Office for Schools

Diocese of San Diego – January


Dear Catholic School Friends,

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.



In Mission,
John & the OFS Team

Did you know...

  • the Office for Schools is hosting a kickoff to Catholic Schools Week at an upcoming San Diego Gulls game? There will be giveaways and recognition opportunities for our schools. See the flyer below.
  • 400 teachers and administrators have signed up to volunteer/attend the NCEA Convention in San Diego? We will need at least 800 volunteers/attendees. Early bird registration ends on February 2!
  • there's another Learning Support Meeting this Thursday (2:00-4:00)? Please see the attachment below.
  • St. Martin of Tours Academy will be featured in NCEA's next Momentum Magazine! NCEA would like to recognize them for being a "Fair Trade School." Congratulations!
  • Mr. Matthew Cordes will host a STAR data meeting on January 26 (3:00-4:30)? See below for details.

Articles/Resources to check out in our Google Drive:

Celebrating Our Catholic Schools

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on the News AGAIN!

We have many PD opportunities - most are free and not during school hours!

Diocese of San Diego Workshops - Dr. John Franey

Dr. John Franey, CEO and founder of Developing Difference Makers and lead researcher for our Diocesan CEPAL study, will be offering hands-on workshops for our Diocesan teachers and administrators. Topics include, but are not limited to the following: Curriculum Mapping, NGSS, Standards-Based Reporting, Data Analysis, and Technology Integration. Check out the Workshop Menu below and register for workshops by clicking on the Registration link.

Please email Dr. John Franey with any questions you may have:

Workshop Menu


Developing Difference Makers

Other Important News

STAR Update & Meeting

Diocesan Winter Testing Window:

The third STAR testing window this year will be February 8th-19th. You will have access to administer the tests anytime throughout the year, but are required to once during each testing period for the subjects of math and reading.

STAR Reports Basic Training

Pastoral Center

January 26th


On January 26th, there will be a STAR reports Basic Training from 3:00pm-4:30pm. This training will review how access, analyze, and plan instruction utilizing STAR reports. This will be the first in a series of trainings that will run throughout the year. Please come with questions and a device to access reports. RSVP at

Additional Professional Development:

Renaissance has created a digital professional development platform called Renaissance U. Renaissance U provides tutorial videos, guides, and other resources that will increase the impact of STAR in your classroom. Finally, each site has a coach provided by the company to give live support throughout the first year of implementation. This coach will help with implementation, administration, data analysis, and using STAR to drive individualized instruction in your school. This coach is available by phone, e-mail, or video conference. This coach will be your main support for your school’s implementation of STAR.

Updates Posted for the SD Science Fair!

NCEA - Our Teachers and Administrators are Hosting!

Join us for NCEA 2016 in San Diego!

Shared Office for Schools Google Drive

In this Google Drive you will find resources for our educators and principals. Please send your favorite resources to and I will add them to our Drive. Thank you!

Diocesan Prayer

Lord, Jesus,

through the intercession of our patron saints,

San Diego and Our Lady of Refuge,

we beg you for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit

upon all of us called to be your disciples

and members of your Church.

Bless us to be obedient servants,

as you were obedient

in loving response to the Father’s love,

and to love one another

as you have first loved us.

Bless us with happy marriages and holy families,

with bishops, religious, deacons and priests

to image your presence among us,

and with dedicated lay people,

both married and single,

to be signs of your love in the world.

Help us to embrace

the mission you have entrusted to us,

in lives of fidelity, holiness and compassion.

San Diego, pray for us.

Our Lady of Refuge, pray for us.