The Mission of Saint Mary's Catholic High School is to provide a liberal arts education that forms virtuous young men and women who know the Truth and love the Good.
2nd Term - 2020-21
A MESSAGE FROM MR. MUIR
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
KNIGHTS IN THE NEWS
Roberto Tito Serrano Ordained to the Priesthood in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ. - His youth, life experience, and Franciscan formation all came together for Roberto Tito Serrano, OFM, on the morning of Dec. 5, when he was ordained to the priesthood at the church connected to his family and the high school he...

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Executive Inc.: Phoenix health care CEO Justin Bayless...

Justin Bayless grew up in a mental health care setting - his mom was a counselor and his dad was a psychologist. The summer when he was 9 years old, Bayless would show up at his dad's practice, Bayless Integrated Healthcare, wearing a suit and...

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Have news for Saint Mary's? Please send your article to Patricia Hollerbach or call 602-251-2544 and let us know the latest!
DEVELOPMENT
More Information Coming Soon!
ACADEMICS
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB)
The ASVAB test will be offered on St. Mary’s campus for interested 11th and 12th grade students this March. This is a free, standardized test that helps students determine how they learn best and the strengths they have; it also gives them choices on career options they might like to pursue after graduation. For students interested in the military, this exam is required for every national branch, so this is the perfect opportunity to take the test to see what their options might be and to determine if they may want and/or need to test again in the future.
 
The exam will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 8 a.m. This is the only test date scheduled at Saint Mary’s for this school year. Please note, students will be responsible for gathering the necessary materials/assignments for the classes they will miss during the time of testing. Spots are limited, so any interested students should sign up with Mrs. Ashley Mager as soon as possible. Please be on the lookout for an email with more details.
SAT and ACT Testing for Juniors
Juniors, if you are considering attending a university, most will require you to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exam for admissions. You will need a test score when you begin the application process in the fall of your senior year. If you have not yet registered, please look at the information below and access the link for the exam of choice to register. Some students may qualify for a fee waiver.  If you have any questions regarding this or anything else pertaining to the testing, please come by the Guidance Office.
SAT Exams
ACT Exams
HOUSE OF THE QUARTER
Congratulations to House of the Quarter:
John Paul II
House Dean: Mr. Thomas Coast
Mentors: Mrs. Linda Voita, Mrs. Christine Swingle, Mr. Bill Grimm, Mr. Jose Lucero, Fr. Estevan Wetzel
Top Winners in Pro Life Chalk Competition
WINNER:


St. Agnes
RUNNER UP:


St. Francis
3rd Place:


St. John Paul II
Remaining Entrants:
St. Junipero Serra
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Thomas Aquinas
ADMISSIONS
Thank you for your support during our admissions cycle! An overwhelming number of students joined us for our multiple events these past few months. We appreciate all of your referrals and look forward to welcoming the incoming Class of 2025. If you know someone who is still considering Saint Mary’s, please send them our way. Even though the deadline has past, we can still accept applications.

Shadow Days
Fridays - Feb 12, March 19, April 23, May 7
(Parent Coffee 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.)

For more information, or to recommend a student, please contact Mary Pivonka, Director of Admissions or Jacquie Kennedy, Director of Recruitment.
ATHLETICS
Fall Sports Have Banner Gold Season!
Football Wins First Playoff Game since 1999
St. Mary's is thankful for its gold pants tradition in...

Jose Lucero had a successful four-year tenure as the Desert Edge head coach. But after accumulating a 36-15 overall record for the Scorpions, and two 4A conference state playoffs appearances that included reaching the 2018 semifinals and last...

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The Sports360AZ 4A/5A All-Academic team is selected by reviewing nominations of athletes who have excelled on the field and in the classroom. This year there was a record number of nominations, but the Knights were fortunate enough to have 3 players selected to the team!
Congratulations to:
Head Coach Jose Lucero - Skyline Region Coach of the Year
ArizonaVarsity.com 4A Coach of the Year

Liam Phelan, LB
All Arizona First Team - azcentral.com
First Team All State - 4A Conference

Jack Burch, S
All Arizona Honorable Mention - azcentral.com
Volleyball Crushes Competition for 3rd Straight Playoff Appearance
Congratulations to:
Leilani Clark
Skyline Region Offensive Player of the Year
1st Team Skyline Region
All State 4A Conference 2nd Team

Kadyn Dahlke
1st Team Skyline Region

Imani Cannon
1st Team Skyline Region

Spirit Phipps
1st Team Skyline Region

Ella Fahrendorf
2nd Team Skyline Region

Michele Galindo
Skyline Region Honorable Mention
Cross Country Runners Put On The Gold Uniforms
This fall, senior, Pierce Vittone completed a successful 2020 cross country season by earning first team all-section with his second place finish at the sectional meet in Gilbert. He followed this up with an eighth place finish at the state meet, earning second team all-state honors. Pierce also set Saint Mary’s cross country school record with a time of 16:03.00 for the 5k race. Running for the girls team, Kristen Keating closed out her junior season by claiming first team all-section with a seventh place finish. She went on to place 38th at the state meet, and posted a season best 5k time of 21:19.6.
Nick Nuez Competes in 2nd Straight State Golf Tournament
Sophomore Nick Nuez continued his progression into one of the State's premiere golfers, qualifying for this years State Tournament, his second in a row. The tournament was held down in Tucson at the Tucson National, home to several PGA Tour Events.

