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Congratulations to our 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Congratulations to the valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2017/2018 school year from the seven Catholic high schools in our diocese! Note: The first year that Cristo Rey High School will have a class of seniors is 2020.

Academy of the Holy Names

Valedictorian Salutatorian
Emma Gibbs Heston Evelyn Nicole Martinez

 

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School

Valedictorian Salutatorian
Mandi Mohr Luke Detlor

 

Clearwater Central Catholic High School

Valedictorian Salutatorian
Nadine Kallay Andrew Piazza
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Valedictorian International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Salutatorian
Gabriela Piñero-Crespo Andrea Medina

 

Jesuit High School

Valedictorian Valedictorian
Patrick Thomas Eberly Nathan Michael Gimness
Valedictorian
Matthew Kazuo Tamashiro

 

St. Petersburg Catholic High School

Valedictorian Valedictorian
Denielle Kirk Abaquita Annie Tran Nguyen
Salutatorian
Daniela Christine Bellini

 

Tampa Catholic High School

Valedictorian Salutatorian
Eva Smith John Felletter

St. Petersburg Catholic High School To Implement International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

St. Petersburg Catholic High School has been approved as a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.  The school is now pursuing authorization as an IB World School.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education, which St. Petersburg Catholic believes is important for its students.

“The International Baccalaureate program will build on the legacy of quality teaching and learning here at St. Petersburg Catholic High School,” Principal Ross Bubolz said. “We are excited to partner with IB to advance the mission of the school and to increase educational opportunities in the greater St. Petersburg community.”

St. Petersburg Catholic will begin the candidacy phase at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

To learn more about St. Petersburg Catholic High School visit https://www.spchs.org.

New Field House and Football Locker Room Facility Coming to Clearwater Central Catholic High School

On April 11, 2018, ground was officially broken for the new field house and football locker room facility at Clearwater Central Catholic High School. The building will be completed about halfway through the 2018-19 Marauder football season, with an estimated completion date of October 2018. The new structure will be alongside the current football field and track. This facility will create additional locker rooms for the football team, athletic offices, public restrooms, equipment storage, concessions, and classroom space with media equipment available to all Marauder athletic teams.

Click on the photos below to to see more photos from the groundbreaking.

2018 Groundbreaking at Clearwater Central Catholic High School for New Athletic Field House

Three Catholic Schools Recognized as Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay

Three of our Catholic schools made the Tampa Bay Times’ Top 100 Workplaces in Tampa Bay list. Guardian Angels Catholic School was the top employer in the small category. (minimum of 50 local employees). On the list of the top 50 small employers, Clearwater Central Catholic High School was number 42 and St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School was number 43. Congratulations to all three schools!

Read more in the news stories below.

 

Holy Week in Our Schools

See how some of our schools journeyed through the 2018 Holy Week in the photos below.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Seminole
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2018 Holy Week at Blessed Sacrament CS


Christ the King Catholic School in Tampa
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2018 Holy Week at Christ the King Catholic School


Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Clearwater
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2018 Holy Week at CCC


Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Lutz
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2018 Holy Week at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Dunedin
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2018 Holy Week at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School


St. Joseph Catholic School in Tampa
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2018 Holy Week at St. Joseph Catholic School


St. Patrick Catholic School in Largo
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2018 Holy Week at St. Patrick Catholic School


St. Paul Catholic School in St. Petersburg
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2018 Holy Week at St. Paul Catholic School

St. Cecelia Catholic School Seventh-Grader Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Edward Sieh of Safety Harbor, a student at St. Cecelia Catholic School has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  St. Cecelia Catholic School nominated Edward for national honors in recognition of his volunteer service.

