SUPPLEMENT TO THE CATHOLIC COMMENTATOR | JANUARY 29, 2021
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2B The Catholic Commentator CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 January 29, 2021 Catholic educators are heroes during COVID-19 pandemic O ne year ago educators in the presented, the core mission of Catholic used their creativity and dedication to education is important, it is not com- Diocese of Baton Rouge were education did not change and that is to overcome any obstacles along the way, plete if it only imparts information to preparing to celebrate Catho- educate our young children, not only always considering what was best for the the mind and does not touch the heart. lic Schools Week, an annual event to teaching the fun- young people they serve. A complete education must also impart embrace all that is good in Catholic damentals of math, That same resolve has the wisdom of our final destiny with education. As is tradition, the week was English and history certainly carried over to the God and reveal the evidence and the highlighted by the celebration of the an- but also forming them new school year 2020-2021. presence of God as revealed by Jesus’ nual Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. morally and spiritu- With Superintendent Dr. words and actions. To fulfill their call Gerard Majella Church in Baton Rouge. ally. Even during the Melanie Palmisano’s lead- Catholic schools daily continue their At the time, we were learning more lockdown that began ership and foresight, and Mission and Ministry by evangelizing about a rare virus called COVID-19 that March 13, 2020, our because of the heroic and hearts, educating minds, encouraging was beginning to spread its devastation educators did not faithful efforts of our princi- talent and embracing the future. They throughout China and Europe, but it allow the challenges of pals, teachers, aides, tutors, carry out this mission through spiritual was still a rather small blip on our col- changing the paradigm office staffs, cafeteria work- and religious formation, academic rigor, lective radar. of education from the ers, maintenance employees, innovative programs, responsible stew- How much has changed in a year! physical classroom to parents and the guidance of ardship and joyful celebration of service Today, as we celebrate a most the virtual classroom the nurses and doctors from to the community. From the unusual Catholic Schools Week, the to deter them. With Our Lady of the Lake Health This Catholic Schools Week I com- coronavirus remains at the forefront almost no delay our System, all of our diocesan mend and thank our principals, teachers of our thoughts and certainly the focus whole school system schools have been success- and school staff for all they do for our of our prayers, as we continue to cope with the mental challenges of isolation transitioned to virtual learning to meet the Bishop ful in maintaining in-class learning since September. students every day. I also express my pride in our dedicated students who and experiencing the grief of family educational and for- Bishop Michael G. Duca I commend everyone have worked hard to learn in these members and friends suffering through mative needs of their associated with our Catholic difficult circumstances. I am sure this the disease and in some cases dying. students. school community for their pandemic, which has challenged our We continue to wonder when life will Despite the complexities, educators unwavering dedication to our young Catholic Schools for the past year, will return to some semblance of normalcy remained vigilant in their dedication people, for finding the light in the dark- in the end not break our resolve but and what post-pandemic society will to their students by continuing to hold ness of this pandemic. rather will strengthen our dedication look like. them to the same standard of excellence. Catholic education is rooted in the to the Mission and Ministry of Catholic Despite the myriad challenges 2020 Our administrators and educators Gospel because while a good quality Education for years to come.
January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 3B Celebrating Catholic Schools Week O ur generation will show that it can rise chael G. Duca. This year’s Catholic Schools Week to the promise found in each young per- Mass will be livestreamed on Catholic Life TV son when we know how to on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m., and we hope give them space. This means that that everyone will be able to join we have to create the material the celebration through technol- Mater Dolorosa Catholic School and spiritual conditions for their ogy. Excellence in Education for 100 years in grades PreK-8! full development; to give them a Following Mass, school lead- New PreK-2 Program starting for 2021-2022 School Year solid basis on which to build their ers who courageously and tire- lives; to guarantee their safety lessly worked to reopen schools Tuition Assistance for Qualifying Families and their education to be every- safely and on-time this year will Additional Part-Time Teachers provide Academic Support for Students thing they can be… be honored. These outstanding After School Care Program – Pope Francis educators helped students and The Holy Father’s reminder of their families return to a more 509 Pine Street, Independence, LA 70443 the ministry of Catholic educa- normal reality despite the uncer- tion helps us to realize the impor- tainty in our world. They are tru- www.mdeagles.org (985)878-4295 tance of the work that is celebrat- ly worthy of our gratitude! ed during Catholic Schools Week. After recently completing the self- From the In addition to prayer during Mass, two important signs of our RedemptoRist st. GeRaRd school study process for national reac- creditation and preparing to meet Superintendent Catholic identity are included in Catholic Schools Week activities. Motto: online with the quality assurance First, schools donate to Catholic “ A Building of Excellence with Four Walls built on Christian visiting team, Catholic schools in- Dr. Melanie Palmisano Charities of the Diocese of Baton Values & Tomorrow’s Future Resource –Our Children” volved in district accreditation are Rouge as a sign of their commit- Come and see what we have to offer ... keenly aware of the importance ment to service. Second, faculty of creating material and spiritu- members with anniversary years ❖ TOP GAINS Pre-K Program for EBR al conditions for the full devel- This year’s of service are recognized as a ❖ Morning Care and After Care opment of students in their care. sign of gratitude for their work in Improved Athletic Program Our vision to Evangelize Hearts, Catholic Schools Catholic education. We all know ❖ ❖ Tutoring Program Now Educate Minds, Encourage Talent, teachers and staff members who Accepting and Embrace the Future is focused Week Mass will have made a positive difference ❖ Enriched Curriculum Applicatio ns on providing a solid foundation in our lives, and we take time ❖ Religion Education Program w! that helps students fully develop be livestreamed during Catholic Schools Week to ❖ Tuition Assistance Program Apply No their God-given gifts so that they honor that dedication. can fulfill their potential. on Catholic Life As we celebrate the work of Pre-K – 8th Grade for 2019-2020 It has been tradition in the Dio- Catholic schools, we are grate- cese of Baton Rouge that students TV on Feb. 3 at ful for the leadership of Bishop Cheryl Domino, Principal • Fr. Tat Hoang, CSsR, Pastor from each school come together Duca and for the support of cler- For more information visit www.rsgbr.org or call 225-355-1437. for Mass during Catholic Schools 10 a.m. gy, administrators, faculty, staff, Week. With the pandemic, adjust- parents, students and all part- Cultivating Scholars with Pride and Passion ments needed to be made. Instead ners in the work of the schools. of filling the church with students, With strong stakeholder support, school administrators and their family members Catholic schools will continue to serve genera- will gather to celebrate Mass with Bishop Mi- tions in the Diocese of Baton Rouge! St. Michael serves a devastated Lake Charles Special to The Catholic Commentator the gift cards, students made personalized prayer cards to include notes of sorrow and en- Hurricane Laura made landfall on Aug. 27 couragement. in Cameron Parish as a Category 4 storm with In September, St. Michael football coach Joey 150-mile-per-hour winds. Sanchez and football parents spent the day in After the devastating effects of the storm Lake Charles, cooking and serving jambalaya came to fruition, the St. Michael the Archangel and volunteering with cleanup efforts. While High School family rallied together to help St. they were there, Sanchez delivered the gift Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles. St. cards and prayer cards. Louis Catholic, along with many of the fami- “It was a humbling experience to see every- lies whose children attend the high school, sus- one so thankful for our help,” he said. “Living in tained severe damage from Hurricane Laura. Louisiana, we all know the devastating effects Students and faculty at St. Michael collected that hurricanes can bring, so it felt good to give gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, back to our neighbors in their time of need.” Amazon, grocery stores, fast food restaurants The St. Michael football team added its own and gas stations raising more than $10,000 for special touch to the efforts by donating $1,100 to the high school and their families. Along with the football program at St. Louis Catholic.
