About JPII

Knight Notes August 16, 2017

Dear JPII Community,

What a great start we’ve had to the school year! As I walk the hallways and visit classrooms, the positive attitude of the students is apparent. We are getting into our rhythm and everything is operating more smoothly. Since the start of tutorials, the lunch flow has evened out. There is plenty of seating in the dining hall and we are monitoring the length of lunch lines to make sure students have ample time to attend tutorials, visit with friends, or attend a club/team meeting. We have noticed that morning drop off and afternoon pick up are moving along nicely – we appreciate your cooperation.

Solar Eclipse

You should have received an email concerning our Solar Eclipse event on Monday. You can also access the information at Solar Eclipse 2017. We will keep you updated as necessary. The letter mentions an app that will be used to enhance our experience. The app can be found in the App Store by searching: Solar Eclipse Timer (purchase required).

Counseling Initiatives

As a top college preparatory school, we are focusing on ways we can provide academic counsel along with personal support. The Counseling Office will provide weekly updates of new programs and events to help parents navigate high school and college planning. The goal of the Counseling Office is to help students achieve positive personal, social, and academic results. In an effort to do this, they will host a school-wide Wellness Week August 28 – September 1. Each day will focus on a particular type of health and wellness topic (mental, physical, social, spiritual, environmental). The week is designed to educated students on the various resources available at JPII that help them engage in self-care and develop positive, healthy habits. The counselors will also host several programs this fall focusing on assisting students and parents with the college and post-secondary education process. Programs will include two College Application Saturdays* for senior students, an all-school College Fair with representation from over 150 colleges, grade level evening programs for parents, and one on college financial aid and scholarships. The counseling team invites you to reach out to them with any questions. Although our counselors are assigned to students through the House system, all are available to you at any time.
Ms. Wilson: House of Clement and House of Gregory

Ms. McIlroy: House of John and House of Leo

Mr. Brown: House of Pius and House of Peter

*The first College Application Day is this Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the library. Contact Mike Brown with questions. 

Admissions Update

We opened the admissions portal last week and we already have 61 applications for next year’s freshman class. We expect to fill the freshman class and much sooner than in the past several years. The growth of the area, coupled with the advantages JPII offers, is creating a new trend in admissions. If you have an eighth grader or know someone who has a student interested in JPII, please encourage them to apply now or schedule a Shadow Day. Additionally, we have amended our financial aid process and will accept 2016 tax returns along with 2017 W2s in an effort to speed up the financial aid process for families, new and returning. More information will be provided later in the fall.

Sincerely in Christ,

Michael A. Deely


8/14-8/18 School Portraits

8/16 Swim Team Parent Meeting

8/17 Football Shield Night

8/19 College Application Saturday

8/21 Solar Eclipse Event / Hockey Parent Meeting

8/22 Taste and See (Admissions Event) / Women’s Lacrosse Meeting

8/24 Wellness Assembly

8/25 Pep Rally / FFE Tailgate

8/26 ACT Primer Review / SAT

8/28 Nashville Row Interest Meeting

8/28-9/1 Wellness Week

8/29 Senior Parent College Info Night

9/4 Labor Day (School Closed) 

9/6 End of 1st Mid-Quarter

9/8 Pep Rally / Dance Team Tryouts

9/9 ACT

**New & Updated Announcements Are in Blue**


Admissions process now open for 2018-2019 school year

The Admissions Office is excited to present a NEW Pre-Application and Admissions Portal for 2018-2019. All current 8th graders interested in pursuing admissions to JPII should begin the application process now. The first step is the online Pre-Application. Upon completion of the Pre-Application, a link to the Admissions Portal will populate on the last page which will take you to the Admissions Portal. A Checklist of items will be listed that will need to be completed for admission consideration. Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions, 615-590-6014. 


Taste and See Events 

Prospective parents, please join us for lunch with Headmaster Mike Deely, our administrative staff, department chairs, and coaches.  After lunch, take a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, visit with our students and faculty, and get a glimpse into an actual day at JPII!

Please complete the Taste and See Event Registration google form in order to secure your seat at one of our Taste and See Events! First event is Tuesday, August 22nd at 10:45 a.m. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Leonard at mary.leonard@jp2hs.org.



