Daily Announcements- Nov 17

Morning Prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious. 

O God, who never allows the gates of hell to prevail against your Church, firmly founded on the apostolic rock, grant her, we pray, that through the intercession of Pope Saint Leo, she may stand firm in your truth and know the protection of lasting peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.  

Saint Elizabeth, pray for us. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Birthday wishes go out today to Matthew Puryear and Michaela Lentz. Weekend birthdays go out to Braedon Kelley.

The Book Club and Student Council are sponsoring a book drive to benefit Empty Stocking Fund families. Please consider donating like-new or new books for children and young adults; there is a special need for young adult donations. You can drop off in the Library until November 30.

As we pray for the repose of the souls of our beloved dead this month, an extraordinary form Requiem Latin Mass will be offered for the faithful departed from KCHS at the beginning of lunch today in Holy Trinity Chapel. May they rest in peace.

Tickets for Friday’s Quarterfinal State Football Play-off game will be available for sale at the stadium ticket booth on Friday, November 17, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Tickets will also be available in the KCHS front office from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Play-off tickets are $8 for students, adults and children. Please make your plans to join us at Oak Ridge High School for the kick-off, which is set for 7:00 p.m. Go Irish!

Mr. Rodgers’ C Block class will meet in Room C15 today.

Congratulations to the following students, who were chosen for the KMA Art Show: Shelia Kapaya, Jessica Smith, Ethan Johnson and Abby Rapien.

Track team conditioning will begin on Monday. We will be at the track from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Come prepared to be outside. If you have any questions, see Coach O’Neil.

  • The Power of Prayer Club will be meet in the Library after school today.
  • Student Council will meet today during lunch in Mr. Kimutis’ room. Please eat before coming to the meeting, which will start promptly at 12:15.
  • There will be a meeting for all students going on the trip to Quebec in February today at 12:15 in room B101. This is an important meeting, so please be there and be prompt. If you cannot attend the meeting on Friday, please stop by and see Mrs. Dalton in room B101 sometime during the day.
  • Mock Trial will meet today after school from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in Room B105
  • The Book Club will meet in room C15 today at lunch. All are welcome.
  • The Fishing Club will have a mandatory meeting today in Mrs. Turners room to discuss T-shirts.

President’s Email- Week of Nov 13

Dear KCHS Families:

As we approach Thanksgiving, we have so much to be grateful for at KCHS. A special thanks goes out to our students, parents, teachers, staff and all those folks who make Catholic High such a great place to be. So, thank you!

Requiem Latin Mass – As we pray for the repose of the souls of our beloved dead this month, an extraordinary form Requiem Latin Mass will be offered for the faithful departed from KCHS at the beginning of lunch this Friday, November 17, in Holy Trinity Chapel. May they rest in peace.

KCHS Placement Tests – 8th grade students applying for admission to Knoxville Catholic High School must take a placement test. This test enables us to determine a student’s placement in Knoxville Catholic’s academic program. The placement tests will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 (the make-up test date will be January 20, 2018). Pre-registration is required, and can be completed online at http://www.knoxvillecatholic.com/admissions/placement/ Please contact the Admissions Office at (865) 560-0502 or joni.punch@knoxvillecatholic.com with any questions.

2018-19 Tuition Support Information – Information, in both English and Spanish, is now available for those Catholic families that would like to apply for tuition support for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline for the first round of tuition support is Friday, December 15, 2017. Please make every effort to meet this deadline, as there are not as many funds available for those who miss this deadline. Please use the following link to access the forms needed for next year, http://www.knoxvillecatholic.com/admissions/apply/

Round Three State Football Play-off Tickets – Tickets for the game at Oak Ridge High School will be pre-sold the All Sports Complex ticket gate on Friday, November 17, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Admission is $8 for students, adults and children. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. Go Irish!

KCHS Robotics STEM Night – KCHS Robotics hosted a STEM Night featuring an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, on Thursday, November 9, and served over 200 plates of food. There was an impressive turnout for the event and fundraising was very successful. Special thanks to all those who made this night possible.

