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SEPTEMBER 2021

Bishop McNamara High School's family newsletter is a valuable resource for our Mustang community. The McNews is a live document, so entries are updated throughout the month as information changes. Please check back often to be sure you have the most recent updates about on-campus events.

In an effort to support our green initiative, these documents will not be printed and mailed. We ask our community to please view the McNews here on our website and resist the urge to print, unless absolutely necessary, including the calendar.


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Back to School Night
Our annual Back to School Night is this Thursday, September 16 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Parents of 9th grade, 10th grade and transfer students are encouraged to attend on campus. 11th and 12th grade parents are encouraged to attend virtually to maintain social distancing. Please refer to the Back to School Night memo for details.
 
COVID-19 Testing
In accordance with the Maryland Department of Health and the State Department of Education, BMHS is now requiring all unvaccinated employees and students to have a weekly COVID-19 screening test. Unvaccinated students or employees may complete weekly testing on their own and email proof of negative test results to COVIDtest@bmhs.org. We are also offering school-sponsored testing on campus, on the second school day of each week, with LabTechMD, the same vendor we used last year. September testing days are:
  • Tuesday, September 14, 7:00-9:00 a.m. (students should not arrive before 7:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 21, 7:00-9:00 a.m. (students should not arrive before 7:30 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 a.m. (students should not arrive before 7:30 a.m.)

Click here to visit our COVID-19 information page.

Parent Information Nights Scheduled
The Counseling Center will host a series of information nights for parents this month. Each session will be a virtual webinar that will provide information tailored to each grade level along with a question and answer session. All events begin at 6:30 p.m. Please check your email for the Zoom links.
  • September 22, Junior Parent Meeting (11th grade)
  • September 23, Senior Parent College Information Night (12th grade)
  • September 29, Sophomore Parent Meeting (10th grade)
  • September 30, Freshman Parent Meeting (9th grade)
Parents' Club to Host Used Uniform Sale
Our Bishop McNamara High School Parents' Club will host a used uniform sale this Friday, September 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The sale tables will be located outside Alumni Hall with parking in the Mt. Calvary parking lot. They have a great supply of gently used uniform pieces to purchase at awesome prices so remember to stop and shop! 


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CLASS OF 2026 ~ We're looking for you!

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now open! Class of 2026 checklists have been updated for prospective students who have already established a Maccess account. From that updated checklist prospective Mustangs may:

  • See important due dates
  • Submit an application
  • Sign up for campus tours and Mustang for a Day Shadow visits
  • Sign up for Fall 2021 information nights, our open house, and other events.

Click here for information on how to submit an inquiry and create a Maccess account.   

School Uniforms
Bishop McNamara works closely with two uniform companies who provide safe options for ordering and delivering uniforms. Unfortunately, both companies are experiencing delays in receiving, filling and delivering orders ~ your patience is much appreciated. Please visit their websites for more details:

Carousel Uniforms 
FlynnO'Hara Uniforms

 

You may also order PE uniforms, dance and African dance uniforms, socks, and some additional uniform items, along with spirit wear, from the Mustang Shop & Bookstore. Visit their online store via the link on this page to shop. If you have questions or need more information call 301-735-8401, Ext. 114 or email MustangShop@bmhs.org.


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Business Office Contacts

Mr. Robert Nolte, Director of Business
301-735-8401, Ext. 125
Ms. Zelalem Geberu, Controller
301-735-8401, Ext. 117
Payment for all tuition and fees must be made through your FACTS Account.
 


Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry Contacts

Ms. Amanda Saunders, Director of Campus Ministry
240-455-9626          amanda.saunders@bmhs.org
Ms. Samuel Hardwick, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
240-455-9627          samuel.hardwick@bmhs.org
Mrs. Sandra Herndon, Campus Ministry Assistant
240-455-9604          sandra.herndon@bmhs.org
 
Holy Cross Student Service Hours
All hours earned over the summer must be submitted by Friday, September 24. Students may make a PDF or take a photo of the form and upload it to the Service Verification (Google) Form. Click here to go to the Campus Ministry page, where you will find all the answers to your questions about our Holy Cross Student Service Hour program. 
 
You're Invited!
It is with great excitement that we invite students to be a part of Campus Ministry through our all-school Liturgies this year. Participation in our liturgies and Masses could look like any of the following:
  • Being a reader of intercessions, the readings, or explanation of the theme at the beginning of Mass.
  • Writing and delivering a reflection on the theme and Gospel.
  • Altar Serving
  • Preparing and performing a dance during a liturgical season.
  • If you're not into being in front of people we still need your help! Every month we develop a theme for the liturgy, pick the readings, choose the artwork that we use, and help set up the space for Mass.

If interested, please fill out this Google form. If you have filled this out before please do so again so we know you are still interested.


Counseling Center
Class Schedules
If you have any questions about your student's schedule, please encourage your student to email their counselor through the first week of school. The deadline for student-initiated schedule changes is September 10. Students cannot be placed in AP courses after the first day of school. If students are having trouble seeing their schedule or logging into Maccess, please email support@bmhs.org.
 
October SAT
BMHS will host the SAT exam on Saturday, October 2. Students may register at www.collegeboard.org. There will be a virtual SAT registration tutorial on Wednesday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. Be on the lookout; more information which will be forthcoming.
 
