February 22, 2013

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Bruin Buzz

February 22, 2013

South State Tournament
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Bassfield
7:00 p.m.

Opening games of JV and Varsity Baseball have been canceled.

Catfish Fry is still on until 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Good luck, Bruins!


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


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
8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 7
11th grade retreat

March 9 – 17
Spring Break

Friday, March 22
Rosary Group

Sunday, March 24
Senior Art Show


Lunch Menu

Grilled Chicken Pasta

Chicken Teriyaki
Fried Rice
Egg Roll

Taco Salad

Chicken Tenders
Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Cheese

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.

2013-14 Registration
Thank you for the sacrifice you make to send your children to St. Joe.  Please know they are loved and cared about.   Our faculty seeks God's will and works hard to help our students in their daily lives. Re-enrollment is still being accepted. 

Early Dismissal/Tardy
When your child is tardy or will have an early dismissal please include the child's full name, your name and the date of the tardy or early dismissal. St. Joe is required to keep documentation on attendance and this information is necessary for our records.

Father/Daughter Dance
The Father/Daughter Dance is Saturday, March 2, from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m.  Invitations were mailed this week.  We hope your daughter and her father or father-like escort plan to attend.

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.


  • Our belated condolences to the Gray-Lewis family and the Walberg family 
  • 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 was buried on Thursday.
  • Jessica Hardwick's grandmother died this past week.  Please keep her family in your prayers.
  • 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.

Update on April DeLoach
April's blood counts are not high enough for her to begin round six of chemo; however, her last bone marrow draw showed 0% blasts so she is in remission at this point.  It is necessary to have the three additional rounds of chemo in order to keep her in remission, so please pray that her counts improve.



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 22      
Varsity @ Bassfield 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 22  
Catfish Fry  4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  to kick off the baseball season
Games have been canceled tonight.
Saturday, February 23      
Varsity vs. Canton High @ HOME Varsity 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 26
JV and Varsity @ St. Andrews 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1
Varsity vs. Central Hinds @ HOME  5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


If your child registered to attend the cheerleading clinic on March 4 and March 5, the time of the Monday, March 4, session has been changed to begin at 2:00 p.m. This session ends at 6:00 p.m.  Please contact Mrs. Hollingsworth with questions.

Fabulous Flag
High school students (rising 9th – 12th graders) interested in being involved with the Fabulous Flags next fall must attend a brief information meeting Tuesday, March 26, after school in the band room.  If anyone has questions, please contact Georgia Sckiets at gsckiets@aol.com or 601-214-7182.

Volleyball Tryouts
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

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.


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.

Jack and Jill Service Project
Nick Bohannon, Bria Paige, Noah Greene, Kendall Watson and Kaitlyn Watson are participating in a community service project through Jack and Jill of America to start a library at the Henley Juvenile Detention Center in Jackson.  They are soliciting donations of new books, gently used books and donations to develop a library at the facility for the detainees.   The hope is that this library will help the youth detainees develop or maintain an interest in reading and learning.  These students are asking their St. Joe family to assist them with this service project through April 1.  The donation box can be found in the administration building lobby.


Mississippi State University
MSU online registration for Orientation begins March 1, 2013 at
www.orientation.msstate.edu.  There is limited seating at each sessions so you are encouraged to sign up early in order to get the session that works best with your schedule.

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.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarships  These scholarships are available to high achieving students (male or female) who plan to attend a Historically Black College or University.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
– GPA of 3.25 or higher
– School and Community Service including all leadership roles and
extracurricular activities
-Verification of acceptance at a Historically Black College or University
Applications are available from Brother Dan.  Application deadline is
March 28, 2013.  Call Jacqueline Houston (1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday) at 601-624-5358 for further information.

National Catholic College Admission Association Scholarship Eight (8) $1000 one-time scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors graduating in Spring 2013 who will be attending one of the National CCAA member institutions.  Award recipients must be enrolled at a National CCAA member institution for college beginning Fall 2013. A short application must be completed and submitted.  High school and
college information will be verified for students receiving the scholarship awards.  Award recipients will be selected by a random drawing. Recipients must give National CCAA permission to use their name and image for public relations purposes.  The deadline is March
22, 2013.  Visit www.catholiccollegesonline.org to apply online.
Call:  Joyce Masek at 614-633-5444 or email at masek@nationalccaa.org
for further information.
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. 

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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