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…

  • Students planning to register for the April 4th ACT need to do so by February 28th!

    Interested in specific feedback from your April (and June) ACT test?  You may order an TIR (Test Information Release) up to 5 days after the test date–until the Thursday following the test by 12:00 p.m. by logging onto your ACT Web Account.  Select “Make Changes” to Your Registration link and select the button associated with “Test Information Release” found on the right side of the screen.  At this point, the status in the light blue box should read “Ordered.”  To proceed with the TIR, click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the screen.  On the Order Summary and Payment Information page, enter your payment information and click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the screen.

    You may also order a TIR by mail when you register or during the 6th month period after your test date.  Access the National TIR Order Form (PDF) on the ACT website, complete it, and mail it to the mailing address listed on the form.

    This targeted, specific information provides information about how you might tailor future study sessions for the ACT, thus providing an opportunity to improve your score by more than just chance.

  • Students and parents (grades 10-12) may access a free ACT webinar (February 19th) about the college planning and decision-making process.  Register at

  • The City of Joplin will be sending a representative to visit with McAuley 10th-12th grade classes about potential employment opportunity as summer lifeguards on Friday, February 14th, at 2:35 p.m.  The meeting location will be announced the morning of February 14th.
  • McAuley High School sophomores will tour Franklin Technical Center following lunch on Tues., Feb. 11.  Students will visit all  thirteen offered programs and be provided a brief summary of each program.  This exposure will assist students in determining if an FTC program might fit their specific interests or possible career path.
  • McAuley High School students interested in participating in the Mercy Hospital Health Career Club may attend the next meeting on Wed., Jan. 29th, 6 p.m. at Joplin Mercy Hospital, Conference Rm. 1. Paramedic William Boles will speak about emergency services.
  • Is athletic training a career you’ve considered?  North Park University, a private college in Chicago, Illinois, has transitioned its accredited undergraduate athletic training degree to an entry-level master’s degree. This is in response to the requirement that athletic trainers must possess a master’s degree to enter the workforce. After the 2017-2018 academic year, we will no longer be accepting students into our undergraduate athletic training program. Instead, students who come to campus during 2018-2019 and beyond will be eligible to complete our 3+2 accelerated master’s degree where the student can receive both a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master of science degree in athletic training in 5 calendar years.  See Mrs. Hamilton if you’d like more information.
  • Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants ages 18-25 are required to register with the U.S. Selective Service.  Not registering can affect your ability to attend a post-high school institution and to obtain federal financial aid, obtain a valid job in the U.S., and can also result in a fine or prison term if prosecuted and convicted.You may register by mail or online…it’s a simple process!  Access the official Selective Service site ( or stop by your local post office and pick up the official Selective Service registration card.
  • The University of Missouri is offering a new major, the BS (Bachelor of Science) in Microbiology.  It is the ONLY undergraduate degree in microbiology at a Missouri public institution.Students study the subject areas of bacteriology, immunology, mycology, parasitology, and virology, and this degree will prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of areas: public health, clinical and research labs, human and animal health pharmaceutical companies, and the food industry.  The BSM degree will also provide excellent prep for dental, veterinary, medical, or nursing schools.  Brochure copies may be downloaded from http://vpbio.missouri.eud/undergraduate-studies.
  • Interested in the healthcare field? Check out the Mercy Hospital Joplin and Carthage Health Careers Club! It’s open to students in grades 7-12! Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Mercy Hospital in Joplin most of the time. Different healthcare professionals speak to the club, and it might include a tour of the speaker’s department or a demonstration. The club also has job shadowing opportunities. Meetings run August-April.
  • MSSU is hosting Music Scholarship Auditions for those seniors interested in pursuing degrees in instrumental or vocal music!  2020 Audition dates:  Feb. 28, Mar. 13, & Apr 3.Schedule your audition time at or call 417.625.9318.
  • DUKE TIP Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) program for 4-6, 7th, and 8-10th graders may be just the enrichment challenge your son/daughter needs to remain challenged and excited about curriculum content and its application in a variety of mediums such as year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, and enrichment resources.Eligible students must score at or above the 95th national percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test; score at or above the 95 percentile on a state assessment; or score 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test. Students only need to qualify through one of these three methods. 8th grade students qualify by taking the ACT or SAT on their own and reporting their scores to Duke TIP as a way to qualify for TIP educational programs.If you think your child qualifies for the Duke TIP and are interested in the testing information, please contact Mrs. Hamilton at

College Representative Visits   

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

  • McAuley juniors and seniors interested in meeting with the Missouri State University representative should plan to attend her Tues., Feb. 4, visit at 2:30 in the McAuley Library.
  • Juniors and seniors considering the military as a career option may visit with the U.S. Air Force recruiter on Wed., Feb. 5th, at 2:30 in the McHS Library. We will be welcoming the recruiter, 2015 McAuley HS grad Senior Airman Adam Robertson back to campus!

Scholarship Opportunities

Crowder College’s upcoming scholarship deadline for 2020 Seniors is MARCH 1ST!. Seniors need to submit the foundation application by March 1st!! We have sent the email below to Seniors who have shared their information with Crowder College. 

Scholarship Application Link:


ACT Scholarship Giveaway—ACT will be giving away a $15,000 PLUS $5,000 technology package to 14 lucky students this school year.  Eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors who register for the ACT test between 9/3/19 and 6/26/20 are automatically entered for a chance to win.  (So many of our McAuley students are already entered!)

