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Catholic Schools Raise the Standards Pastoral Vicariate Region 1 Secondary Schools

Madonna Catholic Regional (Mid Mon Valley) Mon Yough Catholic (White Oak)

724-258-3199 412-672-2360

Central Catholic (Oakland)


Saint Margaret (Green Tree)


North Catholic (Troy Hill)


Our Lady of Grace (Scott Twp.)


Oakland Catholic (Oakland)


Saint Sylvester (Brentwood)


Seton-LaSalle (Mt. Lebanon)


Saint Thomas More (Bethel Park)


Vincentian Academy (McCandless)


Pastoral Vicariate Region 3 Secondary Schools

Elementary Schools Saint Bede (Point Breeze)


Saint Benedict the Moor (Hill District)


Brookline Regional Catholic (Brookline)


St. Maria Goretti (Bloomfield)


Saint Mary (Glenshaw)


Northside Catholic (Northside)


Saint Raphael (Morningside)


Saint Rosalia (Greenfield)


Sacred Heart (Shadyside)


Campus School of Carlow University (Oakland)

Assumption (Bellevue)

Bishop Canevin (Crafton)


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Coraopolis) 412-264-5140 Quigley Catholic (Baden)


Elementary Schools Divine Mercy Academy (Beaver Falls)


Saint John the Baptist (Monaca)


John F. Kennedy (Washington)


Our Lady of Fatima (Hopewell)


Saint Patrick (Canonsburg)



Saints Peter and Paul (Beaver)



Holy Trinity (Robinson Twp.)


Saint Bonaventure (Glenshaw)


Saint James (Sewickley)


Saint Sebastian (Ross Twp,)


Saint Malachy (Kennedy Twp.)


Saint Teresa of Avila (Perrysville)


Saint Philip (Crafton)


Saint Ursula (Allison Park)


Providence Heights Alpha (Allison Park)


Pastoral Vicariate Region 4

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy (Wilkinsburg)


Secondary Schools

Pastoral Vicariate Region 2


Saint Joseph (Natrona)


Elementary Schools

Secondary Schools

Serra Catholic (McKeesport)

Aquinas Academy (Gibsonia)


Elementary Schools Saint Agnes (West Mifflin)


Saint Bernadette (Monroeville)


Saint John the Baptist (Plum)


North American Martyrs (Monroeville)


Saint Therese (Munhall)


East Catholic (Forest Hills)


Saint Anne (Castle Shannon)


St. Anthony School Programs offer inclusive education for children with mental retardation and autism at several school sites around the diocese: 724-940-9020 DePaul School for Hearing and Speech serves deaf or hard of hearing children through auditory/ oral education: 412-924-1012 FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Catholic schools of the diocese, call the Department for Catholic Schools at 412-456-3090.

Saint Bernard (Mt. Lebanon)


Saint Elizabeth (Pleasant Hills)


Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin (Whitehall)


Saint Katharine Drexel (Bethel Park)

Holy Child (Bridgeville)


Saint Louise de Marillac (Upper St. Clair) 412-835-0600


Aquinas Academy Elementary (Gibsonia) 724-444-0722 Saint Alexis (Wexford)


Saint Alphonsus (Wexford)


Butler Catholic (Butler)


Saint Gregory (Zelienople)


Holy Redeemer (Ellwood City)


Holy Sepulcher (Glade Mills)


Saint Kilian (Cranberry Twp.)


Saint Vitus (New Castle)


Saint Wendelin (Carbon Ctr.)


Saint Bartholomew (Penn Hills)


Christ the Divine Teacher (Aspinwall)


Saint Irenaeus (Oakmont)


Saint Joseph (Verona)


Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Natrona Hts.)


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AQUINAS ACADEMY 2308 W.Hardies Rd., Gibsonia 15044

OAKLAND CATHOLIC 144 N. Craig St., Pgh 15213

724.444.0722 •

412.682.6633 •

Founded: 1996 • Co-Ed • K-12 Enrollment: 338

Founded: 1989 • All Girls • Enrollment: 575

Personal tours and shadowing program by appointment

Applications now being accepted. Tours available on request.

HS Information Evening on Wed., Jan. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Oakland Catholic High School: Spirituality, Scholarship, Service

Director of Admiss.: Mr. Juan Mata,

Colleen Gornick, Director of Admissions:

Aquinas Academy: Academic Excellence, Lifelong Values

BISHOP CANEVIN 2700 Morange Rd., Pgh 15205 412.922.7400 • Founded: 1959 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 383 Family Tours & Shadow Days Available. Applications Now Accepted. Bishop Canevin: “Igniting the Greatness In You.”

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART 1504 Woodcrest Ave., Coraopolis 15108 412.264.5140 • Founded: 1932 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 380 “Celebrating 80 years of excellence.”

Serra Catholic 200 Hershey Dr., McKeesport 15132 412.751.2021 • Founded: 1961 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 325 Meet our Students Event: Thursday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. 8th Grade Registration: Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Serra Catholic High School: Always Forward!

