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Walk for the Homeless Nets Big Results
Last fall, students walked the track during Religion class to support the Walk for the Homeless event.  Today we learned that Ireton helped raise over $32,300 for Community Lodgings, which is a transitional homeless shelter for families in the Arlandria area.  Six hundred students turned in signed permission forms which earned credit with Fannie Mae.  “All these funds will directly support 23 homeless families with housing and services this year alone through the Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Families," said Mr. Dempsey, Director of Development for Community Lodgings, "Thank you all for walking for the homeless in our community!"
Spring Musical Opens this Weekend:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Bishop Ireton Drama Department hopes to captivate audiences with their own unique performance beginning this weekend. The play encompasses the story of the "coat of many colors" from Genesis, which tells the tale of Joseph and his eleven brothers who sell him into slavery.  The musical is performed entirely in song with lots of dance breaks and surprises. There is something in it for everyone as the music not only tells the history of Joseph, his dreams, and the twelve tribes of Israel, but also gives the audience a glimpse into the last sixty years of music history. 
     Join us for an amazing performance on any of the show dates: March 26, 27, 28, or April 1 and 2. Students can purchase discount tickets during lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  At the door, ticket prices are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.

Ireton Well-Represented at College of William and Mary's Annual Model Congress 
Our student delegates had the chance to submit legislation and debate it with the other members of their committee at the annual three-day conference in Williamsburg over the weekend.  They came away with a better understanding of the functions of our government and an appreciation for the legislative process.  These following students gained recognition for their outstanding efforts, earning top awards (a Gavel) in half of the committees that were represented by Ireton:
- Anton Ekman - House Science and Technology Committee
- Reid Yager - Senate Appropriations and Budget Committee
- Michael Ly - House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Madeline Caballero - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
- Mikaela Schaller - Senate Foreign Relations Committee

City Begins Construction on Witter Fields, Ireton to gain field space
With Mayor Bill Euille, the City Council, outgoing City manager, Jim Hartman, and other dignitaries in attendance, the ceremonial “first shovel” of dirt was turned over Saturday morning, March 12th at the Witter Field project site, only two blocks from BI at 2600 Witter Drive, Alexandria.  “This is a huge improvement for our athletic program and for our athletes.” said Bishop Ireton athletic director, Bill Simmons.  “Witter Fields will be artificially turfed, they will be lit, they are two blocks from Ireton.”  Read the full story in 
Cardinal Sports News.

Celebrate Pi Day!
Math enthusiasts at Bishop Ireton will be celebrating Pi Day on Monday, March 14th.  Students in Ms. Bradford's Geometry classes created posters filled with interesting information.  For example, Pi = 3.1415926535…and so on.  With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter (its width) and its circumference (the distance around the circle).  Happy Pi Day!


Summer School Courses Offered at BI
Click on the links below to see information about each summer course.  With questions, or to reserve a place in any of these courses, send an email to Summer@BishopIreton.org.

- College Preparatory Geometry
- Espionage, Intelligence and Policy Making in the 20th Century
- Web Page Development

ANGP Launches web-based Volunteer Sign-Up!
The ANGP Committee announced the launch of a web-based volunteer sign-up for this year's party!  It is quick and easy, so go ahead and commit now!  Click here:  www.mysignup.com/biangp11 and follow the simple instructions.  Contact Ann Gaffey or phone/text (703) 597-5172 with questions.  Next meeting is April 12th.

Evening with the Arts and One Acts
The Fine Arts Department will put forward its best and its brightest talent in a two-night event, March 11 and 12. Stop by the school and hear wonderful music, see the magnificent artwork, a variety of media projects, enjoy culinary delights, and see the great talent that our thespians bring to the stage.  Please join us from 7:30 to 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free, though any donations collected will be used to purchase art supplies for our sister school in Camden. Stroll through the building and take in all the sights and sounds during the annual Evening with the Arts and One Acts.

Foreign Language Week Begins
Monday marked the start of Foreign Language Week, both here and across the country.  There are five language days that we will celebrate:  German, French, Latin, Spanish and Russian. Each day will feature its own decorations, cafeteria specials, and announcements. 
     On Thursday, there will be a "Dress as a Language" day.  The $2 fee will help our sister school in Haiti. 
     Grüß Gott!  Merci! Saluto!  Danke!  Gracias!  Spasibo!  Origato!

 New Record Set with Tennis Ball Launchers 
Students in Honors Physics culminated weeks of preparation by launching tennis balls on Fannon Field this week.  Liam O'Connor and Nick Manzek set a new school record.  Their catapult launched a tennis ball 85 meters, which is almost the full length of the field!    The previous record was 55 meters.  While judging the event, Mrs. Faletti said " It was an incredible sight watching the ball, which went very high as well." 

PE Classes Learn to Swing
The Physical Education Department classes learned swing dance this week and tryed out their new moves in the gym.  Mrs. Avvenire introduced Mr. Tom Koerner (owner of Gotta Swing presented by Tom and Debra) to the students, and served as his able assistant.  Students in Ms. Gutmann's and Ms. Ziherman's classes also tried their hand at songs that they knew set to swing step.

Ireton Earns Best Large Delegation Award at George Mason's MUN Conference
The BI Model UN club enjoyed much success over the weekend at the MASUN '11 Model UN conference. The award was based on the performance of all of our student delegates in their respective committees. Over 450 delegates from 28 area high schools competed in ten simulations.  Twenty-three (23) BI Model UN student delegates contributed to our recognition for the "Best Large Delegation Award."

Mondragon Earns “All American” Title at National Preps Wrestling Tournament
Congratulations to senior Co-Captain, Elliot Mondragon, who placed third and earned All-American honors at the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University this weekend.  Elliot capped an outstanding wrestling career at Bishop Ireton with another  tournament and a huge victory for third place to earn these prestigious honors.  Read more in Cardinal Sports News.

New Sign for the Chapel
Next time you're in the lower parking lot, look up at the corner where the Chapel is, and you will see new lettering on the bricks to identify the St. Francis De Sales Chapel.  The chapel was formally named during Homecoming Weekend 2009, creating a permanent tribute to our founders, The Oblates of St. Francis De Sales. "The Chapel is at the heart of our School, offering daily Mass to faculty and students" said Lindagale Dube, Librarian, "And its name now reflects our community's commitment to our Salesian heritage."

VSIS Swim & Dive Championship
The Bishop Ireton Swim & Dive team did very well at last weekend's Virginia State Independent School Swim and Dive Championship meet held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Overall, the girls finished 7th out ot 28 teams and the boys 9th out of 25 teams.  In the photo (left) Giovonni Salvatori is wearing the Cardinal mascot costume. Coach Gullickson in pictured on the far right.

Ireton Sophomore Earns "Spirit Alive" Scouting Award, featured in Arlington Catholic Herald
Julia Hrechka received the "Spirit Alive" religious emblem award at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington last Saturday.  The "Spirit Alive" medal is a prestigious benchmark in the life of Christian discipleship and service for high school age Girl Scouts.  The project took six months to complete. Bishop Paul S. Loverde personally recognizes the high school age scouts, as this is the highest award a student can receive. Previously, Julia has completed, "Family of God", "I Live My Faith", and "Mary the First Disciple".  See this week's Arlington Catholic Herald.

Chastain among Athletes-of-Month by Alexandria Sportsman Club
Last week, the Alexandria Sportsman's Club honored Bishop Ireton senior ice hockey goalie Robert Chastain as one of the Club’s Athletes-of-the Month.  The guest speaker was Mr. Don Fishman, Assistant General Manager of the Washington Capitals. Robert's tenacious goaltending assisted the team's turnaround from 0-2 in the beginning of the season to 6-3-1 at the end of the season and also locked in an NVSHL Playoff spot. Robert plans to major in Criminal Justice at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina, and play Division II lacrosse.


Ireton's Got Talent
32 performers debuted in last night's 2011 Talent Show, which featured 20 acts.  It was a great audience turnout for the two-hour production.  Many thanks to Masters of Ceremonies Mr. Hild and John Lucas McEwan, to event coordinators Ms. DiLorenzo and Mr. Crooker, as well as to the students on the stage crew and sound and lighting system.  The Talent Show featured high-energy, amazing performances by jugglers, singers, rappers, a capella singers, hip-hop dancers, Irish dancers, along with students who played the piano, guitar, banjo, tamborine, even the ukulele.  All participants joined in the grand finale!


Many thanks to Library & Media Center Volunteers
There was an Appreciation Brunch held in the Library yesterday to thank all those who volunteer year-round in our Library and Media Center.  Pictured from left are Grace Schaefermier, Debra Babiec, Colleen Logrande, Mary Beth Howell, Catherine Pallone, Jayne Delaney, Kim Phass, Rosemary Bordley, Principal Tim Hamer and Susan Patterson.  Not available for the photo were Allison Logan, Sheila Baehre, Kathy Hirsch, Susan Synder, and Kim McShea. 
     "They are fabulous volunteers who work in a number of technical positions in the library.  We really appreciate the time and talent they share with us!" said Ireton Librarians Mrs. Dube and Mrs. Marquet.

Spring Sale on Yearbooks
This is the last chance to pre-order the 2010-2011 Flight Yearbook ($65).  The Yearbook Staff is in final production mode and ready to order yearbooks for Bishop Ireton, with distribution in early June.  The yearbook is chalk full of memories to last a lifetime! Download the order form.  Seniors do not need to order one, as it is included in graduation fees.  Not sure if you've ordered one?  Email Mrs. Mary Kelly to request a look-up.

BI earns "Outstanding Small Delegation" Award at Johns Hopkins University MUN Conference
Twelve members of the BI Model United Nations Club under the guidance of Mr. Rauer attended the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference in Baltimore last weekend.  Over 1,600 students from 80 schools from as far away as Latin America and California participated.  There were 26 simulations and committees representing a variety of international organizations as well as some historic simulations that included the start of the 2nd Punic War in 218 BC.
     These BI student delegates earned the "Outstanding Small Delegation" Award: Samantha Bass, Denise Catbay, Kelly Corridon, Allie Laclede, Alex True, Maddie Caballero, Michael Ly, Stephen Washington, Dayton Barber,  Sarah Littlefield,  Mai Nguyen, and  Mikaela Schaller.  Read more in This Week at BI on Thursday.

All District Choir
Bishop Ireton students sang beautifully in the All District Choir held at Hayfield High School last week. Pictured here are (from left) Ricky Drummond, Anna Chelak, Geneva Catbay, Elizabeth Foster, and Emily Sun. Not available for the photo was Felicia Mattera.  The clinicians were Dr. Lynn Drafall from Penn State University and Dr. Andrew Larson of Stetson University.

Cardinals for the Cure plan fundraisers for Varsity BBall Game TONIGHT
Please join the Cardinals for the Cure tonight (Feb. 15) at 7:30 pm as the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team takes on Bishop O’Connell.  Proceeds of this game will be donated to the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown Hospital.   Enjoy a great game, a delicious bake sale, a raffle for Washington Capitals’ Tickets, and more! Help us beat cancer!

NHS Induction & Ceremony
There were 96 juniors and seniors inducted into the De Sales Chapter of the National Honor Society last night. Father Don Heet, OSFS, spoke at the prayer service.  Pictured left are NHS Officers from the Class of 2011 - Ricky Drummond, Allie Swiger, Cyrelle Fermin, and Laura Becht.  Thanks to the PTO for hosting a wonderful reception following the Induction & Ceremony.

