Dear Newport Central Catholic Community,
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! The halls of our school are filled with excitement and eagerness for what WE BELIEVE will be a great year on The Hill. A number of new faces, programs and projects will be making their debuts and existing ones will improve.
The Freshmen Class of 2021 has already familiarized itself with our eight rotating classes thanks to the mentoring of their Senior peers of the Class of 2018. Students are also getting to know the new faces of our faculty and staff who add to an already strong group. These new teachers include: Joseph Collopy, Class of 2010, Spanish; Angie Feldmann, English; John First, Technology Director and Graphic Design; Katrina Hlebicski, Class of 2012, Math; and Mary Kay Reilly, Science. Our staff continues the integration of Chromebooks which each individual student is provided by the school as well as utilizing our new online student learning platform PortalsPlus. Teachers are also continuing the redefining of the horizontal and vertical alignment of our curriculum.
As teachers and students hustle from class to class, they will notice a number of changes to the campus made possible by our generous alumni and community. The Light Up the Hill Fundraiser hosted by Steve and Candice Ziegler raised approximately $35,000 for upgrades to our gymnasium. The new lights, paint and padding already make a noticeable difference to a space that not only hosts athletic events, but also school masses, fundraisers, classes, guest speakers for the students, and the list goes on. Further improvements to the gym will continue as will the nearly finished Library project.
The Library which will be redefined as a Student Technology and Media Center is now likely the most impressive room on our campus. The ceiling to floor windows showcasing our infamous view of the Cincinnati Skyline brings a lot of phones out for a quick picture, but we are excited about the practicality of this room for our students to gather for learning and a college like setting to use their Chromebooks. These improvements would not be possible without the generosity of Dr. Larry Brennan and Karen Enzweiler, of which the space will dawn their names. An opening ceremony will take place in the near future once the finishing touches are made.
A not so visible improvement is also in the final stages of completion as the roof of our original building is being completely replaced. This nearly $175,000 project was completely funded by an anonymous individual donor. The generosity and support of our community to aid in the mission of educating our students in a Catholic environment is overwhelming.
Under this roof new things will be happening such as the formation of our first Robotics Club led by Mr. Tony Haskamp. Our new online community newsletter is also being launched to help further the engagement of our parents, alumni and friends. Development of relationships will also be noticeable thanks to the help of Strategic Advisors, LLC aiding in our new strategic planning process.
Old successes will continue on The Hill like those of academics and character development of our students. Last year, eleven of our graduating seniors scored at least a 30 on the ACT. The Class of 2017 earned $5 million in scholarships to further their education and 98 percent plan to continue it by attending 21 different colleges and universities. Notably, five graduates participated in the Governor’s Scholar Program, and one graduate attended the Governor’s School for the Arts. Of the graduates, 41 students successfully completed one or more Advanced Placement Courses during their four years of study. In addition, 31 graduates successfully completed one or more Advanced Placement/ Dual Credit Courses during their senior year.
This tradition of achievement will no doubt continue with our current senior class. For example, just last year, now current seniors Lexy Breen, Ryan Flanigan and Sarah Krebs were selected as Governor’s Scholars as was Helena Kaelin for the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts. In addition to this achievement, our students are also using their talents to help those around them. They accumulated nearly 30,000 hours of service work to the community last year.
We hope you can join us in giving your time and talents like our students for any of our events like the upcoming Fireworks Festival on Labor Day weekend and/ or the Winners’ Circle in November to support our mission in educating in the ways of Christ.
WE BELIEVE this year is bound to be a great one, because of our students, staff, and people like you! Thank you for all that you do! Go Breds!
Newport Central Catholic High School