Category Archives: Schools

OLF Students Win Patriotic Contest

Our Lady of Fatima School’s Kindergarten through 4th grade students participated in a contest on patriotism hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Kindergarten students had to color the American flag; 1st – 2nd graders had to draw the American Flag; and 3rd – 4th graders had to draw a historic event. Three students placed.

SJB Students Win Big at Science Olympiad Invitational

St. John Berchmans School’s (SJB) Science Olympiad Team competed at the Harmony Invitational in Fort Worth, TX, at the Harmony School of Innovation on Saturday, December 8. They competed against 14 highly competitive Texas schools and received medals in six events.

Coach Amy Knight remarked, “Participating in Invitationals gives our team members an extra opportunity to compete at a high level of competition. We gain experience and learn something new with every competition.”

The team will compete in Houston, TX, for the Anthony Invitational this month and then the regional competition will follow in March. In April, SJB Science Olympiad Team will defend their 10 time title in the State Tournament in Hammond, LA.   •

Grant Gives Garden to St. Frederick High

Dan Lindow was a Mini-Grant Recipient from the Junior League of Monroe. With the funds made available through the grant, Dan was able to purchase a greenhouse for St. Frederick’s Science/Botany/Garden club! The Parents Association donated seeds and supplies to help him see this project through. With the help of Tierny Gammage, Anna Grace Gill and Olivia Letlow, they were able to grow a variety of vegetables the last couple of months! Once the vegetables are ready to harvest, they will be donated to Grace Place Ministries, a local soup kitchen in the Monroe area. A big congratulations to Dan and his students for their selfless project to give back to the community!  •

87 Year Old Loyola Grandmother Loses Home in Devastating Fire

In times of celebration and in times of sorrow, the Loyola family can always count on a rallied community to provide love and support. Word traveled that Marilyn Pettiette, grandmother of 15, including seven Loyola alumni, lost her home and all possessions in a devastating fire in November.

Born in a small town in Minnesota during the Great Depression, this sweet 87-year-old participated in the Rosary Group for 10 years while her grandchildren attended Loyola. Marilyn faithfully prayed for the students and community of Loyola and continues to do so as prayer requests are made known to her. When the Flyers received word of the fire, immediate brainstorming efforts went into place to provide assistance in some way.

Over the past year, the Pettiette family has created a YouTube channel entitled “Three Generations Singing.” The channel features songs which showcase the musical talents of Marilyn, a former music educator with Caddo Parish, and an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Currently, the family has released over 30 videos that feature three generations of musical talent.

Loyola took note of this 87-year-old grandmother’s special presence on YouTube and decided to host a 24-hour video marathon devoted to building views on the family’s channel. Students, faculty, parents and alumni committed to watching several of the videos on December 12. If views should reach a necessary quantity, the channel can be monetized for revenue in an effort to provide assistance for Marilyn.

Please join the Loyola family in building views for “Three Generations Singing.” Simply search for “ThreeGenerationsSinging” with no spaces on YouTube, and watch the delightful musical presentations. •

St. John Berchmans School’s Principal Deason Earns Doctorate

Jennifer Deason, principal of St. John Berchmans Catholic School in Shreveport, graduated on November 17 with her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Louisiana Tech University.

Deason has always believed her faith is the reason she is where she is. She said, “My Catholic faith has always been an integral part of my life. We prayed nightly family rosaries and we went to first Friday Masses at 6:30 in the morning. I feel my parents instilled in me such a deep love and respect for my faith.“

She attended Louisiana Tech University, and eventually Louisiana State University (LSU), where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She began teaching in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System upon her graduation. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education in School Counseling from LSU.

After relocating to Sulphur, Deason completed additional graduate coursework at McNeese State University in Lake Charles. In 2008, she began working as a middle school counselor in the Calcasieu Parish School System, and in 2010 was named Calcasieu Parish Middle School Counselor of the Year. She then went on to be awarded Louisiana Middle School Counselor of the Year.

Shortly after receiving this award, Jennifer and her family relocated to Benton, moving away from her parents, siblings and the close knit Catholic community she had always known. Longing to find a sense of Catholic community in their new location, Jennifer and her husband, Chris, enrolled their boys in Catholic school and she began working in the Diocese of Shreveport school system.

