German Club Newsletter

Hello, supporters of German!

I hope all of our students (and their families) are having a safe and enjoyable Homecoming weekend!

Attached you will find a newsletter with some information about what we have been up to in German this year as well as upcoming events. Please have a look! In particular, note that we will be celebrating German Week this coming week, beginning with candy sales on Monday (in A18 during the day and in the Commons after school). Students, bring some money... we've got quite a good selection this year (details are in the newsletter)!

Thank you, as always, for your support of German. And, as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Madeline O'Bryan

Download the German Club Fall Newsletter

Homecoming Festivities

Friday, Sept. 28 — Homecoming Game vs. Dallas Lincoln

Alumni BBQ Dinner and Hall of Fame Introductions

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Hartnett Arena) - Enjoy a free BBQ dinner, visit with friends and classmates, meet the Hall of Fame inductees.

Pre-Game Show

7:00 p.m (Doskocil Stadium). - NCHS Viking Marching Band and Royelles

Game Time

7:30 p.m. (Doskocil Stadium) - Kick-off

Arrive early for the game as there is limited seating in the stands


Hall of Fame Induction (Doskocil Stadium)

New to Nolan football?

Bring a blanket or a chair, wear your Nolan blue, and cheer it out for our Vikings!

Spirit Store

Available upstairs right outside of the press box

NO Outside Food or Drink will be allowed into the stadium


  • Nolan Campus parking lots are available until filled to the general public

  • Parking attendants will be on site

  • Security will also be available

Shuttles for overflow parking are available from:

Potter's House

1270 Woodhaven Blvd.

FW, TX 76112

Handicapped parking will be on the east side of the campus in front of the Tribunal equipped with a golf cart shuttle.




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Order a Mum or Garter today from the Nolan Catholic High School Marching Band and show your support! The Mums and Garters are being assembled by the State Champion Viking Marching Band! Show your support and buy a mum or garter and wear it to the big game! Nolan Catholic Vikings vs. Dallas Lincoln HS on Friday, September 28.

Questions? Email 2018 Viking Mum Chairperson, Asan Murphree at

This Week in Sports (Sept. 4 - Sept. 8)

Football (at NCHS)

This Week


Friday, Sept. 7 @ 7:30 p.m. vs. Burkburnett High School (Away)


Thursday, Sept. 6 @ 6:30 p.m. vs. Burkburnett High School (Home)

Last week's results


Vikings defeat Oak Ridge (29-6, W)

TD's: Clay Campbell, Danny Taylor, Marvin Young, and Chance Cover 


Vikings defeat Bishop Dunne (35-0, W)


This Week

Tuesday, Sept. 4 @ Ursuline Academy

  1. Freshman -- 5:00 p.m.
  2. JV -- 5:00 p.m.
  3. Varsity -- 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept, 5 @ Bishop Lynch

  1. Freshman -- 5:00 p.m.
  2. JV -- 5:00 p.m.
  3. Varsity -- 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8 (JV and Freshman Tournament) @ ASC

Last week's results

Vikings Beat North Side High School (W)

Varsity Scores by set

  1. W 25-15
  2. W 25-17
  3. W 25-17

Natalie Ater led the team with 12 kills. 

Nolan Catholic vs. Oak Ridge (L)

Varsity Scores by set

  1. W 25-14
  2. L 26-24
  3. W 25-14
  4. L 25-18
  5. L 15-13

Morgan Schuster led the team in kills with 14 and assists with 30. 
Mia Ott led the team in digs with 29. 

Cross Country

This Week

Saturday, Sept. 8 (Southlake Invitational)

Last week's results

Peyton Hisel finished 18th (20:38) in the Open Varsity at the Marcus invitational. Peyton recorded the second fastest 5k in Nolan Catholic history. The women's team also finished in 2nd place in the 3200 meter race. 

This Week in Sports (Aug. 27 - Sept. 1)

Football (at NCHS)

Friday, Aug. 31 @ 7 p.m. vs. Houston Kinkaid


Tuesday, Aug. 28 (at NCHS). v.s. North Side HS. Freshman @ 5 p.m. JV @ 5 p.m. Varsity @ 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 30 (at The Oakridge School). vs. Oakridge. Freshman @ 4:30 p.m. JV @ 5:30 p.m. Varsity @ 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31 - Saturday, Sept. 1 -- Pop Tournament (Times TBD)

Cross Country

Saturday, Sept. 1 (Marcus Invitational)

August College Visits

Representatives from the following colleges will be on campus during the last week of August:


Students who would like to visit representatives from these schools must sign up in advance through Naviance.

Please print your registration page and show it to your teacher when asking permission to attend the college visit.

