Braintree, MA (June 2018) – The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) recently held a video contest among its teachers. Knowing that during the summer it is easy for students to experience the “summer slide”, the CSO collected video submissions with helpful suggestions for parents on how to keep the learning alive in the summer months. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average student will lose anywhere from one to three months of learning over the summer. Superintendent Kathy Mears commented, “I think families will appreciate these videos. During the summer, it can be difficult to keep children entertained and we want to provide quality ideas that our families will find beneficial. We have a variety of topics that will be covered by the winning submissions. We have also created some with tips in Spanish to be inclusive of all our families.”
The winner educators of the video contest are:
Erica Carmody, Saint Pope John Paul Catholic Academy Lower Mills - Dorchester
Erin Chouinard, Saint Pope John Paul Catholic Academy Neponset - Dorchester
Lauri Diamantis, Saint Augustine School - Andover
Kaitlyn Feeney, Saint Raphael School - Medford
Megan Fischer, Saint Pope John Paul Catholic Academy - Neponset
Mary Gaeta, Our Lady of the Assumption School - Lynnfield
Anne Krane, Saint Columbkille Partnership School - Brighton
Annmarie Mears, Saint Augustine School - Andover
Kate Pak, Sacred Heart School - Roslindale
Cimone Phillips, Saint Pope John Paul Catholic Academy Neponset - Dorchester
Nicole Schaub, Sacred Heart School - Kingston
Patty Thompson, Saint Pope John Paul Catholic Academy Lower Mills - Dorchester
Please keep an eye out for the videos which will be released every Tuesday and Thursday through social media during the summer months. You can also see the tips here: www.csoboston.com/summer-tips.html
BRAINTREE (June 2018) - Last week, 12 students in the Archdiocese of Boston were awarded the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship. This full, four-year scholarship to Boston University is presented each year to graduates of Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston in memory of Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros. An exemplar of our time, Cardinal Medeiros grew up in poverty and became a great champion of immigrants and racial justice as the Archbishop of Boston from 1970 to 1983.
Students were nominated by their high school principals or guidance counselors and interviewed by a selection committee. Recipients are chosen for their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership skills, and contributions to their schools and communities.
The 2018 Cardinal Medeiros Recipients are:
Michael Alberti of Matignon High School in Cambridge and Saint Raphael School in Medford is the valedictorian at Matignon, captain of the Academic Decathlon team, a student recruiter for the Admissions Office, and most recently performed as Lumiere in the school’s musical Beauty and the Beast. He plans to study computer science and engineering at Boston University.
Matthew Collins of Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody and Saint Mary of the Annunciation School in Danvers is the salutatorian of his class, a tradition in his family. His mother was salutatorian of her class at Bishop Fenwick and his sister (also a Medeiros Scholar) was valedictorian. At Bishop Fenwick, Matthew was Student Council Treasurer, National Honor Society Treasurer, and was a leader in the community, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Garrett Greaves of Saint John’s Preparatory School in Danvers is a scholar, athlete, and musician who is determined to make a positive impact on the world. During his time at Saint John’s Preparatory, he participated in Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Fencing, and Band while also contributing many hours of community service at Lowell General Hospital and performing at local nursing homes.
Susritha Kopparapu of Lowell Catholic High School and Sainte Jeanne d’Arc School in Lowell performed over 600 hours of community service in high school while also participating in the Science National Honor Society and Mock Trail, among other extracurriculars. A positive role model for her peers, Susritha displays strong leadership skills, and selflessly gives her time to anyone or anything that needs it.
Caitlyn Leonard of Austin Preparatory School in Reading and Our Lady of Assumption in Lynnfield participated in many activities throughout high school including Classics Club, Latin Peer Tutor, cross country and track, and teaching CCD. A highly disciplined and self-motivated student, Caitlyn is thinking about studying biological sciences or politics in college.
Erin Montion of Arlington Catholic High School in Arlington was a member of the track team, Humanitarian Club, science team, and a student ambassador who volunteered at all school events. Erin’s strong leadership skills and academic capability will help at Boston University where she plans to study French.
Sheena Patel of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence loves to learn new things and apply her knowledge to real life experiences. She regularly competes in Bharatanatyam Dance competitions, volunteers at both Lawrence and Lowell General Hospital, participates as a student ambassador showing the school to potential students, and represented Central Catholic at America Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Sheena plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Adam Salachi of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood and Saint Mary School in Mansfield is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in a wide range of leadership, Campus Ministry, and service activities while at Xaverian. He will matriculate in Boston University’s School of Engineering.
