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St. Bernard School Graduates Don Caps & Gowns for a Virtual Commencement
This week, St. Bernard School filmed and photographed each member of the Class of 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, where the school's annual graduation ceremony is held. While the school can't hold its traditional ceremony this year due to COVID-19, each member of the Class of 2020 got to wear their cap and gown, walk down the aisle, and have their keepsake photo taken with their diploma. Footage will be assembled into a virtual commencement ceremony. More details about the virtual commencement will be released soon.  

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Xavier High School’s Service Trip To Guatemala: Changing Lives
As part of one of their missions, Xavier High School students and faculty on a recent service trip to Guatemala presented care packages to local families. You can always count on this: those receiving the non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies are joyful, thankful and welcoming. Such was the case this year, and one family also responded in a way that typifies the people encountered by the Xavier contingent of about 20 students and three faculty members that returned to school on Feb. 24 after nearly a week in Guatemala. “We go to these houses,” As...

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Saint Bernard Student Sews Face Masks for Hospitals
Katelyn Geren, a freshman at Saint Bernard School, is helping the local community by sewing masks for hospitals, nursing homes and organizations in need. Katelyn, a Ledyard resident, sews the masks in between her studies. Each mask takes about 10 minutes to create, she says. “I have fallen into a good routine with online school, so I’ve had a bit of time and figured I could be useful,” she says. “My mom has been a huge help, I have a friend doing it as well, and even my siblings have pitched in!”

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Mercy Alumna Appointed President of Mercy High School
Sr. Maureen Reardon, RSM, PhD, chairperson of the Mercy High School Board of Trustees is proud to announce the appointment of Alissa K. DeJonge '95 as President of Mercy High School, effective July 1, 2020.  “I am confident that Ms. DeJonge will bring creative, visionary leadership to her Alma Mater. Her professional career, its achievements, and her experience as a student and chair of the Board of Trustees enable her to understand and live the culture, history and charism of Mercy High School,” Sr. Maureen explained. Upon graduating as the Class of 1...

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Saint Joseph School Embarks on Distance Learning
FCC News Desk As the Coronavirus has altered the lives of the entire world, school communities like St. Joseph School (SJS) in North Grosvenordale have had to make swift changes in a short time to keep the educational process moving forward for the students they serve in grades Pre-K through 8. As students and teachers physically gathered for the last time on Friday, March 13th, plans were already underway to enact a Distance Learning Program, which culminated in a special Professional Development Day for teachers on March 16th. “I cannot thank the entire SJS co...

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Catechist’s Energy Rooted in Faith
She is leader, catechist and mentor to more than 200 students in her faith formation programs and is the creative, artistic, musical, animated idea generator for the teachers/volunteers and parents who are also part of her programs. She has a room full of resources she created to enhance the lives of her students. The list includes, Holy Land; Scattegories: Confirmation Edition; Connect Four: Catholic Edition; Build a Church; Wheel of Catholic Fortune, and many others. She is a wife and mother of three grown children and serves as the Director of Faith Formation at All S...

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Superintendent's Letter: '7 Essentials' Useful for Teachers, Students
My Dear Friends,   Last November, Father Robert Spitzer (of EWTN fame) made a presentation at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regarding a new supplemental module series for youth confirmation entitled 7 Essentials. This module was designed to supplement, not replace, existing confirmation curricula. 7 Essentials focuses mainly on the issues which cause an increasing number of young people to abandon religion. National surveys from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. have shown that religion is on an incredible decline, especial...

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St. Joseph School Offers More Clubs, Sports
Over the past two years, St. Joseph School (SJS) in North Grosvenordale has increased its offerings to students in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities. The expansion of these activities stemmed from a summer meeting in late July 2018 when a group of parents brainstormed ways to improve the student experience at SJS. The SJS athletic program, led by athletic director and parent volunteer Lindsay Lehmann, consists of multiple sports in which student-athletes participate. The interscholastic offerings are in soccer (fall season) and basketball (winte...

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Xavier Students Shine in Yale Model Congress
Xavier High School students Benjamin Pitruzzello ’22, Jordan Hetu ’21, Daniel Lyons ’21 and Cole Sierpinski ’21 recently won awards for individual pieces of legislation they wrote and presented in their committees at the Yale Model Congress. Pitruzzello also won an award at the Yale Model Congress last year. “This is the largest number of awards our Model Congress team has taken home from a conference in living memory, and I was very proud of how well our students represented the school,” Xavier teacher and Model Congress moderator ...

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Sacred Heart Kindergarteners Learn About Giving
Giving Tree helps students fill backpacks for the less fortunate   How do you bring religion lessons to life for young children? This year for an Advent religion lesson on giving and sharing with children less fortunate, kindergarten teacher Trisha Fleury asked her class at Sacred Heart School in Groton if they wanted to collect items to fill backpacks for children that were less fortunate. The first step was to bring the ideas down to their level.   “We had to discuss what fortunate means. We talked about all the things that we have and that som...

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