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We will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 31 through February 6. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence and Service. Though we are still in the midst of many challenges in our school, community and nation, we will celebrate our history as well as how we have persevered this school year and supported a high level of learning, both remotely and on campus. Our Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care offices have planned a week of activities to celebrate our students, our nation, our Sisters and our faculty and staff. I ask that you pray for the continued health of our school and the ability to educate young women in the Baton Rouge community. I will be attending the Catholic Schools Week Mass on February 3, and all parents and supporters of SJA will be in my prayers. At this special Mass, we will also honor those SJA faculty and staff members who have served for milestone years in the Catholic school system.
10 years: Hugo Andricain (Theology), Sharon Cashio (Help Desk), Lauren M. Sommer (Math), Angelle Terrell (Social Studies)
15 years: Cristina Benigno (Assistant to the Deans), Aubrey DeJohn (Dean of Academics), Greg Hanner (Co-Director of Technology), Laurel Herrington (Finance Director), Michelle Lofland (Finance), Erin McLean (Office Staff), Sara Rounds (Art)
20 years: Dede LeBlanc (Finance)
25 years: Stacia B. Andricain (Principal), Lena McGee (Custodial Supervisor)
40 years: Dana Murray (Theology)
45 years: Glynis Davis (Foreign Language)
In February, we will also celebrate Black History Month. Sister Chris Pologa, in conjunction with several clubs and organizations, will highlight persons, aspects and areas in Black History as well as racial justice and harmony. Daily prayers and announcements, as well as a special rosary and the theme of Unity at our February Liturgy of the Word, are planned along with other activities for the month.
Please save the date of February 10 as SJA hosts special guest speaker Dr. Lisa Damour via Zoom. We have been planning for more than year to have Dr. Damour speak with our students, teachers and parents, as she is the leading expert in the area of anxiety in adolescent girls. To read a little more about Dr. Damour’s background, please visit https://www.drlisadamour.com/.
Please look for a special invitation and the link to the webinar. Dr. Damour will present information that could help your daughter deal with the pressures of a pandemic, rigorous course load and social issues. Please consider joining us remotely. There will be an extended question-and-answer session. In the meantime, check out her podcast, Ask Lisa (the psychology of parenting). Episodes can be found under the podcast tab on her website (above) or through most podcast platforms.
Our SJA families continue to be in our prayers each Wednesday morning. Please continue to pray for us.
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
CALENDAR CHANGE: LEADERSHIP ENCOUNTER PARENT MEETING
Please note that SJA students will not participate in this summer’s Catholic Leadership Encounter. As a result, SJA parents need not attend the informational meeting on Thursday, January 28, in the new CHS Union.
ACT GEAR UP FOR MATH
Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., St. Joseph Hall. This four-hour session deals with specific strategies, test-taking tips and tricks and practice for the math portion of the ACT. The cost is $45 per session, which includes the ACT practice book for that subject. The session can be purchased on ShopSJA under “Extended Programs”. Space is limited to 50 students. If you have any questions or need further details, please contact Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Urdiales (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FEBRUARY 1 CALENDAR CHANGE
Junior Retreat, originally was scheduled for February 1, has been postponed until April 12. As a result, February 1 will now be a regular school day for all students. On April 12, there will be no school for students in grades 9, 10 and 12.
COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION FOR 2021-2022
Grade-level counselors will visit students in their classes February 3-5 to discuss courses for the upcoming academic year.
The course selection process will be done online between Wednesday, February 3, and Thursday, February 11, 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 Dana Scholotterer (email@example.com; 388-2236). Please direct questions about academics to Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2269).
Thursday, February 4, 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.
Friday, February 5, during all lunch periods (10:20 a.m.-1 p.m.), SJA Chapel. Parents are encouraged to pray with us from afar.
LUNCH AND LEARN
Monday, February 8, during all three lunch periods, outside of the Dining Hall. For students in grades 9, 10 and 11 to visit with department representatives and ask questions about courses as they make selections for the 2021-2022 academic year.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT, DUAL ENROLLMENT SEMINAR
Monday, February 8, for parents of current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The St. Joseph’s Academy administration and Academic Counseling Center will share 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 2021-2022 school year, at least one parent must attend the seminar.