**No purchase necessary OR ACT test registration necessary.  Access the site for Official Rules for eligibility requirements, entry details, and instructions (including alternate entry instructions)


Are you a student who is not afraid to be himself/herself? Sparkling Ice is looking for fun and unique candidates for our Flavorful Futures Scholarship. Sparkling Ice® is awarding FIVE $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are planning their bright and colorful futures.

The deadline is approaching soon! Applications are due by February 15, 2020 and winners will be announced in Spring 2020. Apply now at

General Requirements
Visit for full list of requirements. 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale (high school/home school seniors).

Creativity of the application is an asset.


Crowder College is offering a $500 renewable scholarship opportunity for incoming 2020 freshmen majoring in Business at Crowder.  The awarded amount is $500 per semester and is renewable for up to 3 consecutive semesters (fall/spring only).

Crowder offers three business majors:
A.A.,  Business Administration
A.A.S., Business-Accounting option
A.A.S., Business-Management option
The A.A. Business Admin degree can be completed entirely online or seated and offers a sound program for students planning to transfer and major in business at a 4-year institution.
DEADLINE:  March 1, 2020


Seniors planning to attend a 2-year, 4-year, or technical college in the Fall of 2020 are eligible for the Missouri Chamber STEM $1,000 scholarship.  Funds are unrestricted and may be used for tuition, living expenses, books, or technology; a minimum of 10 students will be awarded this scholarship.
DEADLINE:  March 1, 2020
Applications are evaluated on the basis of passion for STEM learning, advancing society through STEM, high school activity involvement and scholarship.
STEM general/specific areas include some of the following:  chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth science, biology, mathematics, aerospace engineering, biochemistry, civil engineering, astronomy, life sciences…
Selected finalists will submit about a 2-minute video on what inspires and drives them on their STEM pathway.  Sample videos links may be accessed from the application site.
Awards are formally announced on April 29, 2020, in Jefferson City.


Earlier in the year, juniors and seniors were directed to check out the following website for potential scholarships:
Recently, these scholarships were posted that may have some potential for 2020 McAuley HS graduates:
Andrew Vidal Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is based on the accomplishments of the individual who exemplifies the characteristics of brother/sisterhood, service, and academic excellence.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.  Awards are based on the following:  50% essay (content and financial need); extracurricular activities 25% (community and leadership); GPA and academic achievement 25%.
Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship–The Missouri Association of College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) offers this scholarship to high school seniors who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement.  Five students will be awarded a non-renewable, $1,000 scholarship.
Applicants must be current high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, a Missouri resident, and must enroll as a full-time student at a MOACAC post-secondary institution (virtually every college in MO–but check the list provided before applying!)

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks Scholarship Program opens Saturday, February 1st, 2020.  Over 400 scholarships will be posted for high school seniors, each having its own set of requirements.

Mrs. Hamilton will be meeting with McAuley High School seniors during Catholic Schools Week to discuss the process and how to navigate the system.  The first part of the process (creating and account as well as completing a questionnaire) will be completed during this time. (While not many scholarships will be available to McAuley HS students, there will be a few…REMEMBER, one can never earn a scholarship without applying for it!!!)


The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Scott/St. Louis Chapter will award a minimum of two scholarships of $3,000 each and four scholarships of $2,000 each for recipients enrolled in an accredited bachelors or graduate degree program in 2020.  An additional award is set aside for a student enrolled in a 2-year associate degree or trade certification program.  Scholarships are open to ANY high school student meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  1. High school applicants must live in Illinois or Missouri.
  2. College students must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institution in a state within NDTA’s Central Region (CO, IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, SD, WI, and WY.)
  3. Applicants must be high schools seniors graduating in Spring 2020 or current full-time college students.
  4. College students may be enrolled in any field of study, but priority will be given to those in a degree program related to business, transportation, logistics, supply chain or physical distribution.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2020.

SEE Mrs. Hamilton if interested.


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:

Deadline 2/15/20
This scholarship is open to Missouri students who attended a FAFSA Frenzy event and created an account in the State Financial Aid Portal.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
-Be a Missouri resident
-Attend a postsecondary education program/college/university in Missouri next year
-Have attended a FAFSA Frenzy event between October 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020

The following are local FAFSA Frenzy events:

Columbia College (3271 E. Battlefield, Ste. 250, Springfield)  Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31. 10:00-4:00

Drury University Monett (400 Fourth St., Monett). November 4,  9:00-7:00

OTC (Information Commons West, 1001 E. Chestnut Expwy., Springfield) Nov. 21, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Students eligible for Missouri’s  Bright Flight Scholarship, based on ACT performance,  must meet the following requirements:  1)  Be a Missouri resident, U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) Earn a composite ACT or SAT score in either the top 3% of all Missouri students taking those tests or the top 4th or 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.   3) Enroll full time at a participating Missouri school; 4) Submit supplemental eligibility information if requested by the MDHEWD; and 5) NOT be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.

The qualifying score must be achieved by the June test date immediately following your high school graduation. 

There is no application to complete!  Eligible students will receive approval letters from the MDHEWD (Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workplace Development) achieved by the June ACT and SAT test dates and will begin arriving in the spring of your senior year of high school.  The Bright Flight is renewable for up to 10 semesters or until you have completed a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.

Qualifying ACT and SAT scores for current high school seniors are re-evaluated and announced each fall, and these scores are based on the scores of students who were high school seniors the previous academic year, and the score is subject to change annually.

Last year’s final award amounts included the following:

ACT Score 31 or above:  Up to $3,000

Completion of the FAFSA is not required to receive the Bright Flight scholarship; however, if you choose to complete the FAFSA, information on that application or updates to it can impact your eligibility for the Bright Flight even if you have previously been notified of your eligibility.


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


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