October 26, 2018 President’s Weekly Blog
October 26, 2018
Happy Friday to All!
We have had another busy week packed with lots of fun and important events and activities.
This week our students in grades 5-10 took the MAP tests during first period on Monday through Thursday. We are so appreciative that our students took these tests in a very dedicated way. We are very much looking forward to the data we get that will inform our teachers’ instruction for each student as we move forward.
So far we know that our volleyball and football teams have made their specific post-season tournaments. The football team plays their first playoff game tonight at home versus St. John Paul II High School from Hyannis. Girls’ soccer is still in the playoff hunt as play the first of their final three games today at home today versus Southeastern Regional Vocational Tech. Good luck to all of our Warriors as they continue their great seasons!
Earlier this week our junior class participated in a day of service today as their class retreat. They embraced fully our school’s motto, ‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve’. We are so proud of them!
On Thursday night our National Honor Society held their annual talent show to raise money for the Christmas Shop. Sixteen great acts including students from grades 5-12 entertained a very large, enthusiastic crowd. Sam Hourihan and Louis Brechter, co-emceed the event. Based on early reports, this wonderful, fun event raised around $1,000 for this wonderful Christmas, service tradition at Coyle and Cassidy. Thanks to all the wonderful performers and all those who came out to have a great time and support a super cause!
Today, Friday, October 26, 2018, our Junior Class along with their family and friends, and our 9th and 10th grade classes celebrated the Junior Class Mass and Blessings of Rings. Thanks so much to Fr. Fred Babiczuk and the St. Anthony’s Parish for hosting us. Thanks to Mrs. Payson, Mr. Cote, Mrs. Angeley, Ms. Mawn, and Mr. de Matos for all their leadership in coordinating all aspects of this very special liturgical celebration. Thanks too to Mr. Laconte, Mrs. Tranter, and the Class of 2021 for hosting the wonderful reception with many delicious treats!
We are so excited for our fall Open House this Sunday, October 28th from 12 noon until 2:30 pm. We ask your continued help in inviting potential students to attend our Open House. We know the best form of recruitment is that done by our current students and their families. With this in mind, we have continued our referral bonus program. Mr. Jack O’Brien and Ms. Brooke Bigda from our Admissions and Institutional Advancement Office have been very busy since their arrival helping spread the word about our Open House. Some of the things we have done have been done before, while other programs are new helping us expand our outreach. Here a just a few of the things they have done. We are certainly prayerful and hopeful that the all these efforts, and the efforts of so many in our entire school community will pay dividends with increased interest in God’s school.
–250 Lawn Signs – all out; many in very high traffic areas
—Large banner hung on St. Mary’s fence in the center of Taunton
–16K+ post-cards sent as part of direct, targeting mailing to area students
—Referral bonus program put in place for students and faculty and staff
— ~100+ Posters put up in Coyle Country
–Social Media campaign by school (FB, Twitter and Instagram) – multiple ads and boosted posts averaging thousands of impressions each.
–Social Media Contest to encourage current students to place posters around town
–Announcement sent to 40 parishes, who stated they would include in the bulletin
—Phone call outreach to all parishes in our broad Coyle area. This includes parishes in the Diocese of Fall River and the Arch Diocese of Boston.
– Outreach also done to local Christian congregations in our area; many of whom were very supportive of helping us spread the word.
–Presentations made to Religious Education classes at OLOL and Holy Family Parishes in Taunton
–Presentations made to SMCS Mansfield and TCA in Brockton
–Announcement included in Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce e-mail
–Announcement sent to all local Knights of Columbus Councils
–Advertisement in the Anchor
This week we were also excited to be able to announce an important hire in our Guidance Department with the impending departure of Ms. Haynes:
October 25, 2018
I am pleased to inform you that Ms. Mary Ann Mozzone will join our staff as Senior Guidance counselor effective 11/13/18. Ms. Mozzone joins Coyle and Cassidy with over 40 years’ experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Ms. Mozzone has been a Guidance Director and has served as Director of the Graduate School Counseling Program at Providence College. She has also served as a Senior Instructor at Cambridge College teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in guidance. Ms. Mozzone will assume the role of Guidance Counselor for our senior students. We are also finalizing hiring of an additional full-time guidance counselor for students in grades 9-11. Mrs. Emily LaPann will continue to work with our middle school students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
We feel so blessed that a person with Ms. Mozzone’s background and experience is joining our family and we know that our seniors will be in extremely capable hands as they complete their college application and selection process.
Also, an important announcement from Ms. Haynes for all Juniors and their parents:
Dear Juniors and Junior parents,
As I sit writing this letter students are on their class retreat and we are all preparing for one of my favorite CC traditions, Junior Ring Mass. As we mark this special milestone, I can’t help but think of some of the exciting things that still await.
Junior year is a pivotal year. Students are approaching young adulthood, driving, working and balancing many interests and activities. Conducting a well-informed college search is the next logical step! It is an exciting and somewhat scary time for students and parents. I assure you that you will survive! You owe it to yourself to do the process justice! You will not regret making a well-informed decision.
Many students have already utilized Naviance to explore careers and sign up for college rep visits. All students took the PSATs one last time this October. (Scores will be on Naviance by late December.) Believe it or not students have already accomplished a lot! That being said, there is more to do! It is my hope that you will begin to incorporate some of the following practices into your routine.
- Begin to create a resume in Naviance. The tool can be found under the “About Me” tab and “My Stuff”. It will come in handy when looking for a job and when applying to college.
- Utilize the SUPERMATCH data base to search schools based on what you are interested in now. Don’t worry it can always change. You can find it under resources in the college tab at the top right!
- Develop a list of “colleges you are thinking about” this will be a great jumping off point when it’s time to visit or apply.
- Start planning your college visits. February vacation can be a great time as colleges are in session. Seeing a college “in action” can be very helpful-even if you don’t like it!
- Consider taking our SAT prep class. (Flyer is attached). While it isn’t required it can be helpful. You can also prep on your own if you are disciplined and focused.
- Make a plan for standardized testing. The SAT www.collegeboard.com and ACT www.actstudent.org are offered off campus at various dates. The SAT will be administered during a soon to be established date in May.
- Mark your calendars for the following events:
- Junior class Assembly Feb 28th 8:00 am in the theater
- MEFA Junior Parent College Information Night Feb 28 at 6:30 pm in the theater
- City College Fair in APRIL 2019 (TIME AND PLACE TBA)
Lastly while I am leaving Coyle soon, please know you will always remain in my thoughts and prayers. I am confident the Guidance Office will be in good hands moving forward. I look forward to following your many accomplishments on social media!
Ms. Haynes, M. Ed. ‘83
I wish you and your family the most wonderful weekend and hope that you all stay dry during the storm that is due to arrive tomorrow. Let’s also hope the Red Sox and Patriots continue their winning ways this weekend!
Dr. Bernie Audette