The Braun Family

Please continue the keep the Braun family in your prayers.  Kassie Braun’s service/funeral arrangements are listed below.

Viewing – Friday, November 24 – Cathedral High School in the Welch Activity Center from 2 – 6 p.m.

Funeral – Saturday, November 25 –  Holy Spirit Geist at 11 a.m.

Updates will be posted on our webpage at

Blood Drive Nov. 22 at K of C from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m

Chatard High School has challenged Cathedral to help raise the amount of Blood available during the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you can give at this time you are invited to go to the K of C between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Senior Mass – Nov. 29

All seniors students who attend Senior Mass on Wednesday, November 29 will be released to go home once they return to Cathedral by bus.  Seniors will not be expected to return to their classes.  

Spirit Shop Christmas Open House!

Save the date for the annual Spirit Shop Christmas Open House on
SaturdayDecember 2 from 9:00 a.m. – noon.  Be sure to stop in for new arrival Irish wear & gear, perfect for holiday gift giving.

Super sale items, ornaments, holiday decor & Cathedral cheer is sure to bring on the spirit of the season! The Spirit Shop will be open for holiday shopping on Saturday, December 9 & 16 too!

Make it a Cathedral Christmas…GO IRISH!

*Please note: The Spirit Shop will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving break, November 22-26.

Bakers and Volunteers Needed

Making goodies for Christmas? Want to share them with our hardworking Cathedral faculty and staff? Please sign up to bring goodies or to help with setup, serving or cleanup for the Annual Cathedral Christmas Luncheon for the faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 7. Please click HERE to sign up.

Contact Jennifer Hofmann at for more information.

Important College Tips from Marian University

Social Media Site Etiquette

Be aware that social media is not just for communicating with friends anymore. Many colleges and employers now choose to review their students’ social media pages. Encourage your student to maintain their social media accounts by switching privacy settings and posting positive content. Social media etiquette is a hot topic right now. Students should consider the suggestions for staying “clean” on the Internet.




Loan Conversation


Completion of the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA) will reveal the types of loans for which your student qualifies. The different types of loans can be confusing, especially for families who are sending their first student to college. Begin this conversation by exploring more information about student loans.


Financial Aid

Several forms of financial aid exist in order to help your student be funded for their college education. There are academic scholarships, talent-based awards, along with loans, grants, and work-study programs. Visit the Marian University website for a brief description of the types of aid offered for college students.




The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, must be completed before any student can receive federal financial aid. This process is equally important for students and parents to master. To begin filing your student’s FAFSA, due every year by March 10, or to learn more, visit the Marian University website.



College Choices: Finding the Best Fit


Students often stress about college location, campus life, nearby restaurants, and cool spirit wear apparel when deliberating what school is best for them. College selection is not as black and white as that, however. It is sometimes worth a student compromising or going outside of their comfort zone in order to attend the school that is their best fit. Explore the criteria factored into choosing the best college for your student’s needs.


Pre-College Jitters

If your student seems apprehensive on the topic of college, it may be because they are nervous. Junior and senior years of high school fly by quickly and it is difficult to decide how to plan for college. Making plans on when to call and visit home, knowing available on-campus resources, or getting an idea of what extracurricular activities sound interesting are good places to begin the college discussion. Speak with your student about overcoming pre-college jitters or visit Marian University’s website to discover the services offered at Marian University.


Importance of Letters of Recommendation

College applications, along with scholarship applications, often require letters of recommendation. Have a conversation with your student and suggest they get a head start on this. Mentors, coaches, teachers, youth ministry leaders, and club moderators are all great candidates for writing letters of recommendation. The more they know your student, the better. Having these letters prepared in advance will reduce stress when those deadlines come around.

