Salpointe Weekly Peek - August 13, 2021

The Weekly Peek email is sent out to Lancer families every Friday afternoon during the school year and contains important information regarding school events, athletics, student clubs, financial aid resources, counseling and more.


Welcome Message From Salpointe's President and Principal
Dear Salpointe families, 
Welcome to the 2021-2022 Salpointe Lancer school year! We are so excited to begin the year in-person, five days a week. Our number one priority is to keep our school open and our students on campus all year long.
This week and next are packed with fun back to school activities for our Lancers. On Monday, we welcomed the Class of 2025 with tours of the school, ice breakers, classroom visits, the traditional Where’s Waldo skit, fashion show and free lunch. On Tuesday, we filled our classrooms with all 1270 Lancers! 
Here is a sampling of happenings on campus:
  • Senior class gathered to watch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast thanks to SPA
  • Fall sports tryouts and practices started this week
  • Team meetings for softball, baseball and esports take place next week
  • Salpointe Ambassador Leaders (SAL) and Peer Mentors are looking for new members
  • Fr. Manu is inviting students to become liturgical ministers
  • Drama department is preparing for the fall production
  • Clubs such as Model UN and Beads of Courage are scheduling organizational meetings. 
Our campus is teeming with positive energy as we encourage engagement by every Lancer! 
Each week in this publication, we will share the number of Covid positives for the week. We are delighted to report that as of today, we have zero new cases. Two students are in isolation due to testing positive the week before school started. As of today, 56% or 713 of our students have uploaded their vaccination cards to myPointe. 
Please pray for a student, an employee and a parent who are facing serious health challenges.
Finally, we hope to see all parents on Monday, August 30 from 5:00 to 7:30 for Back to School night when you can visit with all of your Lancer’s teachers. Save the date!
Kay Sullivan      Keith Gibalski
President          Principal
Parking Lot Reminder
Due to ongoing construction, the Mountain Ave. gate entrance is temporarily unavailable. To avoid traffic congestion in the Glenn St. parking lot, we highly recommend dropping off your student along Copper St. in the mornings and picking up your student along Copper St. and/or Cherry Ave. in the afternoons.
Important Reminder from the Deans
Beginning next week, Salpointe will begin to enforce rules regarding dress code requirements, parking passes and more. Click here to review the dress code policy and click here to review the full letter from the deans office.
Salpointe Library
The Salpointe Library is a great resource for students before, during and after the school day. Take advantage of the Library for studying, homework, group projects and more. Library hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Please see Mr. Diamente with any questions.
After School Tutoring
Salpointe offers free after school tutoring during the week. Tutoring will begin the week of August 23. It is open to all Lancer students and takes place inside Foundation Hall. No appointment is necessary.
3:10 dismissal → tutoring time is 3:20-4:45.
2:30 dismissal → tutoring time is 2:40-4:05.

Weekly Schedule:
  • Monday: English, Earth Science, Environmental Biology, Spanish, Math
  • Tuesday: English, Physics, Math
  • Wednesday: English, Chemistry, Math
  • Thursday: English, Biology, Math
Parents, if you would like to see if your child is attending tutoring, go to myPointe → Resources → Tutoring → Link at bottom of page. Students are listed by their ID number.
AZ Heroes
The goal of the Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response and Other Essential Workers Surveillance (AZ Heroes) Study is to enhance our knowledge of the epidemiologic and immunologic characteristics of novel COVID-19 infection and reinfection among high-exposure individuals who provide critical services to our communities. This CDC-funded ancillary study will help researchers learn more about SARS-CoV-2 infection in children and teenagers and how well the COVID-19 vaccine protects from infection. Click here for more information.


Lancers Ranked #1 in Arizona
It was an outstanding year for Salpointe athletics as the Lancers competed and won seven state championships and three state runner-up titles in 2020-2021. Salpointe was named the best high school in the state of Arizona and #31 nationally in the MaxPreps Cup rankings released this past week.
"Despite the many challenges and obstacles Salpointe athletics faced over the last year, we persevered and battled through it with great success," said Phil Gruensfelder, Salpointe athletic director. "This is a remarkable accomplishment that proves when a community works together, great things can happen."
Salpointe won championships in men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, beach volleyball and softball last year. Women's basketball, baseball and esports were all state runners-up. Congratulations on an excellent year, Lancers!  
Athletic Information Night
Salpointe is hosting an Athletic Information Night on Tuesday, August 24 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Foundation Hall. We will discuss student and parent expectations as well as how each program operates. We will also be available to answer any questions you may have. This meeting is open to all levels and all grades.
Baseball Team Meeting
Students interested in playing baseball this spring need to attend an informational meeting next Wednesday, August 18 at 2:45 p.m. in Foundation Hall. The meeting will last about 30 minutes. Please see Coach Preble in the Athletic Office or email him at with any questions.
Softball Team Meeting
Any softball players interested in participating in the off-season strength and conditioning program should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 428. Please contact Coach Enriquez at with any questions.
Esports Open Lab
Students interested in competing on the Esports team are invited to Open Lab on Tuesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 416. Practices and tryouts will begin August 23. For more information, please contact Coach Amy Ball at

