News List

  • September

    Niche's 2023 Best School Rankings Are In

    Visitation Academy has done it again! For eight years running, Viz was ranked #1 in the Best All-Girls High Schools in Missouri category.
    I am currently a sophomore at Viz, and I love it! The welcoming community of intelligent girls and faculty is the reason I can call Viz a second home. I would 10/10 recommend Viz to anyone who is willing to work hard to achieve their goals and succeed.”
    Let’s keep being who we are and being that well!

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  • Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, October 18

    Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to have school photos taken/retaken on Tuesday, October 18, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Menard Deck. Upper School students in Grades 9-11 should wear their blue or white polo and red Viz blazer. Seniors do not need to wear their blazers but should have their photos taken for their school ID if they have not done so already. Middle School students should wear their grey or yellow polo and red Viz sweater vest or cardigan. Lower School families, please email Mrs. Lund if your Montessori or Lower School student will be having their picture retaken.
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  • Who’s Behind the Mask?

    Profe Kathleen Placke's Spanish 4CC class has been studying a unit focused on the theme of identity. As part of the unit, the class talked about heritage, historical figures, language, and more, then used what they learned to create identity masks.
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  • “Visitation, We Thy Daughters”

    During their first few weeks in Upper School, Viz ninth graders spent time in theology classes really learning what it means to be in a Visitation Salesian school. Dean of Mission Integration Dr. Amelia Blanton Hibner, Campus Minister Mrs. Katrina Gill, and Archivist Ms. Amanda Gesiorski teamed up with theology teachers Mr. Chuck Chiodini and Mr. Mike Mohan to explore how the Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary brought us to this present moment.
    These lessons, coupled with the meaningful Crescent Ceremony, prepared them for their ninth-grade Sisterhood Retreat on September 15 and 16. Through prayers, retreat activities, witness talks, a lock-in sleepover on campus, and fun, the retreat explored what it means to join this Visitation sisterhood.
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  • A True Value Add

    On Thursday, September 15, Viz hosted its first-ever math workshop, thanks to our math department chair, Darren Modde. This past summer, Darren attended a presentation by Diane Broberg, math department chair at MICDS. He invited her to come to discuss the topic "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics" with Viz's Middle School and Upper School math educators.
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  • Girl Power

    Viz offers two exciting Middle School/Upper School programs that provide leadership opportunities, support, and assistance to students in these divisions.
    The first is Girl Talk, and Viz is the only school in the state of Missouri offering this beneficial program. Girl Talk provides a framework where teenage girls meet to find strength, learn new skills, and create a support network. Our Upper School leaders meet monthly to plan curriculum and content and then meet with the sixth graders once or twice per month.
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  • Sewing the Seeds of Learning

    To coincide with the reading of the 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible, juniors in Mrs. Farinella's American literature class headed to the Makerspace to sew dolls from Puritan times. Most of the students were new to sewing, so while it was challenging, they enjoyed learning a new skill. When complete, students brought their dolls to class to use while reading the play.
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  • A Show of Spirit

    The Visitation Academy cheerleading team was in perfect formation during a special Show Me St. Louis segment that aired Friday, September 16, during the 10:00-10:30 a.m. timeslot. Check out the video below view their spirited performance!

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  • Reed All About It!

    Seniors Tess and Maggie Reed are leaving it all on the field in their final season as Vivettes in the hopes that the varsity field hockey team will reach the final four for the first time since 1993. After winning back-to-back State titles in 1992 and 1993, a spot in the final four has eluded our Vivettes. Is this the year? Click here to read the feature story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
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  • Something to Talk About

    Congratulations to Class of 2022 graduate Abby Strait! She was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI‑Y) scholarship to study the Chinese (Mandarin) language for eight-ten months in Taiwan. She competed with thousands of applicants from high schools across the United States and was one of over 80 students selected to participate in an NSLI‑Y academic year program.

    While in Taiwan, Abby will be immersed in the local culture and communities, study the Chinese (Mandarin) language, and interact with peers in the host community. This is her second NSLI-Y scholarship. She also received a Virtual Summer Intensive scholarship to study Mandarin for five weeks in the summer of 2020.
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  • Start Spreading the News

    Visitation's annual Middle School and Upper School open house is coming! We also will be hosting the first of four Lower School open houses on October 20 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Please help us spread the word. If you have friends or family with age-appropriate students, we encourage you to invite them to stop by these events. Our ambassadors cannot wait to greet guests and share all the reasons they love Viz.
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  • A Day in the Life

