Dear Parents, Guardians, & Students,
Be sure to check the Parent Portal and Schoology for up-to-date information about your son’s performance and address any “NTI” (Not Turned In) grades immediately. Teachers are asked to update grades weekly so that parents and students have up-to-date information. Contact the teacher if grades are not updated. By monitoring grade, discipline, and attendance reports you can help alleviate end of year consequences that result from poor academic performance, accumulated discipline points or excessive absences. Visit the Mount Carmel website for accurate calendar information as well as what is new at Mount Carmel.
As we mark the beginning of Lent on March 1st, we pray that as we journey through these 6 weeks of renewal, grounded in fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, we may be transformed by the grace of Jesus’ Resurrection. We pray that our students will use this holy season to grow as Men of Carmel; marked by faith, character, intelligence, service, and zeal.
Ned Hughes '70 John Stimler
Water Testing Program
Mount Carmel has instituted a bi-annual water testing program. We will be testing water samples for lead
in the Convocation Center, Graham Center, Main Building and Student Center. The January tests were negative for all areas.
AdvancED (pronounced “Advanced Ed”)
On February 15 and 16 we hosted our visiting accrediting team from AdvancED, a national organization that accredits many parochial and private schools. Thank you to parents who participated in the survey that was
sent out last fall and to the parents who served on the panel that met with the team. Based on our self-report and their on-site visit, they are recommending accreditation for the next 5-year period. Thanks to Krishna Millsapp
who led the internal review process with the help of Sean Sweany, Jennifer Smola, and Maryhelen Matijevic.
Recognition from the State Board of Education & Carmelite Visit
We received our State recognition status following our February 1 visit, and we will conclude the spring of external reviews with the Carmelite visit in early April. Please look for information about completing a parent survey for the Carmelite review.
2017-2018 Registration and Tuition for Returning Students
Your registration for the following school year will be automatically renewed unless you notify the Principal, John Stimler in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org that your student will not be returning. Current tuition payment schedules will be automatically “rolled over” from the prior year. You may request a change in your payment schedule for the 2017-18 school year by contacting Milka Kattan at email@example.com before May 15, 2017. For more information about tuition and financial aid, click here.
Senior Grades and Discipline Points
Seniors must pass ALL classes each trimester of senior year to be eligible for graduation. Seniors who fail classes will not be allowed to walk in the Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Seniors who have over 10 discipline points will not receive their diploma unless they have worked their points down. Please check the school reports regularly to make sure your son is staying focused in the 3rd Trimester.
Students who exceed 6 absences in any Trimester face a range of academic consequences as outlined on page 3 of the Parent-Student Handbook. At minimum
, a student’s grades will be lowered administratively. Excused absences may mitigate the application of these consequences. These absences are limited to a death in the family, serious illness, family emergency, or a college visit (seniors).
Seniors College Visits
Those seniors still deciding between colleges should be visiting or re-visiting their final choices prior to making a final college decision and sending in a deposit. Seniors are allowed 3 excused absences to visit colleges. Parents must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the attendance extension (ext. 210) by 9:00am the morning of the visit to inform the Attendance Office of the absence and then students must bring back proof of the visit (itinerary, note from admissions officer, etc.) to the Attendance Office when they return to school the following day for it to be excused.
Study Habits and Grades
Students can face many distractions as they attempt to study: phones, computers, music, texting, TV, etc. It is important for your son to have a quiet setting while he does his homework. On average, he should be studying (reading, reviewing notes, completing assignments) between 90-120 minutes per night. By routinely setting aside this block of quiet study time each night, your son’s academic performance will improve. Depending on your son, you may need to help him develop this discipline of study.
Caravan Speech Team
Congratulations to the Mount Carmel 2016 Group Interpretation Team for finishing fourth in a highly contested sectional. Gabe Nunley, Justin Fekete, Brendan Kelly and Reggie Williams received all-sectional honors for their acting prowess! Congratulations to Justin Fekete for placing 7th in the state contest for Competitive Speech in Impromptu Speaking.
Men of Carmel
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for December:
Freshman – Ola Abraham
Sophomore – Amani Mugadili
Junior – Vince Gallapo
Senior – James Hoey
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January:
Freshmen – Mike D'Antonio
Sophomore – Marcus Diaz
Junior – Jeremy Cooper
Senior – Bob Pickert
Easter Break Trips
During Easter break
MC students will be traveling on educational tours to Europe. Mr. Mota will be leading a group to Spain, while Mr. Sweany will be taking travelers to Central Europe. Check out the MC Facebook page for pictures and updates from the #InternationalCaravan.