Over 65 Catholic Elementary Schools to Participate in Spring “Showcase of Excellence” Programs

Thursday, March 23rd

Students and teachers highlight academics and fine arts in parochial elementary schools during “Showcase of Excellence,” which this year will be held at six satellite locations

During the months of March and April, over 65 Parochial and Private Catholic elementary, Independence Mission Schools, and Schools of Special Education throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will participate in one or more “Showcases of Excellence,” which will be held at six satellite locations including two university campuses, three Archdiocesan high schools, and one parish each in Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.  The elementary Showcases highlight the strong academic and fine arts programs in Catholic elementary and special education schools throughout the five-county Archdiocese.

Sister Edward William Quinn, I.H.M., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, is the force behind the annual “Showcase of Excellence.”  She coordinates the locations and participating schools.  She said, “There are many wonderful things happening in our schools.  Most of us are aware of the concept of STEM as an initiative showing the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  In our schools we like to think of it as “STREAM” as we integrate Religion and the Arts into the total picture of learning.  The Showcases are a way of sharing the talents and work of our students and their teachers with the broader community.”

During each “Showcase of Excellence” students will display artwork reflective of the Archdiocesan K-8 art curriculum.  Musical performances will include instrumental, band, and choral music.  Religion projects, Science Fair displays, Future Cities displays, STREAM projects, binders of students’ writings, videos of student presentations on laptops, robotics, and theater arts performances are also integral parts of the program.

Mrs. Debra Brillante, Superintendent for Elementary Schools said, “The Showcase of Excellence events will provide the perfect venues for highlighting the many gifts of our Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic School students and their teachers.  We are proud to exhibit some of our finest work and share our extraordinary talents with the greater Philadelphia community.”

This year’s “Showcase of Excellence” sites are noted below.  If a school does not have a county listed in parentheses, that school is in the City of Philadelphia:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Saints Neumann and Goretti High School; 1736 South 10th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19148

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The participating schools in the “Showcase of Excellence” at Saints Neumann and Goretti will include:  Saints Neumann and Goretti High School, Our Lady of Hope Regional Catholic School, Saint Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School, Saint Laurentius Catholic School, Saint Mary Interparochial School, Saint Monica School, Saint Peter and Apostle School, Saint Rose of Lima, an Independence Mission School, and Saint Thomas Aquinas School, an Independence Mission School.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Villanova University,
Connelly Center: 800 East Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 (Delaware County)

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The participating schools in the “Showcase of Excellence” at Villanova University will include:  Assumption Academy Pre-School and Kindergarten (Chester County), Cardinal John Foley Regional Catholic School (Delaware County), Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County), Roman Catholic High School, Sacred Heart Catholic School (Delaware County), Saint Anastasia Catholic School (Delaware County), Saint Andrew Catholic School (Delaware County), Saint Dorothy Catholic School (Delaware County), Saints Coleman-John Neumann (Montgomery County), Saint Bernadette of Lourdes Catholic School (Delaware County), Saint Francis De Sales School, Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School (Delaware County), Saint James Regional Catholic School (Delaware County), Saint Katherine Day School (Montgomery and Delaware Counties), an Archdiocesan School of Special Education, Saint Laurence School (Delaware County), Saint Lucy’s Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, an Archdiocesan School of Special Education, and Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf, an Archdiocesan School of Special Education.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Immaculata University, Alumnae Hall: 1145 West King Road, Immaculata, PA 19345 (Chester County)

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The participating schools in the “Showcase of Excellence” at Immaculata University will include:  Holy Family School (Chester County), Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic School (Chester County), Saint Elizabeth Catholic School (Chester County), Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School (Chester County), Saints Philip and James Catholic School (Chester County), Saint Agnes Catholic School (Chester County), Saint Joseph Catholic School (Chester County), and Saint Patrick Catholic School (Chester County).

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Pope John Paul II School: 181 Rittenhouse Road, Royersford, PA 19468

(Montgomery County)

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The participating schools in the “Showcase of Excellence” at Pope John Paul II High School will include:  Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County), Saint Aloysius Parish School (Montgomery County), Saint Mary Catholic School (Montgomery County), Visitation BVM Catholic School (Montgomery County), Corpus Christi Catholic School (Montgomery County), Holy Cross Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County), and Saint Teresa of Calcutta School (Montgomery County).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Archbishop Ryan High School:  11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The participating schools in the “Showcase of Excellence” at Archbishop Ryan will include: Archbishop Ryan High School, Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School, Maternity B.V.M. Catholic Elementary School, Nazareth Academy Grade School (Private Catholic School), Our Lady of Confidence Day School (Montgomery County), an Archdiocesan School of Special Education, Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County), Saint Dominic Catholic Elementary School, Saint Ephrem Catholic School (Bucks County) , Saint Katherine of Siena Catholic School, Saint Martha Catholic Elementary School, Saint Albert the Great Catholic School (Montgomery County), Saint Athanasius Catholic School, Saint Cecilia Catholic School, Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School (Bucks County), Saint Christopher Catholic School, Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, an Archdiocesan School of Special Education, Saint Jerome Catholic School, and Saint Matthew Catholic School.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Parish Center:  605 West Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974 (Bucks County)

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The participating schools in the “Showcase of Excellence” at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Center will include:  Mary, Mother of Redeemer Catholic School (Montgomery County), Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School (Bucks County), Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County), Saint Joseph the Protector Regional Catholic School (Montgomery County), Saint Joseph-Saint Robert School (Bucks County), and Saint Jude School (Bucks County).

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