Catholic Schools Today

Second Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.

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, February 11, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz; Graziano Marcheschi; Interim Co-Superintendent Marty Frauenheim. Topic One--A Conversation with the Interim Co-Superintendent: A brief discussion with Marty Fauenheim, Interim Co-Superintendent, about the Office of Catholic Schools. Topic Two--Lenten Activities in the Schools with guests: Kenneth Ucho, Principal of St. Daniel the Prophet School, Chicago; Geraldine Maratea, Principal of Santa Lucia School, Chicago; Marlene DeSantis, Principal of St. Rene Goupil School, Chicago; Tina Bull, First Grade Teacher at St. Thecla School, Chicago. Topic Three--The National Catholic Educational Association has launched a Distinguished Pastor Award. The Archdiocese is excited to announce that one of it's own is the recipient of this award, Fr. Carl Morello, Pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge. Fr. Morello is one of eight pastors in the United States to receive this distinction this year. Guest: Fr. Carl Morello, Pastor, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Park Ridge.

Catholic Schools Today, January 14, 2008: Farewell to Dr. Nick

Monday, January 14, 2008
Guests: Marianne Dutch; Catherine Sullivan Wallenfang; Evelyn Califfe; Patrick Kelly; Marcella Bosnak; Nancy Nasko; Nancy Andrasco; Richard Guerin; Jack Percival; Fr. Brian Paulson.

Catholic Schools Today, December 10, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007
Segment One--National Distinguished Principal St. John of the Cross, Western Springs, Maureen Colin, the school's principal recently received the 2007 NCEA Dr. Robert J. Legley Distinguished Principal Award. Guests: Maureen Colin, Principal, St. John of the Cross School, Western Springs; Sal Guccione, Assistant Superintendant for Vicariate II; NCEA Great Lakes State Representative. Segment Two--High School Placement Test, January 12: High School Placement Test: Mary Iannudill, Assistant Superintendant for High Schools, will discuss the upcoming placement test taking place in high schools throughout the Archdioocese on January 12, 2008. Segment Three: Guests David Burke, Principal of Epiphany School in Chicago, Lorelei Bobroff, Principal of St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge, Meghan Hurley, Assistant Principal of St. Agnes of Bohemia in Chicago and Patricia Hulzar, Teacher at St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero talkl about traditions and celebrations in honor of Our lady of Guadalupe, the pattroness of the Americas.

Catholic Schools Today, November 12, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007
Segment One--For it's fourth consecutive year, St. Joseph School in Summit hosts a Veteran's Recognition Day. This year on November 8, St. Joseph School presented letters to soldiers in the community on behalf of all soldiers serving in Iraq. Guests: Lawrence Manetti, Principal of St. Joseph School; LTC Francisco R. Carranza USAR, Parent at St. Joseph School Segment Two--St. John of the Cross Parish School will host Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes) on Wednesday, November 14, at 1:30 pm as he presents his first children's book, Angela and the Baby Jesus. Guest: Mary Ann Oczkowski, Second Grade Teacher, St. John of the Cross School in Western Springs. Segment 3--The Science Department at St. Patrick High School shares their facilities and equipment with students from local elementary schools that don't usually have access to top-notch science facilities. St. Patrick reached out earlier this fall, offering use of the school's biology lab and microscope equipment to assist elementary school teachers with their lessons on microscopy. Guests: Christopher Perez, Science Teacher, St. Patrick High School Georgiann Kelly, Teacher, St. Constance School

Catholic Schools Today, October 8, 2007

Monday, October 8, 2007
Seven Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago were named on October 2 by Secretary Margaret Spellings of the U.S. Department of Education as No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools representing the most from any school system in the nation this year. Since 2004, fifteen Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago have achieved this distinction. Joining host Graziano Marcheschi for this Blue Ribbon segment are Ms. Mary Jo Burns, Principal of Ascension School in Oak Park; Ms. Valerie Zemko of St. Colette School in Rolling Meadows; Mr. Roy Rash, Principal of St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich; Rev. Robert Carroll, O. Carm., Principal of Carmel High School in Mundelein; Mrs. Deborah Dedeo, Principal of St. Mary of the Annunciation School in Mundelein. In the final ten minutes Graziano Marcheschi talks with Deborah Muldrow, Event Coordinator for Nativity BVM school about Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide initiative of prevention and education about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. During this week in October, students all over the country make pledges to live drug and alcohol free. Here in the Archdiocese, Nativity BVM School will host its Annual Violence Prevention event on Friday October 12 from 9am to 1pm. The event will address the importance of violence prevention education, and identify the many resources available to schools and organizations.

