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Knightly News - February 11, 2018
  • 93% of our students receive scholarships or grants!
  • 20 different scholarship, grant, and incentive programs help to make tuition affordable!
  • Stark County Catholic High Schools have one of the lowest tuition rates in the State of Ohio!
Principal's Post

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time set aside for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. At St. Thomas Aquinas we will kick off Lent with a whole school mass and distribution of ashes. We will also be taking part in the “ Best Lent Ever ” program from Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic. I invite everyone in our Aquinas community to journey with us through Lent with this program. You will receive a daily video reflection each day in your email. It takes less than 10 minutes a day and it’s a great way to prepare your heart for the Easter Triduum. So click on the link to the Best Lent Ever and join the students and staff at St. Thomas Aquinas on our lenten journey.

Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School.

Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
St. Thomas Aquinas High school and Middle School collected new socks and new or gently used blankets for Catholic Charities homeless outreach program. This is our school service project to the community for Catholic Schools week.
Notes from Campus Ministry
Mrs. Michelle May is our Campus Minister and has worked at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2010. She assists with the faith and leadership development of our students through planning school Mass, prayer services, retreats, blood drives, and service opportunities throughout the year.

Blood Drive
Lifeshare Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, February 28th. Please contact Mrs. May to schedule an appointment to donate. Your donation can save up to 4 lives!

Liturgy
Ash Wednesday - Parents and families are encouraged to join us for an All School Liturgy this Wednesday, February 14th at 9:35am in the gym.

Retreats
The Kairos retreat will take place next Sunday, February 18-20. Forty-one juniors and seniors will take time to refresh and renew themselves and relationships with family, friends and God. Please keep the students and adults in your prayers. If you would like to make a partial or full scholarship donation to help a student, please contact Mrs. May. Thank you for your prayerful support and financial generosity. 

Service Opportunities
A sign-up sheet is in the Attendance office for any high school student wanting to volunteer at OLOP fish fry's. Please sign up if you plan to volunteer.
STA science teacher, Mr. Darrell Woods teaches many different science courses, 7th-grade science, Biology, Honors Biology, and Intro to Engineering. Mr. Woods also creates a monthly newsletter he posts on his website for his students.

The towers shown here are from the 2018 Balsa Wood Tower Class Competition. Stay tuned for more awesome science projects (The Adrenaline Rush, The DNA Model, and Perfect Biome...).
Tuition Assistance for 2018-2019
Wolsonovich Scholarship:
The Diocese of Youngstown provides an annual grant in memory of Mary Ellen Cushwa Wolsonovich based upon financial need determined by SmartAid. The application is now open. This year, applications must be submitted digitally through SmartAid. The scholarship deadline is March 1. Please note, in order to complete the application process, you will need your 2017 1040 Tax Form.



Teachers' Confederation Scholarship:
The Youngstown Diocesan Confederation of Teachers donate toward a scholarship fund. This year four freshmen attending STA may win this scholarship. The freshmen must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must show leadership and responsibility. Each winner w ill receive $100, renewable yearly, and applied toward their STA tuition. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained all four years. Interested students should obtain an application and reference sheets from Ms. Gill in the Guidance Office by March 2, 2018. Deadline for turning in the completed application and essay to Ms. Gill is March 16, 2018. 
Important Meetings & Info - Please Read!
All 2017-2018 School Forms are available on the St. Thomas Aquinas website.

Regular School Hours 
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 3:30pm STA Phone 330-875-1631

Upcoming Events 
  • February 12 - U-Rock Middle School
  • February 13 - U-Rock High School 10, 9, 11, 12
  • February 13 - Dress down day for Valentine's Day ($2.00 for H&S)
  • February 14 - Whole School Mass (Ash Wednesday)
  • February 15 - Parent-Teacher Conference
  • February 15 - College Credit Plus meeting in Commons - 6:30 
  • February 16-19 - No School
  • February 28 - Blood Drive

Athletic Events
  • Mnday, February 12, 5:30 - Girls JV basketball at Buchtel
  • Monday, February 12, 7:00 - Girls basketball at Buchtel
  • Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 - Girls JV basketball at Newton Falls
  • Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 - Girls basketball at Newton Falls
  • Friday, February 16 - Swimming at Districts
  • Saturday, February 17 - Swimming at Districts
  • Saturday, February 17, 1:00 - Girls JV basketball vs Trinity
  • Saturday, February 17, 2:30 - Girls basketball vs Trinity
Malone University Secondary Teacher of Month Nominee
Mrs. Joanne Barnhouse - AP Chemistry, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Forensics, and 8th-grade Science Teacher.

Mrs. Barnhouse is the type of teacher who gives all that she has both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, she creates interesting lessons that meet the needs of a diverse group of students, while outside the classroom she gives up her time to organize the Winter Carnival at STA and provide adult supervision at the March for Life.
Everything you need to know about the College Credit Plus (CCP) program with Walsh University is in this document.   Download now .

