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What’s new for the 2019-20 academic year

Compiled by Jennifer Tolbert

Welcome back!  The Archdiocese of Mobile is blessed by its Catholic Schools and we welcome all students, faculty and staff to the start of a wonderful new school year.  Over the summer our educators attended prestigious conferences and workshops to enhance the educational experience while parents and volunteers made significant improvements around our campuses.  Upgrades may be seen in the form of new programs and personnel, facility and security, and in our curriculum, including Science and Technology.

 

Christ the King

Catholic School, Daphne

We welcome our new families joining us this year and to all our returning families.  We also would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new staff members, including Mrs. Janet Tusia, our new receptionist; Mrs. Patricia Cash, our new KA teacher; Mrs. Annie Kraynak, our new 3B teacher; and Mrs. Anna Tillman, who will take over assistant duties in KB. Mrs. Anna Williams will also move to fourth grade.

Congratulations to Pre-K4 teacher, Mrs. Ashley Cunningham, for being nominated for the “Best Preschool Teacher” in the Nappie Awards. New this year is a dedicated Spanish classroom and our interactive boards are being updated with new boards.  The annual King’s Supper will be Sept. 19. It’s always a great night of fellowship and fun that benefits our school and parish.

 

Corpus Christi

Catholic School, Mobile

The faculty and staff are ready for a new school year!  We welcome the following new teachers: Mrs. Amy Hines, third grade; Mrs. Bebe Moore, fourth grade; Miss Paige Eliot, middle school English; and Miss Natalie Finnorn, middle school literature.  Mrs. Kim Langham moved from third grade to be our new PE teacher.

We are excited about changes in our preschool program!  This fall, we have a K2 class and our K4 classes moved to the preschool building.  All of our young learners are together!  The move allowed us to create a STREAM Lab that will be used for hands-on activities for grades K-8. In addition, the space will be our designed band classroom. We also purchased new classroom computers for our teachers, which provide more opportunities for integrating technology in all aspects of teaching.

 

Little Flower

Catholic School, Mobile

From STEM to stern, the Little Flower campus has been enhanced.  A STEM Lab has been initiated, headed by fifth-grade teacher Stephanie Hancock.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teaches children to be problem solvers and engages them in hands-on robotics and coding.  Middle school science classes will include introduction to coding.  Five new teachers make LFCS their home.  We welcome Alex Lilly in kindergarten, Emily Milwee in first grade, Jamie Barbour in second grade, Margaret Capizzi in middle school language arts and Tommie Angel to oversee our library.  Elementary students will have the benefit of departmentalized instruction by teachers who are specialized in their area of teaching.  Don’t let the stern look of the new Viking on the wall of the freshly renovated gym prevent you from enjoying basketball games this fall.  The preschoolers and primary grades will enjoy the new playground created by our wonderful volunteers and Knights of Columbus. Our theme of “Child of God with Serving Hands and Loving Hearts” promises a school year filled with kindness, hope and Jesus.

 

McGill-Toolen

Catholic High School, Mobile

We are excited about new offerings for our students, including Computer Science Discoveries, designed to introduce all students to computer programming and design; and Tech Tern Class, a combination of online learning and traditional classroom learning for juniors and seniors to work hands-on with faculty to identify and resolve technology issues.  We are continuing to expand our Annunciation program for students with cognitive impairments and significant learning disabilities. Much of its success is due to the Peer Mentor program, where seniors take a class – MAPS – that allows them to assist Annunciation students each period.  Finally, we will offer an online Health course in the spring semester.  This class will replace the zero-hour health class that we usually offer in the fall to assist students with scheduling difficulties.  We welcome biology teacher Laura Johnson and English teachers Wendy Knight and Sharon Lovell.

 

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School,

Montgomery

It is an exciting time for MCPS as we’ll start the school year with our new 33,000-square foot gym which features seating for 850 spectators, two regulation-sized basketball courts, offices, locker rooms, athletic training and conditioning facilities, and, most importantly, air conditioning. Our Fr. Pat Delahunty gym is being transformed into a performing arts classroom facility which will open in the winter of 2019.  We have upgraded technology at the St. Bede campus to include a new Chromebook cart.  The Holy Spirit campus features a new K4 playground.  Catholic Knights athletics continue to grow with the addition of two new head coaches: Wulf Koch, the second-winningest coach in the Auburn-Montgomery men’s soccer program history, will be heading our boys’ soccer program, and Sellers Dubberley, a highly-decorated girls’ volleyball coach, aims to take our volleyball program to the next level.  It is because of the prayers, love and support our community has shown that we are able to move forward and build for the future.  Go Knights!

