PIX11: Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York, Michael Deegan, is retiring
Join us in watching this recent PIX11 interview with Monica Morales, showcasing an exclusive tribute to Superintendent Michael J. Deegan. After an exceptional 50-year career as an esteemed educator and superintendent, Mr. Deegan will be retiring in August. Don’t miss this insightful interview, which features a special appearance by Cardinal Dolan.
Child Nutrition Program for Catholic Schools Issues a Request for Bids for 2023-24 School Year
IMPORTANT NOTICE: REQUEST FOR BIDS BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION for National School Breakfast, Lunch, Special Milk, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable, and After-School Snack Programs
Sealed bids are requested by the Child Nutrition Program, Archdiocese of New York, Department of Education (“CNP”), for a contract beginning in school year 2023/2024, for services as a food vendor, including the furnishing and delivery of required foods and supplies for CNP’s National School Breakfast, Lunch, Special Milk, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable, and After School Snack Programs (collectively referred to as the “Programs”). A separate bid may be submitted for food service operations (pre-made meal preparation and delivery) of Universal Pre-K Schools on Staten Island.
All those interested in submitting bids may obtain Request for Bid packages, containing details and specifications of the Programs beginning Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST by e-mailing a request to CNP.RFB@archny.org. There will be a question-and-answer session open to all interested bidders to be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Please contact CNP.RFB@archny.org to obtain the meeting invitation and link to the virtual Q & A session.
From May 17, 2023 to June 5, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. EST, all interested bidders are welcome to submit any questions electronically via the above e-mail address with addenda being distributed to all vendors. Bids in sealed envelopes must be submitted to HMB Consultants, LLC, at 3 Douglas Lane, Voorheesville, NY 12186 up to and including Friday, June 9, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. EST. All bids will be opened on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 in the CNP office of the Archdiocese of New York. The successful bidder(s) will be notified by telephone or e-mail after 12 p.m. EST on Friday, June 16, 2023, with regular mail confirmation to follow.
Summer Reading Ideas — 189 Great Books for Catholic Kids
What should we read this summer? Parents, grandparents, godparents, teachers, and catechists often struggle to find high quality books for children that will spark a love of reading. We are pleased to share this list of 189 Great Books for Catholic kids, crafted by Word on Fire Spark, which includes classics (and a few new titles) to enjoy with the young readers in your life.
The books are organized according to genre/age group: board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels. Whether these books explicitly communicate truths about our Catholic faith or merely delight the young reader, these are stories with merit. (But please keep in mind that you know your young reader best and each book may not be the right fit for every child.)
Central Westchester Schools Come to the Aid of 2 Families Devastated in Home Fires
May 10, 2023. Principal Helena Castilla-Byrne, Principal of Our Lady of Victory School in Mount Vernon New York has jumped in to aid two of her school’s families who lost everything in a fire on Tuesday morning, May 9.
Mrs. Castilla-Byrne reached out to her own school community and to nearby Catholic schools in the Central Westchester Region of the Archdiocese of New York and requested help for the families. So far, these schools have stepped up with much-needed aid:
- Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe is holding a dress-down day to raise money for the families as well as collecting bedding and toys
- Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale has made a donation to the families
- St Barnabas Elementary School in the Bronx is doing a dress-down day and donating 50% of the money raised to families
- St Eugene School in Yonkers has collected toys and clothes for both families
- St Peter School in Yonkers is doing a dress-down day to raise money for the families
- Saints John & Paul School in Larchmont is doing a dress-down day this Friday to collect donations for the families
Mrs. Byrne confirmed that Our Lady of Victory School is doing a dress-down day today to raise money for the families as well. And more help is on the way, as others have reached out to help as well.
This heart-warming story demonstrates the strong love and community that binds the amazing people in Catholic schools together in times of need.
Jann Amato to Become Regional Superintendent of Staten Island Catholic Schools, effective August 2023
Superintendent of Schools, Michael J. Deegan, is happy to announce the appointment of Jann Amato as the new Regional Superintendent of Staten Island, effective August 2023.
Mr. Deegan is grateful to the members of the search committee and thanks Msgr. William Belford, Pastor of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus, Deacon James Cowan, Chair of the Regional Board of Trustees for Catholic Schools of Staten Island, Tara Hynes, Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vincent Sadowski, Principal of St. Patrick School, Ray Vitiello, Regional Superintendent of Northeast/East Bronx, Joanne Walsh, Associate Superintendent of Early Childhood, and Sr. Anne Massell, Associate Superintendent for Leadership for their insight and service to the interview and search process.
Ms. Amato has over 23 years of experience in the Archdiocese of New York. She holds New York State Certification in School Building Leadership, a Master of Education in School Counseling, and New York State Certification as a Permanent School Counselor. Since 2019, Ms. Amato has been the Principal of Notre Dame Academy High School on Staten Island. Previously, she has been a teacher, school counselor, academic dean, and an assistant principal.
