Campaign enhances discipline program at Catholic schools

Holy Trinity School in St. Ann strives to meet its students' academic needs and develop their potential while calling them to be witnesses of the Gospel through their words and actions.

The process of developing problem-solving skills and leadership qualities is easier at the school thanks to the Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline program pioneered by the school the past six years after being developed for the archdiocese by educator Lynne Lang.

Plan seeks ‘renaissance’ of Catholic education in the city

Under a new school model, the archdiocese will partner with parishes and schools as a strong stakeholder to make sure the schools are available, affordable and in the right locations. The corporate school model is in addition to the parish school model, administered by the local parish, and the archdiocesan elementary school model, in which the Catholic Education Office makes decisions regarding curriculum, programs and personnel. Deresun McCaskill, a first-grader, made his way along the monkey bars on the new playground at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, a consolidated school sponsored by nine parishes in south St. Louis.

The Archdiocesan School Oversight Committee has developed a plan to address issues affecting Catholic elementary schools in the City of St. Louis.

Under the plan for a "renaissance in education," the archdiocese will partner with parishes and schools as a strong stakeholder to make sure the schools are available, affordable and in the right locations. The partnership will include leadership — a position within the Catholic Education Office focused on these schools — and funding to ensure educational and religious educational programs are of similar quality in all of the schools.

Educators focus on meeting students where they are

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to "meet people where they are," to listen rather than preach to — or at — them.

It's akin to what's happening in Catholic education these days, with educators adapting their teaching methods to address different learning needs of sophisticated students circa 2016. In essence, educators are meeting students where they are. The old way of teaching doesn't cut it anymore.

"It's about changing mindsets," said Cathy Johns, the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education.

Chaminade, SLUH join forces to raise funds for relief efforts

St. Louis University High Schoool junior, John Burke and Chaminade Preparatory senior, Griffin Jasin, were part of the team of students collecting money for the flood victims in Louisiana and the earthquake victims in Italy. St. Louis University High School lost their football match 30-28 against Chaminade Preparatory.  Both sides played a strong offensive game.

Carrying an oversized jar half full of donated cash, Chaminade College Preparatory's John Yeager was happy to be socializing at a school event and simultaneously raising money to help people in need of support

Six Chaminade students volunteered with six students from St. Louis University High School to collect money for flood victims in Louisiana and earthquake victims in Italy. The big crowd at Chaminade's first home football game of the season generously contributed $1,340.

Donation will boost STEM education at Marian Middle

Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, Vice Principal and 5th Grade Teacher at Marian Middle School in south St. Louis.  She taught a religion class on the Acts of the Apostles and answered a questions from Carly Rae Lewis.

The lab for high-tech STEM instruction at Marian Middle School has a low-tech feel about it.

For example, the basement classroom has standard-issue tables, worn ones at that, instead of chemical-resistant lab tables. And the room's single electrical outlet — yes, just one — inconveniently sets above the old-school chalkboard, at about the 7-foot mark.

"You have to stand on a chair to get access to it," principal Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, said.

As for storage, there's none, unless the four corners count.

Red-carpet treatment celebrates students


Celebrate good times, come on!

The sound of Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" greeted students entering St. Anthony Catholic School in Sullivan for the first time of the 2016-17 academic year.

But neither the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals' theme song nor the other entry songs, including "Back to School Again" from Grease 2, ranked as the coolest part about the first day of school.

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