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 4720 4720Fifth FifthAve., Ave.,Pgh Pgh15213 15213 412.621.7505 •

QUIGLEY CATHOLIC 200 Quigley Dr., Baden 15005 724.869.2188 •

Founded: 1927 • All Boys • Enrollment: 835

Founded: 1967 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 155

Central Catholic High School:

8th Grade Shadow Dates: Wed., Feb. 20, Fri., Mar. 15, Tues., Apr. 23

Building Men of Faith, Scholarship and Service

7th Grade Visitation: Thurs., Mar. 7 Spring Open House: Sun., Mar. 10, 1:00 -3:00 p.m. Spring Entrance Exam: Fri., Mar 15

NORTH CATHOLIC 1400 Troy Hill Rd., Pgh 15212 412.321.4823 • Founded: 1939 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 200 Marianist Family Environment Shadow Days and Family Tours available Now accepting applications for ALL future school years! Placement Testing: March 2 - Call to register. North Catholic: Excellence in Tradition!

Private Tours also available.

SETON-LASALLE 1000 McNeilly Rd., Pgh 15226 412.561.3583 • Founded: 1979 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 510 Currently accepting applications. Tours available by request. Admissions Coordinator: Nancy Rizza, Seton-LaSalle High School: Learn... Grow... Belong

Quigley Catholic: Together we are moving Faith Forward!

SAINT JOSEPH 800 Montana Ave., Natrona Heights 15065

VINCENTIAN ACADEMY 8100 McKnight Rd., Pgh 15237

724.226.4932 •

412.364.1616 x123

Founded: 1915 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 215

Open House: Sun., Mar 10, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Founded: 1932 • Co-Ed • Enrollment: 262

SPARTAN for a day: Call for a Shadow appointment

Placement Tests: February 16 & March 16

Discover Your St. Joe’s

Education for the Heart, Mind and Spirit

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SOME FACTS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OF THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH • The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh have served western Pennsylvania since 1828. • Only three school districts in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania educate more students than the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. • We have 91 schools serving the six-county Diocese of Pittsburgh. • Our schools have a mission focused entirely on the person of Jesus Christ and the Gospel. • Our schools comprise approximately 21,000 students and almost 1,600 teachers. • Our students consistently score significantly above the national norms on standardized tests. • Our schools are at the cutting edge of curriculum and extra-curriculars of every kind. • Our schools are fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, and meet all state and diocesan curriculum requirements. • Our schools save the taxpayers of western Pennsylvania hundreds of millions of dollars each year. • In the past ten years, our high schools have produced 120 National Merit semi-finalists and more than 100 National Merit finalists.

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• Our high school programs vary in size in offering families a choice in their educational environment.

• It has approximately 200 students and 17 teachers.

• It has a fully state-certificated faculty of which three in four teachers have earned graduate degrees.

• It has a fully state-certificated faculty. • It has an extensive extra-curricular program of sports, clubs and activities.

• It offers extensive honors, Advanced Placement, and college-in-highschool programs.

• Its sponsoring parish(es) provide about twenty-four percent of its budget.

• It offers an extensive extra-curricu lar program of sports, clubs and activities.

• It provides tuition assistance to families.

• It offers a broad program of service activities and community involvement.

• It offers a broad program of service activities and community involvement

• It provides tuition assistance to families. • It graduates more than 99% of its

• It is supported by extensive parent

seniors and sends 98% of its graduates on for further education.

involvement and volunteer assistance.

Holy Child Catholic School 220 Station Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017


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Oakmont school raising Christian standards “Catholic Schools: Raising the Standards” was announced many months ago by the National Catholic Educational Association as the 2012-13 theme for Catholic Schools Week. The faculty and students at St. Irenaeus School in Oakmont immediately began planning the 2012-13 school year with their theme: “St. Irenaeus School: Raising the Christian Standards.” This meant a lot of planning, not only on the part of the students, but also the faculty and parents. The year began with a very successful drive to help the Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh. Students collected change and challenged each class throughout the weeks and collected $1,120. Using these funds, 12 baskets of supplies and items suggested by the Ronald McDonald House were assembled and personally delivered to the house by the eighthgrade students, parents and teachers, Mr. Keith Gillis and Ms. Taylor Vaina. The supplies included beautiful hand- Eighth-grader T.J. Dinnin and Ms. Taylor Vaina, kindergarten teacher, help prepare some of the 12 baskets ready for delivery to the Ronald made fleece blankets. “Raising the Christian Standards” McDonald House.

Saint Saint Raphael Raphael School School

Beaver Valley Catholic Schools Relishing the Past • Living in the Present Focusing on the Future •

Nurturing every student’s faith through

Nurturing student’s through instructionevery & example in faith a challenging, safe & & respectful . instruction exampleenvironment in a challenging, safe & respectful environment. • Average of 17 students per class (K-8)

• State of the Art Technology Center • 3-4 Year Old – Pre-K Program ••Average of 17 Program students per class (K-8) After School / Clubs Developing leaders ingrained with ••State of the Art Technology Center Catholic values. ••Individual 3-4 Year Old – Pre-KinProgram attention a caring community



• After School Program / Clubs • Developing leaders ingrainedJoin with us for our Open House Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm Catholic values. 1154 Chislett Street – Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Visitattention us Today •Individual in a- caring community School: (412) 661-0288 – Fax: (412) 661-0428 Call for a Tour!

www. Rev. Joseph Sioli, Pastor • Mr. Robert Munz, Principal

Join us for our Open House Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm Visit us Today Call for a Tour!

