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Comet News - Thursday, January 6

 

COMET NEWS
January 6, 2021


Upcoming Events

JANUARY
6 - Juniors ACT Parent Night
6 - Boys Soccer, Away
6 - Girls Soccer, Away
6 - 8 - Boys Basketball Tournament
6 - 7 - Girls Soccer Tournament
7 - First Friday Prayer Service
7 - Girls Soccer, Away
8 - Placement Test
8 - Girls Soccer, Away
8 - Boys Soccer, Away
10 - Girls Basketball, Home
11 - Boys Basketball, Home
12 - Girls Basketball, Away
12 - Lady's Soccer, Home
13 - Lady' Soccer, Home
13- Lady's basketball, Away
13 - Boys Soccer, Away
16 - American All-Star State Competition for Dance Teams
17 - Martin Luther Ling, Jr. Holiday
18 - School Mass
22 - Service Hours Due
28 - All-Star Scholarship Applications due

News from Campus & General Announcements
Principal's Message
News from Campus
Athletic News
General Announcements

Dear Comet Families,

Thank you! Thank you so much for complying so wonderfully with the uniform dress policy. We are so blessed to begin our first week back from the Christmas Break with your full support. It was great to welcome our students, faculty, staff, and coaches back on Monday. As we begin the new year and a new semester, let us do so with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, hard work and self-control. It is our hope that these fruits of the Spirit may sustain and nourish us in the coming weeks ahead.

Please review the second quarter report cards emailed today carefully to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses.

We hope that the third quarter will bring even greater growth in our students and progress in reaching their goals. We want every Comet to maximize their potential and work hard to achieve what we know they’re fully capable of doing. The end of each quarter is a good time to reflect on how our students are doing and why and to set goals for the rest of the semester. Please take some time to engage in that conversation.

The success of our students and our school as a whole depends on goal setting, planning, trial/error, and implementation of goals. We are not a success by chance. Everyone works very hard each year to make our school a great school for our students. Cheers to the goals for 2022!

At SCC, we believe that a love of learning, spiritual growth, high academic achievement, and parental involvement are keys to a lifelong education. Wishing everyone a great third quarter at SCC!

Go Comets!

Sincerely,
Courtney Millet

First Friday Prayer Service

All parents, grandparents, family and friends of the Comets are invited to attend our First Friday prayer service tomorrow between 7:30-7:45 AM in our chapel.

Visitors should check in at the front office upon arrival.

Feel free to stay and enjoy refreshments in the conference room afterwards!

Placement Test 2022

Please save the date for January 8, 2022, when potential students will be visiting our campus to take the placement test beginning at 8 a.m. Walk-ins should arrive at 7:45 a.m.

The test will last until approximately 11:45 a.m., and lunch will be served to our student applicants following the test. This lunch, a pizza picnic with chips and a bottle of water, will be brought to students in our courtyard.

SCC PARENTS – please share this date with family and friends. In addition, please visit our facebook page and share this story! If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending the Placement Test, please give them the contact information for Carly Flynn, Director of Admissions and Alumni:

flynn.carly@stcharlescatholic.org
985-652-3809

ACT Parent Nights
At these meetings parents will receive the student's ACT score reports, SCC transcript, TOPS transcript, information on how to make the most of the student's high school year, and how to reach the student's future academic goals.

All meetings will be held in the Library and begin at 6pm.
11th Grade - Thursday, January 6

The registration deadline for the February 12 ACT is January 7, 2022. Free ACT prep resources can be found at http://www.act.org/qotd/.

The next school-wide ACT testing date is Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

21 Tips for a Positive New Year

As part of our New Year's tradition, SCC students and faculty reflected yesterday in our CLC meetings on how to start 2022 with a positive outlook and attainable goals. Students and teachers identified their top three tips, discussing how these fresh perspectives might make a difference on the year ahead.

Our administration got in on the activity as well! Mrs. Christine Creppel said that her top choice for 2022 is to "Love the Process" as she works at the best job in the world, serving the Comets and working to advance our school every day. Ms. Kassie deArmas said she hopes to take a daily "thank you walk" with her dog, Jet.

Coach Wayne also hopes to take a daily gratitude walk: “In a time where the news, social media, and most people always are problem driven. This will remind me to be mindful of everything tthat is right with our world. I’ve learned how great my community truly is from Hurricane Ida and my family members recent illnesses."

We encourage you to discuss these tips and goals with your students and partner up with your student to make a plan about how to make the year as positive, productive, and peaceful as possible!


Athletic News

Basketball

The boys team will host a tournament this weekend in Comet Gym. Come out and support the Comets tonight at 5:30pm and continue to cheer on the team throughout Friday and Saturday. There will be lots of great concessions and pastalayla will be on sale on Saturday!

The girls beat Ascension Catholic and last week in an exciting showdown. They play at home again on Monday versus McGehee, and the team will travel Wednesday to compete versus Springfield. Go Comets!

Soccer

The boys team recent won their match against AJ Ellender 6-1. Go Comets!
The boys compete tonight at 6:30pm at Riverside Academy. Come out and support the Comets!

The boys will compete again on Saturday versus Houma Christian and Tuesday versus West Feliciana.

The girls play Riverside Academy tonight at 4:30pm and then participate in the Elite Tournament in Lafayette over the weekend. Go Comets!

Starsteppers

Our Starstepper Dance Team has been hard at work preparing for their appearance in the American All-Star State Competition in Lafayette on January 16, 2022.

