Professional Development & Achievements

John Evans, Assessments Account Executive for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, provides in-service for our teachers in the implementation of the Data Manager Plus scoring process that we utilize to obtain student scores on the IOWA Tests of Basic Skills which are administered in grades 3-7 in the spring of each year.
John is shown here meeting with teachers at St. Mary’s Academy in Longmeadow..

The New England Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (NE CACE) held their winter/spring business meetings on March 4 & 5, 2017 in Newport, RI.  Mr. Jim Pavlacka, Director of Leadership Programs for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and Directors of the Commission on Independent Schools for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges attended sessions to offer updates.
NE CACE promotes high quality Catholic school education and provides opportunities for the spiritual, personal, and professional growth of administrators in the ministry of Catholic school leadership.  Some 130 Catholic school administrators from throughout New England attended the NE CACE March 6 & 7 Conference, “Educating the Whole Person: Spiritual ~ Affective ~ Cognitive”.  Presenters were:  Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C. from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Marc Brackett from Yale University and Rev. Nate Wills, C.S.C., from the University of Notre Dame.
Superintendent of Schools Sister M. Andrea Ciszewski, FSSJ, NE CACE Chair attended the meetings and was joined by eight of our school administrators for the conference.
Seated left to right:  Sister Maureen Sheehan, SSJ, Assistant Principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School; Ann O’Connor, Principal of Blessed Sacrament School; Linda Rex, Principal of Mater Dolorosa School.
Standing left to right:  Joan MacDonald, Principal of St. Mary’s Academy; Sister Patricia Hottin, SSJ, Principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School, Lynn Collins, Principal of St. Mary’s Parish School-Elementary; Lise LeTellier, Principal of St. Mary’s Parish School – Secondary.

On November 29, 2016 our Catholic School Administrators gathered at the Genesis Spiritual Life Center in Westfield.  Sister of Providence Elizabeth Oleksak gave a presentation on hospitality. She modeled a practice by which attendees were encouraged to ‘make’ inner space that promotes ‘growth’ for self and others. Attendees were grateful for the day and saw this need to ‘come away’ for spiritual enrichment.
Fr. Thomas Shea celebrated the Eucharistic Liturgy.  In his homily FatherTom spoke of the importance of the virtue of hope in our lives and the need to extend hope to others in our school communities.

Annual Diocesan Educators’s In-service Day
October 21, 2016

Diocesan educators were encouraged, enlightened and uplifted during the annual Educators’ In-Service Day Oct. 21 at St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield.  More than 250  faculty members and administrators from Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Springfield gathered for the day that began with a Mass celebrated by Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski.

Ann Kaiser, Key Note Speaker

“Engineering a Better Future: Using STREAM Projects to Bring the Real World into K-12 Curriculum” was the topic for the keynote address given by Ann Kaiser, CEO of Project Engin, a Rhode Island-based  “Engineering a Better Future: Using STREAM Projects to Bring the Real World into K-12 Curriculum” was the topic for the keynote address given by Ann Kaiser (right), CEO of Project Engin, a Rhode Island-based service that helps schools integrate engineering into their classroom learning.
Kaiser said that learning occurs through doing and that using engineering in the classroom can serve to maintain and reinforce connections to key subjects. She urged teachers to work with their students to incorporate “project-based learning” into their classrooms.
Bryan Colahan assisted with the presentation.  A graduate from the University of Rhode Island. Bryan pursued a career in the financial sector.  Motivated by a lifelong interest in science, he completed his Masters in Teaching, with a focus on Physics Education, at Northeastern University and is certified in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Mary Reed, a math and science teacher at St. Mary’s Parish Elementary School in Westfield said she feels STREAM projects, which stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math, are important. The students have “the chance to design, and to think and to problem solve which is a different way of going with science,” said Reed, who has incorporated many hands-on projects into her classroom.
“We’ve done submersibles. They’ve made anemometers. We’ve made hurricane models. We’re going to do hopefully weather-proof buildings, for earthquakes and things like that. So we’ve got a lot going on, but the best part is the kids absolutely love it. They are totally, completely engaged,” said Reed.

 The 17th Annual Catholic Schools Advancement Dinner
October 7, 2016

The theme for the night was “Investing in Our Children” and the funds raised offer scholarship support for students  attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield. Springfield Bishop Emeritus Timothy McDonnell presided over the special evening that was hosted by the Diocesan Catholic School Board Trustees. Stacy Dibbern diocesan manager  of the Annual Catholic Appeal and special projects helped organize the dinner.
Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, was unable to attend because of a longstanding commitment  in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Fr. Brian McGrath and PrincipalMrs. Jennifer Mastenaccept the Dinner Award in honor of the 130 years of Catholic education at St. Mary’s Schoolin Lee, MA
It was a poignant moment when the Distinguished C ommunity Leader Award was given to posthumously to Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, a Cathedral High School graduate who lost his life last year while protecting others during an attack on the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. His parents, Gerry and Betty Sullivan, accepted the award.




Presentation on Strategic Planning
September 2016 Diocesan Administrators’ Meeting


Ann Scott, Associate Director of the the New England Association
of Schools and Colleges Commissions for Independent Schools.

Next Generation Science Standards Professional Development

2015 Fall and 2016 Spring In-Service Days
2016 Summer Workshop
Sponsored by the Diocese of Springfield
Sr. Bette Gould, SSJ, Endowment Fund and Elms College

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