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Catholic schools engage students in 'Hour of Code'
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 10:00 am
The diocesan schools selected to pilot the STREAM initiative participated in an international program designed to encourage more children to become interested in the quickly growing field of computer science and also help prepare for careers.
Students take their tech knowledge to the X STREAM in expo
Wed, Dec 10th 2014 04:00 pm
On Dec. 7, Catholic school students used science, engineering and technology to move blocks, hold erasers and launch bottles into the sky. The students took part in an X STREAM Games and Expo sponsored by the diocesan Department of Catholic Education, held at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.
Gallery of Catholic parishes and schools hit by snow storm
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 03:00 pm
WNY Catholic Photographer Patrick McPartland ventured out to visit diocesan parishes and schools hit by the storm in an exclusive Facebook photo gallery.
Williamsville principal honored with national awards
Thu, Nov 13th 2014 02:45 pm
The principal of St. Gregory the Great School has received two national awards for her work with the Williamsville school.
Christ the King School prays for, support veterans
Tue, Nov 11th 2014 02:40 pm
Each year, students at Christ the King School in Snyder have the opportunity to pray for and recognize those who have faithfully served their country. On Monday, Nov. 10, the eve of Veterans Day, students spoke with military heroes in the community who have done so, in addition to the support the school regularly offers the nation's veterans via organized prayer.
Our Lady of Black Rock promotes cultural diversity, helps refugees
Tue, Oct 28th 2014 03:00 pm
Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo has steadily experienced an increase in enrollment over the past several years. According to Principal Martha Eadie, the school has welcomed a number of students from other countries, which has offered the community a uniquely multicultural experience.
Convocation discusses combining Common Core, Catholic values
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 01:00 pm
On Oct. 3, teachers of elementary, middle and high schools throughout the diocese welcomed keynote speakers from across the country to the Catholic Educators' Convention at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The theme was "Cultivating Our Roots in the Common Core," during which speakers stressed the importance of using the entire school day, and all subjects, to instill Catholic values in students.
St. Joseph School in Batavia to begin new education program
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 12:00 pm
This school year, St. Joseph School in Batavia will be one of the diocesan schools that has been selected to begin a new STREAM initiative. The acronym STREAM, which stands for science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics, is a modified version of the STEM initiative that is being implemented in many public school districts throughout the state of New York.
Queen of Heaven School welcomes more students
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 02:55 pm
A school that has been a fixture in the Southtowns Catholic community will have a boost in enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year. Queen of Heaven School in West Seneca has doubled its enrollment and faculty and staff welcomed students and parents alike as their children's focus shifts from summer fun to the enrichment of learning.
Bishop Malone welcomes Williamsville kids back to school
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 02:00 pm
Young students of SS. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville had a surprise as they got off the bus for the first day of class, Sept. 3. Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomed each of them and promised them an exciting year ahead.
New program creating anticipation for school year
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 02:50 pm
One of the fondest memories I have of the first day of school, when I was a student (a thousand years ago), was that anticipation of a whole new year, a new teacher, new books, new friends and new things to learn. All things were possible.
Pilot Schools prepare to incoprorate STREAM instruction
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 02:00 pm
America is facing a shortage of scientists and engineers. The diocesan Catholic Education Division hopes to remedy that by introducing STREAM into 10 elementary schools this fall. These schools will focus on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math.
Ed Tech Day refurbishes computers for schools
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 02:00 pm
Eight Catholic elementary schools received a much needed upgrade this summer, as volunteers throughout the Diocese of Buffalo refurbished and installed fresh computers and equipment during the 11th annual Ed Tech Day on Aug. 19.
Bishop Malone: The Good News in Catholic Education
Wed, Jun 25th 2014 02:00 pm
As this school year comes to a close, all of our schools are showcasing the great work, inventive creativity and high energy that always characterize our Catholic schools.
State ignores education tax credit bill
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 02:00 pm
Despite a strong media campaign by New York bishops, the New York State Legislature ended its 2014 session in June without passing an education tax credit bill intended to help fund public school districts and parents sending their children to private schools.
Immaculata gives international students a taste of Catholicism
Tue, Jun 17th 2014 02:40 pm
Being the new kid in class is never easy, but imagine being in a new school, in a new country, full of students with a different belief system. That's what's happening at Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, which welcomes international students, some of whom received their first taste of Catholicism when the first bell rang.
Grubka emphasizes importance of supporting seminarians
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 02:15 pm
For most people, staying true to the Catholic faith involves going to Church, prayer and giving back to their communities. For James Grubka of East Aurora, being Catholic is about devoting his time and service to helping seminarians.
St. Joe's celebrates Lasallian mission
Tue, Jun 10th 2014 02:10 pm
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute honored its founder by giving back to the community during the Kenmore school's Founder's Week, May 12-16. During this time students collected various goods to deliver to local charities.
Education rally challenges Cuomo to keep promise
Thu, May 29th 2014 11:00 am
Carrying signs and chanting "Governor Cuomo, keep your word," 300 students, parents and educators gathered at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo on May 28 to make Gov. Andrew Cuomo hold a promise he made to Catholic schools.
Bishop Malone to Cuomo: "Keep your word"
Wed, May 28th 2014 11:25 am
It is important that our voices are heard not only on this public square, but we must, we must be heard all the way to the halls of the State capitol in Albany: the time for approval of the Education Investment Tax Credit is NOW - it's that simple.
