February 15, 2013

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February 15, 2013

Good luck, Bruins!


The entire St. Joe calendar can be viewed by selecting this link.


Saturday, February 16
Father/Son Event

Monday, February 18
HS Cheerleader Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20
10th grade retreat/reconciliation 

Friday, February 22
Speech and Debate Assembly  
9:10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 26           Reconciliation (7-9)
Assembly (10-12)

Thursday, February 28          
8th grade assessment testing
DEAR (7, 9 & 10)                
Reconciliation (11 & 12)

Saturday, March 2
Father Daughter Dance

Thursday, March 7                 
11th grade retreat

March 9 – 17
Spring Break


Lunch Menu
Chicken Noodle Casserole

French Bread

Taco Salad

Chicken Tenders
Mashed Potatoes


Bullying Hotline
To report bullying, call the Mississippi Department of Education School Safety Hotline at 1-866-960-6472. Please make your children aware that this service is available for them.

Policies and Rules

  • If your child is going to be late or absent, please contact the school by 8:30 a.m.  Contact Debbie Gibson 601-898-4811 or Faye Hollingsworth 601-898-4811.
  • Parents, please send early dismissals to the front office by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the dismissal.  This will insure that your child is in the office and ready to be dismissed at the given time.  The school would prefer a note be sent to the front office instead of phone calls throughout the day.
  • It is against school safety rules to let students off anywhere but the carpool line by the cafeteria in the morning.  This includes students who come early – 7:00 a.m.  Also, afternoon pickup is not allowed anywhere but the carpool line by the cafeteria.  

Father Daughter Dance
Save the date!  The Father Daughter Dance is Saturday, March 2.  Invitations will be mailed next week.

Drivers Education
Students participating in the upcoming Drivers Ed program should return forms to Coach Godfrey as soon as possible.

Academic Competition
Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Math and Science Tournament at Mississippi College last week.  Here are the results:
Senior MariMac Collins – Top 10% in Mathematics and 2nd place in Chemistry
Junior Charlie Ledoux – Top 20% in Chemistry
Junior Anna Edge – Top 20% in Chemistry
Junior Ramsay Fairbanks – Top 20% in Chemistry and Mathematics
Junior Gene Loper – Top 20% in Chemistry and Mathematics
Junior Bailey Brilley – Top 20% in Mathematics
Junior Wyatt Allen – Top 20% in Mathematics
Junior Richard Brown – Top 10% in Mathematics
Junior Sam Osborne – Top 10% in Mathematics

High School Cheerleading
If you are interested in trying out for varsity cheerleader:

  • Must be a girl in the 9th-12th grade next year 
  • Sign up in Mrs. Hollingsworth's office
  • Attend a mandatory parent/daughter meeting on Monday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library

Senior Art Students and Parents
The Senior Art Show Committee is in the process of collecting and preparing artwork that will be exhibited in the senior art show on March 24. We are asking that seniors submit pieces they might have at home from previous years.  Please drop the artwork by Mrs. Turner's room by February 25.  The artwork needs to be clearly labeled on the back with name, title, and class.  Please contact Mrs. Turner with any questions.

Summer Youth Institute 2013

SYI brings together rising sophomores and juniors interested in making a difference in their communities.  SYI focuses on civil rights history, leadership training, and building relationships.  For more information contact von@winterinstitute.org.


  • Rob Parsons, father of Joseph and John Michael, is at Baptist Hospital recovering from surgery.  The family has asked not to have visitors yet, but is grateful for all prayers.
  • Helen Rooks Butts, mother of Jack and Will, had surgery this past week. Please continue to pray for Helen. 
  • Mrs. Lauri Collins' brother-in-law and MariMac and Jack Collins' uncle died on Thursday.
  • Please continue to keep Lepoleon Barnes, Carrie Maniscalco, Jeff Michel, and April DeLoach in your prayers.  
  • There will be a 5K Run/Walk and 1 mile fun run benefiting April Deloach on Saturday, March 1.  For more information, select March for April



See the service bulletin board for more information. 

  •  The Holy Family Church is in need of volunteers on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. to assist in cleaning duties.
  • St. Richard is in need of some assistance with babysitting on Wednesday nights from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. Please contact Kim Turner for more details turner@saintrichard.com

Please sign-up outside of the teachers' lounge to assist these causes.

Coming Soon in Sports

Friday  February 15
4:00 p.m. Girls' Varsity vs. Eupora @ home
8:30 p.m. Boys Varsity vs. William-Sullivan @ home

Friday, February 22
4:30 p.m. JV vs. St. Al @ home
6:30 p.m. Varsity vs. St. Al @ home


Catfish Fundraiser
The Booster Club is sponsoring a Catfish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, February 22, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and includes catfish, coleslaw hush puppies and drink. Take-out only.
Student Athletes are selling tickets now! Top ticket seller gets a $75 gift card, 2nd place a $50 gift card and 3rd place a $25 gift card.

