Category Archives: Schools

St. Frederick High School Students Get a Dose of Reality from “Day with the Doctors”

Ethan Brister, Grant Johnson, Jonathan Roy, Zachary Shaw, and Gabriela Trejo spent a day at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine in Shreveport to participate in the Day with the Doctors program. These students were among 60 students from North Louisiana chosen to spend an entire day with medical staff and students at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine.

Day with the Doctors is a one-day, interactive program that provides Louisiana high school students with an opportunity to experience and observe a day’s activities on a medical school campus. Students interact with faculty and medical students, discuss health careers and medical school, as well as learn basic medical diagnostic skills. Hands-on training includes: learning how to listen to breath and heart sounds, checking reflexes, suturing bananas and improving communication and listening skills in working with patients.

LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine faculty members and staff were available to answer questions regarding educational prerequisites, medical school admissions, medical school costs and personal preparation for the commitment of a health career.

This unique health career enticement program is coordinated and sponsored by Bayou North AHEC and LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine to educate future health professionals about the demand for healthcare professionals in rural and underserved areas of Louisiana.

Student participation is open to high school juniors and seniors residing in North Louisiana, who have a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Jesus the Good Shepherd School Celebrates Teachers

Jesus Good Shepherd School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, March 5-9. Each day was filled with meals, sweet treats and goodies donated by JGS families, friends, parishioners and local businesses.

On Thursday, the teachers enjoyed an off-campus meal at The Warehouse #1 and received goody bags with personalized JGS raincoats. It was a wonderful week! The teachers and staff of JGS are truly thankful for their family and community.

St. Joseph Wins 2nd Overall at Regional Science Fair

Eleven St. Joseph School students competed at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 2, tying for second place overall in the middle school team division. At the Regional Science Fair, which includes public and private school students from Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, Red River and Webster parishes, each student competes individually, but also as part of their school team.

After placing individually in their categories at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, four students from St. Joseph School will compete in the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair in Baton Rouge.

Sixth grader Brooke Tuminello won second place in Material Sciences for her project testing whether temperature affects the strength of a magnet. Eve Burcz, seventh grade, examined the effect that both lunging and flat work have on a horse’s heart rate, earning second place in the Animal Sciences category. Tuminello and Burcz will represent SJS in their categories at the State competition.

Seventh graders Colin Lirette and Nico Sangster won first and second place, respectively, in the Plant Science category at the regional competition. Sangster presented the results to his question of whether a plant grows faster if it has earthworms in its soil. Lirette’s project, “Which type of wood makes the hottest fire?,” scored in the top 10% of all participants, qualifying him for Broadcom MASTERS which is the nations most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS, a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future.

SJB Students Win at Regional Science Fair and Name Students of the Year

Fourth grader Nicholas Kampert placed 1st in the Animal Sciences category and his brother, 6th grader Will Kampert, placed 2nd in the Energy: Chemical category. Will is advancing to the State competition.

SJB Student of the Year Recipients: Ava Bauer, 5th, and Tiffany Siharath, 8th.
Outstanding students in the 5th and 8th grades are recognized.

Our Lady of Fatima Jump Rope Champ

Josiah Menyweather and Noah Harper won the jump rope challenge during Our Lady of Fatima School’s recent spring fundraiser kick-off.

Loyola Students Memorialize Florida School Shooting Victims


by Lisa Cooper

In the wake of the Parkland, FL, school shooting on Ash Wednesday, Loyola students found themselves hurting and desired a way to honor those who were killed. The art students initiated that effort by creating small cards with inspirational scriptures, quotes, paintings or words of encouragement. These cards adorn the small decorative trees in Loyola’s library and serve as a focal point where students can stop and offer prayers for those who have died and their families.

Art teacher Susan Brady says seeing her students’ need to express themselves in the days after the shooting is what prompted the project. “The kids were scared, and they needed to voice their feelings,” said Brady. “We wanted to create something that would respectfully honor those who were killed.”

Senior Chloe Green participated in the project. She was drawn to the project because “news moves on, but I wanted to be part of something that would help us keep in mind the victims.” Green said that every time she or other students see the trees, they are reminded to pray for the families. “Although the world has moved on,” said Green, “those families still struggle with the loss every day.”

Ella Mason

Echoing that sentiment, sophomore Ella Mason said of the shooting, “It’s important for us to acknowledge that what has happened to the victims in Florida is hard, and while we move on with our lives, we need to show respect and support for those families.”

With this aim in her heart, Mason approached Principal LeBlanc with an idea to honor those killed at a special liturgical service on March 14.
“I had been reading about the planned walkouts across the nation, but knew that wasn’t right for us,” said Mason. “I wanted to participate in a show of support that fits our community here.”

In honor of those who were killed in the Parkland shooting, Loyola students joined Fr. Peter Mangum at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans for the readings of the day and the reading aloud of the names of those who died in the shooting. As each name was read, a bell was rung, and students sat in reverent silence. The service closed with prayer for the souls of the faithfully departed and for comfort for those who remain.

Congratulations to District Student of the Year Winners!

The Students of the Year Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding elementary, middle/junior and high school students. This program, patterned after the Teacher of the Year Awards Program, is an excellent opportunity to recognize from each school system those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability and citizenship. The Students of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by the Louisiana State Superintendent through the State Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Congratulations to the following district winners:

5th Grade:
Maggie Rocconi
Jesus the Good Shepherd School

8th Grade:
James Mayronne
St. Frederick High School

12th Grade:
Lily Valiulis
Loyola College Prep

These students continued to the regional screening process on February 22, in Baton Rouge, LA.

St. Frederick High School Partnership with LifeShare Blood

St. Frederick High School has been a generous donor to the LifeShare Blood Center. They have held many blood drives through their organization at the school. They had a blood drive during Catholic Schools Week. In the past three years, St. Frederick has donated 328 units of blood and has had two students in the last two graduating classes receive the LifeShare Blood Donor Scholarship. Their partnership with LifeShare has been a great opportunity for our students to practice the virtue of charity.

Henley Wins St. Joseph Catholic Schools Week Essay Contest

What would you write if you were asked “What makes your Catholic school education special?” Bruce Henley, 7th grader at St. Joseph Catholic School answered these questions and won the Catholic Schools Week Essay Contest. Read why Bruce thinks his Catholic education is special and makes him a better person.  Congratulations Bruce!

I have been a student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shreveport, Louisiana, for the last 10 years. From my first day in K3 to my last day in 8th grade, prayer has always been and will always be incorporated into my school day. Just like most public schools, we start our day with the Pledge of Allegiance, but in addition to that we have a special prayer that we say as a school community. In this prayer we talk about thanking God for all He has given us, and asking for His help as we go through our school day. We thank Him for our parents and teachers who sacrifice in order to give us the opportunity to go to a Catholic school. We also pray throughout the day in all of our classes and we pray as a group before lunch.

My school offers a very good academic education while also incorporating our Catholic faith. We are also given opportunities for public speaking by either reading at Mass or at an academic assembly. In Catholic school I have an opportunity to go to Mass on Fridays, and this allows me to grow closer to God and the Holy family. I have been blessed to be able to celebrate many Sacraments with my classmates, including my First Communion and First Reconciliation. In the future, I will be given the opportunity to make my Confirmation.

My school has many dedicated religion teachers who do their best to share their faith with us. They help us learn about the Bible and help us understand our Catholic faith. The teachers in all of my classes find ways to incorporate our Catholic faith into all of our lessons. For example, my Spanish teacher taught me how to pray the “Our Father” and the “Hail Mary” in Spanish, and our history teacher taught us about how the Catholic Church influenced world history.

The lessons I have learned throughout my Catholic school education will stay with me for the rest of my life. Knowing that all people are created equal in the eyes of God will help me to treat people more fairly and with more compassion.

I have been taught right from wrong and have developed a good conscience that will guide me and help me to determine what to do when I am faced with extremely difficult challenges in the future.

Each year my Catholic school is involved in many food drives, clothing drives and other service projects. We have helped underprivileged schools, people who have been affected by natural disasters, and worthwhile charities in our local neighborhood and community. As a middle school student, I have volunteered many hours of service to help the people in my community and at my school. This has instilled in me an understanding that we should not hesitate to serve others, not only during our years in school, but for our entire life. Most importantly, I have learned that in hard times, I can always turn to God and receive His help, which will be a foundation for the rest of my life.

Loyola’s Tullis Finds Success On and Off Field

For Loyola senior Margaret Tullis, choosing between a high school career as an all-star athlete or a recognized scholar has never been difficult. She’s both. Having played soccer from the age of four, Tullis currently plays forward for the number-one ranked Lady Flyers soccer team and has been selected for the all-district second team. Additionally, Tullis has earned the distinction of being a straight-A student in all of her four years at Loyola.

As a competitive travel league player for six years, Tullis has enjoyed being part of the Flyer varsity team since her freshman year. Despite her rigorous practice and competition schedule, Tullis says, “I’ve always enjoyed playing soccer. It gives me a break from school and helps build my confidence.”

Her involvement in soccer has also helped her develop essential timemanagement skills. Over her junior and senior years at Loyola, Tullis has been enrolled in nine Advance Placement courses, earning college credit hours along with her superior education. “To balance soccer and keep up in my AP classes requires that I stay on top of homework,” says Tullis. “Being at Loyola has been great for me both academically and athletically,” she continues. “The teachers here are so understanding about my athletic schedule, and they really work with me. Because I have such a busy schedule, I also do what I can to get work done ahead of time.”  •