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As the school year nears its end and we celebrate the achievements of our students in the classroom, on the playing field, as leaders, as creative thinkers, as artists and more, we must always have an eye on the future and the direction of our school. While our students have remained dedicated to their faith and academics, it is easy to see the toll the pandemic and pressures of being a teenager have taken on many of our young women.
Our students’ health and wellbeing must continue to take a front seat in the education process. Because of this, SJA will add a new team member to the Counseling Center next year with a part-time Wellness Coordinator. The Wellness Coordinator and Counseling Center will fully collaborate to expand our Social Emotional Wellness program. Programs designed will be integrated throughout the school community. The coordinator will provide education and training to students, parents, school personnel and counselors, collaborating also with community mental health providers. The coordinator will also help students with the transition to high school and college and assist students with stress-relieving strategies. We are excited to see how we will incorporate wellness initiatives into our curriculum, school activities and the lives of our students.
Please join me in wishing a “Happy Retirement” to two of SJA’s cherished members, Mary Kay Alford and Patrick O’Hara. Mary Kay has served in several roles during her 24 years at SJA, most notably as our first Technology Integration Specialist and more recently as our Assistant Campus Minister. Mary Kay spent many summers with our students on mission trips, and she was an early champion of our one-to-one laptop program and the advancement of technology at the school, working closely to train teachers in this area. Mr. O’Hara started a new career of teaching later in life. He came to us as a long-term substitute in the history department while a teacher was on extended absence. As the parent of an alum, he knew what SJA stood for and wanted to be a part of it. He revitalized the Youth Legislature Club and has been a favorite “host” of many SJA events. He was recently a featured talent at our annual FACS style show and is our resident comedian. We wish them both the best of luck in the future and pray they stay connected to SJA.
To our senior parents, thank you for entrusting your daughters to us. We appreciate the time, talents and resources you have given us over the years. We ask that you continue to keep SJA in your prayers as we educate the next generation of leaders. Thank you, thank you.
I pray each of you has an enjoyable summer filled with many blessings. Please continue to pray Pope Francis’ Prayer to St. Joseph during the summer months.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
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
EXAM SCHEDULE FOR SENIORS
Monday, May 10: Social Studies 7:30 a.m.; Theology 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 11: Math 7:30 a.m.; Foreign Language 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 12: Science 7:30 a.m.; English 9:30 a.m.
After their last exam, all seniors must “check out” of SJA. This means that when they are done using their tablets for exams, they should report to the librarian to start the process. Please back up prior to doing so. Seniors will be given a check-out list to make sure they have returned all Help Desk items, library and textbooks and have paid all monies owed (Dining Hall, tuition, etc.). Once the check-out process is complete, seniors can pick up their graduation caps from the Deans’ Office.
Seniors who do not have to take exams may go through the check-out process between Monday, May 10, and Thursday, May 13. Please begin with the librarian.
Seniors taking an AP exam after May 13 must check out after their AP exam. These seniors will need to work with Dean of Women Erika Angarita on an individual check-out plan. She will contact those students by Friday, May 7.
Pre-Calculus/Pre-Calculus Dual Enrollment; Calculus/Calculus Dual Enrollment Final Exam
Friday, April 30, SJA Activity Center, 7:30-9:30 a.m. (extended time: 7:30-10:30 a.m.). Students will miss 1st through 4th hour classes. For additional information, please contact Lauren Morris (email@example.com).
AP EXAM SCHEDULE
Tests will be administered in the Activity Center.
- Art History: Thursday, May 6, 12 p.m.
- Biology: Friday, May 14, 8 a.m.
- Calculus AB & BC: Tuesday, May 4, 8 a.m.
- Chemistry at CHS: Friday, May 7, 8 a.m.
- English Language & Composition: Wednesday, May 12, 8 a.m.
- English Literature & Composition: Wednesday, May 5, 8 a.m.
- French at CHS: Monday, May 10, 8 a.m.
- Human Geography: Tuesday, May 4, 12 p.m.
- Latin: Tuesday, May 11, 12 p.m.
- Macroeconomics at CHS: Monday, May 10, 12 p.m.
- Microeconomics at CHS: Wednesday, May 12, 12 p.m.
- Music Theory at CHS: Wednesday, May 12, 12 p.m.
- Physics C: Mechanics at CHS: Monday, May 3, 12 p.m.
- Psychology: Tuesday, May 11, 12 p.m.
- Spanish Language & Culture at CHS: Tuesday, May 11, 8 a.m.
- Spanish Literature & Culture: Friday, May 7, 8 a.m.
- Statistics: Monday, May 17, 12 p.m.
- United States History: Thursday, May 6, 8 a.m.
- United States Government & Politics: Monday, May 3, 8 a.m.
- World History: Monday, May 10, 8 a.m.
