Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Halo Highlight: Academic and Scheduling Clarifications

Dear Saints Families,

Course selection is a very important process, and we at St. Louis Catholic want both students and parents to be informed and comfortable in making the best choices. We are here to guide and answer questions. A couple of common questions have arisen, and hopefully this will provide clarity. Please use the new Course Planning Guide, given to all students, to assist in choosing appropriate courses, and as always, contact Mia Orgeron or the Counseling Office as needed.

Religion IV/History of Religion -

Per the Diocese of Lake Charles and the state policy for nonpublic schools, Religion IV, as taught at St. Louis Catholic, satisfies both the TOPS University Social Studies requirement of History of Religion and meets the USCCB guidance on theology content for Catholic Schools. On the student transcript, the course title is listed as History of Religion for one social studies credit.

There are other options for Senior religion through Dual Enrollment that also count toward the Honors Diploma, so please speak to your child about his or her wishes.

Honors Diploma –

Reminder - With the addition of eight Dual Enrollment courses and the option for the Diploma Endorsement of the Seal of Biliteracy, the St. Louis Catholic Honors Diploma requirements increased starting with the Class of 2021. Taken from the 2018-19 handbook, “Starting with the Class of 2021, a minimum of seven advanced level courses are needed, with a minimum GPA of 3.75 and three years of the same foreign language on the transcript. Advanced level courses include Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment courses. Of those seven courses, no more than two Dual Enrollment courses will count toward the Honors Diploma.”


Final AP Exam Reminder

Students taking AP courses: Please plan to attend an AP exam pre-administration session this Wednesday, April 17. For your convenience, we are offering two sessions, one before school at 7 a.m. and one following dismissal at 2:50 p.m. Each session should last 45 minutes to an hour. You must attend one pre-administration session prior to taking your AP exams; otherwise, you will delay the exam for all students on the official exam day. If you are participating in the Tennis Regional Tournament and cannot attend either scheduled session, please email Tricia Barrow as soon as possible.

Dance Course Outline from Mrs. Barrow

I am so excited about the opportunity to share my passion for dance with you! If you are a student with no experience, Dance I is for you. I hope you gain an appreciation for the art form; discover an unknown talent; and increase your flexibility, agility and coordination, skills that will help you in all athletic endeavors.

If you are a more experienced dancer, sign up for Dance II or III. We will hold a placement audition for experienced dancers. I hope to expose you to a variety of dance styles, enhance your current skills and offer you choreography opportunities. If anything, you will receive course credit in a creative, fun environment that meets daily exercise needs! Please refer to this information sheet and the SLCHS High School Course Planning Guide for more information.


Fine Arts Night Tonight from 6-8 p.m.!

Don't miss St. Louis Catholic's annual Fine Arts Night from 6-8 p.m. in the Commons! Fine Art Survey, Art, Photography, Band, Choir, Guitar and many more Saints will participate. Click here for a full schedule. We hope to see you there!

Friday is Last Day to Buy Yearbooks Online

Tomorrow - Friday, April 12 - is the last day to buy a yearbook at Balfour.com (free personalization; no form needed).

Monday, April 15 is the last day to guarantee a 2019 yearbook. Click here to download an order form.

Not sure if you ordered your yearbook? Click here to see the list of orders (updated 4/9/19). Please email mcore@slchs.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Strategic Visioning Listening Sessions Conclude Tuesday at 6 p.m.

We have completed four Strategic Visioning Listening Sessions at St. Louis Catholic, a valuable opportunity for our parents to offer thoughts and opinions on the present state and future of our school, and we will offer one more session Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Library.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at this link. We will take what we hear, along with the work of our faculty and staff, to draft a strategic vision and plan for the future of our school. Please also mark your calendars for St. Louis Catholic's Vitality Summit on May 1, 2019, at 6 p.m., when we will share our draft strategic plan for your input and review.

