Catholic Schools Today

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 co-hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi.

Catholic Schools Today, August 9, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Welcome Back to Catholic Schools. Guest: Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey. Segment II: St. Philip Neri School. Guests: Linda Sanders. Segment III: St. Gregory the Great High School. Guest: Lori Diechstetter

Catholic Schools Today, July 12, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Fr. Brian Kean is a newly ordained Archdiocesan priest and graduate of Mary Seat of Wisdom School in Chicago. He will be at St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn. Guest: Fr. Brian Keane. Segment II: St. Bernadette Catholic Academy is changing it's approach to education. Beginning in August, the school will become a multiage academy fostering Inquiry Learning skills and implement technology in all curricular areas. Guest: Arlene Baumann. Segment III: Frassati Catholic Academy, the first Catholic middle school in Lake County, will open in August. The school is located in Wauconda and will join sixth-, seventh-, and eight-grade students from Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein, St. Mary of the Annunciation School in Mundelein, and Transfiguration School in Wauconda. Guests: Dr. Diane Vida; Fr. Ron Lewinski.

Catholic Schools Today, June 14, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010
Hosted by Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Purdue University Calumet and Seton Academy in South Holland are partnering on an innovative enrichment program designed to build an engineering foundation for Seton students. Faculty of Purdue Calumet's School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science will provide university level engineering instruction to sophomores, juniors and seniors of Seton's existing Technology program. Guests: Rick Hussmann; Steve Parker. Segment II: One hundred years ago, when Our Lady of Grace School opened it's doors in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, four Springfield Dominican sisters were on hand. This year, the school has five sisters working, including the principal, Sister Rita Marie Range. Over the years, 22 girls from Our Lady of Grace have become Springfield Dominicans. Our Lady of Grace saw an increase of about 10 percent to 190 students this school year, and plans to enroll 200 students in the Fall. Guest: Anahi Lazarte. Segment III: For years, seventh-graders at St. Theresa School in Palatine have had the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned about the Civil War during a history fair at the end of May, and often have heard from a Lincoln impersonator. But not all of them got to share their work with producers from the BBC, who were in Illinois working on a documentary about Abraham Lincoln, and to share their thoughts about the 16th president. Guest: Pam Wilk.

Catholic Schools Today, May 17, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010
Hosted by Wayne Magdiarz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Golden Apple Award Finalists from Mt. Carmel H.S. and Mother McAuley H.S. Guests: Roz Iasillo; John Gonczy. Segment II: St. Benedict Parish in Chicago's North Center neighborhood is merging it's parish schools to meet the need expressed by discerning parents. Currently, St. Benedict is the only Preschool through Grade 12 Catholic co-ed school in the Archdiocese of Chicago and they are seizing the opportunity to create a new educational model for Catholic education in the city. Guests: Rachel Gemo. Segment III: One year ago St. Josaphat Parish launched a campaign to raise $5 million for their thriving parish and growing school enrollment. The money raised by this necessary campaign will be used for many purposes, including building new school classrooms and a media center, as well as updating the infrastructure in both the primary and middle school buildings. Guests: Colleen Cannon; Fr. Richard Prendergast; Larry Krima.

Catholic Schools Today, April 12, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the national Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). One hundred percent of Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese have kindergarten programs and 93 percent have preschools. Guests: Barb Karczewski; Rachel Waldron. Segment II: Middle school students from St. Paul of the Cross School in Park Ridge competed in Washington DC for the Future City competition as part of National Engineers Week. The students were one of 39 regional winners to go to the nation's capital. The students had to create table top models of a future city and defend their designs before a panel of judges. The city the students from St. Paul designed included energy efficient, green domed houses. Guests: Lorelie Bobroff. Segment III: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Joining the conversation is Mayra Flores of the Archdiocese's Office for the Protection of Children and Youth. The primary goal of the Safe Environment Office is to educate adults in the Church about how to prevent child sexual abuse; how to recognize sex offender behaviors; and how to create safe environments for children in our parishes and schools. The office also oversees the criminal background check process, mandated reporter training, and the Code of Conduct for the church personnel working with children.

