Freshman Information

Direction Days

What are Direction Days?

Direction Days are the orientation program for SLUH Freshmen designed to welcome them and guide them through life at SLUH before their first day of any official activities. During these days, each freshman will:
  • Receive his official SLUH lock and locker in freshman hall
  • Meet his Senior Advisor
  • Spend several hours in small group team-building exercises with his peers on campus
  • Sample some of the co-curricular activities
  • Understand the technology requirements and expectations of SLUH
  • Share lunch provided by our STUCO (Student Council) each day
  • Finish the final day with a welcome Mass with the entire class and his parents

When are Direction Days?

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For Parents:
On Thursday, June 4, 2020 parents should arrive by 3:45 p.m. in the main Chapel for the Class of 2024 Mass which will begin at 4:00 p.m. Dinner will immediately follow in the Si Commons and conclude around 6:00 p.m.


Are these days mandatory?

Yes. We want the entire class to receive the same welcoming experience and have the same level of support before they begin their first summer class or camp so that ALL will feel a part of the school and know a few of their peers better, as well as their Senior Advisors. Attendance is required for both days for each freshman.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes. The school will provide the class with lunch on both of these days. Please email Mr. Tim Curdt at with any dietary restrictions.

What parts will parents be asked to attend?

Parents will be asked to attend the end of the second day (Thursday, June 4th) for a presentation and a welcome Mass and dinner with their sons and representatives of the larger SLUH community. More information on this meeting and Mass will be forthcoming closer to the beginning of June.

What should my son wear?

Since much of the day will involve group activities outside, dress for both days will be casual. Shorts, tennis shoes, t-shirts (provided they are appropriate and do not advertise alcohol, tobacco, or anything contrary to SLUH's values) are acceptable.

Summer Courses

Incoming Freshman Supplemental Math/ELA Courses
June 8 - July 1, 2020 for Supplemental Math/ ELA (Reading/Writing) Courses
Freshman Health Session 1 and Session 2 and most  PE options
June 8 - June 26, 2020 for Freshman Health Session 1 and most PE options.
July 6 - 24, 2020 for Freshman Health Session 2
Freshman Computers Session 1 and Session 2
June 8 -July 1, 2020 for Freshman Computers 1
July 6 - July 29, 2020 for Freshman Computers Session 2

What is Freshman Orientation Day?

The entire freshman class attends a mandatory Freshman Orientation Day at SLUH on Monday, August 19, 2019. They should report to their homeroom at 8:00 a.m. and be in dress code. The event will end at noon. Classes officially begin on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

What do I have to read this summer?

The Freshman English summer reading assignment is American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (ISBN 0312384483) (please note that this is a graphic novel: it tells the story in comic book style panels).

Summer books are available through MBS Direct, our online textbook provider.

When do I get my books?

You may purchase your books after receiving your 2019-20 class schedule in the summer. All required books are available through MBS Direct, our online textbook provider. Book purchasing will not open up until July, 2019.

When do Fall sports begin?

The Fall 2019 sports season officially begins on Monday, August 12th. The number of the SLUH Sports Line is (314) 531-0330, press #5.

Each freshman is required to have a physical examination administered after April 1, 2019. The deadline for freshmen physicals and fall sports participants is Friday, August 2nd.

Without the physical information submitted through the Privit web site, a student will be unable to participate in sports practices (please note that fall sports begin on Monday, August 12th).

A student's vaccination and immunization record must be updated by the beginning of each school year according to state health guidelines. Students not in compliance with the state guidelines by the first day of school will be excluded from school until they are in compliance.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scott Gilbert, Director of Student Health, at (314) 531-0330, ext. 2191.

Athletic Resources and Forms
Visit the Privit Link to complete the Physical, Immunization, and Medical History information.

What is the "Running of the Bills?"

Also known as Freshmen Fun Day, the “Running of the Bills” is traditionally held prior to one of the first home football games. The freshmen are invited to participate in games and a barbecue on campus, after which they are painted “SLUH Blue” and run as a group into the stadium! Parents are encouraged to attend to watch their sons enter and cheer at the game. (Parents, we suggest having an old beach towel in your car to wrap your son in for the ride home, and a garbage bag for his shoes to avoid blue paint in your car!). This year's Running of the Bills will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019.

When is the Jr. Billiken Store open?

During the school year (for regularly scheduled days): Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

How can I access a current Student Buzz Book?

Student Buzz Books are available online at the PowerSchool website, which you can access by clicking here. You will need your PowerSchool Parent or Student Confidential ID and Password. Once you have logged on to the site, click on the Billiken icon. Paper versions of the Buzz Book are available in the school office.

What is PowerSchool, and how can I access it?

PowerSchool is the data delivery system used by SLUH. At this site, you will find a student’s grades to date, his attendance history, teacher comments and email, school bulletins and the student Buzz Book. You will be able to access PowerSchool here after Directions Days. You will then enter your PowerSchool Confidential ID and Password, which will be mailed to you from the Principal's office.

Do students bring or buy their lunch?

Many students bring their lunch, but the Cafeteria also offers a wide array of food for purchase. Some students bring a portion of their lunch, and then purchase a side dish or drink. Vending machines are also available.

How do students apply credit for cafeteria purchases on their student ID?

The student simply gives the money or check (payable to Food Service Consultants) to one of the cashiers in the cafeteria and the amount will be applied to their account.

