Classroom Takeout

Intellectually nourishing mini-classes with Prep faculty

Now in its fourth season! Come for Classroom Takeout. a series of fascinating mini-classes with Prep faculty. Experience the kind of discussion and exploration that goes on in our classrooms every day. You'll find it very satisfying!

  • When: The next session is Wednesday, January 18. The Parent Council will host a reception beginning at 6:30 pm and the presentation will start at 7 pm.
  • Where: A. E. Studzinski Library on the Prep campus
  • Who: Free and open to Prep parents, alumni, and friends.
  • Registration: Please register in advance here.

Explore the Creativity Within – March 8

Explore the Creativity Within 

When: Wednesday, March 8 • 6:30 pm
Where: Ryken Center for the Arts

The arts bring joy and inspiration to our lives. They also nurture creativity, self-expression, empathy and critical thinking.

During this session of Classroom Takeout, members of our fine arts faculty, all working professionals in their disciplines, will lead interactive workshops in art, music and theater.

Come with an open mind and a willingness to venture outside of your comfort zone. After all, that's what we ask of our students every day. You may find it challenging. You will most definitely find it fun and rewarding. Register here!

The workshops will be led by Fine Arts Department faculty:

  • Brooke Boncher, Middle School visual art
  • Dale Bryant, High School ceramics
  • Brit Christopher, Middle School curriculum coordinator and theater arts
  • Alicia Greenwood, Fine Arts Department chair and High School theater arts
  • Diane Hastings, Middle School chorus, strings
  • Harriet Malone, High School drawing, painting, print making, and sculpture
  • Ashley Nichols, Middle School band
  • The Fine Arts Department faculty also includes musicians Michael Hamill (chorus, piano, strings, theory) and Seelan Manickam (concert band, jazz percussion)  

Complete – The Hidden Spirituality of Teenage Boys

The Hidden Spirituality of Teenage Boys

When: Wednesday, January 18 • 6:30 pm
Who: Jason Moore, Middle School Campus Minister
Where: A.E. Studzinski Library 

Campus minister Jason Moore will facilitate this conversation about the spiritual lives of young men. Look for an enlightening discussion about many wide-ranging questions – How do young men connect with the sacred? What are the cultural messages about spirituality and young men? What are the spiritual challenges young men face in our culture? How can we support spiritual growth in our sons and students? How can Xaverian spirituality mold the young men at St. John's to be men of compassion, humility, simplicity, trust and zeal?

Jason Moore is in his second year as the Middle School Campus Minister at St. John's. He has been ministering to young people from kindergarten through college for more than 16 years. He and his wife have two sons. Jason enjoys traveling, visiting Vermont (where he lived before coming to St. John's), hiking, kayaking, swimming and playing the bodhran (Irish frame drum).

Complete – The Best Poem I Ever Read

The Best Thing I Ever Read

When: Wednesday, October 26 • 6:30 pm
Who: John Klein, English Department Chair
Where: A. E. Studzinski Library  

English teacher John Klein calls "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins his favorite poem to read and teach. Hopkins, an English Jesuit, wrote the sonnet in 1877, addressing it to "Christ Our Lord." Typical of Hopkins, it is a challenging work, but the beautiful and complex imagery and spiritual themes make it a wonderful poem for a timeless reflection on the nature of Christian discipleship.

John Klein has taught English at St. John's since 1983, and has served as department chair since 1986. He also coaches cross county, winter track and spring track. In his forty-ninth year of teaching, he enjoys travelling, especially his annual trip to London to see an Arsenal game.

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