The team will compete in four categories: Pom, Kick, Jazz, & Game Day. Good luck to you, Comets!

Track & Field

Track and Field has begun their conditioning and practices for the meets ahead. Good luck in your upcoming season, Comets!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Track & Field Gear sale!

SCHOOL INFORMATION & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Academic Games
Academic Games team will have Equations practice on Tuesday, January 11th after school until 4:30pm. Anyone interesting in competing in the Equations Tournament at Jesuit on February 8th and 15th should attend this practice. We will meet on Tuesdays after school in the red room beginning next week. It is open to all students.

Senior News
Any senior wishing to order senior T-shirts, sweatshirts, and/or sweatpants should do so by Friday, January 14th. You may get the order form from the Senior Class Google
Classroom. Sweatpants may be worn only on Fridays. T-shirts and sweatshirts may be
worn any day of the week. Bring all orders to the box by the Front Desk by 7:30 am on Friday, January 14th.

Service Hours Announcement
Completed paperwork for the Service Hours Program is due for all students at the end of the 3rd nine weeks (Friday, March 22, 2022). All SCC students are required to serve a minimum of 15 hours of service. The goal of this program at St. Charles Catholic High School is to enable each student to serve others and fulfill the commandment of Jesus to love one another as He has loved us. The Christmas break is a great time to seek out opportunities to do service for others!

Please review the “Pre-Approved Service Hours Project List” if you need ideas for what you can do for service hours. The final due date to receive bonus points for service hours is January 22, 2022.

Name Tags
After Hurricane Ida, SCC purchased every student a new name tag. Beginning November 29, any student without a name tag, must report to Mr. Scalco’s office before the bell rings to get a name tag. If you do not have a name tag in the office, you will be issued a non-negotiable. If you come after the bell, you will be issued a non-negotiable by Mr. Scalco. On the 6th non-negotiable, a detention will be issued. Strict adherence to these policies can keep safety at the forefront of things.

SCC School Uniforms
Beginning on January 3, all 8 – 11 grade students were required to wear the complete SCC dress uniform. We are teaming with School Time Uniforms located in Metairie and Baton Rouge. Full dress guidelines are found in our SCC Student Handbook. Our Seniors will be allowed to remain in Friday dress as a senior privilege.

Schiro's School Time is located at:
5008 W. Esplanade Ave in Metairie, LA next to Robert's Fresh Market
Phone: 504-885-2993

SCC Student Handbook
The 2021-22 Student Handbook is posted on the school website www.stcharlescatholic.org.

Travel Club
The Travel Club is once again sponsoring a candy sale to help raise funds for our Summer 2022 trip to Ireland and England. Students may purchase chips and candy for $1.00 each from Mr. Madere’s cart outside during long lunch days or after school in Room 135. No sales are allowed in between classes.

CATHOLIC COUNSELING SERVICES
These are tough times, and we know some of students and families are struggling emotionally. Catholic Counseling Service (CCS) continues to offer telehealth services to through the phone or video-conferencing platforms. This method of counseling allows CCS to extend services across the archdiocese to areas not previously available. To speak with someone or to make an appointment please call Catholic Counseling Service at (504) 861-6245 or email at CCS@arch-no.org or check the website at https://nolacatholic.org/catholic-counseling-service

NCEA LEAD, Learn, Proclaim Award Nominations
The 2022 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award nominations are open. This year’s theme for the award is heroes, answering the question: “How is this Catholic school educator a hero in your community?” This award highlights the outstanding work being done in Catholic education communities across the country.

A hero can be a person who performed heroic acts – perhaps keeping school open safely throughout the pandemic or finding tuition funding to help families or making sure the Friday all-school Mass stayed a priority. And a hero can be the person who inspires others – teachers, staff, administrators, students.

The 90-second video nominations are due by February 5, 2022 for principals, presidents, heads of school, pastors, and teachers who are currently employed and have served in Catholic school education for at least five years. For more information on nominating a “hero” from your school, please click here. Please reach out to Annie Smith at asmith@ncea.org with questions.

Called to be Saints!
High School students are invited to rename the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center bedrooms to reflect the beautiful diversity of the saints of the Catholic Church. Students will create a short biography of a saint with an accompanying prayer starter, which will be displayed in a bedroom for use by retreatants. Submissions are due January 31, 2022.

Once entries have been selected, those students will be our guests at a youth event which will be held at the ANO Retreat Center. Click HERE for more information.

COVID
As we returned to school to begin the second semester, we have made a few adjustments based on recommendations from local health officials that we hope will be temporary as we deal with the latest rise in COVID cases. We will also continue with our cleaning protocol as well as using hand sanitizer at the start of every class. Students are encouraged to wear masks. Extracurricular activities will remain as scheduled unless COVID-19 cases are high in a particular group. We will monitor and respond to each situation on a case-by-case basis. Students should stay home if they are not feeling well.

If you have proof of testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you are exempt from testing and quarantining when exposed to a positive COVID-19 case within that 90-day period. Positive tests must be submitted to the office to follow this exemption.

We will also adopt the updated quarantine protocols from the CDC:

Students who test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Regardless of vaccination status:
Stay home for 5 days.
If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can leave your house.
If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

Students who were exposed to someone with COVID-19 who have completed the primary series of an mRNA vaccine:
Wear a mask around others for 10 days.

Students who are unvaccinated who are exposed to someone with COVID-19:
Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

We believe these measures will keep our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible while at school.

St. Charles Catholic High School
100 Dominican Drive
Laplace, LA. 70068
985-652-3809