Student & Family News
A Note from the Principal
Important Dates
 Sept 6—Youth &
Family Day @ Pius
 Sept 8—Opening
 Sept 22—Picture Day
 Sept 23—Liturgy
Athletic Events listed on
school website calendar.
Visit www.piusxhs.org
for more information.
Inside this issue:
Principal’s Notes
New Faculty
New Students
New This Year
Sports News
Students in the
As we
begin this
year, we
begin a
new chapter in our story. You will see
many of the old traditions
remain as well as the start of
many new traditions. We
have kept our blue and white
uniform but added the new
royal blue and khaki option.
We want our uniform to be a
reflection of the pride we take
in our school but we also
want our students to have
choices. We have added a
new “Activity Period” to the
day to help our students explore new interests and to add
some spirit to each day. Many
new events will be added as
the year progresses and we
encourage our students to
participate in them as each
one will help unify our school
and make us stronger. Our
academics remain strong and
we have added faculty that
will only enhance the education our students receive.
Discipline is vital to our
school’s respect theme—we
want each child to have a positive experience. Therefore,
we have hired a full time Dean
of Students to work with our
students and maintain an atmosphere on our campus that
is positive and where learning
and maturing are key components of the discipline.
ters to help keep you informed but updates can be
found on the website
homepage and website calendar. I am accessible to both
students and families, as are
the faculty. We want to partner together to make Pius X
the best gift to all!
I invite each family to visit our
website, www.piusxhs.org, to
find information about events
and news about our school.
We will continue the newslet-
This year Pius X said farewell to a few of our faculty
members as they began new
chapters in their lives. We
said a sad farewell to Mr.
Burns, who passed away
over the summer. All will be
missed but will be forever
remembered as leaving their
marks on our school and
We are pleased to welcome
several new faculty members
to our school family for the
2014-15 academic year.
Please join us in welcoming:
Kayla Bringengberg—Math
Dane DiFebo—Soc. Studies
Taylor Guth—Soc. Studies
Michael Potts—Theology
Nicholas Pirrocco– PE/Hlth
Albert Shimkus– Music
Caitlin Andes– Theology &
Additionally, we have added
a new Dean of Students to
our school: Roobhenn Smith.
Mr. Disidore will remain as
Athletic Director & teacher.
Full Time Music Program
For the first time in many years and
while many schools are cutting back
their arts curriculum, Pius X has increased our commitment in this area
and added a full-time music instructor.
Mr. Shimkus will give classroom instruction as well as private lessons.
The goal is to eventually build our
music program to include a band, a
choir and offer our students the ability
to enhance their skills and love of
Food Service Changes
Enjoying a prepared lunch is offered
at many schools but making that userfriendly for families is important at
Pius. Through the help of our food
service provider, Maschio’s, families
can now set-up pre-paid accounts to
use in the cafeteria rather than having
cash daily. This helps families track
their students spending and makes
buying lunch much easier. For instructions on setting up your account,
visit our website at www.piusxhs.org
under the Parent’s Resource Tab.
Daily Activity Period
We recognized the need to add a wider array of clubs to our school while at
the same time eliminating the need for
transportation after school. In light of
this, we have added a daily activity
period to each student’s schedule.
Students selected from a list of clubs
and faculty has been selected to act as
moderators. Clubs will meet twice in
every six day cycle so students will be
enrolled in three clubs each semester.
This new program is unique to our
school and we look to build upon it as
we move forward.
Every year we say
good bye to our
graduating class,
GET BETTER wish them well on
their life journey and
pray that they will
achieve happiness
and success. The
Class of 2014 has
left its mark on our
school and we welcome them into
their new family as Pius X alumni.
This year, we are pleased to welcome
43 new students who have chosen to
become part of our Pius X school
family. They have chosen to better
their lives by becoming a Pius Royal.
Please join us in welcoming:
Kelly DePaoli (8)
Jacob Merolillo (8)
Joseph Bozzi (9)
Amanda Hoppaugh (9)
Daniela Mutis (9)
Jared Alphonso (10)
Brenda Haycock (10)
Xavier Lockard (10)
Gabriella Touma (10)
Andrew Tichy (11)
A special welcome to the 29 new 7th
grade students—Pius X Class of 2020!
Rebecca Alford
Fallon Apgar
Megan Aulisi
Joshua Bassett
Dylan Brogna
Alexa Carmella
Annalee Carmella
Jordan Castone
Isabella Conte
Dorothea Delleaia
Malinda Flaim
Isabella Goffredo
Daniel Kooman
Caitlin Maloney
Savannah Mich
Kelly Moore
Antonio Reto
Andrew Richmond
Katelyn Schweitzer
Jordan Sheppard
Kayla Shurott
Nicole Siciliano
Morgan Stambaugh
Gavin Tucker
Edward Wess
Thomas Whitmore Jr.
Grace Williamson
Kaitlyn Winchilla
Aleena Zorzetto
We wish each new student a warm
Pius welcome and hope to see many
of their faces and their family members at the many Pius events throughout the year!
Go Royals!
Mark Your Calendars—Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:30PM
Back to School Night
On Friday, August 29th, the Pius X
Royals football team traveled to Morrisville HS for their opening game of
the 2014 season. After many long and
hot summer practices, the small but
mighty Royal squad under the direction of Pius X alum Coach Phil Stambaugh, showed that great things come
in small packages!