 

Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School, Mobile

Welcome to a new beginning at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School!  We are excited to announce the integration of blended learning experiences in the elementary classrooms, incorporating peer mentoring and a strong collaboration of teachers.  A full STEAM lab will enhance our curriculum and provide experimental learning opportunities.  Learning and activity centers have been added around campus, along with a new PE room and curriculum that focuses on health and nutrition to fuel the body, spirit and heart.  A new elective program allows students to choose quarterly between Choir, Praise Dance, Public Speaking, Art, Drama and Science to enrich their school day.  Students have the privilege this year to finalize the name of the new garden, created in honor of Mary, that provides a place of prayer, growth and celebration.

 

Resurrection Catholic School, Montgomery

Resurrection Catholic School has a new principal for the 2019-2020 academic school year, Dr. Martha W. Pettway. She has more than 30 years of experience in education.  We also welcome new Pre-K Director, Dr. Edjuana Johnson. We look forward to a year of striving for “Excellence in All Things!”  We are also in the process of upgrading our technology with new computers for our teachers and in our library. Eagles soar high at Resurrection!

 

St. Benedict

Catholic School, Elberta

St. Benedict Catholic School is ready for a year full of exciting additions.  We welcome our new faculty and staff: Valerie Dormand (Resource), Erin Faulk (Music), Kim Kaechele (Extended Day), Dianne Davis (Middle School Language Arts and French) and Brooke Thomas (Advancement). We are excited for a new look on campus with both new uniforms and fresh paint throughout the school.  Thank you to our volunteers for their hard work.  STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) will be available to all K-8th graders in our renovated STEM Lab.  Students are looking forward to competing on our new Robotics Team.  The Engineering Club will meet after school on Thursdays to work on projects.  Spanish will be taught weekly, while middle school students have the opportunity to take French or Spanish.  The SBCS Performance Choir will showcase their talent throughout the community.  Finally, we are pleased to announce the partnership of our Junior Optimist Club with the Optimist Club of Perdido Bay.

 

St. Dominic

Catholic School, Mobile

We are excited to welcome Mr. Henry Nonnenmacher as middle school science teacher and Mr. Matt McArthur as PE coach. We are also thrilled to welcome 41 new families and 57 new students. The drama club has worked on theatre skills and will present the Snow Queen in the fall. Students have attended academic enrichment classes now offered in grades 2-8. A new math series will be introduced for all grades in the fall. We will hopefully welcome our new parochial vicar, Fr. Marlin De Cruz this month.  We continue our focus on a classical Catholic approach to education focusing on what is true, good and beautiful.  The Eagles are SOARing to new heights!

 

St. Ignatius

Catholic School, Mobile

All faculty and staff members of St. Ignatius Catholic School will be trained in CPR and First Aid before the school year begins.  Latin instruction will be added to our kindergarten through second-grade curriculum.  Fr. Shields and Ms. Miller have added the Disciple of Christ Education in Virtue curriculum as a supplement to the religion curriculum.  Every teacher will be instructing students in the core virtues: loving with justice, acting with prudence, contending with fortitude and mastering with temperance.  The curriculum is structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so they may form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy.

 

St. John Catholic

Montessori School,

Enterprise

St. John Catholic Montessori is looking forward to the beginning of a new school year. Mrs. Carolynn Perez will be our Lead Teacher, Mrs. Bernadette Pagsisihan, a Teacher’s Assistant and Mrs. Taylor Allen, a new addition to our team as a teacher’s aide. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our staff!  It is a blessing to welcome eight new students to our existing class. Our teachers are looking forward to helping enrich the minds of our little ones, while offering a Catholic Education.

 

St. Joseph

Catholic School, Tuskegee

St. Joseph Catholic School is filled with gratitude for the long service of Marjorie Reese, principal (13 years) and teacher at the school (51 years).  She will continue on as the kindergarten teacher as Mary Florian takes on the role of new principal.  It is with regret that we have to say goodbye to Sr. Grace Ozomba, who is being transferred to a Florida school.  She will be greatly missed!

Many busy bees and good Samaritans are at the school preparing the grounds and buildings for the children’s return.  This help is the beginning of many exciting improvements being made. If you feel the Lord calling you to lend a hand or support financially, please contact the school.

 

St. Joseph Child

Development Center,

Holy Trinity

St. Joseph CDC is excited for another year of assisting parents in preparing their preschool age children for a lifetime of learning. We want children to develop a love for learning and receive a solid foundation for the next stage in their development.

