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Volleyball Serves Food Bank

October 30, 2019
By Cristina Mares
Lady Eagles and Coach Rivera pause for a photo during a service opportunity in September. 

 

On Saturday, October 19, ten girls from both the JV and Varsity Volleyball team traveled south to the Austin's Central Texas Food Bank. They felt called to serve to be reminded of the season's theme of, "Here to Serve." The girls worked alongside with approximately 40 other community volunteers for three hours, unloading, inspecting and repacking two 18-wheeler trucks of watermelon. Most of the watermelon that was packed, were large 30-pound size watermelons! The watermelons were distributed at the following week's meals to Austin's hungry. The Austin Food Bank serves up 46,000 meals a week. Learn more about the Central Texas Food Bank.

In September, the Volleyball program went to Hill Country Bible Church to help pack bags of food to send to families and children in the Bahamas. The project was hosted by Dream Dinners of Austin to support their efforts of the Fight Against Hunger Foundation. 

Thank you to all the Volleyball parents that assisted and supported their students to participate in the service opportunities. 

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St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ. For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Football Team Makes School History

October 29, 2019
By Cristina Mares, Director of Communications

***Information contributed and written by Mr. Mike Stevens - Football Parent, Assistant Athletic Director - Crystal Clark, Head Football Coach Prukop. 

Michael Gonzales Photography & Design

 

The fall of 2019 has been a tremendous year for the St. Dominic Savio Eagle Football team.  As the year 2018 came to an end, the team closed the door on a chapter of adversity and opened the door, filled with possibility, determination, and a strong work ethic. The rising senior leadership worked with the coaches to form a nucleus of dedicated players who began the year literally doing the heavy lifting in the weight room.

Michael Gonzales Photography & Design

 

Forging A Team

The Spring and Summer practices brought by Coach Prukup and his staff, provided organization, precision, and unification to the team with continued conditioning and strength training. Many new plays were learned, new members joined, and formed this cauldron of recruits came a synergistic team who at their core were forged to “Love like Christ” in everything they do. 

Coach Prukop commented, "It is amazing what a group of people who come together for a common goal can accomplish.  In February of this year, 12 young men attended the first off-season workout. They committed themselves to make sure that not only would Savio Football have a team this Fall, but that it would play well and bring honor to the school.  Because of their efforts, others were inspired to join the team as well and now we have 24 young men and 2 lady managers who are participating in Varsity Football for the Eagles.  And the results have been fabulous!"

Michael Gonzales Photography & Design

 

The squad of 24 young men has taken their #1 rule, “Love like Christ,” to perform beyond all expectations. Seven games into the season, the formula has been proven by the overall health and success of this team. As the team has bravely ridden into each game, they have always been outnumbered and usually outsized, but their unity, skill, precision, and determination, has resulted in a season filled with accomplishments, that are unique in the ten-year history of Savio Football.

Michael Gonzales Photography & Design

 

Making School History

The Eagle football team continues to make school history moving their record to 7-0 after an outstanding game against TMI Episcopal in San Antonio Friday night. With over 400 rushing yards, the Eagles dominated the game-winning 53-20. Troy Foster racked up four Touchdowns, Mattvey Carter #3 and Quarterback, Chris Janak snuck in a touchdown as well. With this win, the boys have clenched 1st place in the West Zone, and they will play for the Division V Championship on Saturday, November 9.

Michael Gonzales Photography & Design

The team has improved each week and has now qualified to play in the TAPPS Division 5 Championship Game on Saturday, November 9 at a site to be determined in Houston, TX.  Most importantly, through the ups and downs of the football season, this group of young men and women have had a chance to learn how to "Love like Christ".  In many countless ways, we have seen great examples from each of them, "giving everything they have to benefit another without regard for themselves, said Coach Prukop.

Celebrating Seniors & Future Eagles

We encourage everyone to attend the game v. Northland Christian this Friday, November 1st at the Westwood High School Field. We will be celebrating our Seniors and Future Eagles. If you are a future Eagle family, join us for the pre-game tailgate festivities beginning at 5:30 pm. Please follow the link for more information and to register.

The Football Season Game Scores

Below is a list of scores from the seven games that Savio has won. We are proud of the Football team and their accomplishments!

Rosehill 33-20

Atlas 68-6

TSD 31-15

Frassati 48-14

Hallettsville 16-14

Cathedral 17-0

TMI 53-20

Every Day is a Great Day to be an Eagle!

 
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St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ. For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Director of Guidance Publishes Book

October 25, 2019
By Cristina Mares

Recently, Savio's very own Director of Guidance, Dr. Kenneth Kohutek, published a book. It is called Chloe and Josh Learn Grit and Resilience with Grit Gal. This fictional book is about a sister, a brother, and friends who experience situations in today's world through which they learn the concepts and terms related to grit, passion, and perseverance. Their challenges occur in the academic, athletic, fine arts, and social realm. They are led into the world of grit by an almost-superhero, Grit Gal.

Book Signing - Save the Date

Dr. Kohutek will be signing his book at the St. Dominic Savio Catholic High school Barnes and Noble book fair on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Homestead location near the Lakeline Mall (Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US-183, Austin, TX 78717).  Books by Dr. Kohutek will be available for purchase. 

Also, at the book fair, you can watch Savio student performances, enjoy  lunch, beverages at the Starbucks’ Café,  buy books and items at Barnes and Noble, all to support the Savio Library. Please mention you’re with the Savio Book Fair so that the library can receive credit. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our school, please save the flier to show the cashier!