The meeting will take place in the Academy Student Center from 6 to 7 p.m.
If you attended this seminar in previous years, you are not required to attend again. If your daughter has already taken an AP or dual enrollment course and you did not attend in previous years, we strongly encourage you to do so this year.
In keeping with COVID guidelines, temperatures will be checked at the door, and participants must wear a face covering at all times. Seating will be arranged to ensure social distancing.
If you are unable to come to campus, the seminar will be recorded for viewing at a later date. Information about viewing the recorded session will be sent to parents who RSVP.
Parking will be available in the Academy Student Center lot and along Broussard and Parker streets. Please do not park in the lawyers’ client lot or on the grass near the lawyers’ lot.
All parents must RSVP here by Friday, February 5.
Please direct questions to Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn (email@example.com; 388-2269).
On Wednesday, February 10, we will host guest speaker Dr. Lisa Damour virtually. Dr. Damour is a leader in the area of anxiety in adolescent girls. Students will have the opportunity to hear from her during the school day as we will follow a special schedule. We will dismiss students at 1:45 p.m. to give faculty the opportunity to meet virtually with Dr. Damour. Finally, our parents will be invited to hear Dr. Damour’s message at 6 p.m. You will receive a special invitation with a link to the webinar. For more information about Dr. Damour, please visit her website, www.drlisadamour.com. You can also listen to her podcast, Ask Lisa (the psychology of parenting) by clicking on the podcast link on her website or any podcast platform.
STUDENT COUNCIL FUN DAY
Friday, February 12. The theme is Valentine’s Mambo. Dress guidelines will be emailed to students.
TESTING PREP IN-SCHOOL SESSION
Part of SJA’s Testing Prep Program is an in-school segment that will give students the skills and strategies they need as well as individualized practice for ACT and SAT testing. We had five 50-minute sessions in the fall and will have four in the spring. The first spring semester date is Friday, February 12. These sessions are part of a grade-specific curriculum that focuses on the main test that occurs during that grade year as well as on general testing tips and anxiety tools. We will follow Schedule 10 on these days.
MARDI GRAS HOLIDAY
School is closed Monday-Friday, February 15-19, for the Mardi Gras holiday. The Main Office will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 17-19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Help Desk will be open Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. If your daughter has problems with her tablet computer, please encourage her to leave it at the Help Desk before the holidays begin. A representative from the Help Desk will email your daughter when her computer is ready to be picked up. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mission Advancement, Alumnae, Admissions, Human Resources and Operations departments (in Mother Alice Hall) and the Finance Office (in Mother Thollot House) will be open Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19. Hours on open days are 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
ACT GEAR UP FOR SCIENCE
Saturday, February 20, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., St. Joseph Hall. This four-hour session deals with specific strategies, test-taking tips and tricks and practice for the science portion of the ACT. The cost is $45 per session, which includes the ACT practice book for that subject. The session can be purchased on ShopSJA under Extended Programs. Space is limited to 50 students. If you have any questions or need further details, please contact Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Urdiales (email@example.com).
LITURGY OF THE WORD
On Tuesday, February 23, we will celebrate the annual Unity service. The virtual prayer service will begin at 10:05 a.m. with the lighting of a candle in our classrooms. We invite family and friends to join our streamed service on the SJA Facebook page.
ACT GEAR UP FOR READING
Saturday, February 27, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., St. Joseph Hall. This four-hour session deals with specific strategies, test-taking tips and tricks and practice for the reading portion of the ACT. The cost is $45 per session, which includes the ACT practice book for that subject. The session can be purchased on ShopSJA under Extended Programs. Space is limited to 50 students. If you have any questions or need further details, please contact Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Urdiales (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ACT GEAR UP FOR ENGLISH
Saturday, February 27, 1 to 5 p.m., St. Joseph Hall. This four-hour session deals with specific strategies, test-taking tips and tricks and practice for the English portion of the ACT. The cost is $45 per session, which includes the ACT practice book for that subject. The session can be purchased on ShopSJA under Extended Programs. Space is limited to 50 students. If you have any questions or need further details, please contact Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Urdiales (email@example.com).
