May 15, 2024

Hello Lan,

Welcome to the May 15th edition of the Eagle Update. Today is Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter. The Mass reflection is below. The complete reading can be found on the USCCB website.  

"Speak, Lord, your servant is listening;

you have the words of everlasting life.”

Mass Readings for Today

From the President's Desk

Dear Savio Family,

This is the point of the year that can make us all go a little wonky … in other words, a little off center. So many pressures, and so many mixed emotions about finishing the year and planning for the summer transition. Everyone wants to have closure and completeness. 

We know that would be wonderful, but not realistic as things just aren’t that easy. 

So I offer a prayer for peace, grace, and kindness:

“Heavenly Father,

Thank you for all the blessings we receive and guide us through the challenges in front of us. Help us remember that you walk with us every step of the way, and in every breath we take. 

Prayers for all our students, parents, faculty and staff and help us to see you in each person we encounter. May we respect, appreciate, and love one another through the busy times and celebrate the moments of joy we experience. 

Special prayers for our Super Senior Class of 2024 as they complete their Savio journey and commence to the next stage of life. 

We offer this through your son. Amen."

St. Dominic Savio, pray for us.

Take care,


Upcoming Events

Principal's Message

Dear Savio Family, 

As we approach the end of the school year, I am reflecting on all that has happened during my first year as principal. There have been ups and downs, joys and sorrows, successes and challenges. Through it all we remain a family, united in the mission of Jesus Christ. 

I am reminded of a quote from an anonymous source, “Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain the same.” As members of the Savio family, we may look different and grow differently but we are all grounded in our faith in Jesus that serves as our roots. If we can keep this in mind, even when times get tough or we disagree, we can continue to move forward and grow together as a family. 

It has truly been an honor and a privilege to become a part of the Savio family this year. I pray for you all, each and every day. I am looking forward to all the celebrations that are approaching as we end the year and the turning of the page to another school year. 

Thank you and God Bless, 



Host an International Student and Transform Lives

Savio admissions has worked very closely with Premiere Education Partners (PREP) for several years to welcome international students to the Savio family. PREP is a Christian hosting program for international students. Together we look forward to continuing to build our international program and welcome more students to Savio. PREP is currently seeking Christian families to host international students for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. By opening your home, you’ll provide a caring and nurturing environment, provide quality education, and model servant leadership. Host families receive compensation as well as the dedicated support from the PREP team. Whether you’re considering this opportunity for yourself or recommending it to friends, your impact is significant.

For more information, please contact Ed Wu at or call 512-695-3709. You can also visit the PREP website for details.

Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) Information

COMPLIANCE EIM compliance is required for all volunteers and employees at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School. New to the EIM process or already have an EIM account? Visit to learn about compliance policies, how new applicants get started, and how active users maintain compliance. Contact Danna Kelemen or for further assistance.


Report abuse of a minor, elderly adult, or an adult with a disability to local law enforcement or the Texas Abuse Hotline at or (800) 252-5400 and the diocese at or (512) 949-2447.


Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and the Diocese of Austin are committed to providing compassionate care to persons who have experienced abuse, particularly if committed by clergy or a church representative. If you or someone you know have experienced such abuse, contact the diocesan Coordinator of Victim Assistance and Pastoral Support at (512) 949-2400.


Report unethical behavior by a person serving in ministry to the diocese at (512) 949-2447.

Eagles – We need your help. We have less than two short months to raise $55,394 and reach our goal of $245,000! 


To date, we have received gifts and pledges totaling over $189,606 from only 24% of our families. We need everyone’s participation to close out this year’s appeal. For those of you who have not given yet, we humbly ask you for your support and participation. If every remaining family gave $200 (that’s $100 per month for the next 2 months) we would easily reach our goal! If that isn’t in your budget, any dollar amount is joyfully accepted. Your participation is the key to our success.     


Remember, every dollar of the Eagle Fund benefits every student at Savio in all areas of their educational experience. You can make your gift here. There is even an option to break it up into payments between now and June 30th


If you have any questions about the appeal or need help discerning your giving options, please contact Gina Kerley, Director of Advancement at

Bus for 2024-2025 School Year

If you would like to sign your student up for the Savio bus for the 2024-2025 school year, please complete the Bus Contract form.

Savio Booster Club

The Savio Booster Club sincerely thanks the Savio community for their generous support of Savio Athletics during the 2023-2024 school year. Please be on the lookout for updates about Booster Club in future newsletters.

Thank you again for your continued support of our Savio student athletes. Go Eagles!

