Education

Catholic school grads average 24.8 on ACT test

College coursework here we come.

The ACT is the nation's most popular college entrance exam, accepted by all universities and colleges in the United States. It tests high school students' knowledge and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.

Data released from ACT on Sept. 7 show the average composite score for 2017 Catholic school graduates in the archdiocese was 24.8, an increase from the 2016 average score of 24.7. The Missouri state average is 20.4.

St. Louis Catholic schools respond to hurricane relief efforts

Students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge via a Facebook video to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It began with a video on Facebook — students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

St. Norbert students got a head start. From an out-of-uniform day held Aug. 29, students collected $910.85.

St. Gabriel School band members meet high expectations

Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, music teacher at St. Gabriel the Archangel School, has been teaching children music in an orchestral setting for about 50 years. Music, she noted, is a shared experience with others and a lifelong love.

The St. Gabriel School Concert Band members raised their instruments and played parts of a song.

They were at one of their twice-weekly practices in the basement of the former convent building across from the school, and the music, to the untrained ear, seemed to be on target.

However, Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, the band's conductor, gently and consistently reminded students of areas where they could improve.

"That's where my crescendo has to happen, right."

"It should be getting softer."

"The cymbal goes 'boom' and we're there."

Educators take on new roles

The cards have been shuffled, the hands have been dealt and 24 schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have new administrators in place for the 2017-18 academic year.

In all, 27 educators are in new leadership positions, with two high schools — Rosati-Kain High School and Incarnate Word Academy — making changes at both president and principal. However, Rosati-Kain's new president, Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, has a familiar face; she previously served as principal.

New addition boosts academic, art, physical education

Cor Jesu Academy instructor Jennifer Ahrens led a discussion in the class “Law and the Legal System” Sept. 1 in the newly-opened $8.9 million addition to the school’s campus. The new wing includes a new performance gymnasium, technology-enable classrooms, an exercise facility and a dance studio. On Fridays seniors often have permission to not wear uniforms to class.

Cor Jesu Academy teacher JoEllen Sarich moved from table to table in the programming class. where no desks faced the blackboard, as in traditional classrooms.

That's because this class focuses on collaboration as ideas are shared in a process to reach a conclusion to a project. The new classroom, with tables and up-to-date technology, is ideal for the subject being taught.

Fontbonne steps up with a game-changing promise

Drawing inspiration from the archdiocesan Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Fontbonne University has made a big promise to financially disadvantaged families — the promise of tuition-free college education.

The Fontbonne Promise, which debuts for the 2018-19 academic year, offers the no-cost opportunity — full tuition and fees for up to five years — for college freshmen who qualify academically but have estimated family contributions of zero on FAFSA, the federal student aid application. The program is open only to Missouri residents.

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