Jan 01

HF SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2021

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BEAT SUMMER BOREDOM WITH HF SUMMER CAMPS!

Summer offers us an opportunity for a change of pace, a chance to explore new things and spend time with friends – both old and new. We are excited to host the following in-person camps on our campus once again, starting as soon as June 21! 

Wherever your childrens’ adventures take them this summer, we invite them and their friends to spend some time with us at Holy Family!

NICK TIBESAR
Holy Family Catholic High School
Activities Director

CLICK CAMP REGISTRATION

 

Squisito Italian Cooking and Language

Cook the most scrumptious recipes of Italy while learning essentials of the Italian language. The students will hear the history and phrases that go with each recipe and come home with Italian on their lips. Fees include the cost of all supplies. Taught by: Holy Family Italian Instructor, Jacob Dueck. Contact Mr. Dueck at dueckj@hfchs.org with questions.

 $ 125  Italian Cooking Session 1 / Grades: 5-8    Enrollment Limit: 12
 June 21-24 Times: 10:00 AM – noon

Theater Camp

Join us for a 4-day in-person theatre camp! Students will learn how to develop their acting skills through games, workshops, and devising which will culminate in a final performance created entirely by the participants on the final day. A great way to dip your toe into the world of theatre and build confidence while having fun! The camp is run by Guthrie Theater veteran and Holy Family Director of Theater Anna Crace. Contact Ms. Crace with any questions at cracea@hfchs.org.

 $ 200  Theater Camp | Grades 5-9
 June 21-24, M-Th, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, (bring your own lunch)

Girls Basketball Camp for Grades 4-8

Improve basketball fundamentals (shooting, passing and ball-handling) and team skills (defensive/offensive and rebounding drills). This camp is led by Holy Family head girls basketball coach Brandon Antl. Contact Coach Antl at brandonantlx@gmail.com with questions.

 $ 120  Girls Basketball for Grades 4-8
 Dates: July 19-22 from 8:30 AM-9:45 AM.

Volleyball

Camps are designed to improve the individual skills and knowledge of each camper.  Camp sessions will be taught by Holy Family Head Coach Tony Bongaarts, along with his staff and players, in a fast-paced and fun environment! Hone your skills and develop your passion. Contact Coach Bongaarts at holyfamilyvolleyball@gmail.com with questions.

 $ 120  Volleyball Session 1 / Grades 3-8
 Dates: June 28 – July 1 (M-Th evenings) Times: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 $ 120  Volleyball Session 2 / Grades 3-8
 Dates: July 26-29 (M-Th evenings) Times: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Jan 01

New Software Systems

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Holy Family is converting to three new software systems in time for the start of the 2021-2022 school year!

It is widely known that at Holy Family Catholic High School, we are always on the path of improvement and in steady pursuit of excellence in all we do. 

Delivering a top-tier, faith-based, academic curriculum and high-quality extracurricular opportunities are core to our mission. To continue doing so in the best way possible, we are excited to announce that Holy Family will transition to three new software systems (Google Suite, Schoology Power School, and Blackbaud Information System) with truly seamless data flow from enrollment management into the learning management and student information systems over the summer. In addition, we are rebuilding our website to a mobile-first design that will integrate with these systems. 

A transition of this importance and magnitude takes thorough investigation and careful consideration. Holy Family partnered with SourceWell Technology to explore several options in determining the best solutions for our school. All departments provided input and evaluated options during the decision-making process. 

 New learning management system 

Over the years, Holy Family has expanded its software capabilities as needs arose. Despite being customized for our school’s purposes, our current software programs can, at times, be challenging to navigate and incompatible with one another. New technology upgrades will connect all platforms and users within our community – including students, teachers, parents, administrators, donors, and alumni – to improve continuity in delivering learning content, streamline communications, and allow teachers and administrators to serve students better. 

These software upgrades will also help our admissions team support new families as they complete the necessary steps for enrollment. Our fundraising team will have reliable contact information for supporters eager to support our school, and our alumni directory will have more accessibility for alumni to network with each other. 

A refreshed look 

Before investing in a new website design, it is prudent to review and refresh brand elements to reflect who Holy Family is today. The scope of this work includes an expanded color palette where appropriate, updated font choices, refreshed logo elements, and the implementation of consistent style guidelines across our school’s brand. All of these improvements will help Holy Family put its best foot forward as we work to grow our school and expand our mission to more families through a more robust and integrated website. 

These changes will help Holy Family Catholic High School conduct business more wisely, complete tasks with improved consistency and efficiency, and better connect our community through more integrated capabilities.  

