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MakerSpace grants aim for ‘aha’ moments
Jan. 23, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
One of Nina Russo’s favorite books is “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom.”   

St. Hilary students learn about Africa while helping students a continent away
Jan. 23, 2017, By Christina Gray
Four years after creating a program called Pencils for Africa, a student service group conceived to help provide poor families with the simple writing implement necessary for school admission, St. Hilary School in Tiburon has expanded upon the original concept.  

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service
Jan. 23, 2017, By Nina Russo
This year’s theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” The power of Catholic schools and Catholic teaching is seen in the preparation of our students to participate in their communities to ...

Marin Catholic respect life club models pro-life values
Jan. 23, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
Susan Flores-Chavez was born into a Catholic family and she is part of the Marin Catholic respect life club because she believes the Catholic Church’s teaching on life. But she comes to the tightly knit group of about 15 regular members from personal experience too. ...

Trump education nominee’s advocacy for school choice aligns with US bishops’ priorities
Jan. 23, 2017, By Valerie Schmalz
One of the U.S. bishops’ top priorities for education – school choice – is aligned with the stated philosophy of President Donald Trump and the woman he has nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Education.  

New principal completes doctoral program in first six months on job
Jan. 23, 2017, By Christina Gray
Catholic elementary school principals are job juggling multi taskers, a point Adrian Peterson proved in spades by completing her doctoral dissertation while at the same time learning the ropes as a first-time principal at St. Matthew School in San Mateo.  

Local Catholic grade schools revamp to ‘21st-century’ exams
Aug. 23, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
What has been a September ritual for Catholic elementary school students is undergoing a 21st-century revamp this year in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.   

Sophie Scholars program offers helping hand
Jul. 25, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz/Catholic San Francisco
 A University of Notre Dame study that said just 3 percent of Latino children attend Catholic schools while Latinos comprise 35 percent of U.S. Catholics—and 67 percent of practicing Catholics aged 18-34—caused James Everitt to sit up and take notice.

More than 1,900 graduate from Catholic high schools in archdiocese
Jun. 21, 2016
Archbishop Riordan High School graduated 176 young men May 28 in the James Lindland Theatre. Joseph Conti, president, and Vittorio Anastasio, principal, presented diplomas. The Class of 2016 was accepted to more than 186 colleges and universities, earned millions of dollars in ...

Farewell to principals
Jun. 21, 2016
Carol Trelut is retiring after 20 years at Nativity School, Menlo Park with 15 years as principal. As a teacher and administrator within the archdiocese of San Francisco Trelut said she has been “dedicated to Catholic education” with “profound commitment ...

Riordan president resigns effective December 2016
Feb. 15, 2016
Joseph Conti announced Feb. 11 that he would step down as president of Archbishop Riordan High School effective Dec. 31, 2016. 

Marin Catholic leads in fair trade initiative
Jan. 26, 2016, By Christina Gray
An oversized chocolate-chip muffin sold in the school’s cafeteria is offering Marin Catholic High School students and perhaps some faculty and staff what may be their first taste of fair trade economics.   

Lego League brings hands-on tech with ‘Trash Trek’ to Mission Catholic schools
Jan. 26, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
One reluctant student was “bouncing out of bed” and dragging his mother out the door to get to school in time for 7 a.m. work sessions while another girl found a sense of confidence that alleviated her anxiety about school. Those were just two of what St. ...

Catholic schools’ Christ-centered character defines their purpose
Jan. 26, 2016, By Nina Russo
The Department of Catholic Schools is excited about the future of Catholic education in San Francisco. Today almost 3,100 faculty and staff are educating more than 25,000 students in 73 Catholic schools and working with thousands of enthusiastic parents who want a Catholic ...

National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 – Feb 6
Jan. 26, 2016, By National Catholic Education Association
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 - February 6. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, ...

Archbishop appointing young priests as high school chaplains
Jan. 26, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Father Cameron Faller was ordained in June and started as a theology teacher and chaplain at Archbishop Riordan High School in August. Father Mark Doherty was ordained one and one-half years ago and also was assigned to an archdiocesan Catholic high school, Sacred Heart ...

Profile: Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
Jan. 26, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz
Walking through the gracious early 20th century front doors of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School into the polished wood foyer is a bit like taking a step into a different era.  

7 new principals start year at Catholic schools in archdiocese
Sep. 9, 2015
Sister Georgina has been a Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines for 42 years. She laughingly calls herself a “recycled principal” having already served in that role at St. Charles from 2006-2009. She served for 24 years at a parish in Hawaii ...

Teachers’ contract underscores high schools’ ‘paramount’ Catholic purpose
Aug. 26, 2015, By Rick DelVecchio
A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teachings must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could ...

Teachers ratify new contract that underscores high schools’ Catholic mission
Aug. 20, 2015, By Rick DelVecchio
A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teachings must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could ...

More than 1,900 graduate from Catholic high schools in archdiocese
Jun. 3, 2015, By Maureen Huntington
More than 1,930 students graduated from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2015. More than 25,100 students attended Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco during school year 2014-15: 17,086 preschool and elementary school students and ...

2010 Respect: Life essay contest grand prize winners
Jul. 14, 2010
Here are excerpts from the grand prize winning essays: Babies Deserve Our Love; Seven Minutes Can Make Difference; Respect Life; Respect for Life Essay; Life and Creation: Learning to Balance Two Sacred Things.

Students hear pro-life talk
Jan. 20, 2010
Marin Catholic High School hosted talks Jan. 6 by Rev. Walter Hoye, a noted Bay Area pro-life activist.






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