HRA students are on a proverbial roll! Please enjoy some of their successes in the last two weeks. My heart bursts with pride at their many accomplishments. Please enjoy:
Kindergartners: Enjoyed a day of ice fishing with the care of professional guide and HRA father, Mr. Elliott.
First and Second Graders: Received a note of thanks from FISH, an organization that delivers food to struggling families, for delivering and stocking the pantry with the 351 cans they collected in the first 100 days of school.
Sixth Graders: Served a delicious Mardi Gras Brunch of pancakes to their elementary school classmates.
Jr. High and High School Drama, Debate, and Forensics Team (DDF) received Second Place amongst small schools for the sweepstakes award at their first State Tournament. Junior, Jamie Cookson placed 7th overall in Lincoln/Douglass debate division. Junior Diego Barnes-Barros came in third place and was HRA’s top scorer.
Jamie Cookson and Diego Barnes-Barros have been invited to a National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Tournament in Maryland this May as a result of their Alaska State Tournament placement.
The entire HRA DDF team received the 2011/12 Sportsmanship Award for the State Tournament. This award is recognition from all the speech coaches throughout Alaska and honors the students for their excellence of comportment and fine character. This award means the very most to their principal who recognizes that these students extend their kind and virtuous nature from home to school to community. Congratulations HRA DDF team and thank you to Doug Stewart for leading them to such incredible recognition in their first year of existence!
The HRA DDF team has been invited to Las Vegas for a national debate tournament. They were chosen among 100 schools in the country. We will look into fundraising to see if the students may attend this prestigious event.
Four Latin students entered the State Declamation Tournament this year for the first time! They did very well.
Natalie Chennault – 2nd place for poetry recitation Latin II
Ethan Fuller – 1st place in poetry recitation Latin II; 1st place tie for culture event Latin II
Jessica Smith – 1st place in culture Latin II
Samantha Kalarchik – 3rd place in culture Latin II
The HRA Volleyball Team (5th-8th graders) received a beautiful 3rd place trophy for their efforts in the final tournament. We are so proud of them. Thank you to Mr. Lucas for coaching them and Freshmen Karina Ramos and Jessica Smith for assisting. The team and the coaches make us so proud in their work ethic and their work ethic. Thank you, finally, to team mother, Maureen Klump who drove the team back and forth to games and tournaments. We couldn’t have sports at HRA without you, Maureen!
A List of Thank Yous
– The Italian faculty luncheon was a hit because of the efforts of Kelli Emili and her parent recruits. Thank you so much!
– Tami Tobia, Lisa Cookson, and Karin Owens put on an organized and tasty (refreshments) spread for the Parent Association Meeting. Thank you for making it such a wonderful event for all who attended. Incidentally, for all parents who missed, the minutes from the one hour meeting will be sent home.
– Kathy Tappel, Wendy Fuller, John Tobia, and all parent volunteers for driving students to community service. We can’t do it without you!
– Mrs. Valerie Shaut, Michelle Tobia, Margarita Drews, Jamie Cookson, Marisa Ramos, and Reagan Biegel for assisting Miss Neumayr at the Alaska Association of Independent Schools Recruiting Fair at the Loussac Library February 25th. Your representation of the school makes me so proud to be a part of HRA.
– Miss DiCiero for her unflagging energy and dedication to assisting the faculty, staff, principal, and families. Bless you!
– Mrs. Carmela Bell for doing all the school supply shopping and delivery every month. We are so grateful for your service!
– Fr. Augustine for offering a beautiful Ash Wednesday mass for the whole student body.
– Students are eagerly preparing for the Science Fair on March 6th. Free poster boards available.
– 8th Grader, Joseph Syren competes in the State Spelling Bee on March 8th.
– Letters for re-enrollment will be sent out the first week of March.
– The Centurion Project continues. Please submit your lists as soon as possible. We need your help for this annual drive.
– Indoor Soccer has begun (5th-8th graders invited)
– Student Presentations to Parents is coming in two weeks.
* Consult the online Calendar at hraak.com for more information.
Important Safety Reminder
– If you drop your child off on 25th street on the backside of the school, please do not leave your car as it creates danger to passing cars. Mr. Fleming and I are trying to have that backside cleared of snow soon. If you need to leave your car, please come around to the front of the school.
Have a blessed week.
Your grateful Principal Neumayr