Dear Archbishop Carroll Community,

During this festive time of year, as we draw closer to Christmas Day and prepare for the birthday of Jesus Christ, I often reflect on how we have been called to serve others.  A fine example of this service is our Archbishop Carroll students, specifically, Stephen DeFruscio, Ryan Conners, Kieran Spillane and Anthony Warnick who last night represented our school at St. Francis DeSales with Sister Alice from St. Denis Advent Angels.  These young men coordinated, collected and boxed Christmas Gifts for 150 families in the West Philadelphia area.  This instance provides just one example of the Christmas spirit at Carroll as the Advent Season brings a time of joyful festivities and reflection to remind us of the value of family and the unity within our community.  Is there any better way to celebrate the season?   

It’s hard to believe our school year will soon be halfway over. As each year passes, I’m reminded of how short the time is here at Archbishop Carroll that God has given us to shape and influence our children in His name!  We have a great and precious privilege in this area and it is with that in mind that I express my thanks and gratitude to each of you. Thank you for sharing your child with us, and allowing their God given graces to brighten our halls. Thank you for helping us succeed; it is because of your commitment to Carroll that we have a warm and brilliant community.

Thank you for choosing to be a part of our family, and more importantly, allowing us to be part of yours.

Warm regards,

Francis E. Fox ‘77
President

From the Office of Campus Ministry

School-wide Mass

The Archbishop Carroll community will celebrate school-wide liturgy on Thursday, December 22 with Holy Mass for Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent. Mass will begin at 8:15 am and all members of the school community are most welcome. 

May God bless you with a joyful celebration of the birth of Our Savior and a peaceful start to 2017. Know of the prayers of the Archbishop Carroll family for you and your family in these final days of Advent and into the Christmas season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hockey Team & SKDS
Here are more photos from Archbishop Carroll Ice Hockey Team and St. Katherine's Day School's trip to Center Ice in Oaks, PA.
From the Office of Athletics

This Week's Sports Schedule

*Please note that all times are subject to change. Please check the calendar on our website or our profile on DigitalSports for the most up-to-date changes.

Wednesday, December 21

3:45pm - Boys Freshmen Basketball vd Salesianum School  - Archbishop Carroll H.S.
5:15pm - Boys JV Basketball vs Salesianum School  - Archbishop Carroll High School
7:00pm - Girls Varsity Basketball vs Episcopal HS  - Archbishop Carroll High School
7:30pm - Boys Varsity Wrestling vs Bishop McDevitt HS - Dual Meet  - ACHS

Thursday, December 22

4:00pm - Boys Varsity Indoor Track Meet 2 - Lehigh University

Friday, December 23

4:00pm - Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Malvern Perp HS - Malvern Preparatory School
5:30pm - Boys JV Basketball @ Malvern Prep HS - Malvern Preparatory School
7:00pm - Boys Varsity Basketball @ Malvern Prep HS - Malvern Preparatory School

Monday, December 26

Boys Freshmen Basketball Devon Prep Holiday Tournament - Devon Preparatory School

Tuesday, December 27

Boys Freshmen Basketball Devon Prep Holiday Tournament - Devon Preparatory School
Boys Varsity Basketball Benedictine Capital Classic Tournament - Richmond, VA

Wednesday, December 28

Girls JV Basketball Notre Dame Holiday Tournament - Academy of Notre Dame
Boys Varsity Basketball Benedictine Capital Classic Tournament - Richmond, VA
Girls Varsity Basketball Charleston Tournament - Charleston, SC
1:00pm - Boys JV Basketball vs Souderton HS - Archbishop Carroll High School

Schedules

Archbishop Carrol High School uses DigitalSports.com to share all important information related to our athletic teams. Click HERE to see all upcoming events, sign up to receive email alerts of any schedule changes, and access complete team schedules. Please become familiar with our Digital Sports website, as there are many other features available to you. Click HERE to read directions to make it easier to navigate.

Reminders    

Coaches Contact Information

Please contact athletics@jcarroll.org for contact information of all sports teams.

Uniforms   

Please return your Fall Uniform!!!

NCAA Eligibility Center

Any student that plans to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level should speak to Mr. Francis Lynam or Mr. Dan Connor in the Guidance Office. Please click HERE to ensure that you are following NCAA guidelines.

From the Office of Student Affairs

Mathletes

Congratulations to our Mathletes team, who tied for first place in their home competition this month!  This is an extremely challenging competition with top high school mathematicians competing against each other. We are so proud of all of the hard work that the Mathletes team and moderator, Mrs. Newman put into their preparation for this event. 
From the Office of CarrollU

PSAT/NMSQT Scores

PSAT/NMSQT scores are now available online. Students are encouraged to print out their score report by logging into their College Board account.  You can link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access personalized SAT practice based on your PSAT/NMSQT results. Learn more at http://psat.org/scores.

