Cougar News

September 26

Cougar Events at a Glance

September 24-28 - Iowa Basic Skills testing continues

September 27 - Spirit Shirt Day - Students may wear their Spirit Shirts with their uniform pants/skorts

September 27 - Junior High Football Game against Moody - 5:00 p.m. - Reicher Stadium - #wearitbluethursday

September 28 - 2nd Grade Mass - Students must be in their full Mass uniforms and at St. Louis Church by 7:50 a.m.

September 29 - EIM Workshop (Spanish) - 10:00 a.m. - St. Louis School

October 1 - Deadline to complete School Survey

October 1 - 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Games - 5:00 p.m. St. Louis Gym - St. Louis vs. Vanguard

October 2 - 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Games - 5:00 p.m. - St. Louis Gym - St. Louis vs. Live Oak

October 3 - 8:00 a.m. - Coffee Social - Library

October 5 - Noon Dismissal - All students must be picked up at 12:00 noon - there is no afterschool care on this date.

October 8 - Diocesan Teacher In-Service - No school for the students - teachers will be in Austin


For more upcoming events, see the calendar on our website.

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Cougar Coffee Social

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 8-9am

2208 North 23rd Street

Waco, TX

Come have a cup of coffee with the school's administration and learn all about the exciting things happening at our beloved school.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Meet Diana Castaldi - Our New Kindergarten Teacher

Diana comes to us all the way from Southern California where she was raised and started her career as a professional educator. Diana spent six years with the Diocese of San Diego and had the pleasure of teaching at St. John the Evangelist School in Encinitas, California and St. Katharine Drexel Academy (formally Blessed Sacrament Parish School) in San Diego before she and all of her extended family decided to make Central Texas their home in 2017. Before becoming a teacher, Diana attended The University of Redlands in Redlands, California where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology before continuing to Chapman University for her Master of Arts Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. During Diana’s time with the Diocese of San Diego she was fortunate enough to participate in many educational pilot studies on differentiated instruction and curriculum design. Diana hopes to bring all of her experience to her students at St. Louis to help them grow and learn. In her free time, Diana enjoys exploring Waco with her family and her two year old Golden Retriever, Silvio. Welcome Daina and Silvio to our family.

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Computer Class Updates

We are excited to have Matt Clafferty join our faculty as the new art and computer teacher. We asked Matt what his plans are for his computer classes:


"Along with basic typing and mouse interface skills, we will be working on a variety of computer skills that will give students a foundation of computer understanding, this year. Block based coding is a great way for students to learn while having fun. It teaches them the basics of programming in a graphical interface that feels a lot like puzzle solving and will lead into more complex programming languages as they progress. In addition to coding we will be working on skills like word processing, art / graphic design, as well as general knowledge of computers and how they work."


We look forward to seeing all the great things that Matt has planned for our students.

New Chromebooks

New chromebooks were purchased over the summer. We now have a 1:1 chromebook environment for our 6th through 8th grade students. Each of our students in these grades now has access to a world of infinite resources. The purchase of new chromebooks was made possible by money raised from our BBQ & Brew.
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Junior High Football Game against Moody

Calling all Cougars! Come out tomorrow (Thursday, September 27) to cheer on our junior high football team as they take on the Moody Blue Devils. Game starts at 5:00 p.m. at Reicher Stadium.

School Survey Deadline is October 1

Don't forget to complete the school survey that is located here.


We are always striving to serve you with our mission statement as the foundation of all that we do. This survey is designed to generate feedback that will help us best minister to your family and meet the needs of your precious children.

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St. Louis vs. Vanguard - October 1

Let's fill the stands on October 1 with Cougar fans to cheer on our 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball teams to victory. This is a big game and each of our teams is undefeated. The students who attend BOTH GAMES will be rewarded with a "Homework Pass" that can be used between now and the end of the 2nd quarter to "pass on" completing any homework assignment (cannot be used for a test or assigned projects). The passes will be distributed at the gate that evening. Parents who attend BOTH GAMES will receive two (2) volunteer credits. Let's show our Cougar Spirit on October 1. Go Cougars!

New St. Louis and Reicher Mentoring Program

St. Louis and Reicher have created a new mentoring program that pairs sixth graders with freshmen. This program will allow the sixth graders and freshmen to interact at school several times during the year in order to form relationships tailored to the interests of the sixth graders. These sixth graders will follow their buddies through Junior High when the buddies are sophomores and juniors. Then they will enter Reicher as freshmen knowing that they have senior "buddies" looking out for them at school, alleviating much of the anxiety of starting high school.


In this first step of the mentoring program, the sixth grade class, along with their teachers, Mrs. Keahey and Mrs. Kohls as well as Mrs. Chollett and Mrs. Zucha, will have a catered lunch with the freshmen and their class sponsor, Mrs. Clapp, in St. Joseph's hall on Wednesday, October 3 and be introduced to the program by David Hurtado.


Future plans include having the freshmen come to St. Louis School to participate in activities with the sixth graders during their study hall and their enrichment classes during the year, as well as to have the students interact during their special interest activities such as sports, robotics, music, etc.


Go Cougars!

Save the Date for our Fall Festival

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St. Louis and Reicher are Partnering Up!

St. Louis Catholic School and Reicher Catholic High School are partnering up to help make Sacred Heart's Fall Festival - Dia del Charro - a wonderful success. We are hosting a food booth where we will be selling hot dogs, sausage wraps, chips, and drinks, and we would love for you to be a be a part of this day by volunteering. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on VolunteerSpot.

Do You Have Photos You Would Like to Share with Us?

Here's an easy way to share your photos of St. Louis events (i.e. intramural game, Jazz Cat practice, band practice) with Mrs. Chollett. Simply drop them in our Schools Photo Dropbox. Mrs. Chollett is the only person who will have access to this drop box. Any photos put in this Dropbox will be shared on our website and social media accounts. We would love to get and share pictures of the various intramural games.

Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) Training

If you plan to volunteer for the school in any of these capacities (room parent, classroom parties, lunch visits, coach intramurals, chaperone dances, etc.), you must be EIM certified. To become EIM certified, you submit an EIM Application for Ministry (one time only) and attend an EIM Workshop every three years.


Please go to our website for detailed information about how to submit an application and to register for a workshop.


We have three upcoming workshops that will be hosted at the school:


Saturday, September 29 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Saturday, October 13 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (English)

Saturday, October 20 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Stay Connected

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