Do the students purchase a lock from SLUH?

No. Student will be given their locks during the Direction Days Orientation on Wednesday, June 6th. Locks for athletic, PE & band lockers should be purchased from the Jr. Billiken Store (new lock) or Dr. Kesterson’s office (used lock).

Do students who participate in band need a locker and lock?

Yes, assuming he plays an instrument that will be transported back & forth to school. The lock should be purchased from the Jr. Billiken store (new lock) or Dr. Kesterson's office (used lock).

Do students return to lockers between classes?

They can, but with only 4 minutes between classes, it sometimes makes sense to take books for 2 or 3 classes at a time. Many students switch books at Activity Period or Lunch Period. Backpacks are not allowed to be carried through the hallways.

Do backpacks stay in the lockers during the day?


When are school mixers and formal dances?

School mixers are casual dances held on the SLUH campus, which provide SLUH students the opportunity to mix/meet girls from local high schools. A small entrance fee is charged at the door. Boys must have a SLUH ID for admittance, and any girl with a pre-printed ticket and a valid high school ID can attend. The mixers are held twice per year – traditionally the first Friday evening of the new school year, and the weekend of Mission Week. Details about cost and times can be found on the website and by listening to the announcements in school.

Formal dances are held 1-2 times per year. Tickets for all formal dances are sold in advance and boys must have a date to attend. Parents receive a letter prior to each dance detailing cost, date, location, expected behavior and a faculty contact telephone number.

What is the work grant program? Expectations? Number of hours?

All students who receive financial aid participate in the work grant program. Please contact Mr. Craig Hannick ( or ext. 2098) with Work Grant questions. Answers may vary from student-to-student, so it is best to address questions about Work Grant to him directly.

Are the SLUH gym shorts and shirt required?

Yes, students must wear a SLUH issued t-shirt and shorts for PE classes. They are available for purchase at the Jr. Billiken Store.

What type of supplies are needed? Should students wait until the first day?

Generally, each teacher will issue a list of the necessary supplies on the first day or two of class. Students may want to wait until they have received all of these lists before purchasing supplies. Most students will bring a few notebooks, folders and pen/pencils on the first day.

What is SLUH Back-to-School Night?

Traditionally held early in the first semester, this evening gives parents the chance to meet the teachers and get a brief overview of the classes their son is taking. It is followed by light refreshments in the Si Commons hosted by the Mothers’ Club. Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019. Look for more details at the beginning of the school year.

When are Parent-Teacher Conferences?

Parent-Teacher Conferences are held twice each academic year. In the fall, following first quarter report cards, these conferences are offered on specific dates without scheduled appointments. Conferences are offered, by appointment only, following third quarter exams. Parents may also contact their son’s teachers at any time throughout the year if they have questions or concerns. Teacher contact information can be found on this site under Directories, or by calling (314) 531-0330.

Please explain the JUG system.

A JUG (Justice Under God) is a one-hour detention served after school for receiving 4 or 5 demerits. Some offenses may warrant an automatic JUG. Students are to report immediately after school to the Assistant Principal for Student Life to serve the JUG. JUGs must be served either that day or the following day.

What is Cashbah, and when is it this year?

Cashbah is SLUH's largest fundraising event. This spectacular dinner auction is held each academic year in the early spring. The 2020 Cashbah will take place on Saturday, April 4. Click here to learn more.

Can parents attend school Masses?

Absolutely. In general, all parents are welcome to all liturgies, including the 7:20 a.m. weekday Masses.

Where is the best place to pick up students?

Students may be picked up on the Berthold Turnaround (driveway east of the Science Center) or in front of the Drury Plaza (Soccer/Baseball entrance).

Who can be contacted to inquire about a schedule change?

Though all schedule changes are ultimately approved by Mr. Tom Becvar, Assistant Principal for Academics, it is recommended that students contact their counselor first to discuss any potential changes.

How can my son purchase a yearbook?

The yearbook is part of the tuition bill paid each year at SLUH. Yearbooks are distributed the following year, usually in the fall.

Is the SLUH app available on the Android market or only on iPhone?

Our student-created app will soon be available for Android as well – stay tuned!

If buying my freshman a laptop, is a PC or Mac required?

Either is okay. Virtually all of the school’s laptops and desktop computers are Mac, but your son can access the school’s network regardless of the make of the device.

What are the requirements for my son's iPad?

For Technology details and iPad frequently asked questions, please refer to our Technology web page by clicking here.

What type of calculator do the boys need for class?

We continue to require a handheld graphing calculator for all students. For freshmen, this calculator serves as a single tool to enhance algebraic concepts (usually with graphs), perform Boolean operations, gather data with probes, and analyze data. The calculator will also be used extensively in our junior and senior level courses, comply with current guidelines of calculator use on standardized tests, and for many students will also be what they use in college. Testing situations require student proficiency with handheld graphing calculators which we work on developing throughout their time at SLUH.

Although there are many choices for handheld graphing calculators, we recommend any version of the TI-84 series of calculators. The TI-84 will be the calculator used by our mathematics teachers for demonstration. If another handheld graphing calculator is chosen, the student will be responsible for learning how to use it. Calculators such as the TI-89, the TI-92 or TI-Nspire CAS will not be allowed. We also ask that students save the “TI Technology Reward Points” from the calculator package and bring it on the first day of class to their math teacher. TI allows us to use these points for free technological items.