Join our 2017 National and State Champion Rugby Team

Royal Irish Rugby is a nationally recognized rugby program drawing players from Cathedral and Bishop Chatard. The team is coached by Scott Peterson ‘99 and has won four national championships in the last six years. Come check out the sport of rugby during our fall call out, Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30P at the Knights of Columbus on 71st. Also, please stop by our table during next week’s Open House. Follow us on Facebook/RoyalIrishRugby or Instagram/RoyalIrishRugby

If you have any questions, please email

Military Academy Opportunities For Students

United States Naval Academy

Midshipman Mick Rivera will conduct a short presentation and answer questions on the application process to the US NAVAL ACADEMY in Annapolis, MD. The session will take place during Flex on Tuesday, November 21st at 9:55 am in the Baker Board Room. No need to sign up.


The USNA offers a full college scholarship, guaranteed job upon graduation, and is consecutively ranked the #1 Top Public School by US News & World Report. We also have many excellent summer programs & camps, which are available to all current 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th graders.

Special event brought to you by the
United States Naval Academy
in Indiana:

Indianapolis, IN
November 20, 2017

Join us for a USNA Admissions Program to learn about the admissions process for the U.S. Naval Academy, meet midshipmen and talk with USNA Admissions staff.
Full College Scholarship
25 Academic Majors
#1 Public School in the Nation*
Top 5 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs*
Division I Varsity Sports
Exciting Careers Post-Graduation

Contact Kathy Pivonka at if you have any questions.

Poinsettia Sales Benefit Overseas Travel and Programs

The Service Learning Council is selling poinsettias to support overseas mission trips and service initiatives. Plants are $15 each and will be delivered to the R.V. Welch lobby on Friday, November 30. Orders are due by Monday, November 20.  Click HERE for order form and contact Liz Browning with questions.  

Rose Hulman Math and Science Tutoring

Rose-Hulman is once again offering a FREE Homework Hotline! If your student is stumped by a math or science problem, he or she should call 1-877-ASK-ROSE. The hotline is staffed by Rose-Hulman students from 7-10 pm, Sunday-Thursday, during the school year.

Students may also submit questions via email at

Student Christian Service Applications 6 Weeks PAST DUE!

Parents please make sure that your student has submitted their 2017-2018 Christian Service Application. Applications were due September 18th.  Students have received multiple reminders to get their applications in.

Monday, November 6th at 3:30 p.m. students will have 10 hours added to the required hours due if not submitted. Your student received an email Monday informing them of these additional hours if not turned in by end of the school day on Monday, November 6th.

Click HERE for the Application.

Contact Shannon Fox at if you have any questions or concerns.

Register by Nov. 13: Cathedral Mothers’ Club Chicago Bus Trip on Nov. 16

There’s a saying that girls just wanna have fun! That’s why all Cathedral Mothers’ Club members, friends and family are invited to join us on Thursday, Nov. 16 for our annual pre-holiday trip to Chicago for shopping, shows, site seeing, and so much more! There’s no better way to establish lifelong connections than through fun and fellowship. This Mothers’ Club tradition is one you won’t want to miss. But hurry! Reservations must be made by Nov. 13 to reserve your spot! Trip details including cost, times, and how to register can be found on our webpage here. Also, be sure to Like us on Facebook! The Cathedral Mothers’ Club Facebook page is where we’ll post trip updates and other information about upcoming meetings and other events.  You can also follow us on Twitter @cathedralmoms

Please contact Jacque Dall for questions at


Tuesday, Nov. 14 7:00-7:40
Wednesday, Nov. 15 7:30-8:10
Thursday, Nov. 16 7:00-7:40

Please help feed those in need within our community by bringing in canned food on November 14, 15, and 16. (No cans can be accepted after November 16 at 7:40 a.m.

Students who bring in canned goods can:

  • Wear jeans/sweats and Cathedral spirit wear Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving
  • Earn a point for their county
  • Earn Math Extra Credit Important: To earn the Math extra credit, students must bring cans in to the cafeteria during the below times. They must be checked in with a math teacher. You will earn extra credit on your semester exam for the following participation levels:
    • Tuesday, Nov. 14 7:00-7:45
    • Wednesday, Nov. 15 7:30-8:10
    • Thursday, Nov. 16 7:00-7:45
      • For 1% point added to the first-semester exam–20 cans OR $10
      • For 2% points added to the first-semester exam–35 cans OR 15 cans and $10
      • For 3% points added to the first-semester exam–50 cans OR 30 cans and $10

Thank you for your generosity!!!

