Christopher Keavy - Head of Schools

Christopher Keavy
Head of School

St. John Paul II
High School

St. Francis Xavier
Preparatory School

Mar 24, 2015

Not The Whole Story

The following message was sent on Tuesday to the Editors WickedLocal Cape Cod:
To the Editor:
The following is written in reference to “OUR PICKS: Top SAT Scores on Cape Cod ,” which was posted to Wicked Local Cape Cod on March 19.
The post lists what is stated to be the “top high schools on Cape Cod ranked by 2013-2014 SAT scores.” In fact, St. John Paul II High School’s 2013-2014 SAT mean scores total 1661 (Reading=553, Mathematics=553, Writing=555) , which is higher than the high schools listed. It appears that a decision was made to list public high schools only;  however, in fairness to the students and teachers who worked for these results, a complete listing of schools is warranted. 
Thank you, 
Christopher W. Keavy
Head of School


Feb 5, 2010

Honorable Mention

Cross Talk

This past marking period, 60% of JPII students achieved honor roll status, ranging from "Merit List," which recognizes a B average, to "Highest Honors," acknowledging straight A's. With a heavy emphasis on critical, higher-level thinking, this level of achievement testifies to some hard work and the strength of the school's academic culture.

See the Honor Rolls here: Download HonorRoll0910SecondQ.

Dec 19, 2009

What’s In A Name?

Cross Talk

In these opening years I've had the opportunity to share the brief history of our school with freshmen in Theology classes. In the Q&A that follows, students routinely ask about our mascot name, the Lions. Perhaps you've wondered, too.

Here's the thought process:

First, an essential prerequisite: No other Cape schools share the mascot name Lions. Also, we need something short, owing to our lengthy proper name. And, our colors, royal blue and gold (from the Papal shield of JPII), need to make sense when matched with a newly-chosen nickname.

Mostly, of course, we want to say something about our school and Pope John Paul II. The Lion exudes greatness. So did Pope John Paul II. In his later years, he was frequently referred to as "The Lion in Winter." Such greatness, rooted in discipline, achievement, and humility, marked the man. This form of greatness marks the ambitions of Pope John Paul II High School, as well.

So there it is. The rationale behind "the Lions" [fun fact: Falcons was an early front-runner, owing to the falcon's presence on the Polish national flag. Alas, Mashpee HS beat us too it.]. 

Let's take this one step further. Because I (a) apparently have too much time on my hands, and (b) take an interest in school names, I googled all secondary schools named in memory of Pope John Paul II to see what their mascot names are. Here they are:

Eagles (Boca Raton, FL & Puget Sound, WA)

Knights (Hendersonville, TN)

Jaguars (Slidell, LA)

Cardinals (Plano, TX)

Panthers (Tallahassee, FL & Toronto, ON)

Centurions (Corpus Christi, TX)

Stay Tuned! (Upper Providence Township, PA & Jasper, IN)

Knights (medieval), Cardinals (good one!), and Centurions (Rome), I get. The others, not sure. As for the Lions (Hyannis, MA), now you know.

Sep 28, 2009

Win Number One!

Cross Talk

Total team effort seals a 14-0 victory over Nantucket. Congratulations, players and coaches, on the first of many successes at JPII.

Sep 28, 2009

Big Stop!

Cross Talk

Lions stall Whalers to take over on downs. Still 14-0, 7:19 to go.

Sep 28, 2009

Lions Score Again!

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Lions capitalize on a Whaler turnover to take a 14-0 lead with 3:35 left in the 3rd quarter.

Sep 28, 2009

At the Half

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Stout “D” shuts out Whalers through two. 8-0 Lions at the break.

Sep 28, 2009


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Nice run makes it 8-0 Lions with 3:59 to go in the first half.

Sep 28, 2009

Scoreless at the End of One

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Strong defense for the Lions holds the Whalers to little ground. 3rd and 27 fo Nantucket to start the 2nd quarter.

Christopher W. Keavy, Principal
Pope John Paul II High School
120 High School Road
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
(p) 508.862.6336

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Sep 28, 2009

Countdown to Kickoff

Cross Talk

A smooth boat ride to Nantucket (with Diocesan friends Bishop Connolly HS Girls Soccer) behind us, the Lions now prepare for the 4 PM football kickoff. Check back to the blog for regular updates.

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