Nationally Known Bullying Expert to Speak at ICCS

Jodee Blanco, a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of bullying, will present on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at St. Louis Catholic School at 6:30pm to school parents in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. St. Louis School is located at 5192 Shady Grove Road in Memphis. There is no cost to attend the session.   Ms. Blanco will also speak to students at teachers in separate meetings at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School on that same... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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First School Mass Celebrated with Backpack Blessing

ICCS students celebrated school Mass of the year today, during which Cathedral pastor Fr. Robert Szczechura bestowed a blessing on the students' backpacks.  The special blessing serves as a reminder to our students that they are surrounded by God's promises and have the love and support of our priests, faculty, and staff during their school year at ICCS. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, August 26, 2021
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Faculty and Staff Blessing

On Sunday, Aug. 22, Cathedral Pastor Fr. Robert Szczechura continued the annual tradition of bestowing a special blessing upon faculty and staff of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School as they begin a near school year.  Fr. Szczechura asked all present to keep ICCS teachers and students in their prayers as they begin ICCS's 100th year of Catholic education in Midtown Memphis. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, August 23, 2021
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Classroom Blessing

On Friday, Aug. 13, ICCS students gathered in the Cathedral Friday for prayer with Associate Pastor Fr. Casey Weber, who then visited all classrooms and school offices to bestow blessings as we begin our new year. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, August 20, 2021
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Students Celebrate May Crowning Ceremony

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students celebrated the annual May Crowning tradition in a ceremony led by Cathedral Pastor Fr. Robert Szczechura on Thursday, May 6. Two 8th-graders who recently received the sacrament of Confirmation had the honor of placing the crown of flowers on statues of the Blessed Mother. Jackson Dress crowned the statue inside the Cathedral during the school Mass; following Mass, Fr. Szczechura led a procession to the Cathedral Center courtyard, where Annalise... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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8th-Graders Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

ICCS's 8th-Grade Class of 2021 participated in the traditional Pinning Ceremony, held in the Cathedral after Mass on Thursday, April. 15.  Principal Chad Stevens presented each student with a school pin in recognition of their leadership role in our school and the transition they will soon make from Middle School to High School. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Cathedral Pastor Fr. Robert Szczechura bestowed a blessing upon the class and reminded them to wear their pins with pride. A... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 15, 2021
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Chad Stevens Named ICCS Principal

Chad Stevens, who has served as ICCS interim principal since June 2020, has been appointed principal, Cathedral pastor Fr. Robert Szczechura announced on Tuesday. In a letter to faculty, parents, and parishioners, Fr. Szczechura noted Mr. Stevens’ leadership during the pandemic and his strong relationship with parents and faculty. “Over the past several months, during very fluidly unprecedented circumstances, he has stepped up and led with little, to no, interruption. He deals... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Third-graders Create Newspaper

Special from Mrs. Nancy Miller, ICCS Librarian:   "Back in late January, I told the students to come up with a Black History Month project. My only guideline was to have a completed product by the end of February.   Quickly, the students came up with lots of ideas.  We listed everything on a whiteboard; and they narrowed the ideas down and decided to make a newspaper.  This is how  the Wildcat Lively News! was born.  The kids figured out all the... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, March 29, 2021
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Three ICCS 8th-Graders Win Work of Art Contest

Three ICCS 8th-graders are winners in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Work of Art Competition. Their work will be submitted to the CCHD office in Washington, DC for the national competition.  Annalise Henley won in the painting/drawing category (photo of work pictured); Abigail Henninger, won in the poetry category (poem below); and Vivian Eatmon was a winner in the writing/essay category (will be published soon).   "From the Depth," by Abigail Henninger... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, March 22, 2021
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On-Campus Admissions Events

ICCS has on-campus Admissions events scheduled across campus this spring, with limited attendance for each session.  Pre-K3 through kindergarten "Come and See" Preview mornings will be held Tuesdays, March 23 and April 13th from 8:30am-9:00am.  An Open House for grades 1st-8th will be held on Tuesday, April 20 in two sessions, 9:00-11:00am, and 1:00-2:00pm.  To RSVP for an event or for more information, please call or email Cathy Armstrong . (901) 435-5344.  ... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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ICCS to Continue On-Campus Classes After Christmas Break

Memphis-area Catholic Schools will continue to offer on-campus classes after the new year, the Catholic Diocese of Memphis announced yesterday.  The Diocese made the decision after a careful review of COVID-19 cases in the Catholic School system showed a low number of students, faculty, and staff testing positive for the virus. Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will continue to offer families the choice to either send their children to campus or enroll in distance learning. ... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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Pre-K Students' Christmas Chains Reward Good Choices

Mrs. Copous helped her PK students put together their Christmas Chains in the hallway this morning. For each good decision a student makes this week, he or she will get a green or red link with the good decision written on it. The more good decisions made, the longer the links! The chains are assembled with alternating green and red links, also giving the students a lesson in color. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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Full STEAM ahead!