District 10 Symphonic Honor Band
Performers in the District 10 Symphonic Honor Band at Hayfield High School from last Saturday were (from left) James Fonda, euphonium; Sarah Olsen, flute; Christen Soos, flute; Anna Gehring, flute; Emily Mangan, bassoon; Ricky Drummond, trumpet; Elisabeth Smith, trumpet; Peter Kaye, bass clarinet; Joseph Tortalano, percussion; and  Ryan Smith, french horn. They were directed by Keith Taylor, Music Supervisor for Fairfax County.  Selections performed included George Bizet's "Pearl Fishers" and  Malcolm Arnold's "Sarabande and Polka" among others. 

District 10 Honors Wind Ensemble
Also performing at Hayfield High School last Saturday was the District 10 Honors Wind Ensemble, which included Ireton students (from left) Catherine Burgin, bassoon; Suzanne Johnson, oboe; Carlos Daing, french horn, and Seroja Boyakhchian, tuba.  They were directed by John Hendricks, III, Director of Bands at West Virginia University.  Featured composers included Berlioz, Boldman, Gillianham, Grainger, and Whitacre.
District X Honors Jazz Band
Three Bishop Ireton students performed at the District 10 Honors Jazz Festival on Saturday, January 29 at Episcopal High School.  Pictured from left are Isaac Johnson (guitar), Armahn Rassuli (tenor saxophone), and Patrick Mea (piano).   They were directed by John Brown, Director of Jazz Studies at Duke University.  Selections performed included tunes by jazz legends Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, and Tito Puente, all arranged for full jazz ensemble.


Good Counsel claims WCAC wrestling team title, Mondragon wins individual championship
The annual Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Tournament was held on Saturday at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Despite missing one of our key wrestlers, seven individual wrestlers placed among the top four for their weight class and one earned a title as champion.  Read the full story in Cardinal Sports News.

Senior Liz Collins wins WMPSSDL title as Cards finish strong in area swimming
It was another great weekend for BI Swim and Dive team whose members competed in the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim and Dive League championship meet over a four day period at several local pools.  The BI girls finished 6th and the boys 10th in a field of 27 teams. Senior Captain and new League Champion, Liz Collins, won first place in the 100 breaststroke with the time of 1:08.02.  Liz also took 5th place in the 100 fly.  Read the full story in Cardinal Sports News.
Salesian Medals Given to Four Faculty/Staff
As part of our Feast Week celebration, four members of our faculty and administration received the Salesian Medal Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award. Congratulations to Mrs. Rebecca Borman, Mrs. Juanita Krogh, Mrs. Lindagale Dube, and Brother Rick Wilson, T.O.R.
     At the conclusion of School Mass, Principal Hamer presented the Salesian Medals to each, and said of the group, "They have adhered to the virtues of St. Francis de Sales in spirit, action and attitude, while they shared their passion for teaching with us over the years.  Bishop Ireton is truly blessed to have them in our Salesian community." 

Hockey Team makes news in Rose Hill Patch
Go to the Rose Hill Patch to read the article, see photos and the video about Bishop Ireton's varsity ice hockey team, in their first season since 2006, but that’s not the only thing that sets the team apart – its roster also features four pairs of brothers from around Fairfax County.  The Bishop Ireton Cardinals have had a successful first season back as a varsity hockey team and are currently ranked third in the Smythe Division of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League.

Feast Week Activities Rescheduled
- Thursday, February 3 - Father Mike McCue, OSFS, will celebrate Mass in honor of our patron saint, Francis de Sales.
- Friday, February 4 – Students may wear their class color spirit day t-shirt for a $2 dress out day. Proceeds will go to help our sister school in Haiti.  There will be a Pep Rally in the afternoon.
- Monday, February 14 – $2 dress out day with a “twin day” theme

Beta Club collecting Socks and Blankets 
Every morning this week the Beta Club will be collecting new socks and new/lightly used blankets to send to Holy Name Church in Camden, NJ. Camden is one of the poorest cities in the nation, and hundreds of homeless people rely on Holy Name Church for clothes, donations, and support, especially during these brutally cold winter months.  There will be a large collection box in the hallway between the chapel and the cafeteria this week.  Thank you!

Macey Lauded by Alexandria Sportsman’s Club
The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club honored Bishop Ireton junior tennis player Christine Macey recently as the Club’s female Athlete-of-the-Month.  The #3 singles player for the Cardinals last fall, Macey was 14-1 in varsity dual meets, made it to the finals of the State tourney, and was named the team’s MVP in the fall.  Ireton Coach Katie Sloper (left) is pictured here with Christine Macey.  Read the full article in Cardinal Sports News...

Swim & Dive Senior Night 


Pro-Life and Proud of It!
Three buses filled with Bishop Ireton students, faculty and chaperones participated in the annual March for Life on the Washington Mall yesterday.  The red and white scarves made the group easy to find and stay together.  They ended the event in front of the US Supreme Court.

Join the March for Life group on MONDAY!
What a great experience to participate in the March for Life! There is still space on the buses for Monday's event, however the deadline to sign up is FRIDAY at 3 PM.  Following the exams, participants will meet in the Chapel at 10:30 am followed by a free lunch in the cafeteria before boarding the Ireton buses for Washington DC to participate in the annual March for Life.  Complete the permission form, however, please send an email to Father Perez with your participation.

All-District X Honors Orchestra
Congratulations to Carter Costantino (sophomore, cello) and Andrew Perham (freshman, string bass) who were selected to participate in the All-District X Honors Orchestra.  The performance, under the direction of Dr. Robert McCashin, was quite a success at Saturday's concert at West Potomac High School.

VOTE in Channel 9’s GAME OF THE WEEK for:
              Ireton vs Gonzaga on Friday Night!

Channel 9 has selected five of the week's biggest basketball match-ups, but now it's up to us to choose the Game of the Week.  The Cardinals could be featured on air during the Toyota DC.HighSchoolSports.net Game Night Brief. We'd see extended highlights and post-game interviews, but only if our game gets the most votes!  So, spread the word and vote now!  The poll will be open until 10 pm on Thursday.

Newseum Bound...
Students in Mrs. Markussen's class, America Since 1990, left this morning for a fieldtrip to the Newseum in Washington DC.  They plan to research and explore world press freedoms for a class project, in addition to touring through the educational facility.


Sign up to go to the March for Life on Monday
Make plans to travel with the Bishop Ireton Pro-Life Club and faculty sponsors to the Washington Mall on Monday, January 24. Participants in the March for Life will receive a warm, red and white scarf to wear at the event, along with a March for Life button (both pictured left). Download the permission form and return to either Father Perez, Mr. Rauer, Mr. Wilson or Mr. Hild this week.

Rotary Club Community Service Award
Senior Allie Swiger received the Rotary Club of Alexandria Community Service Award during their luncheon yesterday at the Belle Haven Country Club.  This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated a commitment to his/her school and community.  Allie is a member of the OSG, Haitian Alliance, Peer Helper, and Camden volunteer, among other community service activities.  Congratulations Allie!

BI Delegates Attend Chantilly Model UN Conference
Our students enjoyed a very successful Model UN Conference last weekend.  One third of the Bishop Ireton delegates were recognized for their excellence at the Chantilly High School Conference: Gavel (1st Place): Allie Laclede representing Chile; Organization of American States.  Honorable Mention (3rd Place) went to Samantha Bass, Alex True, Ned Curry, Maddie Caballero, John Green, and Mikaela Schaller.  Verbal Commendation (4th Place) went to Anton Ekman, Michael Ly, Tamra Nebabu, and Veronique Nguyen.

Pro-Life Scarves have arrived!
Participants in the March for Life will receive a warm, red and white scarf to wear at the event, along with a March for Life button (both pictured left), which arrived this week.  Make plans to travel with the Bishop Ireton Pro-Life Club and faculty sponsors to the Washington Mall on Monday, January 24.  Download the permission form and return to either Father Perez, Mr. Rauer, Mr. Wilson or Mr. Hild.

All Afternoon and Evening Activities Canceled
All school activities scheduled for this afternoon and evening, January 11, 2011, are canceled, including:
•       Team practices and games
•       Extracurricular activities
•       Testing center; Detentions
•       All Night Grad Party planning meeting
Bishop Ireton High School will follow any decisions the Fairfax County School system makes regarding weather closings or delays.  Check this website for announcements, as well as stay tuned to local radio and TV for the latest news.

Three Cardinal Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
Three Ireton seniors signed national letters of intent to attend college to play division I athletics.  From left are  Sarah Rupp, Olivia Babiec, and Liz Collins, signing their letters in the Atrium last month with Principal Tim Hamer standing proudly nearby. Sarah will play lacrosse at the University of California Davis in the fall. Olivia will row for Drexel University.  Liz will head to the College of William & Mary to swim for the Tribe.  
Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron Essay Contest
Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron, Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia, held its first-ever squadron essay contest with the topic of “Service Before Self”, What it means to the cadet and how it applies to the US Air Force and to the US Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol.
     Thanks to Lt Col Pamela Lucas of the Office of the Surgeon General for the US Air Force and Brigadier General Richard M. Clark, Commandant of Cadets for the US Air Force Academy, who graciously stepped in to review, evaluate, and select the top essay.  This year’s honor went to C/Airman Catherine L. Addington of Challenger’s B Flight.  She was awarded a Squadron Certificate of Appreciation and a $50 Visa Gift Card while at the Squadron’s Holiday Party.

Cardinal Grapplers win St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Tourney Championship
Still exhilarated from their victory at the Bishop Ireton Holiday Classic, the Cardinal grapplers earned their standing as the number-one ranked team in the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) this week by winning the championship at the 34th annual St. Stephens St. Agnes (SSSA) Holiday Classic Tournament on Thursday. The SSSA Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament is one of the longest-running wrestling tournaments in the Washington, DC area and this year was attended by ten public/private schools. Read the full story in Cardinal Sports News.


Ireton dumps undefeated Northwood to claim Chatlee Shootout Championship, 65-53
Bishop Ireton’s boys basketball team made its biggest statement of the young season going on the road to the greater Raleigh area and winning their first tournament in more than a decade at the Chatlee Shootout in Sanford, NC 65-53.  The Cardinals jumped opened the tournament with a win over Hoke High School 66-56. They topped the tournament hosts, Lee County in their second contest 53-45, before squaring off with the previously unbeaten Chargers from Pittsboro, NC.  Antonio Rouse led all scorers in the championship game with 24, 21 of which he scored in the second half.  Read the full story in Cardinal Sports News.

Cardinal Wrestlers Take 1st at the BI Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament
Bishop Ireton took first place at the Ireton Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday with a team score of 172, 18 points ahead of second place Benedictine School.  There was a field of wrestlers from eleven schools. Individually, ten of our wrestlers stood proudly on the medal podium placing in the top four, with three who won individual championships. "Bringing home the gold" for Ireton were Elliot Mondragon, who was recognized earlier this week by the Washington Post as the top ranked wrestler in the Washington area in his 103lb weight class; Ricky Baier at 140lbs; and Andrew Lutterloh at 215lbs, who also earned recognition at the tournament as the wrestler with the most pins in the shortest time.  Read more in Cardinal Sports News.

