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A Message from the Principal

College Advising at Savio

September 06, 2021
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

College Advising at Savio Helps Students

Achieve their College Dreams

Eagles, 

Happy Sunday. I hope you and your families are doing well and staying safe and healthy. 

One of the most important services that Savio provides students is college advising. Mrs. Marina Glava, Savio's College Advisor, provides a comprehensive and personalized college application experience for students and their parents that is unlike any other. 


Marina Glava, College Advisor

The college preparation process at St. Dominic Savio is a four-year journey, during which students work closely with Mrs. Glava. Throughout their time at Savio, students have multiple opportunities to meet individually with Mrs. Glava to discuss their goals, create college lists, determine testing dates, and review class schedules. While Freshman and Sophomore students and their parents are welcome to make appointments to meet with Mrs. Glava, the college advising process begins in earnest during students' Junior year and continues their Senior year.

When asked how she is able to do so much to personalize the college admissions process for Savio students and their parents, Mrs. Glava once said, “I approach my work as College Advisor like a parent, and I ask myself 'What would I want for my own children when it comes to applying for college.'”

During the Spring of the Junior year, students review the YouScience Aptitude and Interest Summary during a one-on-one meeting with Mrs. Glava. All students attend our Fall TACRAO College Fair and our Spring Catholic College Fair. Students also have multiple opportunities to attend individual college visits on campus during Academic Office Hours. Most years, Savio hosts over one hundred colleges and universities.


College Fair at St. Dominic Savio

Once students are Seniors, Mrs. Glava provides comprehensive support on every aspect of the college application. Students work individually with Mrs. Glava to ensure all application sections are ready for submission, including essays, short answers, and the resumé. Once students' applications are submitted, Mrs. Glava continues to support them by helping students review and compare financial aid and scholarship offers and offering them perspective on their final choices. 

For many Savio students, getting to attend their dream college or university includes continuing their athletic careers. Every year, several Savio athletes sign with Division I, II, and III, colleges and universities in a variety of sports. The Class of 2021 saw four of its graduates sign on to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. 


S. Frey, Class of 2021, signed with the UCLA rowing team.

 
P. Kelly, Class of 2021, signed with Doane University to play football. 

 
I. Rivera, Class of 2021, signed with the University of the Southwest to play softball. 

 
J. Stewart, Class of 2021, signed with the University of Texas to play baseball. 

As a college prep school, helping students attend the college or university of their choice is of the utmost importance, and Savio's College Advising Program provides students and their parents the support and guidance to make their college dreams come true.

Since Savio opened in 2009, graduating seniors have received acceptances to 195 colleges and universities. Five of those schools are Catholic in origin, 20 are selective schools, 30 are Texas schools and 10 are unique schools including religious communities, missionary work, military service, and skilled trade training. You can see a list of Savio's College Matriculations from 2017-2021 as well as Savio's 2020-2021 Academic Profile and College Acceptances on the Savio website.

When asked how she is able to do so much for to personalize the college admissions process for Savio students and their parents, Mrs. Glava once said, “I approach my work as College Advisor like a parent, and I ask myself 'What would I want for my own children when it comes to applying for college,'” and her commitment to our students is very evident in her work. In fact, every year, Mrs. Glava finds a creative way to display Seniors decided to go to college (See Below).  


Class of 2021 College Commits

 

Class of 2020 College Commits

 

Class of 2019 College Commits 

Our thanks go out to Mrs. Glava for the incredible work she does to help Savio students get into the college or university of their dreams. If have not met with Mrs. Glava, I highly recommend you do so, even if it's just to introduce yourself and let her know where you want to go to college. 

And if you're not a current Savio student or parent but want to know more about Savio's great college advising opportunities, including our Four-Year Plan, visit Savio's College Advising page on the Savio website or contact Marina Glava at mglava@saviochs.org

Have a great week, Eagles. Stay healthy, safe, and strong, Savio, and remember every day is a great day to be an Eagle! 

Blessings,

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. —Philippians 2:3-4

Savio Spirit Flowed During Friday Night Football

September 05, 2021
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Savio Spirit Flowed at Friday Night Football

 
Eagles, 
 

Savio President Tim Cullen often reminds us, "We are not born to be mediocre. We are born for excellence,” and on Friday night, the Savio Pep Band, Savio Student Section, Eagle Cheerleaders, and Eagle Football team demonstrated excellence in showing that Savio Spirit as we took on the Bishop Gorman Crusaders.

