The 2017 McQuaid Jesuit Parents’ Association “Survival Guide”
Transitioning to a new school is hard enough, let alone figuring out how to adjust to new schedules, people, and traditions.
Below are the FAQs of McQuaid Jesuit.
1. What’s on the PA website?
• Plenty of helpful information ranging from schedules of annual school events to volunteer opportunities at all levels, ranging from organizing to baking.
2. Whom do I contact for questions regarding:
• Academics – see “School-Parent-School Communications” in Student Handbook
3. What are some common McQ definitions and abbreviations?
• AMDG - Ad maiorem Dei gloriam –for the Greater Glory of God, the motto of the Jesuits
• BASH- “Building A Scholastic Heritage.” The annual school fundraiser which raises money to offset McQuaid’s annual operating budget. More than 300 student, parent, and faculty/staff volunteers, along with parent co- chairs make this event possible. In 2017, more than 700 guests attended.
• Blue sheets – A notice from the Middle School office documenting a missing homework assignment. When a student receives three blue sheets, the parents/guardians are then notified.
• The Dungeon – The area in the stadium bleachers where the Simba Society typically stands.
• ED Day – Early Dismissal- On most Wednesdays, school is dismissed at 2:05 p.m. There is no Flex period on an ED day. However, there a few Wednesdays scattered throughout the year which are not ED days due to Masses and assemblies, and in May to preserve additional Flex time for students. See the monthly calendar and monthly Principal’s Newsletter to confirm the dates.
• Fan Pack – A trio of t-shirts for sale to students in August/September in the bookstore. These shirts are worn at McQuaid athletic events to show spirit. They also provide entrance and free food at all McQuaid tailgates throughout the year.
• Flex – Free period on nearly every school day except Wednesdays. Designed primarily for academic use (studying, meeting with teachers, make-up assessment, etc.). Some clubs and activities, as well as occasional class meetings, also occur during this time.
• JUG – “Justice Under God”. This is the McQuaid version of detention. The real meaning in Latin is “jugem”, meaning burden.
• Knight for a Day- a prospective student who comes and shadows a current McQuaid student for a school day.
• Mothers for Others- McQuaid moms who take part in various community service projects throughout the year. Look at the Service Committee on the PA website for more information.
• Simba Cheer – A long standing tradition at McQuaid Jesuit. This cheer is performed at pep rallies, games, assemblies, etc. Fun to watch, but just don’t stand too close.
• Simba Society – McQuaid Jesuit Cheering Squad. They also plan all pep rallies and student tailgates.
• Z day (formerly “7 Day”) – The Friday before Memorial Day weekend. There are activities such as the Faculty vs. Senior basketball/hockey competitions, field day games and a picnic. Early dismissal.
• What day is it? McQuaid Jesuit operates on a 10 day cycle schedule. 1 day – 8 day, X day and Y day. 1 day through 8 day will have 7 classes per day. The X and Y day will be long period days with only 4 classes per day.
4. Where can I find a printed Student Directory?
• They are available outside the main office on Mini-Class night.
5. What’s the basic dress code?
Dress shirt, tie, pants, and blazer depending the time of year. More details are published in the Student Handbook as well as the “Student Life” section on the website.
• What happens if my son forgets a sports coat, tie, etc? Students may borrow the item from the Middle School or Dr. Parks’ office for the day. Typically, belts are not available to be borrowed.
• When does my son start and stop wearing his blazer? It varies, mostly upon the weather. Generally the blazer wearing starts in October and ends around May but is entirely up to the discretion of Dr. Parks.
• Who is eligible to wear a sweater? Athletes, after earning their varsity letters, may wear their varsity sweaters. Seniors may also wear a sweater instead of the blazer.
• Any restrictions for shoes? Refer to the Dress Code in the handbook and website.
6. What are service hours, and how may they be served?
• Middle school students are required to have five hours/year. High school students are required to have at least 100 hours of service upon graduation. Freshmen have ten hours/year satisfying the theme of “Care of God’s Creation, Sophomores have 20 hours/year satisfying the theme of “The life and dignity of the Human Person, Juniors have 20 hours/year satisfying the theme of “Option for the Poor, and seniors have an individual “Capstone Project” that contributes to 25 hours/year. See the Campus Ministry Page for more information.
7. When are the student retreats?
• Middle school retreats are in the fall during one school day, and all middle schoolers attend. Our high school retreat program is undergoing a transition year in 2017-18. Ninth graders are required to participate in a 1 day InVia retreat and have the opportunity to attend a 2-day, 1-night Magis retreat in the second semester; sophomores may participate in a 3-day, 2-night Emmaus Retreat and juniors and seniors may participate in a 4-day, 3-night Kairos Retreat. See the Campus Ministry Page for more information and dates.
8. When are the school wide masses that are available to the entire community?
• Opening Mass/Outdoor Mass – Open to the entire McQuaid community
• Mass of the Holy Spirit – Open to the entire McQuaid community
• Advent Mass – While all students attend, this is a special Mass for seniors and their parents. There will be very limited seating for others.
• Daily Mass – is offered most school days in the chapel at 7:30 AM. It is open to all. Students can attend and still make homeroom.
9. What are religious obligations, especially if my student is not Catholic?
• Students that are not Catholic are required to attend the school’s masses. They are encouraged to participate as much as they are comfortable (i.e. praying, singing, etc).
10. How do I deposit funds on to the Gold card?
• This can be done online or in person in the finance office.
11. For changes in the school schedule:
• Pickup for buses/cars- where and when- there is a directory in the Middle School Office. The Dean of Students’ office in the high school will also have this information.
• Where can I find the master school schedule with days off? The school calendar can be found on the website.
• When should I call the public school bus garage to see if they will be running? If a public school is closed, usually the buses will NOT provide transportation to McQuaid. Also if McQuaid has a half day, your district may not provide service until 3:00 p.m. You should always contact your local transportation department for specific dates and details.