Ultimately, these upgrades will give Holy Family administration and educators greater capacity to focus on what truly matters: Providing our students the best educational experience they so richly deserve. 

Jan 01

Class of 2021 Mass and Graduation

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A Celebration to Remember

On Sunday morning, May 16, 2021, the 95 graduates of Holy Family Catholic High School’s Class of 2021 crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas and to complete high school journeys experienced during historical global times. During a school year experienced in-person, on-campus with adjustments for pandemic protocols, their extraordinary leadership leaves a legacy of positivity, resilience, and perseverance.

While the nine months leading up to the commencement ceremony may be unique to this group of graduates, their four-year experience is defined by their presence in academic studies, athletic pursuits, and artistic endeavors.  So, noteworthy, in fact, that as a whole, the Class of 2021 were offered $11,990,090 in college scholarships and accepted offers totaling $3,725,240 million.

The day began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Holy Family chaplain Father Nels Gjengdahl for the graduates, their guests, faculty, and administration in the school’s Slattery Activities and Convocation Center.  Members of the Class of 2021 processed to the stage with school administrators and Father Gjengdahl to the concert band’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.” (Elgar 1901) Holy Family combined chorales provided music ministry for the service.

Following the first and second readings read by Whitney Nelson and Emma Boockmeier, Father Gjengdahl shared the Gospel reading for the Feast Ascension of the Lord. He reminded the graduates to live in the Lord and as examples of their faith in their new communities.

Collin Nawrocki recited the description written by the seniors in campus ministry of the Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Symbols as representatives from the class presented them during the offertory. The Class of 2021 selected the following items to represent their four-year journey:

Ninth Grade: Mittens – snowball fights on the front yard
Tenth Grade: Sweatshirt –
Eleventh Grade: Laptop
Twelfth Grade: Mask and College Hat

Following Communion, President Mike Brennan awarded the Ambassador of Christ Award to co-recipients Olivia Hesse and Collin Nawrocki. The Ambassador of Christ Award is given to the senior who leads others with a strong code of ethics consistent with the teachings of Christ. Recipients are nominated by their classmates, and nominations are then voted on by faculty and staff.

Commencement

Following a final blessing for the graduates, student ushers reset the stage, and the Commencement portion of the ceremony began with a welcome from Principal John Dols. Principal Dols then introduced the Class of 2021 salutatorian Joseph “Joey” Richelsen for his salutatory address.

Joey Richelsen shares his salutatorian address.

Joey’s address took his audience through a tour of the building and a trip down memory lane, concluding with a point toward the future. He said, “ Holy Family’s culture and values were never meant to stay in the physical building. As stewards, my classmates, it is now our job to bring that same culture to the next stages of our lives. Spread it across the college campus, spread it across the new communities you assimilate in. And I promise you, the world will become a better place.”

Next, the selected faculty speaker Dr. Jim Tisel was invited to the podium to share his words of wisdom. Dr. Tisel will retire at the end of the school year, but he delivered his address in a lab report in proper science teacher form. In his conclusion, he said, “I do not wish to pose as an expert on religion – but I think we have learned that when we have worked, learned, played and prayed together, we have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. I want to thank you, students, for being in groups with me where we have felt this presence – and for the fact that your lives and actions show this every step of the way.”

Lauren Taylor delivers the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Address
Lauren Taylor delivers the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Address.

Valedictorian Lauren Taylor followed Dr. Tisel at the podium. Using her signature positivity, Lauren said, “…there is a whole world outside that awaits us, unknowing of who we have been for the last eighteen years: as I said before, it’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time, but we must trust in the plan that God has for us and know that we are never alone.” Lauren will pursue a finance degree at the University of Notre Dame.

During the graduation ceremony, Katherine Wise and Joseph Richelsen were announced as recipients of the Joseph and Mary Medals. The Mary and Joseph Medals are awarded to a senior girl and boy who exemplify the identity and values of Holy Family Catholic High School. These individuals demonstrate a strong, mature faith in Christ while actively participating in the life of the Church. They are knowledgeable of the teachings and traditions of the Church, desire to live like Jesus in their love and service to others and strive to grow spiritually and intellectually.

All three leadership and faith awards (Ambassador of Christ, Mary and Joseph Medals) are selected via nomination by classmates and vote of the school’s faculty and staff. The recipients exemplify a strong, mature faith in Christ and ethics consistent with the teachings of the Gospels.

