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%.
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
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
A group of 33 students representing the Student Council of the Academy of St. Dorothy visited Met Foods grocery store in Grasmere to purchase nonperishable goods for Project Hospitality. Their charitable effort was part of WKTU’s “Stuff-A-Truck” Food Drive. > Click here to read more
Students at St. Adalbert’s School in Elm Park welcomed more than 150 veterans and their families on Wednesday for the annual pre-Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony. Students honored the veterans with handmade cards, works of art, special performances and salutes. > Click here to read more
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.
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
Elvis was in the building recently at St. Joseph Hill Academy. Well, his mini-me, anyway. The school’s third grade students were asked to study a historic figure, dress as that person and deliver a presentation explaining how they made a positive impact on the world. > 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.
Seventh graders from West Brighton’s Sacred Heart School recently enjoyed a class trip to the Staten Island MakerSpace, a non-profit, community workspace for makers, builders, hobbyists, artists, and entrepreneurs who like to build things. > Read More
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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.