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May 2023 Principal's Newsletter

 May 2023
Principal's Newsletter


CHRISTIAN SERVICE:   Congratulations to the 174 students who earned Christian Service Awards for going beyond their required hours for the 2022-2023 school year. 88 students earned the Bronze Award for completing 10 hours above their requirement, for a total of 2,971 hours served.  53 students earned the Silver Award for completing 25 hours above their requirement, for a total of 2,515 hours served.   33 students earned the Gold Award for completing 50 hours above their requirement, for a total of 3,041 hours served.  What a testament of our students living out the school's mission by serving others!

Students may now start completing the Christian Service requirement for next year.  Don’t wait!  What is most important is that students make a plan now for the service work they plan to do over the next year. Start by selecting a service area in which the student might be interested. Then contact an organization from the school website to arrange time and dates for the service work. Contact the school service coordinator, Mrs. Haley Wetzel, with any questions or concerns.
  • THE MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD:  The 2022-2023 Mother Teresa of Calcutta Christian Service Award honors a senior who has demonstrated Christ-like servant leadership at the highest level.  They live the charism Ministerium and are models of what a young person can achieve if he or she is willing to give, as St. Teresa says, “until it hurts,” not always doing great things, but always doing small things with great love.  The awardee is chosen by the members of the Theology Department who work with the students’ service hours. This year’s recipient is Makayla Bonanno.
  • THE MOTHER SETON AWARD:  The 2022-23 Mother Seton Award winner for St. Michael High School is Mrs. Megan Grippi.   In 1986 the Diocesan Home and School Association established the Mother Seton Award to honor those individuals who have shared their gifts through exemplary service to school.  Megan currently serves as secretary for our Home and School Association and plays an integral role with many of the organization's events: Shadow Days, Tuition Raffle, Parent Boot Camp, Used Uniform Sale, and the Wine and Cheese Parent Welcome.  In addition to sharing her talents with the Home and School Association, Megan assists with the March for Life and the Pro-Vita dinners and with decorating lockers for our football team.  

SENIOR/MOTHER MASS:  As our seniors move towards graduation, they will celebrate the first of several milestone events with our annual Senior/Mother Mass on Thursday, May 4 in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building.   All students must wear their dress uniform, and mothers will gather with their senior(s) in the Cafeteria at 8:30 AM for procession. This all school Mass will be followed by a special brunch celebration for seniors and their mothers.  After the brunch, seniors will be dismissed for the day. 

SENIOR SERVICE PROJECT:  As the seniors are presenting their Senior Service Projects,  juniors should begin to prepare for this important milestone. Juniors will be receiving a copy of the project criteria, and several seniors will be presenting their projects in the junior Theology classes so that the juniors can visualize how their projects should turn out. Parents, please visit with your junior about their plans for next year’s Senior Project.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BRUNCH: St. Michael mothers and daughters are invited to a beautiful morning of fellowship, reflection and prayer on Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building.  The cost is $18 per person for a delicious meal that will accompany reflection and prayer.  Incoming freshman families are welcome.  Please register at Mother/Daughter Event (

If you are a father who would like to help serve, set up, or clean up at the Mother/Daughter Brunch, please sign up at


SENIOR EXAM SCHEDULE:                                                     
Monday, May  8                   1st  Hour—7:10-8:50 AM
                                              2nd  Hour—9:05-10:35 AM      
Tuesday,  May 9                   8th Hour—7:10-8:50 AM
                                              4th Hour—9:05-10:35 AM

Wednesday,  May  10          3rd Hour—7:10-8:50 AM
                                              6th Hour—9:05-10:35 AM

Thursday,  May 11               7th Hour—7:10-8:50 AM
                                              5th Hour—9:05-10:35 AM       
*Seniors MUST return their laptop computers immediately following their last exam.
Monday, May 1               AP Chemistry, 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 3         AP English IV (Literature and Comp.), 8:00 AM
Friday, May 5                  AP U.S. History, 8:00 AM
                                       AP European History, 8:00 AM
Monday, May 8               AP Calculus A/B, 8:00 AM
Tuesday, May 9              AP English III (Language and Comp.), 8:00 AM
*Students must be in their school uniform to take an AP exam.   Students will go to all other classes before and after exams.

Monday, May 22                      8th hour—7:10 AM-9:10 AM
                                                 7th hour—9:25 AM-11:25 AM

Tuesday, May 23                     3rd hour—7:10 AM-9:10 AM
                                                 6th hour—9:25 AM-11:25 AM 

Wednesday, May 24                2nd hour—7:10 AM-9:10 AM
                                                  5th hour—9:25 AM-11:25 AM

Thursday, May 25                    1st hour—7:10 AM-9:10 AM
                                                  4th hour—9:25 AM-11:25 AM

*Dismissal for underclassmen the week of exams will be at 11:30 AM.
*There will be NO After School Care on exams days.
*The SMHS shuttle bus will run mornings and at 11:30 AM on May 22, 23, 24, & 25.
*EBR Parish buses will run mornings and at 11:30 AM on May 22,
      but EBR Parish buses will NOT run any routes on May 23, 24, or 25.
*Final report cards will be posted on PlusPortals on May 26.
PRESENTATION OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2024:  The Presentation of the SMHS Class of 2024 will be held Friday, May 12 in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building at 6:30 PM.  All juniors must attend.  In addition, all juniors must attend a mandatory practice on Thursday, May 11 from 2:35-3:45 PM.  Students must be excused by Mr. Kegan Keller if they are unable to attend either event.  

