Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, February 28, 2019

HALO HIGHLIGHT - Strategic Visioning

Dear Saints Parents,

Catholic high schools of vitality have a vision, goals of what they want to be and a plan to get there. I am excited to announce that St. Louis Catholic High School has begun a strategic visioning process to help us do just that. We are partnering with Bernard Dumond of Development Innovations 360, out of Lafayette, LA. While local, Bernard and his team work with Catholic schools and dioceses across the country on everything from strategic planning to capital campaigns to board development. We are excited to have Bernard on board and guiding our school through this strategic visioning process.

We have decided to focus on six areas for our strategic plan: mission and Catholic identity, governance and leadership, academic excellence, student experience (athletics and activities), operational vitality (advancement, enrollment, marketing, communications), and facilities. Our faculty have already been divided into one of six committees to address a vision area and begin drafting goals for our strategic plan.

We also want to hear from you. In late March and early April, we will be hosting listening sessions. We want to hear how you, our parents, feel about the current state of the school and where you would like to see the school grow and innovate in the next three to five years. Please mark your calendars, and plan to attend one of the following listening sessions here on campus. Sessions will only last an hour to an hour and a half.

Thursday, March 28: 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5: 8:00 am. and noon

Wednesday, April 10: 1:00 p.m. (after the Parent Guild Meeting) and 6:00 p.m.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you at one of the listening sessions!

God Bless,
Andrew R. Bradley, Principal

New Parent Night is Wednesday, March 20

The second round of acceptance letters is going out this week to the incoming freshmen class of 2023. If you've applied but have not received an acceptance packet in the mail, please log in and ensure your application is complete and submitted.

Parents, please share a photo of your new Saint and tag St. Louis Catholic High School on Facebook!

Every key date you need to know is posted here on our Admissions calendar, including our upcoming New Parent Night (March 20). Take note of the following summer dates as well:

  • Freshman Fun Day - Monday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SLCHS

  • New Student Tablet Training - Tuesday-Wednesday, July 30-31

  • Student Orientation - Thursday, Aug. 1 (juniors & seniors 9-11 a.m.; freshman & sophomores 1-3 p.m.)

  • First Day of School- Monday, Aug. 12

A Note About Uniforms

All incoming freshmen beginning with the 2019-2020 school year are required to purchase uniforms with our new logo to be in compliance with school requirements. For more information on branding at St. Louis Catholic, please refer to the visual identity packet on our website, or contact Advancement/Communications Coordinator Rachel Jones at rjones@slchs.org or 436-7275 Ext. 238.

Junior Parents - Time to Order Rings!

The junior ring ceremony in May is fast approaching. Please go to balfour.com and search St. Louis Catholic High School if you still need to order your junior their class ring. More styles than ever to choose from!

Senior Activities Update

Please note the date change to the St. Louis Catholic Mother-daughter Tea. Payment for the tea and crawfish boil is due to Carrie Collins by March 15. Senior parents received an email this week with these participation forms to fill out if they haven't already. She has received about half of the 137 students' forms.

Baccalaureate Mass - Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. (St. Margaret’s Catholic Church)

Beach Bash - Friday, May 10 (Lake Charles Country Club)

*Mother/daughter Tea* - NEW DATE - Saturday, May 11 (location TBD; time 2-4 p.m.)

Father/son Crawfish Boil - Sunday, May 12 from 2-4 p.m. (at Geoff & Carrie Collins’: 4800 Bellerive Ln.)

Senior Honors Night - Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Graduation - Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. (Burton Coliseum)

Only 14 spots remain for Host Families for the Beach Bash. If you would like to host, please let Carrie Collins know. Thank you to 2019 Beach Bash Chair Kristy Millican!

LSU Honors College Visiting March 7; Millsaps College March 14

The Ogden Honors College at LSU will be at St. Louis Catholic Wednesday, March 7, from 9:45-10:15 a.m. to meet with seniors interested in the Honors College. Seniors need to come sign up in the Counseling Office in advance to participate.

Millsaps College will be on campus to meet with interested juniors Wednesday, March 14 also from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Interested students must come to the Counseling Office to sign up in advance in order to participate. Any work missed must be made up at teachers' direction.

More News from the Counseling Team

Junior Parents: The culminating activity for the English III research paper is a College and Career Night on Thursday, March 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the SLCHS Commons. Juniors and parents are encouraged to come to this special event to talk directly with college admissions counselors about admission requirements and student degree plans. LSU and McNeese will also have representatives from their Honors Colleges. We look forward to seeing you!

Thanks to all who attended the Course Selection Fair Wednesday night. We hope that you were able to ask questions and get information about the variety of course offerings at St. Louis Catholic. The counselors will start meeting with current 9th-11th graders to update their four-year plan prior to the opening of course selection for the 2019-2020 school year. There will be a Parent Information Night for families with new incoming students to St. Louis Catholic on March 20 at 5:30 p.m.

