Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

September 13, 2018


Dear Saints Parents,

Today eight rare relics from the Holy Land visited the St. Louis Catholic community. A relic is a fragment of a saint’s body or an artifact associated with Jesus, Mary or the saints. In this case, the relics are associated with Jesus’ death on the Cross. This was a unique opportunity for our students to encounter Jesus and His saving Passion.

Students saw and prayed with the following relics, displayed in the context of music and meditation to help us accompany Jesus through His suffering during the Passion:

• A piece of the True Cross, discovered by St. Helena

• A piece of the Holy Table from the room where the Last Supper took place

• A piece of the Column of Flagellation

• A piece of The Crown of Thorns

• A replica of the Holy Nail, fashioned using filings from the true nails

• A relic (bone) of St. Longinus, the centurion who pierced the side of Christ

• A picture of (the effigy of) the Veil of Veronica touched to the original with a Vatican seal attesting to the fact

• A piece of the exterior wrapping for the Shroud of Turin

The relics are travelling through 15 states this year, so this was a unique opportunity, as a group of related relics like this are normally seen in Rome or the Holy Land. Yet, we have the privilege of having them in our hometown and even our own school. What a great way for our students to connect with the roots of our faith!

God Bless,

Father Nathan Long


Ride in our Homecoming Parade Oct. 3

St. Louis Catholic High School's Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. This time-honored tradition is a hallmark of Homecoming Week, and we invite the Saints community to participate and attend. Visit our website for more details, and simply fill out the Google form there to ride in the parade.


At 9 a.m. on Oct. 3, we will celebrate Mass at St. Louis Catholic and honor all alumni, along with the 2018 Homecoming Court.

You are invited to an Alumni Homecoming Tailgate at Cougar Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5, starting at 4 p.m. The Saints then take on Iowa at 7 p.m., and the 2018 Homecoming Queen will be announced at halftime.

Academic Updates

Progress Reports will be emailed tomorrow, and many parents search for ways to help their students. Here are a few tips:

1. Review grades and assignments with your children. Ask them specific questions about the assignment and how they earned their grade. If they are unsure, have them email or visit with the teacher for clarification.

2. Review your child’s weekly schedule of assignments and activities. Help them make a plan for when and where to study.

3. Review with your child available tutoring opportunities. All teachers are willing to meet with students for reteaching or clarification of lessons. Have your child arrange with the teacher a time for this. Tutoring opportunities are currently available at Academic Study Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. **All athletes with a D or below in ANY class are required to attend Academic Study Hall one night per week.**

High school is a quick four years. We must work as a team to give students all the support and guidance they need to thrive independently by the time they leave St. Louis Catholic. Together we can enjoy the journey!

43 St. Louis Catholic Students Receive AP Honors

We extend a special congratulations to the 43 Saints students who earned 2018 AP Scholar Awards! Read more here.

Faculty Spotlight: Counselor Susan Holmes

Each week in Halo Notes, we will spotlight a St. Louis Catholic faculty or staff member so you can learn a little more about your children's teachers. We begin with our newest counselor, Susan Holmes, who advises students with last names A-J:

1. Hometown? Dallas, Texas

2. How many years teaching? 31 years in education, 24 as a school counselor

3. Favorite quote? "Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need." -Rick Riordan-

4. Favorite food? Dr Pepper!! It is a food group all its own.

5. Best moment at St. Louis Catholic so far? The warm welcomes from parents, students and staff

6. What will we most likely find you doing on a weekend? Working in the yard or napping

PSAT Testing

We are excited to announce that all students in grades 9-11 now can participate in the PSAT. Great benefits for our students, teachers and parents include:

1. Additional nationally normed test data showing areas of weakness for all freshmen and sophomores.

2. AP Potential reports for each freshman, sophomore and junior to identify where a student would most likely be successful in an AP class and exam.

3. Additional practice for our younger students on test-taking strategies for the 11th-grade PSAT/NMSQT.

4. Ability for us to identify and work with high potential freshmen and sophomores for the NMSQT testing year. More National Merit students are of course better for us.

5. Free online review and practice for students and parents for the NMSQT testing year through the College Board and Khan Academy.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses 11th-grade scores to recognize academically talented high school students across the country. Click here to read more about the National Merit program.

Senior College Workshops Coming Soon

Senior Parents: Be on the lookout for some small group college completion workshops. We hope to schedule some during the school day and some in the evenings where parents and students can log in to the college application portal and get specific help. We will send an email to senior parents with a signup system as soon as we have the dates, times and locations determined.

Student Pickup and Lunch Reminders

For your children's safety, please be aware that you may not use the faculty parking lot to drop off or pick up students. Please use the horseshoe instead to ensure the safety of all our Saints. Also, students should never be dropped off on the street.

Free and reduced lunch forms are in the school office if you need one.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 13 - Volleyball at Westlake

Sept. 14 - Student Council Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Dance Studio)

Sept. 14 - Progress Reports emailed, 3 p.m.

Sept. 14 - Football at Barbe, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 - Veritas Conference at St. Louis Catholic

Sept. 15 - St. Louis Catholic Mini Cheer Camp, 9:00 a.m. to noon (Krajicek Gym)

Sept. 15 - Swimming at Lafayette

Sept. 17 - Truth, Facts & Lies Meeting, 9:05 a.m. (Library)

Sept. 17 - Tulane University will be on campus at both lunches

Sept. 17 - Volleyball vs. Rayne

Sept. 17 - Freshman & JV Football at South Beauregard, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 - Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Sept. 17-19 - Counselors present to Senior religion classes and meet individually with students to discuss progress on college applications

Sept. 18 - Diocesan 8th Grade Rally at St. Louis Catholic

Sept. 18 - Girls Basketball Parent Meeting, 6 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Sept. 19 - Adoration at both lunches in the Dance Studio

Sept. 19 - Volleyball at Sulphur

Sept. 19 - Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Sept. 21 - Student Council Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Dance Studio)

Sept. 21 - Football Dads Bible Study, 7 a.m. (Library)

Sept. 21 - Football vs. South Beauregard, 7 p.m. (Cougar Stadium)

Sept. 22 - Cross Country at Abbeville

Sept. 22 - Volleyball at AES Tournament