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August 2022 Principal's Newsletter

 August 2022
Principal's Newsletter

Spiritual

WELCOME NEW RELIGIOUS SISTER TO CAMPUS: In September the Mercedarian Sisters will be joining our Campus Ministry team.  Sr. Lourdes of the Holy Eucharist was transferred to Gainesville for ministry. We are so grateful for her service at St. Michael last year. Sr. Tonia of the Heart of Jesus will be returning and  Sr. Katherine Marie Chiara will be joining our SMHS family.

OUR LADY OF WISDOM CHAPEL: The school chapel is open in the morning and at lunch for students to stop in and pray. We will be scheduling Friday morning mass and/or communion services and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the end of August. More information will be given to students in theology classes and to parents via email.

MP3 NIGHT – MUSIC PRAYER PRAISE PLAY:  High school students from across the Diocese are invited to this awesome St. Michael back to school kick off event. It will take place on Saturday, August 13 from 6:00 -10:00 PM in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building.  This is a fun night of fellowship and faith – including inflatable obstacle course, games, live band, food, keynote by Deacon Albert Blount, and opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration and confession. Cost is $10.00 per person. Sign up at https://forms.gle/MWWBcLVou4nFcbN18 and pay at the door. St. Michael students should register as individuals.  See the flyer for the event at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z2KoBPU71ZoSoP0nE2WnuW0r_hJtFhTR/view?usp=sharing.   

ANNE AND JOACHIM CAMPUS MINISTRY PARENT TEAM:  Campus Ministry offers many faith opportunities for students and parents. We would like to invite interested SMHS parents and grandparents to take part in making these events happen and praying for our SMHS family. Check out the link if you would like to be contacted to help with Campus Ministry events – prayer teams, set up teams,  help with retreat preparations, help with food, etc. We are excited to work together with families.  See opportunities and sign up at https://fs29.formsite.com/youthM4L/3gpshvs3j7/index.html.

CELEBRATION OF MASS: Our first all school Mass is Monday, August 15 at 8:50 AM. We will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building. Our celebrants will be Fr. Taylor Sanford and Deacon Michael Parker. Students must wear their dress uniforms all day on Mass Days.
 
FRESHMAN RETREAT: Save the date for Freshman Retreat on Wednesday, August 31. The theme Becoming a Warrior for Christ will allow students to dive deeply into their faith and become a greater part of our Warrior family. The retreat is scheduled to take place from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Prairieville. Parents will be responsible to drop off and pick up students at St. John. There will be no bus. Bus riders, please make arrangements for this day. More information and permission slips will be sent home through freshman theology classes and via email to parents. Please pray as we prepare a fun and meaningful day for our students.

PARENT ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITY:  Parents in any grade are invited to stay at 8:00 AM drop off for Freshman Retreat on August 31 at St. John the Evangelist Activity Center to join us for coffee and a parent workshop with Jason Angelette from Willwoods Marriage and Family. He will be speaking about Spirituality and Parenting in the Digital Age. The workshop should conclude by 9:15 AM. No RSVP needed. All are welcome.
 

CLASS PATRONS: One of our new traditions at St. Michael is having Class Patrons. Each grade level has a Saint or Blessed that will be inspiration and intercessor for them during their four years of high school. Graduating seniors will pass on their patron to an incoming freshman class. For extra fun each Patron has a theme associated with them. Check out this link for resources to learn more about the Patrons.  We will update this link and welcome additional fun things that you find. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13cLCVF5Wsz3WPzPIvCepNDPWwIfYu_ZY2XWarPqNLVM/edit?usp=sharing.
 

Freshmen Class of 2026– St. Joan of Arc’s Soldiers (The Arc’s)

   
Sophomore Class of 2025 – Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Fiesta (The Lupe’s)  

Junior Class of 2024 – St. Damien of Molokai’s Hawaiian (The Kai’s)

Senior Class of 2022 – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Athletes (The Frassati’s)

 

GRADE LEVEL RETREAT SCHEDULE:

Below are the dates for Grade Level Retreats. These dates are subject to change (weather incidents, etc)

            Freshmen – August 31

            Sophomores – September 22

            Seniors – November 28

            Juniors – March 15
 



Intellectual

ACT/SAT: It is recommended that students register for the ACT or SAT after completing the first semester of Algebra II, typically in the spring of their junior year. Seniors who have not already taken either the ACT or SAT should register soon. These test scores are essential when seeking admission to colleges and universities and qualifying for TOPS.  Please be aware that some colleges and universities, including LSU’s Honors College, require that applicants take the written assessment component of either the ACT or SAT at least once.  To sign up for the ACT or SAT, please visit the following websites:                                        
   ACT:  www.actstudent.org           SAT:  www.collegeboard.org/sat  
The following codes may be useful when taking the ACT.  St. Michael High School Code/CEEB: 190186; LSU: 1590; TOPS: 1595; NCAA Eligibility Center: 9999.                                                                      
 
