Cato MCHS Campus Connector

February, 2023 Volume 4, Issue 5

Prom is Right Around the Corner

Prom tickets are on sale until Feb. 17th. Feb. 17th is the last day to purchase tickets. Tickets are $75 (tickets are nonrefundable).

Use this link to purchase tickets.

If you are bringing a guest who does not attend Cato MCHS, a Guest Form must be completed and submitted by April 6, 2023. Forms are in the Cato MCHS hallway file box.

Spring 2023 Graduation Information

Cato MCHS Graduation

Graduation for Cato Middle College High School will be held at Ovens Auditorium on Wednesday, May, 24 at 10 am

Graduation Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 22 (no outside guest)

CPCC Graduation

If you are graduating in May 2023 with your Associates, you will need to apply for graduation with CPCC. Go to MyCollege>Graduation Overview>Apply
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From the Desk of Ms. Johnson

Congratulations to Justin Dean! He will participate in the mid-year graduation on Thursday, Feb. 2nd at Bojangles Coliseum.

Join me in congratulating the following seniors on their college acceptances and scholarship offers!

  • Hanna Getahun - Wingate University ($112,000) and Western Carolina University
  • Parth Parmar - UNC-Charlotte ($5,500)
  • Ayah Abdulkareem - UNC-Charlotte
  • Hayaam Hassan - Wingate University ($112,000)
  • Kerry Creech - UNC-Charlotte
  • Berina Music - Queens University
  • Aanas Kassim - Wingate University ($112,000)
  • Perri Patterson - Appalachian State University and UNC-Greensboro
  • Eishaa Kashmary - Wingate University ($112,000), Lenoir-Rhyne University, Western Carolina University, Queens University ($80,000), Johnson & Wales ($106,000), Radford University ($40,000), Gardner-Webb University ($72,000) and UNC-Charlotte
  • Sarah Osman - Salem College, UNC-Charlotte and Western Carolina University
  • Walter St. Cyr- Washington State University ($44,000) and Johnson & Wales University ($96,000)
  • Malychia Abudu-Clark - The New School's College of Performing Arts ($72,000), Marymount Manhattan College ($64,000), Ithaca College, NY University and Purchase College
  • Shamsa Yusuf - UNC-Charlotte
  • Salmaan Hassan - UNC-Charlotte
  • Constance Agabor - NC A& T State University
  • Keshawn Holloway - NC A& T State University and UNC-Charlotte
  • Letrell Grady - Morehouse College ($60,000), Queens University ($100,000), Oglethorpe University, UNC-Charlotte, Hampton University, NC A&T State University
  • Amber Townsend - Winston Salem State University
  • Makiyah Slaughter - Winston Salem State University, High Point University ($24,000), Lenoir-Rhyne University, NC Central University, Barton College, Wingate University ($112,000), Bridgewater College, Elizabeth City State University
  • Hafsa Ezeagu - Queens University
  • Nyla Frambach - Appalachian State University and High Point University ($36,000)
  • Darrell Holmes - Xavier University ($96,000)
  • Janiah Pulliam - Radford University ($32,000) and East Carolina University ($9,500)
  • Nusayba Hashi - Pfeiffer University ($88,000), Johnson & Wales ($106,000), Lenoir Rhyne University, Queens University, Wingate University ($112,000), UNC-Pembroke and UNC-Charlotte
  • Logan McCall - UNC-Charlotte
  • Frederick Cosby - Guilford College ($104,000), Radford University ($32,000), Wingate University ($126,000) and Gardner-Webb University ($60,000)

Caps & Gowns have arrived! Pick them up M-F between 10 and 3:30. To participate in the graduation ceremony, Caps & gowns cannot be altered, decorated or painted in any way. Invitations have not arrived yet for those who ordered them.

The CMS lottery closes on February 13th at 10 p.m. If you know students who are interested in joining our school, they must complete the five admission steps on our website. We have one more Information Session scheduled for Feb. 8th at 6:30 p.m. This session is virtual. The link is located on the Cato Middle College HS website.

Purchase prom tickets by February 17th! We're looking forward to 2023 prom theme Masquerade. Merancas Middle College HS, Harper Middle College HS, Hawthorne Health Sciences Academy, Performance Learning Center and Charlotte Engineering Early Colleges will all join us again for prom this year. Students may invite one guest. For guests who do not attend Cato MCHS, students must submit a Prom Guest Form to Ms. Johnson for approval.

Time to Order CMCHS Yearbooks

Order Yearbook- Click here for more details

Campaign Date #3:

  • February 13 - February 24, 2023
  • Cost $50.00


If you are already a part of an ACT Test Prep Program outside of Cato MCHS, let Ms. Wilkins know by email. She will exempt you from Edgenuity if you have proof of consistent participation.

