Student Life / Counseling
Freshman counseling & guidance is a student-centered program that helps students complete a successful transition to high school academically, spiritually and socially. Through reflection, individual and group discussion, and teambuilding, students are encouraged to explore and experience growth in their personal values, learning styles, communication, learning preferences, discernment and leadership skills. Through weekly small group sessions, generally held every Wednesday, students will be given the chance to reflect, evaluate and create an action plan to prepare for a variety of real life situations. All students develop ongoing self-improvement plans that include goal setting and student-teacher interaction. Development of self-advocacy skills and the outcomes associated with cause/effect and risk/reward relationships are often best explored in the safety and comfort of small group settings. Guidance also assists students in making their extracurricular choices, ministry activities, athletic options, leadership development, academic competitions and the performing arts.
Corey Marr (M-Z) 972-387-8700 x433 email@example.com - Corey Marr has been counseling freshmen at Jesuit since 1999. He previously worked as a registered therapist at Terrell State Hospital and the Buckner Children's Home. He served as the Assistant Director of Rehabilitation at Big Spring State Hospital from 1995-1999. He holds a bachelors degree in rehabilitation and an MA in Education Administration. He is also the Director of Jesuit's Higher Achievement Program. Corey moderates the Jesuit Ambassadors, the Jesuit Musicians Union, the Freshman Retreat Small Group Leaders and Core Team, and the Freshman Initiative Team.
Tim Host (A-B) 972-387-8700 x415 firstname.lastname@example.org - Tim Host has been counseling freshmen at Jesuit since 2000. He previously worked at Ursuline Academy where he served as an English teacher, Assistant Principal and Admissions Director. Tim is a graduate of Springhill College and holds a masters degree from LSU. In addition to counseling, he has served as the Admissions Director and moderator of the Jesuit Ambassadors since 2003. Middle school students/families seeking information about Jesuit should contact Tim for more information.
Tim Murphy (C-L) 972-387-8700 x528 email@example.com - Tim Murphy, Jesuit class of 2006, is an Oklahoma State grad and has been counseling freshmen at Jesuit since 2011. He is a former member of Jesuit's Alumni Service Corps. Currently, he is a co-director of Jesuit's international immersion service program and teaches on the senior level where he instructs both economics and government during the year and in the summer. He is the head coach of the junior varsity basketball team, serves as the school's moderator for the Big Brother/Little Brother program, and is the co-moderator of the Freshman Initiative Team.
UPDATES & UPCOMING EVENTS for the CLASS OF 2020:
MARCH 22 - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UP BEGINS – The sign ups begin at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 22 and will end at 8:00 am on Monday, March 27. Parent teacher conferences are held on Tuesday, March 28 starting at 3:00 pm. More information can be found on the homepage of the Jesuit website.
MARCH 28 - EARLY DISMISSAL – 2:24pm dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
MARCH 29 - IGNATIAN DAY – No school for the underclassmen. I-day assignments can be found on Moodle.
APRIL 4 – 8am class meeting
APRIL 13 – Holy Thursday – No School
APRIL 14 – Good Friday – No School
APRIL 17 – Easter Monday – No School
REMINDERS FROM PARENT ORGANIZATIONS
Jesuit’s Mentor Moms - Jesuit’s Mentor Mom organization is gearing up to welcome the new families of the Class of 2021. We would love for you to be one of the first to welcome the newest members of our Jesuit community! If you’re a current Jesuit mom, you possess the knowledge and experience that serves as the backbone of this vital program, and therefore, we invite you to help mentor the moms of Jesuit’s incoming freshman class 0f 2021 as well as Jesuit’s incoming transfer families and our Spanish speaking families.
Please join us by signing up online at www.jesuitcp.org/mentor moms.
Jesuit Women's Auxiliary (JWA) Lenton Day of Reflection - All women of the Jesuit Dallas Community are invited to attend our annual Lenten Day of Reflection at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House on March 8th between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register for the retreat, please visit http://www.jesuitcp.org/jwa/events/lentenday.
