McAuley Catholic High School

930 S. Pearl Ave.
Joplin, MO 64801
(417) 624-9320
School Hours:
M-F 7:50am—2:55pm
Office Hours:
M-F 7:30am—4:00pm

A Note from the Counselor

As the JACSS part-time school counselor, I serve St. Mary’s Elementary, St. Peter’s Middle, and McAuley High School students. To assist you in locating me during the school year, the following is my schedule most weeks of the 2019-2020 school year:
Tuesdays           St. Peter’s MS and McAuley HS  8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays      St. Mary’s ES   8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
                          St. Peter’s MS and McAuley HS  12:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursdays         St. Peter’s MS and McAuley HS 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mass is scheduled from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursdays, so I am available for Thursdays appointments beginning at 9:45 a.m.
Please call me at 417-624-5605 (my office base) or email me at to set up appointments.
I’m excited about serving our JACSS students and families!
~Mrs. Deb Hamilton

Student Communication

In my former public school district, the individual schools were categorized as Google Schools; thus, students had school email. I was able to email students, and the site could be monitored at any time, providing a layer of security for both students and teachers. 

At McAuley High School, students do not have email, so distributing information in a timely fashion is a definite challenge.  Whether it’s notifying all students about a scholarship or leadership opportunity or following up with a quick reply to a question a student has asked me in the hallway, this information is important and relaying that information or that reply is vital to students viewing the guidance office as a viable and competent resource.


There are several ways in which information will be provided or exchanged to students this year, and it may include the following:


  1. I may meet with students at my STP office at their request, verbal or written.
  2. Sometimes I will drop information by a specific classroom and request that the teacher give the information to students.
  3. Announcements may be made over the intercom when it involves a large number of students who need to hear the same information.
  4. On some occasions, I will present information to a class by arrangement with a particular teacher.
  5. Much of the general information to students regarding scholarships, leadership, and educational opportunities will be relayed via this website. Students need to access this site as a habit, checking this site at least every other day for any new developments!
  6. It has been been a trademark of mine throughout my professional career to relay information to students through notes and cards. The power of the handwritten word is invaluable and, quite honestly, a lost art.  Each student at McAuley High School will at some point during this school year receive a handwritten note or card from me whether I hand them the note in person, send a card to their home address (in care of parents), or attach it to their school locker.  Much attention is given these days to the safety and security of our children and young adults and the dangers of electronic communication, social media platforms and applications (apps), and while I agree whole-heartedly with the vigilance we maintain for their safety, I also feel strongly that we, as educators, cannot lose that ability to personally connect with our students, as the educator-student relationship is key in promoting trust and open communication as well as facilitating the learning process.
  7. If McA students ever have the opportunity to have school email accounts, I will definitely use this additional communication channel, copying parents and/or administration on each communication.

Post-High School Planning

As part of educating the whole student, Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS) aims to ensure its students are prepared for life after high school. Students’ post-high school options and plans vary and may include the following: a college and university education, technical and trade school training, or military service. Some students may even decide transitioning directly into the workforce as their appropriate route. Whichever path students pursue, their McAuley High School academic, social, and spiritual experiences and preparation will serve them well.

Opportunities, Options, and Oh, BTW…

  • If you are a senior and have not even taken the ACT yet, you NEED to register for the October 26 ACT date.  Registration deadline is 9/20/19.
  • PSAT/NMSQT for junior students will be on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
  • A+ Info Session for current McAuley Catholic freshmen and sophomore students and parents. Tues., Nov. 12th 6-6:30 p.m. McAuley Library.  
  • Seniors who plan to apply to colleges or university for early enrollment need to do so by December 1, 2019. Early enrollment improves your chances of earning scholarships available at the college/university of your choice.

College Prep Events

* Fall pre-college prep night:  – Junior and senior students and their parents are invited to attend this event at St. Peter’s Middle School, 2nd floor on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Pittsburg State University – PSU – will present information about the college application process, scholarship opportunities, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  

*MSSU 4-States Regional Fair: Thursday, October 3 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the MSSU Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Two financial aid sessions will be held in the Young Gym Classroom 203:  6:15-7 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m. Click here for a list of participating schools and view the flyer.                                                                                                                                                                                       

College Representative Visits                         

College Representatives visits at McAuley Catholic High School are open to junior and senior students.

* Crowder College: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. – McAuley Catholic Library.  For seniors who are completing A+ requirements, this is a chance to see what Crowder offers!

* Rockhurst University: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. – McAuley Catholic Library 

Benedictine College: Thursday, Oct. 3 at 12:25-12:55 p.m. – McAuley Catholic Library

Oklahoma State University–OSU–(Stillwater): Thursday, Oct. 24 at 12:25-12:55 p.m. – McAuley Catholic Library

University of Missouri: Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. – McAuley Catholic Library

ACT Prep

It’s never too early for a high school student to start preparing for the ACT. You can order ACT’s free publication, “Preparing for the ACT,” online under “Order Support Materials.”

Upcoming ACT dates for the 2019-2020 school year are listed below. Visit the ACT website to register for an upcoming test.

ACT 2019-2020


Scholarship Opportunities

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION: 500 U.S. high school seniors will receive the Elks National Foundation scholarships totaling $2.9 million. These Most Valuable Student scholarships  are awarded based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

These scholarships are 4-year awards:
    Two $50,000 scholarships
    Two $40,000 scholarships
    Two $30,000 scholarships
    14    $20,000 scholarships
    480  $4,000   scholarships
Applications are available online at and are due on or before November 5, 2019. 


The Horatio Alger Association, promoting its message of hope, opportunity, responsibility, and perseverance to U.S. young adults, has awarded over $175 million in college scholarships to deserving students.  In adhering to its mission, the Horatio Alger Association’s scholarship program provides financial assistance to students who have significant financial need and who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.

Eligiblity criteria includes the following:  high school graduation in spring or summer 2020, demonstrated financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family incoming), and U.S. citizenship.

Students may apply online through October 25, 2019, at

Students applying must have their school counselor complete a Certification Form online, so please notify Mrs. Hamilton if you are applying for this scholarship.



BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU – Junior Scholarship Opportunity
 The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving eastern and southwest Missouri and southern Illinois Student of Ethics Award Program recognizes high school students whose leadership, community service, overall personal integrity, and academic history exemplify high ethics.
Students will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and scholarships must be used within three years of receiving the award. Upon verification of enrollment, scholarships will be distributed to the student’s college or trade school and must be applied toward school-related expenses including tuition, books, room and board, and other related items.
Students should apply in their junior year of high school, and the awards will be presented to students in their senior year of high school. Applications are currently open to high school juniors who will be graduating in Spring 2021.
Apply online or download, complete, and mail a paper application:

St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804

St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801

McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801