EXAM SCHEDULE FOR GRADES 9-11
Monday, May 24: Theology 8 a.m.; Math 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 25: Science 8 a.m.; Conflicts 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 26: Foreign Language 8 a.m.; Social Studies 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 27: English 8 a.m.; Conflicts 10 a.m.
Post-exam supervision will be provided in the library until 2 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, May 24-26. Campus (including the library) will close on Thursday, May 27, at 11:30 a.m. Please make arrangements to pick up your daughters accordingly.
On Monday-Thursday, the Dining Hall will serve breakfast/snacks beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing until the second exam begins at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 5, during all three lunch hours. In spite of restricted service opportunities during 2020-2021, SJA students completed 24,959.25 hours of community service. Because of our ongoing inability to gather as a school community, we ask that students pick up their service award during their lunch period from Sister Chris Pologa. She will be in the Dining Hall at the island.
We will have a slide show of service work from throughout the year. Student names will be listed by grade. Receiving awards will be 158 freshmen who completed 20 approved hours, 159 sophomores who completed 20 approved hours, 191 juniors who completed 25 approved hours and 48 seniors who completed 25 approved hours this year. Please note that the 125 seniors who will receive the four-year service award will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on May 19 rather than on this day.
In this the Year of St. Joseph, students will receive a service card, St. Joseph icon prayer card and a small statue of St. Joseph designed by Sister Mary Southerland, CSJ and produced in our STEM Lab.
Wednesday, May 5, 2:28 p.m., SJA Orchard. The senior class will attend, and all other grade levels will watch via livestream on SJA’s Facebook page. Parents of the 10 seniors chosen by their classmates and the faculty/staff to take part in the ceremony will be invited to attend.
Dress uniform is required. Seniors must wear white button-down shirts. We will follow a special schedule.
SENIORS' LAST DAY
Thursday, May 6. Parents and students are reminded that this is an academic day. Seniors may arrive on campus no earlier than 6:30 a.m. The Mothers’ Club will provide breakfast in the courtyard. Seniors will be emailed additional information regarding dress and events for the day. We will follow the Schedule 7. Please direct questions to senior moderators Angelle Saia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Aimee Cronan (email@example.com).
The seniors’ final walk begins at 2:28 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Parents who would like to be at the end of the walk should arrive to the orchard by 2:30 p.m. using any of the gate entrances. We are asking parents to be in this area only and not follow the seniors along the route on campus. Parents are required to wear a mask for the entire event, even though it is outside. We also ask that you remain socially distant from other parents. Seniors will meet their parents in this area at the end of the route.
Parking will be available on Broussard and in the residential area on the Broussard side of the school. Please do not block any driveways. Please do not park at the Tyler Possa Law Office or on their grass. Look for signs indicting parking availability.
Friday, May 7, Academy Student Center, 9:40 a.m. The senior class will gather with Father Joshua Johnson to celebrate their final mass at SJA. The mass will be livestreamed on SJA’s Facebook page for students in grades 9-11 as well as parents and families of seniors.
Seniors must be checked in by 9:30 a.m. and will be dismissed after mass. Seniors were given their graduation gowns on April 15 and 16 and are required to wear them for Senior Mass with a white or light pastel-colored dress underneath. Any color dressy shoe is allowed. Seniors must wear masks. There should be no writing on the masks.
Schedule 6 will be followed, with dress uniforms required for grades 9-11.
Friday, May 7, Academy Student Center. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. for last names Adler-Landry and 7 p.m. for last names Latil-Zelden. Each junior will be issued two guest tickets. Dress uniforms are required.
The class of 2022 will officially become the senior class at SJA. Juniors will join the 10,480 Academy alumnae who have preceded them in receiving their school rings.
Please note that participation is mandatory. If a junior cannot participate, she must submit a letter from her parents to Dean of Women Erika Angarita (firstname.lastname@example.org). Practice will be held immediately after school on Friday, May 7, in the Academy Student Center.
Juniors must use an official SJA graduation ring, either purchased from Balfour or borrowed from an SJA alumna. Rings ordered from Balfour will be delivered directly to campus in advance of the ceremony. Juniors may also use a state championship ring, either their own or borrowed from a current SJA student or alumna. Borrowed rings should be returned to the owner immediately following the ceremony. If you need help borrowing a ring, please let us know.
There will be no parking in the synagogue lot.
Please direct questions about the evening to Ring Ceremony coordinator Sarah McCann at email@example.com or Angelle Terrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct questions about outstanding balances on rings to Balfour at (225) 756-1881.
LETTER JACKET AND SWEATER ORDERS
Wednesday, May 12, Academy Student Center mezzanine during all three lunch periods. Orders may be placed by those who have lettered in academics, activities and/or athletics. Please direct questions to Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont (email@example.com; 388-2290).
