Catholic Identity

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

Every­day our youth are chal­lenged to dis­cover the world within. What an awe­some chal­lenge is pre­sented to them as they walk the halls of our Catholic insti­tu­tions into rooms of ded­i­cated teach­ers who explore with them faith and knowl­edge of the world. Thus, the chal­lenge and priv­i­lege sum­mons our teach­ers to be min­is­ters, men­tors and proclaimers […]

Sister Act

Sister Act

Holy Cross School in Dewitt is proud to team up with its sis­ter school, Cathe­dral Acad­emy at Pom­pei, to col­lect school sup­plies, sneak­ers and healthy snacks for needy stu­dents. Stu­dents at Holy Cross will con­tinue to sup­port CAP with “wish list” items through­out the year.

Television Sports Career Keeps Ludden Grad in Action

Television Sports Career Keeps Ludden Grad in Action

BY CHRISTY PERRY When the red light on the stu­dio cam­era flashes, it’s “go time” for WSYR-TV’s Sports Direc­tor Steve Infanti. It’s his sig­nal that he’s live, on-air. It’s time to deliver the day’s sports sto­ries to the peo­ple of Cen­tral New York. Infanti says he gets that same “go time” feel­ing when he’s back at […]

Quality Administration and Instruction

Meet the Superintendent: William W. Crist

Meet the Superintendent: William W. Crist

BY CAROLINE K. REFF In March 2014, the Catholic Schools of the Dio­cese of Syra­cuse will wel­come a new leader, as William W. Crist takes over as super­in­ten­dent of schools. A grad­u­ate of Ithaca Col­lege, Crist brings with him 31 years of expe­ri­ence in edu­ca­tion — from class­room teacher to super­in­ten­dent of schools for the Oswego […]

Trinity Produces 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Trinity Produces 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

CATHOLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION LEADS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS BY PAT SHEA It’s the age-old ques­tion of nature vs. nur­ture: does hav­ing a Catholic school edu­ca­tion, even if it’s only dur­ing the ele­men­tary school years, bet­ter pre­pare a young stu­dent for a more suc­cess­ful aca­d­e­mic future? Judg­ing by col­lege fresh­men Sarah Man­cuso and Made­line Galvin, that answer would be yes. Man­cuso and Galvin […]

A New Sense of Bliss at Rome Catholic School

A New Sense of Bliss at Rome Catholic School

BY DYANN NASHTON Some­times it is not a mat­ter of whether or not the glass is half empty or half full. Some­times you just need a dif­fer­ent glass. At least, that is the way Patri­cia Bliss sees it. Bliss assumed lead­er­ship as prin­ci­pal of Rome Catholic School last fall. Bliss’ career his­tory traces her years spent as a classroom […]

Educating the Digital Native

Newhouse Students Collaborate with Schools on Social Media, Marketing

Newhouse Students Collaborate with Schools on Social Media, Marketing

Over the past year and a half, four dioce­san schools have col­lab­o­rated with pub­lic rela­tions stu­dents at Syra­cuse University’s S.I. New­house School of Pub­lic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to develop strate­gic PR cam­paigns aimed at increas­ing enroll­ment and reten­tion efforts. The ini­tia­tive is part of an upper level New­house course, Spe­cial Projects: Pub­lic Rela­tions Cam­paigns, taught by Adjunct […]

Teachers Use iPad Technology to Enhance Student Education

Teachers Use iPad Technology to Enhance Student Education

By Clau­dia Mathis Maria Lerch, a 2nd grade teacher at Most Holy Rosary School in Syra­cuse, NY, loves using her iPad to edu­cate her stu­dents. “It’s great hav­ing it in the class­room, espe­cially for access­ing infor­ma­tion quickly” Lerch said. “It makes every­thing much more con­ve­nient.” Lerch, along with teach­ers from Most Holy Rosary, Blessed Sacrament […]

Schools Go Wireless, Offer Faculty and Students Latest Technology

Schools Go Wireless, Offer Faculty and Students Latest Technology

By Car­o­line K. Reff St. James Prin­ci­pal George Clancy will never for­get the look on the face of one of his kinder­gart­ners who won the use of an iPad for the week­end. “He was so excited,” said Clancy. “I can’t tell you how cool he thought he was. I could read his face that he was […]

Sound Fiscal Stewardship

Thanksgiving Dinner at Holy Family

Thanksgiving Dinner at Holy Family

In Novem­ber 2013, Holy Fam­ily School in Nor­wich cel­e­brated its annual Thanks­giv­ing din­ner. Fam­i­lies were invited to come together and give thanks for the school community’s many bless­ings. Over 200 moms, dads, rel­a­tives and friends were served, along with 180 stu­dents and staff mem­bers. The event is an annual fundraiser for the school cafe­te­ria. In […]

Two dioce­san schools debuted new logos recently. Above, stu­dents from Holy Fam­ily School in Syra­cuse show off uni­forms embla­zoned with the new crest designed by art teacher Mary Bab­bles. Below, Immac­u­late Con­cep­tion School in Fayet­teville recently unveiled its new school logo designed by Mor­row Graphics.

Long-time Rivals Join Forces on the Field

Long-time Rivals Join Forces on the Field

The Oxford dic­tio­nary pro­vides the fol­low­ing two def­i­n­i­tions for the word “col­lab­o­ra­tion”: 1. The action of work­ing with some­one to pro­duce some­thing. 2. Trai­tor­ous coop­er­a­tion with the enemy. The jux­ta­po­si­tion could mir­ror Bishop Lud­den Junior/Senior High School and Bishop Grimes Prep’s deci­sion to join forces for the sport of lacrosse despite a long-standing rivalry. But in […]

Bold Initiatives

Seton Senior Teaches Baseball to Haitian Children

Seton Senior Teaches Baseball to Haitian Children

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS It started with a dream and ended as a life-altering expe­ri­ence for Con­nor McCor­mack, a senior at Seton Catholic Cen­tral High School in Bing­ham­ton. Last Jan­u­ary, McCor­mack, a com­pas­sion­ate young man, felt the need to help impov­er­ished chil­dren in Haiti. As a base­ball enthu­si­ast who has played from the time he was 5 years […]

Sister Nicolette Brings Drama to Blessed Sacrament School

Sister Nicolette Brings Drama to Blessed Sacrament School

BY CLAUDIA MATHIS Sis­ter Nico­lette Ven­naro, OSF, 3rd grade teacher and drama coach at Blessed Sacra­ment School in Syra­cuse, is some­what of a leg­end. She is known for pro­duc­ing the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions for the last 52 years at Catholic schools in New Jer­sey and the Syra­cuse Dio­cese. “I’ve always been inter­ested in pro­duc­ing plays,” said Sister […]

Super Saints Promotes  Athletics, Christian Service

Super Saints Promotes Athletics, Christian Service

BY DYANN NASHTON How do you build a children’s pro­gram that encour­ages cre­ative think­ing, gen­eros­ity and phys­i­cal activ­ity? At Seton All Saints Ele­men­tary in Endi­cott, NY, you launch Super Saints. The new pro­gram was the brain­child of a rel­a­tively new teacher and grew as an off­shoot of a fundrais­ing event. William Pipher com­pleted his first year […]

A Message from The Superintendent

Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

Every­day our youth are chal­lenged to dis­cover the world within. What an awe­some chal­lenge is pre­sented to them as they walk the halls of our Catholic insti­tu­tions into rooms of ded­i­cated teach­ers who explore with them faith and knowl­edge of the world. Thus, the chal­lenge and priv­i­lege sum­mons our teach­ers to be min­is­ters, men­tors and proclaimers […]