Be Unique - Be a Leader - Be Aquinas
Knightly News - February 25, 2018
Did you know that, on average, St. Thomas Aquinas students score a 24.3 on the ACT in Science compared to the state average of 22 and the national average of 21?
Principal's Post

In recent weeks we have witnessed tragedy involving young people and schools in Stark county and throughout the rest of Ohio and the United States. In addition to praying for the families touched by this violence, at STA we have been re-evaluating our policies and procedures regarding building security and access. We are also instructing teachers and students regarding what to do in the event of an incident and will continue to practice our responses.  

We have also had speakers in throughout the year addressing teen depression and suicide along with the importance of informing an adult if one of their classmates is exhibiting signs of these conditions. The safety of all St. Thomas Aquinas students and staff is of the utmost importance. 

Please continue to pray to God for the safety of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School and all of its students, staff, and families. 

Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
Lenten Season
As we help our students develop a faith-filled character and prepare them, not just for life after graduation, but to live a life of worth, we find that Lent plays an important part in their spiritual development. We hope you will join us in prayer, reflection, sacrifice, and giving to others this season. We will gather together as a school community often during Lent, guests are welcome to join us.
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 . Students who are 16-17 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact Mrs. May to schedule an appointment to donate. Your donation can save up to 4 lives! If we get enough donations, one of our students will earn a $500 scholarship!

Liturgy
The freshman and sophomores will celebrate liturgy in the upstairs chapel on Wednesday morning. The boys are encouraged to wear button down shirts and ties

Service Hours
Service hours for our high school students, can be recorded to My School Progress (MSP). Students should use their own account (not the parent account) to record the hours. Go to the MSP website, click the menu tab and click on volunteer hours and add all service opportunities and description. Once hours are added, Mrs. May will approve them. Students should keep a written record of their own service hours, as well.
Malone University Teen of Month Nominees
Sophia Soehnlen
Ryan Appleby
STA 4th & 5th Grade Pen Pal Day Helpers
(St. Paul Alumni)
Bishop Murry will visit St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday, February 26th
Congratulations!
STA 7th grader, Sarah Procaccio, took 5th place at the Write-It Competition at Mount Union on Saturday!
STA 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 26 - Bishop Murry visit
  • February 27 - ACT
  • February 27 - Spring pictures for Middle School
  • February 28 - Blood Drive
  • March 3 - Men’s Conference
  • March 5 - 6 OCSAA Review
  • March 5 - 8 IOWA Testing
  • March 9 - Diocesan In-Service - No School
  • March 15, 16, 17 - Villain’s Last Page
  • March 20 - Communal Penance Service
  • March 21-23 - 6th Grade Field Trip
  • March 27 - Passion Mime
  • March 26-29 - ELA Air Testing
  • March 30-April - Easter Break

Athletic Events
  • Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 - Boys basketball at Wellsville
  • Friday, March 2, 7:00 - Boys basketball at McDonald (if win on Tuesday)
Safety Reminder

All staff, students, and family members are reminded that NO ONE should open the door and let other people in , no matter who they are or whether you know them. We have a procedure in place for allowing individuals entry into the school. Our doors are always to remain locked. Everyone must buzz in, visually identify themselves, and report to the main office to sign-in during the school day. Further, if you or someone you know ever hears or sees something of concern, please SAY something to an administrator. School safety requires everyone's help! We're a close-knit, faith-centered community; together we will continue to ensure our students thrive in a safe, family environment.
Community Resources

Several school districts, locally and nationally, have been responding to actualized and threatened instances of violence. We ask you to join us in prayer for all those affected. Please be assured that our staff monitors all of these situations closely and stays abreast of local developments. As always, the safety and physical, spiritual, and mental well-being of our students is our top priority. Stark County Catholic High Schools do have safeguards in place consistent with state law for the protection of our students and staff. For safety reasons, our doors are always locked, admittance to our building is monitored, and anyone who enters our schools during the day must sign-in and sign-out. No staff, student or parent should open doors for visitors; they must be admitted by our office staff who permit entrance after visually confirming a visitor’s identity and the reason for their visit. Our staff has had training for emergency situations, we have practiced lock-down drills, we have reunification plans, and we have emergency plans and procedures in place to address critical conditions.

