The SUMMER Herald
A Bi-weekly Communication to
Bishop Hartley Parents & Families
August 6, 2021 | Issue 32
Welcome to the 2021–2022 School Year from Principal Kowalski
Bishop Hartley Families:

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, we are excited to open our doors for the sixty-fifth year to the Hartley family. We look forward to partnering with you again (or for the first time) in living out our mission statement:

Transforming lives through the teachings of Jesus Christ within the Catholic tradition.

We do so with the same dedication to Catholic education as the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur when they opened the doors of the school for the first time. Over the years, the culture, spirit, and tradition of our school have played a key role in shaping the educational experiences of our young people. Each class profits from the fine example of those who have come before them. Ours has been a tradition of students committed to the proposition that it is a privilege to attend Bishop Hartley. This carries a responsibility to be a Hawk 24/7 and strive to become the best versions of themselves in all that they think, say, and do.

This year’s theme centers on humility:

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” - St. Teresa of Calcutta

We pledge to walk humbly with every member of the Bishop Hartley family this school year to serve one another. We are stronger because of our collective experiences over the past 18 months. Our new administrative team promises to ensure that we will strive for excellence, so our great school will build upon its past and be even more exceptional for our future.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, our Vice Principal of Academics and Student Services, Dr. Patricia Hanna, or our Vice Principal of Operations, Mr. Andrew Jahahn, if there is anything we can do to support your child.

We trust that your experience with Bishop Hartley will strengthen your faith in Catholic education as we promise to provide a faith-based, holistic learning environment, rich in culture and worthy of your love and care for your sons and daughters.

God bless and Go Hawks!
Christopher Kowalski
In this Issue of the The Herald
Important Dates
The school year planning calendar is included in this edition of The Herald. We would like to call your attention to the following important dates and activities for the beginning of the school year:

  • Wednesday, August 18, 7 p.m. | New Parents Meeting
  • Wednesday, August 18, The Hawks’ Nest and HPO Used Uniform Sale will be open at 6:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. (please note: the used uniform sale can accept cash or check only).
  • Thursday, August 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Transfer Student Orientation
  • Wednesday, August 25, Juniors and Seniors only – full day (7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 26, Freshmen and Sophomores only – full day (7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 27, Full Day for all Students (7:45-2:45)
  • Friday, August 27, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | HawkFest
  • Tuesday, August 31, 7 p.m. | Financial Aid & Senior Parent meeting
  • Monday, September 6, Labor Day | NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, September 9, 7 p.m. | Meet the Teacher Night
School Planning Calendar
Please use this planning calendar as a general reference for the school year. Watch future communications throughout the school year for any updates.

Be sure to subscribe to The Herald parent newsletter to receive calendar updates.
Semester Exams
Midterm Schedule – December 2021

Tuesday, 12/14 | 7:45 - 11:35 a.m.
Wednesday, 12/15 | 7:45 - 11:35 a.m.
Thursday, 12/16 | 7:45 - 11:35 a.m.
Friday, 12/17 | 7:45 - 9:35 a.m.

Finals – UNDERCLASSMEN – May/June 2022

Friday, 5/27 | 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/31 | 7:45 - 11:35 a.m.
Wednesday, 6/1 | 7:45 - 11:35 a.m.
Thursday, 6/2 | 7:45 - 11:35 a.m.

Important Reminder for Parents: As stated in the student handbook, we strongly discourage families from planning to take their student(s) out of school on days when school is scheduled to be in session. Vacation days other than those that appear on the Diocesan-approved Bishop Hartley school calendar are unexcused absences. Please consult the student handbook for full details regarding our vacation policy and review the school calendar before planning summer vacations or activities.

Finals – SENIORS – May 2022
Senior final exams will take place on Monday, 5/23 and Tuesday, 5/24. 

Senior Exemption Policy: All seniors who have at least a B in every quarter (in year-long courses) leading up to the final exam are exempt from taking the exam.
Please share in the excitement of our return to school, sports and more and join us Friday, August 27, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for our first ever HawkFest! The event will take place before our first home football game and will follow our first House Day of the school year.

We are in need of donations and volunteers for this event. Visit our Signup Genius to see how you can help!
Class Retreats
Each grade level will have an opportunity for class retreats this year!

Senior “Kairos Retreat”
Theme: “Live the Fourth” Themes centered on Catholic Christian Adulthood

Location: Bergamo Retreat Center, 4400 Shakertown Road, Dayton, Ohio 45430 (937) 426‐2363 or Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, 2365 St Johns Rd, Maria Stein, OH 45860 (419) 925-7625

Dates: Seniors will be assigned to attend one of three available sessions. We will work with students who are athletes or have extracurricular conflicts as coaches and moderators are aware of the dates and significance of school retreats (4 days, 3 nights).

Seniors may sign-up for their preferred dates via a survey distributed in religion classes.

