Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Halo Highlight: Vitality Summit and Top Goals for Strategic Visioning

Dear Saints Families,


I want to first thank all of you who took the time to attend our Vitality Summit last night. Between our parents, faculty and other stakeholders, we had nearly 100 participants!


As you may recall, our faculty and staff have been working hard these past few months on strategic goals in six key vision areas: Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, Operational Vitality, Student Experience and Facilities.


Attendees at our Summit had the opportunity to view the 20 goals that have been created, meet in small groups to discuss strategies and tactics to accomplish the goals in a specific vision area, and then as a whole group vote on the school’s top priorities. (The 20 goals can be viewed here.) Four goals received the most votes and stood out:


4. Regardless of grade classification, to create a sense of camaraderie, belonging and respect among students. (Student Experience, Goal #1)

3. To support and encourage innovative and collaborative teaching as well as professional development of new and returning faculty to support a culture of continuous improvement. (Governance and Leadership, Goal #2)

2. To create an instructionally supportive environment for our students - to form a plan that will allow us to remove mold, improve cleanliness and install an HVAC system that works consistently. (Facilities, Goal #1)

1. To provide clearly articulated, aligned standards for instruction across the curriculum. (Academic Excellence, Goal #2)


In the coming weeks we will finalize our strategic plan and begin the most important part: implementation. Thank you for your support in this process, and we look forward to everyone joining together to ensure the goals we have set become reality!


God Bless,


Andrew R. Bradley, Principal

ACADEMIC UPDATES

Important Message - AP Exams Begin Monday

AP exams begin next week on Monday, May 6, and continue through Thursday, May 16. Please review ALL information in the Bulletin for AP® Students and Parents 2018-2019.


On exam day, report to school at least 30 minutes prior to the exam, unless your AP teacher has arranged to meet with you earlier. Testing will be in rooms 21, 22 and the Dance Studio. Your assignments will be posted by the Counseling Department door along with a schedule. Review the exam administration calendar in your bulletin to know the subject specific times and dates. Be sure to bring a calculator if your exam allows one; read the approved calculator specifications you received during pre-administration. Again, thanks for your cooperation, and good luck to all students!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Library Books and Printing Fees Due May 10

All underclassmen library books and printing charges are due by Friday, May 10. After May 10th, students cannot charge for printing.

Seniors - Walk at Your Partner School Alma Mater

Seniors, you can wear your cap and gown to the Diocesan Partner School you graduated from on the following dates:


OLS: Friday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m.

St. Margaret's: Monday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m.

OLQH: Monday, May 13, at 2 p.m.

ICCS Panther Procession: Monday, May 13, at 2:15 p.m.

OLQH Graduates Mass May 12 at 11 a.m.

Seniors, also please be aware that Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will honor all high school, college and technical graduates at the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 12. A brief reception with refreshments will follow. Wear your graduation gown - no caps - and meet at 10:40 a.m. under the portico to process in. Please RSVP to the Church Office at 477-1236.

Saints Water Bottles, T-shirts for Sale in the Front Office

Want to surprise your new St. Louis Catholic student with a Saints T-shirt at their 8th grade graduation? We have blue and orange shirts with our new St. Louis Catholic Saints logo available for $15 in the front office.


And last call for Saints water bottles! These orange water bottles with our new school logo are also in the front office for $20, and $10 of each sale directly benefits the Parent Guild.



Athletics & Extracurricular News

Interested in Becoming a Saints Ambassador?

All current sophomores and juniors were emailed the necessary forms and information to apply for the 2019-2020 Saints Ambassadors. 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 200-word essay on why they want to be an Ambassador. Please note - all Ambassadors must maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher.

Art Club Sponsors Booth at Spring Art Walk

St. Louis Catholic's Art Club sponsored a booth at the annual Spring Art Walk Downtown during Easter Break.


Children got to paint “rock friends,” and the result was lots of smiles and laughter from kids of every age! Thanks to the students for their hard work!

Around Saints Athletics

Congratulations to senior Aaliyah Williams, who signed with SUNO women's basketball on Monday. Read more.

Saints, Lady Saints Golfers Have Great Run at State Championships

Congratulations as well to junior McKenzie LeDuff, who won the Division I individual girls golf title this week in Carencro! The Saints boys golf team also took home the state runner-up trophy...read more.

Volleyball Tryouts May 7-9

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. For more information or to ask questions, please contact ethompson@slchs.org.


*Wear athletic clothes and shoes! (Knee pads & volleyball shoes are optional.)*

Student News

Media Arts Classes to Premier SUPERSTAR May 9

St. Louis Catholic’s production of “SUPERSTAR” by the students’ Media Arts classes will be Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central School Auditorium.