Amon Carter Museum Visit

A group of our Nolan Catholic juniors recently impressed the librarian at Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. The museum held a tour of the library and archives for the public on Saturday afternoon, and history teacher. Mr. David Mabry, encouraged his students to attend. "I want them to understand that history does not just exist in books, but lives in the world all around us," Mr. Mabry said.



2018-2019 Yearbook Deadlines

Dear Senior Parents,
The 2018-2019 NCHS Lepanto yearbook staff is excited to start working on your student’s lasting memories. Following are a few items that we would like you to consider.

1. All seniors should make an appointment with Glamourcraft Studios to have their senior portrait taken. This is the senior photo printed in the senior section of the book for every student. If you have not made this appointment, please make it as soon as possible by calling 817.292.8989. These pictures need to be taken before October 29th, 2018. Glamourcraft mailed information to all seniors already, but in case you missed it, the studio address is: 7375 South Hulen, Fort Worth, TX 76133

2. All students have already purchased a yearbook as part of their student fees this year, so there is no need to go online and order one.

3. Many senior parents do choose to purchase a Senior Recognition Ad. These ads are located in the back of the yearbook. Online purchase at will start on August 20th, 2018. In order to guarantee space, the deadline to purchase is December 14th, 2018. Please keep in mind we often sell out quickly. If you are interested in purchasing an ad, please see page two for more information.
The yearbook staff will create the ad. During your order you can upload the pictures, type the sentiment, and submit payment online at Please DO NOT mail your materials to the school. We do not accept photo prints or copies. Email if you have any questions or need assistance.

Once again, please keep the deadlines in mind! Senior Portraits with Glamourcraft by October 29th, 2018 Senior Recognition Ads ordered by December 14th, 2018.

Thank you for supporting our program. We hope you and your senior have a fantastic year!

John Skees

Please have this information on hand when ordering your senior recognition ads online.
JPGs of Pictures
Typed Sentiment

Contact Information: (needed in case yearbook editor has a question about your order)
You will need to enter this info online: Name of Parent, Email, Phone, Name of Senior

If you have hired a senior photographer who is sending images, please leave their contact information (Name, Studio, Email) in the special notes section during the online order process. You must contact your photographer to arrange for photo submission if you do not have the jpg files for uploading when placing the order online. The easiest way to submit images is to have your photographer email a link for download directly to us at
Sentiment: Will be submitted online during the order. Be sure to check spelling, as we are not responsible for typos.

Ad Size Options Cost Recommended Maximum Number of Images/ Text*
Full Page Color $ 455.00 11 images (one must be quality to print as 8x10), 8 sentences
½ Page Color $ 255.00 7 images, 4 sentences
¼ Page Color $ 155.00 4 images, 1 sentence
⅛ Page Color $ 95.00 1 image, short sentiment

* Note: Any ads submitted with more than the suggested photo allotment will result in the yearbook staff choosing the best picture options, which may mean not including some of your submitted images. In addition, words may be cut off if they do not fit in the recognition space. Also, all ads will be in full color!

Payment will be collected online at time of order. You will receive an emailed receipt from Walsworth, our yearbook publisher.

2018-2019 Yearbook Announcements

Summer Reading List

Nolan Catholic High School
Summer Reading
School Year 2018-2019

In a continuing effort to foster active, critical reading skills, we are using the same approach to our summer reading selection and assignment this year that we did last year. There will be no written work assigned with the reading.  Instead, Nolan Catholic English teachers expect you to spend your time simply reading and annotating this text.  When you return to school in August, you will sit for a timed essay comprised of one full class period. You will be allowed to use your book with annotations for the essay, which will be essential since relevant and purposeful quotations will be required.  The essay will count for your first major grade of the quarter.

Nolan Catholic English teachers want to prepare you for the kind of focused reading you will need to do all year in order to be successful—now, through your senior year, and in college.  The kind of annotations you make in your book will determine the ease with which you are able to write your essay and defend your thesis with quality, relevant evidence. Some tips for successful annotation from the Harvard College Library and a strategy guide are included below.

It is extremely important that you read the book and make your own annotations—not all classes may be given the same essay prompt, and therefore doing your own annotations is vital to knowing how to get to the necessary quotations quickly when composing the essay.  In addition, merely copying someone else’s annotations is tantamount to cheating, and the NCHS plagiarism policy will be followed by teachers if this is suspected. Please note that the use of material from online resources such as Sparknotes, Cliff Notes, etc. is considered plagiarism. We prefer you do your own thinking.  

The expectations regarding the quantity of annotations will vary depending on grade level, but ultimately, you will need to provide many quotations in your essay. Ideally, you should read a text purely for enjoyment and then annotate during a second read-through; however, we do understand this is not always possible and you should be fine annotating during a first read.  On the first day of class, your teacher will designate a day for the timed writing—you must bring your book to write the essay or you will have to write without it (and thus not be able to quote, leading to a deduction of points).