Adopt-A-Family Gifts Delivered in time for Christmas!
Alas, all the gifts were wrapped and ribbons attached!  Thanks to our students and their Advisories for taking such good care of the Wish Lists of children who live with their families in Arlandria's Community Lodgings. Piles and piles of gifts were delivered on Friday--including 11 bikes-- to the coordinator at Community Lodgings. The BI Campus Ministry program has a long tradition of reaching out to those less fortunate.  "We had great participation this year, and a real interest from the students" said Mary Kelly, director of Campus Ministry.  "Our students were our little elves with the spirit of Christmas alive in their hearts!"

Junior Matt Krause honored by WUSA-9 for Sports Journalism
WUSA Channel 9′s Brett Haber presented Matt Krause and two other high school sports correspondents with awards and scholarships for their work in the station’s inaugural Campus Correspondent program with HighSchoolSports.com on Monday at the headquarters of the CBS affiliate in Washington. In addition to the silver trophy presentation, Matt received a $3,000 scholarship.  Matt had the program’s video clip of the year, noted Haber, who played the video of the Bullis 60-yard touchdown run that was nullified by a whistle when the Bulldogs executed such a great fake that not only did the Cardinals bite on it, but also the officials who blew the play dead while the quarterback was streaking untouched down the sideline.  The video was elevated to the news desk at their station and soon became a national YouTube hit.  Read the article in Cardinal Sports News as well as on WUSA9.

Rosary for Natalie Stier '08
Please join us as we pray with Our Lady for Natalie Stier '08 who was seriously injured in an accident near Washington & Lee University. It will begin on Wednesday, 12/15 at 9pm at St. Mary's Church, 310 S. Royal St., Alexandria.  To follow Natalie's progress and recovery, click here.

Christmas Carolers Gather in Main Office
Following a time-honored tradition, the Bishop Ireton Choir groups arrived in the Main Office today to bring tidings of joy to our Receptionist Mrs. Pearson!  Under the musical leadership of Choir Director and pianist Mrs. Christin Reddig, the Men's Choir arrived first.  They sang O'Come O'Come Emmanuel, Stars I Shall Find, and a 50's medley.  
     During the next class period, the Women's Choir arrived, surrounding the entire lobby, and with song sheets in hand, sang Christmas song after Christmas song, to the delight of Mrs. Pearson and others in the Main Office.

Christmas Concert an Overwhelming Success! 
Bishop Ireton's Wind Ensemble, Choir, and Concert Band, along with special guests, the USAF Band's Brass Quintet and the Seika Girls High School Band, performed to a packed house in the Auditorium on Sunday. Special guests included the Ambassador of Japan in the U.S., Ichiro Fujisaki and wife Yoriko, as well as Air Attaché Yoshinori Ozaki and his wife Eri, the Deputy Director of Japan Information and Culture Center Mayu Hagiwara, and the Embassy of Japan Counselor Nakamura Kimitake.
     Special thanks to the Conductors of the five groups: Yoshihisa Fujishige and Noriaki Sakurauchi, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, Barry Ward, Christen Reddig, and Dr. Randall Eyles.
     Also present were Principal Mineo Kurakazu of the Seika Girls High School and BI Principal Tim Hamer.

BI - MUN Earn Best Large Delegation Award at PWMUNC XXVII
The Ireton Model UN delegates spent last weekend at the PWMUNC XXVII Model UN Conference at C.D. Hylton High School.  They were selected for the "Large School Under-Secretary's Award" recognizing the effort on the part of all of the BI delegates for overall involvement and participation, the quality of position papers, and adherence to the spirit of Model UN and decorum.

Santa, the Grinch, and Ireton Cadets at Constitution
Hall Members of Bishop Ireton's Challenger One Cadet Squadron provided support to the United States Air Force Band during their Holiday Concert Series at the Daughters of American Revolution, Constitution Hall last weekend.  In addition to Santa and the Grinch, other distinquished visitors were The Honorable Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force; General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Major General Darrell D. Jones, Commander, Air Force District of Washington; and Major General Steven J. Lepper, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Air Force.

Cheerleadering Squad Scored "Three-peat"
Bishop Ireton’ cheerleading squad scored a “three-peat” at the Mid-Atlantic regional CCA with its first place finish in the large varsity competition, coupled with the grand championship victory scoring the highest out of every division in the competition on Saturday at the CCA Regionals competition in Richmond.  Read the full story in Cardinal Sports News.

Ireton Shines in Fall Stock Market Game
Juniors Carlos Daing and Scott Rettig began the Stock Market Game this fall with a portfolio valued at $100,000 and increased it over the ten weeks to $108,337, among the top teams in the George Mason University region.  They managed a 43rd place finish among the 475 teams competing throughout Virginia.  The spring version of the Stock Market Game will begin in late January and continue through mid-May. 

Rob Sagar Memorial T-Shirt Day on Thursday 
Get your t-shirts in memory of our late teacher, friend, and colleague, Rob Sagar so you can wear it on Thursday!  Cost is $15.

Combined Federal Campaign
Federal employees have the opportunity during this time of year to make donations to  numerous charities and organizations, including Bishop Ireton High School!  To select BI, please use CFC #64401. Thank you for your consideration!

BI's Model UN Team Excels at DELMUN Conference
BI's Model UN team participated in the 24th Annual Delaware Model UN Conferencee hosted by the Salesianum School,
with some 350 delegates from 15 high schools in a four state area. We had 26 of our 32 student delegates recognized
for their participation, knowledge of international events and the use of effective diplomatic skills in proposing and coming to solutions to a variety of world issues.  Gavel (1st Place) winners were Samantha Bass, Alisha Ault, Denise Catbay, Ned Curry, Dayton Barber, and Deanna Pratt.  Read more in the Cardinal Chatter.

Renaissance Faire Was Big Hit

Visitors were transported to a time some five centuries earlier on  Wednesday as they strolled through the gym and halls of Bishop Ireton.  The Annual Renaissance Faire was a great success, featuring creative displays and costumes prepared by sophomores to highlight various facets of life in Europe and rest of the World between the 14th and 17th centuries.  Each student created a visual display of a Renaissance theme in a specific geographic location.  Pictured here is Nick Womack and his project.

Last Week to See and Experience Our Town!
Last week's performances by the Drama Department of the fall play, Our Town,  received rave reviews! 
     Written by Thornton Wilder in 1938, Our Town is an American classic, and often considered the greatest American play ever written.  The show displays for the audience the experiences of life and love, growing and dying.
    This is the final week!  Of special note this year are the changes to the staging and seating configuration, which limit the available seating to 140 seats per night.  Performance dates and times are:  November 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm.

Combined Federal Campaign
Federal employees have the opportunity during this time of year to make donations to  numerous charities and organizations, including Bishop Ireton High School!  To select BI, please use CFC #64401. Thank you for your consideration!

Ireton's Ice Hockey Team has their own "Band of Brothers"
When the hockey season opens for Ireton, there will be not one -- but four -- sets of brothers donning the black jerseys with the
bright red Cardinal crest on the front.  Pictured from left are Dan Tangora (2011), Nick Tangora (2013), Dillon Roach (2012), Duke Roach (2014), William Chastain (2013), Robert Chastain (2011), Stephen Gerke (2014), and Ben Gerke (2012). The eight players make up nearly half the squad.  The season opener is next Friday, November 19th, with a 6:45 pm game against Broad Run at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

All-District Choir for District X
Congratulations to these students who auditioned last Saturday and were accepted into the 2010-11 All-District Choir for District X.  They will rehearse in February and perform on February 12th at Hayfield Secondary School.  From left are:  Ricky Drummond, Anna Chelak, Geneva Catbay, Felicia Mattera, Elizabeth Foster, Emily Sun.

DCSportsFan Named Ireton Students as Independent Schools Players of the Week
DCSPORTSFAN named P.J. Zingler and Malcolm Westbrook as their Independent School 'Players of the Week' for this past weekend.
     By throwing for 263 yards in a victory over St. Mary's Ryken, Ireton sophomore quarterback P.J. Zingler became the first quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season for Ireton. Zingler finished with 2,039 yards and 18 touchdowns.   
     Malcolm Westbrook only had two receptions for 48 yards on Saturday, but the junior wide receiver also set a school record with 46 receptions this season.

Fall Play, Our Town, Opens this Week 
It's Tech Week at Bishop Ireton as the Drama Department puts on all the finishing touches for the fall play, Our Town, which opens this Thursday.  Written by Thornton Wilder in 1938, Our Town is an American classic, and often considered the greatest American play ever written.  The show displays for the audience the experiences of life and love, growing and dying.
     Of special note this year are the changes to the staging and seating configuration for the show, which limit the available seating to 140 seats per night. Performance dates and times are as follows:  November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 pm, November 14 at 2 pm, and November 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm.
      We hope to see you at Our Town in our Auditorium this season!

Ireton Senior Receives Award at Veteran's Conference
Laura Becht was honored at the American Veteran's Center Conference last Saturday for her first place win in the annual Essay Contest for high schoolers.  Students in Mr. Rauer's World War I/II class wrote essays for the contest, selecting an individual who'd made a significant contribution to the American military since WWII. Laura's essay was about her grandfather who served as a combat infantryman in the European Theater for the 45th Infantry (“Thunderbird”) Division.  His unit was involved in the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp.  She also received a check for $500 in recognition of the win.   

Highlighting Auction Items...
History buffs and art collectors will want to bid on these two signed and numbered prints by Don Stivers that were just donated to the BI Auction & Gala!  Medal of Honor (right) depicts the 6th US Cavalry near Gettysburg in July 1863 as Private Goerge Platt saves his units guidon, helps rally the men, and wins the Medal of Honor.  Size 18" by 24".  Value $300.  The other Stivers work, Strike For Your God and Country, depicts an Irish Brigade at the Battle of Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864. Size 18" by 24".  Value $130.                    

Baskets Galore!   
This Vera Bradley Basket is just one of dozens of delightful Auction Baskets donated by Advisories this year!  Advisory Reps went all out to create both unique baskets (the Gleek Basket, the National Harbor Extravaganza including tickets to the ICE! Show at the Gaylord Hotel) and ever-popular baskets (two College Bound Baskets, Rock the Red Basket featuring two tickets to the Caps vs Toronto Maple Leafs game plus a Nicholas Backstrom autographed puck, and For the Ladies, diamond stud earrings valued at $800!)  


Remembering Rob Sagar ‘06
I was fortunate enough to coach Rob Sagar in cross country and track, and the Bishop Ireton community has truly lost an amazing young man. Not only was Rob an amazing athlete (his many championship titles and records speak for themselves), Rob was a good friend to anyone that was lucky enough to know him.
     I feel blessed to have known him and I know that our team benefited greatly from his running knowledge. I'll always remember how happy he was to return to his alma mater as both a teacher and a coach. Robert loved his school, he loved running and I know he loved this team. I'll never forget the many days I spent with Rob whether it was on the track or out on the roads and I know we're all thankful for the time we were able to spend with him. Keep running Rob...we will meet again.

                   -- Brad Byrnes, Cross Country Coach at Bishop Ireton


Auction & Gala
This year's auction theme is La Dolce Vita (Italian for the sweet life!) and we certainly hope you will enjoy the sweet life with us at the Auction & Gala on Saturday, November 6th.  It's not too late ~ RSVP today!


