Welcome to Holy Sepulcher School

Holy Sepulcher Catholic School is committed to the academic and spiritual development of your child. A rigorous, accredited curriculum is taught by a dedicated faculty in a faith-based and nurturing environment that leads to academic achievement. Our Catholic teachings, faith and traditions are integral to our curriculum, reinforcing what is taught at home, including virtues of discipline, respect and responsibility. These will be the foundation of a bright future for your child.





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PJAS - 7th & 8th Grade
On Saturday, February 27, students from our Holy Sepulcher Catholic School’s 7th and 8th Grade Science classes participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 9 Meeting at Slippery Rock University.  Each student conducted a scientific investigation, organized the information using Google Classroom Apps, and presented their findings to a panel of judges.  In all, 22 students received a 1st place and 3 received a 2nd place.  Our 1st place participants will have the opportunity to present their science investigations at the PJAS State Meeting at Penn State University on May 15-17.  Congratulations to these young scientists on their accomplishments:

First Place:  Brady C, Chloe E, Maddie M, Beatrix S, Tim R, Max W, Jay M, Josh R, Lauryn L, Grace B, Kate C, Ben Z, D.J. U, Chloe D, Gracie M, Ben S, Noah W, Paul S, Kate M, Keavy C, Victoria S, and Grace B.

Second Place:  Jillian K, Christian B, and Dennis C

Special congratulations to Chloe D and Beatrix S who both achieved a perfect score.  Big congratulation to Gracie M for being awarded the top Bio-Chemistry Middle School Project. 

Advancement Director named at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School
Reflecting another positive development for Holy Sepulcher Catholic School, principal Sister Anna Marie Gaglia has announced the creation of a new position at the school: advancement director.

“We believe this is the best way to continue to move forward in a positive direction and create new opportunities for continued growth,” the administrator says.

The position, which is part-time, “will help continue to promote the mission of Holy Sepulcher school for our community, alumni, local business leaders, prospective parents, and students,” she says.

Kristine Marsico, a mother of three Holy Sepulcher students as well as a volunteer at the school for the past seven years, has accepted the position. Mrs. Marsico brings more than 12 years of experience in sales and marketing in the private sector. She and her husband and family reside in Seven Fields.

“Holy Sepulcher has a rich tradition of a faith-based, affordable education, and the creation of this position shows the school’s commitment to remaining a leader in this field,” Mrs. Marsico says. “It’s going to allow me to work closely with community leaders and alumni to raise awareness for this growing school.”

Creation of the job was the result of two years of discussion and planning between Father Robert Cedolia, pastor of the Holy Sepulcher parish, and the principal that involved consultation with the school advisory council and Catholic school consultants.

When the school opened in August for the 2015-16 academic year, Holy Sepulcher welcomed 17 new students and 15 new families. Additionally, the kindergarten class comprised 19 students, while the pre-school had an enrollment of 35 children. “We are filled with faith and hope,” Sister Anna Marie says.

The principal attributes the school’s growth “to the hard, consistent and dedicated work” from a partnership that includes the administration, teachers, staff and many volunteer parents. Holy Sepulcher Catholic School is known as a welcoming community that is nurtured by active involvement of the parents and the Holy Sepulcher parish.

“This is the first time that Holy Sepulcher school has had an advancement director,” says Sister Anna Marie. “It signals great things for the future of our parish school and for the education of our students.”

Holy Sepulcher Catholic School is near route 8 and route 228 in Middlesex Twp. The school is accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year.

To schedule a visit at the school, please call (724) 586-5022. Information about the school: holysepulcher.org/school.

Holy Sepulcher Ironmen!
Congratulations go out to 7th grader Christian Bigley and 8th grader Josh Rechenberg!  They both play on the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen Football Team.  Yesterday, their boys’ varsity team took a quick lead in a playoff game and handily beat a resilient St. Bartholomew team to advance to the Diocesan Championship game.  The Diocesan Championship will be next Sunday at 7 PM at Duquesne University’s Arthur J. Rooney Field.  We could not be more proud as this is the first time ever an Ironmen Varsity team has made it to the championship.  Christian plays tackle on offense and defense and fills in at nose tackle as well.  Josh plays defensive end on defense and running back on offense. Congratulations and good luck!  Go Ironmen!

