People passing by St. Agnes School in Arlington Feb. 20 might
have thought the school was hosting a Notre Dame pep rally.
An enthusiastic rendition of the Notre Dame "Victory March"
could be heard streaming through the halls. Inside the
library, Drum Major John Buchanan, class of 1971, could be
found marching in place with 26 members of the Notre Dame
Alumni Band, their instruments playing loud and clear.
Catholic University in Washington received a $565,689 grant
from Lilly Endowment Inc.'s High School Youth Theology
Institutes Initiative to establish a Light of the World
Institute for high school students. Lilly's initiative
encourages young people to explore theological traditions,
ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary
issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of
Hannah Fulop, a senior at Paul VI Catholic High School in
Fairfax, is the first student to take advantage of the
school's new Directed Independent Study (DIS) program. Under
the guidance of science teachers Michael Potter and Eileen
Liberti, Fulop is culturing and growing fruit fly cells
without instructions and using lab procedures she's designed
As members of the Arlington Diocese, we are blessed to live
in an area with quality choices for our children's secondary
education. With the opening of St. John Paul the Great
Catholic High School in Dumfries in 2008, there are options
and opportunities for rising high schoolers throughout the
National Catholic Schools Week, which runs this year from
Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, is the annual celebration of Catholic
education in the United States. "Catholic Schools:
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service" is this year's
theme that schools will observe through Masses, open houses
and activities for students, families, parishioners and the
Kirsten Fedewa fondly remembers the time she spent at St.
Mary's Academy, an all-girls high school now merged with
Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.
After eight years of serving the Arlington Diocese,
Superintendent of Schools Sister Bernadette McManigal,
B.V.M., has announced her retirement, and the search for her
replacement has begun.
Popular verses from classic children's books could be heard
down the hallways as kindergartners and eighth-graders sat in
pairs reading to each other. The fun activity is part of a
new effort led by Kathryn Crawford, eighth-grade teacher, and
Caitlin Boland, kindergarten teacher, to start a buddy
program at St. William of York School in Stafford. Crawford
was inspired to start the program after recalling the fond
memories of reading with older students when she was in grade
Every spring, the quiet library at Angelus Academy in
Springfield becomes a little noisier as dozens of chicks poke
out of their shells to the delight of students. For 10 years,
librarian Jodi Shlesinger has placed several incubators
amidst the books and taught the students how to care for the
eggs and then the baby chickens.
For years, Josie Blessard dreaded school.
The annual luncheon for pastors and principals sponsored by
the Arlington Principals Association had an added layer of
celebration and sentiment Jan. 19 as both Arlington Bishop
Paul S. Loverde and Sister Bernadette McManigal,
superintendent of diocesan schools, are set to retire this