Initially, she completed a long-term substitute teaching position for the 2010-2011 school year as a 5th grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School. The following school year, Jennifer accepted a counseling position at St. John Berchmans Catholic School. After Jennifer obtained the Educational Leadership I certification, she became Assistant Principal. She also obtained her dual certification as a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor.

In 2014, Deason began the Educational Leadership doctoral program with Louisiana Tech University, and in 2017, she was promoted to principal of St. John Berchmans School.

Deason emphasized, “When it came time to choose my dissertation, I wanted my topic to be something that would help me as a Catholic school leader.” Her research focused on factors influencing parental school choice in North Louisiana.

On October 4, she successfully defended her dissertation before her doctoral committee and officially completed her doctorate. On November 17, she walked across the stage at Louisiana Tech for the “doctoral hooding” ceremony and received her diploma in Ed.D in Educational Leadership.

Deason said, “I feel God has led me to where I am supposed to be, doing His work in our Catholic school, where I am able to integrate my faith, family and profession all into one.”

Loyola Student Organization Hosts Meal Drive

Loyola College Prep student organization Flyers Aiding the Hungry (F.Ai.T.H) holds an annual event serving the Shreveport and Bossier City communities just in time for the holidays.

On December 3, F.Ai.T.H. will serve over 900 baskets from the Loyola gymnasium. Meals come in baskets filled with canned goods, bread and ham – all supported by fundraising, donations and sponsorships.

The community is invited to sponsor a basket for $30 which helps to cover the cost for its contents. Supporters are also encouraged to donate goods and children’s toys for various ages. Over its near three decades of operation, approximately 87,000 people have been fed on F.Ai.T.H. Day.

In addition to its chairmen and officers, over 55 percent of the student body helps distribute the baskets. Santa Claus even makes an appearance to hand out toys to children in attendance.

SJS Students Attend Annual Vocations Luncheon

As part of National Vocations Awareness Week, St. Joseph Catholic School has annually held a vocations luncheon that allows middle school students to visit with men and women of the diocese who have answered God’s call to priesthood, the diaconate or religious life. The event is held at the St. Joseph Church Family Life Center, includes lunch and provides a casual atmosphere for conversation about vocations. The students who attend have voluntarily expressed an interest in speaking with the priests, deacons, seminarians and sisters, and they dine in separate rooms to allow for more intimate conversations about each type of vocation. Fr. Matthew Long, pastor of St. Joseph Church, was in attendance, as well as seminarian Jeb Key, Deacon Bill Roche, Sr. Anna Maria Iannetti, OLS, and two novices. Fr. Long makes regular visits to religion classrooms throughout the year, as well. During National Vocations Awareness Week the students enjoyed visits from Fr. Matthew Long, Fr. Fidel MondragÓn, Fr. Biju Kuriakose and Deacon Bill Roche.

Loyola Students Tutor at St. Joseph School

For five years now, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, members of the Loyola College Prep chapter of the National Honor Society leave school to offer their time and talents to students at St. Joseph Catholic School through an after-school tutoring program that has become a win-win situation for kids on both sides of the books. Loyola NHS students get to share their knowledge with younger students, remind themselves of all they have learned, and serve as positive role models for the students they help. Some of the Loyola students are SJS alums, giving back to the school that played a major role in teaching and guiding them to be the young men and women they are today. NHS sponsor Linda Harris said, “The tutoring program gives the NHS members a chance to connect with younger students and gives both the tutors and their young charges the opportunity to find their wings and develop the courage and strength to fly.” Currently there are 100 members in NHS at Loyola, and nine of them are present to tutor per session.

SJB to Begin STEM Certification

We are proud to announce that St. John Berchmans School will begin the re-accreditation process for AdvancED in the spring. In addition, we will begin the process for STEM Certification. AdvancED STEM Certification is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence for those institutions that are granted the certification. We will be honored to be one of two schools in the state of Louisiana with this distinction.

JGS Participates in the SVdP Walk

On Wednesday, September 26, Jesus the Good Shepherd School hosted the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Friends of the Poor Walk/Run. JGS had a total of 152 students arrive at 7:30 a.m. to run/walk in support of the SVdP charity. We are very proud of our students’ participation and involvement in this wonderful event each year.