FROSH DANCE UPDATE
This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 27, but because of ongoing COVID restrictions, we are unable to bring large groups together for any activities. We will share information about alternative plans as it becomes available.
REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022
Registration for current 9th-11th grade students is due on Wednesday, February 10. You will receive an email on Monday, February 1, with instructions for completing the online process. If you have questions about registration, contact Registrar Dana Schlotterer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2236) or Systems Manager Karen Faucheux (email@example.com; 388-2220). If you have questions about the registration fee or tuition options, contact Accountant Louise Babin (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2234).
Please be reminded that the online registration process should be completed by one parent. In the case where a student’s parents do not live together, we ask that you determine which parent will complete the form. If you would like your student to have more than one family account in Smart Tuition, please contact Mrs. Babin.
DYKNOW SOFTWARE TIMEFRAME
In order to better serve our students who are remote learning from home (due to an extended illness or quarantine), teachers have been utilizing our Dyknow software to monitor students while testing. Since most of these tests take place either before or after school, teachers will now have access to their students’ screens between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Teachers should only be monitoring their students while in class or while testing.
Please direct questions or concerns to Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn at 388-2269.
COURSES OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY
If your daughter is enrolling in a course outside of regular school hours, an extra fee will be assessed. These courses include Journalism and Summer PE. Because faculty hiring is based on student course selections, students are not permitted to drop these courses after the last day of parent schedule approvals on March 25 unless there is an extenuating circumstance. If your daughter is allowed to drop a course, refunds will not be made.
First-semester transcripts and report cards are now available on MySJA. Please direct questions to Registrar Dana Schlotterer (email@example.com; 388-2236) or Assistant to the Registrar Stacy Rennhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2318).
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.
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 Urdiales (email@example.com; 388-2215). All requests must be made by March 1, 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.
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 in February, April, June and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNIOR ACT IN MARCH
All members of the junior class will take the ACT with the Writing Test on Tuesday, March 16. The test will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. (extended time students will end the test at a later time). Since the test is being given during the school day, some procedures are different. The students do not need to register for this test. The school has submitted all of the necessary information to register each student. If you have not paid for the test, please contact Class of 2022 Counselor Amy House at email@example.com for more information. Only juniors will be on campus this day. Freshman, sophomores and seniors will not have school. Please direct questions to Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Aimee Urdiales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 next year.
Session 1: June 1-June 24, 7-9 a.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 2: June 1-June 24, 9-11 a.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 3: June 1-June 24, 5-7 p.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 4: June 28-July 22, 7-9 a.m.
Session 5: June 28-July 22, 3-5 p.m.
Session 6: June 28-July 22, 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 is payable 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 Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2269).
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 (email@example.com) 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.
If you have not yet purchased a 2020-2021 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, productions, afterschool events or other activities, we invite you to submit them for consideration and use in the 2029-2021 yearbook. Pictures should be uploaded to www.hjeshare.com. The school code is SJA.
YEARBOOK SENIOR ADVERTISEMENTS
The Shield yearbook staff is now selling 2020-2021 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, 2021. 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.
IMPORTANT DATES 2020-2021
Click here for a listing of important dates. Please be reminded that with the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, this calendar is subject to change.
HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSINGS
February 15-16: Mardi Gras
April 2-9: Easter
OFFICE HOURS/VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Following recommendations of healthcare officials, we are not allowing visitors to campus at this time. We ask anyone who needs to conduct business with the school to please call the person with whom they need to talk or the main line at (225) 383-7207. Office staff are available to assist you from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
DATE CHANGE: Soirée
Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding the COVID pandemic, The Soirée, originally scheduled for March 4, has been postponed until November 2021. Information will be shared as plans take shape. Please note that Dream Vacation Raffle tickets are still available for purchase online and the drawing will be held as planned on March 4.
If you would like information about serving as a committee member, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities for the November 2021 event, please contact Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2270).