1154 Chislett Street – Pittsburgh, PA 15206 School: (412) 661-0288 – Fax: (412) 661-0428 www. Rev. Joseph Sioli, Pastor • Mr. Robert Munz, Principal

at St. Irenaeus has been going on throughout the school year, with other projects such as a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting Candy for the Troops, Hats on for Cancer Day and WTAE TV’s Project Bundle-Up. St. I’s upcoming project in the spring is to raise needed funds for the Chimbote Mission in Peru. On Jan. 8, Luke Giannetta, president of the Student Council, Gillis, eighth-grade teacher and student council moderator, along with Franciscan Sister Carol Ann Papp, principal, were featured on the KQV radio show along with Dr. Ronald Bowes, from the Department for Catholic Schools, to help spread the good news about all the service projects created by the faculty and students at St. Irenaeus. During the broadcast, Bowes quoted the Scripture passage: “What you do to the least of my brothers, you do for me,” and how important it is for students in our Catholic schools to be aware of the needs of others. The radio show will be broadcast on KQV on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

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Our Schools Offer:

A Tradition of Service A Tradition of Core Values A Tradition of Spiritual Development A Tradition of Academic Excellence Extra-curricular Activities

Our Lady of Fatima School 3005 Fatima Drive 724-375-7565

Saint John the Baptist School 1501 Virginia Avenue 724-775-5774

Four Schools, One Vision… A Catholic Education!

Saints Peter and Paul School 370 East End Avenue 724-774-4450

Divine Mercy Academy 609 Tenth Street 724-846-5955

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Collaboration connects Bridgeville students to ‘Aussie’ counterparts “Living Apart: Learning Together” refers to a two-continent collaboration between Holy Child Catholic School in Bridgeville and Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Michael’s in the Diocese of Wollongong, (Sydney) Australia. In May 2012 a video conference call was facilitated by Timothy Devlin, program director of AlleghenyCONNECT at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. It was 9 a.m. on May 8 in Sydney, and 7 p.m. May 7 in Bridgeville, when members of Holy Child’s sixth-year class activated the school’s video conferencing equipment and said “Hello Australia!” While Skype and iChat are used in

homes, the school equipment being used made all participants feel like they were in the same room. Video cameras can pan the room and zero in on the speaker or move the focus to some other area of the room. Holy Child students could see how eager the OLHC students were to say “Hi” also. The Australian Catholic Schools Week is in May, and after talking to Bridgeville the “Aussies” would be celebrating their CSW All School Mass. But first, each school took time for individual introductions. They talked about their community and school. The exchange of information about Catholic Schools Week found the students at Holy Child talking about their January CSW All School Mass, “no

homework” and “out of uniform” days. Australian students shared events, including morning tea from their week which was just ending. Father Robert Meyer, parochial vicar at Holy Child, was interested in the Australian “morning tea.” “We have cakes and such,” was the reply from a young man at OLHC. Polite responses became more animated when an Australian boy asked, “Do any of you support the Pittsburgh Steelers?” Students and teachers in Bridgeville responded by clapping and cheering, “Here we go Steelers, here we go!” When comparing time and calendars the HCC group was stunned to hear that the Aussies attend school from February to December with January off for “holiday.” While trying to find common topics to share experiences, teachers discovered it’s not always easy. For example, Australian students do not celebrate Halloween, and the St. Nick’s custom of putting out your shoe for a treat on Dec. 6 was not familiar. In August, students in Bridgeville were eager to chat with students in Australia. Looking for something that

would be curriculum-related they turned to stories. An Australian connection was made with fifth-year kids from the three schools, and each group read “CLAWS.” An author assembly was hosted by Holy Child in November. Rachel and Michael Grinti, the book’s authors, shared the what, when, how and why that resulted in the book about a cat. They had a lot to share. When the Q&A started everyone wanted a chance to share their thoughts. Students were invited to email samples of their written work for the Grinti’s to critique. All agreed it was a good story, So far this year Holy Child students have said “hello” to peers in Canada, Erie and central Pennsylvania. You can’t see the fiber optic cable that leaves the school and travels across the mountains, entering the ocean in New Jersey and eventually coming back up in London. Nor do they see it as it enters the classrooms “down under.” All those on both ends of the cable are grateful for the hard work of all those who are helping them learn together while living apart.