Catholic Schools Today, September 24, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz; Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich Topics/Guests: Segment 1--Discussion of Strengthening Catholic Schools Conference on September 29, 2007 from 8:30am to 12-15pm at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago. This conference serves the needs of elementary and secondary school partners, including school board members, family school associations, and legislative action persons. Keynote address will be delivered by Nicholas Wolsonovich and will be followed by two sessions of workshops on a variety of topic areas. Guests for this segment are Sue Bordenaro, Legislative Action Consultant with the Office of Catholic Schools and Dr. Michelle Jenkins, Director of Staff Development for the Office of Catholic Schools. Segment 2: Our Lady of Guadalupe School has seen improving test scores over the past few years, increased number of staff development and school days, as well as a large renovation to the school building. Guest for this segment is Michael Hughes, Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Segment 3: St Procopius School implements a dual-language program (English and Spanish) for its students. The goal of this program is to achieve bi-lingual academic proficiency in both English and Spanish. Guests for this segment are Fr. Tim Howe, Pastor of St. Procopius Parish and Adam Dufault, Assistant Principal from St. Procopius.

Catholic Schools Today, August 27, 2007. Back To School

Monday, August 27, 2007
Topics/Guest(s): Segment 1--Superintendent Back to School Report: Dr Nicholas Wolsonovich provides a brief overview of the Office of Catholic Schools' preparations for the new school year, including a system-wide Teacher Celebration planned for September 10 at the UIC Pavilion and the implementation of the Genesis Strategic Plan Segment 2--St. Francis De Sales High School: Rick Hussmann, school president, discusses the upcoming shcool year that will see a 50th anniversary celebration for the campus. In addition Mr. Hussmann talks about creative scholarship and tuition assistance opportunities that exist at St. Francis de Sales. Segment 3--Back to School News From Around the Archdiocese: Listeners were invited to call in and share new initiatives, projest and programs that their schools will have in motion for the 2007-2008 school year. Father Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Parish discusses new development at the newly named Saint Agatha Catholic Academy.

Catholic Schools Today, July 9, 2007

Monday, July 9, 2007
First half hour: Eight teachers from Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools were awarded a total of $70,000 from BP, through the company's A+ for Energy program. The awards are for creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer activities involving energy education and conservation. Guests for this segment are Dan Foertsch, Ph.D. Director of Data and Research for the Office of Catholic Schools who was a grant reviewer; Margaret Laney of BP; Grant recipient Cheryl Tolish of Infant Jesus of Prague School in Homewood; Grant recipient Marcus McKinley of Fenwick High School in Oak Park; Grant recipient Nancy Ramig of Saint Michael School in Orland Park. Second half hour: Resurrection College Preparatory High School (Chicago) recently passed 13 seventh grade students in its first Math Initiative Program. The 13 students, who took Algebra I Honors this past year, will be enrolled at Res during their 8th grade year in honors Geometry. Resurrection will welcome16 new 7th grade girls to the program to be enrolled in Algebra I honors. Our guests: Jo Marie Yonkus, Principal of the school, who started the Math Initiative Program last year for 7th and 8th grade students who excel in math.

Catholic Schools Today, June 11, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007
Topics/Guest(s): Segment 1--St. Martin de Porres' First Graduating Class. Guest is Fr. Charles Bolser. Segment 2--All Elementary Schools will remain open next school year for the first time in 45 years. Guest is Dr. Nick Wolsonovich. Segment 3--Bearing Witness: High school faculty will participate in this 3-day program, June 11-13, that provides Catholic school educators with the training and resources necessary to teach about the historical relationship between Jewish and Catholic communities and the impact of that relationship on Catholic teaching, catechesis and liturgy. Guest is Paul Wieser, Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Braun Holocaust Institute.

Catholic Schools Today, May 14, 2007

Monday, May 14, 2007
Join us for a broadcast of Catholic Schools Today on May 14. The show is being guest-hosted by, Wayne Magdziarz. Please tune in for the program featuring: Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Awards – Three Archdiocese of Chicago educators, Elizabeth Grelle, kindergarten teacher at Frances Xavier Warde School, 751 N. State St., Chicago, Marta Ostrowska, preschool teacher at St. Ferdinand School, 3131 N. Mason Ave., Chicago, and Renee Rosenbusch, kindergarten teacher at St. Monica School, 5115 N. Mont Clare Ave., Chicago, were named as finalists for the 2007 Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. Ms. Grelle was chosen as a 2007 Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Best of Field Award winner. All three will discuss their approach to early childhood education. Congratulate your Graduate! Elementary and high school graduations will be taking place within the next few weeks. Marty Frauenheim, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, will join the discussion to speak about the Academic Excellence in Catholic schools.