VIRTUAL PAINTING CLASS
All Academy graduates as well as current students and their mothers are invited to join us virtually on Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. as SJA alumna Maria Prochaska Boudreaux ’84, owner of Fleur de ME Designs, hosts a virtual painting class. Maria will have all canvases pre-sketched and textured and will walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint the image. Thanks to the generosity of Maria and Fleur de ME Designs, the class is being offered at the low price of $35 and includes all materials. Materials will be available for pick-up on campus Wednesday and Thursday, May 12 and 13 in Mother Alice Hall.
Friday, May 14, all three lunch periods, Chapel at SJA.
Graduation and Honors practice for seniors will take place on Tuesday, May 18, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. in the Academy Student Center. Practice is mandatory for all seniors unless permission is granted by Dean of Women Erika Angarita (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2278).
Honors Convocation is Wednesday, May 19, at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event typically lasts 90 minutes. Seniors must be checked in by 7:15 p.m. Each senior will be given three guest tickets. If a senior chooses to have an escort present her, that person must be included as one of her three guests.
Any color long or mid-calf length formal dress or dress pantsuit may be worn. If a senior is escorted by a man, preferred attire is dress pants, jacket and tie, a suit or a tuxedo. If the escort is a woman, preferred attire is a dress or dress pants. Masks must be worn by everyone in attendance for the duration of the event. Seniors must wear a solid-color mask.
Each student will have a picture taken by Kleinpeter Photography with her escort as they process on stage. To view and purchase images, please visit www.kleinpeterphotography.com and click View Events. Honors Convocation will be listed under the SJA heading.
Please direct questions to Dean of Women Erika Angarita (email@example.com; 388-2278).
Friday, May 21, for Professional Learning Community. Students are dismissed at 1:50 p.m. We will follow Schedule 3. 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.
Mass and One Hundred Forty-Fourth Commencement Exercises
Sunday, May 23, 3 p.m., Raising Cane’s River Center. Practice will be held on May 23 at 9 a.m. only for those students who have a special role in the graduation ceremony. All seniors should report to the River Center no later than 2:30 p.m. and report dressed in cap and gown to rooms L1-L4 by entering Arena Portal D. Each senior will be given two floor tickets for parents and four upper-level tickets for additional guests. The entrance for floor seating (red tickets) will be Portal A on the ground level. Those guests with upper level/general admission tickets (white tickets) will enter upstairs in the galleria across from the east and west parking garages. Outside doors to the River Center will open at 1 p.m. The arena will open at 2 p.m. A ticket is required to enter the arena. There will not be a separate section for handicap seating. All upper-level seating will be accessible by elevator.
For the safety of all guests, the River Center has instituted a clear bag policy. Air horns, confetti guns and poppers are considered contraband and are not permitted inside the building. Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, mace and those with licenses to carry, are prohibited. Items which are confiscated will be discarded. Please note that outside food and beverages cannot be brought in. You will also be required to check the following items at Guest Services: strollers, balloons, large gift bags and large signs.
Masks will be mandated by SJA and the Raising Cane’s River Center for all guests for the duration of the ceremony.
Kleinpeter Photography will photograph graduation. To view and purchase images, please visit www.kleinpeterphotography.com and click View Events. Graduation will be listed under the SJA heading.
Please direct questions to Dean of Women Erika Angarita (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2278).
SUMMER READING LIST
The St. Joseph’s Academy English Department considers our reading curriculum to be our most significant contribution to the Academy’s mission to “educate young women as responsible and unifying members of the world community” in keeping with the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. In asking our students to spend precious summer hours reading, we encourage them to continue the mission-based development of academic excellence and unifying empathy that reading provides.
Click here for the summer reading list for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The insurance you purchased through SJA on your daughter’s tablet computer will expire on June 30. We strongly recommend that you renew your policy for next year. As you know, broken parts are costly to repair/replace. The policy covers the unit from fire/flood damage, vandalism, natural disasters, power surges due to lightening, accidental breakage (including drops/cracked screens/liquid spills), liquid submersion and theft.
The cost of the insurance for the coming year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) is $76.
The insurance process will once again be managed in house, and SJA will act as your contact when you need to file a claim. To enroll, please complete the Technology Policy/Insurance form by Friday, May 28, 2021. If you choose not to purchase insurance, please select that option on the form and return it by May 28. Please note that we need a signed form on file regardless of your decision to purchase insurance.
Click here to purchase the insurance policy through Worth Ave. Group. This payment portal will be open between May 1 and July 31. Please note that your insurance will not go into effect until we receive both the electronically signed form and payment.
Please direct questions to Sharon Cashio (email@example.com; 388-2246).
DINING HALL ACCOUNT REFUNDS
If your daughter is graduating or otherwise leaving SJA, please submit your request for a Dining Hall account refund to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 7. You will be issued a reimbursement via ACH within seven business days. Please be sure to leave enough money in your daughter’s account to cover her Dining Hall expenses through the end of the school year. Refund requests submitted after the May 7 deadline may be delayed up to eight weeks.
