2017-18 Cassata Annual Report

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CASSATA 2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT JULY 2018 • ISSUE 43


A BIG START AN INCREDIBLE FUTURE I am excited to present you with the 2017 Strategic Plan Progress Report and Action Plan - our first such report. When Cassata Catholic High School started the new strategic plan, we promised to continually communicate with the community and provide updates on the annual developments made by each division on campus. I am proud to say that this report fulfills that promise! As you glance through the pages that follow, keep in mind this is not a measuring stick to see which area is doing the best. It is simply a snapshot of our successes to date. Remember that each one of you plays a crucial role in helping this school carry out its vision. As you know, we now are in year two of a five-year strategic plan with three clearly defined goals, or themes.These themes serve as our road map: Marketing and Enrollment, Student Experience, and Funding. This report demonstrates how we've moved the needle on specific action items for each goal. Each accomplishment has helped create a positive environment where students succeed at the highest level. Not only does this document highlight the progress that has been made in the first year of the Strategic Plan, it identifies our plan of action for year two. Together, we can achieve the goals we have set as we continue on this journey of inspiring the future. Blessings,

Trinette Robichaux-Cichock President


Special Thanks The work done at Cassata would not be possible without the generosity of the following foundations, corporations, and organizations: Anonymous Brown Lupton Foundation Catholic Diocese Of Fort Worth The Colonial- Birdies for Charity Ben and Mary Doskocil Foundation Benjamin L. Doskocil Sr. Designated Fund of The North Texas Community Foundation Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation The Fash Foundation Frost Bank The Garvey Texas Foundation, Inc. Good Shepherd Catholic Community Good Shepherd Men's Club Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant Lowe Foundation Mesa Springs Hospital/Innovations The Miles Foundation The Morris Foundation North Texas Community Foundation- Ella C. McFadden Charitable Trust Pepsico Foundation Pinnacle Bank Project Partners Rick and Ray's Auto Plaza The Thomas M., Helen McKee and John P. Ryan Foundation Scanlan Foundation Sid W. Richardson Foundation Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation Anna W. & Alexander P. Thornton Charitable Trust The Gil & Dody Weaver Foundation


Special Thanks to our Individual Donors Anonymous Belinda and Victor Allen Lynn and Alan Alpar D. Richard Andrews Mary Kathleen Baldwin Mary and Fred Bangs Shannon and Robert Barham Michelle and Douglas Barlen Bob Barry Dot and John Bartell Cynthia Belknap Joan and Alfred Belota Nancy Benson Cindy and Mark Bethany Amber and Brandon Bigham Eric Black Sarah and Ivan Bland Robert Bolz Kathy and Jim Breen Beth and Tom Brockenbush Patti and David Brockman Susan and Wendell Brown Sandra and Robert Bunata Lonnie Burns Mrs. Louise Carvey Kim and Robb Catalano Patricia Connelly Keith Corley Corley Family Jane Cote Elizabeth and Daniel Cox Amy and Brian Crissey Michael Davidson Karol Delreal Duane Derrig Melody and David Derrig Anne and Robert Dolson Bill and Debra Donaldson Benjamin and Mary Doskocil

Gary A. and Karen G. Dozier Nancy Eder Patricia and Clif Ellis Ledi and Steve Evans Ann and Fred Fernandez Jennifer Foley Margaret and Gary Fragosso Natalie and David Fuentes Linda and Abel Gonzalez Carolyn and Glenn Goodspeed Becky Graham Margaret and George Grier Lisa Griffith Kathy Guarino Mario Guereca Randy Hale Susan and George Handy Priscilla Harrier Megan Harris Joan Derrig Heacox Patricia Henry Maryellen Hicks Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Hull Paul Johnson Judy Rosenblum and John Broude Charlotte and Bryan Keever Jorden Kile Valentina and Kyl Kirby Otilie and John Kitowski Patsy and Ray Konderla Cathy and Steve Landon Marylynn and Larry Landry Carol and Chris Leito Clare and Bill Lorimer Carolyn and Bill Lorimer Theresa and Dan Luby Kirk Manning Tere and Rob Martin


Veronica Martinez Shelley and Michael Matthews Deanna and Matt Maxwell Susie and Mark McKenzie Sharon and Peter McKone Pamela and Christopher McKone Chuck McKone Marie and Alfred Morrey Ann Motheral Sarah Motheral Ellen and Steven Mudrovich Harvey Mueller Nina and RJ Muraski Diane Musfeldt Claudia Pautz Trina and Fred Pecina William Perales Angela and Anthony Pereira Maria and Rafael Perez Christy Pierce Patricia Pierret Tobye and Frank Poeschel Nancy Poort Karen and Dennis Poquiz Brenda and Patrick Powers Susan Pritchett Odessa Ravin Rebecca Ricca Leah and Rick Rios Mr. and Mrs. Jody Roach Karen Roberts Mike Rutledge Cara and Sam Saladino Patti Schmidt Joan Scott Brooke and Kevin Sharples Elenita Sheppard Earle Shields George Shinn Mary Singleton Steven Standish Terry and Joe Stevens

Lori Strittmatter Jo Ann and Greg Swienton Sharon and Garland Tate Margaret and David Taylor Stacey and Robb Theisen Jean Tocco Erin Vader Marcia Valdez Dan Villegas and Dr. Di Ann Sanchez Shannon and Steve Walker Chandler and Gavin Wallace Zaira and Carlos Wiesse Diane and John Wright Bobbie Wygant Debra Wysoski, M.A., LPC Lisa and Bill Yeakey Brittney Ynfante Mary and John Zuber

