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Catholic educators get new ideas at annual NCEA convention
More than 8,000 Catholic educators attended the April 18-20 National Catholic Educational Association Convention in St. Louis this year and many of them picked up ideas during the gathering to use in their own schools.
School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead
Although there is currently more talk than action on school vouchers -- scholarships used for private school tuition -- the conversation about them has moved from education circles to the highest levels of government as they are discussed by President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and members of Congress.
College Fair is Monday, March 20
A College Fair will be held Monday, March 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, 17301 Old Vic Blvd., Olney.
In Annapolis, 1,400 students advocate for the BOOST scholarship program
The halls of the Maryland House Office Building were filled with song on March 2, as students from St. Francis International School in Silver Spring sang the state song, “Maryland, My Maryland.”
St. Augustine students receive awards for their commitment to community service
Three girls at St. Augustine Catholic School in Washington were recently recognized for their dedication to volunteer work, noting motivation that they received from their teachers as the reason for their service.
St. Joseph’s Regional Catholic School student receives honor for starting ‘Bundles of Love’ club
When she was five years old, Michaela West found an unopened present a few months after her Dec. 23 birthday. Instead of reacting with excitement at the surprise of a present, West became sad and said, “I get too much stuff.”
Nationally recognized chef visits St. Jude Regional Catholic School
When students arrived to school at St. Jude Regional Catholic School in Rockville on Feb. 16, they were prepared to learn about math, science, reading, and also healthy cooking.
Catholic University professor teaches Twitter course on St. Augustine’s City of God
Students in professor Chad Pecknold’s newest class at The Catholic University of America come from Canada, Uruguay, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and all across the United States, but two things unite them all – a printed copy of St. Augustine’s
City of God
and their Twitter accounts.
During Catholic Schools Week, students at Our Lady of Victory make ‘International Mary Pilgrimage’
Every year, Our Lady of Victory School in Washington has an international day during Catholic Schools Week to celebrate the diversity of their community, but this year they decided to add an extra element to promote and celebrate their Catholic identity, said Sheila Martinez, the school’s principal.
Holy Trinity students host prayer service and pilgrimage to pray for refugee families
On the day that the Syrian family that Holy Trinity Parish in Washington is sponsoring had been scheduled to arrive in the United States, students and teachers from the school gathered together for a prayer service and pilgrimage in honor of that family and other families in need.
Mary of Nazareth teacher sees her work as bringing Christ to her students
Moses, whose life story is depicted on a bulletin board in Marion Strishock’s classroom at Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown, would probably have approved of an exercise that she assigned to her sixth graders on a recent afternoon.
Author of “Called to Teach” hopes teachers will be the face of Christ to students
When Justin McClain first started writing brief reflections on what he had learned as a teacher over the past decade, he didn’t know what would become of them. But before long, the theology teacher at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville had written 365 reflections – one for each day of the year – and put them together into a book titled “Called to Teach.”
In visit to seminary, pope’s representative offers encouragement to next generation of priests
Celebrating Mass during his first visit to the Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, Archbishop Christophe Pierre – the apostolic nuncio to the United States – emphasized several themes that have become hallmarks of Pope Francis’s papacy.
Shoes to ‘walk with Francis’
This past Advent season, the kindergarten class at St. Peter’s School in Waldorf decided to participate in the ongoing Walk with Francis community service drive honoring the pope by making it a little bit easier for other children to walk. Leading up to Christmas, children from the school brought in new shoes to be donated to OSU Presbyterian Orphanage in Accra, Ghana, and on Dec. 20, the kindergarten class had the opportunity to learn about the country that they were sending the shoes to.
Father Scott Woods honored for spiritual direction at St. Mary’s Ryken High School
When Father Scott Woods began a spiritual direction program at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown in 2012 with the encouragement of theology teacher John Olon, he imagined that he would be coming to the school once every other week to meet with a few students. But before long, so many students were interested in the program that Father Woods had to come in once or twice per week and recruit more priests to help with the direction.
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