Accounts for returning students will be frozen over the summer to prevent auto-funding. Accounts will be reactivated for the first day of school. If you would like to receive the balance of funds in your daughter’s account, please log into your My Kids Spending account, or contact email@example.com for assistance. Again, please be sure to leave enough money in your daughter’s account to cover her Dining Hall expenses through the end of the school year.
Any parent requesting a refund is asked to be sure your ACH information is correct in your My Kids Spending account to avoid delays in receiving your refund.
The parents of departing students may choose to transfer account balances to a younger sibling, cousin or family friend. If you wish to transfer an account balance, please email Food Service Director Amy Patureau (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the first and last names of both students.
NEGATIVE BALANCE FINALS EXAMS POLICY FOR 9th-11th GRADE STUDENTS
It is the policy of SJA that all tuition, fees and SAGE Dining Hall balances must be current prior to final exams. Parents will be notified if a student is to remain home on examination days if an account is not current. Delinquent payments made after Monday, May 17, must be paid by cash, cashier’s check or money order to be deemed received by SJA so the student will be allowed to take exams. For tuition balances, please direct questions to Accountant Louise Babin (email@example.com; 388-2234). For SAGE balances, please check your account online or call SAGE directly at 1-855-302-0070.
We ask that parents pick up their daughter’s prescription and over-the-counter medications before the last day of school. We are not able to store these medications over the summer. Please direct questions to School Nurse Marie Vukovics (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2208).
Summer hours begin on Tuesday, June 1, and continue until Monday, August 2, when we resume regular hours. SJA will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 5 and 6, in celebration of the Fourth of July.
Summer hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Fridays.
Please note that the Main Office will be open during the two weeks of Computer Orientation (July 19-22 and July 26-29) from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
NATIONAL ACT TEST SITE UPDATE
Due to current COVID-19 school guidelines, we will be a private ACT testing site for SJA students only for the National ACT Testing dates through July of 2021. School-day procedures for social distancing and cleaning will be followed during the test. If you have already registered for the National ACT, no action is necessary. If you would like to register, please visit http://www.act.org/. During the registration process, the system defaults to search by zip code. You will need to choose the Change Location option and enter the test center code 161060. Please note this is for the National ACT test and is not associated with the ACT required for juniors in March or the ACT Prep courses that are offered. Please direct questions to Assistant to the Deans Cristina Benigno at email@example.com.
SUMMER ACT PREP
Gear Up for the ACT: SJA will offer a four-hour session for each subject-specific test of the ACT during the summer. (ACT Writing will be a two-hour session.) These sessions will focus on strategies and practice techniques for that content-specific ACT test. The cost is $46.50 per session for ACT Math, Science, Reading and English. ACT Writing will cost $20.75. Your payment includes the ACT practice book for that subject. Space is limited to 50 students per session. Sessions can be purchased on ShopSJA (Extended Programs).
June 8: ACT Reading, 12-4 p.m.
June 9: ACT Writing, 12-2 p.m.
June 10: ACT Science, 12-4 p.m.
June 14: ACT Math, 12-4 p.m.
June 16: ACT English, 12-4 p.m.
July 8: ACT English, 12-4 p.m.
July 9: ACT Writing, 12-2 p.m.
July 12: ACT Math, 12-4 p.m.
July 14: ACT Science, 12-4 p.m.
July 15: ACT Reading, 12-4 p.m.
ACT Diagnostic Testing: SJA will offer ACT Diagnostic Testing throughout the summer in which students practice taking a full-length ACT test in a test setting and receive specific feedback on the areas that they need to work on to improve their scores. Each student will receive a detailed explanation of her test results, stating specific skills and content areas to focus on to achieve a higher score. The test will simulate a real ACT test, with the setting, timing and using an ACT-released test. The cost is $15. Extended time is offered for each testing date. The Diagnostic Tests can be purchased on ShopSJA (Extended Programs).
June 4: 8-11:30 a.m.
June 30: 8-11:30 a.m.
July 23: 8-11:30 a.m.
(Extended time tests normally end between 12:45 and 1 p.m.)
SJA ATHLETICS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM, SUMMER 2021
Open to rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are trying out for or are on any athletic team for the 2021-2022 academic year.
It is the mission of the Strength and Conditioning Program to maximize each SJA athlete’s genetic potential in every component of athleticism and decrease the potential for injury in an environment that is safe, fun, motivational and intense.
Dates: May 31-July 23 (Monday-Friday)
Times: 6:15-7:30 a.m. (25-person cap) and 7:45-9 a.m. (25-person cap)
Questions: Liz Fontenot, MS, SCS (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can register and pay on Shop SJA in early May. Please note that you must print the registration form and bring it with you on the first day you come to training.
A weekly sign-up genius link will be sent for Strength and Conditioning. You must sign up each week for the days you are coming. Because there is a 25-person cap per session, you won’t be able to work out if you haven’t signed up.
