Tag: Catholic education

Back to School

Back to School

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Catholic education vicar, and Jason Slattery, director, outline vision for new schools mission office

City Connects program aims to bridge achievement gap in seven urban Catholic schools

Schools share new leadership and initiatives, from multimillion-dollar buildings to yoga class

Three local principals describe what it’s taking to turn their schools around

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Making the goal thrive, not simply survive

Making the goal thrive, not simply survive

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

With their Catholic school family in mind, principals and staffs are learning to think and act differently

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What’s new at our schools

What’s new at our schools

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked principals of Catholic elementary and high schools in the archdiocese to share initiatives launching this year and new leadership, if applicable. The following is a selection of their responses.

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Could new initiative bridge achievement gap?

Could new initiative bridge achievement gap?

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

7 urban Catholic schools take up the challenge

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New education office to put mission front and center

New education office to put mission front and center

| Interview by Jessica Trygstad and Maria Wiering | August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Office for the Mission of Catholic Education launched in July under the leadership of Jason Slattery, former principal of Ave Maria Academy in Maple Grove. With his wife and three sons, he attends Sts. Peter and Paul in Loretto. Now working on a doctorate degree in leadership and interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Slattery shared his vision with The Catholic Spirit for how the new office will serve Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis through its focus on forming mission-driven leaders and students in a competitive marketplace.

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Kindergarten teacher spiritual mother to many children

Kindergarten teacher spiritual mother to many children

| Sam Patet for The Catholic Spirit | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Paula Dudgeon is convinced she made the right decision at age 29. After spending nine years with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary of Waukesha, Wisconsin, she discerned that God wasn’t calling her to spend her life as a religious sister. Instead, she thought he wanted her to get married and have a family.

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Gratitude at heart of farewell Mass for Office of Catholic Schools

Gratitude at heart of farewell Mass for Office of Catholic Schools

| Nicole Mamura for The Catholic Spirit | June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholic school leaders and faculty gathered with staff members of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis June 24 for a Mass of appreciation for the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools. The Mass was held as a closing liturgy for the office, which will cease operating June 30.

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St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors

St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Teacher Nellie Hennen asked a simple question of her nine first- and second-grade students at St. Bernard School in Cologne.

“How many of you love your school?” she said.

Almost in unison, nine hands shot up into the air.

The teacher flashed a smile, but her expression quickly turned sad. This would be the last day, May 28, that she could ask that question in her classroom — ever. It was the final day of classes for the school, which would close its doors for good the next day after a school picnic. The display board in front of the main office celebrating 135 years of the school’s history would be taken down.

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With help from grants, St. Pascal’s school to remain anchor for St. Paul’s East Side

With help from grants, St. Pascal’s school to remain anchor for St. Paul’s East Side

| May 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

In an area of St. Paul that Father Michael Byron described as “more needy, less Catholic and more diverse” today than it has been in its 65-year history, St. Pascal Baylon School intends not only to remain open, but also to be an anchor of Catholic education in the east metro of the Twin Cities.

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Come to class with one of STA’s best-loved teachers

Come to class with one of STA’s best-loved teachers

| May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dave Ziebarth showed a clip from the movie “Saving Private Ryan” as his third-hour world history class at St. Thomas Academy began a section on World War II.

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Alumni thankful for brotherhood, leadership, discipline

Alumni thankful for brotherhood, leadership, discipline

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked three alumni from different decades what still resonates from their years at St. Thomas Academy.

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Learning to lead

Learning to lead

| Jennifer Janikula for The Catholic Spirit | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The entire student body, also known as the corps of cadets, stands at attention in the St. Thomas Academy court during daily formation. With a strong, crisp, unified voice, they recite the Hail Mary and the Pledge of Allegiance. As the cadets settle into their “at ease” position, staff and students step up to the mic to share announcements and celebrate accomplishments at the Mendota Heights school.

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