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Bishop Dunne Catholic School has Strings classes for beginners, intermediate musicians and advanced musicians. The number of strings students has increased every year for the past five years since teacher Julia Gray-Lion arrived on campus.

Bishop Dunne Falcon Orchestras Scale New Heights, Prepare for Competition, Concerts

On April 7, 2016, the Bishop Dunne Music Department sent its very first orchestra to the Texas Private School Music Education Association (TPSMEA) Concert and Sight Reading Contest, competing at the 3A Varsity level.

This school year marks the fifth year of the string orchestra program at Bishop Dunne and represents a major milestone in the string players' progression of skills. The competition trophy is available for viewing at the front desk.

The orchestra judge complimented the Bishop Dunne Orchestra on their stage presence, etiquette, and hard work in preparing music from the UIL Prescribed Music List. Hearing the comments encouraged the musicians, along with the suggestions for how to grow skills and ensemble sound for future performances.

One of the tunes prepared for the competition stage was performed at the Sounds of Bishop Dunne Concert held earlier this month, Be Thou My Vision, a traditional hymn from Ireland.

To hear the full Strings program, plan to attend the String Orchestra Spring Concert on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in the Monsignor Milam J. Joseph Auditorium, located at the school at 3900 Rugged Drive, Dallas, 75224. "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Soul Strings," "Soldier's March," "Mango Tango," and "Be Thou My Vision," are among the nine pieces to be played.

Transplanted Texan Teaches Music to All

Strings teacher Julia Gray-Lion is no beginner when it comes to the world of music, but she came to Bishop Dunne to begin a strings program. “I wanted to be part of starting something, and here I could do that.”

A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio, just southwest of Cleveland, she attended high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For 14 years she taught music in Arlington ISD, but she was ready for the jump to a new job.

With a degree in music education and math, Ms. Gray-Lion can play a number of instruments well, including viola, cello, and “I played bass in college,” she says. Now she is on the Worship Team at Bar Cross Ranch Cowboy Church in Mansfield, near Alvarado, where “we play everything: Casting Crowns, Cathedral, some Gaither songs.”

She’s a veteran at Bishop Dunne now, having taught five years, which included the 50th celebration and a “Sounds of Bishop Dunne” Concert at the Meyerson in April of 2012. That was a big production that took a lot of practice, but Ms. Gray-Lion was up for the challenge. She believes music “draws people together,” and hopes to get some of her strings students to the point where a group of them can begin performing at different events around town.

She also plans to stay for a long time, because the school is special. But what’s so special about Bishop Dunne? “I like that we’re not just cramming our students’ heads with a bunch of facts and knowledge, but teaching them how to think, how to work out things, how to get along. I especially like the senior service program, where our students can go out into the world to help and serve others.”

Although a favorite around campus, Julia thinks she’s a bit of a nerd and prefers to stay in and read when she’s not out creating music at jam sessions with her friends.  She recently read, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain, and if she’s any example, she’s quite a powerful force on campus.

But how did this kid from cold and snowy Michigan end up in hot, dry Texas? She says, “My college advisor suggested I come here to work, that the music programs in Texas held promise for a music teacher like me, so I packed up my Cavalier and drove on down.”

For a self-proclaimed introvert, Ms. Gray-Lion is one transplanted Texan who, when it comes to music and teaching, knows how to roar!


For more information on Bishop Dunne Catholic School's Fine Arts programs see the school's website:  For information on the Strings program at Bishop Dunne contact Julia gray-lion at

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Naomi Nye conducted a poetry workshop in the afternoon of April 7, 2016 in the library of Bishop Dunne Catholic School. Students who had expressed an interest in becoming poets wrote poetry with her prompts and then shared their poems with the group and Ms. Nye.


Internationally Lauded Poet Comes to Bishop Dunne, Inspires Students to Write


Poet Naomi Shihab Nye spoke to a rapt audience of over 200 middle school students on Thursday, April 7, 2016, to encourage them to write a little bit every day.


A self-described "wandering poet" and author and editor of over 30 books of poetry, Ms. Nye discussed her growth as a writer and poet, and then conducted a poetry workshop for students who had expressed an interest in following in her footsteps.


Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Ms. Nye grew up in Ferguson, Missouri, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. She has won numerous awards and accolades for her poetry, and she read from her work and her favorite poets.


She also spoke of her childhood and how her mother inspired her by reading her poetry as a toddler.


