President’s Blog – February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019
To All in our Coyle and Cassidy Family:
It is with great excitement I share with you the text of the email sent to all from our Central Education Diocesan Office. I am excited by the possibility of a strategic partnership with Bishop Connolly High School and the benefits it will offer all as we work together to strengthen our academic programs as well as or extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all our students. I have tremendous faith that God is guiding this plan as He wants to strengthen Catholic education in Taunton, Fall River, and the surrounding communities.
“To parents at Coyle and Connolly
We have exciting news to share before school vacation. A new Preparatory Academy serving affiliates Coyle & Cassidy and Bishop Connolly Schools is being created and will open for the 2019-20 school year. Approved yesterday by the Central Catholic Schools Board, the new Academy will allow your children to benefit from a superior academic experience while remaining in their home high school for instruction.
The Preparatory Academy is guided by Bishop da Cunha’s initiative, Rebuilding in Faith and Hope. The will serve two long-established, successful institutions as the affiliates. It will build on both schools’ strengths so that all will to benefit from an improved curriculum. This will expand the personalized and blended learning model of instruction already in place in the Middle School and at Coyle & Cassidy, whose educational team has been extensively trained by a leading expert.
It will also introduce an innovative education program known as STEM -Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- that is also a progressive learning approach known for boosting academic achievement, critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills. The optional program will be overseen by Coyle & Cassidy President Bernard Audette, who led a STEM program at a Catholic School in Worcester to membership in the National Consortium of Secondary STEM – the third Massachusetts school and the first Bay State Catholic school to be accepted. will start in the middle school and later expand to include the high school Academy affiliates.
Students who wish to pursue a traditional high school education will have the option at both schools.
Under the Academy, the affiliate schools will maintain their individual identities while working together to create more opportunities for students who live along the Route 24 corridor. The Academy will share talent, build professional learning communities, develop innovative academic programs, and create robust co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for our students. It will provide families with an outstanding option for school choice at two campuses in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Kathy St. Laurent will become the Principal and Instructional Leader for the Academy. Bernie Audette will remain as the President for Coyle & Cassidy and Chris Myron will remain as the President for Bishop Connolly.
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more information about the establishment of this new Academy. If you would like to attend a parent forum to hear more about this initiative, please see below:
Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM at Coyle & Cassidy
Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 PM at Bishop Connolly. If a playoff Basketball game is scheduled for Wednesday, the meeting will be moved to Thursday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
We will follow up with students at school-wide meetings at both schools on February 25.
It is important to us that everyone in our community has the opportunity to ask questions as we move through this process. Together, we will rebuild in faith and hope.”
As noted above, we will be having some informational meetings the week following vacation, but know that the focus of our collaboration is all to benefit our students by further strengthening the programs and experiences we want to offer to all.
Also, I assume most of you probably heard about the change in the Taunton versus Coyle Thanksgiving Day game from the press or through social media. This lopsided matchup has been something that Mr. Pileski, our Athletic Director, has been talking to me about since I arrived. Taunton kept discussing this with us as they knew the matchup was not a good one and they wanted to secure another opponent. After discussing the issue with concerned parents and coaches, we made the decision to end that annual contest for the safety of our players who have been greatly outnumbered for many years. Please understand that this is only about the safety of our student athletes and nothing more.
May God bless you all and may you have a safe and relaxing February Vacation.
Dr. Bernie Audette