The symphonic wind ensemble and concert band performed their first ever virtual concert. Mrs. Melinda McKenzie-Hall and Mr. Dan Kosko worked to ensure that the groups were able to perform while abiding by COVID-19 restrictions. “Despite the challenges we faced, we were able to practice indoors using special face masks and instrument coverings,” said Allison Dunnegan ‘23.
Seven Bishop Ireton High School seniors were recognized as Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
One of Bishop Ireton’s goals for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond is to increase our diversity efforts amongst both current families and students as well as alumni. Earlier this summer, we began this initiative with a survey -- sent to all current students and alumni -- whose goal was to solicit feedback from those different parties and provide a safe and secure space where they could share their experiences at Bishop Ireton. We are analyzing all of the results from the survey and plan to provide a summary of results next month.
Traditionally each summer, a group of Bishop Ireton students attends a weeklong Salesian Leadership Program held in Michigan. The program emphasizes the practice of Salesian virtues while developing practical leadership skills, communication and service to God and others. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, the program was held online with presentations on prayer, Salesian spirituality, and small group sharing.
Today, as part of our initial three-pronged approach to root out the sin of racism and discrimination at Bishop Ireton, the school provided a short survey that will give current students and alumni the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences directly with our school administration.
As we have shared over the past several weeks, an important focus for us heading into this next school year is on diversity and equity throughout our community. Our Catholic teaching, which is the foundation of our school, is rooted in affirming the sacredness of all human life and, thus, respect for the dignity of each and every person. Educating our students on the beauty of racial and cultural diversity, as well as the ills that continue to exist in our society, are important ways to empower young people to bring about lasting change. While much is being done, we can and must do more.
Every year, colleges give high schools the opportunity to recognize rising seniors for their contributions to the school and greater community. Many of these recognitions include a book to assist the student in their growth while sometimes also including college application fee waivers should the student choose to apply to that college and potential scholarships should the student choose to enroll at that particular college. The faculty at Bishop Ireton nominates the recipients of these awards.
Bishop Ireton has announced its official "Return to School Plan" for the 2020-2021 school year. The "Return to School Plan" is a comprehensive and equitable one that shares the school's commitment to the safety, health and well-being of all school community members while providing an outstanding curricular program that promotes progress and academic excellence for all of its students. Bishop Ireton remains mindful of the needs of all learners as it strives to offer instruction, social-emotional support and safe access to facilities through uncertain and evolving circumstances.
Due to the restrictions and summer social distancing limitations caused by Covid-19, the PTO Used Book Sale is unfortunately cancelled for this summer. We encourage families to find another Bishop Ireton family to swap with or sell to, or consider one of the many buy back/trade-in programs. Here are some examples:
Bishop Ireton had less than half a dozen returning lettermen to start the wrestling season. But, among the five, they proved it isn't always "how many" as "who" you have around you. Juniors Finn Sofleld and Jack Ambrey were honored as the squad's most valuable performer adn Cardinal Awardee for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Annemarie Mueller (BI '22) won the Arlington Diocese "CCHD Creating on the Margins Youth Contest" for her poem on how the right to decent housing arises out of the equal dignity of every person in God's eyes.
Due to the current situation in our country and around the world with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) the in-person 2020 Bishop Ireton Gala & Auction has been postponed. That said, the auction will still take place as an online only event for those who purchased tickets! Tickets are still available if you would like to participate in our online auction. Details and dates for our online auction will follow soon in the coming weeks.
Today, Bishop Ireton announced that it is moving in a new direction with its boys basketball program. Coach Neil Berkman, the varsity head coach for the past 11 years will no longer be coaching the team. Bishop Ireton is extremely grateful for his time and commitment to Bishop Ireton basketball. His love of the program and his work with alumni have been well recognized in the Ireton community.
James Berry poured in 21 points and Sese Mobutu added 10, but the seniors couldn't get the Cardinals past top-ranked Paul VI in the quarterfinals of the VISAA Division I playoffs Wednesday in Fairfax. It was the final appearance for the pair in a Cardinal uniform and the campaign ends for the 9th-seeded Bishop Ireton at 15-18.
Athletic director Bill Simmons announced WCAC spring sports will open their 2020 tryout camps on Thursday, February 20th at Bishop Ireton. A current VHSL athletic physical must be entered into the Magnus portal prior to a student participating in tryouts.
Bishop Ireton computer science faculty member Terri Kelly was recently named a 2020 recipient of the prestigious “Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award” given by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).
Bishop Ireton has earned the prestigious College Board “AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award.” This distinction represents Bishop Ireton’s success in “attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) for 2019.”
Bishop Ireton accepted the delivery and initial installation of a new three-section press box for Fannon Field. The new structure, funded primarily by the Bishop Ireton Athletic Booster Club, will be formally dedicated on March 21, 2020 when the Cardinals host a lacrosse doubleheader. The boys will entertain Gonzaga while the girls welcome nationally ranked McDonogh.
Merrimack-bound senior James Berry's putback in the game's final seconds propelled Bishop Ireton (8-7, 3-5) to its third straight win, 86-85 at 19th ranked Flint Hill Monday night. Flint Hill led at intermission 45-36 before the high lfying redbirds mounted their second half rally.