Edward, a seventh grader at St. Cecelia School (SCS) recently started the SCS Military Card Project. Simply put the project is making cards for Veterans and active duty military. Edward started the project because of all that soldiers do for us, and he wanted a way to give back to them.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.  “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti.  “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Our Schools Participated in National Walk-Out Day

Student walk-outs were planned all across the country on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, to call attention to school safety in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our Catholic high schools and some middle schools classes planned events at their schools to contribute to this national effort in a faith-filled and productive way.  Students prayed, directly contacted legislators, and had meaningful discussions about how they can make the future better.

(To view photos, click on the image below.)

2018 National Walk Out/Walk In Day in Our Schools

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School Learns, Serves, Leads and Succeeds

Every year, Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Students are given time to renew our faith in God and honor him by growing in our academic and spiritual development.  Students at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Lutz embraced this year’s theme: LEARN, SERVE, LEAD, SUCCEED by participating in a week full of fun, enriching activities.

The “Serve Without a Cent” activity taught students that kindness is priceless.  Each student selected a kind act or deed.  Then, they completed the kind act during the day.  The students learned that something as simple as smiling can make a big difference in someone’s day at school.

I chose to smile at 3 people today.  I smiled at a new student and anyone else that looked like they were having a bad day.  It was a reminder that we should be doing these types of things everyday”. ~ Nick, middle school

I chose to sit with someone new during lunch.  I sat with a student that normally eats alone.  After I sat down, he smiled and we talked.  I feel like I brightened his day.” ~ Becca, middle school

Participating in “Serve Without a Cent” reminded the middle school students that a simple act of kindness can make a big difference.

Another service project that took place during Catholic Schools Week at Mother Teresa of Calcutta was the “Penny Drive for Catholic Charities”.  The 5th grade students headed up this project. They were responsible for delivering the penny jars and announcing the project to each class. The 5th graders enjoyed leading the school in this initiative and were inspired by its success.

Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed shows what our school stands for.  And raising money with the penny drive helps other students and schools have the same opportunity we have”. ~ Casey

I like preaching to others, I felt like a priest when I went to the classrooms to give a speech”. ~ Noah

I hope we raise a lot of money for Catholic Charities.  It’s fun to help”. ~ Brady

The 5th graders led the “Penny Drive for Catholic Charities” service project. They announced the project to the students and spent the week managing the penny jars in each classroom.

It has been an exciting and inspirational week for the students at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School!  LEARN. SERVE. LEAD. SUCCEED! This will be a resounding theme that students, teachers, and administrators will strive for all year long.

Cathedral School of St. Jude Holds Trike-A-Thon to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On Friday, January 26, 2018, the Cathedral School of St. Jude held their first Trike-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The EC2, EC3, EC4, and K students rode their bikes, trikes, and scooters around the school track and raised over $7000. The Trike-A-Thon was organized and run by a student committee of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders under the direction of Assistant Principal, Veronica Slain.

2018 Cathedral School of St. Jude Holds Trike-A-Thon to Benefit St. Jude CHildren's Research Hospital

Open Houses for Catholic Schools and Centers

Catholic Schools Week will be held Jan. 28-Feb. 3 around the country. This week is an opportunity to celebrate Catholic education in the United States and the many ways Catholic schools are improving lives of children from all demographics, faith backgrounds, and ethnicities. Catholic schools place a strong emphasis on academic excellence, community service, and responsible citizenship.

Schools typically observe Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

A new website is available (https://flrisingtide.com/) that describes the benefits of a Catholic education, the impact it is having on students and families and why many are working to make Catholic education more accessible to families

Below find dates and times for the open houses in our diocese. If your school’s information is not listed, please send the flyer and information to mrm@dosp.org.

