Halo Notes

St. Louis Catholic High School

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Halo Highlight: Attendance Reminders and Friday's Final Free Dress List

Dear Saints Families,


Great job to parents and students on a smooth beginning of the school year! As we begin to monitor and address attendance concerns, here are a few reminders:


  • Students must be present the entire second half of the school day to participate in ANY after-school activity, including games and practice.
  • Excessive (more than 4) tardies will result in an office referral and detention. Please remember the bell rings daily at 7:40 a.m.
  • Please limit items being dropped off in the office. Lunches and practice clothes should be packed in the morning. We understand when there are emergencies, but please do your best to refrain from this.
  • We are super excited to continue the Q1 Dress Code Challenge. Each C period class does a quick dress check, and if all students have the correct uniform head to toe, they earn a point. We will see how many of our classes earn a free dress day in the upcoming weeks. Keep up the great work, Saints!
  • It's not too late to purchase your at-home copy of The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity and follow along with our entire campus. We will send out the discussion and reflection questions that all students and staff will use. We hope this will give families the opportunity to build rich and meaningful conversations. Send $5 to the office for your copy.


Speaking of free dress days, tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 6) is a free dress day for the 170 students listed here. We are so grateful for your support helping us "stock the bar" for the Golden Gala & Auction. Free dress still means neat and modest dress! (Pajamas and slippers are NOT allowed). The administration reserves the right to send a student home to change if they do not meet school standards regarding dress and grooming.

Academic Updates

College Visit Update

College Visits Scheduled:

LSU/BR: September 19th

Tulane: September 23rd

Notre Dame: September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria (no sign-up required)

Northwestern State University: September 24th

McNeese: October 8th

UL/Monroe: October 10th


Students must register in advance to attend and can come by the Counseling Office to sign up. Official passes will be delivered to registered students the morning of the presentation and must be presented for admission. The presentation is expected to last about 30 minutes, and students are responsible for missed work.

Grading Scale and ASPIRE Scores

The grading scale has not changed, but in order to comply with Diocesan policy, we will no longer be awarding +/- on the scale. Additionally, the quality points system has been tweaked to more closely align with the state’s designated TOPS quality points as well as most colleges' expected scales. This will not impact past grades, GPAs or rank for any of our 10-12th graders. This is going to be very beneficial for our students as they prepare to apply for college. Please refer to the 2019-2020 Course Planning Guide on page 9 for details.

Aspire Achievement Scores are being sent home with the 10th & 11th graders who were at SLCHS last year. The scores will be sent home Thursday or Friday depending on class schedules. Please ask your student to give you this important document.

AP FACTS Payment Instructions

Dear AP Parents and Students,

If you have a FACTS account, please follow these instructions to submit your AP payment by Sept. 27, 2019.


1. Log into FACTS.

2. Under “Payment Plan and Billing,” you will see a total balance, payment plan and incidental expenses.

Note: AP fees are listed under incidental expenses.

3. Select “Make a Payment.”

Note: At this time, you cannot auto draft for incidental expenses; you can enroll in auto draft, but that option cannot be applied until next year’s AP payment.

4. Click “Other Amount.”

5. Under “Other Payment Options,” check the Sept. 27 Incidental Expenses box; the amount should populate for you.

6. Follow the remainder prompts to submit/confirm your payment.


Thanks so much for your patience as we are learning a new FACTS feature!

Announcements

Senior Portraits

Reminder that Sept. 25 is the deadline for Cap & Gown pictures with Puckett’s Photography!

Freshmen: Participate in Truth, Facts & Lies

Freshman students are encouraged to participate in the educational program Truth, Facts & Lies. The consent form found here must be signed by a parent and returned to the office by Friday, September 13th.

Student News

Spanish II Classes Complete FlipHunt

Señora Clark and Señora Fournet's Spanish II classes went on a scavenger hunt around the Commons, reading classmates' autobiographies to discover answers to questions about them. The teams then had to record videos about themselves in Spanish on FlipGrid by answering posed questions in order to earn points.


It was a fun way to demonstrate how to present about ourselves and talk about our likes, dislikes, favorite hobbies and our families. The teams with the most points won!

Tech Talk with Melanie LeJeune

Help Desk Tips, Lunch n' Learn Series & More

Library Media Specialist Melanie LeJeune has provided some very helpful links for both students and parents...please read below:


For All Parents:

For Students:

  • Want to save money when printing? Check out our 1st Help Desk Tip on the best way to print from OneNote created by one of our Help Desk students.
  • Lunch 'n' Learn for students in the Library this Monday, Sept. 9! Stop by, eat lunch and ask Mrs. LeJeune questions or share any tech issues or concerns.

Golden Gala & Auction Update

Our signature event is just 15 days away! Have you bought your tickets yet? Click here to join us for an incredible evening at Calcasieu Marine Bank! Remember, all proceeds benefit ALL students at St. Louis Catholic High School. Tickets are nearly sold out, so get yours while they last!


You won't want to miss the Gala! The St. Louis Catholic Show Choir will perform during the VIP cocktail hour, and tables are going fast! Also, a performance by the Flamethrowers will conclude the evening. Tune in to the FOX29 Morning Show next Thursday, Sept. 12, shortly after 8 a.m. for a live event preview and exclusive unveiling of our St. Louis Hall of Fame inductee! #staygolden

New this Year! 200 Golden Mystery Boxes Will Be Sold

Everyone's a winner in our Golden Mystery Box drawing at the 2019 Golden Gala & Auction! For only $100, you will take a chance on a trip to enjoy a week of white sands and emerald waters in Destin, Florida. 7 nights in a condo that sleeps 10 with Master K, Second Master 2 Q’s, 3 bedroom K and 4th bedroom K. Available after Labor Day 2019 and before Memorial Day 2020. No summer weeks or holidays. Mutually agreed upon date. Watch the video from Gala Chair Carrie Collins to learn more!

Mystery Boxes

Great Tuition Giveaway Tickets Available

The annual GREAT TUITION GIVEAWAY will be a premier drawing once again at the Golden Gala & Auction, and tickets are available for purchase now! This is a limited offer - we will sell only 100 tickets, which increases your chance to win! For only $200 you'll have a chance to win one year of tuition & registration fees at St. Louis Catholic High School (redeemable up to three years) valued at more than $8,000. Click here to get your tickets now for the Great Tuition Giveaway!


**Tuition prize may not be redeemed for cash and does not grant entry into the school. Need not be present to win. May be applied to the 2019-2020 school year.**

Future Saints

Save the Dates

Please mark your calendars and join us at St. Louis Catholic for the following events:


Athletic Open House - October 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.: Bring your future Saint to meet our coaches & tour our sports facilities. Open to Middle School students.


Saint for a Day - Nov. 12 (morning & afternoon sessions): 8th Graders from our Partner Schools are invited to spend some time at St. Louis Catholic & experience the Saint life with our student ambassadors!


St. Louis Catholic Open House - Nov. 20 from 5:30-8 p.m.: All Middle School students and their parents are invited to tour St. Louis Catholic. Visit classrooms, meet our faculty, and learn about everything our school has to offer in an exciting night of information and exploration!


Priority Application Opens - Nov. 21: Apply early for the 2020-2021 school year & be entered for a chance to have your $500 Registration Fee waived! It's a great time to be a SAINT!

Around Saints Athletics

Football Season Starts Tomorrow!

Saints football opens the 2019 season Friday at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium! We hope to see you there!


Don't forget - Century Club cards are on sale in the front office. Click here to access the Century Club form. Century Club members gain admission to all Saints home athletic events (excluding jamborees, playoffs and tournament games).

Softball Meeting Sept. 11 at Lunch for All Interested Players

If your student is interested in playing softball this upcoming season, please remind them to attend an informational meeting during lunch (11:45 a.m.) Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 15!

Homecoming 2019 Information

Applications for the 2019 Homecoming Parade (Wednesday, Oct. 2) are now available to alumni, partner schools, and anyone who loves St. Louis Catholic! All you have to do to reserve your spot in our 50th anniversary parade lineup is submit this Google Form. If you have any questions, please contact Dee Butts. For a list of parade do's and don't's, please click here!


We're also thrilled to be holding an Alumni Mass to conclude Homecoming Week Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME!) Fr. Long will celebrate Mass on campus, and then we will serve a light lunch and hold school tours for alumni of St. Louis Catholic, St. Charles Academy, Landry Memorial and Sacred Heart. All are welcome!

Faculty News

New Teacher Spotlight - Adison Giambrone

We are very excited to spotlight the faculty members who joined the faculty at St. Louis Catholic this school year! Miss Giambrone joined the team this summer as head softball coach and environmental science teacher.


1. Hometown? Richmond, Texas

2. How many years teaching? Both my parents were educators, so I've grown up in a classroom. I graduated from McNeese in 2018 w/ an MBA, and I previously worked at Tee Doan-Robichaux State Farm as an insurance account specialist. I've been coaching sports for six years and playing different sports since I was 4.

3. Favorite quote? "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

4. Favorite food? Tacos

5. What will we most likely find you doing on a weekend? I'm always around town! I might be working out, at the mall, at a local sporting event, or coaching! I try to get around town as much as possible on the weekends.

6. Where do you hope to make an impact at St. Louis Catholic? I am most looking forward to getting to know my students and athletes and pray that I can impact their lives by being a positive light.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 6

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

Lady Saints Volleyball at Westlake Tournament

Saints Football vs Crowley, 7 p.m. (Cougar Stadium)

Diocesan Middle School Retreat (SLCHS Main Facility)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat (SLCHS Gym Facility)


Saturday, Sept. 7

Diocesan Middle School Retreat (SLCHS Main Facility)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat (SLCHS Gym Facility)

Lady Saints Volleyball at Westlake Tournament


Sunday, Sept. 8

Diocesan Middle School Retreat (SLCHS Main Facility)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat (SLCHS Gym Facility)


Monday, Sept. 9

Schedule: A-B-E-F-H

Freshman & JV Football vs. Barbe (SLCHS Field)

Lady Saints Volleyball at Rayne


Tuesday, Sept. 10

Schedule: B-C-D-F-G

Helping Hands Meeting, 7:20 a.m. (Library)

Concert Choir at Jubilarian Mass, 8:15 a.m. to noon (St. Henry's Catholic Church)

Student Council Meeting at lunch (Krajicek Gym)

Lady Saints Volleyball at Ascension Episcopal

Saints Baseball Parent Meeting, 6 p.m. (SLCHS Baseball Complex)


Wednesday, Sept. 11

Schedule: A-Mass-D-E-H

Student Avenger Meeting at lunch (Library)

Parent Guild Meeting, Noon (SLCHS Library)

Saints Cross Country at the MSU 2-Miler


Thursday, Sept. 12

Schedule: B-C-E-F-G

FBLA Meeting, 7:15 a.m. (Room #40)

NHS Meeting at lunch (Library)

SLCHS Foundation Meeting, Noon (Pioneer Club)

Progress Reports, 2:30 p.m.

Costa Rica 2021 Informational Meeting, 6 p.m. (Room #32)

Contact Information

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