St. Mary's High School Signal weekly newsletter / Jan. 13, 2022

Academic Honor Roll and Letters

Thank you to all those who joined us this morning for the Awards Assembly, and congratulations to our students. As a reminder, the SMHS Academic Honor Roll and Academic Letter benchmarks are outlined in our Family Handbook. Please read on for an explanation of these honors.

Each student (9–12) earns "Principal’s Honor Roll" recognition for the academic term if he/she earns a weighted semester GPA of 3.5 to 3.7499. Students will receive a certificate from the principal and acknowledgement at our Academic Awards Assembly. 

Each student earns "Academic Letter" recognition for the academic term if he/she earns a weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. Students will receive a certificate from the principal and acknowledgement at our Academic Awards Assembly. The student will also receive a Letter the first time of the achievement that can be stitched onto a Letter jacket.

The purpose of the Principal's Honor Roll and the Academic Letter is to recognize students who have excelled academically while attending St. Mary's High School. Any SMHS student who is enrolled in at least six courses of study (three of which must be core academic classes) and earning a 3.75 grade point for that semester is eligible. The grade point average is determined by dividing the total points earned by the total number of credits. 

At the time of graduation, students will be recognized for their academic achievements using set criteria. Using their cumulative weighted GPAs, students may receive the following honors: SUMMA CUM LAUDE GPA (Highest Honors) 4.50 and above; MAGNA CUM LAUDE GPA 4.20-4.49; CUM LAUDE GPA 3.75-4.19.

Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 15

Father Joe will be celebrating the 8:00 am and 10:30 am masses at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Sunday, January 15.  Please come support him and represent our St. Mary's community by wearing your St. Mary's gear. Questions? Please email Raquel Krasovec at

A Cappella Concert at St. Gabriel’s, Saturday, Jan. 14

University of Notre Dame - Undertones - In Concert this Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 pm - St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church - Free Admission - Free-Will Offering.

Hope to see everyone enjoying a night of fun with a premier all-male a cappella ensemble.

Rocky Mountain March for Life

Please join the St. Mary's High School Students for Life and the Diocese of Colorado Springs Respect Life Apostolate on Monday, Jan. 16, for the annual Rocky Mountain March for Life in recognition of the overturning of Roe v. Wade and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Please park at Corpus Christi Catholic Church between 8:00 am and 8:40 am and ride our shuttles to the sidewalk near the Planned Parenthood facility at 3480 Centennial Blvd. where we will gather at 9:00 am for an hour of prayer, speakers, and a rosary, followed by a Eucharistic procession back to Corpus Christi. The shuttles will be available to drive those unable to march.  There will be Eucharistic Adoration and a Divine Mercy Chaplet at the church after the march, followed by noon Mass celebrated by Fr. Brian Roeseler. Lunch and fellowship will follow Mass in the Corpus Christi Parish Hall. All are welcome to come celebrate life.

Tuition and Enrollment Update

Reminder, we are in the enrollment season! Please see the tuition announcement from our President, Deacon Rob Rysavy, at the link provided. 

Tuition Discount Referral Program

As a reminder, St. Mary's High School has a tuition discount referral program. The specifics of the program are as follows. 

The program is open to all St. Mary's families (including grandparents) and St. Mary's employees.

Maximum discount is up to $2,000 per new family referred, not per new student referred.

There is no limit to the number of new families who may be referred to St. Mary's.

In the event that the cumulative tuition discounts exceed the referring family's total cost to educate, the remaining referral discount may be directed toward another family's tuition or to the financial aid program.

Referred families must be new to St. Mary's High School.

Siblings of current families and students at our K-8 partner schools are not eligible.

Discount may be applied at the end of the referring family's current year tuition, applied to another family's tuition, or credited to the financial aid program.

Referred families must complete the admission process and be accepted for enrollment.

Referred families must be enrolled and in good standing through the first day of their second semester at St. Mary's.

St. Mary's reserves the right to change the provisions of the program at any time. For additional information, contact the Director of Enrollment, Raquel Krasovec,

Annunciation Heights Youth Camp

Are you interested in Annunciation Heights summer camps? Learn more, and sign up today at 

Basketball Gate and Concessions Sign Up 

Below is the link for the winter sports concessions and gate sign-up. Sports teams and clubs can earn money from the PPC boosters. 

Gala 2023 

Are you interested in helping us with the Gala this April? Please join us for a meeting on Tuesday, January 17th during Zero Hour (7:30am) in the Events/Enrollment Room. Our theme this year is 70s/Disco! If you have ideas, we want them! Please contact Ramon Falt at for more details.


FAFSA Update

The free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is now available. All families who plan to have a student attend college in the fall of 2023 will need to complete the form. Sooner is better! Click the link to get started.


Scholarship Opportunity 

The local Vietnam Veterans of America are offering a $2,000 scholarship for a senior student.  To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be a child or grandchild of a Vietnam-era veteran. If interested, pick up an application from Mr. Baxter in the SMHS Counseling Center.


Senior Scholarship Opportunity

The Kinnikinnik Chapter of the National Society DAR will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a Pikes Peak area high school senior. The application deadline is March 24. Students may pick up an application from Mr. Baxter in the Counseling Center.


Breakfast Available Daily in the Cove

The Cove will now be serving breakfast in the Café starting at 7:15 am beginning this Monday to accommodate students arriving at school early. Breakfast items may include: cereal, potstickers, pancakes, eggs, and bacon.


Volunteers Needed in the Cove

The Cove is in need of volunteers. This is a great way for parents to knock out some of their required volunteer hours. The hours needed are from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. The Cove is also looking for parents to help in the café in the morning for breakfast service from 7:00 am - 8:30 am. There is no waitlist or invitation required, please just email Lorelei Kay if you are interested at


2023 Yearbooks & Parent Ads

The 2023 yearbook is now on sale at the following site:

Parents who wish to personalize their child's yearbook can go to the above Jostens' site and choose the link for Yearbook Recognition Ads. After creating an account, they then can create the ad using the tools in that menu. Parent ads must be submitted by Feb. 10. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Kavanaugh,


Sports Games, Jan. 13 - Jan. 20

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

Girls Swim @ Pueblo County, Jan. 13, 14

Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Manitou Springs, Jan. 18

Girls Swim @ La Junta, Jan. 18

Boys & Girls Basketball @ James Irwin, Jan. 20

Wrestling @ Doherty, Jan. 20

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @smhscscolorado for the latest information!