In Focus Blog
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Advent 2013 begins on Sunday, December 1st and ends on Christmas Eve. It is a wonderful four week period in which we can step back every now and then from the chaos the holidays bring and rest in the peacefulness of the real meaning of Christmas: Christ is coming and we will find him as an infant in a manger!
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Catholic Schools has announced the initial results of the Caritas Scholars program. This $2 million pilot financial aid initiative for Catholic school students and their families is part of a three-year, $6 million commitment being made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools is launching its Virtual Academy, which offers personalized learning opportunities through the use of online education to middle school and high school students across the 244 Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Reading is like any activity such as a sport or playing an instrument– in order to get better at it, you need to practice. Here are some tips to both encourage your child to read and to improve his/her skills as a
Friday, October 18, 2013
A child’s success as a reader begins long before that first day of school. Parents need to be reassured that, as their child’s first teacher, they have been contributing to their child’s reading readiness from the time they were born in many ways:
Thursday, October 03, 2013
For the first time since 1965, Catholic elementary school enrollment across the
City of Chicago, suburban Cook and Lake counties is growing. Over the past four
years, Catholic elementary schools in the City of Chicago have increased by over
1,300 students, and now enrollment in the 207 elementary schools across the Archdiocese
is on the rise.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
On September 24th, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named the nation’s 286 Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This is the third in a multi-part series about the way Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools partner with parents in raising children who are faith-filled, focused and achieving to the best of their abilities. More on the Year of Parents.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Social media is full of reports of bullying and the anti-bullying efforts some schools are putting in to place to combat this issue. Are these anti-bullying efforts enough?
Thursday, August 29, 2013
We are pleased to announce that the average for the 5,747 Catholic high school students who took the ACT test in 2013 showed gains in nearly every testing area, and in the composite score. The average composite score for Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese is 23.1, which is a 0.2 point improvement over our students' performance last year, and 2.5 points above the State of Illinois’ average. All scores continue to be above the average for the State of Illinois and the Nation.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Yes – it is back to school for the students of Holy Trinity! The summer does move by at breakneck speed, and there are always those concerns towards the last days of summer that freedom is slipping away. It's the feeling that another summer has come and gone, and you just haven’t been able to accomplish all that you wanted to. But, all those concerns are erased on the first day of school when you see how genuinely happy the students are to see their friends, their teachers and in many ways be back home again!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
What are the Common Core State Standards?
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Beginning this Fall, the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools will embark on
a two-year process to become accredited by AdvancED,
the world’s largest educational accrediting agency. This represents a significant
step forward for Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese, the vast majority
of which until now have been accredited through an internal process. All the elementary
schools are currently recognized by the State of Illinois and will continue to participate
in that separate process.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
On Wednesday August 7th, we held our Leadership Day for Principals from all Catholic schools across the Archdiocese. It was wonderful seeing everyone back for a new year, as well as the new faces who have already begun their work at their new schools. Our theme was "It's a Brand New Day", and it began with a ringing of a school bell (literally!) throughout the Drury Lane meeting center in Oakbrook.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
This is the second in a multi-part series about the way Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools partner with parents in raising children who are faith-filled, focused and achieving to the best of their abilities. More on the Year of Parents.