middle school

Bright future — and present — for Holy Cross Academy

Lisa Johnston lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Anna Ehlmann, a kindergartner at St. Cletus School, raised her hand to answer a question from teacher Kammye Coleman. St. Cletus School operates on an extended calendar. By shortening summer vacation, the school has found retention loss to be held to a minimum.

Reporting for school in August 2012, Claire Hite, Ben Erken and John Benedick felt a bit of trepidation and nervousness — typical jitters on the first day of school, but with the added stress of entering as the new kids at an upper-grade school.

With one notable difference: They wouldn't be adjusting to life as new-kid-on-the-block freshmen at one of the area's Catholic high schools.

Instead, they were pioneers, among the first Catholic grade school students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis adjusting to life in a middle school.

St. Margaret of Scotland seeks to bolster Shaw neighborhood with school building project

St. Margaret of Scotland first-grader Magie Goudy sang about mathmatics in a classroom that had once been the teacher’s lounge. The school has launched a $2 million capital campaign for a new middle school building and boiler replacement.

St. Margaret of Scotland School has launched a $2 million capital campaign to construct a new school building, and already they're almost halfway toward that amount in advanced pledges.

Once completed, this will be the first time in 50 years that a new, standalone Catholic parish school building will be constructed in the city.

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