Central Florida Catholic schools to resume classes on Wednesday

By Annie Martin, Orlando Sentinel Nearly 15,000 students at Central Florida Catholic schools will return to class on Wednesday morning, a few days ahead of their public school peers. The 2018-19 school year will commence at 42 Diocese of Orlando campuses throughout eight counties, including Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola, Volusia and Brevard. Start times vary, though doors at most campuses …

Teacher helps children with learning disabilities find success

By Jackie Holfedler, Florida Catholic Correspondent FORT PIERCE | Merry Pat Dillman believes God had something to do with linking her to St. Anastasia School in Fort Pierce, her school family for nearly three decades now.The fourth-grade teacher vividly recalled that day 28 years ago when she talked to Vickie Guettler, then principal of the school, and posed the question, “Have …

Epilogue: Former Tampa Catholic coach and AD ingrained himself in school

By Scott Purks, Tampa Bay Times Correspondent TAMPA — Riding a bus through the night, somewhere in the area or across the state, the phone held by Tampa Catholic High School basketball coach Don Dziagwa would ring. The name appeared on the screen: Nick DiMaggio. Mr. DiMaggio’s deep, peaceful voice came through, “How did you do?” They talked a few …

Why parents invest in Catholic Schools

By Lilla Ross, St. Augustine Catholic Magazine Catholic schools around the diocese begin classes Aug. 13, representing a major investment by the diocese, with the opening of two new early learning centers, and by the parents of over 12,000 students. SEE FULL STORY ON PAGES 14-16

Florida first lady reads to Melbourne schoolkids

By Greg Pallone, Spectrum News 13 MELBOURNE, Fla. — Florida first lady Ann Scott visited Melbourne schoolchildren Wednesday as part of her annual Summer Literacy Adventure. She read books to 20 kids from kindergarten through fourth grade at Ascension Catholic School during their summer camp. The goal of her campaign is to get students to read as many books as they …

Study: Students in Catholic schools show more self-discipline

BY LIVI STANDFORD Students in Catholic schools are more self-disciplined than students in public and private schools, a new report finds.The study, commissioned by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, compared children who attended Catholic schools with similar students enrolled in both public and other private schools. The study includes three key findings: Students in Catholic schools are less likely to act …

St. Patrick Catholic School Receives $10,000 to Create STEM Classroom

By Theo Helm, Alliance for Catholic Education When Notre Dame played LSU in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on New Year’s Day, Notre Dame walked off the field with more than just a rousing victory. St. Patrick Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy in Largo, Florida, walked away with the means to start its first STEM classroom. Thanks to the …