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Library/Media Center, Chromebooks Introduce 21st Century Learning at Holy Cross

Library/Media Center, Chromebooks Introduce 21st Century Learning at Holy Cross

| February 13, 2017

  In September, Holy Cross School in Dewitt unveiled its new library/media center, as well as 60 new Chromebooks for students use. Principal Martha O’Leary calls it “21st century learning” with tools that can be used inside the library or classroom depending on need. The Chromebooks, a combination of a laptop computer and a tablet […]

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Message from William Crist, Superintendent of Schools

Message from William Crist, Superintendent of Schools

| February 13, 2017

Dear friends of Catholic education: As we enter into the second half of another school year, it is only fitting that we take time to reflect on our accomplishments. We hope you will start that journey by reading through the pages of Pillars magazine, an exciting publication highlighting some of the great things happening in […]

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Message from Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham

Message from Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham

| February 13, 2017

Dear Friends, Pope Francis often speaks of the importance of education, and still remembers his first grade teacher. “She was why I loved school,” he said. During his visit to the U.S. one year ago, the Holy Father visited a Catholic elementary school in Harlem, New York, telling those gathered that “When we all come […]

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Students Learn Spanish from Relocated Teacher Via Technology

Students Learn Spanish from Relocated Teacher Via Technology

| February 13, 2017

By Christy Perry Tuohey How does a teacher move hundreds of miles away from her school yet continue to teach there?  That would be a long commute by car or an expensive investment in airplane tickets at best. But Norwich, New York’s Holy Family School found a way to keep its well-liked Spanish teacher on its […]

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Bishop Grimes Spanish Students Put Faith in Action at City Schools

Bishop Grimes Spanish Students Put Faith in Action at City Schools

| February 13, 2017

    By Christy Perry Tuohey Students studying Spanish at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in East Syracuse do more than just talk the talk (hablar). They walk the walk (camino). Their talk, of course, is in Spanish as they learn vocabulary, speaking and writing skills. Their walk involves planning service projects to benefit economically disadvantaged children here […]

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Catholic School Community Helps Ease Pressures of Military Life

Catholic School Community Helps Ease Pressures of Military Life

| February 13, 2017

  By Christy Perry Tuohey U.S. Army officer Carlos Cervantes arrived in Iraq in January 2005. When he deploye­d, Carlos left behind his 7-months-pregnant wife Kristine and his 2-year-old son Andrew. The Cervantes, more than many families, appre­ciate how precious family time is. Eleven years later, now living in Cicero, they spend crisp fall days on football fields […]

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Diocesan Schools Build Relationships to Increase Enrollment

Diocesan Schools Build Relationships to Increase Enrollment

| February 13, 2017

By Renée K. Gadoua Maria Smith spent Halloween at All Saints Catholic School’s parade and party. “This is a huge day for them,” Smith said. “They walk around the block and parents are lined up to take their pictures. You’d think it was Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. It’s a lot of fun.” Smith’s children, Rocco and Francesca, […]

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Colors of Faith

Colors of Faith

| February 13, 2017

Students in Maureen Pierret’s Kindergarten class at Immaculate Conception School created special projects portraying their love of God.

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PLTW Launch Program Offers ND Elementary Students a Jump on STEM

| February 13, 2017

By Dyann Nashton Notre Dame Schools have taken Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to a new level. An offshoot of the popular high school pre-engineering Project Lead The Way, the PLTW Launch program is tailored for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and made its debut at Notre Dame Elementary School last year. Notre […]

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Suzuki Music Program at Immaculate Conception Instills Confidence, Focus

Suzuki Music Program at Immaculate Conception Instills Confidence, Focus

| February 13, 2017

    By Claudia Mathis Kindergarten and Pre-K students at Imma­culate Conception School in Fayetteville are learning how to play the violin through an exciting new pilot program, the Suzuki method. “I like being able to learn how to play the violin,” said kindergartner Brigid Hayden, as she waited for her music class to start. “It […]

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