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Many of us were in high school 25-30 years ago. While the physical classroom has not changed very much since that time, the educational methodology has. I am not sure about your experience, but mine was what is referred to as “the sage on the stage” or the “giver of information,” a teacher who stood in front of the class and lectured while students furiously tried to take notes and then memorized what was said. While this is certainly still part of education at SJA, our goal is guiding students to be critical thinkers and masters of their own learning and education. As we all know, getting a high school diploma is no longer the benchmark for what is needed to determine success in college or in a career. Students must be their own champions and take the reins of their own learning.
As educators, we must consistently evaluate and navigate how to improve the educational process for all students. Part of that growth has been critical-thinking pedagogy where we encourage students to question, examine and use self-reflection to gain knowledge. This also means that a student must often use her innate intellect to understand, think and research to find success rather than have total dependence on the teacher. Recently, in conversations with parents and students, I was told, “The teacher doesn’t teach.” Applied knowledge and student-directed learning are practices we are using at SJA. These are proven techniques shown to increase a student’s love of learning and critical-thinking skills, thus leading to greater achievement later in life.
The month of February will begin conversations regarding your daughter’s course selections for next year. Please take some time to review our course catalog with you daughter about the best course for her goals. The grade-level counselors will be going into the classrooms later in the month to discuss scheduling, but feel free to reach out to them individually with questions specific to your daughter.
We invite you to campus on January 16 for our Respect Life Mass. We will also spend the month of January celebrating the gift that is Catholic education. Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Academy for your daughter, and may we continue to work in partnership for the best possible educational experience. We will see the girls back on campus on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
I love what I do, I love who I do it with and I love that we do it together in the name of our patron, St. Joseph.
Stacia B. Andricain
Late December Events
SJA's Christmas holidays
We continue to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s holidays through Monday, January 6. School resumes on Tuesday, January 7.
The Main Office will be closed for the two weeks.
The Mission Advancement, Alumnae, Admissions, Human Resources and Communications departments (in Mother Alice Hall) and the Finance Office (in Mother Thollot House) will be closed the week of Christmas (December 23-27) and on December 30-January 1. They will be open Thursday and Friday, January 2 and 3. Hours on open days are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Help Desk will follow the schedule above.
SJA Science Fair
Wednesday, January 8, Activity Center. Participation in the Science Fair is required for students taking honors coursework in science. Students typically spend two school years doing extensive research and consulting with professional mentors. Projects can viewed by the public from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m. Because projects will be dismantled immediately following judging, this is the only time available for public viewing. Judging will begin at 12 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
JUSTICE FOR ALL BALL
Saturday, January 11, 6:30-8 p.m., Mother Alice Hall Community Room. This event is for special-needs young people between the ages of 13 and 23 (and still in high school) to enjoy a high school dance experience. If you have a family member or friend who would enjoy this opportunity, please contact Sister Chris Pologa (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2202).
We are in need of donations of beverages, snacks and paper products. Please bring donations to Sr. Chris’ office (Mother Alice Hall room 212) January 7-10. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Sr. Chris.
Tuesday, January 14, for Professional Learning Community. Students are dismissed at 2:07 p.m. Please note that the library will remain open until 5:30 p.m. and that resource teachers (math, science and English) as well as the Writing Center will be available.
Respect Life Mass
Thursday, January 16, 9:45 a.m., Academy Student Center. We will follow Schedule 4. Parents and friends are invited to join us. Parking is on Broussard Street, Kleinert Avenue, the Mother Alice Hall circle drive or in legal parking spots on the streets surrounding campus. Please do not park in the lawyers’ client lot or on the grass near the lawyers’ lot.
Friday, January 17, SJA Chapel, all three lunch periods.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Monday, January 20. School is closed.
Student Council Fun Day
The first Fun Day of the new year is on Friday, January 24. The theme is New Year, New Mascot. Dress regulations will be sent to students when we return to school.
