Fr. Robert Szczechura Appointed Cathedral Pastor

On Saturday, May 23, Bishop David Talley announced that Father Robert Szczechura, S.T.L., currently pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Bartlett, will become pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception effective on August 1, 2020. As the Cathedral pastor, Fr. Robert will also lead the administration of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. CLICK HERE to read Fr. Robert's message regarding his support of ICCS's Lower and Middle School. Born in Orawka, Poland on... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Immaculate Conception Cathedral Announces Closure of High School

Preschool Through 8th-Grade Will Remain Open   CLICK HERE to READ NEWS RELEASE Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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ICCS Announces 2020 Valedictorian, Salutatorians

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is pleased to announce that Christina Young is the Class of 2020 Valedictorian.  Maria Vega and Samantha Oswald, with identical GPAs, are the 2020 Salutatorians. Christina will attend Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, from which she received the Bl. Basil Moreau Signature Scholarship. Currently undecided about her major, she has interests ranging from English to Biology and plans to minor in Spanish. She is a member of the National Honor... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, May 8, 2020
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8th-Grade Spotlight: Vincent Levy

Today's 8th-grade Spotlight is on Vincent Levy, who has been an ICCS student since PK4. Vincent was a member of the basketball, soccer, track, and cross country teams, and is a member of the Beta Club. He says he's enjoyed most at ICCS the "amazing friends I've made here." Vincent says the values he's learned as an ICCS student are hard work, respect, and kindness. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Senior Spotlight: Alison Pham

Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Alison Pham.  Alison will attend the University of Memphis in the fall as a pre-med major. She is a member of ICCS’s International Club and Environmental Club and a volunteer for the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality.  When asked what she enjoys most about ICCS, she says, “The diversity exceeded my expectations, and the staff has been very supportive and accommodating.”  She adds, “ICCS has prepared me most for my future... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 16, 2020
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Senior Spotlight: Lilya Manuel

Today's Senior Spotlight is on Lilya Manuel. Lilya plans to pursue a career in music recording/singing and song-writing and will attend either Visible Music College or Southwest Community College. Throughout her high school days, she’s been part of several sports teams, clubs, and activities including basketball, soccer, track, International Spanish Club, Catholic Ministry, Teens for Life, and has been an altar server at school Masses in the Cathedral. Lilya also stays busy with her... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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ICCS Junior Accepted into Xavier University SOAR Summer Program

ICCS junior Nile Williams is one of just 60 high school students from across the country selected to participate in Xavier University's Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR) summer session. The highly selective program provides students opportunities to attend exciting lectures, engage in team-building activities, and conduct innovative lab experiments, all while interacting with current Xavier University students and staff. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 9, 2020
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ICCS High School Participates in French Contest

Despite the quarantine, this week our High School students participated in the National French Exam in an online proctored setting. ICCS is committed to bringing quality education for our students, and we are very proud of their achievement. Bravo les élèves! Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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Bishop Talley Sends Message of Encouragement to ICCS Students

As Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students adjust to learning remotely from their homes, separated from their classmates and teachers, Bishop Talley sent them a message of encouragement and hope, reminding them to look forward to the time when they can celebrate being together again as a school community.  Click here to see the bishop's video. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Tennessee General Assembly Approves Educational Savings Accounts for Fall 2020

Prior to adjourning last week, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a limited budget. The budget passed with bipartisan support and included honoring and funding the commitment to implement the Education Scholarship Accounts program this fall. Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is a participant in the Tennessee Educational Scholarship Accounts program, and we are thrilled that it will provide a means for children who want to attend ICCS to do so. For more information about ESAs and to see... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Extended Spring Break

Please click the link below for the most up-to-date information regarding school closures from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. /assets/1998/cdomschoolcomcoronavirusfinalmarch122020.pdf Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, March 12, 2020
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ICCS Senior Named Day Scholar

