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Student Council Members Participate in Holy Trinity Day of Service


March 25, 2017


This past weekend our student council executive officers and four other 8th graders participated in a day of service at Holy Trinity Catholic School with other Diocesan Catholic schools. They completed Busy Books (pictured above) and tie blankets for kids going through chemotherapy or in intensive care at Children’s Medical Center.



NJHS Members Fill 1470 Bags at North Texas Food Bank


March 10, 2017


Instead of going to Burger House or home to enjoy a sunny afternoon on a Friday half day, members of the STA National Junior Honor Society volunteered their time at the North Texas Food bank. The students worked in assembly line fashion to fill bags containing snacks for children in need to take home with them over the weekends. In the two and a half hours they were at the food bank, the students filled 1470 bags! Great job NJHS!



STA Wildcats Bring Home 3 DPL Championship Trophies


March 9, 2017


Congratulations to the 5th Grade Blue, 7th Grade Girls' D1 and 7th Grade Boys' D1 basketball teams as they battled and won their division championships this week! St. Thomas Aquinas had a record 27 basketball teams this year in 5th through 8th grade. Twenty-three teams made it to the playoffs, 10 made it to the semi-finals and five played for a DPL championship! Great job to all our student-athletes and volunteer coaches.


Middle School Students attend North Texas Teen Book Festival


March 5, 2017


On Saturday, March 4th a few students from St. Thomas Aquinas Upper School attended the North Texas Tenn Book Festival. They met and interviewed several amazing authors. Stay tuned for the Wildcat Weekly Blog to read more about their fun-filled day with Veronica Roth, Soman Chainani, R.L. Stine, Amy Ephron, Jason Reynolds and Ally Condie.




St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Teacher of the Year


February 28, 2017


Each year, St. Thomas Aquinas School selects an educator to be named, Teacher of the Year. Last year, Mrs. Galvin had the honor of being St. Thomas Aquinas School’s Teacher of the Year. This year, she will pass the torch to another outstanding educator!

Let me start by describing this teacher and why she deserves the title of Teacher of the Yea

This teacher engages students in learning every day! She studies her students, knowing what interests them, what instructional techniques support their learning, and how best to motivate them even when the learning gets a little tough! Her students are happy and her classroom is filled with joy.

This teacher always sets high standards for all her students. She clearly communicates her beliefs in her students and reinforces that with 100% effort. “Amazing” is an understatement!

This teacher is a role model who is adored by her students, loved by parents, admired by her peers, and respected by the administration. Her presence has made STA a better school.

This teacher is patient, open-minded, and sincere. She is a “bucket filler” who treats each person with dignity and respect. How she manages 22 little angels is beyond me, and it is both a gift and a talent.

Finally, this teacher has shared her talents with our STA family for the past 5 years.

Please help me congratulate Mrs. Bonnie Young, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire. St. Thomas Aquinas Teacher of the Year!

Patrick Magee, President



Middle School Students Participate in SMU Visioneering Day


February 24, 2017


On Saturday, February 18th, St. Thomas took three teams of 6th-8th grade students to Visioneering, an event at SMU, sponsored by the Lyle School of Engineering. Students were given this challenge: design a living space that would accommodate for a specific disability. In less than two hours, they accomplished their task by working cooperatively with each other and an engineer mentor. We are very proud of our students and how well they represented St. Thomas. Student team members were:  Alex B., Jake P., Henry L., Campbell A., Luke M., Aiden M., Ryan F., Jackson R., Thomas S., Drew N., Lydia H., Irie G., Nora D., Nora T., Regan M., and Anna R.. The faculty chaperones were: Mrs. Watts, Mrs. Riley, Mrs. Pacayra, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Todora, Miss Galvin and Mrs. Galvin.




2016-17 Yearbook Cover Contest Winner


February 23, 2017


Congratulations to 8th-grade student Libby L. for winning the 2016-17 Yearbook Cover Contest. Other winners include Grace R. for the inside cover and  Elle P., Bennett S., Abby R., and Bella G. for the back cover.