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Adoration chapel offers students grace and peace Pange Lingua! Gloriosi! The strains of this familiar chant should bring images to the minds of anyone who attended Catholic schools in the “pre-Vatican II” days. Father reverently holding high the monstrance as incense swirled around him; little girls in their first holy Communion dresses holding baskets of flowers in their arms; ferns pinned on the heads of the older girls in procession; every altar boy of the parish in full regalia; and a full church of worshippers, all gathered to pay homage to the Eucharist. The church was full of incense, fine music and priests — lots and lots of priests. Those images are indelible; forever imprinted on the hearts of those lucky enough to have experienced not only the culminating Forty Hours devotion procession, but the sacredness of the days leading up to it — entering a silent church to spend an hour in adoration. What has become of eucharistic adoration? The students at Divine Mercy Academy in Beaver Falls are very fortunate to have on the premises a perpetual adoration chapel. Housed in a small room beneath the church, it stands as a foundation that assures these

students that they are literally sitting on a gold mine. The eighth-grade students recently

“I can’t get you a meeting with the pope. I can’t get you a meeting with the bishop. But I can get you time with God 24/7 at the adoration chapel.” — Father James Farnan shared their thoughts about growing up with the chapel in their midst. “The most amazing feeling comes from talking to God and letting his answer fill you up with happiness, grace and peace,” wrote Laura Halligan. “I think the fact that we have an adoration chapel at our school is a beautiful thing. What I feel after I leave is peace and serenity. I feel like I am getting right with Jesus,” said Kyrie O’Leary.

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Katherine Barton and classmates from her second-grade Spanish class at Marquette School pray the rosary during eucharistic adoration at a chapel in Tulsa, Okla.

The woman who organizes the time schedule and cares for the chapel is Mischelle Bowser, a mother of 10 children, seven of whom attend Divine Mercy Academy.

Perhaps their remarks are the most poignant since Mischelle’s older children are often called on to cover extra hours for adorers who for some reason are unable to complete their assigned hour of adoration. Said her son, Augustine: “I feel like I am in Jesus’ own house, like he invited me to talk to him. I sometimes feel so relaxed that I fall asleep like I am in bed.” His twin brother, Alex said, “It is the center of our faith and our lives. When I go to the chapel, I am freed from my problems. I can talk to God about anything.” Their sister Angela feels “new and relieved” after leaving the chapel. “I have had many childhood memories there,” she said. As they grow older, the students of Divine Mercy Academy may not remember the pomp and circumstance of an earlier age, but they will recall the power of an hour spent with the Lord. Ponder these heartfelt words the pastor of Divine Mercy Parish, Father James Farnan, shared with the students: “I can’t get you a meeting with the pope. I can’t get you a meeting with the bishop. But I can get you time with God 24/7 at the adoration chapel.”


Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. (As well as Faith, Hope and Love.)

Brian Miller Director of Admissions p: 412-621-7505 f:  412-208-0555 4 7 2 0 Fi f t h Av en ue

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Spring Open House Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 • 10 – 11:30 a.m. • Babysitting provided Discover the St. Sebastian School difference! Learn about our commitment to faith-based education and to our families. Preschool program through 8th grade available. Conveniently located in the North Hills. Advance registration requested. Walk-ins welcome. Contact: Dr. Kathleen Roppa, principal, at or 412-364-7171.

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Glenshaw third-graders enjoy First In Math program By BRIDGET NICKEL As part of the St. Bonaventure math program, the third- through eighth-graders are enrolled in an online program called First In Math. The program gives the students the opportunity to work on math skills ranging from addition to geometry. It includes basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, problem solving, patterns, reasoning and number sense. Mrs. Lynn Gallagher is the program administrator and said that each student license costs $7. Students are allotted specific time during the school week to work on First In Math. They can also access it from home and work on it at their leisure. All of the math teachers include “time spent” on First In Math as part of a student’s grade. This year, the third-graders are newly added to First in Math and are really excited about it. Within the first two days, they received more stickers than the rest of the school combined. Mrs. Shelly Bernot said, “As a teacher I am thrilled to have a program that moti-

I like Just the Facts the best because it is a fun game to play!” The fourth- through eighth-graders have been participating in First in Math and it isn’t new to them. Miss Cheryl Pohrer said, “First in Math is a great tool for students to use. It is a way for students to learn by repeating and fixing their skills. When the students are using the program they get immediate feedback and error correction. My favorite activity is Skill Sets because the students can advance at their own pace.” Grace Mangis, a fifth-grader says, “I like that you can work on math while you play really fun games. I don’t like that you have to finish skill sets to get bonus games. My favorite activity is Just the Facts because it’s an easy way to practice basic facts.” First In Math builds each student’s math skills to a higher level while using technology to their advantage. The school has been using First In Math for six years. Emma Mangis, an eighth-grader says, “First In Math is really fun, and I like the way we can use the computers. I love math and technology so it’s like a big bundle of fun.”

St. Bonaventure third-grade students this year are taking part in the First In Math Program. vates students to practice their basic math skills! Kids are having fun and learning math too! “Our class names three ‘Players of the Day’ each day. The players of the day are the students who earned the most stickers each day. The only thing I dislike is that I


don’t have more time to play myself. My favorite activity so far is Ten Wheels in the bonus games section. I like them because they are challenging.” Marisa Napolitano, a third-grader said, “I think it is fun to learn your facts, but I don’t like when you don’t get any points.

