Guidance Office

About the Bishop Lynch Guidance Department

Bishop Lynch is home to nearly 300 National Merit Scholars, has been named the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Academic State Champions  for the past five years, and for nine consecutive years has been recognized as overall TAPPS State Champions for combined excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. Known for its ability to challenge students of all talents and backgrounds, and due to the school's college-preparatory curriculum, virtually 100 percent of graduates attend institutes of higher learning. Millions of dollars in scholarships are awarded yearly to Bishop Lynch students from such prestigious schools as Wellesley College, Vanderbilt University, Notre Dame, and the United States Military Academies.

Proud of both its heritage and tradition, the mission of Bishop Lynch High School is to teach students "to strive for excellence, to seek truth, and to work for justice in the world." To see that each student emerges from their time at BL with a well-rounded experience, Bishop Lynch offers first-rate academics, including the largest dual-enrollment program (50 available courses) of any private school in the State of Texas. 

 


GUIDANCE & LEARNING CENTER HEADLINES

PSAT Score Reports

PSAT score reports will be handed out to students during all lunches on Friday, January 20th.  Any score reports not picked up will be held in the guidance suite with your student’s counselor.  Please be on the lookout for this document to come home with your student this weekend.   

Failing grades
Counselors will be calling in students who failed a class for the Fall semester.  They will be talked to about one or more of the following expectations:

·  mandatory summer school
·  academic probation (2 or more classes)
·  final pass information
· Mandatory study halls (required if a student failed a class for the 2nd quarter or the semester and has an Early Dismissal or Late Arrival on their Spring schedule)  

February 16 Career Fair for Juniors  - Call for Parent Volunteers!

Bishop Lynch is hosting a "MajorEdge Career Fair" that we will be conducted for all junior students from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 16, 2017, in the Competition Gym, and we need your help to ensure the success of this event for the Class of 2018. Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to be part of this great program for our students!

Volunteering as a Career Coach is easy and is one of the greatest ways that you can help the BLHS Class of 2018 create a positive future. All that is required of you is to make a brief, informal presentation to small groups of students about the preparation and job requirements of your chosen career, and then interact with them in a brief question and answer session. You can preview the questions that the students will be asking you, as well as the time schedule for the Career Fair, in the attachments at the end of this email.

If you would like a brief overview of our Career Fair, take a look at the following video produced by Michele Longoria and BLHS broadcast journalism students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYw4apW9juY

Ready to volunteer? It is easy for you to sign up by going to this link: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AMRzZOmU8PUeXVjR7mOS7vsEor0NKCWQbzlyisWKNsM/edit?usp=sharing

Our goal is to secure at least 50 volunteer career coaches for this year's fair.  Early sign-ups are highly encouraged to help us plan, but we have to stick with a final sign-up date of January 31st to allow time for printing and distributing maps, and a final Career Coach list for student sign up.

Please feel free to contact Tim Schmitz from MajorEdge with any questions regarding the sign-up process. Tim can be reached at tim@majoredge.com or via his cell phone (214-597-3187), and he will try to respond to your inquiries as soon as possible.

If you are unavailable to volunteer, please consider passing this information along to someone in your workplace who you think might be interested - we always have volunteers at our career fairs who come to us via parent referrals.

Freshman Parents

Freshman Parents Guidance Program

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 8th in the Theater, for the important Guidance Program about course selections for sophomore year classes.  Freshman parents will learn about Dual Enrollment (how to earn college credit), honors level courses, procedures for signing up for classes, and important updates.

Please note: Beverly Brin sent out the power point that will be covered at the February 8th meeting.  This will give you all the information needed for the course selection process/dual enrollment, etc.  The meeting on the 8th will be a follow up for more detailed information and for questions to be answered. 

Information about GPA’s, Dual Enrollment, and Summer School Remediation:

• BL awards credit by semester.  Students who pass fall semester courses with a grade of 70 or higher will be awarded .5 credit for each course on their transcript.  In year-long classes, a failure in the fall semester must be made up in Summer School, regardless of whether the student passes the spring semester of the class.  The only exceptions to this rule are math, chemistry, and foreign language classes.  If a student fails the fall semester, he can forego Summer School if he makes a 77 or higher in the spring semester.  Any spring grade lower than 77 in math, chemistry, and foreign language will require that the failed first semester be remediated in summer school.  A maximum of two classes may be retaken in Summer School.