CREW TEAM - Wreaths and Fruit Baskets
Are you looking for the perfect Thanksgiving and Christmas gift to share with others?  The BI Crew Team is raising money this season by selling gourmet, fresh fruit baskets and evergreen wreaths.  Every one of the BI Crew fruit baskets is hand-picked with the highest quality gourmet fruits. Click here to order!  Fruit baskets sell for $20/each.  Holiday wreaths are 22” beautifully hand-crafted and sell for $30 per wreath.  Questions? Contact Carolyn Deforge or call (703) 971-3645. 

MUSIC BOOSTERS - Oranges, Grapefruits and Pears
The BI Music Boosters Fruit Sale begins today and will run for two weeks (ends November 15th.)  Order your delicious, fresh oranges, grapefruit, or pears with a BI music student or order on-line.  Support Bishop Ireton's fine music department, including our talented singers, instrumentalists and all that Jazz, too!  Pickup your fruit shipment on December 4th, or after school on December 6th.  Questions?  Contact Karen Costantino at (703) 973-3216 or Julie Shoop (703) 503-4954.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – School Closed on Tuesday for Funeral Mass for Rob Sagar ‘06
In order for our entire school community to be able to attend the Funeral Mass for Rob Sagar, there will be no classes held on Tuesday, November 2.  However, all athletic and co-curricular activities will proceed as scheduled on Tuesday.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 2nd at 11:00am at Good Shepherd Catholic Church:

Good Shepherd Catholic Church
8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309
 (703) 780-4055      Website: http://www.gs-cc.org/

Read the Arlington Catholic Herald tribute to Rob published online today, entitled, 'Role model’ dies at 23.


Ireton Senior Wins 1st Place in Veteran's Essay Contest
Laura Becht won first place in this year's American Veterans Center annual Essay Contest for high schoolers.  Students in Mr. Rauer's World War I/II class wrote essays for the contest, selecting an individual who'd made a significant contribution to the American military  since WWII. Laura's essay was about her grandfather who served as a combat infantryman in the European Theater for the 45th Infantry (“Thunderbird”) Division.  His unit was involved in the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp.  Laura will be honored at their Awards Gala next weekend in Washington, D.C.

WWI Classes Visit U.S. Army & Cryptology Museums
Mr. Rauer's World War One classes visited the U.S. Army Museum at Ft. Meade, MD last week to study two WWI tanks (one saw combat in the Meuse-Argonne in 1918) and to learn about Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton's involvement in emerging US Army tank doctrine while they were assigned to Ft. Meade following WWI. Later that day, the students visited the N.S.A. Cryptology Museum to study about the Zimmermann Telegram, the Midway Code-breakers and the German Enigma Machines.

Two weeks to go to the Auction & Gala;  RSVP Today!
This year's auction theme is La Dolce Vita (Italian for the sweet life!) and we certainly hope you will enjoy the sweet life with us at the Auction & Gala on Saturday, November 6th. RSVP today!

Ireton Prepared for Student-Athlete Head Injuries
Recent studies found that the number of children going to the emergency room with a concussion have skyrocketed in recent years.  BI has long been a leader in promoting safety for our student-athletes, creating an awareness and preparation both on and off the field.  Last spring, our Certified Athletic Trainer
Matt Horton and our Team Physician Dr. McHale were interviewed by Inova Health System for an educational video podcast about
concussions of teenagers in sports.  Additionally, read these Children's Hospital handouts about Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education and ACE Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions provided by the School Nurse, Linda Soniak.

Ireton Open House on Sunday
All are welcome to our annual Open House for prospective students and their families this Sunday, October 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Following a presentation in the auditorium that begins at 1:00 pm, families can take student-led tours of our facilities, speak to teachers about our curriculum, and learn about our athletic and fine arts programs.  Find out why it's great to be a Cardinal!

Bishop Ireton Inducts Six in Hall of Fame
It was a busy Homecoming Weekend which included the induction of six alumni into our Athletic Hall of Fame. From left, they are: 
Tim Alger, Class of 1983 – wrestling
Kathy Bowdring, SMA Class of 1975 – swimming
Beth Dalmut, Class of 2004 – volleyball, basketball, and softball
Father Tom Ferguson, Class of 1984 – long distance runner
Ed Grimm, Class of 1970 – baseball
Coach Norm Grimm, football and baseball coach from 1966-1976

Join us for the Auction & Gala on November 6th
This year's auction theme is La Dolce Vita (Italian for the sweet life!) and we certainly hope you will enjoy the sweet life with us at the Auction & Gala on Saturday, November 6th.  RSVP today!

Powder Puff Football translates to Rivalry at Bishop Ireton
Don't let the name Powder Puff fool you, this annual flag football game represents one of Ireton's biggest rivalries, says Allison Frick in her story posted on WUSA Channel 9 News. Since 1990, when Ireton became a coed school, girls of the junior and senior class have taken the field to win honor for their grade.  It has become one of students' favorite competitions, said AD Bill Simmons. Check out video highlights from Ireton's Powder Puff Game brought to you by Campus Correspondent Matt Krause

Haitian Volunteers Talk About Rebuilding Efforts at LCS Cristina Moynahan (pictured right), wife of Haitian Project President Patrick Moynahan, visited BI last Friday with her two daughters, Michaela and Marriana. They spoke to Ms. Melanson's class about the current situation in Haiti and at LCS. Their riveting presentation showed both the devastation and the continued courage of the Haitian people as they rebuild. Contributions to LCS go directly to support students and the surrounding community in Port-au-Prince. Contact Ms. Melanson if you would like to help.

Join us for our party tonight at the Fall Concert!
October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.
                                               ~ George Cooper's "October's Party"
Join us tonight for our Fall Concert at 7:00 pm  to enjoy performances by the Concert Band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the String Ensemble.

Invitations Mailed for upcoming Auction & Gala
This year's auction theme is La Dolce Vita -- Italian for the sweet life -- and we certainly hope you will enjoy the sweet live with us at the Auction & Gala on Saturday, November 6th.  A student Jazz Quartet will play upon your arrival to the Atrium, while a String Quintet will play in the gym before dinner. The menu features delicious Italian hors d'oeuvres, buffet and dessert.  Live and silent auction items and class baskets will line the walls in the Atrium, Resource Center and Gym.  Send in your reply today!

Honor Guard Presented Colors at Homecoming Game
Thanks to Bishop Ireton's new Civil Air Patrol for presentation of the Colors at the Homecoming football game against St. Christopher's. Some 800 students attended the Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening. The weekend was also marked by very successful events for alumni, including six new Hall of Fame Inductees, a post game BBQ on Saturday and Class Reunions in eight different locations.  Sunday began with a Cardinal 5K Run followed by Mass with Father Ferguson '84 and a luncheon.  "All in all, a great weekend" said Ryan Fannon, Director of Alumni Relations.  

Alumni Center named in time for Homecoming Weekend
The signs for the new Alumni Center were installed just in time for all the Bishop Ireton graduates returning this weekend for their Class Reunion ('70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, and '05) and all the Homecoming festivities which inlcude the Hall of Fame, Post Game Alumni BBQ, and Mass and lunch on Sunday.   "We are looking forward to seeing everyone at any of the great events we have planned for this weekend" said Ryan Fannon, Director of Alumni Relations. 

Cardinal 5K Run on Sunday
Join us for the second annual Cardinal 5K Run on Sunday, October 17th from 4001 Eisenhower Avenue (at the Cameron Run Water Park) starting at 9 am. It is a timed certified distance race along Four Mile Run. All welcome!  The entry fee is $30.  Register at www.Cardinal5KRace.com or at Pacers Store, Alexandria, or on-site registration of $35 on Race Day.  Questions? Contact Jen Chastain.

Bishop Grants Day Off School
Last week, our school community enjoyed a special Opening Mass with Bishop Loverde. He very generously granted us a day off school, which we will observe the Monday following Thanksgiving Day, which is November 29th.  Please update your calendars appropriately.
                                                                       – Tim Hamer, Principal

Honor Guard Presents the Colors at Saturday's Game
On Saturday, an Honor Guard Element from Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron, presented  the Colors at the Ireton varsity football game against St. Albans.  Honor Guard members consisted of C/TSgt Ryan Lucas (NCOIC/HG); C/SrA Caitlin Lucas (BI junior); C/SrA Eric Epps; and C/Amn Ryan McFadden.
     Recently, Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron, Bolling Air Force Base entered into a partnership with BI, establishing a Flight at the school and offering their first ever Civil Air Patrol program. Principal Tim Hamer was a former cadet with Mt. Vernon Squadron. This event was the first of many events and ceremonies that the Honor Guard will support.

Tune in at 11:00 am on Saturday
Watch the pre-recorded match on NBC4 as Bishop Ireton competes with Langley and Gar-Field on It's Academic on Saturday morning at 11:00 am. The show sponsor, Giant Food, will be offering a "Bishop Ireton High School Salad" at the Giant Store at 425 East Monroe Avenue in Alexandria this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

Earth Sciences Class Studies New Mineral Collection
Students in Mrs. Parnell's Earth Science courses learned first-hand about rocks and minerals, thanks to a donation by Mr. Taaffe and one other anonymous donor.  Mrs. Kathy Hrechka (pictured right) was a guest speaker in the class this week, teaching about geology and the new mineral collection. 

Music Honor Society Inductions
Last night, these 37 music students were inducteed into Chapter #5507 of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Tri-M has more than 38,000 members in more than 4,500 chatered chapters worldwide. Students are selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.   Congratulations to all!  
Students to be Inducteed in Music Honor Society
This evening, these 37 music students will be inducteed into Chapter #5507 of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at 6:00 pm in the Chapel. 
      Tri-M has more than 38,000 members in more than 4,500 chatered chapters worldwide. Students are selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.  Congratulations to all!

US Army Band Concert open to all! 
Join us this evening for a free public concert by the US Army Band at 7:30 pm in the auditorium. 
     Program highlights include The ThundererManhattan Beach March, Riders for the Flag, and selections from Looking Upward. The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” provides world-class music in support of a wide spectrum of national and international events and outreach to music education centers.  All are welcome!

Ladies from St. Mary's Academy Enjoy Annual Luncheon 
Over 70 graduates gathered at BI on Saturday for their annual St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Association luncheon.  Mrs. Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer '71 took over the reins as their new Alumnae Association president.  St. Mary's Academy opened in 1869 and closed in 1990, the same year that Bishop Ireton went co-ed.  Mrs. Elizabeth Beall, the long-time treasurer of the Association, celebrated her birthday.  This was the 5th year that BI has hosted the event.  "It was a wonderful afternoon," said Kathi Oliva, SMA Alumnae Director.  She also  took the group on a tour of St. Mary's Academy Hall.

Family Mass on Saturday at 4:30 pm
Join us for a Family Mass this Saturday, October 9th to pray for the intentions of our School for the 2010-2011 school year and to kick-off of our Annual Fund, the Margin of Excellence Campaign.  Fr. Edwin Perez, BI Chaplain, will celebrate Mass at 4:30 pm. Bring the whole family!  Kindly RSVP the number in your group attending by Wednesday to Terry Rainey or 703-212-5182.

New Religion and Psychology Teacher
We extend a warm welcome to Mr.Tom Hild, a new Religion and Psychology teacher at BI.  For more than two decades, he has been professionally involved in the formation of young people and adults.  Through Youth Ministry, Social Justice, Leadership Development, and the arts, Mr. Hild has been assisting youth and adults to grow in their spirituality, explore their faith, and seek to transform the world around them. 