Ms. Nye's poetry is meditative and gives voice to children, teenagers, and immigrants. Her work is acclaimed for her sensitivity and cultural awareness. Nye writes of nature, war, family, and neighbors, and small incidents of daily life that show the importance of relationships and awareness. She condemns prejudice and injustice and reminds readers that we all have ties to other lands and that we all face issues that are universal.


At lunch she met with students and the English department faculty, sharing her experiences of workshops in remote Alaska and meeting with students in Nepal. She advised hopeful poets and writers on how to cope with writer's block and making writing a part of their life.


Ms. Nye's visit was part of the GeoTech Lecture Series and an important component of Bishop Dunne's participation in National Poetry Month.


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Bishop Dunne Russian Language students competed in a Russian Language Olympiad in Houston this month and came out big winners. Russian teacher Iryna Dovzhanska has taught at the school for 16 years.

Bishop Dunne Russian Students Dominate at Language Olympiad in Houston, Earn Gold Medals, Perfect Scores

Bishop Dunne Catholic School English and Russian teacher Iryna Dovzhanska led a team of her Russian I, II, and III students to the April 9, 2016 Russian Language Olympiad, an academic competition held in Houston. The 100 other students in the competition came from Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Freshmen Christopher King and Faustina Richardson commented that the judges were so impressed with the presentations they each were given hugs. Anna Levina, the chairperson of the Regional Olympiad of Spoken Russian, summarized in an email to Mrs. Iryna Dovzhanska, Bishop Dunne's Russian teacher, that judges commented on the high level of student preparation, and congratulated her on the many gold medals they received. Mrs. Dovzhanska is rightly proud of her students' phenomenal results: ten gold medals, three perfect scores and twelve students awarded medals or honorable mentions over all.

All three of Dovzhanska's Russian IV advanced students earned gold medals.

Ms. Dovzhanska has taught at Bishop Dunne for sixteen years, and also is moderator of the Slavic Club, which takes field trips to local festivals and museums to learn about the Russian culture.

Final results for Bishop Dunne:

Russian I
Hannah Hill Gold medal and the perfect score
Maritza Semifero-Rodriguez Gold medal
Viviana Leos Gold medal
Christopher King Gold medal - missed the perfect score by one point
Faustina Ostrowski Richardson Gold medal and the perfect score
Kendrick Smith Honorable mention

Russian II
David Andrews Gold medal and the perfect score
Grant Barksdale Gold medal
Abraham Ramirez Bronze medal

Russian IV Advanced--Gold Medals:

Ekaterina Boucher, Catherine Day, and Edye Gonzales

The students learned firsthand all the wonderful benefits of studying the Russian language along with the exciting job opportunities offered.

Dmitri Boucher, class of 2016, accompanied the group to Houston, offering support and encouragement to the participants.

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Spring Open House Wednesday April 27, 2016

Future Falcons are invited to the Spring Open House!

All prospective families and friends can attend the school’s Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. in the library. Come learn more about our academic, athletic, arts, and various extracurricular programs.

Parents are welcome to drop in at any point, or join us for sessions at 8:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. followed by campus tours. For more information see the school's website:

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Bishop Dunne Funne Runne 2016.jpg The Annual Bishop Dunne Funne Runne is a 5K run/walk that benefits the Gladys Barrientos Scholarship Fund to help deserving students to attend Bishop Dunne Catholic School.

Bishop Dunne Funne Runne Set for Saturday, April 23, 2016, Beginning on Rugged Drive

The 11th annual Bishop Dunne Funne Runne and Walk will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Funne Runne/Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m., in front of the school located at 3900 Rugged Drive. Participants may now register online or may email Coach Guerrero at for a registration form. Early registration, which ends April 21, 2016, is only $10 for students and $15 for adults. Proceeds will help with the Gladys Barrientos scholarship fund. Register early and support this great cause.

The Bishop Dunne Funne Runne, a 5k Road Race, began in 2005 as a fun athletic fund raiser and in 2011 became a scholarship fund raiser honoring Gladys Barrientos. Since then, the race has raised close to $40,000 with over 100 runners every year, totaling over a thousand participants.

Gladys Barrientos graduated in 2007 after a successful career as a cross country runner and an outstanding wrestler with great promise.  She was offered a full scholarship to Oklahoma. Returning from a Bible Study one evening, she was hit by a racing car that was eluding police and died. Her younger brother Edgar graduated from Dunne in 2012, and her sister, Rakel, an outstanding cross country runner, graduated in 2014.

This year the Bishop Dunne Community and the Barrientos family hosted the Funne Runne on April 23, 2016 to continue to raise funds for worthy students to attend Bishop Dunne in honor of Gladys and her many friends and family members who remember her.

