Catholic Schools Week: Raising the Standards

This week is ‘Catholic Schools Week 2013’ (Sun. 1/27-Sat. 2/2) that has all of the Catholic Schools in the territory celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Catholic Schools Raise the Standards’. Each of the Catholic Schools in American Samoa is holding a different activity to celebrate this special week, which is observed by the Catholic educational system nationwide. [courtesy photo]

This week is Catholic Schools Week 2013 with the theme ‘Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.’ The 2013 theme highlights the Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools high Standards, and began on Sunday Jan. 27 and will run through this coming Friday, Feb. 1.

Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, Open Houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large.

Catholic Education in American Samoa today is under the leadership of the Samoa Pago Pago Diocese with its Most Reverend Bishop John Quinn Weitzel. All Catholic schools in the territory are celebrating this special week, which began with a Mass on Sunday at Fatu-O-Aiga at the Holy Family Cathedral.

This Friday on the Fatu-O-Aiga Malae, the closing ceremony of celebrations will be held at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited.

The American Samoa Catholic Education system today comprises 5 schools: Mary the Mother Montessori, Hope House Montessori, Marist St. Francis Elementary School, St. Theresa Elementary School and Fa’asao Marist High School.

According to information sent to Samoa News from the American Samoa Catholic Catholic Education system, American Samoa has over 800 students and 80 teachers in the system. The Catholic Schools over the years have seen students and teachers go back and forth between Catholic Education and the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) schools.

The information states that Catholic Education has for the most part worked in partnership with the ASDOE in assisting students in the territory with learning, while also seeing teachers move onto ASDOE for career advancement and opportunities.

On the schedule for today:

Mary the Mother Montessori School will have the Department of Commerce give a special presentation at the school, while tomorrow a field trip is planned to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Grade 3 at the St. Theresa Elementary School has a guest speaker scheduled, with International Dances and History Projects Exhibition also scheduled.

The Marist St. Francis Elementary School is ‘ honoring the children’ through an assembly, and tomorrow the level 5 students will be promoting Good Sportsmanship during their Sports Day.

Fa’asao Marist High School is having a History Projects Exhibition today, while tomorrow they will be having a Sports Day.

According to the National Catholic Educational Association website www.ncea.org, the 2013 theme supports the recent launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools that ensure the effective operation and responsible governance Catholic Schools across the country, thus promoting high academic standards and Catholic identity.


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