Ms. Amato, in her role as Regional Superintendent of Staten Island, will assume a broad range of responsibilities, primarily the strengthening of solid Catholic faith communities, the monitoring and assessing of the academic achievements of the schools, the oversight of the regional office staff and the promotion of student recruitment and marketing strategies to all schools in her region. Ms. Amato will continue to build upon the strong foundation formed through the extraordinary leadership and legacy of Mrs. Zoilita Herrera, who faithfully served Staten Island as Regional Superintendent, Principal, and Teacher over the last 44 years.
Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Ms. Amato to her new role. We look forward to her leadership on Staten Island and the impact she will have on our Catholic Schools.
Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York
Catholic Schools Invite Students to Register Today for This Year’s FREE Summer Journey!
Our Catholic school families are invited to register for our upcoming Summer Journey program being hosted by Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of New York. We’re very excited to keep our doors open for the summer and provide our students with a free, safe, fun, and academic-driven learning experience. This program blends engaging, project-based learning with plenty of fun, and gives our kids an opportunity to reinforce what they are learning during this school year.
Here are the details:
- Who should enroll: Students in Grades K-7 who are currently enrolled in an Archdiocese of New York Catholic School
- When is the program being held: Monday through Thursday, from July 5th to August 10th
- Where: Virtual or in-person options are available
A few of the great features of Summer Journey:
- Exciting Field Trips: We get outside with visits to nature centers, museums, and landmarks in our area.
- Local Instructors: Students will be learning from the experienced staff who work in and know the host schools.
- Hands-On Learning: This program offers exciting lessons that encourage growth through participation and touch.
- Engaging Curriculum: Summer Journey brings an innovative approach to educate students about the world they live in today.
- Movement Breaks: We get kids and staff moving to teach them how to use their energy productively.
If you’re interested in learning more about it or looking for how to sign up, please visit adnysummerjourney.org.
Registration is easy and takes less than three minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a question directly through the website.
Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D. to serve as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York
The following statement was issued today by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan:
If we were not still observing the holy season of Lent, I would probably begin this letter with one word: Alleluia! But, since we still have a few more days to go until Easter, allow me to say that I write to share some very good news.
After an extensive search process, wide consultation, and much prayer, Sister Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. She will succeed Mr. Michael Deegan, who, as you may recall, will be retiring from that role at the end of the current academic year, after many decades of splendid service to Catholic education here.
Sister Mary Grace is no stranger to the Archdiocese of New York. A member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious congregation of women with a particular devotion to education, she has served in the archdiocese as both a teacher and principal in our Catholic schools, as well as receiving a Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Church Leadership from Fordham University.
In addition, among her many other assignments, she has served as Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and prior to that as Superintendent of Schools and Secretary of Education and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Bridgeport. Currently, Sister Mary Grace is President of Cor Jesu Academy in Saint Louis, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association, and a Trustee of Foundations in Education. She is a Provincial Councilor for her religious community and serves as a director on all of their corporate boards.
It’s no secret that our Catholic schools have faced tremendous challenges in recent years. It was just a few weeks ago that we announced the sad news that 12 of our excellent schools would cease operating after this school year. We’ve been fortunate to have Mike Deegan as the Superintendent of Schools to help us meet those challenges, and his upcoming retirement – which he delayed, at my request, for several years – would have left me anxious about our future had we not been able to find an educator of the quality of Sister Mary Grace Walsh to succeed him. She has already shared with me that she looks forward to serving in this archdiocese, and, in her words, “to working with the priests and pastors, the many dedicated teachers, principals, and staff in the schools, the benefactors who do so much to keep them running, and, most especially, the parents and students, all to give our young people an outstanding academic and spiritual formation, and a future full of hope.”
I trust that you join me in welcoming Sister Mary Grace back to the Archdiocese of New York, and in my promise to keep her, and the school community we serve, in our prayers.
A blessed Holy Week, and a joyous Easter to come. With prayerful best wishes, I am,
Faithfully in Christ,
+ Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Report Continued Excellence in Test Scores
ELA Scores Up +7.3% Math Scores Hold Nearly Steady to Pre-Pandemic Level
Actions Taken During Pandemic Proved to be Difference in Mitigating Learning Loss
As the 2022-2023 academic year begins, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are proud to report their scores on state exams in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). Once again, the Catholic values-infused curriculum taught in the Archdiocese of New York has produced results that lead most schools in the state of New York.
Recently released scores for 2022 from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for grades 3-8 reflect nearly 52% of students passed math and 64% of students passed reading.
