Bishop Dunne Catholic School

College preparatory education for grades 6 through 12

New Family Information

Welcome to the Bishop Dunne Family! We are so excited that you will be joining us as the newest members of our joyful Falcon community.

We know there is a lot of information to take in as you begin your transition to Bishop Dunne. We invite you to use this page as your main resource to answer your questions about enrollment, course selection and placement, summer reading, summer camps and activities, upcoming events for new families, and so much more. Please check back often, as it will be updated throughout the spring and summer months. We will provide login and password information to the parent portal in August of 2017.

General Information

Access to Online Enrollment

ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS

1) Click on the following link to visit your family's Enrollment Portal: https://bdcs.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in

2) Create a new account using the same username and password for your child's online admissions checklist.

3) Once you login, you must "authenticate" to verify that you are the individual listed on the account. If the system is requesting an authentication code, you will need your family's "authentication code" which was emailed with online enrollment instructions. Contact Ms. Adarely Trejo if you are unable to find your family's authentication code.

4) Click on the blue "Continue Enrollment Process" button below your child's name.

5) Click on the blue "Complete Form" button for each item on the checklist. You have the option to upload your child's immunization record directly into the checklist. Also note that we will need proof of completion of your child's current grade at the end of the academic year. Please ensure that you submit a final report card or transcript by June 15, 2017.

Athletic Participation Forms

Every student-athlete who participates in a sport, drill team, cheerleading, or band must have a current athletic physical completed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant utilizing the TAPPS form, as well as an updated immunization record, on file.

Athletic Physical Form

Bus Information

There are several bus stops available to families:

    • Duncanville - Holy Spirit Catholic Church
    • Downtown Dallas - Holy Trinity Catholic School
    • East Dallas - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
    • Irving - St. Luke Catholic School
    • Kessler Park - The Kessler School
    • North Dallas - St. Monica Catholic School

Calendar Dates for 2017-2018

First Day of School
August 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Break
November 20-24, 2017

Christmas Break
December 21, 2017 - January 9, 2018

Spring Break
March 12-16, 2018

Easter Break
March 30 - April 2, 2018

Falconer

The Falconer is our weekly newsletter that is emailed to parents every Thursday during the school year. New families will receive it via email starting in the fall. The most recent Falconers are available via the following links:

March 23, 2017

March 9, 2017

March 2, 2017

Health Clinic

Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine preventable diseases. Getting these required vaccines at the earliest possible time is encouraged to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush that occurs every year during the month of August. Please be aware that students without the required immunizations will not be allowed to attend school.

Below is a list of the required vaccines for students:

For students entering 6th grade:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose must have been received on or after the 4th birthday. However, 4 doses meet the requirement if the 4th dose was received on or after the 4th birthday. For students aged 7 years and older, 3 doses meet the requirement if 1 dose was received on or after the 4th birthday. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 1 dose of varicella

For students entering 7th grade:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose of Tdap is required if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella
  • 1 dose of meningococcal

For students entering 8th grade:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose of Tdap is required when 10 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella
  • 1 dose of meningococcal

For students entering 9th - 12th grades:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose ofTdap is required when 10 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella

Students with specific health considerations may be required to have additional paperwork completed by a physician; for example, any medication, asthma, or allergies.

Laptops, E-books, and Supplies

All e-books and most text books will be supplied by Bishop Dunne, along with art and science supplies and school planners. Students will receive codes for e-books in each class during the first week of school. We recommend that all students bring notebooks, writing utensils, and other organizational materials starting on the first day of school. All students are required to have a laptop that is able to connect to the internet via wireless access. For more information and machine recommendations, contact Paul Wood at pwood@bdcs.org.

Computer Recommendations

Parent Portal Access

Login and password information will be emailed to parents in August of 2017.

Student Schedules

Official schedules will be emailed in early August.

Students who would like to be considered for pre-AP or AP placement next year should complete the Placement Test Registration Form below. Placement testing will take place on April 22, 2017 and June 7, 2017. All incoming students may register to test for pre-AP placement in math and Spanish. Placement for English, history, and science will be based on a student's academic record and ISEE test, and will be reviewed by the academic department heads for approval.

Placement Test Registration Form

Summer Reading

Recommended summer reading book lists will be available in May.

Tuition Payments and Financing

FINANCE OPTIONS:

Option 1 - Tuition and Fees paid in full to BDCS due June 15, 2017, paid to the Business Office by cash, check, money order, MasterCard or VISA.

Option 2 - Tuition and Fees financed through the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union to be paid in 10 or 12 month payments. All TDECU paperwork is to be completed and forwarded to Bishop Dunne by April 15, 2017.

Option 3 - Partial Payment paid to BDCS is due April 15, 2017, the remainder of the balance will be financed through TDECU and paid in 10 or 12 month payments. All TDECU paperwork is to be completed and forwarded to BDCS by April 15, 2017.

Option 4 – Your Tuition Solution – Upon approval, paying for your child’s tuition and fees is convenient and flexible. Click here to apply online. Payout to reach Bishop Dunne Catholic School by June 15, 2017.

Uniforms

Our main vendor is Risse Brothers, located at 15048 Beltway Drive, Addison, TX 75001. The Spirit Store on the Bishop Dunne campus also offers a wide selection of the required uniforms, as well as additional Bishop Dunne clothing and spirit items.

Used Uniforms: There is a limited supply of used uniforms for both boys and girls available at Bishop Dunne at a nominal cost. These may be purchased from the Falcon Store on campus from June to August during summer hours. Used uniforms will be on sale until supplies are exhausted.

