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Catholic Schools Today

Second Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

Catholic Schools Today, a program highlighting the successes of Archdiocesan schools, airs on the second Monday of every month with host, Dr. Jim Rigg (Superintendent of Catholic Schools), and co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz, Mark Teresi, or Wayne Magdziarz.

Catholic Schools Today, September 13, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021
Hosts: Melissa Link and Roni Facen. Segment I: Greg Richmond, superintendent of Chicago Catholic schools, talks about school enrollment and the beginning of the school year. Segment II: Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic and Fr. Sergio Mena recently blessed a mural painted by student artists at Our Lady of Charity School. Over the summer, six middle school students and the National Museum of Mexican Art artist M. Zayuri Pacheco painted the mural inside one of the school's hallways of holy people of God. Guest: Frank Zarate. Segment III: Hispanic Heritage Month Announcement -- Members of a cultural celebration committee will announce the theme and the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from mid-September thru mid-October, talk about the cultural significance of this celebration and what some schools are doing in observance. Guests: Erika Gallardo, Maria (Cooky) Perez-Eraci.

Catholic Schools Today, August 9, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021
Hosts: Melissa Link and Roni Facen. Segment I: Matthew D. Welter joins our hosts and gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: St. John Brebeuf students weave mats for homeless. Guests: Rebecca Giannelli; Adam Taylor. Segment III: Welcoming the new Archdiocese of Chicago Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Greg Richmond.

Catholic Schools Today, July 12, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021
Hosts: Melissa Link and Roni Facen. Segment I: Phyllis Cavallone joins our hosts and gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: The Good Shepherd Catholic Schools building in Little Village will be reopened for the 2021-22 school year to house an expansion of neighboring Epiphany Catholic School's preschool and kindergarten programs. Guests: Scott Ernst and Andrea Guevara. Segment III: A pair of iconic Catholic institutions in Oak Park have announced a five-year partnership to share resources and facilities for future students. Fenwick High School and St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy School have announced a new five-year agreement that calls for both schools to share a vision of more diversity, equity and inclusion for future students. Guests: Sharon Leamy and Ray Moland.

Catholic Schools Today, June 14, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Jim Rigg gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: St. Rita graduate and author, Kyle James. Guests: Kyle James; Takeshi James. Segment II: Farewell to Dr. Jim Rigg as Superintendent of Chicago Catholic Schools.

Catholic Schools Today, May 10, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Golden Apple Finalist. Guests: Sandy Holbach; Sara Lasica. Segment II: Early Childhood Language Intensive Program. Guests: Erika Gallardo; Dr. Katy Lichon; Georgina Luque

Catholic Schools Today, April 12, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Holy Family Catholic Academy Students Meet NASA Scientist. Segment II: DePaul College Prep Support the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community.

Catholic Schools Today, March 8, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi. Segment I: St. Ferdinand Participates in Operation Rice Bowl Project. Guests: Erin Boyle Folino; Freida "Ms. Koko" Kokosioulis; Karina (Third-grade student); Jayden (Eighth-grade student). Segment II: Fourth-grade Students Create a Black History Wax Museum. Guests: Susie Hawkes; Kennedy (Fourth-grade student); Chloe (Fourth-grade student).

Catholic Schools Today, February 8, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Jim Rigg gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: On Juneteenth, 2020, Marian Catholic High School senior, Tamera Trimuel, published her first book titled Dear Black Girl, You are IT! Guest: Tamera Trimuel. Segment III: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi speak with some of the African American Heritage Award winners for 2021. Guests: Tracy Aldaz; Lee Von Overton; Jadyn Thomas.

Catholic Schools Today, January 11, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Jim Rigg gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: Carmel Catholic's Move the Movement. Guests: Dr. Brad Bonham; Fr. Christian Shiu; Brian Stith. Segment III: St. Andrew School Raises Money for Catholic School Families. Guests: Liz Vincent; Julie Richard; Sarah Casavechia; Christine Boyd.