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:  Mark your calendar for Back to School Night at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 24 in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building. This event is sponsored by the Home & School Association to give parents the opportunity to meet the faculty, staff, Home & School Association representatives, Warrior Club representatives, and members of the St. Michael Advisory Board.  Parents will also have the opportunity to walk through their child’s school schedule and purchase Warrior Club merchandise.
 

BELLS:

 · First bell at 7:10 A
 · Senior dismissal bell at 2:26 PM
 · SMHS shuttle bus riders and EBR Parish bus riders dismissal bell at 2:26 
   Carpoolers dismissal bell at 2:30 PM

               

CARPOOL: Parents may not pull into the parking lot to pick up their children. This is a safety hazard because our student drivers are exiting all of our parking lots. Please wait in the school carpool line that begins by the baseball field.


CALENDAR FOR 2022-2023:  This is the calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.  It is important that students be present each day of school in order to get the most out of the education being offered. 
 
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2022-2023

July 18 &19; 21 & 22; or 25 & 26             New Student Technology Training
August 8, 9                                                Orientation              
 August 10                                                 Full Day for All
September 5                                              Labor Day Holiday
October 7                                                   End of the 1st Nine Weeks                
October 10                                                 Fall Holiday
October 10                                                 Contingency Day
November 21-25                                        Thanksgiving Holiday
November 21, 22, 23                                 Contingency Days
December 13-16                                        Midterm Exams
December 19 – January 3                        Christmas Holiday
January 2, 3                                               Contingency Days
January 4                                                   Students Return for 2nd Semester
January 16                                                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 20-24                                          Mardi Gras Holiday
February 22, 23, 24                                   Contingency Days
March 10                                                    End of the 3rd Nine Weeks
April 7-14                                                   Easter Holiday
April 11, 12, 13, 14                                    Contingency Days
May 19                                                       Graduation
May 22-25                                                  Final Exams for Underclassmen
May 26                                              Teacher Work Day/ No School for Students
 

Attendance each school day is an essential part of learning.  Please plan absences and vacations accordingly.  Contingency days will be used as school days to make up any days that may be missed due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  The administration will inform parents and students if and when contingency days are needed.

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FALL AWARDS: Fall Awards will be held Friday, September 2. This is a special event to recognize students with special honors for the 2021-2022 school year, along with inducting National Honor Society (NHS) members. Parents of NHS members are welcome to attend.
 
ISN PROGRAM: Any student with a diagnosed disability may be eligible to receive classroom accommodations. Parents and teachers may refer a student to be considered for the ISN program. Disabilities under the Individual Student Needs program (ISN) are defined as mental, physical, or psychological disorders interfering with learning that have been diagnosed by undergoing the process of a full psychoeducational evaluation. Documentation of a disability is NOT forwarded by a student’s previous school. In order to remain current in the St. Michael ISN program, the student’s disability must have been diagnosed or reconfirmed within three academic years prior to the date of the request to receive accommodations. Requests for information or placement must be made to Mrs. Dutreix, ISN coordinator, at 753-9782, ext. 13.


SMHS SHUTTLE BUS: The SMHS Shuttle Bus began Wednesday, August 10. The monthly fee for this service is $90. Parents who are interested in this service may access our website at www.smhsbr.org and will find the Shuttle Bus form under Quick Links. You may submit the form to the Registrar. Once you submit the form, the fee will be added to your FACTS account.
· St. John (Prairieville) pick up at 6:20 AM and drop off at 3:30 PM
· St. George School pick up at 6:40 AM and drop off at 2:55 PM 
Buses will depart from SMHS each day at 2:30 PM, with approximate arrival time depending upon traffic conditions. Bus routes will be adjusted as needed. Contact the Registrar at 753-9782, ext. 12 if you have questions.

SMHS AFTER SCHOOL CARE: St. Michael will offer an After School Care program beginning Wednesday, August 10. This program provides a safe place for students to wait for their parents. The cost of this program is $125 per semester. Parents who are interested in this service may access our website at www.smhsbr.org and will find the After School Care form under Quick Links. You may submit the form to our Registrar. Once you submit the form, the fee will be added to your FACTS account. Contact the Registrar at 753-9782, ext. 12 if you have questions.

