Volunteer News from St Vincent de Paul!

You MUST be SIGNED UP to volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry!
Parents starting next week if your student is not on the Sign Up Genius list they will be turned away, as they cannot handle more volunteers than those on the sign up. Please be respectful of this process.
St Vincent de Paul is very grateful for volunteers and hates to turn anyone way but it has become an issue of safety with the large numbers showing up trying to complete service hours.

I realize that several of you are finding yourself in a tough spot not having started your hours early enough. You can Volunteer at the StVdeP Distribution Center located at 1201 E. Maryland Indpls 46202. Mr. Jeff Blackwell and be reached at jeffblackwell@att.net . They currently do not have a sign up and it’s first come basis.

Contact Shannon Fox with questions.
sfox@gocathedral.com

SAT Prep Class

The final SAT prep class of this school year will begin next Monday, March 12. There is still plenty of spaces left for students to enroll. Class meets on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30. This session will finish April 30, the Monday before the May SAT test date. Students in all grade levels are encouraged to consider the class but this class is an excellent opportunity for sophomore students, especially those currently enrolled in Algebra 2, to get a start on their SAT test prep if they have not already done so.  Click HERE for more information or to find the link to sign up for the class.

Contact Rachel Ludington at rludington@gocathedral.com for questions or concerns.

Junior Women Exploring Engineering at Purdue

The Purdue Women in Engineering Program would like to invite current junior women to a free daylong engineering program called Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue (JEEP) on Monday, April 9, 2018. The program is geared toward women in their junior year of high school with an interest in engineering. Interested juniors are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to visit, explore, and research all the facets of engineering! Register online at www.purdue.edu/WIEP under the “Events” tab. Registrations are due by Friday, March 30, and are limited. Contact information: 765-494-3889 or wiep@purdue.edu and www.purdue.edu/WIEP.

Mar. 22 – Paint-n-Sip Moms Night Out!

Need to get out of the house? Come paint, sip, and socialize with the Cathedral Mothers Club on Thursday, Mar. 22 for an evening of fun and fellowship! We’re hosting this event for all CHS moms from 6-9 p.m. in the SLC. But, you don’t have to be a CMC member (or an artist!) to attend. During this instructor-led session with local artist Julie Cranfill, guests will create their personalized angel. Attendees will choose preferred color palette to complement interior décor style and reflect individuality with eye and hair color. Cost: $35 per person (non-refundable advanced payment due by Mar. 19). Make checks payable to: Cathedral Mothers Club. Drop off payment in main office or mail to school. Attention: Cathedral Mothers Club. Drink tickets available for $3 each.
Visit our Facebook page to see artwork and for event updates!
Contact Jacque Dall with questions – jacquelineda@att.net

Indiana Tax Deduction for Dependents Enrolled in Private Schools

While Cathedral High School does not provide any advice regarding personal income tax requirements or filing, we do want to inform parents that IC 6-3-2-22 authorizes taxpayers to claim a $1,000 income tax deduction for each dependent who is enrolled in a private school or who is home schooled in grades K-12 and incurs costs for tuition, fees, computer software, textbooks or school supplies. To claim this credit, you will need to provide your accountant with the following information: Cathedral High School #C700 under the Archdiocese of Indianapolis #9200.

Suicide Prevention

In this issue of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ Safe Environments Newsletter, we learn about suicide prevention. Preventing suicide is a community effort. Yes, it starts with the family, but extends to neighbors, schools, and other organizations. At every level, people heave different roles to perform.  Please review the newsletter on the following link from the Archdiocese.

http://safeandsacred-archindy.org/newsletters/2018_q1_newsletter.pdf

 

French Exchange Host Families Needed

We are in need of host families for this year’s French exchange. This will be our 17th year to host students from our sister school in Lyon, France and we need to find host families. The dates for the exchange are April 4th to April 21st. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Mr. Spurgin or Mrs. Darnell at Cathedral High School.

Christian Service Update

Parents of Freshman and Sophomores your students service hours were due on Jan. 29 and time sheets should already have been submitted.

Parents of Sophomore and Juniors your students service hours are due April 23rd. Time sheets must be submitted with all signatures and the evaluation sheet.

Please have a conversation with your student about their service and where they are in the completion process.

Senior Parents your senior must have all 4 years service hours completed to receive their diploma at graduation.

