Category Archives: Schools

Flyers Develop Faith Sharing Program

With the addition of the new student-led FAITH ON FIRE organization at Loyola have come some special changes in the school atmosphere.  Along with facilitating events and hosting a dynamic speaker for Catholic School’s Week, FAITH ON FIRE has introduced a unique opportunity for students and teachers to eat lunch and share their faith together. During the Faith Sharing Group sessions, students and teachers watch a short video targeting a specific area of personal growth.  The most recent session featured a video which raised the questions, “What are my gifts, and how can I more freely and effectively use those in God’s plan for me?”  The group then discusses their thoughts on the topic.

St. Joseph Students at Science Fair

Ten St. Joseph School students competed against over 300 students in the Louisiana Region I Science Fair held at Bossier Parish Community College March 3-4. The team won 3rd place overall, and of the 10 projects entered, four earned awards in their categories:

• Jack Vandenbussche: 1st Place, Energy, Chemical
• Annabelle Jones: 1st Place, Engineering Mechanics
• Genevieve Carmody: 1st Place, Biomedical and Health Science
• Emily Horton: 2nd Place, Embedded Systems

Jack, Annabelle and Genevieve will represent St. Joseph School in the State Science Fair.

Additionally, three students received supplemental awards: Emma Tompkins received Sci-Port’s “Spark of Curiosity” Award and Emily Horton and Annabelle Jones received the Broadcom MASTERS award.

JGS Supports Family

Jesus the Good Shepherd School students donated money to the Landry Hope Sipes Fund as a community service project to help the Sipes/Riley families during their time of need. Landry Sipes was born prematurely at 29 weeks, weighing only 2 lbs 11oz. Landry’s mother, Marie, passed away unexpectedly days after delivering Landry. The family are school alumni and longtime members of JGS church.

Celebrating Reading at Our Lady of Fatima

I will read here. I will read there. I will read everywhere. Our Lady of Fatima Kindergarten students read the most from coast to coast for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

St. Frederick Students Read in Schools

Seniors Graham Sorrel and Charles Walters read to students at Sallie Humble Elementary School.

Schools “Change” Lives for Catholic Charities’ Clients


by Lucy Medvec

Spare change may not seem like a lot of money at first, but when over 1,000 Shreveport Catholic school students work together, their coins can truly “change” lives in the community.

During Catholic Schools Week in January, students from Loyola College Prep, St. John Berchmans School, and St. Joseph School collected over $2,660 for Catholic Charities of North Louisiana through their “Coins for Change” drives that were held at each school.  Classes within each school competed against each other to collect the most change with Loyola’s sophomores, St. John’s 4th graders, and two Pre-K4 classes at St. Joseph School, emerging as coin champions. All funds raised from the coin drives will go towards CCNLA’s Emergency Assistance Program which assists families with the payment of their rent or utility bills in order to avoid eviction or shut-off of utilities.

While Loyola and St. John students participated in straightforward coin collections, St. Joseph School took it up a notch by participating in a school-wide “Penny War.”  The premise was that pennies were worth positive points, while silver coins and paper money were negative points.  The class with the most positive points would be the winner, so students would donate their negative points (money) to the other classes in order to diminish their totals.  According to Greg Beauclair, Development and Marketing Director for St. Joseph School, the Penny War brought out the competitive side of SJS students.

“We had collected a total of $600 through Thursday,” said Beauclair, “but on Friday, the students had doubled that total with their donations. Everyone was waiting until the end to see who would win.”

The Pre-K4 classes at St. Joseph School donated over 7200 pennies alone, with well over 20,000 pennies collected from all three schools during the week.
Lucy Medvec, Director of Development and Communications for Catholic Charities likes the idea of student coin drives because “it shows students that if everyone gives some amount of money, no matter how much, it all goes together to create a greater impact.”

Medvec hopes to make the “Coins for Change” drive an annual part of Catholic Schools Week and to include students from schools throughout the diocese. Local restaurants Raising Cane’s and Rotolo’s Pizzeria donated prizes for the winning classes, but overall the winners of the coin drive will be the clients who benefit from the students’ generosity.

Students of the Year Named at Catholic Schools

The Students of the Year Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding elementary, middle 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:  Garret Taylor
Jesus the Good Shepherd School

8th Grade:  Sarah Briery
First Baptist Church School

12th Grade: Carrigan English
Loyola College Prep

Congratulations to our Diocesan Student of the Year winners 2016-2017:

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week took place January 29 – February 4. During that week our six Catholic schools participated in special events to highlight the benefits of a Catholic education, which included communities of faith, knowledge and service.

Photos from left to right: Fr. Lijo and Jesus the Good Shepherd School principal Lisa Patrick at the school’s annual Basketball Shootout. St. John Berchmans student participates in their annual Cardinal Krewe Games. St. Joseph School eighth graders publicly display their Catholic school pride. Eastern deanery students join together in an All Schools Mass with Bishop Michael Duca. St. Frederick High School students take part in a living rosary.

SJB Hosted Religion Scholars Bowl

St. John Berchmans School hosted its 8th annual Religion Scholars Bowl on February 2 as part of Catholic Schools Week. Students in grades third through eighth from each school competed in teams during the day-long event featuring questions, activities and skits about the Catholic faith. The students were from Jesus the Good Shepherd School  (Monroe), Our Lady of Fatima School (Monroe), St. Frederick High School, 7th and 8th (Monroe), St. Joseph School (Shreveport) and St. John Berchmans School (Shreveport). Bishop Michael Duca and principal Jo Cazes awarded the first place medals to the seventh grade team. St. John Berchmans looks forward to hosting this annual event as it has become a great way for Catholic school students from North Louisiana to meet and enjoy fun competition with one another and to bring about a sense of community.

JGS Students Competed in Scholars Bowl

A group of 12 students from Jesus the Good Shepherd School, ranging from grades three to six, competed in the 8th Annual Religion Scholars Bowl at St. John Berchmans School in Shreveport during Catholic Schools Week. The students competed in a day-long event featuring questions, activities and skits about the Catholic faith.