Education

'Renaissance' begins

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Schools lay out red carpet for renaissance in North County 

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter:@jenniferbrinker

 The red carpet was rolled out bright and early on Aug. 16 for students at St. Ferdinand School. While it was there to welcome them back on their first day, it also was symbol of the renaissance in Catholic education that's rolling out in North County schools.

Wonder of Eve offers science-based approach to women’s natural health care

Promotional materials for The Wonder of Eve, a new program debuted by the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning.

A newly revamped program is teaching young women about a natural approach to their health care.

The archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning debuted the Wonder of Eve at the archdiocesan Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference earlier this month. The nearly hour-long program is for teenage girls and includes information on the design and function of the female body, including the reproductive system and menstrual cycles and how to track them naturally.

School supplies help Pathways families get off to good start

Ramona Brown brought her children to choose backpacks for school at the Catholic Charities Pathway to Progress initiative. She held her 1-year-old baby, Heaven, while Isaiah, a fourth-grader, checked out what was inside his new bag. “I want to be a doctor,” said Isaiah, while his older brother Chris said he has “basketball blood” but also wants to be an architect. Another brother Jacob says he wants to become a successful businessman.

With three boys heading back to school, Ramona Brown credits for Catholic Charities of St. Louis taking "a lot of headaches off me," after learning about the variety of school supplies in backpacks the children received Aug. 9.

New assignment makes summer ‘a little unique’

Father Ed Nemeth, pastor at Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and principal of Valle Catholic High School, sat in his office on July 20 while being interviewed. Father Nemeth wrapped up his duties as principal of St. Puis X High School at the conclusion of the school year before transferring to Ste. Genevieve and has been working tirelessly to get acquainted with and help the community.

On one hand, "summer vacation" was typical for Father Ed Nemeth. Like every other Catholic school administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he wrapped up the past school year, then went right into preparations for the next.

Catholic education is a ministry, newbie teachers learn at orientation

Just weeks before the start of the school year, a crop of new Catholic school teachers assembled at the Cardinal Rigali Center for orientation into their new roles.

No doubt some of them were just as nervous as their students likely will be on the first day. Elementary schools in the archdiocese begin classes the week of Aug. 14, with most high schools starting around that time.

Volunteers transform school’s library/learning center

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"You've got religion?"

"This is all history."

"Where do we want poetry?"

"I've got religion."

All the subjects are covered in the new learning center at St. Louis Catholic Academy, which became clear through the conversations volunteers had while moving bookcases and books into the space which will serve as the school library and more.

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