Winter Formal 2020
Saturday, January 25. This year’s theme is Candyland. The dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Academy Student Center. Students will have the option of taking pictures with Kleinpeter Photography upstairs in the mezzanine from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. All students must arrive at the dance by 8:30 p.m., and no one will be allowed to leave until 10:45 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through a link that will be sent to students in early January. Cost is $20 per couple online or at the door.
The Winter Formal is for SJA girls only in grades 11-12. Students can choose to bring a date from another school or may come to the dance with other SJA students. SJA students are responsible for their date as well as his behavior before and at the dance.
Click here for dress guidelines. Dress should be formal or semi-formal. Dress length should follow the rules portrayed in the attachment. Students must wear shoes at all times, so bring flats to change into.
For males, a coat is recommended but not required. Males must wear a dress shirt, dress pants and tie. Facial hair should be trimmed and tidy. No facial piercings or visible tattoos are allowed.
If an administrator deems that a student or her guest is not dressed appropriately, parents will be called, and the student/guest will be given the option of leaving the dance to change into appropriate attire.
All guests must follow school rules at all times. Appropriate face-to-face dancing is expected at all times.
Alcohol should not be a part of the Winter Formal (before, during or after the event). All students and guests are subject to being tested for alcohol consumption using the school’s breathalyzer. If alcohol is detected, parents will be called, and the student and her date will be sent home. Additional consequences will be discussed with the school’s administration.
Limos and party buses are not allowed. Those driving can park in the Academy Student Center, Kleinert or Mother Thollot House lots and in any lot along Kleinert Street. There is no parking in the lawyers’ or synagogue lots. Those being dropped off should use the Academy Student Center carpool line.
Catholic Schools Week
Sunday-Saturday, January 26-February 1. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Among the week’s events is the Distinguished Graduates Awards program, hosted by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese. The dinner/awards banquet will be held on Monday, January 27, at The Renaissance Hotel. SJA’s honoree this year is Stephanie Spielman Cargile ’88.
Several SJA faculty and staff members will be honored for milestone years of service to Catholic education during the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Wednesday, January 29. Honored for 10 years are Katie Comeaux, Wendy Coniglio, Claire Luikart, Shelly O’Dowd and Katie Valenciano. Celebrating 15 years are Joanne Campbell and Amy House. Recognized for 20 years are Niki Banta, Karen Douet, Mary Beth Elfert, Stacy Rennhoff and John Richardson. Honored for 35 years is Lori Harper. Celebrating 40 years is Sister Chris Pologa.
Throughout the week, the Charism Committee of Student Ministry will lead the celebration of daily themes: Monday, Celebrating Your Community; Tuesday, Celebrating Your Students; Wednesday, Celebrating the Nation; Thursday, Celebrating Vocations; and Friday, Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers.
Tuesday, January 28, for Professional Learning Community. Students are dismissed at 2:07 p.m. Please note that the library will remain open until 5:30 p.m. and that resource teachers (math, science and English) as well as the Writing Center will be available.
Club Picture Day
Wednesday, January 29. We will follow Schedule 4. Dress uniforms are required on this day as we gather in the Academy Student Center to take club pictures that will be published in the 2019-2020 yearbook. Students will go to their fourth period class when the assembly ends at 11:05 a.m.
College Planning Seminar
Juniors and their parents are invited to the College Planning Seminar on Wednesday, January 29, from 6 until 7 p.m. in the Activity Center.
Habitat for Humanity Youth Build
Work on the Youth Build project begins on Saturday, February 1, with the Blessing on the Build at 8 a.m. and concludes with the dedication at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Construction work will be held February 1, 2, 8, 15, 29 and March 7. Students must be 16 or older to participate; sign-up will start after we return from the Christmas break. More information will be available at that time.
Midterm Grades/Report Cards/Transcript
First-semester report cards and transcripts will be posted on NetSJA in January. Once report cards/transcripts are published, you will receive an email. Grades will be posted on NetSJA as teachers finish grading exams. Parents and students should check NetSJA for updates. Please email your daughter’s teacher(s) if you have questions about grades. Please direct questions regarding NetSJA to Registrar Kristen Belanger (email@example.com; 388-2236).
