Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Dear Saints Parents,

As you look across the country, you will find that the most innovative and forward-thinking Catholic high schools have high-functioning school boards. An effective board helps steer the ship and set a long-term vision for the school. I am pleased to announce that we are in the process of re-launching our own school board, with those strategic goals in mind.

At the following link you will find a form to recommend potential board members. You are welcome to recommend yourself, and I would encourage you to think of anyone in the community who would serve our school well – from a current parent, to a parent of a past student, alumni, and so on. As we build our board, we would ideally like members who bring an expertise or vision in one of the following six areas: Catholic Identity, Academics, Student Life (athletics and activities), Facilities, Advancement (fundraising, enrollment and marketing), or Finance.

Click here to access the School Board Recommendation Form.

Father Long and I have asked four people to serve on our School Board Nominating Committee: current parents DeAnn Rosteet and Gretchen Jester, our Director of Advancement Ashley Ivey-Atkins and Father Aubrey Guilbeau. They will vet your recommendations, as well as provide their own, and present Father Long and me a list of candidate nominations for the board.

We plan for our new school board to begin meeting in March. If you have any questions about the board or the process I have laid out, please do not hesitate to contact me at abradley@slchs.org.

God Bless,

Andrew R. Bradley, Principal

Re-Enroll for 2019-2020 School Year Starting Monday

Open Application and Re-Enrollment begins Jan. 21 and ends Feb. 4, 2019. You must re-enroll online through your ParentsWeb account during this time period to ensure your spot at St. Louis Catholic for next year.

  • After logging in to your ParentsWeb account, click on the apply/enroll tab found on the left side of the page
  • A drop down menu will appear; click enrollment/reenrollment
  • A pop-up blocker may prevent the page from opening. Allow it by clicking in the top right hand corner of your browser.
  • Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your student.
  • The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.

If you know prospective Saints students/families, please direct them to our website to apply online for next year. To schedule a tour of our campus, please email Heather Ieyoub, Director of Admissions, at hieyoub@slchs.org or call 436-7275 Ext. 244.

Academic Updates - Note Study Hall Schedule Changes

Our Academic Study Hall schedule for the remainder of January is as follows: Jan. 22 and 24 (Tuesday and Thursday); Jan. 28 and 31 (Monday and Thursday) from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Athletes with a D or below in any subject are required to attend.

Late registration ends tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 18) for the Feb. 9th ACT test date. Register before it's too late at www.act.org.

The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018 more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, including 20.8% of high school students. They are not safe. Click here to read more on the dangers of e-cigarettes from the CDC.

Senior Save the Dates

St. Louis Catholic seniors should mark the following key dates on their calendars:

Baccalaureate Mass - Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. (St. Margaret’s Catholic Church)

Beach Bash - Friday, May 10 (Lake Charles Country Club)

Father/son Crawfish Boil - Sunday, May 12 (at Geoff & Carrie Collins’: 4800 Bellerive Ln.)

Mother/daughter Tea - Sunday, May 12 (TBD)

Senior Honors Night - Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Graduation - Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. (Burton Coliseum)

Melanie LeJeune Receives Eye on Outstanding Teachers Award

St. Louis Catholic High School Librarian & Technology Coach Melanie LeJeune received some exciting news on Tuesday when she earned the Eye on Outstanding Teachers Award from CBS Lake Charles for the month of January. Click here to see the footage.

Hometown? Merryville, LA - Home of the Panthers!

Favorite quote? "I am always learning, always discovering." -Isamu Noguchi

Favorite food? A good hamburger

Best moment at St. Louis Catholic so far? There have been so many, but one of the great moments this year was when a slew of students came to check out books. There's nothing that warms a librarian's heart more, and thanks to the English teachers offering some opportunities for free reading choice, our circulation statistics went from 31 books checked out during the 1st quarter last year to 414 books checked out during the 1st quarter this year! Wow!

What will we most likely find you doing on a weekend? Watching one of my favorite shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime, organizing something in my house, yoga, reading, walking my dog, napping, going to Mass with my family, and a little computer work mixed in there somewhere.

Lauren Cousté is 2018-2019 Student of the Year

St. Louis Catholic High School is proud to announce its 2018-2019 Student of the Year honoree is senior Lauren Cousté. She will compete at the diocesan, regional and state levels.

The daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Cousté of Lake Charles, Lauren currently serves as Executive President of Student Council, Vice President of National Honor Society and President of Earth Club, and she is a member of Saints Ambassadors, promoting St. Louis Catholic High School at Advancement and Alumni events and in the local community. Cousté was chosen co-captain of the Saints swim team in 2018 and captain of Southwest Louisiana Tournament Volleyball from 2016-2017. She also has devoted many hours to volunteer projects throughout high school, including Operation Christmas Child, Children’s Art Fest, Kirkman Street Cleanup, Vacation Bible School and tutoring.