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Bishop Canevin begins new chapter in school’s history Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakwood neighborhood, has undergone major changes recently; changes that will assure the school is here to educate the generations of today and tomorrow. New staff, a new focus on teaching in the spirit of St. Ignatius, upgraded technology, and an approved five-year plan by the Diocese of Pittsburgh has not just given the school a boost, it has sent it skyrocketing.   With enrollment numbers for next year already looking much greater than expected, the school is ready for a brighter tomorrow. In 2012, Bishop Canevin made a major fundamental change to its structure as an institution, to move to a president-principal model. This change allowed Mr. Kenneth Sinagra, former principal, to take on the role as president while Mrs. Karen Walker, a math teacher in the building, took on the role as principal. Other changes occurred within staffing which included the hiring of Mr. Jeremy Angus, former executive director

of the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, as director of development & alumni affairs, and promoting Mrs. Natalie Liptak to the role of director of enrollment. When asked about the changes, Mr. Angus stated, “The formula in place right now is one designed for long-term success as a school. The atmosphere is great, the people are excited and the staff is ready to go.” “Since I started, parents have continuously been telling me how elated they are of the changes, and they are even more proud to be part of the Bishop Canevin family. I am a product of public school, I am a public school board member, and I can tell you the excitement and the dedication here is among the top in which I have seen.” Bishop Canevin has been able to accomplish more than just changing the internal structure. In fall 2012, the school decided to focus its teaching in the spirit of St. Ignatius. The school even adopted the new slogan “Igniting the Greatness in You” in the spirit of the Ignition scholars.


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St. Bernadette School

Open House Sunday, January 27th • 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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Fall 2013 registration begins Sunday, January 27th Please call the school for more information or to arrange a tour

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St. Alexis shines spotlight on its arts education “Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and sun.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Unfortunately, not all educators appreciate the value of art like the great American writer. Arts programs are shrinking or disappearing in schools and school districts across the country. St. Alexis Catholic School in Wexford has opted to buck the disappointing trend by increasing its commitment to music and art education for its preschool through eighth-grade students. When Principal Dr. John Kuntz arrived at St. Alexis in August 2011, he had several goals for the school, including expanding the music and arts curriculum. An avid guitar player, Kuntz found a strong ally in the school’s music education teacher, Nacol Sharkins. “We both believe that music and arts provide a way for the students to learn to express themselves, develop confidence and learn teamwork in a different classroom environment,” Kuntz said. After evaluating how often students attended music class and what was being covered, the pair launched a series of initiatives that benefit all students. The first addition was an instrumental component for grades three through eight. The students are actively learning how to play the recorder, and in the process, learning to read music and basic music knowledge through the little brown windpipe.

Sixth-grade students at St. Alexis School in Wexford enjoy a jam session during music class. “The recorder is a remarkable, uncommon instrument to the students,” Ms. Sharkins said. “All students are introduced to the program at the same level to begin their music theory education. The students have developed as they perform collectively and work on creative songwriting for their recorders.” In addition to the recorder program, Ms. Sharkins has included hand bell instruction, theatrical pro-

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ductions, a string program, piano classes and a guitar ensemble. Private and group lessons are available throughout the school day for students interested in the learning the violin, cello, viola, bass, guitar and piano. The lessons include basic technique, rhythm, notation and performance. Sharkins believes the 30 students who are participating in this extra program are showing excitement for what they are learning. “As they work together, they are supporting each other with positive feedback, developing better listening skills and maintaining a positive attitude while expressing themselves,” Sharkins says of the budding musicians. St. Alexis students are not limited to string instruments and the piano. The school also participates in the diocesan band program where woodwind, brass and percussion instrumental instruction is offered. Brandon Durica chairs the program and has more than a dozen students with whom he works weekly individually and as a group. Five students who auditioned for the honors band were selected to participate, and two were selected to sit at first chair in their instrument group. But arts education is not limited to music. The visual arts have always been a part of a St. Alexis education, and during a 10-week period from September through November 2012, glasswork was center stage.

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St. Wendelin School in Carbon Center is the oldest Catholic school in the Pittsburgh Diocese, 167 years old, with some of the most up-to-date educational technology in the area. Since fall 2012, each of the St. Wendelin School teachers has been equipped with an IPad to enrich their classroom lessons. In addition, two new Smart Boards have been installed in the first- and fifth-grade classrooms. St. Wendelin School is in a partnership with the community and especially Woodmen of the World Financial Group. Through the partnership, St. Wendelin School has experienced a variety of different activities and it is our hope that through, their continued generosity, our school will become outfitted with three new Apple TV adaptors to be used to improve classroom lessons across the grade levels. St. Wendelin is excited about the technological advancement of middle school one-on-one I-Pad learning for the 2013-

2012 graduating class exceeded over $8 million in college scholarship awards National Merit Scholars & National Merit Commended Students

Sixth through eighth-grade students at St. Wendelin are shown using IPads and a Smart Board as a teacher conducts a math class. 14 school year thanks to our charitable community donations received for the school endowment fund. The school believes in a strong faith-based education for all children including all of the advantages a twenty-first century learner needs to succeed.