DPL Scholarship Winner Announced


February 23, 2017


The Dallas Parochial League announced the recipients of the 2016-17 DPL Scholarship. Congratulations to 8th-grader Major K. who is one of this year's 6 recipients of the $500 scholarship. Major joins 10 previous STA student-athletes to be awarded this scholarship. The award was presented to Major at the DPL All-Star Basketball Tournament on February 22, 2017.






Congratulations to our STA DPL Basketball All-Stars


February 21, 2017


Four 8th-grade athletes were selected to represent St. Thomas Aquinas at the Annual Dallas Parochial League's 8th Grade Basketball All-Star Game on Wednesday, February, 22nd at Ursuline Academy. Congratulations Libby L., Gabby D., Logan M. and, Conor M!




Congratulations to Olivia S. for competing in County Spelling Bee


February 15, 2017


Olivia S. competed over the weekend in the Dallas County Spelling Bee. The 5th-grade student made it 3 rounds against all the other top winners at private and parochial schools around the metroplex. Way to go Olivia!




Speech and Drama Team competes in Final Diocesan Meet


February 4, 2017


After participating in several warm-up events, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth-grade students participated on Saturday, February 4th in the Diocesan Speech and Drama's Final Competitive Meet at St. Rita Catholic School.


The team includes Marcos R. and Jackson R. in 8th grade. Natalie H., Lydia H., Sarah Grace N., Cecilia R., Molly P., Ryan S., Thomas S., Adam S., Drew N., Nate D., Alex B., Cole W., and Beckett P. in 7th grade. Bella G., Katie K., Matt H., Tai K., and Damon M. in 6th grade. Congratulations to finalists Marcos R., Jackson R., Thomas S., and Ryan S. and TV Commercial Category second place winners, Sarah Grace N., Natalie H.and Molly P., and fourth place winners, Lydia H., Cecilia R., and Bella G.









Catholic Schools Week Poster Contest Winners

February 3, 2017

Congratulations to 8th grader, Emily L. and 3rd grader, Shea O., for both winning 4th place in their grade level category at the Bishop Lynch Annual Catholic School’s Week Poster Contest this year. Helena S. also represented STA in the 6th-grade category. The Catholic School’s Week Poster Contest encourages young artists from across the Diocese of Dallas to express themselves through their artwork. Students from across the diocesan schools were invited to participate as part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week by submitting artwork representing the theme: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. Emily, Shea, and their families were honored at a reception celebrating the winners and discussing their pieces.





Wired Cats success at Regionals

February 4, 2017

Congratulations to the STA Wired Cats Robotics Team for making it to the First LEGO League North Texas Regional Championship Tournament! The event was held at Parish Episcopal School on Saturday, February 4. There were over 350 teams that started out competing in the 1st round of Qualifiers. STA progressed through the 1st and 2nd rounds to qualify for this championship. Along the way, they received awards for Robot Design and Core Values. After a full day of judging and robot matches, STA finished 31st overall in this Championship which puts our team in the top 9% of all North Texas FLL teams! We are very proud of their accomplishments!

Team members are Matthew P., Jake P., Briggs U., Owen W., Gray D. and Cade H.. Coaches are Andrew Price, Claire Galvin, and Diane Galvin.


STA selected to participate in testing

February 3, 2017

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School has been selected to represent private schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). On March 7th, a randomly selected group of 8th graders will take the 120-minute test. First administered in 1969, NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in public and private schools know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from state and school assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.



Headed to the Dallas County Spelling Bee

January 12, 2017

This winter, Olivia S., 5th grader, has been busy competing and winning in not only our STA Spelling Bee but she also placed 4th in the Dallas Diocese Spelling Bee. Her hard work has earned her a spot in the Private Schools of Dallas County Spelling Bee to take place on February 14th. Good luck Olivia!


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