• GPA’s are figured at the end of each semester, not after each quarter.  In the spring, unofficial transcripts can be viewed on FriarNet that reflect the most recently calculated GPA and quintile range (1st – 5th)  and a notation on the transcript if the student is in the top 10% of his class. Quintiles are not printed on students’ official transcripts. However, if a senior is in the top 10%, counselors add a letter to the official transcript giving the rank which is required by Texas public universities for automatic admission.

Seniors: College Admissions and Scholarships

As of January 12, 2017, 91.2% of seniors have submitted applications for colleges, and many have already received acceptance letters and offers of scholarships. 

• Seniors, please let your counselor know if any of your colleges require a mid-year transcript (including senior year fall semester grades).  Mid-year transcripts will be ready in early February to be sent to colleges which seniors indicate a need to receive it.

Once you have applied to a college, you must indicate on Naviance that:
 (1)  you have submitted your application, and (2) request your transcript be sent.
 Counselors can then send the transcript and recommendation letters once these important two steps are completed in Naviance.

Next, you must request your SAT and/or ACT scores to be sent from the testing companies (ACT and College Board) to all the colleges where you have applied.

• When you receive an acceptance letter and scholarship offer from colleges:

- Bring a copy of your acceptance letter to Dr. Iden so that he can give you a banner to create for displaying.
- Bring a copy of scholarship offers to Mrs. Malouf in Guidance so that the scholarship can be recognized at Honors Convocation. 

NHS Tutoring 2016-2017

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Mornings
7:45-8:10 a.m. — Rm. 102

Late Arrival Days:  8:45-9:15 am— Rm. 102

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Afternoons
3:45-4:15 p.m. — Rm. 205 

 

Admissions Quick Facts

Student Population 2016-2017

Total Enrollment: 1031
Seniors: 263
Juniors: 265
Sophomores:260
Freshmen: 247

Males: 44%
Females: 56%

Catholic: 71%
Non-Catholic: 29%

African-American: 6%
Caucasian: 61%
Asian: 4%
Hispanic: 13%
Multi-Racial 6%
Pacific Islander >1%
Other: 10%

Faculty 

33 Bachelors Degree
51 Masters Degree
5 Doctoral Degree
1 Religious Personnel
Faculty/Student Ratio: 1:18

Academic Achievements

National Merit – 350 cumulative National Merit Scholars 

The Bishop Lynch A Cappella Choir accepted a special invitation from the Vatican to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir for Pope Francis for the Epiphany Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in January 2017 

Mock Trial Team – Finished 7th at the National Empire Mock Trial Invitational Tournament, Allison Clay ’17 was named 3rd “Best Attorney” in the tournament and the team was also named Dallas Bar Association Regional Tournament semi-finalist 

BL Drumline – State Champions at the 2nd annual TAPPS State Drumline Competition 

Six students placed at Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Tournament - winning first place in the Plant Sciences division was Mabry Webb ’18 

Jackie Snead’s ’17 sculpture, “Deadline on the Doorstep,” - named “Best of Show” during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Young American Talent Juried Art Competition out of 749 entries  

American Classic Choral Festival 
JV Treble Choir – Superior rating 
Men’s Ensemble – Superior rating 
Women’s Select – Superior rating and Outstanding Performance 
Harmony Show Choir – Superior rating and Outstanding Performance Group 

BL A Cappella Choir – Superior rating

2016 Graduates

$19.73 million in academic, athletic, fine arts and Military scholarships 
Average GPA of the top 25% of the class = 4.0 
Earned 3,500 dual enrollment/college credit hours through Dual Enrollment 
22 members of the graduating class signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics 
Performed nearly 32,000 hours of Christian service over the last four years 
Out of 255 graduates, students will attend 114 unique colleges/universities

2015-2016 Athletic Achievements

Baseball – Playoff Qualifier 
Women’s Basketball – State Semifinalist (Final 4) 
Brigade – 3rd Place TAPPS State 
Cheer – 4th Place TAPPS State 
Football – Playoff Qualifier 
Women’s Golf – 4th Place TAPPS State 
Women’s Powerlifting – Hannah Eboagu (Regional Champion) 4th in State, Jasmine Ruvalcaba 7th Place finish 
Men’s Soccer – Regional Runner-up 
Women’s Soccer – State Finalist 
Softball – District Champions, Playoff Qualifier 
Women’s Swimming – 4th Place TAPPS State 
Women’s Soccer – State Champions, Final Season National Ranking #4 
Wrestling – Recognized for their All-State status earned during the TAPPS 
State Wrestling Championships: Martinez (1st), Mills (2nd), Metry (2nd), Stalder (2nd) and Santiesteban (3rd) 
Volleyball – State Champions, District Champions (4th consecutive state championship win)

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