Jesuit Celebration Auction– # JESUIT ROCKS ON 2017 - Plan to rock the red carpet and attend this very fun event on April 1, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel. All proceeds go to the Endowment which provides needs based financial aid to 25% of the students at Jesuit. Visit www.jesuitcp.org/auction for more information on class gift donations, car raffle ticket sales, underwriting and volunteer opportunities. Auction Invitations coming soon in the mail!
CLASS of 2021 DATES/EVENTS:
March 24, 2017 - Medical Release Form due to Registrar's Office; Complete on-line Enrollment: Course Selection, Financial Obligation Contract and Fee
April 19, 2017 - New Student Barbeque (6:30 p.m.)
April 22, 2017 - Placement Testing: Math and/or Language
April 29, 2017 - Placement Testing: Math and/or Language
May 1, 2017 - Summer School Registration Ends
June 1, 2017 - iPad Distribution 7:00 PM (for those attending for-credit summer school)
June 7, 2017 - iPad Distribution 7:00 PM (for those attending for-credit summer school)
June 12, 2017 - Summer School Begins
June 15, 2017 - Student Health Form due to Registrar's Office; Final Transcript Due
June 30, 2017 - Summer School Ends
August 10, 2017 - iPad Distribution 7:00 PM (for those who did not attend for-credit summer school)
August 15, 2017 - iPad Distribution 7:00 PM (for those who did not attend for-credit summer school)
August 21, 2017 - Freshman Orientation
August 22, 2017 - Vos Parate Day
August 23, 2017 - First Day of Class
GET UPDATES: Follow the Class of 2020 on Twitter @JesuitFreshmen
HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE MOMS OF 2020
--courtesy of the Mentor Moms Program--
Counselors: Tim Host (ext. 415; firstname.lastname@example.org) counsels freshmen last names A-B; Tim Murphy (ext. 528; email@example.com) counsels last names C-L; and Corey Marr (ext. 433; firstname.lastname@example.org) last names M-Z.
- Course schedules will be available by August 1. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Ben Kirby, Assistant Principal for Academics at ext 560 or email@example.com. Freshman schedule change day is in early August (TBA), generally the second week of school from 9am – noon.
- Books -booklists for each student will be available through Jesuit’s website when schedules are released.
- iPads will be distributed on May 24 & June 1 at 7pm for only those students enrolled in a credited summer school class. All other students will receive their iPads on August 3 & 9 at 7pm.
- School photos (for yearbook and student IDs) are taken on “Vos Parates” Day – Wednesday, August 17 - the day before orientation. All students should have a white shirt and tie for the photo and a school approved haircut. Nametags and PE locks are also distributed on this
day. The Ranger Connection will be open.
- Purchase specific school supplies after the first day of class, as specified by each teacher.
- Label all books, notebooks, clothing, etc. because freshmen tend to lose a lot of things.
- A free period is not a study hall, although studying can take place. Freshmen can go to the cafeteria, the freshman steps, the Information
Commons, and Counseling Commons. Do not enter the senior courtyard and do not leave campus.
- Rangernet and Moodle are invaluable resources. You will get your own login and password for Rangernet. Make sure you know your son’s username & password for Moodle access. Grades can be accessed through Rangernet. Course information can be found on Moodle.
- It is advised that you access Rangernet often enough to stay informed, but not so often that your son doesn’t learn to take responsibility for himself.
- All freshmen, unless they are in band, are enrolled in P.E. for two semesters; tryouts for teams are arranged within this P.E. period.
- No specific Jesuit gym shorts or Jesuit tee shirts are required for P.E.
- Students are assigned a P.E. locker which must have a regulation P.E. lock issued for free by student affairs. Locks
are a must! There are countless visiting teams from other schools in our locker rooms. (Locks are not used on the school lockers.)
- Have your son ask the P.E. teacher about Intramural Sports. Students can also listen for announcements about intramurals.
TRANSITION INTO HIGH SCHOOL
- The best way for freshmen to meet other freshmen (and girls) is to participate in extracurricular activities & attend various campus events. All information about school organizations can be found on the website and on Moodle under the “Clubs” link. In addition, a Club Fair is held at orientation.
- The Freshman Mixer (with Ursuline)
is the first social event for the freshmen, and will be held on Saturday, Aug 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on the Jesuit Campus.
- Freshmen should learn the Jesuit yell and fight song – they may be called upon at lunchtime to recite or sing it by the upper classmen.
- Homecoming - 3 parts - Ranger Day and Pre-Game BBQ, Game, and Dance
1. Ranger Day – Friday, Nov. 4 (8:00 a.m. – noon)
A tradition at Jesuit that the boys look forward to…a day of games and contests. Wear casual clothing (T-shirts and shorts) or a costume to school. Students sign up in advance for various events and competitions. See counselors for sign ups.
- Chariot races: Each freshman homeroom builds a chariot that is raced on the football field track at the end of Ranger Day. This is a very entertaining event that parents can watch. The boys make the chariots after school and on weekends and share the cost. It helps to get the homeroom teacher and Big Brothers involved to help with organization.
2. The Game – Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Jesuit
- Students can purchase tickets in advance. Boys usually buy the game tickets if they have dates. Dress is casual. Mums-Boys get these for the girls for the game. Order early and support the Booster Club or make your own. Boys receive an arm garterfrom the girl. It’s a good idea to call the girl’s mother, arrange for driving, allow for pictures, etc. Many of the kids will go out to eat either before or after at some place casual. The kids often go in groups; parents can help the freshmen arrange driving details.
– Saturday, October 29, 7:00-11:00pm at Ursuline
- It is dressy, but not formal, especially for the younger students. Many of the boys go stag in a group of friends and that is fine! Corsages can be ordered from any florist or grocery store floral dept. Order at least 2-3 days in advance. If possible, find out the color of the girl’s dress.
- Dinner: Parents can help the kids to choose a restaurant that takes reservations. Sometimes parents will host a dinner for several couples in their homes.
- Allow plenty of time for hair disasters and photo taking (for the girls…). Optional pictures may be taken at the dance. Call the girl’s mom to confirm the arrangements.
- Students often go in groups of 2 or more couples.
- Once a student leaves the dance, he will not be re-admitted. If he arrives late to the dance (after 8 p.m.), parents have to go there and sign him in.
- Limos are HIGHLY discouraged. The dance is a toned down homecoming; it’s not
- Boys purchase tickets in advance to the dance and must remember to bring them.
- Your Mentor Mom group is sorted by area/zip code, so it is a great source for carpooling (AND it is a great way for you to meet new people as well).
- In order to assist parents and students in attending Jesuit, the school provides a free school bus link with DART light rail at the Forest Lane station, operating twice a day – once in the morning, and once in the afternoon.
- Several options are available for students through the music program, including marching & concert band, men’s chorus, liturgical music and orchestra. Contact Donovan Putnam, Fine Arts Department chair at ext. 423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Freshmen must wear khaki pants, dress shirt (white, yellow, blue or pink), with a tie and a belt.
- Ties – expressive of their personal style. No bow ties. No string ties. No caps may be worn during school hours or inside the building.
- Navy blazers are worn during the winter months (usually Nov – Feb/Mar). Students must wear blazers all day except during lunch or when given permission by a teacher in the classroom. Consider purchasing blazers second-hand at Salvation Army or Goodwill stores.
- Nametags will be issued on Vos Parates Day. The first one is free, but all others must be purchased from a counselor for $10.00.
- Shoes – black, brown or cordovan in color and in good condition. Clean, in good repair, consistent with Jesuit’s required dress-style attire.
- Freshman retreat will be on Saturday, October 1 at Jesuit from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- ALL freshmen are expected to attend…MAKE PLANS TO HAVE YOUR SON THERE!
- The retreat closes with a family Mass in the Terry Center at 4:00 p.m.
