2023

News List

  • February

    A Totally Terrific Tuesday!

    The bitter cold outside could not compete with the warm smiles inside during the annual Lower School picnic on Tuesday, January 31. Students from Montessori through Grade 5 and their parents and-or special someone(s) enjoyed a picnic-style lunch on the floor of Marion Gym.
     
    Students in Grades 1-5 were surprised with the announcement that it also was Just Because Day. The "It Is Snow Much Fun At Viz" themed activities included an indoor snowball fight, snowflake making, and watching the movie Frozen, to name just a few. The girl's favorite activity was decorating gloves with jewels. The day's events also included a snow cone truck.
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  • Cyber News

    Congratulations to the Viz Middle School CyberPatriot team! (Pictured from left to right: Mia R., Mary Anne C., Zoe H., Allie F., and Olivia B.) They finished in third place in their division for the state of Missouri. The girls demonstrated outstanding technical skills, problem-solving, and teamwork, positioning them among the top teams in the CyberPatriot XV State round.

    At the Upper School level, senior Kendall Stone, CyberPatriot president, invited a guest speaker to talk to Upper School CyberPatriot team members and computer science students. Cindy Goodwin-Sak, Vice-President of Global Sales Engineering at Anomali, a cyber security company, discussed her journey in the tech field and the importance of women pursuing this career path, shared her experience, and provided sound advice on career success.
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  • Nothing Short of Spectacular!

    Middle School and Upper School students brought their collective energy to all three performances of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon last weekend. Bravo to the entire cast and crew for a spectacular show!
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  • Two Weeks Running

    Though snow days impacted the planned events for both, the community still celebrated two important back-to-back weeks: Founders Week and Catholic Schools Week. The Founders Week celebration included an all-school Mass, a sweet treat for St. Jane's birthday, St. Francis' feast day, and some fun trivia. Catholic Schools Week featured various themed activities in the Lower and Middle Schools and a school-wide drive to benefit the St. Patrick's Center. Here's a photographic glimpse into the festivities.
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  • What's the Word?

    After a couple of snow delays, the annual Lower School and Middle School spelling bee took place on Tuesday, January 31. Congratulations to superstar spellers Mary Anne Carroll (Grade 8), who earned first place, and Celia Pursifull (Grade 7), who finished in second place. We are BEE-yond proud of all the contestants!
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  • January

    In the Swim of Things

    The Viz swim team experienced several bests during the Hickman Invitational held in Columbia, Missouri, on January 21 and 22. The varsity relay teams dropped more than two seconds in all relay events, sophomore Libby Mooney dropped five seconds in the 100 free, and freshman Rosie McDaniel won her heat in the 200 free. A new school record was set by sophomore Ashlyn Canale in the 100 breaststroke, who posted a time of 1:08.15. Fantastic job, ladies!
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  • Getting Into Code Mode

    Students in Mrs. Lauren Hanna's Grade 6 computer science class recently finished a project in which they designed and coded their own websites. Working in teams, the girls applied the skills they learned to create websites covering various topics. All the girls did such a great job! Here are a few examples of their hard work: The 3 R's – how to help the earth and facts and tips about recycling and Food for All – the importance and the how to's of donating to local food pantries.
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  • Living Jesus

    Service is an essential element of a Visitation Academy education. Students are encouraged to be good stewards of the community and to make service a lifelong venture. Throughout the school year, Viz provides many opportunities to educate students about the ministries in our area that are in need and perform service projects to support these organizations. Here are a few that occurred in December in the Middle School.
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  • "Untiring Advocate for Justice"

    Please join us in congratulating senior Madison "Madi" Harness, Visitation Academy's 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award winner. This award is presented to high school students who have demonstrated, through their attitude and their work, a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. Madi was one of 21 teens in the St. Louis area that received this honor during the 47th Annual Archdiocesan Celebration on January 15, 2023, at the Cathedral Basilica.
     