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York have maintained this level of excellence with the support and leadership of His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Catholic Schools invested heavily in curriculum, student supports, professional development, technology, and social-emotional support for students and staff alike. These efforts mitigated and often eliminated the degree of learning loss experienced in school systems around the country.
“Our ELA scores jumped by 7.3 percent, while our math scores held steady with a slight decline from pre-pandemic levels,” said Mr. Michael J. Deegan, Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. “This is a testament to the dedication of our pastors, principals, and teachers in delivering a Christ-centered, academically excellent education. These results demonstrate that our work will continue to achieve positive outcomes and elevated expectations for all our students.”
In NYC (New York City) government schools, 49% of all students passed reading and 37.9% passed math. Looking nationally, while different from a state assessment, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a special administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend (LTT) reading and mathematics assessments to examine student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic which revealed average scores for age nine students in 2022 declined 5 points in reading and 7 points in mathematics compared to 2020.
Superintendent Deegan has previously noted that state test scores are one factor of academic success; the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York use multiple measures of student growth and achievement. Deegan recently wrote an op-ed “Wising up to Testing” In the New York Daily News- that outlines the commitment of Catholic Schools to the ongoing growth and achievement of their students using NWEA MAP. On the NWEA MAP test, the average Catholic school student consistently outpaces the 50th percentile compared to peers across the country.
“These results demonstrate that the proactive steps we took, the bold decisions we made—not the least of which was to open our doors for in-person learning in September 2020—made the difference in combating pandemic-induced learning loss,” said Mr. Deegan.
We are still welcoming admissions for the 2022-23 school year, and you can click here to apply for this year while space and financial aid are still available. Now is the ideal time to visit and select the right school for your child. Scholarships will be available: the earlier families apply, the better their chances of receiving financial aid.
How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings — A Parent Resource
Available today from Child Mind Institute, Rachel Ehmke, author of “How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings” offers strategies for dealing with anxiety — your kids’ and your own — in the aftermath of tragic school shootings. Click here to read the article online, and click here to download a pdf of the article.
Also available are three articles to help kids cope with scary situations:
- Creating Supportive Environments When Scary Things Happen;
- Talking to Children When Scary Things Happen; and
- Wellbeing Practices: Gentle Reminders for Times of Stress
Additional parent and student resources are available from ADAPP, including: Information and Resources on Mass Violence and Recent School Shootings.
Day of Prayers for Ukraine: More than 60,000 Catholic School Students, Faculty and Staff Gather to Pray
On Monday, March 28, more than 60,000 students, faculty, and staff of all Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of New York joined in spirit for a Day of Prayer for Ukraine. Please see this coverage of our Catholic schools’ Day of Prayer for Ukraine from our friends at the Catholic Faith Network. Utilizing a suggested curriculum and prayers provided by our Office of Catholic Identity, they discussed the situation facing families, just like their own. Our Catholic school community prayed for their safety and an end to all hatred, war, and violence in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and around the world–even here at home.
Our mental health experts and crisis counselors at ADAPP have also provided sensitive, age-appropriate resources for conversations about war you may wish to have with your children and how to put those concerns into perspective in our part of the world. It is important to note that our Catholic schools have a good number of families from Ukraine and of Ukrainian descent, and we stand ready to support and comfort each of them in their time of need. We are also grateful to have received inquiries from relief organizations and will welcome with open arms, any Ukrainian children fleeing the violence in their homeland.
Please also see this variety of media coverage from our Day of Prayer:
May God protect the people of Ukraine and those providing them comfort and relief.
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools
Photo: mural by students at St. Brendan School Bronx
Daily News: Catholic Ed. Surges
In this Daily News article, Joanne Kroeger writes: “After nearly two years of a devastating pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the nation’s school systems, the city’s Catholic schools have been experiencing something only a little short of a miracle.
Consistent safety protocols, combined with clear and steady communication with parents, have resulted in high in-person attendance levels — and a surge in enrollment after decades of decline.
‘In the haze of COVID closures, chaos and confusion, Catholic schools have become a safe haven for students. Since September 2020, 100% of the city’s 170 Catholic schools have remained open with very low infection rates even during the omicron surge‘, said Michael Deegan, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York.”
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Click here to see an additional interview with Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan.
New York Post Special Section: Catholic Schools Week Directory
In a special section devoted to Catholic Schools Week, New York Post reporter Mary Kay Linge writes: “Catholic schools build a foundation for children that will last a lifetime.” Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Michael J. Deegan is quoted in the article, saying: “Education is a fundamental pillar of the Catholic Church. We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, and we respect and honor that role. Our schools support parents as they shape their children into becoming other-centered, generous and faithful adults.”
