Parents of graduating seniors:

The college counselors met with all seniors today to complete the senior survey. This is an extremely important survey for a number of reasons:
  • It identifies your child’s plans for next year
  • It indicates where a final transcript needs to be sent in June
  • Allows for data collection of all decisions (admit, deny, waitlist, etc…) for each student
  • Determines what information goes into the graduation program. The graduation program will list post-secondary plans (college name, gap year, military, etc…) and what schools awarded money (merit, leadership, service, athletic). Need-based money is not included.
Students can update the survey until May 1st. At that time, any changes must go through the college counselor. Please take a moment in the next couple of days to have your senior open up their survey to confirm that they have completed everything correctly. Anything not listed, will not be in the program.

Attention 2019 and 2020 Graduates

The Pacific Institute is accepting participants to join a 2 day workshop to learn techniques to become a better leader.  The workshop will be held on June 11 and 12 from 8:30AM – 2:00PM on Cathedral’s campus.  Click HERE to view more information and print a form to register.  A maximum of 35 participants will be accepted, so please turn your form in asap.

Contact Tom Greer with questions.

Summer Mission to Spencer, Indiana

If interested in a Summer Mission there will be a small group traveling to Spencer Indiana Tuesday May 29th thru Friday June 1. The group will be staying a Cathedral Alumni Bridget Mooney ’93 McIntyre’s retreat camp. Service will be at various outreaches in the Bloomington area servicing the poor. Cost of trip is $295. We will be taking 20 students on a first come basis. Contact Mrs. Fox if interested at

Parent book Club

All parents are invited.
Friday, April 27 Lunch at George’s Neighborhood Grill at 6935 Lake Plaza Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220.
Time- 11:30-1.
The April chapter is titled “Watered Gardens” in the book May I have This Dance? by Joyce Rupp. We will discuss what challenges us to grow: to put aside our inner voices and get going. Where have you been open? Where have you been closed? Make a list of these situations. Ponder the 2 lists. What do they tell you about your inner life? Stagnate, Tired or on Fire. Come share, enjoy fellowship and lunch. Contact Lisa ruber –, 317-506-8703.

Senior Retreat Information for Junior Parents

Junior Parents,

Below is a list of the upcoming senior retreats for next year. These retreats are attended by 90% to 95% of the senior class, Christian Awakenings help seniors to explore where they are with their faith life and helps to develop a further sense of community with their classmates. This is particularly important as they enter their post high school years. Juniors were given the opportunity to register for their preference during their theology classes and are still able to sign up or transfer between retreats if needed.

For the first time we are offering a senior retreat during the month of June. We are doing this to allow students more flexibility with their busy schedules so that they will not have make up any of the school work that accumulates with missing 3 full days of school. If you and your seniors decide that June is the best option for them please have them stop by campus ministry and let us know so we can either register them for retreat or transfer them from the current one they are placed on. Please encourage your juniors to sign up for retreat as soon as possible to help ensure they get their preference.  To learn more information about senior retreat, register online, or pay for retreat go to

# 1 Tuesday, June 19th – Friday, June 22nd

# 2 Tuesday, September 4th – Friday, September 7th

#3 Tuesday, November 13th – Friday, November 16th

# 4 Tuesday, January 22nd – Friday January 25th

# 5 Monday, February 18th – Thursday February 21st (Friday is off)

#6 Tuesday, March 19th – Friday March 22nd

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Campus Ministry,

Charlene A. Witka
Director of Campus Ministry

Mark D. Berghoff
Assistant Campus Minister

Unique Program Offers Teens Chance for Health Care Experience

Eskenazi Health is now accepting applications for its 2018 VolunTEEN Summer Program. The annual VolunTEEN program allows teenagers to experience professional service and shadowing for students on a path to becoming health care professionals.
Teenagers 14 to 19 years old who are interested in a career in health care and are in good academic standing are invited to sign up for the program. All applicants must turn 14 years old by Friday, April 13, 2018 to be eligible.
Participants may choose from two four-week summer sessions – either June 4 – June 29 or July 9 – Aug. 3. Once enrolled, each participant will commit to one full week of training, scheduled for the first week of the session, and two days a week the remaining three weeks of the program. Participants will rotate through many clinical and non-clinical settings, observing and serving with Eskenazi Health staff and Volunteer Services. All program participants must also attend a mandatory program orientation on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave. in Indianapolis.
Program-specific information along with application requirements are now posted online at All interested applicants must submit an online application by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Instructions for completing the application are available online at, using the keyword “VolunTEEN” in the search.
If you have any questions about the 2018 Eskenazi Health VolunTEEN Summer Program, please contact Scott Lawson at 317.880.3311 or

Cultural Journey: Mexico

Please be aware of a unique cultural event coming up April 19-22. Cultural Journey: Mexico is a celebration of Mexican cinema, cuisine, music, and culture.

General admission tickets are still on sale, starting at $12
When: April 19-22, 2018
Where: Indiana Historical Society, 450 W Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Click here for more information.  


April showers mean we have new umbrellas, rain jackets and ponchos to keep you warm and dry! Prepare for Spring Break with tropical tees (hot pink, ocean blue or Irish green), Cathedral Beach Towels, Water Bottles and new arrival Caps and Visors! Save the date for our April evening shopping on Tuesday, April 24, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. SHOP CATHEDRAL, GO IRISH!!!

