Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

December 12, 2019

 Look Ahead

Thursday, December 12       4:00pm Basketball (Home) vs Centreville (4 games)

                                                5:30pm Soccer (Home) vs Natchez High

Friday, December 13            Last Day of Open Enrollment for Returning Students

                                                8:00am Ring Day Mass at St. Mary Basilica-HS only

                                                5:00pm gates open for Movie Night in D’Evereux Stadium

Saturday, December 14        10:30am Soccer at Vicksburg

                                                1:00pm Basketball (Home) vs Parklane (6 games)

Monday, December 16         AR FREE DRESS DAY

Tuesday, December 17        1st and 4th period exams

Wednesday, December 18   2nd and 5th period exams

Thursday, December 19       3rd and 6th period exams

                                                12:00 NOON DISMISSAL-NO AFTERSCHOOL CARE

5:30pm Soccer at Copiah Academy (V/JV)

Friday, December 20            7th period exam or make-up exams

                                                8:00am Elementary Christmas Programs


                                                TBA Basketball at WCCA (JVB, VG, VB)

Saturday, December 21        TBA Basketball at WCCA (JVB, VG, VB)


Cathedral School Mission Statement:

Our mission as a Catholic School is to develop, encourage and support the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical growth of each member of our school community. 


Spelling Bee Cathedral students participated in the MAIS District 4 Spelling Bee on Wednesday, December 4 at Oak Forest Academy.

Anabella Laird (8th grade) placed 2nd and will compete at the state Spelling Bee!

Liza Gregg (7th grade) placed 1st and will compete at the state Spelling Bee!

Whitman DeVrient (6th grade) placed 3rd.

Eli Brown represented the 5th grade.

Cayden Coach (4th grade) placed 2nd and will compete at the state Spelling Bee!

Movie Night in D’Evereux Stadium Come join the fun!! The CHS National Honor Society is hosting a Movie Night in D’Evereux Stadium. Bring your cans and blankets and watch a great Christmas movie on the football field. All proceeds benefit the Stew Pot and The Humane Society.  Gates open at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 13, 2019. The Star will begin at 5:30pm followed by Elf at 7:30pm. Concessions will be available.

Elementary Christmas Programs please see click here more information.

Annual Giving The 2019-20 Cathedral Annual Giving Campaign will be raising funds for security cameras in the Elementary and Middle School Buildings this year. Our Chair Couple this year is second grade teacher Amy and her husband (‘91) Jay Gamberi. The mail out will be in your mailbox soon or you can simply donate online by clicking the link below. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Development Office at 601-442-9844. Thank you for your continued support of Cathedral School. 

Tutoring The National Honor Society will not have tutoring next Wednesday, December 18, 2019. We will start back up on January 15, 2019.  

Pre-registration for 2020-2021 The year is swiftly passing and it is time, once again, for pre-registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here for the form which must be completed and returned, with the pre-registration fee, by tomorrow December 13, 2019.    A late fee will be assessed after that date and a spot at Cathedral may not be guaranteed. If you cannot open the attachment or have difficulty accessing the form, copies are available at the school. Thank you for choosing Cathedral School for your child's education.  We greatly appreciate working with you and your continued support.


Counselor News

Ole Miss

The 2020-2021 Special Programs and Scholarship Application for entering freshmen is available. The priority deadline is January 5, 2020.


Online General Scholarship Application Priority Dates

Dec. 1-Competitive & Private Scholarships


Freshman scholarships and Honors College consideration are available to students the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. To be considered, you must be admitted by DECEMBER 1.  A completed admission file includes an application for admission, the $40 application fee, your high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores. A current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all undergraduate scholarships.  The Southern Miss priority date for financial aid is December 15.

August 1

Application Opens for Fall and Summer

December 15

Priority Deadline

February 1

Regular Decision Deadline

April 15

Deadline to Apply without $15 Late Fee

May 1

Deadline to Submit Enrollment Deposit

Jackson State University

1. First-Time Freshman (FTF) Merit Scholarships

Students must be admitted to the university to apply for scholarships.

FTF scholarships are based on College Preparatory Curriculum and ACT/SAT Composite Scores. (We do not super score)

Students must meet all above requirements by February 15th

For more information regarding each scholarship, please click on the link below or call 601-979-0930.


University of Louisiana Monroe

Freshman Academic Scholarships - priority application deadline is Friday February 15, 2019.

The ULM Foundation Scholarships application is open throughout the month of February.

You can search and review all Foundation Scholarships anytime at

LA Tech

Louisiana Tech University believes in providing an excellent education and affordable tuition. As a Tier One National University, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges, Louisiana Tech offers non-competitive admissions scholarships in addition to competitive scholarships with specific requirements. Information on competitive scholarship opportunities is available on our General Scholarships page.

Admission scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated ability, usually without regard for need. For general admission scholarships, incoming freshmen should apply for admission by the priority deadline of January 5 of their senior year. No separate scholarship application is needed, but ACT or SAT scores and high school transcript with GPA and rank (if applicable) should be submitted. For scholarship purposes, ACT/SAT scores through the December test date of the senior year will be accepted and GPA is calculated on a 4.0 unweighted scale.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships - Fall 2020

The following are scholarship offers available to first-time

freshmen for 2020-2021.

All scholarships require a 3.0 cumulative non-weighted gpa and are offered for eight

(8) semesters.

