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Penny Wars Takes Over For a Good Cause


May 8, 2017


St. Thomas Student Council Officers presented Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, President of Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, a check for $1549.18. The donation was raised through the StuCo Annual Penny Wars at the Upper School. Students were encouraged to bring pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to school for one week in April. Their penny donations added to the overall total points for their class while silver coins added to other classroom's boxes subtracted points. Congratulations to Mrs. Casner and Mrs. Campagna's homeroom for winning the war and an ice cream sandwich party.



Sixteen Students Recognized in Duke Talent Identification Program


May 1, 2017


Congratulations to the following 7th-grade students that qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) this year. Qualification to participate includes a demonstration of advanced aptitude on grade-level assessments that the students take in the fall of their 7th-grade year. Selected students are invited to take the ACT or SAT their 7th-grade year. You can learn more about Duke TIP on their website.
Campbell A.,
Reid B., Alex B., Blythe B.**, Lillian C., Christian C.* **, Grayson D., Lauren F., Robert F.**, Samual G., Irianna G.**, Jack H., Katherine K., Emily K., Jackson K., Henry L.* **, Isabella M.**, Caroline M., Christian M.**, Anneliese M.*, Jacob M.* **, Aiden M.* **, Sarah Grace N., Daniel P.* **, Matthew P.* **, Jake P., Molly P.* **, Riley S.**, Thomas S., Ella S.* **, Evie T., Ellie W.**, Joe Y.

*State Recognized
** Invited to Academy of Summer Studies or Center for Summer Studies




STEM Fair Success


April 27, 2017


St. Thomas Upper School students presented their STEM projects at the STA STEM Fair on Thursday, April 27th. The 3rd-8th-grade students worked in teams focusing on the theme: Choices Determine Our Destiny. On Thursday evening, the projects were open to the public and exhibits included "Whirlpool" the robot, ozobots, presentations of egg racers by the 6th grade, experts in science and health and much more! Special thank you to Mrs. Galvin and all the science and homeroom teachers that made this year's science projects so successful!



STA receives $32,200 grant from The Catholic Foundation


April 20, 2017


The Catholic Foundation awarded St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School a $32,200 grant to help replace the Lower School parking lot. The Catholic Foundation supported 27 local Catholic charities with over $1.1 million in grants for the 2017 cycle. The work on the parking lot will take place over the summer and will be complete before school starts on August 16th. Thank you to The Catholic Foundation.



Dollar Dress Day for Cystic Fibrosis Raises $ and Awareness


April 11, 2017


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is closing in on its last $ Dress Day for the school year with a free dress day on Tuesday, May 9th that will benefit Carry the Load and Wounded Warriors. This month's $ Dress Day benefitted Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - North Texas and raised over $1,412 to support awareness and research for a cure. To date, STA's $ Dress Days have raised over $15,000 for charities across Texas and awareness to some of the most pressing problems in our community. From hunger and homelessness to finding a cure to supporting our military and local service men and women, St. Thomas Aquinas students, parents, faculty and staff have stepped up and made a difference - thank you!







Authors Visit the Upper School and Lower School


April 4,2017


This week, St. Thomas Aquinas had the special honor of hosting two award-winning authors at both the Lower and the Upper Schools. Lisa Graff, critically acclaimed and award-winning author fo the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as, Lot in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life of Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, The Thing about Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All was enthusiastically welcomed at the Upper School and Chris Barton, author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Texas Bluebonnet Master List books The Amazing Age of Joh Roy Lynch (2016-17) and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (2017-18) at the Lower School. "The students interacting with award-winning children's authors helps make reading







PSIA Success!


April 3,2017


On Saturday, 41 students represented STA at the PSIA District Meet held at All Saints Catholic School. This was our third year to compete in this academic competition, and our best showing yet! Thank you to all of the parents who served as coaches, contest directors, judges, and graders. Our super students collected 20 ribbons! Students who placed first or second in their event will be advancing to the state competition to be held at TCU on April 29th. Below is a list of students who placed in their events.
1st Place  
JoEllen W. Jake P., Lenna S., and Grace R.
2nd Place
Zachary P. and James C.
3rd Place
Adeline M., Beau M., and Zachary P.
4th Place
Ellie B., Elizabeth B., and Devon W.
5th Place
Matthew P., Finn S., Olivia ., Gage G., Hamilton W., and Chloe T.
6th Place
Coleman G.





Little Mermaid Jr. Accolades


April 1,2017


St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School presented Disney's Little Mermaid Jr. on March 31st and April 1st. With three school performances and three sold-out public performances, this was one of the most successful musicals to date. Three awards were given out before the Friday performance. Congratulations to Miranda F. recipient of the "Neinast Finest the Gal Who Shines the Brightest" Award; Jack H. recipient of the "Coffin's Anchor to Manhood" Award and Jessica F. for the "Silver Anchor" Award. Great job by all of the cast and crew.








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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