EDITORIAL | Catholic schools — encountering Christ

As the St. Louis community experienced looting and violence after an apparently unarmed African-American teen was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, the importance of education as a way out of poverty and a way to pass on values was cited by speakers at an Aug. 11 community forum held by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Bright future — and present — for Holy Cross Academy

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Anna Ehlmann, a kindergartner at St. Cletus School, raised her hand to answer a question from teacher Kammye Coleman. St. Cletus School operates on an extended calendar. By shortening summer vacation, the school has found retention loss to be held to a minimum.

Reporting for school in August 2012, Claire Hite, Ben Erken and John Benedick felt a bit of trepidation and nervousness — typical jitters on the first day of school, but with the added stress of entering as the new kids at an upper-grade school.

With one notable difference: They wouldn't be adjusting to life as new-kid-on-the-block freshmen at one of the area's Catholic high schools.

Instead, they were pioneers, among the first Catholic grade school students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis adjusting to life in a middle school.

New superintendent Kurt Nelson takes a fresh look at education blueprint

Kurt Nelson, the new superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, met with principals and directors of religious education at the Catholic Education Center. Forging a bond and endeavoring to put them at ease, he spoke of them all being “new on the job” this year

When the new superintendent of Catholic education stepped into his office last month, he already had a blueprint to follow — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Alive in Christ mission advancement initiative and its goals for providing a quality Catholic education in the archdiocese.

Kurt Nelson began his duties July 1 after moving from LaCrosse, Wis., where he was president of Aquinas Catholic Schools, a system of six schools. He takes over after the retirement of George Henry, who was the first lay superintendent of the archdiocese and held the job for 19 years.

Technology training helps in getting ready for school

Nicole Beard concentrated on her new laptop during freshman technology orientation day at Cor Jesu Academy. The girls will be using their laptops for the next four years, as they are an integral part of their curriculum.

One Cor Jesu girl's grandmother fell on the student's laptop, cracking the screen in half. School officials were concerned about the grandmother's health, knowing that a computer always can be replaced. Another time, a bus ran over a laptop. No need to be concerned about the health of the bus.Keyboards on the laptops used by Cor Jesu Academy High School students are designed to resist spills, and in general the problems are minimal. Taking good care of the computers is just a minor part of an orientation on technology resources held before the start of each school year.

Rivals clash for a cause: DuBourg and St. Mary's students raise funds for World Pediatric Project

Erickson Hernandez, right, who is undergoing treatment in St. Louis, smiled as he sat with his local host Mary Brown at the Ronald McDonald House. A fundraiser will be held to assist international medical patients through the World Pediatric Project during the St. Mary’s High School football game against rival Bishop DuBourg High School, which will be played Sept. 26.

The green baseball-style cap was a little big for him, but 9-year-old Erickson Hernandez liked it anyway. The green soccer jersey, "How to Train a Dragon" coloring sheets and other items came as a pleasant surprise as well.
Off to his side, Maria del Carmen, 19, held a bright red balloon and checked out a red T-shirt, red headband and other gifts.

Duchesne celebrates feast of patron saint by taking to the streets


Bearing a crucifix, candles and the school banner, Duchesne's Eagle Scouts led the eucharistic procession down Elm Street in St. Charles.

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