Principal’s News & Notes


As we continue our Lenten journey, we turn our hearts and minds toward the virtue for the month of March which is mercy. Mercy is our ability to care for those who suffer. Please discuss mercy as a family this month as we will be talking about it as a school

Next week we will begin the Iowa Assessment test for students in second through
eighth grade. Please send in a nutritious snack for your child so they are equipped with nutrition to do their best.

Students in second, fourth and sixth grades will also take the CogAT test
which measures a student’s ability to understand the material.

The Iowa Assessment provides a nationally norm-referenced measure of a student’s
basic skills. It is designed to measure to what extent a student has learned,
understood, and is able to apply important concepts and skills. In addition, the test can
provide valuable feedback to students, parents, and schools about student progress
from grade to grade. The tests are used by the administration and faculty to evaluate
the effectiveness of the curriculum and to gauge the overall achievement of our
students in relation to those across the diocese, state and country.

The MAP scores and progress will be addressed during student led conferences later
this month.

Trivia Night is this Saturday evening. We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening
while we raise money for our school. Thank you to all the families who provided gifts for
our class baskets!

While it is a tradition at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for our 8 th grade students to
attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, we will not be in school. If possible, please
make arrangements to attend this rich Mass and blessing of the oils which are used in
all of the diocesan churches for the year. The students have always come away from
this Mass with a sense of awe and awakening to our faith. Next year, we will continue
the tradition of taking the 8 th grade to the Chrism Mass because our spring break will
once again return to Easter week.

Upcoming Events

  • Fridays during Lent
    • 2:00 pm – Stations of the Cross (please join us)
    • 5:00 pm – Parish Fish Fry
      • Thank you for supporting STUCO by sending in desserts for the fish fry. Proceeds will provide assistance to the alpha Center


  • March 22 – Early Dismissal
    • Student-Led Conferences
  • March 23 – Early Dismissal
    • Student-Led Conferences
  • March 24 – Science Olympiad State Competition
    • Good Luck to our SHCS teams
  • March 26-30 – NO SCHOOL
    • Spring Break

Lenten Blessings,
Elizabeth Snow

David Kimbell

Principal’s News & Notes

Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral School Family,snow

Thank you for all of your good wishes and support as we move into 2018.  It is always nice to see everyone’s enthusiasm as we begin our third quarter and new year.  We have many events before spring break.  The last week of January, as always, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, beginning with grandparents’ day on Friday, January 26 at 8 am. Mass.  The rest of the schedule is at the end of this letter.  Then we have our second round of MAP testing.  The students will be able to follow their progress and see improvement in their learning.  This will also take place near the end of January.  The first week of March is the week of Iowa Assessment testing, then our second student led conference will be held before spring break.

On a tragic note, one of our school families experienced a fire this past weekend which gutted their home.  Thankfully, they escaped, along with their pets and are safe and well.  While their possessions can be replaced, this is a devastating loss.  Student Council will kimbellbe hosting an out-of-uniform day on Wednesday, January 17th for a monetary donation of $2 or more.  Thank you for supporting our efforts to help this family.

Blessings to you as we join together and celebrate Catholic education,

Elizabeth and Dave


January 26 – Friday: Celebrating Family Tradition – “Grandparents Day”

  • Parents and Grandparents are invited to School Mass at 8:00
  • Grandparents are invited to play games with Grandkids. (9:00-11:00 am – all grades)
  • Book Fair available
  • Photo booth with grandparents in gym, Ave Maria Hall, or outside (weather permitting)
  • Geography Bee at 1:45 pm.

January 28 – Sunday: Celebrating Your Parish

  • Opening Mass at 8:00 am.  Students, please wear your school uniform.  8th graders, please wear your leadership uniform
  • Pancake Breakfast in SHCS Gymnasium after 8:00 Mass on Sunday

January 29 – Monday: Celebrating Community and Volunteers

  • Appreciation Breakfast for first responders in the community – Gym, 8:30 am.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon –  12:30 pm in gym
  • Buddy classes will be preparing meals for Loaves & Fishes
  • 100th Day of School

January 30 – Tuesday: Celebrating Students

  • Students may dress up as their favorite book character!
  • Hourly “Dance to the Music” over the loudspeakers
  • Family Feud competition in the gym
  • No Homework! (all students)

January 31 – Wednesday: Celebrating our Nation

  • Students will be singing patriotic songs at morning assembly.
  • Veterans and all community members who have ever served in the military are invited to attend our morning assembly and flag ceremony

February 1 – Thursday: Celebrating Vocations

  • Mini-retreat by James Redding for middle school (1:00pm) with Adoration to follow
  • Students wear goofy socks for picture to send to the Bishop
  • Writing letters to seminarians and religious

February 2 – Friday: Celebrating Faculty

  • Parents and Parishioners are invited to join us for school Mass at 8:00 am.
  • StuCo attends Mass at Catholic High with lunch to follow
  • Volleyball Game (Faculty vs. 8th Grade) in the parking lot at 1:45 pm

We thank you for being a part of our wonderful school family and all you do to support Catholic Schools.

