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ICCS Honors Two Alumni at Annual Baggot Street Dinner

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School alumni, faculty, and friends gathered in the IC Cathedral parish hall for the annual Baggot Street Dinner on Friday, April 8, during which alumni Donna Hatley Glenn and John Sampietro accepted the school’s Spirit of Mercy Award.  Glenn, a 1977 graduate of ICCS high school, and Sampietro, a 1983 middle school graduate, were recognized for their service to the Madonna Learning Center, a private, faith-based school for children... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ICCS Third-Grader Performs with Memphis GirlChoir at Sewanee

ICCS third-grader Cecile Cerisier traveled with the Memphis GirlChoir and Memphis BoyChoir to Sewanee: The University of the South last weekend, where the groups performed with the University Choir for Sunday Eucharist in the All Saints’ Chapel.  The Memphis singers also had time to hike and explore the University domain. Programs of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, the GirlChoir and BoyChoir are focused on inspiring musical growth of children of all faiths while developing them into... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 14, 2016

Maddie Kennell Latest ICCS Senior Named to Academic All-Star Program

Senior Madeline "Maddie" Kennel was recently named to the Commercial Appeal's Academic All-Star list in the English and Literature category. She is the seventh ICCS student to receive this honor in the 2015-16 academic year.  A 16-year-old senior, Madeline grew up in Kara, Togo in West Africa, where she and younger sister Michael, an ICCS freshman, served alongside their family as missionaries.   A voracious reader with a love for classic writers, Madeline is... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, March 4, 2016

Middle Schoolers Hold Super Tuesday Election

Our middle school students took the opportunity to participate in the political process by holding their own Super Tuesday election last week.  Students representing the presidential candidates presented their platforms to their classmates, who then had a chance to cast their votes for their favorite contender.                     Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, March 4, 2016

Eighth-Graders, Seniors Honored at Annual Pinning Ceremonies

 Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students, parents and friends celebrated two time-honored traditions in the Cathedral last week, the annual Eighth-Grade and Senior Pinning Ceremonies. The ceremonies are occasions set aside to congratulate the students on their past achievements and to recognize the milestone transitions they will soon make to the next educational level.On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 8th-graders were recognized in a ceremony, during which each received a pin that signifies... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, February 11, 2016

Catholic Schools Week 2016

Catholic Schools Week, January 31 - February 5, 2016. Communities of faith, knowledge and service. Click HERE to view the Catholic Schools Week Calendar of events! Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Attention Families of Rising PK, JK, K and 1st Graders

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust, or MOST,  will be accepting applications for new students for the 2016-17 school year. MOST will award a limited number of new scholarships to children who are residents of Shelby County, TN, and who will enter Pre-K3 (PK), Pre-K4 (JK), Kindergarten, or First Grade in the 2016-17 school year at a private school with which MOST partners. MOST provides only partial scholarships that are based on financial need. The maximum scholarship award for... Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Thursday, January 21, 2016

Senior Anna Perry Receives Academic All Star Recognition

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Anna Perry has been named a Commercial Appeal Academic All Star in the Sciences category. A disciplined student, Anna holds a 4.42 weighted grade point average and scored 30 on the ACT. She has taken a solid track of Honors and Advanced Placement classes and excelled in all. After reading Ben Carson’s book "Healing Hands," Anna became interested in pursuing a career in medicine. During her sophomore year, she was a student host for Ben Carson... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, January 11, 2016

Elementary Mindfulness Club Creates Prayer Flags

   Immaculate Conception Cathedral School's elementary Mindfulness Club is pictured with the prayer flags they created to hang on the school's campus.  The flags signify that the wind carries our good wishes and prayers throughout the school, our city and the world.  Taught by religion and mindfulness teacher Suzanne Martin '78, mindfulness classes help students develop concentration skills and self-awareness. Martin, who also presents mindfulness workshops for teachers,... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Senior Hannah Martin Earns Academic All Star Honor

