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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Edition #8
Cathedral High School Vision
Cathedral High School, a Catholic institution
in the Holy Cross tradition,
will be the model for all high schools
as she profoundly shapes the way students
think, serve and lead.
Cathedral High School Mission
Cathedral, a Catholic college preparatory high school
in the Holy Cross tradition,
provides to a diverse group of students opportunities
for spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional
and physical growth through service and academic excellence.
Dear Cathedral Parents,
President Stephen Helmich and I hosted a parent meeting last Wednesday, to answer questions related to the incident that occurred on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The meeting was held in the O’Malia Auditorium; 49 parents and 11 staff members attended.
Questions essentially centered around two themes: what suicide/prevention training has been or is available for our teachers and staff at Cathedral, and the overall preparedness and response of the school.
I’ll attempt to boil down the conversation that spanned almost two hours, and take the answer in two parts.
We have done specific training relative to suicide awareness and training for our teachers, and as part of our regular course of action we talk about watching students and watching for behavioral signs. We also offered some refresher information to our teachers last week, when we had Joni Irwin, from The Jason Foundation, a youth suicide prevention and awareness program, attend the regularly-scheduled faculty meeting that was held after school on Thursday, Sept. 15. I’ve also ordered an audit of the teachers’ suicide-awareness skill set to determine where more instruction or training might be needed.
An additional step Cathedral takes in the fight against teen suicide is conducted by Dr. Tom Greer, the school’s vice principal for student affairs. Dr. Greer sends a complete list of all students to every faculty and staff member, asking that the adults mark the children with whom they have relationships. If any child comes back without any adult relationship identified, Dr. Greer immediately goes into action to get that young person connected to an adult mentor.
And I would ask that if you parents have any thoughts or suspicions — whether about your child or someone else’s — please communicate those concerns with us here at school. We can work together to do all that is possible to get a child whatever help is needed to prevent him or her from doing harm.
Next, we spent some time discussing the school’s preparedness and response. Mr. Helmich shared feedback he had received from the emergency responders and from some members of the media, saying the school had handled the crisis in near textbook fashion. However, situations such as that which arose last week give us a good opportunity to review all of our practices and policies, and we are in the midst of organizing a committee that will do just that.
Currently if school personnel receive tips or suspect something is amiss, administrators go immediately into action to investigate the allegation. Teachers and staff might receive information or tips, and often from students, about situations. We will conduct a search — go to a locker, a car, a book bag — and we take a team of people and go check it out. A lot of times we find nothing, but we’re willing to make an error and apologize rather than not take information seriously.
The school does conduct periodic random drug searches, and we utilize 25 security cameras that are in use 24/7. But I can’t stress enough the weight administrators give to being personally vigilant, and to listening to tips and concerns. We take information, as well as anything that seems suspicious, very seriously.
To date, we do not conduct weapons searches without cause, but that may be something the school considers as part of the review of the preparedness plan.
Finally, I would ask that if any parents have questions, please get in touch with Mr. Helmich or me here at school. We are most happy to talk through concerns that may arise. I’ll reiterate what has been said — we do thank you for the abundant ways in which you have shared your love and support for this Cathedral Family. And your continued trust, confidence and support allow us to continue to do great things with and for our young people.
Use these hyperlinks to find information quickly:
Bookstore and Spirit Shop
Dates to Remember
Dates to Remember:
Tues, Sept 27 County – AM Assembly Schedule
Wed, Sept 28 Mothers’ Club (Cathedral Connection) Freshman/Sophomore Parent Meeting
Sun, Oct 2 Theatre production The Princess and the Pea – 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Mon, Oct 3 Homecoming Week begins
Tues, Oct 4 Rosary Ritual/County – AM Assembly Schedule
Thurs, Oct 6 Homecoming Dance (7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in cafeteria)
Fri, Oct 7 Amy’s Day – 7:00 a.m. in Cafeteria (late start because it is Walk-a-thon Day)
End of Homecoming Week; Walk-a-thon
Wed, Oct 12 Freshman Retreat; PSAT for Sophomores & Juniors; Senior College Day
Fri, Oct 14 Dad’s Day Breakfast – Cafeteria – 6:15 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
End of 1st Q
Tues, Oct 18 County – AM Assembly Schedule
Math League – 6:55 a.m. in Cafeteria
T-F, Oct 18-21 Senior Retreat #2
Wed, Oct 19 Notre Dame Night at CHS at 7:00 p.m. in SLC Commons.
