Greetings Archbishop Carroll Community,  

As a former Carroll student and proud alum, I’m excited to be reaching out to you on behalf of the CarrollU Guidance Staff.  When I was a student here, I believed that the Guidance Office predominantly only dealt with the “problem” kids and college applications; I didn’t believe that the office was there for any other purpose or able to help with any personal issues or difficulties I was facing as a self-conscious young adolescent.  I also didn’t feel comfortable talking to adults I didn’t know about my life, which I believe is a normal adolescent reaction.  Only vaguely do I remember sitting with my guidance counselor to discuss what it was that I wanted to potentially major in and where I wanted to go to school.  

Boy, how times have changed.  Returning to Carroll three years ago was definitely a trip down memory lane.  So many things were the same; some of my teachers were still here; classrooms looked the same; and my class photo was hanging on the wall outside the cafeteria.  Yet there were so many new things.  The guidance office was no longer near the cafeteria but up on the third floor on the boys side; the library wasn’t full of aisles of books; offices had moved and merged; and the uniform was a bit different.  

Now, as one of the school counselors in the CarrollU guidance office, I am working with my students every day to discuss their lives.  I enjoy every minute that I spend getting to know the students that make Archbishop Carroll the diverse and challenging environment that it is.  In one day I might see students regarding their grades, meet with seniors regarding college applications, return parents’ emails - all before lunch; only to return to my office to speak to a group of juniors about the college search process and have students burst into my office because they need to talk. The CarrollU School Counseling Center is a hub of activity every day and I am truly thankful to be a part of such an amazing team dedicated to empowering our students in every way possible.   

Warm Regards,

Kathleen Landrum (Scheidel)
School Counselor

From the Office of Campus Ministry

The Season of Lent

Believe it or not, Lent begins in just one week. Our focus during this penitential season revolves around prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Prayer

We will begin the Lenten season with a communal celebration of Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday on March 1 at 9:00 am in the school auditorium. Our lunchtime prayer services will focus on the Passion of Christ in the Scriptures and our morning prayer will utilize a visual Stations of the Cross to remind us of how we can share in the Way of the Cross each day. We will conclude our Lenten prayer and reflection with our fourth annual presentation of the multimedia Passion Play “Were You There” on Wednesday of Holy Week. All are welcome to join us in prayer, especially at our morning 7:10 am Masses. 

Fasting

We share in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ through the small sacrifices we make throughout this season. In particular, we are called to fast and abstain on certain days to remind us of the fasting of Christ in the desert and to turn our attention to those who go without. All persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light. 

Almsgiving

In addition to our prayer and fasting, we are called to give alms, which often takes the form of sharing our time, talent, and treasure. On Ash Wednesday, we will begin our Lenten Mission Drive, which partners us with Rice Bowl and Father Chuck’s Challenge. Students and their families are invited to contribute during lunch periods on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent to Rice Bowl, the annual Catholic Relief Services initiative which assists the poor and needy throughout the world (click HERE for more information). In addition, a dress down day will be held Friday, March 3 and all contributions will go to Rice Bowl and Father Chuck’s Challenge, which partners with Food for the Poor to provide shelter, food, and drink to the people of Nicaragua and Haiti (click HERE for more information). If you wish to place a Rice Bowl in your own home to return to Carroll at the end of Lent in order to contribute, please contact the Office of Campus Ministry at tphillips@jcarroll.org

Kairos Fund

Contributions continue to be accepted for families who may be in need of financial help to pay for Kairos. If you wish to donate please contact Lisa Ritter at lritter@jcarroll.org.

Baseball Beef & Beer
From the Office of CarrollU

Instant Decision Day

Cabrini University will be holding an Instant Decision Day at Carroll on Monday, 2/27 at 10:30 a.m. Students must apply ahead of time. Interested students must sign up with Mrs. Nardelli in the Guidance Office.  A fee waiver code will be provided at that time. If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance Office.

University of Sciences - Social media competition

Mayes College at the University of Sciences is sponsoring a social media competition, open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Total scholarships and cash prizes are in excess of $10,000 to winning teams who develop the best healthy lifestyle campaign using social media. The competition will be held Saturday, March 4th starting at 10am. For details and to enter the competition, click HERE.

