TeacherReacher

October 2019

Dear Holy Cross Parents and Guardians,

In order to facilitate reduced waiting time during Parent-Teacher-Student conferences, Holy Cross will be using TeacherReacher®​ to schedule November’s P-T-S Conferences. The system will allow you to schedule your appointments with your child’s teachers. By clicking on the teacher’s name you will be able to see available time slots. If you have a specific concern about your child, there is a text box available for you to notify the teacher. Upon securing a conference time slot, please print the form(s) for each meeting which will give you the teacher’s name, time, and room number. It is strongly recommended that you set up your parent account on TeacherReacher®​ as soon as possible by following the link on our homepage, www.holycrosshs.org​.

Parents and Guardians can begin to schedule appointments on their own starting ​Thursday, October 24th at 6pm​. Please review your scholar’s progress in Powerschool. If you do not have access to a device to schedule appointments, please contact Ms. Pirovolikos.

TeacherReacher®​ will allow you to make appointments (5 minutes in length) to meet with your scholar’s teachers. ​Please leave 5 minutes of travel time between your appointments​. There should be enough appointment slots to meet most needs.

Parents/guardians will be expected to honor the time limitations of individual sessions. In order for the maximum number of parents/guardians to benefit from these appointments, it is absolutely necessary that everyone abides by their scheduled times. Please be aware that teachers will not be able to honor any unscheduled appointments. In addition, the times for scheduled appointments will be strictly followed. If you are late or miss your appointment, you may schedule a phone conference or in-school meeting for a future date. The system needs to be equitable and fair to everyone.

The scheduler will close on ​Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10pm​. If you have any questions regarding your parent PowerSchool account or TeacherReacher®​ and the scheduling process, please contact Ms. Pirovolikos at ​learning@myhchs.org​ or 718-886-7250 ext. 576.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming conference.

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Edward Burns
Principal

Benjamin Howell
Assistant Principal for Academics

37th Annual Golf and Dinner Classic

It was a beautiful, sunny day when Holy Cross High School hosted their 37th Annual Golf and Dinner Classic at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn Harbor, New York on Monday, June 24, 2019.  Following warm-ups on the putting green and range, golfers dined on a bountiful Breakfast Buffet in the dining room and outdoor patio, then took to the course for an 11:00 am shotgun start. Holy Cross students greeted golfers at Hole #11 where they competed against John Lombardo ‘22 to get closer to the pin in the Beat the Student contest. Kayden Superville ’21, along with Lady Knights Emily Browne, Sara Keenan and Gabriella Tesi, managed the ticket sales with former Principal Joe Giannuzzi ’65 overseeing all. The ladies were more than happy to share with alumni their experiences as the first female students at Holy Cross High School!

Returning to the Club for the Cocktail Reception and Dinner Buffet, golfers were joined by their spouses, friends and Holy Cross parents. The overall dining experience and quality of food was outstanding and raffle ticket sales were brisk (over 50 items to choose from!). Bidders on the Silent Auction attracted, among others, fans of the Yankees, Mets, Jets, Rangers and St. John’s Red Storm.

Adjoining to the dining room for Dessert and the Live Auction, Golf Committee Chairman Chuck Merritt ’84 introduced Terry Tarpey, Sr. and Al Ceresa, members of the first graduating Class of 1959, this year’s golf outing honorees.  Mike Truesdell, President of Holy Cross High School, gave a short “state of the school” address and Alumni Scholar Ian Doyle ’20 conveyed his gratitude to all of those present for their support of the Alumni Scholarship Fund. The highlight of the evening by far was the Live Auction, conducted by alumni James Benesh ’08 and AJ Sonnick ’11, who sparked non-stop laughter while generating bids totaling more than $21,000. One guest,  John Giannone ’81, MSG Sportscaster for the New York Rangers, sealed the deal with a last minute contribution of a 7-night stay at his Villa on Hilton Head.

