IN A SETTING WHICH IS INDIVIDUALIZED AND PERSONAL, our school counseling programs assist students to learn about themselves, their interpersonal relationships, and behaviors that advance their personal development.
Catholic High School is dedicated to providing opportunities for development of the spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, social and physical growth of each student.
As CHS strives to nurture within each student the belief that we are all created by a personal and a loving God who cares for us and desires that we share with Him His life of happiness, our goal is to work in partnership with parents in developing in their sons a sense of responsibility to God, to themselves and to their fellow human beings.
The school strives to help each student to develop a realistic and positive self-image, thus enabling him to be a substantial and happy individual.
CHS believes learning requires a disciplined atmosphere that fosters both personal freedom and responsibility for one’s decisions.
This year, CHS is replacing our Big Read with a book club approach. After selecting preferences from a list of over 50 titles, students will be assigned one of their choices to read over the summer. Upon our return to school in August, students will participate in discussions, offering an opportunity for engagement with their selected book, with peers, and with a faculty facilitator.
As always, the mission of the CHS Summer Reading Program is:
- to encourage a love of reading by providing selections that not only have literary merit but are engaging and relatable as well.
- to foster the critical thinking and writing skills our students need to be successful.
- to teach students to engage in constructive dialogue that is respectful, honest, and mature.
Below are the steps of this year’s process.
- Browse the list and choose your top three preferred book choices.
*Parents, our list includes books that vary in genre, content, and reading level in order to accommodate all of our students. Please research options with your son and help him select a book that is developmentally appropriate.
- Indicate your preferred books by April 30th.
- Student Book Preference Form
- If you do not submit a preference form, you will be placed in a group that has space.
- You will receive an email on May 17th with your assigned book.
- Read and engage with your book over the summer and return in August ready to discuss with your book club group.
In addition to the CHS Book Club selection, students enrolled in some Honors or AP level English courses for the 2021-2022 school year may have Summer Reading assignments for that course. See the list at the bottom of this email. Students will complete class assignments and participate in discussions that will assess a student’s engagement with the course-specific summer reading.
We look forward to getting to know our students as readers and we encourage each parent, as the young man’s first and most influential teacher, to be involved in their son’s book selection(s), read with him this summer, and engage him in meaningful conversation.
Tracy Ducote, Ed. S.
English Department Chairperson
English Department Summer Reading – The following courses have additional summer reading assignments.
ENGLISH II Honors
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
ENGLISH III Honors
Read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Two selections will be assigned at a May meeting with the instructor, Dr. Charley Silvio, email@example.com.
|Mr. Pete Boudreaux||8th Grade Class Counselor|
|Mrs. Lindsey O'Neal||Freshman Class Counselor|
|Ms. Cathy Robichaux||Sophomore Class Counselor|
|Mrs. Caroline Batsche||Junior Class Counselor|
|Mrs. Shelley Reinecke||Senior Class Counselor|
|Mrs. Sherry Brouillette||College Counselor, Department Chairperson|
|Mrs. Jennifer Thibodeaux||College Counselor|
|Brother Ray Hebert, S.C.||Counselor and Chaplain|
|Mrs. Laura Laney||Counseling Secretary|
It is the goal of the Counseling Center to guide each student in his academic, vocational and college planning, as well as to evaluate his present progress in school. If a student encounters difficulty in the classroom or at home, whether it is poor grades, personal conflicts, or any problem he wishes to discuss, any counselor will gladly lend assistance. If, however, additional professional help is needed for a student, his parents will be consulted about referral to another specialized person or agency.
Consultation With Parents
Counselors are available to you, and you may contact your son’s counselor to schedule an appointment. In fact, we encourage your requests for our assistance in helping your son to achieve his potential. If a counselor is not available, please send an email or leave a voicemail, and the counselor will respond as soon as possible.
If your son has a type of disability or special condition that you feel might affect his performance in school, we urge you to let us know. Realizing that students are sometimes very self-conscious about a problem, we use great discretion in releasing this information. However, we do feel that teachers and counselors who deal directly with your son can be more effective if they are aware of your son’s special needs.
For your son’s protection, if he must use any type of medication during the school day, we ask that you send it to Mrs. Laney in the Counseling Center. You must complete and sign a consent form in order for us to dispense medication at school. These forms are available in the Counseling Center.
The Counseling Center, in conjunction with the CHS Testing Coordinator, offers a comprehensive testing program. Please see the Student Handbook for testing information. Results of standardized tests given during the school year are distributed to students, and results are provided to you through your son. If at anytime you desire to review your son’s results with a counselor, please do not hesitate to call and arrange an appointment.
The Counseling Center is happy to assist your son with college preparations, college selections, scholarship needs, and transcript releases. Graduates of 2021 received $23,464,432 (not including TOPS) in scholarships. Mrs. Brouillette and Mrs. Thibodeaux, college counselors for seniors, visit their classrooms to explain the college admissions process and assist the seniors in processing their college applications.
Disclosure Statement Regarding Confidentiality
Students received a Disclosure Statement from their grade-level counselor at the time of our initial classroom visits. The statement reads as follows:
Our primary obligation and loyalty is to you the student. Therefore, the information shared with us will be treated with the utmost respect. In general, we will tell no one of what you have confided in us. However, the ethical standards of our profession require us to disclose information to parents of minors when sharing such information may protect you or others from harm. In addition, it may be necessary to inform school officials of any intent to harm school property if such information becomes known to us through a counseling session.
Please know that sharing information from a counseling session will only be done after careful consideration, and every effort will be made to notify you in advance of our obligation and intention to disclose such information.
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VOICES OF CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
“Our respect, pardon and unconditional love for the young people entrusted to us radiates from the love of Jesus for us. We try to be a sign to the young men of Catholic High School of His compassion, as we challenge them to a sense of personal responsibility.”
Brother Ray Hebert, SC, Guidance Department