Daily Announcements- Jan 10

Morning Prayer

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

Loving Father, the followers of Jesus were filled with zeal to lead others to Christ. This 2nd semester, help us to grow in faith and love, so that all might zealously proclaim the Gospel. Inspire our words and our actions so that others may see our love for you and long to know you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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


Belated Birthday wishes go out to Alexander Moyer, Spencer Belanger, Terra Schaeffer, Alex Moyer, Houston Dyer and Michael Stapleton. Birthday wishes go out today to Mr. O’Neil, Mr. King and John Rentenbach.

Congratulations to Leah Holt and William Jahn on their performances in the Marian Brown Awards. Leah and William were two of the five Knoxville Area high school students chosen to compete in the drama category.

The A-Capella club will meet today in C12 at 12:10.

Student Council will meet on Thursday at 12:15 in Ms. Williams’ room. Attendance is mandatory.

Juniors: A reminder that next Thursday, January 18, the Guidance Department will present their annual Guidance Night for all juniors and their parents to attend. We offer three, 30-minute sessions, so you and your family can pick the three topics that interest you most. D & B’s Hotdogs Food Truck will be here from 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 p.m., and the first session begins at 6:15 p.m.

President’s Email- Week of Dec 11

Dear KCHS Families: 

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! As we continue our journeys through Advent, may we all strive to be as open and accepting of God’s will in our lives as Mary was. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe….. Pray for us!

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 next year’s forms: http://www.knoxvillecatholic.com/admissions/apply/ If you have already applied online for the 2018-2019 tuition support, please verify that you have correctly uploaded all your tax documentation and W-2/1099. All documentation must be received by FACTS in order for your financial aid application to be considered in the first round. NO EXCEPTIONS! Contact: Linda Crawford (865) 588-3063 or lcrawford@dioknox.org.

Student Recognition – Congratulations to junior Kelsey Craighead, who was named as the first-place winner of the Friends of the Knox County Public Library Writing Contest. Her short story was chosen as the top submission by Kerri Maniscalco, a young adult novelist. Kelsey will be honored at Lawson-McGhee Library next week.

Choral and Band Concert – Congratulations to the Fine Arts Department for their wonderful presentation of Christmas Music last week. As usual, we were indeed blessed by the talents of the members of the KCHS Band, Irish Ensemble and the Catholic Chorale, and their instructors, Mr. Jay Romines, Mrs. Mary Garner and Mrs. Mary Hook.

Spirit Shop – Need a Christmas gift for your favorite Irish fans? The Spirit Shop has a lot of new items and is open during break and lunch hours. We can also open anytime throughout the day, so stop by and do some Christmas shopping!

News from Pedestal Foods – We now have a Facebook page! Please “like” and follow “Shamrock Dining” to stay informed about our weekly menus, monthly calendars, dining events and more @ShamrockDining.

Sports Updates

  • Cross-Country Acknowledgement: Congratulations to Jake Renfree for his 5th place finish in the Footlocker Cross Country National Championships held in San Diego, CA, and earning first team All-American honors. Way to go, Jake!….. And Kudos, to Coach Sean O’Neil, as this is his third student athlete to finish in the Top 10 in the Footlocker Nationals.
  • Irish Wrestling: Congratulations to the Irish Wrestling Team who finished in 3rd Place over the weekend at the Eagle Challenge Duals with wins over Seymour 37-30, CAK 39-33 and Carter 44-30. The Irish lost to Morristown-West in the semifinals 36-30. Congratulations to Gabe Hosford on being named outstanding wrestler of the tournament with a 4-0 record. Other guys with a great weekend were Jim Branch 3-1, Kaden White 3-1, Nick Lyons 3-1 and Chris Torres 3-1.
  • Irish Basketball: The Irish and Lady Irish Basketball Teams both picked up district wins over West High School on Friday Night. The Irish host Farragut tonight, and Game times are Girls JV 4:30, Girls Varsity 6:00 and Boys Varsity 7:30. Make plans to come support your Irish and Lady Irish Basketball Teams.
  • Irish Swimming and Diving: Congratulations to the KCHS swim team for a hard-fought victory over Oak Ridge. The team had lots of great races, including a sweep of all three relays by the girls’ team. Double event winners were Libby Penn, Kelsey Craighead and Ethan Tornstrom. Way to go, Irish!

Dates of Interest:

  • Thursday, December 14: Exam Review/Study Day-A: 8:00-9:00, Break: 9:00-9:20, B: 9:25-10:25, C: 10:30-11:30, Lunch: 11:30-12:30, D: 12:30-1:30, Dismissal at 1:30.
  • Friday, December 15: A Block Exam: 8:00-9:35, Break: 9:40-9:55, B Block Exam: 10:00-11:30, Dismissal at 11:30.
  • Monday, December 18: C Block Exam: 8:00-9:35, Break: 9:40-9:55, D Block Exam: 10:00-11:30, Dismissal at 11:30.
  • Tuesday, December 19: Exam/review Study Day-E: 8:00-9:00, Break: 9:00-9:20, F: 9:25-10:25, G: 10:30-11:30, Lunch: 11:30-12:30, H: 12:30-1:30, Dismissal at 1:30.
  • Wednesday, December 20: E Block Exam: 8:00-9:35, Break: 9:40-9:55, F Block Exam: 10:00-11:30, Dismissal at 11:30. No Late Arrival.
  • Thursday, December 21: G Block Exam: 8:00-9:35, Break: 9:40-9:55, H Block Exam: 10:00-11:30, Dismissal at 11:30.
  • Friday, December 22: Begin Christmas Break
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018: Teachers Return, In-service Day
  • Friday, January 5, 2018: Teacher In-service Day, Student’s Continue Break
  • Monday, January 8, 2018: Student’s Return

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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