The National Catholic Register published an article on how Catholic schools are shining during this global pandemic and highlighted two of our faculty members here at Saint Theresa Catholic School.
Patrick Reilly, president and founder of The Cardinal Newman Society, shared in the article how various Catholic schools across the country are tackling distance learning.
In the article, he writes how Latin and P.E. at STCS are creatively combined resulting in an effective way to teach two things at once, which is undoubtedly a great help to families as they take on larger roles in schooling.
You can read the excerpt below, or read the entire article at the National Catholic Register here. Many thanks to our very own Dr. Catherine Bilow and Mr. William Bolish, whose collaboration with Latin and P.E. resulted in this highlight. And thanks to all of our faculty and staff who are surely creating unique and effective curriculum during this worldwide event.
At another faithful Catholic school — Saint Theresa Catholic School in Sugar Land, Texas — leaders are finding ways to engage students from a distance.-National Catholic Register
One of the “distinctive aspects” of the classical Catholic education at St. Theresa “has always been direct student engagement with topics in ways that augment physical, auditory and visual stimulation,” says Headmaster Mark Newcomb. The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a new method of integrating the senses, through a collaboration between Latin class and physical education.
“For the past few weeks, students are sent a video that opens with both a vocal recited prayer and a Latin chant that highlight the life of one of the saints, before introducing physical activities that are described in Latin terminology,” Newcomb explains.
“Students strive to master Latin vocabulary through total physical response, performing leaps while reciting saltus (leap) several times in a row. Mini-workouts follow the vocabulary drills, complete with timed rests between kicks, pushups, etc.,” he says.
The new initiative developed by the school’s talented faculty has been well-received by parents, Newcomb says. “How helpful to exercise the mind and the body at once, for the benefit of both, while reflecting on the heritage of our faith.”