 

St. Mary

Catholic School, Mobile

Many of the faculty at Saint Mary Catholic School participated in professional development this summer at Nuts and Bolts in Destin, Fla., Marymount University, University of Notre Dame and Baltimore, as well as local conferences in Mobile. In addition, middle school history teacher Joe Moody built desks that were designed for our middle school resource room. The drainage in our parking lot was improved this summer. We are excited about the upgrades to Thompson Field. A group of enthusiastic and dedicated parent volunteers worked hard to re-sod Thompson Field and do other campus improvements.  Some classes received new air conditioning units as part of campus improvements this summer.  Finally, we are happy to welcome new faculty members: Victoria de la Campa, Alison Gray, Joseph Treacy and Hannah Mansfield.

 

St. Michael Catholic

High School, Fairhope

We expect 320 students in our fourth year as a school. The “Bringing our Cardinals Home” campaign, which ended June 30, raised $5.1 million in pledges over a five-year period for the purpose of building athletic facilities. The school will build in steps. The first step, to begin this year, will be a fieldhouse with lockers, a weight room, coaches’ offices, a physical training room and a team meeting room. As pledge monies come in, we will take future steps, including a football/soccer stadium, baseball field, concessions pavilion with bathrooms, additional parking and an outside amphitheater.  The school also finished paying on a short-term loan to purchase 40 adjacent acres to its property. The campus is now 80 acres.  We welcomed six new teachers for 2019-2020 and also added coaches to support our growing athletic program: Mr. Saboe (History, Model U.N.), Mr. Dupre (Biology, asst. football), Mr. Schmidt (Theology, asst. basketball), Mrs. Kilgore (Choir), Mr. Hunter (Math, asst. basketball and asst. baseball) and Mr. Nolan (Math, middle school football, head varsity basketball).

 

St. Michael Preschool
& Kindergarten, Auburn

Big changes in the staff this year bring new and exciting things to St. Michael Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten as they welcome new and returning students. Erika Bader has been reappointed from teaching the PK4 class to the director’s position of the school.  Mary Brown has also been reappointed from teaching the PK4 class to kindergarten. Two new teachers have been brought in to teach both PK4 classes: Haley Allen and Allie Crump.  Elizabeth Walker remains as teacher of one of the PK3 classes accompanied by assistant Monique Van Keuren, who also teaches the fitness class.  Janine Babbitt rejoins the staff as the other PK3 teacher assisted by Katie Spraggins. Heather McDonough continues to teach the music classes and Polly Bentson teaches art and library.  Marta Wyka continues to be the office assistant. Growth has doubled this year in the kindergarten class, and we are very excited about it. “Positivity makes Change Possible.”

 

St. Patrick Catholic School, Robertsdale

We celebrate our 40th anniversary this year!  We welcome all our families, and new teachers, Mr. Pooley, for Algebra, and Mrs. Amber Dunlavy, PK3 teacher.  This summer, teachers attended the Alabama Educational Technology Conference in Mobile and the ASCD conference on Teaching Excellence in Orlando, Fla. Our facility looks lovely!  Flat roofs have been resurfaced, air-conditioning units replaced, painting and updating bathrooms accomplished.  New picnic tables were purchased and pea gravel was added to the playground.  All classrooms are equipped with overhead projectors and smart boards.  Additional Chromebooks were purchased.  Welcome to St. Patrick Catholic School for a great school year!

 

St. Pius X

Catholic School, Mobile

Over the summer, 73 Crepe Myrtle trees were planted, lining both sides of Sage Avenue. This gives a visual border to our property while enhancing the beauty of our campus. The steps out of our classrooms were painted to increase the visibility of the change in elevation. The north wing of our campus was reroofed and all ceiling tiles were replaced.

We will participate in the “Competing Against Cancer” program which will “provide the students with the education, support and resources needed to be proactive in the fight against cancer.” Our newly formed “Art with a Heart!” Club will meet after school to create art projects for area nursing homes, hospitals, etc.  This club is the idea of several students who want to do something to cheer up the elderly, sick or lonely.  We are excited for the blessing of a new school year.  Go Cardinals!

 

St. Vincent de Paul
Catholic School, Mobile

Welcome to our new and returning SVS families!  We also welcome our new staff members: Blanche Luckie, fifth grade; and Harrison Kuppersmith, Director of Advancement.  We are excited to kick off the year with our STREAM initiative.  Using the principles of STEM infused with Religion and the Arts, our students will be actively engaged in a standards-based, exploratory and inquiry-based environment. A special thanks to our SVS PTO for the funding necessary to equip our teachers with a STREAM Lab that will help them foster the growth of a new generation of faith-centered innovators, collaborators and problem solvers who will be ready to serve their community with critical minds and compassionate hearts.

 

 

 

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