LILY'S HOPE

A Diaper Drive to support LILY'S HOPE, a non-profit organization that provides financial, material, and emotional support to families who have "Preemies," is going on now at Archbishop Carroll. The drive is sponsored by the Pro-Life club and will run from Feb.21 to March 3. Please send all donations of diapers to school. Collection bins are located outside Chapel, on both East and West sides. There are diapers especially for premature babies, but diapers for newborns are also good. Thank you for all your support. For further information,please contact Sister Marianna at mfieo@jcarroll.org or call at 610-688-7610 x166.

Free Educational Summer Camp for Minority High School Students

Applications are now being accepted for the Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.  This program is a FREE in-residence summer camp for minority high school students who wish to explore the pursuit of a college degree in accounting and/or business.  This camp is for sophomores, juniors and seniors who hold a 3.0 GPA.  Applications will be accepted through May 19, 2017.  To apply, go HERE and google ACAP.

Middle Atlantic District AAU Scholarship

The Middle Atlantic District of the Amateur Athletic Union will be awarding ten scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 to seniors who participate in AAU sports.  The District honors senior athletes who show outstanding leadership abilities, well-roundedness, great sportsmanship, strength of character, and academic prowess.  A personal essay is required, along with 3 letters of recommendation.  To apply, go HERE.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

SoarwithSOLE!

Temple’s Summer  Owl Leadership Experience (SOLE) is a 3 week academic summer program that helps rising juniors and seniors get a head start on college with credit courses and an inside look at being a leader in different fields of study.  Stop by Guidance Office for more information.

Mid -Year Grades

Any student that needs their mid-year grades sent to colleges must stop by the guidance office.

Mark your calendars!  

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

Maguire Foundation Scholarship

The deadline is approaching!  Every senior student was given an application.  Additional applications can be found in the Guidance Office.  All applications must be submitted or postmarked in their entirety by March 1, 2017.

Academy Day

Congressman Meehan will be hosting his annual Academy Day on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College.  The U.S. Military, U.S. Naval, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academies, as well as local ROTC representatives, will be on hand to provide information to interested students about admissions and academy life.  Stop by the Guidance Office for more information.

STEM Career Night at Delaware County Community College

Delaware County Community College will host a STEM career night on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.  To register, visit HERE.

Finer Womanhood Award Scholarship

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is offering the Finer Womanhood award  for $500.00 to African-American female seniors who live in Delaware County, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, who are actively involved in the community and who will be attending a four-year institution.  Stop by Guidance for an application.

Summer Leadership Academy at Mercy College

Mercy College in New York is holding a summer leadership academy for current juniors with an interest in business, who have a 3.5 GPA, demonstrated leadership activities and strong public speaking skills.  If interested, stop by Guidance.

Summer Enrichment Program

Write your Future is holding a summer enrichment program in July and August.  This summer writing course is open to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  It is a two-week program that brings students to a local university or college campus where they will receive instruction from excellent volunteer professors and lecturers.  Students can apply online: click HERE.

$1000 Scholarship Opportunity

The Delaware County School Nurse Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a senior who is planning a career in nursing and has been accepted into a NLN accredited program leading to a bachelor degree in nursing.  Stop by the Guidance office for an application.  Deadline to apply is March 24, 2017.

Mary Ryan Memorial Scholarship

A $500.00 scholarship is being awarded for those seniors seeking a medical career.  An essay is required.  Stop by Guidance for an application.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.

The Charlotte Drummond Memorial Scholarship

The Charlotte Drummond Memorial scholarship is being offered for rising juniors or seniors who demonstrate financial need and involvement in the school community.  A written recommendation is required from a teacher or guidance counselor.  This is a one-time $2,000 scholarship.  Stop by Guidance for an application.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

Music Scholarships at Eastern University

Eastern University is offering music scholarships up to full-tuition for four years as a music major.  For more information, go HERE.

Main Line Martin Luther King Association Scholarship

The Main Line Martin Luther King Association is now accepting applications for scholarships for the next college year.  Applicants must write a 500-word essay on community service and be recommended by a counselor, religious or community leader.  Stop by Guidance for an application.  Deadline to apply is April 15, 2017.

