Tartan Traditions

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There are many traditions that Tartans enjoy throughout the year.

Holy Cross Day

The Academy celebrates the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14) by honoring the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross at a special assembly in the morning. In the afternoon, Tartans participate in field-day type game competitions between advisories. The day culminates in the annual Sister Grace Race around the circle driveway.

Powder Puff

This two-hand touch football game takes place between the Juniors and Seniors in the fall at Homecoming time. Seniors purchase special jerseys. The school gathers to watch the game with Freshman and Sophomore Little Sisters cheering for their Junior and Senior Big Sisters.

Big Sisters-Little Sisters

All incoming Freshman receive a Big Sister, whom they meet at a spring picnic. Big Sisters help acclimate their Little Sisters to Holy Cross. During the year there are times when Little Sisters give their Big Sisters treats (and vice versa).

Senior Tea

Held at the beginning of December, the Senior Tea is a formal event for the senior class and their mothers/guardians/special guests. The event is hosted by the seniors' "Little Sisters" in the sophomore class and organized by the Home and School Association.

Senior Privileges

Seniors earn special privileges during the school year. These are negotiated with the Principal and Senior Class Officers.

Father-Daughter Dance

Dads/guardians/special friends or relatives and daughters dance the night away at a special event just for them. Fathers/guardians/special friends of Seniors traditionally wear tuxedos to escort their daughter.

Mother-Daughter Communion Breakfast

In the spring, mothers/guardians/special friends or relatives and daughters gather for a special liturgy and brunch.

Grandparents/Special Friends Day

Grandparents/special friends of our freshman girls enjoy refreshments and visiting with their special Tartans.

Cap and Gown Ceremony

Usually held the last week of classes, Seniors and Faculty members wear caps and gowns to the final assembly of the school year. The Senior Class President and Student Council President give their final speeches.

Senior Show

The Senior Class gives their perspective on life at the Academy.