Cathedral Communication Survey

Courtney Graham, a 2014 Cathedral graduate, has asked for our help as she is conducting a School to Home Communication Case Study of a Private High School from the Midwest.  Courtney will also share results with Cathedral in order for us to find communication areas in which we can improve upon!   Please consider participating in the quick survey below by Friday, April 6th .

Cathedral Communications Survey


Afternoon Pick Up Procedures

We are asking for your cooperation during parent pick up in the afternoon. Please do not stop on the hill to pick up your students. While it may seem like an easy solution to have your student walk down the sidewalk and meet you on the hill, it has become very dangerous for the students and worrisome to others in the traffic line. Stopping on the hill and then making a u-turn to exit the line is very dangerous as cars are exiting campus down the hill. Stopping on the hill waiting for your student causes a back up in traffic both on campus and out onto 56th street. We are requesting that you please pull all the way up to the parking lots to pick up your students. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our students safe!

Second Wave of Flu

As you may have heard on the news this week, the CDC has just issued a warning that a second wave of flu has begun. We have noticed this at Cathedral this week with a handful of students being absent with flu-like symptoms, fevers, and positive flu tests. While we are NOT seeing an increase in our absentee rates at Cathedral now, we don’t want to – just want you to be aware that influenza is still active within our school community.
We are fortunate that we have a four day weekend and Spring Break coming up very soon to hopefully “break” the spread of flu at our school, but a reminder about good handwashing to all can help us contain this, covering coughs, and cleaning desks, doorhandles, etc – measures that will be taken here inside our buildings.
Additionally, parents are asked to keep their students home per our school policy when they have a fever greater than 100 – and returning the students to school only when they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medications. Call your physician if your child has a fever, cough, extreme fatigue, or any other concerning symptom.
Thanks to all for helping control illness here at Cathedral!

Cathedral Football Spirit Wear

The Cathedral Football team has opened a “Cathedral Football Spirit Wear Store”.  This store will be open until April 9th. Everything ordered through this store will be shipped directly to your home. This store will be open only a couple times during the year.  Take advantage of this opportunity now. Cathedral Spirit Wear Store Link

Graduation Announcements & Keepsakes

Attention Seniors & Parents! Your Herff Jones Representatives will be available for Announcements and Keepsakes delivery on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 during all lunches in the cafe. Please see the Herff Jones representatives to pick up your items.

Schedule Updates for Senior Mass

Due Senior Mass on May 4th, we with be on a block schedule on May 3rd and 4th.  Please note that May 3rd will be an 8:40 start and May 4th will be an 7:50 start.  All classes will meet on these two days for 75 minutes.

Thursday, May 3rd 
8:40 – 8:45
Alpha: 8:45 – 10:00
Flex: 10:05 – 10:30
A: 10:35 – 11:50
B/L: 11:55 – 1:40
C: 1:45 – 3:10

Friday, May 4th 
PP: 7:50 – 7:55
D: 7:55 – 9:10
E: 9:15 – 10:30
Senior Mass: 10:35 – 12:05
F/L 12:10 – 1:50
G: 1:55 – 3:10



Summer Job Opportunity

Hillcrest Country Club is hosting a meeting on Sunday night, March 25th for boys and girls who are 7th graders and older who may be interested in a job this summer as a golf caddie.  The meeting will take place in the Avalon Ballroom from 7pm-8pm.  Click the link below for more information.

hillcrest caddie call out flyer

Teen Alcohol/drug Abuse

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is sponsoring a talk by one of their physician parishioners to educate parents about teen alcohol/drug abuse. The talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the church, 4600 N. Illinois Street. The talk is free and all are invited.

Student Survey

You students will be participating in one of two surveys sometime within the next week. Some students will be taking a survey from the Indiana Prevention Center at Indiana University.  The other survey is one for the Developmental Asset program.  Cathedral participates in these surveys on a regular/yearly basis.
Please contact Dr. Greer if you do not wish you child to participate.

Summer School

Registration for summer school is open now through Monday, March 26, 2018. Summer school will run from Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 29. Two sessions will be offered – the morning session will begin at 8 am and conclude at 11:30 am, and the afternoon session will begin at 12 pm and conclude at 3:30 pm. Click HERE for more summer school information. Payment for summer school is due at the time of registration.

Nationwide School Walk Out

On Wednesday, March 14, some of our students participated in the National Walkout.  Click this Facebook link to view a glimpse of how Cathedral High School remembered the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting.  We are very proud of these students who were inspired by their faith to express themselves in such a positive way.  



From the Counseling Office

We still have a few weeks of our individual meetings with students to go over schedules, but please note the changes in our scheduling  and drop/add policies. We will conclude our final scheduling meetings by April 5th. During the week of May 7th, we will allow any final adjustments to schedule requests.  Follow this link to view the schedule change policy.

Christian Service Deadline News!

Freshman & sophomores students CS hour time sheets were due on Jan. 29th. We have several students in both grades with late service at this point.

Junior and senior Christian Service hours are due on April 23rd. I’ve reminded then Holy week of several Archdiocesan agencies are closed the week of Easter.

For more information contact Shannon Fox

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 . They currently do not have a sign up and it’s first come basis.

Contact Shannon Fox with questions.

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 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 under the “Events” tab. Registrations are due by Friday, March 30, and are limited. Contact information: 765-494-3889 or and

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 –

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.


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 –

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 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  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.

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 If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Mr. Emery at 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 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  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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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
Your Cathedral Dads Club
Mostly fun and games and bacon.


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.