ICCS senior Rochelle Devlalliwalla has been named a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Clarence Day Scholarship at Rhodes College. Based on academic achievement and involvement with the Memphis community, the highly selective program pays $35,000 toward enrollment costs at Rhodes and is awarded to just 10 incoming freshmen each year. Recipients must demonstrate a passion for Memphis and a desire to continue making a difference in the city. Throughout their time at Rhodes, Day Scholars have... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, March 2, 2020
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8th-Grade Pinning Ceremony Celebrates Transition to High School

ICCS 8th-graders celebrated their upcoming transition to high school at the annual Pinning Ceremony on January 31 in the Cathedral.  Honoring school tradition, students invited relatives or friends who are ICCS alumni to present them with their pin. The pinning is a celebration of students' accomplishment, and signifies who they are, where they have been, and where they hope to go.   Circular in shape, the pin is a reminder of the everlasting love of God, our creator. The... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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ICCS Middle School Teacher Receives Notre Dame Conference Scholarship

ICCS Middle School teacher Sarah Bowers has received a full scholarship from the Notre Dame Club of Memphis to attend the Excellence in Teaching Conference: "Making STEM a Force for Good," at Notre Dame University's STEM for Education Center in April. The scholarship covers airfare, hotel, and tuition for the conference. Miss Bowers was selected from a field of Memphis educators based on her explanation on how she would use the conference to improve educational outcomes for her... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, February 7, 2020
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ICCS Faculty Retreat Focuses on 'Heartfulness'

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School faculty held their annual Faith Formation Day on Tuesday, Jan. 21, themed, "With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life." (Proverbs 4:23). The day began with Mass in the Cathedral, followed by speakers including Brother Joel and Brother Matt from CBHS, Cathedral pastor Fr. Robert Marshall, and Cathedral associate pastor Fr. Ruben Villalon-Rivera. ICCS mindfulness teacher Suzanne Martin led the heartfulness portion of... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Senior Spotlight -- Zoe Walls

The Senior Spotlight is on Zoe Walls.  Zoe is plans to attend Southwest Community College in the fall and transfer to the University of Memphis to pursue a major in graphic design and minor in dance. During her years at ICCS, Zoe has enjoyed being a member of the cheer squad and is this year's cheer captain.  She is on the worship team at her church and serves in her church's youth department. When Zoe was asked about her favorite part of ICCS, she said, "My... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, January 23, 2020
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ICCS to Host Informational Meeting about Educational Scholarship Accounts

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will hold an informational meeting about Tennessee Educational Scholarships Accounts at 5:30pm, Tuesday, January 29,  on the second floor of the Lower School building, 1669 Central Avenue in English and en Español. Tennessee Education Savings Accounts provide state-funded scholarships or more than $7,000 per students for families who meet income requirements to enroll their children in a private school.  Students eligible are those... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Senior Spotlight: Jacquelin Morales

Senior Spotlight:  Jacquelin Morales. Jacquelin has applied to Christian Brothers University and University of Memphis and will attend CBU this fall as a nursing major. A member of the National Honor Society,  she has also served as the secretary and chaplain for the Student Government Association and is a member of the ICCS Cheer Team. Jacquelin says ICCS's close-knit community and smaller class sizes make the ICCS experience special. "My favorite thing is the... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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ICCS Junior Named Delegate for Future Medical Leaders Congress

ICCS junior Paris Hall will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 24-26, 2020. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them r each their goal.... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Lower School Students Learn Flag Etiquette

Jane Gillespie with the Chickasaw Bluff Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution visited some of our Lower School classrooms this morning to talk to students about U.S. flag etiquette. Mrs. Gillespie spoke about proper conduct when the National Anthem is played, display and use of the flag, how to display the flag, how to raise and lower the flag, and how to properly dispose of a worn flag. She also joined students in the Pledge of Allegiance, recited each day at ICCS. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Upper School French Club Celebrates French National Week

 Last week, the Upper School French Club celebrated French National Week by making Crêpes while listening to French music and discussing French culture. The following day, they wished each other bon appétit and feasted on an authentic meal: Quiche Lorraine, Tarte aux Champignons, Pain au Chocolat, Jambon, Fromage de Chèvre, and Meringue! Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ICCS Teachers Attend Foreign Language Conference