PARENT/ALUMNAE VIRTUAL RETREAT
Join fellow SJA parents and alumnae virtually on Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as we renew and recharge our spirit. This summer’s retreat theme, Anchoring Our Hope in the Promises of God, will help illuminate the promises God made to us, and you will leave with practical tools and prayer practices for going to your inner chapel that will help increase your hope and anchor your life in God’s firm foundation.
The retreat, held via Zoom, will be led by Becky Uffman Eldredge, SJA class of 1998. She is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator and writer who helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life. She is the author of the newly released book, The Inner Chapel (Loyola Press). Retreat registration is $39 and includes materials. For more information, contact Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano (email@example.com; 388-2240).
To register, click here.
We have determined start and end dates for the 2021-2022 academic year. Student orientation will take place August 9 and 10, 2021, with the first day of school on August 11. The last day of the school year will be May 26, 2022. Please note these dates are subject to change.
SIZZLING SUMMER CELEBRATES 31 YEARS IN 2021
Girls in grades 3-9 will enjoy athletics, arts, academics, enrichment and technology camps during the month of June. This year, we are also inviting boys in grades 3-9 to attend our technology camps. Click here for all the details and to register.
Students are encouraged to visit colleges of interest during school holidays. Seniors are allowed three excused absences for college visits during the academic year. Juniors and sophomores are allowed two excused absences for college visits during the academic year. Written notes from a parent or guardian must be given to Dean of Women Erika Angarita (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least one week prior to the college visit. Seniors invited to attend university spring testing events, including LSU Spring Invitational, are allowed an additional excused absence(s) if they have followed proper check-out procedures. No college visits will be approved after April 15 of the student’s senior year.
TAX ID INFORMATION
If tax ID information is needed for your 2020 taxes, please contact Louise Babin in the SJA Finance Department at email@example.com or 388-2234.
Please be reminded that SJA does not sponsor senior trips.
St. Joseph’s Academy abides by the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) with respect to the rights of parents and, in the event of divorce, the rights of custodial and noncustodial parents. In the latter case, absent a court order to the contrary, the school will provide the noncustodial parent access to academic records and other school-related information regarding the student. If there is a court order specifying that no information is to be given, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with a copy of the court order. We do not need the complete court order, only the part dealing with custody. Please direct questions to Principal Stacia Andricain (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2240).
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 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 Stacy Rennhoff (email@example.com; 388-2318) in the Registrar’s office.
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.
SJA TELEPHONE SYSTEM
The school’s main number is (225) 383-7207, but you are encouraged to call faculty and staff directly. Faculty members do not have physical phones; rather, their phone numbers connect directly to a voice mail box. Click here for the faculty/staff directory.
Students will be 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.
Each Wednesday at 7 a.m., outside of the Chapel at SJA. In case of inclement weather, we will move inside the chapel. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, participation is limited to SJA students and faculty/staff members only. Please remember that face coverings and social distancing are required.
The Counseling Center provides students with resources and support they need to be successful. Grade-level counselors support students during all four years at SJA. The Counseling Center collaborates with teachers and administrators to identify and discuss students who may need additional assistance and to determine best practices to reach all students both academically and socially. In addition, counselors meet with every student at least twice a year to discuss college and career readiness. Two full-time college advisors assist students with scholarship and college applications.
Class of 2021 Counselor
|Allison Hipwell Bruton ’95
Counseling Center Director
College Advisor (A-J)
|Ellen Smith Frazier
College Advisor (K-Z)
Please contact Mrs. Banta if you have questions about your daughter pertaining to academic or mental wellness issues. Please contact Ms. Bruton or Ms. Frazier if you have questions pertaining to college applications.
It’s hard to believe that four years have come and gone. When your daughters were freshmen, it seemed that senior year was a long way off, yet here we are at the end of their SJA journey. It has been a great pleasure to work with this class. These young women have truly shown their dedication to SJA’s mission of faith development, academic excellence and personal growth under the difficult circumstances of a pandemic. We wish them well in their future endeavors and know that they will continue to give their best.
- The week after graduation, a final SJA transcript will be sent to the college that your daughter listed on her Final Transcript Request form.
- If your daughter took one or more dual enrollment classes, she must request her college transcript from LSU, even if she is attending LSU, to obtain verification of college credit earned in order to schedule classes during orientation. (The SJA final transcript lists dual enrollment classes, but SJA can award only high school credit, not college credit hours.)
- A final transcript (unofficial) will be mailed directly to your home address immediately after graduation. Be sure to keep it in a safe place and use it to make additional copies as needed. This transcript can be used for sorority recruitment and/or job applications.
- If you need an official transcript after graduation, please contact Registrar Dana Schlotterer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Information on TOPS Awards will be available online from your daughter’s LOFSA Student Hub account beginning in mid-June for students who have completed the FAFSA.
- Please contact Allison Bruton, College Advisor A-J, at email@example.com or Ellen Frazier, College Advisor K-Z, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions pertaining to college or application information.