Latin Fest Results – Congratulations to the KCHS Latin Scholars for winning 3rd place overall at Knoxville Latin Fest this past weekend. Individual awards include: Cassi Jones, 1st place for Mythology Spelling Bee, 2nd place for 3D art and 2nd place for group costume with Caroline Consoli. Nathan Geist, 2nd place on the upper level Latin language test. Matthew Ramos, 2nd place for javelin toss, 3rd place for 3D art and 3rd place for catapult construction. The upper level Certamen team, made up of Lauren McKenzie, Paul Velas, Lindsey Webb and Matthew Ramos, made it to the final round of competition and won 3rd place. Well done!

Scholars’ Bowl Results – Congratulations to the KCHS Scholars’ Bowl Team, who won their match against Sullivan South, with a score of 550-180 last Thursday in the PBS Regional Competition. With this win, they advance to the Sweet 16 (of 56 teams total). Tournament play resumes this Thursday. Go Irish!

All-East Choir Honors – Good luck to senior Kate Cacopardo, who will compete at the All-East Choir Competition on Friday, November 17.

Junior Guidance Night: Save the Date: 1/18/18 – Junior parents and students, mark your calendars for KCHS’s Junior Guidance Night on 1/18/18. We have a fantastic group of college representatives arriving to talk with you about various topics related to the college application and financial aid process. Representatives from University of Alabama, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Military Academies, Rhodes College, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Maryville College, TN Tech, Pellissippi, and more will be here to present. Our approach to this night is unique. Rather than having one big presentation, we offer three, 30-minute sessions, so your family can pick the three topics that interest you most. D&B’s Hotdogs Food Truck will be here before (5:00-6:00 p.m.), so come early and get settled in for a great night to learn the information you need to head into the college search and application process with confidence. Registration opens at 5:30 and the first session begins at 6:15. Check out a trailer for the event here: https://youtu.be/LGR9f75PyXA

Sports Updates

  • Irish Football: Good luck to the Irish Football Team as travel to Oak Ridge High School on Friday, November 17 in Round Three of the TSSAA State Football Play-offs. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m., and tickets will be $8 at the gate. Go Irish!
  • Mr. Football Finalist: Congratulations to senior Cade Mays on his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards for Division I, Class 5A. Awards will be presented at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Monday, November 27, 2017.
  • Lady Irish Basketball: Irish Basketball season begins at Home tonight as the Lady Irish Varsity Basketball Team takes on Greenback High School at 6:30 p.m. Come out and support the team. Go Irish!

Dates of Interest:

  • November 16: All School Mass, 10:55 a.m., All Saints Church
  • November 16-18: All-East Choral Competition, Maryville College
  • November 17: Requiem Latin Mass, 11:45 a.m., Holy Trinity Chapel
  • November 21: Out-of-Uniform Day, $2, Benefits: March for Life
  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving Holidays
  • November 30: All School Mass, 10:55 a.m., All Saints Church
  • December 1: First Friday Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Trinity Chapel
  • December 2: Placement Tests, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Commons, A Building Classrooms

Hope you have great week.

God bless,

Dickie Sompayrac

Catholic Schools Calendar Fund

Calendar/Raffle Sales Update – An update on calendar sales through this past Friday – Knoxville Catholic High School has sold 584 Calendars which means $8,760 has been raised for the school and $11,680 has been raised for supplemental tuition support. Below is a link that you can send to friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. to invite them to participate. Remember, our goal is to sell at least 6 calendars for every student at Catholic High or 4,000 total. Thank you for your support and Go Irish!

As a reminder to our families:

  • 6 Calendars Sold = 1 extra excused absence
  • 12 Calendars Sold = 2 extra excused absences

To buy a calendar, click link below


Catholic Schools Week 2016

Faculty/Seniors vs. Juniors in the Dodgeball Tournament, the finale to the 2016 CSW.  This year we celebrated Catholic education with an All School Mass, the Blessing of the Throats, a faculty luncheon, gifts from our Irish Parent Network, cupcakes for the students, theme days, and more!