Course Selection Information for 2020-2021
Grade-level counselors will visit students in their classes February 10-12 to discuss courses for the upcoming academic year.
The course selection process is done online between Monday, February 10, and Thursday, February 20, at midnight. Course selections should be made carefully and with parental involvement. Parental approval of courses selected by students will be done in mid-March. Instructions for the approval process will be emailed to you at that time.
If you have questions about or problems using the online course selection process, please contact Registrar Kristen Belanger (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2236). Please direct questions about academics to Assistant to the Deans Bonnie Rader (email@example.com; 388-2280).
AP and Dual Enrollment Seminar
The administration and Academic Counseling Department will host two scheduling seminars for the parents of current freshmen, sophomores and juniors to present information about college prep, honors, dual enrollment and advanced placement courses. If your daughter plans to enroll in an AP or dual enrollment course for the first time for the 2020-2021 school year, at least one parent must attend one of the seminars. If a parent attended last year, you are not required to attend again. If your daughter has already taken an AP or dual enrollment course and you did not attend last year, we strongly encourage you to do so this year. The seminars will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Please direct questions to Assistant to the Deans Bonnie Rader (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2280).
Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn is on maternity leave through mid-February. If you have academic questions, please contact Assistant to the Deans Bonnie Rader (email@example.com; 388-2280), who will put you in contact with the administrator who can address your issue.
AP Testing Requests
If your daughter is interested in taking an AP test in a course that she is not enrolled in this year, she must receive approval from Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Wiles (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2215). All requests must be made by March 9, and late fees will apply. Approvals are granted based on the student’s academic record and discussions with her teachers. AP exams are typically $100 per exam, and families are responsible for this cost.
Tax ID Information
If tax ID information is needed for your 2019 taxes, please contact Jane Pardi in the SJA Finance Department at email@example.com or 388-2234.
There are six sessions of Summer PE offered to students considering this option. Students must choose one session and may not attend other sessions to fulfill the requirements. Students must attend 12 of the 16 classes offered during the selected session and must complete home health assignments by the end of the last week of class. 9th period PE will not be offered this year.
Session 1: May 26-June 18, 7-9 a.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 2: May 26-June 18, 9-11 a.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 3: May 26-June 18, 5-7 p.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 4: June 22-July 16, 7-9
Session 5: June 22-July 16, 3-5 p.m.
Session 6: June 22-July 16, 5-7 p.m.
Additionally, please note that students who take Summer PE will not be permitted to schedule an unstructured period the next academic year. Also, students are not eligible to take summer PE for half-credit electives. Students who sign up must be physically capable of completing the session. If a student must enroll in summer school, she cannot take summer PE and would need to change her schedule.
The course fee is $200 and will be posted on ShopSJA in early April. Instructions for enrolling, paying and choosing sessions will be emailed to parents and students after course selections are made.
Please direct questions to Assistant to the Deans Bonnie Rader (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2280).
IMPORTANT DATES 2019-2020
Click here for a list of important dates for 2019-2020.
Holiday Office Closings
The main office is closed on these holidays. Please plan accordingly.
December 23-January 6
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
SJA generally follows the same procedures as the East Baton Rouge School Board and Diocese of Baton Rouge. School closures due to weather and other circumstances are announced via our phone/text messaging system. If your phone number has changed since you last updated our records, or if you would like to add additional phone numbers to those we call, please contact Assistant to the Registrar Stacy Rennhoff (email@example.com; 388-2318).
To improve the efficiency of our phone alerts, we ask that parents add St. Joseph’s Academy – (225) 383-7207 – to their contacts and to listen to voice messages before hitting their phone’s call-back button. When we receive a large number of calls from parents before they listen to the voice message, it results in busy phone lines. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to keep you informed.
