STARS Connection - Week of April 29, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 29, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of April 29, 2019


Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 29, 2019


Coming up this week: Wed is PLC, Senior WAC conferences, Calendar Change, Starfest is Saturday, Second grad practice, Blue and Gold Service awards, Booster Club cookout

We want you to know: Message from AHA administration, Vaping and Chemical Health Update, Parent Association nomination, Star Power, Senior Posters, Senior Party, Golf Tournament, Summer Experience Camps

A look ahead: AP Exams, Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center: Star on the CCC board, Senior Grades Count, National Candidate Reply Date, Newman Connection, ACT deadlines

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Wednesday, May 1 is PLC Late Start

This coming Wednesday is a late start so that teachers can meet for morning professional meetings. School begins at 8:25 am. Buses run at their normal times and there is supervision for students who arrive early.

Senior Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conferences are May 1

AHA students submit 4 pieces of writing to their Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) portfolio each school year. The curricular portfolio culminates in a conference. Each senior meets with an AHA staff member to discuss two pieces they have chosen from the portfolio, their strengths in writing and their growth in their time at AHA. This year's conferences will be held beginning the morning of May 1.

Change to the Calendar

In order to gain back instructional minutes in the overall 2018-19 academic calendar, we will make full days, regular A schedules, on Friday, April 26 and Friday, May 24.  These days were previously scheduled as E schedules.  On April 26 and May 24, school will begin and end at the regular times of 7:50am to 2:40pm.  The WAC Conferences, scheduled for April 26, will be scheduled into the PLC time on May 1.

Starfest is Saturday Night!

We are looking forward to celebrating with you this Saturday night at Starfest: Black & White Soiree. We thank the many parents who have put in a great amount of time and effort to make this year's Starfest a fun and successful fundraiser for our school. For those of you attending the event, you can review the logistical details and preview the live auction by clicking HERE. Start planning with your friends and family and go in on one of the amazing live auction items together!
Not attending Starfest but still wish to support the event? You may make a gift to help by clicking here and typing in 'Starfest."  Additionally, the silent auction will be open to people not attending the event. Look for the online link for the Silent Auction that will be sent out to the entire community later today!  We appreciate all of your support.

Second Graduation Line-Up Practice is Monday, April 29

Seniors will have their second Graduation Line-Up practice during homeroom on Monday, April 29. Graduates process by height at Holy Angels so it would be ideal if female students had the shoes they will be wearing for Graduation by April 29. Information was sent home in February about the dress code for graduation. As a reminder:

We will be very particular about the attire of seniors on both Celebration Day and at the graduation ceremony. Girls should choose a white dress that does not show through the rather translucent white gown. Any nylons need to be flesh tone, and shoes should be white or off-white – no flip flops or tennis shoes. We recommend that shoes be comfortable and appropriate for walking on stairs. Shorts and t-shirts are not allowed. Boys will be required to wear dark dress pants, dress shoes, a white shirt, and a tie. Any senior dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to walk with their class.

Blue and Gold Service Awards intent to receive due May 1

Students anticipating receiving a Blue or Gold service award should fill out the form published in the Daily Bulletin by May 1 to express their intent. Read more about the service awards and requirement.

First annual Booster Club Cookout is May 4

Calling ALL AHA Parents:  The first Brats, Beverages and "Bags In Competition" is coming up Saturday, May 4th! Join a fun group of Holy Angels parents in the Courtyard at AHA from 4-7 pm that day. Enjoy brats, drinks and a "Bags In Competition." The cost is $25 per person. To sign up, contact Doris Rothstein at by May 1. See flierThis event is sponsored by the AHA Booster Club and all proceeds benefit academics, arts, activities and athletics. 

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Message from AHA administration

Parents, we are sharing with you a message announced to the students on Wednesday, April 24. We want you to be aware of what was conveyed to the students and ask you to also tell your students that you want them to be safe and make good choices. AHA does not endorse or support Nerf Wars, and we discourage AHA students from participating in it. 

Assistant Principal Mark Melhorn shared this message with all AHA students:

Monday was Earth Day, a day set aside for caring for God’s creation. Caring for God’s creation includes caring for ourselves and others. I have a request, a plea from me, the administration and the staff.

Each year distracted driving causes numerous accidents, injures many people, and results in fatalities. We ask that you put your phones down and focus on the road. If you are riding with someone who is driving and using their phone, tell them to put it down. Your life and others’ lives are more important than texting.

It is an anxious time, knowing that this is the time of year for Nerf Wars. Like all schools, Nerf Wars is not allowed on campus or in the building. As you may recall, recently a former student who transferred to Lakeville North HS, tragically passed away while participating in this game at his school as a senior. While it may sound exciting and fun to try and shoot other students while driving in a car and hanging out a window, the end result can be death. The end of the school year is near, and we want to celebrate each and everyone of you - whether at Celebration Day or at Graduation. Seniors, an extra plea: We just had our first line-up for graduation. We have your caps, gowns and diplomas ready for you. We want to celebrate you, and we do not want to do that at a funeral. Again, please be safe and make good choices.