4B The Catholic Commentator CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 January 29, 2021 Honoring Catholic school principals children safe. she can do “anything I put my mind to.” Stacia Andricain Andricain also understands how her She noted that Holy Family continues Jason Chauvin ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY past can shape the future of others. to grow in numbers and more important- CATHOLIC SCHOOL OF POINTE COUPEE BATON ROUGE “I want to become a mentor for others ly in the students’ schoolwide display of NEW ROADS For the past because I was so blessed in this area and Catholic values. Jason Chauvin 25 years, includ- to continue to promote Catholic ideals “I anticipate growth of my school and previously served ing the past four and the charism of the Sisters of St. Jo- new fresh ideas being put into action,” she as principal at as principal at St. seph,” she said. said. Catholic Elemen- Joseph’s Acad- tary School of emy, Stacia An- Alise Ashford Jan Breen Pointe Coupee dricain has been HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY for the past two blessed to serve PORT ALLEN BATON ROUGE years and is in his under several Catholic school In her role as president at St. Joseph’s first year as prin- mentors. values were in- Academy, Breen cipal of the newly Stacia Andricain She cited for- stilled in Holy oversees the for- Jason Chauvin structured ele- mer SJA admin- Family principal mation of young mentary school istrators such as Jacquline Labat, Linda Alise Ashford at women in the and high school. Harvison, Sister Adele Lambert CSJ and an early age but charism of the His philosophy, nurtured during his Kathy Meares for “seeing in me what I did those same values Sisters of St. Jo- 12-year career in Catholic education, not see in myself.” have shaped her seph. seeks to develop students’ faith, academ- During the past quarter of a century at role as an admin- Her educa- ics and talents by incorporating the teach- SJA Andricain said she has learned that istrator. tional philosophy ings of the Catholic Church. a Catholic education allows for a culture Alise Ashford She said the includes “young “Amidst a global pandemic Catholic of mutual respect and understanding and values students Jan Breen women serving of Pointe Coupee is carrying out its mis- an expectation of excellence in all areas of learn at an early age “enhance a person’s the dear neigh- sion,” Chauvin said. formation, growth and education. life.” bor, young women developing their aca- He is thankful to his faculty and staff, She is also proud of being able to keep Ashford, who is in her first year as prin- demic potential and young women devel- the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese the school open amid a global pandem- cipal at Holy Family and seventh overall oping their leadership skills,” said Breen, of Baton Rouge staff and the New Roads ic and having the parents’ trust that the in Catholic education, said she is most who has served in Catholic education for community. school’s top priority is to continue to keep thankful to her family for believing that 48 years. As for the immediate future his goal is “I am grateful to the Sisters of St. Jo- to continue “navigating through the pan- seph, my parents belief in Catholic edu- demic waters while always remaining fo- cation, Brother Donnan Berry (SC) and cused on providing a religious, academic Brother Francis David (SC).” and disciplined Catholic education.” Her goal is to continue to further the mission of SJA in difficult economic Cheryl Domino times. REDEMPTORIST ST. GERARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Erin Candilora BATON ROUGE ST. ALOYSIUS SCHOOL Redempto- BATON ROUGE rist St. Gerard School principal Erin Candilo- Cheryl Domino ra has spent the has a simple mes- past six years as sage for her stu- principal at St. dents, the major- Aloysius build- ity of whom live ing upon her in north Baton philosophy that Rouge, perhaps Catholic educa- Cheryl Domino one of the most tion provides the impoverished ar- foundation of eas of the city worsened by a high crime Erin Candilora faith for students rate. to be the hope She simply asks her students to believe and light for future generations. in themselves and take God along as a She said what she finds most reward- partner. ing about her career, which has includ- “My belief in Catholic education is ev- ed 28 years in Catholic education, is the ery child has something that is achiev- community’s resolve in managing the able,” Domino said. “With God on your ever-changing expectations while of- side you can do all things through Christ. fering students a safe environment to He strengthens you.” thrive. Her challenges have been many in the Candilora is encouraged by the sup- past two years but she takes pride in the port of her home and school families fact she has been able to navigate the dif- and the previous adminstrators who ficulties of being a first-time principal and have served as mentors. being strong enough to address myriad of Moving forward, she hopes to devel- challenges. op the faith life of the St. Aloysius com- “I consider and believe that I am a re- munity in order to provide hope for the silient leader,” she said. future. SEE PRINCIPALS PAGE 5B
January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 5B PRINCIPALS partners who believe in our mission and “God is the reason that Catholic schools From page 4B believe in our students,” said Engemann, exist,” he said. “Forming a God-centered Michelle Gardiner who is in his second year at Cristo Rey as partnership with educators and parents is ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE SCHOOL She expressed gratitude to Catholic well as his second year being a Catholic essential to educate the whole child.” BATON ROUGE Schools Superintendent Dr. Melanie president. Michelle Gar- Palmisano, the entire CSO staff, St. Ge- His philosophy is to provide a faith- Angele Fontenot diner’s proudest rard Majella Church pastor Father Tat based Catholic education that will im- ST. GEORGE SCHOOL moment during Hoang CsSR, the Friends of Redemp- power not only academic growth and BATON ROUGE the past four torist and her mentor, Paula Johnson, achievement but a true desire to fully St. George years as princi- principal of St. Francis Xavier School in develop the God-given potential of all the School principal pal at St. Jude is Baton Rouge. school’s students. Angele Fontenot when the school Domino also knows her work is not “We are most proud of our 41 seniors in has spent much received the Na- done and expressed ambitious plans for our inaugural graduation Class of 2020,” of her first year tional Blue Rib- the school’s future. Engemann said. “We want to continue to assuring that the bon School Award “In the next year or two I would like to grow our student enrollment and build a faculty continues Michelle Gardiner in 2020. Because change the climate of the school, to rep- culture of excellence in our school.” to work together of COVID-19 re- resent a self-worth feeling,” Domino, who to map out the strictions, a limited number of people has been a Catholic educator for 