EDITORIAL & OPINION
Renovation grant awarded to St. Catherine School STEPHANIE MOORE | CONTRIBUTOR
t. Catherine of Siena School kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 26 with exciting news. Mrs. Griswold, proud principal of St. Catherine of Siena School, A Lumen Christi Academy, announced that Shea Family Charities has awarded a grant to renovate the school facilities, originally built in 1948. Shea Family Charities is working closely with the Principal to finalize renovation plans, which will include improvements to the interior and exterior of the building and site itself, as well as technology enhancement to support the school’s curriculum. It has been the goal of the school, as well as Lumen Christi Academies, to create innovative studentcentered environments, and this grant has turned that goal into reality. The improvements are scheduled to be completed for the 20202021 school year. Thru this grant, Shea Family Charities is showing true faith in the momentum of the school, and the work St. Catherine’s is doing to excel in their commitment to academic excellence and build community. “We are grateful for the Shea Family Charities who believe in us, who believe in the story we are creating together,” says Mrs. Griswold. In just two short years since she first became Principal in 2018, Mrs. Griswold has proven that she is not only committed to the school’s mission, but
New Marathon STEM Center unveiled at Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Moore SCS Student Leadership Team hosting lunch for Martinez local leaders.
fully capable of leading the change needed to continue growing and transforming learning at St. Catherine’s, “We are excited to have this opportunity to renovate our school this summer, because it will benefit not only the students of 2020, but beyond.” As part of the LCA (Lumen Christi Academies) network, St. Catherine of Siena has been able to adopt new programs, provide students workshops for social/ emotional learning, shift instructional practices thru rigorous professional development, and bring academic rigor to the forefront. The school has evolved its curriculum to one that strives to meet the individual needs of all students. “I am hopeful, grateful, and energized to share with everyone that St. Catherine of Siena truly is a beacon of light as we continue to share Christ’s love with others,” says the Principal, “I want to invite everyone into our special community.” In addition to sharing
MNG photo From center holding scissors, Michael Dunn, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa, Tom Lu, Refinery Manager at Marathon Petroleum, and Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Moore Rhyan Ramirez leading Social-Emotional Learning workshop in Kindergarten.leaders.
this announcement, Catholic Schools Week activities included an Open House, buddy classes reading together to promote Annual Literacy Day, a Faith Family STEM Challenge, a local leader lunch hosted by the Student Leadership Team, Jr. High Science Fair, and Service Day where all students
went out to the Martinez community to show “service towards others”, one of the school’s Student Learning Expectations. To learn more about enrollment for Preschool thru 8th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, call the office at 925-228-4140 or email Mrs. Griswold firstname.lastname@example.org.
MNG photo Kaila Rose, 8 years-old, works at a computer station. Kaila is the daughter of Julian Rose, Port Captain for Marathon Petroleum.
Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) announces grant awards DIANE BECK | CONTRIBUTOR
artinez Education Foundation (MEF) recently awarded grants in the amount of $185,572 to teachers and staff throughout the Martinez Unified School District schools. Schools receiving grants include Alhambra High School ($36,156), Martinez Junior High School
($51,152), Morello Park Elementary ($24,872), Las Juntas Elementary ($16,327),
John Swett Elementary ($28,703), John Muir Elementary ($21,120), and Vicente Martinez High School/ Briones School ($7,242). Additional information about the grants can be found at MEF’s website at www. martinezedfoundation.org. MEF thanks and appreciates all of its contributors especially Shell Oil Products, PBF Holding, Lippow
Development and the Cameron-Baird Foundation for their generous support this year to make these grants possible. Thanks to all for great support from the community throughout the year that allows MEF the opportunity to make our schools better! Save the date for next year’s Run For Education – Sunday September 27, 2020.
MNG photo A Marathon Petroleum employee tests a virtual reality headset.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa held the grand opening of the Martinez Clubhouse Marathon STEM Center. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa received a major grant from Marathon Petroleum, Martinez, California that helped fund the renovation. Michael Dunn, CEO of BGCCC, showed invited guests a new 3D printer, virtual reality headsets, dozen new computers, and makers space.
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