Speaker Chris Stefanick
Thursday, May 2nd
Chris Stefanick, a consultant to the USCCB on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth is an author and speaker who has devoted his life to inspiring young people to live a bold, contagious faith. Need to know more? Check out one of his videos: https://reallifecatholic.com/video/
Seniors – Important Information
Below is information for all seniors and their families which includes important dates, attire, tickets and graduation day.
May 7 — Awards Assembly – 10:00AM in the Field House
(Students must turn in any award/scholarship information to Mrs. Lacy Ralston by April 26th.)
May 13 ~ Senior Baccalaureate Mass ~ 1:00PM ~ Field House (Seniors wear Graduation gown only, (no cap & tassel).
May 15 – Exams for Period 1 & 2 ~ 10:15AM Dismissal
May 16 – Exams for Period 3, 4 & 5 ~ 11:15AM Dismissal
May 16 – GRADUATION PRACTICE following the last final exam. This is MANDATORY! Meet in the Commons.
May 17 – Exams for Period 6 & 7 ~ 10:15AM Dismissal
May 19 – 2:00PM Graduation (Diploma) Ceremony at the Crusader Athletic Complex.
Seniors are to report to the Commons by 1:15PM. Graduates will walk thru the tunnel
to the stadium together. Graduation will begin promptly at 2:00PM. Seniors wear the
full gown, cap & tassel.
ATTIRE FOR THE BACCALAUREATE MASS & GRADUATION CEREMONY:
BOYS: Dress shirt and tie, dress pants (black, navy or dark grey pants are preferred, but
do not buy a pair for this reason, khaki will work too), dress shoes and dark socks. No
earrings. Boys should be clean shaven and hair must meet Helias appearance code
rules and be neatly groomed.
GIRLS: The girls should wear a dress or skirt & blouse, and appropriate dress shoes or
leather dress shoes, wedge heel or sandal/flats only, no high heels may be worn at
the Crusader Athletic Complex and no flip flops please.
FAILURE TO DRESS APPROPRIATELY WILL RESULT IN NOT WALKING IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.
ADMITTANCE: Each graduate will receive 3 “blue” seating tags which should be worn as
admission tickets into the FH for the Baccalaureate Mass.
In that same envelope there will be 6 “gold” admission tickets for the Graduation Ceremony to be used in case of inclement weather if Graduation Ceremony needs to be moved to the Field House on Sunday, May 19th .
Each senior student must stop by the business office starting May 8th to pick up and sign for his/her graduation seating tags. Once a student has signed for tags, no more will be given under any circumstances. Savings of seats will not be permitted. We will have faculty members serving as ushers and completely filling seats so that we might accommodate as many guests as possible. Three guests per graduate will fill the Field House, so please discourage those without a seating tag from attending. If you need more than three, we suggest that you ask other families if they have extra tags that they are not using. Please do not call the school office for more tickets. Please remember on Sunday, May 19th hopefully the sun will be shining and you may bring as many guests as you’d like to the Stadium for the Graduation Ceremony. [The Junior parents will host a reception following the Ceremony at the Stadium.]
PICTURES: Because nearly all families want a picture of their child when diplomas are
being distributed, we have contracted with a photographer to take pictures of the graduates receiving their diploma on the stage. Please refrain from coming up and taking a picture. Pictures will be uploaded on the Zenfolio website “heliascatholic.zenfolio.com” for you to download and print off.
VIDEO: RSVP (Rod Smith Video Productions) will be video taping both the Baccalaureate
Mass and the Graduation Ceremony, plus some of the Project Graduation Party. The form was mailed to Senior parents in March.
Prom Tickets – Updated Info.
Tickets: $15 per person – cash or check made out to Helias. They will be for sale Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (April 23-25). You can buy them before or after school at the Hall Runner’s table by the main office OR at 1st Lunch all three of these days. Please note that all students wishing to attend prom MUST have a ticket by Thursday before prom. (Word of advice: Thursday’s lines are usually pretty crazy so give yourself time or, better yet, get your tickets early.)
Frosh Camp Registration
Don’t forget to sign up your new freshman for Frosh Camp!!!!! It is held August 10, 2019 for all incoming registered freshmen students. It’s a fun day and great way for them to become familiar with the school and their future classmates!