Finally, the summer reading selections for each grade level:

  • Freshmen: A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Sophomores: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Juniors: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Penguin Edition)
  • Seniors: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • AP Seniors: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Following Information is Taken from the Harvard College Library Website:

Annotating: “Dialogue” with yourself, the author, and the issues and ideas at stake.

From start to finish, make your reading of any text thinking-intensive.

  • First of all: throw away the highlighter in favor of a pen or pencil. Highlighting can actually distract from the business of learning and dilute your comprehension. It only seems like an active reading strategy; in actual fact, it can lull you into a dangerous passivity.

  • Mark up the margins of your text with WORDS: ideas that occur to you, notes about things that seem important to you, reminders of how issues in a text may connect with class discussion or course themes. This kind of interaction keeps you conscious of the REASON you are reading and the PURPOSES your instructor has in mind. Later in the term, when you are reviewing for a test or project, your marginalia will be useful memory triggers.

  • Develop your own symbol system: asterisk a key idea, for example, or use an exclamation point for the surprising, absurd, bizarre.  Like your marginalia, your hieroglyphs can help you reconstruct the important observations that you made at an earlier time. And they will be indispensable when you return to a text later in the term, in search of a passage, an idea for a topic, or while preparing for an exam or project.

  • Get in the habit of hearing yourself ask questions—“what does this mean?” “why is he or she drawing that conclusion?” “why is the class reading this text?” etc. Write the questions down (in your margins, at the beginning or end of the reading, in a notebook, or elsewhere. They are reminders of the unfinished business you still have with a text: something to ask during class discussion, or to come to terms with on your own, once you’ve had a chance to digest the material further, or have done further reading.

Look for repetitions and patterns:

These are often indications of what an author considers crucial and what he expects you to glean from his argument. The way language is chosen or used can also alert you to ideological positions, hidden agendas or biases. Be watching for:

  • Recurring images

  • Repeated words, phrases, types of examples, or illustrations

  • Consistent ways of characterizing people, events, or issues

Strategies for Annotation

**You should have a minimum of one annotation for every two pages.  Exceptional annotation will be consistent and more frequent than the minimum.

 1.  Asking questions for clarification

     What confuses you?  What is unclear?  What might be helpful for better understanding?

 2.  Sketching or describing images

Select confusing or important scenes from the text and sketch or write a description of the image you are/should be picturing as you read.

 3.  Asking questions for discussion

These are questions for interpretation and analysis.  These are not plot-based questions, but questions requiring inference, deeper thought, and/or analysis.  They are not yes or no questions, but rather thought-provoking questions that force us to dig deeper into the text.

 4. Identifying and explaining significant passages. Look for literary devices.

Mark passages that seem particularly important for conflict, conflict resolution, character development, theme, plot development, point of view, setting, or symbolism.  Re-read the passage and briefly explain why each one if important. This is not merely highlighting or underlining.

 5.  Noting diction and figurative Language

Mark passages that are particularly powerful in their wording or use of imagery/figurative language.  Write a brief explanation of the effect or purpose of the literary device.  This is not merely highlighting or underlining.

 6.  Making connections outside the text

Explain connections from the work to aspects of your own life, other works, or historical or cultural events. Describe the significance of these connections and how they affect the story or your interpretation of it.

2018-2019 Quick Reference Calendar

Nolan Catholic High School
2018 - 2019 Calendar Dates

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August 13, 2018
August 14, 2018
September 3, 2018
September 28, 2018
October 10, 2018
October 12, 2018
October 24, 2018
November 19-23, 2018
December 17, 2018
December 18-21, 2018
December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
January 7, 2019
January 8, 2019
January 21, 2018
February 18, 2019
March 8, 2019
March 11-15, 2019
April 18, 2019
April 19, 2019
April 22, 2019
April 23, 2019
May 6-17, 2019
May 20-23, 2019
May 23, 2019
May 24, 2019
May 25, 2019
May 26, 2019
May 27, 2019
May 28-31, 2019
May 31, 2019

Orientation - Freshman Only
First Day of School
Labor Day: No School
PSAT/Vikathon - Early Dismissal
End of 1st Quarter
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
End of 2nd Quarter
Semester Exams
Christmas Break - No School
Faculty In-Service - No School
Classes Resume
Holiday - No School
Faculty/Staff In-Service - No School
End of 3rd Quarter - Early Dismissal
Spring Break - No School
Snow Make-Up Day (if needed)
Good Friday - No School
Easter Monday - No School
Snow Make-Up Day (if needed)
AP Exams
Senior Exams
End of 4th Quarter
Senior Awards and Robing
Baccalaureate Mass
Commencement Ceremony
Memorial Day - No School
Semester Exams
Last Day of School

