special education

Women religious fill unmet need in Catholic schools

Sister Joan Stoverink, ASC, smiled as kindergarten student David Mung celebrated a victory in a game of “Go Fish Antonym” in class on May 21. Sister Joan tutors students at St. Stephen Protomartyr, many of whom are from Myanmar, as part of the English Tutoring Project.

First-grader Helen Kim held a card and prepared for her turn in the game of modified Go Fish she was playing with fellow students. She asked if the other had a card with a word that was the antonym of "wide."

Seeing no response, Sister Joan Stoverink, ASC, defined the word "wide" so one of the students at the table could find the opposite. She extended her arms and said that wide "is a tough one; it means 'spread out.'" Just then, a student sprung to his feet and shouted out the antonym, "narrow."

Academy at St. Sabina celebrates eighth graders entering their next chapter in education

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Cassandra Noldon smoothed her son's shirt and tie in the vestibule of St. Sabina Church as they awaited the start of his graduation ceremony.

Bryce Noldon smiled as he thought about heading to Bishop DuBourg High School in the fall. During a visit to the school last year, he got to check out the classrooms, including the science lab, where he will study his favorite subject.

The best part of the visit? "The laptops," he said with a grin.

St. Mary’s Preschool in North County to close at end of school year

St. Mary's Special Services is transitioning from a site-based preschool to a service-provider model in North County to reach more preschool-age children with special needs in that area.

The board of directors of St. Mary's Special Services, in consultation with the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office, on March 23 approved a transition from a site-based operation in Spanish Lake to a service-provider model in Catholic preschools and elementary schools throughout North County. The move will triple the number of preschool-age children with special needs they will serve in North County.

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