Just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak last spring, ICCS received a grant from the Buckman Foundation to fund STEAM equipment for our science lab and library.  With the return to on-campus classes, the Buckman funds have been used to purchase STEAM equipment including tools for the Middle School science lab and robots for the Lower School.  Funds raised through the 2019 #iGiveCatholic campaign were also earmarked for the STEAM program and were used to purchase a STEAM cart, LEGO wall, and... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, November 9, 2020
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Kindergarten Students learn about los colores de otoño

All ICCS students, from pre-K3 through 8th grade attend regular Spanish classes. This week, our kindergarten students are beginning to explore el otoño and the colors of fall. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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Kindergarten Students Practice STEM Concepts

Young children enjoy solving problems and exploring the world through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). ICCS’s STEM program begins as early as preschool, where students practice STEM concepts with hands-on projects. Pictured are kindergarten students building bridges after watching a video on the three types of bridges and how their construction determines how much weight they can hold.  Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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ICCS Students Participate in Pinwheels for Peace Project

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels they created, with messages of peace, on the school and Cathedral campus.   Pinwheels for Peac e  is an art installation project started as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Since its inception in 2005, it has... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Courtyard Dedicated to Bishop Talley on His Birthday

On Friday, Sept. 11, Bishop Talley, visited the ICCS campus, where students unveiled a plaque in the courtyard dedicating the area in his honor. After the unveiling ceremony, he visited with students in every grade, asking them all to give their parents his thanks for the sacrifices they make to provide a Catholic education at ICCS for them. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Bishop Talley Visits Lower School

Last Wednesday, our Lower School students enjoyed a surprise visit from Bishop Talley, who talked with students in their classrooms and also took the time to speak, via Zoom, to our students enrolled in distance learning. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, August 28, 2020
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Three ICCS Teachers Receive Diocesan Awards

Three ICCS teachers were recognized by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis recently. L-R:  Middle School teacher Sarch Bowers and 4th Grade teacher Caylen Follis received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for Innovations in the Classroom, and Second Grade Teacher Julie Escobar received the Immaculate Heart of Mary Award. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, August 17, 2020
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ICCS Offers Choice of Distance or On-campus learning

In a July 16 letter to school parents, ICCS interim principal Chad Stevens stated the school will offer parents a choice of distance or on-campus learning for their children. " Some families have expressed concerns about sending their child back to campus on August 11," Stevens said.  "Each parent is responsible for the safety of their own child and should certainly do what they feel is best for their child. We at ICCS are responsible for the safety and well-being of... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, July 16, 2020
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Fr. Robert Szczechura Appointed Cathedral Pastor

On Saturday, May 23, Bishop David Talley announced that Father Robert Szczechura, S.T.L., currently pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Bartlett, will become pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception effective on August 1, 2020. As the Cathedral pastor, Fr. Robert will also lead the administration of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. CLICK HERE to read Fr. Robert's message regarding his support of ICCS's Lower and Middle School. Born in Orawka, Poland on... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Immaculate Conception Cathedral Announces Closure of High School

Preschool Through 8th-Grade Will Remain Open   CLICK HERE to READ NEWS RELEASE Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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ICCS Announces 2020 Valedictorian, Salutatorians

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is pleased to announce that Christina Young is the Class of 2020 Valedictorian.  Maria Vega and Samantha Oswald, with identical GPAs, are the 2020 Salutatorians. Christina will attend Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, from which she received the Bl. Basil Moreau Signature Scholarship. Currently undecided about her major, she has interests ranging from English to Biology and plans to minor in Spanish. She is a member of the National Honor... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, May 8, 2020
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8th-Grade Spotlight: Vincent Levy

Today's 8th-grade Spotlight is on Vincent Levy, who has been an ICCS student since PK4. Vincent was a member of the basketball, soccer, track, and cross country teams, and is a member of the Beta Club. He says he's enjoyed most at ICCS the "amazing friends I've made here." Vincent says the values he's learned as an ICCS student are hard work, respect, and kindness. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Senior Spotlight: Alison Pham

Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Alison Pham.  Alison will attend the University of Memphis in the fall as a pre-med major. She is a member of ICCS’s International Club and Environmental Club and a volunteer for the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality.  When asked what she enjoys most about ICCS, she says, “The diversity exceeded my expectations, and the staff has been very supportive and accommodating.”  She adds, “ICCS has prepared me most for my future... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 16, 2020
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Senior Spotlight: Lilya Manuel