Please contact Shannon Fox with questions – sfox@gocathedral.com

Mar. 2 – Join us! Cathedral Mothers Club Monthly Meeting

All Cathedral moms are invited to attend our monthly Mothers Club meeting. The meeting will be held from 8 – 9:30 a.m. in Cathedral’s Baker Board Room. If you can’t attend in person, that’s okay. Dial-in: 1-888-296-6828, at prompt enter 676172. The full agenda will be posted under Events on the Cathedral Mothers’ Club Facebook page. Check HERE for page updates or email jacquelineda@att.net with questions.

2018 Graduation Details

Please mark you calendars for the following important dates:
Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, May 19th in Cathedral’s Welch Activity Center at 10 a.m.
Graduation, will be held on Sunday, May 20th at  Old National Centre at 1:00 p.m.
If you have any questions concerning Baccalaureate and/or Graduation, please contact Dr. Tom Greer.

CONNECT’ – Focuses on Strengthening Families in the Digital Age

“Kirk Cameron, a passionate advocate of marriages and families, has created what may be his most exciting and much-needed project to date, one that aims to enlighten and encourage parents in today’s digitally driven environment.”  DENVER–BUSINESS WIRE

Below is information about a wonderful opportunity that focuses on strengthening families in the digital age with exclusive theatrical event on February 27 and March 1.

Tickets for “Kirk Cameron: CONNECT” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com  or at participating theater box offices.

CLICK HERE to view more details

Frankenstein Discussions in the Media Center

We continue to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, and thanks to Mr. Hibshman, our Physics and Astronomy teacher, we had a fascinating Flex discussion on Wednesday in the library about electricity. Is it possible to reanimate dead body parts? Mr. Hibshman presented cutting edge technological developments that made our hair stand on end – literally & figuratively!
Previous presentations were given by Mr. Gross, Mr. Jeffries, and students Patrick Downey, Jake Hobbs, and Mikey Boyle.

Contact Jenny Herron for further details.  jherron@gocathedral.com

Consider Hosting An International Student

Each year Cathedral High School has the opportunity to host students from various countries. Next year we anticipate having students from China, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland, and this list could grow! But, to make this happen, we need families who are willing to be hosts for a semester or for the full year. This is a wonderful experience that can impact the lives of current students and families as well as the lives of these international students! If you are willing to consider being a host family, you can indicate your interest by visiting www.gocathedral.com/hostfamily. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Mr. Emery at demery@gocathedral.com or 317-968-7360 also.

May 1: Make Good Decisions Scholarship Application is due

If you haven’t heard, a $1250 scholarship will be awarded to a CHS senior who has been successful in spreading the Make Good Decisions message about the dangers and consequences from underage alcohol use and binge drinking to classmates and in his/her community. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 1. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in educating their classmates. Ideas include hosting convocations or school theme days, videos, skits, t-shirt, or poster contests, Make Good Decisions themed sporting events, and more. Applicants must submit an essay of 650 words or less detailing their work, including specifics about community and/or school involvement. Click HERE for project and event planning resources, to request a speaker or to learn more. Students can also talk with their school counselor and to obtain an application.

Speeding in Cathedral’s Parking Lot

Please remind your students to slow down in our parking lot.  It is important that our students and parents are mindful to the fact that things are very busy at the start and end of school.  In order to ensure the safety of our students, it is important that parking lot safety procedures are followed.

 

 

Information From Our Grade Schools and Parishes

Family Lenten Dinner at St. Louis de Montfort

Come share in a meal with the St. Louis de Montfort community in Fishers each Friday during Lent. Much more than a Fish Fry, St. Louis de Montfort’s Family Lenten Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #6923, is a chance for the community to come together to enjoy great food and fellowship. The Lenten Family Dinners feature our Knights Famous Fried Fish and Baked Fish, Pasta with sauces, Cheese Pizza, Salad Bar, French Fries, Breadsticks and Cole Slaw. And brought back by popular demand, enjoy Clam Chowder and Tomato Bisque soup. Dinner starts at 5:30pm and runs to 7:30pm each Friday night during Lent at St. Louis de Montfort’s Craig Willy Hall. Dinner prices are $9 per Adult, $4 per child (3-12 years old), kids under 3 eat free, and with a $33 Family maximum. St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church is located at 11441 Hague Road in Fishers. Visit http://www.kofc6923.org for more details and Parish service hours opportunities.

