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

AP Government & Politics Class Holds Super Tuesday Viewing Party

AP Government & Politics Class Holds Super Tuesday Viewing Party

As the U.S. gears up for a Presidential election this year, St. Louis Catholic’s AP Government & Politics class held a “Super Tuesday” viewing party March 3.

Mrs. Barbara Dupont’s class gathered together in the school’s Landry Library to watch results of states’ primary elections on varying television networks and wrote reflections on their experience.  Sophomore Brennan Welsh said the class has enhanced his interest in politics.

“Because a class like AP Government exists where we get to experience events like debates, elections and Super Tuesday, our generation will be more appreciative and have a better understanding of what our ancestors fought for to preserve this country,” Welsh said.

Junior Kate Kolessar said being politically informed at events like Super Tuesday, when 14 states and one U.S. territory held nominating contests to award 1,357 delegates in the Democratic Presidential Primary, helps Americans like her make informed votes.  Jules LeJeune added that AP Government at SLCHS helps students discover who they are politically.

“Super Tuesday was a great way for us to discover more about what we do, do not and will never support,” LeJeune said.  “The best part about AP Government is that it will never be biased toward one party or toward independents.  The environment is all about changing perspective, which goes hand in hand with one of St. Louis Catholic’s major themes this year.”

Sophomore Savanna Goss said she’s learned a great deal after just a few months in AP Government & Politics at St. Louis Catholic.

“By participating in various activities, including baking a federalism cake and having a Super Tuesday party at school, I have grown in my knowledge of how our government works and how much of the government’s ability to run comes from the people,” Goss said.

Morning Speaker Series Highlights Why St. Louis Catholic is Special

Morning Speaker Series Highlights Why St. Louis Catholic is Special

It’s no secret that St. Louis Catholic High School is a special place.  You could even say it’s magical.

Wednesday’s speaker series across campus drove that home for students and faculty alike, as several alumni and teachers led morning seminars on a variety of topics including service and faith, real strength, divine pursuit, self-love, relationships, and two women’s only sessions (on confidence – hosted by Math Teacher Rebecca Manns, and Woman 360 – hosted by New Life Counseling).  A group of Saints teachers (Mary Villaume, Kathy Owen, Matt Fontenot, Josh Thompson & Katie Fournet) also hosted a panel called “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” in the Commons.

Nicole Miller ’88, wife of Saints Media Arts teacher Robbie Austin ’90, and former Mayor Randy Roach co-hosted the Service & Faith session, called “Faith Acts.”  Miller said it was a profound topic to discuss with the students of her alma mater.

“It’s come full circle for me,” she said. “Truly serving God should be a transformative experience that by immersing ourselves in an act of service, we are the ones who are changed, either in a trivial way maybe by learning to understand another culture, or in a bigger way by truly seeing Jesus in the face of someone else.  Serving should be opening yourself up to be vulnerable.”

View a photo gallery of the speaker session below.

St. Louis Catholic 2020-2021 Course Planning Guide Available Now

St. Louis Catholic 2020-2021 Course Planning Guide Available Now

2020-2021 Course Scheduling Information:

Ready to start planning for the 2020-2021 school year?  Click HERE to see St. Louis Catholic’s newly revised Course Planning Guide with updated policies, course descriptions and all other important scheduling information.  This year, students & parents will be using the online portal through FACTS SIS (RenWeb) to request courses.  The portal will be open as of Monday, March 16th by 8:00 AM, and all families will receive an email handout beforehand on how to access the portal.

Please remember that all students MUST BE ENROLLED at St. Louis Catholic in order to complete course selection for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you  have questions about the Admissions process, please contact Heather Ieyoub at hieyoub@slchs.org as soon as possible!

Important Dates to Remember:

  • March 11: Course Selection Fair 5:00-6:30 PM
  • March 16: Course Selection Portal (FACTS/RenWeb) opens
  • March 17-24: Course Request presentation to students through lunch
    • March 17: Junior boys, 12:00-12:20 PM
    • March 18: Junior girls, 12:00-12:20 PM
    • March 19: Sophomore boys, 12:00-12:20 PM
    • March 20: Sophomore girls, 12:00-12:20 PM
    • March 23: Freshman boys, 12:00-12:20 PM
    • March 24: Freshman girls, 12:00-12:20 PM
  • March 27: Course selection portal closes.  Log into your FACTS Family Portal on FACTS SIS (formerly RenWeb) on a computer to review courses requested.
  • April 3: Course verification forms sent home with students. This is the final opportunity for students and families to verify their course selections and make changes. Forms for overriding to a PAP level class will be attached if recommending on-level placement.  Verification forms will not be sent home until all financial obligations to SLCHS have been met. Please contact the Finance Office with any questions you may have.
  • April 9: Course verification forms due to the SLCHS Counseling office.
  • April 24: Final day to request course changes. All changes MUST be in writing (Email is fine.)

