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New hall at Ursuline Academy provides connections

Ursuline Academy student Abigail Miller practiced with her classmates in the new dance room in Hartnett Hall, which links to other buildings and provides an elevator for accessibility. The building is named after Thelma Hartnett, who has worked at Ursuline for more than 50 years. BELOW: Ursuline students Maura Ploesser, Kayla Milne, Emily Dunn and Olivia Sander worked on physics acceleration equations in one of the new science classrooms in Hartnett Hall.

East meets west. Science meets the arts. Inaccessibility meets a solution.

Hartnett Hall at Ursuline Academy formally opened with a blessing on Jan. 27, the Feast of St. Angela Merici. The new 16,996 square-foot, two-story building connected two buildings on the campus, Merici and Brescia Halls — east and west — and costs $5.7 million.

New southside school to be named South City Catholic Academy

Father Craig Holway visited with first-graders at St. Joan of Arc School as they discovered how many pumpkin seeds are inside of a pumpkin. He helped Ana Lopez with her seed count. St. Joan of Arc will become the site for a new partnership model school to be called South City Catholic Academy, which will open for the 2017-18 school year.

The new partnership model school in south St. Louis now has a name: South City Catholic Academy. The school will combine Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc schools and will operate at St. Joan of Arc. St. James the Greater School, originally included in the partnership school plan, will remain open as a parish-based elementary school at its site for the 2017-18 school year.

St. Peter School in St. Charles to close at end of 2016-17 school year

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has accepted a recommendation to close St. Peter School in St. Charles at the end of the 2016-17 school year, due to enrollment and financial struggles.

St. Peter will merge with St. Elizabeth-St. Robert Regional School in St. Charles, located about 4.5 miles west. Families were notified of the decision last month.

Catholic Charities opposes bill altering state’s Medicaid Program

Catholic Charities of St. Louis is opposing Senate Bill 28, which requires the Missouri Department of Social Services to apply to the federal government for a Medicaid global waiver.

The waiver would include provisions that propose or accept funding mechanisms similar to a federally capped block grant.

English lessons, friendship provided for women isolated in a new land

As she readied to dish out a bowl of soup, Hayat Bashir-Louise told Becky Mueller about the lentils she prepared for the fast of Jonah (fast of Nineveh). The practice of fasting for three days began in the Syrian Orthodox Church and commemorates the time the prophet Jonah spent in the belly of the whale in Scriptures.

Hayat Bashir-Louise was pleased that she had understood the reading comprehension workbook story about a man, Bob Finn, who visited a doctor at the Hill Street medical clinic.

New name pinned on Priory wrestlers: Metro League champs

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St. Louis Priory High School's wrestling team came into the season under the radar. Now though, they're known as the Metro League champions.

The team placed second at the John Burroughs tournament, third at a highly competitive St. Clair Tournament and first at its own Priory Tournament.

Winning the league was one of the goals of senior co-captain Zachary Warr.

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