Catholic Schools Today, March 8, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: In August 2006, the recently established Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Nigeria dreamed of Catholic Schools to effectively educate students from nursery through high school. With the support of Cardinal George, this partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago is based on the professional and personal friendships that are rooted in the global mission of Catholic Education. The Catholic School children in Chicago support their peers in Nsukka through their Dollars for Dreams program each spring. On March 11, ten delegates from Chicago Catholic Schools will travel to Nsukka. Guests: Stephanie Clausell; Bernadette Felicione; Carol Fendt; Norma Thornton. Segment II: The award-winning Infant Jesus of Prague School in Flossmoor has just received another national recognition: it's School Board was one of only five Catholic schools nationwide to receive the 2010 Outstanding School Board Award from the national Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Guests: Randall Blakey; Patrick Keating; Dan Smith. Segment III: Academy of Our Lady school in Waukegan has recently enrolled students from Haiti. Hear about some interesting information about Haiti now, the Catholic schools there and various musings.

Catholic Schools Today, February 15, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: At St. Cornelius School a generous anonymous donor has made a gift of $80,000 to support student enrollment for next fall. The gift will help make St. Cornelius more affordable for many current families, as well as new families. Segment II: Fifth grader Maggie Lyons and her class at St. mary School in Riverside led an effort that raised over $15,000 to support relief in Haiti. Segment III: On the evening of Sunday, February 21, the Archdiocesan School Board will honor several Distinguished Service Award winners, as well as US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award winners and NCEA Award winners.

Catholic Schools Today, January 11, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. Segment I: The Chicago ACE Fellowship was founded in 2004 to help graduates and friends of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and other volunteer teaching programs. The Fellowship is leading a movement to sustain, revitalize and enrich the Catholic school system. In the past 15 years ACE has formed over 1,000 new Catholic school educators and is now building the largest national network of people specifically dedicated to serving the Catholic Church and her schools. They provide support to teachers, students and families in all Chicago Catholic schools by offering professional development opportunities for teachers, raising funds to provide scholarships for Catholic school students, and creating partnerships in the classroom and across the city which will strengthen and sustain Catholic education into the future. Guest: Ricky Austin. Segment II: The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools has three National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Award Winners. Two teachers and a pastor have been honored. They are: Julie Szwedo Noigebauer of Chicago's Immaculate Conception School on Talcott Avenue, Sr. Marion O'Connor of Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, and Fr. Pat Lee, Pastor of Chicago's Immaculate Conception School on North Park Avenue.

Catholic Schools Today, December 14, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: On December 12 a national task force commissioned by the University of Notre Dame released a report and launched a campaign to improve educational opportunities for the next generation of Latinos by expanding their access to Catholic schools. Guests: Sr. Judith Murphy, OSB; Marilu Gonzalez. Segment II: St. Thomas the Apostle school in Chicago's Hyde Park will talk about their upcoming Christmas program, as well as their partnership with the Chicago Bears. Guest: Dorothy Murphy. Segment III: Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, like all high schools throughout the Archdiocese, is gearing up for the annual placement test for the Class of 2014. The placement test will be held on Saturday, January 9th. Guest: Joni Thompson.

Catholic Schools Today, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Catholic School parents share their stories. Guests: Sandra Maldonado; Abel Figueroa. Segment II: National Catholic Educational Association Principal Appreciation Day, November 19. Guests: Students, teachers, parents. Segment III: St. Christina School's Veterans Day Celebration. Guests: Mary Jane Donegan; Marie McAuliffe

Catholic Schools Today, October 12, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009
Please note: Because of a technical issue the first 15 minutes of this program is missing. Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23-31, 2009. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education. Guest: Ada Harris. Segment II: At this year's Chicago Marathon, Tony DeSapio was "On the Move for St. Gregory". As the school's president he ran the marathon in honor of St. Gregory High School. Guest: Tony DeSapio. Segment III: St. Emily School in Mt. Prospect has a new president, which is a unique position for Catholic elementary schools.

Catholic Schools Today, September 14, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Andrew Smith Jr. is a newly ordained Archdiocesan priest and graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School and Mt. Carmel High School, both located in Chicago. Guest: Fr. Andrew Smith, Jr. Segment II: For nearly 20 years, the Visitation Scholarship Program has been providing opportunities for children living on Chicago's South Side to continue their education at Catholic High Schools, an alternative to the failing local public schools. It offers a comprehensive support system to help them and their families achieve excellence, attain higher education, and give back to their communities. Guests: Dr. Michael Jennings; April Hawkins; Sr. Diane Boutet. Segment III: Bill Graff is a parent of two students at St. Ann School in Barrington. We'll hear his story about why his family chooses Catholic Schools, and in particular St. Ann's. Guest: Bill Graff.

