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Catholic Schools: Believe, learn, serve, lead, succeed

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As we begin a new school year, allow me to quiz what you remember about grammar in English Language Arts.

Q1 – What are the eight parts of speech?

A1 – If you remember at least five parts of speech, you’re doing okay. The ones you probably recall are noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, and adverb. (If you read to the conclusion of this essay, you’ll learn the missing three parts of speech.)

Q2 – What is a verb?

A2 – A verb is an action word. Right! Everyone should have this answer.

As you glance back at the title of this essay, you will see that the five words describing what Catholic Schools do are all verbs. Catholic schools are about actions. Let’s look a bit more deeply into the “verbs of Catholic schools.”

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Catholic Schools: Believe, learn, serve, lead, succeed

September 1st, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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As we begin a new school year, allow me to quiz what you remember about grammar in English Language Arts.

Q1 – What are the eight parts of speech?

A1 – If you remember at least five parts of speech, you’re doing okay. The ones you probably recall are noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, and adverb. (If you read to the conclusion of this essay, you’ll learn the missing three parts of speech.)

Q2 – What is a verb?

A2 – A verb is an action word. Right! Everyone should have this answer.

As you glance back at the title of this essay, you will see that the five words describing what Catholic Schools do are all verbs. Catholic schools are about actions. Let’s look a bit more deeply into the “verbs of Catholic schools.” Read more »

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Catholic schools include God’s truths throughout curriculum

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Do you recall the second question of the Baltimore Catechism, “Why did God make you?” (The first question was “Who made you?”)

For those who didn’t study the faith from the Baltimore Catechism, you learned the same answer to Question 2, but just in other words. The answer is, “God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world, and to be happy with him forever in the next.”

This answer to Question 2 is the theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017. Read more »

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Guest column: Schools open — It happens in a dash

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This past week approximately 10,000 students in parish, regional, diocesan and private Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington were welcomed back to their schools by almost 1000 educators and staff. The 2016-2017 school year is underway!

Plans for the 2016-2017 school year began last December, and, in some cases, earlier. Administrators and teachers set calendars, designed schedules and rosters, acquired resources, planned activities and athletics, finalized budgets, etc. Parents chose particular schools for new students, began tuition payments, and purchased technology and uniforms. All of this occurred in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year. 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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Commentary: Catholic Schools — Definitely different

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Faith formation, academic excellence and service to others are hallmarks of schools in the diocese

 

“Can you tell me why I should choose a Catholic school education for my child?”

This question comes to me in various ways – parents considering education for their first child, parents considering the financial commitment, parents considering whether high school and college acceptances are influenced, parents wondering what difference a Catholic school education makes. Read more »

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A message from the superintendent: Four vocabulary words for the new Catholic school year

September 7th, 2014 Posted in Education and Careers Tags: ,

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The weekly spelling test was a staple of my elementary school career. In preparation for the written assessment, the teacher lined us around the classroom, presented a word to be spelled, and, if spelled correctly, offered an opportunity for an extra point for either the  boys’ or the  girls’ team, if the word could be defined and used in a sentence.

As we begin a new school year, a slightly modified procedure was used at Spirituality Day, the annual convocation with Bishop Malooly celebrating Mass, a presentation by a keynote speaker (Dr. Robert Wicks this year), and remarks by the superintendent. Read more »

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