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CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Matignon High School is honored and humbled to announce that the school has been selected by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce as an inaugural recipient of the 2017 Visionary Awards.
This award which celebrates “innovation and visionaries in our community” will be presented to the school at a celebration on November 15, 2017, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. In addition to Matignon High School, five other honorees were selected from over 35 finalists including Jennifer Brogden and her team at Novartis; Microsoft and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Havard Dining Services and Food for Free; LabCentral; and Pyara Spa and Salon's "Hello Gorgeous" program. To be the recipient of such an award in a community that is overflowing with innovation is truly a remarkable and humbling achievement.
“This is a tremendous honor for our school community,” Headmaster Timothy Welsh shared. “I am excited not only for the validation it will give to all of you and our faculty who are working diligently every day to change the lives of students but am equally excited for the challenge this affords us to live up to this honor.”
Matignon High School’s nomination highlighted the school’s Strategic Planning process in creating a vision for our future. The Strategic Plan identified four areas of focus: Academic Excellence, Catholic Identity, Operational Vitality, and Governance and Leadership. In particular, the Academic Excellence section envisioned "an innovative and visionary model to help (our) students”, highlighted our desire to focus on personalized education, giving students a voice in their education, and creating real-world opportunities for learning in a global classroom.
The Chamber of Commerce also remarked on mindfulness initiatives for students, as well as for faculty and staff, including the recent creation of a dedicated space for meditation.
“As we continue to build on Matignon’s 70-year tradition of excellence, it is truly wonderful to have a faculty and staff totally committed to our students,” shared Mr. Welsh. “Our Strategic Plan has provided us the vision for our future. An incredibly bright and exciting future.” Additionally, this award also reflects on all the alumni, parents, and friends who have enhanced our efforts through their support.
For more information about Matignon High School, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, click here.
LAWRENCE, MA: One of the most daunting challenges facing college students is understanding and acquiring the skills of scholarly inquiry required for high level collegiate work. Scholarly inquiry requires finding, reading and analyzing articles, research studies and foundational, literary and philosophical texts, along with real life accounts and experiences. Beyond these tasks, college students are expected to synthesize this information from such sources and develop their own perspectives through critical thinking, and to be able to ultimately express and defend their perspectives in writing and orally, both individually and as part of a team.
Years before they enter college, students at Central Catholic High School intensely learn, practice and test these skills in a highly innovative new academic discipline,
AP Capstone. In addition to 26 AP courses now offered, Central Catholic High School is one of a small number of high schools in Massachusetts to offer AP Capstone, a curricular framework developed by the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Central Catholic offers two year-long courses that make up the AP Capstone program: AP Seminar and AP Research.
Students in grade 10 can elect AP Seminar. In Central Catholic’s model, AP Seminar is an interdisciplinary course focuses on the real world issues of education and race issues in the United States, often divisive and controversial issues, through the lens of American Literature. Students are reading, studying and analyzing classics such as Harper Lee’s, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Mark Twain’s, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and other literary and real-life resources and documents dealing with the themes of education and race. Students are also taught to develop experience with researching scholarly databases for studies and published articles on these issues, all in order to become familiar and understand differing perspectives and viewpoints from various periods of history.
Students in AP Seminar are divided into teams of three for the year-long course and required to complete five AP Seminar Performance Tasks. After weeks of guided research and analysis of the topics, the first of two tasks requires students to synthesize their research and write an Individual Research Report, an essay of 1,200 words that is scored by the College Board. Each three-person team meets regularly to synthesize their individual perspectives on the focus issue and creates an 8-10 minute Team Multimedia Presentation scored by the teacher. As the year of research and study progresses, the latter three AP Seminar tasks include each individual student developing an Individual Written Argument of 2,000 words with their viewpoint on possible solutions to the issue. Thereafter, students produce an Individual Multimedia Presentation of 6-8 minutes presenting their argument and solutions and an Oral Defense to the teacher. The AP Seminar class concludes with 2-hour End-of-Course Exam testing student’s research, analysis and synthesis skills on a topic given on the exam scored by the College Board.
Year 2 of the AP Capstone program at Central Catholic High School requires a year-long course for grade 11 students, titled AP Research. Students in AP Research deeply explore an academic topic, issue or problem in which they have a passionate interest from any academic field of their personal choice. The tasks required cover mastering research methodology, ethical research practices, curating artifacts necessary for their scholarly work as well as personal reflection and creating a process portfolio. Individual conferences are scheduled with the teacher for review and approval of the students' work as they progress through the stages of activity. Assessment and grading in the AP Research course lies in two major components. Students must write and fully document a 4,000-5,000 word Academic Paper on their chosen topic of research, ultimately scored by the College Board, followed by a 15-20 minute Presentation and Oral Defense of their findings, argument and conclusions in front of a panel of three CCHS faculty evaluators.