Volleyball Try-outs
Volleyball tryouts will be held in the gym Monday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 20 after school until 5:30 p.m.  Girls entering grades 7-12 may try out for a position on the middle school, junior varsity, or varsity volleyball team.  Sign up form located outside of Coach Harris’s room 604.  Please sign up by Wednesday, March 10.  A mandatory information meeting for parents and prospective volleyball players will be on Monday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym following the first day of tryouts. If you need additional information, contact Coach Harris at tharris@stjoebruins.com

Bowling Team Results

The St. Joseph Catholic School girls bowling team finished second in the regional playoffs; they were defeated by Florence in a play-off game.  The team consisted of Leighton Hill, Caroline Bonin, Brittney Browning, Margaret Best, Swayze McDearman, and Elisabeth Scott. The outstanding bowler that day was Leighton Hill.  This finish enabled them to qualify for the state competition on February 22, 2013, at Paradise Lanes. The boys did not qualify, but were led by Chris Haneke who had a personal best of 161.

Bruin Golf Classic
The 7th Annual Bruin Classic Golf Classic will be held at the Canton Country Club on April 26.  Mark your calendar and dust off those clubs!

Sports Photos
The sports action and event photos can be viewed/purchased at www.vowellphotography.com. Go to online ordering and use password sjsportsaction.  Sports Team photos can also be viewed at www.vowellphotography.com using the password sjsports.

St. Joe Spirit Order Form
To purchase St. Joe t-shirts, hats, jackets, stadium seats, or any of the other St. Joe items the Booster Club sells, select here.


Mock Trial Competition

The St. Joe Mock Trial Team competed on Saturday, January 26 in the Mississippi Bar Association's Mock Trial Competition at the Mississippi College School of Law.  They advanced to the State Finals to be held on March 2.  Only 10 out of 22 teams advanced to the state competition.  The attorneys on the team were:  Sophomore Bria Paige, junior Whitley Pannell and senior James Patin.  Witnesses on the team were freshman Noah Greene, freshman Dominic Indest and junior Jaela Heffner.  Sophomore London Hatten served as the timekeeper.  The Teacher Advisor was Toni Harris and the Attorney Coaches were Shaunte' Washington, assisted by Mitzi Dease Paige. The students and coaches are pictured standing Shaunte' Washington, Noah Greene, London Hatten, Dominic Indest, Jaela Heffner, James Patin; seated middle Toni Harris; seated front Whitley Pannell, Bria Paige.

Congratulations, Maggie & Karson

Congratulations to juniors Karson Nelson and Maggie Smith who participated in Madison County's Distinguished Young Women Program last Saturday.  Maggie received the interview and scholastic awards and was named 2nd alternate. 

Congratulations, Jordan
Congratulations to senior Jordan Welsh on being selected as Madison County Miss Hospitality!


Help The Hattiesburg Community
St. Joe and St. Anthony are partnering to help those affected the tornado that hit Hattiesburg last Sunday evening and collecting items that will go to Sacred Heart Catholic School.  The school is located in downtown Hattiesburg.  The school was not damaged, however, they have families that lost their homes and personal belongings. Donated items will be collected in the gym each morning.  If you have any questions see Mrs. Hollingsworth. Please help with these items: toothpaste/toothbrush,
deodorant, contact solution, combs/brushes, soap, toilet paper, kleenex, cleaning supplies, Clorox wipes, Lysol, Mr. Clean, paper towels, laundry soap. 

Catholic Charities Thrift Store
As part of Stewart Inman’s Eagle Project, he will collect lightly used/new clothing and household items to “Stock the Store."  Troop 30 Scouts will be available on March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the store located in Jackson on 4643 McWillie Drive to accept your donations.  If you have any questions, email stewartinman@comcast.net.

Boy Scouts Rescue
Freshman Nick Burrow, a boy scout in Troop 302 from North Jackson, assisted in rescuing an injured man in the Sipsey Wilderness Area of north Alabama.  The boy scouts were on a trip when they helped rescue the man from Hartselle, Alabama.  The boys worked together and carried the man two hours out of the wilderness area.  We are so proud that Nick helped make this rescue possible. An article about the rescue was recently featured in The Northside Sun. 


