Knight Notes Announcements

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AlumKnights ReuKnighted at the Homecoming 2022 festivities, which included a pregame tailgate, half-time reception, and post-game party at The Rudder on Friday night, where alumni gathered to reminisce and remember their high school experience at their alma mater, the Shining City on the Hill. On Saturday night, the ten-year reunion Class of 2012 was greeted by class agent Dylan Zenga at Yazoo Brewing Company, while the Class of 2017 gathered at The Sand Trap to celebrate their five-year reunion organized by class agents Madeline Barber and Brandon Sanford. Once a Knight, always a Knight!




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September 21, 2022

Welcome Knights! Knight Notes is our weekly communication announcing any upcoming events or important information you need to know. Please read through the announcements and contact the individual listed for more information. Thank you!


  1. Afternoon Pick-up As a reminder, the top and middle tiers are available for pick-up. The dismissal bell rings at 3:10 p.m., and students do not exit the building until 3:12 p.m. Arriving between 2:00 and 3:00 is not beneficial and can cause confusion as traffic begins to stack up for 3:10 dismissal. Thank you!
  2. MS Planners Learning how to stay organized is a top priority for our middle school students. To help them with this skill, all middle school students were provided a planner at the beginning of the year. All students are expected to bring their planners to class each day and write down their homework. Teachers may check the planner at any time to ensure that it is being used. We encourage parents to partner with the teachers in checking the planner as well. Contact Jennifer Dye ( with questions. 
  3. Class Fees are due 9/30 Use the following to complete the process: Step 1: Log into Veracross to access your student's schedule (found at the top of the homepage). Step 2: Access the payment form and check the boxes next to your student's courses. *Please complete a separate form for each of your students.* Step 3: Submit the class fee form and process payment for all class fees by 9/30. Contact Vicki Dorr ( with payment questions or concerns. Contact Karen Brown ( with questions about class schedules or how to access Veracross.


  • Kick-off 7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets on GoFan Pope Prep fans must purchase a digital ticket to enter the game. Tickets will NOT be sold at the gate.
  • Parking Pope Prep fans will park in the grass lot in front of the Mary Campbell building (building #6 see map). The entrance will be off of Ernest Rice Lane.
  • Live Streaming If you are unable to attend, the games will be broadcast on the Locallive Network at


Admissions for 2023-2024 The Admissions Team is accepting applications for the next school year (2023-2024). The early admissions deadline is November 1, 2022. Please start the application process HERE or call the Admissions Office at (615) 590-6005 for information. *Currently enrolled Pope students do not need to re-apply for admissions; parents will receive a re-enrollment contract in December/January. School Tours The Admissions Team is scheduling school tours. Parents must schedule their tour by completing a Request form. Shadow Days The Admissions Team has opened registration for Shadow Days. Please visit Shadow Days to complete a registration form for your child. Completing a Shadow Day is a requirement of the Admissions process. Prospective students will spend a "day in the life" of a Pope Prep student and complete the Entry Exam and Student Interview while on campus. Available dates and details of Shadow Days are found on the registration link. For admissions questions, contact Charles Wade ( or Pat Kennedy (


Pope Prep Auction and Celebration 2022 Pope Prep invites you to our Celebration 2022 event on Saturday, October 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This casual, fun-filled night is complete with an upscale BBQ, casino gaming, glow golf, a live auction, a virtual auction, and more! This is a 21+ event. Order your Tickets TODAY! Sponsorship opportunities are available HERE. Contact Michelle Barber ( for more information.


NEW MERCHANDISE! Check out NEW items on Instagram at armory_popeprep. Order online at Armory before these hot new releases are gone!

Armory Store Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. Contact the Armory ( with questions. 


Campus Reminder - Attention Knight Fans! This is a reminder that Pope Prep is an alcohol-free campus where students are present. No outside beverages are permitted at any event, including athletic events. No bottles, cups, tumblers, etc. will be allowed in the stadium. Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring fans at gate entries, and you will be asked to dispose of any beverage before entering the stadium. Thank you!

GoFan for 2022-2023 Athletics is using GoFan for all home sporting events. Single game tickets, as well as the All-Sports Pass, can be purchased through GoFan. Visit to log in or create an account at Contact John Dempsey ( with questions or if you do not have a cellphone.  

