St. Mary's Dominican High School

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Spanish Class Connects with Chile

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Friday, October 31, students in Mrs. Claudia Vallejo’s Spanish III Honors class skyped with students from Colegio Saint Dominic, Viña del Mar, Chile who are learning English. Students wore festive Halloween costumes and took turns asking questions about their costumes and customs for Halloween.


Owl Pellet Dissection

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Crissy Giacona’s 8th grade science classes dissected owl pellets to analyze what prey they eat by identifying their bones. Owls swallow their prey whole. They digest the flesh and fat on animals such as moles, birds, and shrews, but they cannot digest bones, teeth and fur. Owls regurgitate these indigestible parts in the form of pellets approximately   …Continue Reading


Alums Return to Science Class

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Alums Maddie Melancon ’14 and Jordan Eppley ’14, students at Louisiana State University, visited Mrs. Crissy Giacona’s Science classes where they conducted experiments about chemistry of the atmosphere. Click here to see the photo gallery!  


Voila les Crepes

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French I students of Remi Pastorek learned the art of making crepes. They enjoyed the fruits of their labor while perfecting their French language.  


Saintly News Conference

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Students in Publications I & II classes honed their interview skills during a news conference with surprise guest, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (aka English teacher Bryan Camp, Jr.) who fielded questions ranging from post game reviews to team strengths. Following the news conference, the students took a group photo with guest ‘Ryan’   …Continue Reading


Exxon Speaker

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Guest speaker Paul Paradis (Stillman) with Exxon Mobile conducted experiments during one of Mrs. Crissy Giacona’s biology class. They were studying cellular respiration with a concentration on fermentation reaction. Students conducted a fermentation experiment with yeast. Students filled a balloon with measured portions of sugar, water and yeast. As the reaction occurred, the balloons began   …Continue Reading


Round Table Discussion with Sheba Turk

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WWL-TV anchor and St. Mary’s Dominican High School alum Sheba Turk ’07 returned to her alma mater where she met with students in Publications I and II and their English teacher Ms. Kristin Thomas for a round table discussion about opportunities in the field of journalism. Turk, who joined WWL-TV in 2011 as an associate   …Continue Reading


Bead Neuron

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Dominican’s science faculty member Anjel Guitroz assists a student as she threads beads on hemp cord to construct a neuron during a biology lab. As part of the first quarter project on the nervous system, students constructed a neuron to reinforce the class lesson regarding the shape, structure and function of the nerve cell. They will   …Continue Reading


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