Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Halo Highlight: Golden Gala & Auction is Tomorrow!

Dear Saints Families,

The night we've been waiting for is almost here - the Golden Gala & Auction, our signature event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Louis Catholic High School! We can't wait to share with you everything we have in store for this incredible event at Calcasieu Marine National Bank from our live & silent auctions to our Hall of Fame induction of Mike Veron (Landry Memorial Class of 1968), a performance by the Flamethrowers, and more!

Again for those who are joining us tomorrow, VIP Cocktail Hour is from 6-7 p.m. in the Paramount Room, where the Saints Show Choir will perform and the silent auction will be on full display! But the great news is that even if you don't have a ticket, you can still support our Saints students by participating in the silent auction with your cell phone! Bidding opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning! Here are the easy steps:

1. All of our families will receive a welcome text message Friday with your bidder number. If for some reason you don’t receive a message with your bidder number and you are not attending the Gala, you may email aatkins@slchs.org to obtain your bidder number and have an opportunity to support our school this way!

2. Text GOLDEN to 71760

3. Tap the link in the reply text message to begin

*Note: If your reply text says short codes are not allowed, text GOLDEN to 845-262-2243.*

If you have any questions, simply email Ashley Ivey-Atkins, Director of Advancement, at aatkins@slchs.org. #StayGolden, Saints!

Updates from Mia Orgeron

Dear Saints Community,

There are so many events during one school week that often go unnoticed or passed over because of the busy lives we lead. With permission from the family, I wanted to share a brief description of an event that encapsulates the spirit of St. Louis Catholic. This athlete left the field by ambulance as our Saints community gathered around in prayer. After a long evening in the hospital, the athlete was released. However, the story doesn't end there. The next day the student's parents met with me to share just how much support they received. From fellow Saints families, to coaches visiting the hospital, they were overwhelmed with just what it means to be a Saint.

"This is bigger than an injury," said the father. He's so right. Finally, the best part of the story is when I was able to witness a Senior athlete, who had just suffered a season-ending injury a few days before, stop and ask a coach how the athlete was doing. Wow, talk about selfless!

From our students to the alumni who walked these halls so many years ago, St. Louis Catholic High School truly is family.

Student Leadership Training

This week our student club and organization leaders were treated to an interactive training where they learned everything from leadership styles to showing empathy to others. Ask your student about it!

Campus-Wide Book Study: Parent Guide Attached

We are excited to launch the campus-wide book study on The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. We hope all who are participating have received their book. Copies are still available in the front office for $5.00. See this parent guide to follow along!

Uniform Notes

While we try to set consistent policies and procedures, we ask for your help in making sure your student arrives to school before the morning bell at 7:40 in proper uniform.

The following areas need attention:

  • Lost or missing student IDs
  • Untucked shirts
  • Unshaven faces
  • Short skirts

Southern Drifter, our official uniform provider, has skirts in stock, so girls with unacceptable skirt lengths will begin receiving a written referral next week. We try to be reasonable, but we also expect our Saints to see value in respecting the minor rules in order to create an educational atmosphere where the major rules are also followed. Thank you for assisting us in our efforts! The St. Louis Catholic dress code for boys and girls is always available on our website here (accessible from the Parents tab).

Finally, thank you to Parent Guild and all who joined us for Adoration Wednesday morning! Look for more opportunities in the near future.

Academic Updates

Senior Juliana Broussard Wins Young Writers Contest

Senior Juliana Broussard's story, Delectable Death, won First Place in the 2019 Bayou Writers Group Young Writers Contest! As First Place winner she receives $30 and free entry into the Bridge to Publication Workshop Oct. 26. In addition, BWG will donate $100 to the St. Louis Catholic High School Library!

Broussard will be awarded her prize at the Oct. 5 meeting of the Bayou Writers Group in the DeBakey room at the Calcasieu Parish Library, Central Branch. Congratulations, Juliana!

AP Reminders for Parents and Students

If you have a FACTS account, please follow these instructions to submit your AP payment by next Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

1. Log into FACTS.

2. Under “Payment Plan and Billing,” you will see a total balance, payment plan, and incidental expenses.

Note: AP fees are listed under incidental expenses.

3. Select “Make a Payment.”

Note: At this time, you cannot auto draft for incidental expenses; you can enroll in auto draft, but that option cannot be applied until next year’s AP payment.