Early Dismissal for Cathedral’s Open House – November 9

Cathedral’s annual fall Open House will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 9.

As a gentle reminder, we will be on a special schedule on this day and all classes will meet for 25 minutes and we will dismiss at 11:50.

Upcoming Changes in Senior Recognition

After much research, and in line with what most colleges and an increasing number of high schools are doing to recognize outstanding academic achievement, Cathedral High School has decided to implement a new program that will replace the traditional Valedictorian/Salutatorian model.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be grandfathered into the Valedictorian/Salutatorian process of Senior Recognition. In this process, the winners of these prestigious awards are determined by the administration.  The criteria used to determine the respective winners are: grade point average, level of courses taken, longevity at Cathedral, and exemplary behavior in and out of the classroom.  Based upon students’ relative achievement in these areas, the valedictorians and salutatorians are chosen.

Starting with the Class of 2021 (this year’s freshman class), Valedictorian/Salutatorian will no longer be recognized. Instead, we will recognize the top 15% of the class as indicated below:

-Highest academic recognition (top 5%) – “Summa Cum Laude”

-Next highest academic recognition (next 5%) – “Magna Cum Laude”

-Final recognition (next 5%) – “Cum Laude”

Students earning these distinctions will be recognized at Commencement. Students from the “Summa Cum Laude” category may apply for the various speaking roles at Commencement.


To determine the students in each category, seventh-semester cumulative GPA’s will be calculated. To be eligible for this academic recognition, a student must have attended Cathedral for at least five semesters at the time of graduation.  Students will be able to take any level of required/elective class they choose, with the understanding that taking a non-honors class could decrease their chances of being recognized in the top 15%. The student also must have exhibited exemplary behavior in and out of the classroom.

Cathedral Parents Book Club

All are welcome to come join the parent book club.
November book club will meet ONLY Wednesday November 15 at Open Society 11:30-1. (Due to Thanksgiving break and Irish Ladies luncheon). We will read the November chapter “Faithful Love”. The chapter is about giving and receiving gifts, and obviously faithfulness to God and others.
For more information contact Lisa Gruber

Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon

An annual favorite, the Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon combines lunch and shopping, engaging those lifelong connections of Cathedral.
You spoke, and we listened! This year, we’re shaking things up, with more time for shopping and pop up fashion shows for each vendor. Featuring a phenomenal guest speaker, lunch catered by Ritz Charles, shopping from local vendors, a jewelry raffle by Metalmark Fine Jewelry, and so much more! This is a great opportunity for Cathedral mothers, alumnae, and alumni mothers to reconnect with friends, and make new ones! 

DateWednesday, November 8, 2017
Time10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Doors open, shopping begins

11:30 a.m.: Lunch and keynote speaker
12-1 p.m.Final shopping 

Location: Ritz Charles – Carmel, Indiana
Attendee: $50 per person (tables of 10)
RSVP: (**deadline November 1**)

Irish Angel Sponsor: $100 per person
Irish Angel Sponsor + Attendee: $150
Business Sponsor: $1,000 (includes two attendee tickets)

Event Sponsor: $2,500 (includes table of 10 and much more!
2017 Co-Chairs: 
Megan Martin & Dawn Orr
2017 Vendors:
 Kendra ScottDay Fursbeauty + graceCathedral Spirit ShopTwisted SistersBlue Peppermint, and more!