DATE CHANGE: SJA TENNIS CLASSIC
As our gatherings continue to be restricted by COVID guidelines, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s SJA Tennis Classic. Please turn the pages of your calendar to March 25-27, 2022, and make plans to join us for what’s sure to be a wonderful weekend of competition, fellowship and fun. Please direct questions to Alumnae Director Katie Jeter Valenciano (email@example.com).
DATE CHANGE: GRANDPARENTS WEEK FOR SENIORS
In light of the most recent COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of our SJA families, Senior Grandparents Week has been postponed until a date this spring. We are working on a new date and will be in touch with details. Please direct any questions to Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2270).
SAVE THE DATE: GRANDPARENTS DAY FOR FRESHMEN
Grandparents of freshmen will be invited to join their granddaughter during her assigned lunch period on Wednesday, May 12. Invitations to follow in the spring. Please direct any questions to Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (email@example.com; 388-2270).
SAVE THE DATE: GIVE DAY AT SJA
Save the date for SJA’s fourth annual Give Day on Thursday, March 19. This is a 24-hour online giving event. Look for additional information as we approach the event date.
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.
FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for financial aid at all colleges and universities, and it also serves as the application the Louisiana TOPS program. Not only is completing the FAFSA important to SJA students who plan to stay in Louisiana, it’s also important for students who are attending out-of-state institutions. The remaining portion of a TOPS award is still available should a student decide to come back to Louisiana after attending other institutions, as long as the FAFSA was completed with at least one Louisiana college listed and the required GPA has been maintained in college. SJA recommends parents file the FAFSA no later than March 1, but students should also check college websites for their financial aid submission deadlines, as they may vary for each school. Once you receive the confirmation email of a successfully submitted and processed FAFSA, please forward a copy of that email to Mrs. Banta. FAFSA applications are available for the class of 2021 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
TOPS, ACT AND GPA REQUIREMENTS
Requirements for members of the class of 2021 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 had 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 national test date. An initial qualifying score achieved on the June 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. Students can register online at www.actstudent.org.
Mrs. Banta recently sent seniors a reminder about their job shadowing experience. Your daughter has been asked to schedule an interview with a professional via telephone or zoom. This experience will help her learn more about a career that interests her. Seniors were given some guided questions to help them in their interview. They will need to turn in this assignment to Mrs. Banta by March 9, 2021. Please check in with your daughter to see if she has scheduled a meeting with a professional.
INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION PROGRAM
Seniors must submit a copy of their letter(s) of acceptance for college admission and scholarship offers to Ms. Bruton or Ms. Frazier to ensure that accurate and complete information for each senior is included in the graduation program. Please have your daughter bring or email copies (phone pics or screenshots are fine to email) of this information, including the amount awarded for scholarships. Copies of original documents may also be made in our office.
SPRING ORIENTATION OFFERED AT COLLEGES
We have not yet received information from any schools about their plans for Spring Orientation during COVID, but colleges will often invite high-achieving students to these events. Participants must be invited, so please do not attempt to register for these opportunities until you receive an invitation. It is wise to respond to orientation invitations quickly. Since Spring Orientations often fall on school days, an absence excuse is needed. Please submit to Mrs. Erin McLean (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Attendance Office. If your student is not invited to a Spring Orientation at the college she plans to attend, she will have the opportunity to attend one in the summer and should choose the earliest available session.
AMY SCHEURICH HOUSE '97
Class of 2022 Counselor
The Job Shadowing experience and requirement has changed for this year. Your daughters will be interviewing a professional in the career field that they are interested in pursuing. I have sent your daughters a list of questions to ask in their interview. This assignment should be completed by March 9, 2021. If you have any questions regarding Job Shadowing, please contact me at email@example.com.
I will be in the classrooms on February 3-5 to discuss senior-year course selection. During this time, we will review the girls’ transcript to compare how the Weighted/Unweighted/Core GPA is used for college admission. We will also review the requirements for the Honor’s Diploma. Online course selections are due February 11. Parents will need to approve course selections online by March 25.
AP/DUAL ENROLLMENT SEMINAR FOR PARENTS
Many students have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school (through AP, DE or testing). On February 8, SJA will host a meeting for parents to learn about the different options. If your daughter has not taken an AP or DE class and plans to do so next year, your attendance is required in order for your daughter to enroll in these classes.
