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School News Briefs May 2014

School News Briefs
May 2014
St. John students advance to state History Day

The University of Minnesota Duluth held the Regional History Day competition on March 29. St. John’s students from Duluth competed and won a spot at the Minnesota State History Day competition being held on May 3 at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. Bella Kartch created a website on Susan B. Anthony. Abigail Legg and Emma Johnson performed a small play on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Lauren Goman did an exhibit board on Title IX.

NET retreat comes to three Duluth schools

Middle school students from Holy Rosary, St. James and St. John’s schools in Duluth gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary March 11 to participate in a NET retreat. NET is the National Evangelization Team and is comprised of college-aged students from across the United States who share a commitment to follow in the ways of Jesus Christ and share their message with students in an energetic and fulfilling manner. The retreat focused on our unique call as God’s sons and daughters. In order to support the different struggles young men and women have, the group was first divided by gender and then later into small groups. After a lunch provided by Holy Rosary School, the students gathered in the sanctuary, and the NET team shared personal experiences as part of their discussion about reconciliation. Following the discussion, more than eight priests made themselves available in order forparticipants to go to confession. The day culminated with a celebration of Mass. Officials say due to the high energy and encouragement of the young adults, this was an extremely meaningful event and a great opportunity for students to interact with peers from other Catholic schools in the diocese.

St. Thomas students support Hunger Coalition

Students from St. Thomas Aquinas School in International Falls collected food items and cash for the Falls Hunger Coalition in support of the Minnesota Food Share month during March. The school, along with anonymous donors helping the cause, donated $2,047 to the area food shelf. By exceeding the $500 goal, students will be rewarded with an all-school lock-in event in the spring.

Presentation on India

Virginia had a chance to “visit” India by attending a presentation by Janet Schultz. Schultz transformed the school’s library using beautiful fabrics and fascinating souvenirs from her travels to India. Not only was the library transformed but Schultz and Principal Jean Virant wore traditional outfits from India. Schultz wore a Churidaar and Virant wore a Saari. The students enjoyed the video presentation that accompanied the presentation.

Open houses

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth currently have or will soon have registration open houses for students for the 2014-15 school year. Contact your local Catholic school for registration information. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth are:

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344,

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516,

Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565,

Duluth: St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511,

Duluth: St. John the Evangelist School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392,

Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931,

Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-6232,

Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054,

International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430,

Pine City: St. Mary’s School, 815 Sixth Ave. S.W.; (320) 629-3953,

Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811,