Category Archives: Schools

Retirement Celebration for Principal Jo Cazes at St. John Berchmans School

The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans parish and school celebrated Jo Cazes with a retirement party in her honor. Jo will be retiring as principal at the close of this school year after 12 years of service at St. John Berchmans and 44 combined years in education. The retirement Mass was said in conjunction with the First Holy Communion Mass. Afterwards, all attended a catered lunch and reception and presentation of parting gifts. A plaque was presented to Jo, dedicating the school library in her name.

Loyola Staff Attended NCEA

by Lisa Cooper, Loyola College Prep

Assistant Principal Stephanie Johnson at the National Catholic Education Assocation Conference

Loyola faculty members returned with great ideas and inspiration after attending the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Conference and Expo in April. The NCEA convention is the largest private education association gathering in the nation and is held in fellowship with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. At the conference, Counselor Susan Hymel, Assistant Principal of Instruction Stephanie Johnson, Advancement Director Melanie Johnson and Theology teachers Marcos Villalba and T.C. Veit joined educators from across the United States and Canada to exchange ideas about cutting-edge research and technologies related to education.

Stephanie Johnson said, “My own personal take away was that I enjoyed hearing from leaders in schools just like Loyola about differentiated instruction, technology implementation and faith formation in Catholic schools.”

Veit echoes the other members in saying the experience at the conference was wonderful. Of particular interest to Veit were the sessions on Theology of the Body and Service Involving the Family.

Veit explained that a growing number of Catholic schools across the U.S. are teaching Theology of the Body as a class starting in elementary school right through high school.

The session on Service involving the Family helped Catholic schools learn more about shifting the focus of service to one which involves the entire family and not the students alone. Veit explained, “They are focusing on the corporal works of mercy, sending students with their families out into the community for various events as well as having them do things at home like creating homeless bags that will then later be distributed.”  Utilizing this shift in focus from sending money through students to inviting families to participate actively in serving the communities, these schools have found a way to meet each of the seven corporal works of mercy for their K-12 students.

Those participating in the conference represent all aspects of Catholic and faith-based education from preschool, elementary, secondary, adult education, colleges and universities to local parish pastors, priests, parish volunteers and more.  Attendees had available to them more than 200 professional development sessions, beautiful liturgies, and special events.

JGS Participate in Beautiful Lengths

To us, it’s hair. To women battling cancer, it’s hope. Jesus the Good Shepherd School students, Paula Pham, 6th; Morgan Tonore, 3rd; Adeline Bruscato, 2nd; and Millie Clay, 1st donated their 8-inch ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths on Wednesday, May 3, in the school gymnasium in front of the entire school assembly. Pantene Beautiful Lengths has partnered with the American Cancer Society to make and distribute real-hair wigs to women in need. More than 800,000 ponytails have been donated to date! Thank you Kelly Southern, owner of Southern Salon, for donating her time and talent to such a worthy cause!

SJS Inducts Students in Honors Society

On Wednesday, May 10, St. Joseph Catholic School welcomed 23 inductees into the St. Joseph Catholic School Chapter of National Junior Honor Society. Students are nominated for induction based on the five pillars of membership: scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character.

Congratulations to all students for being selected to join the National Junior Honor Society!

OLF 5th Graders Hard at Work

Who needs pencil and paper when you have desks and markers? Students are working hard in Mr. Johnson’s 5th grade class.

Deason New Principal at St. John Berchmans Catholic School

St. John Berchmans Catholic School is excited to announce Jennifer Deason will be the school’s new principal beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

Deason began her career at SJB in 2012 as the school counselor, just one year after being named Middle School Counselor of the Year for the state of Louisiana. While a certified teacher (1-8) and school counselor (K-12), Mrs. Deason went on to obtain her Educational Leadership I certification and was named assistant principal, where she has worked seamlessly with retiring principal Jo Cazes the past five years. She also holds a dual certification as a National Certified Counselor and National Certified School Counselor. Deason is currently on track to receive her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and is in the dissertation phase of her program.

“The past five years working with the faculty, staff and students at St. John Berchmans School have been a wonderful experience,” said Deason. “I love being a part of this school and community and am grateful to continue to work with our excellent staff and teachers to educate our students. I am excited to be stepping into the role of principal, and look forward to leading the school into the future.”

Deason has a passionate commitment to excellence in education. She generates a positive Catholic culture and environment in the school, which supports SJBs mission statement. Deason leads with kindness, patience and an optimistic outlook. She is truly an invaluable asset to SJB!

Leadership Changes at St. Frederick High School in Monroe

New Principal Blair David

New President Bob Webber

Bishop Michael G. Duca of the Diocese of Shreveport is pleased to announce that after several years of working to transition their academic focus from a traditional classroom environment to a science-centered focus around technology and engineering, St. Frederick High School, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, will appoint Mr. Blair David, formally the STREAM director and vice-principal, as principal of the school effective July 1, 2017.  Along with this change, current principal Dr. Bob Webber will be moving into the role of president, also effective July 1, 2017.

By making this change, David will concentrate on the academic success of St. Frederick High School and continue to place an emphasis on the science, technology and engineering curriculum. St. Frederick plans further utilization of Dr. Webber’s experience in community relations and his strong regional ties to build new relationships and strengthen existing partnerships.  The student experience at St. Frederick will be enhanced by these changes and the staff and student body are excited about the upcoming academic year.

St. Frederick and its stakeholders are thrilled to be moving full steam (or as St. Frederick likes to say…full STREAM) ahead by providing the best educational environment in northeast Louisiana for students in grades seventh through twelfth.  St. Frederick High School is committed to providing a superior student experience that is grounded in faith, academic excellence and community engagement.  Everyone is invited to visit the school and see the exciting things that are happening. Please contact St. Frederick’s at 318-323-9636 to schedule your visit to our growing and diverse campus! •

SJB Wins at State Olympiad, Again!

Congratulations to the St. John Berchmans Schools Science Olympiad Team!  They placed first in the Science Olympiad State Competition which was held on Saturday, April 8, in Hammond, LA. This is the 9th consecutive year SJB has won at state. The team is comprised of seven 6th graders, seven 7th graders, and one 8th grade student who together compete against teams comprised of mostly 8th grade students. The team will now go on to compete in the Science Olympiad National Tournament which will be held on May 20 in Dayton, OH.

Loyola’s Boyd State Winner for KOC Catholic Student of the Year

Loyola senior, Lucia Boyd is the state winner for the Knights of Columbus Catholic Student of the Year, one of the highest honors for a Catholic student in Louisiana.  The winner, who is awarded a $4,500 scholarship, is chosen from among Catholic students throughout the state who are evaluated according to their church and faith activities, community involvement, athletic participation and social activities both in and out of school. Boyd, who competed in Baton Rouge, says the 8:00 a.m. competition time “made for a long drive after prom, but was worth it.”

Carter and Charlton Boyd, both Loyola graduates, won this prestigious award during their senior years, making Lucia the third among her siblings to merit this recognition.
“This award is important to us, as our Catholic faith is at the heart of our family,” says mom Bernadette Boyd.  “I am proud of my children and hope they will continue to serve as role models for others.”  Lucia will speak at the Annual State Convention on Saturday, May 6, where the Knights of Columbus will highlight her award and accomplishments.

JGS Pre-K Visited St. Joseph Home

Jesus the Good Shepherd Pre-K visited Christus St. Joseph’s Home for an  Easter egg hunt and lunch. St. Joseph’s Home was founded in 1947 and is the only Catholic affiliated nursing home and assisted living facility in northeast Louisiana. The residents of St. Joseph’s prepared candy filled eggs for the Pre-K students to hunt out on the lawn. Students visited with the residents, enjoyed an egg hunt and then were treated to a lunch prepared by St. Joseph’s cafeteria. It was truly a blessing to have the young and old come together on a such a beautiful day.