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The Archdiocese of Washington is preparing to graduate nearly six thousand kindergarten, eighth, and twelfth grade students in the coming weeks.  Graduations mark the culmination of years of individual effort by students who have been supported by their families, teachers, and our entire faith community. We are very proud of our graduates.

On May 6, the Archdiocese of Washington celebrated the 7th Annual Golden Apple Awards where ten outstanding Catholic school educators were recognized for their exemplary efforts in providing for the holistic development of their students.  These educators are not only state certified, but are also catechist certified, which ensures the integration of Gospel values in all subject areas.  Please read on to learn more about each of this year’s Golden Apple Award honorees. 

Featured in this edition of The Messenger you will find an article that will help you enjoy a relaxing summer while also keeping your student academically focused.  Students have certainly earned a well-deserved break from classroom activities. However, there is an optimal balance between academic stimulation and relaxation to prevent the need for re-learning in the fall.  Yes!  Summertime Can Be a Learning Time offers recommendations for summer activities to keep the brain engaged over the summer months to help combat learning loss. 

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,


 
May 2015 Vol. 3 No. 10
 

Yes!  Summertime Can Be a Learning Time
By Margaret Hubbard, Director for Special Education

Summer vacation is a highly anticipated time of year for school children everywhere.  Their summertime to-do lists tend to include things like sleeping late, swimming, sports, playing video games, watching TV, and spending time with friends. These lists rarely include anything that remotely resembles learning. Even those children who spend their summers in more structured activities such as camps have the expectation that their summer will be free of anything academic.  Unfortunately, this annual vacation from learning can have negative a negative impact on school achievement. It is well accepted that children learn best when learning is continuous.

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7th Annual Golden Apple Award Honorees

Through the generosity and kindness of the Donahue Family Foundation, the Golden Apple Award has been established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic schools.  The Archdiocese of Washington recognizes and deeply appreciates the unique challenges these teachers have in providing holistic development of each student.  In light of the valuable contributions made by Catholic school teachers to the Church, and society in general, the archdiocese is able to demonstrate its appreciation through the Golden Apple Awards program.

On May 6, 2015, Cardinal Donald Wuerl bestowed the Golden Apple Award upon ten very deserving teachers in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Those honored received a golden apple to display as a memento of the memorable evening.  They also received a monetary award of $5,000 and a Certificate of Achievement. 

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BeYOUtiful Girls Day Hosted at CUA
By Laura Roland, Director for Curriculum

What does a former Miss Virginia (and Miss Congeniality) and a young lady in 8th grade in our Catholic schools have in common?  As over 300 young ladies found out on recently at our annual Girl’s Day Out Self-Esteem Day on March 24, 2015 – everything! 

Enter Julie Marie Carrier - a former Miss Virginia, award winning professional speaker, success coach for MTV’s MADE, and former Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon.  With her timely message that young women should “Be You, Be True – BeYOUtiful”, the girls  from our ADW Catholic Schools enjoyed a powerful day exploring just what it means to be truly beautiful, especially in this age of constant media messages that sometimes are contrary to our Catholic Christian values.

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