Cross & Light Broadway Musical

The Cross & Light is an international, critically acclaimed, Broadway-caliber musical and video surround experience coming to St. Malachy Church in Brownsburg, Feb 23rd-25th!  From the incredible talent to the lights, sound, and projection technology, students and families can experience the story of Christ’s Passion, Resurrection, and the Coming of the Holy Spirit in an entirely new way.  Modern musical theater emotionally engages people in the story of who Jesus is, what he did for us, and how He calls us to live.  All are welcome to enjoy this incredible production!!  For more information, showtimes, and a preview of the show, visit CrossandLight.org/stmalachy.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 317-852-3195 x7009.  Discounts are available for group purchases of 20 or more tickets.

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2018 A NIGHT OF HOPE

On March 20, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:00 at Fishers High School there will be a presentation and discussion on the trends in our youth’s mental health.

Click HERE to register and learn more information.

Your CHS Dads Club Now Accepting New Members

Attention Cathedral Dads!
Would you like to get in on the ground floor of Cathedral’s newest tradition? Your CHS Dads Club is just getting started, and it’s going to be a great new way for Dads to plug into our awesome Cathedral community!
So, bring your ideas and join me for our historic first meeting on Tuesday, February 20, at 7pm, at the Blind Owl Brewery, 5014 E 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard.
RSVP via email to dadsclub@gocathedral.com
Your Cathedral Dads Club
Mostly fun and games and bacon.

Graduation

Attention Seniors and Parents! Your Herff Jones Representatives will be back for a last chance graduation order session on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, during all lunch periods in the cafe. Please see the Herff Jones Representatives to order your cap, gown, and tassel unit. In order to participate in graduation you must place your order. If you have questions, please call 317-244-2412.

National Honor Society Applications

All eligible juniors and seniors (GPA at or above 3.6) have received an NHS application packet from their math teachers. Any student who has questions (or believes he should have received a packet and didn’t) should see Mrs. Ford or Herr Payne ASAP. The application packet contains all pertinent information, including the deadline.

2018 Black History Month Program

The Black History Month Program will be held in the Student Life Center!

February 8th

Keynote speaker: Jon Jeter ’83

Click HERE to register online!

2017 Black History Month Program

Safety and Privacy Reminders

Please know the safety and privacy of our Cathedral community are of the utmost importance. To that end, please remember that parents, students, and staff are strictly forbidden to give out addresses, phone numbers, and names that are published in our Blue Book.

Page 5 of the Blue Book, states:

The contents of this Student Handbook and Directory are for use by the parents, students, and staff of Cathedral High School. Using names, addresses, and/or phone numbers from this publication is strictly forbidden and may result in legal action. Parents who receive solicitation should notify the school administration.
Thank you in advance for preserving the privacy of our Cathedral family.  Any questions about this policy can be directed to me.

Spring ISTEP Schedule and Information

The state-mandated spring ISTEP+ assessments will be given on Feb. 26Feb. 27April 23April 24 and April 25. On these five school days, all sophomores as well as juniors who have not yet passed the test will arrive at 7:50 a.m. and report to their assigned testing rooms. Freshmen, juniors who have passed the ISTEP and seniors will arrive at 9:50 a.m.

If your son or daughter is testing on these five days, the school asks that you avoid scheduling appointments and to make every effort to ensure that your child arrives on time to school ready to take the test, including getting plenty of sleep the night before and eating a good breakfast on each test day.

Parents of juniors who retook the test in November and December will receive a letter from the school during the week of Jan. 22 with information explaining how to access their son or daughter’s scores to determine if their child passed either or both the English section and the math section of ISTEP+.

Indiana high school students must pass both the English and math sections of the ISTEP in order to graduate.

Parents with questions may contact their child’s counselor or Tony Willis, the director of testing, at twillis@gocathedral.com.

College Entrance Testing Accommodations’ applications for parents of LRC juniors

If you wish for your student to be considered for accommodations on the spring ACT or SAT, please see the directions listed under resources for Marcia Reynolds web page.

Marcia will be at Parent Teacher conferences on February 6th if you have questions about test accommodations’ application, timetable, etc.  Her table is at the end of the alphabetical arrangement in the Welch Activity Center.

Please stop by if she can help with anything concerning your Learning Resource Center student.

Spirit Shop News!

Beat the winter blues with a visit to the Spirit Shop for a winter warm up!  Snowman Sale: All shelf sitter snowmen are now 50% off, and selected apparel items at significant savings!
Shop regular school days 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Save the date for Evening Shopping ~ Tuesday, February 6  5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Parent-Teacher Conferences).

Stock up for Winterfest Week!   Shop Cathedral, GO IRISH!

