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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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Bishop Malooly offers education to hurricane-affected students

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WILMINGTON — Students currently attending a Catholic elementary or secondary school in a hurricane-battered diocese may attend a Catholic school in the Diocese of Wilmington as a tuition-free guest for the current academic year, Bishop Malooly announced Sept. 19.

“A number of families must relocate due to the recent hurricanes, and the Diocese of Wilmington wishes to assist any who may come to Delaware or the Eastern Shore of Maryland in continuing the faith and academic development of their children while the rebuild their own lives and their homes,” said Louis De Angelo, superintendent of schools for the diocese.

The bishop wrote to the archbishops of Galveston-Houston and Miami, saying, “We recognize the tremendous work that lies ahead for relocated families, and we wish to assist them in continuing their children’s Catholic school education without tuition worries.

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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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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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Diocesan high schools excel at SAT scores

November 25th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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Students at diocesan high schools are getting great marks from the SAT test, widely used in college admission processes.

Test scores for juniors and seniors taking the SAT test at diocesan high schools are the highest they’ve been for the past five years, Louis De Angelo, diocesan superintendent of schools said last week.

The data show results from St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, St. Thomas More in Magnolia, St. Elizabeth High School and Padua Academy in Wilmington, and St. Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Md. Read more »

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‘Live your life by faith,’ former NFL coach tells Catholic group

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Football may be Herm Edwards’ forte, but in a keynote address to Catholic school supporters in the Diocese of Sioux City, he talked about his Catholic faith and education.

The former NFL player and coach who is now an ESPN football analyst also drew some parallels between coaching and teaching.

Herm Edwards, an ESPN football analyst, is pictured as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. The former NFL player and coach, who is a Catholic, spoke about his faith and education during an Oct. 12 dinner attended by supporters of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. (CNS photo/Larry Smith, EPA)

Herm Edwards, an ESPN football analyst, is pictured as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. The former NFL player and coach, who is a Catholic, spoke about his faith and education during an Oct. 12 dinner attended by supporters of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. (CNS photo/Larry Smith, EPA)

“For a coach, you basically have four seconds to make a decision on what’s going to be done,” he told his audience at the Sioux City Convention Center. “You have to be able to adapt as a coach. That’s what teachers do. Teachers are able to adapt. They care about your children and my children.”

The No. 1 responsibility of a football coach, Edwards said, is “don’t allow the players to fail.”

“Teachers understand the students in their class,” said the speaker. “They adapt and make sure their students aren’t going to fail. That’s hard to do. Good teachers are good listeners. Good teachers make students ask why because the why in life gives you knowledge.”

As the father of daughters in second and third grade at a Catholic school, Edwards said he understands “the importance of Catholic education.”

He addressed 675 people who came from around the diocese to attend the 18th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools held Oct. 12.

As Catholics, Edwards said, “we have an obligation to be people of service. We have to make sure we are people of humility and our lives and our actions match up.”

“We all need to pray. We all deal with our circumstances in our life,” he said. “When you truly believe Jesus Christ is your Lord and savior, it all works out. When your priorities are right, it isn’t hard to make a decision. Live your life by faith.”

The evening included the presentation of education awards to three teachers and three staff members from Catholic schools. Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless and Dan Ryan, the diocese’s superintendent of Catholic schools, were the presenters.

In his remarks, Edwards praised the award-winners, telling the audience: “Don’t lose sight of what they do and how they make a difference in all of our lives.”
— By Katie Lefebvre

 

 

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