Daniel Scrivener of Boston College High School in Dorchester participated in Northeastern University’s 2017 Young Scholars Program National Hispanic Scholar and was a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. He earned perfect scores on the Chemistry and Math SAT Subject Tests, the ACT, and all three AP exams last year (Calculus AB, Chemistry, and Literature) while also participating in Concert Band and being an academic and social mentor at BC High.
Olivia Stipo of Fontbonne Academy in Milton was an active member and performer in Fontbonne’s Drama Program, a school Ambassador who helped create a welcoming and inclusive environment at school, and participated in Select Chorus. Olivia jumps at every opportunity to learn and is equally happy solving a math problem, writing a short story, or reading a book.
Evan Wolk of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood and Blessed Sacrament in Walpole followed one of the most challenging courses of study offered by Xaverian Brothers High School and was involved in just about every aspect of school life: leadership, clubs, athletics and service. Evan is interested in Law and Economics and will study in Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
Steven Zachariadis of Bishop Fenwick High School and Saint John the Baptist School in Peabody served as Senior Gift Chair for his class which had 100% participation and created a smartphone app for the school while also leading the National Honor Society as Vice President. His humble and sincere attitude helped as he became a peer leader, ordination coordinator, morning announcer, and President of his local Greek Orthodox Youth Association.
Braintree, MA (May 2018) – New Leaders and Apprentice Principals from schools throughout the Archdiocese of Boston gathered at a luncheon hosted by Superintendent Kathy Mears, Associate Superintendent of Mission Effectiveness and Leadership Dan Roy, and Senior Leadership Consultant Martha McCook on May 17, 2018. For the past year, the members of this group have received professional development and opportunities to practice their leadership skills. The group has benefited from the Leadership Initiative created by the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office and the Catholic Schools Foundation. The collaborative program aims to develop the capacities of the talented individuals working in our schools and to support new principals. Mears commented, “It was a joy to witness the passion and commitment these individuals brought to this program. Their work is ensuring the growth and development of our Catholic Schools.”
The group gathered at the luncheon to compare notes, reflect on the past year, and discuss future plans. Many of the aspiring leaders are looking for positions within the Archdiocese. Donna Henderson, a seasoned Catholic educator, has already been appointed principal at Saint Monica School in Methuen. Julia Fielder-Ross, who has worked alongside principal Mark Bedrosian at Saint Raphael Parish School in Medford, described the experience as eye opening. “I always knew that principals had a lot of responsibility, but I could not appreciate the extent of their role until I was able to get a behind the scenes view of what Mark does on a day to day basis,” Fielder-Ross said.
For new principals who are trying to navigate the complexities of being a first-time leader, this program created a professional network where they could connect with others and seek out additional support. Tiffany Sawyer, principal at Saint Patrick School in Roxbury, found that the most valuable part of the program was building a network with a rich group of diverse individuals. The members of the Leadership Initiative come from different backgrounds, have various levels of experience, and vary in ages. It truly is a cross-section of dedicated educators from the Catholics schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.
New Principal Leaders for 2017-2018:
Aspiring Principals for 2017-2018:
The Catholic Schools Office Celebrates The Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipients
BRAINTREE, MA (May 2018) – The Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, celebrated on May 8, 2018 the recipients for the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. Five elementary school teachers and five secondary school teachers were selected as the first ever recipients of the award. The recipients received $1,500 and were honored at a luncheon with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
2017-18 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipients:
ROSLINDALE, MA – Sacred Heart School is celebrating 100 years of educating elementary scholars from Roslindale and the surrounding areas. Staying true to their mission statement of “we dream big,” they decided to set a major fundraising goal for their anniversary. They organized events throughout the school year culminating with their Dream Big Celebration on April 27, 2018, where they reached their goal of raising one million dollars.
Sacred Heart kicked off their centennial year by hosting the 20th Annual Sacred Heart Golf Tournament on September 15, 2017. They served as co-Grand Marshal of the 2017 Roslindale Day Parade where the theme was education is the door to the future. They also brought their choir to the 33rd Annual Roslindale Tree Lighting this past December. Sacred Heart hosted an International night to celebrate the diversity in their school and An Evening of Motown featuring Soul of Boston. Then, on April 27, their gala at Moseley’s on the Charles brought them to the one-million-dollar goal.
Monica Haldiman, principal of Sacred Heart, detailed how this work was a team effort. “Members of the school, the Board and Sacred Heart Parish, worked together to support reaching this monumental goal. We could not have done this without the generosity of all those who believe in Catholic education,” she stated. Members of the community and alumni worked with the school to make every event successful. On the night of the Dream Big Celebration, many local figures lent their support and opened their checkbooks. Mayor Marty Walsh spoke about his fond childhood memories of participating in the Sacred Heart Show, then donated $25,000 and encouraged others to do the same. Rick and Cathy Roche, longtime supporters and alumni, gave generously. Peter Lynch, president of the Lynch Foundation and frequent contributor to Catholic schools, also contributed. Many other generous donors gave to the cause that night, but humbly asked to remain anonymous.
