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CSCOE Magazine

A Bimonthly Publication

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

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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National Spotlight: Cristo Rey

Agnes King

April 12, 2017

In his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis said, “Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment.” He goes on to say, “Helping the poor financially…

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Community Involvement

Heather Pfeiffer

April 12, 2017

ST. JEROME STUDENTS WRITE LETTERS TO SENIOR CITIZENS Everyone likes to get real mail — handwritten, addressed to one person and sealed in an envelope. While letter writing seems like a dying art, it is very much alive at St.…

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Graduate Column: Peter Westerhaus

Kathy Schneeman

April 12, 2017

PETER WESTERHAUS, SHAKOPEE AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATE, FORMER UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LINEBACKER AND FOUNDER OF LOCAL NONPROFIT ACHIEVING CURES TOGETHER. Peter Westerhaus has stared death in the eyes several times over. And yet, he keeps smiling. But muddling through adversity…

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Why I Love My School

Maureen Lodoen

April 12, 2017

The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence visited St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School in Mahtomedi and asked teachers and students what they like best about their school. Here’s what they had to say: “Spanish” -Jack Loosebrook, kindergartener “I like…

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On With the Show

Sandra R. Sabo

April 12, 2017

SCHOOLS’ ANNUAL SPRING PRODUCTIONS SHOWCASE STUDENTS’ DIMENSION Sometimes the hottest ticket in town isn’t to the Guthrie, Chanhassen or any of the other professional theaters around. Instead, it gains admittance to an amateur yet highly polished and entertaining production at…

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