37 years, Zachary Fields school’s entire were allowed to gather in the school gym said. “One that we as a school can go and MATER DOLOROSA SCHOOL Angele Fontenot curriculum. for the announcement. compete against anybody.” INDEPENDENCE She said the “I am most grateful for the faculty, In his first process has required collaboration, re- staff, students and parents for their ded- Eric Engemann year as principal flection and meaningful planning and ication and hard work in realizing the ac- CRISTO REY BATON ROUGE FRANCISAN at Mater Dolorosa added that she is thankful to her staff. complishment of being named a National HIGH SCHOOL School Zachary “Our teachers are continuously learn- Blue Ribbon School,” said Gardiner, who As president Fields has cer- ing and implementing new ways to engage has spent 16 years as a Catholic educator of Christo Rey tainly been busy. and instruct students,” said Fontenot, and 25 overall in education. Baton Rouge His many ac- who has been a Catholic educator for all Her philosophy as a Catholic school ed- Franciscan High complishments of her 18 years as a professional. ucator is based on the principle that Cath- School, Eric En- include forming “Catholic schools provide a well-round- olic schools are the primary instrument gemann presides a new adviso- ed education for the whole person by ad- for fulfilling the mission of the Catholic over the most Zachary Fields ry board for the dressing the academic, physical, emotion- Church,” she said. unique school in school and creat- al and above all spiritual needs of all its Gardiner said the school plans to inte- the diocese. But ing a Dad’s Club. students,” she added. grate a robust technology program which he embraces the “I am grateful for the support of the Fontenot’s goal is to continue to sup- will include a one-to-one student initia- Eric Engemann challenge. Catholic Schools Office, our pastor (Fa- port teachers in their teaching practices tive across all grade levels, which Gardin- “We have been ther Rueben Dykes) and partnership with that directly impact learning, resulting er said “will ensure our students’ success blessed by God with amazing faculty and our school stake holders,” said Fields, who in academic success and Blue Ribbon in an ever-changing digital era.” staff as well as families and community is in his 19th year as a Catholic educator. (School of Excellence Award). SEE PRINCIPALS PAGE 7B T H E C A T H O L I C C O M M E N T A T O R Hot-off the Press & Delivered to You for Only $14 per year TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 225-387-0983.
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January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 7B PRINCIPALS precautions and recommendations regarding From page 5B COVID-19 safety. “We are most grateful to the students, facul- Cheri Gloe ty and parents for trusting in the guidelines and MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL measures set forth to keep our school safe,” he said. BATON ROUGE Future goals are to increase St. Elizabeth’s tech- During her five years as nology use by providing individual devices to stu- principal at Most Blessed dents from third grade through eighth grade, King Sacrament School, Cheri said. Gloe has spearheaded the growth of the school by Ellen Lee offering two pre-kinder- ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL DIOCESAN garten classes and has also HIGH SCHOOL added advanced math to BATON ROUGE the fifth and sixth grade For the past 10 years, classes. Ellen Lee has been a sower Those additions are of seeds of spirituality at Cheri Gloe testimony to what she be- St. Michael the Archangel lieves is the foundation of Catholic education. High School, a philoso- “I believe that a Catholic school’s main purpose phy she has embodied as is to work with students and families to nurture a Catholic educator for the Gospel values, academic excellence and a life of past four decades. prayer and service,” she said. “We are looking for- “Catholic education ward to constructing a new multi-purpose build- plants seeds of faith while ing and renovating classrooms and for seeing what Ellen Lee bringing students closer to the future brings.” Christ and calling them to Gloe, who has spent 25 of her 31 years in Catho- lead a life of service to those in need,” Lee said. lic education, said she is grateful for the support of She proudly boasts that St. Michael returned to Most Blessed Sacrament Church pastor Father Phil in-person learning at the beginning of the 2020- Spano, the school’s Council of Education, faculty 21 school year, while keeping students and faculty and families. safe on campus. “Our administrators, faculty, staff, students and Paula Johnson families have worked diligently to adjust to health ST. FRANCIS XAVIER INTERPAROCHIAL SCHOOL and safety guidelines during the pandemic,” Lee BATON ROUGE said. Despite the global pan- Regarding the future, Lee said her priority is to demic, St. Francis Xavier increase “our students’ achievement as measured School was able to cele- by standardized tests such as the ACT and PSAT.” brate its 100th anniversary in 2020, a source of pride Cecilia Methvin for principal Paula John- SACRED HEART OF JESUS SCHOOL son. BATON ROUGE “The entire church/ Cecilia Methvin, in her school community was second year as principal around that we made it at Sacred Heart of Jesus Paula Johnson 100 years,” she said. School and her 25th year Johnson, who spent the as a Catholic educator, is majority of her 38-year career as a public educator committed to her philoso- but has spent the past three at St. Francis, said her phy of preparing students philosophy is to make every decision with the stu- to serve God. King it Up A n dents at the forefront academically, spiritually and “Students are inspired socially. to strive for academic suc- During the next two years she plans to provide cess through a rigorous Kic Cecilia Methvin e ot e’ more opportunities for students to increase their curriculum while also de- prayer life. veloping spiritually, phys- r c “Additionally I plan to support student goals ically, emotional, socially and intellectually,” she with h W that include continual improvement,” she said. said. “Our dedicated faculty and staff have worked diligently to provide a quality education to all stu- Healthy Dr. Andrew King dents in grades Pre-K4 to eighth grade in person Choices ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL and online during the COVID-19 pandemic.” PAINCOURTVILLE She expressed her gratitude to the faculty, staff for Catholic education goes as well as the school’s supportive parents and students beyond academics, it also added her goal is to increase total enrollment and meets the spiritual and completing the Capital Campaign of making over throughout educational needs of the classrooms. the child in the light of the church’s faith in Jesus, said Kristy Monsour diocese. St. Elizabeth principal Dr. ST. MARGARET OF CASTILLO Andrew King. REACH PROGRAM King, in his first year at As administrator of St. Margaret of Castil- Child Nutrition St. Elizabeth and 21st as a lo REACH Special Education Program, Kristy Dr. Andrew King Catholic educator, said he is proud of his staff’s abil- Monsour encounters unique challenges daily. Despite those obstacles, Monsour remains Program ity to successfully implement the CDC and LDDH SEE PRINCIPALS PAGE 8B
