Catholic Schools Week 2020 saw a host of fun and fabulous activities and events at our Catholic Schools. Hats off to our Principals, Faculty, staff, parents and students for creating such an exciting week!
> Click here to see a photo album of some of the activities that took place during the week.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan finished off Catholic Schools Week in Port Chester New York on Friday. Corpus Christi – Holy Rosary School recently won a contract to provide UPK to the city of Port Chester, due to their excellent early childhood program. The Cardinal was there to visit the students and to bless the new building.
> Click here to view the News 12 Westchester video news clip
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Minty Organization for the Performing Arts, the non-profit which oversees The Minty Awards, has announced honorees for the Seventh annual Minty Awards Dinner Gala set for Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in Nicotra’s Ballroom, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
To be honored during the festive event will be Andrew “Monte” Monteleone with the Carl William Lesch Memorial Award for Educator of the Arts; Peggy Lee Brennan, Distinguished Alumni Award and Charlie Siedenburg, Community Enrichment Award.
Moore Catholic High School on Staten Island is one of our schools to perform at Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular. Classic holiday songs are sung a capella by this talented high school chorus. The Staten Island Advance went to the school to capture the choir’s rehearsal and to showcase these dedicated young singers.
The Inner-City Scholarship Fund raised over $1.6 million to help provide tuition assistance for students attending inner-city Catholic schools at their 43rd annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner! The fund helps over 11,000 students with tuition assistance each year: 91 percent are minority students and 39 percent are non-Catholics.
> Click here to read more details about the event and our wonderful students in Catholic New York’s article below.
Stacy Njimogu, a senior at Academy of Mount St. Ursula, was interviewed by News 12 Bronx as part of their ‘Scholar Athlete’ series, which highlights outstanding student athletes. In the interview, Stacy talks not only about her accomplishments which the Academy of Mount St. Urusla encouraged her to pursue, but also about how the warm school community is an integral part of her success story. Stacy has truly made her school proud!
The Catholic schools on Staten Island hosted their Annual Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday, Dec. 12. All participants were in grades 5 through 8, and qualified for the competition by out-spelling their classmates. The winner, Charlotte Tama of St. Joseph Hill Academy, felt like she made her school proud when she won the competition by successfully spelling the word magnanimous in the final round. Cassandra Ampo of Our Lady Star of the Sea came in second.
Jonathan Boo, STEM Director of Cathedral High School, received the 2019 Emergent Design Science Professional Award in September at the 6th Biennial Design Science Symposium held at Rhode Island School of Design. This honor is awarded biannually to a promising recent design graduate, whose design skills and design philosophy exemplify application of comprehensive anticipatory design science principles applied throughout the design process and solutions to design problems.
Cathedral High School Juniors Skylla Collado, Annette Malan, Taiana Corchado and Thais Pena have been selected to participate in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Science Enrichment Program. The two-year internship program helps high school science students learn fundamental skills in a clinical environment to explore careers paths in medicine. The students take courses in cancer, biology, lab skills, professional development and participate in clinical research/trials.
The Moore Catholic High School choir will be opening for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 19. These 32 Staten Island high school students will be singing an a capella version of “Hallelujah” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on the world-famous New York City stage. The choir’s fellow students will be there to support them, because the school is planning a field trip to Radio City to watch them sing. The choir is one of more than 100 student groups that will perform this season.
The Archdiocese of New York announced today that it will open online Admissions for the 2020-21 School Year today, Wednesday December 4 – and host six open house events at 120 schools across the Archdiocese from January through March, 2020.
For children entering grades K through 8, families can apply for both Admissions in three ways:
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 help from the school’s staff in completing the online applications for Admissions and Financial Assistance.
“We are very pleased to open our online Admissions on December 4 this year. This added level of convenience – available to pc and mobile users alike – gives hundreds of families more time to visit Catholic schools near their home or work, and apply online for the school that best suits their needs,” said Michael J. Deegan, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York.
Mr. Deegan added, “Our Catholic school students learn in a secure environment where respect, courtesy, and service to others are always part of the curriculum. These Catholic values enrich not only our students, but also their families, parishes, and communities.”
Reflecting the academic quality of Catholic Schools, the 2018-19 New York State Education Department Examination results show that:
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York outperformed New York State and City Schools in performance growth over each of the past five years; and
Catholic school students outpaced 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 Archdiocese recently announced dates for its 2019-20 “Touring Tuesdays,” events at 120 elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York. The remaining 2020 dates are: January 7, January 28 (Catholic Schools Week), February 11, February 18, March 3 and March 24, from 9-11am, or by appointment.
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.
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).
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.
When a fire ravaged a St. John’s School of Kingsbridge student’s home, principal Melissa Moore stepped in. With the help of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, the majority of this student’s tuition was covered, and young Sachila is able to stay at the school he calls home. This is a heartwarming story of how Catholic schools step in when students and families need it most.
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
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.”
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!
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.”