Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School | Thurs., Jan. 20, 2022

A Letter from our Rector, Father Nathan Long: Concerning King Cakes, Curiosity, and Seeking

Carnival season is here, and we are all hopefully enjoying a little king cake before Ash Wednesday arrives. This local tradition is rooted in the Catholic liturgical seasons, beginning with Epiphany. As many of us know, Epiphany is the celebration of the seeking and finding of the Christ child (the baby) by the magi (the kings). What we may not know is how immediately and directly this is connected to the searching in the minds and hearts of our young people.


As the Gospel story relates, the magi begin their search upon seeing the star. They are by nature curious stargazers and people of culture and study. The search begins in wonder and curiosity. Following the evidence sincerely leads them to Jerusalem – in close proximity to Christ, but not there yet. While in Jerusalem, they are directed to open the Scriptures to a passage in Micah. This prophecy indicates that their anointed one is to be found in Bethlehem. Their curiosity, coupled with Divine Revelation, has led them to the “coordinates” of their heart’s desire. When they finally arrive, they make an offering and an act of worship – a sign that they have been changed by their encounter with the physical Body of Christ.


I offer this little treatment as a reminder that whoever is seeking will find (Matthew 7:7). This is God’s promise to us. For our part, we must sincerely seek. We should also not be terribly troubled when our teenagers ask tough questions about faith. Instead, we can encourage them to find the answers that truly satisfy – on the level of reason and science, but also from the Scriptures and from the heart of the Church.

Virtual Learning-Friday, Jan. 21

Considering tomorrow’s unfavorable weather conditions, driving distances for some of our Saints, and current campus limitations, St. Louis Catholic High School will hold classes remotely on Friday, January 21. For nearly ten years, SLCHS has been a 1:1 learning environment and with the ability to move seamlessly to virtual lessons through MS TEAMS, our students will use the schedule listed to attend class. Attendance will be taken through live class meetings and questions can be answered by your Saints teacher or an administrator.

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Keeping our Saints safe with modern equipment

With the addition of the School Resource Officer, along with the education on the dangers of vaping, we have noticed a dramatic decrease in the number of vaping incidences at school. However, one infraction is too many and we continue to find ways to improve student life.


One new deterrent method has been shown to be highly effective - the use of a handheld metal detector wand. This wand will be used as needed to detect any contraband on students. As stated in the student handbook, “when there is ‘probable cause’ to believe that stolen items, illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other items specifically prohibited by law or school regulations are in lockers, desks, on the person, in cars, these may be searched.” If discovered, students that are in possession of vaping devices will be issued disciplinary action. Please refer to the student handbook for more information.

SAVE THE DATE

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January Lunch Orders

Click here to fill out the form for January lunch orders.

~ACADEMICS~

Pre-ACT & ACT: March 9

ACT & Pre-ACT testing will take place on Wednesday, March 9. All freshmen and sophomores will take the Pre-ACT. Juniors will take the computer-based ACT at a reduced cost to families.


Junior Parents - Please be on the look out for more information in a detailed email next week. We are also excited to offer a free ACT prep class to our current Juniors so that they are prepared for the exam. Click here to sign up, and this information will also be included in the email next week.

Study Hall & Office Hours

Study hall is offered on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00. All students are invited to attend and should bring their homework and study materials. Teachers and NHS students are available to tutor and assist with assignments.


Teachers also offer office hours. Please have your student reach out to their teachers if needed to schedule appointments for extra help.

Grade Calculator

The math department reviewed a grade calculator with students so they can make goals for the second semester. Click here to download the spreadsheet. If a student fails the 4th quarter and the Final exam, they fail for the year regardless of the course average. Click here to review the grading scale. If your student has any questions or concerns, please have them see or email their teacher or counselor as soon as possible.

STAR Testing

Freshmen and sophomores took the STAR English and Math tests over the past two weeks. Students reviewed previous scores and made goals for their winter benchmark testing. Teachers use this data to plan instruction and remediate or accelerate students based on their current needs. Score reports will be sent home in the coming weeks.

2022 - 2023 Scheduling

The counseling team will host parent meetings in the Pavillion to review course selections and other pertinent information for the upcoming school year.


  • Class of 2023 - Monday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Class of 2024 - Wednesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Class of 2025 - Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Class of 2026 - Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.

~FAITH LIFE~

Campus Ministry Corner

Here at St. Louis Catholic, we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from so many inspiring speakers.


Last week, we had the wonderful opportunity to hear from Fr. Jeff (out of Baton Rouge) and Fr. Chuck (a retired priest out of Nebraska) about their work with victims of human trafficking. In 2018, Fr. Jeff Bayhi founded Metanoia Manor, a refuge for young women who are victims of trafficking. Since opening, they have helped over 80 women and continue to raise awareness across the state and country. To do our part to help out, we had a spirit dress day for $1 on Friday and raised about $400 to donate to Metanoia Manor.


Next week, we will have the privilege of welcoming a familiar face back to campus. Mrs. Katie Prejean McGrady will be sharing her knowledge with us. We are very excited to hear all about her faith journey!


And in two weeks, Hard as Nails and Justin Fatica will be back on campus for another dynamite presentation!

Hard as Nails Returning

We are so excited to have Hard as Nails Ministries and Justin Fatica return to St. Louis during Catholic Schools Week on February 2. A lot has happened since the last time they were here with us in 2020. Justin & his team are pumped to share the day with our Saints.


In preparation for their arrival, we are looking for a few families and business owners to help out with the event whether it be monetarily or by providing meals or housing for the missionaries.


If you would like to help out in any way, please reach out to Bit Thompson, Campus Minister.