ACT Test Prep assignments in Edgenuity should be complete by March 3.

Tutorial Sessions with CMCHS English, & Science Teachers:


  • February: 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, and 28

  • March: 14


  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    • (Jan. 17, Feb 14, March 14) time change for Mr. Highsmith ONLY)

  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Parents: Are you Missing our Text Messages?

Parents of Juniors,

  • Please sign up through Remind. Text @catojrpar to 81010.

Parents of Seniors and Grade 13

  • Please sign up through Remind. Text @catosrpar to 81010.

CPCC Will Use Second Verification to Access CPCC websites

Students will be required to use Duo by Monday, March 6. That's when Duo will begin prompting students for a second verification before accessing MyCollege, Brightspace, etc. Students received an email about this at their CPCC email account. The email includes additional instructions. Please encourage students to check their email.

CPCC Tutoring Information

Please see the link for information regarding academic support (tutoring) in your CPCC courses.

Academic Learning Center

CPCC Math Tutoring Sessions

CPCC Digital Literacy Learning Space

Cato PTSA Information

Interested in joining our PTSA? See the instructions below for joining.

Our February PTSA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

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From The Desk of Mr. Smith


Grade 13 and Graduating 12th grade students,

When requesting letters of recommendation in Naviance, it must be a Cato staff member. If requesting recommendations outside of Cato make that request in the Other Recommender section of Common App. You may also request your recommender to send a letter via US Mail. Provide them with the college's office of admissions address.

Please contact your teachers or anyone that you are requesting a letter of recommendation from asking for the recommendation letter prior to them getting the automated request via Naviance or Common App.

On Common App you will be reporting your weighted rank and GPA. 4.0 scale.


2023 HSF Scholar Program Application is now open and closes on

February 15, 2023, 5:00 PM PT

  • To get started, visit [] and log into or create your myHSF profile to access the HSF Scholar Program Application

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Pearl Scholarship- Deadline February 18

LAWA Scholarships (English/Spanish)- Deadline April 3, 2023

State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)

Only SEANC members, in good standing, their spouses and/or dependent child(ren) and SEANC retired member’s, in good standing, grandchild(ren) are eligible to receive scholarships. Membership in teachers’ organizations or the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) does not constitute eligibility for a SEANC Foundation Scholarship. Click on the links below to view each scholarship application. DEADLINE: April 15, 2023 Scholarship Program

The is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students who are currently studying at or have been accepted to an accredited university. No minimum GPA is required. DEADLINE: July 30, 2023

  • Click the link for more information.

Scholarship you can self-endorse and apply.

College & Scholarship Acceptance Letters


Congratulations to all for the college acceptances and scholarships that you have been awarded thus far. Please email or bring me a copy of all college acceptance letters and merit scholarship letters awarded (even if you are not attending the school). Go Cato!!!



The Financial Aid/Niner Central Office is offering one-hour virtual appointments for students and families to receive assistance with completing the FAFSA. Appointment time slots can be found here. They can also email or call at 704-687-8622 with any questions that they have.


Please be reminded to update your resume in Naviance. In an effort to paint the best picture of you as possible you need to include as much volunteer service, extracurricular activites, and academic awards that you've accomplished. This is the resume that faculty and staff at Cato will use to write your letters. Let's Go Cato!

Naviance and Common App email addresses must be the same to match the accounts. See me if you have questions.


As you know our 2 primary platforms to use with our college application process is with Naviance and Common App. Another resource you may use with career planning, scholarships, financial aid and other college admissions topics is via CFNC (College Foundation of North Carolina.) You can create an account or you can simply use the site as a resource.

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From The Desk of Ms. Wilkins

Rise to Success

  • Rise to Success is a sponsorship program that enables high school graduates to earn an associate degree or a certification in a health care related discipline from a local community college. Tuition, textbooks, activity fees and scrubs are paid by Atrium Health. While participants are in college, they are hired into an entry-level parttime position.
  • Applications will be accepted February 1 to March 1, 2023
  • Complete this Interest form and view the information on the flyer to apply


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From The Desk of Ms. Jones

CMCHS- COVID 19 Protocol Flowchart

Refer to the CMCHS- COVID 19 Protocol Flowchart if you:

  • Have been in close contact with someone who tested positive
  • Have tested positive
  • Have symptoms

NOTE: Should you meet any of the requirements above, please complete the Confidential Covid Screener google form located on the CMCHS- COVID 19 Protocol Flowchart.



3- Kennedy Royal

7- Morgan Straight

7- Melu Woldu

8- Elizabeth Thach

11- Hanan Salih

14- Amiah Coxton

15- Isabella Elmore

15- Mia Espinoza

17- Amir Mohamed

20- Luis Hernandez

23- Asmaa Alothman

26- Hanna Getahun