The Catholic Education Office sponsored a Catholic Schools Week 2010 Essay Contest, inviting students to write on the theme "Catholic Schools -- the Good News in Education." Each school could submit one entry in each of four categories: primary grades (a drawing with caption or 25-word essay), intermediate, middle school and high school.
The winning essays will be posted on the Catholic Education Office web pages of the archdiocesan website, archstl.org/education, on the elementary, secondary and special education web pages.
The archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education has been streamlined and reorganized from 24 members meeting monthly to 15 members meeting every other month.
The change, explained superintendent of Catholic education George Henry, was suggested by the board itself.
"Evaluations showed that the board was not being as effective as it could be to meet the major issues facing Catholic education," Henry said. "The board itself and I, through its reassessment, recommended reducing the size of the board, making it more workable."
A supplementary reading program at St. Joan of Arc School in South St. Louis is showing promising results.
The school is in a pilot program for Reading Plus, a software or Internet-based program for reading improvement and assessment which helps struggling readers as well as average and advanced readers become even more proficient.
In January 2009, Isaac's school became the first in the area to begin participating in St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a program that uses ballroom dancing lessons to aid fifth-graders' social development.
From Jan. 24-30, we are celebrating the 37th annual Catholic Schools Week. This is a week earlier than the national celebration because of a schedule conflict that I could not change. Local parish and school celebrations may be held the week of Jan. 31.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson cited the need to join hands in solidarity with the Church of Haiti as he delivered a homily during a Mass Jan. 14 for the victims of the earthquake there two days earlier.
"We come together this morning to mourn the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti ravaged by an earthquake of enormous proportions that has left tens of thousands dead and survivors waiting for the response of the world as they struggle for even the basics of life," Archbishop Carlson noted.