Sacred Heart school is not done with their campaigning. They want to dream bigger and have set the challenge of reaching two million dollars by next year. The school has always had a pioneering spirit and was the first to become a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) institution within the Archdiocese of Boston. STREAM reinforces the relationship between core subjects and the integration of religion and the arts. With these funds, Haldiman hopes the school will continue to educate students and lead them to become successful, productive, faith-filled citizen of the 21st Century for years to come.
For more information about Sacred Heart School, visit https://vimeo.com/258697712/aabc3e00ee.
The Catholic Schools Office Honors Sister Charlene Favreau as a 2018 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipient
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) - The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce Charlene Favreau, Sister of St. Joseph, as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Sr. Favreau will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
ABOUT SISTER CHARLENE FAVREAU
Serving as a first-grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Lowell, MA, Sister Favreau is a perfect example of a life lived in service to others. She was formerly a first-grade teacher and Mission Effectiveness Representative at Jackson School in Newton, MA. She also served as a teacher and principal at Walnut Park Montessori School and was the Director of Admissions and School Activities at the Walnut Park-Jackson School Campus.
After many years in the teaching profession, Sr. Favreau is still seeking out professional development. She participates regularly in Responsive Classroom workshops and runs her class using the Responsive Classroom Model. She creates class celebrations, such as ‘My Life’s Story’ and ‘My Ambition Day’, in which children are able to become more self-confident. Her ability to ease children’s worries with a spontaneous dance step or song is inspired. As an avid sports fan, she also took on the challenge of helping to coach the Girls’ Softball team. They won the Championship with Sister Favreau cheering them on.
Aside from the dedication she has shown to Catholic education, she is also a model for teachers, students, and parents on how to give to others. In particular, she has brought attention to the Haiti Hurricane Fund. She volunteers by teaching Zentangle classes at a program called the Women’s Table, which provides relaxation to caregivers of severely handicapped children. For the past twenty years, Sister Favreau has also devoted two weeks of her summer vacation to a camp in Framingham for the children of parents who suffer from AIDS and who have completed addiction programs.
Sister Favreau continues to be an active member of her own faith community. She has served on the Board of Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. At the Immaculate Conception Parish, she serves as both a lector and Eucharistic Minister. As noted by a friend and colleague, “Sister Charlene is a warm, caring, affirming, positive, enthusiastic, and generous person whose life and values have an impact on her colleagues, her students and the parents she serves.”
The Catholic Schools Office Honors Michael Clancy as a 2018 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipient
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) - The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce Michael Clancy as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Clancy will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
ABOUT MICHAEL CLANCY
For eight years, Michael Clancy has served as a Social Studies Teacher at Boston College High School. Prior to his work at the school, he served as a teacher in Los Angeles and North Carolina. His personal educational philosophy is to inspire all students, regardless of their backgrounds, to learn.
Apart from his academic duties, Clancy has taken on many responsibilities at BC High over the years. He has coached track and football, moderated Students for Soldiers and Students for Bipartisanship, and chaperoned international student service trips. Clancy is also a model of what it means to be a faith-filled educator. He has been a leader on student retreats and begins each class with St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity.
Clancy is a reflective educator who is committed to professional development. He has participated in Gilder Leherman workshops, Advanced Placement workshops, and National Endowment for the Humanities workshops. Clancy’s desire to ensure his teaching is reaching all students prompted him to seek out workshops on gender equity. He has also been proactive in keeping up with technological advances and integrating this knowledge effectively into his classroom.
Perhaps his most inspiring role at BC High is that of lead teacher for the Madden Scholars Program. This program serves incoming freshman who have been identified as needing additional support in their transition to high school. Students are given six extra weeks of class time in the summer prior to their ninth and tenth grade year. Clancy brings snacks to meetings, plans field trips, provides the students with advice on basic skills such as taking notes and studying for tests, and gives homework help. As stated by his principal Stephen Hughes, “Perhaps the best description of Michael’s excellence is a simple one. When asked for feedback about him, every person says simply, ‘What a good man.’ And he is. And an excellent teacher.”
The Catholic Schools Office Honors Sharon Rozzi as a 2018 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipient
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) - The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce Sharon Rozzi as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Rozzi will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
ABOUT SHARON ROZZI
Sharon Rozzi is a beloved fifth grade teacher at East Boston Central Catholic School (EBCCS). Both her children attended Catholic schools and followed in her footsteps to become teachers. Her daughter now serves as the first-grade teacher at EBCCS.
