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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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Good Shepherd gets an inside look at the planet we call home


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PERRYVILLE, Md. – Students sat and stared in wide-eyed wonder at the giant balloon at Good Shepherd School in Perryville, Md., on Feb. 1. After all, it’s not every day that a 19-by-22 foot inflatable globe makes it way to their school cafeteria. Read more »

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Unusual activities fill school calendars for Catholic Schools Week


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Schools around the diocese are preparing for Catholic Schools Week, which will take place Jan. 29-Feb. 4. Here are events submitted by the schools.

St. Anthony of Padua’s week includes Teacher Appreciation Day and Silly Sock/Crazy Hat Day on Monday. There is a Knowledge Bowl on Tuesday. Wednesday is Spirit Day, Thursday brings Student Appreciation Day, and the annual volleyball game between eighth-graders and their parents will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Fournier Hall.

After an open house on Sunday, Catholic Schools Week kicks off at Most Blessed Sacrament with a presentation of “Science Is Everywhere!” by John Hadfield. He will present how people use science in everyday settings. There will be “Pastries for Parents” on Tuesday, with movies and games. “Religion Jeopardy” is scheduled for Wednesday. Thursday begins with Mass, followed by a talent show and work on a service project. Families will participate in a luncheon on Friday.

The week kicks off at Immaculate Conception on Sunday with Raffles and Waffles, with prizes including being principal for a day, lunch with the principal and baskets created by each grade. The biggest prize is a drone. There will be a color war on Wednesday, along with a geography bee. The talent show is Thursday at 6 p.m. The week will conclude with a blue-and-white rally at 1 p.m. Friday.

Good Shepherd School in Perryville, Md., has a few noteworthy events on the schedule. The Earth Balloon from the Delaware Children’s Museum will be at the school on Feb. 1, and all students will have a chance to explore it. Also, on Feb. 3, there will be a sock hop to end the sock service project, during which the students collect socks all week to donate to the homeless community.

At St. Peter Cathedral School in Wilmington, the week begins Monday with a prayer service. Emergency responders are invited to the school on Tuesday for a coffee break. Parents will visit for lunch on Wednesday on School Spirit Day, and students are asked to wear crazy socks and bring in socks to donate to St. Patrick’s.

Students at St. Mark’s High School will be collecting items for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages filled with toiletries, snacks, and other items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, caregivers and service members deployed overseas. They also will travel to Holy Angels School for their annual Partner School Program, visiting classes at the school. In addition, the St. Mark’s chorus will perform.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School students are encouraged to bring in soup for the Ministry of Caring throughout the week, and they will make valentines for soldiers all week. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, the winning entry from an essay contest about what Catholic education has meant to eighth-graders at IHM will be read. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will go bowling on Monday. On Tuesday, students will have a living rosary in the gymnasium, and the talent show is scheduled for that day. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite literary character on Wednesday, which is also the day of school bingo. Third through sixth grades are bowling on Thursday, while pre-kindergarten through second present “Peter Pan.”

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Good Shepherd eighth-grader shares her baptism with her classmates


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Good Shepherd eighth-grader Gabrielle Kirk shares her entry into the Catholic Church with schoolmates


PERRYVILLE, Md. — Most Catholics do not remember their baptism, but for Gabrielle Kirk it will provide a lifetime of fond memories. That’s what Father Jay McKee told the Good Shepherd School eighth-grader Oct. 22, when Gabby was formally welcomed into the Catholic Church.

The 13-year-old has been a student at the school since kindergarten, but until that morning had never been a member of a formal religion.

“My mom didn’t have me baptized when I was born so I could decide what I wanted to be, what religion I wanted. Going through all the classes, I finally decided I wanted to get baptized,” she said.

“I love Jesus and I wanted to be closer to the church.” Read more »

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Good Shepherd students hope Md. lawmakers pass education credit bills


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PERRYVILLE, Md. — Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Good Shepherd School had anticipated a trip to Annapolis on March 4 to not only learn about the legislative process but to participate in it by urging their state senator and state delegates to back a Maryland Education Credit. Read more »

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Good Shepherd students featured in national video

PERRYVILLE, Md. – Four students at Good Shepherd School in Perryville, Md., are featured in the national Fuel Up to Play “Make Your Move” campaign video that was released Oct. 29. The campaign, sponsored by the National Football League, is a dance-themed initiative focused on getting students active in their schools to get healthy and be better students.

The Good Shepherd students were invited to participate in the filming of the ad in August at Redskins Park in Virginia. The video is available at www.fueluptoplay60.com. Read more »

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Surprise reunion at Good Shepherd School


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 PERRYVILLE, Md. – Antonio “Tony” Halsey and his classmates in the second grade at Good Shepherd School stood on the stage in the auditorium Friday afternoon, Dec. 1, telling the rest of the students and faculty what they had learned in preparation for their first reconciliation, which they would celebrate the next day.

The second-graders explained what reconciliation is and what activities they had planned for Saturday. They then led the school in reciting the Act of Contrition.

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