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In a lesson about "known facts," third-graders at Incarnate Word School gave teacher Emilie Lamb examples from mathematics, such as five plus two equals seven, five times five equals 25.

Aiden Hadican raised his hand to offer an example: "Eight plus two equals 10," he said.

"That's right, Aiden," Lamb confirmed, adding praise. "Good job."

Over in the fourth-grade room, students surrounded Lily Gerbic's desk and helped her with a Spanish language quiz on her computer tablet, translating English words into Spanish.

Catholic schools open houses

In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, Jan. 28, to Saturday, Feb. 3, Catholic schools across the archdiocese will be hosting open houses.

Friday, Jan. 26

Holy Infant School, 8-10 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 28

All Saints School, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Assumption School (O'Fallon), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption School and Early Learning Center (Mattese), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King School, 11 a.m.-noon (after 10 a.m. Mass)

Volunteer at Sacred Heart in Troy charged with posession of child pornography, invasion of privacy

A parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Troy has admitted to placing a covert camera in a bathroom in the church and a local business, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

According to the sheriff's office, Jeffery Eisenbath, 28, of Troy, admitted to installing a camera in a bathroom at The Adrenaline Zone in St. Charles, where he worked. He also admitted to placing a camera in a bathroom at Sacred Heart Church, where he worked as a volunteer.

Students at South City Catholic Academy welcome challenges

Eighth-graders Ryan DeCarlo, left, Shaelyn Doak and Helen Schiller worked on an assignment at South City Catholic Academy. The school received 96 Chromebooks for students to use.

Students in Barb Ryan's eighth-grade language arts class at South City Catholic Academy are taking "The Hobbit" to another level.

The class was reading the adventurous novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. Relating to the book, Ryan challenged the students to think more about a hero's journey by researching other characters, using their Chromebook laptops, and creating their own hero.

Ideas rang out as Ryan sought input on the characteristics of a hero and names of other heroes who had an unusual birth.

It’s an Adventure Time at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s after-school program

Sydney Akers, Emily Solomon and Jazlyn Crotes listened to Cor Jesu Academy’s Clare Campbell as she explained the project on which they were about to work. Cor Jesu Academy students visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe students on Wednesdays teach them lessons in the arts. The group is called Adventure Time.

Antonio Pimentel rolled a ball of dough in his hands, gently dipping it into a plate of powdered sugar. By the time he got to his third dough ball, though, his hands managed to get deeper into the sugar.

"Yeah, I'm a snowman," the first-grader grinned as he shook the excess powdered sugar from his hands.

Most Wednesdays after school, Antonio and his siblings head down to the teacher's lounge at Our Lady of Guadalupe School for Adventure Time, an after-school program that introduces them to hands-on activities that inspire fun and creativity.

Rosati-Kain freshman makes mark as preschool ambassador

Jasmyn Mitchell demonstrated her violin skills to Maxwell Brenner, Khalie Collins and Daniel Powers, all 4, at University City Children’s Center in December. Mitchell was a student at the center nine years ago and now volunteers to work with children there. She is a freshman at Rosati-Kain High School.

Jasmyn Mitchell returned to her old preschool last month, holding a violin case and practically skipping down the hall.

A staff member led her to a room where three children were looking at books. Jasmyn connected with the youngsters, chatted with them for a bit, then got out her violin. She played parts of four songs, selected just for them: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "We Three Kings," "Ode to Joy" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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