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“Dove-oted” Placed Third in National Contest

USCCB Multi Media Contest winner Abby Suchocki, a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover, presents a check to Heather Conley, Youth and Education Organizer, Granite State Organizing Project. Accompanying her are Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., Superintendent of Schools, and Meredith Cook, Director of the Diocese of Manchester’s Office of Public Policy.

Abby’s contest entry, “Dove-oted” placed third in the Grades 10-12 category at the national level, which won her a $250 cash prize and a matching grant for GSOP.

The annual Multimedia Youth Contest is organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). It is a tool for schools and parishes to engage Catholics in grades 7 through 12 in learning about the root causes of poverty in the U.S. and the Church's response. CLICK HERE to view contest winners can be viewed.


Mission Trip to Guatemala City

Over April vacation, 12 students and 3 adult chaperones from Trinity High School went on a mission trip to Guatemala City. The students got to experience Guatemala City and work in the garbage dump community of the city. The families that live in the garbage dump neighborhood make about a dollar a day and live in one room houses with corrugated metal roofs with anywhere from 5 to 15 people living inside. This is the second year in a row that Trinity has sponsored this trip and we'd like to share some reflections from students who took part. Read More


 Catholic School Principals Named

The Catholic Schools Office is pleased to announce the following appointment of principals for the 2014-2015 school year:

Mary Jane Cooney - Holy Trinity Catholic School in Laconia, NH. Mrs. Cooney brings variety of managerial, development, financial, as well as educational experience to the position. She began her career in education in the private school sector as director of operations at Ages and Stages, a child development center in Hampstead, NH. She then worked for several years as the administrator of Pond View Acres, a retirement community for senior citizens in Barrington, NH. Mrs. Cooney has also volunteered at Holy Trinity and was a substitute teacher there.

Mrs. Cooney holds a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is working on earning a master’s degree in education with a concentration on administration and leadership.

Andrea Isaak Elliot - Bishop Brady High School in Concord, NH. Ms. Elliot brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. She began her career in education in the private school sector as director of guidance at Trinity High School in Manchester in 1986, eventually assuming the same position at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua in 1992. She returned to Trinity as a guidance counselor, teacher, and advisor in 1998. She has also worked in the public sector as academic dean of Dover High School, dean of students of Salem High School, and assistant principal of Concord High School. Since 2008, she has served NEASC as a Commissioner on the Commission for Public Schools and their Leadership Council. Ms. Elliot earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching at the University of New Hampshire. She also holds a master’s degree in School Counseling from Notre Dame College, where she also earned several credits in School Administration. She is completing a CAGS program at Plymouth State University.

Susan M. Graham - St. Patrick School in Portsmouth, NH. Ms. Graham brings many years of experience to the position. In 1999, she became a member of the science department at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, teaching classes in chemistry and serving as department co-chair. She was also coordinator of professional development for the faculty. Since 2013 she held the position of Dean of Instruction in the Pittsfield School District.

Ms. Graham earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Simmons College and a master’s degree in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College. She also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Jocelyn D. Bergeron – St. Catherine of Siena School in Manchester, NH. Mrs. Bergeron is a long-time educator with a wide variety of experience. In addition to her teaching expertise in the fields of English and Theology, she has served as chair of the Theology Department at Bishop Brady High School, where she was also year book advisor and a member of the Faculty Advisor Committee. She has been a school visitor and committee chair for New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting association. For several years she was owner and director of Eagle’s Flight Day Care and Education Center in Goffstown. Mrs. Bergeron has a Bachelor of Arts from Keene State College. She has earned credits towards a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from St. Joseph’s College in Maine and holds state certification in School Administration Supervision through Notre Dame College (Manchester, NH).

Noreen Marie McAloon - St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Salem. Mrs. McAloon is a long-time elementary and secondary school educator. She has taught in Catholic schools in NH and NY. She has experience as an assistant principal and principal in the public sector. She has also taught religious education classes for many years in local parishes.

Mrs. McAloon holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in English, from St. John’s University (NY). She earned a Master of Science in Reading from C.W. Post Center of Long Island University. She also holds a CAGS from Plymouth State University and an Ed.D. from Argosy University, both in educational leadership. She has received certification as a superintendent, principal, reading specialist, elementary school teacher, and curriculum coordinator from the State of New Hampshire.

Mr. Mark Schwerdt - St. Francis of Assisi School in Litchfield, NH. Mr. Schwerdt began his academic career as a resident administrator and teacher at Saint Gregory the Great Academy in Scranton, PA. He later served as director of admissions and a member of the faculty at Saint Thomas More College in Merrimack, NH. Most recently he has been the executive director of The Southwest Indian Foundation (Gallup, NM), a non-profit organization that supports a wide variety of educational and social outreach programs for Native Americans.

Mr. Schwerdt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Christendom College (VA). He holds a master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Dallas and has pursed studies towards a master’s degree in psychology at the Institute for Psychological Sciences (VA). He is currently enrolled in a graduate program in educational administration at the University of New England.


Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools Named

The Rev. John R. Fortin, O.S.B., Superintendent of Schools, announced the appointment of Ronald D. Fussell, Jr. to the position of Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester.  Mr. Fussell will officially begin his new role on July 1, 2014.  Read More

Students Celebrate the Feast of Saint Benedict
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Students Recognized at Boston University's Model UN Conference

Superintendent's Message

Here it is already: the end of another academic year in which we have experienced so many successes in our schools and among our students and, I would guess, an equal number of challenges in our schools and among our students. But we know that the Lord is with us in all this, as he promised us by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit, and so we move forward with confidence, with hope, and with a vision to bring the great good of Catholic education to more and more students in New Hampshire. Read More

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