Feb. 2 – Cathedral Mothers Club Monthly Meeting

All Cathedral moms are invited to attend our monthly Mothers Club meeting. The meeting will be held from 8 – 9:30 a.m. in Cathedral’s Baker Board Room. If you can’t attend in person, join us by phone. Dial-in: 1-888-296-6828, at prompt enter 676172. The full agenda can be found under Events on the Cathedral Mothers’ Club Facebook page. Click HERE or email jacquelineda@att.net with questions.

ShamrAuction Volunteers Needed!

ShamrAuction time is here and we are pleased to share that the 41st annual ShamrAuction has already SOLD OUT! On February 24th, our beloved hill will be alive with the sound of ShamrAuction as Cathedral transforms to celebrate Oktoberfest.

We need you! ShamrAuction counts on over 200 volunteers over the course of several days to make the event a success! The evening would not be possible without the generosity of Cathedral’s families and friends. To see volunteer opportunities and sign up, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f49aeae29a5fc1-cathedral.

Contact Kati O’Brien for questions or concerns kobrien@gocathedral.com

Graduation

Attention Seniors and Parents! Your Herff Jones representatives will be available for Graduation orders on Tuesday, Jan. 30 & Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 during all lunches in the cafe, and after school in the Welch Activity Center until 7:00 p.m. both evenings.

Contact Joel Stacey with questions – jsstacey@herffjones.com

SCREENAGERS

On Monday, Feb. 5 at 6:p.m. Cathedral is sponsoring “SCREENAGERS”.  This is an excellent screening/discussion that is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize the harmful effects and find balance.  SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.”  This screening will be here in our Auditorium and is open to our Cathedral family and friends at no cost.

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Tuesday, February 6th

Please join us for Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 from 5:00 pm- 7:00 p.m. Student’s schedules will be distributed via email by the end of the day on Monday, February 5th. Teachers and guidance counselors will be readily available in both the Welch Activity Center, Cafeteria and Guidance area to discuss your student’s progress, answer any questions, and discuss concerns you may have. 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 Tuesday. For any questions or concerns, please contact Laine Hughes at ljhughes@gocathedral.com or by phone at (317) 968-6324.

View Teacher Map Here

JUNIOR RETREAT INFORMATION

Parents campus ministry would like your help in encouraging your junior students to attend Junior Retreat.  The Women’s Junior retreat dates are February 21-22 and March 14-15.  The Men’s Junior retreat dates are February 8-9.  Students will leave at 4:30 on the first day and will return to on the second day by the end of the school day.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to get closer to themselves, their classmates, and most importantly their God. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this great opportunity.

2nd Semester Kick-off Assembly

On the first day of the second semester, we held a short assembly during flex to lay out expectations for students.  We strategically had this assembly at this time to remind students of policies that they must adhere to.  Some of the things we mentioned were dress code, respect, attendance, our cell phone policy, etc.

If you did not mention anything to you, I encourage you to ask them about it!  Please feel free to share any thoughts you may have.

7 Ways Parents Can Encourage Teens to be Self-Sufficient

By KERRY– This content may contain affiliate links.

Gently you try to shake your 13-year-old awake.

“Time to get up for school!” you say in your cheeriest voice possible, even though you can’t believe your teen still can’t get out of bed on his own.

Your son gets ready, grabs a quick breakfast, and runs out the door to catch the bus.

Just as he’s leaving, you notice he’s left his trumpet behind. Yelling out the door after him you shout: “Don’t forget this!” holding up the instrument’s case so he can see it.

Smiling, he runs back to the door and grabs the trumpet.

“Thanks Mom.” he says as he scurries off to the bus stop.

At least he was polite, you think – and (barely) made the bus on time.

Later as you pass by his bedroom door, you notice the piles of clothes on the floor and overall mess.

After all of the morning’s activities you sigh and quietly wonder:

“Is it even possible to teach teens to be self-sufficient?”

Tweens and teens are a special lot.

Just emerging from childhood, they yearn for independence but secretly aren’t confident they’re ready for it and truthfully only want it when it’s self-advantageous.

But the reality is that the tween and teen years are the perfect time to work on skills teens will need to lead a confident and independent adulthood. Rather than learn responsibility through trial-by-fire as an adult, tweens and teens can slowly be encouraged into self-reliance with their parents by their side.