If you have not yet purchased a 2019-2020 yearbook, click here to order. If you are unsure if you have already purchased a yearbook, select the Find Existing Order green bar, then enter your email address. The system only recognizes email addresses, not students’ names. Once your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation email from Herff Jones Yearbooks. Please direct questions to moderator Sara Rounds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The yearbook staff wants your pictures. If you have photographs from SJA sporting events, concerts, drama productions, afterschool events or other activities, we invite you to submit them for consideration and use in the 2019-2020 yearbook. Pictures should be uploaded to www.hjeshare.com. The school code is SJA.
Yearbook Senior Advertisements
The Shield yearbook staff is now selling 2019-2020 Senior Ads. Log on to yearbookordercenter.com to learn more about purchasing an ad for your senior. Enter the school code 1590 to begin the process. Deadline for ad purchase is April 1, 2020. Please direct questions to Moderator Sara Rounds (email@example.com).
Sweatpants can only be worn on dates determined by the administration. Students are allowed to wear either red or navy uniform sweatpants available for purchase in the Sticker Shop.
Students are expected to wear their school ID on the school-issued lanyard at all times. The ID must be worn on the outside of the uniform so it is visible. Students not wearing their ID will be required to purchase a new one for $2 and/or receive a checklist. Replacement IDs can be purchased in the Deans’ Office before or after school or during the student’s lunch period.
Each Wednesday at 7 a.m., Chapel at SJA. Parents, family members and Catholic High School students are welcome to join us. Please park on Broussard Street.
SJA ANnual Fund
Your gift makes a difference.
No matter the type of gift, the amount of your gift or when you make your gift, every gift to the SJA Annual Fund matters. Every year, your gift makes a difference.
The calendar year is coming to an end. Don’t wait until the last minute. Online or text-to-give gifts with your debit or credit card, as well as gifts sent through the mail, must be made by or postmarked by December 31, 2019, to be processed and deemed tax deductible for 2019 tax returns.
Giving is easy! Make a gift online now. Or simply text the message SJA1868 to the number 41444. This easy, secure system will send you a prompt to complete the simple donation process using a credit card or your Paypal account.
If you prefer to make a gift of stock, please contact Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 388-2254.
The 2018-2019 Annual Report is now posted online. Click here to read. Please know we are deeply grateful to each of you for your support of St. Joseph’s Academy.
Pave the Way Bricks
Make your mark on SJA’s campus by purchasing a brick for your daughter. Engraved brick pavers are placed outside the Sister Agatha Dining Hall. For more information, contact Mission Advancement Assistant Wendy Coniglio (email@example.com; 388-2336). Click here to purchase your brick today.
Have you joined the SJA Mothers’ Club? There are lots of wonderful events and moms to work alongside throughout the year. Come meet other moms and serve the SJA community. Additionally, your membership dues are needed. Mothers’ Club dues pay for all the events we plan throughout the year for our students and the SJA community. It’s easy to join. Please direct questions to Mothers’ Club President Lissa Weston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s not too late to join the SJA Dads’ Club. The Dads’ Club works in partnership with the school on a variety of events throughout the year. Some of the highlights of our involvement are class retreats, seniors’ last day, Open House and exam snacks, to name a few. Your membership dues, in combination with the profits from Dads’ Club-sponsored events such as Father-Daughter Day and The Sticker Scramble, benefit our daughters through the various events. Click here to join the Dads’ Club today.
On Monday, April 6, the SJA Dads’ Club, in partnership with the SJA Athletic Department, will host the 2020 Sticker Scramble at TopGolf of Baton Rouge. The Sticker Scramble is now in its 8th year and has raised nearly $60,000 for enhancements to SJA and to benefit the Athletic Department.
If you are interested in playing or supporting this great event through a sponsorship, please contact Dads’ Club Moderator Meg Gerald at email@example.com or (225) 388-2254. You can also visit www.stickerscramble.org for more information.
Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. All sponsorships, gifts and services are tax deductible. Rain or shine, we look forward to seeing you on April 6 at TopGolf.