Congratulations to 3rd grader Ben Johnson as well!  He plays on the North Pittsburgh Catholic Ironmen Developmental Football Team.  Yesterday, their team won their final game of the year and finished the year undefeated!  The developmental team does not move on to any playoffs.  Ben plays guard, tackle, and running back on offense and nose guard and tackle on defense.  Congratulations on a fantastic year!

Longaberger Basket Bino
Longaberger Basket Bingo is an event to help raise monies for the School.  These funds will go toward the playground project and the Tuition Assistance Fund.

November 7th is when the basket bingo will for this year.  We will not be having one in the spring.  All of the baskets are ordered and the tickets are ready, all we need now, is to sell the tickets.  So, mark your calendars and plan on attending an enjoyable afternoon.

What exactly is the basket bingo?  It is a fun afternoon of playing bingo and winning Longaberger Baskets for prizes.  The tickets are $30.00 pre-sale and this includes lunch and 20 games of bingo. If you purchase your ticket at the door it is $35.00.  Throughout the afternoon, we have extra raffles and specials.  Lunch is served in the cafeteria at 11:00 am and bingo begins at approximately 11:30 am.  We are usually finished around 3:00 pm.  If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call the school at 724-586-5022

Spaghetti Dinner to Support Holy Sepulcher School
The Knights of Columbus will hold a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 10 in the school cafeteria from 4:30-7:00 pm. Dinner includes: Spaghetti and sauce, (2) meatballs or (2) sweet sausage (or one of each), bread, a drink and dessert. The cost of the meal is $9 / ea. for adults and $7 / ea. for senior citizens and children. Proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the Holy Sepulcher School Tuition Fund. Come and enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner - possibly the best you might ever eat!

4th Annual Hornets Challenge The 4th Annual Hornets' challenge will be held Friday, October 9, 2015

Holy Sepulcher Featured in Northern Connection Magazine Holy Sepulcher School was featured in an editorial in Northern Connection magazine.

Holy Sepulcher Students to Learn About Anti-Bullying
Mr. R.J. Makowski of Makowski's Martial Arts Academy  reinforce the values of the Olewus Anti-Bullying Program in Grades 1-8 in Physical Education Classes as part of our Highmark Grant for Health and Wellness

Holy Sepulcher School Offering Sign Language to Students
Mrs. Karen Arendt is teaching American Sign Language in grades K-4 in addition Art for students in Kindergarten-8th grade.

New Spanish Teacher Joins Holy Sepulcher
Welcome! Mrs. Adriana Alatorre to our staff as the new Spanish teacher.  Mrs. Alatorre is a native Spanish speaker; her children graduated from St. Ursula School and she is committed to the values of Catholic Education and teaching Spanish.

School Year Kicks Off!
Holy Sepulcher School students  began the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday August 26. We welcomed 17 new students in grades 1st to 7th from 15 new families.  Additionally, our Kindergarten class has 19 students and Pre-School has 37 children!

Five Below Fundraiser
Do your Back to School shopping and help Holy Sepulcher School!  From August 15-23, 2015 10am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 7pn Sundays at the 5375 William Flynn Highway, Gibsonia!  10% of all purchases will go to Holy Sepulcher.

Knights of Columbus Council #10411 and Famous Footwear Team Up to Help Holy Sepulcher!
The Knights of Columbus Council #10411 from St Catherine of Sweden announces that their our local Charities Program with generous assistance from Famous Footwear announces a “Back to School Supplies Drive”.  For the benefit of Holy Sepulcher School Students. 
From July 16 to September 7, 2015, bring in any donation item to Famous Footwear on Route 8 in Gibsonia or Pittsburgh Mills and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more.

Catholic Schools Family Night at PNC Park The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh invite you to Catholic Schools Family Night
at PNC Park on
Friday, May 8, 2015
A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the
Bishop’s Education Fund, which will provide tuition assistance to students.

5th and 6th Grade Incubation Project
Twenty-one days ago the 5th and 6th grade students began incubating chicken eggs. This was tied in to a variety of subject areas, including Religion, Science, Health, Reading and Math. Yesterday 22 chickens hatched! What a marvelous experience it was for these students, especially during this Easter season as we celebrate new life - the new life that Jesus Christ our Savior gave to us. As we followed the development of these eggs, we talked about the miracle of life, researched the project using our chrome books, completed an embryology booklet outlining the procedure and keeping records, and discussed health issues and safety. We also measured temperature/humidity as well as calculated the percentage of chickens that hatched and percentages of types of chickens that hatched.

6th Grade PJAS Winners
The 6th grade class completed their preparation year for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science with flying colors. The class's outstanding ability to follow directions led them to receive high scores on their presentation. All should be congratulated on a job well done!Every year, students get ready to participate in PJAS at Slippery Rock University during their 7th and 8th grade year by completing a practice year in the 6th grade. All 6th graders are expected to do the same requirements as the 7
th and 8th graders. The difference is that the 6th
graders make their presentations at Holy Sepulcher School for Mr. Rechenberg and Mrs. Johnson while the older students make their presentations in front of a panel of judges at Slippery Rock University.

1st Place: Keavy Callwood, Jillian Kratz, Paul Shadle, Kate McCarty, Grace Blank, Victoria Scheller, Ben Schoo

2nd Place: Stephen Brooks, Noah Waldenville

Congratulations to all for all of your hard work!

Science Fair Winners Announced!
Holy Sepulcher had our 1st-5th Grade Science fair last week. Congratulations to all our winners!  The contestants are not judged against each other rather against a rubric.  We were fortunate to have had 16 advanced science students from Mars High School come to judge, two of which were former HSCS students: Kayla Soltis and Bridget O'Donnell.

1st place: Tim Davanzati,,Andrew Ubinger,,Anabel Stickney, Katherine Riley, Gracie Callwood, Joe Schratz, Patrick Miller, Isabela Montes, Alexandria Jones, Riley Wilbert, Peter Stickney, Star Henwood, Alex Vidic, Tess Tacik, Daniel Hartle, George Gabriel, Giovanni Spotts,  Drew Scears

2nd Place: Hannah Grunden,David Schratz, Julia Riley, Beetle Miller, Matthew Shaffer, Max Zagorski, Cayleigh Fitzurka

3rd Place:  Luke Benkart, Angelo Natili, Kelly Andrews

Lady Luck Winner Announced!
The winner of the Lady Luck Package for the Hornets Gala was Mrs. Blank! She won 8 tickets to the Hornets' Gala and 48 Chinese Aucttion Tickets!!  Congratulations! No one deserves this more than our TERRIFIC 5th Grade Teacher!!

Happening in Grades 3 and 4!
The Third and Fourth grades have been enjoying studies of the Native Americans. The lessons have been taught across many areas of the curriculum. Activities included reading a novel, writing a five paragraph book report that turns into a 3D sphere, a visit from the Carnegie Museum curator, building a life sized tee pee, and ends with a trip to the Carnegie Museum.

Congratulations Forensics Team!
Congratulations to the Forensics Team for an outstanding performance on Saturday, March 14.  Nione individual team members and the Multiple Reading Group competed against 23 other schools in a Finals Meet.

