Welcome Crusader! We are SO happy you're at Cathedral, and we want to make sure we're doing everything we can to ensure you have a successful and fulfilling school year. Below are some helpful resources for managing academics and student life at Cathedral. As always, if you have any questions reach out to your student advisory or any teacher. GO CRUSADERS!
Service Learning Program / Logging Volunteer Hours
In the words of the U.S. Bishops, “Catholic school students should be introduced gradually to the idea and practice of Christian service. In early years, efforts to instill a sense of mission and concern for others help lay a foundation for later service projects, as does study of the lives of the saints and outstanding contemporaries.” Sharing the Light, #232.
At Cathedral, we believe that service should be an attitude, a way of life, and every person has a calling and a responsibility to serve one another as a living example of Jesus’ teachings. It is important not only to listen and understand the Word of God, but also to apply the lessons learned in our daily life through service to others.
We will use the Corporal Works of Mercy, Spiritual Works of Mercy and the Principles of Catholic Social Teachings as the basis for our Service Learning Program. All service learning experiences will be related to these models of Christian living, and students will be asked to reflect on the connections between their service experience and these models.
Corporal Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy recognize the sacredness of human life. We learn through fulfilling these Works of Mercy for others that we are our brother’s keeper. Our feelings of love for our fellow man must be accompanied by acts of charity.
(1) Feed the hungry.
(2) Give drink to the thirsty.
(3) Clothe the naked.
(4) Shelter the homeless.
(5) Visit those in prison.
(6) Comfort the sick.
(7) Bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy recognize sin, ignorance, doubt, sorrow and other human conditions where we need to reach out in faith and love to others. How many times did Jesus rebuke with love, counsel, teach and help those who did not know Him?
(1) Admonish sinners.
(2) Instruct the uninformed.
(3) Counsel the doubtful.
(4) Comfort the sorrowful.
(5) Bear wrongs patiently.
(6) Forgive offenses.
(7) Pray for the living and the dead.
Catholic Social Teaching Principles
The Catholic Social Teaching Principles are a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. These principals highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
(1) Life and Dignity of the Human Person.
(3) Care for God’s creation.
(4) Call to Family, Community and Participation.
(5) Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.
(6) Rights and Responsibilities.
(7) Dignity of Work and Rights of Worked
Service Learning Requirements:
Students are expected to fulfill the number of service hours listed below during the assigned grade. Students cannot wait until their senior year and attempt to fulfill all of the required hours.
Grade Hours Required Education Area Grade 7 10 – including 2 served in your Parish/Church* Corporal/Spiritual
Works of Mercy
Grade 8 10 – including 2 served in your Parish/Church* Corporal/Spiritual
Works of Mercy
Grade 9 15 – including 3 served in your Parish/Church* Catholic Social Teaching Intro
Five Stages of Service Learning
Grade 10 15 – including 3 served in your Parish/Church* Retreat / Project included Grade 11 20 -including 4 served in your Parish/Church* Catholic Social Teaching
Grade 12 20 -including 4 served in your Parish/Church* Capstone Project ?
*Students will complete a total of 20 parish/church hours throughout their time at Cathedral. If you do not belong to a parish/church, contact Mrs. Baldwin for information.
Parish/church service experiences are an opportunity for our students to be contributing members of their parish community, which prayerfully and financially supports their education.
Logging Hours in MobileServe App:
New this year, students will record their service experiences in MobileServe. This app allows students to record and reflect on their service experiences. There will also be a current list of service opportunities, including many safe-distancing opportunities.
Getting Started Guide
MobileServe is available as a mobile app in the App Store and Google Play and can be used on most smartphones and tablets. If you’d rather not use the mobile app, you can create and manage your MobileServe account from any internet-connected device at app.mobileserve.com. Simply skip the download instructions below and start with Create Your Account.
Download the App
- Go to the App Store or Google Play
- Search “MobileServe”
- Tap the Get or Install button next to MobileServe App
Create Your Account
- Open the app or go to app.mobileserve.com & select Sign Up
- Enter your name, birthday, and create a password (skip the employer/school box)
- Select Next
- Add an optional photo to your profile or select Skip
- Select Next
- Enter the 6-digit code corresponding to your class:
- Class of 2021: 1AB8A9 CCS
- Class of 2022: 1F5E0F CCS
- Class of 2023: E2D346 CCS
- Class of 2024: 020D53 CCS
- Class of 2025: 21248F CCS
- Class of 2026:
- Select Join
After joining, be sure to categorize your service log by checking the box next to the organization name –Cathedral Catholic School – St. Cloud – and selecting the correct service category.
