President’s Weekly Blog April 5, 2019

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President’s Weekly Blog April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019

To All in our Coyle and Cassidy Family:

Happy first week of April and welcome to the 4th quarter.  It has been great to see our spring athletes outside and engaged in spirited competition.  Spring is such a wonderful time of year when God shows us how important renewal is for our earth as well as for each of us!  May you all have a continued blessed Lent.

We have announced this through email, but to make sure all see this:  Nordson Corporation, in partnership with the SEMI Foundation and Brown University, is hosting a three-day STEM-based career exploration program called SEMI High Tech U. HTU for high school students will be held April 23-25, 2019 at Nordson and Brown. Your school has been identified by Nordson as a priority school, because of the high caliber of student and instruction provided.

SEMI High Tech U is an opportunity for students to build on their high school math and science classes, by learning the fundamentals of electronics, statistics, solar tech, semiconductor manufacturing, microchip logic and more. This FREE program will be taught by Nordson’s engineers and employees, giving your students access to industry professionals and more insight into what a STEM career can look like.  Students may apply online at or complete the attached application. Space is limited to 20 students, so please encourage your students to sign up today.

For more information about SEMI High Tech U, you can visit or contact Bryson Gauff, Program Manager at, phone: 408-943-7860.

Boy Scouts of America – Tuesday, April 23, 2019

During the Middle School and High School lunches on Tuesday, April 23, the Narragansett Council of Boys Scouts of America will have an information table in the cafeteria.  Scouting offers many wonderful opportunities for young men and young women.  Encourage your son or daughter to speak to the representative on April 23.  

On Wednesday April 3, the 8th Grade students of Coyle and Cassidy High School and the new students to our school were joined by their families to come together for the Rising 9th Grade Family Dinner.  The event held at the school was a wonderful opportunity for the rising 9th graders to come together as a community and celebrate an amazing milestone in their academic career. Not only did the class of 2023 enjoy a wonderful meal provided by Kerry’s Catering, but they all were also able to watch their classmates receive scholarships to the school.  Each award granted $1,000 for the selected students.  These were the following scholarship winners:

Nathan Silva- Sr. St. Paul Merit Scholarship

Samantha O’Leary- Thomas Whalen Merit Scholarship

Harley Spenard- Sisters of the Holy Union Merit Scholarship

Aidan Mulhern- Alumni Merit Scholarship

Today, Mrs. St. Laurent traveled to Regis College with other diocesan school administrators to explore dual enrollment opportunities for our students through Regis College.  We look forward to announcing some exciting new information in the near future.

Mrs. St. Laurent and I have also been hosting students from all grades to a special lunch with the President and Principal.  We have truly enjoyed our time with our outstanding students.  We were able to meet with two representative groups from each grade level.  We found all of the student feedback extremely valuable.  Although we all agree on some areas that need continued growth and improvement, it was so heartwarming to hear first-hand how much our students love their school.  The Coyle and Cassidy student body is truly amazing and we are all so blessed to have every one of our students at our school. On behalf of all of us at Coyle and Cassidy, we thank each and every parent for choosing a Coyle and Cassidy Catholic education for your children!

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.  If you have not completed your financial aid application you must do so very soon so that there are available funds to meet your need.

For our middle school families, the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education said they will have their first round of awards done by April 10th.  Once we have their awards we will begin our process at the school to consider any additional need.

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.  The first round of financial aid awards for the HS went out today, April 5th. Please know that as a Diocese financial aid is being reviewed very carefully given our cost to educate our students versus the actual tuition we charge.  The actual FACTS calculated need will be used for the basis of our awards as well as clearly awarding multi-student discounts applied uniformly for all students and families. 

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 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 April weekend!

In Christ,

Dr. Bernie Audette


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