We’re ringing in the new year with lots of new items in the Sticker Shop! New pompom hats are in. Get them while supplies last. We have lots of hooded sweatshirts, some new retro tees, Under Armour polos for the men and Charles River full zip-up jackets for the ladies. Comfort Color sweatshirts are back in stock. We also have UA unisex, long-sleeve, quarter-zip, dri-fit shirts for anyone in the family.
The new-style PE shorts are in stock for spring semester or just to wear on the weekends. We also have uniform sweatpants, sweatshirts and rain jackets in stock. Come by and get what you need to stay warm.
We have a new batch of necklaces and bracelets, so stop by to check them out.
Sticker Shop accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made payable to SJA Mothers’ Club. We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We have convenient parking on Kleinert, and we are located in Mother Alice Hall room 116. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sticker Scramble Save the Date
The 8th Annual Sticker Scramble will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020, at TopGolf. See the Dads' Club tab for additional information.
SJA Holiday Basketball Tournament
Friday-Saturday, December 27-28, in the Academy Student Center. Friday games begin at 10 a.m. The Redstickers will play our sister school, St. Joseph Academy Cleveland, at 7 p.m. Saturday games begin at 9 a.m. The Redstickers take on Cabrini at 10:30 a.m.
Soccer SEnior Night
Friday, January 24, versus Acadiana, Burbank Soccer Complex. Senior ceremony at 5:45 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m., JV at 7:30 p.m.
Support the 'Stickers
See the athletic pages of the SJA website (under Student Life, Athletics) for winter sports schedules. Come out and support the ’Stickers!
Please direct questions to Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont (email@example.com; 388-2290).
SJA students can grow in their faith through monthly mass, monthly Eucharistic adoration, annual retreats, weekly rosary, weekly Bible study, opportunities for reconciliation during Advent and Lent, mission trips and service opportunities. Various ministry clubs are available, including Student Ministry (juniors and seniors), Liturgy Committee, Praise & Worship Band, Liturgy Choir and Respect Life Club.
Participation in retreats is required for graduation. Please plan accordingly. For additional information, contact Campus Minster Alise Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2255).
Remaining Class Retreats:
Junior Retreat: Monday, March 23, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly
Freshman Retreat: Monday, March 9, SJA
Required Service Program
Service is an integral part of the SJA curriculum. Important information about this year-long program can be found on the SJA website under the Faith tab. The SJA Moodle service page has information about service requirements, limits, approved agencies and a list of service opportunities.
The deadline for completing service requirements is April 1, 2020. Hours must be entered, verified and approved in your daughter’s X2vol account to count toward her required hours per grade level and for the 50 service hours school award. Students login to their X2vol account using their SJA ID and password. They can add service hours and fill out the activity log, remembering to check the box under the star before submitting.
Students needing assistance should contact Service Program Coordinator Sister Chris Pologa (email@example.com), stop by her office in Mother Alice Hall (room 212) or see her in the Dining Hall on Tuesdays.
St. Joseph’s Academy is pleased to introduce a new program for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. The Learning Center will provide free-of-charge assistance to any student needing extra help with math, science, English or writing. Also offered is peer tutoring in foreign languages and social studies by members of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. These student-led sessions are offered during lunch hours on Monday through Thursday in the library.
Math Resource is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three lunch hours and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library.
Science Resource is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three lunch hours and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library.
English Resource is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during all three lunch hours and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library.
The Writing Center provides instruction, resources and support. Trained peer consultants help students gain competence and confidence as writers through one-on-one sessions.
After-school workshops are offered on a variety of topics. The Writing Center is modeled on university writing centers and is a place for all writers at any stage of the writing process.
The Counseling Center provides students the resources and support they need to be successful. Grade-level counselors support students during all four years at SJA. Two full-time college-advisors assist students with scholarship and college applications and provide each girl with as many choices for her future as possible.
Counselors hold quarterly grade-level meetings to discuss students who may need additional assistance and to identify those students who deserve special recognition for accomplishments. All teachers in each grade level collaborate on determining the practices which will best reach all students. In addition, counselors meet with every student at least twice a year to discuss college and career readiness.
