In times of tragedy it can be challenging to find the right words to say or the right place to turn for assistance. We have compiled some resources in the hope that it will be helpful to your school community.
The NCEA posted a prayer service online, along with articles such as "Talking With Your Kids About a School Shooting."
Several schools have worked with Grief Weavers in the past and said that the program has helped their students.
Maria Trozzi, of Joanna’s Place, is also incredible. Her organization typically helps people on the South Shore, but she is open to speaking with schools in other regions to help out.
Please click here for some helpful information from Boston Children’s Hospital.
In addition, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided a list of materials from their resource library that might be helpful to you and to your community. Click here for the PDF.
Next week 116 schools across the Archdiocese of Boston will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2018. The national theme for this year is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." As you'll see in the slideshow below, which highlights some students across the Archdiocese, school communities celebrate with Mass, by giving generously to others, learning about Catholic history, and connecting with their local communities. (If you would like to submit a photo from your school for this slideshow, please send one photo and short caption to Meghan Stellman.)
LOWELL, MA -- Two teams from Saint Michael School entered the Aqua Adventure Expo held December 2 at the Merrimack Valley Robotics FIRST Lego League Expo and and also received awards. The Adventure challenged the students to "Explore," Create and Test" then "Share" their discoveries. The students used Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kits to build, code and share.
The Girls' team was recognized with the "Little Einstein" award for their creation of an Iguana Habitat that stored and purified the water for the habitat. The girls also featured a safety mechanism - if the iguana escaped, the safety mechanism would shut down the system using a sensor until the iguana was returned. Once returned the system would automatically resume.
The Boys' Team was recognized as "Master Programmers" for their creation that stored rain water and would roll on a track to water crops in the land. Their machine was programmed to roll the exact amount forward, stop and go backward in a loop that continuously demonstrated how it would water the crops.
This was Saint Michael School's first appearance in the Expo.
To learn more about the FIRST Lego League, click here.
ABOUT SAINT MICHAEL SCHOOL
Saint Michael School strives to provide PreK - 8th grade students with a strong academic foundation in a structured Catholic environment. Our students will become life-long learners through teamwork, mutual respect and responsibility.
Saint Michael Parish School was founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters to educate our children and instill the knowledge and appreciation of Catholic tradition.
We are a private Catholic School dedicated to academic excellence from Pre-School (age 3,4) through Grade 8. Saint Michael Parish School is a fully accredited Catholic elementary school by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and proud to be affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston Department of Education.
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BRAINTREE – Four teachers were recently honored by Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kathy Mears at the Pastoral Center in Braintree for their excellent work. Analysis of Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) assessment data indicates that their students’ scores placed them in the top five of their grade level for student achievement and growth in the Archdiocese. This is the second year in a row that these four teachers have achieved this high status.
The teachers honored were: Kasey Calabro from St. Augustine School in North Andover, Kathleen Cashman from St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, Judy Covino from Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell, and Kim Palladino from St. Anthony School in Everett.
The NWEA MAP is comprised of a set of adaptive, online assessments in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics, with an optional assessment in Science. For the past two years, all students in elementary schools in grades 2-8 and some students in kindergarten and first grade were assessed in the fall and spring. In school year 2017-2018, the students will be assessed in fall, winter, and spring.
Superintendent Kathy Mears said, “I am certain that the students’ scores are directly correlated to the significant time that these teachers have spent preparing, working with individual students and most importantly, teaching their students how to know, love and serve God and others.”
She continued, “These teachers are a gift to their students, families and the entire Church. They are greatly appreciated and we are very grateful that they have decided to work in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston.”
The teachers joined Kathy at the Pastoral Center in Braintree for lunch and a recording of the podcast, Saints and Scholars On-the-Go. During the podcast, Kathy and the teachers shared teaching tips and spoke about the benefits of teaching in a Catholic school. To listen to the podcast, search Saints and Scholars on iTunes or visit www.csoboston.com/podcasts.
Additionally, the teachers and Kathy discussed how to tell the world that Catholic education is a valuable investment. Kasey Calabro said, “I think it’s important to educate parents that at a Catholic school you’re educating the whole child. …We teach a student how to be a good person, how to live a good Catholic life, how to be strong in their faith and look out for other people.”
Kathleen Cashman, of St. Columbkille Partnership School, emphasized her wonderful school community. She said, “To me, my school feels like home. I love seeing my children – or my students – the kids, they’re family.”
To listen to the podcast, visit www.csoboston.com/podcasts.
ABOUT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston educate 36,000 students in 116 schools. The schools offer a high-quality, rigorous education that is rooted in Catholic faith and values for students age 2.9 through grade 12. www.csoboston.com
READING, MASS.-- Representatives from Reading Police and Fire, as well as emergency medical technicians, turned out for Austin Preparatory School’s 2nd Annual Blue Mass on Friday, December 8.
Austin Prep, which is a coeducational school in Reading that educates students in grades 6-12, hosts the Mass in gratitude for all those who put their lives on the line for others, said the school’s headmaster, Dr. James Hickey of Andover.
“Today we honor the dedication, heroism and sacrifice of the men and women here today and those who are not here today,” Dr. Hickey said. “It takes a special kind of person to do their work.”
Austin Prep parents who are first responders were also on hand for the Mass, which was held on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The school chaplain, Fr. Patrick Armano of Reading, drew a parallel between the work of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the work of first responders.
“Mary understood that her mission was to live for others,” Fr. Armano said. “This is the same as our first responders. We’re reminded how important it is to respond to them with our gratitude.”
After Mass, Fr. Armano blessed the emergency vehicles in the school parking lot and gave a special blessing to the first responders.
Following the Mass, first responders enjoyed a full breakfast prepared by the school’s dining service.
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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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If schools are interested in exploring eligibility for this program, contact Deputy Superintendent Amy Ryan at email@example.com.