Cursus Humanitas: Spring Publication


 Gabrielle Cottraux Editor-in-chief

Gabrielle Cottraux

Dear Reader,

Every year, I’m more and more surprised at how fast the time has passed. Especially around this time of year, it feels like I just need to pause and catch my breath, except there’s no time because I have projects to finish and papers to write and AP exams to prep for and finals to cram for and...well, the list goes on. This year though, I feel like I’ve been ambushed. Just yesterday, I was starting my last first day of high school, the beginning of senior year. At the time, it seemed like I had the whole year ahead of me, but now, I find myself approaching deadline after deadline, and, in a way, that’s kind of what working on Cursus is like. We start the year off feeling like we have all the time in the world to plan our our next edition, but every semester, the deadlines creep up on us, until we stress, stress, stress. It sounds like a hectic process (believe me, it is), but each time, we pull it off better than the last (completely unbiased here though!).

In the process of reviewing all our submissions, Mrs. McAvoy, one of our faculty readers, pointed out something that none of us had really noticed: this edition has the overarching theme of change. The juxtaposition of the images featured in this edition not only speak to the seasonal changes, but also, to the overarching feeling of change at Nolan. The senior class, in the midst of all our stress and angst, has to seriously grapple with the idea of leaving the people and places we’ve known for so long to go off to college. The junior class has to prepare to face their first bout with “Do you know where you want to go to school yet?” questions this summer. The sophomore class has to start thinking about scary acronyms like PSAT and SAT and ACT, and suddenly, they start feeling like they need H-E-L-P. And finally, the freshmen class, who really doesn’t have much to worry about, but they think they do (oh come on, we all know it’s true. . .). My point is, it’s a time of change for everyone. But if the Cursus is any indication, you just have to get past that period of crippling stress in order to pull [insert goal] off.

As this is my final publication of Cursus, I’d like to say a quick thank you to the editors, Hayle Chen, Victoria Rodriguez, and Hannah Brennan. Thank you for putting up with my frantic texts and keeping me sane throughout this process! It was such an honor working with such a smart, witty group of young women, and I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished this year. Cursus wouldn’t be possible without y’all!!

I am so proud to present the hard work of these talented students in this semester’s edition of Cursus, and I hope you all find these essays, poems, drawings, and photos as captivating and beautiful as we at Cursus have!

Happy Reading!
Gabrielle Cottraux

Download Spring Publication Part 1
Download Spring Publication Part 2

TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest

TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest

Forty-seven soloist and two ensembles of the Nolan Catholic Band and Orchestra earned a Superior rating (1st Division) at the TPSMEA (Texas Private School Music and Educators Association) Solo and Ensemble Contest at Greenhill School in Addison. 

The following students of the band and orchestra have also qualified for the TPSMEA State Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Bishop Dunne:

Grace Terrell - Flute
Anna Browder - Clarinet
Grace Lindauer - Clarinet
Leo Rodriguez - Alto Sax
Tessier Duane - Trumpet
Luke Gallucci - Trumpet
Alex Ezparza - Trombone
Lucine Devejian - Tuba
Ryan McAvoy - Tuba
Jericho Rojas - Marimba
Cameron Larsen - Snare
Charlie Kiehlbauch - Snare
Jocelyn Nguyen - Snare
Michelle Nghiem - Piano
Daniel Bryant - Violin

Texas Thespian Scholarship Recipient


Eric Romero is our first Nolan Catholic student to receive a scholarship from the Texas Thespians. The Texas Thespian Convention is one of the largest state events with over 8,000 students in attendance. A total of 49 students were selected and awarded scholarships across the state. This year Theatre Nolan had two students complete the process of applying for a scholarship through Texas Thespian's. Each student was required to complete a written application before the convention and take part in an interview during the event. 

Eric went through many mock interviews with faculty and staff on campus to prepare him and help review his portfolio in preparation for the convention. Eric has worked hard behind the scenes with Theatre Nolan for 4 years in technical theater. 

"The Theatre Nolan program has built Eric’s leadership, organization, time management, and teaching skills. We have been very happy to see him progress in responsibility over the years."
- Lydia Romero, mother of Eric Romero


President's Volunteer Service Award

February 23, 2018

Freshman Delaney Wessel Receives President's Volunteer Service Award


Fort Worth, Texas - Delaney Wessel, 15, of Mansfield, Texas, a student at Nolan Catholic High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Nolan Catholic High School nominated Delaney for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

"The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across American are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community."

"Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life," said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. "These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate."

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, America Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light's HandsOn Network. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President's Volunteer Service Awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.