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'Renaissance' begins

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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.

New assignment makes summer ‘a little unique’

Father Ed Nemeth, pastor at Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and principal of Valle Catholic High School, sat in his office on July 20 while being interviewed. Father Nemeth wrapped up his duties as principal of St. Puis X High School at the conclusion of the school year before transferring to Ste. Genevieve and has been working tirelessly to get acquainted with and help the community.

On one hand, "summer vacation" was typical for Father Ed Nemeth. Like every other Catholic school administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he wrapped up the past school year, then went right into preparations for the next.

Catholic education is a ministry, newbie teachers learn at orientation

Just weeks before the start of the school year, a crop of new Catholic school teachers assembled at the Cardinal Rigali Center for orientation into their new roles.

No doubt some of them were just as nervous as their students likely will be on the first day. Elementary schools in the archdiocese begin classes the week of Aug. 14, with most high schools starting around that time.

Volunteers transform school’s library/learning center

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"You've got religion?"

"This is all history."

"Where do we want poetry?"

"I've got religion."

All the subjects are covered in the new learning center at St. Louis Catholic Academy, which became clear through the conversations volunteers had while moving bookcases and books into the space which will serve as the school library and more.

Differentiated instruction offers individualized approaches

St. Norbert School kindergarteners Dallas Morhead, left, and Ethan Gramlich used differentiated instruction techniques in math class May 15. The school is part of the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery, which recently received a $100,000 grant to be used for technology and expanded teaching techniques, including differentiated instruction.

An afternoon math lesson among kindergartners at St. Norbert School was an exercise in cooperation and listening.

At the center of each table was a pile of shapes in several colors and sizes. Their task: separate the pile among three attributes: number of sides, color and shape.

"Think about one attribute at a time," teacher Laura Ernst instructed her students. Coming around to each table, she observed how the children worked together to figure out how the shapes needed to be separated.

"What is this?" Ernst asked student Katie Soloman.

Renaissance in Catholic education continues

Undertaken by the archdiocese in the past year, the Renaissance in Catholic Education stresses engaging changes occurring in schools in St. Louis and North St. Louis County, confronting challenges presented by these changes and offering new school choices for parents and families seeking Catholic education for their children.

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