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2020-2021 FRESHMAN HANDBOOK 1


TABLE OF CONTENTS Schoology and Powerschool Page 4 Cathedral’s Grading Scale and GPA Page 5 Learning Resources Page 6 Academic Integrity Page 7 Christian Service Page 9 Attendance Policy Page 10 Dress Code Page 12 Late Work Policy Page 14 Extracurricular Options and Expectations Page 15 Concussion Procedures Page 18 School Counseling Page 20 People to Know Page 25 2


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SCHOOLOGY AND POWERSCHOOL WHAT IS SCHOOLOGY? A website where teachers are to organize course materials by using folders, folder descriptions and images. Schoology is where teachers will post announcements, upcoming assignments and assessments using the calendar and might be where online assessments are posted. Everything you need for your class should be available on Schoology. WHAT IS POWERSCHOOL? Students and parents can track their academic progress online via this easy-to-use website. In other words, Powerschool is where students and parents look to find grade updates, information about missing assignments, total points earned, etc. You will not be able to locate upcoming assignment information using Powerschool. POWERSCHOOL KEY Green Box with White Checkmark - Collected but not yet graded Red Triangle - Late/Student will receive partial credit Gold Square - Missing (student never turned in the assignment) Purple Diamond - Score exempt from final grade (if student completes the work, he or she will earn credit but if they do not, students’ grade will not be negatively impacted)

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CATHEDRAL’S GRADING SCALE AND GPA GRADING SCALE GRADE

CUTOFF

A+

98.5%

A

94.5%

A-

92.5%

B+

90.5%

B

86.5%

B-

84.5%

C+

82.5%

C

78.5%

C-

76.5%

D+

74.5%

D

71.5%

D-

69.5%

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) The GPA is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total number of credits taken to date. Grade point averages are calculated only at the semester. Transfer students’ GPAs are calculated only on grades acquired at Cathedral High School. GRADE POINT WEIGHTING Student’s grades will be weighted based on the following grade weighting scale. GRADE

HONORS

ACADEMIC

COLLEGE PREP

A

4.67

4.25

4.00

B+

4.00

3.58

3.33

B

3.67

3.25

3.00

C+

3.00

2.58

2.33

C

2.67

2.25

2.00

D+

2.00

1.58

1.33

D

1.67

1.25

1.00

F

0.00

0.00

0.00

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LEARNING RESOURCES ACADEMIC INTERVENTION RESOURCES School Counselors​: If you are uncertain who your school counselor is, it is listed on PowerSchool and here is a cheat sheet for you (see below). Learning Resource Center (LRC)​: located in Loretto Hall, Rm 2210. The LRC is open to ALL students during A-G Resource Periods and during Flex. Freshman Resource Flex​: all of your teachers are typically “on duty” during Flex. Be sure to ask where you can find them during that time. Academic Resource​: an assigned Resource Period for students who need guided help. 1-on-1 Work with Teachers​: ask your teacher if there is a day they might be willing to meet with you for extra help before or after school. NHS Tutoring​: email Lisa Ford l​ford@gocathedral.com​and she can help you get set up with a member of NHS who is an expert in the subject matter you need help with. The Writing Center​: located on the second floor of Loretto Hall. Email lbradshaw@gocathedral.com​for more information on what days this is offered during Flex. Links​to Cathedral-based tutoring options and elsewhere: Inside Tutoring/Help Information Outside Tutoring Help Academic Performance Plan/Contract​: If a student is struggling to pass classes/keep up with the workload, he or she may be placed on an Academic Performance Plan/Contract which is created by the student’s school counselor and Mark Matthews, Vice Principal of Academics.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CODE Cathedral High School Honor Code “Integrity is a core value of Cathedral High School. As a member of this community, I commit myself to act honestly, responsibly, and above all, with honor and integrity in all areas of student life. I am accountable for all that I say, all that I write, and all that I do. I am responsible for the academic integrity of my work. I pledge that I will not misrepresent my work or give or receive unauthorized aid. I pledge to be respectful of all school property and the property of others.� A student with academic integrity would not participate or be involved in the following behaviors that constitute academic dishonesty. We are aware that new forms of cheating, plagiarism and other forms of dishonesty may arise and therefore, we expect every member of the Cathedral High School community to interpret the expectation of academic honesty and integrity broadly and in good faith. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: CHEATING 1. Copying from others. 2. Possessing or using notes, formulas, or other information in any written or digital form (including pictures, cheat sheets, etc.), without explicit teacher permission. 3. Taking an exam for another student or permitting someone else to take a test for you. 4. Offering, accepting, or asking for improper assistance in return for money or any other benefits. 5. Providing or receiving information about all or part of an exam, test, quiz, or student work including the answers (e.g., telling someone in a subsequent period what was on your exam, or being told this information). 6. Altering a graded item and re-submitting it for a better grade without explicit teacher permission. 7. Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials. 8. Making up data for an experiment. 9. Having any electronics (phone, i-watch, i-pad etc) out during any assessment, that was not approved to have out or asked to be put away before the assessment. PLAGIARISM 1. Including in any assignment turned in for credit any materials not based on your own research and writing. This includes: a. Using the services of a commercial term paper company. b. Copying part or all of another person’s paper or online resource and submitting it as your own. 2. Acting as a provider of assignments for another student or students. 3. Failing to properly acknowledge quoted or paraphrased material using correct in-text citation, and a works cited page as required by the teacher. 4. Citing non-existent sources. OTHER 1. Misrepresenting your academic accomplishments, such as by tampering with computer records. 2. Deceiving a teacher or making up a false reason or excuse to get special consideration on an assignment, exam, or project.