Drop off Procedures – A Note From Dr. Greer

The issue of dropping students off and/or picking students up on the roundabout continues to be a problem. We are asking that you do not use the circle/roundabout as a place to drop off students and/or pick them up.   Also, please do not do U-turns on the drive.  These practices are not permitted nor safe for our students, and we fear there will eventually be accident or a student injured.
Please help keep our students safe by following proper procedures.
Thank you,
Dr. Greer

New Charging Station in Media Center

Thanks to a generous grant from the Central Indiana Community Foundation’s Library Fund, the media center has a slick new 8-port charging station for phones and iPads. This grant allows us to update our fiction collection, add research databases, and to fund technology needs.


Freshman Parents – Please Join Us!

Freshman Parents,

For many years Cathedral has been using a model to measure student success in all facets of their life. This philosophy model is called Developmental Assets. We will again be using this philosophy this year to help us measure the growth of our students and your children. We have also been inviting parents to join in a discussion of this philosophy. Below are several opportunities to attend just one of these one hour long presentations which we promise will help you understand your child as they begin to journey through their high school years.

We will also share with you the Core Values and the Portrait of the Graduate. This information can be very informative and helpful to you as you travel this developmental journey with your child and ties directly with the 360 model.  I strongly encourage you to take sixty minutes out of one day to attend this meeting.

You will meet other parents who share a common goals and values.

You will learn how to help your child and you will have a better understanding of how they will be developing over the next few years.

So please join with the many parents who have attended since 1997. Many have come back and told me that it was most informative and very helpful. Please make your calendar and plan to attend one of the sessions listed below.


Dr. Tom Greer

Developmental Assets Dates and times. All meetings are held in the Baker Bd. Room which is located in the Media Center.


Nov. 2- 7:00 PM

Nov. 8- 7:00 PM


Upcoming Junior Men’s Overnight November 7th and 8th

The Junior Men’s overnight is a get-away, Christian Leadership Retreat that will be Held at Camp Rancho Framasa. Students will be leaving after school from the WAC lobby at 4:15 p.m. and will be back Wednesday, Nov. 8th, by about 2:30 p.m. This retreat will include several speakers,  group discussions, a reconciliation service, a chance for your Junior to take a break from school, and a ropes course. 
This retreat will cost $50 to attend, with financial aid available upon request. Pick up an application in the SLC from Campus Ministry or print one off under the Faith Tab on the school website:
If you have any questions about Junior Men’s retreat or wish to turn the application in electronically email Mr. Berghoff at

Cathedral Boys’ Lacrosse Fall Ball / Varsity Tryouts

-Open to all grades and all players
-Oct 30 – Nov 17:30 pm -9 pm at CHS
-Varsity Roster announced Nov 1 after practice
-November 2: Mandatory Varsity Parent and Player Meeting 7:30 pm in Cathedral Cafeteria to review registration, spring break, scheduling, and costs
-Nov. 3: Practice 3:30-5:30
-Rolling tryouts. JV announced in February. Freshman team is no cut. JV and Freshman Parent Meeting in January.

Please contact Coach Gruber with any questions,

Sink Seizures Basketball Game

Our December 9 basketball game against Brebeuf will be an epilepsy awareness game in honor of James Franklin. As you know, James had a seizure on the basketball court last year. He has since had surgery and has made a miraculous recovery. God is good! During the December 9 game, players will wear purple jerseys and purple socks to show their support for epilepsy awareness. Click here  if you’d like to buy a purple shirt (that was designed by James) to wear to the December 9 game here at Cathedral. Let’s show a sea of purple on December 9 to support our friend, James Franklin!!
Money must be turned in at the front office by Friday, October 13. The shirts will be passed out on Thursday, November 2 during lunch. Shirts will also be available for purchase at the game.

Pride of the Irish Beef House Rolls Sale

It’s time again for the Pride of the Irish Beef House Rolls Sale.  Band students are selling yeast rolls, strawberry jam, and apple butter from the Beef House Restaurant in Covington, Indiana. Items are $9 each. Orders are due October 27, and delivery is November 14 – just in time for Thanksgiving. Please see any band student to place an order, and thank you for supporting our band program.

Fall happenings from the spirit shop!