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Hannah Martin has been named a Commercial Appeal Academic All Star in the General Scholarship category. Hannah has enrolled in nearly every Honors and Advanced Placement class that ICCS offers and holds a 4.7112 weighted grade point average. She scored 35 on the ACT, with a perfect score of 36 in the math and science sections.  Hannah is consistently recognized on the school’s Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll and is a member... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Senior Jocelyn Vazquez Earns Academic All Star Honor

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Jocelyn Vazquez was recently named a Commercial Appeal Academic All Star in the Speech and Drama category. An AP Scholar, Jocelyn holds a 4.62 weighted grade point average and scored 27 on the ACT.  She balances a rigorous course load of Advanced Placement and Honors classes with numerous campus leadership roles including Mock Trial Team captain, National Honor Society vice president, Beta Club president, Student Government Association... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, December 10, 2015

Senior Rachel Pham Named Commercial Appeal Academic All Star

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Senior Rachel Pham was recently named a Commercial Appeal Academic All Star in the Mathematics category. A member of the national math honor society Mu Alpha Theta, Rachel holds a 4.13 weighted GPA and scored 26 on the ACT. Outside of her math interests, she stays active in the community by volunteering with Amazima, Catholic Charities, Mid-South Food Bank, Birthright of Memphis and the Memphis Botanic Garden. She is also a member of the ICCS... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, November 20, 2015

Elementary Religion Classes Celebrate St. Francis' Feast Day with Blessing of Animals

In celebration of the feast day of St. Francis, ICCS 1st and 3rd grade religion classes participated in a Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, Oct. 8. They discussed God's gifts of creation, St. Francis as model of care for creation, and his love for the poor. They thanked God for the comfort and happiness our furry friends bring us, called to mind those children who live in places that have a need for peace and playfulness, and asked God's blessing on them and us. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Sunday, October 11, 2015

ICCS Senior Olivia Morris Named Academic All Star

ICCS senior Olivia Morris was recently named to the Commercial Appeals Academic All-Star list in the General Scholarship category. Olivia is a well-rounded student  dedicated to taking tough classes in preparation for college. She holds a 3.9837 weighted grade point average.  Last summer she was selected to participate in Rhodes College's English summer program. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, and the National Beta Club.  Olivia's personable... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, October 9, 2015

ICCS Senior Emily Jerome to Choreograph CBHS's "Wizard of Oz" Production

A 15-year veteran dancer with Performing Arts of Germantown, ICCS senior Emily Jerome has performed in multiple stage productions, assuming countless roles since she was a mere 3 years old.  Experience, talent and long hours of practice paid off recently when a chance encounter propelled her to the next level.  This March she will be the choreographer for Christian Brothers High School’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”   Emily, who turns 18 this month,... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, September 14, 2015

Labor Day Blessings Bestowed Upon IC Cathedral Center Workers

 In celebration of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, construction workers, contractors, architects, faculty, staff and students gathered at the Fatima Grotto after the ICCS high school Mass today for a special blessing of the workers on the new Cathedral Center.  As the foundation is laid and steel beams will soon be installed, Msgr. Val Handwerker and Fr. Jose Cruz Zapata-Torres called upon God's blessings for the continued safety of the workers and progress on the project.   Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ICCS Begins New School Year with Old Traditions

Everything old is new again at ICCS’s high school!  Students in grades 9-12 showed up for the first day of school on Aug. 13 sporting the iconic “IC popover,” — a part of the high school uniform making a comeback after nine years.  To commemorate the return of this beloved school tradition, Paulette’s Restaurant surprised the high school girls by donating 200 of their own famous popovers — the warm, flaky and delicious kind, complete with fresh strawberry butter — to enjoy on... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ICCS Students Receive AP Scholar Recognition

Three Immaculate Conception Cathedral School high school students have been named AP Scholars this month based on their AP test results.   Rising senior Anna Perry (top right) has been named an AP Scholar with Honor, a distinction conferred upon students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3.0 on four or more of these exams.  Jocelyn Vazquez (top left), also a rising senior, and 2015 graduate Anna Lim have both received AP... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, July 24, 2015

Mindfulness to be Practiced as Well as Taught, by Suzanne Martin '78, ICCS Mindfulness Teacher

