Statement Regarding Student Social Media Incident

Helias Catholic High School administrators recently became aware of an incident in which students, during an event not affiliated with the school or school activities, published inappropriate and offensive content via social media.

Helias Catholic, working in partnership with families, is dedicated to providing a disciplined environment where Christ and His graces in each person are recognized, respected and fostered. Our administrators, faculty and staff are committed to providing an excellent education rooted in Catholic teaching and values to guide our students in all areas of their lives.

Helias Catholic administrators are investigating this incident, and any resulting disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the school’s student handbook, which states that any student whose behavior or actions in or out of school seriously conflict with Catholic values may be subject to disciplinary action. Because Helias Catholic respects the privacy of all students, our administration will not share further information regarding this incident.

COVID-19 Protocol Update (Oct. 12, 2021)

Last week, following our most recent two-week review showing a trend of significantly lower COVID-19 activity in the school environment and surrounding area, Helias Catholic’s administrative team adjusted the COVID-19 protocols that have been in place since the beginning of the 2021-22 school year by removing the requirement that students and staff wear masks during transition periods and in common areas.

We’re encouraged to see that now, more than a week after our students were trusted to participate responsibly in Homecoming activities, our school’s case numbers have remained extremely low.

Effective Tuesday, Oct. 12, masks are no longer required for students and staff at any time in the school setting, including gatherings such as assemblies and Mass. Any student, faculty or staff member is welcome to wear a mask at any point in the day and will be supported in their decision to do so.

The other key priorities of Helias Catholic’s COVID-19 response plan remain in effect. With the support of the Cole County Health Department, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 activity within the community and school environment. At this time we do not anticipate further modifications unless significant changes are observed.

As always, we ask for your continued partnership as we maintain efforts to keep students healthy and learning. Please keep students out of school when they are sick or show any potential symptoms of COVID-19, and encourage them to take appropriate preventive measures both inside and outside of school.

College & Career Week

The Helias Catholic High School Counseling Department has a full slate of activities planned for College & Career Week (Oct. 11-15). Monday: Financial Aid Presentation When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Where: Helias Catholic Library The University of Missouri Financial Aid Office will lead a Financial Aid Workshop. Learn about the financial aid process, different types of aid, and all things related to paying for college. Tuesday: Be All That You Can Be! Wear camouflage shirts with jeans and tennis shoes to school. Reminder: no hats, hoodies, leggings, jeans with holes, or shorts. Wednesday: Capital Area Regional College Fair When: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 Where: The Linc, 1299 Lafayette St., Jefferson City Helias Catholic is partnering with Jefferson City High School, Capital City High School and other area high schools for the Capital Area Regional College Fair. Students and parents are invited to attend the College Fair and breakout sessions, including a financial aid workshop presented by Westminster College from 6-6:30 p.m. and a College 101 workshop by the University of Missouri from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday: Senior Apps & Snacks Come have a snack and get a jump start on your college applications. Drop by the Blue & Gold Room when you have free time (i.e., study hall), and the counselors will be there to help you with your college applications. Friday: We Are College-Bound! Wear college shirts with jeans and tennis shoes to school.

Catholic Charities Open House 10/16

The Helias Catholic community is invited to attend an open house for the new Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri health and social services center up the road at 1015 Edmonds St.

The open house is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Catholic Charities staff will be available to discuss the new facilities and how the site will help expand and enhance Catholic Charities’ services. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight will offer a special Mass of thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Benedictine College Night 10/13

The president and dean of enrollment at Benedictine College, a Catholic college in Atchison, Kansas, will visit Helias Catholic High School to meet with students and families this Wednesday, Oct. 13, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Please consider stopping by after visiting the Capital Area Regional College Fair at The Linc, and enjoy pizza and beverages.

