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Knight Notes February 22, 2017

Dear JPII Community,

I hope you had a restful President’s Day weekend. Last week we experienced our own presidential election process as students voted for their 2017-2018 class leaders. We had a large number of wonderful candidates, which is a sign of how well our students are engaged in school life. I’m happy to announce that William Pacwa was elected President and Emma Grace Baxter was elected Vice President. We wish them the best in their new roles.

Congratulations to our own Ms. Karen Phillips, Assistant Head of School, Dean of Studies, and History Teacher who recently received the “Christ the Teacher” award from the Diocese of Nashville. Ms. Phillips was selected by a committee of diocesan teachers for her commitment to Catholic education, the Diocese of Nashville, and of course her students as being the best example of Christ’s love to all. This comes as no surprise as Ms. Phillips is the perfect recipient of this honor. She has been the heart and soul of JPII since day one and we thank her for her dedication, love, and service.

Today marks the first meeting of the third trimester of Innov8. Our internship opportunities continue to grow and I offer my heartfelt gratitude to all of the professionals who have opened their doors to our students to share their expertise and experience. We expect continued growth in the program and we encourage students to talk to their counselors about Innov8 choices for next year. Students are also welcome to approach Mrs. Jennifer Dye, Director of Innovation with their ideas to help design the future of the program.

As spring nears, please remember to check out Camp JPII. Registration is open and classes are filling fast so don’t hesitate to check out the brochure and register your children for a camp. There are over 30 camps to choose from for ages 5 to 18 ranging from academics, athletics, arts, and service. Summer is a great time to get your younger children familiar with our campus and faculty.


Mike Deely



2/22 –  4/10 – Project Graduation Spring Fern and Flower Sale

2/22 Mid State Choral Festival / Football Cheer Banquet

2/24 Spirit Day

2/26 Swim Team Banquet

2/28 New Student Orientation

3/1 Ash Wednesday

3/2 IML Math Contest

3/3 – 3/5 Miami University MUN

3/4 One Pretty Dress

3/6 KAC Meeting

3/8 PAC Meeting

3/10 – 3/12 SHREK the Musical

3/10 Spirit Wear

3/11 SAT

3/12 Daylight Savings Time Begins

3/13 – 3/15 Talent Show Auditions

3/14 Taste & See (admissions event)

3/14 Football/Competition Cheerleading Info Meeting / College Campus Safety Presentation

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

**New & Updated Announcements Are in Blue**

ACADEMICS: Course Sign-up Process for 2017-2018

The Sign UP process by which students will register for 2017-2018 classes is underway. Visit this LINK for a timeline of events that are part of the advising and information process that assists students in choosing appropriate courses. Please feel free to contact Karen Phillips (615-590-6045), Andrew Griffith (615-590-6036) or Jennifer Dye (615-590-6058) if you have questions about your student’s course choices for next year. Note that Academic Advising for parents is available by appointment on Thursday evening, Feb. 23rd, between 5:00-8:00 p.m. Contact Sherree DiMenno (sherree.dimenno@jp2hs.org) for an appointment if you are interested in meeting with an Academic Advising Team regarding your student’s course selections.

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




Junior Ring Mass, 4/27

Junior parents, you are invited to join us for the Junior Ring Mass, Thursday April 27th at 10:15am. 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.


SHREK the Musical, 3/10 – 3/12

Buy your tickets online now for our spring production, SHREK the Musical. Performance are Friday, 3/10 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 3/11 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 3/12 at 2:00 p.m.Tickets are $13 per adult, $10 per student, and $5 per child. 


Spirt Wear Days: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17


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.


Drone Flight Program for Students

JPII is launching its inaugural Drone Flight Program. Students who are interested in joining the drone flight school and becoming certified Remote Pilots In Command should contact Mr. Baunach at john.baunach@jp2hs.org as soon as possible. Special focus will be given to current and potential members of Knights Sports Net.





Graduation Dates 2017

Seniors and Parents, please see the flyer for information regarding important senior dates (specifically graduation and baccalaureate). A few 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 20that 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.




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! 8 spots available. See the website here for more details: http://jp2hs.org/campus-life/campus-ministry/christian-service/jpii-bethlehem-farm-2015/ 



2017-2018 Enrollment Packets

2017-18 enrollment packets will be mailed on December 16, 2016. If you do not receive the contract packet shortly thereafter, please email betsy.pierpaoli@jp2hs.org as soon as possible.


Financial Aid Application Process opened December 1st

If your family is interested in applying for financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year, you may begin your online application, please visit FACTS to access the application. As a reminder, families must apply every year for financial aid. For more information visit the following links: THE PROCESSFAQREQUIRED DOCUMENTATION. Please make note: Deadline to apply is February 21, 2017. Applicants completing the financial aid process by February 21st will be considered for an award and notified on March 17, 2017. Applications completed after February 21, 2017 are not guaranteed consideration. An enrollment contract and $300 non-refundable registration fee must be submitted to the Business Office and families must be current on tuition payments to be considered. If you have questions, please contact lori.jones@jp2hs.org


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.



PAC Meeting, 3/8

PAC will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the library conference room. Contact Michelle Barber with questions, michelle.barber@jp2hs.org


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



Sumner Rugby Football Club, 2/25

Interested in Ruby? JPII students have been part of the Sumner Rugby program for years and two students have gone on to play college rugby. Check out the Sumner REC “All Blacks” take on the Blackman HS Blaze on Saturday, February 25th at noon at North Creek Park in Goodlettsville. 

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.