During our all school mass on April 11, 2018, SCCS 6th grader, Allison Hauser, received a surprise award from the Archdiocese's Center for Mission. Each year Catholic school students in grades 1-12 are invited to enter a contest answering a question related to a certain theme. This 2018 year's theme question was: "Who is my neighbor in the world and how do we follow Jesus' call to love our neighbors as ourselves?" The entrants in each grade division were judged for their creativity, originality, organization, spelling and communication effectiveness. Allison chose to answer the question in the form of a poem entitled, "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself" and was the winner in the 4th-6th grade division. Deacon Mickey Friesen from the Center for Mission was at the Mass to present her prize. Congratulations Alli! To watch the video click here!
Created for Greatness is St. Croix Catholic's virtuous leadership formation program, borne out of the realization that the middle school years are critical to forming life-long habits, and it is these formative years in which a young person is ripe for intentional growth of specific virtues. The overarching goal of this virtues-building program is to help students master their environment rather than allowing their environments to master them.
One key area will be the students’ interaction with technology. St. Croix Catholic takes a careful and intentional approach to learning with technology. Read our Technology Philosophy.
In building this program, St. Croix Catholic School, the only school in the Upper Midwest to host the highly sought Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, formed a partnership with the world-renowned Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute (www.hvli.org). Founded by Mr. Alexandre Havard, HVLI, with centers in Moscow, Washington, Shanghai, Paris, Helsinki and Nairobi, offers virtuous leadership training to business executives and university students worldwide. The leadership model being formed in partnership with our Dominican sisters is the first of its kind to be aimed at the middle school student. This Created for Greatness virtuous leadership program is intended to be a pilot program, tested and proven at St. Croix Catholic, and eventually shared worldwide.
A pilot program wherein all 7th and 8th grade students are using Chromebooks in a collaborative effort between History and Religion courses is in place this Spring 2015. Take a peek into the classroom.
The Created for Greatness program is intended to be rolled out in its entirety in Fall 2015; complete frameworks for grades 6, 7, and 8 will be available for preview at that time.