Staten Island is an island unto itself, but the Staten Island Catholic School Region stands united with other regions in its commitment to improving the faith-based education our schools provide.
This commitment takes many forms, whether it is awarding new regional scholarships to 210 students or providing Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) to more than 370 students at nine schools. It also means embracing forward-focused innovation in teaching that is revolutionizing ways children learn on Staten Island.
In collaboration with St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School, 8th grade students at Holy Rosary, Our Lady Help of Christians, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Sacred Heart, St. Christopher, St. Joseph-St. Thomas, St. Patrick, St. Rita and St. Teresa schools are all participating in the Seamless Online Learning Experience (SOLE). Piloted in two schools in 2013, the program integrates the Blackboard online learning system, a college program using iPad technology as a tool for academic success, to empower students to meet the new Common Core Learning Standards.
This collaboration has also created a seamless bridge from elementary school – benefitting both regional and parish-based schools – to high school and college, while building a strong foundation of Catholic values and integrated technology.
Other exciting initiatives include: The Wagner College Teaching Project, which pairs Wagner College freshmen with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at designated Catholic elementary schools, to serve as mentors in Biology and Chemistry; and Net Texts/Educate LLC, a pilot professional development program for teachers spearheaded by the Staten Island Regional Superintendent’s Office, which integrates ChromeBooks, iPads and Smartboard technology to create an advanced learning environment.
Technology is supported by a tradition in the region of building community. That tradition includes paying tribute to local veterans, as was done at St. Adalbert School, where 150 Staten Island veterans were honored at a special assembly dedicated to U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis, from Staten Island, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan.
Another long-held tradition on the Island took place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, when the Staten Island Region sponsored the 29th Annual Family Fun Day. The event brought together the entire Staten Island Catholic school community, with all the proceeds benefitting the borough’s 22 regional, private and parish-based elementary schools.