Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, March 7, 2019

HALO HIGHLIGHT - Saints Hall of Fame Nominations Open

Dear Saints Parents,

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of St. Louis Catholic High School, we will honor our Hall of Fame inductees at the Golden Gala & Auction on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Calcasieu Marine National Bank.

Our Hall of Fame inductees will either be alumni of St. Louis Catholic or one of our parent institutions (St. Charles Academy and Landry Memorial) or sister school (Sacred Heart) or people who have been associated with our school in the past. Please take a moment and nominate someone who is worthy of receiving the honor at this link.

If you would like to volunteer on a committee for our 2019 Golden Gala & Auction, please contact Director of Advancement Ashley Ivey-Atkins at aatkins@slchs.org. #staygolden

New Parent Night is Wednesday, March 20

There will be a Parent Information Night for families with new incoming students on March 20 at 5:30 p.m. You can always access all our key dates here on our Admissions calendar, including the following summer dates:

  • 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 August 1, (Juniors & Seniors-9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Freshmen & Sophomores-1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • First Day of School- Monday August 12

Remember, please share a photo of your new Saint & tag us on social media!

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.

Partner School 6th Grade Movie Night Tomorrow

Partner School 6th Grade Movie Night is tomorrow - Friday, March 8 from 6-9 p.m. in the SLCHS 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. Stay tuned for more details!

Congratulations to District Rally Winners and Students Advancing to State!

Thank you to everyone who helped make District Rally 2019 a success! St. Louis Catholic is proud to be sending more than 30 students from District to State Rally on April 6. Read more and see the full list.

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 - Participation Forms Due March 15

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 next Friday, 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)

Millsaps College Visiting St. Louis Catholic March 14

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.

Academic Updates

Thanks to all who attended our Course Selection Fair last week! 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.

The registration deadline is TOMORROW - 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.

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. Also, important information like college scholarship opportunities is always available on the Counseling webpage here.

Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy Set for June 9-12; Applications Open

The 2019 Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy (LGLA) will take place June 9-12, and applications are now open!

Applications are open to young women leaders entering 9th-11th grade. Girls selected for the academy will have the opportunity to learn to lead through communication, relationship building and public service. Click here to complete the application. The deadline is April 1.

Upon submission of the application, students will be asked to submit an extracurricular resume (August 2017-present) including their school GPA, a letter of recommendation and a 150-word essay (“Why I should be a leader selected for LGLA”).

Here’s a video highlighting last year’s program. Please contact Katie Martin at nicholls.girlsleadership@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

Congratulations to Saints, Lady Saints Basketball on Fantastic Seasons!

This past Friday, the No. 2 Lady Saints basketball team capped off a remarkable season by playing for a state championship for the first time in 10 years. Though they fell four points shy against Lee Magnet, 64-60, it was a thrilling game in Alexandria in which they led by eight points in the third quarter against the top seed in Division II. View video highlights.
The Saints also reached the state tournament as the No. 10 seed - their first trip to Marsh Madness since 2016 - and they eliminated No. 7 E.D. White and No. 15 Parkview Baptist before falling just short in the semifinals Wednesday against No. 3 De La Salle, 55-52. The Saints had the Cavaliers on the ropes early, leading by as many as 12 points, but De La Salle's experience and the Saints' 11 turnovers proved to be the difference. View video highlights.

Saints Read Initiative Highlighted in 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.

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.

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!

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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 8

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

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

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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