Fall into new arrivals and special savings at the Spirit Shop!
Fashion crews & hoodies, Cathedral jerseys and collars for furry friends, Bling apparel, all PINK apparel 20% off and BE KIND bracelets now $5.00!
Reminder: The Spirit Shop will be CLOSED Thursday, 10/19 & Friday, 10/20. Stop in for EVENING SHOPPING on Thursday,
10/26 from 5-8 p.m during (Parent-Teacher Conferences).
Shop Cathedral 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. regular school days!
GO Blue, GO Gold, GO IRISH!!!

Teen Depression

Teen Depression: Understanding Depression in Teenagers
Mental health is an important part of overall health for children as well as adults. For many adults who have mental disorders, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and youth. For a young person with symptoms of a mental disorder, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting problems as a child grows up.

Warning Signs
It can be tough to tell if troubling behavior in a child is just part of growing up or a problem that should be discussed with a health professional. But if there are signs and symptoms that last weeks or months; and if these issues interfere with the child’s daily life, not only at home but at school and with friends, you should contact a health professional.

Your teen might need help if he or she:
• Often feels anxious or worried
• Has very frequent tantrums or is intensely irritable much of the time
• Has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation
• Is in constant motion, can’t sit quietly for any length of time
• Has trouble sleeping, including frequent nightmares
• Loses interest in things he or she used to enjoy
• Avoids spending time with friends
• Has trouble doing well in school, or grades decline
• Fears gaining weight; exercises, diets obsessively
• Has low or no energy
• Has spells of intense, inexhaustible activity
• Harms herself/himself, such as cutting or burning her/his skin
• Engages in risky, destructive behavior
• Harms self or others
• Smokes, drinks, or uses drugs
• Has thoughts of suicide
• Thinks his or her mind is controlled or out of control, hears voices

Mental illnesses can be treated. If you are unsure where to go for help, ask someone in the Counseling Center at Cathedral.
It may be helpful for teens to save several emergency numbers to their cell phones. The ability to get immediate help for themselves or for a friend can make a difference.
• The phone number for a trusted friend or relative
• The Crisis Text Line: 741741
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Student Sportsmanship

Below is communication that was sent to our students.  We encourage parents to help us implement our students to display good sportsmanship at all times.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Cathedral has experienced tremendous success on the athletic fields and courts.  We have a great tradition, and great pride in our school.  It appears we do have an area of improvement.

Some of our cheer block members have not been representing Cathedral High School in an appropriate manner at sporting events.  We expect better of our students.  It seems like cheer blocks at many schools have forgotten the proper place of the cheering student, and have turned it into a contest of who can best intimidate or ridicule their opponent.  We cannot do this at Cathedral High School.

The following information is designed to help you understand the role of fans and cheer blocks at Cathedral sporting events.

  1. You are at a contest to support and yell for your team; not to intimidate or ridicule the other team and its fans.  We are not bullies.
  2. Your ticket is not a license to verbally assault players or officials.
  3. Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, and spectators.
  4. Cheer loudly for your team and players.

There seems to be a growing trend of attempting to intimidate individuals on opposing teams by calling them out by name or number to harass them.  Or, using personal information about the opposing player to ridicule them and “get in their head”.  This cannot be tolerated.

Cheer for your players and your team.  Be incredibly loud.  Enjoy yourself.  Have fun with your classmates.  All in a positive manner.  Negative behavior towards other teams, players, and coaches is not acceptable.

We ask you to police yourselves and other students in regard to fan behavior.  We will not tolerate it when we hear it.

Please help us represent Cathedral in the best possible manner at all events.  Our reputation is dependent upon all of us.

We have many upcoming opportunities to exhibit proper fan behavior.  City Volleyball, Sectional Soccer, Football games.  Please represent us well!

Senior Habitat Build Chaperons Needed!!

Our Seniors help sponsor a new home for a Habitat family as the “Social Justice” piece of their Theology class. Habitat is requiring anywhere from 3-6 extra chaperones per build day. We have a Sign Up genius to sign up for a volunteer spot on the Senior Habitat Build page.