Pope Prep App The Athletics department encourages you to download the Pope Prep app to access up-to-date information on all school events, upcoming athletic events, and recent scores. Visit your app store and search for Pope Prep

Live Streaming Athletics Pope offers live streaming for all athletic contests in our stadium and Main Gym. Please visit for information on various packages.

HS Girls Basketball Open Gym, 9/22 Coach deMarigny will hold an Open Gym on Thursday, 9/22, at 6:30 a.m. in the Main Gym. Contact Coach deMarigny with questions ( with questions.

MS Girls Basketball Tryouts, 9/26 & 9/29 Coach Smelcer will hold tryouts for 6th-grade girls on Monday, 9/26, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Main Gym. Tryouts for 7th and 8th-grade girls will be on Thursday, 9/29, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Main Gym. Contact Coach Smelcer ( with questions.


School Closed, 9/23 for Faculty In-Service

Senior Faith and Service Retreat, 9/26 see Campus Ministry section below.

Fall Break, 10/3-10/7 All offices are closed.

Parent Teacher Conferences, 10/14 Parents will receive an email at 9:00 a.m. on 9/29 with a link to sign up for conferences using Pickatime. Conferences will be held on 10/14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please wait for the 9/29 email. Contact Kyle Reynolds ( with questions. 

House Games and Picnic, 10/30 Festivities begin at noon with a picnic followed by games at 1:00 p.m. More information coming soon!

2023 Senior Spring Events can be found on our website.

2022-2023 Semester Calendar Significant dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are available here. **NOTE: The calendar was updated on 9/12/22 to reflect changes in the spring on 5/14 and 5/15.

2022-2023 School Event Calendar, Please visit the homepage of our website for upcoming events. Scroll down for School Events and further for Athletic Events. For a monthly view, visit our calendar page. Please note that we are finalizing our 2022-2023 School Event Calendar, and not all events are published after the first semester.


Senior Retreat, 9/26 This coming Monday, 9/26, is the combined Faith and Service Retreat for the senior class. Please arrive at school early (NO LATE ARRIVAL) by 8:00 a.m. and report to the Main Gym. Attire: Students may wear Pope Prep spirit wear with jeans or khakis. Shorts, sweatpants, and leggings are NOT allowed. Students may also wear their regular uniforms. Lunch: Students need to bring a packed lunch that is preferably disposable and a water bottle. Backpacks and Cellphones: Backpacks and cellphones are not allowed on the retreat. Students may bring a small personal bag to carry their lunch if needed. Should there be any emergency, teacher chaperones will be available to make phone calls as needed. Regular School Day Hours: Students are expected to be at school at the regular arrival time (before 7:55 a.m.) and will be dismissed at the final bell (3:10 p.m.). Contact Daniel Dion ( or Joshua Strope ( with questions.

Pope Prep Service Opportunity, 10/3-10/4 Community Service Opportunity at Pope Prep! The Facilities team is looking for four to six high school students to help with some on-campus projects over fall break for 4-6 hours of service. These hours would count towards the Community goal requirement. Sign up required with Mr. Papendick ( before September 30. 

Community Service Opportunities Students can log in to to see the Bulletin Board of service opportunities. Mr. Dion regularly posts upcoming non-profit service opportunities; sign-up links and contact emails are included in each post. Make sure and check the Bulletin Board frequently to find the service opportunity that is right for you. Contact Mr. Dion ( with questions.

Prayer Requests The Campus Ministry Team is finding new ways to expand faith life to the community and has established an email address to collect prayer intentions from students, parents, faculty, and staff. Intentions are collectively presented at Mass in a binder, and Fr. Ohanaka offers prayers for all intentions during weekly Mass. Feel free to submit your intentions often at Contact Joshua Strope ( with questions. 


College Application Saturday, 9/24 The Counseling Office is hosting the second College Application Saturday Program on Saturday, 9/24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CIE. All senior students are invited to attend and may come and go as they are able - please bring your iPads. The counselors will be there to assist students with their college applications, and snacks and drinks will be provided. Contact Kelly Hogan ( with questions. 

7th and 8th Grade Study Skills Small Group, 10/12-11/16 The Study Skills Group will focus on time management, organization, planning, email etiquette, how to study, test-taking tips, and goal setting. The small group will meet in the CIE on Wednesday from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. beginning October 12 through November 16. Please contact Mrs. Kennedy ( if you would like to sign your student up for the group. Space is limited. 


Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Director If interested, visit the employment webpage and click on the Administrative tab for a complete job description. Contact Michelle Barber ( with questions. 

Substitute Teaching If you are interested in substituting for the 2022-2023 school year, or would like to learn more about the opportunity, contact Melissa Baxter ( All substitute teachers must complete Safe Environment Training and have an up-to-date background check.  

Substitute Bus Drivers We are creating a list of substitute bus drivers. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Dustin Papendick ( 

Substitute Nurse On occasion, we have a need for a substitute nurse during the school day. Contact Susan Snyder ( at 615-423-9385 if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity. 

FAB (Fine Arts Booster)

FAB Meeting, 9/28 There will be a Zoom FAB Meeting on 9/28 at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in signing up, please contact, and the meeting link will be emailed to you. Contact with questions.

Fine Arts Playbills - advertisement opportunity FAB invites you to purchase an ad in this year’s Pope Fine Arts Playbills. One ad purchase gets you a year’s worth of advertisement! Purchase your ad in early October for the fall play program, and your ad will be in the programs for all winter and spring events. Ads can be for businesses or to celebrate your student. For more information or to purchase an ad, visit FAB ADS.  Contact with questions.

Fine Arts Booster FAB partners with parents, school administration, alumni and community supporters, and the fine arts faculty to promote and financially support the visual and performing arts programs at Pope Prep. FAB supports the arts programs by supplementing the non-budgeted aspects of the programs, such as improving facilities and providing wish-list items and materials for all arts programs. To register for FAB, please complete a FAB Membership Form for $30 (annually per family). Please visit the FAB webpage for more information.


Parent Association Committee (PAC) Meeting, 10/10 Join the PAC for a night filled with laughs on 10/10 at 6:30 p.m. in the CIE. Our most famous alumni comedian will present "The Importance of Laughter." You won't want to miss this enlightening evening, especially after returning from fall break! Perhaps you could gather friends or make this a date night. Come one, come all! Although a reservation is not required, if you know you are attending, it helps us to make plans. Click here to RSVP. Questions? Email Michelle Barber ( or text 615-772-1331.


Special Spirit Wear Day 9/22 Students of families who donated an item for Celebration 2022 are eligible for a Spirit Wear Day on 9/22. If your name is on the list, you are eligible. If your name is not on the list but should be, please email Michelle Barber ( 

MS Spelling Bee, 9/26 and 10/18 Pope Preparatory is hosting its second annual Middle School Spelling Bee in October. Preliminary rounds will take place during the MS Advisory period on 9/26. Winners in each Advisory will compete on 10/18 during our MS Assembly for the top spot. This top speller will have the opportunity to represent Pope Prep and compete against other diocesan parochial schools at the Diocesean Regional Bee in November at the Catholic Pastoral Center. For more information, contact Arrione Galvin (

Yearbook Photos - share your memories! Students and parents can upload pictures to be considered for the 2022-2023 Yearbook throughout the school year. Access the QR code HERE to upload photos. Contact Nick Nitsch ( with questions. 

Parent and Student Handbook updates for the 2022-2023 Parent and Student Handbook will be published soon. In the meantime, students are presented with policies, procedures, and expectations during Assemblies. We are re-establishing the traditions and norms central to all students' faith and character development. Contact Andrew Griffith ( with questions. 

Uniform Enforcement Student Life is enforcing uniform guidelines; please make sure you are following the uniform policy. YOUNG MEN must have an appropriate haircut (short and conservative, above the top of the ears, above the eyebrows, and above the collar. No buns, top knots, pony tails, or hair tucked behind the ears). YOUNG LADY's skirts cannot be more than 6" above the knee. Contact Mike O'Neill ( for middle school and Luke Diamond ( for high school. 


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Parent Volunteer Opportunities Parents can sign up for a committee by completing this form.


Purified - a life-changing event for families (ages 13+), 11/30 St. Philip's is hosting an evening with Jason Evert. Evert is a bestselling author and has brought the message of chastity to more than one million people on six continents. The innocence of the family is under attack. Come and discover how to protect and heal yours. The evening includes a Chastity presentation for teens and parents, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Eucharistic Adoration on November 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church, 1134 Second Avenue South, Franklin. Register at Call 615-550-2846 or email or for more information. 