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Catholic New York Article: Latino Outreach Program ‘Like Talking With a Relative,’ Says One Parent
In an article in yesterday’s Catholic New York, Armando Machado reports, “At the archdiocesan School Superintendent’s Office, the Latino Outreach Program helps Hispanic families navigate the intricacies of school application, enrollment and financial aid procedures, in Spanish for parents and guardians who are not fluent in English or simply feel more at ease with their native language. The outreach efforts include the use of social media.”
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Considering a New York City Catholic School for Your Family
In an article in New York Family that appeared on January 13, 2022, Jaclyn Griffith writes about the impact of school choice, saying:
“It’s hard to imagine a decision that impacts your child’s present and future more than the decision of which school they will attend. Academics, community, relationships, location, guiding principles—all of these are sure to influence your family’s school choice. While considering the overwhelming number of options, it’s important for parents to understand the benefits of a Catholic school education in New York City.”
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Mrs. Zoilita M. Herrera to Step Down from Role as Regional Superintendent for the Catholic School Region of Staten Island
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York issued the following statement today:
The Month of St. Joseph
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” — Psalms 32:8
Dear Catholic Schools Community,
With a heavy but grateful heart, I share the following important news. Mrs. Zoilita M. Herrera will step down from her role as Regional Superintendent for the Catholic School Region of Staten Island at the close of the 2023 school year.
I could share much with you about Mrs. Herrera’s decades of outstanding service to Catholic education on Staten Island – the many positions she has held, the number of students she has impacted, and the numerous, well-deserved awards and accolades she has received. However, she will be the first to state that she is simply performing her responsibilities to the best of her abilities, supporting her principals, faculties, and staffs in serving the Staten Island families. Zoilita is a true Catholic educator and minister of our faith.
Those of us who have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Herrera are well aware of the indelible mark she will leave on the Catholic educational landscape of Staten Island. Throughout her 44 years, she has been steadfast in her service as an educator in Assumption School on Staten Island, school leader at Assumption School and Sacred Heart School, and the first layperson appointed to the position of Staten Island District Superintendent. She has been recognized by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the Alumni Association of St. John’s University, the St. George Theater, the Staten Island Catholic Charities/Catholic Youth Organization, the United Activities Unlimited (UAU), and was the recipient of the first annual Monsignor Peter G. Finn Educator Award. She has met challenges gracefully and confidently, empowered her school leaders to demand the best for their communities, supported them in this sacred mission, and led with empathy and respect. During the COVID crisis, her unwavering presence bolstered her principals through the most challenging times. Like me, I am certain they are eternally grateful for all Mrs. Herrera has done.
I am confident that in the coming months there will be many tributes to Mrs. Herrera. However, none will speak as loudly as her illustrious decades of service to the Catholic elementary schools of Staten Island. Through her dedication, actions, and leadership, she has built a legacy that will forever be synonymous with her successful efforts to improve and positively transform Catholic education opportunities for the students and families in her region. As our beloved Holy Father Pope Francis shared, “Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the Church.”
On a personal note, I have known Zoilita for her 44 years of ministry to our Catholic schools and have come to admire her passionate devotion to her work as a Catholic educator and her love of family, especially, her husband Gus, daughters Deana, Christina, and Alyssa, sons-in-law, James, Thomas, and Robert, and grandchildren Brooke, Nicholas, Charles, Brynn, Zoe, Chase, and Thomas III. Zoilita has been a treasured gift and blessing to me. I have been enriched by our friendship and touched by who she is as a person and Catholic leader. Zoilita, on behalf of the students, families, principals, educators, pastors, and colleagues you have touched throughout your years in the Archdiocese of New York, His Eminence and I thank you for taking the challenge of Catholic education head-on. We wish you well in your future endeavors and hope you enjoy time with your beloved family.
In the coming months, a search will be conducted by the Office of the Superintendent of Schools to identify and appoint the most qualified candidate for this position.
Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York
12 Catholic Schools in Archdiocese of NY will not reopen, 4 will merge into 2 at the end of the academic year
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York today announced 12 Catholic schools will cease operations at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. Four schools will merge into two.
Extensive broader community research, detailed studies, and careful deliberation and analysis went into the final determination of which schools would not reopen. Unfortunately, due to shifting demographics and lower enrollment made worse by the pandemic, the impact to the financial stability of these schools was detrimental. All affected families will be welcomed in neighboring Catholic schools, with applications for financial aid and scholarships available for the upcoming academic year where applicable. Additional information will be shared with school constituencies in the coming days.
“It is never a good day when we announce closures to any of our beloved schools, but the goal is always to strengthen the remaining institutions and preserve Catholic education in New York for decades to come,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. “We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact this will have on families and will provide both educational guidance and pastoral support to all those affected to ensure all children will be warmly welcomed into a nearby Catholic school. We are all in this together, and with hard work and God’s blessings, we will come out on the other side.”