Click HERE to sign up.

Please contact Shannon Fox  or Ashley Hill for more information.


Tuesday, November 14-Thursday, November 16

Students who bring in canned goods can…

Wear jeans/sweats and Cathedral spirit wear Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving
Earn a point for their county
Earn Math Extra Credit (Important: To earn the Math extra credit, students must bring in cans Tuesday, Nov. 14 –Thursday, Nov. 16 7:00-7:45 in the cafeteria)

For 1% point added to the first-semester exam–20 cans OR $10
For 2% points added to the first-semester exam–35 cans OR 15 cans and $10
For 3% points added to the first-semester exam–50 cans OR 30 cans and $10

Please contact Kim Jamell ( with questions!

ISACS Accreditation Survey

Please remember to take the ISACS accreditation survey!  It will be open through tonight, Thursday October 26, and we will also have open computers to be able to take it tonight a parent/teacher conferences.

Every seven years, we must renew our accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. We are now at the stage in the process where we must complete the self-study process. As part of that process, we have asked every member of our Cathedral family to complete a formal survey. The survey should only take about ten minutes to complete.

You should have received an email Thursday, October 12th with instructions on how to complete the survey. The survey is completely anonymous so we encourage your honest answers when completing the survey. Thank you for your time and effort with this important initiative.

If you have any questions or technical difficulties with the survey, please contact Kristen Zupancic at

Parent-Teacher Fall Semester Conferences

Please mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 26th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Teachers and their counselors will be readily available in the Welch Activity Center and Counseling area. Please note that teachers will be limited to 5-minute rotations per parent(s). Should a longer meeting be necessary, teachers can schedule these during the 5 minute meeting time on Thursday. For your convenience, we will email a digital copy of your child’s schedule to you prior to the parent teacher conference. Technology will be in the WAC entrance and available to create parent Powerschool accounts or answer any technology questions if needed.  For any questions or concerns, please contact Kristen Zupancic at or by phone at 317.968.7324.

This is a great opportunity to check in on your child’s, progress, get answers to your questions, and discuss concerns you may have.  In order to make it more possible for you to come, Cathedral will be hosting complimentary childcare for those parents who have younger children. It will be overseen by the School Nurse and Cathedral High School students.  All volunteers are Safe and Sacred Certified. Please click the link below to RSVP in advance so we know how many student babysitters we should have present to help with the children.  Registration will be required upon arrival as well,and parents are not to drop off without signing their child in first.   Please forward all questions concerning child care to Katie Lewis (

Also, all faculty and staff have the day off on Friday, October 19th for fall break.  If you need anything, we will not be back in the office until Monday, October 23.

Oct. 6 – Cathedral Mothers’ Club Monthly Meeting

ALL moms are welcome! The meeting will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. in Cathedral’s Baker Board Room. The full agenda can be found under Events on the Cathedral Mothers’ Club Facebook page. If you can’t attend the meeting in person, Dial-in: 1-888-296-6828, at prompt enter 676172. We’ll also be on Facebook Live!

Whether you work full-time or part-time – outside or inside the home – we need you! It doesn’t matter if your schedule allows you to participate just a little or a whole lot during the year. Through all levels of parent support, the Mothers’ Club can continue to build on programs where our students and the staff can benefit the most. With you, we can have an even stronger Mothers’ Club. Learn more on our website, including how to join. Questions? Email us:


Join us for a wonderful and inspirational Parent Program presented by Fr. Jeff Godecker who will lead us in how to build stronger connections to God, our teenagers and fellow Cathedral parents.

This will be held on Friday, October 68:30am-2:30pm at Fatima, 5353 E. 56st Street. Topics will include “Being All In” for your teenager, “Acceptance and Boundary Setting,” and “Courage and Grit”.

Parents are encouraged to register, visit: WWW.GOCATHEDRAL.COM/PARENTRETREAT

Contact Charlene Witka at for more information.

