Education

Federation of Catholic Schools fosters collaboration

St. Angela Merici eighth-grader Jeremiah King talked on camera about what makes the school great and, pointing to a picture of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, said, “this guy’s cool.” Cara Koen, director of advancement for the Northeast Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools, visited with students at the schools of the federation to shoot a video.

Cara Koen aimed her iPhone at the young student standing in front of a brightly colored bulletin board at St. Norbert School. "OK, let's do the come-and-explore part again," she told second-grader Cadence Levin.

Koen visited the Florissant school earlier this month to shoot video promoting Catholic Schools Week. As director of advancement for the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery, such work is a regular part of Koen's routine.

Never-give-up attitude prevails at Most Holy Trinity Academy

De Smet Jesuit High School sophomore Cameron Rodgers played one-on-one basketball with Most Holy Trinity eighth-grader Davion Ford. Cameron is part of the “Give Back” work- study program at Access Academies, in which graduates of the academies who are in high school or college return to provide assistance and mentoring to current students.

Cameron Rodgers is comfortable at De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur, where the sophomore excels in the classroom and on the football field and track.

That comfort level is matched or exceeded at Most Holy Trinity Academy in north St. Louis, where he serves as a tutor and assistant basketball coach. He's an effective leader, assisting the grade-schoolers with their studies and athletic skills.

Partnerships help school with hands-on learning

Students at St. Francis of Assisi School participate in Project Lead the Way-Launch program that empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through activities, projects and problems that build upon each other. Third-graders Max Rekart and Colin Burton tweaked their airplane before the first test flight of the “Shark III”model glider as a lesson on aerodynamics.

St. Francis of Assisi School kindergarten teacher Erika Zambo turned to a student and said, "I like your bones." To another student, she asked, "Can I have your bones?"

The students took part in "The Structure and Function of the Human Body," one of 24 interdisciplinary modules of Project Lead the Way-Launch that bring learning to life. The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through activities, projects and problems that build upon each other.

No napping at your desk in Vianney’s 360 Math classes

St. John Vianney High School has installed high-tech glass boards in its math classrooms for a program known as 360 Math. Matthew Thomas, a sophomore, worked on a geometry problem given by his teacher, Robert Prost, as the class worked on the boards surrounding the classroom.

Xy=42

xz+zy=xy

Substitution

3(n+4)+3n=42

3n+12+3n=42

6n+12=42

n=5

It was midday, gloomy outside and students filed in for a 90-minute geometry class. at St. John Vianney High School.

Time for a nap at your desk, you might say?

Not for St. John Vianney High School's 360 Math program, where all students worked through math problems on quarter-inch-thick glass writing boards attached to every wall in the classroom.

Student-designed logo fosters creativity, pride

Eighth-grader Charlie Albus created the winning design in the student logo contest at Mary, Queen of Peace School.

Charlie Albus wanted to keep it simple in designing a student logo at Mary Queen of Peace School in Webster Groves.

Mission accomplished.

The eighth-grader created the winning logo in a design contest solely for students. Albus' logo incorporated an eagle — the school's sports mascot — inside a badge, with the letters "M," "Q" and "P" on top of it.

Albus described the winning logo as "a really cool example of what our school is all about. It's not too complicated. It describes our school really well."

He called the logo contest "a great idea." About 50 students entered designs.

SLU administrator helps fight med students’ depression

Dr. Stuart Slavin, associate dean of curriculum for the SLU School of Medicine, is tackling the problem of far too many students in medical school who become burned out, anxious and depressed. He is developing a national following for his efforts, with publication in various medical/education journals, and is partly responsible for changes implemented at the SLU Med School. He talked with his students after they took an pharmacology exam.

When Dr. Stuart Slavin started his administrative duties at the St. Louis University Medical School, the mental health of medical students was not one of his concerns.

About nine years ago Slavin, the associate dean of curriculum, came across material about a problem of depression and anxiety among med students. He almost dismissed it, thinking that the problem didn't exist at SLU. "They seemed happy," Slavin said of his students. "I knew some students were suffering because medical school is demanding, but overall I thought our students were doing well."

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