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October 2021 Principal's Newsletter

October 2021 Principal's Newsletter

Spiritual

MASS:  Two all-school Masses will be held Tuesday, October 19 at 8:50 AM in the Multipurpose Building and in the Main Gym. Our celebrants will be Fr. Taylor Sanford and Fr. Alex Harb. Students must wear their dress uniform. The mass will be livestreamed.
 
STUDENT PRAYER GROUPS:  In October and November, Campus Ministry will begin offering male and female prayer/Bible study groups for our students at lunch. Fr. Taylor will be leading the boys on Tuesdays at all lunch periods. Sr. Eucharist and Sr. Heart of Jesus will be leading the girls on Wednesdays. All groups will meet in Room 8. All are welcome. Please email Mrs. Emily Froeba for more information at efroeba@smhsbr.org.

BISHOP VISIT: Bishop Michael Duca and Fr. Josh Johnson will be on campus Friday, October 29 to visit with all theology classes. They will be discussing our call to Holiness and openness to God’s call. We look forward to welcoming them to our campus, alongside our Sisters.

RED STICK CATHOLIC FEST:  Sign up has begun for St. Michael students to attend this Diocesan Youth Event on Saturday, October 30 at St. John Church in Prairieville. It will be a day of fellowship, fun and faith. The day will include dynamic speakers, socially distanced fun and amazing worship. The cost is $30. Students may reserve their spot by October 15 at https://forms.gle/ggRykrfTvbqixhQ16. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Emily Froeba at efroeba@smhsbr.org.

RETREATS:  Because each school retreat is a graduation requirement, any student who is sick on the day of the retreat must attend another administration-approved Diocesan retreat. Please see the SMHS Student/Parent Handbook for more information.

The Senior Retreat will take place on Monday, November 29 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Students will meet at school and be transported to and from the retreat by school bus. The theme for Senior Retreat is Put On Love. Our seniors will focus on looking at how their faith has carried them this far and what the future holds.  Students are to wear jeans and their class t-shirt. As always, the school code regarding appropriate dress applies.

SERVICE HOURS UPDATES - 

HURRICANE IDA SERVICE HOURS: All service hours for Hurricane Ida must be documented on the service form in this link and attached to the student’s cover sheet. Hours for Hurricane Ida only must be turned in to the theology teacher monthly. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nEKdWJRy5HRCTAc4ExN_I0wdkV50ay8X/view?usp=sharing
 
SERVICE DOCUMENTATION: All service hours (direct and indirect) must be performed through a community organization. This policy is in place in order to verify hours properly and connect students to community organizations, churches and schools. We are allowing ONLY Hurricane Ida hours to be verified by individuals and parents. Please see list of approved organizations and let us know if you have an organization that could be added.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-OkLeaV_h-IJV3VzNX6avh6fGSfimhoV8By6CsKS71A/edit?usp=sharing
 
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: Theology teachers will be sharing this service opportunity  link with students. This will be continuously updated throughout the year. Half of students’ total service hours are due at the beginning of December.  Parents are also welcomed to access this list and let us know of opportunities that we can add to the list.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/10LoRzL1GWJFL1vu7j1FIw87PXG9ZUXFu0ihAr15RjBo/edit?usp=sharing  
If you have any service hour questions and/or suggestions, please contact our Service Coordinator Mrs. Haley Wetzel at hwetzel@smhsbr.org.
 
ALL SOULS ALTAR:  The Spanish Club will be preparing to celebrate the Mexican holiday of El Día de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead.” This Catholic holiday is a tradition closely associated with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and is held on November 1 and 2. The celebration is filled with beautiful imagery and symbols based around family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember those who have died. Spanish Club members will be learning about the history of the day and the symbols that are associated with it. In honor of El Día de los Muertos, the club will be gathering materials to construct an ofrenda (altar) to represent their family members who have died. We would like to extend the celebration to the rest of the school by having students submit a picture of a family member who has passed on, if they choose to participate. More details will be released as the time comes closer, and we hope all students, faculty and staff will consider participating to make this a fruitful experience for our school. Any questions may be emailed to Spanish Club Moderator Mr. Anthony Taffaro at ataffaro@smhsbr.org.
The Class of 2025 recently spent a day in retreat at St. John the Evangelist.  
As freshmen, this was their first high school class retreat.
The day's theme, “Becoming a Warrior for Christ,” focused on the St. Michael charisms Veritas, Fides, and Ministerium.