The Advancement Office is sponsoring some fun and exciting events on the horizon! Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to socialize with your friends and make new ones! 


3rd Annual “A Knight of Song Under the Stars”, 9/16

Join us for our 3rd Annual Songwriter’s Knight on Saturday, September 16th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Purchase your TICKETS today. Contact Michelle Barber, michelle.barber@jp2hs.org or 615-590-6013 with questions. 

Margarita Mamas & Papas, 8/26

We still have 10 spots remaining for our Margarita Mamas and Papas Sign Up Party.  The cost is $50.00 per person and is held at the home of Leta and Kevin McCaslin.  Last year we were sold out and everyone had a wonderful time and couldn’t wait to sign up again.  It is a great way to meet new friends!!  Please let us know if you would like to sign up at jolind.weaver@jp2hs.org

Boots & Bling, 11/4

This is a new event this year and is shaping up to be a fantastic party.  It will be at the Bagsby Ranch in Gallatin and many parents are already getting their dancing boots ready to have a good time.  The cost is $40.00 per person and you won’t want to miss out on this one either.  Please let us know if you would like to sign up at jolind.weaver@jp2hs.org



2017-2018 Textbook NEWS

We are pleased to announce that JPII is continuing its partnership with Follett Virtual Bookstore as our school’s preferred and only textbook provider for the 2017-18 school year. Books are available for purchase on our virtual bookstore website, www.jp2hs.bkstr.com.

The textbook list for the 2017-2018 school year can be found HERE. If you have any questions regarding textbooks, please email betsy.pierpaoli@jp2hs.org.

For more information see: Parent Letter, Follett Virtual Campus Info, Common Questions & Answers.



Wellness Assembly 8/24/17

JPII will host a student assembly on the topic of Adolescents and Mental Health on August 24th from 11:15 – 12pm.  Guest speakers Caitlin Rissler, Nurse Practitioner at Music City Peds: Developmental & Behavioral Medicine, and Dr. Danielle Mizell, Pediatric Psychologist at Southeast Psych Nashville, will educate students on various mental health issues and promote access to mental health and wellness resources.  For more information, please contact Kelsey Wilson in the School Counseling Office at kelsey.wilson@jp2hs.org.

Wellness Resource Week 8/28/17 – 9/01/17

JPII will host a school wide Wellness Resource Week August 28th – September 1st.  Each day of the week will focus on a particular type of health and wellness — mental, physical, social, spiritual, and environmental.  The goal is to educate students on the various resources available at JPII that can help them engage in self-care and develop positive, healthy habits. For more information, please contact Kelsey Wilson in the School Counseling Office at kelsey.wilson@jp2hs.org.

ACT Primer Review, 8/26

Attention all those taking the ACT during first semester: JPII will be offering an ACT Primer Review from 8:30-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 26th on campus with Mrs. Peper and Mr. Connolly. Please note this is the ONLY Saturday ACT review for this semester that will be offered. The ACT test will be given on Sep 9, Oct 28, and Dec 9 this semester.

The Review is designed for those who are not taking the Conquering the ACT Innov8 class anytime this semester. The Review offers an overview of each of the four tests and the skills they assess, plus types of questions to expect, answer strategies, short practice sessions, and resources for further study and practice. It is especially designed for those taking the ACT for the first time or as needed for a follow-up review.

Most students typically take the ACT beginning in the junior year; JPII’s college counselors can help any family assess when it is best for their child. Students find the Review (and Innov8 class and summer camp) very helpful and feel they go into the test better able to do their best.

Advance registration for the August 26th Review is required by clicking HERE. The cost is $75, payable by cash or check payable to JPII. A minimum of 8 students must register for the Review to be held and the Review is capped at 30 students. For more information, please email either Patrick.connolly@jp2hs.org or amanda.peper@jp2hs.org.



Armory Hours

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

Please contact theresapol@gmail.com with any questions.



Model UN Sign-Ups

With over 80 students signed up for one or more fall Model UN Conferences, it is still not too late for your child to get involved in this worthwhile and award-winning enterprise!

Students and/or parents who want information on Model UN and/or to sign-up and secure a spot should contact Mr. Paul Saboe in person (room C102) or via email at paul.saboe@jp2hs.org.  




