Be Unique - Be a Leader - Be Aquinas
Knightly News - February 4, 2018
Catholic schools  "seek to develop in students, communal obligations and aspirations, to espouse values which  unite society  and to  promote citizenship  infused by a  commitment to social justice . Catholic schools seek to instill students with  faith, values and knowledge  to guide and support them throughout their lives, to provide them with preparation for a life of worth , not merely a life of work” (Diocese of Cairns, 2018).
Principal's Post

The Knight Nation Athletic Club (KNAC) held its annual Chili Cook-off. There was much great food with 14 different chili and soup chefs present that were sharing their products. The evening was full of fun and celebration with great fellowship and camaraderie shared by all. It was one of those nights that made you feel glad that you were a Knight. Much thanks go to Stephanie Wheeler and the KNAC for putting on such a great evening.

We also completed Catholic Schools Week. We had several assemblies, vocation talks, whole school mass, special lunches and breakfasts, and the students got to dress in some fun outfits. It was a great week-long celebration of Catholic Schools.  

Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School.

Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
" Catholic schools...have helped to create an entire generation of generous, socially-minded adults ready to help their community " (Peoria Magazine, 2015).

Students creating cards for the residents of St. Joseph Care Center during Catholic Schools Week.
Kairos Retreat
Seniors are encouraged to pick up an information pack, in the Attendance office for the Kairos retreat that will be held on February 18-20, 2018 . The retreat is only 3 weeks away. Get your reservation in this week!
Notes from Campus Ministry
Mrs. Michelle May is our Campus Minister and has worked at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2010. She assists with the faith and leadership development of our students through planning school Mass, prayer services, retreats, blood drives, and service opportunities throughout the year.

Blood Drive
Lifeshare Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, February 28th. Please contact Mrs. May to schedule an appointment to donate. Your donation can save up to 4 lives!

This week we will Liturgy on Wednesday, February 7th with the Middle School students, in the chapel during Mod 3. Plan ahead and join us on February 14 on Ash Wednesday 9:35 for all school Liturgy and distribution of ashes.

Service Opportunities
St. Paul school is looking for a handful of student volunteers to assist with Science Fun Night. Please see Mrs. May or the Service board for details.
Give in Honor of Catholic Schools Week
We believe no one should miss out on the benefits of a Catholic education due to financial need. 93% of our students receive tuition assistance

The STA Annual Knight Fund funds our scholarship and grant programs. In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, January 28-February 3, please consider a contribution to the Knight Fund. Students receiving tuition assistance will be most appreciative of your generosity.

You may make a donation through the St. Thomas Aquinas website by clicking below:
St. Thomas Aquinas students, on average,  outscore state and national averages  on every category of the ACT!
Tuition Assistance for 2018-2019
Wolsonovich Scholarship:
The Diocese of Youngstown provides an annual grant in memory of Mary Ellen Cushwa Wolsonovich based upon financial need determined by SmartAid. The application is now open. This year, applications must be submitted digitally through SmartAid. The scholarship deadline is March 1. Please note, in order to complete the application process, you will need your 2017 1040 Tax Form.

Teachers' Confederation Scholarship:
The Youngstown Diocesan Confederation of Teachers donate toward a scholarship fund. This year four freshmen attending STA may win this scholarship. The freshmen must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must show leadership and responsibility. Each winner w ill receive $100, renewable yearly, and applied toward their STA tuition. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained all four years. Interested students should obtain an application and reference sheets from Ms. Gill in the Guidance Office by March 2, 2018. Deadline for turning in the completed application and essay to Ms. Gill is March 16, 2018. 
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 STA Phone 330-875-1631

Upcoming Events 
  • February 5 - ACRE
  • February 6 - U-Rock High School - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • February 6 - Middle School Spelling Bee
  • February 6 - Faith & Science Camp meeting in the Commons 6:00pm
  • February 7 - Middle School Mass
  • February 10 - Turnabout
  • February 13 - U-Rock High School 10, 9, 11, 12
  • February 13 - Dress down day for Valentine's Day ($2.00 for H&S)
  • February 14 - Whole School Mass (Ash Wednesday)
  • February 15 - Parent-Teacher Conference
  • February 15 - College Credit Plus meeting in Commons - 6:30 
  • February 16-19 - No School
  • February 28 - Blood Drive

Athletic Events
  • Monday, February 5, 7:00 - Girls Basketball, home (partner night)
  • Tuesday, February 6, 5:30 - Boys JV basketball vs Ursuline
  • Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 - Boys basketball vs Ursuline
  • Thursday, February 8, 5:00 - Freshmen Boys Basketball at VASJ
  • Friday, February 9 (all day) - Swimming sectionals at U. Akron
  • Saturday, February 10, 1:00 - Girls Basketball at JFK
  • There may be others as we make up games that have been postponed due to weather.
Malone University December Students of Month
Angela Farolino & Christian Harwood
Everything you need to know about the College Credit Plus (CCP) program with Walsh University is in this document.   Download now .