One mid-June morning, before dawn, sitting on an outside stone bench in rural Mississippi cradling a cup of warm tea, I listened to a beautiful Vietnamese chant, indecipherable, but accompanied by a huge bell, a tone that penetrated the morning air and awakened my mindful self.  As a teacher of mindfulness, I will always be a student of mindfulness. While many think that teachers have three months off during the summer, they are often quite busy. In my first few... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, June 26, 2015

ICCS Music Teacher Receives Award

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School music teacher Linzie Mullins received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. Mullins, who teaches preschool through eighth grade Orff Method music at ICCS, will use the award to attend the Orff Level 3 Certification at the University of Memphis. Lynna Gene Cook, chair of the Educational Foundation Board of Trustees, stated that the Foundation awards approximately $50,000... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, June 18, 2015

Alumna Who Lived Dream of Study in France Encourages ICCS Sisters to Explore the World

Madeleine Marie Holdford ‘11 had wanted to live in France for as long as she could remember.  The wanderlust was stoked in part by her father’s stories of competitive bicycle racing there when he was a teenager and fed by her four years of French study at ICCS under Mrs. Helen Weirich. Seeking a major in the French language in college, she was delighted to learn that travel abroad was actually required.  “But I would have gone anyway,” she laughs. In July 2014,... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Club Provides Creative Outlet for ICCS Middle School Geography Buffs

Middle school students with a special interest in the earth's surface and continents are expanding their knowledge while having fun in ICCS's Geography Club.  Moderated by middle school teacher Julie Sully, the club meets regularly and provides a creative outlet for students to learn while participating in fun, hands-on activities. Earlier this month, club members learned the landscape of Australia using the World Atlas smart phone app, chalk and the school sidewalk. The assignment... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, April 23, 2015

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of the National Honor Society.  The ceremony was held on March 25th in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Pictured are: Front Row (L to R): Stephanie Lara, Anna Perry, Brianna Terrell, Jenna Damore, Anna Trinh, Jocelyn Vasquez Back Row (L to R): Hannah Martin, Marie Kafishi, Mikayla Richardson, Cara Walton Not Pictured: DesStane Wilson Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ICCS Honors Retired High School Principal Sally Hermsdorfer with Spirit of Mercy Award

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School celebrated its Inaugural Baggot Street Dinner on Friday, March 20, 2015, during which faculty, staff and more than 100 guests honored retired high school principal Sally Hermsdorfer with the school’s first Spirit of Mercy Award.  Mrs. Hermsdorfer was accompanied by her husband Art and her brother and special guest Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain. Twenty-six years of service to Catholic education, particularly her 10... Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ICCS 6th-Graders Participate in West Tennessee Choral Festival

Ten ICCS sixth-graders were among 230 students who participated in the West Tennessee Choral Festival at First Baptist Church on Friday, Feb. 13.  ICCS music teacher Linzie Mullins, who served as this year’s Festival chairperson, accompanied her students. The day included rehearsals, lunch and snack breaks, and the chance to work with guest conductor Dr. Johnathan Vest.  An associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dr. Vest teaches music education courses and... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, February 16, 2015

Cheer Leading Tryouts at Christian Brothers High School March 2-4

ICCS girls entering the 9th through12th grade next fall may try out for the Christian Brothers High School Cheer Leading squad.  Tryouts will be March 2, 3, 4.   Those interested should see Mrs. Perry to pick up an information packet.   Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Thursday, February 12, 2015

Eighth-Grade Class Participates in Middle School Pinning Ceremony

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the entire 8th-grade class gathered in The Cathedral to participate in the annual Middle School Pinning Ceremony.  The ceremony, attended by parents and other guests, signifies that the students will soon be making the transition to high school.  Fr. Val Handwerker blessed the pins before students were called individually to receive their pin from principal Karen Gephart. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Saturday, January 31, 2015

Commercial Appeal Names Two Seniors to Academic All-Stars Program

Mary Yarbrough and Anna Trinh Nguyen are the latest ICCS seniors to be added to The Commercial Appeal's list of Academic All-Stars, in the respective categories of science and art. Their awards bring to eight the number of ICCS seniors who have been named All-Stars during the 2014-15 academic year.  Designed to identify and recognize outstanding high school students in the Memphis metro area for excellence in academics, leadership and community service, the All-Stars program is... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Saturday, January 31, 2015

