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St. Frederick High School Hires New Principal

Guy Farber

Bishop Michael G. Duca is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Guy Farber as the new Principal for St. Frederick Catholic High School in Monroe.  Farber has been an educator for 25 years serving all of that time at his alma mater, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie.

Farber is a life-long resident of the New Orleans area but he and his family are very much looking forward to moving to Monroe.   “I am extremely impressed with the family atmosphere of the Monroe community as a whole but especially the St. Frederick community.  My family and I are looking forward to becoming an active part of the SFHS family.”

A graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Farber also holds a Master’s degree in the Science of Teaching and a second Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of New Orleans.  He will bring a wealth of knowledge in the area of highly effective educational practices as well as an enthusiasm for his new vocation.  “I think of myself as a coach meeting my new team.  It’s very exciting and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone involved with St. Frederick.  My goal is to do a great deal of learning about the needs and desires of the school as a whole and then help them get where they need to be.”

Farber is known for his exceptional leadership qualities, always being grounded in his efforts to improve the learning experience for his students.  Lisa Patrick, principal of Jesus the Good Shepherd School, stated, “I am very excited to have Mr. Farber and his family join our Catholic School family. He is energetic, knowledgeable and it is my belief that he will be a wonderful principal.  He has all of the characteristics of a great leader and I have been impressed with his dedication to providing a meaningful school experience for each of his students.”

Schools Raise Money for Family with Rosary Recording

On Friday, April 13, Christy Gallegos, a mother of five children who attend local Catholic schools, lost her battle with cancer. One week later, students from Loyola College Prep and St. John Berchmans SchooL gathered in St. Michael’s Chapel to participate in a unique project dedicated to Christy’s memory. The students, with the assistance of Bishop Michael Duca, taped a professional recording of children praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The CD contains brief meditational readings as well as music provided by the Loyola College Prep Choral Ensemble accompanied by guest violinist, Zack Grant. Students from Loyola, St. John Berchmans and St. Joseph Catholic School all played a part in the final product. All proceeds will go the Christy Gallegos Memorial Fund. CDs can be purchased at Jacob’s Well Catholic book store in Shreveport.

St. Frederick High School’s FBLA Qualify for National Competition


by Dr. Laurie Babin

Pictured: The top 10 finishers front row:  James Babin, Kaleb Williamson, Jonara Mercado, Elaine Simon, Julie Farrar, Mattie Kincannon Back row: Dr. Laurie Babin, Alec Shell, Jon Kelley, Brandon Breard, Jefferson Manning, Ashton Fench, Drew Johnson.

St. Frederick Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members competed in the 2012 Louisiana FBLA State Leadership Conference held at the Lafayette Cajondome and Convention Center, March 25-27, 2012.  Our chapter project, “The Catholic Connection 2012 Blue Pages” directory of businesses owned by our school and parishioner families and other supporters of Catholic institutions, won first place in the Partnership with Business Project. The chapter qualified for national competition in seven events. The FBLA National Leadership Conference is June 27-July 3 in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Laurie Babin, Professor of Marketing at the University of Louisiana Monroe, started and has been the adviser for the St. Frederick FBLA chapter for the past five years.  This is the second year the chapter will be competing at nationals.

2012 Louisiana FBLA State Leadership Conference Results:

Events Qualifying for National Competition:
• Partnership with Business Project – Brandon Breard, Julie Farrar and Jon Kelley (1st place)
• Business Communication – Randi Domingue (1st place)
• Public Speaking I – Jeff Manning (2nd place)
• Marketing (team event) – James Babin, Brandon Breard, and Julie Farrar (3rd place)
• Economics – Randi Domingue (4th place)
• Banking and Financial Systems (team event) – Elaine Simon, Jon Kelley and Jonara Mercado (4th place)
• Entrepreneurship (team event) – Drew Johnson, Jeff Manning, and Kaleb Williamson (4th place)

Events Finishing in the Top Ten:
• Mr. Future Business Leader – Brandon Breard (6th place)
• Ms. Future Business Leader – Julie Farrar (7th place)
• Emerging Business Issues (team event) – Alec Shell, Ashton Fench and Mattie Kincannon (8th place)
• Business Calculations – Jon Kelley (9th place)

Even though the St. Frederick FBLA team qualified for the national competition in seven events, they will only compete in four of them, including: Partnership with Business Project, Marketing, Business Communication and Public Speaking.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Monroe Hires New Principal


Rev. Sebastian Kallarackal, CMI, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and Sr. Carol Shively, OSU, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Shreveport, are pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Palowsky as the new principal for Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Monroe.  Palowsky has been an educator for 22 years, serving most recently as a kindergarten teacher at Swartz Lower Elementary in Ouachita Parish.

