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CSCOE Magazine

A Bimonthly Publication

HIGHLIGHTING THE BEAUTIFUL HEARTS, MINDS AND SOULS
OF THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL COMMUNITY

National Spotlight: Cristo Rey

Agnes King

April 12, 2017

In his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis said, “Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment.” He goes on to say, “Helping the poor financially…

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Community Involvement

Heather Pfeiffer

April 12, 2017

ST. JEROME STUDENTS WRITE LETTERS TO SENIOR CITIZENS Everyone likes to get real mail — handwritten, addressed to one person and sealed in an envelope. While letter writing seems like a dying art, it is very much alive at St.…

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Graduate Column: Peter Westerhaus

Kathy Schneeman

April 12, 2017

PETER WESTERHAUS, SHAKOPEE AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATE, FORMER UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LINEBACKER AND FOUNDER OF LOCAL NONPROFIT ACHIEVING CURES TOGETHER. Peter Westerhaus has stared death in the eyes several times over. And yet, he keeps smiling. But muddling through adversity…

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Why I Love My School

Maureen Lodoen

April 12, 2017

The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence visited St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School in Mahtomedi and asked teachers and students what they like best about their school. Here’s what they had to say: “Spanish” -Jack Loosebrook, kindergartener “I like…

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On With the Show

Sandra R. Sabo

April 12, 2017

SCHOOLS’ ANNUAL SPRING PRODUCTIONS SHOWCASE STUDENTS’ DIMENSION Sometimes the hottest ticket in town isn’t to the Guthrie, Chanhassen or any of the other professional theaters around. Instead, it gains admittance to an amateur yet highly polished and entertaining production at…

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“Prayer Changes Things,” says the lone bumper sticker on the back of Father Michael Becker’s pick-up truck. Father Becker is known to many as a man of dedicated and faith-filled prayer. As the rector of the thriving St. John Vianney…

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Speaker Series

Maureen Lodoen

February 3, 2017

JOSH OCHS PRESENTS SAFE, SMART & SOCIAL: TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO SHINE ONLINE As a parent, you know that social media has dramatically changed the way children communicate with each other. With more than three-quarters of grade school students…

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Jason Slattery

February 3, 2017

HANDS-ON LEARNING APPROACH TAKING SHAPE AT MORE SCHOOLS The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), a style of instructing children ages 3-12 in the truths of the Catholic faith, seeks to create an engaging and secure environment in which each…

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Kickin’ It With Kuplic

Isaac Huss

February 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SENIOR BRINGS FAITH LESSONS TO THE SOCCER FIELD AND BEYOND Tony Kuplic isn’t exactly a household name, but to his teammates on the University of St. Thomas soccer team — and their NCAA tournament opponents —…

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