CCHS students who complete both programs are awarded full academic credit from Central Catholic for the AP Seminar and AP Research courses. Additionally,
AP Capstone students completing four additional AP courses with a score of competency score of “3 or higher” during their Central Catholic High School career will receive the AP Capstone Diploma, a credential awarded by both the school and the College Board, which gives extraordinary evidence of the mature skill level of CCHS students to admissions officers at their prospective colleges and universities.
Leading Central Catholic’s AP Capstone program is Ms. Christine Leonard, a six-year English Department faculty member and 2006 alumna of CCHS. “I’m excited to provide a variety of challenges geared to help students develop independence in the required AP Capstone skills, and to observe them as they work together as a team for a significant common goal,” said Leonard. “The highlights for me are to see CCHS students develop over time their own unique perspectives on important issues and confidence in their expressive skills. Additionally, the Capstone program challenges our students to learn to add power and persuasion to their arguments and to realize the benefits and value in collaborative problem-solving.”
As preparation for leading this academic endeavor, Ms. Leonard attended an intensive week-long professional development program with AP Capstone expert-teachers in Baltimore during the summer of 2017. A recipient of the “2014 Most Promising New Teacher of English Award” by the New England Association of Teachers of English, Ms. Leonard earned a B.A. with a double major in Political Science and English from Stonehill College and a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Leonard has also completed studies in literature at Oxford University. Outside the classroom, Ms. Leonard serves a senior class advisor, assistant to the CCHS Theatre Guild and is a faculty participant with Project Rebuild.
For more information about Central Catholic High School, contact Director of Communications Dave DiFillippo at email@example.com.
If schools are interested in exploring eligibility for this program, contact Deputy Superintendent Amy Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camden Maiona, a third grader at Saint Catherine of Siena School in Norwood, was the top reader in Massachusetts in a statewide summer reading program supported by libraries across the state and sponsored by Mass Literacy and Readocity. Named, Summer Smart Reading Champions, the contest required students to create a digital reading log of minutes spent in summer reading.
Camden won the award by logging in over 11,170 minutes (186 hours) of reading as part of the challenge. According to her mother, Lorna Maiona, she reads constantly and prefers books two or three levels above her grade level. “She really is a bookworm,” said Mrs. Maiona. Congratulations to Camden for not just meeting the summer reading challenge, but exceeding it in a spectacular way!
To learn more, read this article from the Boston Herald.
Fall is the perfect time to explore a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Boston! See the list below for elementary, middle, and high schools that are hosting open houses. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. If you are interested in a Catholic school, please reach out: they would love a visit!
BRAINTREE, MA -- The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has hired Mary Goslin as Director of Government Programs and Grants. In this role, Goslin, a long-time experienced educator, develops workshops and courses for school leaders on how to access federal programs and services that benefit students and teachers. She will also provide professional development activities for school leaders that support the mission of the Archdiocese and the Catholic Schools Office.
Superintendent Kathy Mears said, “Mary’s passion for wanting to make a difference in the lives of others, combined with her varied experiences in curriculum development, program evaluation, instructional coaching, and special education made her a perfect fit for this position. I am very happy that she has joined our team.”
A native of Quincy, Goslin graduated from Saint Ann School in Quincy and Fontbonne Academy in Milton. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Suffolk University, Boston, and obtained her master’s degree from UMass Lowell in School Administration. Goslin holds a Massachusetts educator license, in addition to being a licensed principal. She currently lives in Norwell.
Prior to arriving at the CSO, Goslin worked in the dual role of teacher and assistant principal at St. Brendan School in Dorchester. Before that position, she was a Literacy Team member for Hingham Public Schools, and worked closely with the Special Education Department. Said Goslin, “My success as an educator stems from the belief that every student can learn. I’m passionate about meeting the learning needs of individual students and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity in this role to make contributions to Catholic schools on a broad level.”
Part of Goslin’s role is to help schools acquire Title funds and then use those resources effectively. Title funds provide services from the federal government to assist students and teachers.
Said Goslin, “Typically, in the past, children who needed specialized instruction felt that they had to go outside Catholic schools. With these funds, Catholic schools can more easily provide students what they need in a Catholic setting.”
She continued, “This will open doors to students and allow our schools to welcome more students who are on educational plans.”
About Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston
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BRAINTREE, MA -- The Catholic Schools Office at the Archdiocese of Boston announced the hiring of Andrew Miller, PhD, as Director of Academics. A native of McLean, Virginia, Dr. Miller completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Notre Dame, and recently obtained his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College.
Superintendent Kathy Mears said, “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Miller to our team. His extensive experience in instructional leadership, much of which took place in the Archdiocese of Boston, is so important to the Catholic Schools Office and our community.”
Dr. Miller is a familiar face in the Archdiocese of Boston. While undergoing his doctorate, Dr. Miller acted as an instructional coach for the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps (UCTC). Dr. Miller was also on the board at Mission Grammar School in Roxbury and is a member of Boston Advocates for Catholic Education (BACE).
