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Updates from Aim High

The Aim High summer enrichment program is back on Priory's campus, and as has become a tradition, numerous Priory students are serving as volunteer teaching assistants. Some highlights from the Aim High e-mail newsletter:



On Thursday, June 15, Aim High welcomed more than 400 Achievers on the campuses of John Burroughs, St. Louis Priory and Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill schools.  Aim High has seen significant growth in the past several years, with enrollment increasing by more than 60% since 2014!  The students are in for an amazing summer filled with learning opportunities, social-emotional development and exposure to new ideas, places and people.

Aim High Achievers from all sites attended an assembly at Priory on Friday hosted by DJ Nune, aka, Lamar Harris. The DJ hooked everyone with his masterful musical talents-particularly on the trombone! He then asked students to think about what success looks like and talked about what characteristics make someone successful. Using popular acts as examples of what it takes to succeed, he shared his own story, talking about the commitment, passion, hustle and hard work that it takes to succeed as a professional musician. Achievers had a great time joining him on stage for some dancing (an example of taking risks) and demonstrating their creativity. While the students had a blast, they were encouraged to see themselves as "Creators" with something unique to offer the world and given some key insights on making their dreams a reality. A big Aim High thank you to DJ Nune for this fun and inspiring lesson!



This summer, we will welcome more than 150 TAs (aka, teaching assistants, the majority of whom are students from our host campuses and graduates of the Aim High program) to serve our 425 Achievers! Last Tuesday, TAs for all three sites went to Priory for a full day of training, meeting their fellow TAs, learning valuable mentoring skills, and discovering some fun new ways to engage students. Our TAs are a vital part of the Aim High experience, enabling us to provide a 3:1 student to teacher/TA ratio so each student receives individualized attention and extra support. Aim High TAs are also valuable peer mentors and role models for Aim High Achievers.   Thank you to all of our TAs for helping to make a difference in so many young people's lives!

Save the Date - Friends and Family Days


Please visit us this summer for Friends and Family Day!
St. Louis Priory School, July 18th, 9am-10am

Connect with an Aim High Achiever and learn more about the impact of Aim High!

For more information contact Natalie Hartwig at (314) 432-9500 ext. 1002.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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