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.”
Amber Hamilton is a former student at St. Elizabeth School in Washington Heights, and the 25-year-old Weill Cornell Medical College graduate was recently accepted into a highly competitive eight-week research fellowship program at Hospital for Special Surgery. Amber is truly an inspiration, having dealt with her own rare disease from a young age. She used her experience as motivation to help others, and St. Elizabeth School as well as the entire Archdiocese of New York could not be more proud of her!
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.
The Archdiocese of New York, along with the New York State Catholic Conference recently issued an important message for families regarding the Substantial Equivalency guidelines being considered by the State Education Department (SED). Click here to view this important information, and to get involved!
St. Clare School in Staten Island’s 12th Annual Summer STEM & Robotics Adventure Program hosted some visitors this July. Four children from Xiamen, China joined the camp as part of a five-day cultural exchange program. The visiting students demonstrated origami and got to interact with students and faculty on the campus.
Cardinal Dolan attended the ninth annual Catholic Schools Night at Dutchess Stadium on June 17th, an event that raises money for Catholic Schools in the Northern Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess region. To honor His Eminence’s attendance, the Hudson Valley Renegades gave out baseballs branded with a St. Patrick’s Cathedral logo. Cardinal Dolan gladly greeted and signed these baseballs for students, and he also threw the first pitch.
Each year, Catholic New York salutes the hard work and dedication of seniors graduating from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. The valedictorians and salutatorians of each school are recognized for their academic achievements in the published listings.
Shown above: Valedictorian Abraham Castillo and salutatorian Jason Williams led the 135 graduates in the Class of 2019 at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx.
CNN’s Chief National-Security Advisor Jim Sciutto returned to his alma mater Regis High School to help the seniors on the debate prep for Nationals. Sciutto was a former member of the debate team in the eighties, and he was invited back by his former debate coach and current Director of Admissions, Eric Di Michele, to assist with the practice.
St. Patrick’s School on Staten Island won seven awards, including Best Elementary News Team, at the 46th annual Eddy Awards May 17 at the ITV Studios in Yonkers. Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale won five awards, including Best High School News Team for their show, “The Water Crisis: Thirsting for Justice.”
Above: A broadcast is shown of the work of Eddy award-winning elementary anchorpersons Salvatore Agro and Avamichelina Hodgens of St. Patrick’s School, Staten Island, during the 46th annual Eddy Awards, held on May 17 at the ITV Studios in Yonkers. > Click here to read the full article.
> Click here to view the complete video of the 2019 Eddy Awards Show!
On May 8 the Archdiocese of New York welcomed nearly 1,000 students and faculty from 26 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese to its annual Regional Field Day. Participants gathered for Mass in the gymnasium of St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers New York. Fun and games, from tug-of-war to three-legged races, followed outdoors on the seminary grounds. > Click here to read the full article.
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School in Harlem was featured on Fox 5’s “New York Minute” segment after a special visit from renowned children’s author Chris Grabenstein. Our Champions for Quality Education department coordinated the author’s visit through their Page Turners program.
Page Turners promotes the literary arts by bringing celebrated authors right into the classroom. Novelists, poets, creative non-fiction writers, illustrators and science writers engage with students through readings, lessons and creative writing workshops. In many instances, an author’s work celebrates his or her own heritage. The setting of each Page Turners class allows the author to demonstrate to all students how writing can enhance their lives. Click here to find out more about Page Turners.
Prayer for Class of 2019 Seeks ‘Grace and Mercy in the Years Ahead’.
His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan celebrated Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for nearly 4,000 seniors from Catholic high schools across the archdiocese April 3-4.
At the Eucharistic Liturgy for the Class of 2019 on April 4, Cardinal Dolan reminded the assembled students that “these are days of gratitude,” referring to “the sentiments that are in your heart now and which are going to be rolling around in your heart and soul for the next two months as you prepare for final exams and for graduation, and for departure from the high school that you’ll soon call alma mater.”
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, announced that Mr. Michael J. Deegan, Deputy Superintendent, will assume the position of Interim Superintendent until a search is completed and a new superintendent has been installed. In the coming months, Cardinal Dolan will name a new Superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Timothy J. McNiff after his more than 10 years of service. > Click here for the full press release
A dedicated and experienced educator, Mr. Deegan has served the Church in Catholic education for almost forty years. A Catholic school principal for more than 20 years, he has taught at Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan, and Sacred Heart School in Manhattan. He has also served as principal at both St. Francis Xavier School and St. Jude School (both in Manhattan) and headmaster of Iona Grammar School.