There will be a school-based ACT on March 16 for all juniors. This is separate from the National Test Dates in terms of registering. The test will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. (extended time students will end the test at a later time). Students do not need to register for this test. The school has submitted all of the necessary information to register each student. If you have not paid for the test, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Advisors will begin meeting with your daughters individually this month to discuss their college plans, how to look for best fit, form realistic expectations and begin to focus on the details of applying to college(s). Please feel free to communicate with us with any questions you may have. If your daughter’s last name begins with A-K, her college advisor is Ms. Bruton; if the last name is L-Z, her college advisor is Ms. Frazier. Their contact information is at the top of the senior message.
COLLEGE PLANNING INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Due to space restrictions because of COVID, the college advisors will be providing a series of video presentations for parents to keep you informed about the changing college admission landscape (particularly in the past three years).
LINDSAY CARLINO '02
Class of 2023 Counselor
COLLEGE & CAREER GROUPS
The first of two College & Career Lunch Groups will be held beginning in early February. During these small groups, your daughter will be updating her academic resumé which she started last year. She will also be learning about the types of colleges and universities, degrees, available programs and things she should consider when choosing a college.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS
The College Board is hosting four virtual college fairs that are designed for students to have conversations with hundreds of colleges, admission reps and current college students without leaving home. Students can sign up to attend any event to explore colleges in each region across the nation. Students can register at cb.org/bigfuturedays
BigFuture Day West + Southwest (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY)
Saturday, February 6, 2021, 3–7 p.m. CST
BigFuture Day Southeast (AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 4–8 p.m. CST
BigFuture Day Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
Sunday, March 7, 2021, 3–7 p.m. CST
BigFuture Day Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 4–8 p.m. CST
CLASSROOM VISITS FOR SCHEDULING JUNIOR CLASSES
I will be visiting all 10th grade theology classes on Wednesday, February 3, and Friday, February 5, to present information about junior-year course selection. Requirements for graduation, TOPS and honors diploma will be reviewed. Students are to complete the online course selection process by Thursday, February 11. At that point, all prerequisites and requirements will be checked by the registrar, teachers and counselors, and then parents/guardians will be sent an email for final approval. It is important to walk with your daughter through each step of the course planning process.
HONORS DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2023
The following requirements are included in the Student Handbook. All honors and AP courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale. The requirements for an honors diploma are a GPA of at least 3.8 after eight (8) semesters of work and the completion of eleven (11) weighted courses over the four years. The following criteria are the minimum course requirements each year. Please note these requirements do not add up to the required 11 weighted courses. The remaining four (4) weighted courses required to earn an honors diploma can be taken in any grade and can be chosen from any weighted course offered by SJA.
- A minimum of two (2) weighted courses must be taken during the freshman and sophomore years combined.
- At least two (2) weighted courses must be taken junior year.
- Among the weighted courses taken during the freshman, sophomore and junior years, two (2) must be AP courses and must be completed by the end of junior year.
- At least three (3) weighted courses must be taken senior year, and two (2) of those weighted courses must be AP courses.
- There is no AP score requirement to earn the honors diploma.
If the student has taken the highest-level core AP courses prior to senior year, the Administration will work to find alternate courses to fulfill the honors diploma requirements, which might be but are not limited to courses at Catholic High School or a postsecondary university.
To earn an honors diploma, the student must earn all As and Bs in all courses but can earn one (1) C in a weighted course. Honors diploma recipients receive a gold SJA medallion and red stole to wear at graduation. Students are reminded about the honors diploma and its requirements during the scheduling process by their grade-level counselor.
FIRST AND SECOND ACADEMICS
First academics must earn a 3.6-5.0 cumulative GPA with no Ds or Fs during 10th, 11th and 12th grades. They receive a silver SJA medallion and red cord to wear at graduation. Second academics must earn a 3.3-3.599 cumulative GPA with no Ds or Fs during 10th, 11th and 12th grades. They receive a bronze SJA medallion to wear at graduation. There are no requirements regarding honors/Advanced Placement courses for the first and second academics.
