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The courageous leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet guides and sustains St. Teresa’s Academy. Since 1866, the Sisters have defined who we are, what we value, and help us to envision who we must strive to be. We are filled with gratitude that the Sisters continue to guide us according to principles rooted in Catholic values. The Sisters teach us that no group should be marginalized, and we must dismantle all forms of discrimination. Regardless of race, skin color, sexuality, gender identification, age, political beliefs, socioeconomic levels, affinity group membership, etc., we must strive for understanding and unity. To reach understanding, we must hold critical conversations and pursue meaningful actions. We will lean into our mission to do more of this work as an STA community. Our differences may seem complex, but the Sisters exhort us to remember that “Foundational to the principles of Catholic social teaching is our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers; we are one human family. We are in solidarity with one another. In our Catholic social teaching, that means 'loving our neighbor without distinction' has global dimensions. In our circle, everyone is included.”  

The Sisters challenge us to implement concrete measures that eradicate systems, processes, and privileges that disadvantage others, particularly people of color. Our Board of Directors in June 2020 released a statement that similarly declared, “We affirm our treasured embrace of our Black students and their families as vital members of our past, present, and future, and we seek atonement for ways in which we have not supported them fully over the years.”  

It is fitting in this month of National observance of Black History Month that we continue to affirm our commitment to African Americans. This month we will launch a Sr. Barbara Moore Scholarship campaign effort because our population of Black students has sharply declined. Sr. Barbara Moore is the first African American Sister to join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. She is a living trailblazer who marched in the 1965 March on Selma for voting rights. We are blessed that Sr. Barbara is partnering with us in this effort. Your support and contributions for this campaign are greatly appreciated. 

In addition to the excitement of our Sr. Barbara Moore campaign, we are very much looking forward to the strategic planning process that is underway. Academic Principal Barbara McCormick will provide more specifics in her commentary, but it is my honor and pleasure to help oversee and participate in this important project, as well. This process will provide us with a fresh opportunity to imagine our future! The input of all stakeholders will be essential as we move forward. Thank you for providing survey feedback to us. Our Director of STEAM Projects and Education, Dr. Mandi Sonnenberg is helping to lead analysis of the feedback that will help guide our next steps. We will be sure to keep everyone updated. 

In closing, let us continue to work together and share all of our cares and concerns to the Lord. As it states in Philipians 4: 6,7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Please continue to stay safe and healthy. 

God Bless, 
Dr. Siabhan May-Washington 
It is with great excitement we welcome the New Year and a fresh start as we begin second semester classes. Hearing students chatting in the halls, witnessing them discussing topics in classrooms, and watching them travel across the quad are moments in time I value more than ever. The campus is alive with learning, lunching, and leaning on one another as we fulfill our mission in educating and empowering your daughters. 
Witnessing a woman of color taking the oath as Vice President of the United States provides us a special opportunity to celebrate African-American achievements and contributions this month. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director, Bri Walker along with Dr. Mandi Sonnenberg and the Black Student Coalition will be coordinating events and activities throughout February. We approach education from a multicultural perspective, teaching our students the value of including diverse voices within our classrooms and community.
As an institution we continue to plan strategically to ensure this Academy is here to serve the young women of tomorrow. Dr. Mandi Sonnenberg is providing faculty, staff and Board members training in the design thinking process. This process is foundational to gathering data, analyzing and synthesizing information, producing action goals and steps to achieving them along with measurements to evaluate progress. We thank parents, students, and community members for their continued support in providing feedback through surveys, committee work, and conversations. Collaboratively we will create a 3-5 year strategic plan to be shared with the community in 2021. 
  • Please extend congratulations to Ella Sowle, valedictorian, and Abby Farmer, salutatorian, from the graduating class of 2021. These two aspiring young women have worked hard to achieve the honor of representing their class!
  • Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have begun the course registration process for the 2021-22 school year. Students are meeting with counselors and their advisors to prepare for course registration. Check out the Course Selection Guide 2021-22 with your daughter and join us in guiding her in choosing classes. Watch for more information to be emailed to you soon regarding the online Annual Enrollment, tuition, and fees for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Freshmen & Sophomore Parents are invited to attend a Virtual Course Registration Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 11 , 7 p.m. more details to follow.
  • Congratulations to our students who made the Honor Roll for the fall semester:
Barbara McCormick

February 1-5
Catholic Schools Week

February 1
Scholarship Applications Open for the 2020-21 School Year
Financial Aid Applications (FAIR) Open for the 2020-21 School Year

February 3
No Classes - Professional Development Day

February 4
Star Parents Association Meeting
7:00 p.m.

February 10
No Classes - Professional Development Day
February 11
Parents in Prayer - Noon

February 11
Frosh/Soph Parent Virtual Course Registration Information Night -
7:00 p.m.

February 15
No School, Presidents' Day

February 16-19
MOCSA for Sophomore Class
7:30 a.m.

February 16
Star Galaxy Committee
7:00 p.m.