Cheerleaders Raise Money, Awareness for Down Syndrome 
On Saturday, Ireton's Cheerleaders participated in the 2010 Buddy Walk sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia. They helped to raise money to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. The team spent the hot afternoon leading dances, painting faces, and supervising the moon bounce, petting zoo, miniature golf, and more.  Way to go!

Four Commended Students, One National Hispanic Scholar   
Congratulations to Laura Becht, James Bieron, Liam Heaney, Justin Roczniak, and Sebastian Spinetto. Read the Press Release for details about Bishop Ireton scholars.

White House Christmas Ornaments on Sale
The Music Department is now selling the beautiful 2010 White House ornaments.  The ornament honors the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, and celebrates the role of music in the tradition of the White House.  Buy one for $19 (no tax), or six or more for $18 each.  To reserve your ornament(s) for this year's Christmas season, contact Mirta Martini.

James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show THIS FRIDAY! 
Make plans to join us at the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show in the auditorium this Friday, October 1st at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any BI senior.  Proceeds will benefit the All Night Graduation Party.  A few volunteers will get to go on stage and be the stars of the show, however advance permission is required.

College Board Announces Ireton's AP Scholars
The College Board announced that 53 Ireton students
earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional
achievement on last year's AP Exams. The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both. Click here to see the list of National AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Distinction, AP Scholars with Honor, and AP Scholars.

Salesian Faculty Retreat focuses on Advisory Program

On Monday, September 13, Father Kevin Nadolski was the guest speaker to the faculty about the characteristics of a Salesian Advisory program.  Father Kevin, also a former Principal at Bishop Ireton, talked about his experiences at with advisories and gave a number of practical suggestions that advisors might implement. Pictured from left are Principal Tim Hamer, Father Kevin Nadolski, O.S.F.S., and Vice Principal for Student Formation Laura Fannon.

40 Days for Life
Join us for the kick-off meeting of 40 Days for Life on 
September 21 at 7 pm in the auditorium. 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that involves prayer and fasting,
a peaceful vigil, and community outreach.  Recognizing that "with God all things are possible," people of faith from Northern Virginia as well from over the world will be praying for an end to the tragedy of abortion. Questions? Contact Father Perez at 703-212-5163.

Dine out at Boardwalk Fresh Burger & Fries
Support the BI Athletic Boosters Club by dining at Boardwalk Fresh Burger & Fries on September 21. Ten percent (10%) of the day’s sales will be donated back to us!
Stop by after practice, after school, or come eat dinner with your family.  They are located at 7015 Manchester Blvd., Suite E, Alexandria, 22310 (Manchester Blvd. & Beulah Road).  Or call ahead (703-719-0022) to place an order for pickup.

BI's annual trip to Paris, part of our exchange program with Lycee Fenelon Sainte-Marie, is set to take place from November 18-28.  Any BI sophomore, junior, senior--whether taking French or not--is eligible to apply. Students are hosted by Fenelon Sainte-Marie families and tour Paris and Versailles with their two chaperones. The cost of the trip is $1,500 which includes plane fare, meals and snacks, landmark and museum entry fees, and transportation in Paris, as well as to and from Versailles.  For more info, contact Madame Perry and Madame Avvenire, French teachers at BI, or Madame Halbert or Mrs. Kerrigan. 

See you at Back-to-School Night!

Please join us this evening, September 9, for Back-to-School Night to meet your student’s teachers and hear about course curriculums and expectations.  Parents should report directly to their student’s advisory at 7:00 pm to receive your child's schedule. If you arrive late, please stop at the Reception Desk for a print out of the schedule.  Stop by the cafeteria sometime during the evening to:
- Meet Principal Tim Hamer and our School Chaplain Father Perez
- Pick up a School Calendar
- Talk to reps from the PTO, Athletic Booster Club, and Drama Club 
- Add money to your student's dining account
- Pick up info about the Auction & Gala on November 6
- Learn about the required Community Service Program
- Shop at the BI Bookstore, which is open all evening
- Auction Donation Envelope:  Give to your student’s advisor. 

Smile!  School Photos Taken Next Week
Please remember to send in the Lifetouch Photography form with your student on the first day of school.  It was included in the Summer Mailing.  Students will need to turn that in when photographs are being taken if they would like to order a school photograph.  Please mark your background choices, select size and quantity, and include a check made payable to Lifetouch.

Ireton to Host Japanese High School Band on Friday
We are pleased to host the Anjo Gakuen High School Wind Orchestra from Anjo, Japan  August 27 from 10:30 am to 3 pm.  They will visit and rehearse at Ireton prior to their special guest performance at the US Air Force Summer Concert Series at the Air Force Memorial Friday evening at 8 pm. You are invited to meet and observe this outstanding ensemble's engaging and intense rehearsal method. The new Commander of the Air Force Band, Lt. Col. Phil Waite will visit here from 1 to 3 pm. To join us for lunch at noon ($10 per person) please email Dr. Eyles.  All welcome!

Preorder Your Homecoming T-shirt
The 2010 Homecoming T-shirts, designed by senior Janis Dacurawat, are on sale.  These t-shirts can be worn to school on Friday, October 15.  Cost is $16 for sizes small, med, large, and xlarge. The cost is $18 for XXL.  The last day to preorder is September 10.

Varsity Letter Jackets
Here's a great Christmas gift idea for your son or daughter:
the new updated customizable Bishop Ireton Letter Jacket! 
It features the standard black wool body, black leather sleeves,
knit collar and black quilt lining.  The basic cost is $235,
with additional customizing available. The deadline for guaranteed
delivery in time for Christmas is October 1st!  Stop in the Bookstore to see the sample and optional features. Contact Mrs. Daubresse at 703-212-5159 with questions.

Pool Party
To celebrate the first week of school, all students are invited to the Back to School Pool Party on Friday, September 3 from 8 to 11 pm at the Annandale Swim & Tennis Club in Annandale.  The cost is $7 per person; pay at the door.  Students must arrive by 8:30 pm to be allowed in, and will not be allowed to leave the party before 10:30 pm.  Questions?  Contact Mrs. Laura Fannon.

Fall Sports Tryouts Announced
     Varsity football - August 10
     JV football - August 11
     Volleyball, frosh, JV, varsity - August 14
     Cross Country, JV & varsity - August 16
     Women's Soccer, JV & varsity - August 16
     Men's Soccer, JV & varsity - August 16
     Women's Tennis, JV & varsity - August 16
Check the sport-specific schedule under Athletics for times and more info. All tryouts will be held at Ireton, except tennis which will be held at the Carl Sandburg courts (includes bus transportation).  VHSL physicals must be completed and on file with the Athletic Trainer.

Arlington Herald reports on Alumni Fundraising Challenge  
Earlier this week, Principal Joseph Vorbach visited Principal Tim Hamer on the Ireton campus to settle a score.  Click here to read the Arlington Catholic Herald article about the friendly fundraising competition between alumni of Bishop Ireton and Bishop O'Connell. 

Bishop Ireton Interviewed for Inova Health Systems Educational Video Podcast

Inova Health System contacted Bishop Ireton for assistance with an educational video podcast about concussions of teenagers in sports.  According to Bill Simmons, "We have a well established program at BI and good protocol to watch for concussions."  Watch BI Athletic Trainer, Matt Horton, and others in the video podcast called Keeping Your Kids Concussion Free.

Staff Who Stay, Staff Who Care
The Bishop Ireton staff enjoyed an End of Year Appreciation Luncheon, courtesy of the PTO and Cantina Mexicana.  Following the farewells, there were 25 staff members recognized for service of 15 years or more, including service at St. Mary's Academy.  The recognition ranged from Mr. Pete Hamer at 16 years to Mr. Ron Umbeck at 43 years of service with 23 faculty and staff in between. Congratulations to all!

Salesian Medal Recipients from the Graduating Class of 2010
The Salesian Medal is considered to be the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, given to persons who have adhered to the virtues of St. Francis de Sales in spirit, action, and attitude.  Congratulations to this year's recipients: (from left) Colleen O'Connor, Jacob Manley (pictured with Bishop Loverde), and John Stinson.  Each will receive a bond endowed by Mrs. Olga Susana Rios.

Cardinal Connection in the Mail 
The summer 2010 issue of the Cardinal Connection was mailed to all alumni and current students.  The feature article is about the Governor of Virginia, also a Bishop Ireton graduate from the Class of 1972, as well as articles about students and alumni who have helped Haitians following the devastating earthquake.  Our recent grads are featured in the center of the magazine.  Alumni from Bishop Ireton and St. Mary's Academy are encouraged to update their profile on the BI website!  Happy reading!

Auction winner names circle 'Mango Mike's Round-About' 
One of the most popular items at last fall's school Auction & Gala was the naming of the carpool circle drive.  The winner of this item was the Anderson Family, who selected the name Mango Mike's Round-About.  So next time you drive up to Bishop Ireton, take notice of the new sign located in the circle drive and say thanks to Mike next time you're at Mango Mikes!

Rupp selected for PARADE's All American HS Service Teams 
PARADE Magazine has partnered with the national youth-service organization The LEAGUE to honor high school students who have changed their communities through service.  Readers were invited to nominate students in five categories: economics, the environment, education, community, and health. This Sunday, PARADE announced the All-American High School Service Teams, of which junior Sarah Rupp received Honorable Mention for her service in the community.

Stock Market Game Wrap Up
The Virginia Council for Economic Education's Stock Market Game (SMG) was held for ten weeks in both the fall and spring semesters, as well as a SMG that ran for the duration of the school year.  The fall game had 38 BI student investors.  Seniors Tyler Hargett and Steven Porter finished 1st in our region and 23rd in the state, increasing their portfolio value from $100,000 to $110,229.  
     The spring game had 36 BI student investors.  The top BI team was juniors Carlos Avila-Ibarra and Zach Binette, with a final portfolio value of $110,278. 
     352 teams participated in the year long version of the SMG in Virginia.  The team of seniors Fred McGrath and Josh Otero ended with a portfolio value of $128,646 which placed them at #2 in the George Mason University Region and in 9th place at the state. Way to go!

Cambridge Road goes digital...
Ireton’s Literary Magazine, The Cambridge Road, is Bishop Ireton High School’s very own literary magazine, written by students to exemplify their talents in prose, poetry, and other forms of art.  This school year, The Cambridge Road is proud to announce its new, innovative digital version.  This year’s theme is  the Road to Revolution.  Show your talents to the world and submit your art or work today!                                                             -- Brother Rick Wilson

School Supply Drive
Now through  June 10th Bishop Ireton will host the 2nd Annual School Supply Drive & Locker Cleanout. The drive is a collaboration of students from the Pro-Life Club, Beta Club, and Campus Ministry in order to benefit school age children who cannot afford supplies of their own. Please support the school children in our Sister Diocese located in Banica, Dominican Republic, by contributing to this drive. All typical school supplies will be accepted (new and gently-used) as long as they are in working order. See Fr. Perez for more information

Summer is just around the corner, so you'll want to check out the 2010 Summer Reading LIsts & Projects.  It's also time to start thinking about what items you'd like to resell in the PTO Used Book & Uniform Sale.  All grades are invited to drop off summer reading books this Wednesday and Friday; seniors are also invited to drop off school books and uniform items.  Go to the PTO Used Book & Uniform Sale webpage for more info.

