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President at SS. Peter and Paul School in Easton was ‘moved’ by pope

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EASTON, Md. – Becoming Catholic was nothing David Rath had considered before three years ago, even though he attended both Catholic Mass with his wife and twin children as well as Episcopal services every weekend.

The lifelong Episcopalian was content with his life and his job as headmaster of Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, La. Read more »

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Mount Aviat maintenance man adds art to his tools

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Bruce Parlier’s work has benefited Mount Aviat and Oblate Sisters, who helped him in time of need

 

CHILDS, Md. — The atmosphere around Mount Aviat Academy has been made cheerier thanks to the talents of Elkton artist Bruce Parlier, who also happens to be the school’s part-time maintenance man.

Parlier, 57, has been working in art since he was a kid in Claymont, Del. He specializes in wall murals, having done them on buildings, a lot of restaurants and on the inside and outside walls of people’s homes. He likes to do religious images and donates pieces of his work each year to the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales, who operate Mount Aviat, for their auction and Christmas bazaar. Read more »

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Leading a Renaissance at Holy Angels

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Rob Swanson takes students on a theater production ‘journey’

 

NEWARK – Once a year, the cafeteria at Holy Angels School becomes a theater, and the eighth-grade students are characters from Elizabethan England. It has been that way since 1998, thanks to the school’s Renaissance man, Rob Swanson.

Swanson taught music at Holy Angels from 1989-2000, but he has stayed on once a week to bring theater, music and dance to eighth-grade students. He loves watching the students’ creative juices flow and imparting the importance of the arts. Read more »

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Most Maryland voters would support a state education credit

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Maryland voters favor a proposal to create an education credit that would provide business a tax credit worth about 60 percent of their donations toward education assistance for the state’s students.

According to the results of a survey released last November by Opinion Works, a polling organization based in Annapolis, “more than six in 10 voters support the proposal and place great value on its potential to help lower- and middle-income families obtain a quality education.” Read more »

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‘SACRED’ at Salesianum offers adult faith education on Feb. 27

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The Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis will be a theme at many of the two-hour workshop courses this year at SACRED — Salesianum Adult Christian Religious Education Day, Feb. 27, at Salesianum School in Wilmington.

There will be a total of 28 courses during the morning and afternoon sessions. Read more »

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Small scale, big project: ‘Tiny house’ project allows students to mix statistics, environmental science

January 25th, 2016 Posted in Education and Careers

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WILMINGTON — If you ever thought about building a house with a tree growing through its roof, students at St. Elizabeth High School can design it for you, tell you how much it is going to cost and evaluate the environmental impact.

Design students presented their “tiny house” concepts on Jan. 8 at the St. E Center as part of an interdisciplinary project with statistics and environmental science classes. Students worked together in groups with names like “Au-Courant Incorporated,” “Dylagent Designers” and “Tiny

 Students at St. Elizabeth High School are building tiny houses to learn about topics such as budgeting and environmental impact. The work will continue in the spring. (Photo courtesy of St. Elizabeth High School)


Students at St. Elizabeth High School are building tiny houses to learn about topics such as budgeting and environmental impact. The work will continue in the spring. (Photo courtesy of St. Elizabeth High School)

Team” to analyze the needs of particular clients living in specific parts of the country to create a tiny house design taking costs, resources and environmental factors into consideration.

Client demographics and individual personalities also were considered as the designers decided on construction materials. They then created two-point perspective drawings, floor plans, elevations, digital 3D renderings and a scale model. Designs ranged to fit clients with tastes from outdoorsy young, newlyweds to living off an inheritance in Cape Cod to an elderly man with plans to build in Portland.

Sharon Gabor, who has a long history in art and design education, most notably at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home Studio in Chicago, provided feedback.

Statistics teacher John Tomaszewski guided students through the budgeting process. They learned about square footage and itemized all construction materials. They also researched costs per unit and calculated the total number of units needed for such things as wood, glass, sheetrock, etc., to determine the final cost.

In the spring semester, environmental science teacher Julia Downs and her class will examine various aspects of the design, including proposed materials and methods of construction, with an eye toward energy conservation and environmental stewardship.

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St. Elizabeth High School seniors practice art of conversation while preserving stories of generations past

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WILMINGTON — Everyone has a story, and students at St. Elizabeth High School have taken steps to get some of those stories recorded for posterity. Seniors in Joan Mangan’s AP English class took part in the Great Thanksgiving Listen 2015, for which they interviewed another person to learn his or her life stories. The interviews are posted online at www.storycorps.org.

Several students talked to people they already knew – or thought they knew – their grandparents, including Tiara Tanzilli and Dylan Gerstley. Both said they found the conversations with their subjects – Tanzilli’s grandmother, Rose Eastburn, and Gerstley’s grandfather, Jack Hogan – to be revealing. Read more »

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Commentary: Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

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Super Bowl 50 is surely destined to be an extravaganza like none other. Each year the annual clash of the best NFL teams generates both TV commercials and a halftime show that draw as much attention as the game itself.

In many ways Catholic Schools Week is the halftime event of the school year. It occurs in the final week of January and offers an opportunity to show the best of Catholic education. It’s not just what glitters in that week that matters; rather, it’s that the week highlights what happens in Catholic schools every day. (See the special section in this issue of The Dialog for stories on our schools.) Read more »

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St. Mark’s partnership with Penn takes its classrooms beyond the walls

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PHILADELPHIA – This fall, the education for members of an honors history class at St. Mark’s High School has expanded beyond the walls of the Wilmington school.

Some 50 freshmen have been in a virtual classroom for the course, interacting with staff from the University of Pennsylvania several times over the first six weeks of the school year. On Oct. 16, the students traveled to Penn for a campus visit and a tour of the university’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Read more »

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Ss. Peter and Paul School celebrating 60 years in Easton, Md.

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‘Real family’ atmosphere pervades at Easton where elementary school and high school are uniting as one

EASTON, Md. – When Alison McDaniel Beyer went to an orientation meeting for parents of Ss. Peter and Paul Elementary School last year, “it was like a reunion for me.”

Beyer and her family had just moved back to her childhood home from Florida, and she had enrolled her son, Mike, for pre-kindergarten at Ss. Peter and Paul. Read more »

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