Senior parents are reminded that most college financial aid offices and many scholarship programs require submission of the FAFSA form.  The information on the FAFSA will be used to compile a financial aid package to assist with the cost of your child’s education. (EX.: academic scholarship + work study + grant + loan = cost of tuition + room and board +fees.)  For more information select this link.

Advance Placement Testing
Parents of students taking AP courses are reminded to mail in their payment as soon as possible to facilitate the ordering process.

Common Application Process
Seniors that applied to colleges using the common application are reminded that they are required to submit a mid-year report.  Complete and sign the report form and bring it to Brother Dan for further processing.  It is your responsibility to see that the report is submitted.

Notes from Brother Dan

1. 2012-2013 ACT Dates: April 13 and June 8.

2. 2012-2013 SAT Dates:  March 9, May 4 and June 1.

3. School Code for St. Joseph Catholic School is 251425.

4. Seniors are encouraged to continue researching colleges online and to visit colleges in person before making any commitments.  I will be meeting with each senior regarding their college plans.  I am always happy to meet with parents regarding the college application process.

5. Seniors applying to out of state colleges or universities are strongly encouraged to also apply at least one of the in state schools.

6. For assistance with ACT/SAT preparation contact Sylvan at 601-366-6400 for further information.

7. Parents of seniors are reminded that most college financial aid offices require you to submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid. Applications are accepted only after January 1, 2013, and you are encouraged to apply on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Plan for this by having your tax returns available as soon as possible since the application will require information from these documents. Obtain a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov for both you and your student.  This will allow you both to electronically sign documents which is required for online submission.

8  Senior boys who turn 18 are required to register for the selective service.  You are encouraged to register online.

9.  Parents of seniors and juniors are encouraged to review the college application and scholarship information that will be posted in this section of the Bruin Buzz.

College Application Process
Once you have decided where you would like to apply, do the following:
1. See Brother Dan with a completed Transcript Release Form for each college.  This form is available in the Guidance Office.  Transcripts are mailed through the postal service and not emailed.  Please keep this in mind regarding application deadlines.
2. ACT and SAT scores will be printed on the transcript if the release has been signed to send the scores to St. Joseph Catholic School.
3. See Brother Dan if an evaluation form and/or letter of recommendation is required.  Give Brother Dan at least a two (2) week notice to compose an appropriate letter.
4. Some applications require a letter of recommendation from one or two teachers.  It is the student's responsibility to ask teachers for recommendations and to respectfully remind them of the due dates. Please give teachers at least two (2) weeks notice to compose an appropriate letter.
5.  If using the Common Application visit www.commonapp.org: Read all the information regarding this college application system. Download the Counselor form and complete and sign the student section. Bring paperwork to Brother Dan in the Guidance Office for processing.  Fill out a Transcript Release Form for each college.

Madison Ridgeland Rotary Club Annual Scholarship
Any graduating senior continuing their education is eligible for this
scholarship.  It may be used toward any four-year, two-year or
vocational college of the student's choice.  This is $750 scholarship.
Rules for the essay:
1. The essay title is "The Importance of Being an Active Member in a
Community Service Club."
2. Essay should be no more than 750 words, typed, double-spaced and with page numbers on each page.
3. The cover should include student's name, address, phone number and name of school.  It should also list personal community activities
within the last two years.  A current resume may be substituted.
4. Please include two (2) copies of the essay and one (1) copy of the
cover page.
5. Essays must be received by the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club no later than April 1, 2013, by mail, or they may be e-mailed to the address below no later than 5:00 p.m. the same day.
6. The winner will be notified by April 30, 2013 and will be expected
to attend a club meeting to read his/her essay to the Rotary Club.
Email essays to:  jnelson@allenhoshall.com
Mail essays to:  Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club
                        P.O. Box 696
                        Ridgeland, MS  39158

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program This scholarship is for high school seniors who plan on attending a four year college or university to major in engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry. Application deadline is February 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Visit: www.buickachievers.com for further information.

Central MS Ole Miss Rebel Club Scholarship  $1,000 scholarships are offered to students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year at Ole Miss. These scholarships will be paid to the University of MS for freshmen year tuition and expenses. Applicants must be on track for high school graduation in 2013 with a "B" average.  Applicants must have an ACT score between 21-28 (inclusive). Applicants must demonstrate leadership in school, religious and/or community organizations.  Completed application and letter of recommendation from your counselor must be submitted by Friday, March 8, 2013.  See Brother Dan for an application.

