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AUGUST 2022

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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Fall 2021 Reopening Stage 3

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Breaking News
STUDENT SCHEDULES PUBLISHED
Class schedules were published in Maccess on July 27. Go to the Progress Tab and look under “Report Cards.” The list includes instructions for scheduling a meeting with your counselor to make any changes needed before the start of the school year. 
 
ORIENTATION WEEK SCHEDULE
Monday, August 22 ~ Senior Kickoff & Orientation, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (school uniform)
Tuesday, August 23 ~ 10th Grade Orientation, 9-11 a.m. (school uniform)
Tuesday, August 23 ~ 11th Grade Orientation, 1-3 p.m. (school uniform)
Tuesday, August 23 ~ 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24 ~ Freshman Experience, 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m. (provided t-shirt, shorts/jeans/sweatpants)
Thursday, August 25 ~ Freshman Experience Day 2, 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (school uniform)
Thursday, August 25 ~ Transfer Student Experience, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 26 ~ Freshman Experience Day 3, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (provided t-shirt, shorts/jeans/sweatpants)
Friday, August 26 ~ Freshman Family Cookout, 12-2 p.m.
 
SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS AVAILABLE ON MACCESS
With summer vacation well underway, it's time to remind our students that summer assignments have been posted to their Maccess accounts. All students must complete a summer math packet and assigned reading. Additional summer work may be required for some courses. Just click on the "Summer Assignments and Enrichment" link in Maccess and follow the directions to find your summer assignments. Books for summer reading can be picked up from the main office, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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School Uniforms
Bishop McNamara's uniform requirements are included in the Student Handbook. We work closely with FlynnO'Hara Uniform Company, a family owned and operated business located in Lanham, Maryland, which has been serving Catholic and other private schools for over 50 years. Please visit their websites for more details:


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. Our Parents' Club also holds periodic sales of gently used uniform pieces. 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
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
 
FRESHMAN EXPERIENCE ~ CLASS OF 2026
Orientation for the Class of 2026 will consist of five events in late August, which we call the "Freshman Experience".
 
1. Tuesday, August 23: 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation
    6:30 p.m., Fine Arts Gymnasium
2. Wednesday, August 24: Day One
    8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., provided t-shirt with shorts, jeans or sweatpants
    Begin in the Fine Arts Gymnasium
3. Thursday, August 25: Day Two
    8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., school uniform
    Begin in the Andy Mona Student Center
4. Friday, August 26: Day Three
     8 a.m. - 12:00 noon, provided t-shirt with shorts, jeans or sweatpants
     Begin in the Andy Mona Student Center
5. Friday, August 26: 9th Grade Family Cookout
     12 noon - 2:00 p.m., Andy Mona Student Center and outdoor patios
 
Please contact Ms. Amanda Saunders at amanda.saunders@bmhs.org with questions about the retreat day or orientation day. Contact Mr. Brian Brower at brian.brower@bmhs.org with questions about the 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation. All 9th grade families–if you haven’t already completed it, please complete the form linked here.
 
2022-2023 HOLY CROSS STUDENT SERVICE HOURS
  • You should have received an email from Ms. Amanda Saunders in early June outlining the Holy Cross Student Service Hour requirements for the 2022-2023 school year!
  • Students may start earning hours for 2022-2023 on June 11, 2022.
  • As a reminder, service hours for the 2022-2023 school year must be completed in person at either a pre-approved service site or at a nonprofit organization that must be approved by Campus Ministry using the Approval Request Form.
  • Check out or Mustang Ministry Memo for regularly updated service opportunities.

You can find both the required number of hours and the hours completed on the bottom right hand side of a student's report card (click here to see an example).  Click here to visit the Campus Ministry page on our website, where you will find all the answers to your questions about our Holy Cross Service Hour program.


Counseling Center
COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS OFFERED THIS SUMMER
Class of 2023 ~ you are officially embarking on your senior year! It's time that we start preparing you for the college admissions process, so the Counseling Center is hosting our BMHS College Application Workshops. The first two workshops have been completed but if you missed out don't worry ~ we have one more event scheduled for August 9-11. The workshop includes creating/editing lists of prospective colleges, information sessions with college admissions representatives, completing the Common Application, writing college essays, and more. Workshop groups meet for 90 minutes each of the three days. Click here to register.
 
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.

 

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JOIN OUR FINE ARTS PROGRAM: Students in all grades are invited to join any of our Fine Arts programs (band, orchestra, choir, African dance, classical dance). Visit the Fine Arts Enrollment Page today. There is a form on the page to complete. 
 


Mustang Shop
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Mustang Shop Contact

Mrs. Kathleen Troyner, Store Manager
301-735-8401, Ext. 114
 
SENIOR POLOS AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP
The senior polos have arrived and are ready for families to pick them up. Just visit the bookstore August 1-4 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and August 18-19 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The quarter zips have not arrived yet; they will be distributed at a later date.
 
BOOKSTORE CLOSED AUGUST 5-17
The Mustang Shop will be closed August 5-17 as we inventory and prepare to reopen for the 2022-2023 school year! If you don't make it to the Mustang Shop before we close for summer break, just click here to shop 24/7 at our online store.  Please note that online orders will be filled on August 18th when we reopen.
 

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Parents' Club
2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR SLATE OF EVENTS:
Your Parents' Club is pleased to share their planned calendar of events for the new school year. Six general meetings, each featuring a different topic, are planned and all of our families are invited; parents who attend will receive credit for one service hour per family for each meeting they attend. Meeting dates are October 18, December 8, January 25, February 15, March 14 and May 10.
 
In addition to these general meetings, the Parents' Club will host four special events for parents and students:
October 15: Father/Son Event
February 4: Father/Daughter Event
March 18: Mother/Daughter Event
May 6: Mother/Son Event
 
The BMHS Parents' Club welcomes the active participation of all of our parents and we look forward to meeting our Class of 2026 families in August.  Click here to visit our page on the BMHS website ~ see who we are and find more details about the meetings and events mentioned above.


Student Health Services
Dr. Jessica Nash, Director of Student Health Services
301-735-8401, Ext. 105
 
HEALTH RECORDS
Immunization records and physicals are 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
 
SENIOR PORTRAITS AUGUST 10-12
Attention Class of 2023! It’s time to sign up for your senior portraits. Contact Freed Photography for more information, and then visit their website to sign up for your appointment. If you can’t make it for an appointment during these days in August, call Freed at 301-652-5452. Questions? Email support@freedphoto.com.
 
DRIVER'S EDUCATION CLASSES AVAILABLE
Arrive Alive Driving School will offer their MVA-certified Driver’s Education Course at Bishop McNamara again this year. Classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15-6:30 p.m. The first course begins September 12 with a second course planned for October. Each course costs $425 (30 classroom hours and 6 behind-the-wheel hours). Register on Sign-Up Genius; Arrive Alive will contact registrants with payment and class details. For further information or questions, please contact them at info.arrivealivedriving@gmail.com


Support BMHS
SUPPORTING OUR MUSTANGS
Bishop McNamara's Advancement Office coordinates a variety of giving opportunities for family, friends, alumni, and corporate giving. Please visit our 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 are so very grateful for the generosity of our community! 
 
SUPPORT BMHS WHEN YOU SHOP AMAZON
Have you signed up for Amazon Smile? 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!
 
VOLUNTEER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Please note the 2022-2023 school year's requirement of 10 parent service hours per family. Volunteers are needed to help with events throughout the year. Many of these volunteer opportunities will be announced in the principal's Sunday Update, with links to sign up. Please contact our Ms. Tracy Fennell at tracy.fennell@bmhs.org with any questions.

 


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