Just one week away! Start your Christmas shopping early at the Paul VI Sip & Shop next Wednesday, November 15! Join us on campus for fellowship, wine, and shopping from 6-8 p.m. in the Bel Alton Commons. Various hand-crafted wood crafts, jewelry, greeting cards, candles, embroidered gifts, and more will be available. For more information and to view a list of vendors, visit: https://www.paulvi.net/sip-and-shop
St. Paul VI Catholic High School
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St. Paul VI Catholic High School is a co-ed college prep school in Chantilly, VA.
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Great job so far in the food drive, Panthers! Let's finish strong with apple sauce pouches/fruit cups tomorrow and canned fruit, meat and vegetables on Friday!
Students in our Introduction to Engineering class warmed up for their discussion about the Design Process by competing in a challenge to transport their Lego Stormtrooper minifigures the farthest across the lab using simple materials.
Perception or Reality? This week, AP Psychology students learned how the brain deals with distorted visual inputs using distortion goggles. Students took turns wearing the goggles and tried to navigate around the Fr. Heet Lobby and attempted to throw and catch a ball. After bumping into furniture and missing catches, the brain eventually begins to figure out that the visual field is distorted and makes adjustments given the new sensory input. Lots of fun and laughter was had by all!
Join us for a spellbinding journey back to the Salem witch trials of 1692, where gossip and false accusations ruined a town. The PVI Players and ITS are proud to present Arthur Miller's The Crucible on November 16-19. Don't miss these powerful performances. Tickets are on sale now: www.showtix4u.com/event-details/78418
Today’s faculty spotlight is Mrs. Mary Gillman. Mrs. Gillman wears many hats at PVI, including Coordinator of Experiential Learning; Business, Computer and Engineering Department Chair; and Entrepreneurship teacher.
Mrs. Gillman is from Hartford County Maryland and attended Virginia Tech, where she earned a BS in Marketing Education. She previously worked for Coca Cola, Chocolate Whimsy, National DECA, and St. Veronica Catholic School.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on Hokie Football, ACC college football, and the Caps.
Her favorite saint is St. Joseph, protector of families. Her favorite lesson to teach is “anything that connects the real business world to what we are learning in class.” Her favorite quote is “You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.”
When asked about her favorite thing about PVI, she shares: “PVI is full of great teachers who care so deeply for our students. I have had three children go through PVI and each one had wonderful caring teachers.”
Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Gillman!
Leading up to Veterans Day, Campus Ministry organized a powerful display for the Fr. Heet Lobby of pictures honoring members of the PVI Community who have served in the U.S. Military. Students have also taken time to write notes of gratitude to veterans on the school staff and within PVI families. The sacrifice and dedication of our veterans inspires us all. 🇺🇸
Check out this article about the Linton Hall School Fife & Drum Corps featuring Roy Wulf, PVI sophomore and alumnus of Linton Hall:
Small performers, big patriotic sound - Arlington Catholic Herald Youth fife and drum corps perform in Washington and beyond.
🎥 Students Turn Interviewers! Watch this video as students ask our Theology teachers to give the significance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. 🙏
George Banker, Operations Manager at Army Ten Miler, visited PVI this past week to show his appreciation to the Pep Band for participating as the official Pep Band of the Army Ten Miler for the past 15 years. He presented Pep Band Director Mrs. Jan Siegfried and the students with a signed lithograph from the Golden Knights, the US Army parachute team, as token of appreciation for the Pep Band’s dedication and support to the runners.
The PVI Choir was blessed to lead the music for Bishop Burbidge's All Souls Day Mass at Fairfax Memorial Park on Thursday, November 2. Visit https://bit.ly/3Qo9moC to hear the Bishop's homily.
Our annual food drive starts this Monday and runs through Friday. Let’s go, Panthers! We look forward to a great week of generosity supporting Food for Others! Check Thursday’s Thoughts for all the details.
It's great to have the PVI Pep Band at the game tonight!
☕ Brewing success with PVI business partners! This morning we welcomed amazing individuals and businesses that we collaborate with to achieve success for our students and community. We thank Ana and Tony Stafford Ford's Fish Shack for sharing ways they support and build community at PVI. We look forward to continued partnerships and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. Thank you to Bradford & Associates and Havtech for being our first renewed sponsors of our Black & Gold Gala. Together, we're making a difference!
Fr. Ramon Dominguez, YA, will serve as PVI's Interim Chaplain effective November 13. At our school-wide Mass yesterday, Bishop Burbidge noted that Fr. Schultz is the Chaplain for PVI, and God willing, he will return to that role in God’s time. Thank you to Fr. Michael Taylor and all the priests who have assisted and prayed with us this past month. Please join us in welcoming Fr. Ramon to the PVI community. Youth Apostles
Read more: https://www.paulvi.net/News-Detail?pk=1305950
Reset, rejoice, review or relax! ICYMI: Check out this article by sophomore Cooper Sundra about the PVI Advisory program:
Advisory guides students through high school journey - Arlington Catholic Herald Like the sighting of a lighthouse — whether amid a storm or on a clear, pleasant day — advisories at St. Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly are a
Campus as Classroom! Mr. Foster's Physics class was able to explore the force of gravity in a hands-on and active way this week by comparing the speeds of tennis balls and paper balls dropped from the Dining Commons balcony.
