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February 5, 2016


Seventh Grade Practice Exam -

Saturday, February 27, 2016 -

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Click Here to Register Online for the Seventh Grade Practice Exam at HGP

HGP Begins to Review Prospective Transfer Students

Each year, HGP receives transfer applications for students entering the 10th and 11th grades.  Families interested in considering HGP should contact the admissions office to learn more about the transfer process.




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Giving Tuesday Results in Big Support for HGP

Holy Ghost Prep was proud to be part of #GivingTuesday this year!  Thank you to all who participated by making a gift to our "Faculty Wish List."  Through your generous support, Holy Ghost has received gifts for athletics, the arts, technology, and our greatest needs of the School.  Now, students are able to use their new KORG Keyboard in music class or the soon-to-arrive 3-D Printer for Robotics! Gifts, such as these, are more than appreciated and contribute to "a day in the life" of our faculty and students at HGP.  Thank you! 

Class Registration Begins for 2016-2017

The 2016-2017 Course Registration process has begun. Juniors met with Department Chairs on Wednesday, January 27, to hear information regarding electives and course selection. The College Guidance Department will meet individually with juniors starting Monday, February 8, to discuss options and register classes for senior year. Once courses are entered in PowerSchool they can be viewed by choosing the "Class Registration" tab on the left upon login. A complete description of the course offerings for the 2016-2017 School Year can be found at 

HGP Summer Courses 2016

This summer Holy Ghost is offering five engaging summer semester courses to our academic program. These courses are a combination of class work and unique field experiences related to the topics of study. Participation in the courses is completely optional and designed to engage your son in real-world experiences.  Please see a brief description of the courses and contact the appropriate teacher with questions. If you have questions about the overall program, please contact the principal, Mr. Danilak.

Any student interested in taking Statistical Reasoning in Sports this summer should see Ms. McKelvie for a registration form.  This course offers students the opportunity to learn statistical reasoning concepts through the context of a variety of different sport applications.  In addition to coursework, students will attend several trips to sports stadiums and studios.

Please contact Ms. McKelvie at with any questions.

Any student interested in taking Finance this summer should see Mr. Murtaugh for a registration form. Students in this course will evaluate investment theories, analyze investment data, and perform long-range investment strategy while balancing risk.  Visits to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, investment firms, and the world finance capital of New York City are planned.

Please contact Mr. Murtaugh at with any questions.

Any student interested in taking US Government and Politics this summer should see Dr. Saxton for a registration form.  This course offers students the opportunity to gain an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  Field trips include the US Constitution Center in Philadelphia and centers of government in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.

Please contact Dr. Saxton at with any questions.

Any student interested in taking Journalism this summer should see Mr. Goulet for a registration form.  This course allows students to gain experience in reporting, interviewing, writing and editing.  Students will be introduced to the journalistic styles of news, editorial, feature, column and review.  Field experiences include a visit to the Philadelphia Magazine office and the ESPN campus in Connecticut.

Please contact Mr. Goulet at with any questions.

Any student interested in taking Indie Film, Theater and Creative Writing this summer should see Mr. Jordan for a registration form.  This course will engage students in the literary and lively arts.  Students will have the opportunity to see the best examples of film, theater and creative writing in the cultural centers of Philadelphia and New York City.

Please contact Mr. Jordan at with any questions.

Art News

Cameron Zubey, Mrs. Karen Smallen, HGP art teacher and Tom Horgan at the Annual Phillips Mill Youth Art Exhibit. Cameron won a cash prize for his reduction process linoleum print "Ronaldo". The show is open weekends through February 14th. The mill is located two miles north of New Hope.

Pictured here with their Memory Project drawings are from left to right
Kevin Dineen, John Teesdale, Tim Mikalic, Dumitru Dobre, Garrison Moore, Dante DeSanctis, Rob Palermo, Owen Yake and Dan Denoncour  CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A LARGER VERSION

Ten HGP artists participated in the Memory Project during the 2015-2016 school year. This is a national program where high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing countries. The purpose of the program is to provide the children with a special memory of their youth and to honor their heritage and identity. The artists in turn practice kindness, empathy and service to others.

The HGP artists created portraits of children from Ethiopia. The drawings take several hours to complete. This year the artists were Carter Takita, Brandon Rudolph, Robert Palermo, Joseph Zampirri, Dumitru Dobre, Owen Yake, Kevin Dineen, John Teesdale, Nick Guiliano, Dan Denoncour, Dante DeSanctis, Pioty Cymbolski, Garrison Moore, Cooper Pandorf, Hugh Collins and Tim Mikalic.

This was our sixth year participating in The Memory Project. Each year we have the opportunity to make portraits of children from different countries. We are proud of the work these HGP artists do and plan to continue participating in this project. 

PSAT Results

In October 2015, all HGP Juniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meet other program requirements will enter the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship Program recognition and scholarships. Your son’s participation as a freshman or a sophomore will provide necessary practice to improve his performance for NMQS and SAT. Students have access to their electronic results and will be receiving hard copies this coming week. Please take a look at your son’s scores talk about it with them and file it away. You can click on this link to help you understand how to read these scores.

Mothers' Guild News

Mother-Son Dance – March 5, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, join us with your special guy(s) at our annual Mother-Son Dance…Roaring 20s style!  Reservation deadline is February 24, so mail in your reservation today.  Please click here for a link to the online invitation and information. 

If you would like to help with decorating, set up or clean up, please click here to sign up. Help is especially needed on Saturday morning and for Clean up after the dance. 

