St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle schools are preparing to celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25 to Feb. 1.

In preparation for the week of activities, school officials discussed recent improvements at the schools.

In the last year, the schools have added high school credit classes, implemented technological advances, purchased new textbooks and hired additional teachers.

The improvements “all work together to allow us to serve one another through Catholic values as we strive for spiritual growth and academic excellence,” a news release from the school said.

Two of the most visible changes at the St. Theresa Middle campus, the release said, are the addition of a newly remodeled business office and an architectural fence that unifies the campus.

A less visible change at both St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle is the new network wiring that allows complete Wi-Fi access and an improved phone system. Because of the increased capabilities of the new network, technological improvements work more effectively, allowing the purchase of 60 new laptops for use by eighth-graders.

“With our Catholic identity being a key part of who we are, our religion teachers and coordinators worked with our partnership pastors to implement service retreats for second through eighth grades, to be held in our church parishes,” the release said.

As part of that partnership, sixth-graders recently visited the National Hansen’s Disease Museum in Carville and then toured St. Gabriel Church where the Rev. Charlie Landry spoke to the students about social justice.