    Madi also was featured in The St. Louis Review. Click here to read her story.
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  • Hoop Dreams

    Viz's varsity basketball team had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Knightstown, Indiana, to take the court in the gym featured in the classic 1986 movie Hoosiers. Click here to read more about this iconic landmark. Viz has been waiting for this chance for two and a half years, as the venue only hosts around 80 high school games each year. While the experience was a definite win, the Vivettes ultimately lost 46-48 to the Cor Jesu Chargers.
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  • Preparing for the Future

    More than 60 attendees were present on Wednesday, January 11, to learn from Andrew Laue, Associate Director for Fine Arts Admissions for Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. His presentation, "Visual and Performing Arts at the College Level," was sponsored by the college offices of CBC, Chaminade, DeSmet, Priory, St. Joe, Villa, Viz, Westminster, and Whitfield. Attendees heard about various areas of interest to those considering pursuing a degree in fine arts. Mr. Laue has presented on the topic of the college search process for students in the arts at regional and national events.
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  • SLU's Newest Recruits

    Saint Louis University is gearing up for the 2023 soccer season, officially announcing its 2023 recruiting class which includes Viz senior Lucie Schwartz. SLU's head women's soccer coach, Katie Shields, announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the Billikens' program. All ten will have four years of eligibility beginning next fall.
     
    Click here to read the complete story on soccerwire.com, which includes Lucie's background in soccer and Coach Shields's thoughts about what Lucie brings to the Billiken squad.
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  • Having a Field Day!

    The Upper School Chamber Choir will be singing the National Anthem – on the playing field – at the St. Louis Ambush vs. Kansas City Comets game on Friday, January 20. Game time is 7:35 p.m. at the Family Arena. Show your support for our Viz girls and our hometown indoor soccer team at the same time. Click here to purchase your tickets.
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  • A Welcome Police Presence

    A few local men in blue visited our youngest friends in Montessori and Kindergarten on January 10. Officers from the Town and Country Police Department made a "routine stop" in classrooms to read stories and run intruder drills with students. Students also got an up-close look at their patrol car. Did the students enjoy the morning? That's a big 10-4!
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  • It's Show Time!

    The Brothers Grimm's fairy tales are turned on their heads in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a fast-paced, rollicking ride. Our Middle and Upper School actors will combine 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel (the original darker versions, not the happy versions people have become accustomed to) to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Story of Johannes and The Girl Without Hands into one spectacular spectacle you won't want to miss. The curtain goes up on January 27 at 7:00 p.m., with additional performances on January 28 at 7:00 p.m. and January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Get your tickets here.
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  • Coding Commendation

    Viz's own Abby Van Vooren (Class of 2023) participated in the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by the U.S. House of Representatives in each district. She received a letter and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Missouri representative Ann Wagner. Congratulations to Abby, and special thanks to Upper School computer science teacher Sarah Walsh for facilitating this opportunity for our students.
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  • Having a Ball!

    Another successful Visitation Academy Christmas basketball tournament is in the books. After a thrilling 44-40 win in the opening round, the Vivettes ultimately finished the tournament in sixth place. There were plenty of highlights, including a feature story on our Vivettes in the online edition of the Post-Dispatch. Additionally, Kate Restovich (Class of 2023) was selected to the All-Tournament 1st Team, and Lucie Schwartz (Class of 2023) was selected to the All-Tournament 2nd Team. Congratulations!
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  • Honoring Time-Honored Traditions

    In preparation for Christmas, freshmen theology classes investigated the Church's tradition of the Jesse Tree and then put a unique spin on it. Students specifically looked at women who had a role in Salvation history and then made ornaments in the makerspace to symbolize these women's roles. They then presented their research to their classmates and hung their creations on the class's Jesse Tree.
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  • Snow Globes and a Defense of Reflection Time

    When the new Upper School and Middle School schedules were launched this year, I was delighted to see that a five-minute reflection time was included every afternoon. Unlike the morning and afternoon prayers over the announcements, reflection time would be five minutes, where the entire Middle School and Upper School divisions pause to say and do nothing. To just be.
     
    For me, those five minutes of reflection are like a shaken snow globe after it is set down. The flurry of activity settles, and I am left with the beautiful, present moment at the center of it all. I concentrate on the calm of my soul and my body settling down. As the five minutes draw to a close, I do a quick inventory of the present moment, and more often than not, it is filled with grace and joy. More often than not, it becomes clear that I have so much to be grateful for and that my flurry of worry has kept me from glimpsing that joy.
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  • Hands-On Experience

    The varsity basketball team visited the St. Louis County Courts in Clayton, compliments of Dan Stoecklin, Athletic Director Paul Stoecklin's brother. Dan works the Viz home and away basketball games, keeping the official scorebook, but professionally, Dan is a latent examiner.
     
    During the visit, Dan showed the girls how fingerprints are collected from crime scenes and processed. The girls collected their fingerprints from different items, and Dan showed them how to search for and locate matches in the system. The girls also saw the evidence room during their visit.
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