New Parent 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 some FAQs for McQuaid Jesuit parents.

Plenty of helpful information ranging from schedules of annual school events to volunteer opportunities at all levels, ranging from organizing to baking.

  • High School Academics: Andy Cavacos, Asst. Principal of Academics
  • Middle School Academics: Janet Dacey, Middle School Dean
  • My student’s schedule: Maureen McGinn, Registrar
  • Financial aid: Admissions, 256-6112
  • Athletic tryouts, sports schedules: Amy Sheffer, Administrative Assistant, Athletics Department (all dates also on website)
  • BASH: Heather Whiting, Events Coordinator
  • Campus Ministry and service hours: Kim Hanna, Administrative Assistant, Campus Ministry
  • Gold card: Mary Ann Lynch, Finance Assistant, Accounts Payable
  • Schoology: Maureen McGinn, Registrar
  • Bus Transportation: Teresa Maguire, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students
  • AMDG:  Ad maiorem Dei gloriam –”For the Greater Glory of God,” the worldwide Jesuit motto
  • 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 2016, more than 800 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 notified.
  • The Dungeon: The area in the stadium bleachers where the Simba Society is located. (See “Simba”)
  • 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 will be occasional Wednesdays without ED. Monitor calendar.
  • 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: A daily “free” period. Typically, students must be in a classroom or other location in the building. They use this time to study, meet with teachers for extra help, take a make-up exam, etc.
  • JUG: Traditional Jesuit school term for detention, often cited as “Justice Under God.” Its true meaning comes from the Latin jugem, meaning “burden.” Contact Deans’ offices for more info.
  • 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 don’t stand too close.
  • Simba Society: McQuaid Jesuit Cheering Squad. They also plan all pep rallies and student tailgates.
  • 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. This is an Early Dismissal day.
  • What day is it?: This year the schedule will transition to 10 cycle days. 1 day through 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.

Dress shirt, tie, pants, and blazer, depending the time of year. More details are published in the Student Handbook and Conduct Code, as well as the “Student Life” section on the website.

  • What happens if my son forgets a sport coat, tie, etc.?
    • Students can borrow the item from the Middle School or Dr. Parks’ office for the day. However, teaching responsibility is important – it is not the end of the world if your son receives JUG for this!
  • When does my son start and stop wearing his sport coat?
    • It varies, mostly upon the weather. Generally the sport coat is required from October to early May.
  • Who is eligible to wear a sweater?
    • Any student who has earned a varsity letter (academic, athletic, etc.) may wear a varsity sweater.
    • Seniors may wear a sweater instead of the sport coat.
  • Any restrictions for shoes?
    • Refer to “Dress Code” in the handbook and website.
  • 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 are required to complete at least 10 hours of service. Five of those hours must satisfy the theme of “Care of God’s Creation.”
    • Sophomores are required to complete at least 20 hours of service. Ten hours must satisfy the theme of “The life and dignity of the Human Person.”
    • Juniors are required to complete at least 20 hours of service. Ten of those hours must satisfy the theme of “Option for the Poor.”
    • Seniors have an individual “Capstone Project” that contributes to 25 hours to the 100 hour minimum. In addition, they must complete enough hours to fulfill the 100 minimum hours needed for graduation if they have not done so prior to senior year.
  • See the Campus Ministry website for more information.
  • Middle school retreats are in the fall during one school day.
  • Freshmen are required to participate in a one-day InVia retreat.
  • Sophomores may participate in a two-day, one-night Magis Retreat
  • Juniors may participate in a three-day, two-night Emmaus Retreat
  • Seniors may participate in a four-day, three-night Kairos Retreat.
  • See the Campus Ministry Page for more information and dates.
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit: Open to the entire McQuaid community
  • Opening Mass/Outdoor Mass: 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: Offered most school days in the chapel at 7:30 a.m. It is open to all. Students can attend and still be in homeroom by 8 a.m.

Students who are not Catholic are still required to attend the school’s masses and worship services. They are encouraged to participate as much as they are comfortable (i.e. praying, singing, etc).

Every year, parents of athletes (new and returning) must attend a parents’ meeting to review the principles of competition and conduct during the athletic season.

This can be done online or in person in the Finance Office.

  • 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 p.m. You should always contact your local transportation department for specific dates and details.