COLLEGES VISITING SMHS: Throughout the fall, admissions representatives from a number of colleges and universities will be visiting our school in order to share information with prospective students. Emails or announcements will be sent to seniors by Mrs. Cart, Senior Counselor & College Advisor alerting students of these opportunities. Please continue to monitor emails, Moodle, and the SMHS Online Calendar for dates/times of upcoming events held at St. Michael.


LSU APPLICATION REMINDER: APPLY EARLY! LSU Admissions applications will open August 1 for the next fall semester at LSU. Seniors who are on target for meeting LSU admissions requirements should apply between August 1 and December 15, 2022. The priority date for full consideration for all LSU scholarship opportunities and Honors College admission for entering freshmen is December 15.  The LSU Application for Undergraduate Admission also serves as the automatic application for all entering freshmen scholarships. To apply, go to the LSU Undergraduate Admissions website: www.lsu.edu/admissions. Students’ official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and any other required information must be received by LSU prior to the December 15 priority deadline.
 


 
 


Personal Development


ADDRESS/TELEPHONE CHANGE: If you have address and/or telephone changes during the school year, please call our Registrar at 753-9782, ext. 12 with the information.

ASBESTOS FREE & IPM PLANS: St. Michael High School is an asbestos free school. In compliance with the asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986, Operational Technologies of Baton Rouge re-inspected the schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan for schools (indoors and outdoors) is done on a yearly basis. Copies of both plans are in the school office and available to the public for inspection.

CHECK OUT POLICY: Parents are reminded to send a note with their student who needs to check out during the school day. The student should bring the note to the office before school. We will not call into classrooms to ask a student to come to the office for dismissal. This interrupts the learning process for everyone in the class. If a parent shows up to check out a student without sending a note, there will be a delay in getting the student from the classroom.

CLUB DAY:  On Tuesday, August 23 during all lunch periods students will have the opportunity to visit and learn about and/or sign up to participate in clubs. All clubs will be represented on this day, and students are encouraged to get involved.  Please advise your student to get involved and join a club or sport.  All clubs are listed on our website under About Us, Campus Life, Clubs and Activities. If you have questions, you may email our Activities Director Mrs. Moseley at jmoseley@smhsbr.org.

DISCRIMINATION POLICY:  St. Michael High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admission processes, extra-curricular activities, or other school related programs.

HOME & SCHOOL FREE TUITION RAFFLE: It’s time to kick off the Home & School Association’s annual Free Tuition Raffle Campaign. This is Home & School’s only fundraiser for the year.  The proceeds will be used for the many activities that support our students, parents and faculty.  Without a successful campaign, we cannot continue to provide this support.  For only $30 you may be the winner of one year’s tuition valued at $9,525. Tickets returned by Thursday, August 19 will be eligible for an Early Bird Drawing, where one ticket will be drawn to win $100. That ticket will also be eligible for the 2022-2023 Free Tuition Drawing on Thursday, August 26.  If you do not receive your tickets, please contact our Activities Director Mrs. Moseley at 753-9782, ext. 29.

PERMISSION FOR COLLEGE VISITS: When a student is planning a college visit or tour day, his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) must forward a written request to Mr. Keller, Dean of Students prior to the actual date of the visit. The student should return to school the day following his/her absence with a letter of verification of attendance which will be provided by the college or university upon request. Mr. Keller will review the requested information prior to and following the event when considering the validity of granting an educational excused absence for the time missed away from school. Please refer to the SMHS Student/Parent Handbook for further details regarding educational absences.

PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS CONCERNS: As we begin this school year, it is appropriate to inform parents of the procedure for addressing concerns. If an academic or procedural concern arises, the parent should first consult the teacher. If the issue is not resolved, the parent may take the matter to either the Dean of Students or an Assistant Principal. If the matter remains unresolved, it should be referred to the Principal.

SENIOR SUNRISE BREAKFAST:  The Class of 2023 will be invited to the inaugural Senior Sunrise Breakfast on Thursday, August 18. Information will go out to each senior by Friday, August 12, along with a link to RSVP for the breakfast. 

STUDENT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DANCE:  The SMHS Student Back-to-School Dance will be held Saturday, August 27 in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building from 7:00—10:00 PM. This dance is a St. Michael student dance only - no outside guests are allowed.  The theme is Neon Glow.  Please dress appropriately in theme for this dance.  Tickets are $12 per student when purchased online at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/smhsbr/b2sdance22. Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 24.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.  This is the only dance where an entrance ticket may be purchased at the door. 

STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS:  Freshman elections will take place on Friday, August 26.  If your freshman is interested in running for an officer position, online information will be available starting Tuesday, August 16. Officer positions are president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.  No previous experience required.  These officers have a direct impact on the activities, events, and spirit on campus.  Another way to be involved is to be a homeroom representative.  These students relay information from meetings to their homeroom classes.  These elections will take place in the student’s homeroom on Wednesday, August 31.

STUDENT/PARENT DIRECTORY:  The Student/Parent Directory is available online through your PlusPortal account.  To be listed in the directory, you must opt-in.  Simply log into your PlusPortal account, click on School Announcements. There you will see instructions on opting into the directory.  You will also find information on the Parent and Student PlusPortal apps for your mobile devices.


STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE: All students enrolled at St. Michael High School are automatically registered for school accident insurance. The cost of insurance is included in the tuition fee. 

WARRIOR FOOTBALL: 
The Warriors will start the season with a scrimmage at Live Oak at 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 18 vs Live Oak High School.   Tickets will be sold online at https://app.slocaltix.com.

The 2022 Red Stick Rumble Jamboree will be at Memorial Stadium at 6:30 PM on Friday, August 26 vs UHIGH.

 

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A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
 
RENEWED!  Our school theme for 2022-2023 school year reminds us all that the Holy Spirit is walking with us as we journey through life.  The presence of the Holy Spirit brings with it many gifts that serve us well in our lives.  Gifts, like perseverance, fortitude, wisdom, understanding and charity, when practiced in our day-to-day living bring us closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  These gifts renew us as we work to form our young people as committed disciples of Christ.

The procedures and guidelines we follow at St. Michael High School are explained in the St. Michael Student-Parent Handbook.  A copy of the handbook was emailed to every student and parent before school started.  Please read through this document carefully with your student.  A copy of the handbook can be found on the school’s website.  Parents who did not receive the handbook email should check to make sure they have a valid email address in PlusPortals.

An important aspect of our safety plan going forward involves students and parents.  Often students and sometimes parents will hear or see something that concerns them.  Maybe it is a comment in the hall or a social media post that raises concerns.  At orientation I encouraged all our students to take action if they have a concern.  I asked them if they “see something or hear something” that makes them uneasy then “say something” to a trusted adult.  This is not telling or snitching on a friend.  It is answering a call for help.  As Christians, we have an obligation to take care of each other and to help each other whenever possible, this might be an instance when someone is threatening to harm themselves or harm others.  Please encourage your child if they “see something or hear something then say something” to a trusted adult.

Our Warrior faculty and staff renew our commitment to partner with our parents to foster the spiritual, intellectual, and personal development of our students.  At St. Michael High School, we act in conjunction with the Catholic Church to challenge our students to grow into the young men and young women God calls them to be.  We look forward to a year filled with gifts of the Holy Spirit as we are RENEWED!

Blessings,
Ellen B. Lee, Principal


 

ST. MICHAEL HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
 
WINE & CHEESE EVENT
Please mark your calendars for Home & School’s 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Meet & Greet on Thursday, September 15 at the St. Michael High School St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building at 6:00 PM.  Enjoy a relaxing evening with your fellow SMHS parents, with adult beverages, food, music, fun and fellowship.  Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/3SarC7CMuRd4tU3t7.
 

Now that our kids are back in school, the Parents get to Celebrate!

How?  The Warrior Club Back to School Dance (Adults 21 and Older)
When?   Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 PM
Where?  St. Michael St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building
 
We will have a DJ playing all of your favorite music.  Get your tickets and drink cups on our website at www.smhswarriorclub.com.  A few VIP tables remain available and may also be purchased on our website. Don’t miss our flash sale going on now through Sunday, August 14 giving you a $10 discount on each drink cup. We want to see all of you Warrior fans and your friends on August 20 for what’s certain to be a night of fun!
 
Warrior Club Membership
 
Thank you for the tremendous support you have already shown through memberships. If you joined by August 7, you will pick up your membership packet during Parent Night at St. Michael on August 24.  It is not too late to join at the Individual and Family Membership Levels and we will notify you when your membership packet is available for pick up.  All membership packets must be picked up by a parent.  Please visit our website for membership details.  If you have any questions, you may contact us at warriorclub@smhsbr.org.
 
Warrior Club Store
 
We recently added new merchandise to our store. Get your favorite Warrior Gear before it sells out! Our online store can be found on our website and is always available for your shopping needs.  Once your order is filled, you will receive an email notification that it is ready for pick up in the school office.  We are opening the store during lunch hours on Thursday, September 1. You or your student will be able to shop during lunch or you may pre-order online and we will distribute your order to your student during lunch. GO WARRIORS!