How else can you help? Businesses and individuals can help with sponsorships, donations of Gatorade or bottled water, race day food and beverages, and race packet items. Volunteers are also needed to help with set up, the race, cleaning up, traffic control, and security. Please contact Coach Guerrero at, if you are interesting in helping. All volunteers must be safe environment cleared. For more information on how to become cleared, please contact Mrs. Echavarria at

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Enjoying the Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic this month were Ruben Esqueda Sr., Ruben Esqueda Jr. and Homer Gonzales. Danny Esqueda completed the foursome, which came in first with a low score of 51. It was the 13th consecutive year for the classic, the second year at Steven's Golf Club.

Perfect Weather Made for a Perfect Golf Classic

Perfect weather made the 13th Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic on April 4, 2016 at Steven’s Park a delightful event with golfers enjoying the course from the 9:00 a.m. shotgun start to the awards luncheon at 1:30 p.m.

The foursome of Rueben Esqueda Sr., Danny Esqueda, Ruben Esqueda Jr. and Homer Gonzales ended up in first place with a low score of 51. Each player received a crystal trophy and a $100 gift certificate to the Golf Pro Shop.

Second place went to the foursome of Kevin Wolff, Scott Bixel, Kris Fralicks and Wess Worster with a low score of 52. Each winner received a trophy and a $75 gift certificate to the Pro Shop.

Third place went to the team of Larry Rolle, Ivan Sparkman, David McGoodwin and Andrew Rohe, an attorney with the Guerrero Law Firm who is also the Bishop Dunne Assistant wrestling coach. The men received a trophy and a $50 gift certificate to the pro shop.

Bishop Dunne parent Mark Blackburn won the Longest Drive.

Key sponsors and a big thank you went to $5,000 sponsors of Guerrero Law Firm, and both Mutual of America and Mutual of Omaha. $3,000 sponsors included Mark Vahalla and New York Life Insurance, and Eric Reed of New York Life Insurance.

Other special sponsors include: Bishop Arts CrossFit, Joe Murphy and TDECU, the Anthony Blackmon Agency, Herb’s Paint and Body, Oak View Capital Partners, Pavecon and Westcliffe Inc.

Donating to the tournament also was Ann’s Health Food Store, Concord Church, Falkenberg Construction, Grand Bank, Kathy Hewitt, Kevin Wolff, Mickey Price, Richard Marquez, The Catholic Foundation, ll Sports Trophies, Torrez Residential Inspections, Inc. and Zubras Electric.

The Golf Classic supports Bishop Dunne Catholic School academic and athletic programs.

Bishop Dunne's student Golf team is finishing up its season, and senior Stephanie Brieno, the lone girl on the team, has received scholarship offers to continue to play in college. Brieno finished in 14th place at the regional tournament held in Fort Worth on April 12 and 13, 2016, and has qualified to compete at the state championship in Glen Rose on Monday April 25 and Tuesday April 26, 2016.

Bishop Dunne Catholic School empowers each student to explore, inquire, lead, and serve through a college preparatory education in a joyful community of faith.

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Internationally acclaimed poet Naomi Shihab Nye will meet with students and faculty on Thursday, April 7, 2016 as part of the Bishop Dunne Geo Tech Lecture Series. She follows in the footsteps of a long list of distinguished speakers including Astrophysicist and Nova host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, anthropologist and scientist Dr. Jane Goodall, astronaut and author Dr. Sally Ride, Titanic discoverer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, and Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, anti-death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking.

Internationally Renowned Poet Naomi Shihab Nye to Visit Bishop Dunne Thursday, April 6, 2016

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball (paragraphs); Never in a Hurry and I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are You Okay?, Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going, Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books), and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including Time You Let Me In, This Same Sky, The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East, What Have You Lost?, and Transfer. Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her most recent novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association.

Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress.) She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, and "The Betty Prize" from Poets House, for service to poetry, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards. In 2011 Nye won the Golden Rose Award given by the New England Poetry Club, the oldest poetry reading series in the country. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials including “The Language of Life with Bill Moyers” and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. She has been affiliated with The Michener Center for writers at the University of Texas at Austin for 20 years and also poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years. In January 2010 Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. She was recently named laureate of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Award for Children’s Literature.

Naomi will present to the 6th through 9th graders on her children’s literature and will conduct a poetry workshop for selected high school students.

