Governor gives Borgia High an A+ during his visit

Madelyn Tuepker, a senior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, was nervous before meeting with Gov. Jay Nixon, but quickly gained her bearings.

"We started talking, and I told him what my plans are. The A+ program is huge for me because I want to go to community college first. So I definitely will be using it," Tuepker said of being among 10 students who met with Nixon during his visit there Nov. 8.

St. Peter students help NASA scientists via data collection program

St. Peter School students Danny Schneider, Katie Kruse and Brenton Lanteigne took notes as they observed clouds as part of the NASA GLOBE Project. The students charted clouds on an overcast day and found no contrails, but a sky filled with high cirrostratus, altostratus and low stratus with nimbostratus (rain-filled) encroaching on their position.

Jack Schellingerhout and Shane McKelvey craned their necks as they observed a tapestry of clouds.

The St. Peter School eighth- graders referred to their worksheet to determine what they were seeing. The large grey blanket hanging low in the sky consisted of stratus clouds, they agreed. A debate ensued: were they nimbostratus — the rain-producing type?

At that moment, a smattering of fat raindrops hit the pavement.

"Wetness!" shouted one student.

"It's definitely nimbostratus," science teacher Travis Coleman said. "OK let's go in."

Campaign enhances discipline program at Catholic schools

Holy Trinity School in St. Ann strives to meet its students' academic needs and develop their potential while calling them to be witnesses of the Gospel through their words and actions.

The process of developing problem-solving skills and leadership qualities is easier at the school thanks to the Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline program pioneered by the school the past six years after being developed for the archdiocese by educator Lynne Lang.

Plan seeks ‘renaissance’ of Catholic education in the city

Under a new school model, the archdiocese will partner with parishes and schools as a strong stakeholder to make sure the schools are available, affordable and in the right locations. The corporate school model is in addition to the parish school model, administered by the local parish, and the archdiocesan elementary school model, in which the Catholic Education Office makes decisions regarding curriculum, programs and personnel. Deresun McCaskill, a first-grader, made his way along the monkey bars on the new playground at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, a consolidated school sponsored by nine parishes in south St. Louis.

The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee has developed a plan to address issues affecting Catholic elementary schools in the City of St. Louis.

Under the plan for a "renaissance in education," the archdiocese will partner with parishes and schools as a strong stakeholder to make sure the schools are available, affordable and in the right locations. The partnership will include leadership — a position within the Catholic Education Office focused on these schools — and funding to ensure educational and religious educational programs are of similar quality in all of the schools.

Educators focus on meeting students where they are

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to "meet people where they are," to listen rather than preach to — or at — them.

It's akin to what's happening in Catholic education these days, with educators adapting their teaching methods to address different learning needs of sophisticated students circa 2016. In essence, educators are meeting students where they are. The old way of teaching doesn't cut it anymore.

"It's about changing mindsets," said Cathy Johns, the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education.

Chaminade joins ranks of Blue Ribbon Schools

Christian Piccioni listened to a lecture on the Protestant Reformation by teacher Andrew Schmitt. Chaminade College Preparatory School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Chaminade is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.

Our Lady of the Pillar holds a prominent spot in Marianist history, inspiring Father William Joseph Chaminade to found the order 200 years ago.

While in Saragossa, Spain, in the early 1800s, French Father Chaminade prayed daily at Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, which displays the small wooden statue depicting the Marian apparition, on a pillar, given to the apostle James the Greater in 40 A.D. Many sources record it as the first Marian apparition in history.

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