About JPII

Knight Notes June 27, 2018

Dear JPII Community,

I’d like to thank all the students, faculty, and alumni who helped host the Gubernatorial Debate last week. Producers at Channel 2 News gave particular praise to our facilities manager Mr. Dustin Papendick for coordinating and supervising the event, Mr. Zac Campbell and students Keegan Lampley and Stephen Smart for committing two days to technical support, and all the others who helped make the evening run smoothly. Watching politics in action up close was a significant learning experience. It was great to witness members of our community from every political party promoting the need for unity and open dialogue to create a political agenda that can benefit all people.

Many are asking for information about required service hours for our Christian Service program next year. The required hours will remain the same as last year: freshmen must complete 15 hours, sophomores 20 hours, juniors 25 hours, and seniors 25 hours.The portal is now open for students to enter any summer service hours they want to apply toward the 2018-2019 school year. Students will need to enter the designated goal for their grade level once logged into their portal. Visit https://www.x2vol.com/index.html to enter hours. Please refer to pages 23-26 of the Student Handbook if you have questions.

Last week we announced Mills Uniform as our new uniform provider. To be clear, only senior boys may wear blue pants; all other boys can only wear khaki pants. Students may continue to wear Parker uniform pieces that still fit. As students need new pieces, they will purchase from Mills Uniform. You can find information about Mills’ upcoming sizing event at JPII HERE.

As a reminder, we will close school offices next week and we will reopen Monday, July 9th. Until then, I wish you and your family a blessed and happy Fourth of July.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mike Deely



6/24-7/6 TSSAA Dead Period

7/1-7/8 Bethlehem Farms Service Trip


7/9 Volleyball Parent Meeting / KAC Meeting

7/10 Host Family Orientation / Mills Uniform Sizing Event at JPII

7/10-7/12 Golf Tryouts

7/16-7/19 Volleyball Camp in Chattanooga

7/17-7/21 Cheer Camp in Sevierville

7/17-7/19 iPad Orientation

7/22-7/25 Camp Agape (football)

7/23 Mills Uniform Sizing Event at JPII

7/25-7/27 iPad Orientation

7/26-7/27 New Faculty In-Service

7/30 Registration / Senior Portraits

7/31-8/1 Faculty In-Service SCHOOL CLOSED

7/31 Faculty & Staff Back to School Party

8/2-8/3 New Student Retreat

8/6 First Day of School

8/9 Back to School Night

**New & Updated Announcements Are in Blue**

House T-shirt Survey

Parents, please complete the House t-shirt survey: https://goo.gl/forms/gZE9Lhqe3JmA0UQz2


1:1 Technology Information

This year, we are beginning our 1:1 iPad program for 9th-11th grades . To facilitate this transition, all students and a parent/guardian will need to attend a one-hour iPad orientation session between July 17-19 or July 25-27 where they will receive a school leased 9.7 inch, 6th generation iPad. Rising seniors and their parents do not need to attend a technology orientation.

At this session, students will be issued an iPad and set up an Apple ID. Students will not be allowed to take the iPad home without a protective case  and signed iPad agreement. Students and parents will cover important policies and common applications at the orientation sessions. Please email jennifer.dye@jp2hs.org with questions.

2018-2019 JPII Technology Information

2018-2019 JPII iPad Acceptable Use Policy

Schedule your iPad orientation session: https://pickatime.com/jp2

Senior Formal Portrait Summer Session, 7/30

July 30th is your first opportunity to get these portraits done. This session will be in the auditorium at JPII. To avoid long wait times, this year you will need to make an appointment. Go to our website www.markgriffithphoto.com/links and use the appropriate link to sign up. More information can be found here: http://jp2hs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Senior-2019-Portraits-Letter.pdf.


Mills Uniform Sizing Events, 7/10 & 7/23

Mills Uniform will host two sizing events at JPII on 7/10 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again on 7/23 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. We hope the two dates and the extended hours will provide an opportunity for families with busy schedules to make it to an event. Mills is also offering 10% off and free shipping for orders over $100 beginning July 9th through July 24th if you shop at the sizing event or online. If you want to order now, you may purchase items at https://www.millswear.com/school.jsp?path=-1%7C29675&id=412988. We suggest you take a look at their website now before the sale. If you place an order, Mills will not charge you until the order ships. Girls’ skirts take the most time to manufacture so please place your order in the first part of the July sale for delivery before school starts.


Immunization Record due 7/30

For new incoming freshmen and new transfer students ONLY, a copy of completed immunizations must be on file before July 30, 2018.  Students will not be allowed to attend the first day of school without it per Diocesan Rule.  New incoming Parents, If you have not done so, please upload a copy of your immunizations to the Veracross admissions portal.  Please use the same Veracross username and password that you established during the admissions process and access the portal at the following link: JPII Admissions Portal.  




We have partnered with DragonflyMAX  again to assist with Paper Free online form collection for the Health Office and Athletics for the 2018-2019 school year. There are online forms (exception-Physical Examination) that must be reviewed and completed by parents for ALL students (not just athletes) Before:  June 2nd, 2018, If you participate in the Free School Physical Day, OR July 30th, 2018 (Registration), OR Before Spring/Summer 2018 practice begins for Sports, whichever comes first.  ALL students at JPII are required to have an annual physical by a Licensed Healthcare Provider (If you do not participate in the Free Physical Day, you will need to upload your students physical examination to your DragonflyMax account once complete).   For NEW incoming Parents, you must create an account in DragonflyMAX.  For RETURNING Parents, use the same login as last year for DragonflyMAX as your students information is already there.  CLICK HERE  to get started With DragonflyMax.