Palowsky is a life-long resident of Monroe and earned her Bachelor’s degree of Education from the University of Monroe (then, Northeast Louisiana University) as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a second Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision along with her Plus 30 from ULM.

She will bring a wealth of knowledge in the area of early childhood and elementary educational practices.
“As a child of an educator, I can remember “teaching” my stuffed animals just like my dad taught his students.  I have always been a teacher and I love teaching.  I am most excited about bringing some new programs and innovations to O.L.F.  I have received some of the best experience and professional development through my employment with Ouachita Parish and want my love for education to be contagious within the O.L.F. faculty.”

Palowsky is known for her exceptional leadership qualities and always being grounded in her efforts to improve the school experience for her students.  Lisa Patrick, principal of Jesus the Good Shepherd School, stated, “I am very excited to have her join our Catholic School family. It is my belief that Mrs. Palowsky will be an exceptional leader and a wonderful principal. She is highly effective, is kind to everyone she comes across and has all of the characteristics of a great leader.”

Sr. Carol Shively, OSU, stated, “It is my belief that Mrs. Palowsky will be an exceptional educational leader in our Catholic schools.  I wholeheartedly welcome her to our community.”

St. Joseph Student Named State Student of the Year


Just an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things. This is Harris LeBlanc, St. Joseph School 8th Grader and St. Joseph Church parishioner. Harris was named the 8th Grade Student of the Year for all private schools in the state of Louisiana. This honor was achieved not only by his exceptional academic performance, but also by his involvement in his church and community. Congratulations to Harris, his parents Cliff and Colleen LeBlanc. He has represented St. Joseph School and the Diocese of Shreveport very well.

Loyola Opens New Cafeteria

For months, Loyola’s students have watched as the newest addition to the Loyola campus – the cafeteria/community center – was being built. On April 3 the Flyers found out that it was worth the wait as the lunch was served in the building for the first time. Students and faculty alike were all thrilled with the new building, which is located behind the gym.

The new cafeteria features 5,000 square feet of dining space and well as a completely modern kitchen and cooking facilities.
Loyola has not had a new dining facility for its students since the present building was constructed in 1938.

The new cafeteria/community center is part of Phase I of the Loyola Forever Capital Campaign. The school gym was renovated during 2011.

St. Fred’s Quiz Bowl Team Won Regional Ranking

The St. Frederick High School Quiz Bowl team competed in Natchitoches on March 31 in the State Quiz Bowl Championship Tournament. Anthony Trombatore, SFHS Quiz Bowl Sponsor and science teacher, led the Warriors to a second place Division IV win. St. Frederick students not only garnered the 2nd place State Ranking, they also earned a 3rd place Invitational Ranking and a 1st place Regional Ranking. The team had a fun year and performed well.  Geaux Warriors!

Jesus the Good Shepherd Students Met Easter Bunny

Jesus the Good Shepherd School’s PreK-4 students enjoyed a visit from the Easter Bunny before they had their annual classroom Easter Egg hunt. The students had a great time taking pictures with the Easter Bunny and hunting for candy-filled eggs. Prior to the Easter Egg Hunt, the students discussed the true meaning of Easter and what that meant to each of them.

St. John Berchmans Students Performed Living Stations

As part of Holy Week, eighth grade students from St. John Berchmans School performed their annual presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday in front of the entire student body, family, friends and guests. The eighth grade students wrote the script for the presentation, and re-enacted all 14 stations with music, scriptures and reflections read between each station.

In addition to the Living Stations, St. John Berchmans students of all ages celebrated Easter through various activities including Easter egg hunts in the preschool and kindergarten classes, and an interactive Last Supper lesson and meal for the first grade students.

Our Lady of Fatima Students Perfom Living Stations

Our Lady of Fatima School students in grades 3-6 performed a dramatic depiction of Christ’s journey to Golgotha with the Living Stations of the Cross. The production proved to be a memorable experience for not only the guests in attendance, but also for the children who participated.