Br. Donald Houde, CSV, served as the fourth principal of Saint Viator High School, but his seven years – 1972-1979 – were significant ones, when he led the school and its faculty in a seismic shift of the organizational structure and curriculum that would last the next 15 years.
Saint Viator High School Athletic Director Jason Kuffel announced that the school will be promoting Mary Louise Blaney to the position of varsity boys’ tennis Head Coach. Blaney has been involved with the Saint Viator tennis program since 2001 as both the parent of student-athletes and a coach. Over the last three years, she’s served as the head coach of the junior varsity girls tennis team and assistant varsity coach of the boys’ tennis team. At the end of the last school year, Blaney was named the varsity girls’ tennis Head Coach.
Saint Viator High School Athletic Director Jason Kuffel announced the school will be promoting Byron DeLeon to the position of Head Coach of the Saint Viator girls’ varsity soccer team. This past summer, DeLeon was promoted to the position of Head Coach of the boys’ varsity soccer team after serving as the Head Coach of the boys JV soccer team as well as Assistant Coach of the boys’ varsity soccer team.
An expansive remodel of the theater’s lighting system this fall confirms just how much Saint Viator High School and the Viatorians value the fine arts. As the school kicks off its 60-year anniversary year, a look back at a booklet from its 1961 dedication sets the stage. It lists nine objectives articulating the school's mission, including the ninth pillar, which moves beyond faith formation and academic excellence to promote experiences in art, music, and drama.
The Saint Viator Boosters Club is excited to announce that RJ Gamble has been named the Student-Athlete of the Month. Even though RJ is not currently in a sport (Basketball - Winter), they believed so much in what RJ is doing in remembrance of those who died on 9/11, they awarded him this honor. Congratulations, RJ!
Originally printed in Fall 2001 Alumni Update When the World Trade Center was attacked, the grief hit home for one family in Arlington Heights, as well as the entire Saint Viator community. Mary Catherine Lenz Wieman ’76 has been missing since Sept. 11, when a jet struck the south tower where she worked. She is survived by her husband, Marc Wieman, three children, Christopher, 12, Allison, 8, and Mary Julia, 6; her parents, Lionel and Marianne Lenz; and her brother, Lionel Lenz ’75, and Thomas Lenz ’77.
Every month this year, an international student will be showcased for exceeding expectations and excelling at Saint Viator High School. Our first student spotlight of the 2021-22 academic year is Ruiqi "Rickie" Gao '22. Ruiqi has not only thrived in her coursework, but she also continues to excel in the fine arts. Last year, she designed our Lunar New Year mugs, and this year, she is enrolled in multiple art classes, including AP Art, 3D Art Design, and Advanced 3D Art Design. Read more about her work ethic and academic success from faculty members below.
Congratulations to the 100+ seniors inducted into Saint Viator's National Honor Society last week! These Lions have participated in service projects, received recommendations from teachers, and achieved a 95% grade point average at the end of six semesters.
The first few days of school at Saint Viator High School featured a familiar figure out in front to meet students: the school’s lion mascot – and its new president, Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV. Along with other faculty members, Fr. Lydon greeted students as they emerged from the buses, on their first day – and his.
Thank you to all parents who joined us last Thursday for our Freshman and Transfer Parent Meeting. For those unable to attend, please view the evening's presentation here. Topics covered include student clubs and activities, Blackbaud, attendance and student behavior, social adjustment, and more.
There’s a new choir director at Saint Viator, but he’s no stranger to teaching choral students. Dr. John C. Hughes joined the staff this year, bringing an impressive background that includes leading collegiate and adult choral ensembles as well as teaching.
Due to the current climate, Quest Food Services encourages students to use the cashless option (their school ID). Funds can be added directly to student accounts through MealTime or with a check made payable to “Quest”.
Any incoming freshman that would like to add funds (if not done online) can bring a check to Freshman Orientation on Tuesday, August 17, to have the funds added to their account before the first full day of school. This helps ensure lines stay at a minimum as well as helps avoid cross-contact in the service area.