Catholic Schools Today, April 23, 2007

Monday, April 23, 2007
Topics/Guest(s): Segment 1--Pastor Appreciation Day--April 29, 2007 is Good Shepherd Sunday and on that day schools throughout the Archdiocese will be rocognizing the crucial role that pastors play in so many Catholic Schools. Guest is Father Robert Casey, Pastor of Our Lady of Tepeyac. Segment 2--Fr. Robert Casey talks about the new playground at Our Lady of Tepeyac School tuilt in conjunction with Reedy Industries, Inc. and KaBOOM! Segment 3--Week of the Young Child--Archdiocese of Chicago Schools are participating in the Week of the Young Child, April 22-28, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Guests are Julie Ramski, Director of Early Childhood Education Programs for the Office of Catholic Schools and Sr. Barbara Jean Ciszek, CSJ, Principal of the Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center.

Catholic Schools Today, March 12, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007
In Segment 1 of today's program Father Greg Sakowicz discusses the Summit for Catholic School Education in Illinois with Sue Bordenaro, Legislative Action Consultant for the Office of Catholic Schools, Zach Wichmann, Associate Director of Education for the Catholic Conference of Illinois, and Rick Guerin, Principal of St. Bede the Venerable School. In Segment 2 Father Greg Sakowicz talks about the St. Gregory the Great High School Protege Program with Suzanne Stone, Director of the Protege Program, Joan Riise, Director of Alumni, Media and Special Events and Yussel Rivera, Senior at St. Gregory the Great High School. In Segment 3 Father Greg Sakowicz discusses the St. Benedict High School Performing Arts Academy with Mary Kay Nickels, Principal of St. Benedict High School and Timothy Kieman.

Catholic Schools Today, February 12, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007
Father Greg Sakowicz co-hosts with Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich. Today's show features discussion about the sponsorhip transition of Notre Dame High School for Boys (Niles) with new Executive Board and Association of Christian Faithful members Paula Waters and Christopher Nowotarski. The second segment of the show discusses African American Heritage Month activities with St. John de la Salle Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago) Principal Charles Carroll and St. Ethelreda (Chicago) Principal Denise Spells. The third segment of the show discusses the new Tech 4 Learning Initiative at Queen of Peace High School (Burbank) where each student will be outfitted with her own laptop in a new wireless school environment with Dr. Kathleen Hanlon, Principal, and Irene Halko, Technology Director.

Catholic Schools Today, January 8, 2007

Monday, January 8, 2007
Father Greg Sakowicz co-hosts with Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich. Today's show features discussion about the January 13 High School Entrance Exam with Thomas Ondrla, President of St. Laurence High School; The St. Mary of Scotland school's Celebration of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 13 with Earl McKay Jr., Principal and Yaisa Hagood, Marketing and Development Director.; The 20th anniversary of Pope John XXIII school in Evanston with Rosalie Musiala, Principal and Robert Swarczewski, School Board President.

Catholic Schools Today, December 11, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006
Graziano Marcheschi co-hosts with Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich. Today's show features "Boards of Specified Jurisdiction" with Carol Palmer, Ph.D., Regional Planning Consultant for the Office of Catholic Schools/"2006 NCEA Distinguished Principal Award" winner Thomas Sedor, Principal of Infant Jesus of Prague school/"2006 NCEA Distinguished Teacher Award" winner Nancy Roberts Garrity, 7th and 8th grade teacher at St. John Fisher School/"Magnificat" with Benny Morten, Principal of St. Ann School and Brian O'Rourke, Development Director of St. Ann School.

Catholic Schools Today, November 13, 2006. "Blue Ribbon Schools"

Monday, November 13, 2006
Today's show features "Blue Ribbon" winners. Co-hosts Father Greg Sakowicz and Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich interview Sr. Ann Busch, Ms. Patricia Frejlich, Mrs. Dorothy Aebersold and John LaRoche about the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Awards and the Archdiocese of Chicago schools that have received it.