And it’s worth it to do this for our kids. Not only does self-sufficiency and self-reliance build confidence in teens but experts say there’s a link between self-sufficiency as a kid and being capable of living on one’s own and financially stable as an adult (i.e. doesn’t rely on parents for money or live at home well into adulthood).

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So how can parents encourage more self-sufficiency in their tweens and teens?

By following a few basic rules and steps, parents can nudge their tweens and teens towards self-sufficiency – which leads to greater self-esteem and success in college and adulthood.

But don’t expect it to be easy. Kids who have had their parents act as personal assistants for years probably won’t be willing to give that up anytime soon.

#1: Get out of the way

Parents can often be their own worst enemy when it comes to encouraging self-sufficiency in tweens and teens. As we continue to do basic chores and responsibilities for our teens – things they already know how to do themselves – we’re getting in the way of their mastery of these tasks.

A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself: “Would my teen be able to do this task if he were living on his own?” If the answer is “no” it’s time to start letting go and guiding teens towards greater self-sufficiency.

Click on the image below to access a list of the types of responsibilities and tasks your teen should know how to do before leaving home (You’ll also be signing up for my weekly-ish newsletter that gives more advice about how to raise confident, independent kids):

#2: Don’t be afraid of failure

It can be excruciatingly difficult to watch our son or daughter misplace homework or waste all of their money on an expensive sweater.  And oh so tempting to bail them out.

But nothing engrains a lesson of self-sufficiency more than failure. Having experienced the uneasiness of not being able to turn in an assignment on time or finding they’re without enough cash when friends want to see a movie, will motivate your teen not make that mistake again.

And better for them to learn these lessons now when the stakes are low. How much worse the experience would be when rent is due or an important project is due at work.

#3: Encourage problem-solving

Let’s say your middle schooler missed his scheduled in-school tutoring session. Sure you could give him a call five minutes before the next appointment. But are you prepared to manage his schedule for him his entire life?

No.

Instead, ask your son how he plans to remind himself next time of the appointment. Further “encouragement” to find a solution could be letting him know he’ll be responsible for paying for any additional missed meetings.

Before jumping in with a suggestion for improvement, try to think of ways to get your teen to think for himself. He’ll appreciate the chance to think independently rather than being lectured to.

#4: Encourage (gently) and avoid criticism

It can be difficult to look at our maturing children and wonder why they haven’t mastered certain tasks yet – such as keeping a neat room or waking up on time.

But criticizing their lack of growth will only discourage them and make them feel incapable of having ownership over the task.

Instead, look for the good and point it out. But be careful not to lavish teens with too much praise. Most teens would rather have it be accepted and natural for them to be taking the next step towards adulthood rather than pointing out their growth.

#5: Let go of perfection

Remember when your kids were toddlers? How adorable it was when they tried to clean up spilled milk but ultimately left half still on the floor?

We don’t expect perfection from toddlers – they’re still on the path of mastery – and we can’t expect teens, and especially tweens, to be instantly successful at managing independence.

Despite their appearance as young adults, teens still have a lot of growing up to do. So let go, take a deep breath, point out the good, and be there for them as a supportive coach as they emerge into independent responsible adults.

#6: Advanced warning helps ease transitions

Kids, like adults, appreciate advanced warning when it comes to change. If you’ve decided it’s time for your son to wake up on his own (for once) let him know next Friday morning will be the last time you help. If he doesn’t get up on his own and misses the bus, he’ll have to figure out his own way to get to school in time.

It can throw tweens and teens off guard if we suddenly say they’re responsible for something spur of the moment. Giving advanced warning with the message of “I’m trying to support your independence.” might still get a few eye rolls but shows we’re there to support our teens, not throw them curve balls they’re not prepared for.

#7: Try to find balance

While it’s occasionally beneficial to show our love for our kids with a little assistance, the danger is creating a culture where kids become reliant on parents.

If your daughter is generally good about bringing everything she needs to school, then it’s probably OK to deliver her math homework she absentmindedly left behind this morning. Everyone makes mistakes and we can demonstrate what it means to be in a supportive family by occasionally helping them out.

But if your daughter habitually forgets things at home, it’s time to draw the line. Make it clear that you’ve bailed her out too many times and it’s time she manages on her own.

Finding the balance between being supportive and letting tweens and teens take on independence can be tricky, but as we keep the larger picture in mind – to raise self-sufficient adults – it often becomes clearer what our kids need and what our role in helping them can be.

 

Freshman & Sophomore Christian Service Hours Due

Freshman & Sophomore students christian service hour time sheets are due Monday, January 29th.