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School's foreign language staff attended the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association conference in Franklin last weekend, where ICCS High School Spanish teacher Javiera Navarrete was a presenter. The group attended multiple workshops and sessions and came back with new ideas for their classrooms. L-R: Samia Khouzam, French teacher; Savannah Shelton, Middle School Spanish teacher; Javiera Navarrete, High School Spanish teacher; Marta Torres, Lower... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, November 11, 2019
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Middle School Students Attend Robotics Exhibit

A group of Middle School students attended a robotics exhibit at MLGW's main office this morning that featured robotics created by students from area schools. The experience served as an introduction to robotics at ICCS.  Students were accompanied by ICCS librarian Nancy Miller and Middle School science teacher John Juniker who the day before attended a robotics workshop at the University of Memphis. Seventh-grader Jackson Dress also attended and had the opportunity to work on an... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, November 8, 2019
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Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest Rip Patton Visits Middle School

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Dr. Ernest Rip Patton, a Freedom Rider and foot solider of the Civil Rights Movement, visited the ICCS Middle School to talk with students about his experiences and the importance of remembering the struggles of those who fought for civil rights. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 31, 2019
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ICCS 8th-Graders Attend Freedom Award Student Forum

ICCS Students Attend Freedom Award Student Forum Following school tradition, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School 8th grade students attended the National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award Student Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Student Forum is the opening event for the Freedom Award Ceremony held later that night and provides students the opportunity to hear from leaders that struggle for civil and human rights around the world. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Senior Spotlight of the Week

The Senior Spotlight this week is on Samantha "Sam" Oswald. Samantha has applied to Christian Brothers University, St. Edward's University, St. Louis University, University of Dayton, Catholic University of America, John Carroll University, and Belmont Abbey University. She will attend Franciscan University of Steubenville and major in Second Education and Theology with a minor in French and Psychology. Sam has been involved in numerous activities and served in several... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Middle School Students Start International Postcard Exchange

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students in grades 5th through 8th recently started a classroom postcard exchange with students across the globe.  Students sent postcards to classrooms across the United States, and within a few weeks heard from international schools that asked to be included in the exchange.  “ICCS parents donated postcards and postage to get the process started,” Middle School teacher Sarah Bowers said. “From there it just took off.” ... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Senior Spotlight of the Week

Meet Maria Nguyen, our featured ICCS Senior Spotlight. Maria plans to major in biochemistry and has applied to Vanderbilt University, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Villanova University, St. Mary's University, DePaul University, and St. Paul College. Her many roles as an ICCS student have included Class President, Beta Club President, International Club President, National Honor Society Secretary, and ICCS High School Student Ambassador. When asked what she loves... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Students Celebrate Rosary Month

In celebration of Rosary Month, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students and faculty gathered in the Cathedral this morning, where students led the rosary recitation in English, Spanish, and French. The Knights of Columbus #616 provided an outsized rosary for the occasion. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, October 7, 2019
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ICCS Freshmen Welcomed at Annual Capping Ceremony

 ICCS seniors formally welcomed their freshmen "little sisters" to Upper School during the annual Freshman Capping Ceremony held in the Cathedral on Monday, Aug. 12.  The ceremony began with a prayer service led by Cathedral Pastor Fr. Robert Marshall, after which each freshman was called forward with her senior big sister to receive her freshman beanie.  Following school tradition, freshmen wore their beanies for the remainder of the week that featured more welcome... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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New ICCS-CBU Partnership Benefits High School, Middle School Students

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School is excited to announce a new partnership with Christian Brothers University that will benefit our Middle and High School students through active involvement in studies in computer science, engineering, and health sciences. ICCS High School girls will be able to choose a science, engineering, or health sciences track while enrolled at ICCS that will help prepare them to enter fields underserved by the female population. CBU will introduce our students... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, June 21, 2019
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Innovative Teaching Combines Science, Art, Social Justice

