Discipine program grows from seed of virtues

“I think it (a virtue) is an action,” said Corey Hunn, a seventh-grader at Holy Trinity Catholic School. “You have to do it rather than just think about it to improve your behavior.” Corey was invited to speak at the 2015 Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Summer Institute Conference for teachers who teach in Catholic schools around the Untied States. Corey spoke about his own experience with discipline in school and contributed his ideas about what virtue means to him.

When Lynne Lang joined the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education, she did so without the usual trappings of a new hire.

Like, a job title, or a job description, for that matter. And forget about a corner office, no matter that the education offices are in the round building -- sans corners -- on Lindell. She had no office, period.

"Nothing," she said, with a laugh.

But she arrived with an abundance of passion and a mission to transform the discipline process in Catholic schools.

Catholic Education Center retirees reflect on their experiences and hopes for the future

Five employees of the archdiocesan Catholic Education Center are retiring or moving on to other pursuits this month. The St. Louis Review asked each of them three questions: What have your learned during your time at the Catholic Education Center? What is your favorite memory? and What do you plan to do next?

Billiken Teacher Corps 'rockstars' focus on community, service and students

John James of St. Louis University referred to the inaugural class of the Billiken Teacher Corps as "rockstars."

"That's the standard we set; our first year out of the chute, they had to be rockstars," said James, the assistant professor in the College of Education and Public Service entrusted with the Corps, along with SLU's Father Christopher Collins, SJ.

St. James principal retires after 44 years at the school

Karen Battaglia, principal of St. James the Greater School in Dogtown, is retiring this year after 44 years at the school — her entire educational career. The school honored her with a surprise ice cream party and gave her the brass school bell she rings every morning as a going-away present. Father Christopher Dunlap, parochial administrator of the parish, presented the bell to Battaglia.

In a few weeks, Karen Battaglia's famous school bell will fall silent when she retires from St. James the Greater.

But on May 14, St. James was far from silent as students cheered and pounded the cafeteria tables at a surprise party honoring their principal.

"Everything Miss Battaglia has done in her 44 years here has all been for you," Father Chris Dunlap, parochial administrator of the parish, told the students. "She has sacrificed; she has shown you what it means to love."

School in Old Monroe responds to teen's request to help Haitians

Erin Prendergast gave Oliver Gorski some tape as he added his fake paper money to one of four cardboard houses representing new homes in Haiti. The project was part of a fundraiser at Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe led by Erin, a junior at St. Dominic High School, to help build homes in Haiti.

Erin Prendergast gave a wad of fake dollar bills to students at her former elementary school.

Erin, a junior at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon, received the real thing in return.

The students at Immaculate Conception Parish in Old Monroe attached the fake money to four waist-high cardboard houses Erin and her mom brought to the school. The houses represent homes being built in Haiti through Count It All Joy, part of a charity called Partners in Development.

Pain doesn't stop student from touting education support

Cardinal Ritter High School senior Cameron Caldwell, right, attends the school through the help of the Today and Tomorrow Foundation. He talked with Rayne Clark in the hallway on his way to British literature class studying a sonnet by William Shakespeare.

Cameron Caldwell considered it a great honor to be picked as the student to address about 600 people at the Archbishop's Gala benefiting the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation in late April.

The senior at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School planned to tell the crowd how much students accomplish thanks to their generous support, which makes all of the difference to students such as himself. He was primed and ready for the festivities that evening in the Khorassan Ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza.

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