Update on Vaping and Chemical Health Education

The Food & Drug Administration reports that there is a new trend of ingesting vape fluid directly, without the use of a heating mechanism like the Juul. Seizures or convulsions are possible side effects of nicotine poisoning, and addiction is an ever-present reality. To combat vaping in our community, we are calling on you as parents to gather information and start conversations with your students. We are also reviewing our chemical health policy with a focus on adjusting our consequences for vaping or being in possession of a vaping device. If you have concerns about your student or questions about AHA's efforts in this regard, contact counselor Matt O'Leary ( Read article "Teen Vaping: What AHA parents need to know."

2018-2019 AHA Parent Association Staff Service and Dedication Award

It is a tradition for the AHA Parent Association to honor a non-teaching AHA staff member on behalf of the parent community during Celebration Day. So of course, we would like to collect nominations from parents! We are looking for a non-teaching staff member who encompasses living out the AHA Way in their daily role as staff members at Holy Angels. This non-teaching staff member may have helped you/your family, or you may have witnessed this person assisting others in the AHA community. Share with us positive experience(s) that left you feeling that AHA is a place where people are empowered to succeed. Please email Joan McCrory, PA Chair, with your nomination that highlights how this non-teaching staff member lives out the AHA Way. All nominations will be kept confidential.

Register for Star Power summer program

The Star Power Speed and Strength Program is an opportunity for student athletes to maximize their athletic potential. Star Power training represents the most advanced athletic training technologies available. These technologies include use of interval treadmill training, ground-based training, plyometrics, strength training, and resistance core training. They are designed to improve all aspects of athletic performance—strength, power, speed, agility, injury prevention and flexibility.

Besides teaching the body how to move, the Star Power Speed and Strength Program has the ability to show athletes how to successfully conquer the mental and physical components of their sport. Athletes will learn how to focus, gain confidence, and BELIEVE in themselves. The knowledge and skill athletes will gain from this program can be applied to any sport and throughout an entire athletic career. Any questions contact Coach Gunderson - Get more info and registration form.

Senior Posters due May 24

Academy of Holy Angels has a long-standing tradition of celebrating each senior by displaying a poster of each student.  The poster usually captures favorite memories from childhood, school days and family times in a collage format. Posters are due May 24. Read more.

Class of 2019 Senior Party

It's not too late to sign up for the Senior Party! Get details and register

Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament is June 12

Sign up today for AHA's annual Golf Tournament, Shoot for the Stars, to be held at Deer Run in Victoria on June 12. Hosted by the AHA boys and girls hockey teams, the golf tournament supports enhancements for both hockey programs. Get more information and sign up online.

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!


AP exams starting May 6th

AHA students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be taking end­-of-­year exams during the weeks of May 6th and May 13th. Exams will be held in the Small Gym unless otherwise noted. Be sure to read these guidelines and tips to help your student prepare for AP exams!  

  • Monday, May 6th: US Government (7:45am)
  • Tuesday, May 7th:  Spanish IV (7:45am in Library); Physics 1 (11:45am)
  • Wednesday, May 8th:  English Literature (7:45am); Studio Art (12pm)
  • Thursday, May 9th:  Chemistry (7:45am); Psychology (11:45am)
  • Friday, May 10th:  US History (7:45am); Physics 2 (11:45am)
  • Monday, May 13th:  Biology (7:45am)
  • Tuesday, May 14th:  Calculus (7:45am)
  • Wednesday, May 15th:  English Language (7:45am)
  • Thursday, May 16th:  Statistics (11:45am)
  • Friday, May 17th:  Computer Science (11:45am)

Upcoming Dates

  • April 23-26: Justice Week
  • April 27: Starfest
  • May 1: PLC/Late start, WAC conferences
  • May 2: Blood Drive
  • May 6-17: AP Testing
  • May 13-16: Class of 2023 Placement exams
  • May 15: PLC/Late start
  • May 20: Senior Retreat
  • May 21: Class of 2021 Placement exam make-up
  • May 22: Senior Laptop Return
  • May 23: All School Service Day
  • May 24: Required Graduation Practice, Last day for seniors
  • May 27: No School, Memorial Day



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.

National Candidate Reply Date is May 1

Senior Parents: May 1 is the National Candidate Reply Date when seniors need to tell colleges where they will be attending by making a deposit to hold a spot on their campus. After this date, colleges are not required to hold a spot for admitted students. Students should see their counselor if they have questions about this. Also, please remind your senior to let their college counselor know where they have decided to attend college. After graduation, we will be sending a final transcript to colleges confirming graduation and we can't do this if we don't know where your student plans to enroll.

The Newman Connection

Senior Parents: The Newman Connection is an organization with the goal of keeping youth connected to the church by connecting our graduates with campus ministry options on college campuses. Information about The Newman Connection can be found at We will be providing The Newman Connection with a list of our graduates and the colleges they are attending. If you DO NOT want your seniors’ information shared, email Ms. Kjorstad by May 6. If you opt out of this, she will not include their information in the list being sent to the Newman Connection. Ms. Kjorstad can be reached at

ACT deadlines approaching

The deadline to register for the June 8 ACT is May 3. Also, the July 13 ACT will likely fill very quickly because of limited test center sites so if your student is interested in signing up for this test date, they should register now. Students can register online at The deadline to register for the June 1st SAT and SAT Subject Tests is Friday, May 3. Students can register at



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