Time and evaluation sheets are to be complete with signatures from the agency representative. Please submit to Mrs Fox’s office in the SLC.

Please keep a copy of your time sheet for your record.

Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein has died

Please pray for Archbishop Buechlein who served as the fifth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from July 14, 1992 until his retirement on September 21, 2011.

http://www.archindy.org/archbishop/buechlein/death.html

To the Parents of Bus Riders

Many of you may have heard there was an incident this week involving one of our busses.  Upon investigation, we discovered a voltage regulator caught fire.

Many thanks to our bus driver, Jeff Betzler, who did a great job realizing something was wrong. He got the students off the bus safely before visible flames appeared.  All evacuated the bus and remained unharmed.   

This situation was an isolated incident and I want all parents to be assured that your student’s safety is our first priority!  There are certain protocols in place to ensure our buses remain safe for our students.  While there was no way of knowing this could have happened, we are grateful for our professional and trained bus drivers who acted appropriately and efficiently during this situation.

Math League Update

Congratulations to Brendan Hurley for continuing to lead the pack in math league competition. In second place is Nick Grill, and tied for third are Blake Lowe and Isaac Michael. Henry Madden is in fourth, and Anna Flood, Harry Huang, Sammy Kacius, and Olivia Schneider are in fifth place. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!!

Our next contest is Feb. 15! Please note:
Unfortunately, most math league competitions occur on dates that could involve inclement weather. This is unavoidable, so participants should be aware of the following:
–If school is starting on time, math league starts on time. If school has a delay, math league will have the same delay.
–Just as with regular school, parents have the option of keeping their students home if they are not comfortable with the driving conditions. Math league is not a required event, and there is no penalty for not attending. Student safety is paramount.
–The 7:15 start time allows students the required 30 minutes of work time before school officially starts. The purpose of math league is the contest itself, and all contest rules must be followed. Once the testing begins at 7:15, the testing environment is not interrupted. There is no late admission for any reason.

SAT Prep Class

The next session of our SAT prep class will begin Monday, Jan. 22. The class will meet Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 for six weeks and wraps up the Monday before the March SAT test date. The cost for the class is $150. Please click HERE for more information and to access the link to sign up.
If your student is not able to attend this session, there will be one more session offered this year that runs from March 12-April 30.

Contact Rachel Ludington at rludington@gocathedral.com with questions.

Tool Drive! Taking Service to the Next Level…

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Brothers Clay (‘18) and Owen Wright (‘21) are helping others help themselves by hosting a tool drive for the less fortunate.

While impacting the lives of others by delivering needed appliances & furnishings, the two started The Tool Ministry as an extension of their work at the Merciful HELP Center. Simple tool kits will be assembled and provided to those in need.

Collections are being held from January 10th through the 24th. Boxes will be posted at the student entrance, library, and the WAC entrance. Please consider donating any simple hand tools you may have!

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Math League Update and Reminders

Congratulations to our leaders at the midway point of our competition! In first place is Brendan Hurley. He is followed closely by Nick Grill and Henry Madden. Tied for third are: John Chai, Elliott DeSanto, Blake Lowe, Isaac Michael, and Olivia Schneider. GREAT JOB! And “thank you” to all of our mathletes for their enthusiastic participation!

Our remaining contest dates are: Jan. 9Feb. 13, and March 27. Competition begins promptly at 7:15 “Cathedral time.”

Please note:
Unfortunately, most math league competitions occur on dates that could involve inclement weather. This is unavoidable, so participants should be aware of the following:
–If school is starting on time, math league starts on time. If school has a delay, math league will have the same delay.
–Just as with regular school, parents have the option of keeping their students home if they are not comfortable with the driving conditions. Math league is not a required event, and there is no penalty for not attending. Student safety is paramount.
–The 7:15 start time allows students the required 30 minutes of work time before school officially starts. The purpose of math league is the contest itself, and all contest rules must be followed. Once the testing begins at 7:15, the testing environment is not interrupted. There is no late admission for any reason.

Technology Reminder:

Please remind your child to stop into the Technology Support Center if they received a new ipad for Christmas and need assistance with installation of the required Filewave. They are welcomed to follow this link and install themselves. Filewave is a management app that allows us to push out any required or recommended app from the school without additional charges and will help us know what IOS update the students are running in their ipads. This is very important for high stakes testing with ipads.  Rolly Landeros will be emailing students a few dedicated Flex dates for Filewave installation. Thank you for your assistance and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!