Nashville Rowing Interest Meeting, 8/9, 8/15, 8/28

Nashville Rowing is holding an interest meeting at JPII on Monday, August 28th from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Contact Coach Dempsey for more information. 

Nashville Rowing is holding interest meetings on August 9th at St. Cecilia Academy in the lecture hall from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and August 15th at Brentwood Public Library from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students, parents, school staff and administrators to learn more about Nashville Rowing, meet coaches, and ask questions. All are welcome to attend one or both meetings. 

Current statistics show that approximately 18% of male and 55% of female athletes who row receive a scholarship to row in college! Nashville Rowing provides a platform for interested athletes at any level to learn the sport of rowing. Interested students should see Coach Dempsey for more information.


Swim Team Parent Meeting, 8/16

Swim Team Head Coach Hadley Judson will hold an information meeting for parents on Wednesday, 8/16 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the library. Contact Coach Judson with questions: hadley.judson@jp2hs.org


Football Shield Night, 8/17

Coach Geisinger and his staff invite all football parents and families to attend Football Shield Night on 8/17 in the dining hall with their player. More information to come.


Dance Team Tryouts, 9/8

The Dance Team is holding a tryouts on September 8th from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. See Nurse Delmotte for an information packet, kelly.delmotte@jp2hs.org


Football Knights Radio

The entire 2017 Knights season will be broadcasted live through WHIN Radio this season.  Visit www.whinradio.com and click on the High School Football tab to find the Knights link for the 2017 season.  The games will be broadcasted live but will be available for playback at any time during the season for your convenience via the WHIN website.



KAC Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018

Mondays: 7/10, 8/7, 9/11, 10/2, 11/6, 1/8/18, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4. All meetings will take place in the KAC room.


New KAC Board Members 2017-2018

The Knight Athletic Club would like to warmly welcome the newly elected 2017-18 Board Members.  This is for the term beginning July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

President – Greg Glenn

First Vice President – Pamela O’Neill

Second Vice President – Amy Watts

Treasurer – open

Secretary – Tammy Bolyard

Alumni – Anthony Mantegani

Members at Large – Kathleen Bender, DJ Johnson, Lee McNair,  Duffy White, and Whitney Whittaker






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.



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.  



Student Parking on Game Day Fridays

Students wishing to remain parked in the lot after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, for our 1st home football game must have a football season preferred parking pass. Parking passes cover all 5 home games and can be purchased in the office for $50 ($10 per game).


Bus Schedule 2017-2018

Bus service will operate as normal unless otherwise announced. Click Bus Service to see routes. 


Pedestal Foods 2017-2018 Meal Plans

Please visit PedestalFoods for options and enrollment information. Deadline to enroll was August 11, 2017. Contact Laine Kelly at Laine.Kelly@pedestalfoods.com with questions. 




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



ExtendedCARE Help for Grades 1-8

Overbrook School is seeking applicants to work in its grades 1-8 ExtendedCARE program from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when school is in session. Applicants should enjoy working with school-age children, must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Some responsibilities include playground supervision, assisting students with homework, arts and crafts activities and monitoring of computer usage. Contact Helena Hess at 615-292-5134, ext. 3525 or by email at hessh@overbrook.edu.



ExtendedCARE Help for Grades P3-K

Overbrook School is seeking applicants to work in its 3-year-old preschool through kindergarten ExtendedCARE program from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when school is in session. Applicants should enjoy working with young children, must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Some responsibilities include playground supervision, reading stories, arts and crafts activities and playing board games with the children. Contact Angela Siefker at 615-292-5134, ext. 3270 or by email at siefkera@overbrook.edu.


Knights of Columbus 2017 Golf Tournament, 8/19

KOC #9132 invites you to participate in their annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 19th at Country Hills Golf Course. Arrive by 7:00 a.m. for check in. Shotgun Start at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $100 per person and includes 2 mulligans, green fees, cart, ample beverages, lunch, prize money and gifts. Hole in One contests for a car and barrel of Jack Daniels. Contact Dave Eliskovich for more information (615) 347-0715 or delisko@comcast.net. Registration Form


Camp Marymount Golf Tournament, 9/29

The Moss-Marymount Open Scholarship Scramble Golf Tournament is Friday, September 29th at Harpeth Hills Golf Course at 8:00 a.m. Contact suzi@campmarymount.com or call 615-799-0410.