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Photo: Dr. Hammel, Jennifer Dye, Bishop Spalding, Karen Phillips

Pope Prep's Dean of Faculty and Instruction, Mrs. Jennifer Dye, was selected among all faculty and staff in the Diocese of Nashville to receive the Christ the Teacher Award at the Advancement of Catholic Education (ACE) Awards Event on September 15. Join us in congratulating Mrs. Dye, who consistently exhibits outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to Pope Prep and Catholic education. 

Read the full Press Release to learn more. 




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NOW LIVE - Magnus Health Account

To access your Magnus Health Account:

Please visit your parent portal in Veracross and click the yellow Magnus button on the landing page.  You will be automatically logged into your Magnus Front Desk page.  There is a tutorial video to assist you in learning how to navigate your Magnus account.

Complete all Required Tasks:

Pope requires all students (regardless of athletic participation) to complete all necessary medical forms and questions every year.  These include:

  1. Student Vital Health Record: Please answer all questions.
  2. Immunization Form: The nurse will upload your student immunization records that were submitted as part of the application process.  Unless you are notified by the nurse, you do not need to complete this area.
  3. Medical Eligibility Form: Students are required to have an annual physical examination and submit a Medical Eligibility Form to the school before July 31.  Athletes should submit their eligibility form before tryouts or practice for their particular sports team but at least within one year of their previous physical.  The Medical Eligibility Form should be printed and signed by both a physician and a parent or guardian.  The nurse will upload this form for any student who attended the free physical day at Pope.
  4. Consent to Treat: Please electronically sign your consent for treatment.
  5. Over-The-Counter Medication Form: Please give your permission for your student to receive various over-the-counter medications while at school or during a school-related activity.
  6. Prescription Drug Form: Must be completed for all prescription medications that will be sent with a student during the school day.  The form must be signed by a physician.
  7. Action Plans: Necessary forms should be completed if the student has asthma, severe allergies, or a seizure disorder.  Forms must be signed by a physician.
  8. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symptoms and Warnings: This form should be printed and signed by the student and parent/guardian.
  9. Concussion Form: This form should be printed and signed by the student and parent/guardian.
  10. Transportation Permission Form: The top portion of this form must be completed for all students.  The bottom portion of this form is specifically for athletic transportation.

Once all forms and questions have been completed, the information will be reviewed by the nurse and marked as approved.  Parents/Guardians should have all information submitted by July 31 to ensure their students can participate in school activities.  Parents of athletes should complete all forms before practice or traveling with their respective teams.

New Families and Veracross Accounts:

All new families for the 2022-2023 school year only have access to the admissions portal within Veracross.  Parent accounts will be established at the end of June after all grades have been finalized, seniors have matriculated out of the system, and the Registrar can update all student profiles to their 2022-2023 school year grade level. You will receive a setup email and be able to use this login information to access the parent portal.  In the meantime, please use this time to gather the necessary information to upload to Magnus once you are active in the system.  If you are participating in an athletics program during June, paper forms should be submitted to the school nurse, Susan Snyder (

Magnus Mobile App:

Magnus Health has a mobile app to access and complete your student health forms.  Please visit the Magnus Quick Start Guide for instructions to download and use the Magnus app.  Please note you will need to establish your login information for the app through the Magnus website by completing the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Magnus Portal Login button from your Veracross Parent Portal.
  2. When you are logged into Magnus, hover over your name in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Choose "Change Credentials."
  4. Create a Username & Password that only you know and will remember. These will be the credentials that you will use for the mobile app login only. This will not change how you access the Magnus Portal through your Veracross Parent Account.
  5. On your mobile device, download the new mobile app that is named "Magnus Health" from the Apple Store or the Google Play store.
  6. Log into the new Magnus Health mobile app from your phone using your new username & password.

Questions or Problems:

If you are having difficulty navigating the Magnus system, entering data online, downloading the hardcopy coversheets and forms, or if you have any other questions, please contact customer support at Magnus Health by clicking the "Need Help?" button at the top left corner of your Magnus Health account front desk or by calling their support team at (919) 502-7689.

If you have any questions regarding required forms or specific medical concerns for your student, please contact Susan Snyder, School Nurse, at

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