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From the Superintendent's Desk From the Superintendent's ... - Igenti

March 2013

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

amazing love.

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.

March Birhdays

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.

Click here for


Dr. Jacquelyn Flanigan

Associate Superintendent

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://

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

All Parcipants

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 or

click here:

Margie’s Technology Tips

Margie Aguilar

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://

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://‐creator‐for‐ipad/id442378070



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

and Development

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

than ever.

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://


Phyllis Mann

Administrave Assistant to the Superintendent

Cerficaon Corner

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

the course.

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.

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