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Character counts. Pre-K teacher gives first-hand testimony to the hidden power of character, the focus of this year's annual symposium on November 1st.

Peek through the window into Sarah Weir’s Pre-K on any given morning, and you’ll see 18 little learners gathered for “morning meeting.”  The daily agenda always includes one very important topic: how each child feels that day. A big believer in the crucial role character plays in a child’s success, Weir talks to her students about their emotions and strategies for managing them. For many of her children, their frustrations and hurts run much deeper than the concerns of a typical preschooler. “Taking the time to invest in how the children feel and where they are coming from helps me understand them better, so I can be more effective at teaching content,” Weir explains. It’s a practice she’s developed through the Responsive Classroom approach she adopted years ago. And she knows it works.

Registration for Gesu's 16th Annual Symposium is now open!

Join us for Gesu's 16th Annual Symposium - The Hidden Power of Character

Friday November 1, 2013 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 
Reception to follow

Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Our most recent graduates are headed to these outstanding high schools...

The Baldwin School
Bishop McDevitt
Carver High School for Engineering and Science
Central High School
CHAD (Charter High School for Architecture and Design)
Constitution High (2)
Cristo Rey (5)
Delaware Valley Charter
Friends Select
Simon Gratz High School
John W. Hallahan (2)
Mercy Vocational (6)
Merion Mercy Academy
Northeast High School (3)
Philadelphia Academy Charter High School
Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School (2)
Roman Catholic
Saint Joseph's Prep (2)
The Shipley School
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Valley Forge Military Academy
West Catholic (4)

Center for Urban and Catholic Education at SJU honors Gesu principal Sr. Ellen Convey

Congratulations to our very own Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM, who was honored with the first annual Robert Molyneux, S.J., Award today by Saint Joseph’s University’s Center for Urban and Catholic Education. “The award will be given each year to a Philadelphia educator who has made exceptional advances in innovation and efficacy for Catholic schools — capturing the essence of the magis — to do something of deeper worth, in the current moment, for the greater need.” Well-deserved recognition, Sr. Ellen! Read Saint Joseph's University's full write up.

Stock market savvy empowers students.

“Residents in the inner-city are not as involved in the stock market,” Gesu trustee Paul Welch explains to the library full of 8th graders. “As you grow, you can help others learn about it. It’s about giving back—helping the community and your neighbors.” 

This year, Welch, a senior research analyst and partner at PENN Capital Management, brought a variation of a Chicago-based school investment education program to Gesu. In November, Gesu’s 8th grade students began with a $2,000 investment. Each “investor” selected a stock of interest to them with the goal of making money as a class gift to Gesu School. Over the course of the project, Welch tracked the simulated performance of the students’ portfolio, and taught the students ins and outs of investing.

The Inquirer publishes op-ed by president Bryan Carter

Did you see Bryan Carter’s op-ed in the Inquirer today? You can read it here!

Now available — sponsor and patron opportunities for the gala

Sponsorships and patron tickets are now available for our 2013 gala, Growing Greatness! More information

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