Donation will boost STEM education at Marian Middle

Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, Vice Principal and 5th Grade Teacher at Marian Middle School in south St. Louis.  She taught a religion class on the Acts of the Apostles and answered a questions from Carly Rae Lewis.

The lab for high-tech STEM instruction at Marian Middle School has a low-tech feel about it.

For example, the basement classroom has standard-issue tables, worn ones at that, instead of chemical-resistant lab tables. And the room's single electrical outlet — yes, just one — inconveniently sets above the old-school chalkboard, at about the 7-foot mark.

"You have to stand on a chair to get access to it," principal Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, said.

As for storage, there's none, unless the four corners count.

Volunteering with Honor Flight is highlight for DB student

Wil Heimberger dressed as a World War II-era soldier at a recent Honor Flight homecoming in front of a display with memorabilia he brought. The Bishop DuBourg High School student volunteers with the Honor Flight organization.

Bishop DuBourg High School has an authority on an important era in U.S. history — World War II — although Wil Heimberger isn't a teacher or a visitor from that era.

Heimberger is a student who's taken his interest beyond a hobby to volunteer at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services' Mother of Perpetual Help assisted living and the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

Weekly professional development inspires at Duchesne

In the education world, professional development day typically occurs about once a month, with teachers gathering to learn about best practices in their profession.

Staying current certainly is worthwhile for the teachers of our children. But society moves at such a brisk pace these days, that once a month doesn't cut it any more. It's hard to keep up, let alone keep pace.

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.

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