Dec. 1-7, 2005
By Holy Family school staff/ SUN contributing writer
Holy Family School in Norwich Draws from Several Parishes NORWICH — Holy Family School in Norwich is the only Catholic school in Chenango County. The school draws from eight public school districts which include seven parishes. Holy Family continues to be at the top of the list when it comes to the New York State assessments.

The fourth grade class scored 100% at levels 3 and 4 on the ELA and math assessments. The eighth grade class scored 89 percent at levels 3 and 4 on the math assessment and 90 percent on the ELA. This is a tribute to the fine staff at the school. In addition to these fine performances, five eighth graders took and successfully completed the Biology and Math A regents exams.

Students are also involved in an enrichment program at Colgate University. Each spring under the leadership of Sandra Gutosky, the seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop. Two highly capable Colgate students meet with the Holy Family students and work on various enrichment topics. The program meets once a week for seven or eight weeks for an hour each time.

Last year Holy Family began a Spanish program for grades K through 6. This video program is taught by the classroom teachers for grades K-5. A part time Spanish teacher works with 6th and 7th grade students. The initiative for the Spanish program came from the parents, especially Sandra Gibbs. The seventh graders are developing a good deal of business sense by setting up and running a business selling cookie dough. The seventh graders bottle the dough and sell it to raise money for their trip to Philadelphia and Washington. The class is taught by Ms. Dianne Fionna.

The seventh graders are also becoming cooks. On Nov. 10, as part of their HCS class at Monsignor Festa MS, students helped prepare and serve a delicious Thanksgiving dinner to over 200 people. The seventh graders arrived at school at 6:30 a.m. the day of the dinner to begin preparations for the meal. This buffet-style meal included turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, salads, coffee, tea, milk, and various types of pies. Invitations were sent out to parents and grandparents as one of the ways of saying “thanks” for their support. The meal is offered free to the guests. However, a free will offering was accepted.

The elementary grades also expressed “thanks” to the parents and grandparents. On Nov. 16 a Thanksgiving luncheon was held at the elementary building. This meal was prepared by Mrs. Judy MacIntosh with volunteer help from many people. For most of the noon time, the line extended half-way around the cafeteria. Families were able to eat together for this luncheon.

The Thanksgiving luncheons are a yearly event. It is one of several things the school does to express thanks to the parents and grandparents that choose to have a Catholic based education for their children. Another way of expressing thanks to all the parishioners and families of Holy Family School is through prayer cards. During the month of November the names of deceased family members are included in prayers each morning. During the month of December a few of the names are included with our daily prayers each day. Also during November the first grade class and the kindergarten class have a Thanksgiving tea. The parents are once again invited to join in this festivity.

It is with great pleasure that the school provides these extras for students and families as a sign of appreciation for the support and cooperation from the parents, grandparents, and the many parishioners that support the school.

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