Rozzi has a gift for making children enjoy being in school every day. She has a knack for reaching every student, from the most advanced to the one who struggles most. Her love for them is evident in the way she will arrive early in the morning, give up her lunch, and stay after school to help her students.
Along with her duties as a classroom teacher, Rozzi has taken on many other challenges at EBCCS. She is the Level Chairperson for grades 4-8 and the NWEA Map Testing Coordinator for her school. Rozzi is also a member of the Administrative Council who determine the policies and procedures at the school. Her commitment to her faith is evidenced through daily prayer in the classroom and her role as Liturgical Committee Chairperson.
Rozzi is also a devoted member of the Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston where she attends Mass weekly. She serves as their Religious Education Director and as a Eucharistic Minister. Rozzi has devoted countless hours to the sacramental preparation of her students and serves as the Protecting God’s Children Coordinator. Both at EBSSC and at Sacred Heart Parish, she has been responsible for VIRTUS training of volunteers and staff. As summarized by Robert Casaletto, principal at EBCCS, “Her commitment to her students, her faith, her family, and our school are unmatched.”
The Catholic Schools Office Honors Sheila Deitsch as a 2018 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipient
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) - The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce Sheila Deitsch as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Deitsch will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
ABOUT SHEILA DEITSCH
St. Paul School in Hingham, MA is lucky to have Sheila Deitsch as their grade 6-8 Social Studies and Religion teacher. As one parent stated, “She fills the classroom with love and light and so much energy. Mrs. Deitsch brings faith and God into all her subjects in and out of the classroom. She is always teaching the children how to be a good person and good to others in school and in the community.”
Aside from her duties in the classroom, Dietsch is also responsible for the middle school cultural night when students dress up in character and cook traditional food from other cultures. She is involved with the National Junior Honor Society Program, chaperoning all school dances, and is active in the school’s initiatives to give back to the community. They make lunches for Father Bill’s & MainSpring, collect coats for the needy, and have food drives. Deitsch also runs Mock Trials in the Spring and chaperones the annual trips to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The Liturgical Dance program run by Deitsch has become a popular option among students. She takes time after school every Monday to run the program. Students come alive during their performances in the church and Deitsch also takes them to Bethany Health Care Center where they perform “His Last Days” for the women religious in residence. The residents and staff are overjoyed during these presentations.
Deitsch instills in students the idea of leading by example. She makes them aware of their role as models for younger students. As someone who is also leading by example, she demonstrates what it means to be a generous individual. Most days she can be found before or after school helping her students. They view her as someone who they can approach regarding any problem, academic or otherwise. Parents also feel that they have an open line of communication and that their concerns are heard. Deitsch helps parents understand the needs of her students and is seen as a trustworthy resource for advice regarding their futures.
The Catholic Schools Office Honors Mark Flint as a 2018 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipient
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) - The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce Mark Flint as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Flint will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
ABOUT MARK FLINT
Serving as both a mathematics and religion teacher at his alma mater, St. Mary of the Annunciation School in Melrose, MA, Mark Flint has become renowned for his rapport with students. Teachers have come and gone, but Flint has been a constant at the school for over 30 years. With a strong reputation as an excellent mathematics teacher, he is often sought after by parents.
For many students, one of the biggest hurdles in pursuing a Catholic secondary education is the High School Placement Test examination. Flint has given up much of his personal time over the years to ensure that all students are prepared for this exam. He spends time over the summer teaching a prep course and offers hours of before and after school tutoring to ensure his students feel confident in their math abilities.
Apart from his academic work, Flint is also highly invested in the school community. He produces the upper school Christmas Pageant and recently assisted eighth grade students on The Living Stations. Flint is also in charge of organizing the much anticipated seventh and eighth grade trips to New York and Washington, D.C., respectively. He has served as moderator for the St. Mary’s Student Council which has provided aid to local charities, men and women of the armed services, and needy children through a variety of fundraising efforts.
Flint takes a personal interest in all his students. He has been known to pray the Rosary with them and go out of his way to check in with those going through times of crisis. As one parent described, “To say that Mr. Flint is an excellent math teacher is an understatement. He takes the term, ‘no child left behind,’ to a whole new level. On more than one occasion, I would receive an email from Mr. Flint telling me that he noticed my son seemed to be struggling with a math concept that he was teaching. He would ask me to please have my son come for help after school so that he could assist him before the class moved on. Mr. Flint continues to do this for each and every student that he teaches.”
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