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New addition boosts academic, art, physical education

Cor Jesu Academy instructor Jennifer Ahrens led a discussion in the class “Law and the Legal System” Sept. 1 in the newly-opened $8.9 million addition to the school’s campus. The new wing includes a new performance gymnasium, technology-enable classrooms, an exercise facility and a dance studio. On Fridays seniors often have permission to not wear uniforms to class.

Cor Jesu Academy teacher JoEllen Sarich moved from table to table in the programming class. where no desks faced the blackboard, as in traditional classrooms.

That's because this class focuses on collaboration as ideas are shared in a process to reach a conclusion to a project. The new classroom, with tables and up-to-date technology, is ideal for the subject being taught.

Academy of the Sacred Heart is bringing back French for its students, in nod to heritage

Language teacher Sara Gaylor read from “Bonsoir Lune” (a translation of “Goodnight Moon”) during French class for first-grade students at Academy of the Sacred Heart.

"Bonsoir lune," Madame Sara Gaylor told her students.

"Bonsoir lune," they repeated in unison.

Reading from the popular children's book, "Goodnight Moon," first-graders at the Academy of the Sacred Heart were hearing a new twist on the old tale — but this time, en Français, translated as "Bonsoir Lune."

'Renaissance' begins at South City Catholic Academy

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Schools lay out red carpet for renaissance in North County 

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter:@jenniferbrinker

 The red carpet was rolled out bright and early on Aug. 16 for students at St. Ferdinand School. While it was there to welcome them back on their first day, it also was symbol of the renaissance in Catholic education that's rolling out in North County schools.

EDITORIAL | Catholic schools — encountering Christ

As the St. Louis community experienced looting and violence after an apparently unarmed African-American teen was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, the importance of education as a way out of poverty and a way to pass on values was cited by speakers at an Aug. 11 community forum held by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Bright future — and present — for Holy Cross Academy

Lisa Johnston lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Anna Ehlmann, a kindergartner at St. Cletus School, raised her hand to answer a question from teacher Kammye Coleman. St. Cletus School operates on an extended calendar. By shortening summer vacation, the school has found retention loss to be held to a minimum.

Reporting for school in August 2012, Claire Hite, Ben Erken and John Benedick felt a bit of trepidation and nervousness — typical jitters on the first day of school, but with the added stress of entering as the new kids at an upper-grade school.

With one notable difference: They wouldn't be adjusting to life as new-kid-on-the-block freshmen at one of the area's Catholic high schools.

Instead, they were pioneers, among the first Catholic grade school students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis adjusting to life in a middle school.

New superintendent Kurt Nelson takes a fresh look at education blueprint

Kurt Nelson, the new superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, met with principals and directors of religious education at the Catholic Education Center. Forging a bond and endeavoring to put them at ease, he spoke of them all being “new on the job” this year

When the new superintendent of Catholic education stepped into his office last month, he already had a blueprint to follow — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Alive in Christ mission advancement initiative and its goals for providing a quality Catholic education in the archdiocese.

Kurt Nelson began his duties July 1 after moving from LaCrosse, Wis., where he was president of Aquinas Catholic Schools, a system of six schools. He takes over after the retirement of George Henry, who was the first lay superintendent of the archdiocese and held the job for 19 years.

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