There is also a CCP meeting on February 15th at 6:30pm in the Commons.
Canton Repository Difference Maker Nominees
Stephanie Wheeler - Knight Nation Athletic Club Officer
Stephanie is a huge supporter of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School and an indispensable member of our Knight Nation Athletic Club. Her major contributions include planning, organizing, and staffing the concession stands for all the athletic events throughout the year and serving as the chairperson for the Annual Chili Cook-Off which is a major fundraiser for the KNAC.
Ryan Hill, Director of Enrollment
Ryan has accepted increasing responsibilities throughout the year. First being promoted to athletic director while continuing to teach middle school social studies, then being further promoted to director of enrollment for St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic. Mr. Hill is a good communicator people can trust and goes the extra mile to ensure things are done the right way for St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic.
An Awesome Catholic Schools Week
Noah Schumaker spoke about his mission work in the Middle East and explained the lessons he learned about serving.
All school mass with special guest celebrants (Ryan Furlong, Fr. Scott Kopp, and Deacon Randy Smith) who also helped us celebrate vocations by speaking with every grade separately.
Family Feud - Students vs Teachers. The students won!

It was also Super Hero Day to come dressed up as your favorite Super Hero.
The week came to an end with a magic show, tug of war and filling out hearts with the reasons why they love Ctholic school and added it to a banner.
Community Resources

If you or someone you know is suffering please reach out to our Chaplain, Fr. Dyer; Campus Minister, Mrs. May; guidance counselor, Mr. Pederzolli; or any one of our staff so that we can help and/or use one of the numbers below for help. No one stands alone!

Suicide Prevention Lifelife – 24/7 Help – 1.800.273.8255
Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center – 24/7 Help – 330.452.6000
Crisis Intervention (Youth Mobile travels to homes) – 330.452.6000
Text 4hope – 24/7 – 741741
The cast and crew have begun work on our spring performance "The Villian's Last Page", a fairytale adaptation. Jobs behind the scenes such as stage crew, costumes, make-up are still available.

Rehearsals are held at 3:30 every Monday at Central Catholic.

The show will be held March 15 (daytime performance for the elementary students), March 16, and March 17. See Mrs. Pusateri for more information or questions.
2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
A Silent Auction Teaser #6:

Classy in Cleveland
Drive up to Cleveland in your 5 Series BMW to watch a Cleveland Cavs Game vs the Washington Wizards in the THIRD Row! Enjoy the rockstar privileges of being a few feet away from basketball greatness. You will not have to leave your seats for food or beverages. Spend a leisurely evening after the game because you don't have to drive home. Put your feet up in your room at the Hilton Hotel Downtown Cleveland.
Compliments of Brian and Dianne Cain and Hilton Downtown Cleveland.

for the 2018 Aquinas Gold Auction, March 24, 2018
Thank you to this week’s Auction Sponsors! Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Alliance Ventures - Thank you for your generosity and commitment to STA
From the Guidance Office

Please check in with the Guidance Office for many more College Scholarship opportunities or the STA website for recent additions .

College Scholarships:
  • Day Ketter Scholarship - March 9, 2018
  • Canton Lincoln High School Alumni Assn Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Walsh University Gary Farey Endowed Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Ohio News Media Foundation 2018 Minority Journalism Scholarship - March 21, 2018
  • Quota International of Alliance Inc. - March 30, 2018
  • $5000 KNR Don't Text & Drive Scholarship - March 31, 2018
  • Stark Community Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • Italian-American Festival Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • The William D. Squires Scholarship - April 5, 2018
  • Christopher Columbus Italian Mutual Benefit Society - May 14, 2018
  • The Canton Student Loan Foundation - June 1, 2018

HS & MS School Scholarships for 18-19 School Year
Cushwa/Wolsonovich Scholarship Application is now open, $30 application fee. Deadline is March 1, 2018
What a great experience for Lady Knights Basketball to play and win their game over Beaumont (64-52) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland last Wednesday.
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
Registration Day

February 22 is the St. Thomas Aquinas Registration Day at 6:30 pm. Any student who plans to attend STA in the fall is invited to come get class schedule information, turn in registration materials, and talk about tuition assistance. 
Planning a class reunion, email us and we'll post the information in our weekly eBlast!

The Class of '68 reunion is coming up - where are you now? Send us an update !
Athena Welsh '16 - Athena Welsh made her indoor 5000m debut this evening by winning the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in 16:35. That time now ranks her 8th on the Top-10 All-Time List at UT and 3rd in the MAC. In all 3 of Athena's races this season, she has earned Top-10 All-Time performances: mile (4:43), 3000m (9:32) and 5000m (16:35).

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
Eternal rest grant unto them...

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Ways to Support STA
St Thomas Aquinas High School is partnering with Schoola ( ).

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 and log into your 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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