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October 6, 2014 – Proclaimed by Pres. Reagan in 1987: School yearbooks not only chronicle educational achievement and school tradition but are a part of them. For nearly two centuries American students have produced yearbooks to commemorate the accomplishments of the school year and to compose a lasting record, written and pictorial, of campus, classmates, teachers and school staff. In later years, alumni treasure their yearbooks for the memories they hold of times gone by and friends of long ago. The students who compile yearbooks likewise treasure all that the experience can teach them about teamwork and about writing, the graphic arts and business skills. The practical cooperation and specialization that students learn in yearbook production stand them in good stead when they enter college or pursue other opportunities.
Introducing the HFA yearbook staff for the 2014-2015 edition: editor-in-chief Shane McCrum and his editors Amanda Tutts, Amber Westhausen, Abi Clune, Kate Santschi, Monica Kopeck and staff Colette Kosten, Cecilia Belleville, Kiana Skojec, Louis Skojec, Ben Johnson and yearbook teacher Mrs. Matwijec.
“Yearbooks allow all students at HFA to see themselves and their friends in print as a part of the school story and are valuable keepsakes that everyone in the HFA community can hold onto forever. Creating a yearbook is a great way for students to learn important skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and media literacy. The real-life experience gleaned in yearbook can lead to personal and professional success, no matter what career choice they pursue.” – Mrs. Matwijec
Copies of the HFA yearbook can be ordered by emailing to Mrs. Matwijec at email@example.com or through one of our staff.
If anyone (student or parent) has pictures they would like to submit for us to consider, please email them to Mrs. Matwijec.
The high school boys soccer team continued its winning ways, improving to 4-0 with two shutout victories over Saint Michael’s and one over Randolph Macon Academy. The team was backstopped by junior goalie Andrew R. and a strong defense, which has yet to give up a goal this season.
Paul Dow led the team with 6 goals during this three-game stretch, followed by Josh Mead, who will miss the next month with an ankle injury, with 3. Dominic Santschi and Anthony Storey each netted 2 goals, while Luis Ramirez and Declan Clune had 1 each. In addition, Daniel Mead, Eddie K. and Isaac Belleville scored their first high school goals.
Congratulations to the team for a great start to the season!
The high school Vendéens next take the field on Friday against Seton’s JV at Valley View.
Meanwhile, the junior high team lost a hard fought contest to Chelsea and a close 1-0 game to Seton on a penalty kick. The junior high looks to get back into the win column this week with games today and Thursday against Holy Family of Dale City and Manassas Christian at Valley View.
I am happy to share some exciting news with you . . .
This morning The Cardinal Newman Society announced that Holy Family Academy has been recognized as a School of Excellence by the prestigious Catholic Education Honor Roll!
This national award reflects Holy Family’s commitment to faithfully delivering a classical high school education to our students, and is truly an honor!
Congratulations to our founders, Dr. and Mrs. Belleville, our dedicated teachers, the many priests who come to share the Faith with our students, and so many volunteers who work so hard to make Holy Family such a special place.
In its national press release, the Newman Society noted:
Honor Roll schools receiving [the School of Excellence] designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs, [as well as] excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence….
The common trait [they share] is an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.
The 2014 Schools of Excellence are located in 26 states, with the largest number (eight) located in Pennsylvania, followed by Texas and Michigan, each with six, and Virginia with five.
Holy Family participated in the Catholic Education Honor Roll for the first time this year when Mr. Cole submitted detailed answers to more than 100 questions on all aspects of our education program, from curriculum and extra-curricular activities to text books and the integration of Faith and reason.
We know that you have many options for an outstanding education at diocesan and other private schools in Northern Virginia, and while we are not officially recognized by the Arlington Diocese, we strive to provide your children with the best possible classical education, rooted in the truths of the Catholic faith.
Please know how grateful we are that you have trusted Holy Family to assist you with your children’s education.
Saint Padre Pio and the Holy Vendéen martyrs, ora pro nobis!
Your in Christ,
Tuesday, 9/16 Meatball Subs
Thursday, 9/18 Chick-Fil-A
Friday, 9/19 Pizza
Monday 9/22 Hot Dogs
Tuesday, 9/23 Meatball Subs
Thursday, 9/25 Dominoes Hot Subs
Friday 9/26 Pizza
Monday 9/29 Hamburgers
Tuesday 9/30 Meatball Subs
Thursday 10/2 Chick-Fil-A
Friday, 10/3 Pizza
Look for the October dates and a link to that month’s hot lunch form on the website in a couple of weeks!
The high school team traveled to Fairfax Christian School and won a hard fought 2-0 victory. The Vendeens were led by their keeper and a strong defense. Last year’s leading scorers, Josh Mead and Paul Dow, tallied one goal each.
The junior high team, behind goals by Thomas Sanstchi (2), Jack Francis and Michael Belleville, powered past Linton Hall 4-0.
Come out to Valley View on Friday to watch the high school team take on Randolph Macon Academy at 3:30! Go Vendeens!
Parents and Students,
Welcome back to school! The 2014-2015 Holy Family Student Handbook is available in its entirety online to help you reacquaint yourselves with our policies and procedures. (more…)
School planners are required for students in grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and will be given out on the first day of school. The cost for them will be $4.00 for students in grades 2, 3, and 5; and $3.00 for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
To make things easier, we will be invoicing via TADS so you don’t need to send any money or checks in on the first day of school. Also, we will have some extra planners that will be available for sale to any 9th graders that would like to purchase one while supplies last. Please see Mrs. Dean at the office to purchase one of the extra ones.