Dear Archbishop Carroll Family,

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, writes in his annual Lenten message:

"Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns promoted by many Church organizations in different parts of the world, and thus to favor the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter."

As we begin this Lenten season, know that the prayers of our students, faculty, staff, and administration are with you. I encourage you to take advantage of the ways which your parish church and our school community provide to encounter Christ through the traditional Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving so we can truly share the full joy of Easter together. 

Sincerely in Christ,

Thomas Phillips
Director of Campus Ministry
From the Office of the Principal

IMPORTANT UPDATE -- CALENDAR CHANGES FOR MARCH

Students and teachers alike will rejoice at the news!!   Archbishop Carroll’s March calendar is being updated to reflect two school days with NO SCHOOL!!

Please make the following changes on your March 2017 calendars:

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 there will be NO SCHOOL. The day is designated The Bishop’s Day Off which was granted to us by Bishop Fitzgerald on September 16, 2016 at our Opening Liturgy.

  • Monday, March 20, 2017 there will be NO SCHOOL. The day is designated The Principal’s Holiday.

All public school transportation offices have been notified of the changes in the calendar.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Michael Hickey, Assistant Principal for Student Services, or Mr. James Corkery, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, at (610) 688-7610.

From the Office of Campus Ministry

Senior Retreat

Today following the Ash Wednesday Mass, those seniors who did not attend or will not be attending a Kairos retreat for this year were given information and a permission form for the Senior Retreat. It will be held on Thursday, March 9 at St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood. Students will be transported by bus for a day of prayer, service, and fellowship with the elementary students of SKDS. They will return to Carroll by 1:30 pm and be dismissed from there. Seniors attending this retreat should bring their completed/signed permission form with them the morning of retreat. If a senior needs an extra form or was absent earlier today, please have them see their respective Theology teacher for one.    

Please do not schedule any appointments or family obligations for your senior on March 9 as this day is mandatory for graduation. Please also note that any senior who attended or will attend Kairos this year will be in class as usual on March 9.  

Junior Retreat

The date for the Junior Retreat has been changed from what was stated on the school calendar. The retreat will now be held on Wednesday, April 5 instead of April 6. This retreat is MANDATORY for all members of the Junior class in preparation for their Ring Mass on April 7. Juniors will receive more information through their Theology class as the date draws closer. 

Vocational Discernment

On Thursday, March 2 seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood and vocation directresses from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sisters of St. Joseph will be speaking in all Junior Theology classes. Our guests will be sharing their vocation stories and encouraging students to discern God’s call in their life, especially if they feel called to serve Him as a priest or religious sister. Please pray for an increased response to God’s call to come and follow Him!

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.

From the Office of Communication

Archbishop Carroll is now LiveStreaming

Today, for the first time, Archbishop Carroll LiveStreamed our Ash Wednesday mass. This is going to be the first of many events that Carroll will LiveStream. In order to do so, we will be using the platform provided by YouTube.

Beginning our LiveStreaming endeavor with our community of prayer felt appropriate, but we don't only plan to LiveStream Masses. Our hope is to present our community to you in many ways - assemblies, pep rallies, band and choral performances, athletic events and our Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises.

Our hope is to eventually embed the YouTube video stream into a page of our website. In order to do so, according to YouTube's user guide, we need to garner more subscribers to our YouTube Page.

Please take a moment and follow the link below. Once you are on our page, click subscribe - and you're done!

From the Office of Student Affairs

Mother-Son Dance

The Mother-Son Dance takes place this Friday at Westover Country Club.  Gurscik Studios will 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.  

PatrioThon

Check out some of our pictures from the second-annual PatrioThon!  We appreciate all of the support from our amazing community as together, we raised $50,531.71 for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! 

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 CarrollU

Mark your calendars!  

College Information Night
Tuesday, March 21st at 7 pm.

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.

Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship

Dunkin' Donuts is holding their 8th annual Philadelphia Regional scholarship program. Applicants must be seniors who demonstrate "well-rounded" character: positive academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities, and experience in a work environment.   Online applications will be open from March 1, 2017 through April 15, 2017.  To apply, click HERE.

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 15, 2017.

Assumption College - Pre-College summer program

Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts is sponsoring a pre-college summer program.  This six-day program gives select rising high school seniors an opportunity to gain firsthand experience of studying the Humanities in a college environment.  This summer's program will run from June 25-30.  For more information, click HERE.