PTO Appreciates Parent Volunteers
Parent volunteers were thanked for their extraordinary efforts at the monthly PTO meeting. The PTO raised a whopping $36,000 this year from membership dues and the Used Book Sale, which was then used to support numerous programs, scholarships and events at the school.  Pictured from left are Mrs. Schiefer (PTO teacher rep), Penny Jobin, Terry Brideau, Katie Foroughi, Principal Tim Hamer, Pam Holmes, Claire Gilbert, and Brenda Hargett. 

Bishop Ireton Cappie Nominations! 
RISING CRITIC ~ Catherine Lucia Addington
RISING CRITIC ~ Ally Markussen
RISING CRITIC ~ Jonathan Polson
CRITIC TEAM ~ Bishop Ireton High School
COSTUMES ~ Julia Munro, Meghan Pearson, Nicole Weinard and the BI  Costuming Class

Lots of smiles, excitement at Senior Farewell
Seniors gathered in the cafeteria this afternoon, anticipating their Senior Farewell Prayer Service for the BI Class of 2010.  No more classes, only final exams that begin tomorrow.  But for today, "We applaud their joyful spirit and enthusiasm, and recognize their many achievements," said Mrs. Fannon, vice principal for Student Formation.  198 students will graduate two weeks from today. 

Boys Claim State Catholic Crown, Girls 3rd
Levy double state champ; frosh Nicole Bond wins the 100
Senior Chris Levy won a pair of Catholic state titles last weekend, while freshman Nicole Bond snared a championship in the women's 100 meter dash as the Bishop Ireton Cardinals claimed their first Virginia Catholic State Track & Field championship for men, and a third place for women, since 2006. The host school, Benedictine, was second, 23 points behind Ireton, and O'Connell was third.  Read more in Cardinal Sports News.

New Course added to Summer School Programs at BI
An Algebra II Refresher Workshop has just been added to the BI Summer School program.  Here are some of the other course offerings:  Cultural Literacy,  Espionage, Intelligence, and Policy Making in the 20th CenturyExploring College Admissions Workshop,  Web Page Development and Geometry.  Incoming freshman should look at the Math and Language Arts/Study Skills Workshops designed to refresh skills for success in high school.  Email  summer@bishopireton.org with questions.

Library & Media Center celebrates Dedicated Volunteers
They took time out on Friday to thank the parent volunteers who have helped so much in the Library & Media Center.  Pictured here are (from left) Mary Beth Howell, Kathy Hrechka, Mrs. Dube, Kim Phass, Ana Herrera, Ginny Parry, Principal Tim Hamer, and Mrs. Marquet.  Not pictured are: Debra Babiec, Sheila Baehre, Janye Delaney, Ana Dunn, Kathy Hirsch, Meg Reisch, Grace Schaefermeier, and Susan Synder.  "They have donated countless hours of time to the library this year and their work keeps the library running smoothly," said Librarian Mrs. Marquet, "We are very grateful!"

2010 Prom King & Queen
Last Friday's Prom was a wonderful success!  There were 380 students who enjoyed dinner and dancing at the Sheraton National.  Crowned at the event were the Prom King, Adam Santalla, and the Prom Queen, Victoria Herrera. 

Thaddeus Babiec Receives Boston University Scholarship
Senior Thaddeus Babiec has signed with and will attend Boston University with a scholarship to row for Coach Tom Bohrer.  Thaddeus plans to enroll in the College of Engineering.  Pictured here at the signing are (from left) Olivia Babiec, Dr. Dan Babiec, Thaddeus Babiec, Mrs. Debbie Babiec, and Principal Tim Hamer. 

Cardinals Making a Difference in Camden
Cadie Wiltsie, Alex McCargo, Erin Beckman, and Karen Shufflebarger spent last weekend painting a theater in Camden, NJ.  They were the second Ireton group to travel to DeSales Service Works (DSW) to volunteer in a month. Additionally, the groups made hundreds of sandwiches for the poor, sorted clothing, helped at a homeless shelter, worked at an elementary school, painted over graffiti on a playground, and still made time to pray and reflect.   

Cardinals Rally Late to Win, 4-3
St .Stephen's & St. Agnes chipped away at the Cardinals for five innings on Saturday, scratching out a run in the first, second, and fifth innings while the Saints Alexi Sargent baffled the home team, recording 14 strikeouts.  But on Senior Day at Luckett Field, Ireton found a way in the bottom of the sixth, plating all four of their runs in a thrilling 4-3 win. Read the full story in Cardinal Sports News...

Graduation Information Center Now Up!
Seniors, can you believe that you will graduate as the BI Class of 2010 in less than a month!  Those who have checked off all the items on the Graduation Checklist received their Graduation cap, gown and tickets.  Go to the Graduation Information Center to learn all about the Baccalaureate Mass, Commencement, what to wear (and what not to wear!), practice sessions, extra tickets, directions, and more!

Chris Delaware, '98 (1979 - 2010)
The Bishop Ireton family mourns the sudden passing of Chris Delaware, Class of 1998 and a long time Assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach for the BI Men's Varsity Lacrosse team. Arrangements include a viewing on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Avenue W, Vienna, VA 22180 (703-938-7440). Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3, 10:00am at Our Lady of Good Council, 8601 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22180. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, family and friends.

Penn Relays Propel Cardinals to Top Performances; Draper Relays this weekend

Ireton's 4x100 relay team (l-r) Mark Holmes, Doug Vines, Sam Ferrara, and Moses Webb came very close to setting a school record at the historic Franklin Field during the Penn Relays last week.  We wish them 'Godspeed' this Friday and Saturday at the Draper Relays to be held at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, their final tune-up before for states and WCAC Championships. Cheer them on! Admission is free.  More info and full story....

Field Day Fun 
Students deserve a break before AP's and final exams, so today was that day!  Outside on Fannon Field they enjoyed a Rock Wall, Water Slide, and football, plus tie dyeing t-shirts.  In Godley Gym, they played a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. In the Resource Center there was Karaoke (singing to Taylor Swifts tunes, reminiscent of last year! ), and the cafeteria was full of Zumba dancers!  

Annual Golf Classic a Success!
Neither rain nor thunder could stop the 23rd Annual Bishop Ireton Golf Classic from taking place on Monday, though a brief thunderstorm at noon gave golfers a convenient break for lunch.  The Attiliis foursome (Charles '71, Jim, John '09, and Tim) enjoyed a round on the course at Mount Vernon Country Club.  Many thanks to all the golfers for their support, and to the volunteers for making the event run so smoothly.

Prom, Anyone?
Prom is next Friday, May 7th!  It will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel from 8 to Midnight with the theme, 'Starry Night.'  Tickets are on sale this week during lunch in the cafeteria.  Cost is $70 per ticket, guest registration forms should be turned at that time.  This Friday is the last day to purchase tickets.  Questions?  Contact Mrs. Kelly in Campus Ministry. 

Bishop Ireton has winner in All Saints Car Raffle!
Congratulations to Molly O`Brien who won $1,000 in Saturday's drawing at the All Saints Catholic Church five car raffle.  She purchased her ticket through the Bishop Ireton Athletic Boosters.  In the past four raffles in which we have participated, we have had six winners - the top cash prize, two cars, a pickup truck, and $2,500 and $100 cash prizes.  Click here for the full list of winners for 2010. Many thanks to Cindy Chetti and John Trujillo and the Athletic  Boosters Club for their hardwork and support. 

BI Wind Ensemble Enjoyed Ireland's Castles and Culture
The 43-member Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Randall Eyles, traveled to Ireland during Easter break to tour and perform.   They visited Dublin, Galway, Cork, and Killarney.  Among the many beautiful sights and fun activities, the group saw and did was a shepherd demonstration and a trip to kiss the famous Blarney stone!  They performed "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah during Easter Mass in Dublin, a musical piece which had premiered there 265 years earlier! 

Physics is Phun at Bishop Ireton!  
Students from Mrs. Faletti's Honors Physics brought in their tennis ball launchers yesterday.  They built catapults, trebuchets, and a ballista and launched them on Fannon Field.  Setting a record this year were Rachel Caraballo and Julia Munro with a winning distance of 55 meters. Physics topics they learned were projectile motion, force, velocity, mass, acceleration, energy, weight, and friction. "My goal is to encourage students to consider engineering" said Faletti.  The Physics classes go for more learning during Physics Day at Six Flags on Friday!

Oblate Seminarian Visits Ireton Faculty and Staff
Seminarian Michael Castrilli, OSFS, met yesterday with faculty and staff members at Bishop Ireton.  He offered practical suggestions for integrating the Oblates' charism and spirituality into the daily life and curriculum at Bishop Ireton.  Mr. Castrilli gave an inspiring view of best practice, answered many questions and handed out a bibliography for extra study.

Ireton Recognized at Georgetown's Model Arab League 
Last weekend, Georgetown University hosted the Model Arab League, which was sponsored by the National Council on US-Arab Relations.  Many Ireton students were recognized for their efforts in the world of diplomacy.  Samantha Bass, John Green, Stephanie Heredia and Ryan Cabayan earned Outstanding (1st Place) awards.  Anton Ekman, Reagan Miller, Nina Ledonio, Halie Beard, and Sandie Nunez earned Honorable Mention (2nd Place).  Students representing Morocco were selected for the Overall Honorable Mention award and the 2nd best group (out of 19) in the conference. 

PTO Clean-Up Day this Saturday! 
Inside, Outside, and All Around
Yes, you!  Help spruce up the school!  Join us this Saturday, April 17th, between 9 am and 1 pm to help at the PTO Clean-up Day.  You can help all day or just a few hours.  Bring your buckets, rags, and cleaning supplies.  Families are welcome.  Freshman, NHS and siblings that go to other schools can log service hours!  Sign up so we know how many helpers to expect, or for more info, contact Kevin or Theresa Galloway at (703) 333-5252 or BISpringCleanup@gmail.com.

Golfers to receive Great Give Aways at Annual Golf Classic!
Monday, April 26
Take off work on Monday and join us for the 2010 Bishop Ireton Annual Golf Classic.  In addition to enjoying a great day of golf at the Mt. Vernon Country Club, all golfers will receive a (fitted) pair of FootJoys!  It is a scramble format on an outstanding 18-hole golf course.  Ireton needs your support as either golfer or sponsor! Contact Terry Rainey at 703-212-5182. Sign up here.  Proceeds also benefit the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales. 

Your Invitation to the Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet! 

Make your online reservations for the Ireton Varsity Athletic Awards Banquet where we honor the many accomplishments and achievements of our student-athletes!  Tables are being arranged by sport so that teams can sit together (and if you have more than one student or more than one sport … then you’ll have to decide where to sit !) The event will be held on Friday, May 14th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington.

There'll be Magic in the Air at Whaley Auditorium!  

Bring family and friends to the Magi Whirl 2010 Show this Saturday, April 10 at BI!  See performers like Duane Laflin, whose performances on five continents, in many countries, and in 47 states indicate the appeal and effectiveness of his work. Jim Sisti is a world-renowned expert on close-up magic, also a prolific writer and inventor. His magic books are best-sellers.  One of America's top family and children's magicians, Samuel Patrick Smith is Editor of The Linking Ring magazine. The "Legends of Magic" guest for 2010 is world-renowned card and gambling expert Darwin Ortiz!  Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students (14 & under) and seniors (65+).  Proceeds benefit BI Technical Theatre.  More info...

