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September 2022 Principal's Newsletter

 September 2022
Principal's Newsletter

Spiritual

2022-2023 MASS SCHEDULE
  • Thursday, September 29 - Feast of St. Michael
  • Tuesday, October 11
  • Monday, November 1 - All Saints Day
  • Thursday, December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Wednesday, January 11
  • Thursday, February 2 - Catholic Schools Week
  • Wednesday, March 8
  • Thursday, April 20 - Service Mass
  • Friday, May 5 - Senior Mother's Mass

CELEBRATION OF MASS: An all-school Mass and Eucharistic Procession to celebrate the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel will be held Thursday, September 29 at 8:50 AM in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building. Our celebrants will be Bishop Duca, Fr. Taylor Sanford and Deacon Michael Parker. Parents and alum are invited and should check in at the school office prior to the Mass start time. Students must wear their dress uniforms all day on Mass days.

CHASTITY SPEAKER:  On Thursday, September 8 St. Michael will host Chastity speaker Jason Evert (www.chastityproject.com). Parents are encouraged to pray for this talk. We will have a space for parents to take part in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and intercessory prayer in the St. Anne room located in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building before and during the talk.  Parents are welcomed to come and pray for the speaker and our students from 12:20-2:30 PM. After the talk (at dismissal) students will be invited into Adoration and we will have priests available for confession and prayer with students. This will all be a surprise for our students. Directions for the day and sign up to COME and PRAY are available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F45AAAF22AB9-parent.

JUNIOR HIGH MP3:  St. Michael Peer Ministry will host a Junior High MP3 Night (Music, Prayer, Praise, Pray) on Saturday, September 24 from 6:30-9:30 PM in the St. Michael Gymnasium. Please invite 6th-8th graders to attend this awesome night of fun and fellowship. More information and sign up can be found at https://www.smhsbr.org/faith-formation/mp3-program.cfm.

PEER MINISTRY RETREAT:  Students in all grade levels are invited to the Peer Ministry Retreat on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 PM – Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 PM. The Retreat will take place at Camp Istrouma for outdoor fun, fellowship, Vigil Mass, and conclude with a hike in Clark’s Creek (Tunica Hills). Bus transportation will be provided to and from Tunica. Cost is $30. Forms are available at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AO7W876qHo7NniUcBFw36rtkhs_DQrbT/view?usp=sharing and money must be turned in by Friday, September 2.
 
PEN PAL PROGRAM:  The freshmen will be earning “Direct” service hours by writing letters to nursing home residents in the greater Baton Rouge area. More information about these letters and possibilities of visits will be given to students in Theology classes and emailed to parents.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION FOR STUDENTS:  All students and faculty will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) during a school wide day of prayer in Theology Classes on Wednesday, September 14. Please pray for our students and the more than 12 priests who will be present all day.
 
SOPHOMORE RETREAT– “PERSEVERE":  On Thursday, September 22 sophomores will take part in a fun and faith-filled Retreat for their class. The Retreat will take place in the Activity Center at St. John the Evangelist Parish Church in Prairieville. Parents must drop off students (not before 8:00 AM) and students must be picked up at 2:30 PM (no student drivers). Permission forms are due back to the sophomore religion teachers by Thursday, September 8. WARRIORS FOR LIFE and DIGNITY WEEK:  Mark your calendars for a week-long celebration of Human Life and Dignity from October 3-7. The Pro Life Speaker and Living Rosary will take place on Tuesday, October 4. More information about the annual March for Life Pilgrimage to Washington, DC will be available during this week.



Intellectual

END OF FIRST NINE WEEKS: The end of the first 9 weeks grading period is Friday, October 7.  It is important that each student puts forth maximum effort in his/her studies. There is no excuse for not working. Keep up with your student’s grades using PlusPortals. If you need help accessing the site, please call the front office and ask for the Registrar. If you have questions or concerns about your student or his/her grades, please contact the appropriate teachers. 

PSAT INFORMATION FOR SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS:  During the month of September, practice materials will be delivered to teachers for the PSAT.  The materials will be used in both the Math and English classes for PSAT Prep. On Wednesday, October 12 from 7:15 AM—12:00 noon, all 11th grade students will sit for the PSAT, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the preparatory version of the SAT. St. Michael covers the cost for all juniors to take this test.  During the spring semester, Mrs. Dutreix will meet with juniors to interpret test scores and to discuss further resources for college and career readiness.
 
St. Michael allows 10th grade students to sit for the PSAT. The cost for sophomores is $20. Ms. Brown emailed all sophomore parents a link to register for the PSAT.  Please register by no later than Friday, September 9 if you are interested in having your 10th grade student sit for the test.   We must abide by the September 9 deadline to ensure that we have an accurate amount of testing materials. 