Registration closes at noon on July 26, 2019.
Spring Fever Week Apr. 22-27
Spring Fever Week 2019
April 22 – 27
Monday – No School!
Tuesday – Almond Joy Day!
– Dress up in your favorite tropical outfit! (Full dress up day)
– Ride Your Bike to School Day! (Park bicycles in FH Lobby)
– Movie Night in the Old Gym: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
– Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m.
Wednesday – Three Musketeers!
– Show off your matching tops with a group of friends! (with uniform bottoms & shoes)
Thursday – Milky Way!
– Explore your Outer Space attire! (Full dress up day)
Friday – Sader Sweet
– Wear your Sweet Week t-shirt or any Helias t-shirt (jeans and tennis shoes allowed)
– Spring Fever Week Assembly 2:10-2:50 p.m.
Saturday – Prom 8-11 p.m. at Capital Ritz.
– Theme: Crusader Masquerade
Helias will not be in session April 18-22, 2019.
Have a Blessed Easter!
New Cell Phone Policy
New Cell Phone Policy
Beginning on April 8, a new cell phone policy will go into effect at Helias.
Due to increased concerns and issues with cell phones arising during class time, the
administration has made the decision to require all cell phones to be put into a cell caddy
at the beginning of class and remain there until the end of the class period.
Teachers may still allow students to use phones for projects in class, but at all other
times the phones should be in their assigned spot.
The students will no longer be able to take their cell phones to the restrooms, assemblies
or mass. Students will be able to use their phones between classes and before and after
If there is an emergency and you need to contact your student, please call the office and
we will find them in their classroom.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this new policy. It will improve the overall safety of our school and of our students.
Mass Schedule Changes
Beginning Monday, March 18th, our mass schedule is as follows:
Monday at 8:20 a.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:20 a.m.
No Thursday morning Mass will be offered.
Mass will be held in the St. Pius X Chapel.
ACT Testing on Saturday, April 13th at 8 am at Helias. Deadline for registration is Fri., March 8th. Late deadline is Mon., March 25th – please note, if sent by mail it must be received by March 25th regardless of the postmark date!
Be sure to bring a calculator, two #2 pencils, photo ID and admission ticket. Students should meet inside the old main doors next to the stairs and crucifix. Doors will be open. Please show up by 7:30-7:45.
More information can be found at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-day.html.
ACT Classes being offered
Savvy Strategies, a Columbia-based company, has agreed to offer four, 3-hour Saturday ACT prep classes to our students at Helias in March, prior to the April testing date. Two different classes will be offered simultaneously each Saturday; two teachers will be present each day, one for each class.
Level 1: Savvy Prep (for first-time test-takers or those who scored <26 composite) OR
Level 2: Savvy Prep+ (for those who scored a 26 or higher on a previous ACT)
Total instructional time for students: 12 hours from 8:30 am -11:30 am
• March 9 – English/Math+ for 90 minutes (For both Level 1 and Level 2)
• March 16 – English/Math+ for 90 minutes (For both Level 1 and Level 2)
• March 23 – Reading/Science+ for 90 minutes (For both Level 1 and Level 2)
• March 30 – Reading/Science+ for 90 minutes (For both Level 1 and Level 2)
Signups will begin at 7 am, Thurs., Feb. 21, in the school office (Peggy’s desk) — we will not accept signups before that time. Only juniors and seniors will be able to sign up through March 1 on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 24 students per class. The cost is $100 and must be paid at the time of signup.
On Mon., March 4, if all spots are not full, we will allow sophomores to sign up. If students are not able to attend all four sessions, they will still pay full price. Unfortunately, we cannot pro-rate or offer refunds because the instructor will still be here, regardless of attendance.
2019 Summer School
Registration Forms will be available on the Helias website at 5 PM on March 11, 2019 (spots are limited). Under the Admissions tab, choose Summer School. The link will be on that page.
Registration forms and payment (by check) will be accepted beginning on March 12, 2019 at 7 AM at the Helias Business Office.
**No call in, online or drop box registrations will be accepted**
The cost for each Summer School class is $175. Drivers Education will be $200 due to the added expense.