2015 Knoxville Latinfest Results for KCHS

Saturday November 21, 2015: Overall, KCHS combined sweepstakes points earned first place in the city for the second year in a row. Below are individual and group results for the competition. Gratulationes!


Academic Testing

Mythology Lower level:

  • 1st place Matthew Ramos
  • 3rd place Patrick Shurina

History Lower Level:

  • 2nd place Cassi Jones
  • 3rd place Patrick Shurina

History Upper Level:  

  • 2nd place Meredith Allen
  • 3rd place Nick Lovely

Latin language Lower Level:

  • 1st place Caroline Consoli
  • 2nd place Nicholas Parsly
  • 3rd place Cassi Jones

Upper Level

  • 2nd place Nick Lovely, Caleb Morgan, Lindsey Bruce, James Daffron

Lower Level

  • 2nd place Nicholas Parsly, Peter Cooper, Lauren McKenzie, Paul Velas

Lower level

  • 2nd place Gavrick Paul
  • 3rd place Peter Cooper
  • 2nd place Nicholas Parsly, Matthew Ramos, Peter Cooper, Patrick Shurina, Maggie Keener, Alex Peterson, Samantha Gaylor, and Gavrick Paul
  • 1st place Hannah Sealock, Patrick Shurina, and Matthew Ramos
  • 2nd place Joseph Angelino and Reagan Hart
  • 3D – 1st place Matthew Ramos
  • 3D – 3rd place Meredith Allen
  • 2D – 1st place Cassi Jones
  • 2D – 2nd place Andrew Henderson
  • 2D – 3rd place Hannah Sealock
Mythology Spelling Bee
  • 1st place Towns Hughes
  • 2nd place Cassi Jones

Diocese of Knoxville Named to AP District Honor Roll

On November 12, the Diocese of Knoxville was selected to the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is the second year in a row that the Diocesan high schools, Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School (Chattanooga), were recognized for this academic achievement. The Diocese was one of only four districts in Tennessee that met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll. The other Tennessee districts were the Cocke County School System, Greeneville City Schools, and Jefferson County Schools.

“Over the past 8 years, Knoxville Catholic High School has doubled the number of AP courses in our curriculum while more than tripling our student enrollment,” said Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS Principal. “It is a real credit to our AP teachers that we have been able to significantly increase the access, while also maintaining extremely competitive pass rates. To be recognized on the AP Honor Roll for two consecutive years is a real testament to both diocesan high schools – Notre Dame and Knoxville Catholic.”

A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being honored by the College Board for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work, while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. 

To be named to the Honor Roll, schools must have opened AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. Criteria used for inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll include:

  • Increased access to AP courses
  • The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams must not have decreased more than 5% for large and medium districts and 10% for small districts
  • Performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher from 2010 to 2012.

KCHS Named Top 50 Catholic School

On September 20, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society.  For the second time since the Honor Roll was established in 2004, Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) was named to the Top 50.

The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence in all three Honor Roll categories – Catholic identity, academics, and civic education.  “Since competition began in 2004, the Honor Roll has been a helpful tool for administrators, families, and benefactors in recognizing the quality of a Catholic high school,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.

This year’s top 50 Honor Roll schools are diverse: large and small, new and long-established, both highly selective and open enrollment admissions policies, and high and low tuition rates. The common trait is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.

 “Being named a Top 50 Catholic High School validates our partnership with our parents and supporting parishes as a truly authentic Catholic institution,” said Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS Principal.  “This honor is also a testament to the outstanding commitment and work of our faculty and staff.  We are all very proud to be a part of this incredible KCHS Community.”

The top 50 schools are located in 21 states, with Pennsylvania having the highest number of honorees with seven schools, followed by Texas with six and Michigan with five.  Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School in Florida is the largest school with 1,489 students. St. Ignatius College Preparatory School and Faustina Academy, both in Texas, are the smallest schools with 48 students each.

The Catholic High School Honor Roll was created by The Action Instutite in 2004. The Cardinal Newman Society assumed the program this year, consistent with its mission of helping Catholic families and promoting faithful Catholic education.

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