Students must meet standardized test and gpa requirements by January 31, 2020.

Live Oak Scholarship

ACT 30+ / SAT 1360+

gpa offer/semester

3.95 - 4.00 $1,600

3.75 - 3.94 $1,400

3.50 - 3.74 $1,200

3.00- 3.49 $1,000


Magnolia Scholarship

ACT 27 - 29 / SAT 1260 - 1350

gpa offer/semester

3.95 - 4.00 $1,400

3.75 - 3.94 $1,200

3.50 - 3.74 $1,000

3.00 - 3.49 $1,000

Cypress Scholarship

ACT 23 - 26 / SAT 1130 - 1250

gpa offer/semester

3.95 - 4.00 $1,200

3.75 - 3.94 $1,000

3.50 - 3.74 $1,000

3.00 - 3.49 $1,000

Auburn University

November 1         Early Action Admission Application Deadline* for Incoming Freshmen

Early December   Scholarship Application Available through AUSOM

December 15       Freshman Scholarship Deadline**

        FAFSA and any requested verification documents should be received by this date for need-based scholarship

January 15          Admission Application Deadline

February 1          Department and General Scholarship Deadline**

        FAFSA and any requested verification documents should be received by this date for need-based scholarship

March 1             Financial Aid Priority Deadline***
        FAFSA and any requested verification documents should be received by this date for need-based scholarship

May 1                Scholarship Response Deadline

June 1               Scholarship Application Deadline for NursingPharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine Professional Programs



                               2019-2020 National ACT Test Dates


Test Date                        Registration Deadline              Late Fee Required

February 8, 2020              January 10, 2020                      January 11-17, 2020

April 4, 2020                     February 28, 2020                    February 29- March 13, 2020

June 13, 2020                   May 8, 2020                            May 9-22, 2020

July 18, 2020                    June 19, 2020                          June 20-26, 2020


Register at     Cathedral School Code   252-097


 Yearbook deadlines

-Senior pictures:  Due by Feb. 7th.  You must have your photographer submit to Andree Gamberi on disc or by email.  Please have them submit to this email:  

****Face shot, not full length body shot (chest up), in a vertical format. 

Senior picture-you may use any photographer you wish

Group picture- All senior girls will need a solid black dress and black heels.  All senior boys will need khaki pants, white button up shirt, navy sports jacket, and a green tie or bow tie.  

Graduation supplies

Fastweb-Seniors need to take the time to sign-up, if they haven’t.  Please remember to ask your child about this and check your email daily for these scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships-All scholarships which cross my desk are announced on the weekly newsletter and I will occasionally send out emails to senior parents.  (Please make sure the school has an email address which will be checked by a parent.)

         -LA residents-TOPS deadline is the April ACT test. (You must send your ACT scores directly to TOPS-1595.)  You must have at least a 23 on the ACT to qualify for this.

         -MS residents-MTAG deadline is Sept. 15, 2020.  You must register with MTAG and this can be done in January.  School will submit the GPA and ACT in April.  Student must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA to qualify for this.  

MTAG/MESG-Mississippi residents may go to the Mississippi Student Financial Aid website and register.  The website is:  There are many scholarships available:

 MTAG-Minimum 2.5 GPA and 15 on ACT ($3,000 over 4 years)

MESG-Minimum 3.5 GPA and 29 on ACT ($10,000 over 4 years)

HELP-Minimum   2.5 GPA and 20 on ACT, student and parent’s combined income cannot exceed $36,500.  

NISSAN Scholarship-2.5 GPA and 20 ACT, essay Required-Deadline:  March 1

This is just a small listing of scholarships available through this website.  

Academic Common Market-If Mississippi does not offer your child’s intended major, check on the Academic Common Market.  Many schools will waive out-of-state tuition with certain majors.  LSU waives Mississippi resident’s out-of-state for:  Coastal Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Management Systems.  

Financial Aid-You will be able to go online to after October 1 and start your application.  You may go online now and apply for a pin number.  You must have your completed 2018 tax returns to actually start the application process.    Please be wary of organizations which promise to find scholarships for you.  Watch out for

College Applications-At this point, your child should have at least 3 colleges in mind.  You may apply on-line.  Once application process is complete, student should tell me and I will send transcript.  You may get correspondence from college telling you that application process is not complete and they are missing transcript.  This usually means the Final transcript. 




THANK YOU!  We wish to thank everyone who contributed to our Bake Sale last weekend either by donating delicious items for us to sell, buying items to support us financially or both! Our new additions to our Bake Sale are really popular! There is much more variety. You could bring home dinner/lunch/breakfast and support our programs at the same time! As always, our Parish is very generous and we appreciate your support. These bake sales are one way to support our Youth Programs and enable our youth to attend various events. Again, thank you all so much!

ST. MARY’S KIDS (PK3-2 Grade)

Wed., Dec. 18 - 6:15pm – Family Life Center – Christmas craft time after the parish meal


JCYO (6th-8th grade)

Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7 & 8 - Bake Sales after both Masses

Sun., Dec. 15 – 4-6 pm – Christmas Party at the Verucchi’s. A signed permission form is required. (The form will be posted in the GroupMe).

CYO (9th-12th grade)

Sun., Dec. 15 – 5-7 pm – Annual Progressive Dinner. A signed permission form is required. (The form will be posted in the GroupMe).