Catholic Schools Today, August 10, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009
Hosts: Graziano and Nancy Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Matthew Nemchausky, newly ordained Archdiocesan priest and graduate of St. Rene Goupil in Chicago. Segment II: Holy Trinity High School celebrates it's centennial this year with numerous events planned throught the year. Guests: John Noonan; Jodi Engler.

Catholic Schools Today, July 27, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Office of Catholic Schools has selected a software product called Powerschool Premier to provide a student information system for Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Guests: Mark Garstki; Dan Foertsch. Segment II: Resurrection High School's Practicum Program delivers real-world experience to juniors and seniors in workplaces over the summer. The students also participate in a course that prepares them for the experience. Guests: Deb Guy; Alisa Martorano. Segment III: Fr. Michael Owen is a newly ordained Catholic Priest. He was born in Berwyn and graduated from St. Luke School in River Forest. His first assignement will be as associate pastor at St. Patricia Parish in Hickory Hills. Hear how his Catholic school experience shaped him. Guest: Fr. Michael Owen.

Catholic Schools Today, June 8, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009
Hosts: Wayne Magdiarz Topics/Guest(s): Segment I: St. Martin de Porres High School Graduates Second Four-Year Class/On Saturday,June 6, St. Martin de Porres High School (Waukegan), a member of the Cristo Rey Network, celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2009, the high school's second four-year class. The graduation was held at Holy Family Parish, 450 Keller Ave. in Waukegan, beginning at 10:30 am. The Class of 2009 features 29 seniors who hail from Wuakegan, Beach Park, and North Chicago. This group of seniors has earned more than $800,000 in scholarship awards from colleges and community organizations. Guest: Joe Villinski, Director of Development, St. Martin de Porres High School Segment II: When classes begin next August, two parishes will offer new early childhood education programs aimed at children ages 3 to 8. The programs will be at St. Mary of Czestochowa in Cicero and St. Priscilla, 7001 W. Addison St. Both will be in facilities that up until this spring housed traditional Catholic Schools. Those schools are closing because of declining engrollment or financial difficulties. Guest: Clem Martin, Director, Cicero Catholic Schools Segment III: Same Description as Segment II. Guests: Jennifer Hodge, Director, Academy of St. Priscilla; Albert Schorsch III, Board Chair

Catholic Schools Today, April 13, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009
Hosted by Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Golden Apple Foundation has announced the names of 30 Chicago-area finalists for the 2009 Golden Apple Awards for Exscellence in Teaching in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade. Two of those teachers are from Catholic Schools - Sarah Covington of St. Leonard School in Berwyn aqnd Shannon Vier of Old St. Mary's Catholic School in Chicago. The finalists will be honored Saturday, April 18 at the Celebration of Excellence in Teaching from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick in Chicago. Segment II: In a partnership with the Chicago Bulls, Pope John Paul II school in Chicago recently held a grand opening of it's Green Reading & Technology Corner. As part of the Read to Achieve Program, they added a new component to the Reading & Learning Center where they created an environmentally friendly learning space. Segment III: The Week of the Young child (April 19-25) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young children (NAEYC). One hundred percent of Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese have kindergarten programs and 93 percent have preschools. Two stellar early childhood educators are here to talk about their experiences. More information about Early Childhood Catholic Education can be found at

Catholic Schools Today, March 9, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009
Segment I: Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, is announcing the establishment of the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools. As a governing body, the Board's mission will be to foster and promote the ministry of Archdiocesan Catholic elementary and high schools as part of the educational mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Board will be responsible for the operations of Catholic schools, except where the responsibilities of pastors take precedent under canon law. The areas the Board will oversee include Catholic identity, finance, institutional advancement, and planning. Guests: Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent. Segment II: Three of the nineteen finalists for the 2009 Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards are from Catholic schools. Five will be recognized as outstanding educators in the Chicagoland area in April. Guests: Cynthia Helwink, Preschool teacher, Santa Maria Goretti School, Schiller Park; Amy Scheeringa, Kindergarten teacher from Our Lady of Guadalupe School; Eva Wojkowski, Preschool teacher from St. Helen School. Segment III: Reverend John Siemanowski has been named the 2009 NCEA Distinguished Pastor Award winner. Rev. John Siemanowski is the pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Chicago Heights. Guests: Rev. John Siemanowski, Pastor, St. Agnes Parish, Chicago Heights.

