Dear HRA families and friends,
At long last, I have had a moment to catch my breath and share with you many of the amazing events of the last few weeks at Holy Rosary Academy. Currently, the school is enjoying an Easter hiatus. We dismissed for the Triduum and took the week after Easter off to rest and rejuvenate before the last push of fourth quarter.
I am pleased to say that many of my staff are enjoying a vacation in Florida for their rest and relaxation this week. A beloved donor has afforded them the chance to stay in two beachfront condominiums looking across at Cape Canaveral. Thank you, Mr. Dick Armstrong, for your desire to keep my faculty happy and healthy and able to return to the students with renewed vigor and creativity! No pressure on my staff and faculty, but I expect that Miss Theis, Miss Viens, Miss Lonskaia, Miss DiCiero, Mrs. Shaut, Mr. Shaut, and Mr. Welsh will be the most cheerful and engaging teachers of the fourth quarter!
The last two weeks have been nothing short of amazing in the scope of areas the students have enjoyed! I’ll begin with my accolades for the participants of the school Science Fair. The judges, provided by our resident scientist parent, Jacki Rose, all mentioned that the preparations and presentations of the students was much improved this year. The careful and steady preparation by the teachers guiding the students through the scientific method has continued to build and improve our science department in the upper school. It was nice to hear the judges confirm my own observation of the improved work of the students over the last few years! Grades 5 – 10 participated.
Event Coordinator, Mrs. Rose awarded the winners first, second, and third place ribbons at the Monday Assembly on March 18th. The winners from each grade are as follows:
Fifth Grade Sixth Grade Seventh Grade
1st Sophia Rose Lilly Gonzalez Luke Mouracade
2nd Jack Chennault John Lastimoso Michael Lucas
3rd None Andrew Cookson Sam Jemmings
Eighth Grade Ninth Grade Tenth Grade
1st Mary Tappel Sang Nguyen Lee Cookson
2nd Eric Bjelland Sarah Lucas Anna Jemmings
3rd Evangeling Dooc Richard Maloy Karina Ramos
Two of our participants went on to compete in the Alaska State Science Fair the following weekend. Fifth grader, Sophia Rose, won a gold place award for her project, and her brother, Forrest Rose, received a gold place award AND a $50.00 check for placing first in the field of animal behavior. Bravo to both students for representing HRA so beautifully. Next year, we hope more of our students will consider competing at the state level as well!
After several years of falling short of offering this informative evening, I finally offered a College Night to the high school students. I was delighted to see a small but interested group of students and parents representing the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade attend the evening. On Monday, March 18th, I invited Mrs. Jessica Kearns to give students and parents an overview of the financial aid system from the Federal to the Local level. She was outstanding and made the whole process much more clear. Here are some websites that might interest parents looking for assistance as you begin to enter the college realm:
FAFSA application (priority deadline February 1st at the earliest)
Seniors Michael Tappel and Marisa Ramos came to give the students and parents tips on the process they have recently negotiated. Both Michael and Marisa had great tips and ideas and websites to suggest as evident above. Matther Kreppel, a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and currently teaching theology at Lumen Christi High School presented on his Catholic experience at Steubenville. I followed up with tips on when to take the SAT and a few recommendations on where to begin to search for schools. Overall it was a terrifically informative evening and a great help to our upcoming college-bound HRA students. Thank you to all who assisted me!
Our seniors continue to impress me with their search for colleges. Senior Jamie Cookson went on a college trip with her father to investigate three of the schools that interest her. She visited St. Norbert College, the University of Dayton and Gonzaga University. She enjoyed each visit but found herself most attracted to Gonzaga University. Upon her return, she learned that she had been admitted to the very selective Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. What a fine compliment to her hard work and excellent scholarship. Bravo Jamie. Please pray for Jamie as she discerns these wonderful choices.
