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Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award


Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine has selected the Federation of Catholic Schools as a recipient of a Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award  for innovation with the Professional Learning Teams program.  The award annually honors 12 recipients that have led the way by implementing exemplary, innovative programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty and staffs.


Professional Learning Teams (PLT) were implemented starting in the 2010-11 school year as a way to enhance academic programs at Federation schools by providing collaborative professional development opportunities.  All teachers from Federation schools are members of a PLT that either focuses on a grade level or subject area (i.e. kindergarten teachers, science, math, religion teachers, etc.).  One teacher from each group serves as the Team Leader to help facilitate discussion and set the group’s agenda.  Jennifer Stutsman, principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, has provided leadership and direction to the 150 teachers who participate. 


“It has been a great success!” said Stutsman. “Teachers went beyond the original meetings to create wikis, develop writing programs between students of different schools, develop a common pre-school curriculum, create a Summer Academy for students with academic needs, and more. Coming together through learning teams has improved the teaching and learning process!”

A group of principals, teachers and pastors will travel to Boston for the National Catholic Education Association convention in April to receive the award on behalf of the Federation.

View the full article from Today’s Catholic Teacher online at




Catholic identity is evident in our Federation schools as students, teachers and staff observe Lent in ways that are both traditional and creative.  St. Angela Merici students act out the Stations of the Cross each Friday. They also have a Lenten path throughout the school where a different theme (i.e. giving thanks, forgiving, etc.) is highlighted each week.  A new footprint is placed on the path each week to symbolize the kindness students are doing to help undo all unkindness. The school also holds a “penny war” for the missions.

At Sacred Heart, each Monday the school begins its week with a prayer service with the theme “Step Up Closer to Jesus.” Students are given suggestions for how to make their Lenten practice more meaningful.  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School held an “Alleluia burial service” and each classroom has it’s own daily practices for Lent.  Learn more at


The Federation of Catholic Schools wants to keep you informed of accomplishments as a result of our schools and parishes working together. Newsletters are published  monthly in each parish bulletin, and past issues are available to view on the Federation website.

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Alive in Christ

The collaboration that has been taking place among the parishes and schools in the Northeast Deanery through our Federation of Catholic Schools is showing positive signs of success.  At a recent clergy meeting, John Schwob, Director of Pastoral Planning for the Archdiocese, presented some hopeful statistics to the pastors and priests, most notably that overall enrollment in Federation schools is stable, even with a slight increase!

“Despite the challenges facing our parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese, it seems that the Federation model in the Northeast County Deanery is working,” said Schwob.  “The Northeast Deanery was the only deanery whose schools, in total, had an increase in enrollment for the current school year.”

Schools are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2012-13 school year.  In alignment with Archbishop Carlson’s Mission Advancement Initiative, Federation parishes and schools will work together to ensure that Catholic education is accessible to all families who desire it for their children.  Learn more about the Archbishop’s priorities for Catholic education at


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