Project Graduation Planning Meeting 10/13

Parents are invited to help plan this year’s Project Graduation, which will be Sunday, May 22, 2022, on the Helias Catholic campus.
A planning meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Helias Catholic commons.
Parent volunteers can help by serving on (or chairing or co-chairing) a committee. Here are some areas help is needed: registration, decorations, food, games, first aid, prizes, fundraising, entertainment, clean-up, chaperones, social media/communication, treasurer.
To volunteer or for more information, please contact Jennifer Cassmeyer at 573-418-6352 or jmcassmeyer0306@gmail.com.

COVID-19 Protocol Update (Oct. 5, 2021)

Dear Helias Catholic community,

Thank you for your continued support this school year, especially with regard to the protocols in
place in response to the COVID-19 delta variant. Our administrative team, with the support of
the Cole County Health Department, has been closely monitoring positive cases within the
school and surrounding area.

At our last two-week review, county and school case numbers have lowered significantly
compared to earlier in the school year. Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have also been
trending downward locally.

Effective Wednesday, Oct. 6, masks will no longer be required during transitions within the
school setting for students and staff or in common areas where social distancing can be
maintained. At this time, students and staff will still be expected to wear masks during large
gatherings and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as assemblies
and school Mass, as well as classroom activities that require close interaction.

Any student, faculty or staff member is welcome to wear a mask at any point in the day beyond
the school’s general guidelines. The health and safety of our Crusaders, as well as in-person
instruction for our students, remain top priorities. The other key priorities of our COVID-19
response plan will remain in effect as we continue to monitor local and community COVID-19
activity. Should positive cases remain low, further reduction of mitigation measures may follow.
However, should the school or surrounding community see an increase in positive cases, mask
protocols may be reinstated.

As always, we ask for your continued partnership as we maintain efforts to keep students
healthy and learning. Please keep students out of school when they are sick or show any
potential symptoms of COVID-19, and encourage them to take appropriate preventive measures
both inside and outside of school.

Sincerely,
Spencer Allen
Principal

Senior Seminar/Testing Oct. 8

Please read the following details for standardized testing, dismissal and senior portraits for Friday, Oct. 8.

 

Freshmen and Sophomores:  

Freshman and sophomore students will participate in standardized testing. Freshmen will take the IOWA test, and sophomores will take the PreACT. Freshmen and sophomores will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m.  

 

Juniors:

Junior students will participate in the ASVAB and will be dismissed at 10 a.m.

 

Seniors:

Seniors will have the opportunity to have professional headshots taken from 9 a.m.-noon on this day by virtue of their last name and time slots listed below:

  • 9-9:30 a.m. – Students A-C
  • 9:30-10 a.m. – Students D-He
  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Students Hi-L
  • 10:30-11 a.m. – Students M-P
  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Students R-Si
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Students St-Z

 

These headshots will be used in the yearbook. Students who choose not to participate will have their school ID picture taken on the first day of school used. Students will get a professional headshot taken that will be made available via a link approximately two weeks later; the link to these photos will be sent to the parent email addresses on file with Helias Catholic. 

 

DRESS CODE SUGGESTIONS FOR SENIOR HEADSHOTS

Girls:

Students should wear professional business attire. Tops or blouses should cover shoulders and modestly cover chest. Please do not wear low-cut blouses or shirts. If you choose to wear a dress, it must meet dress code criteria. Helias Catholic will provide a few blazers of various sizes for students to wear if they would like to add to their professional dress. 

Boys:

Students should dress in professional business attire such as a sport coat with a tie. Helias Catholic will provide several extra sport coats in various sizes if a student needs to borrow a jacket. Please do not feel obligated to purchase a sport coat or suit. Please be clean-shaven with neatly groomed hair. If students are not clean-shaven, they will be asked to shave prior to their photos.

Financial Aid Workshop – 10/11

The Helias Catholic Counseling Department is sponsoring a Financial Aid Workshop put on by the University of Missouri Financial Aid Office.

 

WHEN:  6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11
WHERE:  Helias Catholic High School Library

 

  • Explains types of financial aid
  • Financial aid process
  • All things related to paying for college

Oct. 21 and 22

Thursday, October 21

Noon Dismissal

Parent/Teacher Conferences; 6-8pm in Helias’ Auxiliary Gym.

 

Friday, October 22

No School