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Catholic Schools Work

Catholic Schools Work

| April 16, 2015

One of the reasons the Catholic Schools Office publishes Pillars magazine each year is to share just why “Catholic Schools Work.” It’s not just a tagline in our advertising. We believe it—and each and every article in this issue explains why it’s true. We asked students, faculty, alumni and other proud supporters of Catholic education […]

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The New Kids on the Block: Principals Share Goals for Success

The New Kids on the Block: Principals Share Goals for Success

| April 16, 2015

BY PAT SHEA In September, Jennifer Petosa and Lee Brenner were sent to the principal’s office to begin a new phase of their careers. Petosa is the new principal at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse, and Lee Brenner is the new principal at Holy Family School in Norwich, New York. Both women have impressive teaching […]

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Meet the Superintendent: William W. Crist

Meet the Superintendent: William W. Crist

| February 5, 2014

BY CAROLINE K. REFF In March 2014, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Syracuse will welcome a new leader, as William W. Crist takes over as superintendent of schools. A graduate of Ithaca College, Crist brings with him 31 years of experience in education — from classroom teacher to superintendent of schools for the […]

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Trinity Produces 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Trinity Produces 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

| February 5, 2014

CATHOLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION LEADS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS BY PAT SHEA It’s the age-old question of nature vs. nurture: does having a Catholic school education, even if it’s only during the elementary school years, better pre­pare a young student for a more successful academic future? Judging by college freshmen Sarah Mancuso and Madeline Galvin, that answer would be yes. Mancuso […]

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A New Sense of Bliss at Rome Catholic School

A New Sense of Bliss at Rome Catholic School

| February 5, 2014

BY DYANN NASHTON Sometimes it is not a matter of whether or not the glass is half empty or half full. Sometimes you just need a different glass. At least, that is the way Patricia Bliss sees it. Bliss assumed leadership as principal of Rome Catholic School last fall. Bliss’ career history traces her years spent as a […]

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Holy Family Teacher Puts Trust in Catholic Education

Holy Family Teacher Puts Trust in Catholic Education

| February 5, 2014

BY CAROLINE K. REFF Carol Shifflet has taught her students many important lessons over nearly four decades of teaching at Holy Family School in Fairmount, NY. One of the most important, however, is quite simple: trust her. “Each year, it’s important for me to establish a class that has trust in me and a trust for […]

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Most Holy Rosary Students Benefit From Literacy Initiative

Most Holy Rosary Students Benefit From Literacy Initiative

| February 5, 2014

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS The reading and writing skills of students at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse have steadily improved over the last two and one half years due to the implementation of the school’s Literacy Initiative. The initiative was kicked off during the 2011-12 school year with the goal of providing the students with […]

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Double Trouble

Double Trouble

| February 4, 2014

Immaculate Conception School in Fayetteville has eight sets of twins and one set of triplets in its student body this year! Pictured, left to right, front row: Ben and John P. (Pre-K), Aaron, Dulcenea and Aiden H. (K), Emmeline and Fielding R. (Grade 2), and Patrick and Ryan G. (Grade 4); back row: Sam J. (Grade 6), Alex and […]

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St. Mary’s Keeps Students Close with Addition of 7th Grade

St. Mary’s Keeps Students Close with Addition of 7th Grade

| February 4, 2014

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS Andy Ryan has been saved by the bell. The school bell, that is. On September 4, 2013, the first day of school, St. Mary’s School in Cortland opened its doors to its first 7th grade class in over 30 years. Andy was one of 13 seventh graders who entered this fall. Andy […]

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Montessori

Montessori

| February 4, 2014

BY DYANN NASHTON Entering the new Montessori kindergarten at Notre Dame Elementary School in Utica, you may as well be walking into a Japanese Zen garden. It is that peaceful and orderly — even with the children in it. This is not surprising given that the Montessori philosophy holds that through order and self-discipline, a […]

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