Eagle Football Soared

Undaunted by a loss to the St. Michael's Crusaders in their season opener, our Eagle Football team rebounded Friday night with a 24-0 victory over a very tough Bishop Gorman Crusader team. After a defense-dominated 1st Half, Savio broke through after halftime, scoring twice to go into the 4th Quarter leading 12-0. 

Savio's tenacity continued in the 4th Quarter, resulting in two more Savio touchdowns, helping Savio soar to a 24-0 win over Bishop Gorman. In all, touchdowns were scored by Dillon Swain, John Cook, Ben Schiesser, and Jack Casey. In winning Friday night's game, our Eagles demonstrated their ability to get back up after a challenging setback, regroup, and return to the field and excel. At the same time, our Eagle Football team's victory gave Savio fans plenty to cheer about and got that Savio Spirit flowing with the Pep Band, Student Section, and Cheerleaders! 


Savio Spirit flowed freely led by the Savio Pep Band, Savio Student Section, Eagle Cheer, Bosco the Eagle, and our Future Savio Cheerleaders. Our Eagle Football team gave everyone plenty to cheer about, defeating the Bishop Gorman Crusaders 24-0. 

Eagle Cheerleaders & Savio Pep Band

Our Eagle Cheer and the Savio Pep Band led the way Friday night, showing their Savio Spirit and cheering our Eagles on to victory. The Pep Band started out the evening with a lot of energy and kept rockin' the entire game. Throughout the night, the Pep Band teamed up with Eagle Cheer to keep Savio Spirit flowing. The combination of the Pep Band, Cheer, and the Student Section was really noticeable when Jack Casey scored Savio's final touchdown of the night. In doing so, the Savio Pep Band took a major step towards achieving excellence. The Pep Band may be small, but they have plenty of Savio Spirit and know how to use it. 


The Savio Pep Band got to work right away on Friday night, showing that 
great things come in small packages. 

 

 

The Savio Pep Band teamed up side-by-side with the Savio Student
​Section to keep Eagle fans cheering and energized throughout the game.

Future Eagle Cheerleaders

Our Eagle Cheerleaders welcomed some special guests for Friday's football game against Bishop Gorman. Celebrating Future Eagle Cheerleader Night, Eagle Cheer welcomed the 2nd through 5th Grade girls who attended this summer's Eagle Cheer Camp. Over 25 2nd-8th Grade girls attended the camp. On Friday, the 2nd-5th Grade girls who attended the camp performed during with Eagle Cheer team during the First Half and at Halftime. Before that, these aspiring cheerleaders got a treat to start the game, getting to run out of the tunnel with the rest of the Eagle Cheerleaders. 

In addition to performing with their high school counterparts during the game, the Future Eagle Cheerleader also had the opportunity to perform with Savio's Cheerleaders during the halftime show. The combined team ran out onto the field and performed three cheers including "Let's go, Eagles, let's go," "S-C-H-S," "Go Eagles, go," as well as a finale


Savio's Eagle Cheerleaders were joined at Friday night's game by Future Eagle Cheerleaders. The Future Eagle Cheerleaders attended this summer's Eagle Cheer Camp. 

 

Friday' night's halftime show featured the Future Eagle Cheerleaders performing
alongside Savio's Eagle Cheerleader Team. 
 

Savio Student Section Roared

Along with the Savio Pep Band and Eagle Cheer, the Savio Student Section exemplified excellence and school pride in showing their Savio Spirit all night at Friday's game. The student section cheered so load, it was a veritable roar! Led by our Seniors, the Student Section arrived early and cheered loud and proud, using classic cheers, including "I believe that we will win," "Ooh, ah, you wish you were an Eagle," and "Every day is a great day to be an Eagle." The Student Section also did a great job incorporating cheers they learned from Eagle Cheer for the Back-to-School Pep Rally and the new "Ay, yai, yai, yai! Uga, uga," that Savio President Tim Cullen taught the student body. 


The Savio Student Section did an amazing job cheering our Eagles to victory.

