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Rolls Royce Employees spend the day at St. Anthony

Rolls Royce recently provided a day of service at St. Anthony. Volunteers pulled out bushes, weeds and planted new mums in the front of the school. Other were in classrooms, reading and talking with students. They discussed the education they received for their current position, what the company does, how many people work there and how long it takes to create an engine. Volunteers also sat in the lunchroom while the students ate and talked with them. Both volunteers and students said that they had a great day!  We are grateful to Rolls Royce for giving this opportunity to our students.

Judge visits Holy Angels

Judge Clayton Graham from the Marion Superior Court Criminal Division Seven came to Holy Angels to present to our 4-6 grade scholars about Constitution Day. Scholars were able to learn more about the Bill of Rights and ask questions related to the first ten amendments, especially the first amendment. He provided the scholars with educational packets to supplement their learning. After he took a tour of the Holy Angels to see all the classrooms inaction and even stopped in the PreK classroom.

Central Catholic 8th Graders Attend CYO Camp

Due to the love and generosity of others, four of our Central Catholic 8th graders were able to attend CYO Camp for a week this summer. Alexandra Torres, Heidy Olivares, Cesar Garcia and Angel Ocampo had many first time experiences, like horseback riding, zip lining, canoeing, archery and sleeping beneath the stars. Heidy and Alexandra made new friends with the girls in their group. The girls talked about not knowing what time it was when they were camping out, and one of them got the giggles and the rest joined in until they were all awake, but it was only about 4 a.m.  An early day for them all! The girls all made a pact to go to Adventure Camp together next summer.  Cesar and Angel also made new friends. The boys said that they are happy they went because it was a great adventure. They all agree that it was “an experience of a lifetime.” Heidy, Alexandra, Cesar and Angel will “pay it forward” as they lead Central Catholic students this school year as we  make “Time to…”  seek, persist, excel, love and serve!

Holy Cross Visited by Butler Researcher

Holy Cross Central School is pleased to have hosted Dr. Lori Desautels from Butler University to check out the new Social-Emotional Learning classroom. She is a nationally recognized expert on Educational Neuroscience. She was excited to see this research being applied at the school level to benefit all children. During a recent SEL lesson, students were taught about the neuroplasticity of the brain and created brains out of clay, one of which was presented to Dr. Desautels. 
HCC students are taught a core curriculum in SEL skills (self-regulation, coping, problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication) in the classroom. They have an additional SEL class each week taught by Lisa Moore (Tiger Coach) and Brandy Sawyer. Students with specific SEL needs have individual plans and are personally instructed by the Tiger Coach.

New Members to our NDAA Teams

We welcome new additions to our Notre Dame ACE Academies' team this year:

Cara Swinefurth joins the leadership team as principal at Holy Cross Central after having served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past 20 years. Mrs. Swinefurth led St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School as principal from 2012 through 2019 and led Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School from 2005 through 2012. She was also a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes from 1999 through 2005. She brings a proven record of demonstrated academic growth, years of experience, and strong leadership skills to the Holy Cross community. 

Carissa Maddox, an outstanding principal at St. Barnabas in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, accepted our invitation to become the second Regional Director for the NDAA Indianapolis partnership.  As a Regional Director serving our NDAA principals and teachers in Indianapolis, Carissa will be part of the NDAA Teaching and Learning team. In addition to being principal at St. Barnabas the past three years, Carissa has served as a teacher and an assistant principal for over 10 years in the state of Indiana and recently completed the Oaks Academy Leadership Fellowship.