Click here to watch the student-produced trailers.

Saints Rack Up At State Rally

Congratulations to the following students who placed in state rally at LSU:


Ethan Hebert - Advanced Math PreCal - 2nd place

Carter Guillory - Civics - 3rd place

Emma Freeman - English I - 4th place

Caroline Obluda - English III - 2nd place

Lily DeRouen - Spanish III - 1st place

Ivan Appleton - Government - 4th place


Open Events:

Elizabeth Achee - French IIII Interpretive Reading - Excellent

Vean Rademeyer - Spanish II Interpretive Reading - Excellent

Kya Duhon - Spanish III Interpretive Reading - Excellent

Juliana Broussard - Spanish IV Interpretive Reading - Excellent

Optimist Club Honors Perkins, Hall at Banquet

The Optimist Club honored St. Louis Catholic senior Lauren Hall (3rd place) and junior Ana-Claire Perkins (2nd place) at their annual banquet on April 22. Congratulations, girls, on writing great essays!

Transitions Program Runs Gently-Used Uniform Store

Did you know that our Transitions students run a gently-used St. Louis Catholic uniform store? We accept all school uniform pieces. The Transitions students look for any stains to spray before washing and drying the uniforms in the Home Ec kitchen. Then we button, zip, fold, sort and sell the uniforms for only $5 or $10 a piece! This project provides practical practice of our life skills, vocational skills, social skills and math skills lessons.


All incoming freshmen in 2019 are required to purchase St. Louis Catholic uniforms from Southern Drifter to comply with our new visual identity (more information in our visual identity packet here). However, we do have skirts and pants that remain the same for incoming freshmen.


Seniors, as you complete your finals and move forward on your journey, please drop off your extra uniforms to our collection box in Mrs. Owen’s room or to the Transitions classroom. All other students, please donate any uniform pieces you have out-grown this year and please consider shopping in our store! We have very friendly workers! Parents, our Uniform Store is open during the summer. Please contact the Office for assistance. Thank you for supporting our learning!

NEW PARENTS/ADMISSIONS

Complete FACTS Registration Payment Now!

If you haven't yet completed the enrollment process, please make efforts now to finish enrolling your student(s) online for the best chance of securing their preferred class schedule next year.


Remember, 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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In the Community

All Saints Golden Gala & Auction Sponsorship Opportunities Available

It’s that time of year! We are so excited about our upcoming 50th anniversary event set for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Please click here to view the table sponsorship opportunities for premier seating. General admission & Premier seating will go on sale next Thursday. Stay tuned for more updates!

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 3

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

Schedule A-B-C-D

Senior Exams A & B

Show Choir End of the Year Show, 5-8 p.m. (Panorama House)


Saturday, May 4

Show Choir at St. Margaret's Festival, 11-11:45 a.m.

State Track at LSU


Sunday, May 5

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Confirmation


Monday, May 6

Schedule E-F-G-H

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

AP Government & Politics Exam at 8 a.m

Admin Team Meeting at 9 a.m.

Baccalaureate Mass, 6 p.m. (St. Margaret's Catholic Church)


Tuesday, May 7

Schedule A-B-C-D

JCL Meeting, 7:20 a.m. (Room #35)

AP Spanish Language Exam at 8 a.m.

Board of Pastors Meeting, 10 a.m.

Diocesan Librarians Meeting, 1:30 p.m.

SLCHS Volleyball Tryouts, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Saint Pius/Saint Joseph/Our Lady of LaSalette (DeRidder) Confirmation


Wednesday, May 8

Schedule E-F-G-H

AP English IV Exam 8 a.m.

Diocesan Counselors Meeting, 9 a.m.

Parent Guild Meeting, noon (Band Room)

SLCHS Volleyball Tryouts, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Academic Study Hall, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Cafeteria)

Saint Martin's Confirmation


Thursday, May 9

Schedule A-B-C-D

AP Spanish Lit Exam 8 a.m.

AP Psychology Exam, noon

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

SLCHS Volleyball Tryouts, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

Media Arts showing of SuperStar, 6:30 p.m. (Central School)

Saint John Bosco Confirmation


Friday, May 10

Schedule E-F-G-H

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

AP Art Submission

AP US History Exam 8 a.m.

Middle School Dance (SLCHS Commons)


Saturday, May 11

Cheer Stunt Clinic, noon to 5:00 p.m. (Krajicek Gym)

OLS 8th Grade Graduation


Saturday, May 12

Mother’s Day