“My role as a tutor in National Honor Society as well as at the local charter school enabled me to realize my desire to help those around me, to share my own abilities with others,” Cousté said. “These experiences have not only shaped me into the person I am today, but they have cultivated crucial life skills within me.”

Read more.

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Saints Cheerleaders Win National Championship

Congratulations to the St. Louis Catholic cheerleaders for winning the Southwestern Cheerleaders Association Battle at the Capitol this past weekend! It was the team's first time competing in four years, and freshman Sophia Ellender also took home the national tumble off champion award with an incredibly intricate routine. The girls will compete next in the WSA national competition in New Orleans in February.

2019-2020 tryouts are March 13, 14 and 15. Male and female cheerleaders are welcome.

Freshman/Sophomore Retreat is Feb. 3-4, 2019

The optional Freshman/Sophomore retreat will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3-Monday, Feb. 4.

If your child is interested in attending the retreat, applications are available outside of Mrs. Dee’s office or in Mrs. Broussard or Mrs. Monteaux’s classrooms.

Sweethearts Tryouts Are March 18-20

If your daughter is interested in auditioning for Sweethearts, tryouts are March 18, 19 and 20 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 March 18. Click here to download the contract from our website.

Counseling Team Updates: Time-Sensitive College Scholarship Opportunities

The Knights of Columbus Louisiana State Council has a local scholarship that is connected through each diocesan parish. Any senior is eligible to apply, but the deadline to get the applications to the parish K of C Councils is Friday, Jan. 25. As we need to attach required documentation, we respectfully request that students submit the application packet to the Counseling Office by 2:45 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Click here to access the application - it must be typed on the form provided, then printed and turned into Mrs. Fruge in the Counseling Office.

The Counseling Office updates its list of student scholarship opportunities continuously. There is a lot of money available to help defray the cost of college. The more scholarship applications seniors complete, the better chance they have of being awarded money. Please check this link frequently for updates, and look on the top left column for Student Scholarship Opportunities.

Starting next week, we want to start recognizing seniors who are officially accepted to college! Students must show us their letter of acceptance and sign the log. We will take a picture of those seniors to post on our "#Accepted" wall outside the Counseling Office as well as share it on the St. Louis Catholic Facebook page (if permission is granted). Seniors may only come to the Counseling Office during an off period, break, lunch, before or after school.

Finally, if you couldn't attend our FAFSA Working Meeting on Tuesday night and still have questions about completing the form, Lela’s FAFSA HELPline is available at 844.463.2372.

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

Please remind your students to charge their computer nightly and shut it down 2-3 times per week.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Jan. 18

Divine Mercy Chaplet, 7:15 a.m. (Chapel) SLCHS Choir singing at MLK Breakfast

Wrestling at Baton Rouge/Rayne

Girls Soccer at Erath, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer at Erath, 7 p.m.

Girls and Boys Basketball at South Beauregard

Saturday, Jan. 19

Wrestling at Baton Rouge/Rayne

Boys Soccer vs. Alexandria, 2 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Girls Soccer vs. Alexandria, 2 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Sunday, Jan. 20

ICC's ACTS Men's Retreat Return Mass (SLCHS Chapel)

Wrestling Team at Baton Rouge/Rayne

Monday, Jan. 21

NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Open Application & Re-enrollment Begins for 2019-2020 School Year

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Schedule A-B-C-D-E-F

Boys Soccer vs. Menard, 6 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Boys and Girls Basketball vs. LCCP (Krajicek Gym)

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Schedule A-B-C-D-G-H

Diocesan Curriculum Committee Meeting, 9-11 a.m.

FBLA District Conference

Girls Soccer vs. Abbeville, 5:30 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Boys Soccer vs. Abbeville, 7:00 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

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

Wrestling vs. Barbe (Krajicek Gym)

Thursday, Jan. 24

Schedule A-B-E-F-G-H

Faculty Meeting, 7:20 a.m. & 2:50 p.m. (Landry Library)

Speech & Debate Meeting, 2:40 p.m. (Room #5)

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

Freshman & JV Boys Basketball vs. LaGrange, 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Friday, Jan. 25

Schedule C-D-E-F-G-H

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

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

Boys Soccer at North Vermilion, JV at 5 p.m and Varsity at 7 p.m.

Boys and Girls Basketball at Iowa

Saturday, Jan 26

Girls Soccer vs. David Thibodeaux, JV at 11 a.m. & Varsity at 1 p.m. (SLCHS Soccer Field)

Indoor Track at McNeese

Lady Saints Softball vs DeRidder (College Oaks)

Powerlifting at St. Thomas Aquinas

Wrestling at Sulphur

Sunday, Jan. 27

Catholic Schools Week Begins

Special Needs Mass (SLCHS Chapel)