Education

Increased generosity leads to decreased tuition at St. Joseph in Imperial

St. Joseph School in Imperial will be lowering its tuition in the 2016-17 school year due to a commitment to increasing contribution by parishioners. St. Joseph fourth-grader Sophia Goetz and her classmates counted to 100 in Spanish.

Back on stewardship Sunday this past September, parochial administrator Father Dan Shaughnessy and associate pastor Father Nicklaus Winker issued a challenge to parishioners of St. Joseph in Imperial.

Increase contributions. Simple as that. Give just 5 percent to the parish, and wondrous things will happen.

They did, and it has.

Parishioners responded to the challenge in such a big way that the parish school is reducing tuition for next school year.

You read that right — "reducing tuition."

St. Joseph in Zell, St. Alphonsus in Millwood schools are small but mighty

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As predicted by principal Kathy Bartlow, Msgr. Jeff Knight was front and center in celebrations for Catholic Schools Week at St. Joseph School in Zell.

About 60 miles south of St. Louis and seven miles west of Ste. Genevieve, the school ranks as the smallest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with just 21 students in kindergarten through fourth grade -- its upper grade this year. Including 26 pre-schoolers, St. Joseph has 47 students in all, or 48 total as Bartlow jokingly counts Msgr. Knight, a true kid at heart.

‘Scholars Academy’ at Duchesne High School lets students take control of their learning

Duchesne High School is starting a ‘Scholars Academy’ for top-flight students, under the tutelage of 2014 Emerson Excellence in Teaching award-winner, Dominic D’Urso. The academy will build up to student-driven learning.

Duchesne High School won't start its scholars academy until next school year, six months down the road, but enthusiasm already is building for the new program.

At the school's open house in November, rising juniors and seniors expressed interest in the academy but lamented that it's open to only freshmen and sophomores next year.

One student "was a little bummed," said lead teacher Dominic D'Urso, noting that students are "really excited about it."

Villa class uses 3D printing to make prosthetic hands

Students in Kristen Erickson’s introduction to engineering course at Villa Duchesne have designed a prosthetic hand made on a 3D printer. They’re in the process of certifying the prosthesis to be used by someone in need.

Engineering students at Villa Duchesne High School gathered in a classroom recently to display their creation — one that could lead to a much happier and productive life for someone without the use of a hand.

Students in Kristen Erickson's one-semester introduction to engineering class created prosthetic hands using a 3D printer. They recently finished the assembly process on a second prototype. If the prototype is approved, future engineering classes will continue to build prosthetic hands for children and needy individuals around the world.

Service is a vital component of Catholic schools

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Catholic Schools Week traditionally starts on the final Sunday of January, hence it officially begins this year on Sunday, Jan. 31. But several schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis tabbed the final full week of January — Jan. 24-30 — to celebrate schools.

St. Roch School in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood and St. Elizabeth-St. Robert Regional School in St. Charles are two such schools, and each featured a service component early in the week, a prominent feature of Catholic education.

St. Dominic Savio students sold on partnership with Holy Cross Academy

Sixth-grade students from St. Dominic Savio visited Holy Cross Academy for a shadow day Jan. 26. St. Dominic will be entering as part of the Holy Cross Academy family next year. Caitlin Brasser showed Grace Lorentz the Lego robot she built for her Clavius Project.

Only two hours into his shadowing expedition, Aaron Sitner was pretty much sold on the new partnership between his parish school at St. Dominic Savio in Affton and Holy Cross Academy.

A sixth-grader this year, Sitner will be a seventh-grader next year at Holy Cross middle school on the Annunciation Parish campus in Webster Groves. He and St. Dominic Savio classmates shadowed Holy Cross sixth-graders for the day Jan. 26.

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