8B The Catholic Commentator CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 January 29, 2021 PRINCIPALS Brian Moscona ST. THOMAS MORE SCHOOL “We are hoping to earn a second Na- tional Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Kim Naquin ST. JOHN PRIMARY SCHOOL From page 7B BATON ROUGE Award,” said Moscona, who has spent PRAIREVILLE committed to the In the three all of his 18 years as a Catholic educa- As a 35-year program’s mis- years Brian tor. educator, all in sion. Moscona has Catholic schools, “I believe that served as princi- Christine Musso Kim Naquin un- children are pal at St. Thomas ST. THERESA MIDDLE SCHOOL derstands that God’s hands on More, he, along GONZALES Catholic educa- earth,” she said. with St. Thom- Christine tion provides a “Catholic edu- as More Church Musso has de- moral foundation cation allows pastor Father voted her entire as well as oppor- children to grow Michael Alello, 41-year career to tunities for spir- Kristy Monsour in him in a safe, have rebranded Catholic educa- itual growth and Brian Moscona Kim Naquin nurturing envi- the school and tion, including academic excel- ronment.” were the driving the past 15 as lence. Perhaps her proudest moments come forces to several improvements to the principal at St. Naquin, the principal at St. John said when she receives a phone call regard- campus, including a new playground, Theresa. the staff has been focusing on strategies ing admission to the program because renovation of the existing gym, land- For more than to improve unpacking standards and up- of a recommendation from another par- scaping and an athletic field. four decades she dating Atlas. She is also grateful for the ent. Additionally, Moscona has overseen Christine Musso has witnessed assistance of her administrative staff. “My teachers work hard to ensure the development of a new logo and web- first-hand the value of Catholic education “(We) will continue to refine our mea- each child has their individual needs site while technically enhancing com- on students who have passed through sured progress strategies,” Naquin said. met,” said Monsour, who is in her first munication methods. her doors. year at St. Margaret of Castillo and in “Partnering with parents to provide “A Catholic education is steeped in Jack Nelson 15th overall as a Catholic educator. faith format, intellectual development the love of Jesus Christ and is focused on ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL “This does not go unnoticed in the com- and cultivation of value as students students learning how to create a better DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL munity.” come to know God and his love for him” world,” Musso said. BATON ROUGE She is hoping to add a new special ed- is the core of Moscona’s Catholic educa- She noted with pride how the 2019 Jack Nel- ucation site in the future. tion philosophy. ACT Aspire scores in every grade level son, president He expressed his appreciation to Fa- and subject at St. Theresa were above the of St. Michael ther Alello, school president Greg Bran- national average this past year. the Archangel, dao, an “amazing faculty, supportive “The faculty has embraced aiding stu- believes there is families and wonderful students.” dents to raise ACT Aspire scores since we no substitute for began in 2015,” she said, while acknowl- an educational edging much work remains. environmen- She said reading scores need to climb tal infused with and students need to embrace reading the presence of for comprehension and enjoyment, so Jack Nelson Christ. that is a priority. The 25-year Catholic educator said his philosophy is “providing an excellent Catholic educa- tion to all students during a pandemic.” SEE PRINCIPALS PAGE 9B
January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 9B PRINCIPALS Chris Porche who has spent the past 18 years as a Catholic educator. “The ded- From page 8B OUR LADY OF MERCY SCHOOL ication of parents, faculty, staff and students allows us to learn BATON ROUGE safely in person and incorporate this new technology in a mean- He expressed gratitude to his team of admin- Catholic education is ingful way.” istrators, teachers, staff, parents and students unique in that it provides Ross said her goal is to continue to update and increase technol- for preserving and meeting all of the challenges an opportunity to teach ogy in the younger grades. during these difficult times. the whole student aca- SEE PRINCIPALS PAGE 10B Nelson, who has been at St. Michael for seven demically, physically and months, said his goal is a “continued upward tra- spiritually. Additionally, jectory toward excellence, and sharing the good it molds young people news of St. Michael.” into great contributors to the world, said Chris Sandy Pizzolato Porche who has spent 35 ASCENSION CATHOLIC REGIONAL years as a Catholic edu- Chris Porche HIGH SCHOOL cator DONALDSONVILLE During the past five Creating an environ- years as principal at OLOM, Porche has spear- ment that goes beyond headed the fundraising and construction of two providing quality aca- buildings on campus and has also increased the demic is the role of Cath- school’s enrollment. olic education, according “I am grateful for God’s grace to accomplish to Ascension Catholic these things along with the support and prayers principal Sandy Pizzola- of our families and employees,” Porche said. to. He said the school is also in the starting phase “Our role as educators of developing a robust STEM program. is to live out our Catho- Sandy Pizzolato lic faith through our in- Danette Ragusa struction and interaction ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL with our school commu- PONCHATOTULA nity and beyond,” she said. Danette Ragusa said Pizzolato, who spent the past 10 years as she has is proud of the principal at Ascension and 16 years as a Cath- growth she has seen of olic educator, is proud of the continued success her teachers and stu- the school has achieved with fourth through dents in classroom en- 12th grade students and teachers successfully gagement and how they trained and implementing the 1:1 Google Class- have increased owner- room and Google tools to enhance learning. ship of their learning “I’m grateful to our teachers to learn the during her seven years as Google programs necessary in such a short pe- principal at St. Joseph. riod of time to be able to recall all students,” she Danette Ragusa That growth is in line said. “In the next two years I am anticipating with her philosophy of implementing STEM activities in all grade lev- Catholic education. els PreK-12 with formal training and tools that “I believe Catholic education is a true reflec- will enhance teaching and learning.” tion of honoring God’s greatest creation – man- kind – by nurturing the whole child to flourish in Paula Poche all ways,” said Ragusa, who spent 21 years of her ST. PETER CHANEL INTERPAROCHIAL SCHOOL career in public education. PAULINA “I am grateful to our teachers who have be- As do many of her come great models for their students as lifelong Catholic educator peers, learners and adults of service,” she said. “I an- Paula Poche, principal ticipate a continued growth in our Catholicity of St. Peter Chanel, con- through our works of service and focus on family siders her vocation as an faith formation.” educator a ministry and not a job. Wendy Ross Armed with that be- ST. JEAN VIANNEY SCHOOL lief, Poche, who has BATON ROUGE spent the past seven of During the coronavi- Paula Poche her 27 years in Catholic rus pandemic, St Jean education at St. Peter, is Vianney has continued able to share her philosophy of faith “with all of to provide in-person my students by word and example.” learning in a safe envi- Poche also takes pride in St. Peter being able ronment. But the school to establish a program for two-year-old chil- has also been able to dren as well as building a new daycare building add technology in grades and renovating a playground. fifth through eighth, both She expressed her heartfelt thanks to her points of pride for prin- parents for raising funds to build the new build- Wendy Ross cipal Wendy Ross, who ing and renovate the playground without hav- is in her 15th year as the ing to tap into the school’s savings. school’s top administrator. “I want to continue working on improving “Catholic education allows our students to technology so we can be more one to one in the grow spiritually as well as academically in a car- lower grades,” Poche said. ing, secure, faith-filled community,” said Ross,
10B The Catholic Commentator CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 January 29, 2021 PRINCIPALS provide an excellent Catholic education to all of our students,” Ryals added. people who have built the foundation for our present day success,” Schlatre said. Donna Wallette HOLY GHOST SCHOOL From page 9B “I am grateful for the love and sacrifice HAMMOND Dr. Cindy Ryals Cherie Schlatre of my family, the support of our school During her ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI SCHOOL ST. JOHN INTERPAROCHIAL SCHOOL community and ultimately the guidance five years as GREENWELL SPRINGS PLAQUEMINE of our heavenly father.” principal at St. A 32-year ca- Cherie Schla- Joseph, stu- reer spent en- tre has spent 15 Gerald Tullier dents’ scores on tirely in Catholic of her 25 years CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL the ACT-Aspire education has as an educator in BATON ROUGE have continued formed Dr. Cindy Catholic educa- As Catholic to rise. Ryals vision. tion, the past 13 High president, “I am most “Catholic edu- as principal at St. Gerald Tullier is proud that we cation is not sim- John. most grateful for Donna Wallett have outscored ply here to im- During that the dedication the nation in ev- pact knowledge time, she has and generosity of ery subject in all tested grades (third Dr. Cindy Ryals but to inspire and Cherie Schlatre gained an under- his staff who gen- through eighth),” Wallette said. “I prepare all stu- standing of the uinely “love our would like the school to continue to ex- dents to learn, to work, to serve God and importance of building a strong academ- students.” cel on the ACT and to inspire more peo- to serve one another,” said Ryals, who ic and spiritual foundation that can only At the heart ple to love the Catholic faith,” she said. is in her 12th year as principal at St. Al- come through Catholic education. Gerald Tullier of Catholic ed- Throughout her 36-year career as a phonsus. “Catholic education is vital to help ucation is the Catholic educators, Wallette said her Acknowledging the difficulty of edu- young people grow through rigorous ac- mission of forming the whole person ac- philosophy has not altered, promoting cating students during a worldwide pan- ademic experiences and faith and more ademically, socially, physically and spiri- an environment of loving and learning demic, Ryals said the faculty, staff and formation, instilling in them a commit- tually, Tullier said. in Christ through academic excellence, students have all maintained their Cath- ment to serve in our communities and “I am proud that all in our community Gospel values and a nurturing commu- olic faith by continuing to attend school our world,” Schlatre said. – students, parents, teachers and alumni nity. Mass, prayer services and class retreats. She said St. John continues to faith- – have invested in our mission,” Tullier, “I am grateful to my entire staff for “I am grateful to my wonderful faculty fully provide compassion, support and who has spent 44 years in Catholic edu- their determination and diligence, es- for always having a positive attitude and education for the school’s families under cation and the past 15 at Catholic, said. pecially during the COVID-19 pandem- making learning as ‘normal’ as possible what she said are “unprecedented cir- He anticipated the continued growth ic,” she said. during the pandemic,” she said. cumstances.” of the school’s retreat and service pro- “We are looking forward to growing “St. John school strives to continue grams and continued improvement in our campus facilities and continuing to the legacy of the many religious and lay college readiness scores. SEE PRINCIPALS PAGE 11B “Educating the whole child in the Catholic tradition for a life of meaning and purpose.” school.aloysius.org
January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 11B PRINCIPALS dedicated faculty and staff.” Willis’ goal is to increase the school’s STA’s accomplishments in the next two years, increasing service to the commu- school’s Catholic identity to include prayer for vocations, weekly Mass, student and From page 10B enrollment to serve even more families in nity and a continued emphasis on the staff retreats and campus ministry nights. Claire Losavio Willis the Baton Rouge area. CRISTO REY BATON ROUGE FRANCISCAN HIGH SCHOOL Tania Woods During her ST. THOMAS AQUINAS REGIONAL four years as HIGH SCHOOL principal at Cris- HAMMOND to Rey, principal Tania Woods’ Claire Willis has first year at St. met and aptly ad- Thomas Aquinas dressed several has been chal- challenges, in- lenging because cluding oversee- of the COVID-19 ing the move of pandemic, but Claire Losavio Willis the students from she talks highly attending classes of her staff being in a business park to temporary trailers at able to provide a its north Baton Rouge location. The move Tania Woods quality education to the business park was necessitated by for all of the stu- the flood of 2016, which destroyed the dents. buildings at the former site of Redemp- “Students are still high performing ev- torist High School, where Cristo Rey is idenced by three new additions to the 30+ located. Veritas Club,” Woods said. “I am grateful During the past year Willis has also to God for his grace, the superintendent guided faculty and staff through the coro- and Catholic Schools Office for their sup- navirus pandemic. While still following port, parents for entrusting St. Thomas protocols, Cristo Rey was able to hold its Aquinas with their students, students for inaugural graduation in 