Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

September 27, 2018


Dear Saints Parents,

We use the word "success" often - especially with our children. We speak of it as a unit of measurement, especially in financial terms. But what does success look like for your children at St. Louis Catholic High School? Hopefully the answer is as unique as the 585 students we serve.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I challenge all St. Louis Catholic families to find the joy and success within your own families, whether that's encouraging a new sport or club, having the courage to take a challenging class (even if it may mean earning a lower grade), or taking a stand against injustice.

So, instead of contributing to an anxiety-filled generation of students who refuse to settle for less than perfection, I challenge us to embrace the real definition of success: not lowering expectations or standards, but teaching our students perseverance and fostering their unique talents. Knowing that God created us in HIS image, we strive to serve him successfully and become all He created us to be. For more ways to help keep life in perspective, please click here.

God Bless,

Mia Orgeron

Assistant Principal

Homecoming Week is Oct. 1-5

Please see the Upcoming Events section for detailed themes and events on each day of Homecoming Week.

Our Homecoming Parade is Wednesday 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.

Saints Alumni: At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, we will honor all alumni during our weekly Mass in the St. Louis Catholic Commons, along with the 2018 Homecoming Court. We welcome your attendance!

St. Louis Catholic alumni and their families are invited to a Homecoming Tailgate at Cougar Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5, starting at 4 p.m. The Saints then take on Iowa at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets to the game at the school or at the gate.

Counseling Team Updates: Service Plans and Scholarship Opportunities

Seniors and senior parents: Check out the list of available college scholarships in the Resources section of our counseling webpage. We will update this list regularly.

St. Louis Catholic's counselors are also wrapping up senior meetings to discuss college plans and the application process. Please click here to register for one of next week's Help Desk Workshops. Students are also welcome to come to the counseling office during break, lunches or off periods to meet or get application support.

Counselors will meet with parents and teachers to review student Service Plans in the first three weeks of October. Letters about meeting dates were mailed home this past Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Saints Coffee Talks Set for Oct. 12 and Oct. 17

We invite all parents to take part in our new series: Saints Coffee Talks. This is your opportunity to have your voice heard and for school administration to seek your input on the current state and future of our school. Save the Dates!

Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. (after Mass) and 5 p.m.

Senior Parents: Attend a Planning Meeting Oct. 9

Our first senior year planning meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. We will discuss the Graduation Lock-in, Beach Bash, Father-Son Crawfish Boil and Mother-Daughter Tea. The meeting will not last long but will contain TONS of important information concerning events, cost and deadlines. The crucial first step is to confirm contact information for all senior parents. If you can’t make the meeting please email Carrie Collins at carrie@collinsorthopaedics.com with all of your contact information.

Praying Saints

Praying Saints of St. Louis Catholic, a Parent Guild program, invites parents to attend a short prayer service this Monday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m. in the Chapel on campus. We will be praying for our students as they begin Homecoming Week activities.

New Soccer Player Parent Meeting

If your child is interested in playing soccer at St. Louis Catholic this season, there is a new parent orientation on Monday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Athletic Building Classroom.

Faculty Spotlight: Athletic Director Pat Neck

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.

Saints Athletic Director Pat Neck was just named to the McNeese State Cowboys' All-75th Anniversary Team, which will be honored at their Oct. 6 game. As McNeese's punter from 1990-93, Neck holds the team record of 293 punts - second all-time in Southland Conference history. His 40.8 career yards per punt average is third in school history.

"My best memories all revolve around my teammates," said Neck, who also earned a spot on the Southland Conference 1990s All-Decade Team. "It was like having 100 brothers, and the camaraderie we had is what I miss most about those days. As for football, winning two conference championships and a couple of playoff games stand out. We had a lot of close games and comeback victories that led to the 'Cardiac Cowboys' name."

Neck hopes he can bring the same values of loyalty and teamwork he learned at McNeese to St. Louis Catholic athletics.

"One of my goals is for our athletic department to run as a team," he said.

Congratulations to Saints Cross Country!

St. Louis Catholic placed second in the boys team portion of the Menard Open cross country meet Wednesday in Alexandria. Ivan Appleton finished second individually in the 3-mile run with a time of 16:10.73. Go Saints!

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

  • Please help your student remember to check for Windows updates at home. They received video instructions through email. Subscribe to Mrs. LeJeune’s Parent YouTube Channel to see that video and others.

  • Students can subscribe to the Student Channel.

  • Ask your student about Office Lens. We sent an email about this FREE app describing how it can help them turn paper notes into digital notes. It’s like having a scanner on your phone. You may want to download it as well. Click HERE for instructions on how to use the app.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 28:

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

Football at LCCP, 7 p.m. (Cougar Stadium)

Saturday, Sept. 29:

Cross Country at McNeese

Monday, Oct. 1:

Homecoming Week Theme - Mismatched Monday. TCBY will be on campus at both lunches.

Tulane University on campus, 7:15-7:45 a.m. (Commons)

Praying Saints prayer service, 8 a.m. (Chapel)

McNeese State University on campus at both lunches (Commons)

CPSB College & Career Night, 6-8 p.m. (McNeese Rec Center)

Freshman & JV Football at Iowa

Tuesday, Oct. 2:

Homecoming Week Theme - Meme/Vine Day. Que Pasa Truck will be on campus at both lunches.

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

Saints Minds Matter Meeting 7:20 a.m. (Room #37)

Volleyball at Sam Houston

College Application Help Desk, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Counselors' Office) *Registration Required*

Wednesday, Oct. 3:

Homecoming Week Events - Parade, 5:30 p.m., followed by Pep Rally in Krajicek Gym, 6:15 p.m.

Kona Ice Truck will be on campus at both lunches.

Cross Country at Iowa

Thursday, Oct. 4:

Homecoming Week Theme - Paint Color Day (Seniors-Blue, Juniors-Yellow, Sophomores-Red, Freshmen-Green). Mr. Gatti’s Pizza Truck will be on campus at both lunches.

ULM on campus at both lunches (Commons)

Homecoming Paint War, 5 p.m. (SLCHS Practice Field)

College Application Help Desk, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Counselors' Office) *Registration Required*

Volleyball vs. Westlake (Krajicek Gym)

Friday, Oct. 5:

Homecoming Week Theme- Homecoming T-Shirt Day. Pops & Rockets will be on campus at both lunches.

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

SMU on campus at both lunches (Commons)

St. Louis Catholic Alumni Tailgate, 4-7 p.m. (Cougar Stadium)

Football vs. Iowa, 7 p.m. (Cougar Stadium)

Saturday, Oct. 6:

Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m. (St. Louis Catholic Cafeteria)