Previous Geo Tech speakers include:

2015 James Balog Photographer of the natural environment to reveal the impact of climate change

2014 Dr. Patrick Meier Crisis Mapper and Humanitarian

2013 Dr. Albert Lin National Geographic Emerging Explorer, High Tech Archaeologist

2012 Kobie Boykins Mars Rover Engineer

2012 Dr. Mireya Mayor Scientist, Explorer, Wildlife Correspondent

2011 Dr. Robert Bakker Paleontologist and Author: The Dinosaur Heresies

2010 Ben Osborne Planet Earth DVD Series Photographer

2010 Chad Pregracke President of Living Lands and Waters – U.S. Jefferson Award for Public Service Winner

2009 Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist and Nova Host

2008 Dr. Dawn Wright Oceanographer and Deep Water Explorer, Professor of Geography and Oceanography, Oregon State University

2007 David Rumsey Cartographer and Philanthropist

2007 Dr. Spencer Wells Geneticist, Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

2007 Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ Author: Dead Man Walking, Anti Death Penalty Activist

2006 Dr. Mae Jemison Astronaut and Author, Founder and Chair of the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence

2005 Dr. J. Michael Fay National Geographic Conservationist-in-Residence

2004 Jodi Cobb National Geographic Photographer

2003 Dr. John Kuglin Former Director of NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) Education Project

2002 Dr. Wade Davis National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

2001 Dr. Sally Ride Astronaut and Author. Professor of Physics, University of California at San Diego

2000 Erik Larson Author: Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

1999 Dr. Jane Goodall Anthropologist and Scientist, Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute; Author: Reason for Hope

1998 Dayton Duncan Author and Film Producer

1998 Ann Bancroft Explorer: First woman to travel to both the North Pole and the South Pole; first woman to cross the Antarctic continent

1997 Dr. Robert Ballard Author, Explorer and Discoverer of RMS Titanic, Founder of the Institute for Exploration and the JASON Foundation

1997 Kenneth C. Davis Author: Don’t Know Much About Geography

To learn more about the GeoTech Lecture Series, contact Monica de la Cerda at

To learn more about the Annual GeoTech Professional Development Conference, contact Roger Palmer at

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See performances of The Court Jester April 8 & 9, 2016
Milam J. Joseph Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Sounds of Bishop Dunne Concert April 12, 2016
Milam J. Joseph Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
The Bishop Dunne band will perform the premiere of "Land of Thousand Flavours" by composer, Hardy Mertens.
TAPPS District 1 Back-to-Back Football Champions
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Bishop Dunne Senior Kyle Sivinski isn't afraid of challenges. He loves to cliff dive and does it often at Lake Witney. He joined the Falcon swim team as a diver, then learned the proper strokes to become one of the fastest swimmers on the team and captain this year.

Kyle Michael Sivinski Was Born to Swim.

Kyle spent most weekends swimming and playing at a lake near his home, but didn’t realize it was a sport until he came to Bishop Dunne.
A graduate of St. Joseph’s in Waxahachie, Kyle followed his sister, Katie, a 2013 Bishop Dunne graduate, to Bishop Dunne. A year later his mother, Becky, arrived as the Assistant Athletic Director in charge of women’s sports.
In his sophomore year, Coach Robbie Zeske learned Kyle liked to swim, and invited him to try out for the team. He had to learn the correct strokes to compete and soon he was winning his races in the pool. By his junior year he was the featured athlete on the cover of the Winter Media Guide, and this year he is captain of the swim team, which had their best year yet since Coach Zeske took the helm. He actually joined the swim team so that he could be a diver. He’s not afraid of heights and loves to dive off cliffs. TAPPS did away with competitive diving, so Coach Zeske asked him to try swimming.
When not studying for classes or practicing his strokes in the pool, Kyle can be found volunteering at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. An altar boy for years, he’s been a peer minister and a confirmation teacher for the past three years, and helps to run the youth retreats. His empathy is obvious. He proudly admits he is a science nerd, and looks forward to using this interest in his future career to help others. Kyle hopes to become a lawyer, neurosurgeon or EMT once he graduates from college. His plan is to attend Navarro College for a year to save money and then transfer into Texas A&M. He always wants to help and is happy to do so. Twice a week he is a reading tutor at Roger Q. Mills Elementary through the national Reading Partners program.

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Bishop Dunne is celebrating Poetry Month with a visit from International Poet Naomi Shihab Nye on April 7, 2016. See: for more information.

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Sounds of Bishop Dunne Concert April 12, 2016
Milam J. Joseph Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
The Bishop Dunne band will perform the premiere of "Land of Thousand Flavours," by composer, Hardy Mertens.
TAPPS District 1 Back-to-Back Football Champions
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Dr. Douglas Wine, with 26 years of teaching and administrative experience, says Bishop Dunne feels like he is "coming home."

New Principal to begin July 1, 2016

Dr. Douglas Wine will become the next principal of Bishop Dunne Catholic School effective July 1, 2016.
Dr. Wine comes to Bishop Dunne with twenty-six years of teaching and administrative experience, most recently serving as principal at Moriarty High School in New Mexico.
“I am very excited about Dr. Wine joining Bishop Dunne,” said Kate Dailey, president. “He is highly qualified and will help Bishop Dunne achieve at an even higher level while further embracing our Catholic identity and mission.”
Dr. Wine has a bachelor of business degree in accounting from Pace University, a bachelor of English degree from the State University of New York, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has taught English at community college, Catholic schools, and the Santa Fe Indian School, a BIA funded boarding school. As an administrator, Dr. Wine has served as Director of Curriculum, Dean of Academics, and has fourteen years’ experience as a principal in college prep and collegiate schools.
“I am a Catholic school product who attended my parish school from first to eighth grade. My visit to Bishop Dunne was like coming home, as so many members of the community made me feel like part of the Dunne family,” said Dr. Wine. “I was impressed by the number of people I met who feel great pride about being part of the Dunne mission,” he continued. “There is a great spirit in all Bishop Dunne does and a strong desire to advance the mission for the school to become even better than it is.”
The naming of a new principal follows a year-long national search. A search committee was formed in March, 2015, to conduct the new principal search process, which included focus groups, a community-wide survey, and on-campus meetings for finalists with faculty and staff, students, parents, and other constituents.
“We are deeply grateful to all the members of the Bishop Dunne community who have participated in the principal search process,” Mrs. Dailey continued. “I want to especially thank Gabriel Moreno for his exemplary service, dedicated professionalism, and tremendous contributions as interim principal this year. We very much look forward to his ongoing involvement as a continuing member of the school leadership.”
Bishop Dunne Catholic School, located in Oak Cliff, offers an individualized, college preparatory educational program that is shaped by fundamental Catholic values which prepares students for higher learning, leadership, service, and citizenship. The mission of Bishop Dunne Catholic School is to empower each student to explore, inquire, lead, and serve through a college preparatory education in a joyful community of faith.

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Bishop Dunne students began their Earth Day celebration last week, and will be highlighting ways to save the planet throughout the month of April. Recycling is just one way to help the Earth. Bishop Dunne students in the Ecology Club collect recycling bins from classrooms three times a week and wash the bins on a regular basis as part of their club duties. Teacher Alma Keglovits (on right) is a graduate of Dunne, a science teacher at the school and the club moderator.

Bishop Dunne Students Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, and Schedule Events During Entire Month of April to Help the Planet 

Bishop Dunne’s Ecology and Animal Rescue Club members have combined their efforts to create a month of activities to help the Earth and celebrate Earth Day which is held on April 22 every year.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Peace Activist John McConnell proposed the day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace in 1969, to be celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A separate Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a day to teach environmental conservation, and it became international two decades later in 1990. It now has organized events in 141 nations.

With a focus on leaving less of a carbon footprint on the earth, the Bishop Dunne activities include:

REDUCE - Carpool Day – April 18

Students will carpool to school in order to raise awareness on cutting down emissions in order to help our environment.  There will be Ecology Club members handing out special tickets to passengers who carpooled and taking down names as well, so that participants may receive a spirit dress down day for participating (date to be determined).  The Ecology Club would like you to please share a ride with a non-family member in order for it to count!  Time will be from 7:00-8:15 a.m.

REUSE - Reuse Event – April 19

The BD Community can drop off unwanted items in, good condition, to room 114 from April 4-18.  Items will be valued by the donors at drop off, and then on April 19 (on the north practice field), you may come and pick up an item(s) of equal or lesser value of your donated goods.  You may purchase the items outright as well, if you were not able to donate.  All leftover items will be donated to charity.  Time will be from 3:30-6:00 p.m.

RECYCLE - Recycled Art Show Reception – April 20

Students can create artwork using recycled materials to raise awareness about the importance of recycling in order to better take care of our Earth.  Art is due April 15 and will be on show in the library until May 2.



Zoo Field Trip – April 20, 2016

Students will observe the behaviors, anatomy, and care of animals while answering questions in a scavenger hunt format.

