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From Worthington...

Fifty second graders transformed St. Michael’s school gym into a fairy tale land to present their projects to parents and other students. “Fairy Tales in the Round” is a tradition at the school that involves second grade students choosing a character and then creating an oral presentation, props and costume to help them tell a story. “They really enjoy this project and seeing their excitement and enthusiasm is priceless. Along with having fun, they are learning which makes it even better,” said teacher Leslie Anderson.

From Chillicothe...


Bishop Flaget 8th grade student Cassidy Corcoran will represent the Fraternal Order of Eagles District at the zone competition of the God, Flag, and Country Speech Competition in April in Newark.  Corcoran is pictured with Pat Anderson, chairman of the local God, Flag, and Country Competition.

From Lancaster...

The primary students of St. Bernadette School were visited by a representative of the RealEyes Program. Since 80% of learning is a visual process, RealEyes presents important information for elementary students. Mr. Robert Thomas, a vision specialist from Primary Vision Care, introduced students to the parts of the eye and the concepts of near-sighted and far-sighted vision. First and second graders also got to participate in a demonstration about blurry vision and watched a video titled “Adventures of Rhett and Tina”.

From Upper Arlington...

St. Agatha School has carried on the tradition of cake bingo for over half a century.  Pictured is the Showstopper Cake baker, 6th grader, Anna Schroeder (left), bingo winner, 4th grader, Rachel Reuter, and bingo caller Ron Stiebler. 

From Delaware...

Happy Shrove Tuesday from St. Mary School where Principal Ryan Schwieterman and School Secretary Cathy Patterson donned authentic Mardi Gras masks from New Orleans to serve lunch to the students. 

From Chillicothe...

The Bishop Flaget Kindergarten Class celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday, February 4th, with a variety of special events.  Students read 100 books, ate 100 snacks, presented their projects made up of 100 items, counted to 100, and took 100 steps.  The celebration is an annual event that extends from the kindergarten class to the entire school.  Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Chrissy Kessler commented on the success of the project, "We've been waiting all year for this!  It was a lot of fun to see the excitement of the students and the rest of the school.  It seems like everyone here remembers their 100th day of school." 



Bishop Flaget students took top honors in the Chillicothe City Schools Spelling Bee. Champion Overall Speller went to 5th grader Jenna Lapurga who also won 5th grade champion and will be representing Bishop Flaget at the regional spelling bee. First runner-up went to 6th grader Deloris Corcoran who also won 6th grade champion.  Also bringing home trophies were Carly McCloy, 8th grade runner-up; Noah Blum, 7th grade champion; and Stephanie Hirsch, 4th grade runner-up.

From Grandview...

Published author Bob Miller visited Trinity Catholic Elementary School  to speak to the students about the writing process, his path to becoming an author, and the influence of Catholic schools on his career.  He is shown here with the eighth grade:  L-R  First Row:  Xander Holway, Callan Wood, Matthew Guggenbiller, Jon Whitt, Jacob Winslow, Joshua Androsac. Second Row:  Adam George, Eric Willford, Matthew Picknell, Mr. Miller, Vincent Sanese, Dominick Volini, and Quino Serantes.

The first graders of Trinity Catholic Elementary School have  been
traveling around the world in their classroom since Christmas.  As part of their journey, The Dream Shop, a group of Japanese Moms from Dublin, entertained them with Japanese folktales, songs and language.

From Columbus...

NBC4 Make A Difference School Grant is giving Holy Spirit Catholic School a chance to win one of three $10,000 grants this school year. The grant will help provide touch pad technology to Holy Spirit students to enhance learning opportunities within the classroom and throughout the school.
You can show your support begining February 4, 2013 in online social voting via Facebook and at . Anyone can vote up to one time per day. Schools will be competing for top votes in each size classification. The top six vote getters will advance to the final round of judging which will be decided on by a panel of five judges. Judges will select three grand prize winners and will be announced May 16, 2013.

Mrs. Gavagan, 7th Grade teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic School, has integrated technology into her classroom. The addition of touchpad technology, through NBC 4's Make a Difference grant project, would facilitate smaller group learning for simultaneous individualized instruction.

