Weekly Parent Update for November 18, 2021

Student of the Week

Student of the Week, Roni Cortinas, nominated by Ms. Celina Garcia.



Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow we have early release at 12:05 and next week we have Thanksgiving break from November 22nd to November 26th.

From Ms. Garcia

The 2021-2022 Challenge Season television Academic contest will begin this Thursday on KEDT Channel 16.  Our St. John Paul II Centurions take on the Tuloso-Midway Warriors in the exciting first match of the season.  Tune in at 7pm to Channel 16 (cable channel 9) to watch the competition!  


From Mr. McFarland

A huge thank you to all those that helped make the Freshman Retreat possible. It was an amazing, beautiful, and Christ-filled weekend. Many of the students have shared how moving and fun their retreat was. Please keep the Freshman in your prayers as they continue to pursue the Lord and seek to be Fulfilled, which comes in and through Christ!  As St. Augustine reminds us, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in You." 



From Mr. Nye

Sophomore Retreat is coming up soon on December 4-5 here at St. John Paul II high school. The theme for the retreat is Breakthrough. We have had over 70 Juniors and Seniors apply to staff the retreat. Please pray for its success and the staff's formation and preparation. 


From Mrs. Garza-Leos

Juniors dressing up as puritans for English class as characters from the play “The Crucible”.




From Fr. Martinez Update on Donated Baseball Lights

As many know we received poles and lights from a donor for the baseball field and we have spent the last few months trying to find a way to have them installed.  Because they are not new and shorter than traditional high school light regulations we are unable to find an engineer that would sign off on the project.  At this time, with no engineer, a permit through the city is not possible, and even if possible, we would not be able to have them insured.  We are currently looking into the cost of new construction, but preliminary proposals are way over our budget due to supply chain issues and inflation.  We are hoping that in the future prices may come down when the dust settles economically. I just wanted to keep you all updated.


From the PTO


Raffle tickets have been handed out.  The deadline to turn in ticket stubs and money is Monday, December 6th.  If you need additional tickets, please call the office.

Any questions you can contact Veronica Maxwell @ 361-816-9234 or [email protected]



Opportunities to fulfill your volunteer hours!  Sign up quick!


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John Paul’s Live Nativity will be held November 28, 29 & 30th.  We need everyone’s help to make this a success!

Students have been sent a google signup for their participation.  Please encourage your student to sign up!  Students earn solidarity hours by participating.

Parents this is one of the last opportunities to earn your service hours.  Sign up before all shifts are full!  Don’t have time to participate in person?   Donations to help with the cookies and hot chocolate as well as feed our students who are participating is needed.  Thank you!



From Annette Du Vall

Victoria Swim Meet:

The swim team travelled to Victoria this Saturday for their first out of town swim meet for the season!  The biggest drop of the meet was Diego Ordonez with a 13.02 second drop in his 100 Free followed closely by Anastacia Ramos with a 9.12 second drop in her 100 backstroke!  We had ten swimmers drop time out of the fifteen individual swims of the meet with a total of 38.69 seconds dropped by the swimmers!  I am so proud of our swimmers!  The results are as follows:

Mia Elizondo - Junior

   44.90  Women 50 Free

2:21.49  Women 100 Breast 3.44 seconds drop!


Mathias Kimmel - Senior

2:47.88  Men 200 Free .09 seconds drop!

1:35.93  Men 100 Breast


Diego Ordonez - Junior

   39.22  Men 50 Free 2.09 seconds drop!

1:37.73  Men 100 Free 13.02 seconds drop!


Alexa Patterson - Sophomore

   39.93  Women 50 Free

1:29.77  Women 100 Free 2.29 seconds drop!


Isabella Perez - Sophomore

   41.20 Women 50 Free


Anastacia Ramos - Junior

1:30.26  Women 100 Free 2.25 seconds drop!

1:54.65  Women 100 Back 9.12 seconds drop!


Evan Thompson - Freshman

2:44.04  Men 200 Free 6.39 seconds drop!

1:16.00  Men 100 Free


Jack Thompson - Freshman

   36.08 Men 50 Free 1.88 seconds drop!

1:16.47 Men 100 Free 5.69 seconds drop!


Women's 200 Medley Relay

3:23.52 - Roams, Elizondo, Patterson, Perez


Women's 200 Freestyle Relay

2:46.41 - Ramos, Elizondo, Perez, Patterson


Men's 200 Freestyle Relay

2:28.40 - Kimmel, Ordonez, Thompson, Thompson

Thanks to Mr. Kimmel, Mr. Thompson, and Mr. Ordonez for volunteering to time at the Victoria meet!  


We are looking forward to our next swim meet this Saturday, November 13th in San Antonio which is a private school only swim meet.  

Battle for the Crown Swim Meet:

Three swim team members travelled to San Antonio for the Battle for the Crown Swim Meet - the only private school only swim meet in our region.  However, all the divisions swim together.  We had some great swims at the Battle for the Crown meet in San Antonio!  Even with all the divisions swimming together, Rebecca Garcia placed 8th in the 200 freestyle against Division 1 swimmers.  Five out of the six swims had time drops at the meet with a total 15.12 seconds dropped overall!  The biggest time drop of the meet was Rebecca Garcia with a drop of 5.52 seconds in her 200 freestyle followed closely by Diego Ordonez with a 4.67 second drop in his 100 freestyle!  In addition, Rebecca Garcia and Mathias Kimmel were recognized as Seniors at the meet!  Congratulations to all the swimmers for a great meet!  The results are below:

Rebecca Garcia - Senior
2:41.94 Women's 200 Freestyle - 5.52 seconds drop!
1:14.42 Women's 100 Freestyle - .55 seconds drop!

Mathias Kimmel - Senior
2:48.70 Men's 200 Freestyle
1:18.62 Men's 100 Freestyle - 2.44 seconds drop!

Diego Ordonez - Junior
  37.28 Men's 50 Freestyle - 1.94 seconds drop!
1:33.06 Men's 100 Freestyle - 4.67 seconds drop!

Our next meet is the prelims/finals Gobbler Games at the CCISD Natatorium.  We are looking forward to additional great swims this week!  All the swimmers are working extremely hard!  Congratulations again to all the swimmers!  

Thanks again for all you do for the swimmers!  Coach Annette