In Memory of Mrs. Linda Morris Elsey The Cassata Catholic High School Community was saddened to learn of the death on June 26, 2018 of Mrs. Linda Morris Elsey. Mrs. Elsey’s friendship, her guidance as a longtime member of the Cassata Learning Center board, and her generous philanthropy to Cassata Catholic leave a lasting legacy at the school. Linda joined the Cassata Learning Center board in 1988 and devoted fourteen years of board service to ensuring that Cassata would serve the most vulnerable of Fort Worth and beyond. Linda and the late Jack Morris created The Morris Foundation of Fort Worth in 1988 and greatly influenced charitable causes in Fort Worth. After Jack’s death in 2004, Linda and The Morris Foundation have continued to support Cassata and its students through tuition support and dual enrollment courses through the Morris Scholars Fund for Cassata students at Tarrant County College. Linda later married David Elsey, who quickly became a good friend of Cassata as well. Linda’s son, Todd Liles, is the executive director of The Morris Foundation, continuing the plan for the family to lead the foundation. With Linda’s death, Todd Liles, Laura Liles, and Michelle Piotrowski are now installed as the new Trustee Board of the Morris Foundation.


Website Acquisition Overview Social 2% Other 0% Direct 37% Organic 57% Referral 4%

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STRATEGIC PLAN: MARKETING AND ENROLLMENTÂ OBJECTIVE #1 PHOTOS BY: SARAH LASSEN SUSAN THIESEN

CCHS embarked on a new marketing strategy this year centered on making a more effective communication plan for our targeted markets. Through venues such as our Learn About Cassata Luncheon, we were able to articulate what Cassata is today and how the outstanding education and nurturing culture combine to positively impact our students and the community at large. In addition, great strides were made to communicate with our local feeder schools who were not aware of the depth and full range of our programs.


STRATEGIC PLAN: STUDENT EXPERIENCE, OBJECTIVE #2 Maintaining the essence of the Cassata student experience while expanding and enhancing curriculum offerings and dedicated space. CCHS has added many new courses to our academic catalog. These include poetry, Russian, Forensic Science, Graphic Design, and Pre-Calculus. Cassata also offers dual-enrollment courses from Tarrant County College on our campus. Cassata's Ambassador group serves the CCHS community by greeting visitors, assisting prospective students who shadow for a day, greeting visitors, delivering the snack wagon and helping out in a variety of ways. Student Government is active by giving the student body a voice and holding different events throughout the school year. This year also saw the establishment of an E-Sports Gaming Club.


STRATEGIC PLAN: FUNDING, OBJECTIVE #3 Committing ourselves to sound fiscal stewardship and best practives in all our development activities. We will ensure that there is sufficent funding for the advcancment of the school's mission, and the achievement of it's vision.

In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, both individual and corporate/organizational giving increased by 35%, and event revenue increased by an incredible 267% thanks to our partnership with Project Partners. In addition, we achieved a 26% increase in grant revenue over two years. Tuition was restructured as well by keeping the majority at an affordable rate and increasing tuition for the top tier.


Demographics: Hispanic White African-American Other

52% 30% 10% 8%

Annual Family Income: Less than $25,000 73% $25,000-$30,000 4% $30,000-$35,000 1% $35,000+ 22%

Student Metrics: 27 earned their high school diploma 100% of graduates went on to post-secondary education 170 students served 80% of graduates earned college credit through Tarrant County College Dual Enrollment program 311 students served at Innovations Behavioral Health Program Facts:

In Stu fo d rm en at t io n

10% of students this year are parents 41% were English Language Learners 48 different zip codes 58 number of previous schools attended


Class of 2018 Scholarship Total: $286,500.00 Class of 2018 College/University/Military Acceptancest Colorado State University Dallas Institute of Funeral Services Gonzaga University Hardin Simmons University Lincoln Technical Institute Midwestern State University Our Lady of the Lake University Saint Joseph University Stephen F. Austin State University Southwestern University

December Valedictorian Molly Bartell University of Texas-Austin

Tarleton State University Tarrant County College Texas A&M Corpus Christi Texas State University Texas Tech University United States Marine Corps University of Oklahoma University of Texas at Arlington University of Texas of the Permian Basin

May Valedictorian Sara Taylor Gonzaga University


2017-2018 Revenue and Expenses Revenue: Individuals, Foundations and Corporations Government Grants Interest Tuition Special Events

48% 9% 8% 27% 8%

Expenses: Instructional Department Administrative Department Facility Management Development Department

39% 40% 8% 13%


CCHS VALUES, MISSION AND VISION

Cassata Catholic is the outreach high school of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. OUR VALUES CCHS is dedicated to the following key values: TRUTH Nothing we do can ever be opposed to the truth, that is, opposed to reality which has its being in God. BEAUTY evokes wonder and delight, which are foundations of a life of wisdom and inquiry. GOODNESS requires us to teach and pass on this Catholic culture, this Catholic worldview, this cultural patrimony, these insights, and these very fundamental truths about the good and what constitutes the good life.

OUR MISSION Cassata is a coeducational Catholic high school with a nurturing staff that provides a rigorous curriculum for students who desire a unique, customized environment that prepares them for college and their chosen career path. Cassata’s open enrollment, self paced learning, and flexible schedule enable students of all backgrounds to raise their educational level, complete their secondary education, and become healthy, independent, productive citizens.

OUR VISION CCHS envisions a future of professionally, socially and culturally engaged leaders, citizens, and community. www.cassatahs.org 1400 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104


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