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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.)

Great Students Are Here

August 31, 2012

Great students are here.  The City Catholic elementary and middle schools welcomed 3, 665 great students for the beginning of another outstanding school year!

Our schools are excellent and it appears that many parents and guardians agree it is the place for their student.  The Alive in Christ scholarships were a great help to many who might not have been able to attend.  We are grateful to all those who helped to fund these scholarships.  Local schools and parishes also helped with tuition assistance for many.  The assistance money comes from many individual parishioners or donors through their parish collections and the special Scholarship Sunday Collection sponsored by the City Catholic Collaborative.  Thanks to all of you!

Among these 3, 665 there are 370 preschool students developing their skills in the 11 preschools within our schools.  Many of these students are just beginning their Catholic school experience. 

Welcome to all in our schools!  May you grow in faith and knowledge each day.

New Year brings New School

August 30, 2012

St. Louis the King Catholic School at the Cathedral officially opened August 24, 2012.

Located at the site of the former Cathedral Basilica School, St. Louis the King is the first school to open in the City of St. Louis under Archbishop Robert J. Carlson’s leadership and pronouncement that “Catholic schools are my first priority!” (See sidebar for pictures)

The Archbishop, along with Superintendent Mr. George Henry, members of the school community, and community leaders and supporters marked the occasion with a prayer service, ribbon-cutting and release of balloons by the students in celebration of their new school. 

The Archbishop said to the  children, “I am praying for and counting on you to make this school, as Jesus said, like a “city on a mountain that cannot be hidden.” In other words, Alive in Christ! 

(This post is an article from the E-vangelizer published by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.)