From the Superintendent’s Desk
Mr. Henry Forer
Secretary for Faith Formaon/
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
May the Peace of Christ be with
At the end of February, we buried
Bishop Emeritus Norbert Dorsey. The services were
sacred and peaceful. It was a celebraon to honor a holy
man of God. At the funeral service there were over 400
students from all over the Diocese, and I was proud at
how they represented our schools and our Diocese. I am
sure Bishop Dorsey was smiling down to see the
outpouring of love for him.
I never had the opportunity to work with Bishop Dorsey
and I only met him at Chancery celebraons. It was
evident in my brief encounters that he was a prayerful
and thoughul man. Two things stuck out for me during
the death and burial process for Bishop Dorsey that gave
me a beer insight into spirituality:
First, during Bishop Noonan's comments at the
funeral, he shared Bishop Dorsey's response to the
doctors when they told him that he would suffer a
great deal due to his illness. Bishop Dorsey's reply
was that Christ suffered more, so it would be okay.
No one likes to feel bad, and if you are a person of
"this world" then pleasure is the only way to live.
Most of the commercial materials we read or see
tell us life should be fun and feel good; a fulfilling
life or the feeling self‐worth can only occur if you
buy that new car or buy this appealing ouit. It
was apparent by Bishop Dorsey's reply to the
doctors that he lived not for "this world" but for
the one Jesus promised. His faith allowed him to
embrace the pain of his physical body and sll‐full
of joy. Bishop Dorsey knew that his pain was
nothing compared to Jesus' because not only did
Jesus endure the physical pain, but he also ached
for humanity which had no understanding of God's
The second part that struck me was the moo of
Bishop Dorsey. It's from St. Paul of the Cross and
the first part says, "The love of God is ingenious."
What a beauful joyful statement! I think the
teachers of the Arts have a unique peek into the
depths of this statement. A sculptor can take a
blob of messy clay and create an amazing work of
beauty. Similar is a painter or director of an
orchestra. God's love for us is ingenious because in
that love He takes our brokenness and turns it into
instruments of healing to others. God's love does
not require much from us except to surrender
ourselves not to empty ritual acons, but totally,
with every fiber of our being. All too oen
relaonships become stagnant because acons are
taken for granted, acvies become ritualized and
separated from their original passion. Bishop
Dorsey understood the inmacy that St. Paul of the
Cross wrote about in the Rule of the Passionist
Bishop Dorsey experienced the ingenious love of God,
through the interacons with those he encountered.
That ingenious love brings peace that was what I saw in
Bishop Dorsey in my last encounters with him. I thank
him for the many gis he shared with the Diocese;
schools and parishes he built; and examples he set for
others to find their way to Christ.
Mr. James Cooney
Jim & Joe’s
Dr. Joseph Belinski
Director of School
As we begin the month of March, I (Joe)
have just returned from spending seven
weeks at St. John Vianney Catholic School in
Orlando. Among the major goals for the
me at the school was to idenfy those big
quesons, big ideas, and big concerns of the
administrators and staff at the Pre‐K,
elementary, and middle school grade levels.
This recent experience should prove helpful
as the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools
and the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC)
begin their transion to a new accreditaon
methodology, using the Naonal Standards
and Benchmarks for Effecve Catholic
Elementary and Secondary Schools and
using the Common Core. The St. John
Vianney school community was extremely
gracious and welcomed me with open arms.
I observed many classes, grade levels, and
academic subjects; worked on lesson and
unit plans using the Common Core;
experimented with teaching styles and
technology in the classroom; graded
formave and summave assessments;
parcipated in generang school‐wide
technology requirements for the upcoming
years and for the media center; parcipated
in Catholic Schools Week acvies;
reviewed the markeng, development, and
maintenance plans; worked with members
of the school boards; spent me with the
pastor, Fr Miguel; and, of course, asked
innumerable quesons of Sister Elizabeth
and Mrs. Kuethe.
Although holding a U. S. government
designaon as an Adult Educaon and
Training Specialist, I have never been
afforded the opportunity to spend a
significant amount of me in those grade
levels. Of course, this great experience
could never compare to actually teaching in
an elementary or middle school seng.
However, the me there gave me a much
beer understanding and appreciaon of
the challenges in every grade level and at
the school level. Be assured, these great
experiences and the corresponding learning
will accompany me on future accreditaon
discussions with the FCC. (For those of you
who are wondering, yes, I did get sick with
the flu and had a persistent cough, no
maer how much hand sanizer I used.)
In regards to other accreditaon news, with
the FCC’s approval, we have moved the
following three schools from Group VI to
Group VII: Annunciaon Catholic Academy,
Our Saviour Catholic School, and St.
Brendan Catholic School. This move will
leave the Diocese with five schools going
through accreditaon in each of these
groups and should allow us the opportunity
to provide you with more assistance in the
process. Group VI will now have their
accreditaon visit in the fall of 2014 and
Group VII will have their accreditaon visit
in the fall of 2015.
Happy Birthday and may God
bless you with many more!
