About JPII


Knight Notes March 15, 2017

Dear JPII Community,

I wish each of you a safe and restful spring break. Our students have worked hard so far this semester and the break will provide a much-needed opportunity to relax before the final stretch of the fourth quarter. As a reminder, students will be dismissed tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. and buses will depart at 12:45 p.m. Our faculty look forward to welcoming parents on campus for conferences in the afternoon. This is the time to make sure your student is on track to finish the year strong. If you haven’t already done so, please contact teachers soon to develop a plan for success.

I invite you to check out the website for the latest student news. Spring sports are underway. We wish athletes and coaches all the best as they begin the season. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Shrek. It was a wonderful production with amazing costumes and a great deal of fun for the audience. If you have time this Thursday or Friday at 11:30 a.m., please drop-by the Puryear Library to view the amazing AP Art Presentations. 

Academic scheduling for the 2017-2018 school year is wrapping up this week. We look forward to welcoming a large freshman class. Due to increased enrollment and the expansion of the Innov8 Program, we are considering opening additional sections of classes. We are blessed that this growth allows us to hire strong teachers to enhance our already talented faculty. We are excited about the prospect of meeting the ever changing interests of our students by offering an array of programming options through Innov8 and other programs building on the historic strength of the JPII experience. 

Below is a message from Mrs. Michelle Barber, Dean of Admissions and Advancement inviting you to participate in FFE Parent Commitment Week. I also encourage you to give to the FFE – every gift makes a difference.


Mike Deely

The Advancement Office is feeling rather lucky because of YOU, our parents. This week is FFE Parent Commitment Week. If YOU have not already done so, please make a gift to the annual fund, the Fund For Excellence (FFE). Any and all gifts are needed and appreciated. YOU would be surprised how every gift, no matter the size, adds up to make a big difference for JPII. Parents, your gift to the FFE will help your student’s HOUSE points accumulate toward winning the coveted JPII HOUSE CUP! May the Luck of the Irish inspire you to make a tax-deductible donation now by CLICKING HERE. THANK YOU!



NOW –  4/10 – Project Graduation Spring Fern and Flower Sale

3/14 – 3/17 AP Art Presentations

3/16 Parent/Teacher Conferences / Early Dismissal

3/17 Spirit Day

3/17 –  3/21 Art’s Field Trip to Chicago

3/20 – 3/24 SPRING BREAK

3/28 Dance Team Information Meeting

3/28 – 3/30 Football/Competition Cheer Clinic

3/30 Talent Show Rehearsal 

3/30 – 4/2 Youth in Government Conference

3/31 Football/Competition Cheer Tryouts / Spirit Day

3/31 – 4/2 SEARCH

4/3 Talent Show Rehearsal / KAC Meeting / Basketball Cheer Meeting

4/4 Talent Show

4/4 – 4/6 Dance Clinic

4/5 – 4/8 All State Choir & Convention

4/6 AP Pre-administration / Writer’s Cafe

4/7 Dance Team Tryouts / Spirit Wear / Campus Safety and Defense Program (Jr. and Sr. girls)

4/8 ACT / Junior College Workshop / AP Calc Review

4/9 NHS Induction


**New & Updated Announcements Are in Blue**

Parent Teacher Conferences, 3/16

Second Semester Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can schedule 10 minute conferences with individual teachers through Sherree DiMenno. Please email sherree.dimenno@jp2hs.org the name of your student and each teacher you would like to meet with. Conferences are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be scheduled as close together as possible and within any time constraint you may indicate. You will receive a schedule of conferences on or before March 13th via email.


KAC Golf Tournament, 4/24

Spring is around the corner and so is the KAC Golf Tournament! Dust off your clubs and start practicing for JPII’s annual golf tournament sponsored by the Knight Athletic Club at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin on Monday, April 24th. Registration and a Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m. Admissions is $125 per player. All proceeds are used to support athletic facility upgrades, equipment, and enhancements to JPII’s athletic program. Visit these links for more information: Registration and Sponsorship. Please contact Suzie Schumacher at susan@schumacherdesign.com  or 561.309.7654 with any questions. 


Camp JPII 2017

Our summer camp program, Camp JPII 2017, is now open for registration!  Camp JPII offers summer fun for kids age 5-18 the weeks of June 5-9th, June 12-16th, June 19-23rd, and June 26-30th.  Camps run Monday-Friday in two sessions: 9:00 a.m. – noon and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Before care, after care, and meal plans are also available as well as the Pick Four Discount for those who sign up for four half-day camps.  

New camps this year include Dance Camp, Track Camp, several art camps including Clay Creations, Making the Ordinary Extraordinary, and DIY Design Painting, Rock and Roll History, Model United Nations and Debating, and Ready…Set….Go Algebra.  With 40 camps to choose from, there is something available for every age and every interest!

Interested parents and campers should check our the camp brochure and online registration at: http://jp2hs.org/campus-life/extra-curricular-programs/camp-jpii/.  Please direct any questions to Mr. Paul Saboe, Camp JPII Director, at paul.saboe@jp2hs.org.  



