High schools

Confident Villa Duchesne team helps coach to 200th win

Villa Duchesne's Arden Duffy made a long reach for the ball. Villa Duchesne won their match 2-0.

Confidence goes a long way in sports.

Villa Duchense's field hockey team is riding a wave of confidence into the playoffs, having defeated major rivals and solid St. Joseph's Academy, Lafayette and Cor Jesu Academy teams during the season.

Brooke Behan, a Villa Duchesne junior, said the team's four seniors lead the way. "We have a younger team without many seniors, but the seniors we do have are very strong," Behan said. "We've known since the beginning of the season that we've wanted to be very successful ... we are headed to postseason and are very excited about it."

Students display work ethic at neighborhood cleanup

From left, St. Mary’s High School student Brendan Seyss joined teacher Ty Van Valkenburg and students Jackson Cummings and Darius Harris in cleaning a street and sidewalk near the intersection of Osceola Street and South Grand Avenue Oct. 9. Students spent the day cleaning up streets and public areas near the school in south St. Louis.

The trash bags filled up quickly.

Ty Van Valkenburg and his crew of students from St. Mary's High School worked feverishly picking up trash and trimming grass and weeds from a sidewalk on the corner of Osceola and Grand, a few blocks north of their school in south St. Louis.

Wielding a shovel as he cut and scooped weeds and grass overtaking the sidewalk, Max Todd was almost too busy to talk. The junior managed a quick comment: "It's hard work. But we want to help out any way we can."

Trinity Catholic, Duchesne students show how music has the power to unify a community

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Most musicians will say that music has the power to unify people and strengthen a community.

Some would say that St. Louis could use more of that right now.

Students from Duchesne High School in St. Charles and Trinity Catholic High School in north St. Louis County witnessed music's unifying potential when the two archdiocesan high schools came together for a somewhat impromptu choir and band performance.

Educators take on new roles

The cards have been shuffled, the hands have been dealt and 24 schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have new administrators in place for the 2017-18 academic year.

In all, 27 educators are in new leadership positions, with two high schools — Rosati-Kain High School and Incarnate Word Academy — making changes at both president and principal. However, Rosati-Kain's new president, Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, has a familiar face; she previously served as principal.

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.

High school nights 2017

Schools have been in session for less than a month in the 2017-18 academic year, but plans already are underway for next year and beyond.

The annual series of High School Nights opens this week with two sessions for sixth- through eighth-graders, along with their families, to explore 26 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese — nine archdiocesan schools and 17 private schools. The sessions are open to all students, whether in Catholic or public schools.

Why the early start?

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