Catholic Schools Today, February 16, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009
Segment I: At Chicago’s Queen of Angels School, their Home and School Association, known as the Commons has received the NCEA Distinguished Home and School Association Award. The Commons’ mission is to serve as a dynamic and inclusive parent-school organization dedicated to fostering productive collaboration, cooperation and communication in the Catholic community for the enrichment of school children’s lives. Guests: Julia Kelly, Principal, Queen of Angels School, Chicago; Patty Peterson, Member of Commons, Queen of Angels Segment II: Evanston’s St. Athanasius School’s Mary Quish has received the NCEA Distinguished Teacher Award this year. Mary teaches 5th-8th grade in the subjects of French, language arts and technology. Guests: Mary Quish. Segment III: Chicago’s Saint Patrick High School has a LaSallian Youth organization that is doing some amazing service projects, and the school has just concluded its ‘Think Pink’ week in support of Breast Cancer research. Guests: Megan Ivers, Director of Marketing, Saint Patrick High School

Catholic Schools Today, January 12, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009
Segment I: The Office of Catholic Schools is launching a ‘Dollars for Dreams’ campaign to support Catholic schools in the Diocese of Nsukka in Nigeria. GUESTS: Esther Hicks, Director of Catholic Identity and Mission, Office of Catholic Schools. Segment II: School Principals talk about innovative service projects and programs happening at their schools GUESTS: Shane Staczuk, Principal, Mount Carmel Academy, Chicago Mary Hemmelman, Principal, St. Emily Elementary School, Mt. Prospect Mary Lee Calihan, Principal, Old St. Mary’s School, Chicago. Segment III: Maria High School has begun a development internship program that helps current students learn to write grants and understand the field of advancement. GUESTS: Wendy Lynn, President, Maria High School, Chicago Kathleen Dujsik, VP of Institutional Advancement, Maria High School

Catholic Schools Today, December 15, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008
Alphonsus Academy Choir/Alphonsus Academy students will be performing various Christmas songs. This is Scott Arkenberg's second year as the choir director. He speaks about the choir's upcoming performances. The choir recently participated in Holiday Pops Concert at the Harris Theatre. Guests: Scott Arkenberg, Alphonsus Academy Choir Director; Alphonsus Academy Choir Notre Dame High School for Girls and St. Ferdinand School to be housed in one building. Two Catholic schools on the north side of Chicago-Notre Dame High School for Girls and St. Ferdinand School-are joining two schools into one building to serve the student bodies more effectively and efficiently, thus leveraging the strengths of each instidution. Notre Dame High School for Girls will move into the third floor of St. Ferdinand School beginning with the 2009 fall semester. Guests: Dr. Lucine Mastalerz, Principal of St. Ferdinand School; Kelly Jones, President of Notre Dame High School for Girls.

Catholic Schools Today, November 17, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008
Hosted by Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: "Lessons that Last a Lifetime" is an initiative sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago to support it's Catholic schools. It was designed especially for financially distressed schools, primarily located in the ring of suburbs around Chicago. "There are probably two dozen such schools. Indeed there are schools like that in each of our six vicariates," said William Booth, major gifts officer for Catholic schools in the Office for Stewardship and Development. Booth created the Lessons that Last a Lifetime to be similar to the very successful Big Shoulders program, which has been supporting the inner-city Catholic schools in Chicago for more than 20 years. Guest: William Booth. Segment II: Catholic school student assessment is a very important topic for parents. As part of the Genesis Strategic Plan, the Office of Catholic Schools has organized a team of educational experts to address student assessment issues. Guests: Daniel Foertsch, Ph.D., Director of Data and Research, Office of Catholic Schools; Deb Sullivan, Principal, Northside Catholic Academy; Evelyn Califfe, Principal, St. Mary Star of the Sea. Segment III: At St. Rene Goupil each grade has chosen a different charity to support through service projects. Guests: Marlene De Santis, Principal, St. Rene Goupil.