Poetry:  Chloe Erdner & Lauryn Lucatorto-2nd place
Prose: Mary Bernardine Torrez-2nd place, Tim Roos-1st place
Declamation: Kate McCarty-1st place
Drama: Grace Benkart & Brady Collins-1st place
Impromtu: Ethan Skinner & Bea Stickney-1st place
Multiple Reading Group- Brigid Smith, Shannon Smith, Caravel Losch, Anabel Stickney and Kelly Wolfe-1st place

The team took an overall 3rd place in the tournament.  In addition, Holy Sepulcher finished the 2014-2015 competitive season in 4th place! 
Advisers Mrs. Blank and Mrs Johnson are so proud of this team. What an outstanding year!

Congratulations to HolY Sepulcher Alumni
Congratulations to the following alumni who now attend Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School for achieving honors first semester:

Rachel Roos (grade 11)-High Honors

Alexandra Stoeckle (grade 11)-High Honors

Sydney Stoeckle (grade 9)-Honors

PJAS Results
On Saturday, February 28, students from our Holy Sepulcher Catholic School's 7th and 8th Grade Science classes participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region IX Meeting at Slippery Rock University.  Each student conducted a scientific investigation, organized the information onto a Power Point program, and presented their findings to a panel of judges.  In all, 25 students received a 1st place, 7 received a 2nd place, and one received a 3rd place.  Our 1
st place participants will have the opportunity to present their science investigations at the PJAS State Meeting at Penn State University on May 17-19.  Congratulations to these young scientists on their accomplishments:


First Place:  Ryan Connolly, John Ellenberger, Leah Grady, Mary Kate Schratz, Ethan Skinner, Mary Bernardine Torrez, Brigid Smith, Chaney Best, Mark Macri, Maddie Myers, Beatrix Stickney, Tim Roos, Max Wolfe, Jay Macri, Josh Rechenberg, Lauryn Lucatorto, Grace Benkart, Kate Castello, Ben Zock, Emma Pospisil, D.J. Ubinger, Chloe Darrell, Gracie Muth, Shannon Smith, and Caravel Losch.

Second and Third Place:  Nora Donnelly, Brianna Magee, Victoria Wilson, Veronica Muth, Veronica Shaffer, Brady Collins, Dennis Cherry, and Chloe Erdner.

Special congratulations to Josh Rechenberg and D.J Ubinger who both achieved a perfect score.  Big congratulation to Beatrix Stickney for being awarded the top Earth and Space Middle School Project and to Mary Bernardine Torrez & D.J. Ubinger who were both awarded the top Chemistry Middle School Project.

History Day
Congratulations to the following students who competed in National History Day on the regional level at Westminister College.  The theme this year was Leadership and Legacy; the students were able to choose the topic they wanted to present and the area in which they would like to present it.

The performance group presented a play on Clara Barton: Mary Kate Schratz, Veronica Shaffer, Ethan Skinner and Beatrix Stickney.

The group exhibit group presnted their board on Ulysses S. Grant : Leah Grady, Mary Bernardine Torrez, Victoria Wilson, Brady Collins

Both Groups took first place in their division, which makes them eligible for the state competition at Millersville University in May.

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Student Council Christmas Service Project
Holy Sepulcher School's Student Council has paired up with The Lighthouse Foundation to help children in need this holiday season.  They will be hosting a toy/gift drive from now until December 10.  Students are asked to bring a gift suitable for boys or girls from age 0-18.  Student Council members will be collecting the gifts in the cafeteria each morning.

Holy Sepulcher School Competes tn the “Challenge of Champions”
On Saturday, November 8, fourteen students traveled to Butler Catholic to compete in the annual "Challenge of Champions". This year's competition took them on an adventure to find the solutions to different schematic activities, dealing in the areas of language arts, logical thinking, math, visual discrimination/reasoning, and a cooperative obstacle course.  It consisted of grade level teams formed from various schools competing in all six events. Teamwork was strongly encouraged in every event.  Holy Sepulcher students came home with several 1st and 2nd place ribbons and medals for their team.  The students had a fun-filled learning day while meeting new friends and sharing knowledge with one another.