March 1-2
Daylong Senior KAIROS Retreat

March 3
No Classes - Professional Development Day
Snow Schedule or Closing
Virtual and/or Online Learning during Inclement Weather/Closed Campus Days

In case of severe weather conditions, the administration will either delay the opening of school or close school entirely. In either case, parents and students will be notified by "School Messenger” and it will be posted to the school website. The message sent will contain one of three expectations for students. See the list below.
  • Virtual Learning Day
  • Students will be required to attend live video classes remotely by logging into the school’s platform and following the day’s schedule. They need to be wearing an STA shirt/attire and be seated at a desk/table. Attendance will be recorded.
  • Online Learning Day 
  • Students will be required to log into the school’s platform to check for course assignments. All teachers will post assignments by 8:30 a.m. on the day school is cancelled. Students are responsible for completing all posted assignments/assessments. Attendance is not recorded.
  • Day of rest: Snow Day 
  • Students will not be required to attend classes or check for posted assignments. This is a day of rest and restoration for students. Students are responsible for completing all posted assignments/assessments. Attendance is not recorded.
February is Black History Month
The Black Student Coalition is also finalizing plans for the celebration of Black History Month with a theme of Where We Started and How It's Going. Each week will be dedicated to a different celebration of Black history and culture: 
  • Week 1: Black Firsts at STA - A recognition of the many Black Firsts of St. Teresa's Academy
  • Week 2: Black Student Coalition Premier of the "Plaid Table Talk" - A recorded Curious Conversation
  • Week 3: HBCU Week - Learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their unique culture
  • Week 4: Where It Started; How It's Going - A tribute to Black contribution to society
Business Office
The registration fee of $350 for the 2021-22 school year will be billed to your Smart Tuition account in February and is due March 10. Note that your tuition account for the current year must be current in order to finalize your daughter's 2020-21 enrollment. All seniors must be paid in full by April 10 in order to participate in graduation-related activities. Please contact Smart Tuition at 888-868-8828 or Cheryl Givens at if you have questions about your account.
Upcoming Events
Scholarship Applications for the 2021-22 School Year
Open on February 1, 2021
Students should look for an email with the application link soon. The application deadline is March 1, 2021, closing at 3:00 p.m.

There are over 100 scholarship opportunities. Over seventy scholarships are need-based and require a financial aid (FAIR) application. Over thirty scholarships are academic or leadership based. There is one application for all scholarships. Students should fill out the entire application. An essay is required.
Financial Aid Applications (FAIR) for the 2021-22 School Year
Open on February 1, 2021
Please see the St. Teresa's Academy website for information on how to access the application. The deadline for FAIR is March 5, 2021.
Incoming Freshman Course Registration
Thursday, March 4
3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Goppert Center
At registration, you and your incoming freshman will meet with a member of the STA faculty to discuss your daughter's courses for freshman year. Watch your email for complete details coming soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly McKee, Director of Recruitment & Enrollment, at at or 81-501-0035.
Father-Daughter: March 28, 2021
We are sad to report that we are unable to host the annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance. But don't worry, the Father Daughter Dinner Dance Committee and the St. Joseph's Society are working together to create a fun-filled day for dads and daughters. Please save the date for the Father Daughter Afternoon of Fun at STA!  

Save the Dates. More information to come:
You won't want to miss these upcoming spring events! Mark your calendars for the following:
  • Mother-Daughter Fashion Show: April 11
  • Stars Walk of Fame: April 23
  • STA Golf Classic: May 10
  • Trivia Night: June 12
STEM/STEAM Certificate
The STEM/STEAM Certificate was introduced in the spring of 2016. Over the past three years, STA has had over 25 students graduate with the Certificate.

Requirements for the Certificate include:
  • 87% cumulative GPA at the time of application. 
  • Course Requirements: 
  • Math - 4 credits, Science - 4 credits (biology, chemistry + physics or an AP level science course required for STEAM) (biology, chemistry & physics required for STEM).
  • STEM/STEAM Electives - 2 credits (math, computer science, science, &/or digital medium courses). Courses will determine STEM Certificate or STEAM Certificate designation. Online Personal Finance may not be used to meet course requirements. 
  • E-mentor (assigned in the junior year)
  • Membership in a STEM or STEAM-related club or extracurricular activity.
  • Three job shadow/STEM/STEAM-related professional events totaling 9 hours.
  • Ten hours of related volunteer experience (tutor in math hub, STEAM summer camps, KC STEM Alliance, etc.)
  • Maintain an online portfolio with Wix for STEM/STEAM-related projects, papers, PowerPoints, etc. 
  • Meet periodically as a Certificate cohort about STEM/STEAM opportunities. 
  • Requirements below must be completed by March 1 of senior year to received designation at graduation and on the transcript.

Interested students should apply in the spring semester of sophomore year or the fall semester of junior year. For more info and a link to the application, click here and scroll down to the STEAM Certificate Program. Questions - contact Debi Hudson or Mandi Sonnenberg.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program
  • On Monday, January 19th we had the pleasure of joining virtually to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The online event was hosted by St. Teresa's Black Student Coalition and featured student speakers, words from our president and a special performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing. 
Campus Ministry
Ash Wednesday
February 17 is Ash Wednesday and we will be having a service on campus to mark the beginning of the Lenten season. We will follow all of STA's COVID safety protocol. As we look towards Lent, we will ask our students: "How can you use these 40 days to grow in your awareness of God's presence in your life?" 

