STARS Connection - Week of April 1, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 1, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 1, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 1, 2019


Coming up this week: Wed is PLC, Course Requests, Resiliency Lessons, STEM diploma, Spring Musical opens, Starfest tickets, Campaign Updates

We want you to know: Tri 2 Honor Roll, Senior Photos, Starfest Homeroom Donations, Senior Party, Vaping and Chemical Health Ed, Summer Experience Camps, Drivers Ed

A look ahead: Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center:  Sophomore College Planning, College Fair, Junior College Planning Day Assignments, Star on the CCC board, Senior Grades Count, SAT deadline

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Wednesday, April 3 is Late Start

Wednesday, April 3 is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) day at AHA. Teachers will gather for early morning professional meetings. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses run at their regular times and there's supervision for students who arrive at school early.

Course Request Review due by March 29

Parents/Students, you should have received your Course Request selections for the 2019-20 school year in the mail. Please make sure there are 21 selections of courses total. In addition, make sure there are 7 selections each trimester. If there are 6 one tri and 8 in another, that is a problem and you need to see Ms. Taffe, Mr. O'Leary or Ms. Meacham in the Guidance Dept.

Changing courses or electives after March 29th will be done only if our master schedule can accommodate and a $35.00 scheduling change fee is paid.

Resiliency lessons for juniors

The AHA Guidance Department prepared Resiliency Lessons for juniors and led in-class sessions in theology classes this week. Josie Robinson, part-time counselor, presented this work. These lessons are an effort to address and discuss with students ways to manage and make stress a useful and more healthy issue for students to handle. Similar lessons will be planned for other grade levels.

STEM Diploma app due April 5

Senior STEM Diploma application packets are due to Mrs. Poshusta by 3 pm on Friday, April 5th. If seniors have questions, they may contact her directly. Learn more about AHA's STEM diploma.

Sister Act opens April 5

Academy of Holy Angels Starlight Productions presents the 2019 Spring Musical Sister Act in 6 performances over 2 weekends, beginning April 5. Tickets are general admission, $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Reserve your tickets at Read more and see playbill.

Starfest Tickets Selling Fast!

Look for your invitation in the mail this week! April 27th is coming up quickly and we have already sold 20 tables to the event. Make sure to get your friends together or come solo to meet new parents. You can make your seating requests in the online form or mailed RSVP card; we try to accommodate all requests received before the RSVP deadline of April 12th. Don't wait - get your tickets today!

Campaign Update and Upcoming Parent Events

Our Call: To Lead & ServeWe have raised over $8.5 million toward our campaign goal of $10.5 million from alumni, board and campaign leadership, past and current parents, faculty and staff and friends of the school.

We have shared the campaign initiatives with many current parents at the parent breakfasts hosted by AHA. We will continue to host information sessions and campaign events throughout the school year.

Upcoming events for parents, include the following:

  • Tuesday, April 9th 5-7:00 p.m. Edina Country Club hosted by John and Beth Schutz and Todd and Ann Olson
  • Wednesday, April 10th 5-7:00 p.m. Union 32 in Eagan hosted by Gary and Yvonne Gillard and Jerry and Karen Morris.

Please join other parents. To learn more or to rsvp for either of these events please contact Rebecca Tofte 612-798-2613 or Brian McCartan 612-798-2618

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Trimester Two Honor Roll announced

Academy of Holy Angels is proud to announce the 2018-19 Honor Roll. Students whose grade point average meets the criteria are commended. See the list of criteria, names and honors

Senior photos are requested for the Senior Slide Show

The yearbook will be creating a senior slide show that will be shown at a convocation and the senior retreat. Each slide will include 2-4 pictures (preschool, elementary, high school, graduation). We are able to use senior portraits that were submitted to the yearbook but we are looking for a photo or two of your student as younger kid. Please send all photos to Please attach all photos to a single email. Photos are due Friday, April 19th.

Starfest Homeroom Donations

Starfest is approaching! Each homeroom is asked to participate by donating a basket or item for the Silent Auction. Please ask your student about the donation that his/her homeroom is planning to donate. Thank you!

Class of 2019 Senior Party

It's not too late to sign up for the Senior Party! Get details and register. The next planning committee meeting is April 17th at 6:30 pm at AHA.

Vaping and chemical health education

Proactively educating our students about chemicals is a community effort, and one that requires both empathy and firm standards. Read our call to action from Counselor Matt O'Leary, outlining strategies for having a productive and meaningful conversation with your student about vaping, alcohol, and other drug use. If you have concerns about your student or questions about AHA's efforts in this regard, contact Mr. O'Leary (

Registration for Summer Experience Camps Now Available

We are excited to be hosting our Summer Experience Camps again this June. We have reduced camp prices this year and changed the schedule to allow campers to participate in multiple camps (convenient for busy parents). Check out all of the new and available camps at We can't wait to see you this June!

