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 Tiger Tracks

 
January 23, 2015

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Comedy Sportz is back!
Join our team for high school improvisation as a competition, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Strake Jesuit Lowman Theater. Come see the St. Agnes/Strake Jesuit team as they compete against Taylor High School! If you enjoyed the last match, get ready for some more excitement as the team shows their skills against a new team. Tickets are available in both school spirit stores. Questions? Contact Jewell Handy.

Mother Daughter Retreat

Last call to register for our Mother Daughter Retreat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at St. Agnes. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a day of laughter, fun, prayer, reflection and quality time as Dominican Women. Registration closes Monday, Jan. 26. Click here to register.

Ponytails and Pink
Join us for the Ponytails and Pink basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 27 vs. Concordia Lutheran at SAA. JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and varsity plays at 7 p.m. Come support your teams and a great cause. All donations will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Research Foundation.

Financial Aid Application Deadline for 2015-2016
All financial aid applications for the 2015-2016 academic year must be completed by Feb. 15 through our online process. Click here for instructions. The Independent School Management's FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program application is also available online. If you have additional questions, please contact our financial aid coordinator Alicia Scalco at 713.219.5452.

Drivers Needed for Student Morning of Service
The sophomore class and campus ministry leaders will volunteer at schools across Houston to offer service together before heading to their overnight retreat, 8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11. This morning of service is not possible without the help of 55 parent drivers to transport and chaperone the students to the service locations. Please sign up to help so that our students have the opportunity to serve together, fulfilling an important Dominican pillar. Drivers will pick up and drop off at SAA. Parents may request whether or not to be placed with their daughter’s group. To sign up, click here. Contact Stephanie Berno with questions at 832-439-5600.

All-State Choir Members in Concert
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit All-State choir members as they join members from other Texas private schools in concert 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Texas State University. St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit have more students in the TPSMEA All-State choir than any other school in Texas! The concert is free and open to the public. 

 
counselors' corner
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This week, Counselors' Corner looks at several important issues coming up. For these things and more, visit our webpage:

  • College Information Night
    Join us 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5, as the counseling offices of St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit host College Information Night, beginning in the auditorium at SAA. Designed for sophomore and junior students and their parents, the evening will provide families with the opportunity to attend sessions according to interest. See more online at Counselors' Corner.
  • Sophomore Webcast Reminder
    Monday, January 26, we will launch our Sophomore Webcast! Topics covered include: understanding the importance of your GPA, a discussion of PSAT results, college entrance test prep, course planning and communication. This week, you should have received your daughter’s PSAT scores in addition to other materials needed for the webcast. Please have these handy when you view each of the modules. Please plan to attend our Sophomore Parent Night 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the Fleming Room. This night will serve as an opportunity for follow up questions after viewing the Sophomore Webcast and as a forum for providing further information on specific topics that were identified through the process. For a more detailed article about the Webcast and Parent Night, click here.
  • SAT and ACT Registration
    Over the next several weeks, we will be meeting with juniors to begin the work of college counseling in earnest, including standardized testing. In particular, we will work with each student to identify a testing pattern that fits her individual strengths.  Please be mindful of registration deadlines, February 13 for the SAT and March 13 for the ACT. It has come to our attention that if a student signed up for the SAT in 7th grade as part of Duke TIP (Talented Identification Program), then they already have a registration number, which is needed to complete the online registration process for an SAT. If you find your daughter in this situation, please contact the College Board, (866) 756-7346. To read more, visit Counselors' Corner.
  • Senior Wellness Group
    The Center for Wellness will be beginning a group Tuesday, Jan. 27 for seniors to aid them as they begin to plan their transition to college. We will be covering topics such as how to balance school and a social life, how to make solid, supportive friendships, how to maintain relationships, and how to manage finances. Information on the group was emailed to students earlier this week. If your daughter has an interest in this group, please sign the permission form so she can return it to her wellness counselor by Tuesday, Jan. 27.
  • Tuesday Tidbits
    We began individual meetings with juniors to discuss grades, courses for next year and of course college planning, this past Tuesday. To keep our juniors and parents informed about the college process, we have created a newsletter, Tuesday Tidbits, which will be delivered to juniors via email every Tuesday morning for approximately 10 weeks. Our first edition will arrive Tuesday, January 27, and then every other week thereafter until mid-March. Parents can view the weekly newsletter here.  

Read the full articles at Counselors' Corner.

 
club news
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Mothers' Club 

“A Walk to Remember”
The Mother-Daughter Style Luncheon and Senior Style Show is right around the corner! Click here for more information on important dates, fittings and how to reserve your ticket or table. If you have general questions contact Lis Faucher or Amy Rasmussen.

We are looking for one or two parent volunteers to help with a video montage project for this year’s Style Show. Some knowledge of iMovie would be helpful but not necessary. If you are interested in helping with the organization of material and taking a peek into the past at St. Agnes please contact Debbie Sohmer.

Just Moms Retreat
This half-day retreat is something you want to attend. Sr. Carol Mayes, O.P., Prioress of Dominican Sisters of Houston, will be our guest speaker. Sr. Carol will focus the retreat on the idea of how we as mothers can make time for ourselves to pause and reflect each day, especially as we prepare for Lent. Tuesday, Feb. 17, also happens to be Fat Tuesday. Join us for some Mardi Gras fellowship before we start the season of Lent. Please bring $10 for the food and events. All denominations are welcome. To register to attend, please contact Abby Linesch.

Sorority Information Night
Senior moms and daughters, mark your calendars for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Fleming Room for Sorority Information Night. If your daughter is considering going through rush you need to attend this important informational meeting. We will discuss the rush process along with details about several important upcoming Panhellenic meetings.

Dads' Club

Upcoming Dads' Club Events:

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 2,  general meeting. Guest speaker TBA.
  • 7-10 a.m. Feb. 21, set-up and staff the St. Agnes Academy Hospitality Tent for the Steps for Students 5K. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Dennis Hoelscher.
  • Mar. 26. Save the date for the first-ever St. Agnes Dads' Club March Madness Dads Night Out." Time for dads to get out of the house and enjoy. Come out when March Madness reaches the Sweet Sixteen. Details to come.

For information regarding ways to connect with the Dads’ Club, please visit our website or contact Dads’ Club President Joe Berno.


Booster Club

  • Come support Pink Night on Jan. 27 for Basketball.
  • Join us for the next Booster Club meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the temporary building behind the gym.

Gina Sessums – Booster Club President

 
SPIRIT STORE
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It’s COLD outside and the St. Agnes Spirit Store carries an abundance of branded cold-weather clothing to meet your needs. Jackets, beanies, headbands and Heidi caps, sweatshirts/pants, socks etc. Swing by or visit us online.                                           
            
 
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