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North American Martyrs to offer seventh, eighth grades Students and staff at the North American Martyrs Catholic School in Monroeville have been given very exciting news concerning their school. The Department for Catholic Schools, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Paserba, Secretary for Catholic Education and Evangelization, has approved the school’s request to expand from its historical grade structure of preschool through sixth grade to preschool through eighth grade. “The expansion request came at a very natural time for our school,” said Mrs. Diane Fleet, principal. “We have been in a positive growth trend over the past several years beginning in our youngest students’ classes. Our preschool program, year after year, has added to the growth of our kindergarten. Our kindergarten in turn has grown over the past three years, necessitating we add an additional kindergarten class. That coupled with the fact that we have had significant growth in our overall enrollment demonstrated to us that there was a demand for the next natu-

future students in our local and surrounding communities who choose to join our growing school. For those families who desire a faith-filled, academically high-performing school that focuses on their child’s spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development, our school is the home for them. While the school will retain its Catholic identity, it is open to and encourages children of all faiths to be a part of our growing school family.” Current plans are to utilize the existing facility and add the new seventh-grade class for the 2013-14 school year while adding an eighthgrade classroom the following year. A ground-breaking ceremony will take Photo courtesy Lillian DeDomenic/ For The Times Express place in the near future for construction of additional classrooms and North American Martyrs School students, administrators and board labs. members pose on the steps of DeLuca Hall with the sign that will be Enrollment applications are beposted advertising the school’s expansion. ing accepted and are on the school’s website, The ral step in our progression; adding a North American Martyrs Parish, said school’s commitment to small classseventh and eighth grade.” “We are thrilled for not just our cur- room sizes requires that applications Father Joseph Luisi, pastor of the rent students and staff, but also for be received as soon as possible.

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A Message from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Dr. Michael LATUSEK

The theme of Catholic Schools Week is Catholic Schools Raise the Standards. In education, the standards usually refer to standards established by the Department of Education. The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have demonstrated year after year that

their students exceed the standards established by the Department of Education and the No Child Left Behind Federal Legislation. As the Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of Pittsburgh and Dr. Robert L. Paserba, Secretary for Catholic Education and Evangelization mention in their Pittsburgh Catholic articles on Aug. 10, 2012, we expect more from our students, we have more and higher standards, and expectations infused with Catholic values for our

students. Because of these higher standards infused with Catholic values, the schools all stress academic excellence, a culture of learning, a sense of community, a commitment to service, a sense of compassion and justice, a strong sense of integrity and morality, and a strong parental involvement component. Our schools educate the whole child and produce graduates that develop into well rounded faith-based citizens.

The Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship Fund Since 2001, the Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship program has distributed approximately $3 million a year to needy families for tuition assistance. This year, 2012-13, we will be close to $4 million to help with tuitions. Approximately 6,000 grants ranging from $100 to $4,000 were given to students this year so far. The diocese has received more than $35 million in tax credit donations since the inception of the program. The fund-

ing comes from area businesses who give through the state Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. The way the law works is very simple. A company applies electronically for tax credits through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The state approves the deduction and the company has 60 days to send a check to the diocese. The diocese returns to the business a letter of thanks, which serves as the re-

ceipt, and the business forwards the receipt to the DCED, completing the process. The tax credit amount is deducted from their tax bill. A “C,” “S,” or subchapter “S” company can now give up to $300,000 to the school or schools of their choice annually for K-12 education. They can also give up to $150,000 for Pre-K. Last July, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit law, which fur-

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ther allows businesses to give from their state taxes to help children in underperforming schools. The process for this is the same as the EITC program. You can go to and learn more about this program or you can call Dr. Ron Bowes at 412-456-3090. You can also visit and click on EITC. Taking action on these two sources of tuition assistance will go a long way to help your local Catholic school.

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OLSH puts Oakland Catholic alum achieves success faith in action Since 1989, Oakland Catholic High School has been committed to fostering an environment that promotes spiritual formation, excellence in education, a wide range of activities and athletics, and service to others. Formed under the patronage of St. Joan of Arc, Oakland Catholic is dedicated to teaching young women to lead lives of faith, courage and commitment as they lay the foundation for their future as responsible and respected global leaders. Oakland Catholic High School alumnae serve as real-life examples of the benefits of an OCHS education. The alumnae community is as diverse and hardworking as the current student body, and many alumnae attribute their success to the fantastic foundation that they received at Oakland Catholic. Gillian Henker, Oakland Catholic Class of 2007, is currently the CTO of DIIME (Design Innovations for Infants and Mothers Everywhere). DIIME is

a medical device company working to improve maternal health in low-income countries, particularly focused on subSaharan Africa. The company is in the process of commercializing its first technology, an autologous transfusion device, Hemafuse, which was designed in collaboration with clinicians at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Gillian speaks highly of her time as a student at Oakland Catholic, and attests that her experiences at OCHS have allowed her to achieve success as an alumna. She says, “I started a business with the goal of social impact in resourcelimited settings which comes through Catholic teachings, but also from the passion of teachers at Oakland Catholic. In high school, public speaking was difficult for me. I conquered my fear at OC, and now I pitch all the time to large and small audiences.”

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School seeks to educate students to be contributors, to give back to the greater community, to serve those in need and to support efforts for social justice. By creating a culture of giving, integrating social teaching themes across the curriculum and providing students with role models, OLSH inspires students to give of their time, talents and treasures. Although not required, students at OLSH record more than 10,000 hours of community service annually, in addition to participating in clothing, food, supply and monetary drives during the school year to support a variety of charities and those in need. This year OLSH is focusing on the school’s core value of solidarity with the poor, with interdisciplinary lessons on hunger, water, labor and homelessness. The lessons learned in the classroom raise awareness, share important facts and statistics and give students general information about issues.