The ceremony continued with the announcement of scholarships and the presentation of diplomas to the graduates of the Class of 2021:

Spencer Charles Adelmann
Allison Elle Agerland* Summa Cum Laude
Nicole Margaret Allen
Megan Christine Beach
Elle Michaela Bernaski* Cum Laude
Sebastian Bojorquez Rojas
Emma Grace Boockmeier
Daniel Borbonio
Zachary Francis Bornhoft
Samuel Lawrence Bradley * Cum Laude
Emiliano Baldemar Corona
Alexa Josephine Cuadros
Eli James Devins
Patrick Finnegan Dowling
Marie Rose Fahey Magna Cum Laude
Ewan David Farrell Cum Laude Jordan
Marie Flink Summa Cum Laude
Etienne Gerald Foudray* Summa Cum Laude
David John Frahm
Joseph Henry Freitas Summa Cum Laude
Antonio Gaeta Summa Cum Laude
Aidan Richard Greene
Thomas Michael Guyer * Cum Laude
Caroline Mary Hess * Magna Cum Laude
Olivia Sharon Hesse * Cum Laude
Ashley Margaret Heuer Magna Cum Laude
Joseph Russell Heuer
Nicholas Ashton Huson * Magna Cum Laude
Alexandra Elaine Ihrke
Alexander James Janey * Magna Cum Laude
Keyrie Sashell Jimenez Flores
Cassidy Margarete Jones Magna Cum Laude
Carver Douglas Kasper
McKenna Marie King
Jacob Anthony Kirsch * Summa Cum Laude
Haley Rose Klahsen * Magna Cum Laude
Dylan Matthew Krumpholz Summa Cum Laude
Jakob Dane Lenzmeier * Summa Cum Laude
Spencer Paul Lewin Magna Cum Laude
Grant Fredrick Limke
Charles Michael Lindberg Summa Cum Laude
Ethan Fredrick Lindholm
Sydney Marie Linn
Jaden Trey Lorenz
Gavin Patrick Lund  Summa Cum Laude
Marcus Daniel Lund Cum Laude
Owen Everett Lund
Grace Kemple McGlynn
Jacob Patrick McPartland
Graham Harrison
Payne Miller Cum Laude
Patrick Mccauley Mulheran
Haley Anne Nahlovsky  Summa Cum Laude
Collin Scott Nawrocki
Whitney Mae Nelson
Bruno Joseph Neyra
Aidan James O’Donnell Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Aaron Olson Cum LaudeJonathan Robert Olson
Jillian Rae Oncay Summa Cum Laude
Bridget Irene Orr
Jacob Thomas Parker
Sophie Elizabeth Paul Magna Cum Laude
Jordan Marie Pelzel Summa Cum Laude
Tyler James Pettibone
Isaac Douglas Pitner Summa Cum Laude
Brendan Michael Quinn Summa Cum Laude
Noel Paul Rahn
Julia Ann Red Wing Magna Cum Laude
Benjamin Gerard Reddan Summa Cum Laude
Joseph Raymond Richelsen Summa Cum Laude
Patrick Alan Ricke
Luke Michael Roelofs Magna Cum Laude
Abigail Olivia Roper
Bennett White Roseth
Reyana Nicole Schaffe Magna Cum Laude
Jordyn AnneMarie Schenk
Arden Alva Lee Schlegel
Zeke Ruslan Schneider Cum Laude
Bishop William Schugel Magna Cum Laude
Jeremy Thomas Schumacher Summa Cum Laude
Noah Merrill Seck
Brendan Michael Sieve Magna Cum Laude
Indira Sin
Gregory James Stoffel Summa Cum Laude
Nicholas Richard StrandLauren Suzanne Taylor Summa Cum Laude
Tanner Joseph Theis
Noelle Tara Trombley
Jordan Jeffrey Van Eyll
Jalen Brooks Ward
Jacob Michael Warmka Summa Cum Laude
Molly Eileen Weber
Stephen Anthony Webster Magna Cum Laude
Katherine Marie Wise Magna Cum Laude
William Gerald Zay Summa Cum Laude

 The Class of 2021 graduates will attend 45 universities across the country and bring our total number of graduates to 2,060 since the school’s opening in the fall of 2000.