Intellectual

BATON ROUGE NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR: The NACAC National College Fair will be virtual this year.  More than 600 colleges and universities will be online to talk with high school juniors and seniors on each of these dates this Fall: October 13, October 24  and November 14. Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as often as you like. Parents are invited, too. For further information and to register for this event, please go to virtualcollegefairs.org.  Contact Mrs. Rachel Cart at  rcart@smhsbr.org with any questions.
 
VIRTUAL COFFEE WITH THE FRESHMAN COUNSELOR:  Freshman parents/guardians are invited to attend Virtual Coffee with the Counselor on Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 AM OR 12:00 Noon. Ms. Taylor Flowers, Freshman Counselor, will have a brief presentation via Zoom about the new college and career readiness program, Naviance, which all students will receive training for at the end of October. Graduation requirements and the Pre-ACT standardized test (that will be held in the spring semester) will also be discussed. Please keep an eye out for an email with instructions on how to RSVP during the first week of October.

 REPORT CARDS/PlusPortals:  The first nine weeks ends on Tuesday, October 12.  Report cards will be posted on PlusPortals on Thursday, October 14.   If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s performance, please contact  your child’s teacher.
 
COLLEGE VISITATION DAY:  On Wednesday, October 13, seniors will not have school so that they may visit a college or university of their choice.  Although each college and university establishes its own rules in regards to arranging an official campus visit, students may begin by contacting the Office of Admissions or Office of Enrollment Services for assistance in planning their campus tour. Check college or university websites for registration and news on upcoming events.  We encourage each senior to take a campus tour to gain valuable information to support their college decisions.

PERMISSION FOR COLLEGE VISITS:  In addition to our College Visitation Day (October 13), seniors will be granted one additional college visit with administrative approval. When a student is planning a college visit or tour day and must miss a school day, his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) must forward a written request to Mrs. Ellen Lee 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.  Mrs. Lee will consider the requested information prior to and following the event in order to decide whether or not an educational excused absence will be granted. Please refer to the SMHS Student/Parent Handbook for more details regarding educational absences.

COLLEGE APPLICATION MONTH: October is College Application Month.  Starting in October, admissions representatives from area colleges will be on the SMHS campus in the cafeteria visiting juniors and seniors during their lunch hour.  Please encourage your senior to fill out at least one college application during the month of October .
  • LSU - October 5
  • Southeastern - October 6
  • River Parishes CC - October 6
  • ULL - October 7
  • Northwestern - October 18
  • Centenary - October 25
FILING THE FAFSA:  The FAFSA portal opens October 1.  This is the free application for federal student aid that can qualify your student for loans, grants and work study, and it is the application for the TOPS scholarship, if your student qualifies.  Your previous year’s income tax return is needed to fill out the form, which must be filed by July 1, 2022:
If you wish to only fill out the application for the TOPS scholarship in the spring, you may do so on the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance website:
 
LSU APPLICATION REMINDER: APPLY EARLY!   Applications are now being accepted for the next Fall semester at LSU. Although the priority date for full consideration for all LSU scholarship programs open to entering freshmen is December 15, seniors who are on target for meeting LSU admissions requirements should APPLY EARLY.   The LSU Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships also serves as the automatic application for all entering freshman scholarships. To apply, go to the LSU Undergraduate Admissions website at www.lsu.edu/admissions.  Students’ official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and all other required information must be received by LSU prior to the December 15 deadline. 
 
SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY APPLICATION REMINDER:  APPLY EARLY!  Although the priority date for full consideration for all SELU scholarship programs open to entering freshmen is January 15, seniors who are on target for meeting SELU admissions requirements should APPLY EARLY.   The SELU Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships also serves as the automatic application for all entering freshman scholarships. To apply, go to the SELU Undergraduate Admissions website at https://www.southeastern.edu/apply/freshmen/index.html.
 
