ACT Aspire will be new test used by archdiocese
The Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans has signed a new contract for the annual assessment test that students will take.
The Office of Catholic Schools will now use the ACT Aspire test this year to test students starting in third grade. This replaces the TerraNova III assessment that has been used since 2007. ACT Aspire also replaces ACT Explore and Plan tests taken by eighth and ninth graders. These new tests align directly with ACT college-readiness tests taken by high school students and the new Common Core standards, so they provide consistency and continuity to track students from third grade to early high school.
St. Peter’s ‘Mystery Mission’ gets students serving
Shooing mosquitoes and dodging the occasional wasps’ nest, teens from St. Peter Church’s “TORCH” youth group toiled to reclaim a stretch of holy ground: an overgrown Stations of the Cross pathway, set deep in the woods of the Teresian Spirituality Center in Covington.
Kids’ special needs embraced at St. Rita, Harahan
For Kathy Livaudais, a painting inside the St. Rita parish center in Harahan says it all: It shows Christ the Good Shepherd going to the edge of a cliff to rescue a lone lamb encircled by wolves.
Incarcerated youth the focus of mentoring program
Ansel Augustine’s focus on teens builds church
Ansel Augustine knows how to connect with teens and young adults, and employs multiple platforms, as was evident June 24 when he conducted a webinar through Loyola University’s Institute for Ministry (LIM).
Mater Dolorosa’s ‘green thumbs’ issue a fresh challenge
The gauntlet has been thrown down! Residents of the Apartments at Mater Dolorosa challenge other Christopher Homes properties in the archdiocese to see who can yield the most from their community garden.