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!
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.
Beginning Saturday April 13, students in first through fourth-grade of the Notre Dame ACE Academies gathered at Central Catholic School for the first season of “Little Kickers” intramural soccer program. The league is split into two age divisions, first- and second-grades and third- and fourth-grades, and more than 60 students are participating. The program was started in response to the interest of students and families to play soccer and as opportunity to engage students with athletic opportunities in the younger grades, as a hope of encouraging them to stay involved in athletics in the future. Little Kickers is followed by a successful pilot of intramural soccer for older students that was started in the fall. The efforts, led by NDAA board member Tom Dale, Peggy O’Connor-Campbell, school athletic directors, and other members of the sports committee, are greatly appreciated by the students and families. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as a coach for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Peggy O’Connor Campbell at .
The Indianapolis Public Library featured book trailers created in iMovie by sixth through eighth-graders at St. Anthony. Using picture books, students shared their trailers with kindergarten and first-grade students to promote a love of reading and encourage students to seek opportunities to read over the summer. School Library Manager Kristen Williams and two of the students' trailers were shared in the quarterly newsletter, Friday Focus, shared with school librarians across Marion County. Click here to view the trailer.
Students in pre-k and kindergarten were surprised with the delivery of tricycles and wagons from PNC Bank. In support of PNC’s “Grow Up Great” program, staff members at the downtown Indianapolis headquarters assembled and delivered tricycles and wagons across Indianapolis as part of National Volunteer Week. The tricycles donated to Holy Cross will be used in gym class over the coming weeks as pre-school and kindergarten students prepare for the annual “Little 500,” a trike and bike closed-course race that is a favorite event for the Holy Cross community. The race, in which all 60 pre-k and kindergarten students participate, will take place on Friday, May 17. Holy Cross and the Notre Dame ACE Academies wish to thank our friends at PNC Bank for generously supporting our pre-k programs throughout the year, and for the special gift of the wagons and tricycles!