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BREAKING NEWS


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mrs. Horton Officially named St. Mary's Principal

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BREAKING NEWS


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mrs. Horton Officially named St. Mary's Principal

Mrs. Horton officially named St. Mary's Principal for 2014-2015 

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Jacqueline Reed Horton has been named principal of St. Mary’s School beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year.  The announcement was made by the Very Rev. Ryan Humphries, Rector of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception this week.

Horton, who has served as interim principal for the 2013-2014 academic year and director of curriculum at the school for three years prior to that, applied for the position as part of a region-wide search conducted by the Minor Basilica and the Diocese of Alexandria.  A committee of faculty, parents, and school stakeholders interviewed Horton and made the recommendation to the Rev. Humphries.

A graduate of Natchitoches Central High School, Horton earned the bachelor of science degree in secondary education, the master of education degree in early childhood education, and earned the +30 graduate hours designation in educational administration/supervision, all from Northwestern State University.  She began her 25-year career as an educator in Natchitoches Parish at Parks Elementary as the first pre-kindergarten teacher in the parish.  She worked with the Title I Even Start Project before becoming department head of the Early Childhood Education Department at the Louisiana Technical College—Natchitoches Campus.  She later moved to the state office for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System where she directed a $9 million statewide LCTCS Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) project.

Prior to joining the St. Mary’s faculty, Horton was an adjunct instructor for the Public Management Program at Louisiana State University and an educational consultant for Aztec Software and Pearson Education International.

While at St. Mary’s, Horton was instrumental in attaining the first national accreditation for the school through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  As part of that application, the school was required to meet the AdvanceED Standards for Quality Schools, engage in continuous improvement, and demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review.  She has been the recipient of several educational grants that have benefited the school during her four-year tenure.

“I believe in the mission of St. Mary’s and its role in Catholic education,” Horton said.  “I also believe in the role of St. Mary’s in our community.  I’ve spent most of my life in Natchitoches, and I know most of the families.  I care about these students, I care about these families.  It is an honor and a blessing to work in such a special place.” 

The Rev. Humphries looks forward to working with Horton and the faculty to achieve those goals.  “St. Mary’s has a history, a legacy, of directing kids from our little ones in Pre-K to our high schoolers toward personal virtue and readiness for the world around us. Jacque shares that passion and I’m personally excited to see where St. Mary’s is five years from now,” Rev. Humphries said.

Horton’s lineage as an educator spans several generations.  Her mother, Annie Reed, is a retired educator in Natchitoches Parish, and her father, the late Dr. Hoyt Reed, was superintendent of Natchitoches Parish Schools and then director of continuing education for Northwestern State University.  She is married to Hershel Horton, who retired as the LTC Regional Director and Campus Dean for the Natchitoches campus.

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125 Years of Catholic Education


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125 Years of Catholic Education


St. Mary's School, as an extension of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, exists to further the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. In short, we're here to save souls. 

As a school, St. Mary's has the primary mission of educating young people in mind, body and soul. We believe in teaching the whole child. We believe in teaching the book and in teaching the life skills that make children successful in college and in life.

We do that by creating a balanced curriculum similar, but not identical, to the curricula present in our area public schools. To that academic curriculum, we add spiritual formation that comes from daily prayer, weekly Mass, monthly opportunities for Confession and various other spiritual events throughout the year. Our pastor, Fr. Ryan Humphries, is present on campus throughout the week and is in the classrooms talking to our children and encouraging them in life and in faith.

In addition to faith and academics, St. Mary's believes in the value of small classes, clubs, sports and interaction with children of differing ages. This breadth of experience is far healthier and more humanizing for young people than the artificial separation of larger schools.

Finally, St. Mary's provides a community approach to education that requires parental involvement so that everyone grows from their experience at St. Mary's - children, parents, faculty and clergy. We're all in this life together and so we'd all be growing together. 

That growth in mind, spirit, body and community is what St. Mary's stands for.

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Faith Life


A Roman Catholic School in the Tradition of the French School. Students of all Faith-Traditions are welcome.

