The Saints Scoop

October Edition

Curriculum Corner

“Life is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s quote also applies to the journey of a high school student. Use the timeline to help the journey be a pleasant one. Above all, pray that God may use our lives for His glory.

9th grade –

  • · Create four-year plan, focusing on understanding interests and possible career choices
  • · Get involved with extra-curricular activities.
  • · Take advantage of summer opportunities to volunteer, work or study
  • · Start a running list of participation of events, honors, and community service hours

10th grade –

  • · Begin planning to take standardized test
  • · Focus on academics. Use this buffer year to solidify study habits and time management
  • · Take a more active role in extra-curricular activities. Think about a leadership role
  • · Make a wish list of colleges

11th grade-

  • · Create a strategy for taking standardized tests (when, where, preparation courses)
  • · Organize college list with specific requirements
  • · Gather financial aid and scholarship opportunity information

12th grade –

  • · Know deadlines
  • · Ask for Letters of Recommendation early
  • · Submit college application(s)
  • · Enjoy the journey (and kiss your parents, a lot. They’ll miss you!)

Mia Orgeron

Assistant Principal

Spotlight on English

Patricia Barrow

Grade: Freshmen and Juniors

Hometown: Lake Charles, LA

Years Teaching: 3

Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Favorite Book: In my adult life, I have mostly enjoyed the personal growth I have experienced while studying the Bible in Bible studies written by authors like Beth Moore or Joyce Meyer. I love teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, because Harper Lee gives such an an important life message through the character Atticus Finch, a message I get to share with students - “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Favorite Dessert: Turtle cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, and strawberry cake with cream cheese icing

What do you like the best about teaching at SLC? I love having the opportunity each day to talk about my faith in God, as He is the true foundation for continued hope among all life challenges. I work to instill that endless hope in my students, so they will pursue their dreams. I love the sense of positive community St. Louis exemplifies, as each person strives to impart his/her individual strengths to help students grow, fostering their talents and strengths for success in the future.

Claudia Brunot

Grade: Sophomores & Juniors

Hometown: Sulphur, LA

Years Teaching: 26

Favorite Quote: paraphrased - Those who don’t read have no advantage over those who can’t!

Favorite Book: whatever I last read and what I’ll read next. (but my students do know how much I love A Tale of Two Cities)

Favorite Dessert: cheesecake - plain

What do you like the best about teaching at SLC?

I appreciate working with a group of colleagues who are caring and committed to our cause, with students who strive daily to reach their success, and with the support of parents who play such a vital role in our community of faith and formation. It is a privilege to be able to share my love of language and literature with students for consecutive grades and truly see them grow.

Barbara DuPont St. Charles Academy c/o 1968

Grade: Seniors

Hometown: Born in Natchez, MS, raised in Lake Charles, LA

Years Teaching: 23

Favorite Quote: “All things work together for the greater glory of God.”

Favorite Book: Is it really possible to choose?

Favorite Dessert: ice cream

What do you like the best about teaching at SLC?

I enjoy seeing students grow into their strengths, especially as they discern their careers. It is endearing to teach entire families, some of whom went to school with my own kids, to know their parents, and to see them in the community after they graduate. Teaching English allows me to see their thoughts and responses to the world around them as it is expressed in literature and in their lives.

Holley Fontenot

Grade: Freshmen & Seniors

Hometown: Lake Charles, LA

Years Teaching: 10

Favorite Quote: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it” -- Flannery ‘Connor

Favorite Book: Still Life With Woodpecker -- Tom Robbins

Favorite Dessert: Choc Blobster ice cream from Pops & Rockets

What do you like the best about teaching at SLC?

I love that each and every day I have the opportunity to wake up and talk about books with my students! Fostering passion and growth in this community is one of my favorite ways to honor and praise God.

Tiffany Metoyer

Grade: Sophomores

Hometown: Lake Charles

Years Teaching: 8

Favorite Quote: "It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it." Leo Tolstoy

Favorite Book: Any good historical fiction book

Favorite Dessert: anything from the Bekery

What do you like the best about teaching at SLC?

I knew when I decided to become a teacher that St. Louis was the only place that I wanted to be. I had an amazing experience here as a student, and I wanted to be a part of that unique St. Louis experience for future generations. Teaching here is like coming home, because we are a family. I am lucky enough to teacher with teachers that taught me in high school and students that I went to high school with.

Mary Villaume

Grade: Juniors

Hometown: mostly Lake Charles

Years Teaching: 11 years

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

Favorite Book: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Favorite Dessert: wedding cake (bride’s cake, no fruit filling)

What do you like the best about teaching at SLC? I like the feeling of community at the school and the fact that we center everything we do around Christ and His teachings.

National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released names of semifinalists in its 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program recently, and St. Louis Catholic High School is pleased to have three qualifying students. Jack Clements, Timothy Curol, and John Noble III have the opportunity to compete for $32 million in National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in spring 2018.

The process of becoming a semifinalist begins during the junior year of high school when students take the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students named semifinalist are the highest-scoring entrants in each state, a ranking that includes less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This year, 16,000 seniors in the country qualified.


Congratulations to our very own, Mrs. Melanie LeJeune. She is the LACUE Secondary Educator of the Year for for Region 5. Mrs. LeJeune will be recognized in November at the annual LACUE conference in New Orleans, Louisiana where the state winner will be announced.

Earth Club

The Saint Louis Earth Club participated in an Adopt a Spot litter cleanup on Thursday, October 12th. Seventy-five Saint Louis students, members of Earth Club and environmental science, gathered trash on Kirkman Street to combat the prominent litter problem. In total, 10 bags of trash were collected and disposed of, effectively creating a cleaner and safer community.

Read for the Record with Mrs. Fournet, Mrs. Pettaway, and Mrs. Clark's classes.

Art Club

The Saint Louis Art Club teamed up again with the Arts and Humanities council to make Artsfest 2017 a huge success. This event is an annual FREE arts festival for Lake Area children at the Civic Center that includes live demonstrations, music, dance, and lots of hands on activities. A big thank you to all that participated!

We Love Our Sweethearts Dance Line! <3

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Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner

Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Evan Dore and India Appleton from St. Louis Catholic High School and their dedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners. School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card.

Hack the Classroom Viewing Party

Six teachers attended this online event from Microsoft brought together the latest teaching methods, tools, and technologies to spark creativity and curiosity in students and educators alike. Along the way, they shared tips, tricks,and inspiring stories from across the globe, unlocking new ways to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. There was an inspiring keynote by Alan November and a visit to Tammy
Dunbar’s classroom to see how she inspires creativity and curiosity in her students daily, and we learned from Microsoft Innovative Experts across the globe. (Hack the Classroom website)

3A District Champs

Congratulations to our St. Louis Catholic High School Cross Country 3 A District Champs!

Spirit of St. Louis Band

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Always Learning, Always Growing

Saints Faculty members attended the local Technology conference in Calcasieu Parish and walked away with a few door prizes and a Grant for new technology that includes 2 iPads and 6 Spheros.

Open House for Prospective New Families

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 5pm

1620 Bank Street

Lake Charles, LA

Come see yourself as a Saint with this live view of St. Louis Catholic High School!

We are your next step in Catholic education!