Save the Date - Vitality Summit

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LifeShare Blood Drive April 29 at SLCHS

St. Louis Catholic High School will host another blood drive on Monday, April 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in one of LifeShare's mini buses. We need 30 blood products to be eligible for a $500 scholarship. If you/your student would like to donate blood, please sign up with Mrs. dee if at all possible, to decrease waiting times. The goal has been set for 20, just for projection reasons, but LifeShare has 47 appointment slots available. If anyone is not able to make it to this drive, they are welcome to come In-center to donate. Anyone can donate in the student’s name.

An individual donating In-Center MUST contact either Lauren Charles or LaTasha Bellow at LifeShare to ensure that the student and St. Louis Catholic receive credit to meet the personal and school goal. They can also give the school Group code 103823.

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune - Library Edition

  • Senior books & printing charges are due on Tuesday, April 16.

  • Underclassmen books & printing charges are due on Friday, May 10.

  • Students received notices through email.

  • IMPORTANT: Students’ Final Exams will not be graded until the books & printing charges are cleared!

Spirit Store 4th Quarter Featured Item - Saints Water Bottles

We've got more Saints swag available for purchase now in the school office - orange St. Louis Catholic water bottles with our new school logo are available for $20, and $10 of each sale directly benefits the Parent Guild. Get one for your student now - these won't last long!

Athletics & Extracurricular News

Interested in Becoming a Saints Ambassador Next Year?

Is your student interested in becoming a Saints Ambassador for the 2019-2020 school year? We will select Juniors and Seniors for next year's Ambassador Program. All applicants will go through an interview process and will need a letter of recommendation from a St. Louis Catholic faculty member along with a 300-word essay on why they want to be an Ambassador. All Ambassadors must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Students, please be on the lookout for an email with instructions!

Art Club: Volunteer at Holden's Hope 5K April 13

Volunteers are needed for the Holden’s Hope Forever 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, April 13, at Walnut Grove from 8-10 a.m.

Saints Art Club members - Please sign up HERE.

Around Saints Athletics

Good luck to the Lady Saints softball team as they begin playoff action next week! St. Louis Catholic is seeded No. 9 in Division II and travels to New Orleans to face No. 8 Academy of our Lady on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. View the full bracket here.

Congratulations to golfer McKenzie LeDuff on earning her second win of the season with a 79 at Wednesday's Westlake Invitational. LeDuff and teammate Briley Joe placed second as a team!
Congratulations to Lady Saints senior Alexandria Goodly for earning All-Southwest Louisiana Girls Basketball Most Valuable Player honors, and Coach Tony Johnson for earning All-Southwest Louisiana Coach of the Year!

Volleyball Tryouts May 7-9; Tryout Clinics Available for $15

Tryouts for the 2019-2020 St. Louis Catholic volleyball team will be May 7-9 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Krajicek Gym. Coach Elizabeth Thompson and the staff will offer tryout clinics from 3:30-5 p.m. on April 29, April 30 and May 1 for prospective players to meet the coaches, see the facilities and prepare for the tryouts. Please note – the tryout clinics cost $15 per session and do not guarantee a spot on next year’s team.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact ethompson@slchs.org. *Wear athletic clothes and shoes! (Knee pads & volleyball shoes are optional.)*

Student & Alumni News

Chatters, Couste Receive Distinguished Academic Awards

Two Saints seniors with impeccable GPAs were honored on Wednesday for their distinguished academic achievements.

Benji Chatters (4.578 GPA) received the Keith Jones Award from the St. Louis Catholic alumnus himself. Jones played football for the Saints and graduated in 1979.

Chatters also received the Distinguished Male Athlete Award. Lauren Couste, St. Louis Catholic's 2018-19 Student of the Year, received the Distinguished Female Athlete Award with a 4.500 GPA. Congratulations, Saints!


Final Reminder: Subsidy Forms Due by Monday

Subsidy forms are due by Monday, April 15, for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have not yet turned yours in, please click here to download and print the form. Forms may be turned into the front office or emailed to Heather Ieyoub, Director of Admissions, at hieyoub@slchs.org.

Complete FACTS Registration Payment Now!

