First Class

Feb. 23-March 1,2006
First Class
By Holy Cross School staff
SUN photo(s) submitted
Holy Cross School in DeWitt Utilizes Best Practices in Education

DEWITT — The Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools has awarded Holy Cross School full accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The school community is proud and honored to have achieved such a distinction, one of the first four Catholic schools to receive national accreditation in Onondaga County. Accreditation by the Middle States Commission is a voluntary process that validates that the school has met vigorous standards, even more vigorous than those required by New York State. Holy Cross was one of only fifty schools nationwide to be honored by the Commission at their Nov. 11, 2005 meeting.

The MCES accreditation signifies that the educational community at Holy Cross engaged in a rigorous process of self-study during the 2004-2005 school year. The school hosted an evaluation team of independently appointed educators (April, 2005) and has created a strategic plan to move school improvement forward. The Holy Cross steering committee comprised of parents, teachers, parishioners and the principal governed the nine-month process.

Accreditation signifies that Holy Cross has met standards that reflect current research and best practices from throughout the educational profession. During the term of accreditation, from 2005-2013, Holy Cross will engage in a Commission-directed series of reports, and/or on-site visits to maintain the integrity of the accreditation process.

The Middle States Association is the second oldest regional accreditation association in the United States. In addition to its elementary component, it is also comprised of the Commission on Higher Education that has accredited colleges in the area such as LeMoyne, Cazenovia, Syracuse, Cornell, Hamilton and many others in New York State. Accreditation by MSCES is recognized around the world as an indication of trustworthiness, educational quality and a commitment to ongoing educational advancement.

Congratulations to the Holy Cross School Community and Parish!

Asian Apostolate Program
The students at Holy Cross School recently collected new books to benefit the Asian Apostolate Program. This program is run at St. John the Evangelist Church and benefits inner city children in grades 2 – 8. The new books will be used during their after school tutoring program. The Holy Cross students and their families were extremely generous with their donations. Over 100 books were collected!

Helping victims of Katrina
During the fall 2005 semester, Holy Cross School sponsored displaced college students who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Mallory Dominque, a Loyola University sophomore from New Orleans, attended Le Moyne College this past semester. Mallory is one of the many students that Holy Cross School sponsored to help them with their expenses. Due to hurricane damage suffered by colleges in the New Orleans area, these students were faced with the difficult task of quickly finding another college to attend. The Holy Cross School community contributed money to make the transition to a new college environment easier.

During her time at LeMoyne College, Mallory took the time to visit her sponsoring class at Holy Cross School. She spoke to the students about her experiences during and after the hurricane. Holy Cross students realized the importance of serving others outside of their own school community.

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