If you missed the Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment information night on Feb. 11, the presentation and most of the handouts are available on the Counseling webpage in the top left section. AP Student/Parent Bulletins are available for pickup in the main office or Counseling Department. All information about the upcoming AP Exams is included in this bulletin.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 8, for the April 13 ACT test date. Unlike public schools, there will be no school-wide ACT testing for juniors in March.

Legislative Youth Advisory Council Applications Open Until March 22

The Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is now accepting applications for membership from high school students who have an interest in representing the voices of other young people around the state. LYAC is an annually appointed body composed entirely of students that addresses issues affecting the youth of Louisiana.

The purpose of LYAC is to facilitate the communication between youth and the legislature, and to give students a unique opportunity to be involved in the workings of state government. The council studies and addresses issues of importance to young people, such as education, community service, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, underage drinking, and youth health and physical fitness.

Members of the council are selected from a wide pool of applicants from around the state who display a strong interest in civic involvement. The 31-member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts.

The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. Click here to access the application. All applicants are required to submit two recommendation letters and short essay questions with their application. For additional information please contact Megan Bella at bellam@legis.la.gov or 225-342-2370.

Saints, Lady Saints Basketball In Action Friday

For the first time in 10 years, the Lady Saints basketball team will play for a state championship after a heart-stopping comeback victory in the semifinals Tuesday against University Lab. Game time Friday is at 2 p.m. against No. 1 seed Lee Magnet at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. Read more.

And fans can make it back in time to pack Krajicek Gym for the No. 10-seeded Saints' quarterfinal round showdown against No. 15 Parkview Baptist at 7 p.m.! If the boys win, they'll earn a berth in Marsh Madness at Burton Coliseum.

Congratulations to Powerlifter Molly Inman!

Saints powerlifting sophomore Molly Inman set a new personal record with a 255-pound dead lift in Saturday's regional meet in Lafayette. Congratulations, Molly!

Saints Read Initiative Highlighted in Tuesday's American Press

Check out The American Press' feature on “Saints Read!” our first attempt at St. Louis Catholic to facilitate a campus-wide common reading program to connect students, faculty/staff and parents around a single book – Breaking Free, by Saints chemistry teacher Caleb Monroe.

It's never too late to start reading! You can start any time, and be sure to join us for the Book End Party on April 3.

Throw Us Some Beads, Saints!

Donate your extra Mardi Gras beads! The Helping Hands Club and Transitions students are collecting beads to separate and donate to the Autism Society/SWLA Chapter to sell to raise funds for their summer camp. Collection boxes are in the Commons in front of the main office.

Partner School 6th Grade Movie Night is March 8

Partner School 6th Grade Movie Night is only two weeks away - Friday, March 8 from 6-9 p.m. in the St. Louis Catholic High School Commons. We will show the movie A Dog's Purpose. 6th graders at ICCS, St. Margaret, OLQH, Holy Family, Our Lady's School and Our Lady Immaculate are welcome to bring their bean bags and come enjoy a night of fun! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Partner School 7th & 8th Grade Dance is Friday, May 10. More details to come!

Reminder: Saints Cheerleading Tryouts are March 13-15

If your son or daughter is interested in auditioning for Cheerleaders, tryout dates are March 13-15, 2019. Tryout packets are available online here; all cheerleaders must bring signed constitutions with them. *If your child was not a Saints cheerleader before, they must attend a clinic on Monday, March 11, where they will learn the group chant for tryouts.*

Reminder: Sweethearts Tryouts Are April 1-3

If your daughter is interested in auditioning for Sweethearts, tryout dates have been changed to April 1, 2 and 3 in the Dance Studio from 3:30-5:30 p.m each day. Prospective Sweethearts must return a signed contract to Mrs. Dee on or before April 1. Click here to download the contract from our website.

Join the Saints Minds Matter Team at NAMI Walk

Saints Minds Matter is a club at St. Louis Catholic dedicated to removing the stigma around mental illness in the school and the local community. The club has formed a team for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in Lake Charles on Saturday, April 6, and you can click here to join the team. If you can't attend, feel free to make a donation toward their fundraising goal.

Joining Hands for Autism at St. Louis Catholic is April 6

Online registration is now open for the 2019 Joining Hands for Autism Walk set for Saturday, April 6, at St. Louis Catholic High School. Last year the event raised more than $30,000 for Autism Services of SWLA, The Autism Society Southwest Louisiana Chapter and St. Nicholas Center for Children. Contact Ada O'Quain '09 at 337-491-0800 or aoquain@stnickcenter.org with any questions.

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

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Home Ec Welcomes Your Plastic Containers

Thinking about spring cleaning? Overrun by too many plastic food containers? The Food Services department would be more than grateful to take any extras you have! We are always in need of them, so please send them to the front office any time.

Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You - Spirit of St. Louis Catholic Magazine

Our Advancement Department is working on a revitalized Spirit of St. Louis Catholic glossy magazine that will be mailed to all families and alumni in our database in April 2019. This magazine highlights what makes our school shine - the history, the personalities and the commitment to help our students develop a strong foundation in faith, academics, athletics, the arts, and whatever vocation they choose to pursue after high school.

If you're a graduate of St. Louis Catholic, St. Charles Academy, Landry Memorial or Sacred Heart, be sure to update your information online at this link to ensure you receive a copy!

Save the Date - 2019 Golden Gala and Auction

Our All Saints Auction this year is Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Calcasieu Marine National Bank! Carrie Collins will lead the way with her 24 karat team to celebrate our 50th anniversary!

For volunteer opportunities, please contact Ashley Ivey-Atkins. #staygolden

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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 1

No School - Mardi Gras Break

SLCHS Band Trip to Disney

Lady Saints Basketball State Championship Game vs. Lee Magnet, 2 p.m. (Rapides Parish Coliseum, Alexandria)

Saints Baseball at Holy Savior Menard, 6:30 p.m. (Menard)

Saints Basketball Quarterfinal Playoff vs. Parkview Baptist, 7 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Saints Track at Yellow Jacket Relays (Iowa)

Monday, March 4

No School - Mardi Gras Break

SLCHS Band Trip to Disney

Golf Team at Teurlings Catholic (Wetlands Golf Course)

Saints Baseball at Eunice, JV at 4 p.m. & Varsity at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

No School - Mardi Gras Break

Wednesday, March 6

Ash Wednesday

Schedule A-Mass-D-F-H

Adoration at Both Lunches in the Dance Studio

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Thursday, March 7

Schedule Late Start/Faculty Meeting-A-B-C-D

Speech & Debate Meeting, 2:40 p.m. (Room #5)

Saints Tennis vs. Jennings, 3:30 p.m. (Ward 3 Courts)

College Fair for Juniors, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (SLCHS Cafeteria)

JV Track at Barbe JV Relays

Friday, March 8

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel)

Schedule Late Start/Faculty Meeting-E-F-G-H

Transitions and Creative Writing visiting PreK4 at OLQH to read original children’s books

6th Grade Movie Night, 6-9 p.m. (SLCHS Commons)

Saints Baseball at Central (BR), 6:30 p.m.

Lady Saints Softball at St. Amant Tournament

Saints Track at Buc Relays (Barbe)

Saturday, March 9

Golf Team at Basile (Koasati Pines Golf Course)

Saints Baseball at Central (BR), noon & 3 p.m.

Saints Tennis at Oakdale, (McMurry Courts)

Sunday, March 10

Daylight Saving Time starts

Monday, March 11

Schedule A-B-E-F-H

Admin Team Meeting at 9 a.m.

Fine & Practical Arts Department Meeting at 2nd lunch in room #4

Lady Saints Softball vs. Kinder, 5 p.m. (College Oaks Park)

Saints Baseball at Barbe, JV at 4 p.m. & Varsity at 6:30 p.m. (Barbe High School)

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Tuesday, March 12

Schedule B-C-D-E-G

JCL Meeting, 7:20 a.m. (Room #35)

Saints Baseball vs Erath, 6 p.m. (Legion Field)

SLCHS Cheer Banquet, 6-8 p.m. (SLCHS Cafeteria)

Wednesday, March 13

Schedule A-Mass-D-F-H

9th grade will have Mass with Father Long

Parent Guild Meeting, noon (Band Room)

Adoration at Both Lunches in the Dance Studio

Diocesan Admin Meeting noon-3 p.m.

JV Track at Sam Houston JV Relays (Sam Houston)

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Workplace Wellness Nurse at SLCHS 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cheer Tryouts

Thursday, March 14

Schedule B-C-E-G-H

Spirit Dress Day sponsored by JCL

FBLA Meeting at 7:15 a.m. in room #40

Life Share Blood Drive

Speech & Debate Meeting, 2:40 p.m. (Room #5)

Saints Tennis vs Westlake, 3:30 p.m. (Ward 3 Courts)

Saints Baseball vs Marksville, 6:30 p.m. (Legion Field)

Saints Track at Bronco Relays (Sam Houston)

Cheer Tryouts

Friday, March 15

Schedule A-C-D-F-G

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel)

End of the 3rd Quarter

Life Share Blood Drive

Lady Saints Softball at Sulphur Tournament (Frasch Park)

State Powerlifting

French Club Movie/Game Night

Saints Baseball vs. Marksville, 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (Legion Field)

State Powerlifting Meet (Alexandria)

Cheer Tryouts

Saturday, March 16

Lady Saints Softball at Sulphur Tournament (Frasch Park)

State Powerlifting

Fleur De Lis Theresians Day of Reflection

Golf Team at Sulphur (Frasch Park Golf Course)

Saints Tennis at Menard (Alexandria)

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