Senior Briana Brown Listed Second in Memphis Flyer's 2015 'Top 20 Under 30'

ICCS Senior Briana Brown was featured in the Memphis Flyer Jan. 22 edition in the publication's annual "Top 20 Under 30." Briana, who has studied ballet with the Memphis-based New Ballet Ensemble since age 7, was listed second in the list of individuals the Flyer identified as young Memphians who are making positive contributions to our city and who they see as future leaders. Briana made local and national news last November when she visited the White House with New Ballet Ensemble... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Sunday, January 25, 2015

Niche 2015 Ranking Lists ICCS's High School in Top Five of Memphis-Area Private Schools

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School's high school ranked number 4 in the recently released Niche 2015 Listing of Best Private High Schools in the Memphis Metro area. Best Private High Schools ranks 3,880 high schools based on key student statistics and more than 120,000 opinions from 16,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly. To read more... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, January 16, 2015

Sixth ICCS Senior Named Academic All-Star for Current Academic Year

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Georgette Redmond was named last week to The Commercial Appeal's Academic All-Star list, bringing to six the number of ICCS students receiving this distinction for the 2014-15 academic year.  Private and public high school seniors in the Memphis metropolitan area are... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Saturday, January 10, 2015

Senior Sophia Galella Receives Academic All-Star Honor

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Sophia Galella has been named to the Commercial Appeal’s Academic All-Stars list in the English and Literature category.  The Academic All-Stars program recognizes senior Memphis-area high school students based on academic achievement, leadership and community service. Sophia has an intense enthusiasm for the classics and enjoys writing as a form of self-expression. She holds a 4.5 weighted grade point average and scored 32 on the ACT. ... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, December 15, 2014

Two ICCS Seniors Named Commercial Appeal Academic All-Stars

Kaitlyn Greenwood, a senior, is an excellent math student who doubled up on math courses so she could take Dual Enrollment Calculus this year. She holds a 4.5 weighted grade point average and scored 27 on the ACT. After taking Honors Algebra as a freshman, she then took Honors Algebra II and Honors Geometry during her sophomore year. As a junior, she took Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus at Christian Brothers University and is taking Calculus there this year. In addition, she balances... Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Monday, November 24, 2014

ICCS Senior Briana Brown One of Twelve Young People Honored at White House

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School senior Briana Brown was one of just 12 young people from across the country who shared the stage on Monday, Nov. 10 with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.  Briana represented the New Ballet Ensemble, along with NBE director Katie Smythe. Briana, who began attending the NBE at the age of 7, will appear in the Nut Remix production later this month at... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Two ICCS Seniors Named Commercial Appeal Academic All-Stars

ICCS Seniors Selena Foster and MarNique Turner have been named this month as Academic All-Stars by T he Commercial Appeal newspaper in the respective categories of General Scholarship and Foreign Language. The All-Stars program was designed to identify and recognize outstanding high school students in the Memphis metro area for excellence in academics, leadership and community service.  Selena has taken a solid AP and Honors track of study and holds a 4.60 weighted grade point... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, October 27, 2014

ICCS Celebrates Rosary Month with Oct. 7 All-Campus Prayer Recitation

Continuing a time-honored school tradition, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School students, faculty and staff celebrated Rosary Month in the campus’ amphitheater on Oct. 7 with a recitation of the rosary in Spanish, English and French. The outsized rosary was furnished by the East Memphis Knights of  Columbus. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Sunday, October 12, 2014

ICCS Campus Celebrates Mercy Day Mass, Five Alumni Honored at Awards Ceremony

   ICCS students, faculty, alumni and guests gathered in the Cathedral Friday, Sept. 26 to celebrate Mercy Day, an occasion set aside to honor the Sisters of Mercy — the order that in 1922 founded ICCS in the three-story building that today houses the school’s elementary classrooms.   Following the Mass, alumni and staff gathered in Marian Hall for the Mercy Day Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, at which five alumni were honored.   Held annually at ICCS, Mercy Day honors the... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, October 3, 2014

