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New year, new courses

Pooja Krishna and Lauren Gaubert, Editor and Reporter
May 18, 2017
Filed under News, School News

Three new courses will be offered next year: a freshman seminar class, philosophy, and a leadership class. Each of these classes will be semester-long electives. Ms. Downs, who will teach the leadership course, taught a similar class at Rowlett High School. “[The leadership course] is an opportunity f...

Class of 2021 will take freshman seminar

Mary Grace Theis, Newspaper Reporter
May 5, 2017
Filed under News, School News

Out with the old and in with the new. Next year, all freshmen will be required to take the one-semester Freshman Seminar, designed to help them acclimate to campus life. Mrs. Soriya Nelson, Ms. Melissa Downs, and Mr. Daniel Bouchard will teach the course. Although many things are still to be determined...

Jonte named Teacher of the Year

John Pham, Reporter
March 21, 2017
Filed under Multimedia, School News, Video

Science teacher Jane Jonte was selected as the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.

Seniors start a new tradition

Seniors start a new tradition

Lauren Gaubert, Reporter
October 6, 2016
Filed under School News, Top Stories

Twenty-five seniors attended the inaugural Kairos Retreat Sept. 1-4. The retreat is designed to promote spiritual growth while allowing students to develop new friendships and have fun with their teachers and peers. Kairos typically consists of many personal testimonies and small group discussions ...

Cardinals raise more than $220,000

Joy Schwarz, Reporter
October 2, 2016
Filed under Community News, News, School News

Community members donated more than $220,000 for JPII in the annual North Texas Giving Day. JPII placed second overall in the individual gifts school leaderboard, earning a cash bonus. “The success of this year has really been built on the foundation of the past three years, with the beginni...

Athenaeum updates emphasize collaboration and connectivity

Athenaeum updates emphasize collaboration and connectivity

Pooja Krishna, Editor
May 26, 2016
Filed under News, School News, Top Stories

The Athenaeum has been undergoing renovations from late fall of 2015 and these changes are scheduled to be completed by the end of May. New furniture, power stands, and low profile strips are only a few of the changes to be implemented. “The Athenaeum should be the hub of the school where all the...

Senior top honors named at Awards

May 26, 2016
Filed under School News, Video

Seniors 2016 celebrated accomplishments at the annual awards ceremony May 16.  Seniors Robert Dabagia and Katrina Druffner were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.  Seniors Brady Lewis and Megan Garfield received the John Paul II Award.

New courses added to offerings for next year

New courses added to offerings for next year

Pooja Krishna, Editor
May 9, 2016
Filed under News, School News, Top Stories

Three new courses will be offered next year: AP Art History, AP Computer Science Principles, and Pre-AP Spanish 3 for Heritage Speakers. “Largely, we were looking for elective courses so the students have more selections to choose from,” Steve Mininger, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, said. While other...

Cardinals adopt new helmet models

Cardinals adopt new helmet models

Nicholas Ronk, J1 Reporter
November 6, 2015
Filed under School News, Sports

This athletic season, the Cardinals have been using a new, a very innovative helmet design. The new helmet, the Riddell Speedflex,  includes the use of memory foam within the frame of of the helmet, which absorbs shock at a faster and larger rate than previous models. The front cage has also been red...

Students find help with SAT prep

Adele Wallace, J1 Reporter
November 5, 2015
Filed under School News

With two million students taking the test every year, SAT prep classes have become a staple for many juniors, claiming it better prepares them for the test. Physics teacher Vern Dewees has been teaching prep classes for the math SAT section for seven years. “One thing I would really do is concentrat...

Students, teachers adjust to the new cellphone policy

David Schwartz, J1 reporter
October 27, 2015
Filed under School News

Students are cheering, but teachers have mixed feelings over the change in cellphone use on campus. The new revised policy gives students more freedom with their cell phones. Silent usage like texting is now allowed during passing periods. Talking on phones during the school day is still not allowed...

Science by Billy Yang

Science by Billy Yang

Billy Yang
October 8, 2015
Filed under News, School News

Science classes

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