Education

St. Gabriel School band members meet high expectations

Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, music teacher at St. Gabriel the Archangel School, has been teaching children music in an orchestral setting for about 50 years. Music, she noted, is a shared experience with others and a lifelong love.

The St. Gabriel School Concert Band members raised their instruments and played parts of a song.

They were at one of their twice-weekly practices in the basement of the former convent building across from the school, and the music, to the untrained ear, seemed to be on target.

However, Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, the band's conductor, gently and consistently reminded students of areas where they could improve.

"That's where my crescendo has to happen, right."

"It should be getting softer."

"The cymbal goes 'boom' and we're there."

Educators take on new roles

The cards have been shuffled, the hands have been dealt and 24 schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have new administrators in place for the 2017-18 academic year.

In all, 27 educators are in new leadership positions, with two high schools — Rosati-Kain High School and Incarnate Word Academy — making changes at both president and principal. However, Rosati-Kain's new president, Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, has a familiar face; she previously served as principal.

New addition boosts academic, art, physical education

Cor Jesu Academy instructor Jennifer Ahrens led a discussion in the class “Law and the Legal System” Sept. 1 in the newly-opened $8.9 million addition to the school’s campus. The new wing includes a new performance gymnasium, technology-enable classrooms, an exercise facility and a dance studio. On Fridays seniors often have permission to not wear uniforms to class.

Cor Jesu Academy teacher JoEllen Sarich moved from table to table in the programming class. where no desks faced the blackboard, as in traditional classrooms.

That's because this class focuses on collaboration as ideas are shared in a process to reach a conclusion to a project. The new classroom, with tables and up-to-date technology, is ideal for the subject being taught.

Fontbonne steps up with a game-changing promise

Drawing inspiration from the archdiocesan Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Fontbonne University has made a big promise to financially disadvantaged families — the promise of tuition-free college education.

The Fontbonne Promise, which debuts for the 2018-19 academic year, offers the no-cost opportunity — full tuition and fees for up to five years — for college freshmen who qualify academically but have estimated family contributions of zero on FAFSA, the federal student aid application. The program is open only to Missouri residents.

Academy of the Sacred Heart is bringing back French for its students, in nod to heritage

Language teacher Sara Gaylor read from “Bonsoir Lune” (a translation of “Goodnight Moon”) during French class for first-grade students at Academy of the Sacred Heart.

"Bonsoir lune," Madame Sara Gaylor told her students.

"Bonsoir lune," they repeated in unison.

Reading from the popular children's book, "Goodnight Moon," first-graders at the Academy of the Sacred Heart were hearing a new twist on the old tale — but this time, en Français, translated as "Bonsoir Lune."

High school nights 2017

Schools have been in session for less than a month in the 2017-18 academic year, but plans already are underway for next year and beyond.

The annual series of High School Nights opens this week with two sessions for sixth- through eighth-graders, along with their families, to explore 26 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese — nine archdiocesan schools and 17 private schools. The sessions are open to all students, whether in Catholic or public schools.

Why the early start?

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