PARENT EXCHANGE & PSAT/COLLEGE PLACEMENT MEETING
- All freshmen and their parents are encouraged to attend this very important meeting on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Meeting includes an interactive small group discussion between parents and freshmen, moderated by junior and senior retreat leaders. Former freshmen parents say “this activity is a MUST”.
- PSAT scores and college placement information will be presented on this night.
- This is a valuable and insightful evening. Please mark it on your calendar now!
- Mr. Rob McGhee, ext. 311, is in charge of the work grant program (hint: try to get hours completed in the summer as possible & keep a separate log at home of hours worked).
PARENT MEETING & PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
- The first parent meeting (“meet the teacher”) is Sept. 27 at 7pm.
- Though not a required event, parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity to dialog with faculty.
- You should schedule an appointment with a teacher if you have concerns.
- Sign-up online using the school website during dates posted on school calendar.
- Sign up early for the best chance to of meeting with the teachers you want to see.
- First conferences are held on Oct. 3 & 4 with sign-ups beginning Sept. 26 online.
- All Jesuit students are required to complete community service credits every year. Freshman year requires 10 credits of community service to be logged in at www.myx2vol.com .
- Several opportunities are given throughout the school year for freshmen to be involved.
- If completed off campus, community service must be approved beforehand by Rich Perry, Director of Community Service and Social Justice Program, at ext. 402.
- Keep a log of community service credits your son accumulates.
MOTHER SON BRUNCH
- This is a huge event at the InterContinental Hotel (Dallas) in February. Opportunities for pictures, followed by mass, brunch and tributes. Your son might say you don’t need to go, but this is a real treat for all involved. Make reservations early, it often sells out.
- Church clothes appropriate. Blazers suggested but not required.
- Photos available starting 9:00 a.m. – you may prepay or pay at door.
- Valet parking is an additional charge. Last year they were validated.
- Arrive by 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Mass is at 10:00 a.m., followed by breakfast and speakers. Finished before noon.
“BRIDGE THE GAP”
- “GAP” is the amount of expenses incurred that is not covered by tuition.
- Send in your pledge/response card promptly or expect personal visit from a committee member. Participation is important and no contribution is too small. Jesuit aims for 100% participation, as a high participation is important when applying for grants.
- Watch for the green sheet that comes in a large school mailing in July. Some options include:
- JWA, JPATS, the Booster Club, the Auction Committee, all of the major groups you will be receiving many handouts from.
- Mum Making with the Booster Club.
- Auction – a good place to start. Many different committees.
- Poinsettia Sale – JWA fundraiser.
- Mailing – prepare mailings as
needed throughout the year. This is a great way to meet other moms within the school. It’s fun and does not require very much time.
– Cell phones may be used during the school day outside of school buildings, in the cafeteria and in Hughes Hall. Phones will be confiscated by Student Affairs if used in other areas inside school buildings.
- Message Board – Parents can call the attendance secretary at Ext. 325 to have a message posted for their son.
- Ranger Connection is open during a portion of the school day for purchase of selected books and some supplies. Credit cards welcome.
- Medication card (sent in the large school mailing over the summer) indicating prescription and non-prescription meds is kept by the attendance secretary in the Office of Student Affairs. Label medicines. It is ok to send over the counter meds like Advil and cold medicine to have available if needed by your son.
- Financial Aid information is available by contacting Cathy Mullin in the business office at ext.316 or email@example.com.
- Carpool Pickup/Drop-off Procedure – please follow the flow of traffic in the front circle during this time. All freshmen are to enter the building in the doors to the Hall of Honors, so be sure to pull up ALL THE WAY TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE when picking up or dropping off.
- Updating any changes to your address, phone number, etc.
– Log onto the Jesuit website to update any address, phone or email changes. Once you log in, you will see a link that says “Update my Profile.” Changes can be made at that point – be sure to click on the “Update” button when finished updating any changes.
- GET UPDATES: Follow the Class of 2020 on Twitter @JesuitFreshmen
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