Families who have not completed their FACTS registration payment or made other arrangements with Director of Finance Ray Baggett by this Monday, April 15, will not be eligible for Financial Aid or be cleared for Course Selection for the 2019-2020 school year. Please make efforts now to finish the enrollment process for a better chance of securing your student’s preferred class schedule.

You can always access all our key dates here on our Admissions calendar, including the following key 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

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Senior Notes

Senior Contact Information Requested

Seniors, please fill out this Google form with your personal email address (not ending in slchs.org), and phone number so we can keep our alumni database robust with your information once you graduate! Please contact Mrs. Jones in the Advancement Office if you have any questions.

Mother-Daughter Tea: Teacups & Saucers Due to Front Office May 3

**Moms, please send one labeled washed teacup and saucer to the school front office no later than May 3. The teacup can be an heirloom or a new one! They will be used at the Mother-Daughter Tea as well as your daughter’s take-home gift that day.**

Senior Activities Summary:

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 - Saturday, May 11; 2-4 p.m. (TreeHouse at Oak Crossing)

Father/Son Crawfish Boil - Sunday, May 12; 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)

Senior Girls: Are You Looking to Rush a Sorority Next Year?

There will be an informational meeting for all girls going through sorority recruitment at any university this Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. hosted by Jenny Leach at 4454 W. Prien Lake Road. For more information, please email Mrs. Leach at jlpleach@icloud.com.

In the Community

2019 Summer Camps at St. Louis Catholic

Dates for youth summer sports camps at St. Louis Catholic have been confirmed. Click here to learn more. Here's a look at the dates:

Basketball - June 3-5, 2019

Soccer - June 11-13, 2019

Baseball - June 17-20, 2019

Football - June 26-28, 2019

Volleyball - July 23-25, 2019

Transitions Class Receives Check from OLQH Knights of Columbus

The OLQH Knights of Columbus Council donated $300 in proceeds from their annual Tootsie Roll Drive to the St. Louis Catholic Transitions Program. The Knights conduct the drive every year to raise funds for special needs education. Thank you for your generosity!

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 12

Schedule A-C-D-F-G

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

Spirit Dress Day Sponsored by Spanish Club

Graduation Caps & Gowns will be given out in Religion Classes

Saturday, April 13

ACT Test Date

Art Club at Holden's Hope 5K at Walnut Grove

Saints Baseball at Iowa, Varsity at 1 p.m. & JV at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 15

Schedule A-B-E-F-H

Senior Final Reviews & Exams due, 8 a.m.

Admin Team Meeting, 9 a.m.

Truth, Facts & Lies Meeting in the Library

Senior Shirt Signing Day

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

Incoming Freshmen Football Parent Meeting, 6 p.m. (SLCHS Cafeteria)

SLCHS at Division II District Golf Tournament (Gray Plantation)

Tuesday, April 16

Schedule B-C-D-F-G

Senior Shirt Signing Day

Saints Tennis at Regional Tournament (Lake Charles)

Lady Saints Softball Playoff at Academy of Our Lady, 4 p.m. (New Orleans)

Saints Baseball vs. Welsh, JV at 4 p.m. & Varsity at 6 p.m. (Legion Field)

Saints Track at District Track Meet (Iowa)

Strategic Visioning Listening Session, 6 p.m. (Landry Library)

Wednesday, April 17

Schedule A-D-E-G-H

AP Exam Pre-Administration Session, 7 a.m. & 2:50 p.m.

Concert Choir at Chrism Mass, 8 a.m. (St. Margaret's Catholic Church)

Department Chair Meeting, 1:49 p.m. (Library)

Progress Reports will be emailed, 2:30 p.m.

Saints Tennis at Regional Tournament (Lake Charles)

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

Saints Baseball at Ascension Episcopal, 6 p.m.

Varsity Football Parent Meeting, 6 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Thursday, April 18

Special Schedule: Late Start/Faculty Meeting-C Period-Guest Speaker-Stations of the Cross-Early Dismissal

Friday, April 19

Good Friday

Easter Break Begins