SLCHS Good News

January/February 2016

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The statue of St. Louis IX, King of France was made possible by an anonymous donor who wanted to honor the patron saint of St. Louis Catholic High School and inspire the community to follow his example. Created by Mark Gabriele of Artisan Granite in Greenwich, Rhode Island, the statue of St. Louis stands six feet in height on a pedestal of black granite. He stands in the common area and greets all visitors who come through the doors. Following Ash Wednesday Mass, Father Jeffrey Starkovich unveiled the statue for the first time and Bishop Glen John Provost imparted the blessing. Following decades of violence in France, King Louis brought justice and peace. He showed great devotion to the less fortunate, founded hospitals, cared for the sick, and invited the poor to his palace for meals. King Louis died August 25, 1270, defending the faith during a crusade. His life of virtue and faith serves as a model and inspiration for all students and faculty of St. Louis Catholic High School.

by Mrs. Ann Vincent

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SLCHS Student of the Year Finalists

The SLCHS Student of the Year Finalists were treated to lunch at the Pioneer Club for their efforts and hard work over their four years at SLC as well as throughout the interview process. The competition was fierce and the students represented themselves in admirable fashion. Congrats to all finalists – Ms. D’Audra Metoyer, Mr. Chase Doumite, Mr. Matthew LeJeune, Mr. Austin Crawford and to SLCHS’s 2016 Student of the Year, Ms. Amanda Husein. Our school is very thankful to the Hoffpauir Family for the gracious hosting of this lunch. The students had a wonderful time, enjoying good food, fellowship and fun!!!!

by Deacon Fontenot

Lent

The Church calls us to deepen our life prayer during this Lenten season, by asking us to go beyond ourselves sharing in the works of God's mercy and love. Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving we hope to cultivate profound spiritual growth and renewal within the Saint Louis community. This Lent the students will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in 40 Days of Fitness, which provides daily challenges and reflections emailed to them each morning, aimed at strengthening their mind, body, and soul.
  • Give to those in need here in Lake Charles by donating to a different local charity every 2 weeks of Lent. Over the course of these 40 days we will look to serve the ministries of The Gabriel Project, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Food Pantry, and Abraham's Tent.
  • Give to those in need around the world by participating in the United Nations' World Food Programme through freerice.com where the students (and faculty & staff) answer questions from all educational disciplines and varying in difficulty. For every question they answer correctly, ten grains of rice will be donated to people in need. Sign up on the website and join the "Saint Louis Catholic High School" group at http://freerice.com/content-group/saint-louis-catholic-high-school.
  • The students are also encouraged and invited to meditate on our Lord's Passion and Death, by walking His road to Calvary as we pray through The Stations of the Cross every Friday at 3:00 PM in the Commons.

by Mr. McGrady, Campus Minister

Helping Hands Club and Transitions Class Lenten Service Project

Helping Hands members donated many items for those in need in our community. Transitions students filled decorated treat bags with the donations. We had a wonderful time volunteering at Catholic Charities and sharing with others.

Project article written by: The Transitions Students

Classroom News

Biology I Labs

Ms. Abshire's Biology 1 students completed a DNA extraction lab where they were able to remove and view the DNA of strawberries.
Mrs. Miller's Biology I class extracted DNA from bananas while learning about genetic information.

Padlet Scrapbook Pages in Mrs. Miller's Biology Class

Padlet is an online tool that can be used for group brainstorming, topic or chapter review, poster-type projects, and so much more. Mrs. Miller asked her students to use Padlet to create scrapbook pages.

Student Examples:

Spectral Yearbook Staff

The Spectral Staff is proud of the changes in the 2016 yearbook. The theme for this year’s Spectre is “Leaving Our Legacy,” and the staff is dedicated to making the 2016

yearbook the best ever by including the different ways saints leave their legacy. The 2016 book will be larger. The Spectre will contain the same number of pages as last year, but the book itself will be larger with more space for more pictures. Also in this year’s book, the staff brought back the tradition of the senior quote. Many seniors have submitted quotes that will either make you laugh or bring a tear to your eye. Last but not least, the staff surveyed the student body and came up with sixteen things that make 2016 unique.


