Catholic schools extol differences

The Catholic Diocese of Toledo boasts its almost 200 schools across the region are “different by design” according to its slogan.
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 5, 2014
Each year, students at those schools — including several locally — set aside the final week of January as Catholic Schools Week to celebrate those differences and thank the individuals who allow them to happen each day.

Catholics nationwide have recognized the weeklong celebration since 1974.

“I’ve always told our kids the reason we celebrate Catholic Schools Week is because the education they have is truly a gift,” said Rita Dominick, coordinator of special activities at Sandusky Central Catholic School. “It’s a spirit-building week with a purpose of giving thanks, so we can appreciate that gift”

Treacherous winter weather and numerous school cancellations cut the Catholic Schools Week celebration a bit short this past week, prompting some schools, such as Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton, to extend their much-anticipated activities into Monday and Tuesday.

At Immaculate Conception School, activities included Mass, a book fair, fun dress-up days and a pajama day paired with popcorn and a showing of the movie “Despicable Me 2” in the school gym. The students also collected donations for Heartbeat of Ottawa County, to benefit new and expectant mothers in the area.

On Tuesday, the celebration finished with Bible bingo, a variation of the traditional game using symbols and images from Bible stories. Students in older grades paired with students in younger grades to complete their bingo cards.

“We look forward to Catholic Schools Week every year” fifthgrader Garrett Hirt said. “It’s fun, and it makes us thankful, because we realize how lucky we are to go to school here”

At Sandusky Central Catholic School, the week’s activities also included dress-up days, as well as a scavenger hunt and a Mass with students in all grade levels. The school invited three alumni who are now priests — Charles Singler, Jeremy Miller and Ken Lill — to participate.

A highlight this year: When the school gathered in “The Den” on Friday for a concluding pep and faith rally, they used their new video scoreboard with Margaretta Schools student Ali McKean, 7, through Skype chatting.

Ali’s mother visited the school in the fall to talk about her daughter’s rare genetic condition, which makes it impossible for her to attend a traditional school. Since then, Sandusky Central Catholic School students have rallied to support the family.

During the discussion, the group presented the McKean family with almost $1,000 to help with medical expenses, offered words of encouragement and also prayed for Ali’s strength and well-being.

Elizabeth Ficocelli, a nationally known speaker, was scheduled to speak at Sandusky Central Catholic School, but her visit is postponed until next month because of weatherrelated cancellations.

Comments

Ned Mandingo

different how????? They charge people tuition to send their kids to a school with underpaid teachers, most of witch don't even have teaching degrees.
Maybe its the homosexual pedophile priests lurking around the halls that make them different.

JMOP

"different how????? They charge people tuition to send their kids to a school with underpaid teachers, most of witch don't even have teaching degrees.
Maybe its the homosexual pedophile priests lurking around the halls that make them different."

~Perhaps a third grader from a Catholic School could help you with your grammar, punctuation, capitalizations, and definitely your spelling.

John Harville

"most ... don't even have teaching degrees.." is a stretch. I do know of two - and no, I won't name them to avoid embarrassing them and the school - because it is not illegal. Under Ohio Law, private schools may set their own standards as far as certification and teaching degrees. Ohio requires a bachelor's degree and passing background check.
The Charter School laws require only 75% of their teachers have certificates - which is one reason there has always been so much complaining about them.
Wanna know somethin' scary for you? I have a degree in English and can be granted a certificate to SUBSTITUTE TEACH in PUBLIC school and to TEACH in private school.

John Harville

"Most states will require evidence of a bachelor's degree and a background check before approving a teacher hire in a private school. But, apart from that minimum requirement, most state education authorities take a hands off approach.

The bottom line is that private schools can hire whoever they wish.

Nemesis

"most ... don't even have teaching degrees.." is a stretch. I do know of two - and no, I won't name them to avoid embarrassing them and the school"

What's embarrassing about not having a teaching degree?

anthras

ned says "underpaid teachers, most of witch don't even have teaching degrees.

Would you please cite your source proving that most don't even have teaching degrees. If you do not have proof then I will pass it off as gossip.

The student ratio of graduates attending and graduating college is very good are you saying that the collages are accepting students from high schools that are not using teachers without degrees????

Are you saying that the state board of education is now allowing teachers in the class rooms even though they do not have a degree???

Maybe the state is not aware of the situation so I feel that you should share your proof with the state.