Holy Sepulcher School Wins Honorable Mention at 12th Annual PPG Place Gingerbread House Competition
Holy Sepulcher School entered the 12th Annual PPG Place Gingerbread House Display and  Competition and won an Honorable Mention! Our Navitity as well as all the other entries  will be on display in the PPG Place Wintergarden in Downtown Pittsburgh  through January 7.  Congratulations to  Mrs Lucy Miller and her team for creating such a beautiful gingerbread nativity!

Holy Sepulcher Students Raise Funds for a Maternity Hospital in Chimbote Peru
The students at Holy Sepulcher School and students in our Faith Formation Program gave generously to the October collection for the Maternity Hospital in Chimbote, Peru.
The total collected was just over $1000.00, which will be sent along with the Diocesan Collection to Chimbote.

The Lottery Ticket Tuition Assessment Fundraiser
The Lottery Ticket Tuition Assessment Fundraiser has begun!  The winning numbers are based on the evening drawing of the PA Daily Lottery for each day during the month of January 2015.  Tickets are $5 each and checks can be made payable to Holy Sepulcher.  Tickets sales benefit Holy Sepulcher School's Tuition Assistance Fund.  If you would like to purchase a ticket or tickets, please contact the school office at 724-586-5022 or holysepulcherschool@zoominternet.net.

Advent Tree Ceremony
Holy Sepulcher has a beautiful Advent Tradition. Each year during Advent a prayer service is held around the Tree in the school Cafeteria. During the prayer service, every family places one ornament on the Advent/ Christmas Tree to represent your family. This year the Christmas Tree Ornament Service will take place on Friday December 5.

Save the Date!
Save The Date! The Hornets' Gala...A Night of Chance (formerly the 300 Club) will be held Saturday April 11, 2015
at the Hampton Banquet Hall. Featuring Johnny Angel and the Halos. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
*Grand prize of $5,000.00
*Live and Silent Auction

Patzun Mission Group Donates Books
Thank you to the Patzun Mission Group who generous donated 3 new books to the library...
"How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story" by Eve Bunting,
"Armando and the Blue Tarp School" by Edith Hope Fine and "The Eclipse: A Guatemalan Folktale" by Nicholas Beatty

Thanksgiving Mass for Students and Faculty
Fr. Bob will be celebrating Mass on for the students and faculty on Wednesday, November 26 at 9:00am.  All parents and family members are welcome to attend!

Veterans Day Celebration Holy Sepulcher School held its annual Veterans Day Celebration and All American Lunch on Friday, November 7. 

" >Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Spaghetti dinner to benefit the Holy Sepulcher School Tuition Benefit Fund

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Holy Sepulcher Girls Volleyball Wins St Gregory Tournament
Congratulations to the Holy Sepulcher Girls Volleyball team : Leah Grady, Nora Donnelly, Mary Bernardine Torrez, Victoria Wilson, Victoria Shaffer, Veronica Muth, Grace Muth, Kate Castello, Brigid Smith and Grace Benkart who won the St Gregory’s Tournament over the Labor Day weekend!

Girls Volleyball Team in their 1st Tournament of the Year!
Good luck to Holy Sepulcher's Girls Volleyball team who will be playing a tournament this weekend at St Gregory School, 115 Pine Street, Zelienople, PA .

Holy Sepulcher Soccer Ready to Roll
As you probably know, Holy Sepulcher for the first time will participate in the diocesan soccer league this fall. We plan to field two squads, a 2nd-3rd grade team and a 3rd-4th grade teams, both of which will compete in the diocese's developmental division that's intended to be an instructional league for our young players. Practices will begin in mid-August and the first game is set for the first weekend in September. The Holy Sepulcher school soccer program is made possible through a $4,000 grant from the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation that was matched by more than $4,000 contributed by the the school community and friends of Holy Sepulcher. Because of this generous financial support, the school athletic committee is waiving the registration fee for the sport and providing at no-cost a soccer jersey for each player.  To register to play fall soccer: www.holyhornets.com/Soccer.html. Per diocesan rules, students must have had a physical performed in the last year to participate. A form for the physical can be found on the soccer registration page. For more information about Holy Sepulcher soccer, contact coach Phillip Torrez @ (724) 432-3559/torrez1@gmail.com

