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.

Principals pleased with A+ scholarship expansion to include private school graduates

Catholic school students are the beneficiaries of legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon ending discrimination against them in the A+ scholarship program, according to the principals of two high schools that had advocated for the change.

"The real winner here is the kids," said Kevin Mabie, principal of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington. "Our kids were being denied something that really was their right."

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Freedom and faith-based education

As we prepare to celebrate the 240th birthday of our beloved United States of America, we also celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom from June 21-July 4, a time for us to promote the importance of religious liberty — our "first freedom."

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