Seniors will be required to turn in their FAFSA confirmation as part of the final check-out process before receiving their graduation cap. You can file your daughter’s FAFSA by registering at www.fafsa.gov. After completing the FAFSA, please forward the confirmation page to Niki Banta at email@example.com.
|AMY SCHEURICH HOUSE '97
Class of 2022 Counselor
|Allison Hipwell Bruton ’95
Counseling Center Director
College Advisor (A-K)
|Ellen Smith Frazier
College Advisor (L-Z)
Please contact Mrs. House if you have questions about your daughter’s academic or mental wellness issues. Please contact Ms. Bruton or Ms. Frazier if you have questions pertaining to college selection and applications.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for your daughter to begin the final stages of the college selection process! You might be wondering how to best assist her with making one of her first major adult decisions. It is important to be supportive by engaging in conversations about choosing a college and listening to your daughter. It’s also important to be honest about any limitations (or wishes) your family might have regarding things like tuition or distance from home. Remember to find a balance between providing support and guidance while also allowing your daughter to express her own desires and opinions.
We’d like to give you a few highlights of the journey that your daughter has explored regarding colleges and career choice.
Your daughter has taken several assessments through Naviance, our College and Career software. “Do what you are” is a Meyers Briggs assessment that links her personality with her career needs. Another assessment, “Career Interest Profiler,” is based on the Holland’s codes that reveal work environments that fit her interests and personality. We looked for common themes to find a career path that would be a good fit for her.
We began with the basics by learning college terminology. We learned how to research admission criteria from different schools and began working on her college list. Her college list should include “Safety, Match and Reach” schools. We also discussed parts of typical college applications, including application fees, transcripts, test scores, essays and letters of recommendation.
Finally, all juniors have met with their college advisors (Ms. Bruton or Ms. Frazier) in individual meetings this semester.
THINGS TO WORK ON THIS SUMMER
1. Research colleges and scholarships
2. Discuss family limitations and/or expectations related to tuition and distance from home
3. Finalize your Safety, Match and Reach list
4. Visit colleges (virtually or in person)
5. Update resume
6. Complete student insight form*
7. Complete parent insight form*
8. Finalize college essay (students wrote a personal essay in their English classes this year)
9. Make a list of important deadlines for the colleges on your list
* This will be posted to your daughter’s Moodle class by May 15.
Links to both ACT and SAT are listed below. Due to COVID-19, testing centers, including SJA’s, fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the deadline to sign up for tests. Please note: Many colleges are announcing that they are going test optional for admission next year because of tests cancelled by COVID-19. However, there is no guarantee that certain scholarships (including TOPS) will be test optional. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding test score requirements for the class of 2022; therefore, we recommend that families make standardized testing a priority and that all students take the ACT or SAT at least two or three times.
This is an important and busy time for everyone, but it is also special and fun. Enjoy the process! And please know that we are here if you need help.
LINDSAY CARLINO '02
Class of 2023 Counselor
As the 2020-2021 school year is quickly coming to a close, please encourage your daughter to hang in there for the last few weeks of the semester. It is important to remember that these grades will count and be reflected on her high school transcript as part of her second semester grade. If your daughter is struggling in a class, please encourage her to reach out to her teacher for help. Likewise, should you have a concern about your daughter’s grades, please reach out to the teacher directly. Like you, I can only see the grade that is reflected on MySJA. The teachers can provide insight as to why your daughter received a particular grade.
The Learning Center and the Writing Center are great resources for assistance during lunches and after school through the end of the year. With final exams coming up, we are in the home stretch!
Summer reading is an SJA requirement. The list of this year’s books is included in this newsletter. Please encourage your daughter to take notes as she reads (characters, plot, themes, symbolism, point of view, etc.). This will help her when we return to school in August and she is tested on the material.
LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNIOR YEAR
The focus of junior year will be college readiness with regards to college and career development, and there will be many ways to help with this process. Juniors will be invited to meet with college representatives on campus (or virtually), continue participation in small College & Career groups, participate in Job Shadowing, attend a college planning seminar in the spring and take the ACT on campus during a school day in the spring. All juniors will also have their initial meeting with their College Advisor in the spring semester.
It is never too early to begin college visits. The upcoming Easter break and summer are great times to schedule these visits. College tours are the best way to get a feel for a school and whether it would be a good fit for your daughter. I have mentioned this in my College & Career meetings that I have been holding this month with your daughters. I reminded students that even if you have tailgated on a college campus, being a student on that same campus is a completely different experience. Each college or university website will list all the information needed to register for a tour.
NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has several upcoming Virtual College Fairs. These are great opportunities for students to hear from the admissions representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities and have their questions answered. For upcoming dates and participating schools visit https://www.nacacfairs.org/virtual/.
LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEER & SUMMER PROGRAMS
The counselors receive information on many leadership, volunteer and summer programs available to high school students throughout the year. The information received on each program is posted to your daughter’s Counseling Center Moodle Page. There are currently 50 programs posted. The Counseling Center in no way endorses any of the programs listed but is merely passing the information along to students. All of the information received on each program is provided. Please contact the program directly with questions and for more information.
MARY BETH ELFERT
Class of 2024 Counselor
The freshmen are busy finishing up their first year of high school. Please encourage your daughter to hang in there for the last few weeks of the semester. It is important to remember that these grades will count and be reflected on the high school transcript. If your daughter is struggling in a class, please encourage her to reach out to her teacher for help. Also, the Learning Center tutors are available most days of the week during lunch and after school. With final exams coming up, we are in the home stretch!
Final exams are quickly approaching. Dates and times are included in this newsletter and on our school calendar. If there is an exam conflict, please contact Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During my classroom visit this spring, I returned and discussed Pre-ACT scores. Your daughter will have an opportunity to take a Pre-ACT next year for extra practice. In addition, all freshmen took a personality assessment, and we discussed how it relates to selecting a career. Also, the freshman began work on their College Resume. They were told to save it to their Counseling Center folder and email it to me. I will have them add to it each year so that when they are ready to apply to college, it will be complete.
Evaluations older than three years must be updated before returning to school in August. If you have questions, please contact me at your earliest convenience.
Summer Academic Tips
• Summer is a great time to get in service hours and explore summer programs.
• Please remind your daughter not to forget about summer reading! It is best not to wait until the last minute to get started. It is good idea to take notes while reading!
Have a Great Summer
It has been a pleasure getting to know your daughter this year. I periodically check my email during the summer months should you have questions.
The Learning Center provides free-of-charge assistance to any student needing extra help with math, science, English or writing. Also offered is academic counseling. Peer tutoring in foreign languages is provided by members of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. These student-led sessions are offered between 3 and 4 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday in the library. No appointments are necessary for any tutoring.
Math Resource is available Monday through Thursday during all three lunch hours and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email email@example.com.
Science Resource is available Monday through Thursday during all three lunch hours and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENGLISH RESOURCE AND ACADEMIC COUNSELING
English Resource is available Monday through Thursday during all three lunch hours and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email email@example.com.
The Writing Center provides instruction, resources and support. Trained peer consultants help students gain competence and confidence as writers through one-on-one sessions. Students schedule appointments through the Writing Center Moodle page. 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT Prep Courses
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.
Former SJA math faculty member Kevin Landry offers ACT prep courses on campus. Faculty members 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/
Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com
Mastery Prep: https://masteryprep.com/
Best in Class BR: https://bestinbr.com/act-prep/
Magnolia Prep: www.magnoliaprep.com
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/join/T5BB5SDJ
Sylvan Learning Center: https://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/baton-rouge-blue-bonnet-la/act-prep
Peer+Plus Diagnostic & Tutorial Service: https://www.facebook.com/peerplustutoring/
Zach Roubein Tutoring: https://www.zachroubeintutoring.com/
Materials found on the ACT website: www.act.org
Faith development continues to be a key component of SJA student formation through weekly rosary on Wednesday mornings, weekly bible study during all lunch hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and monthly adoration. Campus Ministry offers these opportunities for students to encounter Christ within the daily rhythm of life at SJA.
Required Service Program
Mother Teresa of Calcutta inspired us this year to do small things with great love as we served the dear neighbor. Thank you to one and all who contributed their time, talent and treasure to the building up of our oneness in the Body of Christ during this challenging pandemic time. We are truly transformed by God’s Spirit. SJA students completed 24,959.25 hours of community service this year, in spite of restricted service opportunities.
SJA was recognized on April 21 by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for responding to the needs of the dear neighbor with gospel compassion and generosity this year. Way to go ’Stickers.
It is our hope that we return to “normalcy” for the 2021-2022 academic year as we follow the charism theme, Relationships: Sacred Threads that Connect. Service requirements for the upcoming year are listed below and may also be found on the SJA Moodle service page. We strongly encourage students to work on their service hours over the summer.
Freshman Year: 15 total hours
10 hours in elderly care or environmental concerns
5 hours in a Christian service of their choice
Sophomore Year: 15 total hours
10 hours in child development, education or literacy
5 hours in a Christian service of their choice
Junior Year: 20 total hours
10 hours devoted to individuals with special needs or in a healthcare field
10 hours in a Christian service of their choice
Senior Year: 20 total hours
10 hours in fields related to hunger, poverty and homelessness
10 hours in a Christian service of their choice
Summer service hours for next year’s sophomores, juniors and seniors may be entered into www.x2vol.com starting June 1. Service hours are due Friday, April 1, 2022. There will be checkpoints throughout the year to ensure timely completion of the service requirement. Please direct questions to Service Coordinator Sister Chris Pologa at email@example.com.
Each year, we invite you to make an Annual Fund gift. These gifts are immediately available to support all that makes St. Joseph’s Academy the vibrant community and four-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence it is today.