Catholic Schools Today, September 29, 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006
Today's show features representatives from St. Mary of Czestochowa School, St. Mary Star of the Sea School and Chicago Jesuit Academy. Guests: Al Theis; Barbara Otto; Evelyn Califfe; Detective Connie Perusich; Matthew Lynch and Rev. Patrick McGrath

Catholic Schools Today, September 2006

Monday, September 11, 2006
Join us for the first broadcast with our new co-host of Catholic Schools Today. We are proud to announce that Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will join Father Greg Sakowicz, pastor of St. Mary of the Woods Parish, for their first broadcast together. Please tune in for the program featuring: Children of Peace Elementary School - a new partnership has just been established with Rush University Medical Center's Science and Math Excellence Network. Two state-of-the-art science labs will be built at the school. Joining the discussion will be Arlene Redmond, Principal of Children of Peace and Reginald Adams, Director of Community Affairs, Rush University Medical Center. Seton Academy - IBM Laptop computers have been issued to every faculty member and student at the high school to supplement curriculum. Joining the discussion will be Ingia Jackson, the new Principal of Seton, Fred Reynolds, Seton's Technology Director, and Mark Garstki, Director of Technology for the Office of Catholic Schools. It's time for the Strengthening Catholic Schools Conference on Saturday, September 23rd at Resurrection High School. The conference is open to everyone involved in Catholic education in the Archdiocese. Dr. Michelle Jenkins, Director of Staff Development for the Office of Catholic Schools, and Mark Garstki, Director of Technology for the Office of Catholic Schools will join us to preview all the conference has to offer.

Catholic Schools Today, August 2006 - Back to School Preview

Monday, August 14, 2006
Join us for this special, "Back to School Preview Program" with hosts Tom Sheridan, editor of The Catholic New World and Father Greg Sakowitz, pastor of St. Mary-of-the-Woods Parish. The 2006-2007 Catholic School Year has already begun with the Leadership Meeting for Principals, Presidents and Pastors last Thursday. Our guests will talk about our schools' wonderful accomplishments and what parents, teachers and students can look forward to in the months ahead. Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendant, Office of Catholic Schools, will bring us up-to-date on a number of important school-related issues including the progress on the Notre Dame High School leadership transition and an update on Genesis. Barbara Keebler, Director of Communications, The National Catholic Educational Association, will provide us with an update regarding the results of the national Catholic schools efforts for Hurricane Katrina and preview a number of important events taking place in the 2006-2007 school year. Julie Ramski, Program Director of Early Childhood Education and Mary Iannucilli, Assistant Superintendant for High Schools will talk to parents about making the right decisions when choosing a Catholic pre-school or high school for their children. Mary Ann Tschanz, Principal of St. James School in Highwood will share the exciting story about how this north suburban Catholic elementary school was chosen to participate in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program for this school year. Also joining us will be Ms. Rebecca Coleman, the Fulbright partner from St. James School in Hereford, England, who will be teaching first grade at St. James

Special Schools' Edition - Catholic Community of Faith, July 3, 2006

Monday, July 3, 2006
This special edition of Catholic Community of Faith, hosted by Tom Sheridan, editor of the Catholic New World, features the latest response to the June 30, 2006 announcement from the Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province, that they will no longer sponsor Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles. Dr. Nicholas M. Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, is joined by Notre Dame Advisory Board Chairman, Joseph Gurdak, and Advisory Board members Peter Newell and Paula Waters, in a discussion about the efforts already underway to work with all interested parties to assure that the school continues its mission to educate young men. Interested Notre Dame High School parents and alumni are also included with their call-in comments and questions. Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, invites listeners to attend the children’s performance at the Taste of Chicago's Taste of Talent Youth Competition on Friday, July 7, at 11:42 a.m. in Grant Park. The dancers, among only 24 finalists, will perform an authentic Chinese ribbon and fan dance that celebrates the joys and excitement of summer.

Catholic Schools Today, June 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006
Today's show features recent graduates from three of our high schools who share their academic and service project experiences during the past four years. Our guests include Saint Viator High School (Arlington Heights) graduates Kristin Cortese and Daniel Zundel along with Associate Principal, Daniel Lydon; St. Rita of Cascia High School (Chicago) graduates Patrick Kirkland and Eliot Bessette, along with Vice President for Academic Affairs, Sally Deenihan; and Our Lady of Tepeyac High School (Chicago) graduates Cecily Ceniti and Patty Esparanza as well as Principal Joni Thompson and Maggie Civik, Director of Recruitment and Marketing

Catholic Schools Today, May 2006

Monday, May 8, 2006
Today's show features examples of the wide range of marvelous music found in our schools, from classical to jazz, from solo sax to marimba trios, to massed choirs. Marist High School (Chicago) is represented by their band director Frank Manna along with students Melissa Lonski and David Oriente. Fr. Richard Todd and Principal Susan Dzikas from St.Paul/Our Lady of Vilna School (Chicago) share the story of their successful elementary school partnership program with Scott Winship from “Rock for Kids.” Band director, David Wiebers from Carmel Catholic High School (Mundelein) is joined by students Ryan McFfaden and Austin Byrd in a discussion about their music.
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