    When you’re in Middle School, it’s hard to imagine what Upper School is like…until now. Working collaboratively, Upper School and Middle School students created a crossover opportunity, during which Mr. Hartley’s eighth-grade tech theatre class joined forces with the Upper School tech theatre class. Upper School students, with supervision from Mr. Strohmeyer, showed their younger schoolmates how to use the various available tools. Additional crossover opportunities are being explored so Middle School students can truly get a feel for what electives and other classes are available to them when they move on to the Viz Upper School.
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  • Rising to the Challenge

    If the decibel level in Buder Gym was any indication, students were extremely excited to attend the annual Challenge Cup volleyball game on Friday, September 2. The friendly match pitted our Vivettes against the Bears from Ursuline Academy. Both teams played hard, but at the end of the day, the roaring support of the crowd, coupled with the determined play of the varsity volleyball players, ended with the Vivettes hoisting the cup in victory. Congratulations!
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  • Take Your Best Shot

    Want to protect yourself against the flu this season? Here’s your best shot. Viz is hosting a flu shot clinic for students and families on Menard Deck Friday, October 7, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Click here for more information and to access the consent form.
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  • Cheers for All the Years!

    Please join us in acknowledging and celebrating the following fabulous faculty and staff members for their milestone years of service to Visitation Academy. We are so lucky to have you and cannot thank you enough for your dedication!
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  • Smashing It!

    The Viz varsity tennis team came out swinging, knocking out the competition at its first contest of the year – the Great 8 Tournament in Columbia, MO, held on Friday, August 26. The team took home the first-place trophy and some great momentum as they prepare to start league play.
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  • Tickets Anyone?

    The curtain won't go up for another few weeks, but tickets for the Upper School musical, The Pajama Game, go on sale Monday, September 5! The show dates are October 6-9.
    Don't miss your chance to see this Tony Award-winning best musical original brought to life by our talented and hard-working students, both on stage and behind the scenes. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.
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  • Another Successful Golf Tournament Is in the Bag

    It was a fabulous day for the annual Visitation Academy Golf Tournament at Persimmon Woods Golf Club on Monday, August 29! We welcomed new and returning parents, alumnae, parents of alumnae, and friends for a total of one hundred golfers hitting the links to support Viz's Athletic Department.
    Congratulations to our flight and contest winners of the day:
    Top Flight winners: Aaron Cregger, Mike Suelman, James Schneider, Mike Burke, Tom Forget, Dane Goellner, Peter Gunther, and Frank Allegro.
    Contest winners: Angie Jung, Brian Pffeifer, Katie Costigan Heyel ‘93, Peter Gunther, and Clay Schaeffer.
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  • August

    All Smiles!

    From the Lower School Meet-and-Greet to Middle School Orientation to Senior Morning Mayhem, there were “smiles for miles” to kick off the 2022-2023 school year. Welcome back, Vivettes!
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  • The Big Reveal

    Middle School and Upper School students gathered with the Upper School Student Council on Friday, August 19, for the first assembly of the year. The big announcement for the day – the 2022 Fall Festival theme, This or That. More information about this annual event will be revealed in the coming weeks, but for now, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 1 and make plans to join in the fun.
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  • Will History Repeat Itself?

    The Visitation Academy golf team is gearing up to defend its 2021 Class 2 Championship title. STLhighschoolsports.com did a girls’ golf season preview spotlight, and our Vivettes were featured prominently. Check out the story here.
    The quest for a repeat title begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, as Viz takes on Villa Duchesne at Forest Hills Country Club.
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  • A Time for Rejoicing

    There is a lot to celebrate in 2022.
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  • From Tryouts to Game On!

    Upper School fall sports tryouts began Monday, August 8. Flash forward a few short weeks, and league play will be underway.
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  • Many Happy Returns

    We celebrated the return to the new school year by welcoming our Viz families and faculty to the first community-building event of the year – the Welcome Back Picnic. Thankfully, the rain stayed away, and the campus was filled with smiling faces ready to enjoy a little Monday fun day.
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  • Campus Traffic and Safety

    Please take a minute to review the followings campus traffic and safety reminders:
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  • Back in the Game

    The theatre program is back and kicking off the year with a timeless classic - The Pajama Game. Awarded a Tony in 1955 for Best Musical, the show features an energetic score brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards.
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  • More Reasons to Smile

    The next time you are doing some shopping on Amazon, don't forget that you can support Viz at the same time at no additional cost!
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  • New Year, New Faces (and Some New Spaces)

    We are excited to have several new faces on our faculty and staff team this year.
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  • July

    Summer Sensations!

