St. Mary's High School Signal weekly newsletter / Feb. 3, 2023

Attention: Current 9-11 Grade Students  

The National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security-Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense is a six-day program held in Washington, D.C., this summer 2023. They are looking for students who are interested in the many disciplines that keep the U.S. safe. For more information, please go to Students must notify Mr. Baxter no later than Thursday, February 9 to be on the nomination list for SMHS.

RMACAC Spring College Fair, Saturday, March 4

All students are invited to attend the city-wide college fair on March 4 from 9:00-11:30 am.

Pine Creek High School
10750 Thunder Mountain Ave
Colorado Springs, 80908

For more information and to register, please click here

Volunteer Hours, SMHS Gala 2023

Do you need volunteer hours? Are you interested in helping with the Gala on April 15 at The Antlers? We are having two meetings during the month of February - Feb. 7th and 21st. Please come share your ideas and help us plan! We will meet at 7:30 am (zero hour) in the "Old Business Office'' next to the Counseling Center. No need to sign up; just show up! Please contact Ramon Falt with any questions (

Volunteer Opportunity, Catholic Charities Shamrock Shindig, Friday, March 17

8 to 10 SMHS volunteers have been requested for one shift from 5:30 - 9:00 pm. Dinner will be provided. Duties include greeting, check-in assistance, live auction assistance (scribes/runners).

No silent auction this year. Dress code: white shirt and black pants.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

To Register to Volunteer:

 Below is the link each individual must submit before volunteering. Once Catholic Charities receives or confirms applications, they will send more detailed instructions to the volunteer for the evening.

Catholic Charities/Marian House Group Member Application

Two of the questions included in the application are listed below:

“Please select your church/community group/company/military affiliation. If not included in the pick list please select “Other or Not Applicable”

  • Please select:  St. Mary’s High School 

“If you are registering for a prearranged group activity, please select it. If not listed, please email us at to let us know.” 

  • Please select: 2023-03-17 SMHS Shamrock Shindig Volunteer 5:30pm to 9pm

2023 Yearbooks & Parent Ads - Feb. 10th Deadline approaching!

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,

Board Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21

A special thanks to the parents and faculty who joined us for the January board meeting this week. Mark your calendars, the February board meeting date has CHANGED. The fourth Wednesday of February is also Ash Wednesday this year. In order to ensure all our community members have the opportunity to attend Ash Wednesday Mass, the February board meeting will now be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:00 pm, in the Resource Center. The school calendar is updated and reflects the change. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Free SAT Practice Prep, Feb. 5

Are you preparing for the upcoming school SAT in April? Not sure how to prepare? Click the link for information about a FREE SAT prep test.

NHS Coat Drive

The National Honor Society is sponsoring a Coats/Hat/Gloves Drive now through Friday, February 17. Please bring in your new or gently-used items to Mrs. Ramzy at the front desk or Mrs. Cichon in the registrar/counseling office. Thank you! 

Course Requests 2023-2024

Course registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open online in the Infinite Campus (IC) Academic Planner. The course request window is open today through Thursday, Feb 9.  To prepare to select next year's courses, please go to the school website then Current Pirates / Course Offerings ( to see course descriptions and prerequisites. Click on the department name at the top to see the course descriptions, i.e. Click on science to see next year's science courses.

Parents - please review the Academic Planner and the course options with your student. This is a great opportunity to talk to your student and email your teacher with any questions about a particular course (if you don't see the information on our website first). Students and parents have 2 weeks (1/27-2/9/23) to fill in the Academic Planner on Infinite Campus and can work together to select course requests. Please help your student also add 1 or 2 alternates to the bottom of his/her IC Academic Planner. 

Any questions?  Please email Mr. Eric Baxter at  or Mrs. Jeanne Cichon at

College Athletic Signing Day

Senior parents - If your student is interested in pursuing college athletics and is close to signing with a specific college, please notify Mr. Tommy Darneal, athletic director, at  We are setting up a date for College Signings soon.

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.

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.

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,

Sports Games, Feb. 3 - Feb. 10

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

Boys & Girls Basketball @ Woodland Park, Feb. 3

Girls Swimming @ Tri Peaks League (Fountain-Fort Carson), Feb. 3

Girls & Boys Basketball @ Woodland Park, Feb. 4

Girls Basketball @ Vanguard, Feb 7

Boys Basketball vs. La Junta, Feb. 7

Upcoming Dates

Friday, Feb. 10th: Asynchronous Day, no in-person classes

Wednesday, Feb. 15th: Parent Open House (prospective parents)

Thursday, Feb. 16th-Friday, Feb.17th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, Feb. 20th: President's Day, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Feb. 21st: Board Meeting 6pm

Friday, Feb. 24th: Spanish Trivia Bowl (Morning Assembly Schedule)

Wednesday, March 1st: End of 3rd Quarter

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