VALEDICTORIAN/SALUTATORIAN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2023
The valedictorian and salutatorian must meet the criteria for an honors diploma and have the two highest GPAs, based on the following criteria.
- Must have attended St. Joseph’s Academy for four years.
- Cannot schedule any unstructured periods during their four years of high school.
- Must have an A in all courses taken outside of normal school day hours (for example, Summer PE, Journalism and any extra course that the Administration has given a student permission to take and that will be included on her transcript). However, courses taken outside of the normal school day will not be calculated in the final GPA that determines valedictorian and salutatorian. Final determination is made by the Administration.
- The GPA will be calculated using 7 credits earned each year, during the regular school day, over the four years of high school.
- Must have taken AP U.S. History, World History AP, English 3 AP, English 4 AP, AP Calculus AB and at least one of the following sciences: Biology AP, Chemistry 2 Honors or Physics AP. If one or more of these science courses is not offered in the year a student requests it, Physics Honors can be substituted with the approval of the Administration, but only if Physics AP is not offered at SJA.
If there is a tie for valedictorian or salutatorian, 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. In the event of a tie for valedictorian due to equivalent ACT composite scores, no salutatorian will be named. If students are unable to complete the requirements due to course offerings, the Administration will make the final determination.
MARY BETH ELFERT
Class of 2024 Counselor
As your daughters move through the second half of their freshman year, I will be continuing to meet with each of them on an individual basis. Just as in the fall, please encourage your daughter to contact me should she have any questions or concerns. The girls should never wait for me to initiate a meeting if they need help with something. I am looking forward to getting to know each girl better as this year moves forward.
I will be visiting all 9th grade classes during the first week in February to present information about sophomore-year course selection. Requirements for graduation, TOPS and honors diploma will be reviewed, also.
Students will also have an opportunity to learn more about courses they would like to take on February 8 during all lunch periods outside the Dining Hall. Teachers will be available to answer questions about their courses. Students are to complete their online course selection process by Thursday, February 11. At that point, all prerequisites and requirements will be checked by the registrar, teachers and counselors, then parents/guardians will be sent an email for final approval. It is important to walk with your daughter through each step of the course-planning process.
There will be an AP/Dual Enrollment Seminar on Monday, February 8, at 6 p.m. for all parents of students interested in taking an AP course next year. Additional details are included above. Further information about AP courses can be found on the SJA website under the Students portal, Course Catalog.
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 is a key component in the lives of our students, and we will do our very best to safely facilitate ways for our girls to encounter Christ. Campus Minister Kathleen Peek Evans will continue to offer weekly rosary, monthly adoration, Bible study and retreats following COVID-19 safety guidelines, prioritizing both the physical and spiritual health of our students.
Remaining class retreats are scheduled as follows, but we ask that you note that these dates are subject to change.
Senior Retreat: March 8-9, 2021 - Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this year's senior retreat will not be overnight. Our seniors will go off campus for their two retreat days while continuing to follow all school protocols regarding COVID-19.
Junior Retreat: April 12, 2021
Freshman Retreat: Monday, March 8, 2021
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 Service Directory can be found on Moodle. Please read this information so you are aware of requirements. The deadline for completing service requirements is April 1, 2021. Completed first-semester service hours (June 1-December 31) should be entered into the x2vol program by December 31.
There will be checkpoints throughout the year to ensure timely completion of the service requirement.
The x2vol program for tracking service hours has a smart phone app. Go to your app store, search x2vol and follow the prompts. There is also a tutorial video on the x2vol app which discusses how to enter hours.
Sister Chris Pologa is available on Tuesdays during all lunch periods to answer questions about service and to help students with service entries. Students may email her at email@example.com or stop by her office in Mother Alice Hall, room 212.
As a reminder, failure to turn in service hours by the deadline will result in a checklist. Seniors must complete their service requirements in order to graduate from SJA, and all other students must complete their service hours in order to return to SJA the following year.
Roses are red.
Redstickers are, too.
The SJA Annual Fund really needs you!