Catholic Schools Today, October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008
Segment I: Six Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago were named on September 9 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. This is the second consecutive year the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools have earned the distinction of being the school system with the largest number of No Child Left Behind–Blue Ribbon Schools. Guests: Rev. Robert Egan, president of St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights; Judy Shutter, former principal of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Elementary School, Orland Hills; Rosalie Musiala, principal of Pope John XXIII School, Evanston; Judy Pappas, principal of Saint James School, Arlington Heights; Gary Campione, principal of St. Mary School, Buffalo Grove

Catholic Schools Today, September 8, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on September 15. Joining a discussion on celebrating Hispanic Heritage is principals from schools in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods of Chicago. Guests: Matthew Banach, Principal, St. Agnes of Bohemia School; Nancy Nasko, Principal, St. Pius V School Seton Academy and St. Sabina Academy Partner for Technology: Seton Academy of South Holland has launched it's Technology Partnership Program with Catholic elementary schools. Beginning this year, Seton is partnering with St. Sabina Academy on Chicago's Southside to provide each classroom teacher with a laptop computer, technology professional development training, and St. Sabina will also receive an LCD projector. Guests: Roberto Torres, President, Seton Academy; Helen Dumas, Principal of St. Sabina Academy. HighSight: HighSight is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring and leadership development for students to attend and succeed at private high schools in Chicago. There are currently 138 students in 24 high schools who receive financial, academic and social support from HighSight. The vast majority of HighSight Scholars attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Guest: Mark Duhon, Executive Director, HighSight.

Catholic Schools Today, August 18, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008
This show is hosted by Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Our Lady of Humility (Beach Park) is celebrating 50 years of Catholic education this year and as a "kick-off", in July they had a Mass and picnic for close to 500 alumni and families. Father Mitten (a graduate of OLH) presided and the entire event expressed the lasting value of Catholic school education. Guests: Patrick Browne, Principal of Our Lady of Humility Catholic School, Beach Park; Paul Maloney, Assistant Superintendent for Vicariate I. Segment II: Students and teachers have many new learning opportunities at St. Benedict School (Chicago). The middle school students have access to laptops throughout this upcoming school year. Middle school students have a one-to-one computing environment because of a state grant for a program called Technology Immersion Pilot Project (TIPP). Meanwhile, teachers will receive professional development from DePaul University. Guest: Rachel Gemo, Principal of St. Benedict Catholic School, Chicago. Segment III: HFS Chicago Scholars is now in it's twelfth year, and it's founding idea still holds strong: given active support, disadvantaged Chicago students can use the power of their minds and hard work to achieve success. more than 90% of the students supported by HFS Chicago Scholars attend Catholic High schools throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. Guest: Brian Parker, Executive Director, HFS Chicago Scholars.

Catholic Schools Today, July 14, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008
Host: Wayne Magdiarz. Segment I: Sr. Mary Paul McGaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, will share insights on what led her to the position and her outlook on Catholic school education here in the Archdiocese. Guest: Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. Segment II: Now entering their second year of implementation, Boards of Specified Jurisdiction are a new form of governance impacting Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. This discussion will offer an overview of these boards and detail how it's working at a local elementary school. Guests: Fr. Bob Kroll, Director of Board Development, Office of Catholic Schools; Mary Kay Tschanz, Principal, St. James Catholic Schools, Highwood, IL; Tom Carney, Board Member, St. James Catholic School, Highwood, IL; Fr. Tom Baldonieri, STL, Pastor, St. James, Highwood, IL

Catholic Schools Today, June 9, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. Segment I: The past eight years have been full of firsts for the class of 2008 at Cardinal Bernardin School. At the time, it was the first new Catholic school built in the Archdiocese of Chicago in more than three decades. And now they're preparing to blaze another path Friday as the first class that's spent its entire grammar school career at the school to graduate. Guests: Judy Schutter, Principal Segment II: Opening in August 2008 and now accepting students for it's first freshman class, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School is a Catholic Jesuit secondary school (grades 9-12) using the Cristo Rey model to serve young men and women from the Austin neighborhood and surrounding communities of Chicago's west side. Guests: Brendan Conroy, Principal; Fr. Chris Devron, President Segment III: The Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee selected St. Alphonsus Liguori to participate in an Olympic Week that included a number of activities to help bring the Olympics here to Chicago. Guest: Pete Tantillo, Principal

