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Teacher makes quick impression on student

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Rasheeda Skinner engages her eighth-graders at Christ the Teacher, wants them to be critical thinkers

 

GLASGOW — Alexis Rabinovitch has been an eighth-grader at Christ the Teacher Catholic School for just a few months, but it didn’t take even that long for her to sing the praises of one of her teachers, Rasheeda Skinner, as deserving of special recognition.

“Mrs. Skinner is, without a doubt, one of the best teachers in Delaware,” Alexis wrote The Dialog. “She inspires all of us when she teaches us. … I consider myself blessed to have such an amazing teacher like her.” Read more »

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Catholic schools’ 2017 roll call: Diocesan schools adding ‘recruitment and retention’ efforts to strong ‘faith and academics’ mission

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The number of students enrolled in Catholic schools declined by 285 from last year, according to the diocesan schools office, and while that is a cause for concern, the superintendent and several principals said the figures are only part of Catholic education.

The numbers are recorded annually using the enrollment as of Sept. 30. This year, 9,799 children are enrolled in Catholic education — including parish early education programs — compared with 10,084 in 2016-17.

Most of the schools are within a few students of last year’s numbers, while some have seen significant drops. A number of schools have seen increases. Read more »

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St. Anthony of Padua School gets more inclusive

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Special-education program grows, gives parents a Catholic school option

WILMINGTON — The last sentence of the mission statement for St. Anthony of Padua School says it is “committed to providing a Catholic education to those who desire it.” An initiative that started last year has allowed St. Anthony’s to welcome another group of students.

The school in Wilmington’s Little Italy hired a full-time special-education teacher last year, fulfilling one of the hopes of principal Judy White.

“It had been a wish for a long time. I’ve always wanted to have an inclusive school where we could take everyone,” she said. Read more »

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Local talent fills principal’s role at Good Shepherd School

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Pileggi started part-time at Perryville school, was given new responsibilities until she now leads school

PERRYVILLE, Md. — When Good Shepherd School found itself needing a new principal following this past school year, the search did not take them too far. The successor was sitting in an office next to the retiring Sharon Hodges – that is, when she wasn’t teaching health and physical education or instructing students in computers.

Jenifer Pileggi has been a “jill” of many trades at the small Cecil County, Md., school, starting nine years ago as a phys-ed teacher two days a week. She used her degree in health education to introduce that into the curriculum as well. The school asked her to add computers to her responsibilities a few years later, adding a third workday to her week. It wasn’t long before she assumed the assistant principal’s role, filling out her five-day week. Read more »

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Holy Cross teachers go West by far Northwest this summer

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Vacation lessons learned include how to track Alaskan mushers and ‘brain-based instruction’ in Vegas

DOVER — Summer camp has long been a staple of the American landscape, but it’s not just for students anymore. Several teachers from Holy Cross School in Dover spent part of the summer far from Kent County in efforts to make classroom experiences for their students that much better.

Two fourth-grade teachers, Stephanie Seeney and Cathi Bolton, spent 10 days in June in Alaska for the Iditarod Teacher Summer Camp, fulfilling a dream Seeney had harbored for several years. She had incorporated the Iditarod – the annual thousand-mile dog-sled race – into her math curriculum for a while, and finally had the opportunity to go learn about the race first-hand, as well as meet many of the people involved. Read more »

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Catholic teachers help build saints

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Before classes begin, diocesan educators attended Spirituality Day

MILLTOWN — Teachers and administrators from Catholic schools from all over the Diocese of Wilmington received a reminder of why what they do is so important during their annual Spirituality Day, which was held Aug. 28 at St. Mark’s High School.

That message was reinforced by two familiar faces, Bishop Malooly and superintendent of schools Lou De Angelo, and by the keynote speaker, Father Stephen D. Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia and chaplain of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. Read more »

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New Spartans Get Connected

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St. Mark’s High School freshmen meet up during the summer before school officially begins

MILLTOWN — High school can be an intimidating experience, particularly for freshmen coming in from various middle schools. But at St. Mark’s, the members of the Class of 2021 are already old friends.

Nearly all of the incoming students have met each other through the school’s annual Get Connected program, which takes a few days out of the summer to bring everyone together. Valerie Wright, an English teacher and sophomore class moderator, said Get Connected started in 2012 and has been a big hit. Read more »

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Mount Aviat students embarking on Google Expeditions

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Virtual reality technology opens up a ‘being there’ door to lessons in history, biology to pupils and teachers

CHILDS, Md. — There’s no reason for students at Mount Aviat Academy to just talk about history or science or social studies any longer. Now, they can travel to 1940s Europe in the aftermath of World War II. They can visit the seabed in search of exotic ocean creatures. Or they can take a tour of the heart. Read more »

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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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‘This is not a job, but a way of life’

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By Corinne Furey

Special to The Dialog

New Ursuline president Trisha Medeiros excited about 21st-century learning, return to Delaware

 

Trisha Medeiros took over as president at Ursuline Academy on July 1, succeeding Cathie Field Lloyd, who retired after 10 years. Medeiros comes to Ursuline from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J., where she was head of the upper school for five years. Previously, she held a number of positions over a decade at Wilmington’s Tower Hill School, including assistant head of the upper school.

She and her husband, Norm, have two children, Ava, 12, and Mack, 9.

Medeiros has a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. She met with Corinne Furey, a rising sophomore, in June. Their conversation, provided by the school, follows. It has been edited for length and clarity. Read more »

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