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3. Failing to promptly stop work on an exam when the time allocated has elapsed. 4. Forging a signature. 5. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit in more than one course without consulting the assigning teacher (self-plagiarism). 6. Portions reprinted from “What is Academic Dishonesty?” ©2012 7. Josephson Institute, with permission. www.josephsoninstitute.org COLLABORATION 1. Collaboration, as defined by Cathedral High School, is working with or assisting another student on a task (assignment, project, etc.) in any way that does not fall under the definitions of cheating or plagiarism, such as National Honor Society student tutoring other students, peer mentors helping younger students etc. 2. Collaboration is permitted when explicitly authorized by individual teachers for the courses they teach. 3. Teachers may indicate collaboration guidelines per assignment or as a general policy. CONSEQUENCES FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY Based on the individual circumstances of an infraction, a student may face suspension, expulsion, removal from a class, and a failing grade for the quarter or semester in addition to the following consequences. FIRST OFFENSE ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲

The student will receive a zero for the assignment, project, test, quiz, etc. The teacher will contact the student’s parents The student may meet with the vice principal for student conduct The incident will be documented in the student’s file The student’s counselor will be notified of the offense The incident will be communicated to the moderator of the National Honor Society, who may determine the preclusion or removal of the student

SECOND OFFENSE ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲

The student will receive a zero for the assignment, project, test, quiz, etc. The teacher will contact the student’s parents The incident will be documented in the student’s file The student’s counselor will be notified of the offense The incident will be communicated to the moderator of the National Honor Society, who may determine the preclusion or removal of the student The student will meet with the vice principal for Academics affairs to establish specific consequences addressing students academic misconduct

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CHRISTIAN SERVICE Completion of the Christian Service Program is a graduation requirement. The Cathedral Christian service requirement will be based on the Gospel imperative of Matthew 25 that requires service to the poor and vulnerable if we wish to enter the kingdom of heaven. Each student must complete service hours as specified below for each academic school year.

Freshmen

15

Sophomores

20

Juniors

25

Seniors

25

Completion of the​​Christian Service Requirement​includes the following: Students will choose ONE A ​ pproved Agency​​to complete at least 50% of their total hours required for the academic year. The ​Agency List c​ an be found on the Cathedral website under Christian Service. Students have a choice to complete all their hours at that agency or complete the remaining 50% of their required hours by participating in a combination of the following opportunities: Any Cathedral “call out,” such as Open House, ShamrAuction, Phone-a-Thon, alumni Events and more. These opportunities will be posted and emailed to students, as well as posted in the Parent Newsletter. Team service trips will follow the service guidelines and must only occur outside of class time. Events and trips need to be approved by the Service Coordinator. These trips will not overlap any school organized mission or immersion trips. Students may participate in their home parish or place of worship in the following activities: Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Confirmation leaders, after-school mentors, servers, lectures, and hospitality ministers. They may volunteer at parish festivals for a maximum of four hours. These hours must be approved by a parish staff member supervising these opportunities. Students can also find service opportunities on the Community Callout Board. These opportunities will be emailed to students and in the Parent Newsletter and posted on the Christian Service page on the Cathedral website.

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ATTENDANCE POLICY ABSENCES It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call the school by 9:30 am to report a student absent. Attendance is kept on a period-by-period basis. No student who has missed five class periods or five hours may participate in any extracurricular activity on that day. This does not carry over to Saturday participation. EXCUSED ABSENCES ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲

Illness verified from parent/guardian Illness verified by note from physician Personal- verified by parent (one consecutive day in a row only) Doctor, Dentist, Orthodontic, Counseling, Mental Health etc. appointments verified by note from the office where the appointment took place Family funeral Military connected families (deployment and return) Serving as a page or honoree of the General Assembly Participating in an election Subpoenaed to testify in court State Fair participation Educationally related non-classroom activity-sponsored by a teacher/staff-such as field trips, Promise to Keep, Conferences, etc.

Long term absences must be pre-approved such as travel, elite sports involvement, etc. by the Principal or other administrators.​ COLLEGE VISITS Seniors are permitted two excused absences for college visitation purposes. Juniors are permitted three excused absences for college visitation purposes. For all excused absences, a parent, teacher or coach must have a request via the vice principal for academics and the attendance office. Failure to complete a form properly for a school function could result in an unexcused absence and no credit will be given for class work missed or refusal for the student to participate in the off campus activity. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES An unexcused absence is when a student fails to report to class and has not been given permission by the school or parents to miss that class/day. Refer to Truancy Policy for more details.

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ABSENTEEISM POLICY Students will be permitted ​nine days​absence each semester. Student absenteeism is calculated by each period of the day. The policy reflects period-by-period attendance. For example, a student may miss Alpha nine times and face the penalty, but be in attendance for whatever reason the rest of the periods and not face any penalty. Extended or chronic illness is reviewed on an individual basis. The penalty for missing nine class periods is a lowering of the quarter grade for each day missed over nine by 1% percent. Students and families should always be aware of their cumulative absences. Powerschool will give all this information when looking at grades. Cathedral is very serious about this policy as research indicates, good attendance is a key to academic success. Good attendance is a key to successful academic performance and promotes good attendance habits that benefit the student from class participation. TARDINESS POLICY Tardiness is defined as being late for any class period. A student is tardy when he or she is not in the classroom at the start of the class period or prayer (Alpha period, Period 1). All persons tardy to school must report directly to their classroom and will be marked tardy by their individual teacher. Students will be excused five times per semester to the first period of the day. A ​ fter a fifth tardy, a detention will be issued for every tardy beginning with the sixth tardy to school.​Students are encouraged to save those excused tardies because once they are used, regardless of the circumstances the next tardy to school is a detention from that point on.

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DRESS CODE Cathedral’s dress code has been and will continue to be an important part of our overall school climate. Cathedral High School believes that one important part of student success is personal appearance. Clothing must be neat, clean, properly fitted, not frayed, discolored or too tight. To that end, a school uniform is required for all students, including during summer school. Failure to adhere to the dress code results in a detention, removal from class until properly in the required dress code. Class time missed due to failure to be in dress code will result in an unexcused absence. Any work missed during this time would result in a zero for the assignment or test. Students must be in dress code from the time school starts until the end of the school day, this includes resource and Flex. DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲

School Lanyard. ​Each Cathedral student will be supplied with a lanyard, color coded by class, and an ID. This lanyard & ID must be worn around the neck and visible at all times. See the S ​ chool Lanyard ​section below for more information. Pins may be added to the lanyards that are appropriate for school and can be no larger than 1.25 inches square or only .5 inches larger than the lanyard strap on each side. Uniform Khaki pants​(​pleated front or flat front) with the Cathedral logo embroidered onto the front and supplied by Risse Brothers Uniforms. Pants must be worn properly, not altered in any way. Uniform polo shirts​a​re supplied only through our school spirit shop, which supplies short-sleeve and long-sleeve polo-style shirts with the Cathedral logo embroidered on the front. The uniform shirts are available in three colors: navy, white and forest green. Shirts must be fitted, no baggy clothing or ripped or torn clothing. Uniform sweatshirts​.​The uniform dress code also includes a selection of uniform sweatshirts and fleece jackets approved by the Cathedral administration for wear in Cathedral classrooms and assemblies. Four styles of navy, white and forest green hooded and crew neck sweatshirts, along with navy and forest green polar fleece outerwear, have been approved. The approved sweatshirts are the only sweatshirts students may wear on campus during the school day. Coats and Jackets​. Because Cathedral is an outdoor campus and students must go outside daily to attend all of their classes, coats or (rain)jackets may be worn (no flannel shirts etc.) from classroom to classroom but must be removed prior to the class beginning. During class time, all students are to be in the proper dress code which does NOT include coats, jackets, flannel shirts etc. O ​ nly Cathedral uniform sweatshirts may be worn for grades 9-11. ​There should be no other sweatshirt material worn for grades 9-11. Seniors may wear college sweatshirts (no nylon jackets, t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts etc.). ​Shoes​. Dress shoes or tennis shoes must be worn in school. Open-toed or open-heeled shoes are not permitted.

GENERAL DRESS CODE ISSUES ⊲ ⊲ ⊲

Students must be clean-shaven. Goatees and beards are not permitted and sideburns may only extend to the bottom of the earlobe. Hair worn below the collar must be worn back from the face in some fashion, such as a ponytail, groomed neatly and clean. Color may not be added to the hair. Hats, hoods, earphones, earbuds or sunglasses are not permitted. Headbands (not head wraps) are permitted to hold hair out of face. No beads or added hair coloring can be added to hair. No athletic headbands will be worn during school hours. No accessories may be added to the dress code. Earrings are permitted in the ears only and must not be excessive. Tattoos must be covered in school and at all school events and athletic contests. No extremes in grooming will be permitted. Anything that is distracting to the learning environment is not permitted.

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⊲ Clubs, organizations and teams wishing to purchase t-shirts as part of their spirit wear and wishing to wear these shirts on the assigned spirit day may do so after having the shirt or sweatshirt approved by the vice principal for student services if for a club or organization. Colors should reflect school colors of blue, white, gold, green or yellow. SCHOOL LANYARDS AND STUDENT IDS Every student, faculty, and staff member of Cathedral will wear a Cathedral Issued Lanyard for safety and to create a welcoming climate. Lanyards are color coded by class. Green

Class of 2024

Navy

Class of 2023

Yellow

Class of 2022

Orange

Class of 2021

Lanyards must be visible, worn around the neck, and on the outside of the school uniform during school hours. Failure to wear the lanyard properly, wearing the wrong lanyard, or tampering with a lanyard in any way that is not school appropriate will result in disciplinary actions. Any student who does not have their lanyard at the beginning of the first period that day will be sent to the Student Services Suite to receive a STICKER. Each time a student fails to wear their designated lanyard and ID, will result in detention (see “Detentions” above for more information). New Lanyards & IDs can be purchased from the Technology Office for before or after school. The charge will be $10 and will be added to the student’s account. LANYARD CHECKS Each morning there will be a dress code and lanyard check. Students will be sent to the Student Services Suite to receive a detention and to be sure the student is in the proper dress code when returning to class. The list will serve as the detention list for Flex period that day. All students on the list must attend Structured Flex that day. If there is not a Flex period that day due to Mass, Assemblies etc. student must attend Structured Flex the following day.

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LATE WORK POLICY

English

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Lizabeth Bradshaw (​lbradshaw@gocathedral.com​)

History

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Lizabeth Bradshaw (​lbradshaw@gocathedral.com​)

Foreign Language

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Gary Spurgin (​gspurgin@gocathedral.com​)

Mathematics

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Aarti Brooks (​abrooks@gocathedral.com​)

Science

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Aarti Brooks (​abrooks@gocathedral.com​)

Physical Education and Health

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Linda Bamrick (​lbamrick@gocathedral.com​)

Electives

Information located on the subject area’s Powerschool page.