Allison Hipwell Bruton ’95
Ellen Smith Frazier
|Mary Beth Elfert
Class of 2020 Counselor
Requirements for members of the class of 2020 to qualify for the TOPS Opportunity Award are a cumulative 2.5 grade point average in the required 19 core units as well as an ACT composite score of 20. The TOPS Performance Award (TOPS + $400/year) requirements are a 3.0 GPA and a 23 ACT score. The TOPS Honors Award (TOPS + $800/year) requirements are a 3.0 GPA and a 27 ACT score. Each semester, students have an opportunity to estimate their core GPA for TOPS. An estimated TOPS worksheet can be found on the Counseling Center Moodle page.
A qualifying score on the ACT must be achieved by the April 4, 2020, national test date. An initial qualifying score achieved on the June 13, 2020, national test date will be accepted; however, the student will be penalized one semester of eligibility. In addition, June ACT scores cannot be used to upgrade an Opportunity Award to an Honors or Performance Award.
Please remind your daughter to email Mrs. Elfert the official email confirmation that verifies a successfully submitted and processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Remember, FAFSA is the application for TOPS, as well as for financial aid at colleges and universities. To apply for TOPS, SJA recommends parents file the FAFSA by March 1; however, students should check the college websites for their financial aid submission deadline as the deadline may vary for each school. To fill out the FAFSA, you must first apply for an FSA ID, which consists of a user-created username and password. It allows users to electronically access personal information on federal student aid websites as well as to electronically sign a FAFSA. FAFSA applications are available for the class of 2020 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Again, please don’t forget to email a copy of your submission confirmation to Mrs. Elfert.
On February 19, 2020, all seniors are required to job shadow someone for six hours in a profession in which they may be interested. An email was sent to all seniors in December giving them the link to the Job Shadowing Form that parents must sign. Forms are due to Mrs. Elfert by January 10. Please contact Mrs. Elfert if you have any questions about job shadowing.
Senior Final Exams
If a senior has an A for the third and fourth quarters, she can be exempt from the final exam. The exam grade will be the average of the third- and fourth-quarter numerical grades.
The requirements for an honors diploma are a GPA of 3.8 after eight (8) semesters of work and eleven (11) honors/AP courses over the four years. A minimum of three (3) AP classes must be taken by the end of junior year with a score of 3 or higher. A minimum of two (2) honors or AP courses must be taken during the freshman and sophomore years combined, and at least two (2) honors or AP courses must be taken per year in the junior and senior years. The student can earn no semester grade below a C. In addition to the honors diploma, honor graduates receive a gold SJA medallion and wear the traditional red stole.
The valedictorian and salutatorian must meet the criteria for an honors diploma and have the two highest GPAs in the class without taking any unstructured periods. The valedictorian and salutatorian must have an A in all electives taken, including summer P.E. and 9th period P.E. Non-AP or non-honors electives or summer PE/9th period P.E. will not be calculated in the final GPA that determines valedictorian and salutatorian. If there is a tie, the student with the most AP classes (with a score of 3 or higher on each AP exam taken prior to senior year*) will be ranked higher. Latin is the only foreign language that has a level IV AP offering. If the students have an equivalent number of AP courses, the student with the higher ACT composite score will be ranked higher. The last ACT composite score to be considered is the February test date. If the two highest ranked students have equal ACT composite scores, the student with the higher SAT score will be ranked higher. The last SAT composite score to be considered is the March test date. The students must have attended St. Joseph’s Academy for four years. In the event of a tie for valedictorian, no salutatorian will be named.
*Students taking Micro/Macro Economics must take both AP tests but need to earn a 3 or higher on only of the tests to meet the honors diploma requirement. If the student passes both tests, only one will count.
First academics earn a 3.5-5.0 cumulative GPA. They receive a silver SJA medallion and wear the red cord stole. Second academics earn a 3.0-3.499 cumulative GPA. They receive a bronze SJA medallion. There are no requirements regarding honors/Advanced Placement courses for the first and second academics.