Jan 01

Westrum Hired to Lead Boys Hockey

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Holy Family hires Erik Westrum to lead the Fire Boys Hockey Program 

 

Victoria, MN, May 14, 2021 - 1:00 PM 

  

Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Erik Westrum as the school’s new head boys hockey coach.   Westrum most recently served as the head coach at Southwest Christian – Richfield, a program he helped start in 2017, and where he was named Section 2A coach of the year in 2020.  Westrum also currently serves as a Minnesota Hockey High-Performance coach and evaluator and is the Director of Business and Operations at Breakaway Academy, a private school for boys and girls in grades 1-8 with campuses in Eden Prairie, Chaska, and Woodbury. 

 

The son of professional hockey player Pat Westrum, Erik’s playing career began at Apple Valley High School, where he posted a hat trick in the 5-4, five-overtime win over Duluth East to clinch the 1996 state championship.  Westrum was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL Draft but remained at the University of Minnesota. He played for four seasons and earned his bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. 

 

Westrum retired in 2012 after an 11-year professional playing career, which featured stints with the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs.  He also had an accomplished career in the AHL, earning his way into the AHL All-Star Game in 2005-2006 (Co-Leading Scorer and Co-MVP) and 2006-2007.  He was a 2004 Men’s National Team member, where his game-winning shootout goal clinched a bronze medal for Team USA.  Westrum finished his career in the Swiss League, where he earned MVP honors in 2007-2008.  In addition to his exploits on the ice, Westrum was also named AHL Community Service Man of the Year for three consecutive seasons, in 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2003-04. 

 

Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar is thrilled to add such a strong leader and person of integrity to serve as the Fire Boys Hockey program director.  Tibesar said, “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Erik and his family into the Holy Family community.  His experience playing and teaching the game at an extremely high level brings tremendous value to our hockey program, making him an ideal fit to lead our program into the future.  However, what really sets him apart is his commitment to developing young men and helping them grow in character and faith.  Those traits will be truly invaluable to the program, school, and community moving forward.” 

  

Westrum officially begins his work at Holy Family on June 7 with the summer conditioning and training programs.  

  

Additional information about Erik Westrum: 

Education: 

University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management – BA in Business Management 

University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management – MBA in Business Management 

  

Contact Information: 

Nick Tibesar, HFCHS Activities Director – tibesarn@hfchs.org 

Erik Westrum, Head Boys Hockey Coach – westrume@hfchs.org  

Jan 01

2021 Academic Honors

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As is our tradition during Founders Week, we celebrate the academic accomplishments of our students through our Academic Honors Day. Covid-19 has changed many things, but what has not changed is the excellence we see out of our students every day.

Today, we are excited to share a virtual Academic Honors Day ceremony celebrating academic recognition for all grade levels. Congratulations to the students recognized through our academic honors ceremonies.

As we reflected on these students and their accomplishments, the important role you as parents play also stood out to me. Parents first instill the values of faith, education, and community. Thank you for choosing our school and walking this journey with our faculty and staff.

Please click on the links below to share our community’s pride as today we present our virtual Academic Honors Day.

Live Jesus in our Hearts,

Principal John Dols and Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Melissa Livermore

Senior Honor Society and Academic Awards

2021 Senior Awards Program PDF

Academic Honors Day for All Grades

Our Class of 2021 scholars are inspirational examples for all students to follow as they grow in integrity, faith, leadership, and scholarship.  Honor Society and All-Student Academic Honors were presented virtually this year.

2021 Academic Honors Day Program PDF

2021 Honor Society Members

New Members Inducted
(3-4 semesters of requirements fulfilled)

Julia Anderson

Katherine Anseth

Jack Bauer

Sophia Boockmeier

Elijah Bresnan

Eleanor Bush

Hanna Bush

Caroline Cronin

Christopher Deavan

Edward Diminnie

Josephine Elsner

Rebecca Ernst

Kaellan Foudray

BenjaminGallus

Olivia  Guyer

Sophia Hall

Dayrin Jimenez

Alison Kunkel

Kori Lenzmeier

Mary Lizak

Ava Mettler

Emma Murphy

Collin Nawrocki

Jillian Oncay

My-Linh Pavelka

Makenzie Pavelka

Julia Red Wing

Michael Richelsen

Bennett  Russo

Kellen Sieve

Janielle Stanoch

Melanie Stewart-Hester

Isabel Van Eyll

Madeleine Wiitala

Lorelei Wilson

Elizabeth Witcombe

 

Laurel Members

(5-6 semesters of requirements fulfilled)

Jack Barth

Elle Bernaski

Ryley Covington

Thomas Guyer

Claire Haley

Alexander Janey

Ella Kunze

Sophia Mackey

Molly O’Connor

Derek Pass

Hailey Pavelka

Isaac Pitner

Ellen Ries

Matthew Santini

Emma Schuele

Allison Schumacher

Joseph Tinucci

Cela Watkins

 