If you want to see how many pictures of your pictures made it into the yearbook, order your own copy before April 15. You may buy a book online at balfour.com and enjoy free personalization. You may also buy it the old-fashioned way with a check and order form. If you want to leave your legacy in print, ad space is available until the beginning of April. Click here for more information http://www.slchs.org/student-and-parents/yearbook1415.html.

by Mrs. Core

Yearbook Staff

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Special Guest in American History Class

Command Sergeant Major Curley Faulk, a veteran of WW2, Korea, and Vietnam spoke to Mrs. Kirkendall's American History class recently about his many years of service to our country. He is the grandfather of SLCHS student Gabriel Bourgeois. CSM Faulk amazed the students with stories of events from each war. He wanted to emphasize to the students that "patriotism is only a word until it is put into action. Many of our HEROES will never come home because they are buried in some foreign land. I ask each of you NEVER FORGET our heroes ;those that came home and those that didn't." SLCHS thanks CSM Faulk and all our veterans and servicemen and women for their courage and sacrifice.

by Mrs. Kirkendall

AP GoPo

Mrs. Foreman's AP Government and Politics class playing "Political Twister" to learn about Public Opinion and Political Action. It was part of a project done by Jack Clement, Austin Wade, and Alora "AJ" Willis. Lots of fun!

by Mrs. Foreman

Literature comes to life at St. Louis Catholic!

Mrs. Brunot's sophomore Pre AP English classes conducted a dramatic reading of Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman" as an introduction to their study of A Tale of Two Cities. Students had only 30 minutes to read a given portion of the poem, figure out its meaning, decide how best to portray that to their classmates, then present their section as the poem was read aloud by a narrator.

by Mrs. Brunot

Creative Writing

Creative Writing students explored the school through 2 inch "windows" to study detail and imagery. They also used newspaper articles to create "Blackout" poetry.

by Ms. Fontenot

Mystery Skype/Google Hangout Comes to SLCHS!

How awesome would it be for two classrooms to call each other with the purpose of guessing the location of the other? It is awesome and it's called a Mystery Skype or Mystery Hangout and made possible by using Skype or Google Hangout. Mrs. Joe's World Geography Pre-AP classes participated in this recently and had so much fun that they didn't realize they were learning geography. Everyone has a job during this activity and each class takes a turn asking a strategic yes/no question until one group guesses the location of the other. Not only is it a great way to learn geography but can be used to learn languages, history, science – even mathematics!

More Mystery Skyping with a Bonus!

Students in the fall semester Computer Tech A period class were mystery skyping with Mrs. Robyn Johnson Hrivnatz, Senior Manager of Microsoft in Education (also an alumnus of St. Louis).

After mystery skyping, Mrs. Hrivnatz spoke about her duties at Microsoft and other career opportunities at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

by Mrs. Lavine

SLCHS CyberPatriot Team Wins 3rd Place in State Competition!

A team of students from St. Louis Catholic High in Lake Charles, La, recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the 7th season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team’s performance earned Louisiana's 3rd Place Award and a spot in the Gold Tier Regional Round to be held Feburary19-21, 2016.


The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, created by the Air Force Association, is to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, from DoDD (Department of Defense Dependent), and schools abroad to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition.


The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the Middle School Division. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot VIII high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.


In all, 3,379 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII, including 45 teams from Louisiana. Led by Coach Warren Buller, the team of students excelled in the CyberPatriot VIII State Round held January 29-31, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity.


"I would like to thank our CyberPatriot team members, Keming Zhang, Isaiah Roy, Evan Soileau, Blake Sockrider, and Nicholas Young for their many hours of hard work and our team sponsor, The Angels of Southwest Louisiana. I am very excited for our CyberPatriot team for being one of the top three teams in the state during our third year of competing. These team members are our future business and cyber security leaders of tomorrow." -Warren Buller


Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals Round February 19-21, top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot VIII Finals Competition in Washington, DC. More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org or from the CyberPatriot staff at info@uscyberpatriot.org.

Hour of Code

Students in Mrs. Lavine's Computer Tech class participated in the Minecraft Hour of Code. For more information on the Hour of Code, visit https://hourofcode.com/us.

Having a Blast in Physics!

Mrs. Manns' Physics Honors class used their knowledge of projectile motion to find the velocity with which a projectile launcher shoots. Then they angled the launcher and used their knowledge of projectile motion to predict where a ball would land when fired from the launcher. The students had a "blast!"

by Mrs. Manns

Math + Patience = Honor's Chemistry

This particular lab is a new take on the old volcano experiment that the students have been doing for years. In this instance they actually want to keep all of the product that is made when baking soda and vinegar are combined. They then must determine that the baking soda is a limiting reagent and use this to find a theoretical yield that the reaction will produce. Once they have completed the lab and found an actual yield they must compare their findings to the theoretical yield to see how well they did. It is a great experiment that combines math with patience.

by Mr. Monroe

Students collected deer hearts for dissection while studying the Cardiovascular system in Anatomy.

Harry pets Dodger, a therapy dog that visited the Transitions Classroom.

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Campus Ministry's Mission


Our mission for campus ministry at Saint Louis Catholic High School is threefold.

