CLASS OF 2023
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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List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • 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 MBS Direct. Alternatively, you may get the ISBN number and then check Half Price Books, Amazon, etc. for availability.
  • CALENDAR – IMPORTANT DATES

    Aug. 8, 2019 – Freshman Orientation
    Freshmen orientation is Thursday, August 8 
    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. 25-29
     
    Semester exams Dec. 17-20 (Please remain in town during this time.)
     
    Christmas Break Dec. 21-Jan. 6
     
    School resumes Jan. 7
     
    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 16-20
     
    Semester exams May 22-28 (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. 

    Download the 2019-2020 Calendar at Glance here
  • 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.
  • 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 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 online at www.the-lynch-locker.myshopify.com. The Locker carries a limited number of uniforms in the campus store. In addition, The Locker’s annual Used Uniform Sale takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 5-7 prior to the 2019-20 school year. Please see the entry under Uniforms for more information. Please note that the boys’ tie can only be purchased in The Locker.

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • 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: Ms. Amy Duke). The BL math department can use these points for free calculators!
  • 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.
  • 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

    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.
     
    All students planning to play a sport at Bishop Lynch need to be enrolled in the summer sports camps or the summer conditioning classes. Information about all sports is online at www.blfriars.org.
     
    All athletes must undergo a sports physical before the season starts. If you have questions, please email Head Athletic Trainer Mike Hopper at mike.hopper@bishoplynch.org.
  • 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 on the second day of Freshman Orientation.
  • SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS (REQUIRED)

    Reading
    All incoming freshman must read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Volume 1 only) by the time school starts in the fall.

     
    Math
    Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Calculus students must complete a review worksheet over the summer. Each review worksheet will come with videos that students can watch to help them review topics. Both worksheets will be due on Aug. 14 and 15, the second day of class. Students should be completing the assignment for the class they are enrolled in the fall. 

    Incoming freshmen who complete the Summer Enrichment Program in Math do not have to complete this assignment.
  • 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.
  • 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 (BL’s campus store) carries a limited number of uniforms. The Locker’s annual Used Uniform Sale will be held on campus from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 5-7 just prior to the 2019-20 school year. Please note that the boys’ tie can only be purchased in The Locker.
     
    Academic Outfitters
    700 Alma Drive, Suite 112
    Plano, TX 75075
    972-509-0010