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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.)

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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.