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Faith Life


A Roman Catholic School in the Tradition of the French School. Students of all Faith-Traditions are welcome.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?  The life of faith can never be merely an add-on or a "Sunday morning thing" for a Christian. Christ Jesus is the source and summit of any well lived life. Despite the nonsensical and illogical assumptions of the world, faith is no mere appendage to the mind, it's what gives the mind direction! Without faith, the mind is left to ponder the eternal things with neither direction nor instrumentation nor wise guidance.

It is the height of tragedy that our world has abandoned faith in favor of lesser things like science and technology. Without the wisdom of the ages, science and technology are matches in the hands of a child. With the wisdom of faith, these tools become what they are - gifts of God to bring the Earth into right order.

To these ends, St. Mary's students are encouraged to grow in the knowledge and love of God and the Church every day in every class. Nothing which is true can ever hope to be separated from The Way the Truth and Life.

Students begin classes with prayer, attend Holy Mass weekly and participate in other spiritual exercises throughout the year. Fr. Humphries is in the each religion class monthly for Q&A and confession. 

Special attention is given that part of human nature which needs to think and sit on the eternal things. At St. Mary's, we trust the Holy Spirit to lead our students into all Truth. And there can be greater Wisdom than He who is Wisdom itself.

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Academics


Educating students in Grades PreK-3 through 12. Fully Accredited.

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Academics


Educating students in Grades PreK-3 through 12. Fully Accredited.

Another Catholic school in North Louisiana has as it's motto: "St. Frederick's exists to get your kids into heaven and into college." It's a great motto that says all that needs to be said! We want our children to succeed in life. We want them to be the one who influence our culture for the better. We want them to know the comfort or financial security and the joy of a job they love. We want them to be Christian professionals who aren't afraid to share their faith and who genuinely set an example of professional excellence that encourages others to follow their example.

 

At St. Mary's, we simply refuse to stop educating a child when the page is turned and the chapter has ended. The mind needs to make connections. It needs to ask questions. The mind needs to have those "a ha" moments when a flash of insight suddenly opens up a bigger and better world than could be comprehended before. Our small class sizes and local mentality allow us to teach to the students and not to the test.

St. Mary's complies, at the direction of the Diocese of Alexandria, with the Louisiana Common Core Standards.

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Athletics


Sports for Boys & Girls, Grades 4-12. Member LHSAA.

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Athletics


Sports for Boys & Girls, Grades 4-12. Member LHSAA.

Athletics instills discipline, self-possession, fortitude, grace under fire and obedience. Team events build up the student body into a community and the alumni community into a family that never really leaves St. Mary's. 

We believe in sports. St. Mary's has a long, proud history of athletic excellence in Louisiana. Boys and girls team and individual sports offer each student a real opportunity to take part in competition and the benefits of athletics.

We've also found that athletic events give our alumni and parents a chance to experience the community life that makes a small-town school like St. Mary's so special. Thanks to our close relationship with Northwestern State University here in Natchitoches, we have access to some first rate athletic facilities and our young men and women gain the wisdom of college athletes and coaches that would otherwise be found only in big city schools. 

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Student Life


Clubs, Organizations and Activities for Students in Grades 4 - 12.

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Student Life


Clubs, Organizations and Activities for Students in Grades 4 - 12.

Contrary to what some might expect, it is very possible to offer a broad range of clubs and organizations in the small school environment. We may not have 200 4H members or a run-off election for our National Honor Society Secretary, but we're able to offer an amazing selection of clubs ranging from the ubiquitous Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and DARE to the more specialized like the St. Mary's Robotics Club. Language clubs, art and music clubs and athletic clubs round out the mix.

Student life extends well beyond extracurricular activities. Natchtioches' many festivals and events  allow for students and alumni alike to enjoy one another's company. Our small town atmosphere makes St. Mary's more like a family than larger communities are able to experience.

Of course, the mixing of ages allows for a much more natural psychological development than a child would experience in a more homogenous environment.

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Alumni


Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

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Alumni


Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

St. Mary's has been educating Natchtioches for 125 years. That's generations upon generations who want to share their St. Mary's experience with their own children and grandchildren. Many St. Mary's students can stop by the library and find their grandparents' and great-grandparents' photos in old yearbooks. 

 

Alumni are always welcome at St. Mary's. Whether it's at our sporting events, our children's programs or one of our many alumni events, tigers never stop being tigers.

At present, our Alumni Association and our St. Mary's Tiger Athletic Association are the two primary alumni groups.