St. Mary's High School Signal weekly newsletter / April 21, 2023

April Board Meeting - Date/Time Change

The time and date for the April Board of Directors meeting have changed to 5:00 pm, Thursday, April 27 in the school Resource Center. The west doors will be open at 4:45 pm. The board meeting is scheduled to conclude in time for those wishing to attend the opening night of the Variety Show.

Enrollment Director Farewell

St. Mary's bids farewell to our Enrollment Director, Dr. Raquel Krasovec. After six years at St. Mary's as Associate Development Director, Events Director, and most recently Enrollment Director, we are saying farewell to Dr. Krasovec on April 30. Raquel was offered a specialty position with a major pharmaceutical firm, an industry with which she has great experience. “I am grateful for my time with the St. Mary’s family, and we are not going away. We are looking forward to John’s junior year next year, and we send prayers and blessings to the community.” We are grateful for Raquel’s efforts here and most especially for her friendship. She will be missed! We wish her, Greg, and their three children the very best in the future.

FREE Community ACT Practice Test, Sunday, April 23

This Sunday at 1:00 pm, there will be a free ACT practice test offered for students who want to try an alternative to the SAT. Each student will receive an individualized analysis of their test scores to help them identify which test is best suited for them and which areas to study. Class101 also offers both ACT and SAT prep courses to prepare for the June tests.  For more information go to

Local Internship Opportunity 

We have a local business person seeking a high school intern for the summer. It is a paid position. Please see the attached flier for more information.

Attention: Seniors and Parents, Financial Webinar

How to Cover Your Financial Gap is a free webinar event. The 30-minute presentation will cover:  Financial aid appeal letter strategies; how to determine which school provided the better financial aid award; what families must consider while navigating student loans. The event will conclude with a live Q&A session with a Financial Aid Expert. Space is limited, but…  Going Merry is offering two free sessions: April 27 @ 6:00 pm PACIFIC Time and April 28 @ 6:00 pm CENTRAL Time – first come, first served.

SMHS Variety Show 2023

St. Mary’s Variety Show will be on April 27 & April 28 in the Cove at 7:00 pm. Please see the school website for more information, and we hope to see you there.

Summer Session Registration is OPEN

Summer Session 2023 registration is now OPEN. If you are interested in taking Art, Theater, Health, PE, and/or Accelerated Geometry, please register using the form located on the school website under "Summer 2023". Registration closes on Friday, May 25. Payment is made at the time of online registration. Classes begin on May 30 and end on June 23. See Mrs. Cichon if you have any questions.

Registration for STEM and Sports Camps is Now OPEN

Registration for STEM and Sports Camps is now OPEN. To register, you can use the following link or find the registration link on our website at Summer 2023/Summer Programs.

Prom Tickets on Sale Now

Prom tickets went on sale on April 17. You can buy your tickets in the Business Office or during lunch next week. $50/person. Prom is Saturday, April 29, from 8-11 p.m. at Weidner Field.

National Honor Society Induction, April 23

The NHS Induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, from 1:00-2:00 pm in the gym. All are invited.

Awards Assembly, May 5

The end-of-year Awards Assembly will be on Friday, May 5, at 1:30 pm in the gym. All are invited.

Senior Mass and Rose & Candle Ceremony, May 12

Senior Mass followed by the Rose & Candle ceremony will be held on Friday afternoon, May 12, in the gym. All are invited.

Attention: AP Lang Students

Mrs. Knoepke will be hosting a dinner for AP Lang students in the Cove from 5:00-8:00 pm on May 8 to celebrate the upcoming AP Lang national exam on May 10. All registered AP Lang students are invited to attend. Pasta, salad, garlic bread and brownies will be served. 

Student Volunteer Opportunity, St. Peter's VBS
A Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer
June 19-23
8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. daily
Parish Ministry Center

Registration deadline is April 30.
Spots will fill quickly - sign up today!
Would you like to volunteer? Register at the following links.