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report - College Board has put together a video regarding your PSAT/NMSQT scores and what to do next.  This video is located under “Important Announcements” on CarrollU (Guidance) website.

If you have any trouble logging into your account, stop by the Guidance Office or call the College Board at 866-433-7728 .  

Daily Guidance Announcements

Students/parents/guardians are encouraged to check Daily Announcements on our website HEREThere are many Guidance announcements that may be helpful to you.

Maguire Foundation Scholarship

The Maguire Foundation provides last dollar scholarship support to up to five students in each institution’s incoming freshman class for four years of matriculation.

Maguire Scholars are selected by their respective institutions, and must remain in good academic standing (3.0) and be an active participant in school and/or community volunteer extra-curricular activities, and have an EFC of $0 – $10,000 (Expected Family Contribution).  Applications will be distributed in senior homerooms this week.  Additional copies can be found in the Guidance Office and on Carroll’s website under CarrollU.  If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance Office directly at 610-688-7610 x171.

Attention Class of 2017 

Please share your acceptance letters along with any scholarship information with the Guidance Office.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Please allow the Guidance Office 7-10 school days for transcript requests to process.  Thank you for your cooperation.

***Please note that the Guidance Office will be closing on Thursday, December 22nd at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Any student that needs their 1st quarter grades sent to colleges must stop by the guidance office.

Scholarship information is listed on Naviance under “Scholarship List”.  Students can stop by the Guidance Office for additional information.

Mark your calendars!

College Information Night - Tuesday, 3/21/17 at 7 pm

FINANCIAL AID for the Class of 2017

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available on-line as of October 1.  This is the basic form needed to apply for financial aid at most schools.  Please check your student’s schools of choice for other required forms and filing deadlines.  The website is www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. For more information please stop up to the Guidance Office or check out the PHEAA website www.PHEAA.org. 

College Essay Assistance   

Sr. Marianna Fieo is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week in the Guidance Office to help with college essay and personal statements.  Please stop by the Guidance Office to make an appointment or email Sr. Marianna directly at mfieo@jcarroll.org.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Guidance Office at 610-688-7610 x171. 

Upcoming College Presentations

College presentations are finished for the Fall.  They will begin again in the Spring.

From the Tuition Office

2017-2018 Financial Aid

In order to be considered for tuition assistance for the 2017-2018 academic year, you must complete the Smart Aid application found on our website, or at smartaidforparents.com.  The only documentation required is your 2016 tax return, which must be submitted by March 31, 2016.  Awards made prior to that date are contingent upon receipt and verification of the tax return.  No tuition assistance will be awarded without a completed, verified Smart Aid application.   Families who currently receive tuition assistance for the 2016/2017 school year must complete the 2017/2018 application by December 31, 2016.  To simplify the process, those families who applied for 2016-2017, need only to do the following:

  1. Login to Smartaidforparents.com with the username and password from 2016/2017.
  2. Update your information.
  3. Submit the application with the $25 processing fee.
  4. Upload your 2016 tax return by March 31, 2016.

Athletic Fees

Athletic fees for fall sports should be paid in full by now, as they were due on your Smart Tuition account in October.  Winter sport athletic fees will be included in your January Smart Tuition invoice.                                                                                                      

Thank you.
Many blessings to you and your loved ones during this Holy Christmas season.

From the Parents' Association

Carroll Auction for Education

CAFE IS COMING!! This is our biggest Fundraiser at Carroll and we need all of your help. We will  have a planning meeting in January. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Our next Parent's Association meeting will be Monday January 9th at 7pm in the Library.

Merry Christmas from the Parents' Association!

From International Education Opportunities
At this time of year, Global Connections Homestay starts preparing for the arrival of international students who will begin classes at Carroll in the second semester.

Part of this process is readying host families and matching them with an enrolled student. Our number one request from families abroad is to have their child live with a member of the school community. Whether it be a teacher, coach, staff member, or especially a family with children attending the same school, this type of placement makes the family and student feel comfortable and safe.

Host families are paid a monthly stipend to offset costs, and we also provide a $300 gift to any referrals that result in a student placement. This gift is for current host families, or those that cannot host but know a family that can!

For more information or to apply, please email us at homestay@gcstays.com or call 215-259-4055.

We wish you and your family the best during the holiday season.

With gratitude,

The Global Connections Homestay Team
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We are always on the lookout for a story or photo that celebrates and highlights Archbishop Carroll and our community. If you want to submit material for the next edition of The Patriot Post, please email photos@jcarroll.org.

We look forward to seeing our vibrant community in action!