Achieving New Heights2013-2014
Repor t to the Communi ty
Partnership SchoolsCATHOLICEducating Camdens Children
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Deeply Rooted in a Legacy of Faith and Education.
Board of Directors
Jennifer Alleva, CPAPartnerYour Part-Time Controller
Father Timothy ByerleyPastorMary, Queen of All Saints
Jerry BuckleyChief Executive OfficerPennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Reynold (Ren) P. Cicalese, CPA, PFS, CGMAShareholderAlloy Silverstein
Sister Karen Dietrich, SSJ, PhDExecutive DirectorCatholic Partnership Schools
Joseph A. Del Duca, EsquirePartner & General CounselThe Walters Group
Julio FuentesPresident & CEOHispanic CREO
John C. Hook, EsquirePartner Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Judyann Gillespie McCarthy, MSW, LCSWAssociate Vice President, Children and Adolescent Counseling Behavioral Health Services Center for Family Services
Christine L. Healey (Chair)PresidentHealey Education Foundation
Father Daniel Joyce, S.J.Assistant to the Vice President for MissionSt. Josephs University
Glen MessinaPresident & CEOPHH Corporation
Michael S. Orfe, CFAVice PresidentGoldman Sachs
Adolfo (Pepe) PipernoPresidentSbar, Inc.
Eugene (Geno) SchiavoPrincipal Kitchen & Associates
Rev. Britt StarghillPastorKaighn Avenue Baptist Church
Dr. Bill Watson, EdDDirector, Curriculum and Assessment Diocese of Camden Office of Catholic Schools
We are committed to sustaining safe and nurturing schools that inspire and prepare each of our students for rigorous,
college preparatory or technical high schools.
Catholic Partnership Schools Mission
Message from the Executive Director
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Leaders and educators often suggest reflection as an important element for continual growth and the development of innovative ideas. Reflection offers moments of introspection and a chance to celebrate success. As we prepare to begin another school year at our five Catholic Partnership Schools, we want to take the time to reflect on our most recent achievements and share with you our 2013-2014 Report to the Community. Since its inception, Catholic Partnership Schools has maintained its commitment to strengthen and sustain the inner-city Catholic schools in Camden, NJ. In the following pages we will show how the Catholic Partnership Schools, along with the support of our staff of experienced teachers and school principals, emphasis on strong academics and a safe learning environment, are successfully nurturing curious, intelligent, and compassionate students.
This year marked our second annual Education Summit. The Partnership continues to build on conversations within the community centered on educating children from challenging urban and underserved environments. This years keynote speaker for the Summit was MacArthur Fellow Genius Awardee, Angela Duckworth, PhD, who shared insights from her research on grit and how some students are more driven over others. The Summit included more than 300 education professionals from seven states sharing research and insights on how to improve student behavior, resilience, and academic achievement.
As many of you know, high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity it is an indicator of future success. Were so proud of the 32 students from our 2014 graduating class who received full or partial scholarships to five of our areas Catholic high schools. Our students continue to perform in ways that truly demonstrate grit, determination, and willingness to succeed.
The 2014 school year also marked CPS first
graduating high school class, which marked a significant moment in CPS history. Our former CPS students took the skills they learned while students at CPS and successfully went on to complete four years of high school. Our alumni are transitioning to twenty-five prestigious colleges and universities in the area with several of our alumni indicating an interest in education or medical professions.
Believing it is equally important to teach the whole student, the Partnership continues to invest in afterschool and summer programs benefiting our students. Students have a wide range of choices and avenues for their talents from athletics to choir and orchestra to robotics and aviation, the children in our schools are achieving both in and outside of the classroom.
Towards the end of this report you will see our financial highlights. The Partnership has continued to expand our donor reach and stabilize the operating needs for our five elementary schools. We continue to raise funds to directly benefit education and student services while also focusing on technology improvements, facility upgrades and essential staffing needs.
As we take the time to pause and reflect we also feel compelled to thank you, our donors and supporters, for your response to the Partnership with your generous dollars, time and resources. It is an important time in Partnership history and one that would not have been achieved if it was not for your support. With your help we are sustaining our safe and nurturing schools and ensuring the children of Camden access to results-proven education for years to come.
Sister Karen Dietrich, SSJ, PhDExecutive Director
Continuing the Conversation: Catholic Partnership Schools hosts 2nd Annual Education Summit
Keynote Speaker, Angela Duckworth, PhD; Attendees participate in breakout sessions; and, The Honorable Dana L. Redd, Mayor City of Camden and Chief J. Scott
Thomson, Chief of Police, Camden County Police Department
Summit2014 Education Summit: Self Control, Poverty, Social and Emotional Development and the Roles They Play in Raising Our Children
More than 300 education professionals from 7 states gathered for a daylong exploration of the long-term psychological and neurological impact of poverty and trauma on childrens ability to learn on Monday, March 24, 2014 at The Enterprise Center in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The day began with a keynote address by Angela Duckworth, PhD. Dr. Duckworth, a MacArthur Fellow Genius Awardee, discussed self-control and grit, a term she coined through her research; specifically, how focus and tenacity drive success - oftentimes more than talent and ability. According to Duckworth, it is the perseverance and passion that leads people to ultimate success and high achievement. Other panelists joining Dr. Duckworth included educators and researchers from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and New York University. This years summit also garnered the support of prominent Camden leaders including Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd and Chief of the Camden County Police Department, J. Scott Thomson.
The Summit attracted representatives from var-ious facets of education and youth services in-cluding researchers, psychologists, government officials, school educators and administrators.
All were interested in learning more about the 2014 Education Summit topics and sessions such as: What are doable interventions that have been shown to reverse the negative impact of violence and poverty and get children on the right academic path?; How can
mindfulness strategies and practice create a safe and emotionally healing space for learning?; The long-term impact on memory, executive function, and motivation from negative emotions and sustained stress in children; The latest best practices for improving literacy, behavior and whole child outcomes; and, The role of parents in mitigating the effects of social and emotional stressors in their childs life.
The one-day gathering sought to continue the conversation and help form a greater understanding of the social and emotional underpinnings of success in childhood and beyond while seeking ways to shape a program of action with new and practicable solutions. Attendees of the 2014 Education Summit were able to hear from top experts across various fields while also sharing their own ideas, strategies and practices through Q&A sessions and practitioner work groups.
The Education Summit addressed key conversations which must be had within our community if we want to strive for a better education system. After all, mission-driven schools - like those of Catholic Partnership Schools - believe in grit.
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We push our youth to never give up, to achieve more, and to believe in themselves. Grit is who we are. Grit is what we do.
On Thursday, May 15, 2014 the CPS students shined. Students lit up the stage at the Student Campus Center and the Gordon Theater to celebrate Arts, Leadership and Excellence during the 4th Annual Dreams of Our Children event. The event is an opportunity for community partners, volunteers, parents, and financial donors alike to come together to celebrate the arts and academics in our five schools.
Because art inspires and