Friar Facts every week during the school year. This weekly e-newsletter (sent on Thursday afternoons) provides timely news and announcements to keep you up to date on all things Bishop Lynch! Ms. Beverly Brin, the freshman counselor, will also periodically send an e-newsletter called Fresh Facts targeted specifically to freshman students and parents. Check out the latest Bishop Lynch news.
  • PLACEMENT TESTING

    Placement tests have been postponed until July. This is postponing course schedules. Please refrain from purchasing textbooks until placement tests have occurred and course schedules have been generated.

     
     
  • RESOURCES

    Bishop Lynch High School teachers have provided the following online resources to help incoming Freshman students with schoolwork and improve their skills.
  • SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULES

    Bishop Lynch has several different daily school schedules during the week. The bell schedules are posted on the inside front cover of the student planner your child will receive when school starts in the fall.
     
    Regular Schedule
    On regular schedule days (both A/B days), first period starts at 8:15 a.m. and the bell rings at 3:40 p.m. for dismissal.
     
    Activity Schedule
    Wednesdays have a different schedule to accommodate activities. A-Block activity meetings begin at 8:15 a.m. followed by B-Block activity meetings. First period begins at 9:05 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. is fourth period dismissal.
     
    Friday Schedule
    Unless the day is noted as a last period assembly, students are dismissed at 3 p.m. on Fridays.
     
  • SPORTS

    All athletes/bandmembers must undergo a sports physical before participating in any on-campus activities. Please see https://blfriars.org/sports/2019/7/15/information-Sports-Medicine-Athletic-Physicals.aspx

    If you have sports physical questions, please email Head Athletic Trainer Mike Hopper at mike.hopper@bishoplynch.org.

    Student schedules will only list the first seasonal sport they play. As seasons end, students must fill out a sports change form to switch to a new sport. Example: Football – when the season ends some boys will change over to basketball, then later to baseball. Other students will stay in football all year and do offseason workouts.
     
    On the student schedules, the sports listed after school practice all year long (Example: tennis, crew, lacrosse, and bowling). They are listed on spring schedule, but practice starts in the fall.
     
    If you have athletics questions, please contact our Athletic Directors at
  • SCHEDULES

    The order of classes and assigned teachers is subject to change, but the subjects (and textbooks you need to purchase) should not change. Please be flexible on the electives – sometimes changes need to be made during the summer and schedules may be adjusted. Students will get a fresh copy of their schedule during Freshman Orientation.

    Final student schedules are subject to the results of placement tests.  As a result, pending social distancing and other COVID-19 related developments, placement tests have been delayed.  This means that student schedules will not be available until mid-July at the earliest.

    Student schedules will only list the first seasonal sport they play. As seasons end, students must fill out a sports change form to switch to a new sport. Example: Football – when the season ends some boys will change over to basketball, then later to baseball. Other students will stay in football all year and do offseason workouts.
     
    On the student schedules, the sports listed after school practice all year long (Example: tennis, crew, lacrosse, and bowling). They are listed on spring schedule, but practice starts in the fall.
  • SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

    SUMMER MATH 2020

    Over the past several years, students were required to complete a summer math packet based on which math students were enrolled in for the fall semester. This year, due to the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on families, the Math Department has decided to make the Summer Math Assignments optional. Completion of the optional Summer Math Assignment will be worth extra credit -- Math teachers will add 5% of their score on the summer packet to the first test (for example, if you make a 100 on your summer assignment, you will get 5 points added to your first test).  

    The Summer Math Assignments are great ways to review math skills students have gained in previous math courses, as well as prepare them for the work ahead of them. Students choosing to complete the Summer Math Assignment for extra credit should complete the packet that corresponds to the course they are enrolled in for the fall semester. Summer Math Assignments will be due on the second day of classes, August 12 &13. Please direct any questions to kate.see@bishoplynch.org.


    SUMMER READING 2020

    For the past five years, all grade levels have read a common book over the summer; however, this year has not been typical. Due to the burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many families, Bishop Lynch has decided to institute an exemption for summer reading this year.  

    While there will not be an official common book required, below is a recommended book list that we encourage students to explore over the course of the summer. These high-interest books provide valuable literary merit and promote the continuation of vocabulary expansion and reading comprehension skills. 