Pre-K Schools and Centers

St. Jerome Early Childhood Center
January 28, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10895 Hamlin Blvd
Largo, FL 33774
stjeromeearlychildhoodcenter.org

St. Paul Catholic Preschool
January 30, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
January 31, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

12708 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
www.stpaulcatholicpreschool.org  | Flyer

Elementary Schools

Cathedral School of St. Jude
January 30 & 31, February 1, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
600 58th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
www.cathedralschoolofstjude.org | Flyer

 

Corpus Christi Catholic School 

February 1, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.
9715 North 56th Street
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
http://cccstt.org | Flyer

 

Espiritu Santo Catholic School
January 28, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2405A Philippe Parkway
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
www.escschool.org | Flyer

 

Guardian Angels Catholic School
February 1, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2270 Evans Road
Clearwater, FL 33763
www.gacsfl.com

 

Morning Star School
February 10, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
210 East Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
www.morningstartampa.org | Flyer

 

Nativity Catholic School
January 28, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
705 East Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
www.nativitycatholicschool.org/ | Flyer

 

Notre Dame Catholic School
February 10, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1095 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606
www.ndcsfl.org | Flyer

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
February 1, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
730 San Salvador Drive
Dunedin, FL 34698
www.myoll.com | Flyer

 

Sacred Heart Catholic School
January 28, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
7951 46th Way North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
www.sacredheartpinellaspark.org | Flyer: English / Spanish

Saint Anthony Catholic School
February 1, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12155 Joe Hermann Dr.
San Antonio, FL 33576
www.stanthonyschoolfl.org| Flyer

 

Saint John Paul II Catholic School
February 7, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
4341 West Homosassa Trail
Lecanto, FL 34461
www.sjp2.us | Flyer

 

St. Joseph Catholic School
February 5, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2200 North Gomez Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
www.sjstampa.org | Flyer: English / Spanish

 

St. Lawrence Catholic School
January 18, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. .
5223 North Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614
http://stlawrencecatholicschool.org | Flyer

 

St. Patrick Catholic School
January 28, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1501 Trotter Road
Largo, FL 33770
www.stpatrickcatholic.org | Flyer: English / Spanish

 

St. Raphael Catholic School
January 28, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1376 Snell Isle Blvd. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
www.straphaelschool.net | Flyer

 

St. Stephen Catholic School
January 26, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
10424 Saint Stephen Circle
Riverview, FL 33569
www.ststephencatholic.org/school | Flyer

 

High Schools

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School
March 22, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. * RSVP is requested at this website*
13651 Hays Road
Spring Hill, FL 34610
www.bmchs.com | Flyer

 

Clearwater Central Catholic High School
January 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. *Registration Required*
2750 Haines Bayshore Road.
Clearwater, FL 33760
www.ccchs.org | Flyer


St. Petersburg Catholic High School
February 1, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6333 9th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
www.spchs.org  | Flyer

Back to School

 

August 9 was the first day of the 2017-2018 school year in our Catholic schools and Centers. See how some of our schools and centers celebrated the first day and week back at school in the photos below.

If you have back to school photos that you would like to be included in the photo albums, please email them to socialmedia@dosp.org.

Prayer for the Beginning of the School Year

 

Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School

2017 Back to School at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School

 

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

 

Cathedral School of St. Jude

2017 Back to School at the Cathedral School of St. Jude

 

Christ the King Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Christ the King Catholic School

 

Clearwater Central Catholic High School

2017 Back to School at Clearwater Central Catholic High School

 

Corpus Christi Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Corpus Christi School

 

Espiritu Santo Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Espiritu Santo Catholic School

 

Guardian Angels Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Guardian Angels Catholic School

 

Incarnation Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Incarnation Catholic School

 

Morning Star School – Pinellas Park

2017 Back to School at Morning Star School - Pinellas Park

 

Morning Star School in Tampa

2017 Back to School at Morning Star School - Tampa

 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School

 

Nativity Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Nativity Catholic School

 

Notre Dame Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Notre Dame Catholic School

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

 

Saint John Paul II Catholic School

2017 Back to School at Saint John Paul II Catholic School

 

St. Cecelia Catholic School

2017 Back to School at St. Cecelia Catholic School

 

St. Jerome Early Childhood Center

2017 Back to School at St. Jerome Early Childhood Center

 