 PSAT/NMSQT—STANDARDIZED TESTING DAY: On Wednesday, October 13 all juniors, along with those sophomores and freshmen who registered, will sit for the PSAT/NMSQT, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the preparatory version of the SAT.
  • Seniors will have a college visit day. 
  • All sophomores and freshmen who are not taking the test will stay at home and complete required virtual presentations on self-care and college & career knowledge. 
  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors taking the test will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.  Students who receive extended time will be dismissed at 12:00 noon.
  • There will be no lunch vendors on campus on October 13.
  • There will be no after-school program on October 13.  
REMAINING ACT TEST DATES FOR SENIORS TO QUALIFY FOR TOPS SCHOLARSHIP: https://act.org/
  • October 23, 2021
  • December 11, 2021
  • February 12, 2022
  • April 2, 2022 – This is the last date to qualify for all 8 semesters of the TOPS  scholarship.
 
 
Our National Merit Warriors were recently featured on a billboard
on I-10 near College Drive!

Personal Development

 

DISTINGUISED GRADUATE NOMINATIONS:  Distinguished Graduate Nominations are due Tuesday, October 12. If you know of a great candidate, please nominate them by filling out this form:                                                                                                                        
https://www.smhsbr.org/alumni/distinguished-graduate.cfm
 
EARLY DISMISSAL FOR STUDENTS: St. Michael students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 27 for preparation of our Open House beginning at 4:00 that evening. There will be NO lunch vendors and NO after school program on 12:00 dismissal days.  EBR buses and the SMHS shuttle bus will run at noon.   
 
HURRICANE MAKE-UP DAYS:  Due to missed school days during Hurricane Ida, St. Michael will have classes on Friday, October 8 and Monday October 12.
 
LATE START FOR STUDENTS:  On Thursday, October 28 school will begin two hours later than usual due to our Open House.  Dismissal will be at the regular time. The first bell will ring at  9:10 AM. The library will be open at 6:45 AM for any students who need to be dropped off early.  Any student on campus before 8:45 AM must report to the library.  EBR buses will run at their regular time.  The SMHS shuttle bus will run two hours later than usual in the morning. 
 
SENIOR NIGHT:  Seniors on the SMHS Lady Warrior Volleyball Team will be honored on Senior Night,  Tuesday, October 19 vs Brusly at 6:00 PM in the SMHS gym.  All parents are encouraged to attend and be a part of Senior Night.

The SMHS Warrior Football Team will host Senior Night, Thursday, October 28 vs Plaquemine at Olympia Stadium. Senior football, sports medicine, cheer, flag, dance and band members will be recognized, along with their parents. All parents are encouraged to attend and be a part of Senior Night.
 
SENIOR PICTURE DEADLINE:  The senior picture deadline has been extended to Friday, November 19.  Please contact Barclell Studio at (225) 791-1951 to set up your appointment, if you have not yet done so. 
 
TRANSPORTATION:
  EBR  bus transportation WILL NOT run on Friday, October 8 or Monday, October 11. The SMHS shuttle bus will run its regular route on both days.
 

HOMECOMING NEWS
Important Dates 
  • Friday, October 1   Homecoming Court will be honored with a Mass at 6:45 AM in the school Chapel followed by a breakfast.
  • Sunday, October 10   Student Council will be on campus decorating the halls from 4:00-6:30 PM.
  • Monday, October 11   Homecoming Week begins with a door decorating competition.
  • Thursday, October 14   Student Council will host a Block Party beginning at 5:30 PM with free hamburgers and hotdogs for students and their families. The Development Office/Kona Ice will serve free snow cones.  At 6:30 PM the annual Homecoming Pep Rally will begin with the football team, dancers, cheerleaders and flag team, along with the introduction of the Homecoming Court and their mothers.
  • Friday, October 15   Football game vs. Ascension Catholic at Olympia Field.  The Alumni Department will host a tailgate from 5:30-6:30 PM for SMHS alumni.  To attend please register at Alumni Homecoming Tailgate - St. Michael the Archangel High School (smhsbr.org). The Homecoming Court maids along with their fathers will be presented during half time. 
  • Saturday, October 16   Homecoming Dance from 7:00-10:00 PM will be held in the back of the SMHS campus under a tent.  Guests must arrive by 8:00 PM and doors will re-open for 9:00 PM.  All guests must be picked up by 10:00 PM.  Order information for tickets and t-shirts was emailed to students and parents in September.  The last day to order tickets to attend the Dance is October 6.  

