The first Annual Bronx-Wide Speech Bee was held on December 6th 2017 at St. Raymond’s School. All Archdiocese of New York Catholic Schools located in The Bronx participated: each school sent the winner of their individual school Bees to represent the school at the Bronx-wide Bee.
The theme of this year’s Speech Bee was “Bee Better!” The event showcased The Bronx Catholic Schools’ vibrant school community of 36 schools and their extremely creative, intelligent young leaders. Students from Grades 5 to 8 presented speeches on one of these five topics:
Bees and their importance to our ecosystem
Presidential Compensation: should a President be paid while in office?
Social Media: its effects on communication, identity, privacy and validation
The event was extremely well-attended: parents, families and school faculty and staff all turned out to cheer their students on.
St. Raymond’s took home 1st place, followed by Immaculate Conception in 2nd place, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 3rd place. The first place winner was awarded with two $50 gift cards from both Bronx Regional Superintendents, in addition to a First Place Medal.
Congressional Candidate for District 14, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, covering both the Boroughs of The Bronx and Queen, gave inspiring opening remarks encouraging students to set high standards and to use their voices pave the way to future success.
All 8th grade participants received an invitation to the 2019 Northeast Great Debate hosted at Villanova University by the National Hispanic Institute in recognition of their success in winning their school-level speech bees.
The Archdiocese of NY is opening 2018-19 Admissions on December 1 and hosting open house events at 133 schools across the archdiocese on Tuesday December 5. For children moving into Pre-K 3 through Grade 8, families can apply:
By phone at (646) 794-2885, between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday. This bilingual helpline is dedicated to serving parents who are unable to access a computer or who would like to access Spanish-language representatives and/or translation services for other languages; and
At the school of interest for parents who would like one-on-one assistance from the school’s staff in completing the online applications for Admissions and Financial Assistance.
Archdiocesan schools also outperform New York State and New York City Schools in performance growth over the past three years. > Click here to read the full article.
As the 2017-18 academic year gets underway, the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are proud to report that its students are outpacing New York State and New York City public school students in terms of the percentage of students meeting or exceeding proficiency standards in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA).
The news comes in the wake of the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) recently released 2017 New York State assessment test results for grades 3 – 8, showing 42.5% and 49.3% of Archdiocese students meet or exceed 2017 proficiency standards for Math and ELA, respectively. The comparative figures for students in New York State are 40.2% and 39.8%; and in New York City, 37.8% and 40.6%.
Catholic Schools are offering a special study guide, Learning About St Patrick, which parents and teachers can use to accompany The Story of Saint Patrick, an engaging and easy-to-understand book that introduces young readers to the inspiring life of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York, and helps them understand why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Wearing disposable gloves and safety goggles, James Profeta plunked the specimen into a clear plastic cup. He was one of 21 students in Molly Davies’ science class at St. Joseph-St. Thomas School in Pleasant Plains who were dissecting sterilized barn-owl pellets to learn about the food chain. … Down the hall in Jane Nesci’s sixth-grade class, students were busy setting up make-believe restaurants to learn about the decimal system. Click here for full article.
Excitement and nervousness filled the faces of parents and students standing outside St. John’s School in Kingsbridge last week. In just a few minutes, the doors would open, officially beginning the first day of the new academic year.
For some, the first day continued a family tradition of attending St. John’s while a 4-year-old attended the school for the very first time. And a long-time instructor finally fulfilled her dream of teaching kindergarten. By Lisa Herndon, The Riverdale Press. > Click here to read more.
On Aug. 30, The Vanderbilt in South Beach hosted a clambake to benefit Catholic Schools on Staten Island. There was music, fireworks and more in honor of Monsignor Thomas J. Bergin of St. Charles Roman Catholic Church for his decades of contributions to the Catholic community.
Said Congressman Dan Donovan: “What a wonderful evening to celebrate Catholic education and Msgr. Bergin, who helped mold so many young people, including myself. We are who we are today because of our Catholic education.”
“This clambake helped fund scholarship assistance and support special programs, enhancing the educational experience for the 7,700 students of the Staten Island Catholic Regional schools,” said James Pistilli, chairman of the development committee and trustee of S.I. Regional Catholic Schools.
Article by Gracelyn’s Chronicles, SI Live. > Click here to read more.
The Claudio Cares Foundation’s fourth annual Snowflake Gala recently paid tribute to community members and businesses in an effort to raise funds for a new computer lab at St. Mary’s School in Wappingers Falls, according to a written release.