Natalie Chennault continues to hear positives from her school. She has added Trinity College in British Columbia and Concordia College in Wisconsin. In total, all eight colleges to whom she has applied have admitted her! Our prayers go with you as you discern as well Natalie! Congratulations.
Finally, Michael Tappel heard from several highly selective colleges. He has been admitted to Northwestern University, Rice University, Vanderbilt University, Notre Dame University and Yale University in the last month! Bravo to you, Michael. Our prayers go with you as you work through the pros and cons of each option. Congratulations, Michael!
It is humbling for me to watch these five seniors this year make very discriminating choices about their future. They have all worked hard and sacrificed much to pursue their college, missionary, or military dreams. Know that the HRA community will support you as you move to the next stage of your lives. We love you, seniors!
Congratulations to the Indoor Soccer team! They competed in the end of the season ACSSA State-Coed Indoor Soccer Tournament and came in second place after an incredibly exciting game against Anchor Lutheran. They have had a phenomenal season lead by their coaches, Jamie and Lee Cookson. Team moms, Mrs. Lisa Cookson and Mrs. Maureen Klump were on hand to help along the way. We are very proud of you knights! Thank to all the parents and elementary and high school students who came to support the team. The HRA spirit is a joy for me to behold.
Independent Schools Fair
A special thank you goes out to Glen Biegel for hosting me on his radio station to advertise for the Alaska Independent Schools Association. The Independent schools in Anchorage came together at the Loussac Library to host a school fair on March 23rd. Special thanks go to sophomore, Karina Ramos, junior, Patrick Czyz, and senior, Marisa Ramos for coming to help represent HRA at this school fair. I am so grateful for your help and attendance at this annual event!
Congratulations to the entire student body for putting on excellent presentations for your parents. In the upper school, students chose three subject areas and demonstrated something he or she had learned this year. They wove their subjects together with a theme to demonstrate how interrelated the subjects are in a classical program. The elementary students were also in charge of their own presentations and demonstrated work on the board or in booklets they had made for their parents. This time of the year is the perfect time for the students to begin to work on their rhetoric, the ability to express their understanding in speech! Thank you, students, for taking the time to put together thoughtful and insightful presentations!
Thank you to former teacher, Mr. Hoak, for presenting on his many trips to Cambodia. He spoke to the K-6 students on the last day before break. It was the perfect chance to have a change of pace in anticipation of the break.
A final note: Congratulations to senior, Michael Tappel who performed in the sold out sensation, The Pirates of Penzance, over the Easter holiday. Many of our students were able to go and watch him for the dress rehearsal. The Opera very generously supply free tickets for the dress rehearsal performances for our students. HRA students seem to really appreciate exciting shows like this one. Well done, Michael. Your singing and dancing and comedic touches were a pleasure to watch. We are so very proud of your fores into professional opera!
- Only six weeks left of school!
- Monday, the Dimond ROTC program will come to HRA to demonstrate how to respect the American and State Flag as we raise it each day and especially on Assembly days.
- Monday, Mrs. Theresa Imlach will be on campus to film students during their school day. Her efforts will help me with future advertising and marketing ventures. She will be escorted by me throughout the day.
- Tuesday, High School mass in the chapel at 10:10 A.M.
- Wednesday, Open House from 6-9 P.M. at HRA. Students will not have homework and are asked to consider coming to school to help give tours and meet and greet interested families. Parents are warmly encouraged to attend and meet and greet with interested families as well.
- Thursday, elementary mass in the chapel at 10:10 A.M.
- Thursday, we remember Mrs. Mary Louise Rasmuson, on the anniversary of her birthday. Please say a prayer for the repose of her soul on this day.
- Friday, the high school will go out on their last community service Friday of the year.
- Saturday, the junior and senior high school will enjoy “Prom” hosted by the seniors at O’Malley on the Green banquet hall. Parents are welcome.
Have a blessed week as we finish the Easter Octave and celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation this Monday!
Miss Neumayr, Principal