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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
NOT close.

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.

Click here for the full press release in ENGLISH | or in SPANISH

February 15th, 2023|

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.”

Click here to read the full article!

January 25th, 2023|

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.”

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December 20th, 2022|

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:

  1. Engaged 83,558 community members at 917 in-person street level outreach events.
  2. Engaged 4,109 community members at 122 in-person community conversations.
  3. Engaged 45,093 virtual community members* at 29 virtual community conversations.
  4. Made 24,367 vaccine referrals, 6,181 testing referrals and 38,778 referrals to other health and social services.
  5. 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:

  1. Engaged 1,664,561 community members at 30,544 in-person street level outreach events.
  2. Made 1,011,454 vaccine referrals, 272,872 testing referrals and 546,377 referrals to other health and social services.
  3. 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.

December 12th, 2022|

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/holidays.html

So dine like a pro and follow these tips for a happy and healthy holiday.

With love,

The NYC Health Department

November 23rd, 2022|

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.

Click here to view the full article!

Learn more:

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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November 17th, 2022|

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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November 15th, 2022|

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.

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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)

October 26th, 2022|

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.

Click here to view and download the press release.

October 5th, 2022|

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.

> Click here to see the CBS News Clip

September 8th, 2022|

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.

Click here to view the full article by John Woods

Photo: St. Mary’s School Fishkill/Catholic New York

September 8th, 2022|

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.”

September 8th, 2022|

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.

2022 School Opening Plan

September 5th, 2022|

In Memoriam: Sr. June Clare Tracy OP, Ed D.

“Well done good and faithful servant” Mathew 25:23Sr June Clare Tracy OP, Ed D.

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 Convent
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.

August 7th, 2022|

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.

July 18th, 2022|

New York’s faith community alarmed by Department of Education’s proposed ‘intrusion’ into religious schools

The New York Education Department proposed regulations on private and religious schools are irking some in the faith community, such as Catholics, Muslims and Jews, due to fears of possible overreach, Fox News Digital has learned.
Michael Deegan, the superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York – which represents more than 67,000 students in New York State – told Fox News Digital that the archdiocese never had a problem with “equivalency,” which has been on the books for decades, until now. He added that his community values academics and that his motto is, “Our job is to get our children not into Harvard, but into heaven, by way of Harvard.”
July 1st, 2022|

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:

Additional parent and student resources are available from ADAPP, including: Information and Resources on Mass Violence and Recent School Shootings.

June 14th, 2022|

Wising up on student testing

In an Op-Ed piece that appeared in the Daily News on June 7, Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan writes: “MAP Growth testing was invaluable during the pandemic. At the peak of virtual learning in 2020, New York’s Catholic educators already had a thorough understanding of their students’ strengths and areas for growth thanks to this approach to testing, which we conduct three times a year. Each test allows us to collect highly specific data on a student’s growth and what they may need more support on, giving teachers and parents a better sense of how they can work together for the child’s success.”

Click here to view the full article!

June 9th, 2022|

Children Ages 5 to 11 Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

In a press release issued by NYC-DOH today, NYC children 5-11 who had the second dose of the vaccine at least five months ago should start receiving the Pfizer booster. Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX4NYC for a site. Unvaccinated children should start the COVID-19 vaccine primary series now. Health Department reminds parents and caregivers to maintain routine childhood vaccinations

May 23, 2022 — The Health Department today announced that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for children ages 5 to 11 is widely available in New York City. Health Department vaccination sites, pharmacies, community health centers, hospitals, and City-run clinics will be providing no-cost COVID-19 vaccines. Availability of boosters for 5- to 11-year-olds at different sites will be posted and updated over the coming days. Visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX4NYC to find a location.

“Vaccines and boosters are our best line of defense against COVID-19, and making them available to New Yorkers ages 5-11 will help keep our kids safe and healthy as we continue to battle this virus,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “We continue to encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated, to get boosted, and mask up when possible.”

“As a parent, I am looking forward to getting my own eligible children a booster,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “Boosters help build stronger immunity, which will keep our kids safe, confident, and healthy in the months ahead.”

The CDC recommends the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for children ages 5 to 11 who had the second dose at least five months ago. The recommendation was made after an evaluation of the vaccine’s safety and strength of the immune response by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the FDA. The booster dose is the same strength as the first two shots. During clinical trials of the booster dose for 5- to 11-year-olds, the most commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, and muscle pain. Immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11 should receive a three dose primary series followed by a booster at least three months later.

CDC also updated its recommendations for second boosters. Adults 50 and older and immunocompromised people 12 and older should get another booster at least four months after their first boosters. This strengthened recommendation is a response to the substantial increase in cases and hospitalizations among older Americans over the past few weeks.

The COVID-19 vaccine significantly reduces the risk of severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from the COVID-19. In New York City, 47% of children ages 5 to 12 are fully vaccinated, compared to 80% of children ages 13 to 17, and 88% of adults. Unvaccinated people continue to have higher rates of hospitalization, so it is especially important for 5- to 12-year-olds to get vaccinated.

Boosters help keep immunity up to date. During the Omicron wave, according to the CDC, the two-dose vaccine effectiveness against infection declined in both children ages 5 to 11 years and adolescents ages 12 to 15 years. A booster dose in adolescents significantly improved vaccine effectiveness against infection, emergency department and urgent care visits. Further, evidence among adults shows that a booster dose improves protection.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at hospitals, clinics, and community health centers across the city. Chain pharmacies, like CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Duane Reade, and many independent pharmacies offer vaccination. Check with your local pharmacy to confirm if they are providing the vaccines and if they vaccinate children and the age range they can serve. You may also check with your regular health care provider. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost and regardless of immigration status.

