Important 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org in the College Guidance Office NO LATER THAN APRIL 26, 2017. This information is confidential and is very important to keep our Naviance statistics up-to-date.
New Coffee Talk Series
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 second talk, which took place on March 31, was a discussion of Naviance as a parent resource. The materials from the first two talks are available on Naviance for anyone who was unable to attend.
We will be offering one more “Coffee Talk" 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:
Application Next Steps (Sager Conference Room, Library) - April 28th, 8-8:45 a.m., for Junior Parents
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 email@example.com or 215-639-2101 x 229. We hope you can join us!
Sophomores Take a Kaplan SAT vs ACT Practice Test on Friday, April 7, 2017!
Sponsored by Holy Ghost Prep & Kaplan Test Prep, Holy Ghost Prep will offer a SAT vs ACT combination practice test on Friday, April 7 to all sophomores. The test event helps students not only practice important tests in a real-world setting, but also identify areas to help them improve their scores before taking their official exams. Test participants will receive a detailed score report highlighting their personal strengths and weaknesses immediately after the test!
Great news: Students will leave the practice test with their scores. They will need to bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet to use only after the completion of the test for scoring it.
Summer Class: Indie Film and Theater
Spots are filling up fast! Interested students and parents, email Mr. Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.