What truly makes an impact on students, though, are hands-on activities and experiences. Often opportunities to teach by example aren’t planned; they are born out of opportunity or chance, when situations present themselves. This fall, such a situation arose when Jeff Thomas, member of the OLSH maintenance team and the Neville Island Volunteer Fire Department, mentioned the NIVFD was planning to sell an old truck. Word of the extra truck got around to OLSH librarian, Katelyn Gilroy. Gilroy, a Long Island, N.Y., native, and daughter of a retired New York fireman, was aware of the needs of the fire department in Breezy Point, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. Breezy Point was particularly devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October. The NIVFD decided to donate their fire truck and an additional box truck they had on hand. With plans to take the trucks to Breezy Point on Dec. 8, they put out a call for donations of supplies to fill the truck. OLSH families, friends, and neighbors brought bins of clothing, boxes of diapers, bags of winter coats, and various other supplies, overflowing the box truck, leading Thomas to drive an OLSH school van filled with extra supplies to New York.

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St. Joseph High School student spotlights St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights is pleased to recognize several students for their academic achievements over the past few months. Reba Luffy, a senior from Butler, was recently awarded a full-tuition scholarship to St. Michael’s College located in Colchester, Vt., to study mathematics with a focus on actuarial science. With acceptance letters from numerous schools, including Allegheny College, Seton Hill University, St. Vincent College, John Carroll University and Juniata College, Reba has a tough decision ahead of her. Reba has also recently been recognized as a National Merit Commended Student and is among the highest-scoring participants of more than 1.5 million entrants. This past summer, Jack Schnur, a senior from Butler was awarded a high school summer internship at Magee-Womens Research Institute. Fewer than 15 percent of applicants are awarded this prestigious internship. Jack worked with Dr. Moalli researching women’s health issues.  Jack’s time at MWRI was influential in helping him to decide to study biomedical engineering in the fall. He has been accepted to Penn State University (University Park), Allegheny College, Cath-

St. Joseph High School senior students: Joseph Marchi, Megan Rosenberger, Reba Luffy and Jack Schnur. olic University of America, The College of Wooster  and The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa.  Joseph Marchi, a senior from Natrona

Heights, has devoted his final year of high school to growing the St. Joseph High School Squire Circle. Squires is a men’s organization dedicated to community service. As chief

squire, Marchi helps to organize numerous service events and fund-raisers, while also serving on the Pennsylvania State Council. Throughout his time as a Squire, Joe has tallied more than 60 service hours within the organization. Joe is especially proud of the Squire’s efforts that benefitted St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Last year, the state circle raised more than $1,500 for this important cause and has pledged to beat last year’s donation. After graduation, Marchi will attend The University of Pittsburgh, main campus to study Engineering. Megan Rosenberger, a senior from Natrona Heights, has accepted her letter of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 2017. Megan was nominated to the Naval Academy by former Congressman Jason Altmire. In addition to this prestigious honor, Megan was offered a four-year Immediate Scholarship Reservation Navy ROTC Scholarship to any college or university of her choosing, a four-year Army ROTC University of Pittsburgh scholarship and a threeyear Army ROTC University of Notre Dame scholarship.   Megan will study Ocean Engineering at the academy.

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A Message from the SECRETARY FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION & EVANGELIZATION National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States where nearly 7,000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools provide faith-based, academically excellent education to their students. The Diocese of Pittsburgh joins with the other schools in the nation with its local celebration of Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. The 2013 theme is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” The hallmarks for all Catholic schools

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Friday, January 25, 2013 may be best described as the three elements of faith, academics and service: • Children are taught and formed in faith: not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God; • Academics, which in Catholic schools are held to very high standards which help each child reach his or her potential; • Service, the giving of one’s time and talents to help others and which is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship. During Catholic Schools Week, our schools will celebrate with Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. Visitors to our schools will be able to observe and participate in our “cul-

tures of learning” where students will exhibit those high standards that foster creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and effective decision-making. More than that, however, they will be immersed in our spiritual and Catholic culture which will allow them to sense the true value of our Catholic schools and why our families continue to choose Catholic education for their children. The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh continuously “raise the standards” from year to year through our programs of regular assessments and continuous improvement. Please join us during Catholic Schools Week at your local Catholic school to truly see “where great beginnings last a lifetime.”