In 2004, Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, appointed Mr. Deegan Director of Inner City Schools to help oversee the 122 elementary and secondary inner-city schools then serving more than 60,000 children. His responsibilities were in the areas of finance, institutional advancement, curriculum development and strategic planning. In 2013, he was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Schools, and continues to serve in that role.
Nearly 300 students participated in the 32nd annual Bronx-wide Science Fair which was held on Thursday March 28th, at 4:00 p.m., at Mt. St. Michael Academy, 4300 Murdock Ave., Bronx, NY.
Students from grades kindergarten through eighth represented 34 different schools from the Northeast and Northwest Bronx Catholic School regions with a total of 239 projects concentrating on STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education.
Winners were announced at a special awards ceremony: congratulations to all the winners!
Denar Ralph, an 8th grade student at Mount Saint Michael Academy has accomplished a great deal in his short life. In 2017 he published his first book titled, Climbing the Ladder to Success. A year later, he released his second self-published book: The Daily Climb: 31 Days of Inspiration to Help You Climb Your Ladder to Success. Congratulations, Denar!
On March 19-21, the Archdiocese of New York hosted an AdvancED External Review Team that reviewed the system and a cross section of its schools to evaluate the system’s adherence to the AdvancED Accreditation Standards and to make a recommendation for AdvancED School System Accreditation.
The team found that the Archdiocese of New York met the requirements for accreditation and announced that it will be recommending the system for AdvancED School System Accreditation. Their recommendation will be reviewed and acted upon by the national AdvancED Accreditation Commission later this month.
240 students from 31 Catholic high schools across the archdiocese attended “The Media Landscape: A Catholic Lens,” the third annual Student Leadership Conference at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Manhattan, which was held on March 8.
Sister Nancy Usselmann, F.S.P., director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker. She said she hoped she provided tools in her talk to offer students ways to discern and respond or not to respond to the media climate in a virtuous way.
His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan announces the launch of the #IPrayed campaign across Catholic Schools, honoring the start of Lent on Wednesday March 6. Cardinal Dolan urges all to join Catholic school students in posting “#IPrayed” on Twitter after they have prayed — whether before a meal, at the beginning of the day, or after attending mass. We encourage our students and families to join in!
Almost two dozen college students participating in the Curran Catholic School Leader Academy will train to become Catholic school principals on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 , from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the New York Catholic Center, Dillon Hall (20th Floor), 1011 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10022.
Students from Fordham University and the University of Notre Dame will learn how to lead a Catholic school by listening to keynote speakers and participating in workshops and panels led by experts in education and child development. The Curran Fellows will also present a project they have prepared called the Colloquium which focuses on customer service, customer care and the overall customer experience models to be implemented at a Catholic school.
The goal of the Curran Catholic School Leader Academy is to prepare the Fellows for the realities of leading a school. The program will provide the participants the proper training and give them the tools they need to lead the Catholic schools of the future.
Since 2008, Curran Catholic School Leadership Academy has been forming and mentoring the next generation of New York’s Catholic school leaders. CCSLA’s program prepares and supports these leaders as they assume responsibility for the Catholic identity of their schools and the larger Catholic educational community.
Archdiocese of New York Superintendent Dr. Timothy McNiff was featured on Bronx News Channel 12 today, commenting on the importance of school safety at Catholic Schools. In the months since the shooting tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese of New York have focused not only on physical protection, but also mental health awareness and anti-bullying measures. McNiff commented: “If you want your school to be safe, really work on bullying. All of our schools have an anti-bullying curriculum that we work with, with teachers and guidance counselors.” > Click here for the News 12 video > For parents concerned about school safety, visit a Catholic School to find out more about our programs.
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York report that their student scores on state exams have again grown significantly over last year in both Math and (ELA), surpassing those of New York State and City schools, and most charter school averages.
Recently-released scores for 2018 from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for grades 3-8 reflect 50% of students met or exceeded proficiency standards in Math, and 55% in ELA. These levels represent a rise from 2017 of 7.1 and 6.3 percentage points, respectively.
“This fourth consecutive year of improved test scores, surpassing the gains of city and state schools, speaks volumes about our students’, principals’ and teachers’ determination to succeed,” said Dr. Timothy McNiff, Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. “I am proud of our schools’ accomplishments and gratified to see their hard work translate into tangible success.”
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York have maintained this level of excellence through the support and leadership of His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, in concert with the talented and dedicated principals and teachers in every school building. Recent enhancements to data-driven instruction, highly-focused professional development and a strong team of academic support staff continue to push the school system forward.