Summer Camps

Summer Strength and Conditioning

Incoming and Returning NCHS Students

Monday , June 4 - Friday, July 20
Girls: 8:00am - 10:00am
Boys: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Middle School Athletic Camps

Rising 3rd - 8th Graders


Monday, June 4 - Thursday, June 7
8:00am - 11:00am


Monday, June 18 - Thursday, June 21
8:00am - 11:00am


Monday, June 11 - Thursday, June 14
8:00am - 11:00am
More Information


Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28
8:00am - 11:00am


* Available to Rising 3rd through Incoming NCHS 9th Graders

Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28
8:00am - 11:00am

Summer Camps


*Rising 6th - 8th Grade AND
Incoming or Returning Nolan Catholic Students
Session 1: Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 15
Session 2: Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 29
Session 3: Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 20
9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Fort Worth Boat Club - Eagle Mountain
Contact: Scott Lindley (


*Rising 6th - 8th Grade AND
Incoming or Returning Nolan Catholic Students
Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8
9:00am - 12:00pm


*Rising 6th - 8th Grade
Monday, June 4 - Thursday, June 7

Middle School Band Camp
Drum Line Camp
Middle School Color Guard
1:30pm - 4:30pm

*End of camp Showcase Performance
Thursday, June 7 - 5:00pm

Summer Enrichment Courses


• Incoming freshman students through rising seniors registered at Nolan Catholic High School
• Students who would benefit from a high school mini course in English, Writing, Reading, or Math at the high school level
• Students wanting to gain classroom experience on the high school campus in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year
• Credit is not applied for enrichment classes, but should work to meet attendance requirements to gain most out of the class

Online Registration OPEN

Monday, June 18 - Thursday, June 28
Algebra I Prep: 10:00am - 12:00pm
007 Algebra I Prep

Monday, July 16 - Thursday, July 19
1:00pm - 3:00pm
008 Life of a Viking

Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals

On Friday, June 1, Nolan Catholic will be offering physicals on campus from 4:00pm-7:00pm in Hartnett Arena. Students must have a completed physical dated on or after June 1, 2018 to participate in ANY summer activity or before returning to campus in the fall.
The cost of physicals will be $25.

Link to Physical Form

Contact Information:
4501 Bridge Street
Fort Worth, TX 76103

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

Colonial Volunteers

MAY 23-27

As in past years, we will have two concession stands for all 5 days. Volunteers are asked to work either a morning shift (8:30am to 2pm) or an afternoon shift (1:30 to 7pm).

Volunteers receive a single day entry badge and are invited to watch the tournament before or after their shifts. All volunteers receive an NCHS golf shirt which is required to be worn while you are working. Parking passes are also provided (limited number available – so carpooling is encouraged).

Volunteer packages (badges, parking passes and shirts) will be available for pick up at the school the week of the event.

Google Doc Sign Up

Contact Dan Cleary

Parking Permit Lottery

Parking Permit Lottery

For the 2018-2019 School Year
Tuesday, May 29th

The NCHS Parking Permit Lottery will take place in the Arena on Tuesday, May 29th after exams according to the schedule below. Students will need to bring their $50 payment and a Parking Permit Registration Form to the Arena. The form is available in the main office.

Rising Seniors: May 29, 12:15 p.m.
Rising Juniors: May 29, after Seniors

All other students: May 29, after Juniors

ALL STUDENTS planning to park on the Nolan Campus during the school year must have their vehicle registered with the Main Office and have a current NCHS parking sticker.

Parking permits are also available for purchase throughout the school year.

*Parking permits are always available for purchase during the summer in the main office during regular office hours.

Viking Lift-A-Thon

The Viking Lift-A-Thon will be a major fundraiser for the football program. The Nolan Catholic Football Program has many moving parts and serves the needs of a variety of students in and around the program. The money raised from this Lift-A-Thon will go towards the following:

 An overnight football and spiritual retreat as a team in August
 Safety equipment (on the player, on the field, and in the weight room)
 Locker Room updates
 Numerous other expenses needed in order to run a first class football program
the entire school community can continue to be proud of.

Goals: For each student-athlete to raise at least $400/each, which will cover their
overnight camp. The goal as a team is to raise 25K+. In addition, each Nolan
football player will set goals for each lift.

