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t the end of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week across our country. During my time as Archbishop of Cincinnati, I have been deeply impressed by the quality and vibrancy of our Catholic schools. For generations, our schools have set the standard for academic rigor. More importantly, our schools have emphasized the fostering of moral values and virtues. We are not just conveying knowledge in our schools, but preparing our students to enter the world inspired to make a difference. A Catholic school education is needed more today than ever before.

Our children today face mixed messages from the media and society, and are often forced to make difficult choices. Our schools equip young people with the moral foundation needed to make the right choice. Our schools form leaders who are empowered to transform a troubled world. As we look to the future, I am filled with optimism and anticipation for wonderful things to come. May God continue to bless our Catholic schools!

Sincerely yours in Christ, The Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr Archbishop of Cincinnati

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hat is excellence? Excellence is a school where students learn more, go deeper, and are motivated to apply their knowledge and skills to make the world a better place. Excellence is a classroom filled with the best materials and technology that support rigor and 21st century learning. Excellence is a building in which the highest academic standards are fostered. Excellence is a vibrant community where all students are welcomed, valued and validated. Excellence is a teacher who genuinely loves the students, and works hard each day to help every child reach their highest potential. Excellence is a school community built on principles of love, compassion and respect. Excellence is building the whole child, nurturing each student’s spiritual, academic, physical and social development. Excellence is an orientation on the inner-faith life of each child, and helping that child embrace and grow their God-given gifts. Excellence is a Catholic school education. As we celebrate Catholic

INSIDE About the National Catholic School Week 2014 theme ... 3 Summit Country Day School ..................................................... 3 St. Bernadette School ................................................................. 4 McNicholas High School............................................................. 5 St. Cecilia School............................................................................6 McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools .......................7 Guardian Angels School............................................................. 8 St. Margaret of York Catholic School.................................... 11 St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School ........................12

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Schools Week, this publication will provide you with stories of our schools’ success. If you have schoolaged children in your family, I encourage you to visit one of our 113 schools and consider a Catholic school education. By doing so, you will see true excellence in action! Happy Catholic Schools Week! Yours in Christ,

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obust new courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are helping Middle School students at The Summit Country Day School connect skills learned in the classroom with hands-on applications. All of the math and science teachers in grades five through eight have been trained in STEM and incorporate elements of STEM into their regular classrooms. Seventh- and eighthgraders take STEM classes together which are co-taught by math and science teachers. Students work in teams to meet engineering design challenges, such as developing a ball launcher that would enable a paraplegic with limited mobility to play fetch with a service dog. Teams plan, build and test a prototype

dent jobs after college. “Students who learn to work collaboratively and to explain their work and thought processes will have advantages as they go into the future,” says Algebra I teacher Carolyn Varick. Science teacher Megan Rademacher, a STEM Fellow at the Dayton Regional STEM Center, says employers want employees who can connect science with math in real-world applica-

tions and also work well in teams. “The most important skills that children need to have are the abilities to collaborate, cooperate, compromise and listen to each other’s ideas,” she said. “They need to be able to take a risk and fail. They need to be able to learn from their failures and persist to find solutions. That’s how new ideas happen.”

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while putting the math and science skills they learned in the classroom into practice. While raising the math and science competencies

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New Catholic Schools Week theme designed to last a while ARLINGTON, VA — The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2014 and for several years to come is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” In response to member requests for a theme and logo that would last more than a year, the committee for the National Marketing Campaign for Catholic Schools recommended that the new theme be used for at least 3 to 5 years. This will provide opportunities for schools to brand the week with

repeated mentions and use of a consistent logo. The annual Catholic Schools Week celebration is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United

States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). According to NCEA President Karen Ristau, “The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities – small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.” See THEME, Page 10

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Small-school feel, big-school curriculum makes St. Bernadette School special

t. Bernadette School is a family-centered community where staff, administrators and parents are committed to the core values of strong academics and genuine Christian living. Rooted in heritage and a strong Christian spirit, the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church are interwoven throughout the daily classroom instruction at the Amelia school that has been in operation since 1944. Emphasis is given to academics, cultured diversity, peace and justice. The veteran staff at St. Bernadette is knowledgeable, professional and caring. Teachers work directly with parents, who are considered an integral part of each child’s education. With a

