Pope: Educators form lives that are ready to face the future

Jenny Johns, first- and second-grade teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School in Green Bay, Wis., answered a question for first-grader Gwendolyn Danz Jan. 12.

VATICAN CITY — Catholic schools and universities play a key role in evangelization and in creating a more humane world built on dialogue and hope, Pope Francis said.

Future generations who are "educated in a Christian way for dialogue, will come out of the classroom motivated to build bridges and, therefore, to find new answers to the many challenges of our times," he said.

Holy Rosary ‘Saints Museum’ celebrates Catholic education

Saints Museum player and Holy Rosary School eighth-grader Emma Buskin, center, talked about the life of St. Catherine of Bologna with fellow students. Emma dressed up as St. Catherine to give her presentations about the founder of the Poor Clares as part of the Saints Museum at Holy Rosary.

Five saints filled the small front office at Holy Rosary School in Warrenton on a recent morning as they waited to see the principal.

"Oh, my heart is so warm," said Lori Racine as she came out of her office to meet St. Catherine of Bologna, St. Cecilia, St. Sebastian, St. Bernadette and St. Hubert. "Remember to talk naturally, like you're telling a story about yourself."

Balance of solidarity, subsidiarity guide future of Catholic schools

The proposal of three school models in the Archdiocese of St. Louis signals a major shift in the way the Catholic Education Office operates and how they're looking at the future of Catholic education in St. Louis.  Students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be an Archdiocesan School model. Makalo Spencer seemed to raise his hand for every question about subjective personal pronouns during his sixth grade language arts lesson.

Kurt Nelson sees the future of Catholic education in the archdiocese as that of balancing a set of scales. On one side you have subsidiarity — the principle of making decisions at the most local level possible. On the other, you've got solidarity — Catholics throughout the archdiocese acting together as one Body in Christ.

"We want people to do the things they need to do, to have those freedoms," the superintendent of Catholic education said. "And where they have challenges, we want the solidarity piece to show how we are working as a larger Church. It's a balancing of both of these."

School Oversight Committee to address Northeast County Deanery

The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee is working on a plan to address issues affecting Catholic elementary schools in the Northeast County Deanery.

A letter sent to families of students in the deanery noted that the Catholic population in the area and school enrollment continues to decline, and some parishes struggle to financially maintain their schools in the short term.

Archbishop approves new partnership model school

Adam Bobo, a student at St. Joan of Arc School, helped organize canned goods that were part of the monthly collection for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has accepted a recommendation for a new partnership model school at St. Joan of Arc, serving the current Our Lady of Sorrows, St. James the Greater and St. Joan of Arc schools.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has accepted a recommendation to establish a new partnership model school at St. Joan of Arc Parish in south St. Louis.

STEM Scouts’ lab lessons redefine what’s fun

Lucas Kenniston and Maggie Niemeyer secured wires into the “MaKey MaKey” control board which, when connected to pieces of conductive clay and a computer, made a piano keyboard. STEM Scouts is a new program sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scout Council for elementary and middle-school groups.

Nico Balassi, a fourth-grader at Assumption School in south St. Louis County and a Cub Scout, talked about a STEM program and gave an example of what's "cool" and "fun."

It involves a MaKey MaKey, an electronic invention kit that turns everyday objects into computer touchpads and interfaces them with the Internet as computer programs.

"You use wires and hook it up. If you touch something it will go off," Nico explained.

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