Thurs, Oct 20 Founders’ Day
Fri, Oct 21 Amy’s Day – Cafeteria at 7:00 - 8:15 a.m. in Cafeteria (special date: speaker is Tamika Catchings
Black Box #2 – Theatre
Morning Masses begin at 7:00 a.m. in the Cathedral Chapel.
Freshman Class Officers:
Congratulations to Michael Gillum who was voted on as Freshman Class President! Additional class officers for the Class of 2015 include Maria Avellana, Morgan Bolden, Lucy Dimond, Ben Harvey, Matthew Meuleman, Riley Quinn, Lindsay Scaletty, Erin Tupman, and Jessica Weir. Special thanks to all 23 candidates for their interest in serving as leaders for the Class of 2015!
Emma Weber (‘15) has received an Encore Nomination (Best Performer under 18 in a Musical) for her role as Luisa in "The Fantasticks" performed at Footlite's Hedback Theatre in January 2011.
Congratulations to Natalie Laskoski (’13) who competed in the Fishers Tirathlon (her first ever) and finished 3rd in her age group. Great job, Natalie!
Cathedral volleyball coach Jean Kesterson was featured in the Sept. 19 of Sports Illustrated as one of the Faces in the Crowd. It is available at newsstands now. (Written by Mark Ambrogi)
The item reads:
“Kesterson, a business and technology teacher and the girls’ volleyball coach at Cathedral High for 22 years, marked her 700th career victory on Aug. 27 with a win over Harrison in the Mishawaka Invitational. (The Irish went 4–0 and defeated Carmel to win the tournament.) As of Sunday (Sept. 11) her overall record is 705–145. Cathedral has won six state titles under Kesterson, most recently in 2008
Congratulations to Linda Bamrick, who is being honored by Manchester College and has been named as the Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year. Her honor will be awarded on Saturday, October 8th. Congratulations, Linda!
Congratulations to the “Pride of the Irish” marching band for their performance at the Lawrence Central High School Band Invitational on Saturday, September 17. The band scored a 53.8 (highest ever first score for our band) and came in 6th place in Class B. Special judges’ mention went to Zach Vander Missen, trumpet solo; duet of Chris Jones, trombone and Edward Steppe, baritone; DeMani Arnold, as our own “James Bond”; and the overall band musicianship on our ballad, “For Your Eyes Only.” The band will next compete at Greenwood High School’s Invitational on Saturday, September 24.
Nick Buckman – bass clarinet
Nathan Clark - trombone
Grace Cummings - tuba
Johnathan Davis - trumpet
Erin Fillenwarth – bass drum
Nick George – alto saxophone
Maddie Hidalgo - trumpet
Matt Huber – snare drum
Connor Jensen - trombone
Chris Jones - trombone
Steven Longerbone – alto saxophone
Miles Mason - trumpet
Alex Moore – alto saxophone
Chris Neuffer - quads
Clorissa Orrick - piccolo
Paul Schlebecker - tuba
Frank Schwandt - baritone
Brian Selvage - cymbals
Aaron Smith – bass drum
Tim Smith - flugelhorn
Edward Steppe - baritone
Mercer Suppiger – baritone saxophone
Katie Vanderbosch - mellophone
Zach Vander Missen - trumpet
I wish to welcome Mrs. Jennifer Shevlin to our English Department as of Monday, September 19th. Mrs. Shevlin comes to us originally from Michigan, where she received her degree from Oakland University. She has taught at New Palestine High School, but has recently taken time out for child care. We welcome you, Mrs. Shevlin!
Parents: the roundabout is not a location to drop off or pick up students at any time during the day, including after sports’ practices in the late afternoon/evening. We ask that you please not park there unless you are visiting the school during the regular school day. This non-parking request includes pick-up from after school activities. The roundabout is designed to keep traffic flowing in all directions. When cars are parked there it impedes the ability of the roundabout to accomplish this. We thank you for your help.
