Catholic Schools

News and notes from Catholic schools in Metro Detroit

Pen pals with presidents

Hunter Maclean, who graduated from Marian High School in May, stands next a world map depicting the countries that have responded to her project, during which she wrote every head of state in the world asking for advice for America’s teenagers.

Marian alum writes letters to heads of 195 states, receives encouraging responses BLOOMFIELD HILLS — On Friday, Aug. 5, millions of people from around the world were glued to their televisions, watching the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as athletes from 207 nations paraded around Maracana Stadium. While…

Priests, religious minister from the sidelines at Catholic League events

Fr. Karl Kiser, SJ, outgoing president of University of Detroit Jesuit High School, hoists the state championship trophy on the court after his Cubs won the Class A basketball title in March.

‘Theology of presence’ helps leaders connect with student-athletes ALLEN PARK — School is back, which means the Catholic League is back. Since 1926, Catholic schools in the Metro Detroit area have engaged in intense competition in a battle for athletic supremacy across the Archdiocese of Detroit. And while respected coaches, disciplined players and dedicated volunteers…

Slaying dragons in education

Gregory Dhuyvetter, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Orange, Calif., speaks to Detroit Catholic school teachers about the importance of innovation in the classroom during the third annual K-12 Teachers and Administrators Conference on Aug. 9 at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Speaker challenges Detroit’s Catholic teachers to inspire lifelong learning DETROIT — What goes into being a Catholic school teacher? Educating students, inspiring minds, planting seeds of faith, showing children how to follow in the footsteps of Christ and slaying dragons. Slaying dragons? Yes, according to Gregory Dhuyvetter, superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Orange,…

Everyday hero: Custodian earns national recognition

Andre Hearn, a custodian at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, called the school “a wonderful place to feel love” after students and staff nominated him for Cintas’ national Janitor of the Year competition. Hearn, who finished fifth and was voted the top custodian in Michigan, said he takes pride in the work he does for the Detroit school, but is most proud of Cristo Rey’s students.

Cristo Rey’s Andre Hearn places in Top 10 of  ‘Janitor of the Year’ competition DETROIT — Everyone has heard of “student of the month,” “teacher of the year,” “school of the year” and the Catholic League All-Academic Team. For all the wonderful things teachers and students in the Archdiocese of Detroit do, there just doesn’t…

Eager to ready serve, Catholic school alums head to West Point

Ben Watson, a graduate of Saline High School and a member of St. Andrew Parish in Saline, stands with his parents at a picnic for new recruits who will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point this fall.

Grads say Catholic education a natural fit at United States Military Academy PLYMOUTH — Duty. Honor. Country. Those three words make up the motto for the United States Military Academy, more commonly known as West Point. For 214 years, young men and women have studied and trained at the New York school to be the…

Whoever has eyes to see

Dr. John Jacobi and his wife, Susan Ackerson, parishioners of Our Lady of Victory, conduct training for Catholic and public schools about how to spot hard-to-detect vision problems.

Our Lady of Victory parishioners help families, schools diagnose vision problems NORTHVILLE — When Renee Hooker received a call from her son’s teacher at Our Lady of Victory School in Northville, it wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary. Young Joshua was having trouble with his reading, the teacher said, and he was a little…