Dear KCHS Community,

Greetings from Catholic High! Let me begin by thanking our parents for the great turnout last Thursday for our KCHS Open House.  Teachers commented on how much they enjoyed getting to see so many of their students’ parents. Even though I am more familiar with our teachers than most parents, it was impressive to get to go through Sam’s schedule and hear from his teachers. We do feel very blessed to be here and it is my hope that many of you feel the same way about Catholic High.

With that said, I did take a few moments on Thursday to talk to our parents about some of the realities of Catholic High as it relates to finances and tuition. Currently there are 9 Catholic High Schools in the state of Tennessee and the average tuition cost for 1 Catholic student is $15,000 (this is approximately $5,400 more than Catholic High which is currently at $9,600). In fact, KCHS is the least expensive school in terms of tuition in the state, and I am very proud of the fact that KCHS has made a conscious effort to keep tuition increases at a minimum to make Catholic High an option for as many families as possible. And, KCHS has consistently been one of only two Catholic schools in the state that has been repeatedly recognized as among the Top 5% of schools in the country based on our academic profile and Catholic identity.

Keeping tuition costs down does present its challenges. Paying teachers competitive wages while also offering the full gamut of extracurricular and co-curricular programs is growing increasingly more difficult.  The gap between what tuition brings in and what it cost to educate our students is widening. Currently, the calculated cost of educating a student at Catholic High is approximately $11,500 – a shortfall of nearly $2,000 per student from tuition income generated.

Now, I do not tell you all of this to say that we are getting ready for a huge increase in tuition or that unless something changes, we are heading for trouble. Actually, I want to thank our community for the tremendous support that we do enjoy from our parents, our alumni, and the community at large. I do, however, want to ask each of you to prayerfully consider how you might best support Catholic High. The annual fund is the best avenue for most schools and is the foundation for bridging the gap between tuition income and cost of education. These unrestricted dollars can be used for the areas of greatest need.

With that said, in early October, our community will receive an appeal for the annual fund. I humbly ask you for your prayers and for your consideration of a gift to this cause. Thank you again for your support and consideration.

College Fair Wrap-Up – College Fair 2018 was a great success. Please see the link below for a video from our school counselors of the day. We had about 80 colleges and universities present and the feedback from our new format was positive. Special thanks to Fr. Bob from John XXIII at UT and to Mr. Rodgers, Ms. Williamson, and recent grad Margaret McCarty for sharing their discernment stories with our students. Trusting in God’s plan for our lives was the key message intended for our students, so I hope we accomplished that goal.

Paying for College Night – is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26, at 6 p.m. for 9th-11th grade parents, and 6:30 p.m. in the Mankel Media Center (Library) for parents of seniors.

Tuition Assistance for 2019-2020 – The Knoxville Regional Catholic Schools Operating Fund is gearing up for the 2019-2020 tuition support application process. The application process for Catholic families will be open and available online beginning Monday, October 1, 2018, with an ending deadline of Friday, November 30, 2018.  Please access the link below for more information

The KRCSOF requests every Catholic family who has applied in the past, as well as any new Catholic families who would like to apply for tuition support, submit their applications during this 2-month period.  October 1st will be here before you know it so please begin to get your information together, so you can complete your application by the first-round deadline of November 30, 2018.  Contact: or (Spanish)

Beginning this year, we will have a process for Non-Catholic families to apply for tuition support and that period of application will begin on November 1, 2018.  More information on that will be available in the coming weeks.

Lock Down Drill – you might hear today that shortly after lunch, we conducted a lock down drill to check our readiness if an actual lock down was needed. Our teachers knew ahead of time that we were doing a drill today, they just didn’t know exactly what time. By all accounts, the drill was a success and the new door harnesses were engaged a huge upgrade to our classrooms. Thanks to the Class of 2018 for donating those to the school.

LMU Scholar of the Week – Congrats to KCHS junior, Callie Grace Tucker, who was recently named as the LMU Scholar of the Week on WBIR.  Please see the link below.  Way to go Callie!

The week in Sports:

     Girls Soccer:

  •      Tuesday, Sept 25th – Home vs. West HS Varsity 5pm JV 7pm Varsity
  •      Thursday, Sept 27th – Home vs. Central HS 6pm Varsity only (Senior Night)
  •      Friday and Saturday, Sept 28th and 29th – Shamrock JV Invitl at Sansom Complex


  •      Tuesday, Sept 25th – Home vs. Maryville 5pm JV, and 6pm Varsity
  •      Thursday, Sept 27th – Home vs. Seymour 5:30pm JV and 6:30pm Varsity (Senior Night)

     Golf: Good luck to sophomore Kennedy Noe as she competes in the TSSAA State Championship Golf Tournament today and tomorrow.

     Cross Country:

  •      No meet this week


     Football: Friday, Sept 28 – at Rhea County HS 7:30pm

Other Dates of Interest:

  • Friday, Sep 28 – Diocesan In-service – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Tuesday, Oct 2 – Band Concert, 6:30 p.m. in commons
  • Friday, Oct 5 – First Friday Adoration in Holy Trinity
  • Friday, Oct 5 – End of 1st Quarter
  • Oct 8-12: FALL BREAK

Hope you have a great week!

God bless and Go Irish!

Dickie Sompayrac