“We understand these are challenging times for many families, and this is indeed a sad day for everyone in our Catholic schools community,” shared Michael J. Deegan, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. “I personally mourn the loss of every one of our great schools. However, as we process this news, we must resolve that the great tradition of Catholic education in New York will continue, and we will assist all students who are seeking to carry on their Catholic education to find a seat at another excellent school in the Archdiocese.”
The following Catholic schools will not reopen:
- Academy of St. Paul & St. Ann, Manhattan
- Ascension School, Manhattan
- Guardian Angel School, Manhattan
- Holy Family School, Bronx
- Immaculate Conception School, Manhattan
- Immaculate Conception School, 760 E Gun Hill Rd, Bronx*
- Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Manhattan
- Santa Maria School, Bronx
- St. Angela Merici School, Bronx
- St. Brendan School, Bronx
- St. Christopher School, Staten Island
- St. Margaret Mary School, Bronx
St. Francis Xavier, Bronx, will merge with St. Clare of Assisi.
St. Gabriel School, Bronx, will merge with St. Margaret of Cortona.
*There are two Immaculate Conception Schools in the Bronx, one is located at 151st Street and
operated by Partnership Schools. That school is NOT affected by today’s announcement and WILL
The Office of the Superintendent of Schools will work closely with each affected family to help find a neighboring Catholic school for the fall. Directors of enrollment will provide each family with information and answer any questions that they may have, whether they are about enrollment, transportation or tuition. The best resource for continually updated information will always be catholicschoolsny.org/announcements.
The Superintendent’s Office is dedicated to working in coordination with the teachers’ union to do everything it can to help faculty of the affected schools find employment within the archdiocesan school system.
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Linda Dougherty Interviewed by New York Post
Linda Dougherty, Associate Superintendent for Catholic Identity for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, was interviewed by The New York Post for its Catholic Schools Week Directory issue, which appeared on January 25.
The resulting article, by Post reporter Mary Kay Linge, is called “Take It As Gospel.” The article discusses how Catholic schools offer an exemplary education and the fundamentals for life. Ms. Dougherty is quoted as saying, “We’re not just a public school with a crucifix on the wall. In our schools, we’re working to live our faith every day.”
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Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York Michael J. Deegan To Retire
Michael J. Deegan has announced his retirement from the position of Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York, effective August 31, 2023. He has served as superintendent for the past four and a half years, following more than 50-years as a teacher, principal, associate superintendent, and deputy superintendent.
“I am so very grateful to Cardinal Dolan for entrusting me with the care and stewardship of this great Catholic school system which gave me so much as a student, as a young man and ultimately as a Catholic educator for half a century,” shared Deegan. “I often speak of ‘the mission of Catholic education.’ Perhaps for the past 50 years mine has been a mission to give back. Even though I was ultimately destined to lead the entire Catholic school system, in my heart, I never really left the classroom. I’ll always be a Catholic school teacher.”
A national search is being conducted for a successor.
Deegan is proud of his tenure during which he made certain that every student received a first-rate academic education, as well as a solid grounding in their Catholic faith. He and his team faced complex challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, proudly points to the fact that the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of New York became national leaders in providing in-person instruction at a time when most school districts remained shuttered. He attributes significant increases in test scores during this time to the dedicated principals and teachers of the Catholic schools. Among the many accolades he received during his career, the one that has meant the most to him is the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Compassionate Educator Award.
“Mike first asked to retire nearly five years ago, but we have been extremely fortunate that he instead agreed to my request that he stay on as superintendent,” said Cardinal Dolan. “These past five years have been among the most consequential years for Catholic education, particularly in this archdiocese, and Mike has steadfastly guided us through these difficult years. The legacy that Mike will leave on Catholic education in the Archdiocese of New York is immeasurable. I thank God for his service, and wish him and his family a long and happy retirement.”
Health Department Issues Commissioner’s Advisory as NYC Faces High Levels of COVID-19, Influenza and RSV
COVID-19 and flu are increasing nationally and in New York City; nationally, hospitalizations for flu reached the highest levels for this time of year in more than a decade.
The Advisory strongly recommends masking in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings, and other proven precautions such as vaccination, testing, hand hygiene, and staying home when sick
December 9, 2022– As New York City enters the holiday season, COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses are seeing unusually high concurrent spikes. To slow the transmission of these viruses, the New York City Health Commissioner issued a Health Advisory that urges New York City residents to use high-quality masks when indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. This is especially important for people who are – or are meeting – those who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19, RSV, or the flu, such as those age 65 and older and people who are immunocompromised.
“The holiday season is about togetherness and there is a way to gather safely – even as respiratory viruses in our city are unusually high,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “It starts with protecting yourself. Vaccination and boosters are critical but so are common sense precautions like masking when indoors or among crowds and staying home if you don’t feel well. Also, get tested before getting together, and get treated quickly if you test positive. We want everyone to have a happy and – most of all – healthy holiday.”