Gold Members

(7 semesters of requirements fulfilled)

Allison Agerland

Samuel Bradley

Etienne Foudray

Caroline Hess

Olivia Hesse

Nicholas Huson

Jacob Kirsch

Haley Klahsen

Jakob Lenzmeier

Charles Lindberg

Gavin Lund

Haley Nahlovsky

Aidan O’Donnell

Brendan Quinn

Benjamin Reddan

Joseph Richelsen

Reyana Schaffer

Bishop Schugel

Jeremy Schumacher

Brendan Sieve

Gregory Stoffel

Lauren Taylor

Jacob Warmka

Katherine Wise

William Zay

Jan 01

One Heart at a Time

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Loss, unrest, instability, and strife continue to be forceful constants in our lives. From the 565,000 departed souls due to the coronavirus, to the death of George Floyd and the Black and Brown community’s subsequent cries for racial equality, to the turmoil in our nation’s capital, to the unconscionable violence inflicted upon Asian Americans, to mass shootings—our nation is in pain.

And now, in our backyard, as the nation’s gaze fixes upon the Twin Cities and a looming verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, the greater Minneapolis community has been shaken once again, this time by the tragic death of Daunte Wright.

Holy Family, as an educational institution built upon our Catholic faith and animated by our Lasallian identity, has a role, and, more importantly, a responsibility to prepare our students to be advocates for justice, instruments of peace, agents of change, and procurers of hope in our world.

To that end, we must first ensure our students feel welcomed, valued, and loved for their differences – the very image of God that resides in each of them. Secondly, we must educate them in the light of Truth and its call to love our neighbor as the Lord loves us – upholding all people’s dignity and embracing the beauty that diversity brings to our existence.

Ten months ago, following George Floyd’s death, we shared Holy Family’s renewed commitment to this calling – looking inward and critically examining our culture, practices, and curriculum – both explicitly and implicitly. While the present moment calls for genuine and authentic prayer, we look forward to the months ahead when we will share the advancements we have made towards this end and the good work that continues to lie before us.

In the meantime, we will continue to educate and take care of our students, ensuring they feel safe and, above all, loved. We will continue to support our alumni with a space and venue to engage in meaningful dialogue. We will continue to reject racism and discrimination. Promote peace and justice. Listen and seek understanding. Love, not hate.

Join us as we turn our hearts to prayer – lifting those who mourn and grieve, those who live in fear, those experiencing violence and unrest, and those working for peace and change. We pray for an end to violence, justice for the oppressed, peace in the streets of our cities and our nation, a voice for the silenced, an end to the sin of racism…for healing and change.

The Easter season reminds us that we are people of the Resurrection. We are people of hope. And we believe that by allowing God to work through our hands, our feet, and our lips, the glory of His heavenly Kingdom can be reflected here on this earth – in our nation, in our city, and in our school…one heart a time.

Jan 01

2020-2021 Second Quarter Honor Roll

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Holy Family Catholic High School is proud to announce the Second Quarter Honor Roll for 2020-2021. This honor roll recognizes these 357 students for their dedication and commitment to their education. Our faculty and staff celebrate all learners and are grateful for the efforts of all students. More than 77% of our students maintained grade point averages of 3.0 and higher to achieve honor roll designation.

President's List
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Principal's List
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Honor Roll
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Jan 01

The Inside Scoop on Holy Family Placement Tests

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Inside Scoop on Placement Tests: What to Know & Why to Go

FIRE 25 Families—mark January 9 on your calendar and highlight it in yellow. This is the date for Holy Family Catholic High School Placement Tests for all incoming ninth-grade students. It is your student’s first step to securing a successful academic future at Holy Family.

Parents sometimes have questions about our Placement Tests.

  • Why do students take them?
  • How is the information used?
  • What if my student has a bad testing day?

To help answer these questions, and many more, we are sharing this list of helpful answers. It should give you a complete picture of why Holy Family Placement Testing ensures every student has academic opportunities that uniquely fit his or her needs, interests and strengths.

Q: Is there a difference between an entrance exam and a placement test?

HF: Yes. Typically entrance exam scores are used to determine acceptance into a school. Holy Family does not use entrance exams. Instead, we offer placement tests for incoming freshmen with the goal of placing students in a course level where they can experience success.

Q: Is there only one placement test?

HF: We offer three placement tests:

  • Incoming Freshman Placement Test — Broad scope of topics for all incoming freshmen.
  • Math Placement Test — Required for students interested in courses beyond Algebra I.
  • World Language Placement Test — Required for students interested in taking foreign language beyond the first level course.

Q: What are the dates for this year’s exams?

HF: The placement tests are scheduled for these dates:

  • The High School Placement Test (STS’ High School Placement Test—HSPT®) given to all incoming ninth-grade students is January 9, 2021 beginning at 8 a.m. (please arrive by 7:50 a.m.)
  • Math Placement Test is held in early June beginning at 9 a.m (please arrive by 8:50 a.m.)
  • World Language Placement Tests are scheduled on an individual basis throughout the summer.

Q: What are the test fees?

HF: The Freshman Placement Test is $25. This fee is waived if there is already an Application for Enrollment on file. There are no fees for the Math or World Language Placement Tests.

Q: How is the STSHigh School Placement Test (HSPT®) used?

HF: The test results are utilized in two ways:

  • Provide staff with a clearer academic view of the incoming class. It allows the administration to make staff and curriculum adjustments to suit the needs of the class as a whole.
  • Help identify students who need extra academic support or can benefit from encouragement to broaden their academic horizons.

Q: What subject matters does the High School Placement Test include?

HF: The exam covers a broad scope of topics, including, but not limited to: reading comprehension, vocabulary, literary elements, punctuation, spelling, measurements, area, volume, mean and functions. More information can be found on the STS’ High School Placement Test (HSPT®) website.

Q: But wait! If the Math and World Language Placement Tests are conducted after the February 2021 class registration date, how will we know which math and language classes to register for?

HF: Students should register for the math and world language classes that they intend to take in the coming fall. Once placement test results are in, students can make adjustments to their class schedule if necessary. 

Q: Does every student have to take a Math Placement Test, and is it the only factor used in placing a student in a math class?

HF: Only incoming ninth-grade students who want to register for math classes higher than Algebra I take the Math Placement Test. There are three test options: Geometry, Algebra II or a higher-level math course. Individual circumstances can be reviewed during the process to decide which test is right for a student.

Q: How can my student prepare for the Math Placement Test?

HF: There are math review packets at http://www.hfchs.org/math-placement-faq/  available online, and we host weekend review sessions prior to the placement test.

Q: Who must take a World Language Placement Test?

HF: Only incoming ninth-grade students who want to register for second year or higher Italian, Latin or Spanish courses take the exam for their language of choice.

Q: How can my child prepare for a World Language Placement Test?

HF: Students should review materials from their previous world language classes.

Q: Can a student take a science/engineering placement test?

HF: All ninth-grade students begin their science discovery with biology, and engineering studies begin in our Technology Studies program. Holy Family offers a pre-engineering course to eighth-grade students. Students who successfully complete the course earn a Holy Family semester technology credit, giving them the opportunity to take Engineering II during their freshman year and compete with our robotics team.

Q: If we have a question about where our student has been placed after receiving test results, what do we do?

HF: Let’s talk about it. Our staff welcomes dialogue with parents and students to ensure we are all on the same page. We want all students to be successful—not overwhelmed or unchallenged. If, for example, a student is on the border of testing into a higher-level math class, there is an opportunity to be re-evaluated through a summer course.

Q: If my student is placed in a class and it becomes clear early in the first quarter that it’s not the right fit, can he or she be moved up or down a level?

HF: Flexibility is important when it comes to finding the right fit for students. We encourage families to contact the student’s teacher and counselor to discuss challenges the student is facing. Often one-on-one sessions with the teacher bring the student up to speed. If the family, counselor and teacher determine a move to a less challenging course is necessary, we’ll do our best to accommodate the change with the least amount of disruption to the student’s overall class schedule.

Q: Do any of the test results move students into Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors classes?

HF: Generally the only Honors option offered to ninth-grade students is in mathematics. There are exceptions. PSAT Tests, measuring readiness for college, are taken in ninth and eleventh grades and help identify AP potential.  After ninth grade, teachers will recommend Honors and AP classes to students who have demonstrated the knowledge and skills to be successful in those courses.

Q: Do transfer students have to take any of the placement tests?

HF: Typically, no, they do not. We rely on their incoming transcripts for class placements. 

Q: If my student isn’t able to take the tests on the scheduled dates, are there make-up sessions?

HF: Absolutely! Those with conflicts on the date of the The High School Placement Test should contact Scott Breimhorst at breimhorsts@hfchs.org. Contact the school office at 952-443-4659 to make arrangements for another summer test date for math and world language tests. It is recommended that the math test is taken in early June.

Have a question?

Ask about Placement Tests and we will include the response anonymously for other FIRE 25 families to see. Send your question to breimhorsts@hfchs.org

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR ENROLLMENT TODAY!

The $25 Freshman Placement Test fee is waived for students with an Application for Enrollment on file.

Apply Today

Jan 01

3 Reasons Holy Family Students Succeed

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If you’re numbers driven, it is unquestionable that Holy Family Catholic High School students succeed. The numbers prove year, after year, after year that they are prepared for college.

What are the indicators? Here are some of the biggies:

  • Average ACT Score (2019): 26.1; Average ACT Score of Top 25% (2019): 32.4; Average ACT Score of Top 10% (2019): 33.7  *2020 ACT has not yet been received.
  • College Attendance (2020): 94% – 4-Year College attendance (2020),;Gap Year (2020) – 4%; Athletic Opportunity (2020) with plans to attend college: 52%)
  • College Completion Rate 6 years out of high school: 84% (National Avg. 53%) Source: National Student Clearinghouse, tracks students for six-years in 98% of all colleges

What the numbers don’t tell is…WHY?

  • WHY do Holy Family students routinely outperform Minnesota students taking the ACT by an average of 5 points over the past 5 years?
  • WHY do Holy Family graduates succeed their first year in college?
  • WHY do Holy Family students graduate from college way above averages from other high schools, according to The National Student Clearinghouse?

“One of the things people always point to is ACT test scores,” says John Dols, Holy Family Catholic High School principal. “Yet test scores are not everything. It’s important to be a thoughtful, reflective, rational thinker, and to take action when you have strengths to be active. You can’t have other people think and do things for you. That is what is important in post-secondary education.”

With that, we set out to put our finger on some of the specifics that answer why Holy Family Catholic High School students succeed in college. We asked five experts, all of whom have worked with Holy Family students and seen them succeed in college and beyond. They are:

  • John Dols, Holy Family Catholic High School Principal
  • Jeanne Weber, Owner, collegeONE, helping students organize and streamline the college application process
  • Melissa Livermore, Assistant Principal for Academic Support
  • Josh Rutz, Holy Family Counselor

Three Reasons Holy Family Students Succeed

Based on independent interviews with each of these experts committed to helping students achieve success beyond Holy Family, there are a number of reasons why they are successful in college, starting with year one. But these three stand out:

1. Students Leave with Exceptional Writing and Communication Skills. Brown admits this can be a challenge in a society driven by digital devices. But that doesn’t change the need to be articulate, she says. When it comes to excelling in college, students with exceptional writing and verbal skills stand out among peers.

John Dols: “Our kids are not afraid to express their ideas. They can speak in public and they know how to write when they leave here. They frequently wind up helping their peers in college.”

Jeanne Weber: “There seems to be an emphasis on writing (at Holy Family) in more than just English class. I see a focus on writing in history and many of the other classes. This makes Holy Family kids stronger communicators than what I see from other schools. Even when they sit down with an adult, they are a little more at ease. They listen and have great communication skills.”

Josh Rutz: “One thing we consistently hear is that the workload, particularly the written papers, helps our students succeed in college. Alumni often say when it comes to knowing how to study, knowing the expectations of how to be good students and writing papers in college, they say they are well prepared. Doesn’t matter what college they attend. It seems every single student is saying they are well prepared.”

2. Opportunities Build Leadership Skills. Small numbers seem to deliver big results at Holy Family. With an average student-teacher ratio of 13:1, students can’t fly under the radar at Holy Family. Plus, they participate in extracurricular activities in extremely high numbers. The result is an expectation that Holy Family students lead.

Melissa Livermore: “Almost 100 percent of our students are involved in something, and many in more than one thing. By the time they leave Holy Family, our students have excellent time management skills because they are so involved.”

Josh Rutz: “(Holy Family) Students are not just focusing on school, but every other aspect in their lives—volunteering, work, sports, clubs, activities, and in faith and religious aspects. If anything, they’re too busy. Sometimes, they overwork themselves because they are such great leaders and want to have an impact on all aspects of life. One example: We bring kids on service trips all over the world. Those experiences change our kids in great ways. That’s why they do so well in college and after.”

Jeanne Weber: “When I look at Holy Family kids, the biggest advantage they have is the ability to participate. They have great social interactions, which comes from being in a small school, expecting students to take leadership roles and help out others. Participation helps them with leadership skills. They understand the nature of college, and that they’re going there to learn stuff. They’re just a little more well rounded and make good decisions while in college. They are substantially prepared to take that on.”