~STUDENT LIFE~

Choir Making it's Mark!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEELY KHAN...

for being selected for participation and representing St. Louis Catholic High School at the

ALL-AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL HONORS CHOIR

to perform at CARNEGIE HALL in NEW YOUR CITY Feb. 3-7.


CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMES THOMPSON...

for being selected for participation and representing St. Louis Cathoic High School at the

LMEA ALL=STATE CHOIR

to perform in Baton Rouge Feb. 13-15.


CONGRATULATIONS TO

CODY LYONS, CONNOR LYONS, KAREN NAQUIN, MAGGIE NICKEL, JAMILYN ORO, STUART RIVIERE, COLIN TANNER, JAMES THOMPSON, MILLIE THOMPSON, and ADRIENNE WARD

for being selected for participation and representing St. Louis Catholic High School at the

VMTO ALL-DISTRICT HONOR CHOIR

to perform on the MSU Campus Feb. 4-5.

House System Happenings

Every month each House competes to see who will "hit" the leaderboard! This semester, it's St. Elmo on top! Keep it up Saints! Currently the houses are competing physically in a dodgeball tournament.

Around Athletics

Girls Basketball

Girls basketball improved to 3-0 in District 4-3A play with a 68-57 win over South Beauregard. Junior Paris Guillory scored 25 points to lead the team, while senior Myca Trail added 14 and junior Ragan Kee had 10. Friday’s scheduled game at Westlake has been cancelled, and the team will improve to 4-0 in league play thanks to the Rams’ forfeit. Up next will be a home contest against Iowa Tuesday night in McNeese’s Legacy Center.

Boys Basketball

The Saints opened district play Tuesday night with a 68-31 defeat of South Beauregard. Senior Bryson Hardy scored 23 points to lead the team, senior J.D. Soileau chipped in 15 and junior Drew Morgan added 12. The Saints will travel to Westlake Friday for their first road league contest.

Boys Soccer

Boys soccer got a hat trick from junior Jackson Avery and a pair of goals from Adam Foreman as they cruised to a 8-0 mercy rule victory over Washington-Marion Wednesday night. The Saints will host Erath in a league contest on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Girls soccer coasted to a 8-0 win over Washington-Marion Tuesday behind two goals each from freshmen Emma Roach and Edie Stickell. The team will host Erath in a district game Saturday at noon.

Wrestling

Junior Graham Montet and sophomore Hank Hebert won their weight classes in last weekends Rayne Invitational. Sophomore Beau McMichael placed second and senior Daniel Thomas was fourth. Junior Luke Caballero placed fifth in the Louisiana Classics tournament in Gonzales. The Saints return to the mat Friday and Saturday for the Ken Cole Invitational at Comeaux High School in Lafayette.

Indoor Track & Field

The Lady Saints’ 4 x 400 meter relay team of senior Shelby Willis, junior Kenzie Touchet and freshmen Hannah Boullion and Elizabeth Buttross took the silver medal in the prestigious Carl Lewis Invitational at the University of Houston last weekend. The boys and girls teams will both be in action Saturday at LSU.

Powerlifting
The Saints opened their seasons with several strong showings at last Saturday’s inaugural Sam Houston Invitational meet. Junior Luke Churchman led the team by winning his weight class in the event

Junior Prom Dues

The prom tradition at Saint Louis Catholic High School is for the junior class to gift the senior class with paying for prom. As juniors, the dues you pay cover the price for the location, decorations, and music. This also means that you will pay nothing your senior year.

Dues are $50 and need to be turned into the office by February 4.

Prom 2022

Click here for everything you need to know about Prom 2022!

Christmas Break Reading Challenge Results

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Community Coffee Labels for Books

Each year, the library participates in the Community Cash For Schools® program by collecting Proofs of Purchase from Community® products. Each January, we submit the product Proofs of Purchase to Community Coffee in order to get cash for more library books. If you drink Community Coffee, please save the proofs of purchase for us. You can turn them into the office at any time during the year. Coffee & Books! What a great combination!

~LAGNIAPPE~

Juniors Getting Confirmed in the Catholic Faith

For all juniors needing to make a retreat for before their confirmation, there will be a Diocesan retreate on March 18-20 at Camp Karol. Please click here for the application.

Catholic Daughters of America Scholarship

The Louisiana State CDA Court will award a $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will be entering an accredited college or university. Two recipients in the state will be chosen. These are your instructions for completing the application process, all necessary forms, and a copy of the application which may be duplicated for distribution in your local area. * Decide on a deadline for all applications to be turned in to the local scholarship chair. A good date to decide on would be one month prior to the state deadline. This gives each Court enough time to accomplish all that needs to be done before mailing applications to the State Chairperson. Please click here for the application.

Covid Corner

Covid Reporting

10 positive cases reported this week in the Saints Community.


Please use the link on our website to report any Covid related illnesses or email, Teresa Ernst, Covid Coordinator, with any questions.

Planned Giving & Endowed Scholarships

Planned giving, or gift planning, is a form of long-term charitable giving that allows individual donors to make larger gifts over a period of time. Planned giving may come in the form of fixed donations over several years or asset donations as part of a last will and testament, among other strategies. As with any gift to the St. Louis Catholic Foundation, a planned gift, once it is received, becomes part of the Foundation’s investments and benefits the school in perpetuity.


Endowed scholarships are sponsored through a one-time donation, with tuition for recipients derived from the interest on the initial sum in subsequent years in accordance with the Foundation’s reinvestment strategy. Donors may name the scholarship or remain anonymous and may outline the criteria for recipients, as long as it is consistent with our Catholic principles. Criteria may, for example, include academic accomplishments or financial need.


If you are interested or have further questions, please reach out to Ashley Ivey-Atkins.

Patron Saint - Pillar Partners