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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. 

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Katie Daane

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Fall On the Hill

Posted by Katie Daane on Nov 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

 
Fall in Wisconsin is a beautiful time: the hardwoods change to myriad colors, the sunsets and sunrises take on brilliant streaks of orange and pink, and the crisp mornings create a sparkling frost that reflects the early sun’s rays. But fall on the Hill of Happiness is a beautiful time not just because of the natural beauty that surrounds it - it is a season filled with beautiful transitions.
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Topics: Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities, Mission & Values

Feel the Spirit: SLS Celebrates Spirit Week

Posted by Katie Daane on Nov 1, 2018 11:06:32 AM

 

 
As the end of October approaches, the students of St. Lawrence Seminary find themselves enjoying the new routines of crisp air and shorter days, and many find themselves looking forward to the annual spirit week celebrations.
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Topics: Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities

Student Group Spotlight: International Club

Posted by Katie Daane on Oct 16, 2018 11:50:00 AM

As people learn about St. Lawrence Seminary, one of the most striking things many comment on is the ethnic diversity of the student body. Attracting students from across the United States, and even internationally, the demographics are incongruent for a school that is situated square in the middle of a very rural Wisconsin county. However, that diversity reflects the church as a whole and it’s a defining value of St. Lawrence. So it isn’t surprising that that diversity is honored in a student club: the International Club.

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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.

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Topics: Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities, Academics, 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.

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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.

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Topics: Mission & Values, Faith & Formation, 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.

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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.

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

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.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Faith & Formation, 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.

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Topics: Faith & Formation