Contact Person: Sara Greene (​sgreene@gocathedral.com​)

**We understand that some students have extenuating circumstances (for example; a long term absence due to illness, family emergencies, etc.) and we will handle every case with care and concern. Teachers, School Counselors, or the Resource Director will work with students to create individualized make-up plans as needed.**

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EXTRACURRICULAR OPTIONS AND EXPECTATIONS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS MODERATOR

CLUB/ORGANIZATION

Jenny Herron

5 by 5/5 for 5 (Reading Club)

Karen Hovanec

Alliance

Sue Mills

American Sign Language Club

Sara Greene

Art Club

Ria Pereira

Asian Student Union

Jenny Herron & Alannah Cataldo

Battle of the Books

Jean Smith & Ken Barlow

Black Student Union

Jenny Herron & Alannah Cataldo

Books & Bagels

Mark Matthews

Brain Games/White River Academic League

Sue Mills

Equestrian Club

Sara Bozzeli-Levine

Liturgy Committee

Dustin Land

Champions Together

Rose Egan & Jenny Herron

Chess Club

Jenny Herron

CHS Live

Ria Pereira & Jimmy Miller

CTEC (Technology & Engineering)

Jenny Herron

Dungeons & Dragons

Ken Barlow & Jean Smith

Embrace Club

Jen Alexander

Environmental Club

Dustin Land

Fishing Club

Gary Spurgin & Kathy Darnell

French Club

Linda Bamrick & Karen Hovanec

Freshmen Class Officers

Lizabeth Bradshaw

Girl Up

John Streiff

Greek Club

Katie Lewis

Hiking Club

Sr. Mary Ann Stewart

History Club

Katie Lewis & Beth Ernstes

Holy Cross Council

Lisa Ford

Indiana Math League

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MODERATOR

CLUB/ORGANIZATION

Rose Egan

International Food Club

Michael Moffatt

Irish Improv/SpinProv

Lisa Blamey & Laurie O’Brien

Junior Class Officers

John Streiff & Brian Gross

Latin Club (Indiana Junior Classical League)

TBD

Latin Dance Team

Matt Panzer

Latino Student Union

Jon Kane

Lifesavers

Craig Blanchette

Lumberjack Club

Sue Mills

Medical Club

Craig Blanchette & Jon Brissman

Mock Trial Team

Sr. Mary Ann Steward

Model UN

Lisa Ford & Beth Wissler

National Honor Society

Jimmy Miller

Physics Club

Karen Hovanec & Kim Carter

Riley Dance Marathon

Jimmy Miller

Rocket Club

Katie Lewis & Gary Spurgin

Senior Class Officers

Rolly Landeros

Ski Club

John Streiff & Cece Kasberg

Sophomore Class Officers

Marybeth Morris

Spanish Club

Jeanne Malone

Speech and Debate Team

Ed Freije, Kim Jamell, & Matt Cannaday

Student Council

Anthony Ernst

Student Life Council

Matt Cannaday

Theology/Philosophy Club

Jill Twilleager

We the People

Jimmy Miller

Web Development Club

Mark Noe

Young Republicans

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ATHLETICS Cathedral’s Athletics Department is led by Rick Streiff, Athletic Director and Jason Delaney, Assistant Athletic Director. Cathedral offers 20 different sports which allows a wide variety for students to choose from. A list of Cathedral’s sports offerings are listed below. For additional information about Athletics Policies and Procedures, please click this ​link​. 11. Soccer (Girls) 12. Softball (Girls) 13. Swimming (Boys) 1. Baseball (Boys) 14. Swimming (Girls) 2. Basketball (Boys) 15. Tennis (Boys) 3. Basketball (Girls) 16. Tennis (Girls) 4. Cross Country (Boys) 17. Track & Field (Boys) 5. Cross Country (Girls) 18. Track & Field (Girls) 6. Football (Boys) 19. Volleyball (Girls) 7. Golf (Boys) 20. Wrestling (Boys) 8. Golf (Girls) 9. Gymnastics (Girls) 10. Soccer (Boys) CLUB SPORTS Cathedral also offers competition in non-IHSAA sanctioned sports including, Rugby (Boys), Lacrosse (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Boys & Girls), Hockey (Boys), Volleyball (Boys) and Cheerleading. The coaches and athletes must be subject to the rules and regulations of Cathedral High School.