Saint Viator High School Athletic Director Jason Kuffel announced the school will be promoting Byron DeLeon to the position of Head Coach of the boys’ varsity soccer team. DeLeon has been coaching boys’ soccer for nearly 20 years and has recently served as the Head Coach of the Saint Viator boys JV soccer team as well as Assistant Coach of the boys' varsity soccer team. In 2017, DeLeon led the JV boys’ team to the ESCC conference championship.
"Members of the Saint Viator High School community and residents in Arlington Heights and surrounding areas were able to receive COVID-19 vaccines June 10 when the school partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health to host and drive-thru vaccination event." Read the full article here.
If you participated in the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic at Saint Viator High School last week, you may now schedule an appointment for your second dose. Registration is required and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Last week, Saint Viator High School had the privilege of hosting our 26th annual Million Dollar Classic. On Monday, June 7 at The Club at Wynstone, more than 120 guests gathered to celebrate Saint Viator student-athletes, coaches, and our 31 sports teams.
Saint Viator High School has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a drive-thru COVID vaccination site. IDPH will provide first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those 12 years of age and older on June 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We are opening registration to all members of the Saint Viator community before announcing the opportunity to the general public.
Saint Viator’s Fine Arts Department hosted one of our final senior events earlier this week, celebrating the five seniors who plan to pursue the arts in college. Students gathered with parents and faculty on Monday to officially announce their college decisions at the school's inaugural Fine Arts Signing Day.
The Million Dollar Classic is a key fundraiser for athletics at Saint Viator High School as well as a great community event. This year's outing takes place on June 7 at the Club at Wynstone. Funds raised will help further the Powering our Student Body campaign to bring new technology to the Murphy Wellness Center. Listen to the latest episode of the A Lion for Life Podcast for an update on the event and how you can get involved.
After a school year disrupted by the pandemic, with sports seasons interrupted or postponed, Saint Viator student-athletes just want to keep playing. That may explain why a record number of student-athletes – 22 – signed letters of intent to play their sport in college.
"Student representatives from 25 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago came together to address racial inequities in response to last summer’s murder of George Floyd and its aftermath.
In partnership with DePaul University, students and school advisers from archdiocesan and independently-run high schools gathered online in a series of virtual meetings to identify challenges in their respective schools and potential solutions to achieve racial justice and equity. Students presented their work to Cardinal Cupich on April 16 during an online meeting." Read the full article.
In honor of Eart Day, several conscientious students enhanced our campus by planting perennial flowers and greens in beautiful new red pots provided as a courtesy by Walmart Supercenter in Mt. Prospect. Earlier in the day, kids watched a student-made short film about the importance of recycling featuring Saint Viator's refuse carrier, Flood Brothers.
See photos from Friday morning's Class of 2021 Breakfast Tailgate. With over 100 seniors in attendance sporting spirit wear from the college/university of choice, we kicked off graduation festivities with the annual outdoor event.
Saint Viator unveiled its newly renovated Murphy Wellness Center on Monday afternoon, welcoming students into the space for the first time since construction began in mid-March. View photos from the opening here.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Alex Nadolna worked hard to set up the Murphy Wellness Center before its great reveal on Monday. And why not? The newly renovated facility is more than a weight room for Coach Nadolna. It’s his classroom.
The latest group of Illinois State Scholars was announced this week, and Saint Viator High School seniors were well represented. Out of the 216 members of the senior class, 49 were named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for their outstanding academic achievement.
Saint Viator High School is inviting all alumni from the school and from Sacred Heart of Mary High School to a newly redesigned section of the school website. The new page can be found at www.saintviator.com/alumni.
Saint Viator High School mourns the death of Patrice Johannes, principal of Saint Viator High School from 1999 through 2003. She was well-loved and respected by the faculty. Patrice died Friday, April 16. Services are pending and will be communicated when available. Please remember Patrice and the Johannes family in your prayers.
"Eternal rest grant unto Patrice, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace."
