President’s Blog March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019
To All in our Coyle and Cassidy Family:
I apologize for not publishing a blog last week, but I was unfortunately hit with the stomach bug.
On Thursday, March 14th, our school had the induction for our various honor societies including:
- Jean Baptiste Debrabant Chapter of the National Honor Society
- Arzobispo Oscar A. Romero Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society
- Cardinal Humberto Medeiros Chapter of the Portuguese Honor Society
- Jean Baptiste Debrabant Chapter of the French Honor Society
- Confucius Chapter of the Chinese Honor Society
Congratulations to the 27 students who were honored this night with an induction into one or more of these honor societies. Your induction is a testament to your hard work as well as your dedication to excellent personal character, leadership, and service!
This week we announced a wonderful opportunity this summer at Regis College. From our announcement: “Attention all Warriors and families! We are delighted to announce an amazing opportunity from Regis College: Regis Summer Scholars! This exciting program that is now available to juniors and seniors of Coyle and Cassidy High School, gives our students the opportunity to earn six (6) college credits, get an authentic college experience, and meet new students from all over the country, while staying in the city of Boston. The cost of the Regis Summer Scholars program is only $1,500 per student. Tuition, excursions, Room and board are all included! For more information on the Summer Scholars 2019 program through the Regis website: www.regiscollege.edu/summerscholars For additional questions, you may contact Kelly Brochu M.Ed., Associate Director of Residence Life/Co-Program Director at Regis College at 781-768-7596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Mrs. St. Laurent is in the process of meeting with classes and getting out preliminary schedules for next year. In addition to our numerous course offerings, we are excited to introduce two new technology electives: Computer Science Principles and Engineering I. Computer Science Principles will introduce students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. Engineering I will explore the areas of mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering principles using the engineering design process. Topics may include computer programming, robotics, wind and solar energy. In addition, we will continue to partner with Stonehill College offering dual enrollment courses. We are working with the administration of the college to offer a dual enrollment course during the Coyle and Cassidy school day. This is a very exciting possibility that will open up the dual enrollment program to all students. We are also in the exploratory stages of establishing a dual enrollment program with Regis College. Watch this space and our newsletter for more information about this program in the future.
As we continue our work for next year, we are working with WPI to assist us with our continued work toward the roll out of a STEM Academy in our middle school. Next week a group from Coyle and Cassidy will be attending two great STEM events at WPI. On Thursday of next week, Mrs. St. Laurent and I will be hosting Dr. Mia Dubosarsky who is the Director of Professional Development for the STEM Education Center at WPI. We are so excited by the ability to partner with such outstanding college institutions to provide unmatched programs for our students.
Today I attended a wonderful state-level discussion in Boston regarding the importance of STEM education and what it means for the opportunities for our students. The data regarding the effectiveness for students, and the advantages they receive, from a STEM program properly conceived and carried out is beyond exciting. We are so blessed to be on the forefront of what is needed in education! Stay tuned for more information as I am able to process and refine all the great information presented today.
Tonight, Coyle and Cassidy is once again holding the Dancing with the Faculty event. Yours truly will take the stage with my wonderful partner and teacher! Come out for some laughs and to celebrate our fun, spirited, and united community! The show starts at 7 pm in the auditorium.
As a reminder to all seeking financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year, in order to be considered for our school-based financial aid, each student must have their registration form returned to the school with a deposit check of $100. Also, your financial aid application must be complete and verified by FACTS in order for us to review your application. Our preferred deadline for this information was March 15th so we are reviewing those applications now. Our next and final deadline is April 1st. If you need financial aid it is important that if you have not met the March 15th deadline that you meet the April 1st deadline. For our middle school families, please remember that the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education does the first awards of financial aid for students in grades 5-8. They have also begun to review applications. If you are a middle school parent or guardian who has not completed the financial aid application, please be sure to do so as soon as possible. As always, thank you so much for choosing Coyle and Cassidy for your children and for making the sacrifice for the important advantages of a Catholic education.
As we continue to invest in our programs for our students, it remains important that we receive financial support from so many. As I have stated numerous times, the amount we assess for tuition covers less than 85% of the cost of educating our students in a manner they need and deserve in order to be prepared for our world today! Also, as a school, we provide a significant amount of financial assistance to many students. We do that in a school that preserved programs and opportunities for our students because we believe all students deserve a full middle and high school experience.
Research continues to demonstrate the financial value of an investment in Catholic education. The research seems consistent that graduation rates, college enrollment and completion rates, median earnings, and overall student success prove to be greater at Catholic Schools. This positive return on investment is in addition to the wonderful grounding in our faith and the exceptional level of college readiness that is demonstrated by graduates of Catholic secondary schools. Please help us spread this good news as well as provide the essential necessary financial support to give all our students the advantages they deserve.
Please visit CoyleCassidy.com to contribute securely by clicking on the DONATE button in the upper right of the website. Or, if you prefer, you may send your donation via mail to the attention of the Advancement Office. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous support of Coyle and Cassidy and for choosing Catholic education for your children.
God Bless and may you all have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Bernie Audette