LeJeune, Villaume Travel to Microsoft Underground Learning Summit

LeJeune, Villaume Travel to Microsoft Underground Learning Summit

From January 9-10, 2020, St. Louis Catholic faculty members Melanie LeJeune and Mary Villaume attended the Microsoft Underground Learning Summit in Redmond, Wash., and represented their cohort in the Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert (MIE) Boom activity.

The Microsoft Education Underground Summit is an opportunity for 250 U.S. MIE Experts and Showcase School leaders to come together for two days of learning with like-minded educators from across the country.  Throughout the two days, attendees like LeJeune and Villaume learned from each other as well as ed tech experts during learning breakouts and had the opportunity to explore some of the unique environments where technologies are being created and developed.

Their cohort consisted of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.  LeJeune, St. Louis Catholic’s Library Media Specialist, and Villaume, Latin Teacher and Instructional Coach, presented to attendees on “Why Free Choice Reading Matters:  Connecting Readers to Their Books.”

Freshman Kyndal Kohnke Earns Honorable Mention in NGPF PAYBACK Challenge

Freshman Kyndal Kohnke Earns Honorable Mention in NGPF PAYBACK Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 16, 2020Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a nonprofit committed to ensuring that all students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce 94 students from across the nation have received an Honorable Mention Award in their third annual PAYBACK Challenge, including St. Louis Catholic freshman Kyndal Kohnke.

Over 900 students from across the United States submitted essays earlier last fall. After playing the award-winning college finance game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250-word essay answering one of these questions:

Write a letter to your future self that you will open after your freshman year of college, reminding you of the key skills you will need to thrive during your college years.


How could you use the online game, PAYBACK, to have a conversation with your parent/guardian about paying for college?

Kyndal Kohnke

St. Louis Catholic Personal Finance teacher Ashley Lavine nominated Kohnke’s essay to her future self, and the essays were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Provides a complete and clear answer to the question
  • Indicates an understanding of key concepts learned by playing the game PAYBACK
  • Articulates thoughts in a creative manner

“Some major points of my essay were to spend my money wisely and to save money, while still having fun in college,” Kohnke said. “I talked about how every decision I make now and in college will greatly impact my future. Overall, my essay was focused on remembering to watch my money spending in college so that I can benefit in life after college.”

Here’s the complete list of winners by state.  Kohnke and the rest of the Honorable Mention winners will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes.

“To even receive Honorable Mention for this essay is an amazing honor that I am very grateful for,” Kohnke said.  “It shows me that I can do anything I put my mind to and that hard work does not go unnoticed.  I am so thankful for Mrs. Lavine choosing my essay to be entered into this competition and ultimately being the one who taught me so much of what was written in my essay.  Placing Honorable Mention in this contest is something that I will remember for the rest of my life and will benefit me greatly in the future.”

About Next Gen Personal Finance:
Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), has become the “one-stop shop” for more than 25,000 financial educators looking for high-quality, engaging curriculum to equip students with the financial skills they need to thrive in their future. NGPF now reaches over sixty five percent (65%) of U.S. high school students who attend a school where a teacher is using their curriculum. NGPF has been recognized by Common Sense Education as a “Top Website for Teachers to Find Lesson Plans.”

PAYBACK Fast Facts:
Created by McKinney, digital agency based in Durham, North Carolina, in collaboration with Next Gen Personal Finance

  • Featured in NY Times and recipient of Webby Awards for best Social Impact game and best Education game categories
  • Over 1.2 million game plays since launch in fall of 2017
  • Student engagement based on average length of game: 16.0 minutes

Computer Science Discoveries Students Create Personal Websites

Computer Science Discoveries Students Create Personal Websites

Students in St. Louis Catholic’s Computer Science Discoveries class recently created personal websites.  They learned to structure and style their pages using HTML and CSS.

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course developed by code.org for 9th and 10th grades that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.

Click below to view Mrs. Melanie LeJeune’s students’ websites:

  1. https://codeprojects.org/DR8U-qa5PBGXKtUthVm1-9DLRkWoFe7kFc3st_BFZXU/
  2. https://codeprojects.org/XiQ_4nXuuVdpp37gUgqCrx1wQfbVTDmd7OS9KoSDh5Y 
  3. https://codeprojects.org/APtgvkl5AtV66bIPWb3gvch35j1s4EzkSb0beeVDbhg
  4. https://codeprojects.org/3O-Tl-mxwkpzAU4EuOINrkr-fXpIJ30gzbkD8lMFzR4
  5. https://codeprojects.org/exABXyy1uTGdzWDCd9qF7Rc2psc93ofFERPz6hqE6NQ/
  6. https://codeprojects.org/WV9EFUJ0Hcf2wY7ManSYqAKOiFuRhWwmNvPiCdgdNCY/
  7. https://codeprojects.org/vxYLwQwX-ApnfXodb9awPBZTFZmb8Sn4OwO_TPiCe_k/
  8. https://codeprojects.org/HJI9fJD9N_PO4_b9uzy2WLCEYk0dwMdjNAm06zBZzPc/
  9. https://codeprojects.org/LtDqy_u834l36q_TkX95tcsHMbzcZfsD-8NARb-vzgo
  10. https://codeprojects.org/5ZfG9aKS7xB5a-LYT38AAW7H9FTwyL-9tvW1AkJ8Kzg/
  11. https://codeprojects.org/XwXjF_7FzKbRxx_T7HzkxmSInT1AS73BPqOpai7I6A4/ 

Click below to view Mrs. Ashley Lavine’s students’ websites:

  1. https://codeprojects.org/YnQlQrKNKACje7uOlaXtFpdOgXARXSC5w5n-xYmg0iM/index.html

2. https://codeprojects.org/bIWVjEHzg3QFAOKZ2p9OvZq_gPnMRA7yxPf2Oz6N7d4/

3. https://codeprojects.org/gqVnw4sezSnJEGBb_Zk00Neq72a0L62o_Yw-QIaOi3o/

4. https://codeprojects.org/v2aXcQ3DOLahTaYzLPLf-yoC7r64aTU2nhEp2tBdnfg/index.html

5. https://codeprojects.org/phc_lYeu2e1NHPX2JxI99hTTp7Ravr1DZp367083mXU/

6. https://codeprojects.org/Cs9oLYbr0S6IhKzkEmj_HJ5mm76dZ9eT3Dd1vvZdb_U/

Saints Wrestling Hosts Senior Night Jan. 15

Saints Wrestling Hosts Senior Night Jan. 15
St. Louis Catholic’s wrestling team dominated Barbe, 66-16, to start the new decade 2020 and followed up with a third-place finish at the Brusly Invitational.  Next up is Senior Night – Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in Krajicek Gym, as the community celebrates the wrestling careers of seniors Joseph Belcher, JP Broussard, Keyshawn Jones, Bud McMichael and Alex Yokubaitis.
Yokubaitis, an Oklahoma State signee, earned another Outstanding Wrestler honor at Brusly this past weekend, finishing first place individually along with McMichael.  The Saints’ second-place finishers at Brusly were Jones and juniors John Reina and Kemal Robertson, while junior Patrick Collins earned a third-place finish, and Broussard placed fourth.
St. Louis Catholic hosts Rayne on Wednesday night in their last local match of the season.  Several more tournaments follow before the Saints depart for the state wrestling tournament in Shreveport Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.  Click here to view the schedule.

St. Louis Catholic Re-Enrollment Instructions!

St. Louis Catholic Re-Enrollment Instructions!

It’s time to re-enroll your child at St. Louis Catholic for the 2020-2021 school year!  Please complete the online re-enrollment process by Friday, Jan. 31, using your existing ParentsWeb login.  If you have any questions, please contact Director of Admissions Heather Ieyoub by email or at 436-7275 Ext. 244.  Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, your child will automatically be re-enrolled for the next school year unless you contact us to formally withdraw your student. 

Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login:

  • Please go to www.slchs.org
  • Select RenWeb at the top left corner of the page
  • After the RenWeb ParentsWeb Login screen opens, please select Create New ParentsWeb Account.
  • Enter SLC-LA into the District Code field.
  • Enter in the Email field your email address as provided in your application to the school.
  • Click the Create Account button.
  • You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.  For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
  • Please click on the link.  A Change/Create Password screen will open.  You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.  Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
  • Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
  • Close the window.
  • Log into ParentsWeb as instructed above.

Now it’s time to re-enroll:

  • After logging in to your ParentsWeb account, click on the apply/enroll tab found on the left hand side of the page
  • A drop down menu will appear; click enrollment/reenrollment
  • A pop-up blocker may prevent the page from opening.  Allow it by clicking in the top right hand corner of your browser.  
  • Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your student.
  • The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.

St. Louis Catholic Powerlifting Starts Season Strong

St. Louis Catholic Powerlifting Starts Season Strong

St. Louis Catholic’s powerlifting team is off to a great start in the 2019-2020 season, working hard leading up to the West Regional in February and the State Championship in March!

At this past weekend’s Beau Chene Invitational, Junior Molly Inman and senior Emma Faul placed first and second, respectively, in their weight class, and junior Connor Mills placed third.  In addition, junior Jack Spann finished second in his division at the Southern Pallet Invitational at Abbeville in December.

Click here to learn more about powerlifting at St. Louis Catholic, coached by Cord Larsen.

St. Louis Catholic Transforms Apostolic Hours with InnerView

St. Louis Catholic Transforms Apostolic Hours with InnerView

Every year at St. Louis Catholic, we want our students to gain valuable experiences from their Apostolic Hours. This semester, we are beginning to integrate a digital platform, InnerView, within our school community to increase the impact even further and foster meaningful discussions after the service is completed. We did a soft launch in 2019 with our National Honor Society’s required service hours.

InnerView allows us to see our impact as a school and as individual students in terms of hours, service types, and monetary impact value – click to see NHS’ Service Impact Snapshot. It also factors in U.N. global goals. InnerView is NOT a social media platform, but it will streamline the need for paperwork to turn in and verify Apostolic Hours. We see InnerView redefining what service really means in our school and our community!


  • Doesn’t use students’ personal information (aside from their first name)
  • Shares with anyone using InnerView the work we are doing without being a social networking/media platform
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Students can keep their accounts active and continue volunteering after they graduate
  • Engineers and distributes national awards for service, as well as weekly updates on the number of service hours we have completed
  • Connects our students with local and national opportunities for service and will hopefully encourage some of our local nonprofits to join the platform as well

*taken from Halo Notes Jan. 9, 2020*

Lamar University’s Golden Wright to Serve as Guest Dance Instructor at St. Louis Catholic

Lamar University’s Golden Wright to Serve as Guest Dance Instructor at St. Louis Catholic

St. Louis Catholic is excited to welcome to campus Monday, Jan. 13, Golden Wright, the Department Chair of Theatre and Dance at Lamar University.  Wright will teach our dance students a unique style of contemporary/modern work, again broadening their knowledge of the various techniques in the dance world today.

Wright holds a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. in Dance from Sam Houston State University.  He began his training at Busby Dance Center in Victoria, Texas, and extended his training in intensive programs with the Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Austin.  He danced professionally with Ballet Austin and has performed as a guest artist with Ballet Arkansas, Beaumont Ballet Theatre, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, Corpus Christi Ballet, and Victoria Ballet Theatre, to name a few.  Wright has showcased choreography nationally and internationally, recently having been selected to show his work in Taiwan.

Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University.  Click here for a full description of his expertise.  In addition to sharing his professional dance experience with students, he can educate students about the degree program at Lamar and what professional opportunities such a degree can offer them.  Again, Wright’s visit is made possible thanks to a grant written by Saints Dance Instructor Tricia Barrow.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.

St. Louis Catholic Wrestling Hosts Barbe Jan. 9

St. Louis Catholic Wrestling Hosts Barbe Jan. 9
St. Louis Catholic’s wrestling team is continuing to build toward another state championship run, as the Saints won the Bronco Duals tournament at Sam Houston on Dec. 21, 2019.

St. Louis Catholic’s wrestlers dominated the team scoring, beating North Vermilion 72-12, LCCP 72-6, Sulphur 65-18 and Rayne 58-18 in the final at Moss Bluff.  JP Broussard, Wesley Maze, Bud McMichael, James Reina, Kemal Robertson, Daniel Thomas and Alex Yokubaitis all went undefeated individually as well in St. Louis Catholic’s victory.

Next up, the Saints host Barbe on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. in Krajicek Gym.