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.
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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.
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