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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?

Generation Life is not just in January

Riley Kurczynski from Eureka High School and Amy Hohenberger from Cor Jesu Academy prayed at Planned Parenthood with the Holy Infant youth group. Members of the Ballwin youth group were demonstrating a commitment to protecting life that goes beyond the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C.

Brad Pike is certain his presence on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood is causing some raised eyebrows from people inside the fence.

The 16-year-old has gone with his grandfather several times to the sidewalk, offering prayers that those coming for an abortion would seek a different choice. On a recent Saturday morning, he and about two dozen friends from the youth group at Holy Infant in Ballwin made a visit. The teens were there to send a message that they're pro-life beyond the March for Life.

Generation Life, he said, is not just in January.

St. Mary’s football team running on all gears

St. Mary's High School running back Lavel Harris carried the ball 53 yards for a thrid-quarter touchdown against Westminster Academy Aug. 18. Lavell gained 145 yards receiving and rushing in the game, which St. Mary's won 31-22.

If the season opener is any indication, the St. Mary's High School football team will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

The offense is effective in both running and passing the ball. "I try to stay as balanced as possible," St. Mary's coach Corey Bethany said.

The coach moved Lavel Harris from receiver to running back this season to keep that balance. "He had to step up," Bethany said. "He's a dynamic player. Wherever he is on the field, he'll try to make a play. He has the speed to do it from anywhere."

Wonder of Eve offers science-based approach to women’s natural health care

Promotional materials for The Wonder of Eve, a new program debuted by the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning.

A newly revamped program is teaching young women about a natural approach to their health care.

The archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning debuted the Wonder of Eve at the archdiocesan Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference earlier this month. The nearly hour-long program is for teenage girls and includes information on the design and function of the female body, including the reproductive system and menstrual cycles and how to track them naturally.

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