Creative teaching propelled Periodic Table and social justice studies into a collaborative, multi-faceted graphic and writing project for ICCS’s 5th- and 6th-grade students culminating with a published comic book. Fifth-grade teacher Dino Grisanti and 6th-grade teacher John Juniker joined forces to jump start the process. “He introduced the students to the Periodic Table and had them create heroes and villains from their elements,” Grisanti said. “After they worked... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Class of 2019 Scholarships Average $208,333 Per Graduate

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School graduated the Upper School Class of 2019 in a Cathedral ceremony on Tuesday, May 14.  Graduates earned a per-student average of more than $208,000 in scholarships to universities and colleges across the country. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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ICCS Announces 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Michal Kennell has been named Immaculate Conception Cathedral School's Class of 2019 valedictorian. Michal holds a 4.3684 GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years.  She is the current president of the French Club and has served as vice president and president of the Art Club. She has been an active member of the the Environmental Club, Knowledge Bowl, Psychology Club, and Mu Alpha Theta.  Her volunteer service includes HopeWorks, IC... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, May 9, 2019
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ICCS Students Participate in May Crowning Ceremony

The entire ICCS student body and guests celebrated the May Crowning Ceremony led by Fr. Robert Marshall in the Cathedral on Wednesday, May 1. One of the oldest Catholic traditions, the May Procession custom of placing a crown of fresh flowers on Mary's head reminds children that the Blessed Mother Mary, while not the redeemer, played an important role in salvation history and is the "queen of heaven." Each year at ICCS, a senior girl who has demonstrated integrity and... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Upper School Students Welcome Bishop Talley

After the April 2 Installation Mass, ICCS Upper School students had a chance to visit with Bishop Talley as he took a campus tour. In preparation for his visit, the girls created bulletin boards that depict our Lenten pilgrimage. In the center, they placed the Bishop Talley's motto, "Create in me a new heart."  Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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ICCS High School Students Place in World Language Fair Competition

ICCS high school students represented our school in the World Language Fair at the University of Memphis for the first time on April 1, where they competed with other Memphis-area high school students.  In the French 2 category, ICCS senior Michal Kennell won first prize in French writing, and junior Samantha Oswald won third place in French research. Photo (L-R): Michal Kennell '19, ICCS French teacher Samia Attallah, Samantha Oswald '20. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, April 1, 2019
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ICCS Senior Receives Prestigious Rhodes College Scholarship

ICCS Senior Angie Trinh has been named a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Clarence Day Scholarship at Rhodes College. Based on academic achievement and involvement with the Memphis community, the highly selective program pays $35,000 toward enrollment costs at Rhodes and is awarded to just 10 incoming freshmen each year. Recipients must demonstrate a passion for Memphis and a desire to continue making a difference in the city. Throughout their time at Rhodes, Day Scholars have opportunities to... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, March 21, 2019
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CBHS Selects Three ICCS 8th-Graders for De LaSalle Scholars Program

ICCS 8th-graders Luke Gerstner, Brett Barron, and Miles Jeanfreau (L-R) have been selected to Christian Brothers High School's prestigious De La Salle Scholars program. De La Salle Scholars are selected based on their High School Placement Test scores and are placed in the highest honors academic track CBHS offers. As upperclassmen, Scholars have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of AP and collegiate dual-enrollment courses. In addition to being named De La Salle scholars, all three... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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ICCS 8th-Grade Team Takes First-Place in Math Competition, 6th Grade Comes in Second, 7th Grade takes Third Place

ICCS's 8th-grade math team members Brett Barron, Luke Gerstner, Cole Carrier, and Miles Jeanfreau took first place in the Catholic School Math Competition held on Feb. 23 at Memphis Catholic High School. Placing third in their compeition were 7th-grade team members Madeleine Fowlkes, Abigail Bradley, and Aja Joliff. Two 6th-grade teams also placed; Savion Anderson, Angeline Dalal, and Dylan Jeanfreau coming in second, and Anna Nielsen, Lailah Owens, and Ali Carden placed third.  The... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, March 4, 2019
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ICCS Senior Named CBU's 2019 Trustee Scholar