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CONCUSSION PROCEDURES Contact Mike Hunker (mhunker@gocathedral.com) as soon as possible. Mike is the point person for concussion management at Cathedral and is responsible for communicating with counselors, teachers, and coaches. Students must also be seen by a doctor trained in concussion management. Doctors at sports medicine clinics are best suited to manage concussions since they are trained to recognize and treat these injuries in students. These doctors will use evidence-based criteria to make treatment decisions. WHAT KINDS OF ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS ARE OFTEN RECOMMENDED BY DOCTORS? Every concussion is different and the doctor’s recommendations should be based on the student’s unique symptoms and findings of the neurological exam. Some common academic accommodations include: ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲ ⊲

Modified school attendance Reduced workload Limited computer time Extra time for homework/projects, or delaying work until cleared or able to work with no symptoms Extended time for quizzes and tests Breaks from class if symptoms worsen

HOW LONG WILL THESE ACCOMMODATIONS BE IN PLACE? The Doctor’s note should be dated, and the recommendations will stay in effect until the expiration date on the note, if noted, or two weeks past the date of the follow-up exam. If no date is noted, the accommodations will stay in effect for two weeks from the date of the initial visit. A new Doctor’s note will be needed to resume receiving accommodations. WHAT SHOULD THE STUDENT DO ABOUT MISSING ASSIGNMENTS & MAKE-UP WORK? Depending on the timing and severity of concussion students will have differing accommodations to support them as they heal from their concussion. The most important piece of the recovery process is clear communication between the student and their teachers. To help support this communication, students must meet with their counselor upon returning to school (9th, 10th and 11th grade students meet with their School Counselor, and 12th grade students meet with their College Counselor). The student’s counselor will help the student advocate with their teachers and will help provide other supports as needs arise. If they are unable to connect with their counselor, they should meet with Mrs. Watko, who oversees concussions in the counseling department. Students who have a Resource period will be moved to LRC Resource. This move is to help students have a quiet environment to work where they will have access to two teachers if they need help with assignments.

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WHEN CAN THE STUDENT RESUME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY? Doctors trained in concussion management will utilize the following criteria before providing written clearance for a student to return to sports and physical education class: - The student is symptom-free for full school days. - The doctor’s neurological exam administered in the office is normal. - The student must be symptom-free with a gradual, multi-day activity progression. Each step of the progression will be supervised by a Cathedral High School Certified Athletic Trainer. Each step of the progression will be separated by 24 hours. The student can return to play and physical education class only after successfully completing each of the above criteria.

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SCHOOL COUNSELING School Counselors​: Every student at Cathedral will have one school counselor for all four years. School counselors support the school’s mission in transforming students’ hearts and minds while preparing them for postsecondary options. Your counselor will get to know you over the course of the next four years and is here to support you academically, socially, emotionally, and as you begin to explore college and career interests.

LAST NAME

SCHOOL COUNSELOR

A - CO

Beth Brandes bbrandes@gocathedral.com

CR - G

Brittany Denny bdenny@gocathedral.com

H - LA

Kathy Pivonka kpivonka@gocathedral.com

LE - MC

Gretchen Watko gwatko@gocathedral.com

ME - SA

Martin Kirkwood mkirkwood@gocathedral.com

SC - Z

Jenny Myers jmyers@gocathedral.com

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CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS’ GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: A FOUR YEAR CHECKLIST FRESHMAN YEAR Student & Parent Expectations: ⊲ Enhance and build study skills and time management by studying 30-60 minutes a night, five nights a week ⊲ Practice consistent organization and time management habits ⊲ Enhance and build communication and self-advocacy skills ⊲ Explore interests and develop healthy relationships by getting involved in school clubs and activities ⊲ Identify and utilize available resources for academic and social/emotional support ⊲ Attend and listen to college representatives that visit Cathedral to learn about the college application search and selection process ⊲ Attend local college fairs ⊲ Begin visiting college campuses while on breaks to become familiar with future college options What to Expect From Your Counselor: ⊲ Classroom guidance lessons on: ⊲ Goal setting ⊲ Identifying my learning style using Holland’s codes ⊲ Classroom guidance lesson on four year plans ⊲ Career exploration and inventory ⊲ Grades Count: Transcript Review ⊲ What colleges are looking for in applicants ⊲ Individual freshman-counselor check-in first semester ⊲ Individual schedule meeting with counselor & four year course planning second semester ⊲ Introduce College Counseling four-year planning timeline for the college search, application, and selection process ⊲ Case conferences when/if applicable ⊲ Various events and workshops offered throughout the year ⊲ Regular grade checks ⊲ Individual Academic Performance Plan meetings with students with low grades