Today's Senior Spotlight is on Lilya Manuel. Lilya plans to pursue a career in music recording/singing and song-writing and will attend either Visible Music College or Southwest Community College. Throughout her high school days, she’s been part of several sports teams, clubs, and activities including basketball, soccer, track, International Spanish Club, Catholic Ministry, Teens for Life, and has been an altar server at school Masses in the Cathedral. Lilya also stays busy with her... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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ICCS Junior Accepted into Xavier University SOAR Summer Program

ICCS junior Nile Williams is one of just 60 high school students from across the country selected to participate in Xavier University's Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR) summer session. The highly selective program provides students opportunities to attend exciting lectures, engage in team-building activities, and conduct innovative lab experiments, all while interacting with current Xavier University students and staff. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 9, 2020
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ICCS High School Participates in French Contest

Despite the quarantine, this week our High School students participated in the National French Exam in an online proctored setting. ICCS is committed to bringing quality education for our students, and we are very proud of their achievement. Bravo les élèves! Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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Bishop Talley Sends Message of Encouragement to ICCS Students

As Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students adjust to learning remotely from their homes, separated from their classmates and teachers, Bishop Talley sent them a message of encouragement and hope, reminding them to look forward to the time when they can celebrate being together again as a school community.  Click here to see the bishop's video. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Tennessee General Assembly Approves Educational Savings Accounts for Fall 2020

Prior to adjourning last week, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a limited budget. The budget passed with bipartisan support and included honoring and funding the commitment to implement the Education Scholarship Accounts program this fall. Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is a participant in the Tennessee Educational Scholarship Accounts program, and we are thrilled that it will provide a means for children who want to attend ICCS to do so. For more information about ESAs and to see... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Extended Spring Break

Please click the link below for the most up-to-date information regarding school closures from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. /assets/1998/cdomschoolcomcoronavirusfinalmarch122020.pdf Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, March 12, 2020
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ICCS Senior Named Day Scholar

ICCS senior Rochelle Devlalliwalla has been named a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Clarence Day Scholarship at Rhodes College. Based on academic achievement and involvement with the Memphis community, the highly selective program pays $35,000 toward enrollment costs at Rhodes and is awarded to just 10 incoming freshmen each year. Recipients must demonstrate a passion for Memphis and a desire to continue making a difference in the city. Throughout their time at Rhodes, Day Scholars have... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, March 2, 2020
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8th-Grade Pinning Ceremony Celebrates Transition to High School

ICCS 8th-graders celebrated their upcoming transition to high school at the annual Pinning Ceremony on January 31 in the Cathedral.  Honoring school tradition, students invited relatives or friends who are ICCS alumni to present them with their pin. The pinning is a celebration of students' accomplishment, and signifies who they are, where they have been, and where they hope to go.   Circular in shape, the pin is a reminder of the everlasting love of God, our creator. The... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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ICCS Middle School Teacher Receives Notre Dame Conference Scholarship

ICCS Middle School teacher Sarah Bowers has received a full scholarship from the Notre Dame Club of Memphis to attend the Excellence in Teaching Conference: "Making STEM a Force for Good," at Notre Dame University's STEM for Education Center in April. The scholarship covers airfare, hotel, and tuition for the conference. Miss Bowers was selected from a field of Memphis educators based on her explanation on how she would use the conference to improve educational outcomes for her... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, February 7, 2020
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ICCS Faculty Retreat Focuses on 'Heartfulness'

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School faculty held their annual Faith Formation Day on Tuesday, Jan. 21, themed, "With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life." (Proverbs 4:23). The day began with Mass in the Cathedral, followed by speakers including Brother Joel and Brother Matt from CBHS, Cathedral pastor Fr. Robert Marshall, and Cathedral associate pastor Fr. Ruben Villalon-Rivera. ICCS mindfulness teacher Suzanne Martin led the heartfulness portion of... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Senior Spotlight -- Zoe Walls

The Senior Spotlight is on Zoe Walls.  Zoe is plans to attend Southwest Community College in the fall and transfer to the University of Memphis to pursue a major in graphic design and minor in dance. During her years at ICCS, Zoe has enjoyed being a member of the cheer squad and is this year's cheer captain.  She is on the worship team at her church and serves in her church's youth department. When Zoe was asked about her favorite part of ICCS, she said, "My... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, January 23, 2020
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ICCS to Host Informational Meeting about Educational Scholarship Accounts

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will hold an informational meeting about Tennessee Educational Scholarships Accounts at 5:30pm, Tuesday, January 29,  on the second floor of the Lower School building, 1669 Central Avenue in English and en Español. Tennessee Education Savings Accounts provide state-funded scholarships or more than $7,000 per students for families who meet income requirements to enroll their children in a private school.  Students eligible are those... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Senior Spotlight: Jacquelin Morales