College Board & Khan Academy

Students are encouraged to link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access personalized SAT practice based on your PSAT/NMSQT results. Learn more: click HERE. www.khanacademy.org

PSAT/NMSQT Scores

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, found HERE. There are many Guidance announcements that may be helpful to you.

Attention Class of 2017

Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in your acceptance letters along with scholarship information to the Guidance Office.  Please continue to share this information. Thank you for your cooperation.

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

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

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: HERE

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.
Derrick Jones '15 Wows at the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Click the image above to watch Carroll alum Derrick Jones' amazing performance at the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
From the Office of Student Affairs

Mother-Son Dance

This special event is scheduled for March 3rd at Westover Country Club.  Ticket prices include a sit-down dinner, dessert, beverages, DJ, and dancing.  Gurscik Studios will also be available for photo packages.  If you are interested in ordering pictures, please select a package on the envelope distributed to students in homeroom and bring a check with you to the dance.  Click HERE for the invitation.  Reservations are due by this Thursday

PatrioThon

Carroll will host its second annual PatrioThon to support The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this Friday, February 24th, from 7:00 pm- 7:00 am.  Students must be present in school on Friday to attend PatrioThon and must arrive at the event by 7:45 pm in order to be admitted.  We will be accepting donations of board games, food, and cups this week for PatrioThon. 

Prom Attire

Due to the popularity of two-piece prom dresses, we spoke to the students who are planning to attend the prom this week about proper prom attire.  The school’s policy is that students should dress appropriately at all school events.  If students choose to wear a two-piece dress, their midriff should be covered. Please plan accordingly when shopping for prom dresses. Any questions about prom attire should be directed to Mrs. Papantoniou.

Career Day

Career Day is an event hosted by the National Honor Society every year. This day provides an opportunity for students to get a feel for various professions and fields as they work towards their futures. The Career Day Committee is currently in the process of looking for Carroll alumni and friends who would be willing to speak and share their time with our current students about their respective careers. We are asking for your help in making Career Day 2017 a success. This year, Career Day is scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017. If you can join us for the full day or part of the day we would be happy to host you.  

If you are interested in participating, please go to http://www.jcarroll.libguides.com/main and look in the upper right hand corner. There is a form embedded on the page that you may fill in. The password to get to the form is johncarroll. Please return this form no later than March 31. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our co-moderator, Charmaine Gates at cgates@jcarroll.org.

Class Rings

Balances for junior class rings are due to Jostens on March 1.  Jostens can be contacted directly about balance information at keri.casey.office@jostens.com. For parents that wish to make a payment over the phone, the Jostens Call Center number is 1-800-567-8367.

From the Office of Academic Affairs

Course Selection Process

Mr. Corkery is currently visiting the history classes of all underclassmen to explain the course selection process for the 2017-2018 school year. This process is done through GradeConnect. Parents and students must print and sign the course selection sheet and turn it in to their homerooms by March 16, 2017. Once the course selection sheet is turned in the student has registered for the 2017-2018 school year. The course selection tab on GradeConnect will be live on Friday afternoon. Student will be able to begin selecting classes for next year at that time. If there are any questions during this process feel free to contact the Office for Academic Affairs at any time.

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.

Thursday, February 23 

8:00pm - Girls Basketball PCL Semi-Finals: vs. Archbishop Wood - Phila. University

Friday, February 24 

6:50pm - Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs Radnor HS - Ice Line
8:00pm - Boys Basketball vs. Bonner/Prendie - Cardinal O'Hara

Saturday, Februrary 25 

9:00am - Boys Varsity Wrestling District 12 Championships - Lincoln High School

Announcements

Uniforms

Please return your Fall AND Winter Uniform!!!

*** All uniforms must be returned to the athletic office, labeled with your name.

Individual Achievements

Wrestling

Congratulations to Jack McQuaid who is the 170lbs PCL Champion. Jack earned his way to the top by pinning his way to the finals beating Archbishop Ryan and Father Judge.  In the Championship bout it took getting a crafty reversal in the 2nd period, and riding out his opponent from St. Joe's Prep to a 2-0 victory!