3. Holy Family Students Advocate for Themselves and Others. Often overlooked, this skill possibly should be at the top of this list. It shows confidence, drive, leadership and independent learning at a very high level.

Jeanne Weber: “Holy Family students are very confident. They’re not boastful, but they are confident. If they see something that needs to be done, they do it. And they know when they need help. At Holy Family, there is an expectation that you are going to do well. Whatever that well is for you. And that’s a reflection of college.”

Josh Rutz: “Holy Family students are not afraid to ask questions. They become great self-advocates and advocates for others. We push and see growth in that from 9th to 12th grade. No matter where they are at, they are willing to ask for help or help each other out when in need. It provides that feeling of never being alone.”

John Dols: “Holy Family students believe in goals. They know it takes practice and time. They know that, ‘Just because I want, doesn’t mean I can have.’ They keep going after it. Especially during this unusual year, they have proven to be both persistent and flexible, but still eager to pursue their education.”

Holy Family students become critical thinkers.

While those three reasons are the consensus favorites, there are many more reasons Holy Family students succeed in college. Here are a few additional thoughts from our experts on why Holy Family Catholic High School students are ready for a successful college experience, starting with day one.

  • Holy Family Students Think About Thinking. It is almost a lost skill in the digital age, says Dols. “They reflect about what they do and why they do it. They have great thoughts and are not afraid to express ideas.”

Livermore agrees: “We want to make sure students are geared toward learning and understanding. Not just for a grade or to check a box. We want them to learn and understand, and think about thinking.”

  • Students Experience Challenging Course Rigor. “We have high standards and hold all students to them,” Livermore adds. “This gives them confidence to take reasonable risks, such as trying new classes that they wouldn’t have before. It doesn’t scare them off, because they know how to do it, and that they can do it.”
  • Life Skills Are Taught at Holy Family. “Students leave here knowing what they need for a successful future,” Dols says. “They’re able to collaborate with peers; work with professors and faculty; and develop a sense of service and true caring for others. These all translate into aspects they’ll use in their lives and the working world.”
  • “Family Network” = Success. “The family atmosphere here pushes kids at a different level,” Rutz says. “When they have hard times and fall, they know where to turn. They come back here, turn to their families and turn to their experiences here at Holy Family that helped them grow. They have the confidence to tackle life. And life is not always easy.”
  • A Sense of Sacrifice and Direction. “I do think Holy Family kids, because their family is paying for high school, have a sense that people are sacrificing to send them there,” Weber adds. “And, maybe because of that, they have a better sense of what direction they want to head in. They can confidently take that step into college.”

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Jan 01

Amy Dean Named Head Coach

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Holy Family hires Amy Dean to lead the Fire Girls and Boys Tennis 

Holy Family names Amy Dean to lead tennis program.

Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Amy Dean as the school’s head girls and boys tennis coach.

Dean assumes the Holy Family Tennis programs’ leadership responsibilities immediately, building on her five years of successful experience as an assistant coach in our programs. During her tenure at Holy Family, Dean helped coach the Fire Girls team to state appearances in 2016 (Consolation Champions) and 2017 (State Runner-Up), along with numerous individual state appearances. Dean also earned 2018 State Assistant Coach of the Year honors for Boys Tennis from the Minnesota State Tennis Coaches Association.

A highly-decorated player, Dean played four years of Division 1 tennis at the University of Cincinnati (OH). She ended her college career as a co-captain, ranked #5 all-time in career doubles wins, and #9 all-time in career wins for the Bearcat Women’s Tennis team. Before her time at Cincinnati, Dean was a four-year state qualifying player at Illinois’ Naperville High School. She continues to play competitively and teach tennis lessons in the area.

Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar is overjoyed to announce Ms. Dean as the Fire Tennis programs’ new head coach. “Coach Dean’s experience both coaching and playing tennis at an extremely high level have been an asset to our programs for the past five seasons, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see her step up to lead our programs into the future! Her steadfast commitment to our student-athletes, along with our school community and its mission, is commendable, and we look forward to the future growth our students will experience under her leadership.”

Additional information about Amy Dean:

Education: University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH – Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Accounting

 

 

Contact Information:

Nick Tibesar, HFCHS Activities Director – tibesarn@hfchs.org

Amy Dean, HFCHS Head Girls and Boys Tennis Coach – amykdean@hotmail.com