For Valentine’s Day, make a gift in honor of someone you love. You can donate online now or simply text the message SJA 1868 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.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Pave the Way Bricks
Buy a brick this holiday season 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 to all the mothers who have already joined the SJA Mothers’ Club this year. Your dues support the valuable services and beloved traditions we provide for SJA and our girls. It is not too late to join. If you are not yet a member of the Mothers’ Club, please click here to register today.
The Mothers’ Club currently seeks a chair and co-chair to host the used uniform sale at the end of the school year. In addition, our awesome Sticker Shop committee (Regina Leonard and Amy Joubert) is looking for another mom to join the team. For more information, or if you are interested in either position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been an unprecedented school year, and many of our traditional Mothers’ Club events have been affected. Due to COVID restrictions, the Mothers’ Club board and committee members are working hard to modify and adapt our events to best serve our school community. Thank you to all of our committee chairs and volunteers for your hard work and dedication. For those of you who have been able to volunteer, we appreciate you adhering to the new guidelines. The opportunities we have had to be on campus this year have all gone well. For those of you who have not yet had a chance, we are all looking forward to the time when we can be more involved again. Your patience and willingness to serve are much appreciated.
During these unprecedented times, one thing we can all do is support our school community with prayers. Remember to send your prayer requests to email@example.com.
Because of the continuing restrictions in place because of COVID-19, the SJA Mother-Daughter Style Show, An Evening Under the Sea, has been cancelled. The event was originally scheduled for Friday, April 30, at the Raising Cane’s River Center. After much brainstorming and discussion, the guidelines and restrictions presented by multiple sources simply prevent us from gathering. We are saddened that so many have not had the opportunity to share this time-honored tradition. Should the guidelines/restrictions change in the near future, we will do our best to host this wonderful event.
Thank you to all who have provided their time, efforts and enthusiasm.
Charm: While this year’s event has been canceled, you can still collect the anchor charm for 2021. By joining the Mothers’ Club on Shop SJA, you will be registered to receive a charm. Deadline to join and to be registered to receive the anchor charm is Friday, February 26. Join the Mothers’ Club today and continue the time-honored tradition of collecting charms. We tentatively plan to distribute charms on Friday, April 30. Details will be shared as they are finalized.
SJA Dads' Club
The Dads’ Club reminds you that it’s not too late to join. 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. 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.
Click here to sign up for The Dads’ Club.
Due to concerns for the health and safety of our SJA community, Father-Daughter Day 2021 scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled. We look forward to celebrating our dads and daughters next school year.
Senior Night is Tuesday, February 9, at 6 p.m. versus Woodlawn in the Academy Student Center. Because of COVID restrictions, seating is limited. The game will be streamed on SJA’s Facebook page. Bi-district playoffs are February 18, regional action is February 22 and quarterfinals are February 25. Check the SJA website for dates, times and locations.
The state indoor track meet is Saturday, February 20, at LSU. Times are TBA.
First round playoff games are February 5, second round action is February 10, quarterfinals are February 15 and semifinals are February 19. Check the SJA website for dates, times and locations. State championship finals will be February 24-27 at Southeastern Louisiana University at 7:30 p.m.
Please direct questions to Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2290).
Official uniform sweatshirts and sweatpants are in stock and available for purchase. We will also have more beanies and scarves for the remaining cold days of winter.
The incoming class of 2025 will be getting their acceptance letters soon. The online shop has a whole section with great gift ideas for these future Redsitckers. We have brand new sweatshirts, t-shirts and a great new white windbreaker that the girls love. Purchases must be made online, but we are happy to help with curbside pick up if you are buying gifts. Click here to start shopping!
The Sticker Shop is current looking for a co-chair for the 2021-2022 school year. This role is a fun way to volunteer on campus. The incoming co-chair would assist the current chairs with inventory, purchasing, managing the volunteer schedules and running the shop and online shop. Retail experience is great but not a must. If interested, please email email@example.com.
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 pick up items through the window across from the chapel; parents can do curbside pick up in the circle drive during the hours listed above. Simply call (225) 388-2237 upon your arrival.