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January 17, 2018  

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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Craig Glover-Hines '09 has been recognized by Bishop McNamara High School not only for his services as a member of our faculty, but also for his commitment to faith and the moral character he exudes, which serves as a source of inspiration to his students, colleagues and friends alike.

Recently, Craig released his book entitled: P's and Q's: The Journey to Becoming Prime Quality in which the characters of Potential and Mr. Prime discuss fears, hopes, dreams - and most important of all, faith - and how they are woven into the journey of life.

While promoting his book, Craig has been pursuing his graduate education while still continuing to serve as a teacher at Bishop McNamara High School, working mainly with freshmen and helping them to acclimate to BMHS life. As an alumnus of the School, Craig feels a distinct connection to his students and uses his personal experiences to help them through their own fears and obstacles - helping them to become their Prime Selves.

Most recently, in further efforts to support students at Bishop McNamara, Craig has partnered with the School to form a brand new scholarship opportunity - the P's and Q's Scholarship! Like his book, the scholarship is named in honor of his late grandfather, Mr. Thomas Glover, who was an incredible role model for Craig and always reminded him to "mind his P's and Q's" - he continues to influence Craig to this very day. The scholarship will be offered to a rising sophomore of strong character and faith, who demonstrates the qualities exhibited by the Four Pillars of Holy Cross.

"[Student] behavior becomes a reflection of how strong their belief is, and they grow in confidence, they grow in respect, they grow in character. I really want them to develop those internal values because I think those shine the most," said Craig. "When those are intact, it makes everything else that much brighter."

Craig was emotionally moved and honored to partner with Bishop McNamara for this scholarship opportunity. He joked that he "wished that God would give him a few more adjectives" to use to describe the depth of his feelings, but he is very grateful and humbled not only by the love and support he himself has received, but also for the chance to be the driving force behind this scholarship opportunity to provide financial support for students and help them receive a Bishop McNamara High School education.

"The most pivotal moment in your life will be when you truly believe that you have potential. That moment is so powerful because your belief is what provokes your purpose and that is what starts igniting your passions. Once your passions are ignited, you become driven and the desire to discover the promises over your life turn into a priority, making your prime the place of peace you never stop pursuing."
-Excerpt from pg. 67 of P's and Q's: The Journey to Becoming Prime Quality

Click here to support the P's and Q's Scholarship, along with other scholarship opportunities at Bishop McNamara.

The Mustang Messenger/2017-18 Annual Report is Here!

Containing incredible stories about our alumni, current students, faculty and staff, our alumni magazine the Mustang Messenger is not a publication you want to miss!

 

This edition features stories of academic excellence, athletic pride, talent in fine arts, and faith and service. Read all about Alexis Alvarez '13 and her incredible travels; learn more about the endeavors of our capital campaign, learn about mental health throughout the world with Tarik Endale '12; find out why Matt Buckley '98 donates every year; hear about Ahmari Jones '19 and his plans to play soccer in Europe - and so many more!

 

If you donated during the 2017-18 fiscal year, find your name in our list of donors! See how many of your classmates donated to Bishop McNamara High School along with you! Find out which donor category you're in, and see if there are any more above it that you can enter into.

 

Click here to read the publication online - it'll be in mailboxes soon!

 

If you don't get the Mustang Messenger/Annual Report, reach out to us with your current contact information!

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

NEW DATE: January 29

State of the School

BMHS ● 6:00 p.m.

 

February 2

Bull Roast

BMHS ● 6-9 p.m.

 

February 6

National Signing Day

 

March 22-24

Spring Play

BMHS Fine Arts Theatre ● Time TBD

 

April 6, 2019

Military Appreciation Game

PG Sports Park ● 1 p.m.

 

May 9

Project PRIDE 20th Anniversary

BMHS ● Time TBD

 

June 4

Graduate Return Day

Andy Mona Student Center ● 12 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Phon-A-Thon!

Do you need parent service hours? Do you want to help Bishop McNamara High School? We will be hosting our Phone-A-Thon from April 8-11, we could definitely use some help manning the phones! This is a great opportunity to get those parent service hours finished up, or to just help out Bishop McNamara.

 

Contact Director for Mission Advancement Dr. Rob Van der Waag for details.

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Support the BMHS Softball and Baseball Teams!

February is approaching fast - you know what that means: Our annual Bull Roast!

 

The Bull Roast is our annual fundraiser for the BMHS Softball and Baseball Teams. Join us on Feb. 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. for an evening of games, raffles and fun - catered by Mission BBQ!

 

Contact Angelina Diehlmann LR '85 for more information.

Join us for our Military Appreciation Game!

We know it's a ways away, but we have an official date for our Military Appreciation Baseball Game this spring!