Summer Office Hours

Office hours for the summer are 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 

JPII will be CLOSED July 2nd – July 6th.

Registration will be Monday, July 30th from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 



Textbook Information for 2018-2019

Please visit the following link for important information about textbooks for 2018-2019: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SnRRvOUvc4hN8rOd93M4Tw-28xj-W0lAG50yBUlyOAw/edit?ts=5b1e9f30



Ecuador in the Summer of 2019!

Mr. Jim Elfers will lead a language and cultural immersion trip to Quito, Ecuador for students of any Spanish level. The application process will open in the fall of 2018. The trip will only accommodate 12 students and is open to the classes of ’20, ’21, ’22. Approximate travel dates will be May 28-June 11 and cost estimate is $2500-$2800. Cost includes: 4 hours of 1-1 daily language instruction with a skilled native teacher (40 hours total), airfare and all transportation within Ecuador, all food and housing, all activities (dance lessons, cooking cuey, hiking, Teleferico (gondola), tubing, museum visits, historical church tours, and more), and weekend travel and activities. If you are interested in your son or daughter attending this trip, or have questions, please email Jim Elfers at jim.elfers@jp2hs.org to be added to a list ensuring you will receive all future communications. 


Innov8 2018-2019

Registration for Innov8 classes will be held the first week of August, which will allow students time to determine if they will play a sport or apply for internships. Students will receive an email with a list of courses and their descriptions in mid-July. 




HENRY STRONG, an opportunity to help the Hutt Family

JPII freshman Henry Hutt was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on April 5, 2018 and is undergoing treatment at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Please pray for Henry’s strength, courage, and recovery. A CaringBridge page has been set up for Henry where you can send Henry a message of hope and encouragement that Henry can access daily and where you can find the latest updates on his progress. If you would like to help monetarily, the family asks that you visit Henry’s page where you can make a donation that will assist the family with medical costs and daily living expenses. Want to provide meals for the family? Sign up through Meal Train on the same site found under “Ways to Help”. Visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/henryhutt. Let’s show Henry our support!



Barcelona and Madrid!

For those interested in traveling to Spain over Fall Break in October 2018 and you did not make the information meeting please contact Betsy Pierpaoli with questions, betsy.pierpaoli@jp2hs.org.  There is still time and spots are available. To enroll you’ll need your tour number: 2104354FX. Two easy ways to enroll online: eftours.com/2104354FX or by Phone: 800-665-5364





Admissions process open for 2019-2020 school year

The Admissions Office opens Admissions Portal for 2018-2019. All current 8th graders and transfer tstudents 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. 



Sign up for text message reminders for college visits at JPII

Text to 81010 the message @jp2college and you will automatically receive updates for each college visit happening at school



Golf Tryouts, 7/10, 7/11, 7/12

Coach Wantz will hold golf team tryouts at Twelve Stones Golf Course on 7/10 at 3:00 p.m., 7/11 at 7:00 a.m., and 7/12 at 7:00 a.m. Players are expected to attend all three days of tryouts. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wantz at chriswantz@comcast.net



Yard Signs can still be ordered online. It’s a great way to support your student athlete and show your Knight spirit. Check it out: http://jp2hs.org/athletics/booster-club/jpii-yard-signs/  


KAC Meeting Schedule for 2018-2019 Mondays: 7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, 1/7/19, 2/4, 3/4, 4/10, 5/6, 6/3. All meetings will take place in the KAC room at 5:30 p.m. Contact Tammy Bolyard at 615-397-1740 with questions. 


KAC Board Members 2018-2019

The Knight Athletic Club would like to warmly welcome the newly elected 2018-19 Board Members.  This is for the term beginning July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

President – Greg Glenn

First Vice President – Pamela O’Neill

Second Vice President – Amy Watts

Treasurer – Kathleen Bender

Secretary – Tammy Bolyard

Alumni – Anthony Mantegani

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


Free KAC Stadium Seat Opportunity! Interested in a FREE stadium seat from the KAC? Follow the KAC on   to stay connected with the Knights! Be the 500th member to join the JPII KAC Facebook page and win a JPII imprinted bleacher seat. Contact Tammy Bolyard with questions, thebolyards@comcast.net.      






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.  





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  


OLOL LifeTeen, 7/6-7/8

OLOL LifeTeen has purchased 20 spots for Steubenville Atlanta! We are taking registrations for this now. If any would be interested in a 3 day trip July 6-8, have them contact me. Here is a link to the event: https://lifeteen.com/events/steubenville-atlanta/


Sumner Rugby Football Club

The Sumner Rugby Football Club is looking for new high school and middle school athletes. No experience required. All coaches are former rugby players and USA Rugby certified. Practices are held Tue. & Thur. from 4-5:30 p.m. and  Saturday (time TBD) at Northcreek Park in Goodlettsville. Opportunity is open to all Sumner County students enrolled in middle or high school (public, private, or home schooled). Contact Coach Brian Silkwood at silkrugby@yahoo.com or 615-476-5342. Find them on Facebook: Sumner County High School Rugby and Twitter: SumnerCountyRFC.