We would like to thank all of our Golf and Dinner Classic supporters,
with special thanks to these leadership sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors
Elysee Investments
Flushing Bank
Michael D. Sapraicone ‘74

Lead Sponsors
The Della Vecchia Family
Daniel J. Hannon ‘73
Tom Keenan ‘67
Frank Korzekwinski ‘80
Lynch and Associates
Chuck Merritt ‘84
MUFG
New York Community Bank
Bob Wellner ‘67

Save the Date

Monday, June 15, 2020
38th Annual Golf and Dinner Classic
Old Westbury Golf and Country Club

Athletics Physical

Appointments are available only from 8AM-12PM on Saturday June 1st and August 12th.

 

*Please download the following documents and bring them with you to your appointment: Download Forms

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2019 Computer Programming Competition

The HCHS ComputerClub hosts its annual programming competition on May 7, 2019 in the Media Center and is honored to have Mr. Frank Orzo ‘64, Ms. Ana Diez and Mr. AJ Sonnick ‘11 to be our competition judges. The theme this year is to build a website either from scratch or via an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), without using any online template. The target computer skills for students to familiarize with include: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python.

We congratulate Steven Tautonico ‘19 on winning the first prize of $100! Steven created a social media platform for sharing and discovering collections. His dynamic website allows users to post pictures of their collection items and to follow other users. Behind the scene the program is coded by HTML/CSS/JavaScript, XML, Markdown, JSON and Python, with data stored in a relational database. The second prize, $50, goes to our 3rd-time winner, Andrew Henkel ‘19, who presents a website that describes several classical music composers. A score from the composer can be played right from the website. The aforementioned senior contestants were joined by a team of two beginner programmers, Kuanmin Wan (Junior) and Jiahao Wang (Sophomore). The team showcases a visual tour to one of the famous provinces in China, Zhe Jiang.

Special thanks go to Mr. Orzo, the Chair of our Board of Directors, for his generous sponsorship and continued support for fostering computational thinking.

Photo credit: Steven Tautonico (Collectr) and Andrew Henkel (HTML code)

Junior Unity Mass

On Thursday April 11, 2019, members of the Class of 2020 and their families attended the Junior Unity Mass at Holy Cross High School. The evening was planned by Mrs. Mione and Mrs. Daus, the junior class moderators. Mass was led by our school chaplain, Father Frank Schwarz.

As seniors prepare for final exams, the evening officially heralds the Junior Class as the new leaders in the school. Each student received a pin to mark this momentous milestone. Students also received their class rings during the evening’s ceremony.

During the celebration, Mrs. Mione addressed the rising seniors, saying:

“The rings and pins that you receive today serve as a permanent reminder of the man you set out to be- a man of honor and integrity. You are … tasked with a shared mission to bring hope to others. Remember that when you look at your rings and pins. We also use this milestone as a reminder for you to enjoy your final year at Holy Cross. Savor your memories, and continue to dream big for your future … Make the most of your time here and create a lasting legacy with your fellow knights.”

The Class of 2020 is one of the remaining classes that are still all-boys at Holy Cross. This Fall, half of the building will have transitioned to co-educational classes since the announced Mission Expansion in 2017.

As the school’s underclassmen look for guidance and leadership, everyone at Holy Cross is confident in the example set by members of the Class of 2020.

Go Knights!

Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

March 31, 2019

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Holy Cross High School marched in the second annual Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Students from our school’s Drumline and Cheerleading team, accompanied by members of our Fathers Club, proudly displayed the green and gold as they marched down Bell Boulevard. Our performing students were greeted by the cheers of the large crowd gathered to celebrate their Irish heritage.

Saturday was the first public performance of our Drumline since winning “Best Amateur Marching Band” at the Great Neck – Douglaston Memorial Day Parade last May.

This weekend was also the inaugural march of Holy Cross’s first-ever Cheerleading team. These young ladies of the Class of 2022 continue to make history as their first cheerleading season, and our school’s first year of co-educational Mission expansion approaches its end.

A special thank you to all of the Holy Cross families that came out to support our students, as well as the organizers of the Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and we are already looking forward to next year’s parade!

Go Knights!