Catholic Schools Today, May 19, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. Segment One: The Thomas E. McGovern Jr. Scholarship Fund, started in 1990, provides eighth grade student athletes tuition assistance to a Chicago Catholic League High School. The fund is dedicated to the memory of Tom McGovern; an inspirational coach, teacher, father, husband, brother and friend. Each year, scholarship funds are raised through the McGovern Open Golf Outing and Raffle, The St. Rita Thanksgiving "McGovern Classic Tournament," and the continued support of all of family and friendsl It's commitment to Catholic High School education will forever serve the memory of sending "his" kids to school. Guest: Michael McGovern Segment Two: Green Schools--St. Monica Academy: Principal Ray Coleman, pastor Fr. Ted Schmitt and teacher Renee Rosenbusch discuss the new SEEDS curriculum at the school. Pat Farrell of St. James School talks about it's environmentally friendly initiative. Segment Three: Class of 2008 Archdiocesan High School Graduates are on air to discuss their future plans and their experiences at their respective high schools. Byron Whitting of St. Francis de Sales High School; Aaron Reese of Seton Academy; Graceson Huelar of St. Gregory the Great High School; Warren Ragland of Leo High School; Mary Iannucilli

Catholic Schools Today, April 14, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment 1: Celebrating Papal Visit: Prayer and Picnic in the Park. On Thursday, April 17 in Portage Park, 4200 N. Central, eight Catholic elementary schools will gather and pray in solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit as Pope to the United States. Approximately 1,700 students will gather at 10 a.m. for a prayer service and lunch. Participating schools are: St. Bartholomew, St. Pascal, Our Lady of Victory, St. Viator, St. Edward, St. Constance, St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Ladislaus. Guests: Fr. Jason Malave, Pastor of St. Bartholomew; Fr. Paul Seaman, Pastor of St. Pascal; John Kasel, Principal of Our Lady of Victory. Segment Two: St. Helen School partners with the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Art Institute of Chicago and Holy Trinity High School. St. helen School teachers will begin special professional development activities at Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Institute of Chicago. Students will have special learning opportunities at these sites as well. St. Helen junior high students are using Holy Trinity High School's state-of-the-art video production lab once a week after school to learn how to film, edit, and produce multimedia presentations. There will be a screening of their works at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in May. Guests: Marianne Johnson, Principal of St. helen School; Diniah Dean, Teacher at Holy Trinity High School. Segment Three: Week of the Young Child 2008--April 13-19, 2008. The Week of the young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). One hundred percent of Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese have kindergarten programs and 93 percent have preschools. St. Therese Chinese Catholic School added a new preschool this school year. Guests: Julie Ramski, Early Childhood Program Director; Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, Principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School.

Catholic Schools Today, March 10, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment 1: A discussion with the three Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic school Golden Apple award Finalists. The Golden Apple Foundation announced 31 Chicago-area finalists for the 2008 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching in grades 4 through 8. A total of 850 teachers from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties were nominated for the award, which was first presented in 1986. Ten Golden Apple Award winners, selected from the 30 finalists, will be announced in mid-April. The finalists will be honored Saturday, March 15 at the Celebration of Excellence in Teaching from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick in Chicago. The Awards selection committee is comprised of Chicago-area educators. Two committee members will observe each of the 30 finalists in the classroom and interview their principal and selected colleagues, parents and students. The 10 Golden Apple Award winners will be announced in Mid-April. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on September 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, which subsequently will be aired as a one-hour prime-time special on WTTW/Channel 11. Guests: Katherine Noonan, teacher, St. Malachy School, Chicago. Veronica Ruelas, teacher, The Academy of St. Benedict the African School, Chicago. Heather Kelsey, teacher, St. Gall School, Chicago. Segment 2: On Tuesday, March 11, St. Dorothy School will conduct a Civil War Living History Day. Guest: Fr. Robert Miller, Pastor, St. Dorothy School, Chicago.

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
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