Q & A with the Author

1. How long did this book take you to write? When did you finish?

I had been working on the manuscript since Thanksgiving, 2018. I have no idea how many hours it took, but when I went outside after sending in the final, final draft, my dog did not appear to recognize me. However, the salesperson at Staples knew the type of ink I needed for my printer. I finished Labor Day Weekend 2019. It went to press on August 30, 2019. Hopefully, Volume 2 will be completed by October 31, 2019. 

2. What is your hope that readers take away from this book?

This book is number three in a series and #1 of this volume. The series is being written in an attempt to assist elementary/early middle school students with experiences developing skills related to executive functioning, grit and social interaction. This book has seven chapters describing various situations students may find themselves experiencing related to academics, social or extracurricular activities. Each chapter starts with a list of skills to be covered, an introduction section for the educator, parent or counselor working with the student(s) and concludes with discussion questions. While the stories are meant to be entertaining, the themes are meant to be applicable to daily situations and discussed.

This book is an attempt to use real-life examples for the student to apply the skills discussed. I would like it to be used either for individual chapters pertinent to a given situation or over the course of time when examples of each skill are applied to a student's life. Often books/lectures present specific traits, such as grit. Most contain one story, which may require several books to cover the skills covered in this book. 

 A major goal of writing this book is for students, along with adults, to share the opportunity to discuss the skills essential for success in social, and academic settings. This will increase the likelihood of success later in life. There is much discussion about adults, college and high school students, not understanding the relevance of grit. Through these chapters, students can learn about children near their age, meeting challenges and overcoming them, most of the time, with passion and perseverance --grit as described by Dr. Angela Duckworth. 

3. What do you enjoy about your role at Savio? 

The thing I enjoy most about St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is watching wide-eyed eighth-graders coming to high school, learning the routines of high school, and adolescence then leaving in four short years as young adults on their way to seek the path they will follow. I believe that, as a result of time spent here, each student is better prepared spiritually, socially and academically for that journey. It feels like a bonus when alumni email me after graduation and share their experiences after Savio.

Thank you to Dr. Kohutek for sharing about his book.

 

Please save the date for the book fair on Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

 

View Book on Amazon

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St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ. For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Two Students in the Final Round

October 18, 2019
By Cristina Mares

Two Savio Students were selected into the final rounds of receiving the College Match Scholarship, Congratulations to Ellee Bartholomew and Adrian Gonzales! If they are selected, they will be granted admission into one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000 each. Questbridge's college partners use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. This scholarship is then offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the QuestBridge college partner.

The Questbridge program has allowed me to embrace my difficult circumstances and turn them into obstacles I should be proud of overcoming while performing to the best of my ability. ~Ellee Bartholomew

This year in 2019, there were a total of 14,926 applicants, and 5,842 students were selected as National College Match Finalists. The selected Finalists exhibit high academic achievements and qualify financially for the program. Additional statistics that represent the strength of our finalists, Ellee Bartholomew and Adrian Gonzales, are located on the Questbridge website.

QuestBridge has given me a new insight on what I am able to achieve, I would have never thought in a million years that this could even happen, but now that it has, my life has been changed for the greater! ~Adrian Gonzales

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St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ. For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Ms. Cristina Mares, by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Quiz Bowl Team A, Champions!

October 08, 2019
By Cristina Mares
Savio Team A pictured (from left to right) Nate Mikosh, Johnny Miri, Katie Miri, and Michael Meeks. 

 

St. Dominic Savio students participated in the TQBA Alamo City IX Quiz Bowl Tournament in San Antonio this weekend.  The teams met at 6:30 AM on Sunday, October 6 and drove to San Antonio. It was a full red-robin tournament, and the winning team needed to win by two matches. Savio played seven preliminary rounds against both private and public high schools in the central Texas area.  

Savio Team B included (from left to right) Jared Lillie, Samuel Carrillo, Alexander Lacayo, Olivia Banister and Luis Barajas.  They started out strong and had several very close matches throughout the day.  They ended the day with a record of 4-3!

Savio Team B (from left to right) Jared Lillie, Samuel Carrillo, Alexander Lacayo, Olivia Banister, and Luis Barajas.

 

Savio Team A included (from left to right) Nate Mikosh, Johnny Miri, Katie Miri, and Michael Meeks.  They were undefeated at the end of the seven preliminary rounds and played a final match for the championship that they easily won with a score of 325-200 against Thomas C. Clark High School, a large public high school with nearly 3000 students from San Antonio.  As the undefeated tournament champions, Savio Team A earned an invitation to the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thank you to Mrs. Ellen Miri, who is a Savio parent, for her assistance and support of the Quiz Bowl Team!

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St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ. For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Ms. Cristina Mares (Almanza), by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

Introducing Assistant Principal of Student Life

October 04, 2019
By Admin

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a new face on campus, the Assistant Principal of Student Life, Mrs. Stefanie Schiesser. 

Read more about Mrs. Schiesser on the Principal's Message page. 

Read More 

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St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is located in northwest Austin, Texas, in an active and thriving community. Savio is a college preparatory school, to prepare young men and women to become faith-filled, visionary and inspirational leaders in service to the Church and the world. St. Dominic Savio offers a faith experience that encourages students to reach their full potential as caring, conscientious, and moral servant leaders. The vision is Forming Servant Leaders in the Image of Christ. For any questions, please contact the Director of Communications, Ms. Cristina Mares (Almanza), by email: cmares@saviochs.org.

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