Cathedral School Weekly Newsletter

January 16, 2020

 Look Ahead

Thursday, January 16          5:30pm Soccer at ACCS

                                                6:00pm Basketball (Home) vs Monterey (HS only)         

Monday, January 20             NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 21            4:00pm Basketball (Home) vs Brookhaven (4 games)

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

                                                4:00pm Basketball at Oak Forest (4 games)


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. 


National Geographic Bee Congratulations to the following students for winning their grade level National Geographic Bee! Eli Brown (5th grade), Carter Bennett (6th), Liza Gregg (7th), and Tris McCoy (8th). Carter Bennett is our overall school winner!

Accelerated Reader Goals Congratulations to each of the following students for making his / her Accelerated Reader goal for the second 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, Abigail Arnold, Logan Bamburg, Khloe Bassett, Addison Beach, Tyler Boyette, Kaleb Colenburg, Camille Daniel, Straton 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 and Laura Verucchi

3rd Grade:

Olivia Adair, Kinsley Anderson, Carter Cook, Madison Covington, Alanah Ferguson, Andrew Goldman, Dylan Graham, John-Preston Guida, Ava Higgins, Austin Jex, Landon Johnson, Molly Kingsafer, Walker Lazarus, Reagan Shaifer, Tiger Simons, Paul Steckler, Tenley Wilson, Avery Atkins, Quin Branton, 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, Rayshawn White and John Zachary Wingfield

4th Grade:

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

5th Grade:

Ryker Atkins, Lillie Bertelsen, Charlie Gilly, Ali Haile, Hannah Hargon,  Ella Grace Heflin, Emily Carol Loy, Lela Reed, Scott Thompson, Matthew Verucchi, Eli Wilson, Lyla Wood, Destinee Woods

Caroline Carlton, Drake Cox, Stori Farmer, Gibson Hillyer, Halle Grace Janette, Julia Claire Jex, Anita Maria Jordan, Anna Leigh Jordan, Giles Lees, Emery Cate Lewis, Riley Lofton, William Maier, Thomas McKnight and Douglas Smith

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. 


Counselor News


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

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



                               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. 



March For Life A group of Cathedral students, along with two adults and Fr. Mark will represent St. Mary Basilica at the 2020 March for Life in Washington D. C. on January 24, 2020.  The group will join hundreds of thousands of others to March for Life and pray to end abortion.  Together we can create a world where the beauty and dignity of each life is valued and protected.

Please join us in showing your support for LIFE!  Two t-shirt designs are available – be sure to circle which you are ordering (click here for order form).  All proceeds will benefit the group attending the 2020 March for Life Pilgrimage.  Thank you!!

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! 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!

 SAVE THE DATE! Fri., Feb. 7 – 6:00-8:00 pm

Mother-Son Mardi Gras MOMbo

Join St. Mary’s CYO for a special evening with the little prince in your life at the O’Connor Family Life Center; 613 Main Street. Advanced Family Tickets are $20 (purchase by Feb. 1st). Family Tickets at the Door are $30. You can get pictures taken for $10. Purchase tickets from St. Mary CYO members or at St. Mary Basilica. Tickets must be presented at the door. Contact Carrie Lambert at or 601-445-5616 for more information. Proceeds benefit the St. Mary Youth Programs. Ages: PK3-8th Grade.

 St. Mary’s Kids (PreK3-2 Grade) & KCYO (3-5 Grade)

Wed., Feb. 12 – Make Valentine’s Day crafts to keep and cards for the homebound after Parish Meal.


JCYO (6th-8th grade)

Sun., Jan. 19 – 3:30-4:30 – Meet to put up crosses and back to the FLC for a meal 4:30-5:15.

Sun., Jan. 26 – 4:30-6 – Meeting and Meal.

Sun., Feb. 2 – Superbowl Sunday – No meeting.

Fri., Feb. 7 – 6-8 pm - Mother-Son Mardi Gras Mambo.

Sun., Feb. 9 – 4:30-6 – Meeting and Meal.

CYO (9th-12th grade)

Sun., Jan. 19 – 3:30-4:30 – Meet to put up crosses and back to the FLC for a meal 4:30-5:15.

Sun., Jan. 26 – 5:30-7 – Meal and Meeting.

Sun., Feb. 2 – Superbowl Sunday – No meeting.

Fri., Feb. 7 – 6-8 pm - Mother-Son Mardi Gras Mambo.

Sun., Feb. 9 – 5:30-7 – Meeting and Meal.