Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Halo Highlight: Back to School Night is Aug. 28!

Dear Saints Families,


We hope you're looking forward to Back to School Night on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The schedule looks a little different this year, with the first segment of the evening largely geared toward new families. Parents received an email yesterday that contained the schedule below. **If you didn't see it, please check your SPAM folder. Students should check their SPAM folder daily, as some important emails unfortunately do get hidden there.**


We hope to see you all Wednesday!


5:45-6:00 p.m.: Social in the Commons - your opportunity to meet other families, sign up for Parent Guild, shop the Saints spirit store, get your 2019-2020 St. Louis Catholic directory, and drop off any items for the Golden Gala at the Golden Table!


6:00-6:25 p.m.: New Family Brief Orientation - Mr. Bradley, Ms. Orgeron, Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Ieyoub & Coach Neck will address new families.


6:30-7:55 p.m.: Explore Your Child's Schedule on a Dynamic Fast Track! This is your chance to meet all of your child's teachers for 8 minutes each. You'll get to know who they are, the content and focus of each class, and a little about the daily routine/what major projects your child will be doing this school year.

Academic Updates

AP Student Reminders

Dear AP Students,


I hope you are doing well. Please adhere to the following reminders:

  • Read and electronically submit your signed contract to your teacher (Google Classroom, Moodle, or Class Notebook) by August 26

  • Submit your signed contract to the Counseling Department section on your class level Moodle page by August 26

  • Pay your dues through FACTS by September 27


Also, if you are receiving an error message when trying to log into College Board or to create a College Board account, please know we are working on the issue. At this time, the direction we have received from College Board is that students MUST call the student line at 888-225-5427 to resolve the issue. College Board will not allow me to rectify the situation, as the issue pertains to student accounts. In addition, please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox. Internet Explorer will not work. Thanks so much for your cooperation.


Sincerely,

Ms. Barrow

Dual Enrollment Students: Tuition & Fee Deadline is TOMORROW

The deadline for Dual Enrollment tuition and lab fees is tomorrow - Friday, August 23. Please pay $300 tuition per fall course. Each math course (Math 113, Math 231, Math 170, and Math 175) requires a $50 lab fee, and Art 251 requires a $10 lab fee. Separate your tuition checks from your lab fee checks. Please make checks payable to SLCHS and bring them to Mrs. Fruge in the Counseling Department. Note the purpose of the check in the memo line. Thanks for your cooperation.


Sincerely,

Ms. Barrow

Counselor Connection Newsletter Debut!

This year our school counselors, Susan Holmes & Maci David, are launching a newsletter called "Counselor Connection" filled with very important dates and information that you and your students won't want to miss out on! Issues will be archived on our Counseling webpage so you can always know where to go. Here are some highlights from the inaugural issue:


This year students will sign up for college recruiter visits in advance and receive passes to attend. Sign-up sheets are located in the Counseling office. Here's what's been scheduled so far (also listed under Announcements on the Counseling webpage):

  • LSU College of Music & the Dramatic Arts – Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m.
  • Tulane University – Monday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Northwestern University – Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 a.m.


In October, all our students in grades 9-11 will have the opportunity to participate in the national PSAT exam. One benefit of taking the PSAT is that students get the chance to see what college admissions testing looks like ... once we have the scores back from PSAT, our Counseling Team will hold outreach sessions showing students and parents how to interpret the scores and how students can improve on areas of weakness.

Student Life Announcements

Looking for a way to talk to your teen? Participate in the upcoming campus-wide Saints Read using the book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly. More details will follow, but books will be available for $5 at Back to School Night or by contacting Director of Student Life Mia Orgeron.
Please support our efforts in ensuring all students are in correct uniform by having proper length skirts and correct socks. Southern Drifter, our official uniform supplier, can assist with the proper attire. Ask your student about the Q1 incentive!

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

How to Set Up a RenWeb Account and More

Library Media Specialist Melanie LeJeune has provided some very helpful links for both students and parents...please read below:


For New Parents:

How to set up a RenWeb account

For All Parents:

How to Access Moodle as a Guest

For Students:

Your computer has important updates it needs to get periodically, but definitely after the first Tuesday of every month. Updates are suppressed at school, so you must check for them at home. To learn how to do this, watch this 1-minute video, and see the Help Desk in the Library if needed.

Golden Gala & Auction Update

Our signature event is just 29 days away! Have you bought your tickets yet? Click here to join us for an incredible evening at Calcasieu Marine Bank! Remember, all proceeds benefit ALL students at St. Louis Catholic High School.

Help Us Stock the Golden Bar & Sweet Shop!

Please consider donating a bottle of wine to our Golden Gala & Auction! You can bring your donation to Back to School Night on Wednesday. Just look for the Golden Table in the middle of the blue & orange! Any questions, please email aatkins@slchs.org. Thank you for your generosity!