Thanks to his time spent teaching master’s level courses at Boston College and working as an instructional coach at UCTC, Dr. Miller has collaborated with many leaders and educators at schools in the Archdiocese, including St. Columbkille Partnership School and St. Joseph Preparatory High School in Brighton, St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester, Cathedral High School in Boston, St. Peter’s in Cambridge and others.
Growing up, Dr. Miller was interested in education, though at the time, his interests were wide, ranging from the elementary level to post-graduate work. Upon finishing his undergraduate work, he joined Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in their “Service through Teaching” program. Since the program’s founding in 1993, ACE has strengthened K-12 schools through innovative practices in four realms integral to school transformation: forming talent, expanding access, enhancing school vitality, and conducting research on school improvement. Dr. Miller said, “While in ACE, I developed a passion for education in K-12 schools. I became focused on the question as to how teachers and leaders can work together and more effectively to enhance the quality of the profession.”
Megan Adzima, Director of Allocations and Partnerships at the Catholic Schools Foundation and co-chair of BACE, has worked closely with Dr. Miller during their time on the BACE leadership team. She said, “Andrew is an incredibly hard-working, smart and kind individual who has demonstrated his commitment to the mission and success of Catholic schools through his role on the BACE leadership team for numerous years.”
She continued, “In that role, he has shown his ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, school leaders, students, and community partners. His insights and efforts make our organization a strong community!"
Dr. Miller’s first project at the CSO is centered around articulating and aligning PreK-8 ELA and math content standards, as well as foundational dispositional and noncognitive standards, as a way to enhance the quality of curriculum and instruction in Archdiocesan schools. Dr. Miller said, “This standards work is designed to be a way for schools to build on their current strengths, to help them continue to promote their students’ educational growth and spiritual development. I very much look forward to working with teachers, instructional leaders, and parents throughout this process.” It is anticipated that these standards will begin their roll out to schools by Thanksgiving.
In addition, Dr. Miller will manage the Kindergarten Robotics Initiative and Math Shelf, both which began in school year 2016-2017. He will also work in collaboration with the Catholic Schools Foundation, which is a strong supporter of schools in the Archdiocese.
Superintendent Mears added, “Though we’re just reached the end of Dr. Miller’s second week at the CSO, he has already made great headway surrounding ELA and math content standards. I look forward to working with Andrew. I know he will receive a warm welcome from everyone in the Archdiocese.”
Dr. Miller is passionate about education and his new role in the Catholic Schools Office and the Archdiocese of Boston. He said, “I’m very excited to continue collaborating with all of the dedicated teachers and leaders working for our students in Archdiocesan schools.”
National data shows Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the Catholic Church in the United States. According to the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families, 60% of Catholics under the age of 18 are Hispanics. Catholic schools serve nearly 3% of the Hispanic school age children.
The Catholic Schools Office recognizes our responsibility as Catholic educators and the great opportunities these children bring to our Church and our schools. As we continue to plan for the best ways to support our schools achieving the goal of educating Hispanic children, we are gathering information, resources and best practices that we can apply in our schools. For this reason, Sr. Bárbara attended the latest cohort of the Latino Enrollment Institute.
The Latino Enrollment Institute is a four-day summer program that takes place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and includes lectures and presentations from school leaders with demonstrated success in developing innovative Latino outreach programs. Some of the key areas of focus are:
Since 2012, 163 Catholic schools from 72 (arch)dioceses have participated in the LEI, with some schools experiencing upward of a 100-percent increase in Latino enrollment in just a short time.
Look for new resources coming soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to learn about attending next year’s institute, contact Sr. Bárbara at (617) 779-3608 or email@example.com.
Throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, 118 schools are wrapping up their activities. The schools are hosting commencements, Masses, community service projects, field days, and more. Click through the slideshow below to join in the celebrations! (If you would like to submit a photo from your school for this slideshow, please send one photo and short caption to Meghan Stellman.)
BRAINTREE - June 2, 2017 - Last week 12 students in the Archdiocese of Boston were awarded the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship. The Medeiros Scholarship is a full, four-year scholarship to Boston University that is presented each year to graduates of Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. To be considered for this full tuition award, students must be nominated by their high school principals or guidance counselors. Awardees are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills and contributions to their schools and communities.
Radhika Bhagat of the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro
Megan Costa of Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody; and St. John School, Peabody
Jonathan Deeley of Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree
Joseph DiStefano of St. John’s Prep, Danvers
Jonathan Harris of Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton
Priya Kumari of the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro
Gabrielle Lakis of Newton Country Day School, Newton
Julia Leary of Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody; and St. Patrick
Hayley Leger of St. Joseph Preparatory, Brighton; and St. Jude School, Waltham
Amanda McFarland of Mount Alvernia High School, Newton; and St. Agnes School, Arlington
Heidi Santa Cruz of Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington
Madison Tyler of Notre Dame Academy, Hingham