Thank You for Joining Us at the 32nd Annual Dinner for Westchester Catholic Schools
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On Thursday, September 19, Westchester Catholic Schools hosted the 32nd Annual Dinner for Westchester Schools at The Apawmis Club in Rye New York. This special event was a great success: the Muccia Family were honored, and featured were cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from this event will support scholarships, enrichment opportunities and technology enhancements in Westchester Catholic schools.
We welcomed the energetic direction of two new principals to the region at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Columbanus Schools, where administrators are implementing a uniquely-Catholic student incentive program that instills core values into our students from bell-to-bell. The program motivates student engagement and promotes personal responsibility by celebrating good behavior.
Technological upgrades in the classroom are significantly improving our ability to connect with young minds one-on-one, harness their God-given abilities, and attend to individual areas of academic challenge. Chromebooks coupled with MAP technology have changed the equation in how we teach, and how our students learn, forming a new baseline of expectation as schools move forward.
The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum is front and center in Northern Westchester/Putnam Catholic schools, beginning with some of our youngest students, as they have embarked upon the Dash and Dots robotics program. This initiative enhances kindergarten students’ decision-making and problem-solving skills as they learn to code and program robots in the classroom.
St. Patrick’s in Yorktown is transforming its curriculum through the Galwicki Family Foundation Full STREAM Ahead (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math) program, which has brought new laptops, collaborative TV monitors, and a 3D printer into our classrooms. The school’s 8th graders are learning to give back by helping younger students learn coding.
St. Columbanus topped the region in MAP growth last year, and won the Superintendent’s Cup for most growth in English Language Arts (ELA) and math on the 2018 New York State tests. Students and teachers benefited significantly from new textbooks and updated learning technologies in 2017–18, and the school introduced an advanced coding initiative in its computer classes.
A very good cause was supported when students at St. Patrick’s in Bedford held a “pajama drive”, as they donated pajamas and other comfy items along with storybooks to the Bedford Community Center. The items were distributed to underprivileged children within the community. A good act such as this keeps children mindful that there are people in need right in their own backyard, not just in far away lands, and that all are deserving of our love and respect.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton took the initiative to add mathematics and reading to its after-school programs. This makes extra time in the school building constructive by providing an opportunity for those students to further study the day’s lessons, and to get a head start on homework.
Our Catholic schools are proud of the values students learn as part of our faith-based curriculum. Children are reminded to be mindful of how Jesus wants us to treat our fellow woman and man, and they are encouraged to perform acts of kindness whenever they can.