2020, for which rising to the occasion but most impor- Willis is most grateful. tantly for the staff who has shown nothing Even through some of the most diffi- but dedication and excellence.” cult of times, Willis has never waved from She said Catholic educators foster op- her own philosophy of Catholic education. portunities leading to optimal growth of “A Catholic school provides all families students spiritually, academically, social- access to an excellent education rooted in ly and behaviorally, ultimately preparing Gospel values to prepare children for col- them for post-secondary education and lege and life,” she said. “I am grateful to positively contributing to society. the faith families and benefactors and a Woods said her goals are to increase One Family, One Vision—In Christ! Since 1904 Educating and caring for the children of Pointe Coupee and surrounding areas for 116 years. Spiritual Growth The gifts of a Catholic education ……. Community Service 41 Inaugural Graduates in Class of 2020 Moral values Extracurricular Activities 100% College Acceptance for Class of 2020 Academic Excellence Parental Involvement Higher Education Preparation Committed Faculty 44 Corporate Work Study Partners Earned in 2020-2021 by Cristo Catholic of Pointe Coupee 405 Louisiana Street $1.1 million Rey students toward their tuition New Roads, LA 70760 Please visit our website or contact us for more information: Be a Part of the Cristo Rey Story. www.catholicpc.com (225) 638-9313 Learn more at www.cristoreybr.org. Catholic of Pointe Coupee does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.
12B The Catholic Commentator CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 January 29, 2021 The body of Christ By Penne Leier morning, the school begins the Special to day with Mass, just as before the The Catholic Commentator pandemic. Classes take turns attending Mass in person, while Just like everyone else, the the rest of the school tunes into students of Most Blessed Sac- the MBS Church YouTube chan- rament School in Baton Rouge nel to attend virtually. have had to make adjustments Thanks to technology, ev- to their daily routines because of eryone is able to listen to God’s COVID-19. word, sing praise and worship Stickers are on the ground ev- songs and even laugh at Father ery six feet, reminding everyone Phil Spano’s homilies. Once to social distance. Signs on the Mass has concluded, Deacon walls of classrooms, the office Don Musso and Deacon Mark and other areas ask students and Berard bring the ever-present faculty wear a mask before enter- Lord to the students on cam- ing. Instead of meeting together pus. They travel from class- as a school for morning assem- room to classroom, offering the bly, announcements, prayer and body of Christ to every student. reciting the pledge are done via Each Thursday morning, the SMART boards. Life isn’t as it MBS school community is re- was last year, but it is as normal minded that they do not have to as it can be these days. be physically with each other in Deacon Don Musso gives the Eucharist to McKenzie Chuilli, a student at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Despite the endless list of order to truly be together. After Baton Rouge. Photos provided by Most Blessed Sacrament School adaptations, one thing that has all, we are the church, the body remained a constant at MBS is of Christ. We are Most Blessed the Eucharist. Every Thursday Sacrament. Deacon Mark Berard, left, and Deacon Don Musso Musso deliver the Eu- charist to students at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge.
January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 13B Technology helps OLOM students become critical thinkers Special to The Catholic Commentator This year Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge launched a 1:1 iPad program with its mid- dle school students. Each middle school student now has access to an iPad to use as a tool in enhancing their ed- ucation. The goal in bringing a 1:1 iPad program to the students is to teach them to be critical thinkers, creators of meaningful content and also for students to learn to use technology respon- sibly to enhance not only their learning but the world around them. The hope is that by focusing on these things will not only pre- pare students for high school but also for many years beyond. Understanding this was an ambitious goal from the start. Administrators viewed this pro- gram as a partnership with all stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and school board members. The process be- gan by conducting focus groups with all stakeholders. The input Middle school students at Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge uses iPads as part of a 1:1 iPad program. Photo provided by Our Lady of Mercy School received from students, parents and teachers was invaluable in Committee in creating E-Safety negatives of a digital environ- OLOM officials said they are and they are looking forward to guiding the decision making to newsletters. The goal is to help ment and about how their child excited about all of the possi- continuing on this journey as a launching the program. create an awareness amongst is interacting with the digital bilities and opportunities this community of prayer, knowledge After a full semester with parents of both the positives and world. program will bring to students and service. the devices administrators have learned a tremendous amount along the way, including dis- covering new ways to engage students daily. Despite the chal- lenges presented because of COVID-19, school officials were grateful that they were able to launch this program this year as it has allowed them to con- tinue educating students largely uninterrupted. Although teach- ing students face to face and shoulder to shoulder rather than remotely, the addition of this technology has allowed OLOM students to continue to thrive ac- ademically. Now that teachers, students and the technology team have gotten their feet wet, so to speak, they are eager to start the next semester trying new and inno- vative ways to utilize technolo- gy daily with students so they can have the opportunity to think critically and creatively. In an effort to make sure OLOM students understand the great importance and responsibility of being a good digital citizen Mercy has collaborated with the School Board’s Technology