  1. Meeting and serving the spiritual, emotional, and relational needs of the student body.
  2. Empower them to discover and use their own gifts to meet and serve the needs of others
  3. Create opportunities for the students to encounter Jesus Christ in the Good, the True and the Beautiful.

by Mr. McGrady

Sports/Extra-Curricular News

Saints Soccer - District Champs

Congratulations Saints and Lady Saints! 2016 Undefeated District Champions! The Saints have won their 24th District Title and the Lady Saints their 14th!!!!! For those who were unable to attend, our Lady Saints scored with seconds left in the game to tie the score and secure their share of the District Championship! Our Saints also took care of business with an impressive 3-1 victory!

by Mr. Cironi

STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT RESULTS

It was a tough tournament but St. Louis Catholic High School did fantastic!

They placed 9th in Division III team points. (there were 28 Division III schools)

3rd place-285 lbs-Wyatt Mallett (Jr)
5th place-138 lbs-Robert Christman (So.)
5th place-106 lbs-Cameron Witherwax (So.)
6th place-126 lbs-Noah Berryhill (Fr.)
6th place-132 lbs-Alec Veret (Sr.)

Basketball News

  • Congrats to Austin Crawford who was selected to the All-Academic Composite Boy's Basketball team!
  • Kelvin Henry and PJ Hardy have been selected by the LHSAA Coaches to play on the State All-Star Team to be held March 19th in Shreveport. Kelvin & PJ will be playing for the West Team.

FBLA DISTRICT IV LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OFFICIAL RESULTS

January 28, 2016 @ MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

STUDENTS WHO SCORED OVERALL OR SUPERIOR QUALIFY FOR STATE COMPETITION


These results qualify 26 students for the State Leadership Conference - a new record for St. Louis FBLA!


  • Agribusiness: Evan Dore-Superior
  • Banking and Financial Systems: Elise Bourque, Tiffany Lowery, and Emily Snider-Superior
  • Business Calculations: Jim Vanchiere-Superior
  • Business Communications: Katherine Booth-Excellent
  • Business Law: Tamara Palms-Overall; Logan Guillory-Excellent
  • Computer Applications: Kassem Abu-Shamat-Superior
  • Computer Problem Solving: Freddie Dempsey-Superio; Anthony Gagliano-Excellent
  • Current Events: August Simien, Lawrence Sweet, and Economics Will Gage-Excellent
  • Economics: Will Gage-Excellent; Santiago Meneses-Superior
  • Global Business: Emily Dempsey, Logan Guillory, and Santiago Meneses-Excellent
  • Healthcare Administration: Katherine Booth-Superior; Everlynn Truong-Superior
  • Help Desk: Gabriela Moran-Superior
  • Hospitality Management: Benji Chatters, Luke Ieyoub, and Garrett Phillips-Superior
  • Impromptu Speaking: Lucy Ryder-Superior
  • Insurance and Risk Management: Will Gage-Superior
  • Introduction to Business: Joseph Tassin-Superior
  • Introduction to Business Communications: Elise Bourque-Superior; Cara Hanks-Overall
  • Introduction to Business Procedures: Ryan Monk-Excellent; Max Dempsey-Superior
  • Introduction to Financial Math: Drew Alley-Superior; Anna Queenan-Superior; Cole McSpadden-Excellent
  • Job Interview: Gabriela Moran-Superior
  • Marketing: Drew Alley, Evan Dore, and Joseph Tassin-Overall
  • Parliamentary Procedure: Anna Cheramie, Emily Dempsey, Alyssa Guillory, D’Audra Metoyer-Excellent
  • Personal Finance: John Noble-Superior; Everlynn Troung-Excellent
  • Public Speaking I: Isabelle McGee-Excellent
  • Public Speaking II: D’Audra Metoyer-Superior
  • Sports and Entertainment Management: Benji Chatters, Luke Ieyoub, and Tamara Palms-Superior
  • Word Processing: Kassem Abu-Shamat-Superior; Alyssa Guillory-Excellent


Taking 11 Excellent ratings and 24 Superior ratings and 3 Overall Winners!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL STUDENTS WHO WILL REPRESENT SAINT LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND DISTRICT IV AT THE STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN APRIL!!!

PRO VITA YOUTH AWARD WINNER....AMY ANGELLE

Amy, a 10th grader at St. Louis Catholic High School was awarded the Pro Vita Youth Award at New Life Counseling Banquet for her efforts in promoting Pro-Life.


Here is the exerpt from her church parish nominating her for the award:

Amy attracted our attention by her prayerful and active participation in pro-life issues with people in various stages of life, and her loving and hands on witness to the love of Christ, not only within our church community, but beyond as well. Amy acts and prays, and engages others in action and prayer.

