Youth and school news, September 1, 2017

St. James, Augusta, adds middle school
Students at St. James Catholic School in Augusta started classes this year with “more” school.
The parish finished two uncompleted classrooms that were part of the original school building in order to expand its educational offerings into a middle school. The seventh and eighth grade classrooms were blessed by Father Michael Schemm Thursday, Aug. 17.
Preparation for the new classrooms was completed right before the start of the school year. They were the result of parish stewardship, and funds raised through the Parish/School Auction.
Principal Richard Guy and Father Schemm said they were proud the parish is able to provide a Catholic education to children in Augusta and surrounding communities.
With the addition of two classrooms, the school now offers pre-school through eighth grade.
Father Schemm said he was especially happy the project is complete because soon after he arrived in Augusta he began encouraging the parish to consider the importance of being able to offer a Catholic middle school for the county and community.
St. James is the only Catholic school in Butler County.

Doubles tennis tournament to benefit four Catholic schools
The 4th annual “Aces for Academics” Doubles Tennis Tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Genesis Health Club, 1551 N. Rock Road, in Wichita.
The cost is $60 per player and is open to all levels of players, except professionals. Registration closes Sept. 20.
Proceeds will benefit the school libraries of Holy Savior Catholic Academy, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, and St. Patrick Catholic School.
For more information contact DeAnn White at 316-680-5486 or at

Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School to host 130th Birthday Bash Sept. 5
WICHITA – The Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School community will celebrate the 130th anniversary of the school Tuesday, Sept. 5, at a 130th Birthday Bash from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The festivities will include food trucks, live music, historical memorabilia, school tours, 130th anniversary gear, and special guests. All students, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, current and past faculty, and school friends are invited to attend the event free of charge.
The doors of All Hallows Academy opened on Sept. 5, 1887, as a small girls’ school with 21 students, near what is now St. Paul and Douglas. At the turn of the century, the name was changed to Mount Carmel Academy, and the school quickly became a top private school in the Midwest.
In 1956, Chaplain Kapaun Memorial opened as a Catholic high school for young men. In the 1960s, the ladies of Mount Carmel Academy moved across town to the current location of 8506 E. Central. In 1971, the schools were unified and named Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School.
The 130th Birthday Bash kicks off a year-long recognition of the anniversary, with monthly activities planned, culminating at a 130th Gala to be held April 28.
For more information, visit, or contact Chenay Sloan, director of Advancement, at 316-636-9612 or

BCCHS trash bags for sale until Sept. 22
WICHITA – Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s annual trash bag sale will be held until Sept. 22.
The durable yellow lawn bags, white kitchen bags, and degradable lawn and kitchen bags are again available. Those who may not know a BCCHS student may place an order by calling the school office at 316-722-2390.