Dress Up Days For Homecoming Week
  • MOVIE MONDAY—Students may dress up as a character from a movie/TV show from the decade their grade has chosen. Either filmed in that decade or takes place in that decade. 
  • TUNES TUESDAY—Students may either dress up as their favorite style of music (country, jazz, pop, etc) or wear a t-shirt of their favorite band/artist.
  • WEDNESDAY— No special dress day.  The PSAT will take place during school.
  • THROWBACK THURSDAY— Students may wear clothing from any decade of their choosing:  the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s or 2000s.
  • WARRIOR PRIDE FRIDAY—Students may wear their Homecoming t-shirt or any St. Michael t-shirt along with the rest of their school uniform.  Seniors may wear jeans.
*Dress options must be school appropriate* 
 
 

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

The first quarter grading period of this school year ends on Tuesday, October 12th, and grades will be posted by Thursday.  Official grades that are reported on a student transcript come from the semester average. A semester grade consists of two nine weeks grades, counting 40% each, and a midterm exam grade, counting 20%.  There are still plenty of opportunities to bring up unsatisfactory grades.  We have a second nine weeks and midterm exams that will be calculated with the first nine weeks grades to get a semester average.  Our dedicated teachers are here to help our students.  Please encourage your student to see their teacher for help if he/she is struggling.  If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or his/her grade level counselor.
 
The pandemic continues to challenge us all to think creatively about safety.  We are holding Mass in both gyms in order to spread out.  Our most recent pep rally and our homecoming dance are being held outdoors.  We have been able to have a limited number of 8th grade students attend our Shadow Days.   Thank you to our parents who are keeping students home when they are ill.  Thank you to our teachers who help students remote-in to classes during quarantine.  Our mitigation measures are working to keep our students and faculty safe and healthy.  
 
We look forward to helping 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in our community find out what being a Warrior is all about at our annual Open House.  Our Open House on Wednesday, October 27 gives us an opportunity to let perspective students and their parents know about the wonderful things that are happening here.  Please encourage any junior high student that you know to register to attend our Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. so that they can see the outstanding opportunities that await them at St. Michael.  As parents of our students, we rely on your assistance in spreading the good news that is St. Michael High School.
 
A contributing factor of the success of our school is the work of the Advisory Board.  The St. Michael High School Advisory Board is made up of volunteers, some elected and some appointed, who meet five times a year.  The purpose of the Advisory Board is to advise and support the administration of St. Michael High School as it seeks to carry out its mission of forming its students spiritually, intellectually, and personally.  If you would like to serve on the SMHS Advisory Board or on one of its committees, please complete the form by clicking the included link.  We count on your support. 
 https://bit.ly/3A5z8nl
 
Thank you for all that you do to support our mission to educate young people as committed disciples of Christ.  We count on your continued prayers.
 
God Bless,
Ellen B. Lee, Principal
 

 

ST. MICHAEL HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
 
Parents can follow St. Michael Home and School Association on Facebook. 
Our Facebook group is where you can find the latest opportunities to volunteer and information needed to keep up to date.
We are excited to say that 122 Warrior Families have joined the Warrior Club! Thank you for your support. The remainder of the membership items will be distributed soon.  You will receive an email when your order is ready for pick up in the office.   All athletic passes must be signed for and picked up by a parent.

NEW MERCHANDISE ARRIVING SOON!  You will see new Warrior gear available in our store starting in October.  
You may shop anytime online at smhswarriorclub.com or in person at the next home football game on October 15 at Olympia Stadium.

We will hold a Welcome Meeting in October. One lucky member will receive a door prize. Please follow us on social media for the announcement of the date.
 
Fall sports are off to a fantastic start!  Good luck to all St. Michael
Warrior Athletic Teams and Spirit Programs.
 
St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle

ADVANCEMENT NEWS & IMPORTANT EVENTS

 
Registration is required for Open House.  Use the link below to register.
https://www.smhsbr.org/admissions/open-house.cfm