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Healey Education Foundation will fortify diocesan schools for the future

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All Saints, St. Mary Magdalen, Immaculate Conception and St. Francis de Sales schools begin partnership with Healey Education Foundation to help sustainability

Four elementary schools are part of a new partnership between the Diocese of Wilmington and the Healey Education Foundation that will help schools sustain their future with improved marketing, fundraising and planning.

The diocese announced the four schools selected for the Healey partnership during the first week of May. They are All Saints in Elsmere, St. Mary Magdalen in Brandywine Hundred, Immaculate Conception in Elkton, Md., and St. Francis de Sales in Salisbury, Md. Read more »

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Help families provide the gift of Catholic education

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Dear Friends,

 

With the start of another school year, our thoughts quite naturally turn toward our Catholic youth and the hope they provide for the future of our Church and society.

Through the years, Catholic school education has endured as an instrument of evangelization, transmitting the treasure of our faith and values to new generations. The Catholic school experience not only arms our children for the challenges they will face as adults, it prepares them to become intellectual and moral leaders in our society. Read more »

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Spirituality Day for Catholic school educators

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Dialog reporter

Bishop Barres calls teachers to be exclamation points in classrooms radiating ‘soul of Catholic education’

WILMINGTON — An old friend of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington returned in August to remind teachers that they have a crucial role in the educational and spiritual development of children.

“The soul of Catholic education radiates from us,” Bishop John Barres of Allentown said at the annual Spirituality Day hosted by the diocesan Office for Catholic Schools Aug. 22 at St. Mark’s High School. “We’re all called here today to be exclamation points in Catholic education.” Read more »

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All Saints students show off their STEM energy

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ELSMERE – “Energy” was the theme of the night on April 7, when All Saints Catholic School presented STEM Night,” and the students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade were full of energy in the hours leading up to the event.

Each of the grade levels – primary, elementary and middle – took over a floor of the school to show off an energy-related topic, a focus of the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that is front and center at All Saints. Nancy Raymond, a second-grade teacher, said the primary grades concentrated on light. The kindergarteners, for example, created prisms, while the second grade used the sun’s rays to print objects from nature on to dark paper. Read more »

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Viewpoint: A Catholic education is worth the investment

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The reasons are different. The need is the same.

The child’s father is unemployed. Or the mother has been recently diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Perhaps the parents are divorced. Or, due to circumstances beyond their control, grandparents living on a fixed income now find themselves to be the primary caregivers of their grandchildren.

All these children want the opportunity to attend a Catholic school but unfortunately the family does not have the resources to pay the full cost of tuition. Read more »

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Helping parents send children to our schools

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Dear Friends,

For 185 years, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington have been forming and educating students in the Catholic tradition, teaching them to honor the dignity of each human person and encouraging them to grow in the image and likeness of God.

Our Catholic schools are dedicated to educating students in the light of Jesus Christ and are essential to the life, ministry, and future of our Church. Our schools provide a comprehensive education to each student, in a loving Christian environment where prayer and service are infused into daily living and learning. Read more »

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Teacher at St. Peter’s School in New Castle leaves classroom for principal’s office

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NEW CASTLE – Mark Zitz has moved from the classroom to the principal’s office at St. Peter the Apostle School, where he envisions using his business and teaching experience to increase enrollment and continue the academic excellence at the New Castle school.

Mark Zitz is the new principal at St. Peter the Apostle School in New Castle. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Mark Zitz is the new principal at St. Peter the Apostle School in New Castle. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Zitz, 55, has been a teacher at St. Peter the Apostle for five years. He said his familiarity with the students and families will serve the school well as they won’t need to spend time getting to know each other, and with a faculty he knows, he can turn his attention to issues like enrollment, which is down a bit from last year.

“All Catholic schools face a hurdle in marketing because there are so many options for parents that don’t cost money,” Zitz said in late July. “We have to make a compelling case why Catholic education is the best option.

“That is my focus.”

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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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Father Howard T. Clark dies at 83, led diocesan schools for 13 years

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A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday for former diocesan superintendent of schools, Father Howard T. Clark, who died Sept. 2. Father Clark, who returned to his hometown of Essington, Pa., after his retirement, was 83 and had been a priest for 57 years.

Father Clark is best remembered for his work in education in the Diocese of Wilmington. After his ordination in 1957, he was assigned associate pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Dover and served as the first principal of the new high school there. In 1962, at age 31, he became the superintendent of schools for the diocese, a post he held for 13 years. Read more »

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