JARGON FOR THE NEW STUDENT/PARENT
1. ASP – after school program for 7th – 10th graders. Hours are 3:30 – 5:30 pm. There is an hourly charge for this and an invoice is sent home by the Business Office.
2. Atrium – this is the large “lobby” like room that you walk into when you enter the building after school hours. There is a security desk with an officer sitting in the Atrium when the building is open to the public.
3. All-School Mass – Several times a year the entire student body, faculty and administration attend mass together during the school day. Classes follow a different schedule. Families are invited to attend and sit in the balconies.
4. AVC – Alumni Volunteer Corp. Each year approximately four alumni who are recent college graduates come back to The High and spend one year supporting the school. Their interests are matched with the needs of the school and they do everything from helping teachers teach, moderate after-school clubs, coach, tutor, direct the play, etc. These young men live together in a house across the street from the High.
5. B.O. or Business Office – where all financial transactions take place is located on the first floor of the Jesuit Residence. It is in the hallway going straight back from the visitor’s entrance.
6. Commons – is the large room west of the Cafeteria. It is our all-purpose room and hosts assemblies, play practice and many dinners throughout the year.
7. Cub Annual – the school’s annual student-produced yearbook.
8. Cub Corner – is our school apparel store located directly behind the Atrium. It is open three days per week and for most parent events in the evening.
9. Cub News – the school’s student-produced newspaper.
10. Cub Notes – is the weekly email that is disseminated to parents and alumni regarding activities and important deadlines for that week. If you provide your email address on the registration materials, you will automatically receive Cub Notes.
11. Diamond Staircase – the large, stone staircase shaped like a diamond is where many students enter school. This is also where the traditional class photo is taken of the Senior Class every fall. This entrance is generally closed during the school day.
12. Focus: HOPE – the Detroit non-profit founded by a U of D Jesuit parent which is now a primary partner with our community service program. The Christian Service team participates in monthly food deliveries and the whole school community collects Christmas gifts and food for Focus: HOPE-sponsored families.
13. Family Mass – Each semester there are special Sunday masses to which all school families are invited, regardless of religion; they are followed by a continental breakfast social hour sponsored by the Mothers’ Club.
14. Fine Arts Festivals – Twice a year student art show and formal performances by U of D Jesuit’s Choirs, Show Choir (co-ed), Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.
15. Honors/Awards Assemblies – in the Fall each class holds a separate Honors/ Awards assembly during the school day, where a variety of academic and other student achievements (such as No-Jug awards) are recognized (Senior Assembly is in the Spring and at night); parents are invited to attend but your son will not likely tell you about it. It will be on the school calendar.
16. Inscape – the school’s annual literary magazine, sponsored by the Creative Writing Club.
17. JSN – Jesuit Schools Network, of which U of D Jesuit is a member. Check it out at http://www.jesuitschoolsnetwork.org/
18. JR - Jesuit Residence is the three-story building to the West of the school building. It houses the Admissions and Business Office offices on the first floor. Several Jesuit priests live on the second floor and the Development Office is on the third floor.
19. JUG – The term JUG is derived from Latin, jugum, meaning yoke or burden. (Many students also refer to JUG as "Justice Under God.") In the Middle School, if a student receives JUG, he can only serve it after school. He would report to the Middle School Office directly following his last class and serve JUG for 40 minutes. A student can postpone JUG one day in order to make transportation arrangements. Any further postponements result in JUG doubling.
20. Kairos – the four day Jesuit retreat for seniors held off-site.
21. Immersion Trips - U of D Jesuit’s Christian Service Office sponsors mission trips to a Central American country each summer as well as Immersion trips in Detroit and Chicago. During an Immersion trip students will experience the rich cultural diversity of the host city as well as participate in service projects within the community. Students must apply in the fall, be interviewed by the mission committee and be able to pay costs associated with each experience.
22. The Musical and The Fall Play – each spring U of D Jesuit puts on a lavish student musical and each fall sponsors a dramatic play; auditions are open to all U of D Jesuit students and girls from any area school. Students can also participate in the co-ed Stage Crew which builds sets for both shows.
23. Mighty Mail Moms – is a volunteer opportunity to “come when you can” to stuff mail for the school. Saves UDJ lots of money and is a perfect way to learn what is really going on. You are notified via email and can respond when your schedule permits. You can fill out the online volunteer form on our website.
24. myUofDJesuit - U of D Jesuit transitioned its parent and student online portals to myUofDJesuit, a product of Blackbaud's onCampus. The new platform makes it possible for school constituents to view school calendars, assignments, grades and co-curriculars all in one window.
25. Naviance – a.k.a. Family Connection – a web-based service designed for students and parents to make decisions about preparing for college and careers.
26. Off-Campus Privileges – U of D Jesuit seniors who qualify and have their parents’ permission can eat lunch off-campus, providing they are not habitually late returning to school.
27. SAO – is the Student Affairs Office across from the Principal’s office. Most student business is conducted there.
28. Student Activities – A brief description of cocurricular activities can be seen by clicking on the title of the club found on at the Cocurriculars page on the website.
- MUN – Model United Nations
- BASE – Black Awareness Society for Education is a student activity group
- Broadcasting Club – this club is a platform for students to produce a live broadcast of the morning announcements.
- NHS – National Honor Society, which qualifying juniors & seniors are invited to apply to join, with induction in the spring.
- FIRST Robotics team – one of U of D Jesuit’s competition Robotics teams
- JustPeace – a student organization focusing on the Ignatian mandate to work for justice.
29. SS – Student Senate is the governing body of the High School. Five seniors serve as the leaders of the entire student body grades 9 - 12. Senators represent each homeroom.
- Big Brothers – these upperclassman are appointed to each freshman homeroom to serve as their senator until the freshman are able to elect their own representative the second semester once they know one another better. Seventh grade homerooms also receive two Big Brothers for the first semester, but the Academy has its’ own Senate.
- Senate Convention – this is held on a half-day, Friday in the Spring where all 9th – 11th graders gather in the gym to listen to speeches of the 10 Candidates for Senate Officers and conduct the voting and announce the winners. This is a very special U of D Jesuit tradition.
30. Senior Service – every U of D Jesuit senior spends every Wednesday morning serving at a community service site of his choice, in lieu of going to classes that morning.
31. “The High” – phrase used frequently to refer to U of D Jesuit which is often used by alumni because what other high school IS there?
32. Visitor’s Entrance – should be used by all non-student visitors during the school day. It is located at the west end of the campus and has a sign posted outside by the walk way. You must sign in and out and wear a nametag while on the campus. This is a safety measure and very important.
This is a partial listing but we hope it helps you more easily acclimate.