    Two Vivettes, Abigail Isom '15 and Rebecca Mooney '24, appeared in The Muny production of Legally Blonde, The Musical, which ran Monday, July 25 through Monday, July 31. 
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  • Living the Little Virtues

    During a trip to the Dominican Republic, Cady Villmer, World Languages Department Chair and Spanish teacher, and her family made a stop at Colegio San José to donate old microphones no longer used at Viz. Colegio San José, a Catholic school in Puerto Plata, educates students in preschool through high school - just like Viz. The school was thrilled with the donation and treated Cady and her family to a tour of the school.
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  • Well Above Par!

    The seventh-grade Viz Middle School golf team not only qualified for the Archdiocesan Team Championship Golf Tournament, but were crowned CYC Archdiocesan Team Champions for the second consecutive season. Congratulations to team members Grace K., Olivia M., Caroline M., Mia R., Annie R., and Ella S.!
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  • June

    Service at International Institute

    Sisters in Service

    Viz was thrilled to welcome students from the Visitation schools in Mendota Heights, MN, and Washington, DC, to St. Louis for this year’s VISTORY (Visitation in Service to Others: Responding Youth). 
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  • May

    Have Ball, Will Travel

    Viz’s very own Grace Restovich (Class of 2025) is taking her exceptional soccer skills on the road. Grace was selected as one of 20 members of the U-16 National Team, and she and her teammates will be traveling to Sweden to participate in an international tournament the weekend of May 20. Not only is Grace on the National Team, but she also was selected as the team captain. Congratulations, Grace!
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  • A Red-Carpet Affair

    The fast-approaching end of the school year is cause for celebration in and of itself, but there are lots of other celebrations going on around the Viz campus like the annual Thespian Banquet, which was held on Sunday, April 24. Planned by sophomore and junior thespians, the theme of this year’s banquet was A Red-Carpet Affair.
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  • Red Letter Day #2

    The red-carpet affair for our thespians was followed the next night by a red and white affair for our athletes. Seniors were honored at the Red and White Sports Banquet, an annual spring event celebrating graduating athletes and their support of the Viz athletic program during their years at Viz. Thank you so much to all of our students who generously shared their time and talent.
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  • Education Sensation!

    At the SLU 1818 meeting held on April 27, Heather Essig – Visitation’s SLU 1818 coordinator and Upper School science educator – was awarded the Sister M. Cathlin Casey Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given to a SLU 1818 teacher who has a “commitment to academic excellence, rigorous expectations of her students, and a contagious sense of joy.”
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  • Harnessing the Curiosity of Childhood

    One of the joys of observing a Montessori classroom is seeing small people solemnly and carefully taking various activities—excuse me, works—off of the shelves and to their workspace to engage with them. 
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  • April

    Marian "Bo" Mehan '70 Named to the Billiken Hall of Fame

    Viz alum Bo Mehan, proud member of the Class of 1970, was named to the Billiken Hall of Fame Class of 2022 by the Saint Louis University Department of Athletics.
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  • March

    Skills vs. Content

    When I was seven and in the throes of wrestling the times table to the ground and taking its lunch money, I remember saying to my teacher, the long-suffering Ms. Ellul, “Why do I need to learn this? I can just use a calculator.” She told me I needed to learn it because I wouldn’t always be carrying a calculator around in my pocket with me. I’m sure she feels very silly about that statement now.
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  • Awards Presentation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

    “Strait” Talk

    Congratulations to senior Abigail “Abby” Strait who was selected as Visitation Academy’s 2022 recipient of the Archbishop John L. May Service Award. This annual award, given in remembrance of Archbishop May’s dedicated Christian service, recognizes the outstanding leadership and community service of high school seniors.
    In addition to her dedication to serving others, Abby also is very dedicated to her study of the Chinese language. After receiving a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Virtual Summer Intensive scholarship to study Chinese (Mandarin) for five weeks in the summer of 2020, she has been hard at work perfecting her mastery of the language. Abby has been dividing time between the Viz campus and the St. Louis University campus this year. She is enrolled in a Chinese language course at SLU, sharing a classroom with college juniors three days a week.
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  • Lucy

    The “Write” Stuff

    Congratulations to senior Lucy T. and junior Emma J.! These two aspiring writers are finalists in the 2022 Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest for high school students, sponsored by the St. Louis Poetry Center. More than 100 students across the bi-state region submitted their work, and from that group, 20 poems were selected as finalists including Lucy’s poem Screens and Emma’s poem Woman.
    Judge and poet Srikanth Reddy, who teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago, will select the first, second, and third-place winners along with honorable mentions and decisions will be announced in early April. Good luck to Lucy and Emma!
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  • Meredith with Mrs. Jennifer Haney, Middle and Upper School Music and Choir Director

    Well Played!