There is also a CCP meeting on February 15th at 6:30pm in the Commons.
Behind the scenes at the Canton Ballet with STA students Tamaki Hoshi, Luke May and Christian Harwood as they prepare for Touchdowns & Tutus. Being interviewed by David Morgan Jr., teacher at Massillon HS.
Congratulations Katie!
Katie Hiestand is now the all time leading scorer in STA basketball history for both boys and girls. She surpassed Jacob Paul '16, this past week. Congratulations Katie!
Community Resources

If you or someone you know is suffering please reach out to our Chaplain, Fr. Dyer; Campus Minister, Mrs. May; guidance counselor, Mr. Pederzolli; or any one of our staff so that we can help and/or use one of the numbers below for help. No one stands alone!

Suicide Prevention Lifelife – 24/7 Help – 1.800.273.8255
Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center – 24/7 Help – 330.452.6000
Crisis Intervention (Youth Mobile travels to homes) – 330.452.6000
Text 4hope – 24/7 – 741741
STA-CCHS Drama
The cast and crew have begun work on our spring performance "The Villian's Last Page", a fairytale adaptation. Jobs behind the scenes such as stage crew, costumes, make-up are still available.

Rehearsals are held at 3:30 every Monday at Central Catholic.

The show will be held March 15 (daytime performance for the elementary students), March 16, and March 17. See Mrs. Pusateri for more information or questions.
2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
A Silent Auction Teaser:

Shhhhhh....What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas
Can't have a Vegas themed auction without a trip to Vegas! Whether you are coming for the casinos, the shows, the food or the thrills, Tony and Janey Synder of Welcome Aboard Travel have you covered. This package includes 2 Round Trip Tickets to Las Vegas, 3 night stay at The MGM Grand, The Golden Nugget or The Mirage, transportation from airport to hotel and $100 cash to try your luck! So fun!


You don't want to miss this year's auction. Mail in your reservations or or purchase tickets online using the link below.
for the 2018 Aquinas Gold Auction, March 24, 2018
Thank you to this week’s Auction Sponsors! Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Gold Sponsor $500
Dietrich Orthodontics
The M. Conley Company

Knight Sponsor $250
Thermo Mfg., Inc.
Don't forget about your chance to win a new car!! Winning ticket drawn at the Auction.

What a great graduation gift it would be!

Or spoil yourself!
From the Guidance Office
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Please check in with the Guidance Office for many more College Scholarship opportunities or the STA website for recent additions .

College Scholarships:
  • Day Ketter Scholarship - March 9, 2018
  • Canton Lincoln High School Alumni Assn Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Walsh University Gary Farey Endowed Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Ohio News Media Foundation 2018 Minority Journalism Scholarship - March 21, 2018
  • Quota International of Alliance Inc. - March 30, 2018
  • $5000 KNR Don't Text & Drive Scholarship - March 31, 2018
  • Stark Community Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • Italian-American Festival Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • The William D. Squires Scholarship - April 5, 2018
  • Christopher Columbus Italian Mutual Benefit Society - May 14, 2018
  • Unique Club of Canton Scholarship - May 25, 2018
  • The Canton Student Loan Foundation - June 1, 2018

HS & MS School Scholarships for 18-19 School Year
Cushwa/Wolsonovich Scholarship Application is now open, $30 application fee. Deadline is March 1, 2018
Congratulations Isabella Soehnlen!
STA freshman, Isabella Soehnlen, was Stark County's fastest sprinter Friday, placing 5th in the 50 freestyle and 7th in the 100 free at the Div II/III sectionals at Ocasek Natatorium.
Signing Day at STA!
Ryan Appleby - Grove City College - Parents, John & Kim Appleby
Anthony Bostrom - Marietta College - Parents, Brian & Karen Bostrom
Jarryd Palek - The University of Akron - Parents, Steven & Korie Palek
Congratulations Lady Knights Basketball
NCL White Division League Champions!
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
Registration Day

February 22 is the St. Thomas Aquinas Registration Day at 6:30 pm. Any student who plans to attend STA in the fall is invited to come get class schedule information, turn in registration materials, and talk about tuition assistance. 
Planning a class reunion, email us and we'll post the information in our weekly eBlast!
CLASSMATE UPDATES

The Class of '68 reunion website coming very soon....
2019 REUNIONS

Class of 1979 is looking for a few fabulous alumni who would love to be a part of the 40th Reunion Planning Committee. Please contact Don Trubisky at 330-265-9647
CLASSMATE MEMORIALS
Eternal rest grant unto them...
STA IN TOUCH

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The weekly deadline is Saturday at noon to be included in that week's newsletter. Any announcements submitted after this deadline will be in the following week's STA eBlast.
Ways to Support STA
St Thomas Aquinas High School is partnering with Schoola ( www.schoola.com ).

What’s Schoola? It’s a great way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds (minus the cost of inbound shipping) back to St Thomas Aquinas High School to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! Simply click on the image to view our very own Schoola landing page where you can request a bag and view our progress and funds earned

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to St. Thomas Aquinas High School & Middle School to help fund programs for our students. Every little bit counts, donations quickly add up.

It's easy! Type smile.amazon.com and log into your Amazon.com account. Select St. Thomas Aquinas High School (yes the Middle School benefits too!), Louisville, OH. That's it. Now whenever you make a purchase STA benefits.

Thank you for your support!

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