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 to www.pointpark.edu 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, click 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.

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.

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 at www.writeyourfuture.org.

$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.

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, click 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.

Upcoming College Presentations

United States Military Academy be here on Friday,March 10, 2017 at 10:45am to meet with students.
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.

Third Quarter Progress Reports

Third quarter progress reports were distributed on Tuesday February 28. The Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior classes all received their reports however due to a technical error, most of the Senior class did not receive their reports. Parents and students can access the comments that would appear on the progress report on the student's GradeConnect. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working with our technology department to correct this issue.

From the Office of Tuition

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 January 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 were included with your January Smart Tuition invoice.   It is important to note that fall and winter sports athletic fees must be paid in full prior to trying out for spring sports beginning March 6, 2017.  

Registration Fee Upper Class 2017-2018

The $225 re-registration fee upper class 17/18 will be included with your February Smart Tuition bill.  Students in the current freshman, sophomore and junior classes will be choosing their courses for the 2017/2018 academic year during the week of February 20, 2017.                                                                         

Thank you for your commitment to Archbishop John Carroll High School.

From the Office of Athletics

Announcements

Please return your Fall AND Winter Uniform!!!

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

Individual Achievements

Lacrosse

Sam Swart makes preseason lacrosse honors. Story will be out next week on the USA Today High School Sports website. Click HERE to view. Be sure to check it out! Great job, Sam!

Indoor Track

Second Team All Catholic: Maeve Buchanan, Alex Cabahug-Almonte, Lauren Nigro, Tess Gibbons, and Lamar Ramsey.

Swimming

First Team All Catholic: Julia Dellaratta, Katie Hageney, Zoie Octaviano, and Victoria Patota

Second Team All Catholic: Kacey Berardinelli and Sincere Gibbs

Girls Basketball

GOOD LUCK on Wednesday, March 1st against Palumbo! Game time: 6:00pm @ Archbishop Ryan!!

Congratulations to the following girls for the 2016-2017 All Catholic Team Selections:

First Team All Catholic: Bella Sorrentino

Second Team All Catholic: Molly Masciantonio and Maggie Pina

** See the whole list: Click HERE

Boys Basketball 

GOOD LUCK on Wednesday, March 1st against Mastery! Game time: 7:30pm @ Archbishop Ryan!!

Congratulations to the following boys for the 2016-2017 All Catholic Team Selections:

Second Team All Catholic: Justin Anderson

Third Team All Catholic: A.J. Hoggard

** See the whole list: Click HERE

Ice Hockey

Congratulations on a solid first round of playoffs win against Bishop Shanahan on Monday night!! GOOD LUCK in round 2 of playoffs to be held Wednesday, March 1st at 7:10pm against Archbishop Ryan held at the North East Skate Zone!!

Boys Baseball

CELL PHONE CASE FUNDRAISER!

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

Spring Tryouts

Tryouts for spring sports are next week!! Please contact the coaches below for tryout dates.  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.

ALL PIAA FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN TO THE ATHLETIC OFFICE BY FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd.

SPRING SEASON START DATE IS MARCH 6TH!

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

Next Parent’s Association meeting:

Monday 3/13 at 7pm - Please try to attend!

CAFE IS COMING!!!

34th Annual Great Gatsby Gala Cafe Saturday April 8th. 

We need the whole Carroll Community to make this night a success.

Look for your invitation in the mail to Carroll’s largest educational fundraiser.

How can you help???  We need your donations (see below for suggested categories) AND  your attendance

Join us – be part of the Café Committee – a great way to make new friends and meet new people. We have a great time making this event a success. Our next meeting will be Tuesday 3/7/17 at 7pm at school. All are welcome so grab a friend and come join us. 

Donate – We are asking each class to donate certain items to help us make the night special. Please send them into the school office if possible.

  • Freshmen: Restaurant or Movie Gift Certificates.
  • Sophomores: Sporting Goods or Events
  • Juniors: Electronics or gift cards to Best Buy
  • Seniors: Kitchen Items, Carroll Apparel, College Dorm Ideas, or gift cards for any of them.

These categories are just suggestions - we’re happy to take anything you think would be appropriate for our fundraiser!

A  portion of the proceeds from CAFE will be donated to  the Archbishop Carroll Dominic L. Coyle Memorial Fund.

If you have any questions or ideas, please email cafe@jcarroll.org.

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!