Online registration for Saint Viator summer camps is now open! Summer camps at Saint Viator High School provide enrichment, skill development, and a chance to meet new friends! We are offering camps in athletics, fine arts, and service. The grade levels indicated are for the 2021-2022 school year. There will be no camps the week of July 5 through July 9, 2021. Browse camp offerings and register today.
The Saint Viator theatre program is ready to go "Into the Woods" this weekend! Check out photos from the Midnight cast's rehearsal earlier this week and be sure to purchase your tickets before they sell out. Performances will be held at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Congratulations to all 81 seniors inducted into Saint Viator's National Honor Society. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Watch the Induction Ceremony here.
This April, Saint Viator senior Adelyn Schuch was named a National Honor Society (NHS) Scholar in recognition of her strong commitment to the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
For a number of years, Saint Viator High School has been home to the Reverend Mark R. Francis, CSV International Program. Through this program, we have had the pleasure of welcoming students from across the globe, including many from China, South Korea, Vietnam, and additional countries in Asia.
We have built wonderful relationships with these students and their families and hold them close to us as valuable members of our community. As we have seen first-hand the benefits of students of different cultures learning to work together and form new bonds, it gives us great pain to see the recent and all too frequent attacks on people of Asian descent.
We encourage all members of our society to treat others with respect and welcome into our community people of all nationalities and backgrounds.
This week, we once again pause to pray for those impacted by violence in our country. The recent incidents in Atlanta and Boulder remind us of the value and fragility of every human life.
At Saint Viator High School we cultivate an environment of kindness for all to feel welcomed, included, and involved. We hope that by building a community of faith where all are respected and valued, our students will truly transform the communities they live in as they leave our school.
We ask everyone to take a moment today to pray for those affected by these acts of violence, and to reflect on ways each of us can do our part to nurture respect and caring for all we encounter to create a safer world for this generation and those which will follow.
Congratulations to the 17 juniors who were inducted into Mu Alpha Theta last night. Mu Alpha Theta is the United States mathematics honor society for high school and two-year college students. Members must have completed the equivalent of two years of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra and/or geometry, and have completed or are enrolled in a third year of college preparatory mathematics. Members must also have at least a 94 percent math GPA.
The Murphy Wellness Center renovations have begun! We are excited to watch this become a state-of-the-art space that will enhance every student’s experience at Saint Viator. Thank you to our generous donors for making this possible!
This week, members of our DEI Student Advisory Board, Morgan Trunda ’21, Mary Rittle ’23, Krystal Nava ’22, Carmela Martinez ’24, Camila Mora ’22, and Rishi Velumula ’21, met with neighboring Catholic high school students for the second RISE for Racial Equity meeting.
We did it! Today marks 100 days of in-school learning at Saint Viator. Thanks to all who have remained committed to the health and safety of our community while continuing to provide an environment of faith-formation and academic excellence. #MaskUp
In today's Fine Arts Week video, we celebrate the talented students who make up our Theatre Program, including our Theatre I, Theatre II, and Film Study students. We also showcase our new Drama Club, Tech Crew, and the Spring Musical. We'll also share more information on Theatre Outreach, a new Fine Arts course beginning in the fall of 2021. Watch.
While we won’t be celebrating in Cahill this year, we’ll be sharing the work of the choir, band, theater, and visual arts students throughout the week. We begin today with a short video from Saint Viator Bands.
Athletic Director Jason Kuffel '99 announced the school will be promoting Saint Viator alumnus Brennan Harrington ‘13 to the position of Head Coach of the boys varsity volleyball team. Harrington has been a part of the Saint Viator Volleyball Program for the last four years, serving as the Head Coach of the freshman boys, freshman girls, and boys JV teams.
Congratulations are due to our Math Team who finished strong in last week's MTA Competition. The team of six placed second in the Overall Team Event (missing first by only one point) and in the Team Event.
Did you know there are currently 300+ living Saint Viator and Sacred Heart of Mary alumni couples? For Valentine’s Day this year, we celebrated a handful of sweethearts and their love stories. Read more.