Recently, teacher Laurie O’Brien went to West Point. There she attended an Indiana tailgate party and spent time with some of our recent alums. Pictured here are: John Mecker (’09), Alec Bannister (’10), Ms. O’Brien, Katie Wacker (’10), Marco Caress (’09), and Ben Smith (’09).
Developmental Assets Meetings:
Dear Parent of a Freshman:
I hope that your school year has started well for both you and your student. I also am aware that there are many activities and events that surround your life. But I want to invite you to an hour long session at one of the times listed below. The purpose for our meeting is to inform you about the philosophy of developing assets among our teenagers. You will receive useful information. You will meet other parents.
The theory behind the development of assets is simple: the more good things or assets one has the less chance someone will engage in liabilities or risky behavior. The research has shown that if we all work together in developing these assets then there is less chance that students will develop life- long risk taking behaviors.
I know that you are busy. I promise only to take one hour. You need attend only one of the sessions listed below. I hope to see you at one of these. It is not necessary to RSVP.
Here are the times, dates and locations:
October 11 - 9:00 AM - Baker Board Room
0ctober 12 7:00PM - Commons
October 19 7:00PM - Commons
Dr. Tom Greer
October 3 - 7 is homecoming Week. Each day students dress up to earn spirit points for their class. See the dress up day’s list.
During this week there will be Powder Puff football Tuesday night and the finals on Wednesday. There is a separate flyer for those interested. Practice for the Powder Puff game will be Sunday evening, Oct. 2 and 6:00 PM on the football field.
Theme for Dress Days for Homecoming:
SIGN UP FOR THIS YEAR’S POWDERPUFF TOURNAMENT DURING HOMECOMING WEEK!
-2 teams with 13 players each
-1st come first serve basis
-When the spots are filled the teams are done
Practice and Games:
-1st practice is Sunday October 2nd at 6pm on the football field
-1st rounds of games will be on Tuesday October 4 and finals on Wednesday October 5th
*Game Schedule will be posted along with times for the games in the following email once the teams have been made.
-MANDATORY to wear to play
The price is $10.00
You can sign up by emailing Morgan Soderholm or Hannah Compton at
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
MUST EMAIL your t-shirt size and grade level- DEADLINE IS Wednesday September 28
Thanks and go Irish!
Needed: participants in a bone marrow drive
A little background about the drive: Jenny Deery, wife of Terry and mother of 3 boys Jordan, Eric and Drew Tucker was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia a few weeks ago. Her doctors have said her treatment regimen will need to include a bone marrow transplant. Jenny's sisters have been tested and have found not to be a match. She is awaiting word on her brother's compatibility. If no family match is found, she will turn to the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, known as the Be The Match Registry. With the awareness raised due to Jenny's situation, a decision was made to hold a donor drive in conjunction with the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Festival. I am helping to coordinate the drive and am trying to get the information out to as many potential donors as possible.
Subject: Catholic Schools Day at Marian U
Join the Marian Knights as we celebrate Catholic Schools Day on Saturday, October 1, 2011!
We welcome you, your faculty, staff and student body to join in the all the game day fun of Marian Knight Football.
Activities surrounding the MU Knight-Walsh Cavaliers Football Game-at St. Vincent Health Field
---Taste of Fall in Indy-selected Indy finest restaurants will be featuring their sensational autumn selections for all---
---Cheerleader performances- ---Team Mascots--
---Marching Band Competition--- ---All Students Welcome and recognized---
FREE ADMISSION TO THE FOOTBALL GAME FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS-FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS!
Marian appreciates the message-methods and your great traditions --- Thank You for all you do to make a difference in our communities!
***Be sure to wear some Cathedral attire for this game!
Anyone wishing to make a contribution/donation (notes of support, words of encouragement, prayers, books, CDs, gift cards, etc.) to support a member of the Cathedral family who was injured on campus last week, can drop them off at the Cathedral HS Front Desk.
