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Budding Scientist Rooted in Faith
By Eileen Betz Aithanh Nguyen graduated from the Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, Connecticut on June 4, 2019. When first attending the Academy, Aithanh was not sure whether it was the right place for her to develop into the person God wanted her to be. However, these doubts didn’t last long. “The Academy is the place where I truly started caring about my education. I found myself focused on my work, doing well in school, and actually wanting to learn more,” Aithanh said. “The smaller student body size and one-on-one attention helped me t...

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Superintendent's Letter: Congratulations to our graduating Classes of 2019
My Dear Friends, Our pre-kindergarten to grade 8 schools and high schools have successfully completed another academic and spiritual year in the Diocese. Our students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible, athletic and creative. It is truly a time to celebrate their accomplishments and to thank you for supporting our Catholic schools. Please join me in congratulating and praying for our high school graduates from the class of 2019. I am proud to announce that the extremely high college acceptance rate of our seniors reflects the dedication of the admin...

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Superintendent's Letter: May is a Month of Tribute to Mary in Our Schools
My Dear Friends, During the month of May we pay special tribute in our Catholic schools to Mary, as she is of major importance to us as Catholics. The Hail Mary is one of the most popular prayers in our schools. Many times, we, even as adults, pray it so often that we don’t take the time to really think about what we are praying. In May, we make a concerted effort to prioritize Mary in our schools as the perfect example of humility and acceptance of God’s will. Praying the Hail Mary at home with your children can be a “teachable moment”. Let&rs...

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Diocese Schools Shine at Connecticut Invention Convention
By Ryan Blessing Students from St. Patrick Cathedral School in Norwich and St. John Paul II School in Middletown were among the participants at the 36th annual Connecticut Invention Convention state finals. The day-long showcase of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) took place May 4 at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. Four Diocesan students learned Monday that they’ve been selected to compete at the National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan taki...

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St. Joseph School students showcase their work in Invention Convention
The middle school students of Saint Joseph School in Baltic participated in their third annual local Connecticut Invention Convention competition on March 29.   An original prototype was produced and tested by each student as a solution to a given problem. James Ruckert was the finalist for the 7th grade with his prototype Tie Shield. Daniel FitzGerald was the 6th grade finalist with his Faucet Friend. Brianna Smith was the 5th grade finalist for her prototype, the Higherase. The winners of the local competition will go on to represent the school in the Con...

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The Galaxy and Beyond: Mercy students explore Earth and the Universe during their Astronomy Trip
By Marie Kalita-Leary Mercy High School Dean of Academics and Technology Mrs. Melissa Bullock and Science teacher Ms. Gianna Iannucci have been involved with the University of Notre Dame Science and Religion Initiative since 2015. The Initiative is designed to help secondary Catholic school teachers to integrate Catholic teaching into the science classroom in terms of ethics, awareness of the history of Catholic scientists, and clarifying superstition from religion. They have also been involved in helping the Vatican Observatory advance its website and tools for teachers...

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Mercy’s Robotic Team Wins Another FIRST Robotics Championship
By Marie Leary The Mercy TechTigers 3654 won their second FIRST® Robotics championship banner in March at the Waterbury District event. The TechTigers, an all-girl robotics team from Mercy High School Middletown, excelled at this year’s game Destination: DEEP SPACE and earned the win with two consecutive victories FIRST®, an acronym “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” was founded in 1989 to help design programs that help the building of science and technology and generate interest in the STEM field for young people. T...

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Congratulations to seniors Michael Wyeth Bonser and Terrence Tang whose artworks were chosen from among 3,500 student entries from all over Connecticut for the Regional Scholastic Art Awards. Michael received a Gold Key and Best in Portfolio for his portfolio titled “Complexities of Life” which features 8 pieces of his work. He also received the Hartford Art School Scholarship and the CT Women Artists Scholarship. Terrence received a Gold Key for his watercolor painting “Earth to Earth.” Their work, which was exhibited at the 2019 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Show at Slipe Gallery, Hartford ...

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Superintendent Letter

Posted on February 12, 2019 in: School News

My Dear Friends, This year, the month of February falls in the Season of Ordinary Time. Generally speaking, the month is dedicated to the Holy Family. In our Catholic schools, we try to teach our students more about the Holy Family. The Reverend John L. McKenzie, a professor of Theology, indicated that “Roman Catholic teaching identifies the family as the social and moral center of the community.” The family, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “the original cell of social life.” In this day and age people are communicating with electronics, it is important for us as parents ...

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Teens Helping Teens

Posted on January 02, 2019 in: News, School News

Teens Helping Teens
By Marie Kalita-Leary The Mercy High School National Honor Society (NHS) Christmas Drive for the second year benefitted the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center. As a facility of the Connecticut Department of Youth and Families, the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center provides brief treatment, residential care and educational instruction for abused and neglected teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Youth come to the facility from all over the state. The Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center- South Campus, formerly known as the Riverview Hospital for Children ...

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By Morningstar Stevenson RENTON, WA – After Noel Ramos returned from visiting a Catholic school in Haiti, he felt even more blessed by the resources he has teaching at St. Anthony School in Renton, Washington. “All they have are blackboards, but they are eager to learn,” said Ramos. “Education is so powerful, and the kids in Haiti understand that.” Ramos was part of a delegation of parishioners from St. Anthony Parish to visit their sister parish, Ste. Anne de Hyacynthe. The annual trip is a part of a twinning relationship, coordinated by the Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, that...

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Haiti, Catholic School, St. Anthony Parish, Outreach to Haiti

A Letter from the Superintendent

Posted on November 07, 2018 in: School News

My Dear Friends, Our schools have been meeting great success so far this year. I am happy to report that our diocese has obtained licensing to implement the Cyber Awareness Safety Education Curriculum for Catholic Schools, which is a nationally known curriculum geared toward grade school and middle school students. The curriculum of this course is for students to develop a deeper understanding of the dangers of the Internet and inappropriate online behavior, therefore making a connection between actions and consequences. The students will engage in active learning techniques to personalize topics covered and take the ne...

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Diocese Honors Teachers at 23rd Annual Educators Mass “It was a very fulfilling career seeing the growth in my students through the school year was very gratifying.” Maryanne Leone has dedicated 29 years of her life to Education. By Stephanie Gallow On Sunday September 9th, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick educators from around the Diocese gathered for the 23rd Annual Diocesan Mass for those Dedicated to Education. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich was the main celebrant. The Homilist Reverend Francis J. Gilbert, addressed the congregation, reminding us that we are all...

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Sarah Engel, Saint Edmund Honor Scholarship Honoree
The St. Edmund’s Honor Scholarship, established in memory of the members of the Society of St. Edmund who served as faculty and staff members of St. Bernard School was awarded to Sara Engel, Friday October 12th at a Mass and Dinner held at Enders Island Retreat center in Mystic. Instituted in 2007, the endowed Saint Edmund’s Honor Scholarship is given annually to a first semester senior of St. Bernard School who has shown through academics and service the virtues that St. Edmund heroically manifested in his life. Sarah, the daughter of Stephen and Eileen E...

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“Just Like You” Raises Disability Awareness
 “Children with disabilities are just like all children and they should not be defined by their disability,” said Andrea Hoisl, director of the Diocesan Office of Faith Events (OFE) in discussing a disabilities awareness presentation her office is offering to students in diocesan elementary schools and parish catechetical programs. The presentation, called “Just Like You,” is part of the One Heart Ministry, a disability outreach program sponsored by the Office of Faith Events. “In our culture today, raising awareness about the different...

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