February 8, 2013

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February 8, 2013

All senior baseball players will have banner pictures taken today,
Friday, February 8 @ 3:30 p.m.

Re-enrollment Packets due February 15


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


Monday, February 11
Driver's Ed Parent Meeting
Cafeteria  6:00 p.m.

MS Cheerleading Meeting
Library  6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12
Music Man Parent Meeting
FAC  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13
Ash Wednesday Mass 9:10 a.m.

Early Dismissal  2:20

Saturday, February 16
Father/Son Event
Details to come next week

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

Wednesday, February 20
10th grade retreat/reconciliation 

Friday, February 22
Speech & 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)

Thursday, March 7                 
11th grade retreat

March 9 – 17
Spring Break


Lunch Menu
French Bread 

Breaded Chicken Patty
Mashed Potatoes
White Gravy

Four Cheese Pasta

Chicken Tenders
Potatoes AuGratin

Grilled Cheese Sandwich 

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.

Black History Month

After listening to Dr. Martin Luther King's I HAD A DREAM speech, students listened to Mrs. Verna Myers, a former educator, speak about civil rights.  The assembly was part of the month-long celebration of Black History Month.


 Jeans, Jazz and Bruin Blues
Thanks to class coordinators, parents who donated items, time and money; those who bought and sold tickets, and those who prayed for the success of the Draw Down.  Final figures will be out next week, but, as of now, it looks like another record breaking year.  

Catholic Schools Week
Thanks to Mr. Reller and the Student Council and others who helped us celebrate RAISING THE STANDARDS during Catholic Schools Week.  Also, thanks to the PA for the faculty lunch, the priests' lunch, and to all those who gave blood.  

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 am).  Also, afternoon pickup is not allowed anywhere but the carpool line by the cafeteria.  

New Students
We wish a warm St. Joe welcome to our three new students:  
Chauncey Taylor, 9th grade, Maddie Davis and Ceci Fasano, 10th grade.

Academic Competition
The following students competed at the Math and Science Tournament at Mississippi College today:

MariMac Collins, Mary Reagan Baladi, Morgan Peoples, Eduardo Zuniga, Wyatt Allen, Bailey Brilley, Richard Brown, Anna Edge, Ramsay Fairbank, Gene Loper, Charlie LeDoux, Blake Rueff and Maggie Smith

Geography and Spelling Bees
Spelling Bee:
 1st, Linda Martinez; 2nd, Kamryn Brown ; 3rd, Graham Hlavac
Geography Bee:  1st, Nathan Lancaster; 2nd, John David Topik

Scholarly Honors
Congratulations to senior MariMac Collins:

  • Named National Merit Finalist
  • Nominated for National Presidential Scholar Award
  • Named Star Student for St. Joe
  • Named finalist in Fireside Scholarship Essay Contest
The Music Man

Parent meeting for the cast: Tuesday, February 12 from 5:30-6:30 in the FAC auditorium. There is much information to go over. If you have any questions, please email rkenyon@stjoebruins.com.


Driver's Education
Driver’s Education will again be offered for St. Joe students.  The course will be taught by Coach Flip Godfrey. The classroom portion will be completed during spring semester, and the driving portion will be held this summer.  Students must be 15-years old before a permit is issued and must have a social security card and birth certificate. The cost of the class is $230.  Students will not be permitted to start the class until this fee is paid. A parent informational meeting will be held on February 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Select here for more information and the tentative schedule.

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

Middle School Cheerleading
An informational meeting for prospective Middle School cheerleaders and parents for 2013-2014, will be on Monday, February 11,  6:00-7:30 p.m. in the library. If you need additional information, contact Brenda Cofer at bcofer@stjoebruins.com.

Spirit Steppers
Spirit Stepper Clinic and Tryouts will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on March 18th through the 20th right after school until 5:00 p.m.  Please visit the Spirit Steppers website for more details. We are looking for girls entering grades 9-12 for the 2013 season. Please note, due to the intense workload of the team next year, we encourage steppers not to participate in any other sports.  For more information or questions, 
contact Julie Reda or Cathy Thomas


  • 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 and is also at Baptist Hospital.  Helen has asked that visitors wait to visit until she is home.  
  • Mrs. Pam Walberg's mother died this week.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  The funeral is in Illinois.
  • Maura Anne Gray-Lewis died suddenly this past week following surgery.  She is the sister of teacher Rachel Kenyon and students Mollie and Jo-Jo Gray-Lewis.  Their mother, Mrs. Gerry Gray-Lewis, sent the following message to the St. Joe family:             Gratitude is our default emotion for your boundless sympathy and your gazillion corporal works of Mercy, as we mourn the passing of our Maura Anne! Thank you each for being family. Love! The Gray-Lewis Family
  • 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

vs. = home      @ = away

Tuesday, February 12
6:00 p.m. Girls:  St. Joe vs. Ackerman
7:00 p.m. Boys:  Ackerman vs. East Webster

Thursday,  February 14
4:00 p.m. Girls:  Pisgah vs. Eupora
5:30 p.m. Boys:  Eupora vs. East Webster
7:00 p.m. Girls:  Winner of Tuesday's Girls vs. East Webster                                                 
8:30 p.m. Boys:  Winner of Tuesday's Boys vs. St. Joe

Friday  February 15
4:00 p.m.  Girls' Losers of Thursday play for 3rd
5:30 p.m.  Boys' Losers of Thursday play for 3rd
7:00 p.m.  Girls Championship Game
8:30 p.m.  Boys Championship  Game


Tennis team practice begins Monday, January 28, at the Ridgeland Tennis Center immediately after school, Monday – Friday. All team members MUST have a current, completed physical form on file with Coach Wissel in order to play or practice. Please pick up form from Coach Wissel.


Middle School baseball practice Saturday, February 9 @ 11:00 a.m.
Varsity baseball practice at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday February 9
All senior baseball players will have banner pictures taken on Friday February 8 @ 3:30 p.m.

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.



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: February 9, April 13 and June 8.

2. 2012-2013 SAT Dates:  January 26, 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 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 emailed to the addressbelow 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

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 runs through February 28.For more information visit:  regions.com/ridingforward

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:
– 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.

Best Buy Scholarship Students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate good grades, commitment to community service and/or work experience are eligible to apply for $1000 scholarships.  Application deadline is February 13, 2013. Apply on line at http://pr.bby.com

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 Jan. 21st and runs through February 28.  For more information visit:  regions.com/ridingforward

UMC School of Nursing Open House
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For more information visit:  nsrecruiter@umc.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
Visit: scad.edu/summer for further information.
Rising Star
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 skillsto 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
Holmes Community College is offering ACT Preparation Workshops 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.  Select here for the Goodman campus registration.


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