Freshman Day of Recollection

Freshman Parents,

October 11th is the Freshman Day of Recollection.  Each year we partner with Catholic Charities’ Christmas Store to provide New Hats and Gloves for the up and coming winter season.  We ask that you send these items with your son or daughter on this day of recollection.

Please click the following link to learn more information.


Freshman Day of Recollection


Student Random Drug Testing Program for 2017/2018 school year

As mentioned this past summer, CHS has chosen to partner with Midwest Toxicology and Witham Toxicology Lab for student drug testing, but with a few changes to be made.  Since we have begun drug testing this school year, I wanted to remind parents of the changes that will occur in our drug testing this school year.  

Please review the following information that was published in the newsletter on July 10, 2017:

After careful review of the statewide school and other drug use statistics and drug-trend reports, we will be adding synthetic drugs to our urine test panel. Further, we will be implementing saliva and hair testing intermittently as deemed necessary. Although we have always had all methods published as a possibility in our Bluebook, we have only urine tested. Since each method represents a completely different time window of detection of certain drugs, it is important to take a look by separate means and diversify the methods of collection sometimes.  Certain methods allow us to see an occasional “weekend user” and some allow us to see possible impairment at school.  Hair testing, for example, has up to a 90 day detection period.  We will be randomly selecting various methods from time to time. Only under strict suspicion guidelines would we actually select a particular method for a single student. If a student is randomly chosen for one or the other, it is purely the luck of the draw.

What should you and your son or daughter expect with these tests? If student is hair tested, it will not be apparent physically, nor will they feel anything at all. The hair is cut carefully and precisely at inconspicuous places well away from the root. Again, it is painless. If student is tested by oral fluid/saliva, they are simply instructed to place the foam collector in their mouth between the cheek and gum for 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes, the student will place the swab and stick into the buffer tube and it will be capped, sealed and sent to the lab just as the urine and hair samples are transported. This is painless and non-invasive in any way.

Under our guidelines and in line with all schools throughout the U.S., CHS strives to be drug-free and all school zones are legally drug-free zones. No matter which methodology used to test, or the timing in which the drug was found positive, if a student comes up positive for an illegal narcotic or non-prescription held substance, they are in violation of school policies.

In the upcoming 2017-2018 Bluebook, please note that we made changes to our consequences/penalties for testing positive. We are relaxing the consequences for self-reporting and first time positives in order to encourage more parental interaction and additional outside counseling. We at CHS do not use a drug testing program as any kind of a tool to try to catch students, but rather it is used as an important tool to deter use and find the students who can be helped to deter possible lifelong drug use. We may save a life!

Drugs of abuse are simply not what they used to be years ago. Countless deaths are reported each year from synthetic additions to regular drugs. Students have no way to know what they may be getting and feel it’s harmless since they may have friends or family who use the same drug and they don’t die. Drug testing in schools has clearly shown to be a deterrent and has saved many lives of teens who may have otherwise continued on a path of drug use unnoticed. Instead, when students tested positive, they were able to receive the help and education they needed to make better choices that can last a lifetime.

If you have questions about our drug testing policy or wish to speak to the professionals who oversee drug testing in Indiana schools, please contact us. If you suspect your child may have a drug problem, please contact us for help. We keep this information under the strictest confidence and will work with you both professionally and spiritually. Thank you for your understanding of our changes.  

Dad’s Day at Cathedral

Dad’s Day is a monthly breakfast at Cathedral for parents and students of all ages. It’s a simple concept, taking the time to sit down over breakfast, talk, and listen to a motivational speaker. The relationships developed at Dad’s Day, with your family and other Cathedral families, are ones you have the rest of your life. If you would like more information about the group, please contact us at .

Click the link below and mark your calendars for the following dates:

Cathedral High School Dad’s Day Breakfasts 5 (1)

 October 13
 November 10
 December 8
January 12
 February 9
 March 9
 April 20
 May 11

A Season Inside: Cathedral Football

Indy Star is featuring “A Season Inside: Cathedral Football”  If you have not had a chance to view these great videos, click THIS LINK to view 4 different episodes.  