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SOPHOMORE YEAR Student & Parent Expectations: ⊲ Enhance and build study skills and time management by studying 60 minutes a night, five nights a week ⊲ Practice consistent organization and time management habits ⊲ Enhance and build communication and self-advocacy skills ⊲ Explore interests and continue to develop healthy relationships by getting involved in school clubs and activities ⊲ Identify and utilize available resources for academic and social/emotional support ⊲ Take the PSAT (fall) ⊲ Begin ACT and SAT test prep ⊲ Attend and listen to college representatives that visit Cathedral to learn about the college search, application, and selection process ⊲ Broaden knowledge and exposure to college and career options through Naviance ⊲ Start a “Top 10 list” of colleges that align with interests and values ⊲ Attend local college fairs ⊲ Begin visiting college campuses while on breaks to become familiar with future college options ⊲ Make summer count...colleges like to see students remain active (i.e. job shadowing, internship, job, sports, fine arts, academic camps, service/volunteer opportunities) What to Expect From Your Counselor: ⊲ Classroom guidance lessons on: ⊲ Goal setting ⊲ Strengths Explorer ⊲ Personality Types ⊲ Identifying values and interests to postsecondary planning ⊲ Preparing for the PSAT ⊲ Creating a resume ⊲ Individual meeting to review PSAT scores ⊲ Individual schedule meeting and four-year course planning ⊲ Review College Counseling four-year planning timeline for the college application, search, and selection process ⊲ Case conferences when/if applicable ⊲ Various events and workshops offered throughout the year ⊲ Regular grade checks ⊲ Individual Academic Performance Plan meetings with students with low grades

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JUNIOR YEAR Student & Parent Expectations: ⊲ Enhance, build, and practice study skills such as time management and organization which includes studying 60-90 minutes a night, five nights a week ⊲ Enhance and build communication and self-advocacy skills ⊲ Explore interests and continue to develop healthy relationships by getting involved in school clubs and activities ⊲ Identify and utilize available resources for academic and social/emotional support ⊲ Take the PSAT (fall) ⊲ ACT and SAT test prep ⊲ Take the SAT (spring) and link your PSAT and SAT scores in CollegeBoard to Khan Academy for free test-prep ⊲ Take the ACT (spring) and link your future scores in ACT to ACT Academy for free test-prep ⊲ Attend and listen to college representatives that visit Cathedral to learn about the college search, application, and selection process (fall) ⊲ Attend evening programs ⊲ Scholarships and Financial Aid Night ⊲ Junior College Info Night ⊲ College Admissions Representative Panel ⊲ NCAA College Info Night ⊲ Broaden knowledge and exposure to college and career options through Naviance ⊲ Continue working on a “Top 10 list” of colleges that align with interests and values ⊲ Attend local college fairs ⊲ Continue visiting college campuses while on breaks and utilizing excused college visit days to gain knowledge and exposure to future college options ⊲ Update your resume in Naviance ⊲ Make summer count... ⊲ Look for summer opportunities of interest and to enhance college readiness ⊲ Attend Irish College Admission Prep (ICAP) in June ⊲ Work on college essays and have the first draft complete when school begins in August ⊲ Begin/Complete the Common Application online ⊲ Complete the Parent Brag Sheet by August so your counselor can write the best letter possible on your behalf What to Expect From Your Counselor: ⊲ Classroom guidance lessons on: ⊲ Stress management ⊲ Personal inventory and reflection of desired lifestyle ⊲ Career discussions and workshops (career speakers for each Holland code coming to campus to speak with students) ⊲ College FIT Assessment - Determine Criteria for College Match (Academic ⊲ Environment, Major, Location & Type of College, People, Admission Standards & Process, Cost) ⊲ Irish College Admissions Prep summer workshop ⊲ Grade-level meeting to review PSAT scores ⊲ Individual schedule meeting and four year course planning ⊲ Review college counseling four-year planning timeline for the college search, application, and selection process ⊲ Case conferences when/if applicable ⊲ Various events and workshops offered throughout the year ⊲ Regular grade checks ⊲ Individual Academic Performance Plan meetings with students with low grades ⊲ Individual meeting to review PSAT scores ⊲ Individual schedule meeting and four-year course planning ⊲ Review College Counseling four-year planning timeline for the college application, search, and selection process ⊲ Case conferences when/if applicable ⊲ Various events and workshops offered throughout the year ⊲ Regular grade checks ⊲ Individual Academic Performance Plan meetings with students with low grades