Girls Basketball Advances to State Championship Saturday at Lee Magnet; Tickets on Sale Now!

Girls Basketball Advances to State Championship Saturday at Lee Magnet; Tickets on Sale Now!

No. 2-seed St. Louis Catholic girls basketball is back in the Division II state championship for a second straight season – a rematch at No. 1 Lee Magnet Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for the title game at St. Louis Catholic’s school office – get them while they last!  Tickets are $10 for students and adults.  *Saturday’s game will be live streamed on NFHS Network; no other live streaming is allowed by the LHSAA.*

Click here to see KPLC-TV’s highlights from the Lady Saints’ 80-46 semifinal victory against University Lab.

“They’ve come in every day and worked hard in the gym since May,” coach Tony Johnson said.  “This was one of our goals, but we’re not finished yet.  We’re going to prepare for that state championship Saturday, and we’re going to be ready for it.”

In 2019 the Lady Saints fell just short of a state title against the same Lee Magnet High School, 64-60, when the teams also the top two in Division II.  Now they’ll square off again in 2020 with another shot to bring home the championship trophy.

St. Louis Catholic Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Ticket Information; Girls Semifinals Tonight

St. Louis Catholic Boys Basketball Quarterfinal Ticket Information; Girls Semifinals Tonight

St. Louis Catholic boys basketball has advanced to the LHSAA Division II quarterfinals at Lee Magnet Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale NOW.

Only 300 tickets are available ($8 for adults and $5 for students).  Fans can purchase tickets to Friday’s road showdown at the St. Louis Catholic front office.  The No. 5-seed Saints reached the quarterfinals by eliminating No. 12 Teurlings Catholic, 44-28, on Tuesday night at Krajicek Gym.  View the full bracket here.

Meanwhile the No. 2-seed St. Louis Catholic Lady Saints have a semifinal rematch Wednesday, March 4, at home against No. 3 University Lab.  Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Krajicek Gym, and tickets are $5 for students.  The winner will advance to the Division II state championship.  In 2019 the Lady Saints beat the Cubs in overtime to reach the title game.  View the girls’ bracket.

St. Louis Catholic Powerlifting Qualifies 5 Athletes for State Meet

St. Louis Catholic Powerlifting Qualifies 5 Athletes for State Meet
Five St. Louis Catholic powerlifters have qualified for the 2020 LHSAA Powerlifting State Championships after their performances in the West Regionals at Abbeville High School this past weekend.
Congratulations to juniors Molly Inman, Connor Mills and Jack Spann, sophomore Darren Metoyer and freshman Sam Slade!  Senior Emma Faul will serve as an alternate.  The state meet is March 19-20 at ULM.

Wrestler Alex Yokubaitis is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week

Wrestler Alex Yokubaitis is KPLC’s Sportsperson of the Week

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – Four years— four titles.

Alex Yokubaitis’ decorated wrestling career at St. Louis Catholic came to an end with him once again winning a state championship. Despite the trophies and individual honors, he deflects the credit to everyone that has helped him along the way.

“The people that have surrounded me and made me a better wrestler, I think all of the credit should go to them,” Saints wrestler Alex Yokubaitis said of his support system. “Ever since my freshman year, I’ve had older wrestlers telling me how I can improve and my teammates wrestling with me have made me a better wrestler every day.”

With his high school career now in the rear view, he can say that he’s accomplished something that had never been done before at St. Louis Catholic.

“In the 8th grade my coach Terry Gage said that I have the potential to be a four-time state champion and at that point, I set a goal that I was going to be St. Louis’ first four-time state champion, so everything I’ve done in practice and in the season has all built up to that and accomplishing that was just incredible,” Yokubaitis admitted.

While his time as a Saints comes to a close, his story continues at the next level. Yokubaitis will wrestle at Oklahoma State where he’ll join forces with elite company. The Cowboys have landed arguably the top recruiting class in the country.

“There’s nowhere I can go but up,” Yokubaitis said of going to Oklahoma State. “I’m only going to be able to improve with the skill of the people that are going to be surrounding me and the coaching that I’m going to have. I think it’s going to up my game by so much.”