Panther Press

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

Thursday, 10/4/18

The Principal's Corner by Christi Jarreau

I have come across the statistic many times recently that 1 in 5 current students will go on to acquire jobs that do not yet even exist and require a new range of skills and capabilities.

We know that, for reasons like this, educational standards today measure not only how much our students know, but also their ability to learn and process new information. To best ensure future success for the students of the Cathedral School, our roles are continually evolving.

For teachers: Quality instruction is not about finding the best means for all students to memorize information, rather it is about providing intentional lessons or experiences for students to learn and to demonstrate their ability to accurately acquire, analyze, and apply knowledge. Our teachers have done an amazing job of balancing “I do, we do, you do” instruction for basic skills and opportunities for critical thinking, creative application, and “outside of the box” problem solving.

For students: Academics and character are entwined more than ever before as student are required to apply, explain, think critically, etc. Putting skills and knowledge into action requires ours students to give and receive feedback, personally reflect, and often to revise their work, all of which require character traits such as perseverance, self regulation, grit, confidence, and open-mindedness. Classrooms are no longer places where students listen or pretend to listen silently. Social emotional skills and character education have long been taught in schools but are now just as crucial in the classroom as they are on the playground and in the hallways.

For parents: Of course parents remain the first and primary educators of their children, especially in regards to spirituality and character. As schools continue to partner with parents in the educational journey of their child, social emotional health and a “teachable” spirit starts at home. Resilient, motivated, independent, and self disciplined students are often the most successful in the classroom. While parent support may have once looked like calling out study guides and creating quizlets, we must now be diligent in our efforts to build perseverance, a healthy balance of confidence and humility, and a sense of purpose and intrinsic motivation within our children to best help them be successful students.

With standards and standardized assessments focusing on application of knowledge rather than acquired knowledge, ICCS continues to embrace the challenge of preparing students to be successful and employable in our rapidly advancing world. We measure our success not only by maintaining a standard of excellence in classroom instruction and student performance, along with continual and consistent growth in standardized test data, but also in the many ways our students display physical, academic, and social-emotional growth. These displays are as formal and quantified as becoming an AR superstar and as personal and heartwarming as having a sixth grade student welcome parents to this morning’s Pet Blessing with a smile and a handmade brochure about St. Francis of Assisi. We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful school community! ‘Rejoice and Be Glad!’ Matthew 5:12

The Curriculum Corner by Blair Tadlock

100% Gold Standard PBL Trained

At ICCS we are committed to continuing the education of our faculty through meaningful professional development opportunities designed to impact our learners. We are committed to Gold Standard Project Based Learning teaching practices where students are answering challenging, relevant and authentic questions through sustained inquiry. Our newest faculty members were trained by the Buck Institute for Education’s national faculty member, Dori Berg, over the course of 3 days with 21 hours of immersed learning in PBL teaching methods. The faculty members developed incredible, high-quality PBL experiences for their learners, and I am excited to see them roll out over the coming weeks. Here are some of the driving questions our students will be exploring:

Lower Elementary:

  • How can we, as bakers, use our five senses to bake cookies?

Upper Elementary:

  • How can we be physically active in our community outside of PE class?
  • How can we, as environmentalists, inform the public about coastal erosion and include them in the solution?

Middle School:

  • How can I redecorate my bedroom with a small budget?
  • How can we, as a welcoming committee, create resources for Spanish speaking kids who are new to the Lake Charles area?
  • How can we design a proposal for a backpacking trip around the world based on climate and weather for ICCS alumni?

I would like to thank Mrs. Miller, Senora Barrios, Ms. DeRouen, Ms. Ebersole, Ms. LaBove, Mrs. Forsyth and Mrs. Bourgeois for their outstanding work this past weekend and dedication to our school and our students. I would also like to thank all of our outstanding faculty members for participating in the Friday afternoon portion of the training! We are certainly beyond blessed to have the cream of the teaching crop!

PBL Training

Our teachers worked hard all weekend honing their Gold Standard Project Based Learning skills with Buck Institute For Education faculty member, Dori Berg.

Mercy Matters by Rose Viau

Rejoice and be Glad!