14:1 student-to-teacher ratio, individual attention is given to each and every child, ensuring growth at every level of education – from preschool through eighth grade. Art, music, physical education and library are essential elements to the educational curriculum, as are Spanish and weekly liturgy. St. Bernadette students are 21st century learners. Smartboards are used extensively by teachers and students in every classroom. Keyboarding and Word are introduced to secondgraders. Third- and fourth-graders begin the use of PowerPoint and Excel. Eighth-graders now utilize the latest tablet technology in class. And all students See ST. B, Page 6

St. Bernadette School eighth-graders (from left) Haley Baker, Brian Roesel and Abby Baurichter put the finishing touches on a recent art project, “Wizard of Oz” pop-up puppets. PROVIDED

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t Archbishop McNicholas High School, you can have it all. Since 1951, McNicholas has been engaging the mind, heart and spirit of future generations. Founded on the principles of the Sisters of St. Joseph, McNicholas is the premier Archdiocesan coed Catholic high school on Cincinnati’s East Side. Through our rigorous academic curriculum, sophisticated arts program, extensive extracurricular choices, competitive athletic teams and fully developed service program, our students grow into vibrant and passionate young men and women. As part of the Rocket family, you are appreciated for your unique God-given strengths, encouraged to excel both inside and outside of the classroom, and supported to be-

come all that Christ intended for you to be. McNicholas is committed to preparing our students as 21st century learners. Every student is equipped with a tablet PC, and our faculty completes ongoing professional development in strategies using technology to enhance curriculum. Our extracurricular offerings build spirit; every student can find his or her place with more than 30 clubs/ organizations and over 40 athletic teams. McNicholas now has a home-field advantage, due to the generosity of friends, current families and alumni who have made our athletic complex, Penn Station Stadium, a reality. The performing and visual arts programs are second to none. McNicholas’ theater productions

have been chosen for 20 consecutive years to perform at the State Thespian Conference, and under the direction of a former Broadway actress, for the past 2 years, have earned a coveted spot for a full performance. The Visual Arts program boasts seven independent art studios that include courses in architecture, ceramics, photography and graphic design. They have also launched a global learning initiative for 2014-15. The Service Club and the Service Learning Program are two of McNicholas’ proudest attributes. Many students complete more than 100 hours, earning them a spot in the Century Club. The Class of 2013 graduated with over 20,000 combined service hours, including immersion trips to Nicaragua and Lewis County, Ky.

Another service tradition is the annual Mardi Gras Pageant and Ball. Unique to McNicholas, the tradition was started in 1952, and students who are recognized at the event have been committed to selflessly serving McNicholas and others. Serving God through serving others is an integral part of who we are at McNicholas. “I want our students to be inspired to see their own leadership capabilities in doing really valuable work, especially in a Catholic school, where we’re called to love our neighbors and follow Matthew 25,” Service Coordinator Sam Roflow said. For more information on how McNicholas inspires mind, heart and spirit, visit www.mcnhs.org.

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his year, for the first time in its history, St. Cecilia School in Oakley welcomed preschool students through its doors. Now, students ages 3-5 can receive early childhood education at the school, in addition to those in grades K-8. The addition of the preschool classroom was part of a remodel of the school’s entire primary wing. “We are thrilled about the learning space we have for our earliest learners,” said Principal Michael Goedde. “These students are getting a top-notch, faithbased education that lays the groundwork for future success in school.”

The kindergarten and firstgrade classrooms have been remodeled over the past 2 years. This past summer, a new main entrance and office were added, increasing the school’s security and creating a welcoming entry for students and visitors alike. Remodeling of additional classrooms is scheduled for this summer. Also new this year are music education and training by the COR Music Project, under the leadership of four University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduates. In addition, five retired engineers, chemists and physicists – known as the

Science Guys and Gal – teach and enrich students in science and math, with exciting hands-on learning projects. As St. Cecilia celebrates 100 years of educating young learners this year, their mission remains the same as it has since the school first opened: To offer a rigorous, faith-filled academic program in a disciplined and nurturing environment. Come experience what it means to be a part of St. Cecilia. Visit www.stceciliacinti.org. Or call the school at 513-533-6060 to schedule a tour or learn more about the school.

