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March 17, 2017 


Eleven HGP students will compete in forensics national championships 

Eleven HGP students, including Jon Mann (left) and Mason El-Habr (right), will compete at the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky over the Memorial Day Weekend. To see the full list of Holy Ghost students who qualified for nationals, click more.   




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Holy Ghost Prep honored at Coaches vs. Cancer breakfast on March 13

Holy Ghost Prep was recognized as one of the leaders in the Coaches vs. Cancer school initiative at the University of Pennsylvania's historic Palestra on Monday, March 13. To read more about why HGP was honored, click more.


March Madness: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7 p.m.

Join the HGP Alumni Association for the 3rd Annual March Madness Event at Chickie's & Pete's in Parx Casino. Your first drink is on us! Click here to RSVP*Must be 21 or older to enter Parx Casino*

Pre-order the HGP Class of 2017 portrait today

Catalano Studio will once again be taking the Class of 2017 Senior portrait order. If you are interested in pre-ordering the portrait, please click here


Catalano - HGP sports and event photos

Catalano Studio also takes photos of important school events and team sports. To browse through the Catalano photos from this school year that are available for purchase, click here



Athletic News 

HGP Hockey advances to the Flyers Cup Championship!  The Firebirds defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 4-1 in Thursday's semifinal.  They will take on LaSalle on Monday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Hatfield Ice Rink.  Read more details at

Grade School Basketball Clinic #5 is changed from Monday, March 20th to Tuesday, March 21st.  Read more at or contact Jim Stewart at for more information.

Swimming breaks two records, Andrew Iannacone '19 wins PIAA District One Breaststroke! Read more about the HGP swim team's success at the District One Championships at

HGP now accepting nominees for the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018. Complete the nomination form at

Two grade school basketball clinics left! Register at

HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events 

Fathers’ Association General  Meeting: Rescheduled to Monday, March 20th at 7 p.m. in the Sager Conference Room at Founders Hall. 

Communion Breakfast, May 2017: Suggestions welcomed for both keynote speaker and Service Award nominees. Email your nominations to Joe Pawluczyk ( 


Class Registration 2017-18  

The 2017-2018 Course Registration is almost complete. College guidance counselors have met with all members of the junior and sophomore classes. Course selection verification forms have been sent home for parent signature. All junior forms have been returned. Sophomore forms were due Monday, March 13. Freshmen course selection forms have been sent home and are due in the main office by Friday, March 24. All requested courses are now entered in PowerSchool and can be viewed by choosing the “Class Registration” tab on the left upon login. Please check the course requests regularly and, if there are any concerns, please contact the current teacher, department chair, or Dean of Studies. A complete description of the course offerings for the 2017-2018 School Year is available on the HGP website under “Quick Links.”



Order your 2017 Firebird Yearbook today

The 2016-17 school year at Holy Ghost Prep will end soon, but yearbooks last forever. So please click here to order the 2017 Firebird Yearbook today. 

HGP's Spring Auction on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Silent Auction Items Needed 

Donate an item(s) to our auction. All types of gifts are important to the overall success of the auction. Event tickets, restaurant gift cards, theme baskets, vacation homes. To donate please visit  or contact Christine Seighman, coordinator of special events, at 215 639-4225 ext.231

Decorating and Gift Packaging Needed  

To volunteer to decorate or help with gift packaging for HGP's Spring Auction, please contact Christine Seighman at


Parent meeting for Dominican Republic trip -- March 29

The next Parent meeting for the Dominican Republic Mission trip is Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.  All forms and final payments are due at that time.  Families are encouraged to submit payment and forms early to Mr. Bob Vierlinck if possible.  All checks should be made out to Holy Ghost Prep.  Please see the DR Mission trip website for more information or contact Mr. Vierlinck ( with any questions. 

HGP gears up for annual West Virginia mission trip

Holy Ghost Prep will sponsor its 24th annual “Taste of Mission” trip to West Virginia from April 11-15.  Sixteen juniors and seniors will be traveling with Mr. Vierlinck, Mr. Fitzpatrick and two dads, Mr. Kelleher and Mr. Klein, to Hampden to rebuild a porch and construct a wheelchair ramp among other home improvement projects. 

“This trip connects with our Spiritan mission in so many ways—generous service to the poor, fostering global vision, a willingness to go to the places and do the things that others don’t,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick. 

In addition to their construction work, students will be participating in daily reflection about how their efforts meld with the spirituality of Holy Week. 


Holy Ghost Prep Junior-Senior Prom 

FridayApril, 7, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The National Constitution Center

All prom forms and payments must be dropped off in the main office by today, March 17th
Prom Cost: $200.00 per couple
Checks can be made payable to Holy Ghost Preparatory School.


Mothers' Guild News

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2017-18 Mothers’ Guild Executive Board are now being accepted. If you or someone you know has been considering joining the Mothers’ Guild board, now is your opportunity! Open positions include President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Recording Secretary, and Alumni Secretaries (2).  Please click here for more information on this opportunity.


Next Mothers' Guild Meeting and Alumni Mothers Dinner --April, 3, 2017: Senior Mom Volunteers Needed

At the April Mothers' Guild meeting, we will honor our Alumni Moms with a special celebration. Please join us for 7:00 p.m. mass in the chapel, followed by the meeting, a light dinner to celebrate our Alumni Moms, and raffle drawings in the Dining Hall. Elections for open positions on the Mothers' Guild Board will take place. You will have the opportunity to purchase 'HGP Mom' aprons and Herff Jones charms. Tony McBryan of Custom Made Comfort will be at the meeting to display his unique HGP products. The Aramark school store will be open until the start of the meeting.

All current HGP mothers who are also Alumni Mothers, please click here to view the invitation and RSVP.

