There's a new look in education at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington.
Borgia is one of only a few high schools -- and the only archdiocesan high school in the St. Louis Archdiocese -- that has gone to an all-iPad campus, according to Robert Oliveri, archdiocesan associate superintendent of second school administration.
All iPads. Almost no textbooks. And ultimately no paper.
A small Catholic school program in a rural community vies in a nationwide contest with big-city schools for enough votes to win a $25,000 grant for its music program. The whole town gets involved. Everybody votes over and over for the Catholic school to win, but — out of 1,622 schools nationwide in the competition — the small Catholic school comes in fifth. And only four schools get the grant money.
The next day, an anonymous donor gives the school $25,000 for its music program.
Buy an empty bowl and help fill someone's plate with food.
That's the message being spread by students at St. Mary's High School in south St. Louis, where the sculpture class is creating ceramic bowls to raise money for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis.
"This is a wonderful way to combine art and help charity," said St. Mary's art teacher Melissa Griffin. "The students here are doing a wonderful job of working with clay. They're doing this in part for a grade, but it's much bigger than that."
JEFFERSON CITY — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Catholic school administrators from around Missouri expressed their support this week for a proposal to create a tax-credit supported scholarship program for students in unaccredited districts to attend private or parochial schools.
Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, is the sponsor of the bill, Senate Bill 706, which was heard in the Missouri Senate's General Laws Committee. It would also annex the unaccredited Kansas City public school district to neighboring districts.
Working together with new mission advancement initiative, our Catholic schools will be Alive in Christ!
The time for discussion is over, and the time for action has begun.
On Feb. 2, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester his priorities for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the steps to be taken to achieve them.