14B The Catholic Commentator CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 January 29, 2021 SJA students present research in virtual science fair Special to processes. But with COVID-19 alyzing the students’ research. The Catholic Commentator restrictions prohibiting onsite The surveys also enabled the judging, SJA’s science fair coor- judges to share their comments. Each year, students taking dinators turned to technology to Scores and comments were sub- an upper-level honors science enable the students to showcase mitted electronically for compi- course at St. Joseph’s Academy their research efforts. lation. in Baton Rouge participate in the Science Fair Coordinator The process mimics the re- school’s science fair as the first Jacqueline Savoia approached quirements that will be in place step in attempting to advance to science teacher Aimee Cronan to for this year’s regional compe- the Region VII Science and En- determine the best way to con- tition, also virtual, enabling the gineering Fair at Louisiana State duct a virtual school fair. Cronan students to become comfortable University. suggested using Flipgrid to en- with the online judging process. Typically, students present able the students to submit their “We felt it was important that their original research proj- presentation videos and a shared the girls follow the same guide- ects, which they have worked on drive for uploading their papers. lines for the school fair to best during the course of two years, to Cronan linked the two and prepare them for regionals,” a panel of experts from a variety transmitted them to the judges, Cronan said. “I’ve been using of disciplines. The judges come who were given a week to score Flipgrid with my own students to campus to review the projects the projects. Cronan also set up since the start of the school year, and ask participating students a Google survey for the judges and I knew it would be the per- questions about their scientific with the criteria to use when an- fect platform for this scenario.” Maria Hargrave, an honors science student at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, gathers research for her science fair project. Photo provided by St. Joseph’s Acadmey Photo by Darlene Aguillard Although the process worked readying their forms for upload. seamlessly, there were inherent Savoia expressed immense challenges with condensing two pride in her students’ resilience years’ worth of research into a in overcoming the challenges put three-minute video presenta- in their paths by the pandemic. tion. “This group of girls showed “Three minutes is not a long more grit and determination time when you are trying to pres- than any I have ever seen,” ent volumes of work,” Cronan Savoia said. “The setbacks, dis- said. “There was a fine balance appointment and frustration between making sure they cov- with not being able to complete ered everything they needed to what was originally planned get across in those three minutes were unbelievable. The students and trying to talk slowly enough and I worked hard and worked to be understood.” together to get everything ac- There was a learning curve complished for our originally for the judges, as well. scheduled fair date. “Normally, the judges have a “We pushed deadlines back chance to ask the girls questions and doubled up on meetings, to get clarification on the details, meeting in person and online. but that wasn’t an option this Many professors were very ac- year,” Cronan said. commodating of the situation To combat this deviation and were very helpful mentoring from the norm, the surveys en- students and meeting with them abled the judges to share com- online. I do not think I could ments and the questions they be prouder of this very special come get in the GAME wish they could have asked. group. These students will move “This should give the girls on to college knowing how to a chance to improve their pre- persevere and overcome despite sentations if they are invited to the obstacles they may face.” move on to regionals,” Cronan Messina agreed. “I was in said. total disbelief when I saw what Linda Messina, retired SJA the SJA girls had accomplished science teacher and former sci- in such a short amount of time,” OUR LADY OF MERCY SCHOOL ence fair coordinator, will help the students who are advancing she said. This year’s science fair was 400 Marquette Avenue to the regional fair. She is filling the largest in school history, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 in while Savoia is on maternity with 150 projects. Thirty-nine (225) 924-1054 • olomschool.org leave and will assist the students students will advance to the re- in editing their videos based on gional fair, set for Feb. 22-26 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin the judges’ comments and in LSU.
January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 15B Sodality going strong despite current restrictions By Ellen Dupiere the highest ideal of womanhood. and Andy Kling Sodality members of St. Eliz- Special to abeth School serve the school The Catholic Commentator and community as children of Mary. It is one of the most im- The recent pandemic has left portant organizations that the its mark on almost every facet seventh and eighth graders par- of life, including Sodality of the ticipate in at St. Elizabeth. It fos- Militia of the Immaculata at St. ters devotion, reverence and love Elizabeth School in Paincourt- toward the Blessed Mother. ville. Our motto is “To Jesus Students at St. Elizabeth through Mary.” continue to participate in a tra- Christ is the center of So- dition that began more than 80 dality devotion and members years ago. The purpose of the perform acts of service dedicat- organization is paramount to ed to the church. In years past, the school’s mission of spiritu- students have adopted nursing al growth because it focuses on home residents, participated in nurturing the spiritual author- silent protest against abortion, ity of children. Getting them to attended the Blue Mass in honor Sodality at St. Elizabeth School in Paincourtville. Photos provided by St. Elizabeth School realize they can lead prayer and of law enforcement officers and other spiritual activities is tre- collected items for the local food placed blessed Miraculous Med- (Vice Prefect), Aiden Paine, Krista Naquin, Braydon Romero mendously powerful. Motivat- bank. als around the necks of each Austin Paine (Prefect), Renee and Hayden Thibodeaux. ing students to become active Despite COVID-19 restric- inductee, as well as offered a Ryland, Ashley Salazar, Seth The Sodality of the Militia in their faith builds a strong tions, this expectation of service blessing for them and the newly Strubb, Andrew Thibodeaux of the Immaculata has been a foundation for their spirituality continues. Students attend Fri- inducted officers. (Secretary) and Cecile Thibo- tradition at St. Elizabeth since going forward in their life and day Mass, where members serve Members of the 2020-2021 deaux. 