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SENIOR YEAR Student & Parent Expectations: ⊲ Don’t lose momentum ­— keep working hard all year in the classroom by studying at least 60-90 minutes a night, 5 nights a week ⊲ Complete proper steps so your counselor and teacher recommender(s) can write the best letter of recommendation possible on your behalf (counselors will provide details regarding expectations and process) ⊲ Use Naviance to request transcripts to be sent to colleges starting in August/September ⊲ Use Naviance to request letters of recommendation following the process outlined by counselors ⊲ Finish college essays and have them reviewed by your English teacher and Counselor ⊲ Complete the Common Application/institutional application online (Consult your counselor for advice) ⊲ Keep track of college application, scholarship, and financial aid deadlines ⊲ Attend evening programs: ⊲ Senior Year Parent Information Night ⊲ Scholarships and Financial Aid Night ⊲ NCAA College Info Night ⊲ Other specific programming (selective college panel/college application process panel, etc.) ⊲ Take the ACT and SAT again (if necessary) ⊲ Apply for admission at colleges/universities prior to stated deadlines (many are November 1st). ⊲ Send test scores to the schools where applying and check to see if self-reported scores are accepted ⊲ Apply for scholarships...research and complete the necessary forms ⊲ Attend local college fairs ⊲ Continue visiting college campuses while on breaks and utilizing excused college visit days to gain knowledge and exposure to future college options ⊲ Attend and listen to college representatives that visit Cathedral to learn about the college search, application, and selection process (fall) ⊲ Fill out the FAFSA beginning October 1st ⊲ Send your Mid-Year Transcript/7th semester grades to colleges/universities (where necessary) ⊲ Update your college counselor with college acceptances and scholarship status on each school you applied to (this is tracked in Naviance) ⊲ Complete the end-of-year graduation/scholarship survey in Naviance ⊲ Accept an offer of admission and pay your deposit to one college only by May 1st ⊲ Participate in Cathedral’s College Decision Day What to Expect From Your Counselor: ⊲ Individual meeting with your counselor to go over your college list, review application timeline, college essay, and next steps ⊲ Follow-up meetings can be requested by the student throughout the college planning process ⊲ Individual check-ins ⊲ Individual consultation on schedule changes ⊲ Individual consultation during the decision making process in the spring semester ⊲ Case conferences when/if applicable ⊲ Various events and workshops offered throughout the year ⊲ Regular grade checks ⊲ Individual Academic Performance Plan meetings with students with low grades

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PEOPLE TO KNOW If you plan on surviving Cathedral your freshman year, below is a list of people you will want to know. If you find yourself in a pinch, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the following people, and they will either provide you the help you need or guide you in the right direction. TITLE

CATHEDRAL PERSONNEL

President

Rob Bridges rbridges@gocathedral.com

Principal

Julie Barthel jbarthel@gocathedral.com

Vice Principal for Academics

Mark Matthews mmatthews@gocathedral.com

Vice Principal for Student Conduct and Attendance

Kathy Saum ksaum@gocathedral.com

Director of Counseling

Gretchen Watko gwatko@gocathedral.com

Mental Health Counselor

Sarah Elich selich@gocathedral.com

School Nurse

Courtney Jennings cjennings@gocathedral.com

School Resource Officer

Tabby Emenaker (Officer Tabby) temenaker@gocathedral.com

School Receptionist/Attendance Specialist

Angela McGruder amcgruder@gocathedral.com

Campus Minister

Sara Bozzelli-Levine sbozzellilevine@gocathedral.com

School Priest

Father Jeff Godecker jgodecker@gocathedral.com

Christian Service Administrator

Shannon Fox sfox@gocathedral.com Sheila Roberts sroberts@gocathedral.com Eric Bruns ebruns@gocathedral.com Adam Barth abarth@gocathedral.com Katie Klee kklee@gocathedral.com Howard Fogel hfogel@gocathedral.com Mike Hunker mhunker@gocathedral.com

Director of Learning Resource Student Innovation Team

Directors of Freshmen Experience Athletic Trainer

Linda Bamrick lbamrick@gocathedral.com

Freshmen Class Moderators

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