The Commissioner’s Advisory also urges people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu, even if they have been vaccinated previously. Everyone ages six months or older should get their COVID-19 primary series if they haven’t already and receive the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster when eligible. An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Many pharmacies and doctors’ offices offer both flu and COVID-19 vaccines, and it is safe to get them at the same time.
The City will continue to make vaccination and masking resources available to New Yorkers. For example, between Oct. 29 and Nov. 25, around 70 community partners, along with Health Department staff, carried out the following activities:
- Engaged 83,558 community members at 917 in-person street level outreach events.
- Engaged 4,109 community members at 122 in-person community conversations.
- Engaged 45,093 virtual community members* at 29 virtual community conversations.
- Made 24,367 vaccine referrals, 6,181 testing referrals and 38,778 referrals to other health and social services.
- Distributed 116,066 pieces of educational literature, 344,576 face masks and 80,526 Home Tests Kits.
This is part of the overall engagement effort since July 2021 to Nov. 25, 2022, including:
- Engaged 1,664,561 community members at 30,544 in-person street level outreach events.
- Made 1,011,454 vaccine referrals, 272,872 testing referrals and 546,377 referrals to other health and social services.
- Distributed 5,402,745 pieces of educational literature, 3,602,719 KN95 face masks and 614,023 Home Tests Kits.
This does not include the extensive resources provided by partners such as Test-and-Trace and others.
The city also continues to launch vaccination pop-ups and other efforts to promote vaccine access and equity.
People who are at increased risk of severe illness from respiratory viruses, including people age 65 and older, infants, people with a weakened immune system, people with certain underlying medical conditions, people who are pregnant, and people who are not up to date on flu or COVID-19 vaccinations should consider additional precautions to avoid exposure to respiratory viruses, such as wearing a higher quality mask, such as KN95 and KF94 mask or N95 respirator, limiting attendance at large indoor gatherings, wearing a mask when gathering with others, and asking people to wear a mask and get a COVID-19 test prior to gathering.
As the holidays approach, New Yorkers can help protect their loved ones from COVID by getting tested before and after gatherings and wearing a mask around people who are at increased risk of severe respiratory illness. If you are sick, stay home, avoid close contact with others, and talk to your provider about what testing, care, and treatment is right for you. You can call your health care provider or 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to ask about treatment.
With respiratory illnesses on the rise, the Health Department is closely monitoring the COVID-19, influenza, RSV, hospital, and syndromic surveillance data. The Health Department has noted high levels of cases and hospitalizations for COVID, flu, and RSV. The combined impact of these respiratory illnesses puts individuals at risk and risks straining our healthcare system.
To find a nearby COVID-19 and flu vaccination provider, visit NYC Vaccine Finder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment at certain sites, and for other vaccination assistance.
NYC Health Department issues tips for gathering and eating safely this Thanksgiving
As you celebrate this week, we hope you’re eating well and enjoying the company of loved ones. After the last two years of isolation, where our holidays were taken from us by the COVID emergency, we all deserve a healthy and happy season of thanks and celebration.
Before you dig in, here are some tips for gathering and eating safely.
Before you get together with others, get tested for COVID-19. You can pick up free at-home rapid antigen tests at NYC museums, zoos, libraries and other locations throughout the city. Many of these sites also offer free masks. To find a location near you, visit NYC At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit Pickup.
Even if you’re COVID negative, ask yourself how you feel before meeting with others. Sniffles, a light cough, a little tired? These symptoms could be signs of a contagious illness. While mild for you, they could cause serious illness for babies or people who have weakened immunity. This is especially true for RSV, which can seriously impact infants 0-12 months. If you don’t feel well, stay home.
And don’t forget. It is never too late to get vaccinated! So get your updated COVID booster and flu shot as soon as you can. It is safe to get them at the same time. To find a nearby COVID-19 and flu vaccination provider, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. We have appointments all throughout the holiday week.
Now for food! For most of us, this is the best part of the season. But there are some things you may not know about keeping the season’s gastronomic delight from turning into a gastrointestinal plight.
For starters, NEVER thaw a turkey or frozen meat in hot water or by leaving on the counter. Properly thaw frozen meat by: leaving in the refrigerator (24 hours for every four-to five pounds) or by placing it in cold water (30 minutes for every pound of turkey, change water every 30 minutes, cook immediately after). Keep raw meat—like turkey—separate from other foods. The juices from raw meat may contain bacteria that make people sick. That means using separate cooking utensils, too. Wash your hands and surfaces often and wash utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item.