Principal’s Christmas Message

                                                                                                           December 15, 2017

Christmas Greetings,

At this time of peace may we take time to reflect on the blessings and values that permeate our Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  Thank you for your continued support, loyalty and dedication to our mission. Thank you for your generosity in volunteering, for always being available, and answering the call to serve.  It is truly a sacred privilege to serve you and I thank you for your support as we move forward.   May you enjoy this Christmas time with peace and joy.  Our prayer is that peace and joy is ever present in our learning, our dedication to our families, and our love for one another.

Mr. Kimbell is directing the choir for the 4 p.m. Mass, December 24th at the Cathedral.  The choir is composed of our Sacred Heart Cathedral School students. Many children and families have committed to be present. Please join us for this very special liturgy as we join together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

May the New Year bring you continued blessings as we continually work together in achieving the mission of our school.

Christmas Blessings,



Elizabeth Snow

David Kimbell
Assistant Principal

Principal’s Note

Advent Wreath for Week 1I  will be traveling to College Park, Maryland on Sunday and returning to Pensacola on Tuesday evening.  I  will be reviewing a curriculum along with the superintendent, Mr. Michael Juhas, and three other principals from the diocese.  I  will be back in school Wednesday morning. If you need to reach me, I will be available via email.  Thank you for understanding.

Blessings to you as we enter into this Advent season.


Letter from the Principal

Fall Greetings,snow

Thank you for everyone who enthusiastically supported our student-led conferences.  As research supports, these conferences help to enable your young person to be accountable for their learning.   We all learn differently through different avenues and this process helps young people understand how they learn.  It also allows us to learn how to best serve you and your young person so they are successful. Thank you for your continued support.

The new lights were installed in the gym October 9th.  Please stop by and admire the efficient lighting in our gym.

We are coming to a close in the month of October.

Friday, October 27

  • 4:00 PM – Friday Night Lights at Catholic High
  • 6:00 PM – Seat ‘N Treat at SHCS

Sunday, October 29

Please join the parish celebration of Octoberfest this weekend.  The parish will supply the meat; please bring a dish to share.  It is always a wonderful time as many of our families come together for this event.  It begins after the 11 a.m. Mass.

Tuesday, October 31

Our Fall Fest will be held for our school community on Tuesday, October 31st.  The students will be in uniform except for the students that are in charge of the event.

With the festivities of October behind us, we turn our prayers and thoughts toward November.

As we commemorate All Saints and All Souls day, we will continue our remembrance of the Wall of Holy Souls.  You may submit your request via a paper copy or through our online process this year.  Your loved one will be published on the wall and remembered in our book of prayers throughout the month of November, including our monthly rosary on the first Friday of the month.

Saturday, November 4

Please join me in supporting our annual Pumpkin Run.  This is not only a huge fundraiser for Sacred Heart Cathedral School but it is also a way to showcase our wonderful school and community.

Pumpkin Bread – Download the recipe here

Fire up the ovens and make that pumpkin bread! We rely on your assistance to help make this run a success.  If you do not like to bake, Publix, Fresh Market and Apple market have bread you can buy and bring to school.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Friday, November 17

  • 11:00 AM – Thanksgiving Feast

As a reminder, the second annual Thanksgiving Feast will be Friday, November 17 at 11 a.m.  This is our time to serve you, our young people and families.  We have a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, bread and cookie, along with a drink. I work with Publix to cater this event, as we did last year. Thankfully, our room moms make this a reality as they serve our students.  Our students eat with their buddies and we celebrate that we are a family, united together.

Food Pantry Missionkimbell

We are helping to stock the food pantry at the parish for Thanksgiving.  All grades have been asked to bring in specialty items to make Thanksgiving special for families in need. Thank you for your support.


Elizabeth Snow                                                           David Kimbell

The Solar Eclipse at SHCS

Dear Friends and Family of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,

As you know, there will be a solar eclipse visible over most of the United States on Monday, August 21.  While our school is south of the complete blackout zone, we will still experience much of it.  This is an excellent opportunity to teach our students about science and the wonder of God’s creation.  With guidance from our Diocese, this is what will be happening at Sacred Heart Cathedral School on Monday.

