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A Synopsis of the 19th Annual Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education

On November 4, 2016, Gesu School held its 19th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education. As a national model for inner-city education, Gesu School remains at the forefront of identifying new ways to better serve our students and sharing these key learnings with others. The symposium has been a time-honored tradition for that purpose.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education is 11/4/16. Register today!

Join us for the 19th Annual Symposium—Cultural Responsiveness in the Urban Classroom with Keynote Speaker, Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.

Friday November 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Networking reception to follow

The 2016 Symposium will examine how the teacher-student relationship should be framed in cultural awareness. At a time when many urban educators are teaching students with cultural backgrounds and experiences that vary from their own, dialogue on educating to the student’s life narrative is key. This symposium will discuss ways to challenge the current pedagogy of engaging students in an urban area, redefining what an urban education can look like.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J., a True “Man for Others,” Celebrates 50 Years Ordained.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J. has served at the Gesu parish and Gesu School since 1989 as Assistant Pastor, Chaplain, and Assistant Principal. On June 9, 2016, Fr. Neil commemorated his 50th Jubilee of ordination. Gesu School students, staff, and board members joined together for a joyful mass in The Church of the Gesu followed by a special tribute planned by students and faculty.

On what he treasures most about his ministry at Gesu, Fr. Neil states, “Seeing the students grow, become more responsible, try new things, not give up amidst challenges, and become more thoughtful and caring as they go through Gesu, high school, and beyond. The generosity and dedication of faculty and staff who make Gesu work are daily gifts.”

Gesu Students Engage in Community Service as “Young Men and Women for Others.”

As a Jesuit and IHM school, community service is ingrained in Gesu’s culture. In 2015-16, students participated in service projects during Catholic Schools Week, through the GEM (Gesu Extra Mile) Community Service Club, and several new initiatives.

Catholic Schools Week

During Catholic Schools Week, all Gesu students wrote notes to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Camilla Hall nursing home to thank the Sisters for their service and to share what they enjoy learning at Gesu.

Congratulations to the Gesu School Class of 2016!

Gesu School is proud of our 41 eighth graders, who graduated on June 15, 2016, at The Church of the Gesu. The Class of 2016 will attend outstanding high schools, and we look forward to learning of their many future achievements!

A Tribute to Sr. Pat McGrenra, IHM on Her Retirement from Gesu School

The Gesu community celebrated “Sr. Pat Day” on June 1, 2016 to commemorate her retirement and honor her service to Gesu School since 1994 as a Teacher, Counselor, and Assistant Principal. Students visited Sr. Pat’s office throughout the day to share songs, poems, and handmade cards. Faculty and staff came together for a celebratory dinner and tribute.

Sr. Pat came to Gesu School in 1994 as a Grade 7 Teacher. She hails from Philadelphia’s Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and West Catholic Girls High School. Prior to arriving at Gesu, Sr. Pat taught in Archdiocesan schools for 34 years.

Gesu Library Dedicated to Board Member and Volunteer, Vivienne Lambert Ehret.

On April 4, 2016, young Gesu readers, board members, and friends gathered to officially dedicate the library to Vivienne Lambert Ehret in honor of her extraordinary service as Gesu School Librarian since 2006.

Vivienne has served Gesu School in multiple capacities for 14 years. Elected to the Gesu School Board of Directors in 2002, Vivienne served as a steady presence in working towards the mission and championing Gesu’s educational model. Committed to Gesu’s students, Vivienne sponsored a student from grades 1-8 through our Sponsor a Child Program.

2016 Gesu Gala, “Inspiring the Light Within,” a Success!

Thank you to all who supported the 2016 Gesu Gala! Your investment in Gesu School's 450 children enables us to provide a high-quality education and to ensure that each child's future will shine brightly. 

The 2016 Gesu Gala drew 360 attendees! We raised more than $371,000 in total! Enjoy photos and videos from the evening below, as well as media coverage of the event.

A special thanks to the 2016 Gala committee and co-chairs, Anne & David Hilton and Gretchen & Gordon Cooney, as well as all Gala sponsors, in particular, Presenting Sponsors: the Bogle & Renninger Families, and M & S Foundation and Susan Martinelli Shea. We are so grateful for your dedication, generosity, and efforts to make the 2016 Gala a tremendous success!

Announcing the 2016 Gesu Gala Live Auction Menu!

The 2016 Gesu Gala will include a live auction with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities! Purchase your tickets by April 28, 2016!

We are delighted to share our live auction menu: 

Scotland Castle Getaway 

2016 Gesu Gala and After Hours Soiree on May 5! RSVP by April 28.

The 2016 Gesu Gala promises to be our most festive evening of the year! Join us at the Hyatt at The Bellevue on May 5, 6-9pm to support the children of Gesu School. This spectacular evening includes: