Middle School House Spotlight: Kolbe

House Name: Kolbe
 Color: Green
Virtue: Hope
Saint: Maximilian Kolbe
 Teachers: Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Jacke
Did You Know:
  • One night in Kolbe’s childhood, Our Lady appeared to him in a dream holding a white crown and a red crown. He later related, “She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.”
  • By the time he was in his early thirties, Fr. Kolbe founded a religious house near Warsaw, Niepokalanów – the City of the Immaculate, from which to expand his evangelization efforts. Starting with a handful of friars, within a decade it grew to house nearly 1,000.
  • Fr. Maximilian Kolbe was arrested in Poland in February of 1941, and in May sent to the Auschwitz death camp. As prisoner #16670, he eventually laid down his life for another prisoner on August 14, 1941, at the young age of 47.
  • St. Maximilian is the patron saint of families, prisoners, journalists, political prisoners, drug addicts and the pro-life movement. St. John Paul II declared him to be “the patron saint of our difficult century.”

Middle School House Spotlight: Drexel

House Name: Drexel
Color: Blue
Virtue: Courage
Saint: Katharine Drexel
Teachers: Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Citro
Did You Know:
  • Katharine was the daughter of extremely wealthy railroad entrepreneurs and philanthropists Francis Anthony and Emma (Bouvier) Drexel.
  • She was taught from an early age to use her wealth for the benefit of others; her parents even opened their home to the poor several days each week.
  • In 1915, Katharine founded Xavier University in New Orleans, the first Catholic University in the United States for African-Americans.
  • By the time of her death, she had more than 500 Sisters teaching in 63 schools throughout the country and she established 50 missions for Native Americans in 16 different states.

Academically Gifted Program: Innovation In The Classroom

The students in the Academically Gifted Program at ESCS have a new friend. They have welcomed Ozobot with enthusiasm and excitement. Ozobot is a robot that teaches sequential thinking, logical reasoning, and coding concepts. It is a great resource for introducing coding to elementary/middle school students. The students tell the robot what to do based on the codes they use and create. We started off with pre-printed materials to learn the codes. Then the students were able to create their own paths for the Ozobot using those codes. Eventually, the children will learn to code the Ozobot themselves. They are having so much fun and learning more than they realize!

Middle School House Spotlight: Tekakwitha

House Name: Tekakwitha 
Color: Red
Virtue: Courage

Saint: Kateri Tekakwitha

Teachers: Dr. Micko and Mrs. Miller 
Did You Know:
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
  • When she was four, Tekakwitha lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind.
  • She is the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.