President’s Blog May 10, 2019

President’s Blog May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

To All in our Coyle and Cassidy Family:

It is a busy time at school with many of our students involved in taking AP exams.  We know our students are well prepared and I have personally witnessed how focused and hardworking all our students have been.  Keep up the great work!

We continue to receive applications for admission for the fall of 2019.  Please continue to spread the good news of all the exciting things happening at Coyle and Cassidy as you all play an enormous and essential role in helping our school community continue to grow! 

Our BOGO Scholastic book fair was a success! We totaled sales over $1500 and put many books (including summer reading books) in the hands of our students! A big thank you goes out to our parent volunteers who gave so generously of their time: Ligia Maderia, Lisa Canuel, Lauren Leet, Amanda Perrault, Dena Heidt, Diane Walker, Sharon Dupont, Dottie Avila, Lynn Mangott, and Danielle Cochrane. A special thank you to the Thomas Family whose generous donation of donuts put huge smiles on the faces of our students and staff! And thank you to our student helpers (Nick Madeira, Ryan Perrault, Matt Costello and Alex Mangott) as well as Mr. OB, Mrs. Freitas, Mrs. Ferbert, Ms. Bigda, Mr. Guzman, the custodians, and the ESP staff who provided support in many ways, big and small. It truly does take a village, and our village is the best there is!

As this was Teacher Appreciation Week, we thank the parents who provided a wonderful feast today. The thoughtfulness on the part of our parents is always so touching and means so much to our community.

Today our middle school drama group hosted many in the community, especially the 4th grade students from Our Lady of Lourdes, to enjoy our middle school production of Mary Poppins, Jr.  While the 4th grade students were here, they also enjoyed lunch as well as taking part in a STEM activity in our maker space with Mrs. Gilmore.  We were so happy to host our friends from Our Lady of Lourdes today and we know it was a great day for all!

Don’t miss this outstanding performance of our Middle School Drama Club’s production of “Mary Poppins Jr.” on FRIDAY, MAY 10 at 7:00 p.m. and on SATURDAY, MAY 11 at 7:00 p.m.! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. See you there!

Don’t Miss This Great Show!

Congratulations to Coyle and Cassidy teachers Mrs. Jean Cabral and Mrs. Jennifer deMatos who were honored today for their exceptional work and contribution to the teaching profession at the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce 27th Annual Teacher Recognition and Scholarship Awards Breakfast.  We are all so proud of Mrs. Cabral and Mrs. deMatos and were thrilled to see them honored for their outstanding work.  When you see them, please join all of us in congratulating them on this well-deserved honor.

Mrs. deMatos and Mrs. Cabral!

The Catholic Schools Office has been organizing a STEM Partner Night on May 21st at Stonehill College.  The following is the press release sent out to all in our community through our school messenger program, posted on FB, and added as the number one slide on our website.  Please try to join us for this exciting event and please help us spread the word about this exciting work!

Fall River Diocese to hold “meet the partners” event for its new Academy

The Diocese of Fall River is introducing current and future students and their families to the new Academy’s initial academic and foundation partners. Opening in Fall 2019, the solving skills.

The May 21 evening event at Stonehill College will include the initial partners providing critical support to ensure the success of the Academy: the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Stonehill College, and Regis College.  In addition, the Academy is partnering with two foundations: The Carney Family Charitable Foundation and The S.E.A.L. Foundation, which provides specialized education for all learners.

The Academy, first announced in February, will initially serve Coyle and Cassidy School in Taunton and Bishop Connolly in Fall River in their home locations, said Superintendent Steve Perla.  The Stonehill College event is aimed at informing parents of the benefits the Academy will provide to students in the two initial affiliate schools -Coyle and Cassidy, middle and high schools, and Bishop Connolly. 

“As the Academy’s success builds, best practices and partnerships will be expanded to benefit the Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Fall River,” he said.

Partnerships with higher education, foundations, and corporations will help the Academy enrich its offerings in advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities.  

The innovative and effective instructional practices of the Academy will help prepare students to meet the educational and workforce needs of the 21st Century in an intentionally Christ-centered atmosphere. It will offer support for faculty members to shift their instruction from traditional approaches to ones that emphasize personalized learning and project-based instruction across the curriculum, Perla said.

The roles of the initial academic partners include:

·      The University of Notre Dame’s STEM Center – helping to develop a long-term strategic vision and strategic plan

·       Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Academy – coaching the Academy   principal and other school leaders to help realize the Academy’s instructional goals

·      Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s STEM Education Center — providing hands-on, applied STEM professional development to the affiliate schools’ faculty

·      Stonehill College – offering students STEM-related college level courses that carry college credits

·      Regis College – offering students STEM-related college level courses that will also carry college credits. Depending on a student’s track, they may opt for the College’s 3-year college program utilizing their high school junior and senior years as the first year of college

The foundations will play the following roles:

·      Carney Family Charitable Foundation-funding the development of the Academy’s new instructional practice

·      The S.E.A.L. Foundation-funding a Director of Special Education for the Academy to ensure that students who learn differently receive the appropriate support to succeed

Academy partnership event: 

May 21

6:00 – 9:30 p.m. 

Stonehill College’s McCarthy Auditorium in the May School of Arts & Sciences 

Mr. Jack O’Brien and Ms. Brooke Bigda from our Admissions and Development Office continue to work hard to market our school and recruit new students.  Also, they put together a wonderful piece in support of our Annual Appeal and, with their work on the database of names, we have had a successful mailing to over 2,500 alumni and friends of the school.  Although this only went out a little over two weeks ago, the support has been great.  We thank all who, like all of us, support Catholic Education in this area and at God’s school: Coyle and Cassidy!

Thank you to so many parents who have continued to support our Parent Appeal.  Based on the feedback from parents, we approached that effort very differently this year and did not bombard our parents with fundraising requests.  Also, because we have been spending most of our time since January 2nd working on how our programs will look for next year, we have not had the bandwidth to host what some might consider typical fundraising events. Please know, even though we were able to honor that feedback, and that our work needed to shift to our programs for next year, our efforts in this area in no way diminishes the need for the additional assistance from our parents. We know our students are happy and love their school This was so clearly expressed by them in the focus groups Mrs. St. Laurent and I had with our students over the last month.  Please help Coyle and Cassidy by honoring their love of their school with your additional financial support.  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 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.

May God bless you all and may we all have a wonderful Mother’s Day with those special ladies in our lives! 

In Christ,

Dr. Bernie Audette President

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