Archive for the ‘collaborative programs’ Category

Update on Action Strategies for Collaboration

February 7, 2013

The City Catholic Collaborative members have been very busy working on five action strategies approved in April 2012.  These strategies are helping the Collaborative reach its goals while integrating our action with the priorities announced by Archbishop Carlson in February 2012.  The Alive in Christ Mission Advancement Initiative is more than a title, it is a reality in the city Catholic elementary and middle schools.

Principals are excited about following through with developing their own Professional Learning Community (PLC) to enhance their professional leadership in the schools.  Once a month 15 principals are coming together to learn from each other as they work to understand an assigned piece of professional reading.  First they break bread together and share conversation and prayer.  Although schedules are busy, they have made this a priority for excellence.

Pastors and Principals volunteered and worked during the summer of 2012 and into the fall to investigate various models of structure and governance for our schools.  After their research and discussion, they felt that there was an immediate need for planning for some of the schools in south St. Louis.  In December 2012 pastors and principals from Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Ambrose, St. Gabriel, St. James the Greater, St. Joan of Arc, St. John the Baptist, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Raphael, and St. Stephen Protomartyr met to review and discuss population trends, school enrollment trends, and financial trends for the ten parishes and schools.  After this initial meeting all ten pastors agreed that they needed to initiate a planning process for the future of Catholic education in south St. Louis.  The initiative was announced the weekend of January 18-20 to parishioners and school parents.  Additional information and communication will be ongoing and interested persons will be given opportunities to give in-put.  As this process progresses, information will be shared with the larger community.

Other areas that are being developed include grant development for joint projects and formulating a master calendar for the nineteen schools in the Collaborative.  Those responsible continue to discuss and plan for some common dates for all.  This is ongoing and not implemented at this time. 

The schools of the City Catholic Collaborative are working diligently to work together in ways that will enhance who they are and what they are able to offer to the children living in St. Louis city.

Grant Allows Three Schools to Collaborate on New Program

September 17, 2012

The Norman J. Stupp Foundation awarded $8,750 toSt. Roch, St. Francis of Cabrini and St. Cecilia schools for the Mental Math– Middle School Project.   The grant was written by Professor   Richard Lodholz who consulted with principal Gloria Openlander, and St. Roch Math teachers Paul Shaver and Tim Cummins concerning the project.

The Project goals are:

1. To increase student computational proficiency and numerical understanding by creating and implementing periodic lessons depicting key strategies with related daily 3 minute practice exercises throughout the school year in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8;

2. To strengthen teacher and principal knowledge of mathematics by professional development through collaboration with teachers and principals in other schools and the project director;

3. To develop a researched based mental math/estimation program across grades 5-8 through the medium of Power Point lessons and printed daily exercises on Word software that can be disseminated to other schools in following years.

 

The schools involved are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working together throughout the school year.   The school communities appreciate the efforts of Professor Lodholz.!

(This article is from the E-vangelizer published by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was written by Sue Brown, Director of Marketing.)

Enriched Algebra for Select Eighth Grade Students

August 24, 2012

The enriched Algebra I class for select Eighth Grade students registered in one of the city Catholic elementary or middle schools began its third year on Monday, August 20, 2012.  Twenty four students and a parent or two for each arrived at Bishop DuBourg High to pick up their text and other necessary materials and meet their teacher.

An air of true excitement and enthusiasm was almost palpable when students gathered.  Not only did they receive an invitation to participate in the program based on their test scores and grades, they were going to be attending Bishop DuBour High school every Monday through Thursday.  Quite a privelege for them.

The students, who satisfactorily complete the year long course of studies with at least a C average or above, receive high school credit that transfers to the high school they will choose to attend in the fall of 2013.  This gives them the opportunity to take additional math classes at the high school level and be more prepared for future studies and careers. 

The program has been available to eighth graders in city Catholic schools for three years.  It has been well received by students and parents and every student has been successful!  The teacher seems to have enjoyed the course as much as the students. 

During the coming year the Sophomore students who were the pilot group in 2010 will be part of an evaluation to determine if our goal of more math in high school is being achieved.  Receiving high schools have been very supportive of the program.

This program is a direct result of collaboration between a group of High School Administrators and the City Catholic Collaborative.