Salpointe Weekly Peek - December 17, 2021

Happy Friday, Lancers!
This week's prayer is shared by Suzette Rosenblatt, Salpointe Parent Association member:
Dear Lord, you know the difficult things I am dealing with. You know how my mind won't stop me thinking about everything. I feel stressed and so unsettled. I'm worried about what is going to happen. Please take my burdens and the "what if's" from me. Help me focus my thoughts on you and not worry about what could happen. Please help me to take one day at a time. Please lead and guide me and take control of this situation. Please give me your wisdom and fill me with your peace. In the name of Jesus I ask these things. Amen. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us.
Christmas Letter
Dear Salpointe Students and Families,
It’s another great day to be a Lancer! Salpointe remains committed to our sacred mission… and the signature Salpointe experience is alive and well! For many, Salpointe continues to serve as a source of faith, stability and security.  
Salpointe is embracing a leadership transition as acting principal Keith Gibalski retires after 23 years here at Salpointe and 40 years in Catholic education in the Diocese of Tucson. We are forever grateful for Keith’s exceptional leadership and we thank him for meeting his commitment to serve for two years. He will be missed! As we move forward, we appreciate Michael Urbanski’s willingness to take on the role of interim principal for the spring semester. Mike has served Salpointe in many leadership capacities over his lengthy and distinguished career. Please join me in welcoming Mike to this new position.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this past semester. Together, we have faced challenging circumstances as well as enjoyed moments of great happiness. The resilience, support, faith and joy of the Salpointe community continues to bring us together.
On behalf of the Salpointe, faculty, staff and administration, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Have a safe and joyous break. We look forward to a happy and healthy 2022!
Kay Sullivan
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
It’s understandable that many parents have questions about getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s why the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has produced a video with experts addressing these questions, including pointed ones. 
Available at in English, and in English with Spanish subtitles, the 30-minute video features:
  • Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and Special Adviser to Governor Doug Ducey on public health emergency preparedness;
  • Jessica Rigler, ADHS Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness; and
  • Dr. Sean P. Elliott, a Tucson Medical Center physician specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.
Pima County Health Department Fentanyl Warning
The Pima County Health Department has asked us to distribute the following Fentanyl Warning letter to our families.
Senior Yearbook Tributes
Celebrate your senior's graduation with a full-color personalized tribute in the 2021-2022 Horizons Yearbook. One-quarter, one-half or full page Senior Tributes are available for purchase. Prices are $125-$250, depending on size. The deadline for submission is Sunday, February 6, 2022. Please click HERE for more information and to place your order. 
Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of American History
Mr. Garwacki won the Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of American History award! He will be attending the Arizona State Conference in May of 2022 to receive his award and will also be in contention for the National award. Congratulations, Mr. Garwacki!
Salpointe STEM Students Join Annual Hour of Code
A total of 87 Lancers participated in Salpointe’s third annual Hour of CodeTM this week. Hour of CodeTM is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and This event introduces millions of students to one hour of computer science and programming during December.
Student Services  
October PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Test Results Released
PSAT test results were released digitally on December 7. Students can login to their College Board accounts to view results. If a student has trouble with their login and needs assistance, please call the College Board helpline at 1-866-315-6068.
Carmelite Spirituality
On Sunday, January 9 from 5-6:30 pm in Foundation Hall, Fr. Manu will be hosting a listening session for college-age alumni and their friends.  These sessions are designed as a safe space to open your hearts and minds in an effort to understand people’s journeys within the Catholic Church. The Church wants to hear your experiences, your joys, your frustrations and your advice. If you are in college and interested, please RSVP by Monday, January 3. For more information, visit or email Fr. Manu Franco-Gomez, O.Carm. at
College Counseling
Juniors: Next semester we ramp up our interactions and planning for your postsecondary future! Mrs. McCall, the college counselor, will meet with Juniors in Theology class in mid-January to start the college process. Juniors will also have a Future Plans Google Classroom where college information is available and updated (financial info, timeline, ACT/SAT, etc). Here is the Dec College Planning Newsletter for Juniors.

Seniors: Please reference this month’s Dec College Planning Newsletter for Seniors to stay on top of your post-secondary planning. Congratulations to our seniors who are starting to hear about college acceptances! Please send a copy of your college acceptances, denials, deferrals and academic scholarships to
The Earn to Learn scholarship application for the 2022-2023 year is open! It is a savings-to-scholarship program that provides an 8 to 1 savings match for students, where a student saves $500 of their own dollars and is matched with $4,000. This $4,500 can be used at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Pima Community College. There are a limited number of scholarships available so please be sure to complete your application by December 31, 2021! 


Men’s Soccer Junior College Division II Player of the Year
Pima College's Francisco Manzo, a Salpointe alum, was named the United Coaches Men's Soccer Junior College Division II Player of the Year. The Salpointe Catholic High School grad helped the Aztecs win their second national title in program history! Congratulations!
Speedo Winter Junior Championships
This past weekend, Tyler Driscoll, a junior here at Salpointe, competed in the Speedo Winter Junior Championships at Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas. She made the A Finals in the 50 freestyle with a 22.80; finishing 7th overall. She also finished 12th in the 100 Freestyle (50.02). Both of these times would have broken the Salpointe school record if we were in season, and would have earned her two additional All American Consideration Times. Congratulations!
Salpointe Esports X Cloud9 Training Grounds
Salpointe Esports worked with Cloud9 Training Grounds (C9TG) this Fall. The six-week clinics in Rocket League (RL) and League of Legends (LoL) ended as our Fall season came to a close. Our esports team was one of 16 U.S. high school programs enrolled. Our selection was based on our training objectives and willingness to pilot the program before Cloud9 expands it to include more schools. Salpointe Esports met with C9TG coaches virtually via Discord during their regular practice sessions for LoL and RL. These coaches taught Salpointe Esports athletes stretches and exercises beneficial for gamers, warm-up drills, game mechanics, strategies and in-game communications. Salpointe Esports members will continue to level up against competitors while applying new skills in our Spring season! 
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) - 21/22 School year - Still accepting applications for this current school year - APPLY IMMEDIATELY!
If you missed Round 1 of funding, please apply immediately so that your student is considered in Round 2, 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).
Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) 22/23 School year - The FAIR application for the 22/23 school year opened on November 1. Please be sure to apply at using Salpointe's School Code: 800 and School Password: ctso800.  Please note: a new application must be submitted each school year.  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 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) - Please visit the ALF website at to review eligibility requirements.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Theresa Lehrling at for details on how to apply.  A new application must be completed each school year.
If you have questions regarding Financial Aid or would like more information, please email Salpointe's Financial Aid Manager, Theresa Lehrling, at

Spirit Store

The Spirit Store would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. We will be closed 12/17/21-1/3/22 and reopening Tuesday, 1/4/22. Thank you for supporting our Spirit Store, and we look forward to serving you in 2022!
Follow the Spirit Store on Instagram for sales, store updates, and more @salpointespiritstore. 

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