Celebrating New Stories
"At this moment in time, the need is great for better schools, better
education for all our citizens, and for enlightened leaders who can
engage our best imaginations for new possibilities. Our Catholic
education stories are filled with people who did just that. ...Today,
there are still stories of Catholic educators who dare to imagine a
positive future in which education is exciting, guided by purpose and
meaning, and which fulfills needs and aspirations of both teachers and
- Karen Ristau, NCEA President
Just a few of these stories from our Dominican Schools:
Immaculate Conception Academy
San Francisco, CA
Immaculate Conception Academy is one of twenty-four schools in the Christo Rey Network
nationwide. It is the only all-girls' school in the network. As a
Christo Rey school in the Dominican tradition, IC Academy is committed
to providing an excellent education and meaningful work study
experiences to students of limited financial resources.
Regina Dominican High School
Regina Dominican is undertaking a visioning and strategic process, entitled Vision 2020
The initiative is second only to the school's founding in terms of
breadth, depth and potential. Vision 2020 promises to build on the
strengths and traditions of Regina Dominican while taking into account
the changes in the world in which we live. The design and implementation
of Vision 2020 will take Regina to a new level of excellence,
innovation, and strategic positioning in this world in which we are
called to make a distinctive difference.
Trinity High School
River Forest, IL
The Trinity-Dominican Scholars program represents a significant and
mission-centered collaboration between the "Dominicans on Division
Street." Trinity students entering their senior year with a GPA of 3.7
or higher will be named Trinity Scholars. In recognition of their shared
Dominican mission, Trinity High School and Dominican University,
formally known as Rosary College, have entered into an exciting new
partnership that will provide a unique college preparatory experience.
St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
What is a "cybrary
"? It's a library and more! The word
"cybrary" is a multi-faceted and evolving term. In regards to the
mission and vision of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, the term
cybary refers to the physical and virtual information collections and
services provided to its students within, but not limited to, a physical
space. The Cybary of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
supports the curricular and recreational research and reading needs of
the school community. Cybary mission includes supporting these needs
and encouraging the development of independent thinking skills,
information, literacy, communication, and life-long learning.
Congratulations are also in order to...
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in LaCanada, CA
who is celebrating 80 years of outstanding Catholic education. In the
80 years since its founding, Flintridge Sacred Heart has educated more
than 4,000 women--women who have gone on to become leaders in fields
from medicine and scientific discovery to arts and entertainment.
Graduates include Michelle Obama's former press secretary, Ryan
Seacrest's executive producer, multiple Peace Corps volunteers and a
Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Since 1931, Sacred Heart Academy
has sent out alumnae armed with a Flintridge Sacred Heart education, one
that's formed by the Dominican principles of faith, integrity, and
Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, IL
marching band that has claimed an unprecedented 32nd
consecutive Illinois State Championship. The Marian Catholic Marching
Spartans have reached the Bands of America National Finals for 27
consecutive years, and brought home the Grand National Championship
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas,
Patron of Catholic Schools
January 28, 2012
Prayer for Our Students
St. Thomas, protect, foster, and nourish the young women and men whom we
are called to serve. Give them a keen understanding of what is most
essential and important to know and an ever-deepening appreciation for
learning. Give them the grace to move forward in their studies with
confidence and purpose. Help them to acquire the skills necessary to
become independent thinkers. Imbue them with an awareness and
appreciation of their unique giftedness. And ultimately may they, as
students of the living word of God, learn "to act justly, to love
tenderly, and to walk humbly with their God."
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