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Getting to know our diocesan Catholic schools This continues a series of articles about the Catholic schools that make up the Diocese of Fall River. This edition focuses on schools in the New Bedford Deanery. Future editions will cover the Fall River, Taunton and Attleboro deaneries.

Bishop Stang High School year off to great start

By Zoelle Morrissey, Class of 2020 Well, it is with a bittersweet heart I say that the school year has begun. Summer fun (and hopefully summer heat) is gone and now it’s back to tight schedules, waking up at six o’clock, and homework. Although I love summer as much as anyone, I must say that I am happy for the regularity that comes with school, and sophomore year at Bishop Stang High School also seems very promising, academically and beyond. Every year at Stang is challenging and engaging, and this year, so far, is no exception. I personally have had two tests, with more coming every week! However, these tests were not only taken confidently thanks to the diligent review that my teachers’ provided, but also, the topics were all subjects I’ve enjoyed learning about. For example, in English, we just started reading “The Great Gatsby” and have dived into 1920s life. In history, we are learning about the culture of the first British colo-

nies in America. And in Latin, we just finished learning about the life and death of Julius Caesar, and are starting to translate his writings.

All Saints Catholic School is an academically-focused, Spirituallyalive community of saints-in-training, living out the ASCS motto as expressed in our school prayer: “We live each day at All Saints Catholic School under the mantle of Mary, Our Mother, with the guidance of St. Joseph, and the example of St. Therese. We pray that the witness of Our Lady and the saints will show us how to live our faith in action, that we may become more like Jesus. “Through the intercession of the Communion of the Saints may we strive to be saints!” ASCS students are challenged to be “Saints in Training,” faithful to God’s call to be students, family members and community members. Our Early Childhood Program includes separate classes for three and four year olds and kindergar-

ten, with a second four-year-old class added this year. Our youngest students explore learning and faith through play, music and exploration in small classes. Grades one through four are encouraged to de-

This means that students earn a lot of college credit while enrolled at Stang. There are also numerous ways for students to participate in the performing arts, like the fall play and spring musical, a cappella, instrumental ensemble, and Open Mic Night. Keeping ourselves focused in the classroom while participating in a large variety of co-curricular activities is the goal of every Stang student I know. We have big shoes to fill when we look at most graduates: the Class of 2017 earned more than $23 million in college scholarships and grants to an impressive list of schools. The college application process is well underway for seniors. My older brother, Zan, for examBishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth recently welcomed the ple, an accomplished musician from Class of 2021 and all new transfer students at an Orientation Night. Peer the Class of 2018, is applying for a Mentors, specially-trained current Bishop Stang students, were on hand to scholarship to the Berklee College of support the transition for students and parents. Music in Boston. My personal goal is to study journalism and politiAs you can see, these are some very cal science at Brown University in new this year. More than 92 percent compelling topics, and our teachers Providence. of Stang AP students have earned seamlessly integrate technology into college mastery scores or higher on Stang is also developing an educathe learning process. Turn to page 19 their exams in the past three years! This is consistent for the rest of the students, I’m sure, as Stang now offers 13 Advanced Placement courses, including AP art which is

We are one — We are All Saints

velop as independent and cooperative learners, while middle school students in grades five through eight grow in depth of knowledge and responsibility as they embrace a challenging curriculum supported

by technology. In addition to academics, students enjoy weekly physical education classes, with a music and movement class tailored specifically for early childhood students. There are also weekly art, Spanish, and music classes. Our music program includes percussion, musical teamwork playing hand bells, the recorder, and vocal music. In addition to the ASCS Choir, private string or piano lessons are available on site, taught by professional musicians. School days begin with prayer and a morning meeting, focused on Spiritual, social and emotional growth, developing interpersonal skills and supporting academic success. Throughout the day faculty assists students to strive for academic Ambassadors of All Saints Catholic School in New Bedford extend open arms excellence. The day ends with many to welcome students, staff, family and friends to their warm environment. Turn to page 19 The Anchor - September 22, 2017