Today, we were blessed to celebrate the first Chapel Mass of the school year. Nearly 100 students, faculty members and parents came together for a Mass that was offered in memory of Mrs. Shari Wiesler and Mr. Bob Andrews, two Holy Name parents who passed away this summer. After the Mass, students gathered in the Christ Child Courtyard to enjoy a reception sponsored by the Holy Name Moms’ Club.

We pray all of our students have a wonderful school year, and hope they continue to experience and feel God’s love and the Holy Spirit in their everyday lives.

Holy Name High School’s Picture Day for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be Tuesday, September 1! Students are reminded that they should follow normal school dress code on Picture Day.

You can simplify the Picture Day process by ordering online at mylifetouch.com. All you need to have is the Holy Name Picture Day ID, which is WP155232Y0. No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online. You can use credit card or PayPal on the mylifetouch.com website.

Go to mylifetouch.com to see what options are available. Holy Name looks forward to having a successful picture day this Tuesday, September 1!

Attention HN Students, Parents and Families: Calendar Fundraiser Distribution will NOT be held today, Friday, August 28. It will be held at some point next week. We will make sure to announce to all students, parents and families when the new distribution date will be. We will again be requiring each student to sell six calendars at $30 a piece.

Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to Stephanie Sawicki ’16, who received a Bishops’ Scholarship for Excellence during a luncheon held last Friday, August 7. Stephanie was selected as one of six Cleveland area Catholic high school recipients after participating in an essay contest, with this year’s essay theme being ‘Forgiveness.’

Each high school recipient, including Stephanie, received a scholarship worth $2,500. This scholarship will be used during Stephanie’s senior year at Holy Name. The scholarship is made available through the Catholic Education Endowment Trust.

Stephanie, who is an active member of Campus Ministry and had a starring role in Holy Name’s 2015 Spring Musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo in Parma. She is the daughter of Timothy and Kristie Sawicki.

Loyal Holy Name parents, alumni, and supporters gathered on Thursday, August 6 to celebrate the conclusion of summer and to hear more information about Holy Name’s Team Up for Turf initiative. The project includes building a turf field and a six-lane track in place of the school’s current grass field and non-regulation track. The new facility will serve as a multi-purpose complex for athletic teams and extracurricular activities. Approximately $1.5 million is needed for the field, track, and all other amenities, and already $570,000 has been pledged and raised toward the project. However, additional support is needed to make the project a reality.

To start the discussion on the Team Up for Turf initiative, Director of Development Ray Murphy spoke about the benefits of building a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field and all-weather track at Holy Name, and also explained the planned phases of the project. Phase one will be to install the turf field; phase two will be to replace the existing track; and phase three will be to add amenities such as stands, a ticket gate, and a concession stand. The goal is to have phase one of the project – the installation of the turf field – completed by the beginning of the 2016 fall sports season.

Cicerchi Development President and CEO Rich Cicerchi ’65, whose generous support is helping to make Cicerchi Field possible, explained how extracurricular activities, particularly football, play an integral role in his life. He shared the many character intangibles that he learned while at Holy Name, and stressed that it’s important to have a field where current and future Namers can continue to have an experience that allows them to develop strong character traits and important life skills.

Additionally, former Cleveland Browns player Kevin Mack added excitement to the event and spent time mingling and greeting attendees. The Holy Name Football Team even took a quick break from their practice to meet the two-time Pro Bowl selection and took a quick picture with him!

Thank you to all who attended the event and have already supported the Team Up for Turf Project – your help is greatly appreciated! We are also grateful for the new donors who made pledges on Thursday, and those who are still considering a gift that will make a difference. If you would like more information on the Team Up for Turf Project, or would like to learn how to make a pledge, please visit www.TeamUpforTurf.com. You can also call Director of Advancement Ray Murphy at (440) 886-0300 ext. 111 or email him at rmurphy@holynamehs.com with any questions.

The beautiful weather in Parma Heights has allowed workers to complete the installation of new windows in the Holy Name High School building! The project first started last summer in the front of the school, and continued this summer throughout the rest of the building. A new roof installation is in progress now as well. Stay tuned for more building improvements as we make final preparations for freshmen and transfer students to arrive on August 19 and all students on August 20!

Holy Name football and baseball player Colin Costanzo ’17 is teaming up with other area athletes to lead this year’s ‘signing day’ pledge. He and nearly 100 other Northeast Ohio student-athletes will sign a pledge that says they will respect women and girls and will speak up if they witness violence. The signing day will be held this Saturday, August 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Juvenile Justice Center in Cleveland.

The full story published by Cleveland.com can be found here.

Holy Name is proud of Colin for his role in this initiative. We are fortunate as a school community to have many young men – and women – like Colin who lead by example and are teaching the value of respect to those around them.

Last week, the Holy Name 2015-2016 Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders attended an AmeriCheer Camp at Baldwin Wallace University to prepare for the upcoming season.

Along with improving their skills and bonding as a team, the girls won several awards throughout the camp!

As a school, Holy Name Cheerleaders were awarded with a second place “Crowd Crazies” trophy, a first place ribbon for Theme Day and first place Spirit Award.

Senior Awards went to Class of 2016 Cheerleaders Eileen Benedict, Casey Farrell, Emily Farruggia, Megan Graham, Betsy Hindulak and Sammie Pechkurow.

During Final Evaluations, the JV Squad earned:

An Excellent Ribbon for Chants
A Superior Ribbon for Cheer
Award of Distinction
Spirit Award with Spirit Stick
Overall Excellence Trophy

During Final Evaluations, the Varsity Squad earned:

A Superior Ribbon for Chants
A Superior Ribbon for Cheer
Award of Distinction
Spirit Award with Spirit Stick
Overall Superior Trophy

Most importantly, HN Cheerleaders demonstrated excellent teamwork, sportsmanship and spirit, helping the Westside Junior High Cheerleaders so they would be prepared for their daily evaluations.

Congrats to the HN Cheerleaders on a wonderful camp experience. We look forward to them leading Namer Nation in cheering on the Green Wave this fall!

Thank you to the 60 student-athletes in grades three through nine who came to the Holy Name Basketball Shooting Clinic earlier this week! Coach Huber and his camp counselors enjoyed helping all campers work on and improve their basketball shooting skills.

The Holy Name High School Main Office, which includes the Business Office, the Principal’s Office and the Assistant Principals’ Offices, will be CLOSED on Friday, July 24 because of maintenance being done on the school floors. The Main Office will re-open at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 27.

Thank you for your understanding.