Mount St. Mary Academy flips for new education method
Tue, May 20th 2014 11:00 am
Things have gotten turned around at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore. Students are doing homework in school and learning their lessons at home. It's all part of a new teaching technique known as the Flipped Classroom.
Niagara University, Niagara Catholic sign partnership agreement
Mon, May 19th 2014 11:00 am
For many in the area, both Niagara University and Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School have established themselves as key facets of Catholic education in Western New York. Now, the two organizations have signed an agreement to work together with one another on a more extensive basis, with a mission to make Niagara Falls a better place for young people to academically excel and develop their faith.
Felician Sisters to hold service day to support food pantry
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 03:00 pm
The Felician Sisters will sponsor a "Felician Service Day" on Saturday, April 12, to support the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry at Villa Maria College.
FAQ gives insight into school closings
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 02:00 pm
Following the Jan. 15, 2014, announcement that 10 Catholic elementary schools would close, the Department of Catholic Schools received a large number of telephone calls, letters and emails, with questions concerning the process. The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
School tax credit among topics of Public Policy Day
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 02:00 pm
Deacon Don Weigel led a faithful army to the state capitol on Public Policy Day to advocate for those in need. They spoke to state senators and assembly representatives, imploring them to pass legislation that would offer fair benefits to workers, restore dignity to inmates and decrease abortions.
International students feel like members of family
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 02:00 pm
Niagara Catholic High School retains that welcoming spirit that greeted students from St. Mary's, Bishop Duffy, and Madonna high schools when it opened its doors in 1975. In the fall of 2012, kids from St. Dominic Savio Middle School joined the nearby school, merging to form one junior/senior high school. Teachers and pupils now welcome four foreign-born students to their classes.
Bishop Malone responds to school closing questions
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 01:00 pm
January's announcement that 10 Catholic elementary schools in Erie County would close has caused a great deal of consternation, and in some quarters, anger. I certainly understand the response, and I am sorry that it has disrupted the lives of some of our school families.
Father Maher looks to provide worldwide presence at Niagara
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 11:00 am
Niagara University's new president has hit the ground running, all the way to Vietnam. Since taking office last August, Father James Maher, CM, has taken the first steps to opening the school to students and educators from Asia.
Young engineering teams take honors in Future City competition
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 11:00 am
Imagine a superlative city, then research and write a description of it. Design a model and then present and defend your city before a professional panel.
Father Ribits shares love of art with students at O'Hara
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 10:00 am
Ever since he was a boy, Father Thomas Ribits, OSFS, recalls his love of art, a passion that turned into his life's work.
Catholic leaders pushing for tax credit bill
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 09:00 am
As the diocese goes through another round of Catholic school closings, Bishop Richard J. Malone maintains it could have been prevented if New York state leaders pass legislation to provide tax credits for school expenses and donations.
Spirit-filled art is freely accessible at Castellani Museum
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 09:00 am
Cabin fever on a gray afternoon may be exchanged for open, spacious color along the Niagara escarpment. It's all in a visit to the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University. Frequented by local and international visitors, director Katherine Koperski said that for many reasons, it's the most welcoming museum she knows. Admission is free, and there's something for everyone.
Nardin responds to community with kindergarten program
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 03:50 pm
Beginning in September 2014, parents of 5-year-olds in Western New York have a new choice in Catholic education. Buffalo's Nardin Academy is adding kindergarten to its first- through eighth-grade elementary program. The inaugural group will build reading and math skills in extended morning classes, while afternoons will include religion, languages and performing arts, according to Victoria Boreanaz, lower schools admissions facilitator.
Our Lady of Black Rock School principal lights the way for Catholic teaching
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 03:00 pm
Surprised, humbled and grateful were the responses Principal Martha Eadie described on receiving awards for her work at Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo. She was recently honored with the "Lighting the Way for Catholic Education" award by the Catholic School Administration of Western New York.
Catholic Schools Week: Look inside our schools
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 03:00 pm
The adage goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover." The moral behind the adage is that what you see on the outside may be quite different from what you see when you look further. The same is true of our Catholic schools.
Bishop Kmiec to be honored at education dinner
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 03:00 pm
Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop emeritus of Buffalo, will be one of two recipients of the Bishop's Medal during the 2014 Making a Difference Dinner, set for Jan. 30 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.
Diocese announces massive school restructuring
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 03:00 pm
Today will be a painful day for some, but a new beginning for others, as the Diocese of Buffalo announced the closing of 10 area Catholic elementary schools, restructuring the remaining buildings into community-based schools.
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School welcomes twin siblings from Spain
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 02:00 pm
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School in Niagara Falls was able to fulfill the dream of 15-year-old twin siblings from the small village of Asturias, a principality in northern Spain.
Students find way to enjoy quiet time
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 01:00 pm
In this day of TV, electronic gadgets, telephones and other assaults on any effort to have some peace and quiet, St. Francis of Assisi School in the city of Tonawanda has launched a new initiative to help students and faculty enjoy quiet time.
Immaculata students brave the cold for homeless
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 01:00 pm
On any given night 1,000 people in Erie County experience homelessness. On a cold night in November that number increased by 20 as students from Immaculata Academy took part in the 11th annual Homeless Hangout behind the Hamburg school.