Mr. James CooneyAssociateSuperintendentJim & Joe’sAccreditationCornerDr. Joseph BelinskiDirector of SchoolPlanningRecently, the Center for Catholic School Effecveness, released the Naonal Standards and Benchmarks for Effecve Catholic andElementary Schools. The director of the Center, Dr Lorraine Ozar of Loyola University, stated that the document is “…the result of two yearsof broad collaboraon among Catholic educators across the naon…The publicaon of these effecveness standards gives the enreCatholic community a common framework of universal characteriscs of Catholic identy and agreed upon criteria for Catholic schoolexcellence.”The standards contained within the document provide Catholic school leaders and educators with policies and programs that should be inplace to assist the Catholic Church in accomplishing its educaonal and spiritual missions. The document is divided into four majorsecons, tled domains, including Mission and Catholic Identy, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operaonal Vitality.The major standards within the document are (in abbreviated format):Mission and Catholic IdentyStandard 1 The Mission Embraces Catholic IdentyStandard 2 The Academic Program Integrates Faith, Culture, and LifeStandard 3 Opportunies Are Provided Outside the Classroom for Faith FormaonStandard 4 Opportunies Are Provided for Adult Faith FormaonGovernance and LeadershipStandard 5 The Governing Body Exercises Responsible Decision MakingStandard 6 The Leadership Team Implements the Mission and VisionAcademic ExcellenceStandard 7 The Curriculum Is Aligned With Standards and Gospel ValuesStandard 8 Assessments Are Used, Transparent, and Improve PraccesStandard 9 The Programs Enrich Academics and Support the Student and FamilyCommendations / AwardsCongratulaons to Carol Polkowski,teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School,in Winter Haven, who has beennominated for the Golden GarlandAward in the Lakeland Ledger. Formore informaon, please click here.Click here forSAINTS OF THE MONTH
Margie’s Technology TipsCreave Website for the ClassroomMargie AguilarDirector of Instruconal TechnologySkoolbo Core Skills is the world’s largest educaonal game ever! Skoolbo Core Skillsobjecve is to li educaonal outcomes in literacy and mathemacs with more than50,000 quesons designed to assist 4 to 10 year olds in their journey to mastery ofessenal reading and mathemacal skills. Children enjoy fantasc 3D worlds, amazing fun, mulplayer races andbest of all – it’s FREE! This program is comprehensive, fully cross plaorm, provides student engagement andindividualized curriculum, immediate feedback, data and meaningful reporng for teachers and parents. Also,Skoolbo Core Skills aligns with the Common Core State Standards. Shane Hill, Founder and CEO of Skoolbo, is aglobal pioneer in e‐Learning development. He founded Mathlecs, Spellodrome and World Math Day, which for theprevious four years, have been the most used e‐Learning websites in the world. For more informaon visit hp://skoolbo.com/App of the MonthZapd is an iPhone app that lets you create a website in 60 seconds. You create a qualitywebsite from the convenience of your phone, iPod or iPad. You don’t need any coding ordesign skills in order to make one. Simply select a theme that you like, upload some photos,place some links and you’re done. Zapd lets you select a professionally styled theme right from your phone!You can make a website and then totally change the design later if you want to. The enre site gets rebuiltfor you with just a tap. And, as new themes are released, you can update your site without any of yourcontent being affected. They're free. Download the Zapd app and make as many websites as you want. Theydo the hosng, you provide the creavity. For more informaon you can visit hp://zapd.com/ and todownload the app go to iTunes at hp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zapd/id426955081?mt=8&ls=1November 3, 2012Naonal Conference on CatholicYouth MinistryDon’t miss this opportunity to aend aquality naonal conference at the WaltDisney World Swan and Dolphin ResortClick here to register.Everyone is welcome!Children, teens, parents, grandparents, youngfamilies, engaged couples, young adult groups,neighbors, friends and co-workers! For informationand to order tickets, please click here for Parish/School or here for Family/Individual. Please contactthe Office of Faith Formation for questions or moreinformation:email@example.com / 407-246-4910
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW MARKETING DIRECTORFOR OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLSMr. Henry Forer, Secretary for Faith Formaon/Superintendent of Catholic Schools, is very pleased to announce that Mr.Jon H. Arguello has accepted the posion as Director of Markeng for the Office of Catholic Schools.Mr. Arguello received his B.A. in Internaonal Affairs from Rollins College and is currently seeking his M.P.S. in StrategicPublic Relaons from The George Washington University. Mr. Arguello has many years of experience in wring, eding,public affairs, and communicaons. Aer honorably serving in the U.S. Army where he served as PIO and photojournalist,he garnered many impressive awards and medals. Mr. Arguello, most currently, is working as Director of Communicaonsand Chief Policy Advisory for the Melendez for Congress campaign, 2012.A member of both Holy Redeemer and Holy Cross parishes, Mr. Arguello has parcipated in many local communityacvies in Osceola County where he resides. Mr. Arguello made his decision to seek the Markeng posion aer servingin a volunteer role with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Orlando.Please help me welcome Mr. Jon Arguello to the Office of Catholic Schools team!Phyllis MannAdministrave Assistant to theSuperintendentCerficaon CornerThe process for renewal of teaching cerficates haschanged for private districts.This informaon isespecially important to those teachers renewing theircerficate in 2013, but it will also impact futurerenewals. I have been receiving a number of phone callsfrom teachers anxious to begin the process so this is howit will go…You no longer have to fill out a paper CG10R form andsend it to me for processing. The renewal will now behandled on‐line (hp://www.fldoe.org/edcert/apply.asp) with your credit card to cover the cost of therenewal ($75.00). However, as easy as it sounds, there isone step that has to happen in order for your renewalapplicaon to be complete ‐ that is contacng me lengme know that you have applied for renewal so that I cansupply the FDOE with the appropriate form whichverifies your total Master Inservice Program (MIP)points. Without this form, no acon will be taken torenew your cerficate.So please be proacve – email or call me to find out howmany points you have towards your renewal before yougo on‐line to apply. Also, please remember that the dateyour professional cerficate was issued plays a large rolein when your MIP points can be counted. If yourcerficate was issued, for example August 22, 2008, thenpoints cannot be counted from July 1 st since yourcerficate was not issued at that me.Together we will make this new process work so don’thesitate to contact me if you have any quesons. Thankyou!