Our Gold Mine also is in need of desserts for the Golden Gala & Auction! If you love to bake and have a heart to give, please click here to donate an item to our sweet shop (aka Gold Mine!) Any questions, please contact Sweet Shop Chair Staci VanHoose at 540-7695 or sdvanhoose@yahoo.com. #staygolden

Stock the Bar

Great Tuition Giveaway Tickets Available

The annual GREAT TUITION GIVEAWAY will be a premier drawing once again at the Golden Gala & Auction, and tickets are available for purchase now! This is a limited offer - we will sell only 100 tickets (about 70 tickets remain) - which increases your chance to win! For only $200 you'll have a chance to win one year of tuition & registration fees at St. Louis Catholic High School (redeemable up to three years) valued at more than $8,000. Click here to get your tickets now for the Great Tuition Giveaway!


**Tuition prize may not be redeemed for cash and does not grant entry into the school. Need not be present to win. May be applied to the 2019-2020 school year.**

Around Saints Athletics

Century Club Membership Cards On Sale!

St. Louis Catholic Century Club cards are on sale in the front office. Donations to the Century Club help the Saints athletic program continue to be among the best in Class 3A! Click here to access the Century Club form. Century Club members gain admission to all Saints home athletic events (excluding jamborees, playoffs and tournament games).

Countdown to Football Season - 8 Days!

The St. Louis Catholic football team takes the field in the Sulphur jamboree against LaGrange Aug. 30 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Remember, if you buy your jamboree tickets from the school office, all the proceeds go back to St. Louis Catholic, so avoid lines at the gate and get your tickets early!


Then the real action begins Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the season opener vs. Crowley at Cougar Stadium! Click here to see the full football schedule as the Saints look to contend for the District 4-3A crown and more this season. Crescent City Sports' Ken Trahan says not to sleep on St. Louis Catholic in 2019! Read more.

Homecoming 2019 Information

Applications for the 2019 Homecoming Parade (Wednesday, Oct. 2) are now available to alumni, partner schools, and anyone who loves St. Louis Catholic! All you have to do to reserve your spot in our 50th anniversary parade lineup is submit this Google Form. If you have any questions, please contact Dee Butts. For a list of parade do's and don't's, please click here!


We're also thrilled to be holding an Alumni Mass to conclude Homecoming Week Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. Fr. Long will celebrate Mass on campus, and then we will serve a light lunch and hold school tours for alumni of St. Louis Catholic, St. Charles Academy, Landry Memorial and Sacred Heart. All are welcome!

Faculty News

New Teacher Spotlight - Dr. Dena Matzenbacher, Ph.D.

We are very excited to spotlight the new faculty members who joined the faculty at St. Louis Catholic this school year! Next up in the series is Dual Enrollment Psychology 101 teacher Dena Matzenbacher:


Hometown? Lufkin, Texas

Teaching Background? I've taught at the college level for about 22 years, and at McNeese for 20 years. I've taught Dual Enrollment Psychology in the past, but this is my first time actually teaching on a high school campus!

Favorite Quote? Failing to plan is planning to fail!

Favorite Foods? Mexican food.

What will we most likely find you doing on a weekend? Other than church on Sunday mornings, I'm usually working on the weekends. I do take some breaks to spend time with my family, including a husband, a busy teenager, and a collection of pets. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and craft projects.

Where do you most hope to make an impact at St. Louis Catholic? I'm most looking forward to seeing students get excited about psychology topics, and perhaps recruiting some really great students to come study psychology (or other topics) at McNeese!

Shout-Out to Mrs. Manns' Honors Physics Class!

Mrs. Rebecca Manns' Physics Honors class was up and moving this week to learn about one-dimensional kinematics! Students were given various position-time graphs and had to simulate the motion that matched the graph. This helped students understand how different motions can be represented graphically. As you may have seen in this Facebook video, even Mr. Bradley joined in on the fun! #wearesaints

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 23

Schedule: A-B-E-F-H

Saints Football Scrimmage, 5:30 p.m.


Monday, August 26

Schedule: A-B-E-F-H


Tuesday August 27

Schedule: B-C-D-F-G

Student Council Meeting at lunch (Krajicek Gym)


Wednesday, August 28

Schedule: A-C-D-E-H

Diocesan Special Ed Meeting, 9-11 a.m.

Back to School Night: Social at 5:45 p.m., New Family Orientation at 6:00 p.m., Explore Your Child's Schedule at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, August 29

Schedule: B-C-E-F-G


Friday, August 30

Schedule: A-Mass-D-G-H

Saints Football vs. LaGrange in Sulphur Jamboree, approx. 6:30 p.m.

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