On-Campus Sale: Risse Brothers will be on the Bishop Dunne campus on Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (located next to the baseball field).

Uniform Sale Flyer

Volunteering and Safe Environment Program

Parents are welcome and encouraged to get involved in various ways at Bishop Dunne. For example, volunteers are needed during athletic events, in the Advancement Office to assist with mailings, fundraising events, and educational programs, to help with office donations, to serve on committees, etc.

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, all parents are required to participate in the Safe Environment Program. Only parents who have received their annual Safe Environment clearance may actively volunteer throughout the year.

Bishop Dunne will host a Safe Environment training class on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Echavarria for more information.

FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE NEVER COMPLETED THE PROCESS

There are several steps required to begin the Safe Environment Program. Parents must:

  1. Complete a Screening Form (must complete and bring to class)
  2. Register for a personal interview
  3. Attend a training class

    View available classes online

FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO NEED UPDATE TRAINING

1. Please go to https://www.cathdal.org/Update_Training
2. Select a class, complete the quiz, and submit to Mrs. Echavarria via email

Grade-Level Information

6th Grade

6th Grade Course Offerings

The following courses are pre-set for all sixth grade students. The sixth grade schedule differs from all other grades in that Math and English are double blocked, meaning they are taken each day of the week.

  • Reading/Writing
  • Math 6
  • Science 6
  • Social Studies 6
  • Religion 6
  • P.E. 6
  • Music 6

7th Grade

7th Grade Course Offerings

The 7th grade schedule consists of the following core classes:

  • English 7
  • Literature 7
  • Math 7
  • Life Science 7
  • Texas History & Geography
  • Religion 7
  • Foreign Language (Choice of Spanish, French, Latin, or Russian)
  • Elective (Choice of Art & PE, full year of Band, or full year of Strings)

If your child has not already selected a foreign language and/or elective, please complete the following form:

7th Grade Course Selection

If your child would like to be considered for Honors placement in any subject, please complete the following form:

7th Grade Honors Placement

8th Grade

8th Grade Course Offerings

The 8th grade schedule consists of the following core classes:

  • English 8
  • Literature 8
  • Pre-Algebra 8
  • Physical Science 8
  • U.S. History & Geography
  • Religion 8
  • Foreign Language (Choice of Spanish, French, Latin, or Russian)
  • Elective (Choice of full year of Band, full year of Strings, or semester of PE and choice of semester of Athletic Conditioning, Intro to Art, Beginning Acting, Multimedia, or Choir)

If your child has not already selected a foreign language and/or elective, please complete the following form:

8th Grade Course Selection

If your child would like to be considered for Honors placement in any subject, please complete the following form:

8th Grade Honors Placement

9th Grade

9th Grade Course Offerings

The 9th grade schedule consists of the following classes:

  • English I
  • Theology I
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Math (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II)
  • Science (Biology)
  • Social Studies (World Geography or Human Geography AP)
  • World Language (Choice of Spanish, French, Latin, or Russian)
  • Elective (Choices in Physical Education, Fine Arts, Technology, or Humanities)

All families are encouraged to sign up for individual meetings with our Dean of Academics, Mr. Mario Root, to discuss your child’s academic plan for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Mr. Root at mroot@bdcs.org to schedule a meeting. To prepare for the meeting, please review the high school planning power point below.

High School Course Planning

Students who would like to be considered for pre-AP or AP placement next year should complete the Placement Test Registration Form below. All incoming students may register to test for pre-AP placement in math and Spanish. Placement for English, history, and science will be based on a student's academic record and ISEE test, and will be reviewed by the academic department heads for approval.

Placement Test Registration Form


    Transfer Students

    An incoming transfer student's schedule is dependent upon current high school credits earned. For this reason, all families are encouraged to sign up for individual meetings with our Dean of Academics, Mr. Mario Root, to discuss your child’s academic plan for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email Mr. Root at mroot@bdcs.org to schedule an appointment.

    Students who would like to be considered for pre-AP or AP placement next year should complete the Placement Test Registration Form below. All incoming students may register to test for pre-AP placement in math and Spanish. Placement for English, history, and science will be based on a student's academic record and ISEE test, and will be reviewed by the academic department heads for approval.

    Placement Test Registration Form

    Who to Contact

    DepartmentContactEmail
    Academics (Course Selection)Mario Rootmroot@bdcs.org
    Academics (Course Placement)Amanda Yorkayork@bdcs.org
    Boys High School AthleticsDelone Williamsdwilliams@bdcs.org
    Girls High School AthleticsBecky Sivinskirsivinski@bdcs.org
    Middle School AthleticsSteve Guerrerosguerrero@bdcs.org
    Business OfficeSandy Brookssbrooks@bdcs.org
    Financial AidSandy Brookssbrooks@bdcs.org
    Health ClinicNurse Price or Nurse Steigernurse@bdcs.org
    Summer Assignments & ReadingChristine Voigtcvoigt@bdcs.org
    Summer Camps, Courses, & LabsChristine Voigtcvoigt@bdcs.org
    TechnologyPaul Woodpwood@bdcs.org
    TransportationMyron Hawthornemhawthorne@bdcs.org
    UniformsAurora Owensaowens@bdcs.org
    Volunteering & Safe EnvironmentNorma Echavarrianechavarria@bdcs.org

    Important Dates for 2017-2018

    First Day of School
    August 10, 2017

    Thanksgiving Break
    November 20-24, 2017

    Christmas Break
    December 21, 2017 - January 9, 2018

    Spring Break
    March 12-16, 2018

    Easter Break
    March 30 - April 2, 2018

    Upcoming Events