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CSCOE Magazine

A Bimonthly Publication

HIGHLIGHTING THE BEAUTIFUL HEARTS, MINDS AND SOULS
OF THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL COMMUNITY

Welcome

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens

April 12, 2017

Catholic schools play an integral role in encouraging vocations to religious life and the priesthood among our young people. Research from the Georgetown University-affiliated Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate linked Catholic schools to vocations, indicating that half or…

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Welcome

Gail Dorn

April 12, 2017

When it comes to choosing a preschool or grade school for your child, the options are plentiful. But not all schools are created equal. Catholic schools are the gold-standard, and the experience children have in a Catholic school environment is…

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You’re Invited to CSCOE’s Inaugural Bash

Catholic Schools Center of Excellence

April 12, 2017

Our first open-air Mass of the Holy Spirit for Catholic grade school students was Sept. 22, 2016. The experience was so impactful and memorable that we all want to do it again! Join us for our inaugural Catholic Schools Center…

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Brain-Based Learning at St. Mark’s in St. Paul

Jessica Weinberger

April 12, 2017

PROGRAM SPARKS CREATIVITY, ENTHUSIASM FOR LEARNING Walking the halls at St. Mark’s Catholic School in St. Paul, it’s not uncommon to hear references to brain development, neuroscience or even “purple cows.” Now in its second year, the preschool- through eighth-grade…

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School Profile

Lydia Lodoen

April 12, 2017

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN VERMILLION EMBRACES RURAL ROOTS “When you walk into our school, you notice two things: our faith and our community.” Second-grade teacher Maria Therres used these words to describe St. John the Baptist Catholic School in…

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Getting the Green Light for Internet Safety

Maureen Lodoen

April 12, 2017

With more than 75 percent of grade school students and 96 percent of 13- to 18-year-olds using social media networks, it’s important that parents know how to talk to children about online safety before they make a damaging mistake with…

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Faithful Beginnings

Maureen Lodoen

April 12, 2017

NEW CSCOE INITIATIVE CATERS TO PRESCHOOL FAMILIES, SCHOOLS Daycares, preschools and pre-K programs across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have adopted a new name for the 2017-2018 school year: Faithful Beginnings. Developed by the Catholic Schools Center of…

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Priest Profile: Father Thomas Dufner

Maureen Lodoen

April 12, 2017

Father Thomas Dufner is the oldest of eight children born to Kenneth and Therese Dufner.  Father Dufner was raised in St. Paul and attended Catholic school at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood. He continued his education at…

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Principal Profile: Michael McGinty

Maureen Lodoen

April 12, 2017

Michael McGinty became principal of Epiphany Catholic School in Coon Rapids in July 2014. Ten years ago, he went back to school to attain a master’s degree in education administration and a principal license. For the past 10 years, McGinty…

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