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are expected to use computer skills in all classes for research, independent learning, presentations and projects. The school’s newly remodeled, state-of-the-art computer lab can serve 25 students at one time, with projection equipment for instructional purposes. Strong academics and curriculum are emphasized at St. Bernadette School, and this is evident by the students it produces. St. Bernadette Sabers consistently score in the upper 10 percent of the nation on nationally standardized tests, and at or above Archdiocesan averages on writing sample tests and Iowa standardized tests. St. Bernadette offers full-day kindergarten, as well as halfday preschool two days a week for 3-year-olds and three days a week for PreK 4-year-olds. Each child is encouraged to grow intellectually, socially, physically, spiritually and individually. At St. Bernadette, the mission is to offer the highest-quality education in a Catholic environment. The whole child is developed into a well-rounded student that can actively participate in their church, their family and their community. Call the office of St. Bernadette School at 513-753-4744 or the preschool at 513-7534397 for more information or to schedule a tour.

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McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools: Inspiring brilliance in young women

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o work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.” The words of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy in 19th century Ireland, come to life every day in the schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools. Recently, the Sisters of Mercy announced a formal partnership between both schools, known as the Mercy Education Collaborative of Cincinnati (MECC). The goal of the collaboration is to build an educational package unlike any other

in the area, while also immediately providing the families of McAuley and Mercy greater opportunities and returns on their high school investment. Where else in Cincinnati can you benefit from the growing programs, leadership and academic offerings of two schools? Collectively, McAuley and Mother of Mercy have served students in Cincinnati for 150 years and nearly 30 percent of the total all-girl high school market is held by these MECC schools alone. Our rich history and strong Cincinnati presence, in combination with academic and programmatic excellence, enabled the Sisters of Mercy to make this bold collaborative decision. The establishment of

the MECC will maximize student learning opportunities and help move both schools ahead even more aggressively and effectively. The schools of the MECC are working harder and smarter in order to bring our families the very latest and greatest advantages in 21st century education and college preparation for young women. Integrating all dimensions of the programs offered at both McAuley and Mercy is our Catholic faith – not only classroom instruction, but also regular opportunities for prayer together, for Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and for an overall environment that reminds each of us daily what

we are called to as women of the Gospel. The religious programs also include campus ministry, class retreats and many opportunities for service locally and abroad in places such as Appalachia and Jamaica. Building on a common set of core values, McAuley and Mercy embody the founding vision of Catherine McAuley, making it alive in the 21st century and inspiring brilliance in young women. The MECC ensures that young women receive the highest-quality Catholic, Mercy-based education, discovering their God-given talents and achieving their full potential.

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he theme of the 2013-14 school year for the students and staff at Guardian Angels School is “Angels Sharing the Journey with Christ.” The theme, developed by teachers, is reflective of the school’s mission and core beliefs, celebrating each student’s value and importance as they journey through their experience at Guardian Angels School. Along with celebrating the strengths of each member of the school community, we also recognize and celebrate the many highlights of our Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. » Guardian Angels School, along with Junior High Science teacher Michelle Gallagher, received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are key areas we focus on as we prepare our students through hands-on learning, realworld applications, and criticalthinking skills – all by utilizing the latest technology. We were one of a very select number of schools throughout the state of Ohio to receive the award, and are blessed for the opportunities we are able to provide our students through excellent teaching, an abundance of resources and updated facilities. Our state-ofthe-art Science Lab encourages hands-on learning for students in all grade levels. » Students in grades 6-8 participate in the 1:1 tablet program, incorporating technology in all aspects of the curriculum. Technology is not a stand-alone subject, but rather a tool opening up endless opportunities for each student. The program fully prepares students for the expectations of our local high schools. » Test scores on the Iowa Assessments and High School Placement Test rank Guardian Angels in the top tier of all Archdiocesan schools. Graduating eighth-graders routinely get into the high school of first choice, with a high amount of scholarship dollars earned upon entrance.