Some colleges and universities require that an update of grades be sent when the fall semester ends, commonly called a mid-year report. Please encourage your daughter to research the requirements of the institutions to which she applied and email a list of the institutions that require this update to Ms. Bruton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Frazier at email@example.com.
Information for Graduation Program
Seniors must submit a copy of their letter of acceptance for college admission and scholarship offers to Ms. Bruton (A-K) or Ms. Frazier (L-Z) in the Counseling Center upon receipt to ensure that accurate information is included in the graduation program.
SJA Transcript Policy
SJA requires student signatures for each transcript request. Official transcripts cannot be given to a student or parent; they must be mailed directly to the college, university or scholarship agency.
Standardized test scores are not included on the transcripts sent to colleges or universities. Students must request that the testing company send official ACT or SAT scores.
When registering for the ACT or SAT, a student may request that her official scores be sent to any college or university. Additional score reports to colleges or universities can be requested online at www.actstudent.org through the student’s account. The SJA Code for testing is 190235.
Naviance has proven to be a valuable tool for students and the Counseling Center. A detailed record of requests for transcripts and other materials is contained in the student’s account, both for colleges and scholarships. Students and parents can check the status of their requests through Naviance Student.
Class of 2021 Counselor
College Planning Seminar
St. Joseph’s Academy will host the College Planning Seminar for juniors and their parents on Wednesday, January 29, in the SJA Activity Center. The program runs from 6 to 7 p.m. We will present information about the changing landscape in college admissions and scholarships, creating a realistic college list, the application process, what selective colleges/universities expect from applicants, in-state public colleges, the Common Application and more. Please add this to your calendar. It is a must-attend program as you and your daughter plan for her future.
Juniors should be registered for a spring test date. If your daughter has questions regarding her ACT registration, please have her see me.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Fee Required|
|February 8, 2020||January 10, 2020||January 11-17, 2020|
|April 4, 2020||February 28, 2020||February 29-March 13, 2020|
|June 13, 2020||May 8, 2020||May 9-22, 2020|
|July 18, 2020||June 19, 2020||June 20-26, 2020|
TOPS and Senior Year Course Selections
I will be in the junior classes February 10, 11 and 12 to discuss senior-year scheduling. We will review the requirements for SJA graduation, TOPS and Board of Regents. We will recalculate juniors’ TOPS core GPA to include fall-semester grades. A core GPA calculation worksheet can be found Academic Counseling/Class of 2021 Moodle page. Please review the information with your daughter to determine where she stands with TOPS eligibility. Because the core GPA can be lower than the cumulative GPA, it is also important to check college admission requirements.
Amy Scheurich House '97
Class of 2022 Counselor
Sophomores received their PSAT scores online in December. I will be in the classrooms in early January to return the PreACT. We will compare both tests to see which college entrance exam is a better fit. The PreACT is a curriculum-based test and measures what sophomores have learned. This test will be a good predictor for what your daughter should make on the actual ACT. Because the actual ACT is a curriculum-based test and normed for junior/senior skills, ACT recommends that students take the ACT for the first time in the spring of their junior year. The SAT is also a curriculum-constructed test and is normed for juniors. The PSAT, the practice SAT and the test that qualifies juniors for the National Merit Scholarship program, will be taken again in October 2020. It is recommended that they begin taking the actual SAT in the spring of their junior year if this is the test that they prefer. I will go into their classes in the fall of junior year to help them get registered for the ACT.
UNWEIGHTED GPA, WEIGHTED GPA and CORE GPA?
Now that your daughter has earned another half-credit in her coursework, we will review her transcript to discuss the difference between unweighted GPA, weighted GPA and core GPA. Colleges differ in their policies when advertising the requirements for admission. It is important that you and your daughters be aware of all three GPAs. Both the weighted and unweighted GPA are reported on her transcript. Core courses were calculated using a calculation worksheet. Please ask your daughter to look at this so you know where she stands with her core GPA.
