Ghost Stories

March 31, 2017 


President's Reception celebrates HGP donors and students  

Holy Ghost Prep held its annual President's Reception, an event which simultaneously honors generous HGP donors as well as some of the school's talented students on March 24. To read more about the President's Reception, click more. (photo by Catalano Studio)




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Four HGP seniors to be recognized at Archdiocese's Honors Convocation  

Luke Profy, Mark Vigliotti, Conor Gibbons, and Carlo Duffy will be honored at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Academic Honors Convocation on May 18. To read more about this upcoming event, click more.

Important News from the Finance Office

2017-18 Enrollment Contracts Due
Enrollment contracts for all returning students for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year were mailed out in the beginning of March. Signed contracts along with your deposit of $1,000.00 were due back to the Finance Office by March 31. Please contact Jeannine Chimbos at ext. 236 or Tina Soule at ext. 230 if you have not received a contract.

2017-18 Transportation Request Forms Due 
Transportation request forms are also due back to the Finance Office by March 31. Once all forms are received, bus designations and stops will be assigned. Contracts and bus fees will be sent out at a later date.



Three HGP students will appear on area high school sports show

On Monday, April 3, Holy Ghost Prep coach Jack Crouse and HGP seniors Kyle Cartin, Jack Smiley and Conlan McHugh will join radio host Rich Henkels for the taping of the High School Sports Show. To read more about the show, click more

Mothers' Guild News 

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. We welcome Lori from Legacy of Life as our guest speaker. 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 are able to assist the Senior Moms 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

It is time to order the 2017 Senior Video! Included is footage from the Prom, Charity Ball, Mother/Son Dance, Baccalaureate Mass, Graduation, etc. 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.


Senior Mother Farewell Dinner and Guild Meeting -- Monday, May 1, 2017

We will celebrate our Senior Moms and bid them farewell at our May 1st Mothers' Guild Meeting. Senior Moms, please click here to RSVP.


Attention Junior Moms -- Volunteers Needed

The tradition continues where the Junior Mothers host the Farewell Party for the Senior Mothers. This year, the Class of 2018 will host the Senior Mother Celebration at the general meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Junior Moms are needed to help with set-up, serving, clean up and dessert donations. There will be a sign-up sheet at Monday's Guild meeting, or you can click here if you are able to help with this event.


Remembrance Mass -- Monday, May 1, 2017, 7 p.m. 

The Remembrance Mass will be held prior to the May Meeting and Senior Mom Celebration. If you have, or know of an HGP current or past student, who has lost a loved one in the last year, we would like to remember them during this special celebration Mass. Please click here to to remember a loved one.


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.



HGP's Fine Arts Festival will take place on April 6

The annual Holy Ghost Prep Fine Arts Festival, showcasing the work of HGP artists and musicians, will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017. To read more about the festival, click here. (Image created by Daniel Pawluczyk '17)

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 

Spring sports are underway!  See the early-season updates at

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations for the Induction Class of 2017-18 are being accepted now at 

Holy Ghost swimmers made a splash at districts, states
Holy Ghost Prep's swim team turned in impressive performances at both the PIAA district and state championship meets in March. To read more about their accomplishments, click here.



HGP Fathers' Association Upcoming Events 

Fathers’ Association General  Meeting: Just a reminder that our next meeting haas been scheduled for Monday, April 10th 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 sophomore and  junior forms have been returned. Freshmen course selection forms were due in the main office Friday, March 24, and only a few forms still need to be returned.  All requested courses are now entered in PowerSchool and can be viewed by choosing the “Class Registration” tab on the left upon login. Any changes in course requests will be updated in PowerSchool as they occur. Please keep in mind that at this time these are only course requests and enrollment in electives cannot be guaranteed as conflicts will occur. Check the course requests regularly through PowerSchool and, if there are any concerns, please contact the current teacher, Department Chair or Dean of Studies.




Alumni speaker on April 4 -- Coping with stress and anxiety

On Tuesday, April 4, an alumnus will be speaking with our students about his experience with depression and anxiety. The focus of this story is to share with our students that we all make mistakes, we all feel stress, and we all feel pressure, but there are people and resources available to help them in these situations. 


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



Save the Dates for Spring Show: Anything Goes 


Important News from College Guidance

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 - 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

Topic Details

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!


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 

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.

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. 




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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