Cathy Poninsky St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School, Uniontown A first-grade teacher, Cathy Poninsky said she loves teaching at a Catholic school for many reasons, one being that she can share her faith with students and families. A teacher for 36 years at St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School, Uniontown, Poninsky said she is honored to be one of the three teachers selected for a Golden Apple Award. “Faith is a big part of my day. Not only do I begin at home with prayers for my students and their families, I also pray throughout the day for
UNIONTOWN — “We are family” could be a theme song for every Catholic school in the diocese. That trait is especially strong at St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School, where parents, grandparents and guardians are involved in many aspects of school life. “Our families are fantastic — loyal, supportive and hardworking,” said Christine Roskovensky, principal for 22 of the 35 years she has been at the school. “We are a true family — everyone looks out for each other and takes care of one another.” While nearly all of the families are involved at the school, Rich and Kristen
NORTH HUNTINGDON — Students at Queen of Angels Catholic School know their mission is possible: to become secret agents of kindness. Every day, they are committed to doing something to make a friend or classmate happy. Their efforts are part of a tidal wave of good will that is sweeping across the school called simply, the Kindness Club. The Kindness Club was founded in September by third-grade teacher Karen Longo. Her hope was to increase positive thinking, gratefulness and kindness as a means of conflict resolution. She first implemented “smile sheets” for daily display on student lockers. These sheets said
Mary Queen of Apostles School, New Kensington For the past 26 years, the Diocese of Greensburg has been honored to have Kathy Hetu teach second-grade students the sacraments. “The sacraments are true to my heart. I love to teach the children reconciliation and their first holy Communion,” Hetu said. “It’s so special to see the look of awe and wonder in their eyes as they learn the sacraments.” Hetu is one of three teachers who will receive a Golden Apple Award at the Oct. 10 A Celebration of Catholic Schools Breakfast. “I am very thankful and grateful that I was
NEW KENSINGTON – Mary, Queen of Apostles School students have become published authors and illustrators, and their work is going international. MQA received a $6,700 Innovation Grant at the Catholic Schools Breakfast in October to support a program called Books that Bind: Connecting Cultures in Christ, which links MQA students with St. Clare Catholic School in Molo, Kenya. Teachers Bernadette Grace, Kathy Hetu, Jayme Hadley and Lisa Matta, who teach third grade through kindergarten, respectively, coordinated publishing a book about the mysteries of the rosary, which will be distributed to St. Clare students. The four teachers began working with their students in
MURRYSVILLE — Mother of Sorrows School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. MOSS is one of just 148 middle schools to receive the honor from PLTW, a nonprofit organization that serves millions of pre-K-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S. “Our school is excited and honored to receive this recognition,” said Theresa Szmed, MOSS principal. “In today’s challenging world, Catholic schools strive to educate the heart, mind and spirit of every child. The Project Lead the Way program challenges
MURRYSVILLE — While individual projects have been part of classroom learning at all grade levels for many years, Mother of Sorrows School has made project-based learning a formal part of its curriculum. “We are the only school using project-based learning,” said Theresa Szmed, who is in her third year as principal at MOSS. “The students really enjoy it.” Laurie German, art teacher for all grades and project-based learning instructor for grades 2-8, said, “The program teaches children to work together and gives them a physical project to connect with a lesson.” There are four projects per year in each grade,
INDIANA — The middle-school science program at St. Bernard Regional Catholic School has quickly become a success by incorporating faith, according to Denise Swope, principal. She credits that to teacher, Katelyn Waterhouse, who has an educational background in special education and writing and is studying for a certificate in pastoral ministry. She is putting that varied background to work with an emphasis on science for the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. The school added seventh and eighth grades in 2015, and Waterhouse joined the faculty as the middle school teacher in 2017. Swope could not be happier with the results.