Education

Catholic education a family environment for faith formation, says Duchesne student ambassador

Sarah Jenkins, left, a Duchesne High School senior, will be the only student participant in a panel discussion on the state of Catholic education at the 2017 Convention and Expo of the National Catholic Educational Association. More than 8,000 educators and leaders are expected to attend.

This week when many Catholic schools will be off for Easter/spring break, Sarah Jenkins will be sitting shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest names in Catholic education.

Jenkins, a senior at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, was tapped to speak at a panel discussion at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo, taking place in St. Louis April 18-20. More than 8,000 attendees from across the United States and Canada are expected at the America's Center Downtown this week for an exchange of ideas and professional development opportunities.

St. Charles Borromeo students support school in Uganda

The answer was quick when St. Charles Borromeo School parent Stacey Iadezito came to principal Jackie Voelkl asking her help in raising funds to purchase mattresses for Broader Vision School in Uganda.

Certainly, or as Curly Howard from the Three Stooges would emphasize the affirmative, "Soi-ten-ly."

The students at the school in St. Charles responded enthusiastically as well, raising almost $2,230 for the school in Uganda, an archdiocesan Mission Office-sponsored program of Pan y Amor.

St. Roch School students join Green St. Louis Machine for healthy eating

Mallory Minana, center, a seventh-grader at St. Roch School, joined teacher Pete Shaver and classmates to harvest vegetables for a salad. St. Roch joined the Green St. Louis Machine program, which is an aeroponic gardening program organized by the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

On a recent weeknight at Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club, several tables were lined with a host of colorful and delectable foods and beverages — Caesar salad, pesto pizza, Thai chicken lettuce wraps, basil lemonade and kale cheesecake.

These delights were part of a Spring Harvest and literally the fruits — well, veggies, to be more exact — of the labors of students participating in the Green St. Louis Machine, an area program that brings aeroponic gardening into the urban classroom.

St. Mary’s Preschool in North County to close at end of school year

St. Mary's Special Services is transitioning from a site-based preschool to a service-provider model in North County to reach more preschool-age children with special needs in that area.

The board of directors of St. Mary's Special Services, in consultation with the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office, on March 23 approved a transition from a site-based operation in Spanish Lake to a service-provider model in Catholic preschools and elementary schools throughout North County. The move will triple the number of preschool-age children with special needs they will serve in North County.

At archdiocesan ‘teach-in,’ high school students lean in to discuss race, culture

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto

Students at Catholic high schools in the archdiocese came together March 2 for a “Culture and Race Teach-in.” Participants spent the day in dialogue listening to different perspectives. Marissa Jones listened to conversation in her group.

Prior to showing up at the Cardinal Rigali Center last week, students were instructed not to wear anything that would identify what high school they attend.

As any lifelong St. Louisan knows, the mere mention of high school affixes a preconceived understanding to a person — call it a prejudice, if you will. And labeling was one thing organizers of the Culture and Race Teach-In did not want students to bring to the table that day.

St. Peter School in St. Charles to close at end of 2016-17 school year

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has accepted a recommendation to close St. Peter School in St. Charles at the end of the 2016-17 school year, due to enrollment and financial struggles.

St. Peter will merge with St. Elizabeth-St. Robert Regional School in St. Charles, located about 4.5 miles west. Families were notified of the decision last month.

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