Mustang Tradition - Alumni Newsletter - Late Summer, 2014


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Alumni Angels Needed


You can help make the difference in the life of a child, by assisting in making their hopes of an IHS education possible.

To assist those students whose families are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty with fulfilling their student tuition obligations, the Immaculate High School Alumni Association funds scholarships for incoming and current students. The fund relies heavily on fundraisers and alumni support to provide financial aid to deserving students who wish to receive an Immaculate education. These scholarships are funded through the individual gifts of Immaculate alumni, donations from alumni-owned businesses and reunion class gifts. Donations to the fund also support our first annual Legacy Essay Contest.  Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded competitively each year, as a way of recognizing families for making an Immaculate education part of their family tradition.

WE NEED YOU!  If you would like to be an "angel" please consider making a donation to the IHS Alumni Association Fund.  Click here for more details and/or to make a donation.  All donations are tax deductible and will be recognized in our annual Traditions magazine.  Together, our efforts will support secondary Catholic education in northern Fairfield County, while preserving the legacy of Immaculate High School.  

IHS Homecoming 2014 & Friday Night Lights (yes...we said lights!)

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Immaculate will hold their first ever Friday night football game under the lights on Friday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.  Portable lights will be brought in to illuminate Mustang Valley for the very first time.  Gather fellow alumni, friends and family for a great night at Immaculate as the United team (Immaculate/Abbott Tech) take on Wilcox Tech.  Mustang All-Sports Club is planning a great menu for all to enjoy.  Spread the word!  

The lights will remain on the field for a Girls Soccer Game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 9/20 and a Field Hockey game on Monday, 9/22.

Immaculate's Homecoming game will take place on Saturday, October 11th.  As this is Columbus Day weekend, we hope to see many of our GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumni in attendance as IHS takes on Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin at 3 p.m. in Mustang Valley.


Class of '74 ~ 40th Reunion

August 23, 2014 ~ Class of '74 at Newtown Country Club

The IHS Class of 1974 gathered last month for a great evening reminiscing about their days as Mustangs!  Thank you to Diane (Baumer) Caraluzzi, Diane (Schmidt) Wardenburg, Mike Clarke and Joe Grana for all of their work in coordinating a great reunion!  We hope to see you all back next year as we celebrate Immaculate's 50th Anniversary, with an all-alumni reunion.  Details coming soon!

The IHS Class of 2018 has arrived!

Mustang Tradition ~ 14 of these freshman are children of alumni!  It looks like a great group of future alumni, and we wish them all the best in their four years at Immaculate High School.


          Alumni Soccer Games

Pictured are the Mens Alumni Soccer players who joined us on Sunday, August 24th in Mustang Valley.  Thank you to Joe King for organizing the mens game, and Jen (King) Wolyniec for organizing the womens game.  A great afternoon was had by all!

Alumni Spotlight

Kaleigh Finn '09

Pictured are Kaleigh Finn '09 and one of her students. 

Kaleigh was accepted into Teach For America last year and was placed in a low income, high rish school in Dallas, TX.  She teaches 8th grade U.S. History to 180 students every day in a classroom with too few desks and very few supplies.  The average annual income for her students' families is $11,000 and many of them are below grade level in reading and math.  Although many come from modest means, Kaleigh says, "I have truly been blessed with a very loving community.  When parents of my students heard that Miss Finn was celebraing a birthday, I received plates of tamales and chilaas to celebrate!  My students came to me with only 43% of them passing the district and state tests, but after a year of hard work and constant encouragement, we ended the year with 82% passing!"  This was the highest score of all of the 8th grade social studies teachers, so Kaleigh was named the Department Chair for this school year.  She just started her Master's in Education at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and will be focusing on English as a second language.  "It has been a year of great success for me and the students that I serve.  I am very happy to have had the foundation of faith and charity that I learned at Immaculate.  I tell my students all of the time that being a good student is not enough. You need to be a good person as well.  That is definitely something that I learned at IHS."

Congratulations Kaleigh on all of your accomplishments.  Your students are certainly fortunate that you came to Dallas!


If you have news you'd like to share for our next newsletter, please contact our Alumni Coordinator, Denise Suarez at


Once a Mustang, always a Mustang! 




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