St. Joseph Catholic School

2017 Back to School at St. Joseph Catholic School

 

St. Paul Catholic School

2017 Back to School at St. Paul Catholic School

 

St. Paul’s Children’s Center

2017 St. Paul's Children's Center

 

St. Peter Claver Catholic School

2017 Back to School at St. Peter Claver Catholic School

 

St. Petersburg Catholic High School

2017 Back to School at St. Petersburg Catholic High School

 

Tampa Catholic High School

2017 Back to School at Tampa Catholic High School

Tampa Catholic Grad Going from One Scholarship to Another

“When she walked across the stage as a freshly minted graduate of Tampa Catholic High School a couple of weeks ago, Cheyenne Daphney looked out at the audience cheering in the downtown theater and thought about all the help she got along the way.

Her mom, DJ Ruhland; her basketball coach, Matt Rocha; her teammates; and the rest of her Tampa Catholic family – they were all there giving a standing ovation.

Cheyenne also thought about the tax credit scholarship that made private school possible, and how she will soon start a new scholarship this summer at St. Petersburg College. (Step Up For Students administers the scholarships and publishes this blog.)

‘I’ve got butterflies,’ she said after the ceremony. ‘I’m so grateful. Tampa Catholic turned me around. I really don’t feel I would have made it to college without Tampa Catholic or Step Up.'” – RedefinedEd

Read the full story in this article from RedefinedED.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Donates 300 Pairs of Shoes for Children in Haiti

The students of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School along with faculty, staff, and families raised $4,544 and purchased 300 pairs of shoes for their sister parish, Le Sacre Coeur, Acul des Pins, Haiti. Click here to see photos.

“I am very proud of our school community in their support of providing these 300 shoes to our sister parish in Haiti. This will not only provide shoes for the children but also provide protection from disease and environmental hazards, but most importantly dignity.” said Darrell W. Fulford, principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.

These amazing shoes grow with the children up to five sizes! The main fundraiser for this project was “Jeans Day for Haiti,” where students donated $2 for a chance to wear jeans on a specified day. Parents, faculty and staff also made personal donations. Father Gary Dowsey and the teens who will be traveling to Haiti next month will be personally delivering the shoes to the children. This is a true example of the mission of Christ and Catholic education. It is through the students’ dedication that motivates others to support that same mission, which is to ‘live the mission of Jesus’. They clearly represent faith in action.

Groundbreaking for New Multi-Purpose Building at Bishop Larkin Catholic School

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-purpose building at Bishop Larkin Catholic School in Port Richey was held on May 25, 2017. Bishop Parkes, many of the school’s Parish Pastors,  Superintendent Chris Pastura, Dr. Mark Majewski, Dr. Ann Davis, Dr. Michael Tkacik, Mr. Mike Messano, State Representative Amber Mariano, Mr. Mike Fasano, many principals, other distinguished guests, and as well as parents, faculty and students joined together to celebrate. Sister Regina even helped to knock down the old structure in the bulldozer. Click here to see photos.

 

St. Peter Claver Catholic School’s Junior Thespian Troupe Graduates

May 19, 2017 – Junior Thespian Troupe #89412 graduates from St. Peter Claver Catholic School in Tampa pose with Sister Maria Babtunde, principal, and Dr. Mark Majeski, associate superintendent of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The International Thespian Society honors student achievement in theatre. This initiative was directed by Ms. Carmen Lusignan, visual arts/drama teacher at St. Peter Claver Catholic School. It is the second of only two junior troupes in Hillsborough County in Diocese of St Petersburg.

St. Raphael Catholic School Celebrates Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, the May issue of Snell Isle Living featured a photo spread of the second grade class at St. Raphael Catholic School.

The class created personal letters to their mothers which are depicted in the magazine as well as a class photo and individual photos of each child holding his/her hand-made memento. The magazine was grateful for the school’s participation in helping the community to celebrate this special day. Click here to see photos.