Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

December 7, 2017

 Look Ahead

Thursday, December 7         5:30 pm Soccer at Brookhaven – JV/V

Friday, December 8              8:00 am Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at St. Mary Basilica

                                                4:00 pm Basketball at Amite School Center - 4 games JV & V 

Saturday, December 9          12:00 pm Basketball at WCCA – 4 games JV & V

Tuesday, December 12        5:30 pm Soccer at Oak Forest – JV & V

Thursday, December 14       7th – 12th Grade Exams (1st & 4th Period)

Friday, December 15            7th – 12th Grade Exams (2nd & 5th Period)

                                  8:15 am Grandparents/Christmas Program PreK 3 – 5th grade) Roy Garcia Gym

                                                Last Day of Open Enrollment for Returning Students

Monday, December 18         7th – 12th Grade Exams (3rd & 6th Period)


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. 


VERY IMPORTANT Click here for Pre-registration Form for 2018 - 2019.   Please notice the dates listed on the bottom of the form.  If a returning student has not been registered by December 15, you do risk the possibility of losing your spot at Cathedral.  It is imperative that if you plan for your child (ren) to return to Cathedral for the upcoming year, that you pre-register by the Christmas Holidays.  

Grandparents/Grandfriends Christmas Program   Attention all Grandparents, Grandfriends and parents of PreK 3 – 5th grade students!  Please plan to join us next Friday, December 15, 2017 for a heavenly Christmas Program led by Mr. Alvin Shelby.  The program will be in the Roy Garcia Gymnasium beginning at 8:15 am.   After the performance grandparents/grandfriends are invited back to their student’s classroom for light refreshments.  Pictures will be available in the Multi-Purpose room.

National Honor Society Tutoring   Tutoring is available to students grades 2nd – 12th next Wednesday from 2:05 pm – 3:00 pm. with pick-up on Center Drive.  Permission slip must be submitted to attend.   If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Beach at

Christmas Program at St. Mary If your child would like to participate in the St. Mary Christmas Program please email Katherine Callon at kecestia@yahoo.comPractice will be December 18th 12:30 pm at St. Mary Basilica with lunch provided.  The program will take place on Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm Mass.

Christmas Spirit St. Mary Basilica parish welcomes neighbors, family members, friends, and present and former members to Walk With Us In The Christmas Spirit.  Christmas Spirit means sharing kindness, peace, joy, encouragement, faith, forgiveness, and hospitality.  Please share these qualities among yourselves and with everyone you meet during the weeks before and after Christmas.  We are asking of you to actively help with this and join in the spirit.  Click here to  see the flyer with activities for all to participate. 

Counselors News

1.      Yearbook deadlines

-Senior quote and baby picture are due October 31st 

-Senior pictures:  Due by Feb. 1st.  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-class will vote attire and place

2.   Most Scholarship deadlines are December 1 – please make sure we are completing these before the deadline. 

 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.

3.      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, 2017.  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. 

 5.      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 2016 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.

·         FAFSA is open.  We will have a session in January where I will work with the students and parents to help you complete this.  I am waiting until January to do this with a group so that we can complete the RISE UP MS portion at the same time.  That part doesn't open up until January. 

Upcoming Senior College Days: You must register online for all Preview Days.

Ole Miss will have Senior Preview Days on: January 20, February 17, and March 24.   

Junior Preview Day will be April 21st

SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes Enter now at  This is open to seniors.  You can enter online once during each entry period.  Two $500 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks between October 30, 2017 and May 14, 2018.

Louisiana State University

Freshman Dates & Deadlines

August 1: Application Opens for Fall and Summer

Prospective freshmen interested in applying to LSU for the following fall or summer semesters can begin applying on this date. Remember to apply early!

October 1: Admission Decisions Begin Releasing

Admission decisions will begin releasing on this date and continue on a rolling basis.

April 15: Deadline to Apply for Fall or Summer without a Late Fee

Prospective freshmen interested in applying for the fall or summer semesters must do so before this date to avoid a $15 late fee. Students who apply within 30 days of their desired entry term may not allow for adequate processing time.

May 1: Enrollment Deposit Due

All first-time freshmen who are entering in the fall semester are required to pay a $250 enrollment deposit by May 1.

Mississippi State University

·         Now is the time to apply! 

·         Housing Applications open on September 1st

·         The last ACT for scholarships at MSU is the February ACT.

University of Southern Mississippi

·         Now is the time to apply!

·         The December ACT is the last test date that USM will accept for scholarships. 

University of Mississippi

·     Now is the time to apply!

·         Special Programs and Scholarships opened on July 1st.  The Priority Deadline is January 5, 2018 and the Final Scholarship deadline is February15th. 

·         The last ACT Ole Miss accepts for scholarships will be the June 2018 ACT.  

St. Mary Basilica News

YOUTH BAKE SALES – Dec. 9 & 10 – After Sat. Vigil Mass & Sun. Mass

The Youth Groups are having a Bake Sale after both the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Morning Masses. We'll have cakes, cookies, brownies, homemade candy, casseroles, homemade soups and more! Proceeds from the bake sales help support our Youth Programs. Baked goods can be dropped off in St. Therese Hall before each Mass.

KCYO (3-5 Grade)

Dec. 17 – Sun. – 10am-Noon – Service at the Stewpot

 JCYO (6-8 Grade)

Dec. 9 & 10 - Sat. & Sun. - BAKE SALES after both Masses

Dec. 10 – Sun. - 4:30-6:00 pm - Caroling & delivery of poinsettias to homebound then return to FLC for a meal - signed permission slip required

Dec. 17 – Sun. – Times to be announced - Christmas Party

 CYO (9-12 Grade)

Dec. 9 & 10 - Sat. & Sun. - BAKE SALES after both Masses

Dec. 10 – Sun. - 5:30-7:00 pm –Meal in the FLC then caroling & delivery of poinsettias to homebound - signed permission slip required

Dec. 17 – Sun. – 5:00 pm - Christmas Progressive Dinner signed permission slip required