Financial Aid

Salpointe families, if you are in need of financial assistance, please see the many options below that are still available for the 2021-22 school year.
Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) - Apply immediately so that your student is considered in Round 2 of financing, which takes place in January 2022. You can apply to FAIR at using Salpointe's School Code: 800 and School Password: ctso800. Please note: although applications are submitted through FAIR, all funds come from Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO).
Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO) - CTSO also accepts Arizona tax credit donations for Salpointe students through their referral program. In order for your student to receive CTSO Referral Funds, you must create a profile at and obtain an "RP #." Once you have your RP #, you can then provide it to potential donors. Donors must provide your RP # and school name to CTSO when donating. For families already registered, please be sure to submit new information and / or appropriate documents to CTSO each school year.
Institute for Better Education (IBE) - IBE not only offers financial need-based awards, but they also accept Arizona tax credit recommendations for Salpointe students. Please apply at www.ibescholarships.orgA new application must be completed each school year.
Arizona Tuition Connection (ATC) - ATC accepts Arizona tax credit donations for Salpointe students. ATC also provides financial need-based awards throughout the school year.  Please apply at www.arizonatuitionconnection.comA new application must be completed each school year.
Arizona Leadership Foundation (ALF) - ALF is currently closed. Please contact Theresa Lehrling at for more information on possible future funding opportunities through ALF.  Please visit their website at to review eligibility requirements.  
If you have questions regarding financial aid or would like more information, please email Salpointe's Financial Aid Manager, Theresa Lehrling, at

Student Services  

Counseling Department
We are looking forward to continuing our service to students as we begin this new school year. Please see our counseling department staff for the school year:

Director of Counseling: Mr. Mike Urbanski -

Class Counselors:
Freshmen (2025) - Mrs. Lupita Gomez -
Sophomore (2024) - Mr. Tim McGann -
Junior (2023) - Mrs. Wendy Corrales -
Senior (2022) - Mrs. Michelle Markle -

College Counselor:
Mrs. Tara McCall -

504 Coordinator:
Ms. Brenda Griffin -

Check out more counseling information on the Salpointe website!
Health Office
Parents, if your student has a health or medical condition the school should be aware of, please be sure to include this information in your student's profile in myPointe. You may also reach out directly to nurse Traci Torres at or 520-547-9395 to speak with her about any medical conditions the health office should be aware of.
Reminder: If your student uses an Epi-pen or inhaler, they need an updated action plan on file in the health office. Please contact nurse Traci if you have any questions.
Salpointe Ambassador Leaders 
Are you a sophomore, junior or senior interested in boosting your college resume, volunteering and representing Salpointe to the Tucson community? Apply for the Salpointe Ambassador Leadership program! The informational meeting for new members is Thursday, August 18 at 2:45 p.m. in Foundation Hall. This is a great leadership opportunity for students interested in service, building a better community and representing the school in a fun, positive way.
Peer Mentors Needed
Students, would you like to develop your leadership skills? Would you like to help other students? Can you commit to some intensive training next semester and being a mentor for the 2022-23 school year? If so, consider being a Peer Mentor.

Salpointe is now recruiting and taking applications from current sophomores and juniors for the Peer Mentor program. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 13. Click here to apply. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Urbanski, Mr. Shinaberry or Mrs. Corrales in Student Services. 
College Counseling
Seniors, a reminder that your Bragsheet assignments are due Friday, August 20 to your Future Plans Google Classroom. Mrs. McCall will be in Foundation Hall after school next week on Monday - Thursday for students to drop in and ask questions about their Bragsheet assignment and college applications.  
The August College Admissions Newsletter is available for senior students and parents to read and discuss together. 
Considering an out of state college? Please sign up to attend our final Get Out of Town Workshops on August 14 and August 28 at 3:00 p.m., either virtually or in-person.   
Senior parents, please submit the Senior Parent Questionnaire to provide our counselors with a parent's perceptions of your child’s educational and personal growth, personality and accomplishments. This helps us to write personal and meaningful letters of recommendation and guide students in the college application process. Contact Mrs. McCall with any college-related questions. 

Spirit Store

Welcome back, Lancers! The Spirit Store is open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for uniform polos, locks, jackets, supplies and much more. 
Parking passes are now available; please be sure to fill out your parking pass form online before coming in. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @salpointespiritstore for deals, specials and more.

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