Dear Newport Central Catholic Community,
As most of you are aware, the month of October can be a busy month in the academic realm and is exemplified on The Hill. We started the month by hosting prospective 8th grade students from our feeder schools of Holy Trinity, St. Catherine, St. Therese, and St. Thomas. Tessy Krebs from the Advancement Office, along with our new Recruitment Director, Stephanie Biggs, and our student ambassadors led these future Thoroughbreds through games, tours, and speakers to show what NCC has to offer. Similarly, we closed out the month with Open House on the 29th by showing off all of the great characteristics of our school. We could not be more proud of the way our students, faculty and staff present themselves to prospective families. If you know someone who is interested in enrolling in the near future, private tours can be set up by contacting us.
In between these outreach events, this month featured our Homecoming Football Game and Dance. The Pep Rally, organized by the student body, was held on Friday at school to kickoff the weekend and ended with a Saturday night dance in our school gym. Isabella Palmer and Riley Stephens were made royalty as their peers voted them Queen and King, respectively.
On the academic side of things, sophomores had their way with PSAT testing while our school was also an official host site for ACT testing. The majority of the students who take the ACT here are our own students, but outside students can test as well. To prepare students for such assessments, during a Professional Development Day, our teachers continued their tireless work on realigning our curriculum with the help of Dr. Christy Petroze, Director of Education at Thomas More College.
We are very proud of the recent scores our students have been obtaining on the ACT, but it does not come by focusing solely on the test. At Newport Central Catholic, we focus on the whole person, not just the student. Each child is unique and can find a niche within our community. We feel it is important to educate all, not only academically, but also spiritually, psychologically, and socially; therefore, students take part in a variety of special activities. Such initiatives this month included Red Ribbon Week, which brings awareness to drug and alcohol abuse. Mrs. Robyn Kellinghaus and Mrs. Jenny Mertle, our school counselors, took the lead on this week, which had students taking pledges, playing games and wearing red. Robyn and Jenny also took a small group of Sophomores to Northern Kentucky University’s campus to take part in the Campbell County Youth Summit Field Trip, which brings awareness to similar topics of drugs and alcohol.
Our efforts to educate the full person did not end there this month. Our Freshmen Boys and Girls attended a retreat in which they were blessed to hear a witness testimony from the SEAS the Day Group to educate students on Suicide Prevention. Teachers received a similar message during a Professional Development Day this month while listening to a representative from the Diocese of Covington to recognize potential Suicidal Behavior. Our students have so many pressures today from family, academics, extra-curricular activities, and social media. With these types of programs for students and staff, we feel we can support one another as a Family.
Family is one of the five pillars we stress throughout our community, and this topic is found in our completed video that we feel encapsulates who we are. To learn more about our five pillars of Faith, Family, Academic Excellence, Community Stewardship, and Character Development, watch our feature video by clicking this link:
By recapping this month, we can realize how much we have accomplished in just 31 days. What strikes us most is realizing these 31 days will impact our community for years to come. The experiences of our students day by day at our school will ultimately shape them into the current alumni, of whom we are so proud. November will be just as exciting with plenty of opportunity to support our mission through the Winners’ Circle, #GivingTuesday, and our Annual Appeal.
We thank you for your time, talent, and treasure!
Ron Dawn, Principal