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August 28, 2002

IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL
IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Approximately 105,000 students will be returning to parish elementary and Archdiocesan high schools the first week of September. Elementary schools will open on Wednesday, September 4th. Archdiocesan high schools have developed individual opening week schedules and students will follow a phase-in schedule on September 4th, 5th and 6th. Full student bodies will be in attendance on Monday, September 9th.

WHAT'S NEW IN THE ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS


Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Bucks County
introduces a new wireless mobile lab to the students this fall. A mobile wireless cart gives teachers greater flexibility in using technology in the classroom. Now any classroom can be a computer lab. These mobile carts, coupled with the new SMARTBoards, give teachers and students access to cutting edge technology.

Saint John Neumann High School in South Philadelphia is introducing partnerships with two local programs: The ACE Mentoring Program features local professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering fields who mentor young people who are interested in investigating these careers. The JNA School of Catering will offer a food preparation course taught by Chef Michael DeLuca, a graduate of Neumann's Class of 1976.

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown opens the new Tomlinson Learning Center. The former school library has been renovated and technology has been upgraded to meet the needs of the students. A new writing program from Prentice Hall has been implemented into the academic curriculum.

Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. Doors opened in September 1967. Over the summer, the school advanced technology wiring each classroom for the intranet/internet at a speed of 100Mbs. The school acquired two mobile carts, each containing 16 wireless notebook computers.

Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia added new programs: Advanced Placement Course in Statistics; "1" Text English program combining writing skills and literature, using internet-based teaching; "1" Text Biology; Computerized Piano Lab, a new music technology course.

Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia received a community economic development grant in June. The grant was used to purchase and install a mobile wireless computer lab, software and teacher
training.

Little Flower Catholic Girls High School in North Philadelphia will open school with a new chemistry lab.


WHAT'S NEW IN PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS


Cardinal Bevilacqua
will dedicate a new school at Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford, Chester County, on Saturday, September 7, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. The new school houses 14 classrooms, a computer lab, a library and main office. School will open with 215 students in grades K-7th. The school hopes to add a pre-kindergarten next year. Sacred Heart Parish has grown from 795 families three years ago, to 1300 families this year.

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
Saint Joachim School
has a Family Literacy Program, under the direction of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The program offers literacy services to the community. St. Joachim School also has a Healthy Families Center, under the direction of Catholic Social Services, where assistance is offered to parish families as well as the neighborhood.

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus School has computers and printers in all classrooms, pre-kindergarten to 8th grade.

Saint Athanasius/Immaculate Conception Schoo added a state-of-the-art Art Studio. They are also instituting a literary magazine, featuring student writing and poetry.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School upgraded its technology, science and social studies curriculum in the upper grades.

Saint Hugh School is integrating technology into all curriculum areas.

Saint Veronica School has a new after school Cares Program to accommodate working parents and a new Remedial Reading Program to assist the students.

Mother of Divine Grace School is providing a lunch program this year through the Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese.

BUCKS COUNTY
St. Mark School in Bristo
gave students a summer assignment to instill a strong sense of pride in their country. On first day of school, students will bring in posters with the theme "United We Stand." The school will have a Mass and day of remembrance on September 11th. Representatives from the police and fire departments, as well as parents and members of the community, will be invited to join in the memorial.

Saint Jude School in Chalfon has chosen the school year theme "United We Stand, Together in Peace." The school will have a Mass on September 11. Following the Mass, students and faculty will return to the classrooms for discussion.

Saint Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Hilltown is once again working with Bucks County Community College to offer the Foreign Language Experience Program. For eighteen weeks, beginning in October, students in grades five through eight will have the opportunity to take Spanish classes once per week at lunch time. Last year, sixty-four students were enrolled in the program.

Queen of the Universe School in Levittown is expecting a visit from Governor Mark Schweiker to present its school banner that flew on the U. S. Space Shuttle STS - 110 from April 8th through 19th. The Governor will give a speech on goals and dreams rooted in faith. Tentative date is September 9th.

Saint Frances Cabrini School in Fairless Hills will celebrate Space Day on October 17th. A NASA representative will give a presentation, including a display of moon rocks. The Franklin Institute will set up a portable planetarium.

CHESTER COUNTY
Holy Family School in Phoenixville
added an additional kindergarten, second grade and seventh grade classroom. A drama club will start this year.

Saint Basil the Great School in Kimberton has wired the school for technology and teachers now have lap top computers.

Saints Philip and James School in Exton has a new building that houses ten new classrooms and a new library.

Saints Simon and Jude School in West Chester was recently awarded a $500 technology grant from the Exxon-Mobil Company.

St. Cornelius School in Chadds Ford moves into its new building with grades kindergarten through 4th.

DELAWARE COUNTY
Saint Katharine Drexel School in Chester
is beginning a Peer Mediation Program to encourage students to resolve their differences peacefully.

Saint Laurence School in Highland Park is continuing with its Literary Circle. Students meet weekly after school to discuss books they have read. The school is also starting a Scrabble Squad to encourage vocabulary skills and an Art Club to offer after school expression of creativity.

Our Lady of Peace School in Milmont Park is introducing a Foreign Language Program to students in grades one through eight.

Saint Gabriel School in Norwood will open the school year with two full day kindergarten programs.

Nativity B.V.M. School in Media won a computer lab with 10 state-of-the-art computers and Comcast hookup to the internet.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown
has a school-wide, in-house news station and is revamping extracurricular activities.

Saint Rose of Lima School in North Wales is participating in the Olweus Pilot Project (bullying prevention). The school also purchased 18 new computers.

Saint Philip Neri School in East Greenville has new playground equipment, a new computer lab with internet access, wireless connections for upper unit classrooms, and a renovated art and music room.

Holy Martyrs School in Oreland is implementing Spanish language into the curriculum for grades kindergarten through eighth.

Saint Thomas-Good Counsel School in Villanovahas a new wireless lab. The teachers have a working portfolio to continue improving technology skills.

Saint Peter School in Pottstown, with the help of Springford Family Counseling, has initiated two new programs to help students build self-esteem.


NEWS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

On September 26th and 27th,
a two day workshop for all special education teachers in the archdiocese will be held. The workshop will be led by Dr. Ken Moses, a nationally-recognized educator in working with parents of children with special needs.

Queen of the Universe Day Center in Bucks County, a school for students ages 5 - 16 with mild to moderate mental retardation and developmental delays, has a certified therapy dog at the school named ‘Hester.' She is a yellow lab retriever and has been part of the school community for the past two years.

STATISTICS FROM THE 2001-2002 SCHOOL YEAR


Enrollment for the 211 parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese is 78,921
2002-2003 enrollment figures will not be available until November
89 parish elementary schools are located in the city of Philadelphia
122 parish elementary schools are located in the four suburban counties
At the parish elementary school level, all parish schools are coeducational
51% of total elementary enrollment is female, 49% of total elementary enrollment is male

Enrollment for 22 Archdiocesan high schools is 23,249.
2002-2003 enrollment figures will not be available until November
11 Archdiocesan high schools are located in the city of Philadelphia
11 Archdiocesan high schools are located in the four suburban counties
High school graduation rate is 99.8%
Of the 22 Archdiocesan high schools, 12 are coeducational, 5 are single gender schools for males and 5 are single gender schools for females.
51% of total high school enrollment is female, 49% of total high school enrollment is male



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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

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