Special thanks to Indystar for sharing who Cathedral is and what it means to be Irish!

School picture retakes scheduled for Sept. 28

All freshmen, sophomores and juniors should have received their school picture packets in their English classes. If students had their photo taken in August but did not get their pictures, they should check with their English teacher.

If students did not have their school pictures taken in August, they must go to picture retakes on Sept. 28 in the WAC lobby anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

If freshmen, sophomores and juniors wish to have their pictures retaken, they may be so on Sept. 28 in the WAC lobby between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.They just need to return their original picture packets and pick up a reorder form at the main office front desk.

Please note that classes will not be interrupted in order for students to have school pictures taken or retaken on Sept. 28. Students should report to the WAC lobby before or after school or during their lunch period, flex or resource.

For more information, contact Tony Willis, yearbook faculty moderator, at

Notre Dame Information Night

The session will include information on the academic, community, and spiritual
life at the University of Notre Dame, as well as insights
into the admissions and financial aid processes.
A.K. Shiel Student Life Center on Sunday, September 24th


Contact Kathy Pivonka for more information.

Sign up now! Mothers’ Club needs your help!

From sweatshirt salesperson to dinner supervisor, we’re looking for a few volunteers! No experience necessary!

If you can help with our Used Uniform Sale on September 27 sign up HERE. The Used Uniform Sale is one of our signature events. Proceeds help fund our annual Teachers Grants.

In support of the Cathedral Admissions Office, volunteers are also needed leading up to, before and during the Fall Open House on November 9. If you can lend a hand for a few hours, please sign up HERE.

If you have questions or want to volunteer for future events, email Lorraine Vavul at

NWEA MAP Testing Results

Parents received an email containing their student’s NWEA MAP testing results. Please note, that while all parents received noticed about these scores, only freshman and sophomores took the NWEA test and have results.

For any questions pertaining to the scores, please contact Vice Principal for Academics, Dennis Thomas at


Parent Volunteer Form

The generosity of the friends and families at Cathedral High School is what makes our school such a special place. One way to enrich the overall experience is by volunteering to help past, present, and future generations of students. Please see the link below for a list of events and other ways you can help us make a difference at Cathedral. No matter the level of commitment or contribution, we thank you for the mere consideration of your time and schedules to assist in furthering the mission of Cathedral High School. 

Homecoming September 18-22

Dress up days:

Friday 9 a.m. start time – class themes: Freshmen Farm, Spacemores, Jingle Bell Juniors, Under the SEA-niors

*NOTE*  FRIDAY:THERE WILL BE A BOX LUNCH AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FOR $5  (Chik-fil-A sandwich, chips, cookies, water).   If your student doesn’t like this or needs more, he/she should pack a lunch.
The assembly should start at 12:05, however we cannot give an exact time when a certain group will perform.
Please click HERE for additional details.


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We need one more Guatemala host! Please help!

Thank you to all who have committed to hosting a foreign exchanges student this year!

We need one more family to host a young man from Guatemala for 7.5 weeks this fall. If you can help, please contact Kim Jammell at (317) 658-2587

We appreciate your for your consideration

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Today, more than ever, it’s so important for the student-athlete to understand what is expected of them, both in the classroom and field of play, and want to accomplish those expectations. (There are so many outside influences by personal trainers, tutors and parents.)

How well do you analyze your teachers and coaches? Do you know their expectations? Are you flexible and try to fit in, or are you defiant and want to do things your way?

The student-athlete who truly understands what is expected of them has the greatest chance of achievement.

Instead of worrying about what’s best for you, think in a different way. Think about what you must do in order to impress your teachers and coaches, thus giving you a greater opportunity for success!

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Christian Service Applications Due!

Students are to turn their Christian service applications into Mrs. Fox or their theology teachers by next Friday September 18th.

If you student needs assistance have them visit Mrs. Fox for ideas!

Applications are available on the website on the Christian Service page.