The eclipse will occur between 12:03 and 3:02 with 1:35 being the maximum coverage.  Depending on cloud cover, it may be very visible or just dark.  Students will be reminded in their classes they should not look directly at the sun, as this can cause serious damage to their eyes or even blindness.  Please reinforce this at home.

Proper eye protection (approved NASA eclipse glasses) is the only safe option.  Sunglasses do not work.  Proper eye protection has been purchased for our students in grades 3-8.  If you are allowing your child to participate in this you have signed and returned a permission slip.  If you do not sign the permission slip your child will stay inside until dismissal. Students in grades 3-5 will go outside for a ten-fifteen minute viewing around 1:25. Middle school students will also go outside around 1:25 for a 20-30 minute viewing.

All students are allowed to wear caps/hat when they are outside.  Younger students may wear ball caps during the day as they will not be participating in the eclipse. PE classes and our recess will not go outside after 11:45.

Dismissal will be delayed 10 minutes, with dismissal starting at 2:50.  The walkers will be escorted across the street at the end of dismissal, so please plan accordingly. Extended care does not begin until 3:15-3:20 so the students will be fine since this is after the eclipse.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.


Elizabeth and Dave

Principal’s News & Notes

July 18, 2017

Dear Friends and Family of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,snow

Summer greetings as many of you are in the midst of vacation time with your family.  The beginning of our school year is only a few weeks away, so we wanted to share the exciting happenings this summer at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Dave and I are honored to introduce this distinguished faculty.

Our pre-k teacher is Mrs. Erin Bowie.  Mrs. Bowie is the mother of five children, a graduate of UWF and is totally immersed in working with our pre-k young people. Mrs. Bowie’s expertise will continue the excellence established in this program for our young learners. She also has three children that will be attending our school.

Our first grade teacher is Ms. Rachel Barzen. Ms. Barzen comes to us as a recent graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Welcome Rachel as she brings her wisdom and enthusiasm from her experience at Franciscan and in the classroom.

Our fourth grade teacher is Mrs. Debbie Garland.  Mrs. Garland is a graduate of Regis University, a Jesuit University in Denver, Colorado.  Debbie comes to us with 17 years experience as a Catholic school educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Debbie and her family returned to the Pensacola area to be close to her retired parents.   Mrs. Garland’s room is painted, already prepared for the new school year and has a new floor.

Our 6th grade home room teacher, and Spanish teacher is Mrs. Ricardo.  Mrs. Ricardo is a graduate from a Catholic University in the Dominican Republic as well as having earned a Master’s degree in Pennsylvania.  She is also a cultural dance teacher, so middle school will have the opportunity for a new fine arts elective.

Our middle school science teacher is a current parent, Mrs. Rachel Barry.  Mrs. Barry is a graduate of UWF holding both an undergraduate degree in biology and an MS degree in microbiology.  She has years of experience teaching science at the high school level.

Our Morning Star teacher, Mrs. Diana Susann holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a Jesuit University, and an MA from California State University.  Both degrees are in special education.   Mrs. Susann is relocating here from Bosnia as her husband is in the military.  Mrs. Susann is a mom of five children; four will be at Sacred Heart and one will be at Catholic.

The last change is that Mrs. Sidney Poller has moved to the front office and Mrs. Terry Sadler will become the Pre-K aide.

We have been blessed with many new teachers from many diverse backgrounds, yet all centered on the same mission and vision.  I hope you join us in welcoming these individuals and their families to our school community.

As for our building projects…the new floor has been laid to replace the old carpet.  The new floor is the same floor used at Sacred Heart Hospital so it has a positive history of sustainability.  We are creating a literacy/exceptional learning room at the end of the hallway.  Most exciting is that we are creating an outdoor space for eating lunch so our young people will have their own space to eat their lunch.  The fence company is scheduled to begin soon so that our students will not only be able to eat outside, but this atmosphere will create an outdoor classroom that will allow the students and faculty to feel safe and enjoy the atmosphere of East Hill.

The fence company is the same company that installed our fence surrounding the parking lot.  While we are not installing the brick columns at this time, this is an on-going project where we will be reaching out for family support during the school year.


Blessings for your continued support as we move Sacred Heart Cathedral School forward and create a new generation of inquiring  minds who understand how to integrate knowledge and live our mission statement of educating hearts and minds for God.

Elizabeth Snow,

Dave Kimbell,
Assistant Principal