Education

Partnerships help school with hands-on learning

Students at St. Francis of Assisi School participate in Project Lead the Way-Launch program that empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through activities, projects and problems that build upon each other. Third-graders Max Rekart and Colin Burton tweaked their airplane before the first test flight of the “Shark III”model glider as a lesson on aerodynamics.

St. Francis of Assisi School kindergarten teacher Erika Zambo turned to a student and said, "I like your bones." To another student, she asked, "Can I have your bones?"

The students took part in "The Structure and Function of the Human Body," one of 24 interdisciplinary modules of Project Lead the Way-Launch that bring learning to life. The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through activities, projects and problems that build upon each other.

No napping at your desk in Vianney’s 360 Math classes

St. John Vianney High School has installed high-tech glass boards in its math classrooms for a program known as 360 Math. Matthew Thomas, a sophomore, worked on a geometry problem given by his teacher, Robert Prost, as the class worked on the boards surrounding the classroom.

Xy=42

xz+zy=xy

Substitution

3(n+4)+3n=42

3n+12+3n=42

6n+12=42

n=5

It was midday, gloomy outside and students filed in for a 90-minute geometry class. at St. John Vianney High School.

Time for a nap at your desk, you might say?

Not for St. John Vianney High School's 360 Math program, where all students worked through math problems on quarter-inch-thick glass writing boards attached to every wall in the classroom.

Student-designed logo fosters creativity, pride

Eighth-grader Charlie Albus created the winning design in the student logo contest at Mary, Queen of Peace School.

Charlie Albus wanted to keep it simple in designing a student logo at Mary Queen of Peace School in Webster Groves.

Mission accomplished.

The eighth-grader created the winning logo in a design contest solely for students. Albus' logo incorporated an eagle — the school's sports mascot — inside a badge, with the letters "M," "Q" and "P" on top of it.

Albus described the winning logo as "a really cool example of what our school is all about. It's not too complicated. It describes our school really well."

He called the logo contest "a great idea." About 50 students entered designs.

SLU administrator helps fight med students’ depression

Dr. Stuart Slavin, associate dean of curriculum for the SLU School of Medicine, is tackling the problem of far too many students in medical school who become burned out, anxious and depressed. He is developing a national following for his efforts, with publication in various medical/education journals, and is partly responsible for changes implemented at the SLU Med School. He talked with his students after they took an pharmacology exam.

When Dr. Stuart Slavin started his administrative duties at the St. Louis University Medical School, the mental health of medical students was not one of his concerns.

About nine years ago Slavin, the associate dean of curriculum, came across material about a problem of depression and anxiety among med students. He almost dismissed it, thinking that the problem didn't exist at SLU. "They seemed happy," Slavin said of his students. "I knew some students were suffering because medical school is demanding, but overall I thought our students were doing well."

Catholic Schools Week open house schedule

Sunday, Jan. 22

St. Joseph—Zell 11 a.m.-noon

Friday, Jan. 27

Holy Infant 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Holy Trinity 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29

All Saints—St. Peters 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption—Mattese 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Assumption—O'Fallon 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King—University City 11 a.m.-noon

Christ, Light of the Nations noon-2 p.m.

Good Shepherd 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Holy Child 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Balance of solidarity, subsidiarity guide future of Catholic schools

The proposal of three school models in the Archdiocese of St. Louis signals a major shift in the way the Catholic Education Office operates and how they're looking at the future of Catholic education in St. Louis.  Students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be an Archdiocesan School model. Makalo Spencer seemed to raise his hand for every question about subjective personal pronouns during his sixth grade language arts lesson.

Kurt Nelson sees the future of Catholic education in the archdiocese as that of balancing a set of scales. On one side you have subsidiarity — the principle of making decisions at the most local level possible. On the other, you've got solidarity — Catholics throughout the archdiocese acting together as one Body in Christ.

"We want people to do the things they need to do, to have those freedoms," the superintendent of Catholic education said. "And where they have challenges, we want the solidarity piece to show how we are working as a larger Church. It's a balancing of both of these."

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