Wednesday, October 12th will be a very busy day for all Cathedral Students:
The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be administered Weds, Oct 12th for all Cathedral High School sophomores and juniors. The PSAT helps students prepare for the SAT and serves as a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying opportunity for juniors. Students should arrive to school at the regular start time dressed in uniform with a calculator and number 2 pencils. No electronic devices, books or other materials are allowed in the testing rooms. Students will be dismissed around 10:30-11:00am unless they use extended time. Students with extended time will be dismissed between 11:30am – noon. Students and parents can find more details about format, resources and practice questions at www.collegeboard.com
Moms in Touch: Please join us for an hour of prayer for our children and Cathedral this coming Monday, September 26, 2011 at 8 am in the chapel for our first Moms in Touch prayer meeting of this school year. If you can't join us there, and desire to pray in the evening at Cathedral, please contact Cathleen Perry at 255-7631. Other Moms are desirous to pray at school during a school night evening.
Future Amy’s Days & some speakers:
October 7 – 7:00 a.m. Elizabeth Ellis, Peyton Manning’s advance woman
October 21 – Tamika Catchings
December 2 - Lance Rhodes is Speaker!
2011 MAGAZINE SALE: Tomorrow, September 22nd is the 2nd order collection day. Six more students who have sold quota will win $50. Turn in a completed address book to get credit for 1 sale.
Magazine Sale Helpers Needed:
We are looking for parents to share in the fun of volunteering to help with the annual Cathedral High School magazine sale. This year the sale begins on Thursday, September 8, 2011 and we will need volunteers to help tabulate all of your students’ great selling efforts. Although we welcome back our veteran magazine sale volunteers, no experience is necessary. Volunteer opportunities are as follows:
We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Baker Board Room (inside the media center in the Student Life Center). Most days we will be finished in 2 hours or less. If you are able to volunteer some of your valuable time to help with this important fund-raising activity, please contact Amy Sieber (email@example.com or at 823-3917) and let her know of your availability. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.
Each year Cathedral High School hosts its major fundraiser – ShamrAuction. This year’s ShamrAuction is February 25th, 2012. Leading up to the ShamrAuction, each class has a parent only class party which provides an opportunity to bring Cathedral families together for a social gathering and to serve as an avenue to raise monies for the ShamrAuction. One hundred percent of your contribution to a class party will serve as a donation to ShamrAuction 2012 from your class. Mark your calendars for some fun…… gather friends and attend an upcoming class party!!!!
2012 & 2013 Junior/Senior Parent Class Party
Join us for an evening of ghoulish fun, food and
be entertained by a spooktacular “Live” Band.
Saturday, October 15th 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
At the home of Rick and Mary Myers
12874 Horseferry Dr., Carmel 46032
Casual or Halloween attire
Cost to attend is $25 per person or $50 a couple
RSVP by October 12th to firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Sophomore Parent Class Party
Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and meet other Cathedral Sophomore parents while enjoying the Colts game!
Sunday, October 16th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
At the home of Skip and Robin Keltner
12381 Sanderling Tr., Fishers, 46037
Casual or Colts attire welcomed
Cost to attend is $25 per person or $50 per couple.
RSVP by October 12th to email@example.com
2015 Freshman Parent Class Party
Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and meet other Cathedral freshman parents while enjoying the Colts game!
Sunday, October 16th 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
At the home of Dave and Lona Neal
15224 Geist Ridge Dr., Fortville, 46040
Casual or Colts attire welcomed
Cost to attend is a Restaurant Gift Card valued at $50 or more per couple.
RSVP by October 12th to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheryl Babb – 317/968-7316
Director of Events
Cathedral High School is pleased to provide text messaging alert notifications for weather delays and other special announcements or emergencies. These messages are available to students and/or parents – standard text messaging rates may apply.
For parents who wish to receive the alerts, please text IRISHPARENT to 75667.
Get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies and English. Just follow this link: http://www.imcpl.org/kids/tutorauth.php.
A-G Laura Weaver 968-7319, email@example.com
H-N Greg Bamrick 968-7327, firstname.lastname@example.org
O-Z Taria Tate 968-7369, email@example.com