4. Click “Other Amount.”

5. Under “Other Payment Options,” check the September 27 Incidental Expenses box; the amount should populate for you.

6. Follow the remainder prompts to submit/confirm your payment.

Thanks so much for your patience as we are learning a new FACTS feature!

If you are still not enrolled in your AP course, please attempt enrollment on your cell phone, or call the student hotline directly at 888-225-5427. If these options are not successful, schedule an appointment with Ms. Tricia Barrow as soon as possible.

NHS Tutoring - From VP Katherine Jester

The students in the Lucidus Chapter of National Honor Society at St. Louis Catholic are dedicated to scholarship, service, leadership and character. One way the National Honor Society serves the St. Louis Catholic community is through our tutoring match program. Parents or students can fill out a tutor request form located under the parent block on www.slchs.org. After the form is submitted, the student will be paired with a qualified NHS tutor.

It is our hope that, together, we can “Raise the Bar” this academic year. For additional questions or information, please contact Melanie LeJeune at mlejeune@slchs.org or Mary Villaume at mvillaume@slchs.org.

Katherine Jester

NHS Vice President, Tutoring Match Program Coordinator

Academic Study Hall Returns on Wednesdays

Looking for some extra help? Next week, we will begin offering an Academic Study Hall every Wednesday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Students are invited to attend this teacher-facilitated Study Hall to work on individual assignments, groups projects, study for tests, or receive peer tutoring from members of NHS.

In order to receive the full benefit of Study Hall, we recommend that students attend for at least 45 minutes. Please email teachers Rachel Muth at rmuth@slchs.org or Holley Fontenot at hfontenot@slchs.org with any questions!


Mass Video - "The Casual Catholic Culture"

At St. Louis Catholic under the direction of Campus Minister Elizabeth "Bit" Thompson, we are continuing the process of reviving the Mass experience for our students each week. It also helps us lay the foundation and expectation for having Adoration, Confession and various other worship opportunities throughout the year. Last week before Mass, we showed our students this video - parents, we encourage you to watch it as well and discuss it with your children!

Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Win a $1,000 Scholarship!

If your student is passionate about volunteering, he or she could be a great candidate for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award! These awards honor students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Honorees are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to our nation's capital with a parent or guardian in May!

Click here for more information and to apply. The initial deadline is Nov. 5.

College Visit Update

Please continue to check the announcements on our Counseling webpage for a list of colleges and universities visiting St. Louis Catholic in September and October!

Don't forget, students must register in advance to attend and can come by the Counseling Office to sign up for college visits. Official passes will be delivered to registered students the morning of the presentation and must be presented for admission. The presentations last about 30 minutes, and students are responsible for any missed work.

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

Student Rewards and Tech Tips!

  • The following students will receive a SPIRIT Dress Day (acceptable jeans & SLCHS T-shirt) on Thursday, Sept. 26, for participating in the Saints Read - Summer Edition: Aaron Broussard, Caleb Duhon, Abby Maples, Ashlee Maples, Kassidy Richard, Kennedy Richard, Joshua France, Darren Metoyer, Juliana Broussard and Graham Conrad.
  • Students can now review, study, research and find information with Discovery Education. Go to www.discoveryeducation.com, and log in with your school email address. Your password is your school ID number.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Sept. 19

Saints Football at Kinder, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Schedule: A-C-D-G-H

Lady Saints Volleyball at Barbe Tournament

St. Louis Catholic Golden Gala & Auction, (Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank)

Saturday, Sept. 21

Lady Saints Volleyball at Barbe Tournament

Saints Swim Meet in Barbe Invitational (Ward 3 Pool)

Veritas Conference & Diocesan Youth Team (SLCHS Main Facility)

Monday, Sept. 23

Schedule: A-B-E-F-H

Spanish Club Meeting at lunch (Room #32)

University of Notre Dame will be on campus for students in the area, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Schedule: B-C-D-F-G

Diocesan 8th Grade Rally (Krajicek Gym)

Lady Saints Volleyball at Sulphur

Tennis Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Schedule: A-Mass-D-E-H

Diocesan Curriculum Meeting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student Council Meeting at lunch (Krajicek Gym)

Saints Cross Country at Menard Open

CCAL Football: ICCS vs. SMCS, 5:30 p.m. & OLS vs. OLQH, 7 p.m. (SLCHS Field)

Thursday, Sept. 26

Schedule: B-C-E-F-G Yearbook Workshop, All Day

Homecoming Dress Tips at lunch (Library)

Lady Saints Volleyball vs. Sam Houston (Krajicek Gym)

Contact Information

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