Kairos 27: Monday, November 29 – Thursday, December 2, 2021
Kairos 28: Tuesday, February 1 – Friday, February 4, 2022
Kairos 29: Tuesday April 19 – Friday, April 22, 2022
Kairos 30: (for juniors who wish to be leaders next year) Tuesday, May 17 - Friday, May 20, 2022
Junior Retreat
Theme: Living an Abundant Life - Facilitated by Damascus Missionaries
Location: 7550 Ramey Rd, Centerburg, OH 43011
Dates: Wednesday February 9-11, 2022
Sophomore Retreat
Location: Bishop Hartley High School
Date: October 15, 2021
Freshmen Retreat 
Location: Bishop Hartley High School
Dates: November 19, 2021
Parking & Car Registration
Registration for parking passes will take place during the orientation days (August 25/26). Students should use this pre-registration link to help them gather necessary information ahead of time. The $40 registration fee is due at the time of registration. Checks should be made payable to Bishop Hartley.
Bus Transportation
Visit the Bishop Hartley Bus Transportation web page to learn about your district's transportation policy with Bishop Hartley.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kim Collura, Bishop Hartley High School’s School Registrar – Office of Administrative Services, at (614) 237-5421 ext. 10623.
Cafeteria & Food Service Program
We are pleased to be able to continue the free lunch program this year. Every student can receive a free hot lunch every day. The a la carte line will also be available again this year. We would like to bring back the salad bar option this year, but we need to fill both volunteer and paid cafeteria positions to make this happen. If you are able to help, please contact our cafeteria director, Gloria Jahahn at [email protected].
This year we will again use the FSS® POSitiveID System in the cafeteria. This technology allows us to provide debit accounts for purchases beyond the free lunch offering and increases the speed of food service to students, so they have more time to eat and converse. Parents enjoy the convenience of prepaying for their child’s purchases at whatever level they choose.

The identification of students is with a biometric finger-imaging device. The device converts the finger image into a numbered pattern that is then stored for future identification at the point-of-service. This system is NOT associated with fingerprints. It CANNOT be used to identify students by lifting fingerprints and comparing them with the digital finger image. The fingerprint is NOT stored in the computer. This is a positive identification system, only your child can access his/her accounts.

The Department of Food Service will register all freshman and sophomore students during their orientation day, August 26. This will only have to be done once while your child is enrolled in the Bishop Hartley system. The information stored on the FSS® POSitiveID System is only for use by this software in the Department of Food Service. There are several layers of security built into this software and the school district’s network. This is a closed system and it is not accessible from the Internet. If you do not want your child’s finger image to be taken, please put your request in writing and return directly to Bishop Hartley Cafeteria at 1285 Zettler Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43227 before the orientation day, or send it to school with your student that day.
Liturgy Schedule
Our opening liturgy for the 2021-2022 school year will be Thursday, September 2. Father Fulton and Deacon Sullivan are busily planning our other liturgical celebrations for this year. Watch future Herald newsletters for updates.
Meet the Teacher Night
Please mark your calendar and plan to attend Meet the Teacher Night, Thursday, September 9, beginning at 7 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child(ren)’s teachers and learn about plans and expectations for each class.
FinalForms: PAPERLESS PAPERWORK for Back-to-School
Bishop Hartley utilizes a paperless system which is more convenient for our families! No more filling out the same form again and again. In addition to most of the back-to-school “paperwork” which can be completed online via FinalForms, Hartley also uses FinalForms for athletic forms and payments.

This year each student will receive a copy of the Student Handbook, and we are requiring a hard copy of the handbook acknowledgement, the technology agreement, and photo release consent form. Forms will be distributed to students during orientation days, August 25 and 26.

New families must set up a FinalForms account for each student. Returning families will find the forms for the 2021-2022 school year in their existing accounts.

2. Click REGISTER under the Parent Icon and follow the directions.
PowerSchool is an easy to use, web-based student information system. It is intended to provide parents, students and teachers with a tool to communicate student performance. PowerSchool may be accessed from any place the parent/guardian can access the Internet.

All students will receive instructions and guidance for using PowerSchool during the orientation days August 25 and 26. Students and parents may contact our Student Information System Manager, Kim Donnelly, with questions or concerns after the training sessions at [email protected].
ACT Review and College Application Workshop for Seniors
In addition to the ACT review offered this summer, Mrs. Maloof will offer another review once school begins. This review is specifically for seniors taking the test this Fall. Students should email her at [email protected] for information or to be added to the email list.

In addition, Mrs. Maloof will offer a 3-day college application essay workshop August 10, 11, and 12 for interested seniors. There is a $20 fee for this workshop, and is limited to 20 students. Please email Mrs. Maloof at [email protected] for information or to sign up.
Key Policy, Handbook, and Dress Code Changes
All students will receive a copy of the student handbook during the orientation days, August 25 and 26. Administrators will review important changes at that time. Each family will be required to read the handbook and submit an acknowledgement form.