 

Join us on April 6, 2019 at PG Sports Park at 1 p.m. to support and celebrate United States military veterans and active duty military personnel. Bishop McNamara will take on Gonzaga, so help us cheer the Mustangs on to victory!

 

Admission is free and concessions are complimentary for all military personnel.

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Calling all Project PRIDE Graduates!

We are celebrating 20 years of success for this incredible program - have you updated your information with us? If not, please contact Project PRIDE Program Director Tia Bell.

 

Please join us on May 9 for our Project PRIDE Anniversary Event! We would love to see all of you and learn more about what you've gone on to do since graduation. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to reconnect with classmates, and learn more about how the program has evolved since your graduation. Current students enrolled in the program could benefit from your experiences and wisdom.

 

You can connect with current Project PRIDE students in ways that no one else can. We hope you can join us for this celebratory event!

REUNION PLANS

BMHS Class of 2009 Reunion

Calling all graduates from Bishop McNamara High School class of 2009 - it's almost time for your 10-year reunion!

 

The planning process has begun, and your classmates created a short survey to get some information in order to best reach and accommodate everyone in your class. 

 

Click here to access the survey. If you have any questions, please click here to email the 2009 Class email address.

BMHS/LRHS Class of 1969 Reunion

The Bishop McNamara and La Reine Cass of 1969 50th Reunion planning is underway!

Please contact Charlene Cornu Shaw LR '69 or join the Facebook Group for more information.
 
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BMHS & LRHS Reunion Plans

Bishop McNamara is reaching out to the following Bishop McNamara and La Reine High School classes to help organize their upcoming reunions:

 

 

Bishop McNamara & La Reine High Schools: '74, '79, '84 and '89

 

Bishop McNamara High School: '94, '99, '04, and '14

 

If you or any of your classmates have questions, need help or are interested in forming a reunion committee, please contact the Advancement Office.

 

BMHS and LRHS class of 1969, we would love to help you plan your 50th reunion! Please contact Dr. Rob Van der Waag for details and for more information!

 
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Join our Alumni Association! 

Interested in joining our Alumni Association? Want to get involved with on-campus events and alumni reunions? There are some great perks that come from being involved with our BMHS/LRHS Alumni Association - Contact our Alumni Association President Marlo Ford LR '87 to learn more!

 
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CALLING THE BMHS CLASS OF 2018!!

JOIN US FOR GRADUATE RETURN DAY!

 

This year, the 2018 Class Graduate Return Day will be held on June 4, 2019 in the Andy Mona Student Center. The festivities start at 12 p.m., so be sure to stop by and reminisce with your former faculty and catch up with your classmates!

 

We' would love to see your college apparel to see who has traveled the farthest - but most of all we would love to see you. So be sure to join us!

Legacy of La Reine

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Innovation lies at the crossroads of fields, disciplines and cultures. At Bishop McNamara, we are developing tomorrow's innovators today by committing to provide cutting-edge spaces and facilities that foster collaborative learning and a hands-on approach to the study of science and technology.

The centerpiece of our vision for the future is the establishment of the La Reine Science & Innovation Center at Bishop McNamara High School. This planned state-of-the-art facility will enable us to expand beyond traditional science offerings, build on highly-successful programs already in existence, and create new spaces for exploration, creativity and discovery.

 

For more information about the La Reine Science & Innovation Center, please contact Director of Development Sandy Mammano.

 

Click here to learn more about contributing to the #LaReineLivingLegacy.

ALUMNI CELEBRATIONS

 
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Nafis Pickett '05

Nafis Pickett '05 pulled off an incredibly well-coordinated play on the field early November 2018 - with the help of his Lanier High School football team, Nafis proposed to his girlfriend Ashley Wilson!

 

"She's the love of my life," Pickett, 31, said. "She supports me in everything I do ... She's at every single football game, she knows it's my passion. She knows I'll do anything [for] those boys," Nafis told Good Morning America.

 

Click here for the full story and to see the video of his proposal - it's guaranteed to hit you right in the heartstrings! Congratulations Nafis and Ashley! We couldn't be happier for you both.

ALUMNI EDUCATION

Matthew Williams II '14

On Dec. 19, 2018, Matthew Williams II '14 graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in religious studies, as well as a minor in philosophy. Matthew said that he will be continuing his education, and starting this month he will begin studying for his Masters of Divinity degree at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.!

 

Your hard work is paying off Matthew! Congratulations on your graduation, keep up the great work, we look forward to hearing more from you!

ALUMNI SPOTTED ON CAMPUS

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Director of Development Sandy Mammano with John Benish, Jr. '81.

AROUND CAMPUS

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MLK Day of Service

As we approach our nation's memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we also encourage our community to participate in works of community service at this time.