SENIOR PARENT NIGHT:  All senior parents are encouraged to participate in the Senior Parent Meeting  with Mrs. Cart and Mr. Kaiser Frank, LSU Admissions Counselor. This event will be held in the SMHS cafeteria on Wednesday, September 28  beginning at 6:00 PM.  Mr. Frank will be addressing LSU Undergraduate Admissions and steps to the application process.  Senior parents, please attend this event to learn very valuable information regarding college applications; admissions to LSU; and receiving the TOPS scholarship.

BATON ROUGE NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR: The NACAC National College Fair will be held at the Raising Cane’s River Center on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This free event allows students and parents to meet with admissions representatives from across the nation in order to learn more about the merits and opportunities each college/university has to offer. In addition, workshops will be offered to address college entrance testing, the college application process, and TOPS/ Financial Aid. For further information and to register for this event, please go to www.nacacfairs.org.  Contact Mrs. Cart at rcart@smhsbr.org with any questions.

COLLEGES VISITING SMHS:  We will have admissions representatives from a number of colleges and universities visiting our school to share information with prospective students. Emails and/or announcements will be made alerting students of these opportunities. Seniors may monitor their email, Moodle, and the SMHS Online Calendar for dates/times of upcoming events held at St. Michael.

Currently Scheduled Visits

  • Northwestern State University                          September 29
  • Fran U                                                               October 11
  • University of Southern Mississippi                    October 17
  • Louisiana Tech University                                 October 19

              
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. Kegan 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 St. Michael High School Student/Parent Handbook for further details regarding educational absences.

LSU APPLICATION REMINDER: 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: 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.

LSU HONORS COLLEGE APPLICATION INFORMATION
: Freshmen entering LSU are eligible to apply to the Ogden Honors College. Students interested in seeking admission to LSU’s Ogden Honors College should begin by completing the LSU Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships. Students may indicate their interest in the Ogden Honors College by simply checking the Honors College box on their LSU application. Incoming freshman applicants must first be admitted to LSU prior to their admission to the Honors College. The deadline to apply and be considered for LSU’s Ogden Honors College is December 15.

SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY APPLICATION REMINDER: 
 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.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:  Each month Mrs. Cart sends an email to parents and students with scholarship information.  Mrs. Cart also posts on Moodle on the Senior Counselor Site scholarships that are available to seniors.  Please use these resources for locating scholarship opportunities.
 
SENDING ACT SCORES: When registering for the ACT, a student may request that his/her score report be sent to a college or university. If requesting during the registration process, the first four (4) score reports are FREE and automatically sent once scores are processed. Additional score reports may be requested online for a fee at www.actstudent.org through the student’s account.  Please make sure you are sending ACT scores to LOSFA using code 1595 to qualify for any TOPS Awards.
 
SENDING TRANSCRIPTS: Since St. Michael participates in the Louisiana Student Transcript System (STS), all transcripts will be sent electronically to the Louisiana Department of Education.  All Louisiana public colleges and universities will obtain applicants’ transcripts electronically through STS.  Private colleges or out-of-state schools will need a transcript sent from St. Michael. A Transcript Request Form will need to be signed by the student and his/her parent. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Mrs. Cart at  rcart@smhsbr.org.  For Dual Enrollment and AP credit students, the college transcript and/or AP credit will need to be requested from the accrediting institution.
                                                                                                  
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM: The United States Selective Service System requires all young men to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.  In order to be in full compliance with the law, a man turning 18 is required to register during the period of time beginning 30 days before, until 30 days after, his 18th birthday...a 60-day window.  In addition, registration information may now be submitted as early as the age of 17 years and 3 months old.  In cases of early registration (prior to the 60-day window), Selective Service will keep the information on file and then process it once the young man is within 30 days of reaching his 18th  birthday.  A card will then be mailed confirming that his registration has been processed.  Failure to register is in violation of federal law.  To register, please go to www.sss.gov.


WELCOME

Please join the Counseling Department in welcoming Ms. Lindsey Schexnayder, a graduate student intern from LSU’s School of Social Work.  She is in her second year of her master’s program and will be with us Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  She will be assisting the Counselors in all aspects of supporting our students throughout the year.  



LIBRARY NEWS:  Did you know that free homework help is available online Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 PM—midnight? These one-on-one tutoring sessions include real-time help, interactive white boards, math tools, etc. Simply log into homeworkla.org. Students may even upload research papers or essays to receive live editing assistance. The website includes free ACT and AP test prep quizzes, as well as tutoring in Spanish and Vietnamese. In addition, our SMHS National Honor Society members have free tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the last 30 minutes of all lunch periods. Pop in the library to get help with homework, lab reports, and peer editing.
 


Personal Development

SCHOOL HOLIDAY:  There will be NO school on Monday, September 5 in observance of  Labor Day.
 
LETTERMAN JACKET ORDERS: On Friday, September 9 letterman jacket orders will be taken during all lunch periods for students who received an academic letter during Fall Awards and for students who lettered in spring sports this past school year. Packets are available for pick up in the office.

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES:  If your student was not able to take his/her picture last month, retakes are scheduled for Thursday, September 15 during all lunch periods. You can re-take pictures if you did not like how your first pictures looked. 

