The Bridge

Building Excellence, Community, and Innovation Together

November 2022

A Message from our Superintendent

We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:11-13). Our partnership with all parents is a vital element in accomplishing many great things with the students entrusted to our care. We walk together in forming our students in faith, knowledge, and service. This is a noble task. This is an important responsibility. This is a shared blessing.

I hope you will enjoy our periodic communication and outreach to you. Working together, sharing the Good News, and ongoing communication while unified with a shared vision, create a powerful environment where we LET THEM SHINE!

- Dr. Rosemary J. Henry


Professional Growth and Enrichment for Educators

The most effective teachers and leaders are those who invest in continual growth and professional development opportunities to strengthen skills and improve performance. All teachers and leaders, serving our schools, will participate in an informative professional development program on November 18, 2022 entitled, Enriching School Leaders and Teacher Performance While Improving Physical, Intellectual and Emotional Health.

A national presenter and Teacher of the Year, Dr. Don Parker, will inspire faculty and staff from all Catholic schools in our diocese with new educational methods, resources, concepts, creative ideas, and educational practices. Important features of the day include the Celebration of Mass, Catechist Commissioning, Years of Service Awards and Teacher Excellence and Innovation Recognitions.

Please pray for all of our educators that this experience will illumine our paths with the Lord’s wisdom and love so that we serve the children of God and prepare them as missionary disciples.

Catholic Schools Making the Mark Nationally

National testing data indicates Catholic Schools across the country maintained strong academic performance through the pandemic, widening their lead over public schools and other private schools. The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) reports on the 2022 Nation's Report Card released last month, HERE.

We congratulate and applaud Catholic school teachers, leaders, staff, parents and students for the collaborative commitment to excellence that contributed to this achievement. Let us continue to grow together and reach higher!

Learning with LEGOS

Parochial and diocesan schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi were awarded educational

learning kits from LEGOS building systems at the start of the Fall semester. These kits were purchased using grant funds awarded to the Office of Catholic Schools. The use of LEGOS as a learning tool affords our students many opportunities to enhance their academic skills while sparking their creativity and imagination.

These educational learning kits allow students to approach learning using skills introduced through STREAM instruction. They also enhance the ability of students to use Robotics and Coding to determine creative solutions to academic problems ranging from simple to complex in nature. Students are enjoying the new addition to the classroom!

Digital Safety Pilot - GoGuardian

Thanks to funds from the Kenedy Memorial Grant Foundation and the grant submission from Dr. Rosemary Henry, we have embarked on a pilot for three of our campuses aimed at safeguarding and supporting the engagement of students within the classroom. GoGuardian is a company that offers many components to be utilized at different levels within school organizations such as Administrator, Teacher, and/or Fleet components to help monitor and filter the internet by users and devices. The pilot this year is for 6th-12th grade students at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School, St. Anthony School, and St. John Paul II High School.

To learn more about GoGuardian, click the link to explore the suite of products:


Students as Leaders and Changemakers in Poster Contest

This month the Office of Catholic Schools hosted the 2nd Annual School Safety Poster Contest. This year's theme is Rise Against Bullying. Catholic school students throughout the diocese were invited to use their artistic talent to advocate against bullying and to promote kindness and friendship. There was an excellent display of artistry and an invaluable message shared in the school hallways and inscribed on the hearts of students in each participating school.

The annual poster contest coincides with our October marketing campaign to promote our SafeSchools Vector Alert tip line. Each school offers this important platform for students, parents, and staff to confidentially report concerns of bullying, harassment, drugs, mental health concerns, or any threats of harm. Learn more about Safe Schools Vector Alert HERE. Thank you for helping us to keep our schools safe!

View student posters HERE.

Family Resources

OCS Digital Corner- Family Resources

Find helpful links and programs for parents navigating the challenges of Internet Safety, Social Media and App Management.

Sadlier's Family Advent Calendar

Consider these creative ideas to celebrate the upcoming liturgical season as a family.

South Texas Catholic School News

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