EARLY DISMISSAL/OFFICE CLOSED: In order for faculty and staff to attend the graduation ceremony, the front office will close at 12 Noon and students will be dismissed at 12 Noon on Friday, May 19. EBR Parish buses and the SMHS shuttle bus will run at that time.

FINAL EXAMS:   Semester exams count as 20% of a student’s semester grade.  Exam scores can have a significant impact on a semester average.  With this knowledge in hand, please encourage your student to be well prepared.

IF A STUDENT FAILS A CLASS:  If a student fails a class, whether for a semester or the entire year, it is required that the student attend summer school the summer immediately following the failure.  Summer school attendance is mandatory if the course is required for graduation from St. Michael.  For specific details regarding SMHS graduation requirements, please refer to page 26 of the handbook.  Immediately after the conclusion of final exams on May 25 teachers will be contacting parents/guardians of students who must attend summer school.
ACT & SAT DATES: The next ACT dates are Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, July 15.   Please visit to register. The next SAT dates are Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, June 3.  Please visit to register.   

FINAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: Seniors should be aware of all final college admissions requirements. This could include mailing an ACT or SAT score, immunization record (vaccinations), paying a fee bill, or applying for housing. Not doing so could potentially prevent a final admissions decision from being made or prevent a student from scheduling classes or attending orientation. Please see the admissions criteria per your intended college or university for more information.
DUAL ENROLLMENT & AP CREDIT: If a student has received Dual Enrollment credit, the college transcript must be sent from the accrediting institution to the intended college or university. If a student has received AP credit, The College Board will send a score report to the colleges or universities that the student indicated on his/her answer sheet. If a student wishes to send additional score reports, he/she may do so through an online account with The College Board.
SUBMITTING A FINAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT: When a senior graduates, public universities like LSU & SELU will have access to student transcripts via the Student Transcript System (STS) through the Louisiana Department of Education beginning June 15. Because of this electronic transfer, St. Michael does not need to mail a transcript to any public university. However, private institutions such as Loyola University and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, or out-of-state institutions, will need an official copy of your student’s transcript mailed from St. Michael. Please make the request via the Document Request Form found on your student’s Moodle account, and include the exact mailing address of where it needs to be sent. We will not accept transcript requests over the phone or via email. Always check with the college or university admissions office or log-in online through a student account to check on the receipt of a transcript or any other document needed for admissions, such as test scores.


SENIORS—Final turn in for senior laptops and flak jackets will be in the Main Gym after their last exam on Wednesday, May 10 or Thursday, May 11.  If finished with exams before then, please bring laptops and flak jackets to the Help Desk. 
There will be a charge for missing items:
  • Pen/Stylus - $70.00 
  • Power Cord - $45.00
  • Flak Jacket - $35.00
  • Missing Bar Code - $10.00

UNDERCLASSMEN—Underclassmen will turn in their laptops and flak jackets after all final exams are completed. 
There will be a charge for missing items:
  • Pen/Stylus - $70.00 
  • Power Cord - $45.00
  • Flak Jacket - $35.00
  • Missing Bar Code - $10.00
Returning students will pick up their laptops during orientation. 

Required Two Day Student Tablet Training for NEW Students
All incoming freshmen and new students to St. Michael are required to attend a two day session for Student Tablet/PC Training in July.

July 17 (7:30 AM – 2:30 PM) & July 18 (7:30 AM – 12 Noon)
New students whose last name begins with A - F and all upperclassmen

July 20 (7:30 AM – 2:30 PM) & July 21 (7:30 AM – 12 Noon)
New students whose last name begins with G – M

July 24 (7:30 AM – 2:30 PM) & July 25 (7:30 AM – 12 Noon)
New students whose last name begins with N - Z
Proper school uniforms are required.
Supervision begins 30 minutes before class time and continues for 30 minutes past class dismissal.
Required PARENT Informational Meeting for NEW Students

July 16 6:00 PM
July 19 6:00 PM
July 25 7:30 AM

At least one parent of each new student must attend one Parent Informational Meeting before the student will be allowed to take the computer home. 
The Parent Informational Meetings will last about one hour.