I have heard many concerns from parents and students alike about the pervasive disconnect happening due to technology. Daily, I walk outside at lunch and see tables of students with their heads down, staring at their phones instead of talking to their peers. Their interpersonal communication skills are lacking, and the girls notice it, as well. They have reported being anxious to make simple phone calls to order pizza or have face-to-face conversations that are not dependent on technology. To better support them, I found a resource page with a lot of great information about managing technology. I encourage you to browse through it and take from it what may work for your family. I have also challenged the girls to be more mindful and present during time spent with family and friends.
Lindsay Carlino '02
Class of 2023 Counselor
In early January, I will visit freshman English classes to return Pre-ACT results from the test taken in October. The Pre-ACT is the practice ACT, and it is important to remember that it is normed for sophomores. The girls will take the Pre-ACT again next October. To assist in their preparation, they will not only be receiving their score report but will also receive the actual test booklet used so that they may review the questions that they missed. The Pre-ACT is an important step in preparation for the ACT, which is taken in the spring of your daughter’s junior year per ACT recommendation.
During this meeting, your daughter will also complete the “Do What You Are” assessment in Naviance, SJA’s career and college-planning platform. This assessment is based on the Meyer Briggs and is a self-report questionnaire to discover how students perceive the world and make decisions. These results will be used in conjunction with a previously taken assessment later this spring to explore careers that match their personality type and interests.
LUNCH & LEARN
All freshmen who were invited to take the PSAT/NMSQT (practice SAT) test along with all 10th and 11th graders in October will be attending a Lunch & Learn session to go over their score report. Attendance is important, as I will be discussing the many sub-scores that College Board provides and connecting their College Board Score Portal to Khan Academy. This will enable the girls to receive individualized test preparation. During the junior year, the PSAT/NMSQT is the test students take to qualify for National Merit Scholarship recognition.
Looking forward to the New Year
With a new year on the horizon, it is a great time for your daughter to reflect on the last semester and set personal and academic goals for the upcoming year. One thing that can help guide her through this is to think about the class of 2023 pledge that was constructed by the freshman class in October during a wellness day. Brandy Klingman and Star Marks, two professional counselors in the Baton Rouge area, led the girls in a day of activities about sisterhood and healthy decision making. They were split into small groups, and each group contributed a statement to the pledge.
As the class of 2023, we pledge:
…to appreciate the opportunities we are given, develop leadership skills and work hard to fulfill our talents.
…to support and protect each other through our sisterhood.
…to be inclusive and not put ourselves down if we are not invited to an event.
…to stay humble, grateful and aware of our privilege of a good economic background.
…to be grateful for our many privileges, to take advantage of the opportunities we are given and to never take them for granted.
…to support our sisters and whatever struggles they may have with mental health.
…to use metal straws, to not litter and to use our resources to benefit the planet.
…to respect our bodies because we only have one.
…to drink responsibly when we come of age.
…to use social media responsibly and not abuse the privilege.
…to respect ourselves and our bodies and to make decisions without the influence of boys.
…to remain focused, to ask for help when we feel overwhelmed, to manage ourselves in order to succeed and try not to procrastinate.
ACT Prep Courses
As your daughter prepares to take the ACT, we would like to provide you with information about test preparation classes. SJA does not promote any particular course; rather, we are sharing opportunities should your daughter want or need additional test-taking help.
SJA math faculty member Kevin Landry offers ACT prep courses on campus. Faculty members Cindy Downs, Brianna Sommers and Rhonda Baird are also on the teaching staff. Students may take individual content courses or the full program. Visit The Extra Point at https://extrapointtestprep.com/
Additional ACT prep opportunities are as follows:
- Princeton Review: princetonreview.com
- Mastery Prep: masteryprep.com
- Best in Class BR: bestinbr.com
- Magnolia Prep: magnoliaprep.com
- Khan Academy: www.khanacademy.org/join/T5BB5SDJ
- Sylvan Learning Center: https://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/baton-rouge-blue-bonnet-la/act-prep
- Materials found on the ACT website: www.act.org