Contact Sandy Baldwin, Service Learning Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Guidance and Counseling
Guidance & Counseling Department Staff
High School Counselors
Middle School Counselor
- Kyla Burgess: 320.257.2118, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rochelle Yapuncich: 320-257-2142, email@example.com
College Planning & College Financial Aid Resources
College Planning/Financial Aid
- The Common Application is an Undergraduate college admission application that seniors may use to apply to any 900+ colleges and universities.
- Minnesota State University System has a link to the universal application and links to explore all of the schools in this system.
- Virtual Campus Tours lets you search by state and school to see a virtual tour and other information about the colleges.
- The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has useful college planning and financial aid resources on their website.
- Federal Student Aid provides detailed information about the FAFSA, the FSA ID, IRS data retrieval tool, and what happens after your FAFSA is submitted. Use previous year federal taxes to file the FAFSA (ideally transferred with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool embedded in the FAFSA.) 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes
- Macalester College hosted a series of online workshops this past year discussing various college topics, including writing college essays, navigating financial aid, and completing The Common App. Check out these and more recorded Macalester Workshops.
- MACAC (Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling) Virtual College Fair. MACAC is hosting virtual college information sessions where students can choose from panels on topics like paying for college, financial aid, application essays, internships, and more! Additionally, there will be information sessions from more than 100 colleges located all over the country.
Contact the Cathedral High School Counselors:
Need a transcript sent to a college or university?Contact Rochelle Yapuncich at 320-257-2142, ryapuncich@cathedralcrusaders.
If you are interested in attending a college visit, please email Rochelle at ryapuncich@cathedralcrusaders.
org.College Visits:Concordia College – October 12, 2021 – Period 6University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – October 11, 2021 – Period 7College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University – October 13, 2021 – Period 5University of St. Thomas – October 14, 2021 – Period 2St. Cloud Technical & Community College – October 28, 2021 – Period 5
Senior Parent Night Fall Presentation - Preparing for College
All 10th graders take the Pre-ACT, typically in the spring.
This is essentially a practice test that includes the same subtests that are on the ACT (English, Math, Reading, and Science) The score report provides useful information about skills students can work on to better prepare for the ACT.
All juniors take the PSAT in October each year. This test is sponsored by theCollege Board and is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. It gives students feedback on skills needed for college. Click here for more Information on PSAT Scores
College Entrance Exams
Cathedral High School Code 242-180
2020-21 – Test Optional Admissions
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties for students to complete college entrance exams, most colleges and universities have stated they will be “test optional” for the 2020-21 calendar year. Others have said they will remain test optional.
In gathering feedback from colleges about how this has altered their admissions process we have heard the following:
- Schools will use a holistic review process with an emphasis on the high school academic record — specifically grades, course selection and academic rigor. Studies show these are a strong predictor of college GPA and graduation.
- The review process for admissions may take longer
- For more selective colleges, core coursework should exceed the entrance requirements.
- Preparation for the major/college for which the student seeks admission is important
- Demonstrated interest is also an important part of the application review. Engaging in virtual or in-person campus events is encouraged. Colleges value students who have taken the time to get to know the school.
Many colleges have revised criteria for academic/merit scholarships which may or may not include test scores. It is wise to ask about these criteria to determine if your student should take or re-take the ACT.
Check out this student college scholarship blog written by former Cathedral alumn, Shane Corbett ’20!
When beginning your scholarship search, your best opportunities will be close to home. Check local resources such as service clubs or parents’ places of employment, and, most importantly, be sure to check the colleges where you are applying for scholarship opportunities. Many are based on select criteria such as:
- Financial need
- Chosen college
- Athletic ability
- Chosen major
- Religious affiliation
- Military background
- Leadership ability
Here is a website with several national scholarships: Top 175 College Scholarships.
Continue to check this page often, as more scholarships will be added throughout the year!
2021-2022 Scholarships for Students Grades 9-12
Voice of Democracy Scholarship offered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
- Scholarship must be applied towards tuition at either a college or university
- Must submit a 3-5 minute recorded audio essay on the theme “America: Where do we go from here?”
- Must also submit a printed version of your essay and photograph with your application
- Submit applications and all other requirements to the Counseling Office.
Deadline: October 27, 2021
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
- Contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12
- Must include a 700-1000 word essay describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917
Recognition and Awards:
First-place: $10,000 Second-place: $3,000 Five Finalists: $1,000 each Eight Semi-finalists: $100 each
Deadline: January 14, 2022