Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

October 17, 2019

 Look Ahead

Thursday, October 17          6:30pm Homecoming Bonfire-top of the hill

Friday, October 18                 8:00am Homecoming Mass at St. Mary Basilica

                                  1:30pm Homecoming Parade-Center Dr.

                                  2:15pm Pep Rally-Roy Garcia Gym

                                                  7:00pm HS Football (Homecoming) vs. Amite School Center

                                                  10:00pm-1:00am Homecoming Dance 

Tuesday, October 22            TBA Cross Country MAIS State Meet

Friday, October 25                 7:00pm HS Football at St. Aloysius


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. 


Mass on Friday at St. Mary (1st - 12th Grade) Please be at the church by 7:45 am.  Students may not be tardy for mass.   Students in 1st -12th grade that may be late for school, please do not check in until 9:30 because teachers will still be attending mass. PLEASE NOTE: If you choose not to participate in Homecoming Attire on Friday, mass uniforms will be required (boys must wear uniform pants to mass).

Tattoos and Ribbons will be available to purchase tomorrow morning after the students get back from mass. Tattoos $1.00 & Ribbons $5.00.

Picture Retake order forms are due back by Friday, October 25, 2019.

Football for Father Camp! - Join VCS and CHS as we honor the legacy Father Alfred Camp left on Catholic education and our communities. There will be an area set up at the St. Aloysius v. Cathedral football game on Friday, October 25 beginning at 6:45pm for people to gather, reminisce, and reflect on the life of Father Camp. If you are unable to attend and have stories or memories you would like to include in the scrapbook, please email them to or mail to VCS Development Office 1900 Grove Street Vicksburg, MS 39183

Scholastic Book Fair The Elementary Book Fair will be held Monday, November 4- Friday, November 8, 8:00am-12:30pm each day in the Multipurpose Room. Please mark your calendars!

Accelerated Reader News Congratulations to each of the following students for making his / her Accelerated Reader goal for the first grading period:

2nd Grade: Camille Anderson, Rivers Atkins, Grace Biglane, Kyle Blanton, James Brown, Walker Carby, Macy Carter, Kinsley Cavin, Nathan Davis, Shelby Drake, Allison French, Vivienne Gibson, Carlontae Hammitte, Kayla Harper, Addie House, Mary Blair Johnson, Catherine Lucas, Adele Middleton, Tyler Orr, Kathryn Overby, Alex Rojo, Mary Virginia Waycaster, Ty Winston, Thomas Adams, Tomi Akinwale, Logan Bamburg, Addison Beach, Tyler Boyette, Camille Daniel, Stratton Flynn, Suniya Holloway, Jack James, Audrey Janette, John Davis Lees, Abby Loy, Alice Martin, Ava Moak, Claire Price, Brooklyn Rayborn, Ruth Scott, Eli Segrest, Benjamin Thomas, Laura Verucchi

3rd Grade: Olivia Adair, Kinsley Anderson, Tessa Beesley, Carter Cook, Madison Covington, Alanah Ferguson, Andrew Goldman, Dylan Graham, John-Preston Guida, Austin Jex, Landon Johnson, Molly Kingsafer, Reagan Shaifer, Tiger Simons, Paul Steckler, Tenley Wilson, Avery Atkins, Mariella Atkins, Harrison Callon, Tracen Cusic, Anna Emfinger, James Gammill, Dru Godfrey, Sydney Heflin, Molly McLemore, Anders Milliken, Colt Orcutt, Emma Orr, Lillie Probst, Reene Slover, Eden Smith, Cullen Trosclair, John Zachary Wingfield, Hadlee Young

4th Grade: Aven Adcock, Brody Bass, Jaxson Beach, Kolby Book, Bradley Boyette, Tatum Brumfield, Lindley Burkley, Jane Carby, Grant Carlton, Cayden Coach, Sasha Crum, Kinsley Gaines, Chase Gamberi, Will Hash, Aiden Messmer, Ella Moak, Taylor Perrin, Jordan Stubbs, Leah Tillman, Anna Arthur, Adeline Burget, Ava Delaney, Zoie Gibson, Amelie Harris, Sanaa Kidd, Allie Lambuth, Zack Lees, Lillian Lewis, Sidney Maier, Jake Middleton, Trey Pace, Anna Scott, Brenden Sebille, Jax Simons, Aiden Smith, Maggie Smith, Grayson Tosspon, Gianna Tuccio, Sandy Upanasak, Catcher Ward

5th Grade: Lillie Bertelsen, Chelsea Clark, Charlie Gilly, Layton Gray, Ali Haile, Hannah Hargon, Daulton Harveston, Ella Grace Heflin, Emily Carol Loy, Logan Moore, Lela Reed, Matthew Verucchi, Eli Wilson, Lyla Wood, Destinee Woods, Thane Aldridge, Caroline Carlton, Drake Cox, Halle Grace Janette, Julia Claire Jex, Anita Maria Jordan, Anna Leigh Jordan, Emery Cate Lewis, Riley Lofton, William Maier, Thomas McKnight, Dane Novak, Xander Shaifer, Douglas Smith, John Clifton Thompson

Spanish tutoring will meet in Coach Beesley’s classroom in the high school. You do not have to sign up ahead of time to attend.  Please bring your book and notes with you. Spanish II will be held every Tuesday from 3:05-4:00. Spanish I will be held every Wednesday from 2:05-3:00.

Counselor News

University of Southern Mississippi Information Session
 Tuesday, November 12, 2019
 The Caboose Restaurant | 131 North Front Street, McComb, MS  
 The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m.
  Please see Mrs. Beach to RSVP by November 5.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Since then, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 130,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

The application is available at and  

How to Apply   

To apply for a 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:

  • Students complete the online application by November 5, 2019. 

  • Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.

  • Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 15, 2019.


                               2019-2020 National ACT Test Dates


Test Date                        Registration Deadline              Late Fee Required

December 14, 2019          November 8, 2019                     November 9-22, 2019

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


DAR Writing Competition 5th-12th Grade teachers have been given a copy of this year's DAR Writing Competition.  The deadline for the essay is October 31, 2019.  Please see your History or English teacher for more information.  

 Yearbook deadlines

-Senior quote and baby picture are due:  October 31st.  Please turn in a hard copy of the Senior Quote!  

-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

-Representative will be here in October.   You will need to be thinking about how many invitations you will need.  Approximately $1.50 each   (Your child does not have to order invitations through the school.  You are free to purchase the standard invitation or design your own.)  

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. 






The JCYO and CYO are requesting donations of candy and carnival-type prizes for the Halloween Carnival.  Please bring your donations to the St. Mary Rectory.

YOUTH BAKE SALES – Oct. 26 & 27 – 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.


Poinsettia forms are in the bulletin and were posted in GroupMe for JCYO and CYO this week. Click here for a form.  Poinsettia order forms and money can be turned in at any Youth Program Function or the church office. We have a limited number, so please turn your order(s) in early! Thank you so much for supporting our youth program!


St. Mary’s Kids (PK3-2 Grade) & KCYO  (3-5 Grade)

Wed., Oct. 23- Costume Parade before the Parish Dinner followed by the FREE Halloween Carnival from 6-7:30 pm for 5th grade & younger (see flier in bulletin)


JCYO (6th-8th grade)

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 18-20 – Balloon Race Weekend – NO MEETING

Tues., Oct. 22 – 4:00-6:00 - Halloween Carnival set-up

Wed., Oct. 23- 6-7:30 pm – FREE Halloween Carnival put on by the JCYO for 5th grade & younger

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 26 & 27 - Bake Sales after both Masses

CYO (9th-12th grade)

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 18-20 – Balloon Race Weekend – NO MEETING

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 27 & 28 - Bake Sales after both Masses

Tues., Oct. 29 – 6:30-10:00 – Haunted House (see flier in bulletin)

Wed., Oct. 30 - 6:30-10:30 – Haunted House (see flier in bulletin) and cleanup