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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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The Importance of a Parent-Teacher Relationship in Boarding School

Posted by Fr. Zoy Garibay on Nov 2, 2017 3:22:22 PM

The education of a child does not rest solely inside the walls of a classroom, nor is it limited within the confines of a school building or its campus. Rather, it goes beyond that—back to the child’s home and to wherever the child is at in the company of parents or delegated adults. Thus, the relationship between parents and teachers are crucial to the effective education of the child. Not only parents and teachers, but also other staff members, supervisors, and administrators must work collaboratively in order to be effective in this enterprise.

Note: Want to know more about how SLS goes beyond the books to teach students? Read about it in our blog here!

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Academics

How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Helped Two Students Pursue Friarhood

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 26, 2017 1:40:00 PM

On April 30th, Fr. Tien Dinh and Fr. Tom Nguyen returned to Saint Lawrence Seminary High School chapel in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, to be ordained to the priesthood before the community of students, faculty, staff, family, friends, and Capuchin Friars.  This milestone for these two “Sons of Calvary” was especially meaningful as it occurred in the very place where their spiritual journeys began.

Fr. Tien Dinh was born in Vietnam, but raised in Marrero near New Orleans, Louisiana. The second youngest in a family of four brothers and four sisters, he first arrived on campus as a freshman at the age of 14. “My decision to attend St. Lawrence Seminary was a life-changing experience. It was at St. Lawrence, where I met all the people that helped shape me into the person I am today. Everyone played a major role in my growth not only as a person, but also as a Catholic.”

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Topics: Faith & Formation

Father Solanus Casey’s Road to Sainthood

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 19, 2017 4:00:00 PM

On November 18th, a caravan of busses will bring the students of St. Lawrence Seminary to Detroit, Michigan. At Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, they will join an expected 60,000 people at the stadium, but they won’t be cheering for a football game.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Campus & Events

How Private School Can Be Affordable

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 12, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Making important, sometimes life-changing decisions can be a intimidating task, especially when it comes to choosing where to send your child to high school. Deciding what school to choose and worrying if it is the right choice for you and your student can bog you down. That is why it’s important to research thoroughly and speak with your child and family to figure out what the best fit is. Whether you and your child are interested in a public high school, a private day school or a private boarding school, it is important that you understand all your options and opportunities. This includes options for financial aid at schools that at first glance, don’t seem at all affordable. Private schools can be affordable, read on to learn exactly how this is so.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Admissions & Financial Aid

Notable Alumni: Jose Alonso, Class of 1999

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 5, 2017 2:25:00 PM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School Alumni are the foundation of our brotherhood. They represent not only our past accomplishments but also our current and future ideals. SLS Alumni can be found in nearly every state across the U.S. and in many countries around the world. They are doctors, lawyers, teachers, religious leaders, fathers and so much more. Their successes are why we continue to educate young Catholic boys so our future graduates can carry with them the Calvary Spirit and the values learned at SLS. As husbands, fathers, men of faith and citizens of their communities they bring to life the morality and values inspired by the Gospel of Jesus taught at St. Lawrence. This week, we chose to highlight another alumni brother, Jose Alonso, so you can get a glimpse of the many and diverse accomplishments of our brothers.

Jose Alonso (Class of 1999) is an attorney in Chicago, focusing on immigrants and workers’ rights. He is married to Sandra and together they have a son.

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Topics: Alumni

Notable Alumni: Andrew Welhouse, Class of 2000

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 2, 2017 10:45:00 AM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School Alumni are present in nearly every state across the U.S., in many countries around the world and hold a long list of professions. They continue to be the living legacy of their experience at SLS and can easily testify to the benefits of a boarding school. Be they priests, brothers, doctors, lawyers, computer technicians, researchers, salesmen, accountants, actors, artists, teachers, military servicemen or any number of other career choices, they carry with them the Calvary Spirit and the values learned at SLS. As husbands, fathers and men of faith, they bring to their respective families and circumstances that spirit nurtured in the SLS experience.

Read on for a special look into the life of a St. Lawrence Seminary Alumnus, their experience as a student and how that shaped their life after graduation.

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Topics: Alumni

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

5 Benefits of Earning College Credit in High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Sep 14, 2017 2:55:00 PM

Throughout high school, students should begin thinking about their future college goals. There are several things that can be done to prepare accordingly. Among these is earning college credit through advanced placement courses, dual-credit programs, and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School believes that this is one of the most resourceful things a student can do — and here’s why.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School

How Faith Can Play A Positive Role in Education

Posted by Father Gary on Sep 7, 2017 1:45:00 PM

Since being ordained, I can say without any doubt that celebrating the baptism of a child is my favorite sacrament.

It is also the only sacrament that begins with a question. Parents are asked the name of their child and what they ask for their child. The answer to the first question obviously varies from child to child. The answer to the second question should always be the same:“baptism”.

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

A Teacher’s Perspective: The St. Lawrence Seminary Experience (VIDEO)

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Aug 31, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Saint Lawrence Seminary High School provides its students with a remarkable, well rounded education. SLS nurtures mature, well-rounded men of faith who are preparing for lives as priests and religious leaders. Our core values of spirituality, diversity, knowledge and humble commitment exudes from our students and faculty. What truly makes our school so unique, is the high level of involvement between our faculty and students.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School