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.

Kennedy Catholic High School to close at end of school year

Marianist Father Richard Wosman, president of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, talked with a group of Kennedy seniors last year. After a few years of declining enrollment, the school announced that it would close at the end of this school year.

Quality hasn't been an issue for John F. Kennedy Catholic High School; its programs, teachers and, most of all, students are first rate. Quantity is another story, though, calling into question quality over the long haul.

After much discernment, Kennedy Catholic will close at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

High School Nights 2016

High School Nights give sixth- through eighth-grade students and their parents a chance to learn about St. Louis-area Catholic high schools. Representatives from the high schools will give presentations about programs and policies at their schools, during High School Nights, which start Tuesday at Ursuline Academy and continue through Oct. 11

Here's a list of High School Nights, which all start promptly at 7 p.m., and the schools to be represented.

Tuesday, September 13: Ursuline Academy

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