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September 2017 Star of the Month

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Montrell is a sixth grader in a seventh grade group because of his advanced academic skills. He is a considerate student who goes out of his way to make our community better through service (cleaning trays at lunch daily, digging bowls out of the trash, etc), care (asking how people are doing in the morning with a smile) and grit (giving 100% effort daily in advanced classes). His family is overjoyed to have him join our community and the feeling is mutual.

 

We give thanks – 2016 Gratitude Report

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Dear Friends, (Gratitude Report FY16 FINAL web)
In Fall of 2016, we celebrated an extraordinary milestone for our school and our community – La Salle Middle School welcomed 107 students into our new home at 1106 N. Jefferson. Your support made this move possible and is now helping us to fulfill our vision to serve more students in north St. Louis! This beautiful and light-filled environment visibly reflects our love for our students and the transformative work that is happening within. Please drop by soon and see for yourself – our doors are always open to our friends!

Your love and support is also felt by our alumni who are working hard to reach their fullest potential through De La Salle’s Graduate Support Program. This year, 77 alumni are attending college-prep high schools like DeSmet, MICDS, Rosati Kain and CBC, and 72 alumni are pursuing their post-secondary degrees. Through their time at our school, these scholars were equipped with the social-emotional tools and vision to complete their education. More importantly, they have been inspired by our LaSallian values to become change agents and leaders!

This work is only possible with the care and commitment of people like you. Thank you for believing in our students and for investing in their futures.

With gratitude,
Melissa Brickey
Executive Director
De La Salle, Inc.

Oh what a night!

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The Catch a Rising Star Gala was a huge success April 8.

The annual gala celebrates the transformative power of education, and enables us to support La Salle Middle School’s innovative educational experiences for students and graduates.

Together we raised nearly $600,000 new dollars that will go toward our students’ success in middle, high school, college and beyond.
Thank you for your kindness and belief in our kids.

For more photos, follow this link.

 

Light streaming in from our volunteers

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Mr. Donohue contemplating Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with Jalen.

Cliff Bellone, Dick Donohue and Joe Orf: These three men, all retired professionals, have shown extraordinary dedication to the students at La Salle Middle School. Bellone is retired from teaching at St. Louis University Medical School; and Mr. Donohue and Mr. Orf are retired from De Smet. They tutor students in math, science, and language arts and are generous with their time.

During the last year, Mr. Orf, in addition to his usual volunteer hours, met outside of school with a La Salle graduate who was struggling with his high school math.

Love of learning in our middle school students

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After La Salle’s first year, we have much to celebrate. Students showed growth in learning that exceeded the national average by 20 percent, according to results on the NWEA assessment. Student growth in reading and language exceeded the national average by more than 40 percent, according to the same test. La Salle students also exceeded the national average on the Gallup Student Poll’s measurement of hope in the future and of their entrepreneurial aspirations.

Our 2016 MAP scores affirmed our School Improvement Plan focus on science and math while maintaining our focus on literacy. While we saw some improvement from De La Salle’s 2015 scores in science and math, we still have far to go, with just 9 percent of students testing proficient in math and 14 percent in science. Our science score nearly tripled from 2015, and we aim to continue the trajectory for this coming spring’s test. We are excited about our school improvement plan and its systematic approach to addressing our highest priority areas needing attention this school year.

Our New Home

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In 2001, we opened the doors to a modest home–a small room above a sandwich shop in North St. Louis. There, students and teachers worked tirelessly together to build an educational community, to grow and learn together. Not long after, we outgrew that space above Big Mo’s, expanding down the street to a former skate rink on Kennerly. We have countless memories in that building—great, funny, tragic, inspiring, heartbreaking, loving memories.

It’s time, though, to open a different set of doors; to fill another building with enough memories, dreams and love to make it a home. On August 16, students new and returning will rush into the newly renovated La Salle Middle School, located at 1106 N. Jefferson. We are beyond excited about our new space—it’s larger, brighter, and will serve our students well for years to come.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped with this move—with your donations, your prayers, your attendance at events, your mentorship, your strong arms and backs when we needed help with the heavy lifting. It has been a huge task and we could not have come this far without you. We hope all of you will stop by in the coming weeks to see how the community you have helped build over the years is growing!

As We Grieve, We Offer Love

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July 8, 2016

Dear Students, Graduates and Families,
Today, you are in my thoughts. In the past three days, our country has witnessed continued violence, spurred by racism. I grieve for the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five officers in Dallas. My heart aches for the devastating effect that racism and racial inequity have had on those families, and on our country. My heart aches for the devastating effect that racism and racial inequity have had on you, your families and the children of La Salle Middle School and De La Salle, Inc.

 

We are overwhelmed with the heartbreak and the grief. And in that heartbreak, we offer love to the grieving families in Baton Rouge, in St. Paul, in Dallas. We offer love to each of you, who witness daily the effects of an unjust system.
I am proud of the work of the students, families, educators, Board, volunteers and donors in our organization. Our work for racial equity through education is our declaration that Black lives matter.
If there is anything I can do, or we can do, for you, for your families, for your children, please know that our doors are always open.
With love,
Melissa Brickey
Executive Director
De La Salle, Inc.

A Prayer

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“Let us remember….that we are in the holy presence of God.”

We end our daily educational journey with those words: a prayer.

Immediately before saying the prayer together as a community, our students participate in EnCompass, our after-school faith-based enrichment program which focuses on whole person development: the social, emotional and ethical growth of each child. EnCompass programming plays a unique role in our goal: that every child develops a sense of meaning in our world and a faith in the future.

We are dedicated to transforming children and the community through innovative education; our EnCompass program fulfills this promise. With opportunities such as dance exploration with COCA, cooking with Operation Food Search, yoga with Urban Breath Yoga, drama with Summit Leadership Initiative, service learning based on Catholic social teachings and a myriad of other programs (chess, swimming, gardening, world religions, new and old testament, etiquette classes), our students’ days move beyond traditional classroom instruction.

Through EnCompass, we offer opportunities that lend themselves to taking risks, learning new skills, trying out different experiences, exploring faith and having fun! And our EnCompass program reminds us to embrace lifelong learning. Just as we challenge our students, we continue to challenge ourselves to innovate, to go beyond our comfort zones, to take risks, to explore our faith…and to have fun! Thank you for being a part of this incredible educational journey!

Live Jesus in our hearts…..Forever!

Family Orientation

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On August 7th, over a hundred people gathered in the gym for our family orientation – new and returning students, parents, grandparents, siblings and staff. In a very short time – four hours – a community formed.
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A New Beginning

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Dear Friends,

Three years ago, we challenged ourselves to broaden our impact and to offer excellence in educational opportunities to more students. Today, July 1, 2015, we embrace that challenge. As we begin the fiscal year we officially Read More