The student handbook will include the revised dress code. We will also go over the dress code changes during the orientation days. Please note: there is a new warm weather uniform policy and girls will no longer have the option of a uniform skirt.
Service Requirements
Service is one of the six pillars of Bishop Hartley, a component of evangelization as a Christian living in a secular world, and a critical facet of fine character. We cannot emphasize its Christian value enough:
So when he had washed their feet (and) put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master’, and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
John 13:12-17 NABRE

       Every student will perform a minimum of 20 hours of service this school year. 
       Every student may begin service work for the 2021-2022 school year as early as May 1st, 2021.
       The schedule by which service must be completed as the school year progresses is as follows:
      Service Check In #1 – November 8, 2021 – a total of 10 hours minimum completed
      Service Check In #2 – January 24, 2022 – a total of 15 hours minimum completed
      Service Check In #3 – April 5, 2022 – a total of 20 hours minimum completed
Consequences for failing to meet the service requirement deadlines for 2021-2022:
      1st Offense: 10 demerits and parent/student notification
      2nd Offense: 25 demerits, 2 Saturday schools, and parent/student notification
      3rd Offense: 50 demerits, 2-day suspension for lack of respect, and parent/student notification
By May, 2022, any SENIOR who has not met their service requirement for the 2021-2022 school year will not receive their diploma or transcripts until service hours are complete.
By May, 23 2022, any UNDERCLASSMEN who has not met their service requirement for the 2021-2022 school year will not be eligible to return to Bishop Hartley the following year.
Coach Contact Info & Extracurriculars
Fall Cheerleading             


Boys Cross Country

Girls Cross Country

Field Hockey

Boys Golf 

Girls Golf                            
Rebecca Heicher           

Boys Soccer                      
Justin Alexander           

Girls Soccer                         
Jennifer Moore           

Girls Tennis                       
Lynn Winters           

Girls Volleyball                    
Michael Rahe           

Winter Cheerleading         
Jen Steiner             
Boys Basketball                 
Randy Kortokrax     

Girls Basketball                  
Donald Dennis           

Boys Bowling                      
Chris Blum              

Girls Bowling                       
Chris Blum              

Boys Swimming                
Tony Phillips           

Girls Swimming                 
Tony Phillips           

Kevin Petrella           

Tim Heinmiller           

Rebecca Heicher           

Allie Smith              

Boys Tennis
Dan Chun               

Boys Track

Girls Track
Jim McKay              

Ultimate Frisbee
Chris Blum              
Spanish Enrichment, Summer Reading, & Math Assignments
All summer enrichment assignments for Spanish and Math as well as the summer reading assignments for English can be found on our website.
Student ID Photos and Schedule Pick–Up 
All students (freshmen through seniors) will have ID photos taken during the orientation days, August 26 and 27. Underclassmen will have an opportunity to order photos. Parents will receive information about ordering directly from HR Imaging. Photos can be purchased online after the photo date.

Students be able to access their class schedules during orientation days as well. Please note that students who were unable to attend Soaring Night will receive their House assignment at this time as well.
Senior Photos for Yearbook
Senior photos for the yearbook and composite photos will be September 27 and October 18. More information about senior photos will be sent later via Final Forms.
Student Support Services 
Please visit the Student Support Services Page of our website for an overview of what the Team offers as well as resources for academic and mental health support.
NEW Visitor Management System
We will be using a new visitor management system during school hours this year. All visitors and volunteers will check in at the main office. Please note that the system will require a government-issued ID.
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
The induction ceremony for new members of The National Honor Society will be held Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Dick Geyer Gymnasium. All those who applied for membership will be notified of their status on or before August 15.
Hawks Nest Volunteers Needed
The Hawks Nest, our spirit wear, House apparel, and book store, is looking for volunteers to allow the store to be open during school lunch periods Monday-Friday. The timeframe for school days is approximately 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. However, there are other occasions like sports games, meet the teacher nights, and special events which are great if you are looking to volunteer during non-school hours. We welcome all volunteers, whether they can work once a month, once a week, or one evening event. Any time you can share is greatly appreciated. All volunteers must complete Protecting God’s Children and participate in a background check. Please contact Linda Strapp, 614-855-3369 or[email protected], for more information or to sign-up to help.
Hartley House Parent Organization: A Way for Your Family to Be Part of Our Family 
What is the HPO?
The House Parent Organization (HPO) provides parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends of Bishop Hartley with many opportunities to be active in the Hartley Family. The mission of the HPO is to foster parent participation through communication and a sense of belonging while advancing the spirit of the six pillars which are the foundation of Bishop Hartley High School. 

“Every House a Home…In Every Home a Hawk”
Every parent is a member of the House Parent Organization. The HPO is similar in some ways to a home and school association, but it is more dynamic than the traditional parent group.

We send information about our events through many channels – our school newsletter, The Herald; Facebook; Twitter; and, occasionally, Final Forms. All parents are invited to attend events sponsored by the HPO. HPO parent volunteers organize and staff events. We try to use a shadow system for volunteers willing to serve as coordinators for our annual events. This provides an opportunity to see how everything works before stepping into a coordinator’s role.

We currently need volunteers for two projects: the used uniform sale, August 18th and #HawkFest, August 27th. We are also in need of donations for the #HawkFest. Please visit our Signup Genius and let us know how you can help. These events depend on our volunteers to make things happen!

We will hold a general meeting for all interested in helping with HPO events later in September. Watch future Herald newsletters for more information.