CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK AT DCC!
DuBois Central Catholic is joining schools from across the country the week of January 29 through February 4 in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week. This weeklong event began in 1974 and our local Catholic schools have been acknowledging this event since its inception.
Catholic schools have been in operation in the DuBois area since 1889, a tradition worth celebrating. Locally, the commitment of area parishes and their pastors to the mission of spreading the Gospel message has enabled DuBois Central Catholic to continue providing an excellent education for students of all faiths.
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service is the national theme, and DCC’s own tagline, which is Learn Well, Live Well and Serve Well, affirms this same belief.
According to the NCEA’s Annual Statistical Report on School Enrollment, DuBois Central Catholic High School is one of 1200 Catholic high schools across the United States while DuBois Central Catholic Elementary School is one of 5325 elementary schools.
A system-wide Open House for prospective students and their families pre-school through Grade 12 kicks off the week, on Sunday, January 29, according to Debora Kruise, Director of Admissions & Marketing. “School tours, informational materials, refreshments, and much more will welcome school visitors to all four wings of DuBois Central Catholic,” explains Kruise.
Special activities are being planned for the visiting little ones, cites Elementary Principal Gretchen Caruso, based on the system-wide theme “It’s Snow Secret, We’re a Cool School.” Hot chocolate and themed treats are planned. Games for the youngest visitors will make for a fun experience, according to organizers Donna Kosko and Michele Burley.
Also for the Open House, student demonstrations and activities by middle and high school students are being planned, according to Secondary Principal Dawn Bressler. For example, in the secondary library DCC’s Mock Trial Team will re-enact a portion of a trial from this year’s case, given to Central by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, according to team advisor Carol Korthaus. She adds, “It will demonstrate the speaking and reasoning skills necessary in a court session.”
In addition, cast members from Willy Wonka, Central’s upcoming school musical, will be sharing light-hearted music in the auditorium during the ‘open house.’ Also, secondary students, under the direction of Angela Edwards, will be demonstrating their love of robotics and the challenges it offers students.
During Catholic Schools Week, teachers in the elementary grades have planned unique ways each day to celebrate. For example, 5th graders will be experiencing a Mystery Theater complete with students in costumes. Also planned are guest speakers from the community, a Prayer Chain, annual Buddy Day, and the Sadecky Puppet Show, set for Wednesday afternoon in the school’s auditorium.
On Thursday, February 2, Day 100 of the school year will find elementary students not only dressing as if they were 100 but completing academic games in all disciplines from math and science to English and Social Studies based on the number 100. “Many regular themes days, such as Student Appreciation Day, will be taking place as well as a Spelling Bee, Religion Bee, and Friday’s Movie Day to end the week-long celebration,” states Caruso.
Becky Dutra, Campus Minister, has organized the slate of secondary activities for grades 6 through 12. Some of the secondary activities planned include Student Appreciation Day for both middle and high school, a Rosary Walk, and the middle school basketball game against St. Francis School. A variety of high school field trips is being organized by Activities Director, Carol Korthaus.
The highlight of DCC’s Catholic Schools Week celebration will be the system-wide Mass in the gym on Wednesday, February 1, starting at 9:20 a.m. According to Headmaster Michael Armanini, special music and special presentations are planned, with local dignitaries and outside guests invited as well. Both Caruso and Bressler add, “Of course, DCC parents are always welcome at school liturgies. “