Making dessert? Avoid eating foods with raw eggs, like unbaked cookie dough or cake batter. While you may know that raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella, raw baking ingredients can also make people sick if they’re contaminated with germs.
Bacteria live in the “danger zone” of 40°F to 140°F. Refrigerate your leftovers within 2 hours of serving to prevent bacteria from growing.
These and other food safety tips are included in the year-round trainings that the NYC Health Department provides to more than 25,000 NYC restaurants.
To find other safe cooking and dining advice, go to:
So dine like a pro and follow these tips for a happy and healthy holiday.
The NYC Health Department
Fox News Op-Ed: Superintendent in Support of Parental School Choice
In an op-ed for Fox News published on November 16, 2022, Superintendent of Schools Mr. Michael J. Deegan urges newly elected representatives everywhere to offer parental school choice for the future of all students. “Parental school choice programs are a wise investment in our future,” Mr. Deegan writes.
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Passing parental school choice legislation would save taxpayer money and provide relief to the middle class. It would also make Catholic schools an option for all. To learn more about how
you can advocate for parental school choice legislation, visit investineducation.org.
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Students Load Up a Ton of Turkeys for Thanksgiving
On one side were about 40 middle school students—half from Tarrytown’s Transfiguration Catholic School, half from The Leffell School, a Jewish day school in White Plains. On the other side, stacks of boxes containing some 1,250 turkeys, destined for area food banks in time for Thanksgiving.
Helping the kids out where some very tall men used to tossing large round things: members of the Westchester Knicks Basketball Team. Orchestrating the effort to move the frozen birds from out of the Stop & Shop on White Plains Road into a waiting truck was a team of black t-short-clad store employees and staffers from Feeding Westchester, whose hunger relief network supplies meals to over 200,000 each month.
Article by Barrett Seaman, from the Hudson Independent, November 14, 2022. Click here for the full article.
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Cardinal Dolan joins Borough President Fossella as funds are allocated to S.I. Catholic schools
Catholic schools on Staten Island will soon have more funding for programs, services, education and more, thanks to Borough President Vito Fossella’s budget allocation of nearly $460,000.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, joined Fossella to make the announcement about the budget allocation to 21 borough Catholic schools during a visit to Blessed Sacrament School, West Brighton, on Monday. The funds will be used toward expenses for those attending Catholic schools, or those seeking help from the borough’s Catholic organizations and its resources.
Photo: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, joined Borough President, Vito Fossella to announce budget allocations for 21 Catholic schools and organizations at Blessed Sacrament School in West Brighton. Oct. 24, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)
NYC Catholic schools welcome students back to class without COVID restrictions
CBS News covered opening day at School of the Blessed Sacrament on the Far West Side of Midtown Manhattan — from an exciting science experiment, to the hugs and gatherings of friends, students and teachers, the day had excitement and energy. New York Catholic Schools are welcoming students back to class without COVID restrictions, and students’ reactions say it all.
Building Community Begins With Faith at Fishkill Catholic School
Principal Tom Hamilton of St. Mary’s School in Fishkill sounded ready for the opening day of school even before the Labor Day weekend began.
Hamilton, who’s embarking on his fourth year as principal at the Dutchess County school, said faculty members and other staff, students and parents are all excited about the start of the new year, which kicked off Tuesday.
“We’ll get back to a traditional learning experience…There is a huge amount of enthusiasm in the school community,” he said.
School business as usual may have been the expected and customary practice until the Covid pandemic interrupted normal routines beginning in March 2020, so Hamilton was especially primed for the current academic year to begin when I spoke to him late last week.
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Photo: St. Mary’s School Fishkill/Catholic New York
News Coverage: NYC Catholic school students return to classrooms on Wednesday for 2022-23
New York Catholic Schools on Staten Island attracted press coverage as students returned to school on Wednesday. The articles feature students returning to St. Christopher’s School, Sacred Heart School and Our Lady Star of the Sea School.
SILive: Click here to view the full article
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New York City Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of New York are heading back to class on Wednesday for the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.
It will mark the first time students will start a new school year without a face mask requirement, while other coronavirus (COVID-19) safety and health measures have lessened as the country learns to move forward in this “new normal.”
Staten Island Advance: Click here to view the full article
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — There were some nerves, but it was mostly a sense of excitement on Wednesday as students at St. Christopher School donned their best accessories — their smiles.
It’s the first day of school for students in the Archdiocese of New York as they return to campus on Wednesday — marking the first time students are starting a new school year without a face mask requirement, while other coronavirus (COVID-19) safety and health measures have lessened as the country learns to move forward in this “new normal.”
