Junior Ring Orders

Junior Ring Orders
  1. All Juniors should go to https://heygrad.net/ and fill out the information as soon as possible. It is important that Graduate Sales has your information to assist in your order for this year and next year as you prepare to graduate!
  2. You may order online or turn in an order.
  3. Ring packets will be handed out during class.
  4. Ring Orders: Monday, February 8th 11:00-1:00 at school
  5. Ring Orders: Thursday, February 18th 11:00-1:00 at school
  6. Class Ring video link. https://tinyurl.com/yy65yetg
  7. The SLC order link to order online. https://tinyurl.com/yxsgjqdu

Rebuilding Statement

Rebuilding Statement

February 1, 2021

Following the devastation to St. Louis Catholic High School from Hurricane Laura, a task force was assembled to study the requisites of rebuilding a modern high school in the Southwest Louisiana area. The Diocese of Lake Charles and St. Louis Catholic High School are happy to announce that two viable options have been presented to the Board of Pastors and to Bishop Provost for review. These options will be discussed at community listening sessions in the coming weeks. Thank you to the St. Louis community for your continued interest in and support for our beloved school, especially as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week and continue to Honor and Praise God, In All Ways.

A Retreat From the Chaos

A Retreat From the Chaos

“I am always caught off guard by how much the seniors and freshmen – the two bookends of our community here at St Louis Catholic, give to one another…”

Retreats are such a key part of the Christian life. Time away from the chaos of the world and time spent with God our Father is needed and we follow the pattern of Jesus in his evangelization. He always took time to go away, into the solitude, away from the busy-ness of his public ministry. Although the pandemic and hurricane changed much of our school year, we understood the desperate need that our young people still have to be still, to be in His hands.

Our retreat day with our freshmen and seniors was one of joy, surprises, and reconnection. The theme-Identity and Wonder was taken from our four pillars and drove the focus of our day. Mrs. Owen led our students in reflecting on our identity-who we are created for, and wonder -the awe of God’s creation. She reminded us of how as St Paul wrote to the Corinthians, in Chapter 6 verse 13, “The body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body;”. Our young Church is constantly in search for an identity, whether it is through academics, sports, or relationships. However, our one true identity is only found in our creator, God.

Praise and worship music was led by our own Coach Luke Pousson and senior Emma Oertling. The testimonies and witness talks given by students, by both freshmen and seniors brought a sense of community and joy to our students and faculty. I am always caught off guard by how much the seniors and freshmen – the two bookends of our community here at St Louis Catholic, give to one another at this retreat. It is in serving that we receive, and this retreat embodied our motto here at St Louis Catholic High School – Honor and Praise God, In All Ways.

– Monica Broussard, Freshmen Theology Teacher & Department Chair

Welcome Father Whitney Miller

Welcome Father Whitney Miller

It’s been a long time since Father Whitney has graced the halls of St. Louis Catholic, but he’s back as the Director of Diocesan Counseling Services. We are pleased to be able to offer on-campus counseling for all St. Louis Catholic community members including Faculty, Staff, students & families.

“I am thrilled and excited to be returning to the campus of St. Louis Catholic High which holds such fond memories for me in so many ways. I look forward to being of supportive encouragement to the excellent leadership team there as well as the students, faculty, staff and families. Go Saints!” – Father Whitney Miller

We are overjoyed with his return! Father Whitney will make a great addition to our current clergy. Welcome Home, Father Whitney!

Staying in the Moment by Blaine Wyninger, Assistant Principal

Staying in the Moment by Blaine Wyninger, Assistant Principal

January 21, 2021

A little over a year ago, my wife came up to me and asked me, “Do you mind if I go out to eat with my friends tomorrow evening?” At that moment, I thought to myself what most men with multiple little ones would think when they realize that they will be solely responsible for homework, dinner prep, bath time, and overall well being of their brood: “No way!”. Fortunately, I was able to work up the little bit of virtue I possessed, and simply said, “Sure thing. Go have fun with you friends. I got it.”

The next day I began the mental preparation.: I would make an easy meal, that way I wouldn’t be bogged down in the kitchen while I was trying to help my 3rd grader with his homework. I would make the little ones go play in the backyard while there was still daylight, get them bathed after dinner, and then have them all asleep before my wife gets home.
And then Life happened.

The noodles boiled over. My son spilled his drink. A couple of the others got in an argument, that sent the younger one into an uncontrollable sobfest. All the while, in the back of my mind I had something I wanted to get to: Finish the podcast I had begun the day before. With ever new event that life threw at me that evening, the thing that I wanted to get to at the end of the evening, my beloved podcast, was right there at the front of my mind, tainting my view of what was right in front of me, which was precious time with the children God had given me.
The evening culminated at bath time with my two youngest daughters, Zelie and Gianna. After the boiled-over noodles, spilled drink, and fight club session between siblings, to say that I was a little “short” would be an understatement. Every ounce of my body language was communicating to them, “Get in. Get clean. Get out.”

As I’m rushing to get my daughters clean, Zelie says to me, “Can we have a bubble bath?”
And then suddenly, I felt a Nudge. A little Thought that sounded like it came from me, but I knew it wasn’t from me. In my younger years, I missed these Nudges often. To be honest, I still do more times than I’d like to admit. but this time, I didn’t. I felt The Presence whisper to me in my heart of hearts, “Don’t rush it. You might not ever get to give them bubbles again.”
At that moment I felt a warmth come over me that I know was from the Holy Spirit. God’s peace came over me, and I was able to enter in and give my daughters the play time in a bubble bath that they wanted. There they were, oblivious to the chaos that was going on in my own little universe, partaking in the simple joys of bath time, playing with bubbles. And I was able to get out of myself, and see my beautiful daughters enjoy their time with one another. What began as one of the worst evenings, was now transformed to one of the best, because I stopped listening to myself saying how bad of an evening it was, and started listening to God tell me how blessed I was. Right here. Right now. The podcast wasn’t important anymore. Being present with my daughters was.

I write this, because I’m sure we all at times have our “podcasts” that keep us from entering into the beauty of the present moment. Maybe it’s preoccupation with insurance settlements, rather than working on homework with our kids. Maybe it’s vegging out on TV when your son just wants to play one on one. Maybe you’re just like me, and you just want to rush through the afternoon to get to the thing that you want, rather than entering into the beauty and mystery of family life. I challenge you to reflect on my experience, and take to prayer this question: “What are thing(s) in my life that I can’t control, that I am letting take me away from where God has placed me right now?”

I’m thankful for the gift of that evening. I have drawn upon it many evenings since. It is my hope that the Grace that God bestowed on me will be a blessing to you as well.

-Blaine Wyninger, Assistant Principal

Personal Finance students prepare for College and Careers

Personal Finance students prepare for College and Careers

This week, our Personal Finance students finished up the Paying for College Unit. Students took a deep dive in learning the Financial Aid process. Topics included: filling out the FAFSA, reading a Student Aid Report, learning the difference between a college sticker price and net price, scholarships and grants, and analyzing the financial aid award letter. To conclude the unit, we invited Mrs. Susan Holmes to come in to share her expertise on preparing for college.

Star Testing for Saints

Star Testing for Saints

This week and next week, students will take the STAR Assessment in both English and math. Teachers will use this data to accurately measure their mastery of certain skills in these subjects and to check for learning gaps that may exist. Students who show growth from their fall assessments will be entered into a raffle for a gift card. 

PSAT Testing is January 26th for 10th & 11th Graders 

PSAT Testing is January 26th for 10th & 11th Graders 

PSAT Testing is January 26th for 10th & 11th graders

What is it and why should I care about it?

Cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)—often shortened to PSAT—is a standardized test targeting 10th and 11th graders in the US. Every year, approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT test at various high schools. But why take it at all?

As it stands, the PSAT is heavily connected to the SAT. One of the test’s primary purposes is to act as a precursor to the SAT—as the name suggests, as an SAT practice test. But the two tests aren’t identical. Regardless, for many students it is also the first exposure to any college admissions exam, including the ACT we tend to take in Louisiana, so students can get the practice on what to expect of a real college admissions testing.

In addition to being a preparatory test for college admissions testing, the PSAT is a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. PSAT scores determine students’ eligibility for National Merit scholarships. Each year the top 1% of 11th-grade PSAT takers become Semifinalists. Semifinalists receive national recognition which can lead to lots of scholarship offers from various universities. Each year, SLCHS has been fortunate enough to have one to two Semifinalists.

How can my student prepare?

Through our English & Math classes, we have had our students completing test practice questions through a software program called Prep Factory. We encourage students to continue to take these assignments seriously.

There is also an official PSAT Student Guide that offers students insights and practice questions. In a normal year we receive a paper copy for each student, but College Board has indicated that we shouldn’t expect any materials before January 15th. Should the study guides arrive, we will certainly pass them out, but the document is linked above.

My student has a Service Plan, what happens?

We have filed your student’s paperwork with The College Board. The College Board makes an independent decision regarding disability accommodations and has notified us of their decision. Mrs. Holmes will be sending out emails to parents about the College Board accommodation decisions and what that means for the disabled student.

Ughovwa Selected to the Ambassador Leadership Program by the National Society of High School Scholars

Ughovwa Selected to the Ambassador Leadership Program by the National Society of High School Scholars

A role model to peers, Nicholas Ughovwa ’21 was selected out of hundreds of applicants for demonstrating strong academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Each year, student members of NSHSS are invited to apply for leadership roles responsible for representing the society in their schools and inspiring peers to become more involved in community activities.

Nicholas serves the community with a pure heart. Early in the year when the pandemic hit, Nicholas and his sister began reaching out to the community through their Psalm 91 boxes. This act of service not only brought joy to the community that were closed in due to the pandemic, but it brought hope.

Congratulations Nicholas on an amazing accomplishment! Keep being the hands and feet of Christ.

Saints 12 Days of Reading

Saints 12 Days of Reading

You are invited to participate in the 12 Days of Reading activity. It’s so easy to participate and will get your brain ready for the new year PLUS prizes will be awarded. Check out the instructions and template.

Do you know the benefits of reading 20 minutes per day? According to the New York Post (https://nypost.com/2019/12/31/the-new-years-vow-everyone-should-make-read-at-least-20-minutes-a-day/), studies show that the benefits are:

  • sharpens skills valuable to workforce such as memory retention, social-emotional skills, and critical thinking
  • creates empathy
  • increases vocabulary
  • better performance on standardized tests
  • it’s fun, helps with stress, and increases imagination and creativity

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!