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Our students are successful during their high school years and participate in many top-level Honors courses. » We have a highly celebrated Fine Arts program, including Band, Chorus, Art and P.E. Students across all areas receive awards at local, regional and state competitions. Students also participate in cocurricular activities such as Robotics and Engineering, Chess Club, Girls in Science, Lil’ Angels, a student-led newspaper, drama productions, and other opportunities for every child. Sporting opportunities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade are also available.

» Students produce morning announcements that are broadcast live to each of the homerooms every day! » Our strong religious education program, rooted in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is strengthened further through weekly participation in Mass, daily religion lessons and strong interactions with Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. » A recent survey of families new to Guardian Angels school affirmed and highlighted the sentiment of all families: Small class sizes, a strong sense of community, and an excellent teaching staff separate GA from

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all other schools. Please join us for an upcoming enrollment event. Our allschool Open House is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. The event will allow prospective families to explore the school; talk with teachers, current families, administrators, students, and other families interested in the school; visit open classrooms; and experience the popular activities exhibit highlighting all of the extra activities that make our school a special place. Additionally, we invite you to our Informational Coffee 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Visiting families will see classes in session, talk with current school families, and discuss the school with the administration. In addition to these events, all prospective families are encouraged to contact the school directly to set up a personal tour with the administration. This is the best opportunity to see why Guardian Angels is such a special place. Please contact the school at 513-624-3141. Or email Kate Storms, assistant principal, at kstorms@gaschool.org to set up a tour.

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Dominican Sister John Mary Fleming, executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education for USCCB, endorsed the concept of keeping the same theme for several years. “The theme of faith, knowledge and community resonates with the New Evangelization and will provide schools the opportunity to create long-term Catholic identity projects in their communities,” she said. “It’s also especially appropriate that this new brand will mark National Catholic Schools Week 2014 the 40th anniversary of this annual event.” The new logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. “The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and

Junior-level Honors Chemistry students conduct an experiment in the Seton Science Center at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Clifton. PROVIDED

shadows in the logo portray the inner-connectivity and community life that are present in any Catholic school,” said logo designer Beatriz Ruiz, who is NCEA’s manager of graphic

design and production. NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, ca-

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t. Margaret of York Catholic School provides an education that focuses on developing the whole child: spiritually, academically, socially, artistically and physically. Thus, enabling students to fully utilize their Godgiven gifts and talents to make the world a better place. Responding to the diverse needs of others in the school, community and world creates a welcoming atmosphere that values all people. The desire to live life engaged in the Catholic faith brings about a strong partnership beSee SMOY, Page 14

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St. Margaret of York Catholic School provides an education that focuses on developing the whole child:

spiritually, academically, socially, artistically and physically â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thus enabling students to fully utilize their God given gifts and talents to make the world a better place. Responding to the diverse needs of others in the school, community and world creates a welcoming atmosphere that values all people.

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he most important aspect of a Catholic education is its mission to educate young people in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SASEAS) School is known for its strong academics, education goes beyond just achieving a grade. It is also about character building and sharing Christ’s love. As the only two-campus school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, SASEAS School serves students preschool through eighth grade, and operates as both an elementary school and a junior-high, allowing us to customize enrichment activities, communications and educational themes to the appropriate age level of our students. Our teachers stand out for

their ability to provide innovative and flexible educational solutions to keep pace with our rapidly evolving world. Chromebooks, netbooks and iPads are in the classrooms, and deliver a more interactive and hands-on approach to learning. Students are more engaged with their lessons and teachers are able to seamlessly integrate cross-curricular teaching. Teachers are able to readily assess students by tracking and monitoring their progress, allowing to incorporate enrichment and intervention activities into their everyday lessons. Our students’ creativity is nurtured and blossoms through courses in music, art, library, Spanish and P.E. Numerous afterschool activities – including sports, scouts and various clubs –

are offered to enrich the lives of our students and to teach them to live a balanced, well-rounded life. Beginning in preschool and moving through eighth grade, character building is incorporated into everything we do. We believe the everyday integration of valuable traits like faith, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring and service prepares for the real world and results in your child’s lifelong success. By being honest, students learn integrity; through discipline and obedience, they learn to respect authority; and with loyalty, they learn about true friendships. At SASEAS we educate the whole person. Students share Christ’s love by celebrating weekly Mass and Adoration together and are inspired to live out the Gospel. Serv-

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ing God through serving others is an integral part of who we are. From everyday activities to scheduled events like Adopt-aFamily, food drives, Make a Difference Day, Operation Christmas Child, Senior Outreach and Veteran’s Day, we are committed to service not just in our school and parishes, but throughout our community and around the world. Our goal for our students is to become formed in their faith, achieve academically and grow individually. From academics and technology to faith and values, the SASEAS School experience gives students the foundation and values they need to succeed in life.