Ireton in Spring

The spring flowers and tulip magnolia trees are blossoming at Bishop Ireton just in time for Holy Week and Easter.  Father Perez invites all families and friends to join in the celebration of Mass offered in the St. Francis de Sales Chapel at 7:30 am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  School will be dismissed on Thursday at 12:09 pm for the Easter Break.

Easter Blessings to You

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Bishop Ireton High School, I wish you and your families a most Blessed Easter bathed in the wondrous, loving light of our Risen Savior! 
    Enjoy Easter Break.   -- Tim Hamer, Principal



All Saints Car Raffle: 
Tickets & Money due April 12, or Return Unused Tickets

BI Athletic Boosters are participating in the All Saints Catholic Church five-car raffle which means that you have the opportunity to win 5 cars and 20 cash prizes while helping to raise funds for our athletic programs.  This year’s five 2010 vehicles from Koons of Manassas and 20 cash prizes will be raffled off on Saturday, April 24 at All Saints.  Call Cindy Chetti at 703-395-0469 or John Trujillo at 703-989-9846 to request additional raffle tickets at $5 each.

Varsity Crews Remain Undefeated, Sweep Cindy Cole Cup Championship, Retain Bishop’s Cup

The Bishop Ireton Crew team took home four championship cups this weekend, winning the men's, women's, and combined overall trophies of the Cindy Cole Cup championship, and the Bishop's Cup. As part of the day's events, Father Perez gave a blessing for the new racing shell. The Cardinals plan to train in South Carolina next week.

Juniors Attend Street Smart Program
Ireton students participated in a Diocesan-wide program sponsored by Anheuser-Busch called Street Smart. They witnessed real-life drama experienced by firefighters and paramedics who worked to save the lives of youth who've made poor choices when it comes to underage drinking or using illegal drugs. Students learned the power that comes from making the right choices, from choosing to wear a seat belt, and the importance and value of their own lives.

World War II Class Visits Navy Museum
Mr. Rauer's Honors World War II class visited the Washington Navy Yard to tour their excellent Navy Museum, and in particular the World War II section which highlights the nature of the war in the Pacific with the Navy and the Marines. The museum features many hands-on experiences with the large ship gun display and more for visitors.   Students also toured the USS Barry, the destroyer which was built shortly after the end of the war.


Ireton Competes in Junior National Swimming Championship
  Four Cardinals took a dip in the pools down in Florida last week to show off their talents at the Junior National Swimming Championships in Orlando.  Pictured from left, Angus MacDonald, Alina Hall, Carey Natoli, and Liz Collins who qualified to compete against teen swimmers from all over the country at this national competition.  Angus also qualified for evening finals races. 

Take the Cafeteria Survey

This survey of students is being conducted by Sage dining service as part of a continuing effort to provide good food service. We appreciate your assistance in completing this questionnaire.

Ireton Shines at William & Mary Model Congress
BI students enjoyed the historic campus at the College of William & Mary while attending the Model Congress event over the weekend.  Students learned about the function of the legislative arm of the government with ten House and Senate committee simulations plus a simulation of the Supreme Court.  Ireton students receiving recognition were:  First Place (Gavel Award): Kimberly Boyce, Edward Nguyen, and Tommy Valentine. Second Place (Honorable Mention) Billy Burns, Samantha Bass, and Robert Beydler. 

Potential Traffic Problems This Weekend (3/20 - 21) !

As a part of the Wilson Bridge Project, all or portions of the Telegraph Road Exit from the Beltway will be closed or restricted during Saturday and Sunday.  We suggest that you follow VDOTs recommendation and use the Eisenhower Connector exit as a workable alternative.  Directions are posted here.

Women's Choir Preparing for District X Choir Festival

Best of luck to the Women's Choir who will participate in the District X Choir Festival at TC Williams HS on Friday and Saturday.  This event features 33 choirs from all over Alexandria and Fairfax County.  "This is a very big day, they have been preparing all year," said Ms. Reddig, as they sang a beautiful rendition of 'America the Beautiful.'

Welcome German and French Exchange Students!

This is a busy week in the Foreign Language Department as we welcomed 14 German Exchange Students who arrived on Monday from their home in Aachen, Germany.  On Friday, 22 French Exchange Students arrive from Paris, France. The spring weather will make sightseeing more enjoyable, plus the visitors plan to shadow here a few days.  Many thanks to host families for your hospitality.

Drama Classes enjoy play at Signature Theater
Education Director for Signature Theater in Shirlington, Marcia Gardner, and Signature Intern Ellis Hooper visited with Mrs. Henry’s Acting I, Acting II, and Advanced Theater classes last week.  Marcia worked with the students on scene development and character study from the script of “Shakespeare, Will” – as part of the Signature in the Schools Program.  All three drama classes attended a play at the Signature Theater on Monday followed by a talk back session with the cast.

It's Academic Team Makes Strong Showing
What comfort food did Thomas Jefferson enjoy? Ireton’s “It’s Academic” team might know the answer to the quiz show’s recent question (mac ‘n’ cheese), for it made a strong showing on the long-running program this year. Read the full story by student correspondent Billy Burns in this week's issue of The Arlington Catholic Herald.

Irish Eyes are Smilin' on our Mardi O' Party! 

Forgo the corned beef & cabbage this year for jambalaya and Cajun cuisine!  Join us the Resource Center for our Mardi O'Gras party on Wednesday, March 17th.  We're serving dinner between 6:30 and 9:30 pm.  Smilin' eyes of parents from the BI Mothers Club and BI Fathers Club will be there to greet you.  Walk-ins welcome! Contact Kathi Oliva with questions. Registration.


Cardinals receive All Conference Honors
Ireton junior Patrick Hanafin, with an 18 point per game average in WCAC play, was selected to the Conference's third team.  The Arlington native, with teammate junior Antonio Rouse (pictured) recognized as the Cardinal's lone honorable mention awardee, return next season along with 86% of the Ireton offense from the 2009-10 season.  The squad played 16 of their 26 contests against squads ranked in the Washington Post's top 20. Sarah Baldwin, a senior, was the lone honoree from the women's squad in 2009-2010.  Full Story.

Ireton Mascot a favorite in Alexandria Parade 
“Paddy” O’Cardinal made his annual march on King Street in the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day parade with the Cardinals Crew Team.    Ireton's rowers were a hit with all the parade spectators, as they showed off one of their racing shells, the Ted Keany and handed out strings of St. Patrick’s Day beads to the crowd!  Ireton opens the season with a regatta this Saturday, March 20, at the Anacostia Community Boathouse.  Full Story... 

17 College Reps Offer Insight at Jesuit College Fair
Juniors and a few parents took advantage of the opportunity to visit with college representatives from 17 Jesuit Colleges and Universities today in the Atrium.   They picked up literature and learned about the tradition, the diversity, and the distinction of a Jesuit education.

Karla Garcia, Class of 2003, visits Drama Classes
The last time Karla Garcia was on the Ireton stage was for her featured dance solo in the King and I, which was directed by Mrs. Henry.  Today she spoke with Mrs. Henry's drama classes about careers in drama and answered questions.  Karla made it to the top 20 in "So You Think You Can Dance" show last summer, and starred in "Hot Feet" and the national tour of "Wicked", among other major productions.  Welcome back, Karla!

Guest Speaker in Acting II & Adv Theater Class
Ms. Nicky McDonnell was the guest speaker in Mrs. Henry's Acting II and Advanced Theater class this afternoon.  With ten years experience as a New York actress, Ms. McDonnell talked with the students about the business side of theater, TV, and film and answered questions.

"Hey Hey Hey" Come Out and See Go-Go Beach

The award-winning Theater Arts Program at Bishop Ireton High School is delighted to introduce some much-needed fun into this winter season with its production of Go-Go Beach.  Final performances this weekend are on March 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. At the door, tickets will cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.  Go-Go Beach is a musical fable about the shift of consciousness in America in the mid-1960s, told in the style of the popular California beach party movies. 

Ireton Fans Cheer It's Academic Team

Bishop Ireton was in the playoff round of It's Academic last Saturday at NBC4 Studios in Washington DC.  Though they were ahead after the first round, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School won the competition.  Many thanks to all the students, faculty and families for providing the best cheer section for David Bernier, Matt Krause, James Bieron, and team coach Mr. Umbeck.

New Scoreboard Installed at Luckett Field
City, Athletic Boosters improve Cardinal's softball facility
RE Lee Electric arrived early Thursday to complete the installation of the long awaited scoreboard for Alexandria City's Luckett Field, home for the Cardinals varsity softball team.  "The Booster Club has taken another significant step in upgrading the facilities used by our athletes" praised athletic director Bill Simmons. "We are very grateful to our Athletic Boosters..." Full Story 

Ireton Model UN Named "Outstanding Large Delegation" 
Our Model United Nations student delegates enjoyed great success at George Mason University MUN Conference last weekend.   The conference was attended by 24 schools from as far as Richmond.  Our entire delegation was selected for the Secretary General’s Award as being the “Outstanding Large Delegation!" Read more this afternoon in This Week at BI.

Watch ABC7 to see Interview with BI Athletic Dept

Mr. Horton and Mr. Simmons were interviewed today about how our athletic program deals with head injuries and the proactive approach we take to ensure the safety of our student-athletes.  Tune in to ABC7 at 5:00 pm this evening to see the coverage.  

Mayor and City Council recognize Ireton's Wind Ensemble ahead of Ireland Tour

Dr. Eyles and members of the Wind Ensemble were invited to the Alexandria City Council meeting last week for youth recognition. Mayor William Euille congratulated the group ahead of their March 28 departure, saying, "You'll be ambassadors from BI, the City of Alexandria and the USA!"  Watch the full video podcast (Feb. 23; starting 7:20 minutes)

Metros finish memorable Swim & Dive season
Seniors Alina Hall and Angus MacDonald earned third place finishes at the Washington "Metros" to pace the Cardinals to top half finishes (11th boys, 13th girls) to close the 2009-10, one of the most exciting in years! Coach John Gullickson's swimmers broke school records in 8 races, leaving a legacy of five new standards for the Alexandria school.  Full story.... 

Live Jesus 2010 on Saturday, March 13th
The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales invite you to attend the 7th Annual day of Lenten reflection and renewal through the lens of Salesian Spirituality. Join Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS and Rev. Mike McCue, OSFS as they "look for God beneath the surface." Click here to register.

Foreign Language Week

Welcome ~ bienvenida, willkommen, bienvenue, exspectata, and libero ~ to Foreign Language Week at Bishop Ireton!  From morning prayer to fun and food, each day this week will feature a different foreign language.  Even the Ireton cafeteria is preparing themed meals; see the Menus.

Helen Fonda Named National Merit Finalist!

Congratulations to senior Helen Fonda who has advanced to Finalist standing in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Principal Hamer and Dr. Armstrong presented her with the certificate this morning.  Helen will now be considered for Merit Scholarship awards for college undergraduate study.

Bishop Ireton to Resume Normal Operations
Starting Tuesday, February 23rd, Bishop Ireton will resume normal daily operations.  Accordingly, all student (in the morning) and pickups (immediately after school) must be in the circle in front of the auditorium at the student entrance.  The Tardy Table will again be in operation, so please plan your travels accordingly.