Official and Unofficial Record Requests
All financial obligations must be satisfied before records will be released.
  • Unofficial transcripts are viewable and printable from Maccess.
  • College Counseling will be using Parchment and SCOIR to send all official transcripts to colleges and universities for the Class of 2022. The processing fee is $5 per transcript.
  • Record requests for Bishop McNamara alumni should be submitted via Parchment. The processing fee is $5 per transcript.
Visit our Website Page
Please check the Counseling Center page on the BMHS website for updates regarding social-emotional learning, academic advising and scheduling, and college counseling workshops. Our Twitter feed is also a reliable source for real-time college counseling advice and scholarship information.

 

Fine Arts
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It is not too late to enroll or audition for a Fine Art for the 2021-2022 year. Consider joining the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, MG Magic Show Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, or audition for the Traditional African Music & Dance's Sankofa Ensemble. These are all Omega course offerings which meet after school for a credit and grade.  CLICK HERE for some important information on how and when you can audition/enroll. Do you have an empty block on your schedule? We still have spots available in some of our programs, including Classical Dance, Choir, Band and Orchestra. All backgrounds are welcome.

FADE Applications
Students may only apply to the FADE program in their 10th grade year so now is the time to consider if you would like to apply. Listen to morning announcements and watch your email for application updates. Members of the Classes of 2023 and 2022 who have already participated in FADE will get an email in early September so be on the lookout. CLICK HERE for more FADE information.
 
5K For the Arts ~ Saturday, October 16, 2021
We are excited to announce the 2021 5K for the Arts, a wonderful community event for everyone connected to the BMHS Family. Keep an eye on the BMHS 5K for the Arts Webpage for updates. How can you participate?
  • Be an Event Sponsor or Corporate Donor ~ Please CLICK HERE and see/share our donor letter. In order to recognize your contribution/advertisement we are asking for replies by September 17, 2021.
  • Be a Participant ~ Ask your friends and family to sponsor you, then run or walk with us on October 16. Registration to walk or run will open in mid-September and close the day of the race. All funds raised go to support the BMHS Fine Arts program.

THANK YOU for your support.


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Mustang Shop Contact

Mrs. Kathleen Troyner, Store Manager
301-735-8401, Ext. 114
 
Spirit Week is Almost Here!
Homecoming will be here before you know it and you're going to want the latest back-to-school spirit wear. The Mustang Shop has got you covered. Please call the main office to make a shopping appointment and if you're crunched for time, no worries ~ just use the button to go to our online Mustang Shop. It's open 24/7! We have something for everyone in the family so come see us today and show that Mustang pride!
 

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Parents' Club
The BMHS Parents' Club welcomes the active participation of all of our parents and we send out an especially warm welcome to our new Class of 2025 parents. We have a full schedule of meetings and events planned for the 2021-2022 school year; click here to see who we are and to access our meeting and event schedule.
 
Looking for ways to get involved at Bishop McNamara? The Parents' Club has two vacant positions available for Sergeant-at-Arms. If you're interested in running for a position please complete this nomination form by Wednesday, September 15, 2021. We are looking for people who are motivated and committed to furthering the mission and vision of Bishop McNamara High School. This position is a two-year term commitment and will require a minimum of 30+ hours of your time, including attending monthly board meetings and Parents’ Club general meetings, serving on committees, and being available for other appearances as needed. We look forward to having you join us!


Student Health Services
Dr. Jessica Nash, Director of Student Health Services
301-735-8401, Ext. 105
 
Health Records
Immunization records and physicals were due August 1; you may submit documents via Magnus, which you can access through your Maccess account. Families will receive weekly email reminders until health records have been submitted. Records must be dated after June 1. Please be aware that, although the COVID-19 vaccination does appear in the list of immunizations it is not required for Bishop McNamara students to return to campus. We do encourage families to let us know if their students are vaccinated so that we can track vaccination percentages for our community.
 

 

Student Life
Mr. Brian Brower, Director of Student Activities
301-735-8401, Ext. 112
 
Join Camp Fire Teens in Action
This group meets regularly during the school year to plan service, leadership and social activities. The group has met virtually for the past year but plans to have a combination of in-person and virtual activities this year. Many students use their Teens in Action participation to help complete their service hour requirement. There are also opportunities to serve on local and national teen leadership teams, working to help Camp Fire leadership strengthen the work they do with young people and to give youth a voice, as a key component of their program. Students interested in joining may click this link to register online. Parent volunteers are also needed to assist with mentoring, supervising service projects and serving as chaperones. Please contact Mrs. Rosemary Pezzuto at Teensinaction@campfirepatuxent.org for more information.


Support BMHS
Advancement Office
Welcome back students and parents!!! Have you done Amazon Smiles? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, which we hope you will designate to be Bishop McNamara High School!
 
Bishop McNamara's Advancement Office coordinates a variety of giving opportunities for family, friends, alumni and corporate giving. Please visit their page on the BMHS website to see how you can help. Every gift we receive helps us to financially support our students, to ensure the quality of our programs and facilities, and to inspire others to give as well. We have been blessed by the generosity of our community.
 
Volunteer Service Opportunities
The administration has waived the parent service hour requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. Any hours earned this past year will be applied to the 2021-2022 school year's requirement of 10 parent service hours per family. We are hoping that, as COVID-19 recedes and we are able to return to regular operations, there will be plentiful opportunities for our families to volunteer during the upcoming school year. Your support is always needed and appreciated. Please contact our Ms. Tracy Fennell at tracy.fennell@bmhs.org with any questions.

 


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