New York City is now on High Alert, as COVID-19 is increasing. In addition to staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, New Yorkers should:

  • Wear a face mask in all public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings. Upgrade to higher-quality masks, including KN95, KF94, N95, or a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask. Higher-quality masks will most benefit people who are at high risk of severe illness, are over 65 or are unvaccinated.
  • Consider avoiding higher-risk activities. Do not go to crowded, indoor gatherings. Limit any type of gathering to a small number of people.
  • Get tested. Testing is especially important if you have COVID-19 symptoms or were recently in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. You should also get tested before and after traveling or getting together with others.
  • Stay home if sick or recently exposed. Follow all isolation and quarantine guidance, including wearing a face mask. COVID-19 is highly contagious. You can spread COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.

The Health Department is also reminding parents and caregivers to make sure children are up to date on routine vaccines, including like the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Polio, Pneumococcal (PCV), Varicella, Tdap, Quadrivalent Meningococcal (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in accordance with the ACIP routine immunization schedule. COVID-19 vaccines and routine vaccines can be given at the same time.

Parents and caregivers should check with their child’s health care provider about what immunizations are due and to make an appointment. New Yorkers unable to make an appointment with their child’s provider or those who need to find a provider can get low- or no-cost immunizations at the Health Department’s Fort Greene Health Center immunization clinic, regardless of immigration status. The clinic serves anyone 4 years or older; appointments can be scheduled.

Uninsured and underinsured children can also get immunization services at other locations for a sliding scale fee. Appointments can also be made at NYC Health & Hospital facilities or by calling 1-844-NYC-4NYC. New Yorkers can also find a list of Community Health Centers.

To find a health care provider or for other locations throughout NYC that provide vaccination services for children and adults, call 311.

May 23rd, 2022|

Staten Island’s Catholic Schools present awards to four special community leaders

Honored at the gala were:

  • The Siller Family and Tunnel to Towers Foundation. They received the Denis P. Kelleher Award.
  • Luanne Sorrentino, Rosemary Hillers and Doreen Cugno and the St. George Theatre. They received The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.
  • John Vincent Scalia Sr. of Scalia Funeral Homes. He received The Mother Cabrini Award.
  • Zoilita M. Herrera. She received the first Monsignor Peter G. Finn Educator Award.

All proceeds from the event, held in Nicotra’s Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, are dedicated to Catholic elementary education on Staten Island.

Click here to view the full article by Staten Island Advance.

Photo: Cardinal Dolan with the Siller family. Left to right: Mary Scullin, Gina Vogt, George and Frank Siller. (Courtesy of Joey G. Photography/Steve White) Steve White

May 19th, 2022|

Catholic School students care for animals in partnership with Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island middle school students at Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy are getting hands-on experience when it comes to caring for animals through a new partnership with the Staten Island Zoo, West Brighton.

The Zoo and Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy, South Beach, partnered to create the Father Capodanno Animal Studies Program earlier this year, funded by Catapult Learning. The school was formed in 2020 when the former St. Adalbert’s School in Elm Park merged with Holy Rosary School in South Beach.

Click here to view the full article in SILive by Annalise Knudson

Photo: the Father Capodanno Animal Studies Program is a partnership between the Staten Island Zoo, West Brighton, and Father Vincent Capodanno Catholic Academy, South Beach, to help students learn to care for animals. (Courtesy/Staten Island Zoo).

May 17th, 2022|

Catholic Schools Offer Final Round of Parent Workshops on May 24-26 to Support Summer Learning

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are offering a final round of virtual parent/family workshops for the 2021-22 school year in partnership with Catapult Learning. The workshops will focus on ways families can support summer learning in the following areas:

  • May 24: Supporting Summer Learning: Reading
  • May 25: Supporting Summer Learning: Math
  • May 26: Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Building Fun and Strong Social Relationships

While the workshops will be live at a single time, they will be recorded for future access.

Click here for quick access to the registration link.

Since the workshops coincide with the end of spring NWEA/MAP testing and the release of the MAP Family Reports once again, we recognize that many families will have summer learning on their minds!

For additional support, each workshop will end with information on how to register for the Summer Learning Experience.

May 13th, 2022|

Catholic Schools Issue First Report on Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health Services

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools is excited to share their first-ever social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health themed newsletter! This special-edition issue highlights some of the outstanding work done in classrooms throughout the Archdiocese of New York in support of our students’ academic and personal health. Click here or on the image below to read the newsletter!

May 10th, 2022|

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York to end social distancing requirements beginning on May 16, 2022

On May 2, Superintendent Michael J. Deegan announced that social distancing requirements will end on May 16, 2022 at Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. In his letter to families, Superintendent Deegan wrote:

As we welcome spring, we are reminded not only of the joy of the Resurrection, but also of the joy of the familiarity of being together, both in class and in the traditional spring sacraments and celebrations in schools. We have such great anticipation for upcoming Communions, Confirmations, and graduations which are the true hallmarks of the season.

I am pleased to announce the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York will end social distancing requirements beginning on May 16, 2022. While we will continue to remain vigilant, and, when possible, to socially distance, these restrictions will no longer be mandated. Our schools will continue to ensure adequate ventilation in the buildings, and those who wish may wear a face mask.

We do this with a firm confidence that as partners in your child’s education, you will continue to be responsible and monitor for symptoms, practice good hand washing hygiene, and test regularly.

We look forward to welcoming you back for the next school year as our students continue to excel and grow in confidence, knowledge, and faith.

Sincerely,

Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York

May 10th, 2022|

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:

ABC 7

PIX11 News

NBC 4

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

March 30th, 2022|
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