    On Saturday, March 12, sophomore Meredith Zaegel competed in the MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Parkway Central High School. Viz is in Class 4 which includes 20 Districts, so there were plenty of competing soloists at this year’s event. Meredith’s violin performance earned her an Outstanding/Silver rating. Congratulations, Meredith!
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  • Twice as Nice

    Visitation Academy’s Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, Mr. Martin “Marty” Strohmeyer, is the well-deserved recipient of two teaching awards.
    Mr. Strohmeyer was named The Judith Rethwisch Outstanding Thespian Teacher of the Year at the Missouri Thespians State Conference held at Union Station in January 2022. This award is given to a theatre teacher whose unselfish efforts and countless hours really do mean something to those who care. The award is named after Judy Rethwisch, now retired Affton High School theatre teacher, who served as the Missouri State Director from 1984-1993 and was instrumental in establishing Missouri Thespians.
    If that wasn’t enough, Mr. Strohmeyer also just learned that he will receive the 2022 Creativity and Innovation in Teaching award from the Missouri Alliance of Art and Education which recognizes educators for their creativity and innovation in teaching visual or performing arts classes in the state of Missouri. The award will be presented to Mr. Strohmeyer at the Missouri State Capital on March 23. Congratulations, Mr. Strohmeyer! Viz is lucky to have you.
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  • The Value of Time

    I’ve spent the past several months trying to figure out how to create more time in the day. Since I’m still here and not living the life of an idle billionaire on an island in the tropics, it seems safe to assume that I haven’t managed it.
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  • February

    High Five!

    Our Vivettes faced off against the Bears from Ursuline Academy in the annual Challenge Cup basketball game and walked away with a win. Viz holds on to its winning streak with this fifth consecutive victory. It was an exciting game, with outstanding play on both sides, but in the end, the Vivettes edged out the Bears 58-30. In the process, junior Kate Restovich scored the 1,000 point of her career. Way to go Kate, and congratulations to all the players!
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  • Giving It Our All

    Thank you to the Viz community members who participated in the Visitation Academy blood drive to benefit the Red Cross on Monday, February 14. And a big shout out to junior Campbell P. who organized this important initiative. A total of 41 individuals - including 31 first-time donors - donated 30 productive units of blood. The blood donated will help up to 90 patients in need at Red Cross partner hospitals throughout the region. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and help in making this event a success.
    To find other Red Cross donation sites, click here. There is a significant shortage of blood, and every donation is a tremendous gift.
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  • Up for the Challenge

    The Varsity basketball team will undoubtedly leave it all on the floor as they face perennial rival - Ursuline Academy - in the annual Challenge Cup basketball game. Our Vivettes are defending a four-year winning streak against the Bears. Can they pull out consecutive win number five? We’ll find out when the action tips off at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22.
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  • Have You Ticked All the Boxes for Safari?

    Get ‘Em While You Can!
    Our raffle is in full swing. Don’t miss your chance to win a lululemon MIRROR Pro package or signed Yadier Molina catcher’s mask. Purchase your raffle tickets today: one ticket for $25 or five tickets for $100. Raffle tickets will be sold via our auction software, GiveSmart, through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Ticket purchases are open to any registered user – you don’t have to be present the night of Safari to win these great raffle items.
    Connect With Us Remotely
    Even if you can't join us in person on February 26, you will still be able to bid on all the fabulous items in the Silent and Premier auctions remotely, buy raffle tickets, and make your Fund-A-Need: Tuition Assistance donation! Please note, Live auction items will only be available for bidding in person. Click here to register to participate remotely!
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  • “Bee” Who You Are and “Bee” that Well

    Students from the Lower and Middle Schools donned their thinking caps for the annual spelling bee on Wednesday, February 9. Each grade level from Grade 4-8 held spelling tests to determine who would compete in the spelling bee. All the contestants - 14 total - did a great job, but ultimately Campbell S., Grade 8, was named “queen bee,” and walked away the winner. Campbell will continue on to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch semi-final spelling bee March 5 at Lindenwood University. Bridget M., Grade 6, was the runner up. Congratulations to all the contestants!
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  • Dr. Beth Human, Academic Dean of Visitation Academy

    From the Dean’s Desk

    I was delighted to join Viz this past summer as the Academic Dean, and I’ve been enjoying the process of getting to know students and families as the year has progressed.
    You might wonder what exactly an Academic Dean does. When I first saw the job posting, I went to the most obvious source of enlightenment — etymology. The title dean has a long narrative in ecclesiastical and educational history, originally designating a priest who led a chapter of ten other clergy. (The Latin word for it was decani, signifying ten. Decani also is technically the name for the side of the church that doesn’t have the choir on it, but it seemed unlikely to me that I’d been hired to be a side of a church. It’s quite outside my skill set.) Over the years, the title has evolved to mean someone in a position of leadership, usually responsible for a cathedral or a division of an academic institution.
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