V Encuentro retreat draws 29 young Catholic leaders

By Sedonna Prater Twenty-nine young leaders in diocesan Catholic schools stepped back for a day of reflection and a call to action through their participation in a V Encuentro retreat. The retreat was held at the diocesan Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton on May 11 and was …

Diocesan schools upgrading technology for classrooms

Teachers, students embrace educational technology programs being integrated into standard curricula By Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville schools are making major investments in technology with the adoption of one-PC-per-student programs that will level the playing field for computer access. And upgrades in infrastructure are allowing teachers and students to tap into …

Diocese of Knoxville schools draw closer to accreditation review

System evaluation for AdvancED certification to take place during 2016-17 school year following four-year preparation The culmination of the accreditation process will be a key theme during the 2016-17 academic year as Diocese of Knoxville schools are evaluated by AdvancED for certification as a system of excellence. While the majority …

Catholic school leaders named to Loyola Marymount leadership cohort

By Sedonna Prater Catholic Extension and Loyola Marymount University are partnering to offer a certificate leadership program to Catholic school leaders, such as assistant principals and rising instructional leaders. The educational program, offered through Loyola Marymount’s Catholic School Leadership Academy, provides professional training that is specific to Catholic schools by …

Diocesan schools In-Service Day marks beginning of school year

By Dan McWilliams and Sedonna Prater Nearly 300 teachers and administrators from East Tennessee Catholic schools took part in the annual Diocesan In-Service on Aug. 8 at Knoxville Catholic High School. Bishop Richard F. Stika began the program with a keynote address in the KCHS gym. The day fell on …

Chatti Gras establishes mark as key fundraiser for Chattanooga schools

The Chattanooga Deanery’s three schools—Notre Dame, St. Jude and Our Lady of Perpetual Help—joined forces for the second consecutive year to throw a Mardi Gras celebration and fundraiser for tuition assistance programs. Chatti Gras attracted more than 800 guests, who spent an evening at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center …

KCHS girls soccer players recognized

Several members of the Knoxville Catholic High School Lady Irish soccer team earned postseason district honors. Kathryn Culhane was named the district’s most valuable player. She also made first-team All-District, as did teammates Melissa Vargas, Molly Dwyer, Abby Leake, Charlotte Sauter, and Ashley Hickman. Martha Dinwiddie and Brenna Zimmerman made …

Diocesan schools schedule Christmas season events

Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to sing praises to God and give to those in need. The children of the diocese plan to do just that this Christmas season in the many school programs and service projects being held across East Tennessee. For more details on each school’s events, …

Chattanooga schools combine resources to streamline fundraising effort

CHATTANOOGA — Chattanooga’s Catholic schools, deciding to “work smarter instead of working harder,” have taken a unique approach to raising funds for programs and activities. The three schools, Notre Dame, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Jude, decided last year after several years of discussion and planning to give …

In praise of modesty: Diocesan schools update dress code

Students, faculty get revised rules on appropriate attire; all eighth-graders to wear gowns at graduation    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a …