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St. Raymond’s School Hosts First Annual Bronx-Wide Speech Bee

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:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Bees and their importance to our ecosystem
  • Family
  • 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.

December 16th, 2017|

2018-19 Catholic School Admissions Open December 1

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:

  • Online at;
  • 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.

Click here  to read more.

November 30th, 2017|

Archdiocese of NY Reports Outstanding Student Test Score Results

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%.

September 20th, 2017|

Our Lady Queen of Peace Principal Has 402 Reasons to Smile

By Claire M. Regan, for the Staten Island Advance

For Margaret O’Connor, midway through her third year leading Our Lady Queen of Peace School in New Dorp, life couldn’t be better.

She’s working her dream job. O’Connor arrives at school every morning at 7, eager to greet her 402 students and begin the day with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements during a schoolwide assembly. > Read More


February 6th, 2018|

Superstar speller wins 2nd straight Catholic School spelling bee

By Thomas Erik Bascome,

Twenty eight students from twenty two Catholic elementary schools gathered at the St. Christopher’s School in Grant City Wednesday afternoon for the annual Staten Island Catholic School District Spelling Bee. A riveting repeat performance by eighth grader Cristina Diaz of Our Lady Help of Christians School earned her a second straight Staten Island Catholic School District Spelling Bee crown. > Read More

December 16th, 2017|

They’re back! New beginning for kids & teachers

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.



September 15th, 2017|

Clambake to benefit Regional Catholic Schools of Staten Island

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.

September 1st, 2017|

Shrub Oak School Staff Builds Team Spirit in Spin Class

Lauren Narog is open to trying anything, even another spin class.

The pre-K teacher was one of nine staff members from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Shrub Oak to participate in a 45-minute spin class at Club Fit in Jefferson Valley Aug. 23. The spin class and lunch resulted from the staff’s one-on-one meetings with new principal Brian Donahue, who stepped into the role after the retirement of longtime principal Sister Gabriel Miriam Obraz, S.C.

By Dan Pietrafesa, Catholic New York > Click here to read more

August 30th, 2017|

St. Patrick’s Students Complete the ‘Hour of Code’

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.

Click here to read more.

April 8th, 2017|

Announcing: The Golden Cross for Education Award Breakfast

Join us in Prayer and Celebration as we Honor the Individuals who have Supported Staten Island Catholic Schools.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
8:15am: Mass at St. Charles Church
200 Penn Ave, Staten Island
9:30am: Breakfast and Award Ceremony to follow
The Excelsior Grand
2380 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island

RSVP by April 1, 2017.

Click here to visit our online EVENTBRITE site, where you can RSVP and submit payment by credit card.

Click Here to view and download the event invitation.

2017 Honorees
Assemblyman Michael Cusick
New York Staten Assemblyman, 63rd District

Rev. Monsignor Peter J. Finn
Dean of Staten Island
Co-chairman-Staten Island Regional Board

Guest Speaker
Most Rev. Bishop John J. O’Hara,
Episcopal Vicar of Staten Island


Celebrating the 22 Members of our School Communities receiving the 2017 Outstanding Catholic Community Award

Questions? Contact Diana Gatto
The Catholic School Region of Staten Island
2820 Amboy Road, Staten Island NY 10306 or (718) 667-5350 ext. 1007

March 8th, 2017|

Announcing: Four Saints Cup Golf Tournament

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.

Registration is open at

Sponsors, Donors, and Silent Auction Items Wanted! To get involved, email: 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!

March 5th, 2017|

St. Patrick’s School in Yorktown to Honor Three at Shamrock Auction

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.

Click here to read more.

March 3rd, 2017|

Archdiocese of New York to Host Staten Island Education Leaders for Open House

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

March 3rd, 2017|

Angela’s unexpected fight: 6 cystic fibrosis warning signs to look for

To know 7-year-old Angela Laureno of West Brighton is to be inspired by her. At two weeks old, the blonde-haired second grader at Sacred Heart School was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs but can cause damage to other organs, such as the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestines.

Click here to read more.

March 2nd, 2017|

SI Museum Offers ‘STEM’ Program

An ongoing educational series is giving students a ”rock-solid” foundation in the sciences. Con Edison’s “STEM Days Out” program continued at the Staten Island Museum Wednesday with a hands-on lesson in geology. Middle school students from Holy Rosary learned about the Earth and the rocks that form it. The courses are meant to engage kids in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Click here to read more.

March 1st, 2017|

Young robotics engineers compete at St. Joseph by-the-Sea

Hundreds of elementary students turned out Monday night for a robotics competition at St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School in Huguenot. The event was the second annual competition for elementary schools participating in the High School Preparatory Program of the Catholic School Region of Staten Island in the Archdiocese of New York.

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February 28th, 2017|