Dean Deb Scerbicke is one of 13 individuals recognized by the Village of Arlington Heights 2021 Heart of Gold award program. She has been honored with the Educator Award for her 21 years of service to the Saint Viator High School community. Read more about the award on the Village of Arlington Heights' website.
On Wednesday, February 17, Saint Viator will be celebrating Ash Wednesday as a school community. Throughout the Lenten season, we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the North West Illinois Food Bank. Please give if you can!
Saint Viator High School learned Monday that both students, Olivia Gauthier and Kathleen Hannon, who were recognized as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, have now been named Finalists.
Parents who were not able to attend the Class of 2025 Parent Virtual Meeting on Thursday, February 4, can access the presentation here. It is also now available on the Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Student Information and Materials Resource Board on Blackbaud.
Character, work ethic, and sacrifice. Those traits kept coming up Wednesday at the Winter Signing Day ceremony, where four Saint Viator student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play at their chosen colleges.
Last month, students from Saint Viator’s International Program created videos of bilingual read-alouds of popular American picture books. Working with youth librarians from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, they helped create two bilingual resources: "The Three Little Pigs" in Mandarin Chinese and "Five Little Monkeys" in Spanish.
For the second consecutive year, Saint Viator High School has been recognized with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. Given annually by the College Board, the award recognizes schools for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles.
Despite restrictions on gatherings due to COVID, the annual Night of the Lion celebration will take place...in a new form. Night of the Lion: At Home Edition will spread the celebration across an entire week from February 26 through March 6. Learn more about how the event will evolve and how you can be a part of this important annual celebration as we discuss plans with Kristen Daniels in our latest episode of the A Lion for Life Podcast.
As of this week, high school sports are finally back in action. But while they were on pause as the IHSA worked out its return to season plan, basketball fans could still follow alumni of Saint Viator High School playing—and starting in some cases—in the college ranks.
At Tuesday’s Board of Trustee meeting, it was announced that the Viatorian Board of Governors has appointed Fr. Dan Lydon, CSV, to serve as the next President of Saint Viator High School. Fr. Lydon will assume his role July 1, 2021, but will work closely with current President Brian Liedlich in the coming months.
Read the latest from the Chicago Tribune on a legacy family leading the way in the battle against COVID. We are very proud of this family that has been a big part of the Sacred Heart and Saint Viator communities for many years.
The Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Application, made possible by the Illinois Invest in Kids Act, opens next week Tuesday, January 12 at 8 a.m. Please see the Big Shoulders Fund Tool Kit for more information on the application process.
It is with an abundance of joy and Lion pride, that we announce that Dean Deb Scerbicke has been named the recipient of the 2021 Village of Arlington Heights Hearts of Gold Educator of the Year Award.
Each year, since 1999, the Village has recognized members of the community with the Hearts of Gold recognition in 11 different categories such as Business Leader, Volunteer, Mentor, Young at Heart, and others. The Special Events Committee receives dozens of nominations from throughout the community and then spends time evaluating, discussing, and determining the more deserving recipients. We couldn't be more pleased that Dean Deb has been selected to receive this well-earned recognition.
Saint Viator High School condemns in every respect the abhorrent attack on the United States Capitol and our democratic process yesterday. The behavior of the individuals who so brazenly attacked a leading institution, both physical and metaphorical, of our country must be explicitly rejected by all in the name of freedom, equality, and justice. Further, we call upon elected officials who have nurtured and supported this behavior to step forward to denounce the behavior and take specific action to ensure it is never repeated in this country. Click "Read More" below for the full statement.
"The Chicago Sun-Times is counting down the 50 high school basketball programs with the most wins during the decade..." and they kicked off their list with Saint Viator High School. Read the full story.
Don’t look now but there seems to be a pipeline developing between Saint Viator’s boys’ and girls’ golf teams and Loyola University, and it’s benefiting both programs.
In November, Cate Reisinger ’21, of Park Ridge, signed a national letter of intent to continue her game with the Maroon & Gold. She is the third Saint Viator golfer in two years to commit to playing in Division I at Loyola -- and she brings some firepower to their lineup.
Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.