 

In particular, our Teens in Action will be participating in a Day of Service on Jan. 21, and invite the BMHS community to join them from 10 AM to 2 PM (check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m.) in the Mona Center. 

 

Please pre-register by clicking here.

 

Multiple project stations and workshops will be available for the day. The cost of the day is $5 per person in order to cover the cost of lunch. All materials will be supplied.

Mark Your Calendars: BMHS Senior Games

Join us over the spring season as we celebrate our senior student-athletes! There are different dates for our various senior games:

 

February 9 - Boys' Basketball

February 9 - Dance

February 12 - Cheerleading

February 12 - Pep Band

February 14 - Swimming

February 17 - Girls' Basketball

 

Be sure to join us for these games! Help us cheer on our seniors and give them a proper sendoff before they graduate!

2019 Youth Rally/Mass for Life

The 2019 Youth Rally and Mass for Life will take place tomorrow! The Rally strives to encourage the youth participating in the national March for Life in their witness as disciples of Christ and promoters of the Gospel of Life. It is the largest annual archdiocesan event. The Archdiocese of Washington held its first rally and Mass for Life 25 years ago.

 

Click here for more information!

Swim Team Takes the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics

This year the Bishop McNamara High School Swim Team is participating in the "Cool Schools" Polar Bear Plunge on Thursday January 24th to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. 

Each participant will raise $50 or more for their team which will go towards Special Olympic athletes to pay for funding such as transportation and uniforms.

Click here for more information!
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Football Team: Giving back at Christmas

Bishop McNamara High School senior members of the Varsity Football team organized a Toy Drive before the Christmas break hoping to uplift and bring cheer to patients at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Under the direction of Coach Keita Malloy (shown here in the Santa hat), the student athletes set up collection points throughout the School and solicited donations for toys around campus and throughout the community. 

 

Click here for the full story.

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BMHS Students Participate in Operation Gratitude

Today, a group of BMHS students attended Assembly Day at the DC Armory for an organization called Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that distributes millions of care packages to our service men and women abroad and to our first responders domestically.

Students helped to put together hundreds of care packages, as well as met with our service men and women and first responders to show our sincerest gratitude for their service.

Click here for more information about Operation Gratitude.
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BMHS St. Andre Program Featured in Catholic Standard

Furthering Bishop McNamara High School's vision to form empowered leaders, inspired by the Gospel, who transform the world, the St. Andre Program provides a home for students with intellectual disabilities.

 

Students in the St. Andre Program attend courses with their peers at least half of the day, along with receiving specialized instruction in our St. Andre classroom in reading, math, study skills and life skills. They also participate in all aspects of the Holy Cross community.  Upon completion of the Program, they receive a certificate signifying their accomplishments here at Bishop McNamara High School. 

 

Recently, The Catholic Standard, the bi-weekly newspaper serving the Archdiocese of Washington in Washington, D.C. and surrounding Maryland areas of Calvert County, Charles County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and St. Mary's County, featured the St. Andre Program at Bishop McNamara High School in its latest issue.

 

Click here for the full story and a link to the article!

EMPLOYMENT AT BMHS

Bishop McNamara High School currently has the following job openings:

 

Human Resources Intern

 

Enrichment Zone Facilitator

 

IN MEMORY OF...

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Mary Alfieri, mother of Michael Alfieri '73, Eileen Alfieri Abecassis LR '78 and John A. Alfieri '86, passed away Dec. 15, 2018. Click here to sign the electronic guestbook.

 

Michael D. Biesecker '88, brother of Cristina J. Harmon LR '89, passed away on July 29, 2018 after a long battle with MS.

 

Sister Magnifica Zdancewicz, OSF, long-time art teacher at La Reine High School, passed away Dec. 11, 2018.

 

 

Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Memorial Garden

 

Our Memorial Garden, named in honor of student Terrell Edelen '14, is complete and will give our community the opportunity to honor other deceased loved ones, family, friends and/or teachers. For more information on how to purchase bricks or benches in the Memorial Garden, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement. Take time to come by for a visit to reminisce, or even just for quiet reflection.

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CONTACT HOLY CROSS BROTHERS AND BERNARDINE SISTERS

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Bernardine Sisters on Facebook

Bishop McNamara and La Reine alumni are invited to like the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Facebook Page.

 

Get the latest news on the Sisters from La Reine and see what incredible pictures and events they have posted.

The retired Brothers of the Holy Cross and Bernardine Sisters would love to hear from you. To contact them, use the information listed below. Thanks!

 

For the Brothers:
St. Joseph's Center
495 Maple Lane
Valatie, New York 12184


For the Sisters:
Sacred Heart Convent
460 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1737

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