Spring Driver Education Dates Announced

Spring classroom driver education dates are April 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 23, and 25. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom, Parent/Guardian Night, Driver Impact Panel and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual.

Already completed classroom at AAA Driving School and looking for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have opened daytime lessons during Spring Break in addition to our regular after school and weekend lesson times. You can schedule directly via the online Student Portal

For more information about all AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit school For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.


Upcoming Dates

  • March 29: Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
  • March 30: Mother/Son Dinner Dance
  • April 2: Sophomore College Planning Night 6:30 pm
  • April 3: PLC/Late start
  • April 5: AHA Spring Musical "Sister Act" opens 7 pm
  • April 10: College Fair @ STA
  • April 11: Stations of the Cross/Reconciliation
  • April 17: PLC/Late start
  • April 18-22: No School, Easter Break
  • April 23: School resumes



Sophomore College Planning Night is April 2

Sophomores and their parents are invited to attend the Sophomore Parent College Planning Night on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. The College Counselors will be discussing several items including suggestions on college planning, information on the college fair on April 10, suggestions for college visits, standardized testing timelines and tips on utilizing the information in Naviance Family Connection. We look forward to seeing you and your sophomore on April 2nd! Questions? Contact Mrs. Proctor at or 612-798-2639.
College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy is April 10

College Fair at STA is April 10

Holy Angels, Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy share a college fair and it will be held this year at Saint Thomas Academy on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our college fair will utilize Lead Retrieval technology. This is the same technology used at the National College fair in Minneapolis, if you attended that fair last fall. This technology allows student to create a bar code of their information that will then be scanned by colleges at the fair. Students will no longer have to fill out interest cards for each college, maximizing their time in conversation with college representatives. In order for this to run as smoothly as possible students are highly encouraged to create their bar code prior to arrival at the fair. Students can register and create their bar code at Once on the site, scroll through the college fair options until you find the Catholic College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy. Get the flyer with more information.

Junior College Planning Day Assignments due April 12

During College Planning Day on Wednesday, February 13, the junior class heard from a variety of college speakers and a career panel of Holy Angels alums. Juniors also received information about their Junior College Portfolio Assignment which is due on Friday, April 12. Completed portfolios will include:

  • a College Application Preparation Worksheet
  • a completed College Application
  • College Essay, typed, 650 word limit
  • an Activities Resume
  • a College search printout
  • a Job Shadow/Interview completed and a half page summary typed on "Would I want to pursue this career, why or why not?"

Completion of the portfolio will be indicated on student transcripts. Any portfolio turned in after April 12 at 7:50 a.m. will be considered late and therefore permanently listed as "incomplete" on the transcript.

To get a STAR on the CCC Board

Senior Parents: Remind your student to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor to get a STAR on the board. We need to know about scholarship awards for Celebration Day in the spring.

Senior grades count

Senior Parents: Please remind your senior that every college admission decision is conditional upon successful completion of high school. The college counselors will be sending a final transcript to the college your son or daughter decides to attend after graduation. Colleges DO review these grade reports and if they note dropped classes or decreased grades, they will and do reconsider admission decisions and in some cases, rescind admission. Any schedule changes for third trimester must first be approved by colleges as students have applied and been accepted to schools with the understanding your student was enrolled in certain classes. Any changes to those classes could also impact their admission decisions. We absolutely believe the work seniors are doing now will help them be prepared for a more successful transition to college in the fall.

SAT deadline 

The deadline to register for the May 4 SAT or SAT Subject Test is Friday, April 5. Students can register online at 




  • Congratulations to Mitch and Jack Hendrickson for being nominated to play in the Captains Cup Classic.  Head Coach Blair Berg nominated the boys for the event sponsored by Homegrown Lacrosse which seeks to honor top metro area players who are 'viewed as leaders and positive representatives of their school.' 
  • Girl's Basketball for winning the Secction 3AAA Championship for the fourth straight year and placing 3rd in State Class AAA Tournament. The Stars are the only team in Class AAA to advance to the state tournament the last four years and finish the season with a victory each year. The team finished with a record of 23-8, their fifth consecutive 20-win season.
  • State Class AAA Girl's Basketball All-Tournament Team: Francesca Vascellaro and Emma Mastre.
  • Asst GBB Coach Gary Rufsvold was named the 2018-19 Section 3AAA Assistant Coach of the Year.
  • Boy's Basketball under leadership of AHA Alum and first year coach Andy Hannan '01 for winning Section 3AAA Championship and winning the State Class AAA Consolation Championship game. The team finished with a record of 26-5. In addition the team was named the Section 3AAA Academic Champions with highest team GPA.
  • State Class AAA Boy's Basketball All-Tournament Team: Max Gerstner
  • Athena Award winner Jaila Robinson selected as top AHA female Athlete for 2018-19. Jaila was a four year letter winner in both track and dance, received all-conference honors in both sports multiple years, was all-state in Jazz as a senior, and was on relay team that broke school record in the 4x100.

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