Daily Announcements- September 21

Morning Prayer

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

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.

O God, who with untold mercy were pleased to choose as an Apostle Saint Matthew, the tax collector, grant that, sustained by his example and intercession, we may merit to hold firm in following you. Amen. 

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


Birthday wishes go out today to Anna Bunstine, Benjamin Kozemko and Georgia Traynor. Weekend birthday wishes go out to Cameron Beldyk, Connor Cress, Lillian Davenport and Michael Ray.

Students: If you purchase a St. Jude gold t-shirt, please pick them up today in the Commons during lunch. We will also have a limited number of shirts for sale for $10. Any student who signed up for a shirt but hasn’t paid must make payment before you can pick-up your t-shirt.

Lincoln Memorial University will be on campus on Monday, September 25 for a private college visit. College visits are open to all grades. If you are interested in hearing more about LMU, sign up on Naviance or in the guidance suite.

There is a meeting for Irish Ambassadors today at 11:44 a.m. in room A10. This will be a very quick meeting.

Please listen to the following club meetings:

  • The Movie Club will start their first movie, The Lion King, today during lunch in room B105. Please be on time. Club sign-ups are still available.
  • The Card Club will meet today during lunch in Coach Walker’s room, B203.
  • The Haiti Club will meet today at break in room A12. We’ll complete sign-ups, discuss the Haiti Benefit, and our mission trip plans to Haiti.
  • The A Capella Club will meet today at 12:15 in room C18.

President’s Email- Week of September 18

To Our KCHS Community:

This is a big week for our school community as we welcome all our parents to the annual KCHS Open House this Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Parents will gather in the Gym for a short meeting which will be followed by an opportunity to go through your student’s class schedule and meet our teachers. The class periods will be brief and we will conclude the night at approximately 8:00 p.m. I encourage all parents to make plans to attend the Open House.

National Merit Semifinalist – Congratulations goes out to Josie Boder, Caroline Consoli and Nathan Geist for being recognized as National Merit Semifinalists. In short, this means that each of these students placed in the top 1% of all high school seniors in the State of Tennessee on last year’s PSAT. A list of KCHS seniors who have been named as National Merit Commended Scholars will be coming soon.

Community Tailgate – Just a reminder that our annual Community Tailgate will be this Friday, September 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the practice field. For $10, you can get a great barbecue dinner and a ticket to the game. We will have a bounce house for the little ones and all our foundation schools will be on site for the event. The tailgate will be followed by a great football match up as Catholic welcomes nationally ranked Brentwood Academy (currently ranked 9th in the nation) at 7:30 p.m.

Calendar Incentive – We have added an additional incentive for our students to sell some calendars. If a student sells 6 calendars, they will receive an extra day of an excused absence; 12 calendars sold will = 2 extra days of an excused absence. The students may choose which semester to use their extra day(s) off.

Our Lady of Fatima Statue – Upon returning from his pilgrimage, Father Michael Hendershott gave KCHS the gift of a Pilgrim Virgin statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue is displayed in the KCHS commons and it will remain there as a reminder of Our Lady’s maternal care for us, of our school-wide consecration to her Immaculate Heart and of Our Lord’s invitation to a Christ-like Marian devotion.

Sports Updates:

  • Irish/Lady Irish Golf: Congratulations to both our Irish and Lady Irish Golfers for outstanding performances on Monday at the District 4 Tournament. Both teams finished in the top 3, and advance to next Tuesday’s Region 2 Tournament. Also, Kennedy Noe and Michael Ray finished in the top 3 as individual medalists.
  • Lady Irish Soccer: Tuesday, September 19: at Powell – JV 5:00 p.m., Varsity 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23: Shamrock Invitational at Samson Complex. Times TBD
  • Lady Irish Volleyball: Wednesday, September 20: Home vs. Carter HS – JV 5:00 p.m. and Varsity to follow. Saturday, September 23: JV Volleyball Tournament at Alcoa-9:00 a.m. Monday, September 25: JV Volleyball Tournament at Alcoa, 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.
  • Irish Football: Friday, September 22: Home vs. Brentwood Academy, 7:30pm
  • Lady Irish/Irish Cross Country: Saturday, September 23: Bristol Cross-Country Meet at Steele Creek Park, Bristol, TN. Time TBD

Dates of Interest:

  • September 21: KCHS Open House, 6:30 p.m., Gym/All Campus
  • September 22: Diocesan In-service, (at KCHS), Student Holiday
  • September 22: Community Tailgate, 5:30 p.m., Practice Field
  • September 26: Fall Choral Concert, Commons Area, 7:30 p.m.
  • September 29: Coffee House, Megan Birkel Performing Arts Center, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 2-6: Spirit Week
  • October 2: College Fair, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Gym
  • October 5: All School Mass, All Saints Church, 10:55 a.m.
  • October 6: Homecoming
  • October 7: Homecoming Dance, Time/Location: TBD
  • October 9-13: Fall Break/Bishop’s Holiday, No School

Hope you have great week – see you Thursday!

God bless,

Dickie Sompayrac

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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