The Patrick Henry Post

August 19th, 2022

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Patrick Henry Staff Professional Development

The Patrick Henry educators have been hard at work over the last two weeks during our Back to School Professional Development. This year, Patrick Henry staff experienced learning sessions on an incredible number of topics in order to prepare for our school year:

  • Learning the educational context of St. Louis Public Schools and Patrick Henry
  • Connecting our staff with each other to form solid collegial relationships
  • Understanding our district and school standards, expectations, and goals for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Building relationships between students as peers and between staff and students
  • Creating high quality, rigorous lesson plans
  • Social and emotional curriculum
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Trauma-informed and trauma-responsive teaching
  • Supporting student behaviors and holding students to high expectations


We not only learned a great deal of information from all of our presenters, but we also learned from each other through vivid discussion and idea sharing. It was an inspirational two weeks of professional development that left me feeling hopeful for the 2022-2023 school year. We cannot wait to put our learning into practice!


Take a look below for some highlights from our first two weeks of educator development.

ESSER Extravaganza!

ESSER Purchases Unveiled

Patrick Henry staff had a "Christmas in August" moment when they discovered all of the brand new goodies that they received for this classrooms this school year. Through our ESSER funding, teachers received classrooms furniture, academic supplies, intervention materials, and so much more - all designed to help students recover from learning loss caused by Covid-19. It was thrilling to receive all of our new items and get them installed throughout the school. Now we cannot wait to show them all off to our students!

Thank you, Saint Louis University!

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Patrick Henry Staff Field Trip to SLU

Our very first day of professional development took us off campus to visit one of our strongest community partners, Saint Louis University. We were able to utilize the Pere Marquette Gallery as a home away from home for the day of professional learning. In this beautiful room, we took a deep data dive into our educational landscape of Patrick Henry, exploring our assets and our challenges, mapping out our greatest strengths and our goals for this school year. The setting was not only beautiful and comfortable, but it was also exciting to think about the possibility of partnership throughout St. Louis, and what we can accomplish when we lean on our neighbors!
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