Catholic Schools Today, December 14, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Dr. Jim Rigg gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicagol Catholic Schools. Segment II: John Little, a first year teacher at St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove, was recently teaching his classes remotely when he had to evacuate his home due to a fire. John and his family quickly left their home and John taught his next class from his neighbor's front yard. Guests: John Little; Kirs Gritzmacher. Segment III: Students at Most Holy Redeemer School are growing spiritually. The second-grade students received a special gift from St. Nicholas -- bibles and candy. They also recently made their First Reconciliation. Eighth-grade students are preparing for their confirmation. They recently had a service opportunity with local residents who are homebound. Guests: Susan Duffy; Geri Tilkes; Lee Ann Arethas.

Catholic Schools Today, November 19, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Host: Vince Gerasole. Segment I: Dr. Jim Rigg gives an update on Chicago's Catholic Schools. Segment II: St. Patrick High School is Chicago's oldest all-male Catholic high school. The school's current hybrid model ensures the safety, health and well-being of students, faculty and staff while allowing St. Patrick to provide the quality educational experience their families have grown accustomed to in the school's 160-year history. Guests: Mick O'Rourke; Dr. Joseph Schmidt. Segment III: As the largest all-girls school on the north side of Chicago, Resurrection offers a rigorous and challenging education for all students in a supportive environment. Resurrection serves a diverse student population from across the city and suburbs, representing over 100 private and public grammar schools. Guests: Laura Dennis; Dr. Rick Piwowarski.

Catholic Schools Today, October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Damian School's Creative Teachers. Guests: Jennifer Miller; Lynn Kingsbury; Gail Werr; Josua. Segment II: Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools are 2020 National Blue Ribbon Award Recipients. Guest: Mike Kendrick.

Catholic Schools Today, September 14, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I; Dr. Jim Rigg gives an update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: St. Francis de Sales High School's New Principal/CEO. Guest: Roni Facen. Segment III: Immaculate Conception School Goes Back to School. Guests: Sr. Claudia Carrillo; Silvia Gonzalez.

Catholic Schools Today, July 13, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: An Update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and Early Childhood Catholic Education. Guests: John Glimco; Julie Ramski. Segment II: Notre Dame College Prep's New President. Guests: Shay Boyle; Dan Tully; Leandra Juarez.

Catholic Schools Today, July 13, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: An Update about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and Early Childhood Catholic Education. Guests: John Glimco; Julie Ramski. Segment II: Notre Dame College Prep's New President. Guests: Shay Boyle; Dan Tully; Leandra Juarez.

Catholic Schools Today, June 8, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Hubert students inventions win at Chicago Student Invention Convention. Guests: Kelly O'Hara; Emma; Katie; Samantha. Segment II: St. Leonard School graduates looking forward to continuing their Catholic education in high school. Guests: Colleen Manika; Jorge; Nico.

Catholic Schools Today, May 11, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Matthias School has received the prestigious distinction from the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Guests: Katie Carden; Nicole Pacholski. Segment II: St. Francis de Sales High School's Rosa Mendoza is the recipient of the prestigious National Honor Society Scholarship and been named valedictorian. Guests: John Kimec; Mary Kay Rodriguez; Rosa Mendoza.

Catholic Schools Today, April 13,2020

Monday, April 13, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Social and Emotional Learning. Guests: Yesenia Maldonado; Casimer Badynee Segment II: E-learning/Alternative Learning. Guests: Dr. Molly Cinnamon; Jackie Sulton; Christine O'Connor

Catholic Schools Today, March 9, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Girl's Basketball Team Heads to Nationals. Guests: Gia and Cammie. Segment II: African American Heritage Award Recipient. Guests: Senite Barih; Mike Greg

Catholic Schools Today, February 10, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The 42nd Annual African American Heritage Prayer Service will be held on February 28. Guests: Felicia Horton; Dr. Denise Spells; Shaka Rawls. Segment II: St. Hilary first grade teacher, Tina Skukan, was recently awarded with a national honor. Guests: Hedi Belkaoui; Tina Skukan; Kathie Donovan.

Catholic Schools Today, January 13, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy and Principal Receive National Award. Guest: Shane Staszcuk. Segment II: Fenwick High School's Learning Resource Program. Guests: Fr. Richard Peddicord; Richard Borsch.

Catholic Schools Today, December 9, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Brother Rice High School is proud to have 27 Illinois State Scholars for the graduating class of 2020. Guests: Martin Murray; Tommy Crane; Mark Donahue. Segment II: St. Damian School was able to celebrate their diverse backgrounds with a Culture Fair. Guests: Julia; Jesus; Allyssa; Dominic

Catholic Schools Today, November 11, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Saint Patrick High School Celebrates 159 Years in Chicago. Guests: Dr. Joseph Schmidt; Michael "Mick" O'Rourke. Segment II: St. Walter Students Receive Medal of Merit Award. Guests: Sharon O'Toole; Tim B.; Terrance C.; Valerie N.

Catholic Schools Today, October 14, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Virtues in Practice at Our Lady of the Wayside School. Guest:L David Wood. Segment II: Chief of Academics Phyllis Cavallone annouces that seven Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools are new Blue Ribbon Schools. Segment III: Holy Trinity Students compete in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) annual Chicago Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Guests: Angela Micelli; Gabriel Sheikh; Aaron Trinidad.

Catholic Schools Today, September 9, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Saint Viator High Schoo's Upcoming Open House and Shadow Days. Guests: Mike Field; Chris Bremner. Segment II: Our Lady of Guadalupe Receives School Kits. Guests: Bonnie Hall; Matthew Kurtzman.

Catholic Schools Today, August 12, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: DePaul College Prep Announces a New Campus. Guest: Mary Dempsey. Segment II: New Principal at St. Emily School (Mt. Prospect).

Catholic Schools Today, July 8, 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Guerin Pre's Academy Program. Guest: Tom Bednar. Segment II: St. Benedict (Blue Island) New Principal. Guest: Dr. Emily Hanlon.

Catholic Schools Today, June 10, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Marist High School's Faith in the Future Campaign. Guests: Carrie Spano; Tom Gouterman. Segment II: New Director of Inclusive Education. Guest: Kat McConnell

Catholic Schools Today, May 13, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. John Brebeuf students win at Illinois State Science Fair. Guests: Dr. Mary Maloney; Michael Giordano; Olivia K.; Reid R. Segment II: Holy Trinity High School's B-STEM Guests: Angela Micelli; Aaron Trinidad

Catholic Schools Today, April 8, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019
Host: Dr. Jim Rigg. Segment I: The Week of the Young Child. Guests: Norah Rose; Christy Sulaiman; Julie Ramski. Segment II: President of Our Lady Our Lady of Tepeyac is an NCEA Award Recipient. Gust: Joni Thompson.

Catholic Schools Today, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Marian Catholic Celebrates 60 Years. Guest: Steve Tortorello. Segment II: St. Symphorosa's Prayer Partners. Guests: Linda Jania; Mary Shilney; Norah

Catholic Schools Today, February 11, 2019

Monday, February 11, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Ethelreda's Chess Team. Guests: Eric Luster and students Kiriana and Shakira. Segment II: Our Lady of Tepeyac High School's STEM Learning. Guests: Erin Thomassen and student Isabel.

Catholic Schools Today, January 14, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: St. Giles School celebrates 90 years. Guest: R. J. McMahon. Segment II: St. Francis de Sales High School Choir. Guests: Vick Bluhm; Roman Perez; Paola Serrano; Myana Jackson.

Catholic Schools Today, December 10, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018
Hosts: Jim Rigg and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Trinity High School Students Volunteer for Service Projects. Guests: Jamie Visser; Rose Crnkovich. Segment II: Sacred Heart School Receives Blue Ribbon Award. Guests: Kristen Fink; Sheelagh Spooner; Jim Campbell; 4th Grader Sam

Catholic Schools Today, November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: St. John Fisher School Honors Veterans. Guests: Michael Gibson; Amy Schiller; Erin Deering. Segment II: Marian Catholic's Sister Mary Jo Sobieck Speaks about Throwing Out First Pitch.