Dr. Margaret Curran, Principal, Annunciation Catholic Academy
Mr. Doug Workman, Principal, Ascension Catholic School
Mrs. Geri Gendall, Principal, St. James Cathedral School
Sr. Elizabeth Murphy, Principal, St. John Vianney Catholic School
Mrs. Deborah Schwope, Principal, Resurrection Catholic School
Ms. Mary Staley, Principal, St. Paul Catholic School
Mr. Tom Doyle, Co-President, Bishop Moore Catholic High
Birthday Candle Prayer
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."
May the birthday candles that represent the years of your life be a
reflection to others of your love for Christ.
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SAINTS OF THE MONTH
Dr. Jacquelyn Flanigan
We have now completed our Diocesan Professional Development for this school year, but there remains one day for schools to make sitebased
PD decisions. As I review the Self‐Reflecon Rubrics, it appears that strategies for creang the Common Core Classroom – or strategies
for teaching the Common Core ‐ are areas that teachers are most oen requesng support.
The November, 2012 issue, of Just Ask Publicaons Newsleer: hp://www.justaskpublicaons.com/CommonCoreNewsleer/
Creang_Classroom_Cultures_for_Thinking.pdf focused on Creang Classroom Cultures for Thinking. The arcle details four strategies,
“Building Blocks,” to support teachers in creang a “thinking environment” – the Common Core classroom. Please review this wonderful
resource as there are specific strategies that can easily be shared and discussed for implementaon in our schools. The arcle also offers
resources and includes “Administrave ‘Look Fors’.”
Several teachers noted wanng more in‐depth informaon on some of the topics discussed throughout this year’s PD as they relate to the
CCSS. Thus, another suggeson for the use of this day is to create grade‐band or content area groups and do a faculty Book Study. Consider
the guide below:
How to start a Book Study Group
A typical book study group meets for five, three‐hour sessions – usually one a week, but could meet for ten, hour‐and‐a‐half meengs
depending on the groups’ needs. These sessions can be easily tailored to the needs of the group. Each session consists of:
• Welcome, sign‐in
• Time to reflect and write about the book and discussions
• Assigned reading for the next meeng
• Discussion of the reading assignments ‐ whole group, small group, and partner
• Time to meet with grade level to discuss and plan how to use the concepts
presented in the book the group is reading. This is an important part of the
book study – allowing teachers me to figure out how this will work in their own
Decide a meeng schedule, meeng place, the length of the book to read, and what will happen aer the book is read. (Will the group disband
aer the book is read, connue to meet to discuss applicaons, or read other books)
Sample Agenda (for a 3‐hour meeng)
Time Acvity Person(s) Responsible
1:00‐1:10 Sign‐in, Welcome, Facilitator(s)
1:10 ‐1:30 Wring Time – Reflecve from Reading, Word of All Parcipants
1:30‐1:40 Sharing of Wring – Pair/Share, Whole Group All Parcipants
1:40‐2:00 Discussion of Assigned Reading All Parcipants
2:00‐2:30 Small Group Acvies – Grade Level, Interest from All Parcipants
2:30‐2:40 BREAK All Parcipants
2:40‐3:00 Readings of Arcles that support the book – English Facilitator(s)
Journal, Voices in the Middle, EdWeek, ASCD, etc. All Parcipants
3:00‐3:10 Whole Group Discussion All Parcipants
3:10‐3:50 Group Time to Discuss Classroom uses and
implementaon for the ideas in the book and
3:50‐4:00 Closure Acvity – Exit Slip – “What will you do in Facilitator(s)
your class this next week” Reminder of Assigned All Parcipants
Reading for the next meeng
The Book Study also is a wonderful way to model reading strategies. A few books I can recommend:
• Creating Standards-based Integrated Curriculum by Susan M. Drake
• Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning edited by Douglas Reeves
• Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms by Zemelman, Daniels and Hyde
Bishop John Noonan begins Twitter Account!
Bishop John Noonan has followed in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI and started tweeting on
the ubiquitous social network Twitter. His first tweet came on February 13, Ash Wednesday, the
start of Lent.
Viewing Twitter as an opportunity to reach more people with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ,
Bishop Noonan believes we are called to put technology to good use by sharing the Good News –
even if it is only 140 characters at a time.
He chose Ash Wednesday to begin tweeting because this is a time set aside to reflect on the
Gospel and how we live our faith in relation to the Gospel.
“The ability to reach thousands of people instantly with a Scripture reflection or another message
of faith is a gift we have been given. I look forward to walking with many other Catholics on
their faith journey in this special way,” said Bishop Noonan.
To follow Bishop Noonan on Twitter, search his handle @BishopNoonan on www.twitter.com or
Margie’s Technology Tips
Director of Instruconal Technology
Creave Website for the Classroom
WeVideo is an online plaorm for collaborave video
producon in the cloud. The WeVideo Simple Editor gives you
two great eding modes, Storyboard mode or Timeline mode. It
is Cloud‐based, easy to use, and accessible anywhere, anyme and on almost any device. WeVideo
empowers you to create amazing videos that you’re excited to share and show off. WeVideo Lite for
Educaon is FREE with 15 minutes per month of export me, export resoluon of 480p and a storage capacity of 5GB.