In memory of those we hold in our hearts...Members of the Spanish Honor Society and Spanish Club created decorations for each of the Spanish classrooms on the third floor this week. Panthers, make sure to come check them out to celebrate el Día de los Mu***os.
Today’s faculty spotlight is Mrs. Nancy Jeffrey, who teaches both Spanish and German. Mrs. Jeffrey is from Bethpage, Long Island, New York and she attended Notre Dame of Maryland University, McDaniel College, and Maryland Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. She holds a BA in French and Secondary Education, an MSEd in Curriculum & Instruction, and a Post Baccalaureate in Latin
Mrs. Jeffrey worked for over 30 years at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland. She also taught at St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans and Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, New York.
“I play the piano, but nearly as often as I should. Since commuting has become my free time activity, I listen to a lot of books! My husband and I enjoy camping with our three Jack Russell Terriers.”
Her favorite saint is St. Joseph and her favorite quote is, “Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit.” She explains, “‘This quote is attributed to Karl Jung; it was written over the entrance to his home’. It means: Bidden or unbidden, God will be present.”
When asked about her favorite lesson, she says, “Asking me to pick a favorite lesson is like asking a mother to pick a favorite child! I do like any lesson into which I can incorporate art - art created by the students.”
“I love being part of a learning community that is also a faith community. I love that I can attend daily Mass and that prayer is integrated into our day. I also work with the best department in the school, so that makes coming to work a pleasure.”
Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Jeffrey!
This Thursday evening, November 2 at 7 p.m., the PVI Tri-M Music Honor Society is sponsoring its first coffee house of the year. The theme is Taylor Swift, so if you missed the concert this summer, come out on Thursday to the theatre to hear some of your favorite Taylor Swift songs! 🎶
The concert is free; Tri-M will be accepting donations at the door for those interested. See you there!
Last week, Dr. David Porter, who serves as the Tuba Professor at GMU and holds the position of Principal Tuba with the McLean Orchestra, visited our Honors Symphonic Band and led a master class and conducted a brief recital. 🎼 Fun Fact: Dr. Porter and Mrs. Siegfried played in the United States Air Force Band for 20 years together!
Faculty, staff, students and guests are creating spiritual bouquets for Fr. Stephen Schultz. A spiritual bouquet is a beautiful Catholic tradition in which prayers and devotions are gathered together and presented to our Heavenly Father for a particular intention. 🙏The bouquets are displayed around the school, beginning at Father's office, continuing past the chapel, and all around the school as a prayer chain. 🌷
We loved our visit to Nativity Catholic School earlier this week! These Nativity grads did a great job speaking to the 8th grade about their experiences as PVI Panthers. Thank you for having us!
PVI musicians channeled their inner champions and played the iconic Rocky theme song at the Instrumental Music Concert last week. 🥊 What a 'knockout' performance!
Don't miss the Choral Music Concert tonight at 7 p.m. 🎶
La vida es buena 🌿 Sra. Mastriano created a Naturaleza Project for Spanish 3 and the students enjoyed it so much! Students went around campus in groups and took pictures of items listed in their vocabulary and then created a presentation using the images to show to the class. ¡Muy bien!
We had a great school visit to St. Bernadette Catholic School on Monday! Thank you, Cardinals! ❤️🤍 It was awesome speaking with the 8th graders and seeing a few PVI alumni staff members too!
Students taking Mr. Pell's Death and Dying class had the opportunity to attend a "Back from the Dead" field trip this past weekend at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Participants walked through the cemetery at night by candlelight with a guide. Saints (actors portraying in costume) emerged to speak to them about the Faith, their experiences, the urgency of "memento mori" (remember your death!) and living in Christ. Some of the actors are seminarians from Mt. St. Mary's. The saints portrayed were Bl. Miguel Pro, St. Teresa of Avila, Bl. Pier Giorgio, St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), an unknown soul from Purgatory, Maria Goretti and her murderer Alessandro, St. Joan of Arc, an unknown soul from heaven, and Rebecca Seton. Some students especially loved getting a flower from St. Maria Goretti.
Today’s faculty spotlight is Mrs. Noelle Nicholas, who joined the PVI staff this year as a teacher and coach. Mrs. Nicholas is from Centreville and attended Virginia Tech, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in the Science of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. She teaches Biology, Chemistry and Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) classes.
In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Nicholas is the JV Girls Soccer coach. A fun fact about Mrs. Nicholas is that she was a 4-year collegiate athlete: the HokieBird mascot! She also has experience working with professional sports organizations such as the NFL, NHL and MLB. Her favorite quote is “Your smile is my smile.”
