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Saint Joseph School Embarks on Distance Learning
FCC News Desk As the Coronavirus has altered the lives of the entire world, school communities like St. Joseph School (SJS) in North Grosvenordale have had to make swift changes in a short time to keep the educational process moving forward for the students they serve in grades Pre-K through 8. As students and teachers physically gathered for the last time on Friday, March 13th, plans were already underway to enact a Distance Learning Program, which culminated in a special Professional Development Day for teachers on March 16th. “I cannot thank the entire SJS co...

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Catechist’s Energy Rooted in Faith
She is leader, catechist and mentor to more than 200 students in her faith formation programs and is the creative, artistic, musical, animated idea generator for the teachers/volunteers and parents who are also part of her programs. She has a room full of resources she created to enhance the lives of her students. The list includes, Holy Land; Scattegories: Confirmation Edition; Connect Four: Catholic Edition; Build a Church; Wheel of Catholic Fortune, and many others. She is a wife and mother of three grown children and serves as the Director of Faith Formation at All S...

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Superintendent's Letter: '7 Essentials' Useful for Teachers, Students
My Dear Friends,   Last November, Father Robert Spitzer (of EWTN fame) made a presentation at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regarding a new supplemental module series for youth confirmation entitled 7 Essentials. This module was designed to supplement, not replace, existing confirmation curricula. 7 Essentials focuses mainly on the issues which cause an increasing number of young people to abandon religion. National surveys from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. have shown that religion is on an incredible decline, especial...

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St. Joseph School Offers More Clubs, Sports
Over the past two years, St. Joseph School (SJS) in North Grosvenordale has increased its offerings to students in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities. The expansion of these activities stemmed from a summer meeting in late July 2018 when a group of parents brainstormed ways to improve the student experience at SJS. The SJS athletic program, led by athletic director and parent volunteer Lindsay Lehmann, consists of multiple sports in which student-athletes participate. The interscholastic offerings are in soccer (fall season) and basketball (winte...

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Xavier Students Shine in Yale Model Congress
Xavier High School students Benjamin Pitruzzello ’22, Jordan Hetu ’21, Daniel Lyons ’21 and Cole Sierpinski ’21 recently won awards for individual pieces of legislation they wrote and presented in their committees at the Yale Model Congress. Pitruzzello also won an award at the Yale Model Congress last year. “This is the largest number of awards our Model Congress team has taken home from a conference in living memory, and I was very proud of how well our students represented the school,” Xavier teacher and Model Congress moderator ...

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Sacred Heart Kindergarteners Learn About Giving
Giving Tree helps students fill backpacks for the less fortunate   How do you bring religion lessons to life for young children? This year for an Advent religion lesson on giving and sharing with children less fortunate, kindergarten teacher Trisha Fleury asked her class at Sacred Heart School in Groton if they wanted to collect items to fill backpacks for children that were less fortunate. The first step was to bring the ideas down to their level.   “We had to discuss what fortunate means. We talked about all the things that we have and that som...

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Saint Bernard Theology Teacher is Ryken Award Winner
The 2019 Ryken Award was presented to Mr. Paul Servideo, a theology teacher in his second year at Saint Bernard School, following a school Mass on December 9th. "Mr. Servideo has won our admiration in the quiet unassuming manner reminiscent of XBSS founder Theodore James Ryken, and he is most deserving of this honor bestowed upon him by his colleagues," Headmaster Don Macrino said. The Ryken Award is given annually on the feast of St. Francis Xavier at each of the 13 Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools. The award recognizes an adult member of the school comm...

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Family, Faith and Fun!

Posted on February 02, 2020 in: School News

Family, Faith and Fun!
As part of the new Diocesan Faith Formation curriculum, students and families from grades K-2 from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tolland, met recently for breakfast, faith sharing, fellowship and to work on a holiday service project. The service project consisted of making personalized placemats for Thanksgiving that were distributed to a local nursing home for residents to enjoy with their holiday meal. Participating in projects like this is one of the many ways that our children learn how important it is to share their God-given gifts and talents with others. “It&...

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Superintendent's Letter: Teaching is Truly a Vocation in Our Schools
My Dear Friends, On a personal level, this January is special to me, as I experience 2 milestones: my 40th year in the field of education, and my 25th year in Catholic school administration. God has truly blessed me every step of the way and it is my pleasure to serve the Diocese of Norwich in our very important mission of providing a solid academic education in an atmosphere of faith and in the service of the Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus. The National Catholic Education Association has deemed January 27- February 2 as the traditional Catholic Schools Week. In our dio...

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Sacred Heart Students Win Knights of Columbus Essay Contest
8th Graders at Groton School earn awards The Spellman Council 6107, Knights of Columbus, sponsored their annual essay contest for all Catholic students in grades 8 through 12 in the Diocese of Norwich.  This year’s theme was “Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for His own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.” The winners in the 8th grade category are:   1st Place: Eamonn Pelletier 2nd Place: A tie between Claire Fenaughty and Yailanis Gutierrez 3rd Place: Madilyn Tomasweski ...

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