Catholic Schools Today, October, 8, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018
Host: Dr. Jim Rigg. Segment I: St. Bartholomew Students Build Peace. Guests: Karen Rebhan-Csuk; Jacob Marchant; Greta Grider. Segment II: Nazareth Academy AP Scholars. Guests: Therese Hawkins; David Sullivan

Catholic Schools Today, September 10, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: INCubator.Edu at Saint Viator High School. Guest: Karen Love. Segment II: St. Colette School's New Principal. Guest: Joe Quinlan

Catholic Schools Today, August 13, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Mary of the Angels Principal Honored with an Outstanding Educators Award. Guest: Beth Dolack. Segment II: St. Laurence High School's Peru Advocacy Trip. Guests: Ms. Ozana Paraga; David Ruiz.

Catholic Schools Today, July 9, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I; St. Cajetan teachers and principal learn at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Guest: Michelle Nitsche. Segment II: Guerin College Prep's new president, Tom Bednar.

Catholic Schools Today, June 11, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Welcome to our new Chief of Academics. Guest: Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek. Segment II: St. Symphorosa Collaboration with Elim Christian Services. Guests: Kathleen Berry; Norah, Third-Grade Student.

Catholic Schools Today, May 14, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Heart of the School Award Winner. Guest: Katie Olson. Segment II: St. Maria Goretti's The Kindess Rock Project. Guests: Claudia Mendez; Danielle Ianneli; Julia; Yiannis; Agata

Catholic Schools Today, April 9, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Gilbert School is a Blue Ribbon School. Guest: Brian Tekampe. Segment II: Marian Catholic High School's Lenten Mission Project. Guests: Justin Thirstrup; Julie Cappas; Ryan Dee; Jalen Frazier

Catholic Schools Today, March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: St. Xavier School Honors Our Lady of the Snows' Teacher. Guests: Samantha Garcia. Segment II: Notes of Encouragement Sent to Stoneman Douglas High School. Guests: Sue Wittich. Segment III: Peace Building Activities Planned for March 14, 2018. Guests: Ellie Schmerler; Madeline Maros; Students Gillian and Beth

Catholic Schools Today, February 12, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Mid-year check in with a first time principal. Guest: Sherry Steward. Segment II: Robotics Team Qualifies for State Competition. Guests: Dr. Michael Rodgers; Marty Spring; Tom Dart. Segment III: African-American Heritage Prayer Service. Guests: Bob Rabe; Peyton Ashford

Catholic Schools Today, January 8, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: "Invest in Kids" Tax Credit Scholarships. Guest: Bob Hudzik. Segment II: Catholic School Alum and Rhodes Scholar. Guest: Thomas Dowling. Segment III: Golden Apple Teacher Nominee. Guests: Helen Dumas; Debra Coleman.

Catholic Schools Today, December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: "Invest In Kids" Tax Credit Scholarships. Guest: Bob Hudzik. Segment II: Josephinum Academy's International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Guest: Lindsay Bartlett. Segment III: St. Bruno School Participates in Hour of Code. Guests: Colleen Schrantz; Michelle Shinners; Julian; Annabella

Catholic Schools Today, November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarships. Guest: Bob Hudzik. Segment II: St. Edward School in Chicago. Guest: Sr. Marie Michelle Hackett. Segment III: Holy Family Catholic Academy in Inverness. Guest: Kate O'Brien.

Catholic Schools Today, October 9, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Blue Ribbon School St. Josaphat in Chicago. Guests: Nel Mullens; Jennifer Kowieski. Segment II: Blue Robbon School St. Joseph in Wilmette. Guest: Michael Kendrick

Catholic Schools Today, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Soup-er Stadium Challenge. Guests: Bob Rabe; Angel Gutierrez. Segment II: Catholic High School Open Houses. Guest:L Daniel Turney. Segment III: St. Michael School Holds Virtual Reality Field Trips. Guests: Vikki Stokes; Jennifer McDonald; Valeria Dubovoy.

Catholic Schools Today, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017
Host: Dr. Jim Rigg. Segment I: St. Hilary's First Day of School Begins with Solar Exlipse Learning Fun. Guest: Calvin Andre. Segment II: Twenty-two Catholic Schools Selected to Participate in the First Early Childhood Leadership Academy. Guests: Julie Ramski; Veronica Skelton-Cash, Tina Young. Segment III: New High School Entrance Exam Date -- First Saturday in December
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