We feel fortunate to have a small, close-knit community that allows us to stay personally connected to our students and their families. Students and family members are encouraged to reach out with needs or concerns to any member of our staff so that we can work together for the health of our St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic family. Both schools have counselors, campus ministers, religious staff, and committed faculty members on staff to help any student and are available throughout the day to lend a listening ear.

If you or someone you know is suffering or acts in a behavior that causes concern please reach out to our staff so that we can help and/or call one of the numbers listed below. With the help of our partners at home and the vigilance of our staff and student body, we are hopeful that St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School and Central Catholic High School will continue to be a safe, faith-centered environment where students can flourish.

Important Numbers:  
St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School – 330.875.1631  
Louisville Police (responds to St. Thomas Aquinas) – 330.875.1607 (call 911 for 24/7 Help)  
Central Catholic High School – 330.478.2131  
Perry Police (responds to Central Catholic) – 330.478.5121 (call 911 for 24/7 Help)   
Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 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

Helpful Starting Points For Popular Social Media Apps:  
Christian Harwood Leads AQUINAS Cheer with
OLOP 4th & 5th Pen Pals
On Friday, STA students honored the memory of our friend Macie Behringer by wearing blue shirts. Students contributed to a fundraiser to support Macie's family. Our blue shirts reminded us of Macie but also that our Catholic faith and Catholic schools create a bond unlike any other.
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
John Bozeka from WHBC visits STA to spotlight the work of senior Katie Hiestand.
Lady Knights Basketball Senior Night
Knights Basketball Senior Night
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
Pen Pals Feb 22nd
St. Paul and OLOP
Pen Pals Feb 23rd
Regina Coeli, St. Louis, St. Peter
2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
A Silent Auction Teaser:

Buckeye Bonanza!
One stop shop right here for your next OSU Tailgate! Whether you are at the SHOE or at your home, we have you covered, literally. 

This package includes a 9X9 OSU Tent, 4 OSU chairs and Table, OSU Picnic Basket stuffed with OSU plates/utensils, OSU Tailgating grill with OSU tools, OSU Cooler, OSU Blanket, spirited beverages and it that's not enough, let's throw in a couple tickets to the OSU vs Rutgers game, September 8, 2018. Compliments of The Vignos and Peterson Family

Send in your reservations today! Or purchase your tickets online with the link below.
for the 2018 Aquinas Gold Auction, March 24, 2018
Thank you to our generous sponsors this week. There's still time for your business to sponsor the STA Auction! Please consider supporting St. Thomas Aquinas HS & MS. Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Diamond Sponsor $500
Walsh University
Center Ice Sports

Knight Sponsor $250
St. Peter
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!
Planning a class reunion, email us and we'll post the information in our weekly eBlast!
CLASSMATE UPDATES

The Class of '68
Friday, June 22, 2018 - Meet & Greet 7:00 pm
Arrowhead Banquet Center
1500 Rogwin Circle SW
North Canton, OH 44720



Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 50th Reunion Dinner - 6:00 pm
Skyland Pines Event Center
3550 Columbus Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705
6:00pm

Check out the new CLASS OF '68 website for all details
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
Fancy meeting you here!

STA Alumnae Reunited at the Buckeye Tune-Up Indoor Track Meet last Saturday.

These 4 girls won a 4x200 State Championship together in 2015 and the man in the middle knows a thing or two about running!

Kalee Soehnlen '17, Rachael Adams '16, Coach Crawford, Megan Hoffman '15, Kacee Soehnlen '17.
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!

STA Helping YOU Save Money

Mention you are a student, have a student attending, or work for St. Thomas Aquinas HS/MS and receive 15% off.

Don't forget to forward this to your family and friends! And encourage them to  sign up  to receive their own copy of this email blast.