Daily Announcements- May 19

Morning Prayer

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

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparations for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular, for the intentions recommended this month by the Holy Father. Amen.

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


  • Weekend Birthday wishes go out to Mrs. Ferowich, Elizabeth Duncan, Emily Holt, Kendall Williams, Laure Ann Duhamel, Preston Reyda, Granville Hinton, Adam Clark, Kate Albritton and  Hunter Kountz.
  • Congratulations to the girl’s tennis team for their domination 4-0 win over Greeneville yesterday. By clinching the Sectional Championship, the team advances to the State Tournament in Murfreesboro next week. Varsity players include Erin Allen, Sara Myers, Julia Newman, Sara Allen, Keileen Cullen, Ansley Turley, Neeley Wilson, Alex Dally and Katie Whitaker.
  • Sacred Heart High School Graduates Blessing and Reception: All students who have graduated from High School are invited to attend the 11:00 a.m. Mass on June 11 to receive a special blessing and a gift at a reception following Mass.  A light reception will be in the front entrance of the school immediately following the Mass.  Families are encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP to Liz Letendre at the Sacred Heart Parish Office or at lletendre@shcknox.org  if you are able to attend or not by Tuesday May 30.  If you cannot make it, we still want to give you a gift.
  • The KCHS Fine Arts Booster club will be selling Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits and fresh fruit today during break, and cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit on Monday during break.
  • Are You Interested in being an Irish Ambassador?  Irish Ambassadors are a select group of students dedicated to the positive promotion of Knoxville Catholic High School. They will work on a volunteer basis to serve as liaisons between the current KCHS community and prospective students.  Our Irish Ambassadors are among the best and brightest in our student body. Irish Ambassadors help with events such as: campus tours, 8th grade visit day, and Freshman Orientation.  Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are available in the front office and are due by Thursday, May 25.

President’s Email- Week of May 16

Dear KCHS Community:

As we navigate through these final days of the 2016-2017 school year, please be mindful of the following important dates and schedules –

Exam/Review Day Schedules *

  • Thursday, May 18: Review Day (H, G, F, E) Dismissal at Noon
  • Friday, May 19: Exam H, 8:00 a.m., Exam G, 10:00 a.m., Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday May 22: Exam F, 8:00 a.m., Exam E, 10:00 a.m., Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23: Review Day (D, C, B, A) Dismissal at Noon
  • Wednesday, May 24: Exam D, 8:00 a.m., Exam C, 10:00 a.m., Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 25: Exam B, 8:00 a.m., Exam A, 10:00 a.m., Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

*Mass will be offered on all of these days at 7:30 a.m., in the Holy Trinity Chapel

Graduation Weekend – Important dates for seniors and their families and friends:

  • Baccalaureate/Graduation practice,  May 19, 9:00 a.m., All Saints Church, IPN Pizza Lunch  at 11:30, All Saints Parish Hall
  • Baccalaureate Mass, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints (this is 30 minutes earlier than previous years), seniors should meet at B building at 6:00 p.m.
  • Graduation, May 20 at 9:00 a.m., Blaine Stadium.  In the event of inclement weather, Graduation will move the gym. This decision will be made Friday morning, May 19. Graduates should report to the C wing by 8:00 a.m.
  • Students should made sure that they are well-groomed and dressed in the dress code established for both Mass and Graduation. This list is available on RenWeb in Resource Documents.

Streaming Graduation – KCHS will stream this weekend’s graduation through the Irish Streaming Network. This will be offered at no charge.

TOC Sports Physicals – The Tennessee Orthopedic Clinic will be offering free sports physicals on May 17, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., in the Main Building at KCHS. This is open to all KCHS students and any incoming KCHS 9th graders. Multiple doctors will be on hand to conduct the physicals. KCHS will be accepting donations which will go towards enhancements of the current training room. These physicals will be good through all of the 2017-2018 school year. Special thanks to our team doctors – Dr. Tim Renfree and Dr. Mike Casey. Please download and print a copy of the Medical Release Form (5 pages) on RenWeb in Resource Documents and bring with you tomorrow afternoon.

Summer School – If you have a student who is in danger of failing a required course, please contact your respective school counselor to learn about summer school/credit recovery programs offered through Oak Ridge.