Senior Spotlight:  Jacquelin Morales. Jacquelin has applied to Christian Brothers University and University of Memphis and will attend CBU this fall as a nursing major. A member of the National Honor Society,  she has also served as the secretary and chaplain for the Student Government Association and is a member of the ICCS Cheer Team. Jacquelin says ICCS's close-knit community and smaller class sizes make the ICCS experience special. "My favorite thing is the... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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ICCS Junior Named Delegate for Future Medical Leaders Congress

ICCS junior Paris Hall will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 24-26, 2020. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them r each their goal.... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Lower School Students Learn Flag Etiquette

Jane Gillespie with the Chickasaw Bluff Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution visited some of our Lower School classrooms this morning to talk to students about U.S. flag etiquette. Mrs. Gillespie spoke about proper conduct when the National Anthem is played, display and use of the flag, how to display the flag, how to raise and lower the flag, and how to properly dispose of a worn flag. She also joined students in the Pledge of Allegiance, recited each day at ICCS. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Upper School French Club Celebrates French National Week

 Last week, the Upper School French Club celebrated French National Week by making Crêpes while listening to French music and discussing French culture. The following day, they wished each other bon appétit and feasted on an authentic meal: Quiche Lorraine, Tarte aux Champignons, Pain au Chocolat, Jambon, Fromage de Chèvre, and Meringue! Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ICCS Teachers Attend Foreign Language Conference

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School's foreign language staff attended the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association conference in Franklin last weekend, where ICCS High School Spanish teacher Javiera Navarrete was a presenter. The group attended multiple workshops and sessions and came back with new ideas for their classrooms. L-R: Samia Khouzam, French teacher; Savannah Shelton, Middle School Spanish teacher; Javiera Navarrete, High School Spanish teacher; Marta Torres, Lower... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, November 11, 2019
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Middle School Students Attend Robotics Exhibit

A group of Middle School students attended a robotics exhibit at MLGW's main office this morning that featured robotics created by students from area schools. The experience served as an introduction to robotics at ICCS.  Students were accompanied by ICCS librarian Nancy Miller and Middle School science teacher John Juniker who the day before attended a robotics workshop at the University of Memphis. Seventh-grader Jackson Dress also attended and had the opportunity to work on an... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, November 8, 2019
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Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest Rip Patton Visits Middle School

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Dr. Ernest Rip Patton, a Freedom Rider and foot solider of the Civil Rights Movement, visited the ICCS Middle School to talk with students about his experiences and the importance of remembering the struggles of those who fought for civil rights. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 31, 2019
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ICCS 8th-Graders Attend Freedom Award Student Forum

ICCS Students Attend Freedom Award Student Forum Following school tradition, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School 8th grade students attended the National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award Student Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Student Forum is the opening event for the Freedom Award Ceremony held later that night and provides students the opportunity to hear from leaders that struggle for civil and human rights around the world. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Senior Spotlight of the Week

The Senior Spotlight this week is on Samantha "Sam" Oswald. Samantha has applied to Christian Brothers University, St. Edward's University, St. Louis University, University of Dayton, Catholic University of America, John Carroll University, and Belmont Abbey University. She will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville and major in Second Education and Theology with a minor in French and Psychology. Sam has been involved in numerous activities and served in several... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Middle School Students Start International Postcard Exchange

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students in grades 5th through 8th recently started a classroom postcard exchange with students across the globe.  Students sent postcards to classrooms across the United States, and within a few weeks heard from international schools that asked to be included in the exchange.  “ICCS parents donated postcards and postage to get the process started,” Middle School teacher Sarah Bowers said. “From there it just took off.” ... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Senior Spotlight of the Week

Meet Maria Nguyen, our featured ICCS Senior Spotlight. Maria plans to major in biochemistry and has applied to Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Villanova University, St. Mary's University, DePaul University, and St. Paul College. Her many roles as an ICCS student have included Class President, Beta Club President, International Club President, National Honor Society Secretary, and ICCS High School Student Ambassador. When asked what she loves... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Students Celebrate Rosary Month

In celebration of Rosary Month, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students and faculty gathered in the Cathedral this morning, where students led the rosary recitation in English, Spanish, and French. The Knights of Columbus #616 provided an outsized rosary for the occasion. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, October 7, 2019
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ICCS Freshmen Welcomed at Annual Capping Ceremony

 ICCS seniors formally welcomed their freshmen "little sisters" to Upper School during the annual Freshman Capping Ceremony held in the Cathedral on Monday, Aug. 12.  The ceremony began with a prayer service led by Cathedral Pastor Fr. Robert Marshall, after which each freshman was called forward with her senior big sister to receive her freshman beanie.  Following school tradition, freshmen wore their beanies for the remainder of the week that featured more welcome... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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