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Bright lights shining on St. Mark’s sports at night

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Education and Careers Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON – For the first time in the school’s history, St. Mark’s was to host an athletic contest under the lights on campus the weekend [after this edition of The Dialog went to press]. The Spartans were scheduled to battle Newark in football Saturday night.

According to principal Mark Freund, the ability to play night games on campus has been a dream of many in the school community almost since St. Mark’s opened in 1969. It was made possible at this time thanks to a “generous donation” by David and Lisa Spartin, whose son, Matthew, graduated this past June.
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Salesianum School adding a $6 million fitness center

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Education and Careers Tags: ,

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New Castle developer Anthony N. Fusco, whose family has long been associated with Salesianum School and with philanthropy in the Wilmington area, has committed $2 million toward the school’s latest capital campaign which will be used to help build a new strength and conditioning center.

The gift is among the largest Salesianum has ever received, and the largest of this campaign, said Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father James E. Dalton, who was the president of the school when the pledge was made in the spring. It’s part of the $8 million “Taking Hold: The Campaign for Salesianum,” which gets its name the school’s motto, “Tenui Nec Dimittam,” Latin for “I have taken hold, and I will not let go.”
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New courses, logos, laptops, teachers at Catholic highs

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Education and Careers

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Students are discovering the following new aspects to their days at Catholic high schools in the diocese this year.

St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington is moving its newspaper entirely online. The subject matter will not change, but the student staff plans to add videos and slideshows.

The Spartans also feature a revamped sports logo for 2011-12. The new look was designed by Rick Brozek, a 1978 alumnus.

For the first time, St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Magnolia will have a teacher who once sat in the classrooms. Sara Spencer Passon, who graduated in 2001, has joined the faculty, the first grad to come back as a teacher.
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Knowledge now falling into the laptops of Archmere students

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CLAYMONT — When Archmere Academy administrators informed students last year that each of them would be receiving a laptop from the school beginning this year, Kelsey Kushner was not impressed.

“I thought it was the worst idea ever,” the senior said last week. “I was so used to taking notes, that was the way I studied, and I didn’t want to change anything, especially not for senior year.”

Kushner said she had found the requirement to have a laptop a distraction at her previous school, but her outlook is changing as the program evolves at Archmere. “It’s just easier to have everything in one spot.”
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Spirituality an important part of Neumann counseling course

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ASTON, Pa. — Although she is not Catholic, Georgette Hall-Peterson appreciates how the Franciscan charism permeates the pastoral care and counseling program at Neumann University.

“The Franciscan way of living and way of relating to each other is paramount. You see it reflected all through the program,” said Hall-Peterson, an adjunct professor in the graduate school of pastoral counseling at Neumann.

Hall-Peterson teaches a course in marriage and family counseling, which includes couples, premarital and family therapy. She said she has not seen the spiritual aspect of therapy integrated into the program at other schools, but she likes that about Neumann.
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Teens, who remember 9-11, still learning its lessons

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Youth

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Taylor Strauss lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and she remembers that day because her mother picked her up early from preschool and took her to Toys R Us to get a new Barbie.

“I just basically remember her getting a call from my dad saying, ‘Have you seen the news, have you heard?’ just kind of frantic and in a panic,” the Ursuline Academy freshman recalled last week.
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No idle singer: St. Elizabeth junior pursuing her singing ambitions

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Youth

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WILMINGTON — For as long as Susan Teoli can remember, her daughter, Mary, enjoyed singing. She sang everywhere. Susan and her husband, Jim, thought Mary was really good.

“But then to us, you know parents,” she said.
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St. Thomas More grad returns to teach at alma mater

October 13th, 2011 Posted in Youth

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MAGNOLIA — Ten years after graduating from the diocese’s newest high school, St. Thomas More Prep, Sara Spencer Passon is back, this time as a social studies teacher. She is the first graduate to teach at her alma mater, and she believes this is where she is supposed to be.

“I like the small atmosphere,” she said last week between classes. “It just feels like there’s a closeness. Everybody genuinely seems to care about everybody else’s well-being, which is something I don’t think you always see in a lot of larger schools.”
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