The Falconer

April 26, 2018 



Literary Festival: Teacher Perspective
By: AP English Teacher and Festival Organizer, Brinkley Schneider

Last Monday, April 16, Bishop Dunne had the honor of hosting Ms. Jesmyn Ward, MacArthur "Genius" Grant and historical two-time National Book Award winner, as part of the school's inaugural Literary Festival. English IV and AP Literature and Composition teacher, Brinkley Schneider, lead the organization of the festival which took a year to organize. Ms. Schneider was assisted in the planning and organization of the festival by Melanie Gibson, the school librarian, Mary Gracheck from Advancement, parent Shannon Cerise, and many other valued volunteers.

Click here to read more.


Please keep in your prayers those members of our community who are going through the difficulties of illness or losing a family member, especially staff member, Norma Echavarria, whose father, Baldemar Solis Rios, passed away; freshman, Olivia Dugger, whose grandfather, Tommie C. Dillehay Jr., passed away; 6th grader, Hannah Miller, and 8th grader, Isabella Miller, whose grandfather, Reverend OJ Mays, passed away; and faculty member, Fardia Durani, whose mother, Gulzar Durrani, passed away.



Campus Ministry Survey

As we reflect on God's goodness and his love for us, we at Campus Ministry wanted to reach out to the whole community to hear your voices. We strive to provide an inclusive environment that challenges people of all faiths to grow and mature in their relationship with God and His Son. We also know that like any institution, we can improve, so we are looking for your help to identify for us our greatest strengths and weaknesses. It is our hope to continually improve so that all at Bishop Dunne may feel welcome, encouraged, supported, and nurtured in their spiritual lives. As a general note, Campus Ministry puts on all the retreats, school masses, prayer services, and plans events throughout the year to serve students spiritually.

Click here to complete the survey.



Student Perspective: Inaugural Bishop Dunne Literary Festival a Success
By: Corinne Dorsey, '19
On April 16, 2018, two-time National Book Award Winner, Jesmyn Ward, visited Bishop Dunne as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Literary Festival and held a writing workshop book seminar for select 11th and 12th grade students. Click here to read more.


London 2019 - Fine Arts Trip

Our next Spring Break trip will be a tour of London and the fine arts. It will take place from March 9 - March 16, 2019. This eight-day tour will allow students to explore all the fine arts that the historic city of London has to offer. The tour will comprise two theatre performances at London's West End, a symphony performance, tours of London's major art museums, and several theater workshops. Click here to read more. 


Photography II Students Earn $6,000 in Scholarships
On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Bishop Dunne's 14 Photography II students participated in the Retail as Art Competition. Of the 14 students who entered, 4 (29%) placed and were recognized with scholarships totaling $6,000. Click here to read more.


Falcon Golfer Earns All-State Honors
Congratulations to junior Chance Mulligan for earning all-state golf honors at this week's TAPPS State Championships. Chance shot a 76-76 at the two-day tournament held at Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen. His two-round total of 152 earned him a tie for 6th place and all-state honors. Click here to read more.


Falconette News
2018-2019 Falconette Officers
Congratulations to the following Falconettes on making Dance Officer:

Captain - Ayaana Root (Senior)
1st Lieutenant - Mia Greer (Senior)
Lieutenant - Chelsea Guidry (Junior)
Lieutenant - MaKenzee Benson (Junior)
Lieutenant - Monica Nieto (Junior)
Lieutenant - Kasey Jackson (Junior)
Line Officer - Faith Taylor (Senior)

Falconette Auditions
The award-winning Falconette Dance Team is having another audition on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Please contact director Kelly Norman at for an audition packet and workshop information.


Bishop Dunne Bands Travel and Compete in Orlando
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Bishop Dunne bands and choir traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in the Disney Performing Arts Workshops, and the band participated in the Festival Disney Competition. Click here to read the full story.


Falconette Spring Show
The Falconette Dance Team presents its spring showcase Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 

Class of 2018 College Scholarship Opportunities 
The college counseling office is working hard to provide seniors with every opportunity possible to apply for additional college scholarships and aid. Please click here for an up-to-date list.

College Scholarship Recognition Ceremony
The annual College Scholarship Recognition Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the gym. Parents and family members are invited to attend as we celebrate the successes and accomplishments of our senior class. Following the ceremony, there will be a small reception in the library for seniors and their families.

Seniors who are being honored during the assembly are welcome to dress in formal attire, as outlined in the handbook, for the school day.

All college acceptance and scholarship letters should be submitted to Mrs. Doan by April 30, 2018, in person or via email at


Volunteer Opportunities
If you haven't had an opportunity to create an account on the Track It Forward volunteer system please click here to create your login. Are you on track to completing your required 40 volunteer hours? If not, the baseball and softball team could use your help. Team schedules are on the Track It Forward volunteer system. If there are any questions, please email Mrs. Echavarria at


Dual Credit Registration Forms Due
Ms. Davila from Mountain View will be at the Bishop Dunne campus during lunches on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, for summer and fall 2018 dual credit registration. If you have met the standard on your TSI exams and plan to enroll in dual credit courses for next school year, please complete the appropriate forms and turn them in on one of those two days. After those dates, forms will need to be turned in directly to the Dual Credit Office at Mountain View.


End of Year Cafeteria Balances

The end of the school year is upon us and we would like to make sure our students leave in good standing. Please be sure to clear all debts with the cafeteria. If debts are not cleared, report cards and transcripts will be withheld.

Not sure if you owe? You may contact Madelyn Collins at 469 291 1789 for your account balance.

The deadline for seniors is May 15, 2018, and all other students, May 25, 2018.


Bishop Dunne at the Oak Cliff Cinco de Mayo Parade

Latinos Unidos is planning the school's participation in the Oak Cliff Cinco de Mayo parade. We encourage the Bishop Dunne community to participate in this event. Wear your Falcon Spirit shirts or Mexican dresses and come share this important cultural celebration with us and our neighborhood. We will meet in the North Oak Cliff Library at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday May 5, 2018, and get ready to group in line for the parade. Please sign up here to participate.


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