Category Archives: Schools

Jesus the Good Shepherd School Kicks Off New Year

Jesus the Good Shepherd School’s first day of school was August 14 and the students, faculty and staff were all very excited to get back into the swing of things. With over 350 registered students, 2012-13 is set to be a banner year!  Teachers and volunteers are working hard to finalize plans for fall events. Please remember to keep all of our students, teachers and schools in your prayers.

Cathedral School Welcomes New Staff

St. John Berchmans School began the school year on Friday, August 10, with its annual Parent and Student Orientation.  In addition to the new students who arrived on campus, SJB is also thrilled to have the following new members on its staff: Jennifer Deason (Counselor), Valorie Maniscalco (Middle School Math and Algebra), Jaime Guillaume (5th grade), Meaghan Long (6th and 7th grade Social Studies and Middle School Language Arts), Tina Lennard (P.E. and Athletic Director) and Linda Ott (K4). Not pictured: Andy Hitt (Director of Information Technology) and Shelita Soriano (K4 Aide).

How Catholic Are Our Schools?

The Diocese of Shreveport Catholic School students excel academically under the guidance of focused and educated teachers and staff.

It would be very easy to read off the numbers of Catholic and non-Catholic students enrolled in our schools.   However, I don’t think these numbers truly demonstrate the deep Catholic practices and traditions in our Catholic Schools.
First of all, parents come to our schools because they are looking to become a member of the Catholic school team, a member of the Catholic school community. Each of the principals meets with every new family to share their desire to serve you, the parents, in providing your children with appropriate, challenging and exciting educational programs wrapped in a faith formation that is second to none.

Our teachers celebrate the fact that each student is created uniquely and thus requires individual attention. While each student is accepted as an individual and treated with special attention, that same student is taught to be a part of the total community through various groups, not only to belong to a group, but to become a contributing member of the group. Therefore, the formation of community is an important part of our Catholic school education.

As a part of this report,  you will find our Terra Nova scores. Please take time to study the scores and note that our students continue to place well above the national average norms. This may be contributed to the fact that there is a common sense of purpose provided by our Catholic schools. That is, students are in school to learn and the school provides the framework in which they need to operate.

Each of our Catholic schools calls the entire school to celebrate liturgy together once a week. Our students are very much a part of this special time and join with all to express their common faith. Those who are not Catholic also join in celebrating because they too help form this community and participate in the religious aspects of it as they are able.

More than any other program of education sponsored by the Church, the Catholic school has the opportunity and obligation to be unique, contemporary and oriented to Christian service; unique because it is distinguished by its commitment to the three fold purpose of Christian education and by its total design and operation which foster the integration of religion with the rest of learning and living; contemporary because it enables students to address with Christian insight multiple problems which face individuals and society today; oriented to Christian service because it helps students to acquire skills, virtues and habits of the heart and mind required for effective service to others.

– Sister Carol Shively, OSU
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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Cathedral School Performed “Mary” Play

ST. JOHN BERCHMANS Catholic school and parents were treated to a special play for the month of May given by our First Grade students!  It was the children’s idea to have the play, so Mrs. Claudia Park, first grade teacher, and Mrs. Tookie Barr, music teacher, set to work writing it and planning it.  The children told the story of the Annunciation, birth of Jesus, preaching of Jesus about angels and how Mary was finally taken to heaven as our Queen of the Angels. They also told about of the role of angels in Mary’s life and in our lives today as our helpers and guides. The children sang favorite songs of Mary and the angels with the grand finale – “Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above!”  We know Mary must have been smiling on our first graders!

St. Joseph School Students Received Blessing

Fr. Thomas Elavunkal blessed the students at ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL in each grade level for their academic and spiritual achievements. He, alongside Seminarian Jerry Daigle, commissioned the students forward to a fun-filled summer and for a safe return in August.

St. Frederick’s Girls Tennis Wins State

It’s official: St. Frederick High School girls’ tennis team won the LA State Championship in Monroe, LA, on May 3, making this a second consecutive state title for St. Frederick High School tennis. The eight girls contributing to St. Frederick’s outstanding play are Ashely Johnson (not pictured), Abigail Johnson, Emory Miller, Elaine Simon, Blair Breard, Analise Kelly, Regan LaPietra and Lily Ryan. These Lady Warriors finished the year with not only the state title, but also with many individual wins. Geaux Lady Warriors! We are so proud of you!

Jesus Good Shepherd School Celebrates Law Day

Jesus the Good Shepherd School’s second graders toured the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office and the courthouse as part of a Law Day Celebration. The students began the morning with a K-9 demonstration, then they got to experience the booking process firsthand by getting their fingerprints taken. Finally, the second-graders decided the fate of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz in a mock trial at the 4th Judicial District Courthouse.

St. Joseph School Wins First Place at Loyola Academic Rally

Thirteen St. Joseph School students competed against other private schools in the area at the Loyola Academic Rally.  St. Joseph students brought home the 1st place overall trophy.  They also brought home ribbons from each subject area. The Loyola Academic Rally is an area-wide competition between area private schools in the subjects of: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. This is a daylong competition comprised of written and oral tests.

St. John Berchmans Wins First in Science Olympiad

St. John Berchmans School in Shreveport took first place at the Science Olympiad State Competition held last month on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.  The team of 15 students competed against 14 middle school teams from around the state of Louisiana in a variety of subjects including anatomy, forestry, rocks and minerals, meteorology, experimental design and forensics.  This is the fourth consecutive year that St. John Berchmans School has won first place at the state level.

In addition to taking overall first place in the state competition, St. John Berchmans students also received a total of 12 first place medals, two second place medals, and one third place medal. The SJB Science Olympiad team traveled to Orlando, FL, to compete in the Science Olympiad National Tournament on Saturday, May 19, against 59 teams from around the United States.

Loyola Names Flyer of the Year

Principal Frank Israel and Carter Boyd

Carter Boyd has been selected as the 2012 Flyer of the Year at Loyola College Prep. The Flyer of the Year award is chosen by the faculty and given to the student who best shows the qualities that reflect Loyola’s mission statement of producing a “A Person for Others.” “Aside from the many honors and awards that Carter has won, he is just a good guy,” Loyola Principal Frank Israel said. “Carter is smart, has a model work ethic, a strong mind, athletic ability and a deep faith. I know that God has big plans for him.”

Carter is an Eagle Scout, has served as an altar server and worked as a Catechism teacher. He was a Boys’ State delegate and was chosen as a Young Hero by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. He will enroll at the University of Notre Dame.