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or more than 50 years, St. Ursula Villa has educated children in a vibrant community of academic excellence, active parental involvement and timeless Ursuline values. Looking toward an exciting future, St. Ursula Villa is embarking on a building project which will enhance the academic experience of every Villa student. On its lovely 22acre campus, the Villa is building new classrooms for its highly regarded Early Childhood programs. The new wing will be added to the iconic Manor House, with rooms returned to their original use as a chapel or dining area. Students will be welcomed into this inviting new space in

the 2014-15 academic year. Montessori classes for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and Traditional Preschool for 3- and 4-yearolds will benefit from:

» Large, built-tosuit, air-conditioned classrooms with private bathrooms; » Dedicated lunch and nap rooms; » Brightly lit spaces for Early Childhood music and art classes; » Indoor constructive play space. Kindergarten to Junior High students will benefit from enhanced educational opportunities such as: » A new Junior High addition, including enhanced technology and science lab; » Spaces for collaborative group work,

student presentations and technology; » Renovated, larger and more functional primary and intermediate classrooms; » Dedicated foreign language classrooms; » Relocation of the Music program into the Main School building; » Worship in the Manor House’s original stained-glass chapel for grade-level Masses; » Expanded enrichment programs.

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tween the student, teacher and parent. This partnership not only promotes high expectations, but it instills an intrinsic desire to improve oneself in all facets of the individual’s development. Students attend weekly Masses and practice their faith through outreach projects that make a positive impact on the community. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and projectors. In grades 6-8, we have implemented a 1:1 tablet program.

The integration of technology into all areas of a rigorous curriculum ensures we are meeting the academic needs of our students – which will allow them to touch tomorrow today. St. Margaret of York recognizes the importance of teaching students to think globally, therefore, Spanish is taught in all grades. Even the key components of art and music classes include the understanding and appreciation of the history and different cultures that have brought about the various arts. St. Margaret of York School promotes the growth of leadership and civic responsibility by coordinating outreach programs in each grade and on a schoolwide basis. It is a place where

everyone cares about and supports each other and their community. When the school identifies a need, families come together to determine how to meet that need. Because of all those families – past and present – along with an accelerated curriculum, St. Margaret of York School was selected to receive the U.S. Department of Education 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. You are welcome to our Open House noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Teachers will open classrooms from noon-1 p.m. Afterward, visitors are welcome to view the Art Fair in the hallways or choose to see the Middle School Talent

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Show in the gym. The Art Fair is a sampling of grades K-8 students’ art work that has been collected by St. Margaret of York Art teacher, Mrs. Reggie Knoll, since the beginning of the school year. Hundreds of works of many different varieties will be hung in the halls or displayed on tables for all to enjoy. The Talent Show is directed by Music teacher, Mrs. Debbie Hogan. You may also schedule a personal visit by calling Mrs. McNamara at 513-683-9793, ext. 222. Or visit smoyschool.com. We look forward to meeting with you.

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ADVERTISERS Guardian Angels School ................................................ 9 McAuley and Mother of Mercy High Schools...........7 McNicholas High School..................................................5 Miami Valley Christian School .....................................16 St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School ............12 St. Bernadette School ......................................................4 St. Cecilia School ...............................................................6 St. Margaret of York Catholic School ........................11 St. Marks Lutheran .........................................................15 St. Mary School ................................................................10 St. Thomas More School .................................................6 St. Ursula Villa School ....................................................13 Summit Country Day School ..........................................3

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Better Learning Environment • Better Education • Smaller class sizes • More individual attention

• Religious education • Better preparation for college • Tuition Assistance available

ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL

5849 Buckwheat Rd. Milford, OH 45150

513.575.3354

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