St. Louis Catholic STAR Testing Sees Amazing Results in Second Year

St. Louis Catholic STAR Testing Sees Amazing Results in Second Year

For the second year in a row, St. Louis Catholic High School is administering the STAR Reading and STAR Math benchmark tests to students three times throughout the school year and effectively using the data & reports to measure student growth.

Saints English teachers Claudia Brunot and Julie Hebert said these tests have already brought about a positive impact on student learning.  For instance, August test results showed 50% of freshman students scoring at or above the benchmark, 32% on watch, and 16% needing intervention, but January’s results showed a 5% increase in freshman students meeting benchmarks and a 5% decrease in students needing intervention.

“Teachers have access to a variety of reports both by the courses and periods they teach, and individual students,” Brunot said.  “I can look by class period and see specifically which students are needing intervention or which specific students are having trouble meeting a standard we’ve already addressed.”

Hebert will join SLCHS Instructional Coach Mary Villaume and math teachers at a training March 10 to discover even more possibilities for additional individualized intervention and reteaching.  She said it is “fruitful” to see how students celebrate their improvements on the benchmarks from one test to the next.

“I know with English II last year, I had this one individual, and he saw the growth – and I think that led to, ‘I want to go check out more books in the Library!'” Hebert said.  “So he was more engaged in that silent reading time which I start my class with.  So I think that is just leverage to where you’re doing better.”

Brunot added that benchmark testing like STAR enables St. Louis Catholic to track students throughout their high school careers.

“The intent of starting it was to also be able to track longitudinally how students do, so looking at the 9th grader and how they’re performing in the 10th grade and following those results,” she said.

Charlie Drost, Jadon Johnson to Continue Football Careers at College Level

Charlie Drost, Jadon Johnson to Continue Football Careers at College Level

St. Louis Catholic senior tight end Charlie Drost and wide receiver/kick returner Jadon Johnson signed to continue their football careers at the collegiate level Wednesday in a schoolwide ceremony in the Commons.

Drost is headed to LSU as a preferred walk-on, and Johnson signed with Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

Johnson, a 2019 All-Southwest Louisiana honoree as a kick returner, recorded 45 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games this season (61.4 ypg).  He said his weekend visit to Wayne State “felt like home.”

“I found a coaching staff at Wayne State that believed in me, and when I went up there this past weekend it just felt like home – somewhere I wanted to be for the next 4-5 years of my academic career,” Johnson said.  “It felt like genuine love, like family from the start.  That just said it all for me.”

Johnson said his educational experience at St. Louis has shaped him well for his future.

“I’m gonna miss it here at St. Louis,” Johnson said.  “The individual accomplishments are great and help my legacy, but it’s more about me being a leader.   This year I feel like I grew as a person more for the basketball and football teams.  I’ll miss the atmosphere, the games, people, everything.  St. Louis is the greatest place to be.”

Drost had been leaning toward another school before deciding on LSU late Tuesday night, but he said he feels great about his decision.  He missed his senior season on the gridiron at St. Louis due to injury, making the chance to play at the next level even more rewarding.

“Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always been to LSU and I’ve always been to the games, so it’s always been a dream for me to do that with my family,” Drost said.  “What I like most about their campus is the location is close to home.  I’m most excited to get in a program and work hard, show what I can do, show everything I’ve learned and try to be the best.

“I got the call last night after I was going to commit to another school.  It was last minute, but I decided it’s always been my dream so I knew I wanted to go chase my dream.  It was all I could dream of to be a part of a team that has national championship associated with them.”

St. Louis Catholic Wrestling Concludes Regular Season with Win at Sulphur Shootout

St. Louis Catholic Wrestling Concludes Regular Season with Win at Sulphur Shootout

Three days after pulling out an exciting 42-40 victory at Carencro, the St. Louis Catholic wrestling team added another first-place victory to its season Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Sulphur Shootout.

The Saints had four 1st-place individual winners – seniors Bud McMichael, Keyshawn Jones and Alex Yokubaitis, and freshman Hank Milligan.  In 2nd place were JP Broussard, Patrick Collins, Miller Leach, James Reina, John Reina, Kemal Robertson, Daniel Thomas, Preston Williamson and Niko Wukovits.   Senior Joseph Belcher and junior Julian Jones placed 3rd.

On Jan. 24-25, Yokubaitis placed 1st, Broussard placed 4th and Robertson placed 5th at the Ken Cole Invitational in Lafayette as the Saints continue to build momentum for the state tournament!  The 2020 state tournament is in Shreveport Feb. 14-15.