“PVI has the most spirited and kind students,” she shares. “Their enthusiasm and compassion create a wonderful atmosphere that fosters both academic growth and personal development. It's a privilege to witness the positive impact they have on their peers and the community.”
Welcome to PVI, Mrs. Nicholas!
Home Sweet Home! Panther pride was on display — from our cheerleaders, dance team, singers, football team, VI Man, Mr. and Ms. PVI, and all the families, alumni and friends in attendance — at the "Taste of the Town" Rally in the Valley and Homecoming Football Game. Go Panthers! More pics: https://paulvicatholichighschool.smugmug.com/2023-HoCoGame/
You really brought the spirit, Panthers! We're still smiling from the fabulous pep rally we had during Spirit Week earlier this month. Thanks to Jahan, Keira and Vivian, members of our Photography Club, for capturing these great moments!
Check out our Smug Mug site for more pics: https://paulvicatholichighschool.smugmug.com/2023-PepRally/
We are truly overwhelmed by the incredible turnout at our Open House today, and want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us in making it a memorable day. It was great to meet so many future Panthers!
This week, our Student Government Executive Board visited Food for Others, the food bank/pantry that our annual food drive supports. Mark your calendars for November 6-10 for the drive, Panthers! We will once again be having an advisory competition; details will be shared with students soon! We look forward to helping our community!
From Lions to Panthers! 🦁 We had a GREAT school visit to Saint Leo the Great Catholic School yesterday! Over fifteen St. Leo alumni returned to share their experiences as PVI Panthers with the 8th grade. Our students even had time to join in on a Pin Dodgeball game in PE vs. 2nd graders!
From Flying as Eagles to Growing in Grace and Wisdom as Panthers! 🦅 We loved our visit to St. Andrew the Apostle School yesterday! These former Eagles did a great job talking about their experiences as PVI Panthers. Thank you for having us!
We had a great visit to The Hill School - Middleburg yesterday! Thank you for having us! These Panthers loved sharing about their experiences at PVI!
PVI students Grow in Grace and Wisdom beyond the school day by participating in an array of extracurricular activities! With over 60 clubs, honor societies, and leadership organizations, our students have so many ways to get involved and learn who God is calling them to be. Check out the list of extracurriculars on our website: www.paulvi.net/student-life/clubs-and-organizations.
Panthers, are you still interested in joining something new? Check out the Student Life Resource Board in myPVI for all the activity moderators and their contact info!
Adventures in Aerospace! Our Aerospace Engineering students recently had a fabulous field trip to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Students especially liked the Nancy Grace Roman telescope testing in the high bay clean room and the space environment simulator (SES). Students also had the opportunity to get a hands-on demonstration of technology used on NASA's record setting Terabyte Infrared Delivery (TBIRD) satellite.
Today’s staff spotlight is Mrs. Lissett Lineberry. She is from Fairfax and is a PVI alumna from the Class of 1995. She attended Northern Virginia Community College and Old Dominion University, where she studied in business and psychology.
Mrs. Lineberry previously worked at Nativity Catholic School as a cafeteria aide and as run coordinator at Lifetime Athletic in Fairfax. She has four children and a small dog named Bernie.
A big hobby for Mrs. Lineberry is running. “I have been running for 10 years now, starting from 5ks to completing the JFK 50 miler in November 2021. I have completed seven full marathons and dozens of half marathons. I am a certified adult run coach through the RRCA (Road Runners Club of America). I took the last two years off to recover from an overuse injury, but am looking to run the Army Ten-Miler and complete a half marathon in 2024."
Mrs. Lineberry's favorite saint (and Confirmation saint) is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, because she was a wife and a mother. Her favorite quote is, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
Mrs. Lineberry shares what she loves about PVI: “As an alumna ’95, alumni parent ’20 and ’23, current parent ’26, and hopefully future parent ’29, I love how the school, parent, and faculty/staff community has a welcoming place for everyone. There are so many ways to be as involved as you wish and are accepted for just showing up.”
Today’s faculty spotlight is Dr. David Campbell, who teaches social studies. Dr. Campbell is from Philadelphia and attended Dickinson College, Princeton Theological Seminary, University of Edinburgh and Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds two master’s degrees, one in Divinity and another in Theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Before PVI, Dr. Campbell worked for Fairfax County Public Schools and he was a Presbyterian pastor before converting to Catholicism. In his spare time, he makes rosaries and spends time with his grandchildren. His favorite saint is St. John Paul II.
His favorite lesson to teach is U.S. history, 1800-1860. “It was a period of intense innovation and improvement, as well as a time of failure to solve the most intense of our national problems, much like today.”
He says that his favorite thing about PVI is: “I can be a Catholic out loud.”
Congratulations to Katy Schrock, Alto 1, for being selected for the Senior Honor Choir! The event will take place next month in Richmond.