Freshman Capping Ceremony

With the start of the new school year comes the tradition of the Freshman Capping Ceremony. Each freshman was "capped" by her senior big sister in a ceremony in the Cathedral on the first day of school. Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ICCS Hires Sports Veteran as Middle School Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach

Seasoned coach Julia Turner has been hired in the newly created position of middle school athletic director and will also serve as  head girls basketball coach.  Ms. Turner comes to ICCS with a wealth of sports experience as both a coach and a player.  She was formerly head basketball coach for LeMoyne-Owen College for two years, where she also served four years as head women's volleyball coach.      She was a player in the NWBL semi-pro league and was... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, June 2, 2014

Class of 2014 Commencement Held May 13 in Cathedral

Thirty-three Immaculate Conception Cathedral School seniors were graduated during the school’s traditional candlelight ceremony in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, May 13. The Class of 2014 garnered more than $4.3 million in four-year scholarships and merit-based grants and received acceptances from colleges and universities across the US -- and one in Japan. Pictured are (L-R) Taylor Herbers, Caroline David, McCayla Cusker and Darby Brown. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Saturday, May 17, 2014

ICCS Junior Wins MLGW Poster Contest

ICCS junior Anna Trinh Nguyen has won the high school award in MLGW's December poster contest.  Anna's poster "Conserve Energy. Save the World" was chosen from high school student entries across the Memphis area.   She will be formally recognized at an award presentation with the MLGW Board of Commissioners on April 1. Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ICCS 8th-Graders First-Place Winners in Math Competition

  Four ICCS eighth-graders took first place at the Memphis Catholic Math Challenge on Saturday, March 1 topping the competition from every Catholic school in the city.  Jack Bran, Luca Conti, Grace Martin and Judy Wieland each received a medal and brought back a first-place trophy to our school.  "I give all the credit to the students," math teacher Anne Schmitt said.  "They have worked really hard, and I couldn't be more proud of them." Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Monday, March 10, 2014

ICCS High School Honor Roll

Please join us in congratulating all of the ICCS High School students who made the honor roll for Semester 1 and Quarter 2. Please click the links below for the complete lists. High School Honor Roll Semester 1   High School Honor Roll Quarter 2   Read More
Posted by Laura Hughes at Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Middle School Christmas Video

Celebrate the upcoming festivities in a special way with "Stations of the Nativity," a special video presentation by our Middle School.   Read More
Posted by Marc Cerisier at Thursday, December 19, 2013

ICCS Senior Recognized by Midtown/Downtown Exchange Club

ICCS senior LaBreshia Taylor has been named December Student of the Month by the Midtown/Downtown Exchange Club. The Student of the Month award is bestowed upon high school students who exemplify excellence in academics, leadership and community service. LaBreshia was recently nominated for recognition in MIFA's Something Good About Memphis campaign and serves as ICCS's Student Government Association president.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Young Actors Guild and... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mindfulness Classes Help Fourth-Graders Develop Self-Awareness

ICCS fourth-graders are becoming better focused, developing longer attention spans and becoming more self-aware, due in great part to the school's Mindfulness Curriculum.  Mindfulness — focusing awareness on the present moment — has been used for 30 years for pain management, sports and business applications. "There is a growing recognition in the field of education of the importance of social emotional learning," said ICCS religion teacher Suzanne Martin, who leads the mindfulness... Read More
Posted by June LaPorta at Friday, December 6, 2013

New Website Launched

In acknowledgment of the digital world we live in, and in conjunction with the launch of a new site for the Cathedral, the school is proud to launch a new, state-of-the-art website.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Hughes '02, Webmaster and Advancement Associate, at (901) 435-5325. Read More
Posted by Marc Cerisier at Monday, October 28, 2013

ICCS 'Cool School' on ABC 24

ICCS Elementary School was nominated to be this week's ABC24 Cool School of the Week. In the video, you'll see that a reporter came from the station to learn about the great things happening at ICCS, including our 5th grade class' work on JA BizTown, our recently renovated "Classroom of the Future" and the enthusiasm of our students for learning. Read More
Posted by Andrew Houle at Thursday, October 17, 2013