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Three schools compete in area robotics competitions After winning at regional robotics events at Sewickley Academy in December, teams from Holy Sepulcher in Glade Mills, went on to the Grand Championship recently at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Holy Sepulcher brought home three trophies from the December competition. The eighth-grade team earned a secondplace trophy for its project and a firstplace trophy for demonstrating and living the Core Values of First Lego, scoring well enough to qualify for the grand championship. The seventh-grade team earned a firstplace trophy for their project and a Golden Ticket as the overall fourth-place team at the competition. It’s quite an achievement for the small school that initiated its robotics program just this academic year under the leadership of teacher Rick Rechenberg. From Allison Park, St. Ursula students, with their coach, Mrs. Charlotte Lehmeier, participated in the First Lego League Regional Tournament held at La Roche College in December. St. Ursula had two teams competing out

of a total of 28 teams at the competition. The fifth-grade team presented a research project titled “Med Dropper 2000” — to provide seniors with an automated medicine dispenser programmed to give them the right medicine at the right time. Both teams participated, built and programmed a Lego NXT Robot to perform a variety of challenges on a specially designed field. Each challenge was related to an issue that seniors face in their daily life. The sixth-grade group was in the top eight for robot design, top 10 for their robot game and they received a second-place trophy for programming. At St. Philip School in Crafton, sixthgraders Maddie Hoff, Corinne McDevitt, Elias Ward, seveth-graders Erin Sheedy, Louis Worrall, and eight-graders, Evie Hoff, Joey Kretz, Andrew McDevitt and Miranda Thompson, took part in the BEST Design contest sponsored by the Grove City College Engineering Department. The competition asked the students to build a robot that would ascend a tower and carry a variety of objects up and down its expanse. In addition to building the ro-

bot, the students had to form a company to market their invention, keep an engineering book, make a live presentation and set up a display to promote it. At the competition held at Grove City College, which included 21 middle and high school teams, St. Philip placed fourth overall for the BEST award, made it to the last round of semi-finals in the robot game, second in the marketing presentation, sixth in the team exhibit, sixth in

the engineering notebook and seventh in spirit and sportsmanship, and earned the first-place Middle School Team Award. Also at St. Philip, seventh-grader Jack Shorthouse took third place in the Phipps Conservatory Fairchild Challenge titled “Found Objects Sculpture.” Jack’s Blowfish made from an old light globe and empty coke cans placed third among the entries from the 17 participating schools.

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North Catholic cited by American Heart Association North Catholic High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leadership Team is widely recognized for their outstanding efforts in peer education. Working daily with local grade schools, team members present health, safety and wellness programs to delighted students in grades K through eight. The team is also an important resource to the larger community. As an official training center for the American Heart Association, students present CPR/AED programs to adults in the workplace and students in the school setting. The Troy Hill high school is proud to announce that the American Heart Association has reaccredited the Training Center at North Catholic. According to Mrs. Pam Connolly, team moderator, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The students have worked hard to maintain excellence in the programs that they teach and have proven themselves to be an asset in our area. The AHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaccreditation

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Young musician model for other students Marissa Parisi, an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Grace School in Scott Township, uses her many talents to serve the school community. Last year Marissa was named as second chair for flute in the diocesan honors band. This year she has achieved the honor of first chair as an eighthgrader. She will perform with the diocesan honors band on Feb. 17 at Seton-LaSalle High School in Mount Lebanon. In addition to playing flute, Marissa also plays the violin and the piano. She accompanies the school choir with the violin every Wednesday for school Masses, plays for school drama productions, and participates in the Our Lady of Grace School band program, where she takes a leadership role with the younger students. Marissa continues to study music with an emphasis on classical music. Her favorite composer is Beethoven.

Marissa Parisi She is not only a role model for the younger students as a musician, but also as a mentor and on the volleyball court. Marissa is able to manage her many interests while also consistently achieving high honor roll in her studies at Our Lady of Grace.

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Catholic Schools Week January 27, 2013 My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

A Message from the Most Reverend David Zubik Bishop of Pittsburgh

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catholic Schools Raise the Standardsâ&#x20AC;? is the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2013. How true! From my personal direct experience in Catholic schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 24 years as a student and 13 years on the other side of the desk as an administrator and teacher in secondary education â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I can verify how true are those words: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.â&#x20AC;? First of all, the theme underscores the goal of excellence. Catholic schools set high standards for academic excellence because Catholic schools expect more. The theme also highlights the â&#x20AC;&#x153;growingâ&#x20AC;? of moral conduct, which is intrinsic to the mission of Catholic education. Educating the mind is one standard. Educating the heart, mind,

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spirit and soul is quite another â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is in fact the primary standard in Catholic schools. But Catholic schools donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. Yes indeed! They call students to a higher standard; they challenge students to grow toward God and charge them to embrace his will; they raise the standard of compassion and justice, of morality and integrity to build character in a complex and challenging world! When all is said and done, Catholic schools are not just about having higher standards; they are about having the highest standards. Just as they strive to prepare their students for â&#x20AC;&#x153;the life that comes at you fast,â&#x20AC;? they especially position their students to set their sights on â&#x20AC;&#x153;the life that has no end.â&#x20AC;? Ever grateful for our belief that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing is Impossible with God,â&#x20AC;? I am

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Students raise funds for breast cancer awareness St. Joseph School students take pride in helping others. It was no surprise when the seventh-grade class and St. Joseph School decided to team up to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness. The school community has several families who have been affected by the disease. The students see their friends, classmates and peers dealing with this disease and chose to take action. The class expressed interest in helping those in need, specifically focusing on breast cancer awareness. As a team, it organized a pink out day, bracelet sale, classroom canning campaign and church collections. The seventh-grade advertised its campaign by assigning classroom representatives for all grades, making posters and sending flyers home with students and in the bulletin. The students had a strong desire to

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412-561-3583, ext. 127

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