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award Application Due March 1
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

If your daughter has spent more than 50-100 hours serving her community, she may be eligible to apply for this award. For information about the program and the STA application, please click here.

Applications and service logs for the Presidential Service Award are due by midnight on March 1, 2021. No late applications will be accepted. Contact Andrea Arredondo with any questions.
College Counseling
Junior and Senior Parents
Please see your detailed college planning newsletter for events, reminders, and more. Congratulations to our seniors who are receiving acceptances and scholarship offers. Please forward copies from the college/university or scholarship organization to Debi Hudson at
Sophomore Parents
Mark your calendar for our Virtual Sophomore Family College Planning Night on Thursday, March 25, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This event is for students and parents and will include speakers from college admission offices to share their perspectives and expertise. Details on speakers and a link will be sent directly to sophomore families as we get closer to the event.
Summer Enrichment on College Campuses
Check out summer enrichment opportunities on college campuses. The Summer Enrichment page includes programs for high school students of all ages located on college campuses and abroad. Summer programs on college campuses allow students to get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, meet other students from around the globe, explore possible majors, and possibly earn college credit. Programs vary from a few days to a couple of months. The page is updated frequently.

Summer 2021 PreCollege Programs Virtual Fair - Feb. 3 & 20
Register here and learn about summer programs for high school students (virtual & in-person) on college campuses. 

National Virtual STEM College Fair - Sun., March 7, noon-4 pm CST. Details will be shared in the March news. 
Telehealth Opportunity
The STA counselors, administration, and the Wellness Committee of the Board want to ensure that students have access to even more health services in this pandemic time. St. Teresa's has contracted with Dr. Cooper with Diversity Telehealth to provide assistance in connecting students and families with mental health professionals.

Dr. Cooper will be conducting a confidential Pre- and then Post- Survey that will be emailed to students, parents/guardians, administration, and faculty.
No survey participant names will be included, but rather a summation of the overall results. It is very important that you take the time to answer the survey requests in order for us to evaluate this new program.

Look for the initial Pre-Survey to be emailed directly from Dr. Shelley Cooper of Diversity Telehealth, LLC
The email should arrive on or around Monday, Feb. 1 and the survey ends on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.
MOCSA for Sophomores- February 16-19
The MOCSA Teen Exchange Seminar will be returning to STA, for the entire Sophomore class. 

This is an annual event for our students and specifically designed by MOCSA for the STA community. 

Sophomores will attend the MOCSA seminar virtually, during Zero Hour on their assigned day during the week of Feb. 16-19. 
Students will have discussion and processing time in small groups with educators from MOCSA. Seminar topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Discussion of unhealthy and healthy relationships
  • Helping young women set healthy boundaries before dating and relationships begin
  • Learning about gender stereotypes and media influence
  • Learning about sexual harassment and sexual assault, how to recognize both and what to do if it happens
  • Learning to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through prevention, education, intervention and advocacy.

Should you have questions or concerns about your student attending the MOCSA Teen Exchange Program, please contact Amanda Whitcomb at
Fine Arts
Congratulations to the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition winners:

Mara Kugler ('21) - Silver Key
Paige Steinhauser ('23) - Silver Key
Grace Uecker ('22) - Silver Key
Emily Douglas ('23) - Honorable Mention
Tryouts for the 2020-21 spring season begin March 1, 2021, for Lacrosse, Soccer and Track and Field. Click below to view the tryout schedule.

Explore the Update to discover exciting news about winter sports!
Star Shop
Sweatshirts, tie dye crews & tees, and long sleeve tees are available in the shop! 

Stop by the Star Shop Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (when school is in session) or check out our store online

Please follow us on social media: Instagram Facebook
Star Parents Association

Star Parents' Association Meeting
All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Star Parents Association meeting on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Please join other STA parents to hear important updates on school events from Dr. May-Washington and committee chairs. In addition, SPA's guests this month are Amanda Whitcomb and Mary Gajewski with the STA Counseling Department. For the link to the Zoom meeting, please click here.  
Meeting ID: 859 8822 0035
Passcode: pF7CCf

Parents in Prayer
Consider giving yourself a break in your busy day to join the Parent Liturgy Committee of the Star Parents Association in praying the Rosary. This time of community prayer and reflection will be held over Zoom on February 11 at noon. For the link to the Zoom meeting, please click here.
Meeting ID: 891 7906 4394 
Passcode: DKmxf8 

Star Galaxy Committee
Star Galaxy Parent meetings will be gearing back up this semester with more ways to engage our parents and extend the conversation of diversity, equity and inclusion from lunch table to dinner table. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Director of Equity Outreach and Inclusive Education, Bri Walker at
Upcoming Meeting Dates: February16 and April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for Zoom link: (Link will be the same for both meetings)
Meeting ID: 954 316 2080
Passcode: sta1234
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