DickTracey

If you want to pretend that you are smarter than Ned, I would suggest learning how to spell, college.

It is hard to take you serious with your terrible sentence structure and know it all attitude.

When I read it, I laughed because it either sounds like a Valley Girl, or Bob and Tom's "She's Talkin' Again", song!

The extra question marks really make Ned look stupid! Ya know, I mean sure, like duh, I went to " collage", duh.

JMOP

"When I read it, I laughed because it either sounds like a Valley Girl, or Bob and Tom's "She's Talkin' Again", song!"

No comma is needed after the word "Again". If you were to insert a comma, it would be right after the word "Tom's". A comma should be placed before the word "because".

I got called the grammar/spelling police. They may refer to you as the grammar/spelling Nazi. Just a heads up.

I would like to thank Alissa for an insightful article. I did learn from the story. I hope others have read it, and not just skipped down to the comments to make generic clichés about Catholics.

anthras

DickTracey, I have read my post again and fail to see anything that would imply that I am pretending that I am smarter than Ned.

You must be much smarter than I to detect that thought or it might just be a random assumption on your part.

I do hope that my spelling and punctuation in this post will be acceptable to anyone that reads it as I can only assume that it must be difficult for persons of perfection to read my posts as I am only human.

I did take the time to us my spell checker on this post and I can only hope that it is working correctly as I do not want ever again to offend anybody

John Harville

OHIO LAW...
will require evidence of a bachelor's degree and a background check before approving a teacher hire in a private school. But, apart from that minimum requirement, most state education authorities take a hands off approach.

"The bottom line is that private schools can hire whoever they wish."

Substitute teachers in PUBLIC SCHOOLS need not have a teaching certificate, either.

DickTracey

I'm sure the Catholics shamed Alissa into writing a warm and fuzzy story about their school, to offset the bad press they got from firing Mr. Panetta. It's clearly damage control.

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Alissa Widman Neese

Actually, I decided to pursue this story on my own DickTracey.

wally44824

Alissa, out of curiosity (and the relevance of that answer to this article), did you attend a catholic school?

John Harville

wally... she's a graduate of SMCC...

wally44824

Thanks John, and I'm not surprised. She's obviously still brain-washed by those years of being "educated" in a catholic school.

John Harville

Be kind. She's young and just attempting to learn to be a 'journalist' - of which there are so few. I do wish she had talked about the 'difference' in educational requirement, testing, test scores - and talk again about the rather revolutionary education plan they are basing on a book about traits of successful people in BUSINESS.

Dcfred20036

I think Alissa is far from having been brainwashed, not any more than I was when I attended SM. She is quite talented, if you ask me: she broke a story-- the firing of Brian Panetta --that ended up being national news and mentioned on the front page of the New York Times, the most important paper in the USA.... Not bad for a reporter of a newspaper with a circulation of about 20k. I see good things in her future!

wally44824

Fred, you drink the katholic Kool-Aid as well? Good luck.

Dcfred20036

LOL, Wally. I'm not the most popular person at SM these days; so if I was brainwashed, well, they did a terrible job at it.

sugar

Don't you just LOVE the arrogance of the grammar/ spelling police? Jmop squeeze your head out its full of water or sh$&.

JMOP

By all means Sugar, I'm not part of the grammar/spelling police dept.
When someone is degrading an educational institute and doesn't know the the difference between witch/which, well then, that speaks for itself.

Squeeze my head out if it's what? Where might my head be if it's full of water or sh$&?

sugar

Ned made an observation and expressed an opinion. You, MOP, degraded a person for not holding your belief about an institution. Get it MOP?

JMOP

He judged an institution in which the basis is learning, I judged his literacy. Get it Sugar?

sugar

Of course you did, and I am judging the sh@@ in your head. lol

John Harville

ssugar... you're judging harshly, thus, as most any good Catholic School student will tell you, YOU will be judged by the same sh@@y measure.

SKULLNBONES

They are different, for example, because they are bigoted homophobes. Also because so many of their priests are pedophiles. Very different.

Dr. Information

"so many"snip…..care to give some intellectual proof on that comment?

sugar

Are you kidding? Diocese all over the county are filing for bankruptcy due to the transgressions of their pedophile priests.

John Harville

Even if only ONE priest fondles a boy or girl... that's TEN too many because of all that don't get found out.

Ned Mandingo

Insecure people resort to personal attacks when they can't debate facts.

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