Students at St. Adalbert School in Staten Island hosted their Annual pre-Veterans Day breakfast and assembly for over 100 veterans and their families last Wednesday. The students gifted handmade cards and hearts to the veterans, performed patriotic songs, and took part in the White Table Ceremony — a remembrance of Veterans who are missing in action or held as prisoners of war.
> Click here to read the full article and photo gallery by Staten Island Advance
Dr. Susan Miller, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development, speaks with NWEA about the specific strategies we employed to improve the New York State Proficiency Test Scores for Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of New York in Math and English/Language/Arts every year for the last five years. We implemented a targeted approach to instructing our students through the use of NWEA’s MAPGrowth assessment tools, which help pinpoint learning strengths and barriers for each child. We review the assessments, and tailor our teaching methods, and partnerships between teachers and parents, to help each student advance academically.
The Westchester County Center was filled with 3,500 Catholic school principals, teachers, and administrators yesterday for their annual Spirituality Day. The day consisted of Mass said by Timothy Cardinal Dolan and a keynote speech by former principal, and current Bishop-elect, Monsignor Edmund J. Whalen. Fios1 spoke to attendees about what makes the Catholic school system so successful, noting teacher faith and dedication, and the steadily rising test scores that have outpaced New York City and State public schools, and most Charter schools.
Nine seventh graders from St. Joseph’s School in Manhattan participated in one of the nation’s first TEDx events on Oct. 19. The event was hosted at their school and consisted of a celebrity guest panel which included WPIX reporter Monica Morales, former New York Knick John Wallace, and neuroscientist and author Shonte Jovan Taylor. Pictured above: student Nicolas Basso speaks about “The Power of Connection.”
Staten Island’s Holy Rosary School has implemented a new sensory path, providing a creative way to give students a “brain break” throughout the school day, and helping children increase their cognition and retention. The sensory path is aimed at aiding children with attention deficit issues, but Holy Rosary has found that this special education innovation is something that has benefited students of all learning habits and ages.
> Click here to watch the SI Live video about this personalized and creative learning concept (video by: Alexandra Salmieri).
Timothy Cardinal Dolan hosted mass for the “Feast of the Guardian Angels” at St. Luke School in the Bronx. Every Fall and Spring the Cardinal chooses one school where he celebrates mass, followed by a tour of the school. St. Luke Elementary School at 608 East 139th Street was the lucky pick this season! Our Students were thrilled at the Cardinal’s visit — and especially the homework reprieve granted by His Eminence!
Celebrating a century in educating and guiding young students in New York, The Manhattan Times interviewed students and teachers at Our Lady of Lourdes in Hamilton Heights on their first day of school. Our Lady of Lourdes has over 300 students from Pre-K to 8th Grade, and is expanding its Enrichment programs, including science, technology and the arts, to help students succeed in high school and beyond. The school is expanding its STEAM program; offering a dance program taught by a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and partnering with teaching artists from the New York Philharmonic for music instruction.
Celebrating its 70th year, Transfiguration School in Tarrytown was founded in 1949 by the Carmelite Friars. Today, the school is thriving, with 160 students attending Pre-K through 8th grade. Students of the school benefit from the well-rounded curriculum, and the individualized attention afforded by smaller class sizes. And they graduate with top-notch test scores. Principal Margaret Kazan says, “It’s not just teaching for academics. We teach to the whole child.”
The Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are pleased to report that their student scores on state exams continue to improve, year over year, in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). This successful year continues a now five-year trend in which Catholic Schools’ test scores outpaced those of New York State, New York City and most charter school averages.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently released test scores for 2019, and grades 3-8 show 53.7 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency standards in Mathematics, and 57.7 percent in ELA. These levels represent an increase from 2018 of 4.1 and 1.4 percentage points in the respective disciplines.
Catholic New York interviewed three of our teachers on how to prepare for the start of the school year next month. Educators who teach all different age groups weighed in, including: Kyle O’Donnell, a science teacher and assistant principal for academics from Cardinal Spellman High School; Roberto Placido, who teaches math for grades five through eight at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Manhattan; and Linda Ballew, a kindergarten teacher from Blessed Sacrament on Staten Island (pictured above).
Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan was interviewed by Catholic New York as a part of their Back to School issue. Mr. Deegan spoke about everything from the improved NYS test scores achieved by Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of New York, the Pope’s reflections from his visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem in 2015, and the exciting new programs we have to offer for the upcoming year.
A mobile dentist program called Smile New York visited Our Lady of Grace School in the Bronx to offer free cleanings and exams to over 200 students at the school. “Dental care is so expensive even for myself, so it’s great to bring the dentist to the school. It takes away from the parents having to take them outside of school,” said Principal Richard Helmrich. The students left with a new toothbrush, a dental report card and lessons on how to keep their smiles bright!
The Academy of Mount Saint Michael kicked off its football season this Saturday on their newly commissioned turf field. The field is a part of the new Phyllis and Angelo Mozilo ’56 Sports Complex, which was made possible by generous benefactors and alumni who say they are setting the stage for Mount’s future success.
Sacred Heart School Hartsdale students do us proud! A group of students organized a charitable drive – even presenting their mission to their local city council – in order to collect supplies for victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The group recalled what it was like to be hit by Hurricane Sandy, and wanted to take a proactive step to help those affected in the Bahamas.
The Inner-City Scholarship Fund held their 32nd Annual Westchester Dinner for Catholic Schools last evening. The event was attended by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, as well as Superintendent of Schools Michael Deegan. Fios News 1, Lower Hudson Valley, was on the scene to capture highlights from the evening including speeches from Cardinal Dolan and a John F. Kennedy Catholic High School student on the importance of making Catholic education available for those who cannot afford it. They also filmed an interview with Mr. Deegan.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has named Mr. Michael J. Deegan as Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Deegan, who has been serving as interim superintendent, will assume the role immediately. A Bronx native, Mr. Deegan is veteran educator, who has spent his entire career serving the Archdiocese of New York.
“As Catholic school systems across the country rise to face the challenges of our modern cultural and educational landscape, we are blessed to have Mr. Deegan guiding the archdiocese’s schools,” said Cardinal Dolan. “He is a person of deep faith, possessing an innovative pedagogical vision and decades of operational management. Our Catholic schools are a treasured jewel of the Church, and I believe they will be in good hands through Mr. Deegan’s service.”
Amber Hamilton is a former student at St. Elizabeth School in Washington Heights, and the 25-year-old Weill Cornell Medical College graduate was recently accepted into a highly competitive eight-week research fellowship program at Hospital for Special Surgery. Amber is truly an inspiration, having dealt with her own rare disease from a young age. She used her experience as motivation to help others, and St. Elizabeth School as well as the entire Archdiocese of New York could not be more proud of her!
The Archdiocese of New York, along with the New York State Catholic Conference recently issued an important message for families regarding the Substantial Equivalency guidelines being considered by the State Education Department (SED). Click here to view this important information, and to get involved!
St. Clare School in Staten Island’s 12th Annual Summer STEM & Robotics Adventure Program hosted some visitors this July. Four children from Xiamen, China joined the camp as part of a five-day cultural exchange program. The visiting students demonstrated origami and got to interact with students and faculty on the campus.
Cardinal Dolan attended the ninth annual Catholic Schools Night at Dutchess Stadium on June 17th, an event that raises money for Catholic Schools in the Northern Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess region. To honor His Eminence’s attendance, the Hudson Valley Renegades gave out baseballs branded with a St. Patrick’s Cathedral logo. Cardinal Dolan gladly greeted and signed these baseballs for students, and he also threw the first pitch.
Each year, Catholic New York salutes the hard work and dedication of seniors graduating from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The valedictorians and salutatorians of each school are recognized for their academic achievements in the published listings.
Shown above: Valedictorian Abraham Castillo and salutatorian Jason Williams led the 135 graduates in the Class of 2019 at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx.
CNN’s Chief National-Security Advisor Jim Sciutto returned to his alma mater Regis High School to help the seniors on the debate prep for Nationals. Sciutto was a former member of the debate team in the eighties, and he was invited back by his former debate coach and current Director of Admissions, Eric Di Michele, to assist with the practice.