NEW! 2022-23 Catholic Schools Opening Plan
In “Rising Above,” our newly-published 2022-23 Opening Plan, you’ll find helpful information for Parents, Students and Staff of our Catholic School Community, covering what you need to know in this dynamic environment. We are especially pleased to share this 2022 Catholic Schools Opening Plan — click here to view our blueprint for keeping our schools safe and healthy for the 2022-23 school year! Click here to visit our special opening plan web page for additional information and resources for Catholic School Families as they prepare for school.
In Memoriam: Sr. June Clare Tracy OP, Ed D.
“Well done good and faithful servant” Mathew 25:23
The Catholic School Community of the Archdiocese of New York joins the community of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, mourning the loss of Sr. June Clare Tracy OP, Ed D. Sr. June Clare’s ministry spanned for over 55 years and whose impact changed the lives of generations of families, faculty, staff, principals and Office of the Superintendent of Schools. Click here to view and download this announcement.
She served in nearly every capacity, Teacher, Principal, District and Regional Superintendent, and the founding Executive Director of Catholic Identity for the largest catholic school system in the Country. She was a gifted historian.
Sr. June Clare was known as a no-nonsense, caring compassionate educator, who was equally smart, loyal, and knowledgeable in every aspect of the profession. Colleagues respected her and often sought her advice for both its practicality but more important its applicability. Her mission of education was bringing the students and staff closer to Jesus Christ.
When Pope Francis visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sept 24th, 2015, his homily spoke of the contributions of men and women religious… they could have been written as if he were speaking about Sr. June Clare.
“This beautiful Cathedral of Saint Patrick, built up over many years through the sacrifices of many men and women, can serve as a symbol of the work of generations of American priests and religious, and lay faithful who helped build up the Church in the United States. In the field of education alone, how many priests and religious in this country played a central role, assisting parents in handing on to their children the food that nourishes them for life! Many did so at the cost of extraordinary sacrifice and with heroic charity.” ….. I thank you for prayers and work, and the daily sacrifices you make in the various areas of your apostolate. Many of these are known only to God, but they bear rich fruit for the life of the Church. In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you? Women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say “thank you”, a big thank you… and to tell you that I love you very much”
These pages can never capture the impact that Sr. June Clare has had on so many; we are the richer for it. We thank you Sr June-Clare for life’s work, your sacrifices, and your dedicated years of ministry.
“Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25:34
We share some of her legacy below:
Hall of Fame Video St Thomas Acquinas College
Article Written by Sr. June Clare on Catholic Education & Neil and Harold! PAGE 16
Catholic New York Appointment as Catholic School Executive Director
Arrangements will be:
Mass of the Resurrection
Tuesday, August 9, 2022- 10:30AM
Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel
175 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976
In your charity, please remember Sr. June Clare in prayer, works and charitable deeds.
Stephen Marositz Promoted to Associate Superintendent of Teaching & Learning for New York Catholic Schools
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York today announced the promotion of Stephen Marositz from Director to Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, effective immediately (click here to view and download today’s press release). Stephen joined the Superintendent’s Office in August 2021 as director and has contributed significantly to the formation and development of academic programs, focusing on the needs of each learner.
Stephen’s promotion recognizes his leadership of the Office of Teaching and Learning and his dedicated support of the regional superintendents and instructional specialists in managing and coordinating assessment, curriculum, and professional development initiatives across all nine regions of the Archdiocese.
Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan shared, “Throughout his time as the Director, Stephen maintained a laser focus on the academic needs of students. Each decision he has made has the thoughts of learners in mind. He keeps himself abreast of best practices to maximize his ability, providing thoughtful support to the adults in each building, knowing their preparation directly impacts student achievement and growth. Stephen has exemplified this through the resources curated, conversations had, and workshops led with principals and teachers in all our regions. We congratulate Stephen on his new role and are excited for the future of our Catholic schools, as we’re sure his impact will continue to echo throughout our classrooms for years to come.”
Stephen’s unique skill set and work ethic have enabled him to strengthen our devotion to academic excellence. He designed year-long strategies to bolster professional development for Catholic school teachers and curated databases and a digital library of academic tools on the Teaching and Learning Resource Hub, all while consistently considering the individual needs of students and ensuring long-term student success. By leveraging these best practices, Stephen’s thoughtful support to the adults and staff in the building has benefited the thousands of children within the Archdiocesan schools.
In his new role, Stephen will look to continue his success and mindset of offering each student an excellent education by forging ahead with the implementation of extensive virtual and asynchronous professional development options for teachers and leaders, visiting a wide array of Catholic schools to observe modern teaching and learning relationships in real-time. He will refine teacher and coaching workshops and create cohesion across all curricular resources and materials to ensure that teachers and leaders are supported and prepared to address the needs of all of our students.
Stephen graduated from NYU with his Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education, Teachers College at Columbia University with his Master’s in Sociology and Education, and is currently working on his Doctorate at Ball State University Teachers College.