WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

BOOKSTORE:  From the desk of Mr. Csank: Due to the fact that VASJ students have absolutely no concept of how to conduct themselves like ladies and gentlemen at the Viking bookstore, the bookstore will be CLOSED until further notice. This includes mornings before 8 a.m. and after school.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE: Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice is once again sponsoring their annual Respect Life Litrugy March and Rally on Public Square in Downtown Cleveland. This event is on Tuesday, October 7. VASJ will be sponsoring a bus for our students to attend and represent VASJ. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. If you are interested in attending you will first need to get permissiion from each one of your teachers. Chelsea Curtis (junior), Ms. Latkovich, Miss Moore and Mr. Preto have information and permission slips or you can send Ms. Latkovich a message on Schoology to request one from her. All permission slips must be turned in by the end of the school day on Thursday, October 2.

CLASS RINGS: Class ring orders will be taken and a ring service call will be made on Thursday, October 2, from 11:15 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. in the cafeteria. A deposit is required with your order: $70 for white ultrium, extreme silver, and extreme aurista rings; $100 for 10 karat gold rings. See the ring displaying on order day. Extra order packets are available in the main office.

COLLEGE VISITS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 29: 

Baldwin-Wallace University, Tuesday, September 30 - 11:52 a.m.
Shawnee State University, Thursday, October 2 - 12:24 p.m.
Lake County Fall College Fair, Sunday, October 5 - noon-2 p.m. (Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio)

FALL RAFFLE: It's time to sell tickets for the Annual VASJ Fall Raffle. The tickets will be mailed to your house. The cost is $5 per raffle ticket and each student is encouraged to sell 10 tickets. Additional tickets are also available to sell. Our goal is to sell 5,000 tickets. The raffle entries and money are to be returned to the Advancement Office no later than Friday, October 24.

Daily drawings will be held Monday through Friday during the month of November. The cash prizes are $50 Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and $100 on Wednesdays. There will be a Bonus Drawing on 12-1-2014 for a cash prize of $500.

Please help us reach our goal of selling 5,000 raffle tickets. For more information, please contact Ruby Harris in the Advancement Office at 216-481-8414 ext. 209 or rharris@vasj.com.

GUIDANCE: 

JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP (SENIORS): Application period starts September 2014 and ends November 2014. Click here for the flyer.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Cleveland Clinic Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy which runs for 12 Saturdays, beginning January 10. This Academy is a high school pipeline program for minority students, designed to increase minority representation in medical, dental, and related professions. Registration deadline is October 3. Among the criteria are: a 3.5 or higher accumulative point average on a 4.0 scale; sophomore, junior or senior standing; and minority status. Consult with your science teacher for more details. Consult with Mr. Kasper in guidance for more details and application forms.

Attention students, any grade, who might be considering a medical career. Euclid Hospital is sponsoring a medical career exploration program. The initial meeting is Tuesday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Euclid Hospital. Meetings are held throughout the school year, providing hands-on experiences, shadowing, and sessions with doctors, nurses, radiologists, physical therapists, lab technicians, nutritionists and other medical-field specialists. An initial fee of $25 is expected at the first meeting. See Mr. Kasper in guidance for a registration form.

Attention, seniors: Applications for the Horatio Alger Scholarships are now being accepted. Students can receive up to $22,000.00 per year. Financial need, preferably extreme financial need, helps with this scholarship. Students are required to explain how they overcame adversity in the course of their high school careers. A support form must be completed by an unrelated adult, attesting to the adversities overcome by the student. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required. The deadline is October 25.

Attention seniors: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program is accepting applications until November, 2014.  Minimum eligibility criteria include a minimum, unweighted GPA of 3.5; 1200 verbal/math on the SAT or a 26 ACT, and, especially, demonstrated financial need. It is anticipated that a majority of this scholarship's recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell Grant. Scholarships range up to $40,000 per year for four years. See Schoology or Mr. Kasper in guidance for more details.

