Senior Awards Ceremony: Class of 2020 Winners Announced

Never, Ever Give Up Project Created by Freshmen Displayed at UH Parma

Earlier this year, freshmen read “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. After reading the book, students wrote six-word memoirs that highlighted lessons they learned during their most difficult times. These memoirs were written on pieces of old t-shirts.

The six-word memoirs were slated to be displayed on Holy Name’s campus. However, following the school closure due to COVID-19, English Teacher Miss Megan Leigh approached University Hospitals Parma Medical Center to see if they would be open to having it displayed there. UH Parma immediately jumped on-board, and now, “Never, Ever Give Up! Love, HN” is a reality there.

Read the Cleveland.com story at https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/05/holy-name-high-school-students-inspire-uh-parma-medical-center-employees-with-messages-of-perseverance.html.

Holy Name has many alumni and parents who are first responders and medical care workers. We are so proud of, and grateful for, the work they do each day to protect us, especially during this pandemic.

Online Green Wave Gala Silent Auction Raises $22,610: Thank You!

Grateful is how we feel as we announce that last week’s online Green Wave Gala Silent Auction raised $22,610 to help support Holy Name’s students! We congratulate Thomas Bowman, who was the winner of the Green Wave Gala Auction $50 Trip Raffle. Thomas will get to choose between a trip to Boston, MA for a Samuel Adams Brewery Tour, or a trip to Louisville, KY to visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Thank you to all who participated, as well as to all who prayed for the event’s success. Our community will continue to prosper due to your dedication to helping Holy Name provide a college preparatory, faith-based education to young men and women.

These same young men and women have had to adjust and adapt this past month. Beginning the week of March 16, all classes were switched to distance learning mode. This will remain in place until at least May 1. Using ProgressBook, Google Classroom, Zoom, and other digital platforms, faculty have been educating and connecting with students from home. Group chats, online assignments, and recorded lectures have become the new ‘normal.’ We are especially appreciative of our faculty for making this happen so quickly.

Technology helps students connect outside of the classroom, too. Campus Ministry is offering students the opportunity to pray the Angelus prayer daily, and the Rosary weekly via Zoom. Cenacle of Mary comes together each Thursday evening on Zoom to sing worship songs, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Divine Praises, and have open individual prayer time. Ensuring our students thrive not just academically, but socially and spiritually, remains a priority during this trying time.

We also look for the bright spots – the news to celebrate and recognize, especially from our seniors. Jared Sanderell ’20 has earned a full tuition, room, and board scholarship to the University of Akron, where he will study engineering and be a member of the Honors College. Both Kate Reardon ’20 and Matthew Stracensky ’20 have now been named National Merit Finalists. Numerous student-athletes have announced where they are continuing their academic and athletic careers next fall. Others are discerning calls to religious life. These are the stories we are proud of and will share.

Along with sharing our students’ stories, we want to hear from our alumni, parents, and friends. Please contact us with your own good news, or news about others in our greater Holy Name community who are making a difference. Feel free to share these by emailing jweiss@holynamehs.com.

Thank you again for supporting Holy Name and for believing in our mission. We continue to pray for your good health and safety, and hope you and your family have a blessed Easter season.

All Hail Holy Name,

Terry Kenneally ’67, President and Shelbrey Blanc ’95, Principal

Building Open 9AM-1PM Monday and Wednesday to Pick-Up Belongings

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we lay out plans for the next three weeks. Here are a few items to know at this time:

The building will be open for students to collect personal belongings and any academic materials on Monday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We strongly encourage all students to come collect their books and other items, as a distance learning plan will be implemented moving forward.

On Monday and Wednesday, students may enter the building through the teacher parking lot doors (by modular unit and computer labs). Students must collect their items and leave the building immediately; they are not to socialize.

Sophomores ONLY: Please stop by the Main Office on Monday or Wednesday to pick up your PSAT Test Prep Book. Having this will allow teachers to give assignments pertaining to the book.

The first week of distance learning assignments will be available after 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16. We will send further communications out about how to access these materials, the submission process, etc. as soon as we are able.

As we move forward, students should check their Holy Name emails for information. Parents will also continue to receive details.

We know there are a lot of questions and concerns about academics, the future school calendar, etc. Please know we are working as quickly as we can to address what will happen these next three weeks and beyond.

Thank you, and we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy at home.

Important School Information – Building Closed Through April 3

Hello Holy Name High School Families,

As you know, Holy Name was already scheduled to be closed on Friday, March 13; Monday, March 16; and Tuesday, March 17. However, due to Governor DeWine’s directive this afternoon, the Holy Name school building will now be closed through Friday, April 3. In-person classes are expected to resume on Monday, April 6.

Since the building is closed, this means that all on-campus, school-related events and athletic-related events (including but not limited to practices, training sessions, weight lifting, etc.) are canceled, effective immediately.

As a Diocesan High School, we are in constant communication with the administrators at the Diocese of Cleveland, and will share any updates as they become available. We will continue to communicate details about our academic plans in the coming days.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this evolving situation.

Holy Name High School

EdChoice: Hearings Scheduled in Columbus Open to Parents

The Ohio House of Representatives just announced that they will hold hearings in Columbus regarding changes to the EdChoice Program. School Choice Ohio needs parents and educators who can come to Columbus to testify in support of EdChoice.

Hearings regarding HB 9 will take place on the following dates and times at the Statehouse, in Room 313:

February 11, 12 and 13, all beginning at 5 p.m.
February 14, 15 and 17 from 9 a.m. – Noon
February 18, 19 and 20, all beginning at 5 p.m.

It is important to get parents to the hearings. School Choice Ohio expects that school districts and their representatives will be out in force.

If you can come to Columbus to testify, please complete this EdChoice Witness Slip for your desired date, and email your testimony and completed witness slip to: Primary&SecondaryEducationCommittee@ohiohouse.gov. If you have questions about providing testimony, you can contact the Committee Chair’s (Rep. Jones) office at (614) 644-8728.

You may indicate that you are an interested party on the witness slip.

To help us better coordinate testimony, please blind copy (bcc) School Choice Ohio at advocacy@scohio.org.

If you cannot make it to Columbus, you are still able to lend your support. You can provide a written statement to the Committee at the email address above (Primary&SecondaryEducationCommittee@ohiohouse.gov).

Key points you may wish to make:

– Why your family chose EdChoice and what the opportunity has meant to your family.

– Families are looking for options that best meet their child’s needs. And no one understands your child’s needs better.

– If you have been waiting for the opportunity and your district school is finally on the most recent list, explain the steps (including any fees paid) you’ve already taken, and that changing the rules of the program at this date is unfair and poor public policy.

– Keeping students trapped in schools that are not working for them is wrong and a waste of taxpayer money.

If you have any questions, please call School Choice Ohio at 614-223-1555.

If you share your opinions on Facebook or Twitter, use the hashtag #EdChoice.