Wrestlers Place in Top 5 at 2010 VISAA State Tournament 
This weekend, the Ireton Grapplers closed out their wrestling season when they traveled to St. Christopher’s School to participate in the VISAA State Wrestling Tournament. An amazing ten of our wrestlers stood proud on the podium to be recognized among the top eight in their weight class out of the 31 participating schools. All of our wrestlers either met or exceeded their seeded ranking for the tournament.  Bishop Ireton placed fifth as a team.

Haitian Sun Shines on Winter Ball Fundraiser
Shake off the snow and warm yourself in the Haitian sunshine!  As we prepare for Winter Ball this Saturday, please keep up your enthusiasm to earn and/or save money to donate to Louverture Cleary, our sister school in Haiti.  
    Tickets to the event are $20/person at the door.  Guests should be signed up in advance.  Questions?  Contact Mary Kelly.  All monies will be mailed to The Haitian Project and will directly help the Louverture Cleary school community.

Dr. Beatriz Hernandez
The Bishop Ireton family deeply mourns the passing on Sunday, February 14th of Dr. Beatriz Hernandez - teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.  We send our love and prayers out to her family during this difficult time.  The Funeral Mass will be at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown this Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 pm.   Interrment will be in Florida.

Theater is 'all about love'
Bishop Ireton's Theater Department is preparing for the spring musical, "Go-Go Beach."  This rehearsal practice shows JJ Stinson, Jack Ladd and Bruno Del Alamo as they jive to the conga-line rhythm, while Danielle Comer shields her eyes.  Read the student correspondent story by Hilary Adams in the Arlington Catholic Herald. 

Tune In for It's Academic this Saturday at 10:30 am
Watch Bishop Ireton's It's Academic Team take on West Springfield and Eleanor Roosevelt this Saturday, February 20th at 10:30am on NBC4.  Best of luck to team members David Bernier, Matt Krause, James Bieron, and team coach Mr. Umbeck. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized It's Academic as the longest-running television quiz show in the world!  Winner of countless accolades, including eight Emmy Awards and three Golden Mikes, and endorsed by the National Association of School Boards, It's Academic showcases outstanding, high-achieving teenagers.

Winter Ball Fundraiser for Haiti
To help those affected by the earthquake at our sister school, Louverture Cleary in Haiti, Bishop Ireton students are working to save/earn money for our annual Winter Ball fundraiser this Saturday, January 30 at 8 pm.  Many students forgo a new dress or suit, restaurant parties, and hair and nail plans so as to save what they would have spent in order to make a generous donation at the entrance of The Winter Ball. Some are getting odd jobs or saving on coffee drinks to support the collection efforts.
       Bishop Ireton has been conducting mission trips to Louverture Cleary School for seven years and thanks to the Ireton community’s generosity, nearly $100,000 has been donated to date.  Please join us in our fundraising efforts to help earthquake relief at Louverture Cleary School in Haiti.  For more info, email  Mary Kelly, Campus Minister.

Alumnus Bob McDonnell Sworn in as Virginia's 71st Governor

For calculus teacher Mr. Umbeck, having a front row seat in Richmond as his former student was sworn in as Virginia's 71st governor Saturday meant being a part of history.  McDonnell, who graduated in 1972, saw to it that his alma mater was included in the Inauguration Day festivities by asking the school to march in the parade. Read the full story in the Alexandria Times.  Also view the slideshow!



Bishop Ireton Marches to steps of the Supreme Court with the 37th Annual March for Life

The Bishop Ireton group marched up to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 37th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC.  Ninety students participated in the Pro-Life Club sponsored activity, along with eight faculty members, including Principal Tim Hamer and Chaplain Fr. Perez.  Alumni included: Emily Conron (’09) along with 500 from the University of Notre Dame, Meghan Palmer and Emily O’Connell from William & Mary, and David Ford (’03) and Sarah Perla (’00).  The new banner looked great too!

March for Life
Students are invited to go on the 37th Annual March for Life on Friday, January 22.  Marchers will meet for a Mass at 10:10 am in the Chapel (after exams), and then board the Ireton bus for the trip to the Mall for the March and Rally.  There will be a quick stop for lunch along the way (bring money or a sack lunch).  The Ireton bus will return to school at about 4:30 pm.  Chaperones include Father Perez, Principal Tim Hamer, Mr. Rauer, and others.  A permission form is required and must be turned into Fr. Perez.


Happy Homecoming, 28 - 0 

A capacity crowd enjoyed a perfect afternoon of football at Fannon Field on Saturday.  The Cardinals (4-1) capitalized on six Bulldog turnovers to shut out the Bullis team 28-0 for the 2009 Homecoming game.  "I am happy that our team can enjoy Homecoming after beating a well-coached Bullis team today." said Coach Tony Verducci.  Students wrapped up the week-long "Game of Life" theme with a dance in Godley Gym that evening.


Renaissance Faire 2009

In what has become a 14-year tradition, teachers serve as mentors for geographic groups (Rome, Florence, Venice, Spain, France, The World, the German States, and England) of students who select a specific aspect of life in Europe or the World between the 14th and 17th centuries.  Sophomores do extensive research before preparing displays and selecting costumes to reflect their project.  

The culmination was the Renaissance Faire with projects stretching from the school gym to the far ends of the auditorium.  "The creativity is awe-inspiring," said one parent. 

A balloting system allows voting for favorite projects.  The faculty's first place selection went to "The rest of the World" while the students chose "Venice."   Individually, Justin Estevez's creative' project on astronomy in Spain was a winner with both groups, while there was a tie in the student category between Estevez and Mary Grant for her project about France.


 H1N1 Vaccine Information; Consent Forms Due

In an effort to keep students and employees healthy this winter, Bishop Ireton has been working with the Alexandria Health Department and the Diocese of Arlington to offer free the H1N1 vaccine. Consent forms need to be signed and returned to school as soon as possible. We anticipate the day the vaccine will be given is sometime during the second or third week of November. Call School Nurse Linda Soniak at 703-212-5157 or email soniakl@bishopireton.org with questions.  LINK:  H1N1 Consent Form


Bishop Ireton Passes Re-Accreditation

Our school successfully achieved national accreditation by AdvancEd, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACs) for the third time!  This was the culmination of 18 months of work by our entire faculty and staff responding to eight very rigorous standards for accreditation.  The AdvancEd Quality Assurance Team conducted a thorough review of our report and data covering every aspect of our program, and interviewed 116 students, parents, alumni, teachers and staff last week to determine whether we met the standards for accreditation. The QAR Team enthusiastically endorsed our re-accreditation!


Chapel Naming Ceremony

For four and a half decades, it's been known as the Chapel.  Now it has a new, official name, the "St. Francis de Sales Chapel."  Wrapping up a week of Homecoming activities and eight class reunions, the Ireton community came together for Mass on Sunday morning.  Oblates joining Father Perez for the special blessings were Fr. Matt Hillyard OSFS, Fr. William Metzger OSFS, Fr. Mike McCue OSFS, Fr. Tom Murphy OSFS, Fr. Al Smith OSFS, Fr. Thomas McGee OSFS, Brother Edward Ogden OSFS, and Mr. Brian Zumbrum OSFS.  Principal Tim Hamer and Father Metzger unveiled the sign with the new name.


Opening School Mass

Bishop Loverde celebrated the Opening School Mass this month with all the students and faculty in the Auditorium. In his remarks, he said, "I appeal to you early in this new school year to be united in your pursuit of Truth as you study and learn. The knowledge you are acquiring here has many goals: to position you for college studies, to earn a livelihood, to develop the talents and gifts which God has given you, to contribute to the betterment of our society by bringing to every segment and sphere the Truth of Christ and the moral compass flowing from that truth."   


Progress Reports

Last Friday we sent out the 1st quarter progress reports electronically to the parents and guardians of all of our students. Despite following their published guidelines, the following domains partially or totally blocked our emails (among others): AOL, Comcast, Cox, Verizon, Hotmail, Yahoo, and AT&T. We are working with each of them to fix the problem.  As we have published in Monday's "Cardinal Chatter", you should send an email to progressreport@bishopireton.org if you have not yet received your child's progress report. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Last week was Senior Night for student athletes on the BI Swim & Dive Team.  Coach Gullickson (left) is posing with seniors: Robert Beydler, Ryan Dougherty, Jae-Ho Kim, John Lucas McEwan, Brian McGinty, Cameron Wallace, Jake Fannon, Eddie Nguyen, Alex True, Emma Baldwin, Laura Becht, Liz Collins, Kelly Corridon, Maggie Covert, Margaret Coyle, Joanna Faletti, Cyrelle Fermin, Ally Freeland, Sarah Fyffe, Lauren Grant, Saskia Kroesen, Katie O'Neill, Madeline Patierno, Katherine Simmons, Allison Wulff, and Kelsey Zdebski.

Nov 7 Auction & Gala

Featured Item of the Day:  Redskins Football Tickets

Enjoy two tickets in the upper level of FedExField to see the Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm.   Read details in Silent Auction Category: Sports & Fitness.  $140 Value.

Item of the Day:  A Night at the Red Fox Inn 

Bid on this romantic stay for two in the heart of Virginia hunt country at Middleburg's historic Red Fox Inn. Since 1728, the inn has been welcoming visitors to its inviting hotel rooms. Each room is carefully furnished in the 18th Century manner. Stay includes hot & cold breakfast.  Read details in Silent Auction Category: Great Getaways.  $200 Value.

Item of the Day:  Behind the Wheel with Mr. Hutton 

Sixteen years and three months, but who is counting? Seven lessons required for earning a VA/MD driver's license with one of the two best driver's education teacher in Northern Virginia!  Read details in Silent Auction Category: Cardinal Connection.  $250 Value.

Pizza Once A Month for A Year !

The family loves pizza!  Order a free pizza once each month from ZPizza. See details in Silent Auction Category:  Out on the Town. $200 Value

Autographed baseball by Jim Bunning 

Autographed baseball by Jim Bunning, former pitcher with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies.  When he retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; his is currently 17th.  Bunning pitched a perfect game in 1964.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.  He later was elected to the US House of Representatives and US Senate from Kentucky.  See more Silent Auction items.

55 AP Scholars at Bishop Ireton

Fifty-five students at Bishop Ireton High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

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Students and Staff Go To Salesian Leadership Camp in Michigan

This summer, four BI seniors traveled with our Campus Ministry staff to Brooklyn, Michigan to attend the Salesian Leadership Camp, which integrates Salesian virtues with practical leadership skills. The Salesian motto they chose for this school year is, "Do an act of kindness with respect... and do it now, for the present is all you have."

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Bishop Ireton Opens 45th Anniversary Year; Plans Homecoming Activities

Bishop Ireton is gearing up for the opening of our 45th anniversary year, one that will be filled with the excitement and challenges unique to the BI experience.  We are proud of our strong ‘Cardinal Spirit' characterized by Salesian welcoming hospitality, mutual support and commitment to excellence that our students, parents, alumni and staff have built over almost half a century. 

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Mark Robert Fracasso

The BI family deeply mourns the loss of Mark Fracasso ('10).Please keep Mark and his family in your prayers during this very difficult time. The Fracasso family has established the Mark R. Fracasso Scholarship Fund for music students at Bishop Ireton High School. Please consider donating in Mark's memory.

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Guest Performer at Ireton

Ireton students win national TXT2 Win contest for Taylor Swift Concert

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