Colgate University (Mid-Central New York State) is presenting a Multicultural Open House on Sunday and Monday, November 9th and 10th (this will be an over-nighter). Registration deadline is October 10th. To register, visit: Colgate University/Multicultural Open House. See Schoology for details.

HOMECOMING: Homecoming is October 26th and is time to start thinking about your homecoming royalty. The entire student body chooses the King and Queen from the senior class. The juniors pick a Prince and Princess, the sophomores pick a Duke and Duchess, and the freshman pick a Lord and Lady. To be eligible to run for royalty you must be approved by the administration as not having any significant academic or discipline issues. You must also agree to attend the homecoming football game on October 25th and the homecoming dance on October 26th. Nomination forms will be available in the cafeteria starting Monday, September 29th with the deadline of Thursday, October 2nd.

MANDATORY TUTORING: You will receive a One Call reminder if your child has been assigned a mandatory tutoring because they have received 1 "F" or more. You will also receive a One Call reminder to let you know if your child has been engaging in the mandatory tutoring or not.

NORTH COAST LEAGUE AWAY GAME TICKETS: NCL away game tickets are available from Mrs. Naujoks in the Dean's office. They are sold as a sheet of 10 tickets for $20. These tickets are good for students or adults at away North Coast league games. At $2 a ticket, you will save either $3 or $5 with each ticket used. They are good for away football, volleyball, and boys and girls basketball games. Buy a sheet, share with others, or use for the whole family. You will save a lot of money and keep the money here at VASJ. Please make sure to tell your students, and stop in and get your tickets.  Mrs. Naujoks will have them at lunches, so you can buy your ticket sheets there as well.

OARSMEN CLUB CLAMBAKE: The annual Oarsmen Club Clambake will be held on Friday, October 3. See the website for more information.

RETREATS: 
Seniors: Senior retreats are scheduled for Monday, October 6 and Tuesday October 14. Students will have an opportunity to select their retreat day in religion class next week. The retreat will be at Cedar Hills Conference Center in Painesville Township. It will be an extended school day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Students must be in attendance the entire day to fulfill their obligation. Participation in a senior class retreat is a graduation requirement.

SERVICE: Service hours and documentation for grades 10 and 11 will be due on Monday, October 13. There have been many new postings for service opportunities coming up this next week. Please check out the ACT Service Group to get information on the details and how to register. Remember, if you plan to participate, you must also submit a proposal form before you go to your Religion teacher.

There are new service opportunities posted on the ACT Service Group page of Schoology for all students to find a non-profit agency to do your service hours. The first quarter due date for all sophomores and juniors is only 2 weeks away.  There will be no excuse for missing the deadline. Also, since there are no classes on Friday, it could  be a good day to volunteer at your elementary school; however, you need to contact the school today or tomorrow if you would like to  volunteer.

VASJ TRANSPORTATION: All transportation students will be picked up in the circular drive in the front of the school.

VIKING ATHLETICS: Good luck to our varsity, jv and freshman Lady Viking volleyball teams as they host Trinity here at home. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Come out and support our Lady Vikings!

Good luck to our Viking soccer team as they face Benedictine at Shore Field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the Viking reserve football team on their 34-8 victory over Erie, Pennsylvania's East High School yesterday at Gutbrod Field. Danny McGarry threw two touchdown passes, and Delanoe Harris tossed one touchdown pass while also intercepting a ball on defense from his free safety position. Gene Higgins scored a rushing touchdown, DeMario Pollard returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and Tim Hatchet, Nathaniel Dean and Chris Boykin all caught touchdown passes. The defense played aggressive and swarmed to the football, tallying six sacks and allowing only two first downs. Freshman Chris Boykin was named Player of the Game. The Viking reserve team plays Holy Name High School next Monday at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium at 4:00 pm. All Hail the Red and Blue!

WINGS OF WOMEN CONFERENCE: For young women interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Saturday, October 11. Click here for flyer.