Holy Sepulcher School Seeking Two Preschool Aids Holy Sepulcher School Seeking Two Preschool Aids

Holy Sepulcher School Class of 2014
On June 4, Holy Sepulcher School's 54th Graduating Class received their diplomas at a Mass celebrated by Fr. John Gizler.  Following Mass, the students and families had celebratory dinner at the Butler Country Club.    We are very proud of these 18 young men and women and wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

Holy Sepulcher School Introduces a Soccer Program for the 2014-2015 School Year
the Dicks Sporting Goods Foundation offered Holy Sepulcher Catholic School a grant of $4,000 for a new school soccer program if the school community could raise $4,000. Well, we did it!   And now we are ready to take the next step to bring soccer to Holy Sepulcher.

Our plan is to play in the Diocese of Pittsburgh soccer league. We're interested in forming a developmental team that would consist of 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-graders. The developmental division has two sections – an 8-player vs. 8-player section and an 11 vs. 11 section.

The diocese encourages teams to play 8 v 8 when possible, and that is what we would like to do.  Our team would consist of boys and girls.  We are looking to play in the fall season, which runs from the first weekend in September to the last weekend in October.

Holy Sepulcher School Pancake Breakfast
Where: Holy Sepulcher School Cafeteria

When:  Sunday, May 18th 11:30am -2:00pm

Who:   Parishioners and Friends of
Holy Sepulcher Church and School

Menu Items:
Home Made Pancakes (Buttermilk, Blueberry & Chocolate Chip)
Sausage Links
Fresh Fruit
Coffee, Tea, Juices, Milk

Come for Fun, Fellowship, and Fabulous Pancakes with other Parishioners

**Goodwill offering only

Holy Sepulcher School presents Godspell
Holy Sepulcher students will be presenting the musical "Godspell" on Friday, May 16, 7:00pm at Holy Sepulcher Church.  Please join us!

Holy Sepulcher and Dick’s Sports Matters Team up Please help Holy Sepulcher begin a school wide soccer program!

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300 Club Tickets Going Fast! Tickets are going quickly for the 5th Annual 300 Club Event!  The gift baskets and prizes are being assembled now.  Photos are available on our Facebook page! 

POPE FRANCIS: Living What We Teach "POPE FRANCIS:   Living What We Teach" Written By Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, President National Catholic Education Association.  Please read!

Honor’s Band News
Honor's Band Sectional Rehearsal for Wednesday, March 12 has been cancelled.

Holy Sepulcher School Weekly Newsletter Week of March 3, 2014 Holy Sepulcher School Weekly Newsletter Week of March 3, 2014

Holy Sepulcher School in January Pittsburgh Catholic Holy Sepulcher School appeared in an article January 24, 2014 edition.  The article is entitled "Christ's Love Blooms at Holy Sepulcher" and was written by HSS parent Scott Stickney.

Holy Sepulcher Students Lenten Service Project
All Holy Sepulcher School Students will be collecting food for the Lighthouse Foundation as part of their Lenten Service Project.  Boxes will be set up in classrooms from Monday, March 10 through Thursday, April 17.

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Boys JV Basketball Team Playoff News
The Holy Sepulcher JV Boys basketball team’s season came to an end last night with a loss in the first round of the Diocesan playoffs to #1 ranked St. Rosalia from the East 1B Section.  The boys played their hearts out as they battled back from a 12 point deficit to bring the score within 4 point in the last minute of the game.  They JV boys finished their game with their highest score of the season of 48 points.  The final score was 55-48.

Holy Sepulcher School in Northern Connection Magazine Holy Sepulcher School was included in an article "More Innovations in the Classroom" in the February 2014 edition of Northern Connections Magazine. Click here to read the article.

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