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Olivia Stonecipher has been awarded the Christian Brothers University Trustee Scholarship, the most prestigious academic scholarship the university offers.CBU academic counselor Olivia Betterton made the announcement this morning following the all-campus Mass in the Cathedral. A merit-based scholarship, the Trustee award benefits outstanding students for academic performance and covers full tuition and fees at the university.Olivia is the second... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, February 8, 2019
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Middle School Students Recognized During Annual Pinning Ceremony

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School recognized 8th-graders at the Annual Middle School Pinning ceremony held in the Cathedral on Friday, Feb. 1.  The Pinning Ceremony is a formal occasion set aside to celebrate the accomplishments of 8th-grade students as they near completion of their Middle School years.  Lead Middle School teacher Sarah Bowers welcomed students and guests and explained the signficance of the pin. "It is both a sign and a symbol of who we are, where... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, February 4, 2019
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Pre-K Students Practice Mindfulness

ICCS is proud to be one of only two schools in the Memphis area to incorporate mindfulness into our curriculum. In these photos, pre-K students watch how thoughts and feelings can get churned up inside us like sand and glitter stirred up in a jar. The longer we rest in the rhythm of our breathing, the more our thoughts and feelings settle down. They also did some back to back breathing, paying attention to their partners breathing, backbone and warmth. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, January 14, 2019
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ICCS Sophomore Named NAACP Teenager of the Year

ICCS Sophomore Nile Williams has been named Teenager of the Year by the Memphis Branch of the NAACP.  Sponsored by St. Augustine Catholic Church, Nile was selected from a group of 15 Memphis high school students and announced as the 2018 award recipient at the 40th annual Teenager of the Year Coronation held in Downtown Memphis on Dec. 14.  The 15 church-sponsored participants were chosen for the program based on moral character, community service, and recruitment of new NAACP... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Preschool Students Present Annual Christmas Show

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s preschool students presented their annual Christmas program “Wee Sing Joyfully” Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Cathedral.  The students performed several Christmas songs, including one using sign language, for parents, grandparents, and other guests.  After the show, students and guests enjoyed a reception in the parish hall, where students presented gifts to their parents. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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ICCS Students Selected For UT-Martin Treble Choir

Six ICCS Lower School Choir members were selected to participate in the UT-Martin Treble Honor Choir last month. Fourth-graders Liam Lake and Hayley Stevens and 3rd-graders Julie Coker, Lilah Jeanfreau, Carly Pierce, and Daisy Yarrow were among 200 West Tennessee students invited to the one-day musical event held at UT-Martin on Nov. 6. "I submitted the names of several students from our 3rd and 4th-grade choir, and these six were selected to represent our school," said music... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Remembrance Mass Celebrated for ICCS, ICHS, and ICES Alumni

A Mass of remembrance was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for deceased alumni of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School and its predecessor schools, Immaculate Conception High School and Elementary School and Memphis Catholic High School. Following Mass, alumni representing six decades joined current ICCS high school students for a reception in the Alumni Room of the high school. Photo:  ICCS and ICHS alumni gather with current ICCS... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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ICCS Faculty Attend Foreign Language Conference

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s foreign language teachers attended the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association's annual conference last weekend in Franklin, Tenn.  This was the first year ICCS was represented at the prestigious event. French teacher Samia Attallah said information shared at the conference and the connections she and her colleagues made will be beneficial to the ICCS foreign language students. "We are back to our students with many ideas... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, November 8, 2018
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International Club Hosts Fundraising Dinner

ICCS International Club Hosts International Fundraiser Dinner Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s International Club hosted an International Night fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Cathedral parish hall.  The festive event was a culinary adventure for guests who enjoyed a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts with origins in Colombia, Russia, Viet Nam, Italy, Egypt, Mexico, and Japan. Profits will help fund the ICCS time-honored tradition, the Silver Bells Dance... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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ICCS 8th-Graders Attend Freedom Awards

ICCS 8th-grade students attended the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award Student Forum, held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church .  The Student Forum was the opening event for the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award celebration, during which former Vice President Joe Biden, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Memphis philanthropist Pitt Hyde were honored for their contributions in civil and human rights.  Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, October 18, 2018
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