SPA News:

St. John Bosco Award:

Since 2011, the Savio Parent Association (SPA) has been presenting the St. John Bosco Award to a member of the Savio community who has given of themselves in an extraordinary way by exemplifying servant leadership and self-sacrifice in service of the Savio family. This year, the SPA is pleased to honor Lisa Pettinato and Teresa Shaw. 

Lisa has been involved at Savio since 2020 and Teresa since 2018. They have been an integral part of the Savio Parent Rosary group that gathers every morning to pray for the students, faculty and staff of St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School. For the past 4 years, whether in person or on zoom, they have prayed a decade of the rosary for every student, faculty and staff member individually by name. Congratulations Lisa and Teresa!

If you were unable to make the Community Session, please visit the State of the School video link: 

SPA Uniform Resale:

As the year comes to a close, please consider donating your gently used Savio uniform and spirit wear to SPA uniform resale. Incoming families appreciate the opportunity to buy items at greatly reduced prices. There will be bins set up near the doors for easy drop off.

The next uniform resale will be on May 31st from 10:00 am - Noon.

2024-2025 SPA Board

Ana Boecking & Jeff Ridgeway - Co-Chairs

Tini Nguyen - Vice Chair

Michael Crowley - Treasurer

OPEN - Historian

Jenn Leasure - Secretary

Jennifer Machann & Katherine Hidajat - Freshman Class Reps

Katya Kasyanova & Chantele Cisneros - Sophomore Class Reps

Holly Huval & Alma Lansang-Knight - Junior Class Reps

Carol David-Rosen & Renee Irion - Senior Class Reps

Committee Chairs:

Social - Beatriz Banda & Brianna Hodge

Rosary - Anna Meadows & Jenn Halter

Spirituality - Haley Nguyen & Veronica Perez-Anaya

Supplies - Megan DiTeresa

Teacher Appreciation - Ellen Miri

Uniform Resale - Moya Griffin & Julie McDonald

Volunteers - May Mitchell

The SPA board has an open position for Historian (Keeps a written record of SPA sponsored events). If you are interested, please contact our SPA chair at 

Please visit our page on the Savio Website for more info about SPA and volunteer opportunities: Savio Parent Association  

Attention Seniors!

Project Graduation early bird tickets ($75) are now on sale, click here through May 1st to get double raffle prizes! Note: Parent waiver must also be submitted by the deadline. The event, held May 25 at the Dell Diamond, begins at 11:30 p.m. and concludes at 6:00 a.m. on May 26th. It is a substance free, safe and fun event, only for the Savio class of '24. Seniors will enjoy two meals, snacks, $4,500 worth of door prizes, tons of activities and more. Be sure to check social media @saviocatholic for more details every Friday. Questions: Contact Jenny Andrews at

Freshman/ Sophomore/Junior parents! Here's how you can support this event for our senior class: 

1. Purchase a raffle item from our Amazon wish list. Select Emily Cook for shipping and email Dana ( to make sure all the prizes are accounted for.

2. Sponsor food, an event or a graduate for the evening: $75 (sponsor a graduate) donate here - make sure to select Project Graduation in the drop down menu!

3. Volunteer for a shift. We can provide the caffeine! This is a great option for those. wanting to see what the event is all about and start making plans for your senior - it'll be here before you know it!


Service Opportunities

Imago Christi Day Thank You!

Imago Christi Day was a big success! Our students, faculty, and staff contributed 1,359 hours of service at 16 different non-profit organizations, church food pantries, nursing homes, and even a few groups here at Savio after experiencing inclement weather out at Eagle's Wings. Christian Outreach would like to thank our faculty and staff, all of the parent volunteers, and SPA for helping make the day happen. At the end of the day students shared their different service experiences at an assembly and we watched a slideshow of pictures from the day. You may view it here. It is such an important tradition in our work of "Forming Servant Leaders In The Image Of Christ," and so we thank you again for the support of the Savio community to help accomplish it.

Feed My People Summer Information

We will be continuing to serve at the Feed My People breakfast in downtown Austin throughout the summer! Savio students can sign up here! We will be taking students downtown in a school van, chaperoned by at least two Savio teachers on June 6, June 20, July 18, August 1, and August 15. Through the Foundation for the Homeless we have the opportunity to serve a hot meal to those in need. Volunteers will meet at Savio at 4:40 am and return to school at 7:30 am or staff. Amri Tehrani or Mrs. Heyl will be in contact via email one week ahead of time to confirm who is attending that week. Please prayerfully consider your travel plans, commitment, and ability to wake up that early before signing up. We have a limited number of spots and have committed to the organization that we can provide a certain number of students to serve each time. If you have any questions, you may ask Amri, Mrs. Heyl, or Mr. Azeez.

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