Serving all children

The Archdiocese of St. Louis continues its long tradition of educating children with special learning needs.

“Jesus said, ‘Go teach all,’” said Karen Tichy of the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office. “And that includes children with special needs.”

Tichy, archdiocesan associate superintendent for instruction, is the administrator of the Department of Special Education.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is a leader in serving children with special needs, Tichy said. “We were the first diocese in the country to establish a Department of Special Education, in 1950 — thanks to Msgr. (Elmer) Behrmann.

Catholic schools join new academic competition league

For several Catholic schools that have academic competition teams, a new league formed earlier this year is helping them to improve their performance at what’s often referred to as the “varsity sport of the mind.”

Academic competition, sometimes called Scholar Bowl, is a game between competing teams, with questions on a variety of academic disciplines, including science, math, social studies and literature.

Science program at Holy Trinity showcases live animals

Students at Most Holy Trinity School are enjoying some new “classmates,” thanks to a science program that brings live animals to school.

Most Holy Trinity is one of two local schools involved in the project with “Science Alive: Learning, Leading and Connecting,” an action research project started by MySci program specialists Steve Kessel and Darlene Norfleet.

MySci, funded by Monsanto Fund, is a collaborative effort among Washington University, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo. MySci works to get children and their teachers excited about science. The program provides kindergarten-through-second-grade teachers with curriculum books and classroom kits on plants, animals and the earth, with follow-up school visits.

Rally at Notre Dame draws 400

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) — Organizers of an April 5 campus protest against the University of Notre Dame’s decision to have President Barack Obama as commencement speaker also launched a Red Envelope Campaign aimed at sending the president a message about abortion.

Critics of Obama have said his support of legal abortion and embryonic stem-cell research make him an inappropriate choice to be commencement speaker at a Catholic university. The president also will receive an honorary degree.

The protest rally, organized by a campus pro-life coalition called Notre Dame Response, drew a crowd of about 400, made up of students, faculty, families and pro-life supporters from near and far.

Student, struck by shot put, recovering

A student at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon is improving after being struck in the head by a shot put. Joe Mathews was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital March 31 after the accident at a track and field event at Orchard Farm High School.

Sister Mary Bender, the school’s principal, reported on the school’s website April 3 that Matthews was moved out of intensive care. He sustained a skull fracture but CAT scans did not show further damage, she reported.
The school community has been praying for the student since the accident.

School choice pioneer recognized by NCEA

Mae Duggan

Mae Duggan, a pioneer defender of school choice, has been awarded this year’s Leonard F. DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award from the National Catholic Educational Association.

Duggan and her husband, Martin Duggan, founded Citizens for Educational Freedom in 1959.

"This is a good opportunity to educate the Catholic people about the importance of the issue of school choice," Duggan said. "It’s important they know about the Blaine Amendment." She was referring to the common name for state constitutional prohibitions enacted in the late 1800s against public aid to nonpublic schools.

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