Attention Senior Moms – Pictures Needed

Each year the Senior Class is celebrated at the Mother-Son Dinner Dance with a baby photo contest, as well as a slide show.  We need each senior mom to send in pictures of their son as a baby, and then fun photos throughout his years at HGP.  Click here for information on how to submit your pictures.  The deadline for baby photo submission has been extended to February 15. 

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2016-17 Mothers’ Guild Executive Board will be accepted at the March Mothers’ Guild meeting.  If you or someone you know has been considering joining the Mothers’ Guild board, now is your opportunity!  Open positions include President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary (2) and Alumni Secretary.  Watch the Mothers’ Guild homepage for more information and job descriptions.  If you have any questions, please email Alumni Secretaries Stephanie Bamert or Catherine Talarico at

HGP Athletics News:

Miss the Spring Sports Registration? Please read the information letter  

Crew Spring Registration - Wednesday, February 17th at 7pm in Sager Conference Room.  Email Coach JD Bridges at jbridges@holyghostprep.orgfor further details.
Winter Sports Senior Nights!  Basketball: Friday, February 5 vs. Neshaminy7pm; Swimming vs. Lower Moreland Wednesday, February 10 3:30pm at Shafer MS Pool
Spring Grade School Basketball Clinic.  Clinics begin late February! Register at

Pasta Dinner - April 3, 2016

Forensics Pasta Dinner- NEW DATE
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Firebird Fieldhouse 3:00-6:30 

Fathers' Association News

Next meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:00 PM
Founders Hall - Sager Conference Room

HGP Fathers Association Annual Ski & Snowboard Trip

Mark your calendars for the annual Fathers Association Ski & Snowboard Trip.   This year’s trip will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA.    Come out and join us for a fun filled day.   Entire families are welcomed on this trip.   Please click on the following link to obtain all details including the Registration Form.

HGP Dining Hall February Menu

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Junior Parent Reception

On Friday, February 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Junior parents are cordially invited to join the President, Gregory J. Geruson '79, in Founders' Hall for the Junior Parent Social. Refreshments and light Hors d'oeurves will be served. To RSVP, please contact the Office of Advancement at 215-639-2102 ext. 244 or

HGP College Guidance News


Seniors - provides a listing of scholarship programs, for Pennsylvania students, that will give out more than 1.5 million dollars to students in 2016.  Information is available at   with various deadlines.

The Maguire Foundation

This past year Holy Ghost Preparatory School was given the unique opportunity to partner with the Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise  founded by James J. and Frances Maguire in October 2000 that focuses its resources on education. The Maguire Foundation provides grants to grade school, high school and college students so that they may have an opportunity to benefit from a quality education. 

The Maguire Foundation’s mission is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola of being men and women for others.  The foundation believes that partnering with educational institutions to provide scholarship assistance to children and young adults will help build a strong foundation for success. 

HGP’s partnership with Maguire Foundation brings unprecedented value and opportunity to students. The partnership provides scholarship assistance to freshmen each year and supports them through four years of high school, as well as college students with scholarship opportunities to support students in selected institution’s through four years of matriculation.  The goal of the Maguire Scholars Program is to support and enrich the leaders of tomorrow.

The Maguire Scholars Program

These need based scholarships are available to seniors in high school who are applying to select colleges that are members of the Maguire Scholars Program (see list below).

To be eligible for the Maguire Scholarship Program students must:

- Demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-10,000.

- Qualify for admission to selected institutions (see below).

- Have at least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent in high school.

- Be engaged in community service and/or extracurricular activities.

- Participate in regular counseling in accordance with university requirements.

- Agree to participate in an annual Maguire Scholars Program event.

- Complete a Maguire Scholars Program application (include a letter of recommendation from supervisor of a volunteer/community service or extracurricular activity).

- Student or family must contribute at least $5,000 per year to tuition, room, and board ($1,000 at a community college).

The following is a list of participating colleges: Boston College; Cabrini College; Chestnut Hill College; College of the Holy Cross; Drexel University; Fairfield University; Fordham University; Georgetown University; Gwynedd Mercy University; Immaculata University; LaSalle University; Loyola University Maryland; Neumann University; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Penn State - Main Campus; Philadelphia University; Rosemont College; St. Joseph's University; Temple University; University of Pennsylvania; University of Scranton; Villanova University; Widener University; Community College of Philadelphia; Montgomery County Community College.

If you are interested in applying for this program the deadline isMarch 1, 2016.

College Acceptances and Scholarships 

We need your help!  Copies of letters of acceptance, waitlist, deferral and 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.  

Financial Aid
The following are helpful articles regarding the financial aid process, click on the links below to read.


Juniors - The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any American university. 
Any Junior interested in applying for this prestigious scholarship should go to   for application information.  Deadline for submission is March 18, 2016.  Questions?  See Ms. Kudla in C202
Download the Daily Practice SAT app for your phone. Great resource as you begin to prepare for the SAT  test.

Summer Trip to Spain and France

The Foreign Language Department is running a trip to Spain and southern France this summer from June 11th to June 20th.  Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in learning about this exciting travel opportunity should visit for more info and to register.  

HGP Pix - Courtesy of Catalano Studio

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HGP Blankets for Sale

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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: .


HGP In-Memoriam

Please keep in your prayers:
Anna Clark, mother of Lawrence Clark, Jr. '89
Andrew Hartnett '76, son of former teacher Francis Hartnett
Angelic Primas, aunt of sophomore Stefano Arnone


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