Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Halo Highlight: Homecoming Traditions

This week we welcome our Alumni home. Fifty years ago St. Charles Academy (an all girls school) and Landry Memorial (an all boys school) merged to form our co-educational institution St. Louis Catholic High School. We also recognize Sacred Heart as our sister school.

What keeps St. Louis Catholic alumni coming back year after year? It’s the tradition and the legacy families. We are the only Catholic High School in a 50-mile radius. That’s a big deal. How many people in your family attended St. Louis Catholic or one of our founding schools or sister school? We have more than 8,000 alumni who have graced the halls of our school. Tradition & Legacy! It’s a beautiful thing. Even if you didn’t graduate, do you feel like St. Louis Catholic is your home? Do you feel like an honorary member? The weekly masses in the Commons, the benches, pep rallies, Homecoming Parade, Friday night lights - It's a Saintly Tradition!

As Homecoming Week is nearing its end, we encourage all of you to join us Friday night at Cougar Stadium as our Saints take on Church Point at 7 p.m., aiming for their third straight win on the gridiron. At halftime, we'll present our Homecoming Court and the 2019 Homecoming Queen will be revealed. And of course Saturday is our Homecoming Dance for students from 8-11 p.m. on campus!

Finally, we invite all current families and Saints alumni to attend Sunday Mass with us Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commons to conclude Homecoming Week! Our rector, Rev. Nathan Long, will celebrate Mass, followed by a light lunch and school tours for alumni. All are welcome!

To view more pictures from Homecoming Week, please visit our Facebook page! #wearesaints

Academic Updates

From Mia Orgeron's Desk


Our academic team is structured so the school can build consistency and unity, while allowing individual departments freedom to do what is best for specific content areas. Currently, two teachers, Mary Villaume and Emily Pettaway, have stepped up to assist with academic oversight and facilitate professional development. These teachers, Department Chairs, and I meet regularly to focus on proper assessment methods, high quality lesson plans, individual goal setting and specific school-wide concerns. All departments meet during either a common planning period or common lunch to focus on their content area and student performance. At St. Louis Catholic High School, we will always remember that our students and their learning is our #1 priority! We know there is much work to do, but we also know that constant improvement is necessary. Thanks for being supportive and helping our students succeed.

As the end of Q1 draws near, please remember to have your student check their assignments and grades. Should questions arise, please follow the communication line:

  • Student and teacher
  • Parent and teacher
  • Department Chair (Our Department Chairs for Theology, World Language, English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, and Computer & Business are listed here.)
  • Academic Team

One of my favorite pastimes is visiting with Coach Bill Painter. There are always nuggets of wisdom in his stories. He told me about a quote his dad often used. It's from the Seabee Memorial in Arlington, VA, “… the difficult we do at once … the impossible takes a bit longer.”


Book Study - Week 2, Chapters 4-5

Wow! What great discussions students are having! This week's theme - Quit Pretending!

Students reflected on the Latin phrase - Esse quam videri. (To be rather than to seem to be). Weekly challenge - Before posting ANYTHING to social media, consider if you are pretending to be something other than your true self. Books are still available in the front office for $5.00!

Next week on Wednesday, students will attend a session from a variety of high interest topics. These topics were suggested from a campus ministry survey that students completed at the beginning of the year. We are reaching out and showing students that Christ is available to us in many ways. Have your child choose their topic by responding to the Google Form sent out today from Coach Bit Thompson.

Campus Safety:

Please remind your child to lock their vehicles and to leave any valuables at home or out of plain sight. A rash of parking lot break-ins occurred this past week. Though we immediately alerted the police and checked the security footage, we want to also remind students to stay safe by locking their vehicles and always being aware of their surroundings.

Artistic Director, Choreographer Carol Anglin Coming to SLCHS Next Week

St. Louis Catholic is excited to welcome Carol Anglin, a renowned teaching artist, choreographer and artistic director, to our campus next week! Anglin will teach our dance students Master Classes in Modern Dance and our choir students Stage Movement, and she will also hold an academic/professional performing arts Q&A session open to all students from 8-8:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Cafeteria.

**The Q&A session is open to all students who are interested in pursuing careers in visual, media and/or performing arts. Please sign up in the Counseling Department by Thursday, October 10.**

Click to read more about Carol Anglin and her upcoming visit.

Counselors' Corner

10th & 11th Grade Parent Night with the Counseling Office

Wondering what your Saint needs to be doing as a sophomore or junior to prepare for life after high school? Join the Counseling Team in the SLCHS Commons Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:00 p.m. to talk about grades, transcripts, studying and college/career preparation!

PSAT: Coming October 16

All Saints in grades 10 and 11 will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Student Study Guides arrived on campus Wednesday and will be sent home with students Friday.

Mrs. Holmes & Mrs. David will be in Theology classes next week to talk students through the demographic bubbling, tell them where their test rooms will be, what items are needed for test day and answer any questions students may have.

  • What is the PSAT? Cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) — often shortened to PSAT — is a standardized test targeting 10th and 11th graders in the U.S.

College Visit Update

Please continue to check our Counseling webpage for a list of colleges and universities visiting St. Louis Catholic in October! Newly scheduled visits include Louisiana Tech (Oct. 22) and U.S. Army (Oct. 28).

Don't forget, students must register in advance to attend through the Counseling Office. Official passes will be delivered to registered students the morning of the presentation and must be presented for admission. The presentations last about 30 minutes, and students are responsible for any missed work.

Faculty News

Faculty Professional Development: Lunch 'n' Learns

The Library has been hosting Lunch 'n' Learn professional development sessions for teachers since school started. Each week, teachers are able to reflect on a topic selected by the administration, instructional coach and technology coach OR get inspiration from a co-worker who wants to share something that worked well in his/her classroom.

THANK YOU to the PARENT GUILD for providing snacks and door prizes for these sessions. Last week, Mrs. Brunot shared how she uses reports from GradeCam to drive instruction, and Coach Oertling won the door prize!

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 4

Schedule: A-C-D-G-H

Homecoming Theme: Homecoming T-Shirt (or Spirit Shirt) Day

Saints Football vs. Church Point, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m. (SLCHS Cafeteria)

Saints Swim Team In Tors Invitational (SPAR)

Sunday, Oct. 6

Mass for Current Families & Alumni, 10:30 a.m. (SLCHS Commons)

Monday, Oct. 7

Schedule: A-B-E-F-H

Truth, Facts, & Lies Meeting, 9 a.m. (Library)

Helping Hands Officer Meeting at Lunch (Transitions Room )

Freshman & JV Football at Jennings

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Schedule: B-C-D-F-G

Helping Hands Meeting at lunch (Library)

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Schedule: A-Assembly-D-E-H

Grad Sales Senior Meeting, 10:13 a.m.

Parent Guild Meeting, Noon (SLCHS Library)

Counseling Department Meeting with 10th & 11th Grade Parents, 6 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Saints Cross Country at Sam Houston Meet

Football: OLI vs OLQH, 5:30 p.m. (SLCHS Field) & ICCS vs OLS, 6 p.m. (Sulphur)

SLCHS Advisory Council Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (Library)

Thursday, Oct. 10

Schedule: B-C-E-F-G

FBLA Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Room #40)

Library is closed B Period World Language Meeting at Lunch (Room #32)

Lady Saints Volleyball at DeQuincy


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