Read what the Bishops of Florida are saying aboutAmendment 6Read what eachof Florida's Bishopsare saying aboutAmendment 6Amendment 6 would prohibit the use of state tax funds forabortion. Any number of national surveys confirms that amajority of Americans - including a significant number of thosewho identify themselves as "Pro-choice" - agree that taxpayersshouldn’t be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion.Amendment 6, which also allows for legislation that will bolsterthe rights of parents to be involved in medical decisionsaffecting their minor children, should be supported by allFloridians whether or not they describe themselves as "prolife"or "pro-choice".-- Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of MiamiMore Information on Amendment 6:FCCB Statement (English) / (Spanish)Questions & Answers (English) / (Spanish)Yes on 6 Info Sheet (English) / (Spanish)To sign up for updates, visit www.sayyeson6.comFor the latest news, 'like' SayYeson6 on Facebook
Vote Yes on Amendment 8 – Ensure continuedDelivery of Social Services by Faith-Based EntitiesAmendment 8 on the November ballot will allow faith-basedproviders of social services to continue to participate in stateprograms without fear of challenge simply on the basis that theyare religious. Services in jeopardy that are protected byAmendment 8 to the Florida Constitution include health care,homeless shelters, food banks, prison ministry and education.Click the video above to watch Ed Laurienzo, Executive Director ofGood News Outreach, a faith-based organization, explain how theirservices benefit from government funding and the importanceof saying Yes On 8.More information on Amendment 8:FCCB Statement (English) / (Spanish)Questions & Answers (English) / (Spanish)Yes on 8 Info Sheet (English) / (Spanish)To sign up for email updates, visit www.sayyeson8.comFor the latest news: Like 'SayYeson8' on Facebook
PLEASE JOIN VALENCIA COLLEGE (East Campus) FOR THEOCTOBER 11, 2012, 4:00PM OPENING OF “THE COURAGETO REMEMBER”, AN EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT ON THEHISTORY OF THE HOLOCAUSTTHIS IS A FREE EVENT & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.Please join civic, educational, business, government, religious, law enforcement and community leaders as theFoundation For California and Valencia College present “The Courage To Remember” at Valencia College’s Black BoxTheater in Orlando. The opening ceremony for this exhibit will be held in the Atrium, adjacent to the Black Box Theaterin Building 3 of Valencia College’s East Campus on October 11 at 4:00PM.ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT, “THE COURAGE TO REMEMBER”: “The Courage To Remember” is a 42 panel educational exhibit onthe Holocaust of 1933‐1945. With nearly 200 original photographs, many never seen before by the general public, “TheCourage To Remember” offers a powerful, compelling insight into the Holocaust.The crimes of the Nazis during the Holocaust serve as a dark chapter of the 20th century. Yet, the causes of theHolocaust remain with us today.Man’s flawed nature, racism and the complacency of ordinary people in the persecution of others persist. Therefore theneed for this exhibit. Individual citizens must have the courage to remember, educate themselves of this tragedy andcommit to prevent such crimes from happening again.This exhibit is produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and brought to you by the Foundation For California andValencia Collage. It will be shown at Valencia College’s Black Box Theater (East Campus, Building 3) from October 11‐18,2012. (Mon.‐Fri.: 7:00am‐10:30pm; Sat. 7:00am‐4:30pm; Sun: closed). On October 19, the exhibit will display from 7:00‐11:00am.The October 11, 4:00PM opening ceremony is a free event and open to the public.ABOUT THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER: The Simon Wiesenthal Center is among the largest international Jewish humanrights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States alone. It is dedicated to teaching thelessons of the Nazi Holocaust, to the memory of the millions who perished at the hands of Hitler's Third Reich, and toinjustice against humanity, including acts that continue in our time. The Center is an NGO at international agenciesincluding the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR CALIFORNIA: Incorporated in 1986, the Foundation For California (a non‐profit 501(c)3)has been a leader of discussion of public policy issues in California and beyond, conducting educational programs,exhibits, lecture series and conferences.WHEN: Opening Ceremony ‐ Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:00PMWHERE: The Atrium, adjacent to the Black Box Theater in Building 3 of Valencia College’s East Campus701 North Econlockhatchee Trail, Building 3Orlando, FL 32825*Parking is available in Parking Lot B.FOR QUESTIONS AND TO R.S.V.P. FOR THIS EVENT, CONTACT TED GOVER BY PHONE AT (562)355‐1325 OR BY E‐MAILAT TEDGOVER@GMAIL.COM. PLEASE R.S.V.P. BY OCTOBER 11.