Notes from the Principal's Desk: Middle School update, Band performance, scholarships, and more

Celebrating Our 8th Grade Graduates

Yesterday we celebrated our 8th-grade graduates during the 8th-grade awards ceremony and brunch. Thank you to the 7th-grade parent volunteers who helped plan and set up the brunch.

At Cathedral, not only do we focus on teaching the curriculum and content that students need to be successful - but we also endeavor to instill a growth mindset and develop the children’s resilience in the face of adversity. Over the past 15 months, I can honestly say that all of the students and 8th grade, in particular, have demonstrated these qualities over and over again. From pivoting to remote learning, beginning the school year in a hybrid model to transitioning to in-person instruction, they have risen to every challenge put forth. Not only meeting these challenges but surpassing all expectations, which I think is evidenced in the $654,000 in scholarships the 8th-grade class was awarded this year. Below, we share the academic scholarships that were awarded to the students this year.
Maddie B.- $92,000 awarded in scholarships
Mercy High School Founders Scholarship, $3,000 per year, $12,000
St. Timothy’s Foreign and Public Service Scholarship, $20,000 per year, $80,000
Abby B.- $36,000 awarded in scholarships
Mercy High School Catherine McAuley Honors Scholarship, $5,000 per year, $20,000
Mercy High School, Legacy Award, $1,000 per year, $4,000
Notre Dame Preparatory 60th Anniversary Scholarship, $3,000 per year, $12,000

Genna C.- $96,000 awarded on scholarships
Notre Dame Prep Mother Theresa Gerhardinger Scholarship, $4,000 per year, $16,000
St. Timothy’s Charlie Lord Scholarship, $20,000 per year, $80,000

Abbey D.- $10,000 awarded in scholarship
Maryvale Academic Scholarship, $2,500 per year, $10,000
Campbell D.- $10,000 awarded in scholarship
Maryvale Academic Scholarship, $2,500 per year, $10,000
Mikyle D.- $18,000 awarded in scholarship
Archbishop Curley High School Assisi Award, $4,500 per year, $18,000
Charlotte F.- $52,000 awarded in scholarship
Knott Scholarship Candidate
St. Timothy’s Mary Pillsbury Lord Scholarship, $13,000 per year, $52,000
Brigid O.- $76,000 awarded in scholarships
Maryvale Trustees’ Leadership Scholarship, $8,000 per year, $32,000
St. Timothy’s School Headmaster’s Scholarship, $11,000 per year, $44,000
Weston O.- $8,000 awarded in scholarship
Calvert Hall College Cardinal Leadership, $2,000 per year, $8,000
Will R.- $42,800 awarded in scholarships
Calvert Hall Brother Tom Honor Program Academic Scholarship, $3,700 per year, $14,800
Loyola Blakefield Ignatian Scholars Program Scholarship, $7,000 per year, $28,000
Katie S.- $153,248 awarded in scholarships
Maryvale Trustees Leadership Award, $8,000 per year, $32,000
Notre Dame Prep Gateway Academic Achievement Award; $5,312 per year, $21,248
Notre Dame Prep Hampton Academic Achievement Award, $5,000 per year, $20,000
St. Timothy’s Fowler Scholarship, $20,000 per year, $80,000
Drew S.- $16,000 awarded in scholarships
Calvert Hall College St. Benilde Scholarship, $2,000 per year, $8,000
Loyola Blakefield Lacrosse Scholarship, $2,000 per year, $8,000
Kiran T.- $32,000 awarded in scholarship
Mercy High School Women in Medicine Scholarship, $8,000 per year, $32,000
Madison W.- awarded $12,000 in scholarship
Mercy High School Scholarship, $3,000 per year, $12,000

Way to go, 8th grade! Click here to see the full award list.

Middle School Update
This year the pandemic has impacted our ability to complete Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan: Differentiate the Middle School Experience. One of the objectives is to ensure the middle school environment and experience reflect the developmental needs of middle school students. A key strategy identified to meet this objective is configuring the middle school’s physical and educational environments to complement middle school students’ learning modality and social-emotional development. This includes refurbishing the North Wing as a middle school building. Although we planned to refurbish the middle school to the North Wing during the 2020-2021 school year, the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented some challenges in executing this endeavor.
These challenges include:
The need for a Plan B, as advised by the Department of Catholic Schools and School Board, should we need to revert to social distancing and the requirement of satellite classrooms should there be a spike in cases at the beginning of the school year.
The numerous school-wide summer projects impacting the summer work crew’s ability to complete the updates over the summer. Some of these work items in the North Wing include-
a. Replacing Light Fixtures with LED fixtures
b. Replacing obsolete interactive projectors
c. Painting and decorating classrooms, hallways, breakout rooms
d. Removal of kindergarten cubbies
e. Installation of new lockers
f. Raising & lowering of commodes in bathrooms on different floors
Concerns about delays in the supply chain to obtain technology and classroom furniture.
Thus, we have revised the implementation plan timeline. The middle school will return to the third floor for the 2021-2022 school year to adjust to these new realities. Mr. Mathis will return to his previous classroom and no other classrooms will be moved next year.
During the 2021-2022 school year, the updates to the North Wing will proceed.
The benefits include:
Allow time for the updates to be completed during the 2021-2022 school year
The continued availability of breakout rooms as needed
Allow teachers time to design the learning space to best accommodate problem-based learning
Ensure the technology, furniture, and equipment arrives in time for student use
Allow further student feedback for the design of the learning space
After the 2021-2022 school year, the classrooms for the following grades will be moved to new locations, which will result in improving access to the lower school, improve how the school presents itself during admissions tours, and give the middle school its own building which will be dedicated to their unique learning environment.
Grades 6-8 move to the North Wing
Grades 3-5 move to the third floor of the main building
Grades K, 1st, 2nd move to the 2nd main floor (Pre-1st remains on the current first floor)
Music Room move to the first floor (Library Floor)
Modern Language move to the first floor (Library Floor)
Resource Room/Modern Language #2 move to the first floor (Library Floor)
Band Performance
We would like to thank all of the students who participated in the school band this year. While the pandemic presented some challenges, the students learned a lot and are looking forward to next year. Here is a link to a short video featuring the beginning and intermediate band to show your child, especially if they have expressed interest in joining the school band.

Looking ahead:
Friday, 6/4 - CASPA Board Meeting
Friday, 6/4 - 11:50 a.m. dismissal for K-78th graders off
Friday, 6/4 - Mustang Market open
Friday 6/4 - 8th grade Graduation (will be livestreamed8th grade class photo at 2:45 p.m.)
Weekend of 6/5 and 6/6 - Year of the Eucharist Kick-off!
Week of 6/6 - Week 2
Wednesday, 6/9 - Last day of CED
Thursday, 6/10 - 11:50 a.m. dismissallast day for students
Friday, 6/11 - last day for faculty and staff

Upcoming parish events:
Saturday, 6/5 -
Saturday Devotions
Memorial Mass for Thad Warszawski
Adoration to kick off the Year of the Eucharist
Weekend of 6/5 and 6/6 - Year of the Eucharist Kick-off!
Tuesday, 6/8 - Bible Study
Saturday, 6/12 and Sunday, 6/13 - Marriage Vow Renewal

Don’t forget that tomorrow is a half-day with dismissal at 11:50 AM! We look forward to the 8th-grade graduation tomorrow at 3:30 PM. We ask that the graduates arrive no later than 2:15 so we can prepare for the graduation picture at 2:45 PM.

God Bless,
Dr. Wright