Nuez finished with a two-day total score of 151 and placed 21st overall. Nuez is currently listed as one of the top sophomores in the State of Arizona.
Nuez competes for Saint Mary's at Tucson National
FINE ARTS
Students in the performing arts and in the freshman art classes were pleased to share their work, Covid-style, through our Virtual Winter Concert, which was recorded in the Weigand Auditorium and sent out electronically in December.  If you missed it, here are the links!

Virtual Winter Concert
Freshman Girls Music
Freshman Boys Art
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The process for selection of new members for the Seat of Wisdom Chapter of the National Honor Society is underway. Eligible students will receive a letter, on February 3, inviting them to apply for membership. The selection process is governed by the national constitution of the Society. In addition to academic excellence, membership requires strong showings of leadership, service, and citizenship. Applications have been made available to sophomores, juniors and seniors meeting the minimum cumulative weighted GPA requirement of 3.5 and are due on February 16. A five-person Faculty Council will be reviewing information forms submitted by students and a survey conducted among teachers and administrators. Decisions will be announced sometime during the second week of March. Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Vietri at (602) 251-2554 or jvietri@smknights.org.
Members of the Seat of Wisdom Chapter of the National Honor Society!
James Atkinson
Luke Atkinson
Daniela Becerra
Jack Burch
Francis Chang
April Ciarametaro
Carina Del Bosque
Annamaria Drapeau
Isabella Fahrendorf
Kayla Fausto
Destiny Flores
Joseph Fournier
Rafael Garcia
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Kristen Keating
Mary Lewis
Olivia Lomeli
Evelyn Lopez
Isabel Love
Krystal Moedano
Cecilia Mowery
Gabrielle Neighbors
Alexus Pacheco
Liam Phelan
Izabella Rabago
Lia Scuderi
Clayton Spina
Calley Spina
Matthew Steineke
Thomas Swingle
Bridget Van Wie
David Wilmowski
Anthony Yeager
Catherine Zbiegien
FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Current Student Registration for 2021-22 Opens Soon!
February 2021
Keep a look out for the online registration portal to open this month for returning students! Be sure to check your email for the invitation. The registration fee will be due at this time ($300 individual/$500 family) and will be included as part of the on-line process.
 
The tuition rate for 2021-2022 will remain the same at $16,000. Families who are verified as registered Catholic parishioners will receive a discounted rate of $12,500. More information will be coming soon.
March 15, 2021
Registration for returning students closes on March 15. Avoid a late Registration fee by completing your registration no later than the March 15 deadline.
Please email Mrs. Michelle Hernandez if you have any questions regarding the process. We appreciate your efforts to meet the deadlines to ensure a smooth start to our 2021-2022 school year! 
Financial Aid Season Begins for 2021-2022!
Click on the link below and visit our website for more information.
April 15, 2021
Need tuition assistance? CEA Application (fairapp.com) for tuition assistance is now open. To have the opportunity to maximize your grant amount, please make sure to complete your CEA application no later than April 15. You will need your 2020 income tax forms completed in order to apply for this tuition reduction assistance. If tuition assistance is required, students will not be placed in 2021-2022 classes until the CEA application is completed.
The application for Catholic Education Arizona opened Monday, February 1. All families seeking assistance must apply! Students must have complete CEA applications by April 15 to be placed in the schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications completed after April 15 will result in reduced funding. Parents/legal guardians please click on the link below to apply:
School Code: 700
School Password: cea700
Application Fee: $27


If your family applied online last year and you log in this year with the same email and password, you will see that an application based on last year’s information has already been started and will have a “pending” status. You will need to click on the EDIT link to update the information for the 2021-2022 school year. The preloaded information will not include financial, school or grade information. Please update your dependent information and school/grade information.
 
If you have completed your 2020 tax return and need assistance with financial aid applications, please contact the Business Office to make an appointment.

Business Office:
Mrs. Veronica Acosta or call 602.251.2507
Mrs. Michelle Hernandez or call 602.251.2510
SAVE THE DATES
February 26
Sophomore Class Retreat

March 5 and 8
Spring Mini-break (No School)

March 15
Parent-Teacher Night

March 20 and 24
Freshman Registration and Welcome Days

March 23-26
Kairos Retreat
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Have you ever wanted to host an exchange student?
Saint Mary’s is looking for families interested in hosting an international student for the upcoming 2021-22 academic school year. Host families provide their guest with a comfortable living space, intentional relaxed conversation in English, and American cultural experiences. If you are interested, please contact:

Mrs. Mary Pivonka
Director of Admissions
(602) 251- 2515