Also, Wevideo can be accessed from any browser and provides 400 licensed music tles, royalty free graphics and effects,
private or shared libraries, and fast rendering and publishing. WeVideo is used by teachers and educators to make the
learning experience more engaging through the immersive use of video. Go to the website at hp://www.wevideo.com/.
Book Creator is a simple way to create beauful books on your iPad. The books can be read in iBooks, sent
to friends or submied to Apple’s iBookstore. Book Creator works on the iPad 1, 2 and the new iPad. Book
Creator outputs books using the internaonal ePub standard so you can open the files on other e‐readers
that support ePub. Book Creator supports direct recording into the App, or import of audio from your
iPad’s music library. You can also set audio as background soundtrack for your whole book or individual pages. Book
Creator is simple to use, leaving you free to achieve outstanding results, and is perfect for all ages, from Kindergarten to
Professors. To download the app, go to iTunes at hps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/book‐creator‐for‐ipad/id442378070
ST. PATRICK'S PRAYER
St. Patrick's prayer for the faithful captures the wonderful spirit that made him Ireland's patron saint and one of the
Church’s most beloved missionaries.
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.
Mr. Jon Arguello
Director of Markeng
One of my favorite things about working in our Catholic
school community is that there is always something
wonderful going on. On any given day, I can tour the
schools and find several people, events, or acons of a
member of our community, be it a student, teacher or
administrator and feel blessed that I am there to witness
what it means to be Catholic, and when I say ‘be Catholic’
I don’t mean Catholic as a noun, I mean Catholic as a
Throughout our Diocese there so many examples of being
Catholic that go without being noced or seen because
everyone is focused on providing the very best
educaonal opportunies to their students. An example
of this is the combined effort of Melbourne Central
Catholic and St. Joseph Catholic School in supporng a
teacher and coach who dedicated himself to his students.
Jason Whitworth, who served as a teacher, coach and
athlec director at St. Joseph and MCC, was diagnosed
with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
in 2011. Since then the former cross country coach has
lost the use of his legs to the neurological disease.
It was with their hearts, minds and legs that the two
schools decided to come to the aid of the man who
inspired so many. The schools, along with West Shore
High School and Lake Washington Fellowship Church,
organized Jason’s Run, a 5k run and walk event that drew
more than 500 parcipants and a dinner fundraiser which
together raised $25,400 towards Jason’s medical bills and
the retrofit of his home.
But the schools didn’t stop there. They also entered a
contest which could raise $10,000 more for the Florida
ALS Associaon. At the end of February, the two schools
found out their efforts have made them finalists for the
Make A Difference Day Naonal Award from Newman’s
Own and USA Today. The award is determined by popular
Catholic is a Verb!
vote. (Learn more and vote through this link ”VOTE”)
MCC, St. Joseph and Jason all need your help. Please
follow the link above and vote for their cause. The
previous winner won with just over 22,000 votes, so with
our enre community supporng them, I’m sure we can
make it happen!
Many mes humility prevents us from highlighng these
types of efforts. I’d like to ask all the members of our
community to please pass along the great things you are
doing to me. It is our mission “to proclaim the Gospel
message within an academic environment of excellence
that challenges students to be creave and crical
thinkers who integrate faith, moral leadership and
compassionate service in order to create a more just and
humane world” and highlighng the success of this
mission, as is the case in the example of MCC and St.
Joseph, allows us to inspire and involve more children
Thanks to all of our Catholic school communies for
exemplifying being Catholic—noun and verb—and being
an inspiraon to me and so many others through your
contribuon to making our world a much beer place.
Read enre arcle at: hp://www.floridatoday.com/
Administrave Assistant to the Superintendent
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!
Just a few odds and ends – First, please be aware that you are not able to add an addional subject coverage to your
professional cerficate on‐line. At this me, you must use the paper CG10 inial applicaon form and send the form
with your check payable to the Florida Department of Educaon for $75.00 to me for processing.
Secondly, your Master Inservice Program Coordinator has a handy log sheet that you may want to use to begin tracking
your inservice points. It is very helpful to both you and me if there is a discrepancy in the total number of points in your
account. The log form helps to determine what I may be missing or what may not have been sent in to me. See your
school MIP Coordinator for a copy of the Log if interested. A big thank you to all School MIP Coordinators, you are a
blessing to me and your fellow teachers! Thanks for all your hard work and dedicaon.
Lastly, just a reminder that the number of MIP points for each Diocesan Catechist Cerficaon Program (DCCP) course
has changed. The amount of points is now 7 per course, not 10 as previously given. Of course, if you are taking a
course through the University of Dayton for catechist cerficaon, the point total would be much higher depending on
Hope you have the luck of the Irish this month!
Day Statewide Essay Contest
Please click on the dates below to view the
Office of Faith Formation’s eBulletin
February 6, 2013 February 20, 2013
February 26, 2013
The Florida Department of Education has
announced an essay contest, The Florida
Missing Children’s Day Statewide Essay
Contest for all Florida 5 th graders. Details
may be found by clicking on ESSAY
CONTEST. The deadline is April 19th for
those schools interested in participating.