New technologies, leadership mark school year’s beginning

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked principals of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to share their new initiatives, buildings and leadership. The following is a selection of their responses.

  • Our Lady of the Lake School in Mound is adding a third classroom to accommodate an expanding preschool program.
  • St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater welcomes a new principal, Sister Martha Ann Titus, a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia. The school is implementing an ecclesial method approach to its religion courses, and in the middle school, it is fully implementing the digital portfolio element of the Created for Greatness virtuous leadership program.
  • Totino-Grace High School in Fridley is launching a new advisory program, TG Connect, to help adult professionals in the school build relationships with students. The program is designed to help students have a mentor to go to when they encounter social, academic or other challenges.
  • After taking the helm of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in February, Adam Ehrmantraut will begin his first full school year as the school’s president. Archbishop Bernard Hebda will install Ehrmantraut during the school’s opening Mass Sept. 6.
  • St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights is opening an Innovation Center. Scheduled for completion in late September, the 6,000-square-foot space will give students access to technology — such as 3D printers, hand tools, saws and drills — for creating and evaluating prototype objects. The academy is also adding a sixth grade to its middle school, and its students will be worshipping in a newly remodeled chapel.
  • The Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield is completing a major renovation of its 1931 building. It’s also replacing its grass sports field with an artificial surface to create a state-of-the-art practice facility.
  • Mike Brennan is the new president of Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria.
  • As it begins its second year as a member of Ascension Catholic Academy, St. Peter Claver Catholic School in St. Paul will be undergoing the accreditation process to become re-certified through the MNSAA and aims to become a Top 20 School.
  • Students at St. Agnes School in St. Paul welcome a new director of the lower school, Emily Minton, who holds a bachelors and masters degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The school is also opening three new combination lab and classroom spaces.
  • Chromebooks will be in the backpacks of each middle school student at Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Richfield in an effort to allow teachers to teach in innovative ways, including “flipping” — watching a video lesson at home for homework, and working on the lesson’s homework the next day in the classroom with the help of the teacher.
  • Carrie Hackman is the new principal of St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School in Mahtomedi, which is adding an outdoor classroom to its monarch garden.
  • Providence Academy in Plymouth will be making more use of its new, state-of-the-art performing arts center during the school year. Kyle Rickbeil is also the school’s new middle school director.
  • Holy Spirit Catholic School in St. Paul is partnering with Groves Academy in St. Louis Park, a school for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and attention disorders which is also home to a center for literacy instruction, education and advocacy. Holy Spirit will be implementing the Groves Literacy Framework to help increase reading fluency in its kindergarten and first grade.

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