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12May, 2019

Principal News Blast May 12, 2019

By |May 12th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

We had a lot of students to honor and recognize this past Monday at our annual Honors night for their hard work both inside and outside of the classroom.  We celebrated those students who have excelled in areas of academics, the arts, and service. Congratulations to all our students on their accomplishments!  This year we had a new award for one freshman, sophomore and junior who have excelled in academics, [...]

5May, 2019

Principal News Blast May 5, 2019

By |May 5th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

I will be needing tissues these next couple weeks as we say good-bye to our Seniors.  I could not have been more blessed with such an amazing group of young men and women and to be their final high school principal.  Some of them I have known since they were in elementary school at Trinity and some, I just met this year.  I have enjoyed every minute with all of [...]

29Apr, 2019

Principal News Blast April 29, 2019

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Our students had a couple of fun afternoons this week competing in activities for house points in the House Olympics and collecting points at the Easter egg hunt.  Congratulations to House Bonaventure who won for the year and will be going on the House Trip this weekend to Orlando! Congratulations to our students who were inducted into National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor [...]

22Apr, 2019

Principal News Blast April 22, 2019

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Happy Easter!  I hope your Holy Week was blessed and your Easter was joyful! As we come to the end of the school year, there are many events and activities happening at our school.  Please check our school website and social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to keep up with all the exciting things happening at our school. You will not want to miss anything! Last week, confession by our [...]

14Apr, 2019

Principal News Blast April 14, 2019

By |April 14th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

The mission of our school encompasses the education of the whole person- spirit, mind, and body within the tradition of the Catholic Church.  This last week's accomplishments by our students exhibit all three aspects.  Our students received many accolades in academics, character, fine arts and athletics.  We also had students deepen their relationship with God. Congratulations to senior Jenny Uriostegui who received the Good Citizenship Award this Saturday from the [...]

7Apr, 2019

Principal News Blast April 7, 2019

By |April 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Seniors attended Universal Studios Grad Bash this past Friday night.  The countdown to graduation has begun.  The night was filled with roller coasters, attractions, live music and a lot of fun.   This was a night they will remember!  Seniors have only 17 days of school left.  I do not know where the school year has gone, but I do know they have accomplished a lot collectively as a class.  Each [...]

1Apr, 2019

Principal News Blast April 1, 2019

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Eleven of our students attended the 2019 Catholic Days at the Capitol along with myself, Dr. McCarron and Mrs. Barrett.  We visited the offices of Senator Bill Montford and Representative Lorrane Ausley.  Some of our students even spoke during these visits to ask them to support specific bills that are important to our school and the larger Catholic community here in Florida.  We also attended Senate and House proceedings and [...]

24Mar, 2019

Principal News Blast March 24, 2019

By |March 24th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

I hope you and your family had a nice and relaxing spring break.  It is hard to believe it is the 4th quarter already.  This year has flown by.  Before we know it our Seniors will be graduating.  I feel truly blessed to have such a great group of young men and women as my first graduating class of SJPII.  We are proud of how hard they worked this year and [...]

10Mar, 2019

Principal News Blast March 10, 2019

By |March 10th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

You might have heard about this already, but our boys' varsity basketball team Won a State Championship!  The last-second dunk by Allan Jean-Rose will go down as the most exciting and impressive plays in SJPII history.  Although that dunk placed us on ESPN’s top ten, it is months of perseverance and teamwork that made the title a reality.  I have witnessed over these past months every player on the team [...]

3Mar, 2019

Principal News Blast March 3, 2019

By |March 3rd, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

If you haven’t heard, our school is making history with our boy's basketball team!  They beat Christ’s Church Academy in the Regional Finals and is playing in the State Semi-Finals tomorrow!   We are so proud of these boys for their perseverance and commitment to the team.  They give it 100%, and they deserve to be going this far.  Their coach, Tai Nixon, an SJPII alumni, has done an amazing job [...]

25Feb, 2019

Principal News Blast February 25, 2019

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Pope Francis says "Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!“ Our students use their talents from God and not only dream great things but accomplish them! Their perseverance can be seen in and out of the classroom. Congratulations to Ariana White and Perry O' Connor who were awarded scholarships from the Talquin Youth [...]

19Feb, 2019

Principal News Blast February 19, 2019

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

As I reflect on our past week at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, it is hard to imagine a better example of students, faculty, and staff fulfilling our mission statement of educating the whole child - mind, body, and spirit. Our dance marathon executive board worked tirelessly these past few months to raise funds and awareness for Shands Hospital.  With the help of their classmates, they raised almost [...]

11Feb, 2019

Principal News Blast February 11, 2019

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Our students not only focus on their academics daily but are also faith-filled talented young men and women who serve and use their talents and God-given gifts outside of the classroom.  Virtually every day our students accomplish something great!  Congratulations to our Aerospace Engineering Club who competed this week in the finals of the Florida Astronaut Challenge at the Kennedy Space Center.  The Florida Astronaut Challenge is an annual event that enables high [...]

3Feb, 2019

Principal News Blast February 3, 2019

By |February 3rd, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

This past week was Catholic Schools Week, and we celebrated our community with a day of service, celebrated our students with a day of fun, celebrated our nation with prayer, celebrated vocations with a religious panel discussion and celebrated our faculty and staff with a special breakfast and lunch and a special faculty mass celebrated by Fr. Tim Holeda. We had a very successful Open House on Saturday, and many families [...]

28Jan, 2019

Principal News Blast January 28, 2019

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

It was another very busy week at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, especially for our winter athletes.  Congratulations to our women's soccer team who defeated Mayo 1-0 in the first round of the district tournament.  Our men's soccer team won against Godby with a score of 7-1 and starts their post-season this coming week.  Our boys' basketball varsity team continued its magical season with wins over a talented [...]

21Jan, 2019

Principal News Blast January 21, 2019

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

It was another busy week, with MAP testing, Senior Night, athletic events and students participating in the March for Life in Washington DC. Congratulations to our basketball team with four wins and Lady Panthers soccer with a win in the first round of soccer districts! Our seniors, Nina Ijeoma and Braidan O'Connor were highlighted in the Tallahassee Democrat for their talent and love for SJPII.   Check out the full article here: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/sports/preps/2019/01/17/st-john-paul-iis-ijeoma-oconnor-stand-out-multi-sport-senior-stars/2600874002/ It [...]

13Jan, 2019

Principal News Blast January 13, 2019

By |January 13th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Although it was a short week, it was a busy week with alumni visiting, our first Praise and Worship evening, Trinity Catholic Schol 7th graders visiting, and wins in basketball and soccer! Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be taking standardized testing this Tuesday and Thursday: NWEA MAP Growth Assessment.  This assessment measures a student's academic achievement and calculates academic growth.  The test is untimed, but students generally spend 60 minutes on [...]

7Jan, 2019

Principal News Blast January 7, 2019

By |January 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Principal News Blast|

Happy New Year!  I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas break and was able to take this time to spend with family and remember the birth of Jesus and God's great love for us. We had a wonderful day today at our retreat with Trinity Catholic School faculty reflecting on how to be better Catholic school educators and Christians.   We are ready for the students to be back so that [...]

27Jul, 2018

Welcome Letter from Interim Principal Joanna Copenhaver

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Principal News Blast|Tags: |

Dear St. John Paul II Families, I am very excited to be the interim principal for St. John Paul II Catholic High School and look forward to the 2018 -2019 school year.  I received a Catholic education and believe passionately in the benefits a Catholic education can provide. I attended high school in Tampa, Florida at the Academy of the Holy Names, and was blessed to receive my bachelors [...]