During the week of Dec. 5, the students of St. Patrick’s School in Yorktown Heights joined the global “Hour of Code” movement. Under the guidance of the school’s computer technology teacher, Jennifer Vespucci, every student from kindergarten through eighth grade had the opportunity to learn the basics of computer programming.
6th grader Noah Lorczak and 7th graders Carl Gordon, Danny Corbett, Evan Tupone and Sean Franzreb were chosen to represent Sacred Heart School at the Antonio Meucci Young Inventors’ Competition at SI Tech HS. Noah won first prize for his “Cereal Spout” while the 7th graders were runners-up with “Summer Hero.” Click here to see video.
Come join us at the first annual FOUR SAINTS CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT and DINNER on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Hollow Brook Golf Club, Cortlandt Manor, NY. Hosted by Northern Westchester/Putnam Region of the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. The Four Saints Cup celebrates the impact made by Monsignor George Thompson, Father Francis Samoylo, Sister Gabriel Miriam, and Father Tom Kreiser.
All proceeds go directly to enhance educational and technology initiatives in the following schools: St. Columbanus, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Patrick’s Bedford, and St. Patrick’s Yorktown.
Sponsors, Donors, and Silent Auction Items Wanted! To get involved, email: email@example.com or click here to sign up as a golfer or sponsor. Join us for a fun-filled day for golfers, families, and alumni, all are welcome!
The ninth annual Shamrock Auction Dinner Dance hosted by the St. Patrick’s School Parent Association will be held Saturday, March 18, at Villa Barone in Mahopac. Being honored this year are Laura Torrisi of Mahopac and Bob and Patty Girolamo of Yorktown. Torrisi has been a teacher at St. Patrick’s School for more than 20 years, and Bob and Patty Girolamo are parents of a large family that has attended St. Patrick’s School since the 1970s. This year, the School Parent Association is looking to raise money for a new science lab. Those interested in helping the school through sponsorship or donations, or helping with the science lab initiative, please call St. Patrick’s School at 914-962-2211.
Archdiocese of New York to host Staten Island Education Leaders for Open House Showcasing Innovative Blended Learning Program at St. Charles School on April 7
Showcasing the impact of technology-rich blended learning on students’ lives, the Staten Island Region of the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York will hold a special open house for education leaders including Superintendent of Schools Timothy J. McNiff and other Staten Island school principals on Friday, April 7, 8:30 am to 10:15 am at St. Charles School, 200 Penn Avenue, Staten Island.
At the event, St. Charles Principal JC Kiernan will lead guests —including committee members from the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) — on a tour of four classrooms where blended learning has made an enormous impact in the way students are learning and engaging with the curriculum. Click Here to Read More
St. Charles School
200 Penn Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
Friday, April 7, 2017
8:30 am – 10:15 am
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York today announced changes to six Catholic schools located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Sullivan County.
St. Ann School, Visitation School, and St. Mary School in the Bronx, and St. Gregory the Great School in Manhattan – whose parishes merged with neighboring parishes as part of the 2013 Making All Things New archdiocesan-wide planning initiative – will cease operations at the end of the current academic year. Despite the Archdiocese’s best efforts to maintain the operational and financial viability of these schools in light of the closure of their co-located parish, continuing to educate students in a school where a significant portion of the facility is unutilized has proven infeasible. St. Ann School, Visitation School, and St. Mary School students will have the opportunity to continue their Catholic education at St. Brendan School, St. John’s School in Kingsbridge, and Our Lady of Grace, respectively, or at other neighborhood Catholic schools. Students from St. Gregory the Great School will have the opportunity to continue their education at nearby Ascension School, or other local Catholic schools. All students will be guaranteed a seat at a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of New York.
Sts. Peter and Paul School in the Bronx will transition, beginning in September 2017, from a kindergarten through 8th grade school to a universal pre-k (UPK) school to meet the increasing demands in the community for additional early childhood and universal pre-k services. Current Sts. Peter and Paul School students will be offered seats at neighboring Catholic schools.
St. Peter’s Regional School in Sullivan County will also cease operations at the end of the current school year. The school had seen a decline in enrollment in recent years and consequently transitioned from a full-service elementary school to a pre-k to 4th grade school. The Archdiocese will provide families with support to transition students to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, or other local schools.
The Office of the Superintendent’s Directors of Enrollment will work to help school families transition into another Catholic school for the 2017-2018 school year. Additional information and resources for affected families will be shared in the coming days.
“We understand these are challenging times for many families, and we will work with all students who are seeking to continue their Catholic education to find a seat at another excellent school in the Archdiocese,” said Dr. Timothy McNiff, Superintendent of Schools. “These are difficult but necessary decisions, and working together we will ensure our Catholic schools are stronger than ever.”