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Knightly News - September 4, 2017
Principal's Post

We have now completed two weeks at school and everyone is starting to settle into a good rhythm that is conducive to learning. There are a couple of upcoming events to which I want to invite everyone in the STA community. 

  1. Meet the new St. Thomas Aquinas President, Mr. Dan Gravo, this Thursday at 6:30 in the commons. Mr. Gravo will share his thoughts on St. Thomas Aquinas and answer questions. 
  2. St. Thomas Aquinas will host an Open House on September 14th, from 5:00 until 6:30 before the Central Game. Please encourage friends who are considering St. Thomas Aquinas for their children to attend. You are our best advertisers. 

Please continue to pray for St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School this week. 

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
Bishop Murry Appointed...
August 23, 2017--

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, the committee will focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. of Youngstown, Ohio has been appointed by Cardinal DiNardo as Chairman of the committee. The membership of the committee will be finalized in the coming days and its mandate will be confirmed at the first meeting, expected very shortly.

"I look forward to working with my brother bishops as well as communities across the United States to listen to the needs of individuals who have suffered under the sin of racism and together find solutions to this epidemic of hate that has plagued our nation for far too long," says Bishop Murry. "Through Jesus' example of love and mercy, we are called to be a better people than what we have witnessed over the past weeks and months as a nation. Through listening, prayer and meaningful collaboration, I'm hopeful we can find lasting solutions and common ground where racism will no longer find a place in our hearts or in our society."
Canton Ex-Newsboys Providing Assistance
“No School Child Shall Miss School For Need of Shoes or Clothing.” The Canton Ex-Newsboys have stood by this motto for more than 50 years!

The Canton Ex-Newsboys Association was founded in 1960 as a 100% charitable organization, providing needy children in Stark County with clothing and shoes. One hundred percent of donations goes towards purchasing shoes, clothing, and coats for children, ages kindergarten through 12th grade. Our caring, non-profit organization has spent decades helping needy children throughout the Stark community.

Each Stark County school has a person on staff to assist students in need. STA's staff member, Christine Barnett, works with students and parents to submit the application to the Canton Ex-Newsboys. The school staff member will connect with the family once the application has been reviewed to assist with their needs.

Since their inception, the Canton Ex-Newsboys have provided $3.3 million in coats, shoes and other clothing to the needy children of Stark County, all thanks to generous donations and participation by our community. Over the years, more than 45,000 children have been recipients of the Ex-Newsboys efforts!
Ways to Help STA Win $$
HELP OUR SCHOOL WIN $500!

Community One Credit Union is once again running our VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL contest this year! 

Now through October 27, 2017, we want the community to visit our website and cast their vote online for their favorite local high school.  The top voted school will win $500!  Your school is on our list, so we wanted to let you know so that you have an opportunity to share it with your district to increase your votes!  
FOOTBALL BOOSTER BONANZA - WIN $1000

We are asking for parents and friends to cut out the Football Booster Bonanza coupon for St. Thomas Aquinas. It can be found in the sports section of The Repository every Friday. Please  send it with your student to school or mail it to: The Repository c/o Booster Club Bonanza, 500 Market Ave. S, Canton, OH, 44702. You can also drop it off at any of Stark County’s 17 BellSstores. Deadline is in Repository by 5 PM November 3rd.

Each coupon counts as a vote and gives us a chance to win money for the school!
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

Upcoming Events 
  • Sept 7 - Meet the President, Dan Gravo 6:30pm - STA Commons
  • Sep 14 - Open House (Central Game)
  • Sep 14 - STA vs CCHS Feeder School Tailgate
  • Sep 15 - In-Service (No School)
  • Sep 28 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Sep 29/30 - Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Oct 20 - Regional Faculty In-Service (No School)
  • Oct 25 - End of the 1st Quarter
From the Guidance Office
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

RENACCI for Governor
Looking for high school students with any interest for an internship with them for more information check in the guidance office.

TIMKENSTEEL is offering a college scholarship to the children of their employees, more information can be found in the guidance office.


NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) is announcing their Performing & Visual Arts College Fair schedule: 
When: October 4, 2017 
Time: 6:60 - 8:30 PM
Where: Huntington Convention Center 
For more information please see the bulletin board in the guidance office
Got News?
If you have any announcements for the STA eBlast, please email it to the STA eBlast Editor. Please add EBLAST in the subject line.

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.
Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry would like to reach out to our alumni and offer a card of support or prayer. Parents can email me their child's address who might have just moved away to college, or started a new job, got married, had a baby, or even someone who needs prayers due to health issues or might be grieving. We want to remind our alumni that they matter and we think of them and continue to pray for them.

Parents can email Mrs. Michelle May at mmay@youngstowndiocese.org  
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you make them feel.” - Maya Angelo 
Please be sure to invite your friends who may be interested in attending St. Thomas Aquinas. Families who attend the open house will receive FREE admission to the STA vs Canton Central Catholic footbal game.
STA families, the Johnsons and the Tabellions, participating in the Stark County Fair. Congratulations Anthony Johnson on his Reserve Grand Champion turkey!
Catholic School Fast Facts
STA ATHLETICS
Girls XC volunteer at the Alliance Castle Run. Now known as "Castle Queens".
Front: Erin Beskitt, Natalie Vincy, Hannah Ohman, Hannah Soehnlen, Riley Kling
Back: Abbey Beskitt, Mia Schloneger, Coach Jones, Quinn Lamp, Liz Wheeler
Boys XC ran in the Alliance Castle Run. Justis Paul, Javaz Mincy, Trevor Young

CONGRATULATIONS Javaz Mincy placing 3rd in the 2 mile run!
2017 St. Thomas Aquinas Cheerleading Mini Camp
Hosted by the St. Thomas Aquinas High School Cheerleaders

Clinic: Monday September 25th & Tuesday September 26th
Cheer the 1st Quarter: Friday September 29th, 2017


Cheer Mini Camp – Grades K – 5th

TIME : 5:30pm – 7:00pm Day 1 - Check In begins at 5:00pm
WHERE : Padre’s Pavillon @ Sirpilla Stadium
COST : $50 – non-refundable
WHY? : Great opportunity for an introduction to cheerleading including motions, cheers, & jumps.

  • Learn proper motions and technique, jumps, cheer, and dance.
  • Meet the STA High School Cheerleaders and enjoy fun spirit building games and activities.
  • Registration and payment received by September 8th will receive a FREE Cheer Shirt and hair bow.
  • Cheer the 1st quarter of the STA football game Friday night, September 29th!
  • Camp will be taught by current STA Cheerleaders and supervised by current coach and cheer parent volunteers.

TO REGISTER : Please fill out the registration form and return to St. Thomas Aquinas High School before September 8th, 2017 with a payment of $50 per participant and $25 for each additional sibling. Registrations and payment received after 9/8/17 are accepted but does not guarantee the cheer shirt or hair bow. You may also mail the form and check payable to:
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Attn: Chelsea Lenox (Cheer Coach)
2121 Reno Drive NE
Louisville, OH 44641

***Please wear athletic shoes (no flip flops) and clothing. Hair must be pulled back and off the shoulders. For safety purposes no jewelry or gum is permitted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Chelsea Lenox at clenox@youngstowndiocese.org 
STA Screening Details:
Thursday, October 26th
8:00am - 4:00pm
STA High School - 2nd Floor, Special Education Office

Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
Remembering a Coach and a Friend
Michael S. Rogers age 62 of Louisville, went to heaven on Saturday August 26, 2017. Michael was a 1973 graduate of Alliance High School and a 1977 graduate of Mount Union College.
  
Mike was the STA wrestling coach in the early 80's. He was also an STA baseball coach from 2000-2005 and again from 2009-2017. He was on the staff for all three District Championships the program won. He will be missed.

Coach Joe Bishop had this to say about his former coach and mentor, "Coach Rogers has been a huge part of my baseball career. Both as a high school player when he was my coach, and for the last nine years as a friend and mentor. He has inspired many with his love for the game and passion for life. Aquinas baseball will never be the same without him."
Alumni News
Alumni Cheerleaders:
Bj Boyajian-Bowling '96, Danielle Porrazzo-Mccoy '96, Erina O'Toole Ford, Renee Doerschuk Murphy '97, Aubrey Blood '98 

STA Cheerleaders:
Grace Wucinich, Amelia Verbus, Alexis Depasquale, Grace Wolf, Emily Withrow, Alexis Galloway
2017 STA Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

2017 STA Inductees:
  • John Namey - 1968
  • Patrick Kennedy - 1973
  • Christina Starcher Ray- 1988
  • James Boyle- 1995
  • Angie Barone Stevens - 2000
  • James Franz - 2004
  • Sean Schott - 2004
  • Maurice "Mo" Kirksey- 2011
  • Kristen Hill- 2012
  • Tyler Moeglin- 2012
  • Cindi Eby - Coach/Contributor

The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be introduced at Halftime of the St. Thomas Aquinas football game on Friday, September 29, 2017 .

Induction will take place on Saturday September 30, 2017 in the school gymnasium. Tickets are available for the dinner/induction - $30.00
Please contact the school 330-875-1631 to place your reservation.
Doors open at 5:30 with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6:30 and induction ceremony at 7:30.

**No tickets will be sold at the door.
2017 Reunions

Class of 1972   45 Year Reunion - Save the Date

Friday, October 20, 2017  Meet & Mingle   The Fox and Hound on Everhard 6:00pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017  - Walsh University Barrett Center 
Contact Ann Moegling-Foltz |  afoltz@neo.rr.com  
Class of 1977 40 Year Reunion - Save the Date

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

Contact John Sliman
Class of 1987 30 Year Reunion - Save the Date

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Let's Get Reaquainted cocktail reception at Fox and Hound on Everhard Rd., 7:30pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Maize Valley Winery in Hartville, 6:00pm

Contact Mary Jo Stephens | trubucki@yahoo.com
2018 REUNIONS

Premier Class of 1968 50 Year Reunion - Save the Date

Friday, June 22, 2018  - “Meet and Greet” at Mulligan’s Pub, Library room.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Reunion dinner will be at Skyland Pines Banquet Center.  
 
Details and more events will follow. For more information or if you were not contacted, please email Aquinas50thReunion@yahoo.com .

We will also post information and entertain discussion on our Facebook page, which was started a couple of years ago and presently has 50 members. Please join!  St. Thomas Aquinas – Class of ’68 .
 
Leslie Nicola
330-806-2845
CLASSMATE UPDATES

The Class of '68 reunion is coming up - where are you now? Send us an update !
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...
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Go KNIGHTS!
Upcoming Events - Save the Date
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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