Procedure: Each football player, with the help of his family, will seek sponsors and donations for the Lift-A-Thon. Each participant will attempt a maximum lift in BENCH PRESS, POWER CLEAN, SQUAT, and DEADLIFT. This Lift-A-Thon is for your benefit, so please put your best effort forward in order to help yourself and your team. Sponsors can donate in two ways:

1) A flat donation of your choice.
2) Per Pound. For example, if you decide to donate $.10 per pound, and the player you chose to sponsor has a 4 lift total of 900 pounds, you will donate $90.

Donation Link

Learn More about Prizes and Sponsorship Opportunities Here

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

Mayfest Volunteers Needed

MAYFEST: MAY 3-6, 2018


This is a key fundraising event for the Viking Club – which supports ALL NCHS organizations.  Students looking for service hours are also welcome to volunteer (must be with a parent).

Help us improve the community we live in while supporting the Nolan Catholic community. Both student and parent opportunities remain for this wonderful event!

Questions? Call Janet Thomas at 817-395-0247 or email

Link to Google Doc Sign-Up


Mr. Viking Event

Friday, April 27 | 7:00pm
Nolan Catholic Auditorium

The Mr. Viking Event is Back! Four senior boys and four juniors boys, all nominated by their peers, will compete in a fun, lighthearted "pageant" to help raise money for the Saint Francis Fund.
The show will consist of a biography reading, and talent and interview portions.

Help support the Saint Francis Fund by purchasing tickets at the event to vote for Mr. Viking and Junior Viking. There will also be three judges who will vote for Mr. Personality and Most Talented.

$5 Entrance Ticket will also get you five votes for Mr. Junior Viking and Mr. Viking.
Each additional ticket (vote) is $1.

Big Band Dance

Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Nolan Catholic Gym

Enjoy and dance to music from the 1940's and current hits.  The Big Band Dance is a family friendly event and is open to everyone of all ages.  If you don't know how to swing dance that's okay!  Basic swing dance lessons will be offered before the dance for $10 per person from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.  So put your dancing shoes on and see you there! 

$10 / person
Purchase Tickets Online

*Tickets also available for purchase at the door.

Saturday May 5, 2018

6:00pm - 7:00pm (before the dance begins)
Nolan Catholic Gym

$10 / person
Tickets at the Door ONLY. No online purchase for this option.

For further information contact:
Manny Guerrero

Special Schedules for Week of 3/26/18

Cyber Safety Assembly
Wednesday, March 28


Wednesday, March 28, students will have the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker on the subject of cyber-safety and security.

Special Agent Christopher Thompson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will speak to our students about a growing need and concern among the millennial generation.  How to protect themselves in a world that is increasingly online and vulnerable to those who would exploit or try to harm them will be the subject of his presentation.

The student assembly will begin at 10:45 a.m. in the Arena.  Below is the modified schedule for the day.  Please note dismissal time is at 3:05 p.m.

Parent Info Night - Cyber Safety
Wednesday, March 28

In addition to our school assembly on Cyber Safety, there will be a Parent Informational night, Wednesday, March 28 in the Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

Special Agent Christopher Thompson has agreed to come to speak to parents about how to ensure the safety of our loved ones online.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Holy Thursday
Thursday, March 29

Thursday, March 29 students will be dismissed at 11:45 observance of the Easter Triduum.  The Nolan community will end the day with Stations of the Cross in Hartnett Arena. 

Good Friday and Easter Monday
Friday, March 30 & Monday, April 2

Campus will be closed in observance of Good Friday, March 30 and Easter Monday, April 2. 

Have a Happy Easter!

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

A Night of a Thousand Lights

A Night of a Thousand Lights Prom
April 21, 2018


Location: Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Dr, Hurst, TX 76054
Doors open at 7:15pm

Online Ticket Sales NOW OPEN
Purchase Tickets

Ticket Sales:
Lunch - March 8 and March 19-27 (Except Wednesday)

*Guest Pass Permission forms must be picked up from the front office and returned to the Dean of Students no later than Wednesday, March 28th.
*If a student is purchasing a guest pass, they must be purchased from Mr. Willhelm.


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.