While there were several highlights in terms of Savio Spirit flowing at Friday night's Eagle football game, two stood out the most. The first, was a perfect pass by Dominic Welling followed by an amazing catch by Ben Schiesser. A second memorable highlight came when Savio scored after the game when the Savio Student Section rushed to the field to congratulate their team on their 24-0 victory over the Crusaders. 

Kudos to our Eagle Football team on their 24-0 victory over Bishop Gorman. Way to show your Eagle Spirit! And kudos and thank you to the Savio Pep Band, Savio Student Section, and Eagle Cheer for their amazing showing at Friday's game. With a win like Friday's and with the incredible Savio Spirit we heard and saw at the game, every Friday night Eagle football game will be a great game to be an Eagle! 

Have a great week, Savio, and be sure to stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong! 

Blessings, 

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather , in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. –Philippians 2:3-4

Mrs. Robbins Honored by Scholastic Art and Writing

August 27, 2021
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Mrs. Robbins Honored by Scholastic

 

Eagles,

Please join me in congratulating Savio Art Teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair, Mrs. Celeste Robbins, on once again receiving a National Award from Scholastic Art and Writing. This award is given to recognize selected Art Teachers around the country for Excellence in Art Education


Celeste Robbins, St. Dominic Savio Art Teacher

Mrs. Robbins has just started her 27th year of teaching and her 13th year here at Savio. She is one of Savio's founding faculty members and the creator of our school's visual arts curriculum. She also serves as the advisor for the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.

Under the leadership of Mrs. Robbins, the Savio Art Department and its students have won more than one hundred state and national awards over the last 13 years, and the Savio's art classes continue to be one of our school's most popular electives. There have been many Savio students who have gone on to study art in college and every one of them has been accepted to the art school of his or her choice. For more information about St. Dominic Savio's Art Department, visit: https://www.saviochs.org/arts/visual-arts.cfm. 

Thank you, Mrs. Robbins, for your daily efforts to build Savio's arts legacy!

Blessings, 

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather , in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 

-–Philippians 2:3-4

 

Welcome to a New School Year, Eagles!

August 13, 2021
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ

 

Welcome to a New School Year, Savio!

Eagles,

Greetings and salutations! I hope you and your families are doing well and staying healthy and safe.

Believe it or not, the start of the school year is upon us! I hope you are as excited as our Savio faculty, staff, and coaches are excited about beginning the 2021-2022 school year! We have been working hard over the summer to prepare for a year filled with joy, Savio Spirit, and Savio Goodness!

The Office of Catholic Schools’ theme this year is Christ Makes All Things New, and in honor of the new school year, Savio is beginning with a week-long celebration. Events for the week include:


  • Monday, August 16: Spirit Wear and Pep Rally during AOH; Morning coffee drinks for faculty, staff, and coaches courtesy of Johnny Beans
  • Tuesday, August 17: Regular school uniform; SPA provides treat for students during Lunch
  • Wednesday, August 18: Mass Day uniform; First Mass of the Year/Alumni Mass
  • Thursday, August 19: Spirit Wear and Field Day/Combined AOH and Lunch; Kona Ice provided by SPA
  • Friday, August 20: Regular school uniform; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

What a blessing to start the new school year with a week so full of Savio Goodness! Our thanks go out to the Savio Parent Association (SPA), Johnny Beans, House Council, the Office of Faith and Ministry, and our faculty and staff for helping organize an amazing first week of school.

Lastly, as we begin the new school year, please join me in prayer, placing ourselves in the hands of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who makes all things new:


Lord, you make all things new, the Creator who is continually nurturing, renewing, and developing every aspect of our universe.

Lord, you make all things new. I rest in your creative arms, I dwell in the hope of this renewal, I hope in the strength of your hand.

Lord, you make all things new. Take all I am, all I care for, and all I love into your gentle arms. Come to touch and heal, mend and restore, release and minister.

Lord, thank you that you make all things new. Thank you that there is always a new start in you. Amen.

St. Dominic Savio, pray for us!


Thank you for saying “Yes” to Savio, Eagles. May God bless us, protect us, and illuminate us as we go forth as a community of faith and learning, nurturing the bodies, minds, hearts, and souls of our students in our continued journey forming servant leaders in the image of Christ.

Enjoy your last summer weekend, stay healthy, safe, and strong, and remember, every day is a great day to be an Eagle!

Blessings,

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

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