On a National Walk for Life trip, Amy provided “babies” wrapped in blankets for everyone on her bus to have and hold and name as a focus to pray for actual babies and their parents for the term of the babies’ development. She has been active in visiting and praying with shut-ins in her parish. She visits veterans in the local veteran’s home and sings and prays with those in need at the nursing home. She has assisted with the rosary at funerals. Also, we are told that it is not unusual to find Amy with her pro-life rosary in hand and that wherever she is there is peace because Christ is the center of her life.

The committee believes that Amy’s candidacy stands out for three important reasons. Amy’s activities were not limited to the church community alone but extended beyond. Her pro-life activities embrace the spectrum of the stages of life from conception to death. It was made obvious to us that her prayerful and loving witness to Christ and devotion to Our Lady in the rosary are central to her efforts. It is for these reasons that we have nominated Amy Angelle for the Diocesan Pro-Life Award in the Youth Category.

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TWIRP & the 90s

Many of our Helping Hands Club members and Transitions Class students volunteered at the Diocesan Mass for Individuals with Special Needs.

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Book Club met to talk about The First Wave

What would you do if Earth was invaded by aliens? Where would you go? Would you fight back? The St. Louis Book Club discussed all of this and more in their book chat about The 5th Wave, written by Rick Yancey. Join our next book chat about New Beginnings, written by Caleb Monroe! All are welcome.

by Anna Bushnell (Book Club Historian)

Athletic Auction

The Athletic Auction held on January 30 was a BIG SUCCESS!! We greatly appreciate the many parent volunteers who donated, decorated, and dropped off the numerous items that flowed through the Commons in preparation for the event. We want to especially thank the following:

  • Mark & Ginger Ieyoub who graciously donated the dinner, compliments of Izzo's
  • Chairman of the Auction, Mrs. Kay Bang
  • Decorating Chairman, Mrs. Dawn Witherwax
  • SLCHS Wrestling Moms
  • The Lake Charles JazzKatz, under the direction of Mr. Steve Lionberger, who donated the finest of jazz entertainment
  • our awesome students for helping to set up and break down tables, chairs and cleaning afterwards

It was truly a group effort and we sincerely appreciate your part in it. All of our sports will benefit from the success of this evening. THANK YOU!!!

by Mrs. Ann Vincent

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Special Guests

Nunsense

Our community was blessed with the presence of some Carmelite sisters from St.Louis, Missouri. The joy and love that they have in living out their vocation, and for their spouse, Jesus Christ, pours out in every word spoken and smile shared. The short time they spent with us will have an eternal impact on those who encountered them. We look forward to grow in friendship with their community in the years to come.

by Mr. McGrady

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8TH GRADE STUDENTS FROM OUR FEEDER SCHOOLS ENJOY A DAY ON CAMPUS.

The day consisted of 8th graders shadowing St. Louis students in classes and seeing how high school lessons are taught. Principal Deacon Fontenot and a variety of coaches spoke to the students as well. The day concluded with the students being able to ask questions, while enjoying pizza and cookies.

by Mrs. Vincent

Diocesan youth praying in Washington for March for Life.

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Parent Tech EDU

One Easy Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Relationship With Your Kid

Article from Commonsense Media


Visit our Parent Tech EDU page for more articles, how-to videos, and tech tips.

Announcing the Great Tuition Give-Away Winners

Mrs. Angela Reeves of Lake Charles, has three students at ICCS & Mrs. Stephanie Davis of Moss Bluff has a freshman, Madelon here at SLCHS! Both held a winning ticket…... CONGRATULATIONS!!


Many thanks to all of you who bought raffle tickets or told another about them. We sold over 1,000 tickets, which allowed us to give away two tuition prizes! This will be an annual event, so if your ticket was not pulled this time…...there is always next year!! We appreciate all of your support!!!

SLCHS Student Wins Pageant Title

Morgan Monlezun competed in the Louisiana State Mardi Gras pageant in Lafayette and won first place and the Title of Teen Miss Louisiana Mardi Gras 2016. Morgan will travel across the State during the year representing Teens and Mardi Gras as an ambassador of this special time within our state. In addition, Morgan will be featured in no less than 10 parades and festivals across the State. Congratulations!

(pic by Mr. Monlezun)

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS...SAVE THE DATE: 6th Grade Movie Night

Friday, March 11th, 6:30pm

1620 Bank Street

Lake Charles, LA

Landry Gym

Information has been sent to your child's school for distribution; please let us know if you have not received the letter yet.


Please contact avincent@slch.org for questions about any Middle School Event!

Diocesan Dance for 7th & 8th Graders

Friday, April 8th, 7pm

1620 Bank Street

Lake Charles, LA

7th & 8th grade Diocesan School Dance, Friday, April 8th @ 7:00 p.m. in the Commons

More information to come.


Please contact avincent@slch.org for questions about any Middle School Event!