St. Louis Catholic Senior Katherine Jester Wins National NHS Scholarship

St. Louis Catholic Senior Katherine Jester Wins National NHS Scholarship

Katherine Jester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lake Charles, La. – March 31, 2020 – Katherine Jester, a senior at St. Louis Catholic High School, has earned a $3,200 scholarship from the National Honor Society, a prestigious national semifinalist award from the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Since 1946, more than $17 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members like Jester, who applied for the award through St. Louis Catholic’s school chapter of NHS.  Jester said she is honored to receive the scholarship.

“I’ve worked very hard on my academics and extracurriculars during high school, and I did my best to reflect this effort in my scholarship application,” she said.  “It is awesome to know that my hard work has paid off and will help me financially when I get to college.”

Jester plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in chemical engineering after graduation.  Earlier this year she further showed her excellence in the classroom by earning recognition to the LHSAA Composite All-Academic soccer team for her perfect 4.0 GPA, and she also represented Southwest Louisiana on the LHSSCA West All-Star soccer team.

Jester said participating in NHS has helped her grow as a person.

“My participation in the Lucidus Chapter of the National Honor Society has … taught me the importance and value of self-accountability, time-management and service,” Jester said.  “The incredible teachers at St. Louis Catholic have provided me with a solid educational foundation that I know will serve me well in college.  Most importantly, St. Louis has provided me with friendships and a community that I know I can always turn to and will support me through college and beyond.”

For more information on the NHS Scholarship, visit https://www.nhs.us/students/the-nhs-scholarship/.

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St. Louis Catholic Show Choir Performs “Here Comes the Sun” Amid COVID-19

St. Louis Catholic Show Choir Performs “Here Comes the Sun” Amid COVID-19

Nothing lifts our spirits like the St. Louis Catholic Show Choir on just any day, but what about when times are tough and unpredictable like these?

Click HERE (or click the image) to watch the Saints Show Choir members using their amazing individual talents to perform “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles in a mash-up video compiled by Director Brett Cooley.  This video reminds us that THE SUN indeed will come out again, as our Saints “march on” creating beauty in a world yearning for hope!

COVID-19 Solidarity – Go Saints Forever!

COVID-19 Solidarity – Go Saints Forever!

St. Louis Catholic Photography Teacher Liz Mueller ’84 compiled a video montage of the 2019-2020 school year in pictures to show faculty & staff solidarity with our students during this time of remote learning due to the Coronavirus.

Click HERE to view the video, set to “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  We love and miss our students so much as we constantly pray for our state and country’s healing from the pandemic.  Honor and Praise God … In All Ways!  #saintsmarchon

Support St. Louis Catholic Small Businesses!

Support St. Louis Catholic Small Businesses!

Please continue to support local businesses, especially our Saints businesses!  We’ve compiled a running list for you to look at and consider during this pandemic.  They have supported St. Louis Catholic; now it’s time to show some love for them!  Please click here to view the list of local Saints businesses (in no particular order), and/or add your business if it’s not listed.

Order Your St. Louis Catholic Yearbook by April 1

Order Your St. Louis Catholic Yearbook by April 1

Saints March On, and so does the yearbook staff!  We are still committed to meeting our deadlines and making our 50th anniversary edition the best book ever.  You don’t want to forget this memorable ending to the 2019-2020 school year.

“The spectral staff has put endless hours into this 50th edition book, and this work hasn’t stopped since school is out,” said editor and senior Julia Tassin.  “We have been communicating daily and coming up with creative ideas that ensure all Saints are represented.  We all knew the 50th year would be special, but we didn’t know it would be this special.  Buy your book today!”

To guarantee a copy of the 2020 yearbook, please make your purchase by Wednesday, April 1, at Balfour.com or mail a check to St. Louis Catholic by April 5.  Forms and more information can be found here.  A list of purchasers as of March 30 can be found here.  (Pizza day will be rescheduled.)

AD SPACE SOLD OUT!

Thank you for your support!

Saints March on with Remote Learning

Saints March on with Remote Learning

MARCH 16 UPDATE: Click HERE to access our Remote Learning Hub with daily updates, tips and more as we march on educating our Saints!

Dear Students and Parents:

As we move from face to face instruction to remote learning, we are developing an instructional plan to best fit our school community’s needs.   This plan is a collaboration between faculty and neighboring Catholic High Schools, as well as area universities. As the plan evolves, we must remember to be flexible and supportive.  This will require problem solving and a mindset shift from all. By utilizing our technology and staff, I believe our students and school will continue to excel. Like other Catholic high schools and universities throughout the state, we are more than equipped for this type of situation and will continue instruction. The technology utilized daily at school will allow us to continue instruction. Just one more reason why SLCHS is a great school choice. What a blessing!

Key personnel will be available at St. Louis Catholic High School during this time with modified hours of operation. (March 16 UPDATE: During this time of school closure, St. Louis Catholic’s office will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

As we prepare to move to remote learning here are some basic guidelines:

    • While we’ve worked collaboratively to create a path forward, we realize that this process must be flexible and fluid.  We ask that all participants keep an open mind and communicate any concerns and ideas to best serve our students
    • Faculty and staff will continue to work. Communication via email will continue
    • Students will be given modified assignments via remote learning that will count towards Q4, final grade and competition of courses. Specific guidance will be forthcoming. Faculty and staff are working to prepare such lessons
    • Lessons will likely come in the form of “weekly assignments” and will be self-paced. Instructors will provide all necessary resources and guidance for completion of lessons
    • Instructors will closely monitor work completed and student engagement via resources and tools provided. Parents will be included in communication of weekly assignments
    • Instruction will begin later next week
    • Attendance will be taken through work completed. Most of the programs used have timestamps available
  • All nonessential extracurricular activities will either be postponed or canceled. As time passes, we will make those determinations
  • LHSAA has released a statement here and more information on athletics will be communicated as it becomes available

During this month, it will be imperative that open communication between student, parent, instructor, leadership and support staff be a priority.  Having students take ownership and responsibility for their learning will be one more step in creating independent learners and better prepare them for post-secondary work. Finally, we must stay focused on learning and not fall into the mindset of summer vacation. I suggest families set up a daily schedule, dedicating specific times for schoolwork. While the classes will not be at set times like on-campus instruction, students should continue to think of their days as if they have a set schedule.

