View All Posts
Blog Home

About This Blog

Making the decision to enroll in a private, Catholic high school is an exciting one, but it also comes with its questions and challenges. Light on The Hill is designed to keep prospective and current students — and their parents — up-to-date on news, thoughts, and events relevant to the mission and values at St. Lawrence Seminary High School. 

Recent Posts

Katie Daane

Recent Posts

A New Academic Year Means New Beginnings

Posted by Katie Daane on Sep 10, 2018 2:06:00 PM

When parents prepare for the school year, they often focus on making sure their student has all the right supplies. As the school year nears, those students very often try to push all thoughts of school away, diving more intensely into the waning leisure of summer. When teachers prepare for the school year, their focuses can vary significantly, though, likely all of them are interested in making the upcoming year one of the most successful they can for their students. The students of St. Lawrence Seminary returned to the Hill much earlier than many students in other schools; however, they were met with enthusiastic teachers who all had a vision for the year ahead.

Read More

Topics: Academics, Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities, College & Life Preparation

Getting the Most out of Summer Travel

Posted by Katie Daane on Aug 3, 2018 12:43:02 PM

As winter finally gives way to spring and summer, families often make plans for the nicer weather. For many, that includes a family vacation. With the pressures of school eased, families want to capitalize on their brief window to escape the daily schedule and make some enduring memories. So how can you make sure that your next family vacation is one that is filled with memorable experiences? It may take a little extra planning, but there are a few simple steps to getting the most out of summer travel.

Read More

Topics: College & Life Preparation

How SLS Helps Young Men Grow in Virtue

Posted by Katie Daane on Feb 1, 2018 2:55:00 PM

When you ask what makes St. Lawrence Seminary special, you are likely to get a range of answers, depending on who you’ve asked. But nearly every answer will lead you back to SLS’s Mission and Values. These core beliefs are at the heart of every rationale, decision, and aspect of our program. Over the course of two, three, or four years, boys who are daring enough to embrace our program grow into impressive young men of faith. We ask a lot of our students, but we work to instill in them the tools they need to live these core values of St. Lawrence Seminary.

Read More

Topics: Faith & Formation, Mission & Values, College & Life Preparation

Scholastic St. Lawrence - Top Books of the 2017-18 Year

Posted by Katie Daane on Dec 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If ever there was a season made for reading, it was winter. Why? Well, at least in Wisconsin, winter conjures images of staying inside where it’s warm, wrapping up in a blanket, serving up a hot drink and an even better book. (Though, really, for an English teacher like me, any season is the right one for reading.) If you’re looking for a good book to read this winter—or any time of year—here are a few you might find worth your time.

Read More

Topics: Academics

How to Start the Conversation About Applying to College

Posted by Katie Daane on Sep 21, 2017 11:15:00 AM

For many parents, the conversation of where their child is going to attend college begins at an early age, as early as elementary school for some. But for many students, the gauntlet that is the college admissions process isn’t considered until the immediate future, sometimes not until a student’s junior or senior year. But no matter where your child falls on the continuum of considering colleges and entering the admissions process, there are steps you can take to make it as easy as possible.

Read on for a few ways to start the conversation with your child about applying to college.

Read More

Topics: Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities, College & Life Preparation

How SLS Goes Beyond The Books

Posted by Katie Daane on Aug 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

One of the ways that St. Lawrence Seminary High School knows that it is effective in developing its students is through the success of our alumni.

From being well prepared for their freshman college courses, to their successful entrance into the world of their careers, to their continued involvement in the church, it is clear that SLS alumni are inspired and motivated by their time on the Hill.

This isn’t accidental. It is intentionally cultivated through the school’s programs and offerings.

Read More

Topics: Faith & Formation, Boarding School for High School, Mission & Values

A Teacher’s Perspective: How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Changed My Life

Posted by Katie Daane on Jun 29, 2017 1:30:00 PM

While each student’s story of how he came to St. Lawrence Seminary High School and why he chose to stay is unique, so is each and every teacher’s story.

Very few people probably expect their first job out of college to be their last. They likely look at it as a stepping stone to the next best thing. But for a lucky few, their first job can be not only a launching zone but a landing pad. I was one of those lucky few. I was hired at St. Lawrence straight out of college. Mine was only one among a sea of applications, but it was my first interview and my first job offer. And besides knowing I wanted any job, I also knew I wanted this job.

Working at SLS was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss, not only because I had just walked into a real-life Hogwarts (yes, that’s a nerdy reference, but trust me, if you see our Hill, you’ll understand my first impression), but also because I had been impressed like so many of our prospective students — by the college prep curriculum and the unique atmosphere.

But while I took the job for several reasons, I stayed for so many more.

Read More

Topics: Faith & Formation

What Sets St. Lawrence Seminary above the Rest?

Posted by Katie Daane on Feb 28, 2017 11:51:00 AM


When choosing a high school, it has become somewhat counter-cultural to consider a boarding school. In today’s society, families more often want to remain close to their children and more directly involved in their daily lives. However, there are many reasons for and benefits of choosing St. Lawrence Seminary High School.

Many schools provide students with academic challenges that will help them succeed in higher education, and there are others that provide students with faith-deepening experiences. Being a residential school helps to set St. Lawrence Seminary High School apart from other schools that attempt to achieve those purposes in a day-school setting. The program at St. Lawrence is meant to engage students holistically — looking at every part of the child and working to nurture their development.

Our program focuses on developing the four main components of our students’ lives: academic, residential, co-curricular, and spiritual.

Read More

Topics: Boarding School for High School, Academics, Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities

St. Lawrence Seminary’s Angel Tree Project

Posted by Katie Daane on Dec 20, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Advent literally means “coming,” and it is celebrated by many Catholics as a time of preparation. We look to the coming of Christ and work to spread His message of love and hope with all whom we encounter.

While many people in the world prepare for Christmas in myriad ways, the students and staff at St. Lawrence Seminary High School prepare for it in one very special way: through their participation in Angel Tree, a Prison Fellowship program.

Read More

Topics: Faith & Formation, Mission & Values, Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities

Ask a Student: Why did Jose Mercado choose St. Lawrence Seminary High School?

Posted by Katie Daane on Oct 25, 2016 11:13:00 AM

The choice to attend St. Lawrence Seminary is an intensely personal one. It often involves many influences, including the student’s preferences, the parents’ concerns, family connections to the school, and more. However, for all high school students who attend SLS, the choice is one that has the opportunity to transform their lives. For one current student, senior Jose Mercado, the choice was an easy one once he’d visited the Hill and certainly one that has transformed his life.

Read More

Topics: Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities