Greetings to all HN Families!

As we find ourselves quickly approaching Thanksgiving break, here are a few reminders of upcoming events at Holy Name.

  • Join us tonight or tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Manning Auditorium for our Fall Drama, The Elephant Man, directed by Mr. Mike Mazur ’86. I know that the cast and crew have been working hard to make this one of the best performances yet. Come out and support the arts at HN!
  • Monday, November 17th is a designated #hnchoosekind dress-down day in honor of our “Book in Common” Wonder and national anti-bullying month. Students who purchased our HN “Believe There is Good in the World” T-Shirts can dress down free of charge by wearing that shirt. Any other student who would like to dress down on Monday (in HN attire – see the handbook for guidelines) can do so by paying $3 in homeroom.
  • Currently, our “Giving Tree” adorned with names of Holy Name Elementary students is set up in the main foyer. Every year, we commit to providing a Christmas gift for each student at HN Elementary School. If you would like to participate, please take a tag from the tree and register it in the main office. Gifts must be returned to the office by December 9th. This is a wonderful way to brighten the Christmas season for others.
  • The Guidance department is sponsoring a College Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium. Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.
  • The Boosters Club annual NIGHT AT THE RACES will be held on Saturday, November 22nd in the Auxiliary Gym. There will be a mass at 4:30 p.m. and doors open for the Races at 5:30 p.m. Horses are already sold out, but tickets to the event are still available. Contact Mara Rybak at 216-403-0679 if you are interested in attending. Tickets can be purchased until this Monday, November 17th. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Don’t forget that school is not in session on Monday, December 1st. This is our “Bishop’s Holiday” that was granted to us by Bishop Lennon when he came to HN to celebrate our Homecoming Mass in October.
  • The mid-point of the second quarter is December 3rd, the Wednesday after Thanksgiving break. Students are encouraged to keep up to date on their grades through ProgressBook.
  • Midterm exam  schedules (click here) have been sent home. Exams begin on Tuesday, December 16th and continue through Friday, December 19th before Christmas break begins. Midterm exams count for 20% of the semester grade and should be taken extremely seriously. Teachers will be providing students with study guides for these tests. Please make sure to study ahead of time for each test. Cramming the night before is never prudent!
  • Namers have been out in the community at various events. Mr. Crane and Mrs. Mahoney accompanied many of our performing arts students to area grade schools on a music tour. Mr. Farmer, Mr. Kenneally, and Mrs. Day chaperoned our Irish History class on a trip to Connecticut’s The Great Hunger Museum last week. Mr. Hornbeek and several business students participated in the City Club of Cleveland Youth Forum “The Power of Innovation”. Mr. Mazur and the drama club as well as Mrs. Paul and the French Club attended performances of Les Misérables at the Hanna Theatre. Mrs. Ryan and several art students participated in the Cleveland Institute of Art’s CIA Next Program to explore careers in the arts. It’s great to see our students out in the community and learning outside of the classroom!

Finally, more congratulations are in order!

  • I’m pleased to announce that 72% of our students earned first or second honors for the first quarter marking period. What an excellent achievement! Let’s keep up the good work and strive to make improvements.
  • On Monday, November 17th, senior Abbey Yaugher will be signing with Walsh University to play softball and pursue her undergraduate degree. Congratulations to Abbey on this excellent achievement!
  • Senior Caroline Dreher was named to the first team all state for girls’ varsity soccer. Caroline helped lead the team to the district championship this year. AWESOME job! Caroline was also named to the All-American team and is one of 42 girls in the nation who has been invited to play in the high school all-American soccer game in Raleigh, North Carolina in December.

Keep those NAMER accomplishments coming! We are so proud of our students and what they achieve.

Have a great weekend. Stay warm and safe.

Mrs. Blanc