Summer Try-outs for Sports

  • Lady Irish Basketball: May 30-31, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Gym
  • Irish Baseball: May 30-31, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Gaylor Field
  • Irish Basketball: June 1-2, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Gym
  • Lady Irish Softball: June 5-6, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Softball Field
  • Irish and Lady Irish Golf: June 13 and 15, 10:00 a.m., Gettysvue Gold Course
  • Lady Irish Volleyball: July 13-14, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Gym
  • Lady Irish Soccer: July 17-21, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Mandatory Training at Blaine Stadium. July 24-28, 8:30 a.m., Try-outs at Blaine Stadium

Shamrock Open – Please make plans to join us at the 31st annual Shamrock Open Golf Tournament on Friday, June 2 at Avalon Golf & Country Club. We will have two flights: 8:30 am & 1:30 pm. Registration is $125 per person and includes your round of golf, lunch, golf shirt, trash, goodie bag, and beverages from the cart. Questions? Please email Megan at megan.erpenbach@knoxvillecatholic.com.  Register and pay here:  http://www.knoxvillecatholic.com/alumni/shamrock-open/

Upcoming dates of interest:

  • May 17-18: No School for Seniors
  • May 19: Senior Class – Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Rehearsals, 9:00 a.m., All Saints Church and Stadium. Pizza Lunch in Parish Hall at approximately 11:30 a.m. Caps and Gowns distributed in Concession Stand at conclusion of rehearsals.
  • May 19: Baccalaureate Mass, 7:00 p.m., All Saints Church
  • May 20: Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2017, 9:00 a.m. Hollin Field at Blaine Stadium
  • May 25: Last Day of School

Have a great week!

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

2015 Freshman Retreat

The 2015 Freshman Retreat, put on by the religion department, was a held on Friday, August 21 at All Saints Catholic Church and was a huge success!


2015 Shamrock Open

The Office of Alumni Affairs held the 29th annual Shamrock Open this past June at Willow Creek Golf Club. This event welcomed more than 150 golfers and raised more than $40,000 for educational technology.

Mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Shamrock Open which will be held on Friday,  June 10, 2016. We will have two flights: 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

2015 Green & Gold Gala

Knoxville Catholic’s fourth annual Green & Gold Gala was a huge success and raised more than $80,000 for KCHS academic programs and classroom technology!  The Gala not only celebrated KCHS and her many years of inspiring excellence, but it also provided an opportunity to welcome new and old friends! This wonderful event welcomed more than 230 guests, including alumni, past and current parents, corporate representative, and other community friends.

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Green & Gold Gala which will be held on January 30, 2016 at The Standard in downtown Knoxville. To become a sponsor,  donate an auction item, or be on the planning committee, please contact: Megan Locke Erpenbach at merpenbach@knoxvillecatholic.com.

Wilkinson Receives Book Grant

KCHS English teacher Ben Wilkinson was awarded 500 books for his classroom library through a grant from the Book Love Foundation. The Book Love Foundation (BLF) received 136 applications in 2014 from teachers across the United States and Wilkinson is one of only ten to be awarded this prestigious grant. BLF seeks to promote the love of reading among adolescents by providing classroom libraries of highly-engaging books to middle and high school English teachers.

Of the 500 donated books, 400 of them will be carefully chosen by the Book Love Foundation, while Wilkinson will pick out the remaining 100 titles. Additionally, Friends of the Knox County Public Library has pledged to match the BLF grant book for book, which marks the first time that the organization has made a donation of this size. Wilkinson will work closely with Mary Ann Merrill, KCHS teacher and library volunteer, to select the books. The 1,000 books will be added to Wilkinson’s classroom library of nearly 300 that he purchased during the 2013-2014 school year.

In his third year at Knoxville Catholic, Mr. Wilkinson has made a significant impact in the English department. During the 2013-2014 school year, he implemented the Independent Reading Program, allowing students to read a book of their choosing for ten minutes at the beginning of class. More than 250 students participated in the program; increasing library circulation by three times what is was the previous school year.

Mr. Wilkinson hopes to continue to increase his classroom library in the future. “I believe reading is the most important skill a person can have, so my ultimate goal is to create life-long readers,” Wilkinson said. “When kids get to choose what they read, they read more. As their volume grows, they gain confidence as readers and as human beings. It’s empowering. Having a large classroom library enables me to put the right book into each of my student’s hands at the right time. Once I’ve done that, the book does the rest: something truly magical happens.”

KCHS Performs Lip Dub

On Friday, October 4, 2013 the faculty, staff and students of KCHS performed a lip dub to Katy Perry’s “Roar”. To see the video, please follow this link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vFSK1k0t7s

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.
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