As the school year nears its end, if you have not yet participated in the SJA Annual Fund, I ask that you do so. The fund supports the legacy of faith development, academic excellence and personal growth for which the Academy is well known. Our great history, our current success and the strength of the future depend on your support of the Annual Fund. Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a positive and significant impact on our school, students, faculty and staff.
Our fiscal year ends June 30. We are only $5,000 away from our Annual Fund goal. Will you please help? Don’t wait. Give online now by clicking here. One gift. Any amount. Your support matters. Together, we are SJA.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2254).
Pave the Way Bricks
Buy a brick and leave a lasting legacy. 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.
SJA Mothers' Club
Thank you so much to those who joined the SJA Mothers' Club for the 2020-2021 school year. Your dues allowed us to serve our SJA community throughout the year with student and teacher appreciation events and much more. Next year’s membership drive has begun. Click here to join today!
Pass It On Used Uniform Sale
We are collecting any uniforms no longer needed for the Pass It On Used Uniform Sale on Saturday, June 5, in the Dining Hall. If you have uniform items that your daughter has outgrown, please consider donating them. Please send uniforms to the Main Office in St. Joseph Hall before the end of the school year.
Once again this summer, Mothers’ Club will be using Sign Up Genius for next year’s volunteer committee assignments. The sign up with your choices of committees will go out this summer. Look for this email in July.
SJA Dads' Club
Calling all dads. Beat the rush! Sign up now for the SJA Dads’ Club for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Dads’ Club works in partnership with the school on a variety of events throughout the school year. Some of the highlights of our involvement are class retreats, Seniors’ Last Day, Open House and exam snacks, to name a few. Each year, your membership dues, in combination with the profits from Dads’ Club-sponsored events including Father-Daughter Day and The Sticker Scramble, benefit our daughters.
You will have the opportunity to sign up in August at Back-to-School Night, but why wait? You can sign up online right now!
If you have any questions, please contact the Dads’ Club Moderator Meg Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Regional Meet: Thursday, April 29, Catholic High School, time TBA
State Meet: Saturday, May 8, LSU, 12 p.m.
2021-2022 SJA ATHLETIC TRYOUT DATES
All student-athletes must have an LHSAA physical form completed and signed by a physician and their parents before they can try out for any SJA sport. The form can be found on MySJA in the Resources Board, Athletics. You will print the form and take it to your daughter’s physician to complete and sign. This form can also be found on the SJA website here. Please scan the completed form, or take a picture of it with your smartphone, and upload to MySJA, Resources, Athletics before tryouts.
Please note that student-athletes must attend all tryout dates listed with their sport.
Wednesday-Thursday, May 19-20, 4:30-6 p.m., and Wednesday, June 2 (if necessary), 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Academy Student Center. Please direct questions to Coach Tim Waller (email@example.com; 388-2224).
CROSS COUNTRY ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Tuesday, May 11, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Health Room in Activity Center. Please direct questions to Coach Mark LaHaye (firstname.lastname@example.org; 603-6575)
Monday-Tuesday, May 17-18, 4-5 p.m. for returning players, SJA Stadium, Field #4, Burbank Complex.
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 25-26 and, if necessary, Thursday, May 27, 10-11 a.m. for new players, SJA Stadium, Field #4, Burbank Complex. Please direct questions to Coach Kyle Carmouche (email@example.com; 229-6749).
Tuesday-Thursday, May 18-20, 4-6 p.m., Sacred Heart. Please direct question to Coach Amanda Henley (firstname.lastname@example.org; 603-1022).
TRACK AND FIELD INFORMATION/ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Wednesday, September 8, 3-3:45 p.m., Health Room in Activity Center. Please direct questions to Coach Charlie Daigle (email@example.com; 270-6029).
Monday-Wednesday, May 17-19, 3:30-6 p.m., Academy Student Center. Please direct questions to Coach Sivi Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2298).
All other sports will have their tryouts during the fall semester of 2021.
Please direct questions to Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont (email@example.com; 388-2290).
It’s shocking that this school year is almost over. What a year it has been. Thank you for adjusting as the Sticker Shop went online this year and supporting the shop with no instore shopping.
Graduation is just around the corner. Commemorate that wonderful milestone with a unique SJA keepsake. Choose from a variety of items including our super-soft SJA embroidered blanket, a ceramic plaque of the front gates, SJA jewelry, canvas plaques displaying the SJA shield in gold, an SJA coffee mug to study with in college and much more.
All items that have been purchased online must be picked up by Thursday, May 13, which is the last day the shop will be open.
Many thanks to our countless volunteers who worked in the shop this year and during our popup shop. We could not do it without you!
The Sticker Shop is located in Mother Alice Hall and open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students can shop through the window of the Sticker Shop located across from the chapel, and parents can do curbside pickup in the Mother Alice Hall circle drive during the hours listed above. Simply call (225) 388-2237 upon your arrival.