More information will be given as the week progresses.  I thank you all for your patience and support.  We have a wonderful school community and I have no doubt that we will continue to improve and excel as the month goes on. We will continue to keep everyone informed in the week ahead.

Have a good weekend.

Blessings,

Mia Orgeron

Administrator

COVID-19 Statement from Bishop Provost

COVID-19 Statement from Bishop Provost

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Statement of Bishop Provost:
In the interests of the safety and health of our Catholic School communities in this time of pandemic and in response to the closure of public schools ordered by the Governor in his Executive Proclamation of March 13, 2020, I am directing that all Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Lake Charles be closed from Monday, March 16, until Monday, April 13.  Developments will be monitored. Further directives will be issued as needed. Please pray for the sustained good health of all and for the recovery of the sick.

St. Louis Catholic Art Students Paint Portraits for Nigerian Children with Memory Project

St. Louis Catholic Art Students Paint Portraits for Nigerian Children with Memory Project
St. Louis Catholic’s Art II Students participated in the Memory Project  for the third year in a row, painting extremely impoverished children in Nigeria.  Students learned about the culture, geography and politics all contributing to their displacement, and worked for almost a month practicing and painting a final draft of each student’s “child.”  They knew them by name and talked about them like they are friends!
Click HERE to watch the video of the children receiving the portraits!  (WARNING – Tissues may be needed!)
Here’s the e-mail the class received after delivering our portraits to the kids:
Dear Ms. Robertson and Artists,
 
I’m so pleased to let you know that the portraits you created were delivered to the children in Nigeria, and they absolutely loved them!  As you will see in the following video, the children were so excited to receive your artwork and very touched by your efforts.  They fully understood that creating the portraits was a way to show them how much you care about their well-being and their future.
 
Your students may be interested to know that they were joined in this effort by over three thousand young artists.  Therefore, rather than focusing on any portraits individually, the purpose of this video is to share the collective joy and excitement of all the children together.  We hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for helping us build international friendship through the arts.  It is our true privilege to do this work with you, and we very much hope to have that privilege again.
 
Gratefully,
 
The Memory Project Team
Our students truly shared in the joy of knowing we touched another person’s life through simply using our time and talents.  It was an invaluable experience for all.  Click HERE to view all the final portraits!

COVID-19 Statement from Office of Catholic Schools

COVID-19 Statement from Office of Catholic Schools

Statement from Office of Catholic Schools (March 11, 2020):

As coverage of the coronavirus and subsequent positive cases in the United States continues, our schools are fielding an increasing number of questions from parents and staff. Please know that, as we do in all health-related cases, we are working closely together and receiving additional guidance from Calcasieu and Jeff Davis health departments, the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a rapidly changing situation around the world, and one we are monitoring closely.

Practicing good hygiene can help limit the spread of the virus in our schools. The virus may live on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs, so as a safeguard, custodial staff will continue to regularly clean classrooms and common areas.

The current recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu. Please review the following recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and do not return to work or school until you have been fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough into the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to update you as our public health experts have new relevant information available.

St. Louis Catholic Students Succeed at District Rally, Advance to State April 25

St. Louis Catholic Students Succeed at District Rally, Advance to State April 25

Congratulations to all the St. Louis Catholic students who participated in 2020 District Rally!  Those who placed 1st-3rd (in bold) advanced to State Rally at LSU on April 25.  UPDATE: As a precautionary measure, LSU has decided to cancel all events of 30 attendees or more through May 30, including 2020 State Rally.

Advanced Mathematics I-PreCalculus William McNally 2nd
Advanced Mathematics II-Functions & Statistics Claire Karriker 3rd
Algebra I Olivia Bergen 5th
Algebra II Jacob Weaver 3rd
U.S. History (American) Ivan Appleton 1st
Biology I Kassidy Richard 4th
Biology II Vean Rademeyer 2nd
Calculus Lucas Manuel 2nd
Chemistry Alyssa Morton 3rd
Civics Nicholas Manuel 2nd
Computer Science Peter Obluda 3rd
English I Coleman Zeringue 2nd
English II Aliya Kattash overall winner
English III Matthew Aleshire overall winner
English IV Caroline Obluda overall winner
Environmental Science Layla Morton 2nd
Family and Consumer Science Terry Sherman 1st
Fine Arts Survey Joe Percle 1st
French I Olivia Derouen 1st
French II Emma Freeman 1st
French III Reem Husein 1st
Geometry Kyler Cart 3rd
Government Andrew Desormeaux 1st
Health Logan Rupert 1st
Introduction to Business Computer Applications Karli Peshoff 1st
Journalism Juliana Broussard overall winner
Nutrition and Food Aidan Primeaux 1st
Physical Science Abby Caraway 3rd
Physics Katherine Jester 2nd
Psychology Claire Brescher 1st
Spanish I Chaise Sutherland 1st
Spanish II Ella Scroggs overall winner
Spanish III Trinity Foret 1st
Spanish IV Lily Derouen overall winner
World Geography Cody Lyons 1st
World History Riley Fontenot 2nd

Play and Speech Rally March 6:
Interpretive John Savoy 3rd place
Radio Quinn Marceaux 3rd place