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NDP names new principal
Mar 26 2007
Laurie A. Jones, principal of Battle Grove Elementary School in Dundalk, has been named the new principal of Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson effective July 1. Ms. Jones, a parishioner of Ss. Philip and James in Baltimore, succeeds Clare Pitz. Ms. Jones said she learned about the position in an advertisement in The Catholic Review and was impressed by NDP’s mission to form highly educated, well-rounded young women.

John Carroll School appoints president
Feb 27 2007
Richard O’Hara, head of The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio, has been named the first president of The John Carroll School, Bel Air. The announcement was made by Augustus Brown, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, Feb. 20 following a unanimous vote by the board of trustees and approval by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. As president, Mr. O’Hara will be the chief executive officer and will be responsible for the overall operation of the school, including areas of finance, institutional advancement, alumni relations, public relations and facilities.

U.S. praised for fighting HIV/AIDS abroad
Feb 14 2007
WASHINGTON – Catholic social ministry leaders got an unusual message Feb. 12 as they were preparing for a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill: Thank your legislators for supporting the funding of a massive program to combat the spread of the global AIDS/HIV pandemic. On many issues that Catholic social activists bring up with their senators and representatives, they are challenging current legislation or seeking politically unpopular legislative reforms.

Conference to explore the images of Christ
Feb 14 2007
“Come, See, Investigate. Who Do You Say That I Am?” is the theme of the ninth annual Central Maryland Formation Day to be held March 10 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

VFW chooses teacher of the year
Jan 19 2007
While presenting Science fair awards Jan. 19 to middle school students at St. Philip Neri School, Linthicum, Fran Meeks unsuspectingly received an award of her own – teacher of the year. The eighth grade science and homeroom teacher with 33 years of service received a plaque and $250 from VFW Post #304, Annapolis.

Nonpublic schools demand help
Jan 09 2007
Henry Fortier calls it one of the “most painful” days in his life. After several years as principal of New All Saints School in West Baltimore – a time marked by increasing test scores and steady improvement in student performance – Mr. Fortier had to tell his students their school was closing. “It was devastating,” said Mr. Fortier, now one of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s associate superintendents. “It hurt to see them hurt. I had kids offering their allowances to keep the school open.”

Forums focus on benefits of nonpublic schools
Jan 04 2007
With 36 new members of the House of Delegates and 11 new state senators set to be sworn in at the start of Maryland’s new legislative session in mid-January, Mary Ellen Russell thinks it’s imperative to educate lawmakers about the contributions of nonpublic schools. Especially at a time when increasing costs and declining enrollment have forced the Archdiocese of Baltimore to close or merge 10 Catholic schools within the last several years, the Maryland Catholic Conference’s associate director for education said nonpublic schools need help now. A series of 17 legislative forums throughout the state will be held Jan. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. to introduce legislators to the ways nonpublic schools benefit Marylanders. School leaders will also suggest ways the state can provide more support.

Baltimore Catholic schools to receive $3.5 million
Dec 30 2006
A Baltimore-based Jewish foundation is pledging $3.5 million to Catholic schools in Baltimore in an effort to boost enrollment and attract even more financial support for urban-based Catholic education. In a Dec. 14 event at the Catholic Center in Baltimore, Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore and Donn Weinberg of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced that the foundation would donate $500,000 in 2006 and $1 million for the next three years to benefit at-risk students in kindergarten to 12th grade at one of 17 Catholic elementary/middle schools and three high schools.

Weinberg Foundation: $3.5 million to Catholic Schools
Dec 18 2006
A Baltimore-based Jewish foundation is pledging $3.5 million to Baltimore City Catholic schools in an effort to boost enrollment and attract even more financial support for urban-based Catholic education. In a Dec. 14 event at the Catholic Center in Baltimore, Cardinal William H. Keeler and Donn Weinberg of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced the Weinberg Foundation will donate $500,000 this year and $1 million for the next three years to benefit at-risk students who attend K-12 in one of 17 Catholic elementary/middle schools and three high schools. The grant is contingent on the Archdiocese of Baltimore finding matching grants from other donors.

‘Hate eats you inside’: 95-year-old Holocaust survivor speaks at John Carroll
Dec 05 2006
Georges Selzer stood naked in the snow when guards at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland tattooed a camp number on his left forearm: 101100. Standing at a podium more than six decades later, the 95-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor calmly unbuttoned and rolled up his left sleeve to show some 30 students at The John Carroll School in Bel Air the deep purple digits that remain emblazoned on his body and in his soul.

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