Senior Moms, your help is requested for this special event. If you can lend some time on April 3, please see below.  

Hospitality Volunteers are also needed for the April meeting. If you are able to help with this very special celebration, please click here.


Senior Class of 2017 Portrait

The Senior Portrait will be taken in the spring. The portrait can be pre-ordered from Catalano Studio by clicking here.


Senior Memory Video

The 2017 senior video will include footage from the prom, Charity Ball, Mother/Son Dance, Baccalaureate Mass, and Graduation. Orders may be placed directly through All Occasion Video Production. Please click here to print out the order form and mail your payment. The deadline for orders is April 30.


Memorable Mother-Son Dance

Thank you to all the moms who made the Mother-Son Dance a success! The Dance Committee did a super job planning a fun filled evening for all. Senior Reps - great job on the very touching senior slide show and baby photo contest. Volunteers - thank you for your help decorating and cleaning up.

Mothers' Guild Dues

We will continue to collect dues throughout the remainder of the school year. These dues help to fund the many community building social events for both students and Mothers' Guild members. If you have not yet paid your dues for the 2016-2017 school year, you may bring your dues donation to any Mothers' Guild meeting, or conveniently pay online. Click here to submit your dues payment and read more about the events funded by the dues. Thank you!


Give Back Greetings--Personalized Stationary 35% Off Through June 30!

Remember to visit the Give Back Greetings website at while planning your upcoming special events, such as birthdays, graduations, Confirmations, and Communions. Use discount code HGPSAVE to enjoy a generous 35% off through June 30 on invitations, announcements, thank you notes, etc. 10% of each order is given back to HGP!


Custom Made Comfort

Visit the Custom Made Comfort website to purchase unique HGP products.  To view the blankets, scarves, pillows, and more, click here.



Save the Dates for Spring Show: Anything Goes 



Save the Date: Tony Chapman to be honored April 5

Five high school coaching legends, including HGP's own Tony Chapman, will be honored at a Coaches vs. Cancer dinner on April 5 at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken. If you have questions about the event, please contact Bill Doherty, HGP's director of communications, at


Important News from College Guidance

New Coffee Talk Series Debuted on March 10th 

In an effort to provide more College Guidance information to you, we have introduced our new Coffee Talk Parent Series!  As a pilot program this spring, the first “Coffee Talk” was held on March 10th and covered things that parents need to know if your son wants to play a sport in college. The materials from that first talk are available on Naviance for anyone who was unable to attend.

We will be offering two other “Coffee Talks" and the details are below.  Feel free to join us!

To ensure we have enough space, coffee and snacks, please RSVP using this Google form:


  1. Naviance as a Parent Resource (Sager Conference Room, Library) - March 31st, 8-8:45 a.m., for current Sophomore and Junior Parents
  2. Application Next Steps (Sager Conference Room, Library) - April 28th, 8-8:45 a.m., for Junior Parents

Topic Details

Naviance as a Parent Resource (Current Sophomore, Junior)

Naviance is an under-utilized resource for our parents meanwhile it is where the bulk of the work is being done by the student.  This session will include the Naviance basics, along with the best use for parents.  This session will conclude with a Q&A and parents who need help with their log-in will receive immediate assistance at the end.


Application Next Steps (Juniors only)

As we head into summer break, things can be forgotten by September.  This session will provide parents with a “checklist” of student next steps/things to think about to include (but not limited to): recommendation letter requests, application next steps, essay next steps, college visits, and testing plan.  Q&A will be encouraged.  We will include a handout of these topics.

Should you have any questions ahead of time, please contact Bryn Campbell or 215-639-2101 x 229.  We hope you can join us!


Reminder to All Seniors

Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral as well as scholarship awards should be brought to or emailed to Ms. Kudla - in the College Guidance Office.  This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.



Summer Class: Indie Film and Theater 

Spots are filling up fast! Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at 

Overview: This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of classic and contemporary film and theater. We will take both a critical and experiential approach to these films and plays. In other words, we will study and research them critically, and then see them performed. We will follow various works from page to stage, studying them first in the classroom and then watching them come alive on stage and screen.

Class Schedule: Tuesdays through Thursdays for 5-6 weeks in the first half of the summer. The class should be completed by the third week of July at the latest. In scheduling those 5-6 weeks, we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s summer plans. Last year, we scheduled around the service trip to the Dominican Republic. We can do the same for the week of July 4 if necessary.  

Classes meet from 9:00-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesdays are field trip days. On those days, we will meet between 10:00-11:00 and return to school between 4:00-6:00, depending on the activity. Trips will only be planned on class dates. One Wednesday trip will be an overnight trip to New York. We will leave Wednesday morning from Holy Ghost and return to school by noon of the following day.

Summer 2016 Field Trips

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY

Film: Under the Sun (documentary), Film Forum, New York, NY

Film: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Ritz 5 Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Play: Hillary and Clinton, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Play: 36 Views, Lantern Theater Company, Philadelphia, PA

Museum Exhibit: The Science of Pixar, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Museum: National Museum of American Jewish History

Reading: Rutgers Summer Writing Conference, Camden, NJ

In-Class Screenings

The films that we watch in class are chosen to expose students to a range of styles, genres, cultures, and subjects. Some films we watched last summer:

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)

Chinatown (Roman Polanski)

Shane (George Stevens)

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)

Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at mjordan@holyghostprep for more information.


March 2017 Cafeteria Menu  


Baby on the way?

Know an alum who recently had a baby? If/when you get the news about the child, can you pass along that information (boy/girl & name) to Advancement? We can be sure that our database gets updated while taking the opportunity to send a gift to the newborn! 

Contact Alexis Gettings:




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