SENIOR NIGHT:  Parents with a senior who is a member of the dance, flag, cheer, sports medicine, band or football teams, please mark your calendar for Thursday, October 6 to celebrate Senior Night.  Senior Night paperwork will be given to your student the week of September 12.

SENIOR PICTURES: November 10 is the deadline for senior yearbook pictures. Contact Barclell’s at 225-791-1951 to schedule an appointment.

STUDENT COUNCIL:  Student Council will hold its annual workshop on Sunday, September 18.  Times will posted.  At our workshop students learn about the year ahead for student council; make plans for Homecoming; and learn leadership skills.
 
STUDENT COUNCIL INDUCTION:  The Student Council will hold its induction ceremony on Sunday, September 25 in the St. Sebastian Multipurpose Building.  Parents of members will receive an invitation with details.

 
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Advancement News &
Important Events

 



 

A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
 
The school year has gotten off to a great start as we acknowledge that we are Warriors Renewed in the Holy Spirit.  Those gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be practiced and treasured as a sign of God’s blessings.  All Warriors – students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and administration are all called to be the example of holiness to each other and to the community beyond St. Michael High School.  Wednesday morning Adoration, grade level retreats, all school Masses, and daily religion classes all offer our students opportunities to deepen their faith and grow in their relationship with Jesus. We renew our commitment to partner with our parents to help form our young men and young women as committed disciples of Christ. 

We are grateful to begin the school year with a positive attitude and with our pre-Covid procedures.  I invite parents and guardians to join the school in holding students accountable and responsible for the choices they make.  We work to praise students when it is warranted and give consequences when their decisions fall short of expectations.  Parents are reminded that they can keep track of their student’s academic progress by checking PlusPortals regularly. 

At the end of the first full week of school, the entire school celebrated by gathering on the front lawn to enjoy popsicles, music, and some down time with friends.  Our Club Day and Back to School Dance were both big successes.  Father Taylor Sanford and Deacon Michael Parker celebrated our first school mass in August.  Early in September, we will hold our Fall Honors Assembly.  In the presence of their peers, students will be recognized for their academic achievements from the previous school year.  During this assembly, new National Honor Society members will be inducted into the club.  Through all of these events, we celebrate with the students and praise them for their accomplishments.

The start of the fall sports season is a very exciting time.  Our football, volleyball, cross country, swim, cheer, and dance teams, along with our band, have all been working hard to be prepared for their competitions this year.  Our coaches are dedicated to help these athletes be successful.  One of the ways we can all support our athletes is through a consistent display of good sportsmanship.  We want all adults to be that example for our students.   We encourage students and parents alike to cheer for our athletes, cheer for our coaches, and avoid yelling criticism from the stands.

The start of the school year reminds us how fortunate we are to be able to offer a quality, Catholic education to our students.  We join with the Catholic Church and with all of our parents to accomplish our mission, which is to foster the spiritual, intellectual, and personal development of each of our students.  We ask for your prayers as we work together to seek the truth, live the faith, and serve like Christ.

Your in Christ,
Ellen B. Lee, Principal  

ST. MICHAEL HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
 
Thank you to our parents and grandparents who purchased tickets for the Home and School Raffle fundraiser.  We had a record number of raffle sales this year and appreciate all of the support.  We are looking forward to a great year servicing the students, faculty and you. 
 
The winner of the $625 Technology Fee was George Cupit, grandfather of Jeanne’ Bailey.  The winner of the $9,800 Tuition Raffle was Marilyn Englert, grandmother of Hannah Englert.  Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone for your support.  We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community.
 
Thank you for supporting our athletic and spirit programs by joining the Warrior Club. Membership packets are available for pick up in the school’s front office and must be signed for by a parent.  If you joined after August 19, we will notify you as soon as your packet is ready for pick up.  The license plate frames have arrived and are available for pick up by your student in the front office. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience. During Back-to-School Night for parents, we surprised our members with a drawing for a gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  We thank Mele Printing for the donation, and we congratulate Sonya Pulliam as our winner!

We had a great time at the Warrior Club Back to School Dance for Parents held on August 20 We mingled, we laughed, and we definitely danced!  Much appreciation is sent to the following who made this year’s dance a success:  Matherne’s Market, Gnarly Barley Beer, Sugarfield Spirits, Jennifer & Mike Taffaro, and the amazing chair committee members.

Be on the lookout for our first Warrior Club Meeting to be held in the Fall. It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents, discuss ideas, share what’s going on with your student’s sport or spirit program, and hear what we have been up to.  We will advertise the date through email, social media, and this newsletter.

Look for the Warrior Club Trailer at Home Football Games. You will be able to purchase Warrior Gear and the latest edition of the Football Program at each home game. We appreciate all the volunteers who help make this happen. Don’t forget that you can shop online anytime at www.smhswarriorclub.com.

Following us on Facebook and Instagram will help you stay informed of Warrior Club news, events, and volunteer opportunities. We will also highlight St. Michael Athletic & Spirit Programs! GO WARRIORS!