VBS Registration

VBS Volunteer Registration

For more information, contact Jilinda Dygert (

Attention: Military Families, Education Benefits Program

Military education benefits are programs and services that are made available by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide military connected family members assistance while pursuing education and training. If you would like to maximize your military benefits to help your son/daughter attend college, you are encouraged to contact Rachel Ritter, Regional Recruitment Director for Xavier University for assistance, or 513-745-3232.

ATTENTION SENIORS: The Nicole Lyne Fields Memorial Scholarship

Local scholarship for graduating seniors:  The Nicole Lyne Fields Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in an accredited El Paso County, Colorado school.  The following link will take applicants to an online application that can be filled out and submitted online or downloaded and submitted via regular mail. Applications are due by April 30, 2023.  To learn more or apply go to: https://www.coloradonaturalmea...

ATTENTION: Sophomores & Juniors: Generation Wild Internship

Are you interested in environmental science or outdoor education? The Catamount Institute has a Generation Wild Internship for a high school student over age 16 who lives in Southeast Colorado Springs or Fountain. It pays $3,000 if they can commit to the entire summer (May 30 - August 15)! It would be an incredible summer job opportunity for a student who is interested in science, recreation, natural history, or teaching. More information and an online application can be found on their website: https://www.catamountinstitute...

Junior Students: College Visit Opportunity

Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania is offering a free fly-in program to visit their campus in the fall.  For more information please follow the link:

Please notify Mr. Baxter by the end of February if you would like to be nominated for the program.

FACTS Reminder - Tuition Discount Available

Parents can submit their financial information via FACTS in order to receive the $1,000 tuition discount for the 2023-2024 school year. Please contact Linda O’Connor in the Business Office with any questions. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Sun, April 23 - NHS Induction ceremony at 1:00 pm in the gym.

Sat, April 29 - Prom for Juniors and Seniors. 8-11 pm at Weidner Field downtown. Tickets are on sale in the Business Office and at lunch in the Cove. Guest forms are due to Mr Archuleta by Noon on April 27.

May 1-5 and May 8-11 is AP Testing for many Juniors and Seniors.

Fri, May 5 - All school awards assembly in PM in the gym. Parents are invited.

Fri, May 12 - Senior Mass and Rose/Candle ceremony in PM in the gym. Parents are invited.

May 15, 16, 17 - Seniors take final exams & clean out lockers, return books & chromebook. Regular school day for Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors.

Thu, May 18 - No Seniors. Regular school day for Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors.

Fri, May 19 - NO School. Senior Breakfast in the Cove 8-10 am. Graduation practice 10:30 am at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Sun, May 21 - Baccalaureate Mass at 6:00 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral followed by awards for Seniors. This Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation.

Mon, May 22 - NO School. Graduation at 9:00 am at St. Mary's Cathedral, followed by cake in the church hall downstairs. Parking available at 2 garages, one block east of church.

May 23 - Final exams for periods 7, 6, 5.

May 24 - Final exams for periods 4, 3.

May 25 - Final exams for periods 2, 1. Clean out lockers; return books & chromebook.

May 30 - Summer session begins.

June 23 - Summer session ends.

August 16 - First day of school for 2023-24 school year!

Please contact the dean of students, Mr. Archuleta ( if you need to reschedule your final exams. See the Family Handbook for details on rescheduling exams.

Sports Games, April 21 - April 28

Please come out in support of our many wonderful sports teams!

Girls Tennis - April 21 @ Pueblo County, TBD

Track & Field - April 21 @ Huskie Twilight, Douglas County

Boys Lacrosse - April 21 @ Denver North, 5:30 pm

Girls Soccer - April 21 vs. Vanguard, 5:30 pm 

Girls Soccer - April 22 vs. Thomas McLaren, 11:00 am

Girls Tennis - April 22 @ Pueblo County, TBD

Baseball - April 22 @ Calhan, 10:00 am

Girls Soccer - April 25 @ Ellicott, 4:00 pm

Boys Lacrosse - April 25 vs. Rangeview, 6:30 pm

Girls Soccer - April 27 vs. Lamar, 5:30 pm

Girls Tennis - April 27 vs. Vanguard, 4:00 pm

Track & Field - April 28 @ Ram Invite, Liberty HS

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