The Catholic Schools Office Honors Angela Lee 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 Angela Lee 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. Lee 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 ANGELA LEE
As a 36-year veteran of the English Department at Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA, Angela Lee has been an influential part of many students’ lives. Through various changes in staff and administration over the years, her commitment to the school has never wavered.
Lee attended elementary school at Cheverus Catholic School in Malden and secondary school at their now closed all-girls school. She continued the tradition when her two sons, Matthew and Joshua, enrolled as elementary students. They later attended Malden Catholic for their secondary education. She and her family are shining examples of commitment to Catholic education.
Rising through the ranks of the English Department, Lee has served as their Chairperson for the past 25 years. Having taught all grade levels and dealt with students of varying abilities, she is comfortable working with the most advanced reader and the student who struggles. As one of her administrators likes to say, “She knew differentiation before we gave it a name!” Her tireless efforts to ensure all students achieve their personal best and to create life-long learners are inspiring.
Lee is a key participant in creating a faith-filled community at Malden Catholic. She has been active in Campus Ministry activities and served as the moderator of the National Honor Society for 20 years. Lee is also the Yearbook and Christian Service moderator. In addition to serving as English Department Chairperson, she continues to teach Advanced Placement, Test Prep, and summer school classes.
Despite her many commitments to Malden Catholic, she continues to be a presence at Cheverus as well. When her sons attended the school, she held the roles of Vice-President and President of the Parent-Teacher-Organization. During the past four years, she has served as the Secretary of the Consultative Board. Lee has served on the Gala Committee and currently serves on the Executive, Sponsorship, and Media Presentations Committee.
The Catholic Schools Office Honors Andrea Alberti 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 Andrea Alberti 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. Alberti 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 ANDREA ALBERTI
As the Theology Department Chair and Campus Minister at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, MA, Andrea Alberti is a vital part of the school community in which she has served for over a decade. She has improved learning by using an approach that educates the whole child through active and kinesthetic learning experiences.
Alberti leads by example and can often be found starting her day in the school chapel. She has been influential in promoting vocations within the schools through her many friendships with priests. They often visit St. Mary’s to administer sacraments and offer formation, thereby giving the students a glimpse into priestly life. As a creative and spontaneous teacher, she is able to bring the word of God to students in a way that is engaging. Famous for her “Saints Show,” she is always trying to meet the students at their level to bring Christ into their lives.
Alberti has created a rigorous curriculum based on the Faith Formation Frameworks, assembled an extraordinary team of campus ministers, and provided numerous types of events and experiences for teens to encounter Christ. She has also implemented the Catholic Basics curriculum which is utilized across grade levels and embedded into final exams to ensure consistency of teaching. Perhaps her most significant event, From Hunger to Justice provides the largest overnight social justice retreat in the Archdiocese.
Collaboration is a key concept that Alberti promotes at St. Mary’s and she has built meaningful relationships with every staff member. She encourages and inspires her colleagues to grow in their relationship with Christ and is always willing to go out of her way to help. As one co-worker described, “I have never worked with someone more deserving of this award nor have I ever seen Andrea desire recognition for her efforts. Her authentic love for everyone she meets is captivating and inspiring. It is hard to accurately quantify the impact this woman has had on the lives of this community and the many students, parents, and staff who have had the blessing to know her. Because of her humility much of what she does goes unseen and unheard.”
The Catholic Schools Office Announces The Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipients
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) – The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, announced today 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 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.
2017-18 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipients:
This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The teachers selected demonstrate strong leadership qualities, model a faith-filled life, promote academic excellence and are committed to their students and school. Every day, they inspire students from all backgrounds and abilities to learn and they actively collaborate with their peers, students, and families to create a welcoming environment and culture of success.
“This year’s award winners represent extraordinary teachers who go above and beyond every day to educate our students. They are committed to developing saints and scholars,” said Kathy Mears. “These awards shine a bright light on the incredible work happening in our schools. On behalf of the Catholic Schools Office and the Catholic Schools Foundation, we applaud the recipients for their initiative, innovation and commitment.”
Mike Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation, said, “Teachers are at the heart of Catholic education and CSF is honored to help support the Excellence Awards and recognize a few of these amazing women and men. We are grateful to share in the work that they do each day in classrooms across the Archdiocese.”
Administrators, staff, pastors, parents and students were encouraged to nominate excellent teachers in their schools. The Excellence in Education Award’s selection committee, comprised of teachers and principals in the Archdiocese and members of the Catholic Schools Office, read through the nominations and interviewed the finalists to identify ten exemplary educators. The committee received over 115 nominations for excellent teachers in the Archdiocese of Boston. For more information, visit http://www.csoboston.com/education-award.html.
About Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston educate over 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.
National Catholic Sisters Week occurs annually March 8-14. It was created to honor women religious. During this week a series of events occur across the country that instruct, enlighten and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women. To learn more about National Catholic Sisters Week from the organizers and to find events near you, click here.
Do you want to learn more about National Catholic Sisters Week from another source? In September, the National Catholic Reporter published an article on the year-round efforts of the National Catholic Sisters Project.
In addition, the National Catholic Sisters Project offers the first unit of the NCSP Curriculum on the lives and ministries of Catholic Sisters is now available in both English and Spanish. The unit is called “What Do Sisters Do?”/ “¿Qué es lo que hacen las religiosas?” Click here for the unit.
You can also follow National Catholic Sisters Week on Twitter, at @NCSWeek, and on Facebook.
Pictures provided by Sister Bárbara Gutiérrez, SNDdeN, Director of Enrollment Management at the Catholic Schools Office.
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.)
A new school directory is now available for parents! The directory includes information on all schools in the Archdiocese, including links to the tuition/admissions office and open house information. Click here to access.
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
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