1938. This is an organization provides a positive model for as lectors and altar servers. Re- Sodality of the Militia of the Im- Seventh-grade students: students look forward to par- younger students in the school. cently, they participated in the maculata are as follows: Brennan Blanchard, Sarah ticipating in as early as the ele- The Sodality of the Militia living rosary with the Silver Eighth grade students: Chole Blanchard, Vaughn Blanchard, mentary grade levels. The school of the Immaculata is a Roman Rose. They also created Christ- Caminita, Haden Cedotal (Trea- Hunter Borne, Wyatt Diaz, Is- depends on Sodality members Catholic Marian Society which mas cards for other children. surer), Joshua Delhommer, Alex abella George, Skylar Granier, to set an example of kindness began in 1563 under the leader- Students wear special attire Landry (Sergeant At Arms), Cooper Hood, Kollin Landry, and true love for Jesus through ship of a young Belgian Jesuit, every Friday to honor the Bless- Aiden LeBlanc, Lincoln Naquin Megan LeBlanc, John Lewis, Mary, his mother. Father Jean Leunis, at the Col- ed Mother. Girls wear powder legio Romano of the Society of blue skirts and white tops and Jesus. Through the centuries, boys wear khaki pants, white St. John Primary 225-647-2803 St. Theresa Middle this ministry spread throughout dress shirts and powder blue 37407 Duplessis Rd. www.sjp-sta.org 212 E. New River St. Europe, India and the Americas. ties. Members also adorn the Mi- Prairieville firstname.lastname@example.org Gonzales In the 1800s, the Children raculous Medal, which is silver of Mary Sodalities began in in color with blue accents and France. Carmelite nuns from is suspended from a royal blue France established schools in ribbon. New Orleans and ultimately at Seventh graders at St. Eliza- St. Elizabeth School, where the beth School were inducted into Sodality tradition continues. The Sodality of the Militia of Sodality is a spiritual orga- the Immaculata on Friday, Sept. nization where Catholics act to- 4 at St. Elizabeth Church’s the gether for the Savior, the Blessed weekly Mass. Pastor Father Tomi Mother and the church. The So- Thomas, with the help of Dea- dality holds the Blessed Virgin as con Ehren “Wheeler” Oschwald, SJP: PK4– 3rd grades STA: 4th—8th grades Technology in every class 1:1 Laptops 6 –8th grades th 1:1 iPads 4th—8th grades Choir, Band, Athletics, Robotics Professional, caring staff Before & After Care Program Sodality members Austin Paine and Sister Anija at St. Elizabeth School Faith-filled Family-oriented Future-focused in Paincourtville.
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January 29, 2021 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 The Catholic Commentator 17B STM completes gym renovation Special to The Catholic Commentator Church pastor Father Michael J. Alello. Additional improvements to the gym “This place is soooo beautiful, I could include the installation of LED lights, marry it!” painting of walls, removal of outdated “Wow, this is amazing!” window coverings and acquisition of “Oh my goodness! I am so happy my a new scorer’s table and new sideline parents donated to help get us a new chairs. gym.” GraceHebertCurtis Architects gener- “I can run so much faster on this cool ated the design for the renovation. Al- floor!” though the timeline for completing the “Can’t believe we raised enough mon- project was ambitious, because of an ey to get a new gym!” amazing group of partners the project “We are so lucky!” was completed on schedule, opening for Following Christmas break, these students use after Christmas break on were comments overheard by the St. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Thomas the More School in Baton Rouge The Catholic School Athletic Associ- teachers when students walked into ation will resume sports this semester, their newly renovated gym for the first so boys basketball and girls volleyball time. will be the first teams to utilize the new- In the midst of a worldwide pandem- ly renovated space. ic, St. Thomas More parents, grandpar- The STM gym was constructed as GraceHebertCurtis Architects generated the design for the gym renovation for St. Thomas ents, parishioners and teachers demon- the original church for the parish in More School in Baton Rouge. Photo provided by St. Thomas More School strated incredible generosity this fall, 1960 and was the home to liturgy and raising just more than $100,000 to worship until the new church was built concession stand as part of the “Legacy to completion and provides a beautiful install a new floor and bleachers in the in 1986. The former church was decom- Campaign.” This most recent set of proj- space for students to enjoy for many school gymnasium. missioned and converted into a gym in ects brings the gym renovation efforts years to come. The remaining balance to complete 1987. the project was covered by parish re- In 2012, the school renovated the Diocese of Baton Rouge sources approved by St. Thomas More gym lobby with new bathrooms and a Catholic Schools Office PRINCIPAL OPENING 2021-22 School Year St. Thomas More Catholic School Baton Rouge, LA St. Thomas More Catholic school seeks a joyful, faith-filled, dynamic, and visionary leader to serve as principal of our parish school, beginning in the summer of 2021. For the past STM has a rich history of success in the Baton Rouge community, and the parish has 71 years experienced revitalization in the past several years. We seek a leader who will continue Holy Family School the positive momentum for our community as we move STM forward. Has Instilled Values The principal serves as the leader and chief executive of the school, reporting directly to the pastor of STM Church. The ideal candidate will embrace and promote Through a best practices in Catholic elementary education: spirituality, pedagogy, curriculum, Comprehensive student formation, etc. The ideal candidate will also be an excellent communicator PreK4 to 8th Grade desiring to partner with parents, to support colleagues, and to nurture students. Curriculum St. Thomas More Catholic School opened its doors in 1960 and was recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2016. STM currently serves 675 students in PK3 through 8th Grade. The faculty consists of 80 dedicated employees Cordially Invites You to including teachers, teaching assistants, two counselors, two resource teachers, a Attend Their school nurse, and office staff. Mission Statement: Open House St. Thomas More Catholic School is committed to continuing a legacy of excellence Thursday, February 4, 2021 in religious and academic education in a nurturing environment that fosters self-disci- 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM pline. BY SCHEDULED Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered: ● Practicing Catholic APPOINTMENTS ONLY ● Master’s Degree, able to meet LA non-public requirements Contact Mrs. Annette Fitzgerald, ● Minimum of five years of experience in education, preferably in Catholic schools Advancement Director, at ● Demonstrated leadership ability, preferably in Catholic education ● Must be available on or before July 1, 2021 Afitzgerald@hfspa.com Mail resumé, letter of interest, philosophy of education, copies of all college transcripts showing degrees, and three letters of recommendation to: Catholic Schools Office 335 N. Jefferson Ave, Port Allen, LA 70767 Attn: St. Thomas More Principal Search WWW.HOLYFAMILYSCHOOL.COM P.O. Box 2028 For additional information, please contact Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028 Evangelize Hearts, Educate Minds, Encourage Talent, and Embrace the Future Annette Fitzgerald, Advancement Director The schools of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic (225) 344-4100 origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its schools. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educa- Holy Family School has a non-discriminatory admissions policy. tional policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
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