The team delighted those in attendance who traveled from the Bangor
area to an offensive show. The final
score showed Pius X winning 62-12.
For his tremendous effort, Pius quarterback, Tre Jordan, was named the
Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame
Small School Quarterback of the
week. Congratulations to Tre and the
entire Pius X team and coaching staff.
The next football game is Saturday,
September 6th at home versus School
of the Future . Kickoff is 1:00PM.
Homecoming (Pink Out) Oct. 11th
Senior Day
Oct. 18th
The 2014 Pius X girls volleyball team
opened its season by traveling to Pine
Grove Area High School to compete
in the Pine Grove Tournament. The
team, under new head coach, Karla
Cressman, is young but is quickly
learning new styles and techniques
that will pay dividends as the season
During each of the first two pool-play
games at the tournament the team
showed improvement and began to
gel as a team. The third game and first
of the elimination round saw the Pius
X team beat Tamaqua High School
and advance to round 2. The next
opponent, Blue Mountain High
School, was a much more experienced
team that has played year-round volleyball, yet the young Royals hung
tough in defeat, 2 games to 1.
the more experienced team.
Sept 5 @ Northwestern Lehigh HS
Sept 6 Home vs Jim Thorpe
Sept 8 Home vs Notre Dame GP
Sept 9 Home vs Panther Valley
Next up was an away game versus
Salem Christian where the Royals
played hard and improved, falling to
School spirit is a vital part of the high
school experience. At Pius X we are
fortunate to have 12 dedicated students to assist the school in raising the
level of spirit and pride on our campus. Under the leadership of Coaches
Andrea Richmond and Kayla Bringenberg, the squad supports our athletic
teams at the various events, leads the
student body at Pep Rallies, decorates
lockers and the locker rooms and rep-
resents the Royals in all their activities.
This year’s squad captains are Francesca Catino and Zariah Mekile.
We are fortunate to have such dedicated and spirited cheerleaders and wish
them much success during their fall
and winter seasons!
Go Royals!
As the school year begins, the Advancement
Office receives several phone calls from families
asking questions that many of our other families
may also need to know. Here are some of the
more common questions along with where to find
the answer:
YES! We realize that there are families looking to help themselves financially and this year have introduced
two new ways. You can REFER A
STUDENT to Pius X and if they
enroll, you will receive a $250 credit
to ward your tuition. (See the
Admission Tab on website for the
form). The second way offered to
families this year involves the
fundraisers. Each family is required
to meet their fundraising obligation
annually. If your family has the ability
to exceed the required sales of raffle
tickets, either Sweepstakes or Gala, the
additional amount sold will be applied
directly to your tuition. This is a great
way to involve family and friends,
promote Pius X and reduce tuition.
(For more information, contact the
Advancement Office.)
What is the dress code or what is the
school’s policy on discipline?
All of these answers can be found on
the website, www.piusxhs.org, under
the Parent Resource tab—Parent &
Student Handbook.
How can I know what is going on at
Pius X for events and Mass schedules?
Visit the website, www.piusxhs.org
and view the school calendar. As
events are scheduled or any changes
made, we add them to the calendar.
How can I see how my child is
performing in each class?
You can always email a faculty
member or call and leave a message
requesting them to call you. As a
parent, you may also view your child’s
progress on our MMS system. The
link is on our website homepage and
instructions for setting up the account
can be found on the Parent Resource
Are there any ways I can lower my tuition now that financial aid has been
What are other ways to help our school?
Be a Pius Volunteer. An email blast
will be sent out shortly with areas that
the school needs parental involvement.
There are many ways to get involved.
Please contact the Advancement office
for details. Clearances are required.
Please return all school
forms to the main office
including medical forms,
handbook notification
form and media release.
It is important that each
student’s file be complete.
Thank you!
Coming together is a beginning;
Keeping together is progress;
Working together is Success!
Henry Ford
Pius X has many students who have
phenomenal achievements both in and
outside of the classroom. WE WANT
know of a student that is accomplishing great things or pursuing success,
please email [email protected],
and we will share the great news.
Currently, Pius X has two members of
our senior class striving to obtain admission to the military academies,
Kelli Franza, a member of our girls
volleyball and softball teams, and Garrett Irizarry, a member of our football
and wrestling teams. Kelli’s goal is to
attend the US Coast Guard Academy
and Garrett’s goal is the US Naval
Academy. To achieve admission, students must possess strong academic
and leadership skills, as well as involvement in extra-curricular and
community service programs. We
wish both Kelli and Garrett much
success as they work toward these
Pius X junior, Lindsey Shay, attended
RYLA this summer. RYLA is Rotary
International’s leadership program for
young adults. The West End Rotary
Club sponsored Lindsey for the weeklong summer program. Lindsey
worked with approximately 80 young
leaders at Keystone College in La
Plume. At Pius, Lindsey is involved in
student government, SADD and basketball. Pictured below is Lindsey
along with her parents, Pam & Dave
Shay. Congratulations Lindsey!
Pius X Jr/Sr High School
580 Third Ave
Bangor, PA 18013