A Message to Parents

Dear Parents,

An important reminder: if you haven't completed the Tuition Agreement form for next year, your child's registration is not complete. Students have completed and submitted their course registration forms here at school, but registration is not final until we have the tuition agreement paperwork. You may complete this paperwork online.  Just click on the online registration button on the front page of our website: www.cathedralcrusaders.org.  You may also print out the form and send or bring it in. We are already working on next year's schedule. Students who are not fully registered may not get into their first choice classes, so it is very important that parents take care of this step.  

Students in Grades 8 & 10 will be taking standardized tests tomorrow (Tuesday). The Explore test is given to all 8th graders and assesses skills that are included on the ACT.  This gives us feedback on how well students are doing in these skill areas.  There is also a career assessment that can help students begin to think about future plans and what courses are appropriate to take in high school.

The Plan test, given to 10th graders, can best be described as a "practice" ACT as it includes the same subtests that are part of the ACT.  The score report provides good information about what skills students need to work on before taking the ACT.  The Plan also includes a career interest inventory to help students get an idea of what careers fit best with their interests.
Because these are practice tests, colleges will not use or even see these scores.  These tests are only given to provide information and for students to get more comfortable taking standardized tests.

A reminder that Parent Council meets this Tuesday, March 17, in the Conference Room at 11:30 am.  The speaker this month is Rebecca Brown-Medvec who will be educating and bringing us up to date on Cathedral's International Student Program.  This is our last regular Parent Council meeting, so if you haven't had a chance to, please join us next Tuesday!

The Global Issues class will be traveling to the Dominican Republic later this spring.  Baseball is very popular there because they have spring training for some MLB teams there.  The students are looking for new or gently used shirts, hats, gloves, baseballs/softballs, and sweatshirts that they will give to the needy. Check around your household or consider purchasing an item for this worthwhile drive.  The students will be collecting items in bins in the Commons or Mr. McMorrow's room (C116) until Friday, March 20

We will be helping our juniors prep for the ACT once again, although this year we have decided to do this intense prep during the school day. This means no schedule conflicts with spring sports, jobs, or Special Friends.  It also means that we will only be charging families for the ACT book and a small stipend for the extra work that the presenters take on.  Junior parents should have received a letter recently with the details of our plan. 

I hope everyone is making plans to attend Celebration of Seasons on April 25.  It is so important that the whole community supports this important fundraiser.  This is Cathedral's big event, and it benefits so many of our student activities.  


Lynn Grewing