Education

Teachers use summer ‘vacation’ to hone their craft

Suzi Wilson, the art teacher at St. Simon the Apostle School, spent a week in professional development in the exclusive teacher's institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She prepared a lesson on self-portraits for one of her classes.

In 14 years as a teacher, St. Simon the Apostle art teacher Suzi Wilson has spent summer "vacation" with quote marks around that very word.

Yes, Wilson, husband Tom and daughters Betsy and Katy have enjoyed family trips in her summer hiatus from the classroom, but it's a misnomer to describe all of her time off in summer as a "vacation."

Parish schools of religion provide solid Catholic formation

Queen of All Saints in Oakville, like 120 other parishes, have begun back to school Parish Schools of Religion classes. Msgr.  Henry Breier,  Pastor of the Parish, walked with second-grade student Andy Lauer down the hallway after class.

Armed with fresh notebooks and shiny new pens, the Lane triplets were poised and ready to start the year at Queen of All Saints' Parish School of Religion.

It was the second session for seventh-graders in Deacon Rich Schellhase's class. As students filled their seats, Deacon Schellhase had them turn to a prayer on page six in their new workbooks. But before they got too far, a voice came over the PA and announced there would be an all-school prayer for the intention of St. Teresa of Kolkata, who was canonized just four days later.

Trinity Catholic students get to cooking in the classroom

Six seniors in the advanced cooking class at Trinity Catholic High School made gooey butter cookies as part of their focus on regional foods. Brendan Larkin, Kelsey Keppler and Kierstyn Weaver rolled dough balls while Family and Consumer Science teacher, Debbie Petrowske checked their progress.

When the foods and cooking class at Trinity Catholic High School makes something with bacon, it's guaranteed to drive everyone crazy.

"The smell just goes through the whole school," family and consumer science teacher Debbie Petrowske said.

Olympian tosses relevant advice at her former grade school

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Deanna Price spoke with students Friday at Old Monroe's Immaculate Conception School, her grade school alma mater and local parish.

True to form, United States Olympian Deanna Price gave an Olympic performance in a triumphant return to her grade school alma mater — Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe.

Scheduled for an hour and a half, the visit extended to more than five hours as Price went far beyond the usual brief athlete appearance of signing autographs and posing for pictures. She not only did those things but arrived early and stayed long after school on Aug. 26, much to the delight of the 180 students — as well as teachers and staff.

Catholic high schools score well on ACT

Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis continue to thrive in American College Testing (ACT) achievement.

In data released Aug. 24, Catholic students from the Class of 2016 averaged 24.7 on the ACT, according to the Catholic Education Office.

That average composite score just about equals the 24.8 average of last year, and is 4.6 points ahead of the Missouri state average of public high school seniors — 20.2. The public school average declined 1.5 points, from 21.7 last year

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I love watching the Olympics. While the competition is intense, I am also drawn in by the beauty of the host country, the pageantry of the opening ceremonies, and the stories behind the athletes. This year's games have been more inspiring because faith has been more visible.

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