Monday,  May 1             Library books due; all overdue charges must be paid     

Wednesday,  May 3       Senior Crawfish Boil (during lunch)

Thursday, May 4            Senior Mass with Mothers-arrive 8:30 AM in
                                      Cafeteria/followed by Brunch for Seniors and Mothers 
Wednesday, May 17      Baccalaureate Mass/Honors Convocation Mandatory
                                      Practice-9:00 AM  SMHS Multipurpose Building                                                 

Wednesday, May 17      Baccalaureate Mass/Honors Convocation-6:30 PM  
                                      SMHS Multipurpose Building

Friday, May 19               Graduation Mandatory Practice-9:00 AM
                                       Raising Cane’s River Center 

Friday, May 19               Commencement Exercises-3:00 PM
                                       Raising Cane’s River Center 

Personal Development

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS:  Students participating in sports/cheer/dance/flag/band must submit a current physical each school year.  

CARPOOL REQUEST:  When picking up your students in the St. Michael carpool line, please do not block the driveways to the St. Andrews parking lot across the street.  When we block their driveways they are unable to enter and exit their campus.

SUMMER HOURS: The school front office will be open from 7:00 AM—3:30 PM through June 9. Starting June 12 our office hours will be 7:30 AM—12:30 PM, Monday through Thursday.

  • Warrior Boys Powerlifting: State Champions 
2  - Individual State Champions
3 -  2nd Place Finishers
2  - 3rd Place Finishers
1  - All State Honorable Mention
  • Warrior Girls Powerlifting:
1 - 2nd Place Finisher
  • Warrior Boys Basketball: District Champions
2 -  All District
2 -  Honorable Mention All District
District MVP
Defensive MVP
  • Warrior Girls Basketball:
1 - All District
1 - Honorable Mention All District
  • Warrior Boys Bowling: District Champions
3 - All District
2 - Co District MVP
2 - Honorable Mention All District

  • Warrior Boys Soccer:
2 - All State
1 - All State Freshmen Team
1 - All Metro Offensive MVP
3 - All Metro
1 - All District Offensive MVP
3 - All District
2 - 2nd Team All District
3 - Honorable Mention All District
  • Warrior Girls Soccer:               District Champions
4 - 1st Team All State
1 - 2nd Team All State
1 - All Metro Defensive MVP
3 - 1st Team All Metro
3 - Honorable Mention All Metro
1 - All District Defensive MVP
5 - 1st Team All District
6 - 2nd Team All District
2 - Honorable Mention All District
  • Warrior Wrestling:
1 - State Champion
2 - All City Honorable Mention


During this last four weeks of the school year, students should be putting forth their last big effort to prepare for their final exams and to finish the year strong.  Parents, please join with us in holding students accountable for staying focused in class, completing assignments on time and to the best of their ability, and asking for assistance when they need help.  Preparation for exams begins with putting in the work each day and not waiting until the last minute.  Stress and anxiety on the students and on the parents can be reduced if students take the time to put forth the time and effort needed for success.  If parents have any questions or concerns, they should contact their child’s counselor or their teacher.
We will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week during the second week of May.  I hope everyone will take the time to thank a teacher or staff member this month.  A quick email or a short note is all it takes to make a teacher’s day.  Teachers, and staff members also, give so much of themselves to help our students grow into the young men and young women God calls them to be.  We are grateful to have an outstanding faculty and staff at St. Michael High School.
The administration, faculty and staff are very grateful for the support we have received from our parents this year.  The Home and School Association and the Warrior Club have both been a real blessing to our school community.  We appreciate the spiritual guidance of our chaplains, Deacon Michael Parker and Father Taylor Sanford, and of our Mercedarian Sisters, Sister Chiara and Sister Heart of Jesus.  We ask for your continued prayers as we strive to teach our student to Seek the Truth, Live the Faith, and Serve Like Christ.
Ellen B. Lee, Principal


June 6     NEW PARENT BOOT CAMP:  If you are a new family to St. Michael High School, then our Boot Camp is for you! The event will be held Tuesday, June 6, with registration at 5:30 PM and the event begins at 5:45 PM.  You will be provided with information to help you and your student successfully maneuver through high school. You will be receiving more information in an email.  Once received, please RSVP to Mrs. Jackie Moseley at
June 7     USED UNIFORM SALE:   4:00-6:30 PM in the School Cafeteria
Merchandise Update – You will want to check out our new polos for men. These will sell out fast! We have also restocked the following items:  Small and Medium, Red and Black Chenille Sweatshirts; Small and Medium Pajama Pants; and Visors in Red, Black, White, and Grey. You may shop anytime from our online store at and select “Shop All” to view available items.

ATTENTION WARRIOR PARENTS! Have you thought about getting involved in the Warrior Club? Now is your chance. We have filled a few positions, but we still have a few opportunities for you to get involved:  Dance Co-Chair, Football Program Co-Chair, Member at Large, and Social Media Manager, as well as 2023-24 Secretary.  Please contact us by email at for more information.

Spring Membership Meeting – We thank all of you who attended the meeting. As always, you shared great ideas and assisted us with making several decisions as we move forward to expand and improve the activities of the Warrior Club. Congratulations to the Volleyball program for winning the drawing!
As many of our athletes continue to compete this month,
we keep them in our prayers, and we wish them the best of luck!
St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle
Open House 2023