Earth Day Texas – April 23-24

Students and Faculty will present information to showcase our school and raise awareness on service projects and topics related to not only our local community, but the entire world.  Time is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day at Fair Park.

Dog Wash – April 25

Students will offer dog washes to pets in our community. It will cost $5 for small dogs and $10 for medium to large dogs.  This will occur on the back dock from 3:30-6 p.m.

Adoption Day – April 29

Six week old Maltese mix puppies will be available for adoption in room 114 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Bishop Dunne Catholic School has over three dozen clubs for students to join, from Archery to Robotics, Ecology Club to Animal Rescue, Fellowship of Christian Athletes to Future Business Leaders of America, Russian Club, Book Club and Poetry Club to name a few.

For more information on Bishop Dunne and its academics, clubs and athletics see: or 


The 13th Annual Bishop Dunne Golf Classic is Monday, April 4, 2016 at Steven’s Park Golf Course in Oak Cliff. Register online at

The Bishop Dunne Funne Runne is on Saturday, April 23, 2016 and will begin at 8:00 a.m., in front of the school. Participants can register online or by email: contact Coach Guerrero at Early registration ends April 21, 2016, is $10 for students and $20 for adults. Proceeds will help with the Gladys Barrientos scholarship fund.

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Daniel esparza at Christian Athlete of the Year 20 Seniors Daniel Esparza, DiAnna Santillan and Houston Little were three of six Bishop Dunne Scholar-athletes nominated for the Christian Athlete of the Year award. The banquet was held at the DFW Hilton ballroom on Monday, March 21, 2016 and Olympians Carl Lewis and Willie Gault presented each nominee with a gold medal and certificate of achievement.

Six Falcons Invited to Christian Athlete of the Year Banquet 2016

Six Bishop Dunne students—more students than any other school in Texas—were invited to meet Olympian Carl Lewis at the 27th Annual Christian Athlete of the Year Banquet held at the DFW Airport Marriott Grand Hotel Ballroom on Monday, March 21, 2016.
Proudly representing Bishop Dunne were: Daniel Esparza (football/soccer), Houston Little (football/wrestling), and David Rodriguez (soccer/wrestling), each nominated by their coaches for outstanding performance in their sports and in the classroom.
The three female Falcon representatives for Bishop Dunne included Ekatrina Boucher (swim/drumline), Marissa Ornelas (cross country), and Diana Santillan (cross country/wrestling team manager.)

Falcon Drum Line Leader Came from Afar

After playing in the marching band at a home Friday night football game last fall, Ekaterina Boucher was up early the following Saturday morning to work with a few Notre Dame Alumni for a "Hearts and Hammers" service project. She helped renovate and paint an old house for an elderly resident who couldn’t afford to repair his home.

As drum line leader for the  Bishop Dunne Falcon Marching band, Ekaterina is used to helping others to learn the cadence, the music, and the steps for a half time program. As one of seven children, she’s also used to cooperating and helping out at home. Next fall, she hopes to be playing on a different football field, possibly in Indiana, marching for the Notre Dame band.

Born in Pscobe, Russia, she was adopted at the age of 10 months and remembers nothing of her time there, but is planning to major in Russian Language in college. Her parents, Lisa and Pete, adopted a total of seven children from Russia, including Ekaterina and her twin brother Michael.

She attended Smith Elementary up until the 4th grade, then tested out of there and right into the 6th grade at Bishop Dunne, skipping 5th. She immediately joined the band, although when she was asked to list three instruments she wanted to play, she replied “Percussion, Percussion, Percussion,” but was given a French horn to play. Three years later, when the new band director arrived, she asked again to play in the percussion section. Mr. Rhyan agreed, and she began with cymbals. Sophomore year she moved up to the snare drum, and she was chosen as captain of the drum line last year – the first female drum line leader in many years.

After seven years at Bishop Dunne, she can’t choose one particular game that she’s marched in that was her favorite, because she says, every time she picks up her drum sticks, she’s inspired and full of joy. With a 3.6 GPA and straight A’s this semester, Ekaterina is excited about the possibility of being in a college marching band. She hopes to visit the Notre Dame campus soon, and looks forward to seeing Nick Watkins, BD ’14, play football there.

One Falcon following another to the north, ready to soar into a future full of possibilities.


Bishop Dunne's 13th Annual Golf Classic will be Monday, April 4, 2016 at Stevens Park Golf Course with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The event benefits the athletic programs at Bishop Dunne. To register online:  For more information contact Lydia Torres at or call 469-291-1775.