AP Art Presentations, 3/14 – 3/17

Faculty, students, parents, and the community are invited to listen to our AP artists as they present and talk about their AP artwork March 14-17 during the one hour lunch period. Please join us in the Puryear Library for an opportunity to share their motives and inspirations behind their artwork. For the schedule of artists by day, please visit AP ART PRESENTATIONS



Dance Team Information Meeting, 3/28

The Knight Stars Dance Team will be holding an informational parent meeting Tuesday, 3/28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library. A dance clinic and tryouts will be held April 4th,5th,6th, and 7th @ 4:00 p.m. daily in the auxiliary gym. Contact Nurse Delmotte for more information.



College Workshop for Juniors (and their families), 4/8

Juniors are encouraged to attend a College Workshop on Saturday, April 8 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the library. Contact the college counseling office with questions. Families welcome. 



Junior Ring Mass, 4/27

Junior parents, you are invited to join us for the Junior Ring Mass, Thursday April 27th at 10:15 a.m. Please plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. to get a seat. Immediately following Mass there is an opportunity to take pictures in the courtyard, and you are then encouraged to take your student out to lunch, as per JPII tradition. Students are expected to return by 12:55 p.m. in time for their next class. Please email kat.morris@jp2hs.org with any questions.


Project Graduation Spring Fern and Flower Sale for the Class of 2018, NOW – 4/10

Please plan to purchase your spring ferns and flowers from the JPII Junior Class! You may make your purchases through any JPII junior or by emailing suzannecalvin@icloud.com. The Junior Class thanks you in advance for supporting this fundraiser for Project Graduation 2018. All orders are appreciated . . . feel free to order for your neighbors or other family members. These make great Mother’s Day gifts! Hint, hint! Make checks payable to Pope John Paul II High School (attention: Suzanne Calvin) and drop off to Mrs. Smotherman in the front office. Order forms are in the office or on the JPll websiteOrders due Monday, April 10th with payment.  Pick up Friday, April 21st at tennis courts. If you would like to help on delivery day, email Suzanne at suzannecalvin@icloud.com.


Spirt Wear Days: 3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day theme – dress in GREEN!


Spring Break 2017: March 20 – March 24, 2017


Yearbook Orders

It’s that time again! Please visit  www.jostens.com to order your yearbook today. Order by September 9 to receive the book at the early bird price of $70. After September 9, book prices increase to $80. Contact Pamela Strobel with questions, pamela.strobel@jp2hs.org.



Graduation Dates 2017

Seniors and Parents, please see the flyer for information regarding important senior dates (specifically graduation and baccalaureate). Graduation/Baccalaureate Mass dates and times are final. Please email me with any questions kat.morris@jp2hs.org Also, please note: we will be doing the group photo at graduation on Saturday, May 20th at the Opry (not at the Catholic Center as the flyer states-per availability of our photographer) Also please be sure to order your cap/gown/tassel/diploma cover if you have yet to do so. *Please pay special attention to the required attire for the ladies and gentlemen as you start to shop for dresses or suits. Girls must wear white dress and boys must wear dark suit with a gold tie. *please check your email for further dress guidelines.



Caritas News Updates! 

Start working on finishing your hours! The spring deadline is April 30th for ALL hours to be completed! see the service website for ongoing opportunities: http://jp2hs.org/campus-life/campus-ministry/christian-service/service-opportunities/Freshmen need a total of 15 hours, Sophomores need 20, and Juniors/Seniors need 25 (no longer the flex/internship distinction, just one goal!) Service questions: email kat.morris@jp2hs.org


Bethlehem Farm 2017

Want to spend a week in Appalachia and change your life forever? Sign up for Bethlehem Farm 2017! 7 spots available. See the website here for more details: http://jp2hs.org/campus-life/campus-ministry/christian-service/jpii-bethlehem-farm-2015/ 



Excess Accident Insurance Policy

Please take a moment to read about our Excess Accident Insurance Policy covering students during school-time and school sponsored activities.  Please follow the links: Parent Letter and Insurance Instruction Sheet.



Armory Hours

Monday 1:30-4:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30-2:00 PM**

Please contact theresapol@gmail.com with any questions.



JPII is seeking Host Families

Open your home to an international student! Pope John Paul II High School is working with gphomestay to find host families for students. Families should please submit an inquiry at www.gphomestay.com or contact Amber Perry (Host Recruitment Coordinator) at 617-749-8474 or aperry@gphomestay.com.  



Follow JPII on Social Media

To stay up to date on current events at JPII and future activities, please follow us on our many social media outlets!  We will let you know when games are postponed or cancelled and if event times and dates are changed.  This is a great way to stay connected to the JPII community throughout the day.

Twitter: @JPII Knights and @JPIIAthletics

Facebook: Pope John Paul II High School (Facebook Page) and JPII Alumni Page (Facebook Page)

Instagram: @JPIIKnights

YouTube: JPII



Wave Country Hiring Lifeguards

Students 15 and older interested in working at Wave Country as a lifeguard are encouraged to contact Matt Oberbreckling, matt.oberbreckling@nashville.gov. Certification provided for free. Pay is $10/hour with an opportunity to work 40 hours/week. Wave Country, 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy, Nashville. 

Camp Marymount summer registration is NOW OPEN

Sign up today and reserve your spot for a summer of fun, friendship and memories to last a lifetime.  Visit www.campmarymount.com to apply.