BRAINTREE, MA (May 7, 2019): Students from the seventh grade at Austin Preparatory School in Reading recently visited the Pastoral Center in Braintree to explore the concept of vocation: who students are being called to become and how they are being invited to share their gifts and interests in the service of the Church.
This visit was one of 10 concurrent site visits that seventh-grade students conducted at Catholic parishes and colleges throughout New England. The visits provided students with an opportunity to speak with people about their pathway toward service in the Church and they gained an appreciation that there are many ways to participate in the life and ministry of the Church.
While at the Pastoral Center, the students received a tour from Very Rev. William P. Joy, who is assistant vicar for administration and special assistant to the vicar general. Austin Prep Head of Middle School Michael McLaughlin accompanied the students on their trip. He said, “The students most especially enjoyed speaking with Fr. Joy and learning about the administrative structure of the Archdiocese. They appreciated his thoughtful responses to their questions and felt honored that he showed them where Cardinal Seán completes his work when he is at the Pastoral Center.”
In addition, during their visit the students spoke with representatives from the Catholic Schools Office, Human Resources, the Office of Respect Life Education, and Pilot Printing.
Associate Superintendent for Leadership and Mission Effectiveness Daniel Roy was happy to meet the students and hear about their learning. “It was wonderful to see this bright, inquisitive group of students taking such a keen interest in the ministries of the Church. This kind of experiential learning can be quite formative.”
About Austin Preparatory School
Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic independent day school serving 750 young men and women in Grades 6 through 12. The school seeks to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom. www.austinprep.org
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (April 2019): Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Roxbury, Mass., was awarded the grand prize for Technology Integration in a contest held by Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention & Expo, held in Chicago April 23-26. The school received a $1,000 check as an award, which was sponsored by Follett, a company that provides educational products, services and technology.
This is the first time that a school in the Archdiocese of Boston received the grand prize for Technology Integration at the NCEA Convention & Expo, and Mission Grammar was the only school from the Archdiocese of Boston that was a finalist for this year’s suite of awards.
Mission Grammar, which educates students from three months to grade 6, has focused on technology integration for eight years, with the support of the Lynch Foundation, the Catholic Schools Foundation, and the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office.
Principal Aliece Dutson said, “The 1:1 Technology Initiative is an important part of the school’s Road to College goals — if scholars learn to use technology effectively during their elementary school education they have a strong technological background to build upon as they enter into high school and eventually college.”
She continued, “Mission Grammar School is proud to educate many students who come from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Some of these students do not have regular access to technology and the internet at home. As a result, for some students their opportunities to use iPads and computers at Mission Grammar are their only chances to gain important computer skills and experience.”
As part of the initiative, teachers design lessons to activate critical thinking and support digital citizenship utilizing iPads. The students in grades K0-K2 interact with iPads in small groups. This helps to foster group learning and sharing. The students also can use the iPads one-on-one during free time. This gives scholars the freedom to explore all the different educational applications on the devices.
Scholars in grades 1-6 use the iPads individually during lessons. Scholars learn electronic presentation skills using tools like iMovie and PowerPoint, where they can create their own content. For example, in the 6th grade religion classes, students use iMovie to create presentations to illustrate Catholic Social teachings.
All the applications used on the iPads foster technological literacy, including essential skills like web navigation, digital camera use, programming, and typing. Recently, the school moved toward a Chromebook model in the upper school. Every scholar having his/her own Chromebook enables the school to support scholar collaboration and productivity, streamline class and homework, and gives students access to what a college classroom/ learning environment looks like.
Superintendent of Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears said, “It is so rewarding to see Mission Grammar’s hard work recognized on a national stage. Principal Ali Dutson and her team are committed to providing a stellar education to their students – this technology integration initiative is just one example.”
ABOUT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mission Grammar School is a private Catholic school located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that educates students from 3 months old to grade 6. Mission Grammar is dedicated to nothing less than Unity in Diversity, Excellence in Education, Since 1889.