During the month of October we will reflect on the beatitude – “Blessed are the meek; for they shall possess the land.” Pope Francis reminds us that, “If we regard the faults and limitations of others with tenderness and meekness…we can actually help them. Reacting with meekness and humility: that is holiness.”

ICCS Animal Blessing

Thank you to Father Rommel for leading our celebration and to all the parents that brought their beloved pets to participate in this morning's Animal Blessing.

Additional pictures can be found on our Facebook page!

October Birthday Mass Tomorrow!

Join us for the October Birthday Mass led by Mrs. Miller's 8B class on Friday, October 5th, at the Cathedral. Parents and grand-panthers are invited to attend!

Students are reminded that boys wear pants and girls wear skirts/jumpers to Mass. The 4th grade retreat will take place immediately following Mass.

Retake Pictures are set for Wednesday, October 10

Lifetouch picture proofs have arrived and have been sent home with students. Ordering instructions are included. Parents of PK and K students needing retakes should notify the teacher. Students in 1st-8th grades are responsible for notifying their teacher on the day of retakes. Retake Picture day is set for Wednesday, October 10th.

Renaissance Home Connect

Students at ICCS use Renaissance Place at school for Math Facts in a Flash, Accelerated Math, Accelerated Reader 360 and STAR Assessments. Renaissance Place has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection. Renaissance Home Connect allows you to see information about your student’s progress in Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math and MathFacts in a Flash.

To log in to the Renaissance Home Connect website, go to and have your student log in with their Renaissance username and password. If you'd like to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add to your address book.

The Book Nook

Our third graders began presenting their Paper Bag Book Reports to their classmates during library this week. Everyone chose a "Good Fit Book" to read and recommend to their friends as they make the transition from picture books in the Easy section to chapter books in the Fiction section.

Parents, looking for more books based on other student recommendations? Try Scholastic's Share What You're Reading website:

Grandparents' Day Celebration November 15-16

The annual ICCS Grandparents' Day Celebration events will be held on Thursday, November 15 (PK-3) and Friday, November 16 (4-8) from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Our special "Grandpanthers" will be treated to coffee and doughnuts, family photos and classroom tours, led by their Grandchildren. Invitations will be mailed to all Grandparents. A Grandparents' Day form was sent home with students earlier this week. Please complete the forms and return to school by Thursday, October 18. Additional event details will be provided in future issues of the Panther Press.


The Greenery Committee needs your help!

The Greenery Committee is in need of volunteers to assist with local order deliveries the week of November 26-30. PTO points will be awarded for all deliveries, big or small. Please contact Ashley Foret at for more information, or to schedule a date and time to help out.

ICCS Panther Run

Saturday, Oct. 27th, 7:30am

1536 Ryan Street

Lake Charles, LA

10K and 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m.

1-Mile Color Run will start around 8:30 a.m.


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Fri, Oct 5: October Birthday Mass, 8:30 a.m. @ Cathedral

Fri, Oct 5: 4th grade retreat immediately following Mass

Fri, Oct 5: SLCHS Homecoming game v Iowa, 7 p.m. @ Cougar Stadium (All Catholic school students get free admission)

Mon, Oct 8: NO SCHOOL, Diocesan In-Service

Wed, Oct 10: Yearbook Picture Retakes

Wed, Oct 17: Bishop Provost visits ICCS

Wed, Oct 17: School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Fri, Oct 19: 1st Quarter Ends

Fri, Oct 19: NO SCHOOL, Parent Report Card Meeting Day

Thu, Oct 25: Greenery Sale Ends

Fri, Oct 26: Living Rosary, 8:30 a.m. in the gym

Sat, Oct 27: ICCS Panther Run

Wed, Oct 31: ICCS Respect Life Panther Walk at 1:30 p.m.

Thu, Nov 1: NO SCHOOL, All Saints Day Holiday

Fri, Nov 2: November Birthday Mass (7A), 8:30 a.m. at the Cathedral

ICCS Mission Statement:

Strengthening spirits... minds... bodies... Through the teachings of Jesus Christ.

2018-2019 School Theme

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