October 19, 2018 President’s Weekly Blog
October 19, 2018
To all in our Coyle and Cassidy Family!
We have come to the end of another wonderful week! As I work on writing this, the weather has certainly turned chilly reminding us that Fall is in full swing and, well, we know what is coming!
This week our students in grades 5-10 have been working with their homeroom teachers as they prepare for the upcoming MAP testing next week. It is important to stress that the reason Coyle and Cassidy and the diocese have engaged in this testing is to gather important student-specific data that teachers can use to drive their instructional practice on an individualized level. The beauty of the MAP testing protocol is that the data will be available to our teachers a day or two after the test administration. This quick turnaround in data is such an improvement over other forms of testing. More will be forthcoming from Mrs. St. Laurent about this entire program.
This Thursday Mrs. Jean Cabral and Mrs. Patricia Williams from our middle school hosted a retreat for the 4th grade students from Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School. All of our guests really enjoyed their time with our students and teachers and having a day devoted to the 10 Commandments! There were lots of smiles and expressions of happiness from all involved. Another great Coyle and Cassidy event!
This past Monday, all in our Coyle and Cassidy school family joined together to honor a true friend of our school and public servant in the City of Taunton. “October 15th at 11:30 am, the students, staff and faculty of Coyle and Cassidy walked out to the sidewalks of Broadway Street to stand in silence for the loss of retired police patrolman, John Munise. Today, we stand as a community to honor the life of Officer Munise, as well as offering our support and prayers to the Taunton police department, his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.” May God take John into His arms to rest in peace in God’s Eternal Kingdom. Amen.”
We are very excited to be planning to collaborate with our colleagues at Stonehill College and provide a great historical research opportunity under the direction of our Social Studies Dept. Chair, Ms. Kara Lawrence. Through the great work of our Director of Admissions and Institutional Advancement, Mr. Jack O’Brien, he has met Rev. McKnight of the First Parish Church in Taunton. Rev. McKnight took Jack on a tour of her church which included their rich archives holding original town documents going back to the Colonial Period. With a Stonehill partnership our students will be able to study these documents under the direction of Ms. Lawrence, a college archivist, and Stonehill Professors. This is an amazing opportunity and we all feel so blessed that we are able to provide our students with this wonderful opportunity. More to come on this exciting collaboration as we move forward.
Don’t forget about our Open House on Sunday, October 28th from 12:00 noon to 2:30pm. We have plenty of posters, lawn signs, and the new car magnets. Please help us spread the good news of God’s school. If you have not already done so, please visit our Facebook page to share our great Open House Video (pinned at the top of our page) that Ms. Bigda created. Our goal is to get 300 shares! Ms. Bigda is also asking for as many parent volunteers as possible to be available to speak with prospective students and their parents as well as do a number of other things during Open House. Please visit her sign-up page to volunteer! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e44a9ab2aa7fe3-open Also, remember that our referral incentive program is very much in place. Please help us all in the very important job of bringing potential students to our Open House! Never forget that individually our impact is strong, but as a group and family, our unified efforts are tremendous. Let’s continue to work together to spread the good news of God’s great school: Coyle and Cassidy High School and Middle School.
Also, From UMASS Dartmouth: Do you want to learn more about programming? Come spend a couple of hours learning how to code! The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so. To that end, they’ve built a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. At our event, we offer Scratch and Python/HTML sessions, and this event is FREE.
UMass Dartmouth’s Kaput Center announces its first CoderDojo session!
Saturday, November 3rd from 10am to noon in LARTS 208 &209
Registration now open! Only ticketed participants can attend. Space is limited!!
- For more information about CoderDojo, please visit their website: https://coderdojo.com/
- For tickets to our first event, please visit this website:
- For additional information about this event, please contact Kimberly Welty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my hope and prayer that you all have a wonderful weekend! We can also look forward to the World Series and our own Boston Red Sox! Go Sox!
Dr. Bernie Audette