From Worthington...


8th grade students at St. Michael School were given the opportunity to attend the March for Life in Washington,D.C. Forty students participated in the pilgrimage. Upon returning, Ginny Pager
and Mary Rose Moore were invited to a live broadcast St. Gabriel Catholic Radio where they reflected on the experience.

From Columbus...
Holy Spirit entered the "2013 Scripps College of Communication Columbus Metro Spelling Bee." Fifth through eighth grade students competed in classroom spelling bees. The last three students still standing in each classroom bee went on to compete in Holy Spirit's school-wide spelling bee. These 12 students spelled a total of 171 words, which were pronounced by Father William Arnold. The final word to be spelled was "indefatigable". It was correctly spelled by our 2013 school bee champion, seventh grader Rediet Negatu. Miss Negatu is entered into the semi-final round to take a 50 word online test.  If she qualifies, she will be entered into the final local spelling bee at Ohio University in Athens on March 16th.

From Mt. Vernon...

Pulchra Oppidum (Beautiful City), a model city designed and built by St. Vincent de Paul School students Matthew Brenneman, Keith Robinson, Alex Foster and Mark Fongheiser, with the assistance of engineer Joe Tapocsi, as their entry to the 2013 Future City competition placed fourth overall and received some special awards including the People’s Choice, Most Holistic Model and BEST recognition. The team was additionally recognized for Best Use of Recycled Materials for using a variety of items to create their buildings, houses, parks, landscapes and living spaces at a cost of about $35.  The Best Use of Water Resource Engineering award also went to St. Vincent for considering engineering processes that would provide drinking as well as how to treat and dispose of wastewater.

From Columbus...



The students in St. Cecilia’s first grade class participated in an art contest sponsored by Scholastic Magazine called "Pete the Cat Draw My Shoes! Contest" . Pete the Cat is a children’s book series written by Eric Litwin and art by James Dean!. When the students finished designing the shoes, their teacher, Mrs. Lilak, mailed their designs to the publisher. Over 28,000 entries were submitted from across the country. Eli Brickner's design was chosen as one of the top ten winners.  He won a pair of customized shoes plus a collection of Pete the Cat books.

From Lancaster...

Twenty-three students from St. Mary Middle School received Superior ratings on their science fair projects to move on to the District Science Fair. Students will present their projects at OU-Lancaster on March 23, 2013. The students pictured are - Front: Josh Leach, Tyler Bevan, Shea Goss, Jonah Adkins, Beau Boyden and Ethan Henry; Second row: Aaron Van Fossen, Zach Vogel, Hunter Wotruba, Jacob Lynch, Sam Wells and Chris Carter; Third row: John Lewis, Robert Hartman, Brock Conrad, Julia Youssef, Emma Tobin, Bailey Fields and Halle Harris; Fourth row: William Ullom, Maggie Palsgrove, Keirston Marion and Alex Blackston.

From Columbus...

Members of the Junior Christian Leadership Class represented Bishop Hartley High School at the Rally for Life held at the Ohio State House following a Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

From Wellston....

Sts. Peter & Paul School, Wellston, received a $3000 grant to purchase archery equipment needed to begin a new student program. Five staff members and four parent volunteers were trained through the National Archery in the School Program and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife in order to teach the students according to the NASP curriculum.  With this award, they were able to purchase 10 Genesis bows, a bow rack, 3 tournament grade targets, 2 practice targets, 10 dozen tournament arrows, and an indoor/outdoor Kevlar backdrop safety curtain. With help from a parent volunteer, they were also able to construct two floor quivers and a "bow box" to secure and store the equipment.







for the 6th Annual

Tuition Assistance Gala
Celebrating Catholic School Virtues

November 7, 2013
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Timothy Cook
Creighton University

St. Charles Preparatory High School
Robert C. Walter Student Commons
6 p.m. reception
7 p.m. dinner

Direct inquiries to:

Click here to see pictures
from the 2012 Gala.

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