Academics

St. Rita High School Starts Partnerhip With IBEW 134

On Wednesday, September 18, St. Rita High School partnered up with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 Union, based out of Alsip, for an interactive, hands-on experience for our Ritamen. This is the beginning of our partnership with IBEW Local 134 which will stretch out over the coming school year and beyond. Seventeen St. Rita seniors were at Local 134 for the day. They met with four apprentice school instructors. The day began with a little “PT”—physical training or exercise that apprentice students do every day, to give our young men a realistic look at the things they may do in the first 11 weeks of their electrical construction program.

The Ritamen also took a tour of the facility, while wearing hard hats, gloves, glasses and tool bags, to simulate the equipment needed and used for Electrical workers. Among the demonstrations seen, Ritamen learned measurements and how to do quick math work in their heads, and also spent hours on tasks such as bending pipes, climbing pipes, and solar paneling work. The director gave them information about applying for this trade and what the benefits were. The 17 Ritamen also had the opportunity to meet several Illinois state representatives and state senators that were spending the day there as well. Our St. Rita STEM program will be competing in a STEM competition later this year, which will be sponsored by Local 134, and members of the junior class will be able to visit in the coming months as well. It was a fantastic day for our Ritamen and we are fortunate to be able to provide interesting experiences and opportunities for outside the classroom learning.

Thank you to the staff and instructors at Local 134, we look forward to continuing our partnership!

New Faculty Highlight: Dan Bowers

What is your name? Daniel "Dan" Bowers

Dan Bowers, St. Rita Mathematics Teacher

Dan Bowers, St. Rita Mathematics Teacher

Tell us a little bit about your background: I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I come from a family of five, I have a younger sister and brother. I moved to Chicago after doing the Lasallian Volunteer Program and getting placed here for two years of service teaching. After those two years I decided to stay in Chicago and continue teaching. I currently live in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

What is your educational background? I attended an all-boys Lasallian high school in Philadelphia similar to St. Rita. I then earned a degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics from La Salle University in Philadelphia where I was also heavily involved in the University Ministry and Service program.

Tell us a little bit about your previous employment positions? Before St. Rita I worked as an 8th Grade Teacher at the San Miguel Chicago middle school located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. I taught Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading. I also was very involved in the athletic program coaching soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

What do you teach at St. Rita? I teach in the Mathematics Department, teaching Algebra 1, Geometry and Honors Geometry.

Will you be getting involved in any coaching or activities? I plan to get involved with various aspects of St. Rita including athletics, clubs, and campus ministry.

What are you excited about with your new position or what goals do you have for this new year? I am excited to teach again in a high school environment and get involved outside the classroom. Two goals I have this year is to get to know my students on a personal level as well as help erase the "I Hate Math" stigma that many high schoolers have.

Do you have any interesting facts about yourself that you can share? I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan (for better or worse). I also enjoy playing in Chicago Sports Leagues around the city.


St. Rita Celebrates National Foreign Languages Week

The week of March 4 was a time of celebration and learning at St. Rita High School as students and faculty alike joined schools across the country recognizing National Foreign Language Week with several special events.


First the entire on campus St. Rita community was present for a multi-lingual Mass celebrated by head of school, Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D.

Not only did St. Rita celebrate languages themselves, they also learned about different cultures and traditions from countries all over the world. Each day, a variety of activities were available for all students.

International dishes were available during lunch periods in the St. Rita Dining Hall, and Ritamen voted on their favorite.

During all lunches last week Ritamen sold and bought bracelets and purses for their family members and friends made through The Pulsera Project, a fair trade project that supports young artists in Central America.

Also, there was a fun, international-travel-based, faculty trivia contest during lunches periods.

Students learned about other cultures thru a creative campus-wide scavenger hunt, complete with QR codes to access the clues.

On Friday, St. Rita celebrated with a Foreign Language Expo, including live entertainment, activities and food tastings, during G and F periods in the Van Leuven Family Research Center and McCarthy Student Center on campus.

The foreign language department truly does a great job of uniquely engaging students to learn more about other cultures as they continue to help Ritamen hone their skills in all the foreign language classes available at St. Rita.

St. Rita High School Announces 19 Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2019

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CHICAGO - At St. Rita High School’s weekly All-School Mass, 19 seniors were honored for being selected Illinois State Scholars for the 2018-19 academic school year. In order to be selected an Illinois State Scholar, a student must perform in the top one-half of his high school class at the end of the third semester prior to graduation, and/or score above the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT. Each State Scholar will receive a congratulatory letter from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The list of seniors who were recognized, include:

  • Zackary Aleman (St. Catherine of Alexandria - Oak Lawn)

  • Michael Benson (St. Cajetan)

  • John Cleary (Christ the King)

  • Thomas Connolly (St. Barnabas)

  • Peter Conroy (St. Barnabas)

  • Liam Daly (St. John Fisher)

  • Quinn Eaheart (Annie Keller Regional Gifted Center)

  • Kyle Gustafson (Lakeview Junior High - Downers Grove)

  • Michael Henze (Everest Academy - Lemont)

  • Samuel Macander (St. Barnabas)

  • Robert McDonald (St. Barnabas)

  • Myles Montaque (Summit Hill - Frankfort)

  • Kevin O'Hara (St. Christina)

  • Liam Ohle (St. Barnabas)

  • Henry Ryan (St. Christina)

  • Edwardo Serrano (St. Joseph - Summit)

  • Kyle Somrek (St. Barnabas)

  • Thomas Troesch (St. Barnabas)

  • Jacob Waller (St. Barnabas)