    9th Grade Recommended Book List
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Lexile 780, Hugo and YALSA Awards
    • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – Autobiography, Lexile 830, YALSA Award
    • Divergent by Veronica Roth – Teen Fiction, Dystopian Science Fiction, Lexile 700, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Maze Runner by James Dashner – TeenFiction, Dystopian Science Fiction, Lexile 770, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Unwind by Neil Shusterman – Teen Fiction, Dystopian Science Fiction, Lexile 740, YALSA and multiple awards
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Adult Fiction, Modern Classic, Lexile 790, Pulitzer Price: Fiction
    • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Adult Fiction, Suspense, Lexile 830, multiple awards The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson – Biographies Story Collection
    • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 730, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos – Autobiography, Darkly Humorous, Lexile 840, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Looking for Alaska by John Green – Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Lexile 850, YALSA and multiple awards
    • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Lexile 650, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Teen Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Lexile 820, YALSA and multiple awards
    • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Teen Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Lexile 800, YALSA Awards
    • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lexile 560, YALSA and multiple awards
  • TEACHERS

    Sixty percent of Bishop Lynch teachers have advanced degrees in their fields of study and 20 percent of the faculty and staff are BL grads ready to educate the next generation of Friars! Check out the online directory for a full listing of faculty and staff by department. Due to the complexity of scheduling, students may not request specific teachers.
  • TECHNOLOGY / FRIARNET ASSISTANCE

    Be sure to check your email inbox for an email titled "Important Technology Information" from FriarNET@bishoplynch.org for online technology orientation information. To help ensure a smooth transition, please complete the technology orientation by July 15.

    Online Technology Orientation

    If assistance is needed, please contact FriarNET@Bishoplynch.org.
  • THEATRE AUDITIONS


    Hello Friars and future Blackfriars!
     
    Mr. Athas and Mr. Clark are accepting Virtual Auditions for students interested in being considered for a part of the cast and crew for our Fall and Spring Productions.
     
    This is a general audition where you get to introduce yourself, and show us a little of your ACTING TALENT.
     
    Or, if you are interested in the TECHNICAL SIDE of things, to introduce yourself and let us see some of your work: a set design, a model, or a costume design, or just let us know why you want to work backstage or on the light board or sound board.

    Here’s what you do:
    1. Go to this very good website https://couloncasting.com/actors/taping-instructions/ and watch the video on self-taping. It is only about 5 minutes long. Follow the directions given on this webpage for self-taping.
    2. Select a monologue of about 1 to 1:30 minutes. Memorize it.
    3. Self-Tape and put the following in this order:
      • Start with the SLATE. This is where you Video yourself from the waist up and say, "Name, Height, and what school you are coming from"
      • Then begin your MONOLOGUE: No introduction or explanation needed. Just the character name and the play or film you are taking it from. Video the monologue at the “two button mark,” without a lot of head space above your head. Include just one take, your best!!
    4. Upload your audition to your BL OneDrive.
    5. Share with Directors! Once you’ve uploaded your file(s), click the SHARE link for your video file(s) and share it with John.Athas@Bishoplynch.org 
      and Robert.Clark@Bishoplynch.org.
    We will view your work, and Mr. Athas will offer feedback and direction.

    We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please email John.Athas@bishoplynch.org.
     
    THAT’S IT! BREAK A LEG!!

  • TRANSPORTATION

    Bishop Lynch has a bus fleet with 11 routes. All buses now have Wi-Fi so students can get a head start on homework! There’s even a late bus to accommodate after-school activities. Bus ridership packages can be purchased. Visit www.bishoplynch.org/transportation for more information.
  • TUITION

    For those paying tuition in full, payment is due by the end of May. Monthly ACH payers (who have a form on file with the Business Office) will have debits beginning on June 15 through April 15. If you have questions about your balance or payment options, please contact Ilia Preza at ilia.preza@bishoplynch.org or at 214-324-3607, Ext. 4104. Visit the tuition page for more information.
  • UNIFORMS

    Bishop Lynch’s exclusive uniform provider is Academic Outfitters in Plano. The Locker’s annual Used Uniform Sale will be held on campus from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 3-5 (please watch our social media pages for any changes or updates). Please note that the boys’ tie can only be purchased in The Locker. The Locker (BL’s campus store) carries a limited number of uniforms. 
     
    Academic Outfitters
    700 Alma Drive, Suite 112
    Plano, TX 75075
    972-509-0010
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