Jack will look to be on the top of the podium again next weekend at the District 12 Championships being hosted at Lincoln HS.  

Boys Baseball

CELL PHONE CASE FUNDRAISER!

Thanks to all who purchased a phone case! Cases will be delivered week of: 3/10/17

Boys Basketball / THON

GOOD LUCK on Friday in the District 12 game against Bonner!!!

Please note: Students who are attending the boys basketball game WILL be admitted into THON late with a parent note and your game ticket.

Girls Basketball

GOOD LUCK on Friday in the SEMI FINAL game against Wood!!!

Spring Tryouts

Tryouts for spring sports are around the corner (dates TBA next week).  Students participating in a sport for the first time this school year must complete Sections 1-6 of the PIAA form.  Section 6 must be filled out by a doctor.  Any student who participated in a fall or winter sport this school year should only complete Section 7 of the PIAA form, unless a student required medical treatment by a physician during the fall or winter season, in which case the Athletic Office will determine whether Section 8 of the PIAA also needs to be completed by your doctor.  All PIAA paperwork should be submitted to the Athletic Office.  If all the necessary paperwork has been submitted, a green card will be issued to the coach.  NO students will be allowed to try out for a sport without submitting the proper PIAA paperwork and receiving a green card.

Gearing up for Spring

Boys Lacrosse

Please contact Coach Wiles at coachwiles@playfusionlax.com for information regarding the team.

Girls Lacrosse

Please contact Coach Beers at lbeers10@gmail.com for information regarding the team.

Girls Softball

Please contact Coach Machalette at mmachalette@yahoo.com for information regarding the team.

Boys Baseball

Please contact Coach Costanzo at m24costanzo@yahoo.com for information regarding the team.

Boys Tennis

Please contact Coach Kramer at bkramer@jcarroll.org for information regarding the team.

Crew

Please contact Coach Gennaro at wgennaro@jcarroll.org for information regarding the team.

Track and Field

Please contact Coach Llerandi at allerandi@jcarroll.org for information regarding the teams.

Schedules

Archbishop Carrol High School uses DigitalSports.com to share all important information related to our athletic teams. http://jcarrollathletics.digitalsports.com/ is where you can 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. 

Reminders    

Coaches Contact Information

Please contact athletics@jcarroll.org for contact information of all sports teams.
From the Parents' Association

THON Donations

We need donations for THON on February 24th to keep our kids dancing through the night! Click on the Signup Genius to see what we need and sign up:

The link to sign up can be found HERE.

Scrip

JOIN CARROLL’S SCRIP PROGRAM – SAVE MONEY ON YOUR TUITION JUST BY DOING YOUR NORMAL SHOPPING!!!

Do you grocery shop? For every $100 you spend at ACME or GIANT, you could be saving $4.50 on your tuition. Do you shop at Macy’s? For every $100 you spend at Macy’s, you could save $9.00 off your tuition. That is just a small example of how you can save money.

To save money on your tuition and learn how simple it is, enroll now in Archbishop Carroll’s Scrip Program to save money on your tuition.

Scrip is processed on Thursday mornings at Carroll. For all retailers (grocery or other), Carroll gives 90% of the rebate back to the Parents and the money is credited to your tuition. The 10% is used to keep the program running.

Giant and Acme can be ordered on Thursday and comes home on Friday. Other retailers have a week turnaround. To see all retailers and their rebates offered, go to ShopWithScrip.com and enroll in Carroll’s program. Our Enrollment Number is 5F56DE9A823.

We offer three ways to order to meet family’s flexibility. For full instructions go to Carroll’s website, click on tab marked Student Life, then Parent’s Association. Scroll down page on Parent’s Association and you will see Scrip Instructions. Or just email scrip@jcarroll.org, and we can walk you through the process. 
Summer Camps at Archbishop Carroll

Summer is fast approaching and we are busy getting our summer camps together to make them the best experience possible for your children. Registration forms are now available on the website under the athletics tab and at the school.

We will be offering all camps for $150 if the registration is received by March 26, 2017.   Please visit our website to register for one of our amazing camps

Want to contribute to The Patriot Post?
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!