Major Minds of Mississippi  Millsaps College offers this scholarship to recognize the top students in our state and to encourage them to remain in Mississippi for their higher education. Eligible students will be awarded a minimum of $22,000 per year in scholarship funds.  No separate application is required.  Apply for admission and complete your application file by February 1 for regular decision. All eligible students will be automatically considered for the scholarship program.  Eligibility requirements include 3.8 unweighted GPA (as of the end of junior year), composite score of 28 or higher on the ACT or 1260 or higher
composite score (reading and math) on the SAT (scores can be from
multiple test dates), resident of the state of Mississippi, accepted for admission to Millsaps College.

Education Services Foundation – Get 2 College Program  Visit http://www.esfweb.com/?page_id=178.  This page has a link to each of the scholarship listings below. The Private and Search Engine Listings are in both PDF and sortable excel format.

  • Private/Outside Scholarships
  • Scholarship Search Engines
  • Mississippi 2-Year Institutional Scholarships
  • Mississippi 4-Year Institutional Scholarships

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information from the American Legion  For American Legion scholarships and other financial aid information visit www.legion.org/needalift.

Rotary Club/Jackson Scholarship This program is designed to assist deserving students who have potential as future leaders of Mississippi but who lack sufficient financial means to reach their goals.  Recipients may received up to $16,000, payable at up to $4,000 per year for four years.  Applicants must be graduating seniors who desire to continue their education at a Mississippi university or community college.  Applicants must have a B average or better and 18 or higher on the ACT.  The combined family income must not exceed $60,000 per year as determined by FAFSA. Application deadline is March 1, 2013.  See Brother Dan for an application.

Regions Bank Riding Forward Scholarship  Regions Bank will award $5,000 scholarships to 16 winners in their high school seniors essay contest.  High school contestants must submit a 500 word essay about how an African-American, past or present inspired them.  This contest begins January 21 and ends February 28.  For more information visit: regions.com/ridingforward

Madison County Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship
Is a $2000 scholarship available to students who are permanent residents of Madison County. Students must attend a Mississippi 4-year or 2-year college and intend to major in Agriculture, Forestry, Natural
Resource or Wildlife.  The deadline is March 5, 2013.  Contact Celia Miller at 601-859-4272 Ext. 3 for further information.


Spring Preview Day Mississippi State University will have Spring Preview Day on Monday, March 18.  Visit: www.statement.msstate.edu.

Boys State 2013 This leadership program will be held from May 26 – June 1 and is for rising senior boys. Applications are now available from Brother Dan in the guidance office.

Summer Youth Institute 2013 at Ole Miss  SYI brings together rising sophomores and juniors (present 9th and 10th graders) interested in making a difference in their communities. SYI focuses on civil rights history, leadership training and building relationships.  This program runs from June 15-23, 2013 and is free. Application deadline is March 15, 2013.  Apply Online at youth.winterinstitute.org.

Days of Intrigue This summer program is offered by the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi.  It is offered to rising juniors and seniors who are interested is a career with the CIA, FBI and NSA.  The program will be offered from June 10 – 14. For further information contact:  Melissa Graces at 662-915-1474 or magraves@olemiss.edu

Emory University Summer Programs For more information visit: www.precollege.emory.edu

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Programs For more information visit: summerexperiences.wustl.edu

Summer Programs at Savannah College of Art and Design
SCAD Summer Seminars  For rising sophomores and juniors interested in an art-based career. Courses are offered in the following areas: Fashion, Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Print Design and Character Design. Rising Star is for rising high school seniors. Courses are offered in the following areas: Drawing, Design, Computer Art Applications, Architecture, Fashion, Film, Photography and Visual Effects. Visit sacd.edu/summer for further information.

LSU Summer Music Camps Select here for information

Mississippi State University Summer Bridge Program   
This program is for students interested in majoring in engineering and is designed to build skills to be successful in an engineering program. Applications are now being accepted.  Contact Mrs. Angela Verdell at 662-325-8449 or visit bagley.msstate.edu/summerbridge for further information.

Rural Medical Scholars Program  This program is for rising seniors who are interested in a career as a family physician.  In this program you will be given the opportunity to attend Mississippi State University for five weeks this summer (June 2 – July 8, 2013), take two pre-med courses (Biology & Sociology) and observe doctors at practice throughout the program.  Other than the $60.00 registration fee and the cost of textbooks and food during the program, there are no charges to the scholars.  Tuition and room charges are all provided by the program.  You must have a minimum composite ACT score of 25 to be considered for this academically challenging program. Applications for the 2013 summer program are available on line at www.RMS.msucares.com.  For further information, contact Dr. Bonnie Carew at 662-325-1321 or bcarew@ext.msstate.edu.


ACT Workshops  Holmes Community College is offering ACT Preparation Workshop on April 6, 2013, at the Ridgeland campus from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  For more information e-mail kmyricks@holmescc.edu. Select here for the Ridgeland campus registration form.


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