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    To: Elementary and Secondary Principals Subject: Archdiocesan Academic School Calendar for 2018-2019 Attached please also find a copy of the memo from Kristin Dixon regarding the calendar requirements, along with a copy of the OCS recommended school calendar for 2018-2019. Also included is a copy of instruction on how to use the calendar template tool and how to complete your online calendar tool for your school's calendar. If you need a copy of the calendar template, please email us. Your online calendar submission is due on March 1, 2018. Please complete your school calendar at this link: http://www.ocsww.org/calendar/ If you are a new principal or need help completing your online submission, please contact Janeal at either (206) 382-4861 or by email at janeal.grosinger@seattlearch.org
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    Subject: UPDATED - Archdiocesan Academic School Calendar for 2017-2018
    Date: January 13, 2017

    It has been brought to our attention that a couple of dates ...
    Published on Jan-19-2016 10:51 AM
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    See attached PDF: Road Tested - The Truth About Millenials ...
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    On behalf of the Office for Catholic Schools, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the number of well wishes and prayers for Sue, Michael, Fulcrum, Holy Family, and OCS. Quite possibly, there is no better testament to the gift of working with a Catholic school community than the ability ...
    Published on May-04-2015 12:19 PM
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    It is with great pleasure that I write you to let you know that the Archdiocese of Seattle Office for Catholic Schools has selected our newest employee, the Director of Latino / Hispanic Enrollment, ...
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    Published on Jul-01-2014 01:15 PM
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    The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle announced today the appointment of Patrick Haggarty as superintendent of the archdiocesan Office for Catholic Schools. Haggarty, who currently is superintendent of Catholic schools in the Montana Dioceses of Great Falls-Billings and Helena, will assume his new position in the fall.

    As superintendent, Haggarty will provide guidance to 58 archdiocesan elementary schools and five archdiocesan high schools as well as serving as a resource to five private Catholic elementary schools and six private Catholic high schools. Together these schools serve more than 22,000 students throughout western Washington.

    “I am delighted to announce the appointment of an educator with Patrick’s experience and academic credentials as superintendent of the Office for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle,” Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said. “We are especially pleased that Dr. Haggarty brings a lifelong commitment to Catholic education that prepares students for faith-filled leadership and service to the church and society.”

    Haggarty will succeed Father Stephen Rowan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, who has served as superintendent for Catholic schools since 2012.

    Haggarty served as superintendent of Helena Catholic schools for eight years beginning in 2002 and became superintendent of all Montana Catholic schools in 2010. His local ties include teaching sixth- and seventh-grade social studies at Seattle’s St. Anne Catholic School from 1988 to 1990.

    He earned his undergraduate degree in education from the University of Montana and a graduate degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to the University of Montana where he earned his doctorate in education in 2005.

    Haggarty also was principal at Loyola Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Missoula from 1999 to 2003 and taught high school and coached at Columbia Falls High School in Montana for five years beginning in 1994. He was named President of Missoula Catholic Schools in 2000 and also has served as adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and Creighton University.

    “I look forward to working for Archbishop Sartain and with the excellent staff of the Office for Catholic Schools in Seattle,” Haggarty said.

    Haggarty also expressed gratitude to Father Rowan for developing the strategic plan for Catholic schools, “From Strength to Strength,” and for agreeing to stay on to assist with the transition.

    Father Rowan, who has previously served as a college administrator and English teacher, also served as superintendent for Catholic Schools and founding chair of the Fulcrum Foundation, which raised more than $40 million for Catholic schools, from 2001 to 2008.

    Archbishop Sartain praised Father Rowan for his leadership of Catholic Schools.

    “From the beginning of his second term as Superintendent, Father Rowan took on his responsibilities with enthusiasm and competence,” Archbishop Sartain said. “Since he was already well known to our clergy and the majority of our educational leaders, he was accepted as a trusted colleague and gifted administrator. The fact that he led our strategic planning process for schools with such success means that the impact of his leadership will be felt for years to come. I am personally grateful for his superb work and the exceptional collaboration we have enjoyed.”

    “I am very grateful for the trust that Archbishop Sartain placed in me, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as superintendent for Catholic schools,” Father Rowan said. “At the same time, I am very happy that Dr. Haggarty has accepted the archbishop’s appointment. He has the credentials, the experience, the character and the vision that will make him an outstanding superintendent.”
    Published on Mar-24-2014 04:39 AM
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    TO: School Leaders
    FROM:
    Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, Ph.D.
    DATE: March 24, 2014
    SUBJECT: Message to Principals

    Dear Principals and Colleagues:

    On Sunday I read an article in the Seattle Times (p. A9) on how “War interrupts education for a generation of Syrians.” It records the heroic efforts of teachers to provide an education – and a respite from violence – for the children who are refugees from the war in Syria. As the mother of one of the children says, “I want [my children] to have a future. I want them to become somebody. Somebody smart.”

    The article reminded me of the important mission of our Catholic schools and of the dedication of you and of our teachers to provide the education that makes a life-affecting difference for children here in western Washington.

    Out of respect for your time, I have not written to you often or at length, but as we move ahead on the strategic plan, you may be hearing from me more often with updates and words of thanks and encouragement. I will try to keep the messages short.

    As you saw in March, the strategic plan has now been approved and contains 33 actions as part of a comprehensive and integrated plan to strengthen our mission. We are finding new ways to work together and to help all boats to rise.

    We will be providing services that we hope will make the work of the principal a little easier. A new religion curriculum, a resource for pastors and canonically appointed leaders, and an update on the marketing plan were presented in March. In May you will be seeing a checklist of “markers for a mission-centered school,” ideas for professional development and methods of evaluation, and a first look at the “indices of vitality” that will be useful for planning.

    These documents represent the work of many people, and they are intended as a service to you in your multi-faceted role as school leader.

    As this school year draws to a close, thank you for the work you are doing, especially given the unusual challenges that have affected us this year. We are reminded by the headlines from Syria and other trouble spots in the world that we cannot take our mission for granted. I pray that we will be strengthened with wisdom and fortitude for our work, and I ask you to pray for our colleagues in other lands, for whom the work of education is very challenging.

    Sincerely,
    Fr. Rowan
    Published on Mar-17-2014 04:12 PM
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    Vision Statements in both English and Spanish were handed out at the Principals' Meeting last Thursday, March 13th. We do have a few extra copies available if you ...
    Published on Feb-25-2014 07:30 AM
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    TO: School Leaders
    FROM:
    Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, Ph.D.
    DATE: February 21, 2014
    SUBJECT: Office for Catholic Schools Strategic Plan Has Been Approved
    LINK: StrategicPlan.pdf

    Dear Principals:
    On February 11th, Archbishop Sartain approved the strategic plan for strengthening the mission of Catholic schools, which was developed through a year-long process in 2013, with the assistance of ACE Consulting of Notre Dame. The plan, keyed to the four themes of our mission, contains 33 actions and 124 tasks. The plan is inspired by the importance and the great gift of our 74 Catholic schools and responds to the question: “What can we do together that we cannot do so well alone?” It upholds a vision for our schools of excellence, accessibility, and collaboration.
    At our next principals’ meeting on March 13th, I will present the highlights of the plan and will distribute to you a “Vision Statement” in English and in Spanish that provides the actions, the reason for the plan, and a progress report on the implementation of the plan.
    Many people participated in the planning process and deserve our thanks: The steering committee and several subcommittees, the Archdiocesan School Board, pastors and pastoral leaders, principals and staff of our schools, many interested stakeholders, and the Office for Catholic Schools.
    I look forward to seeing you at the meeting and the celebration on March 13th at the Palisades.

    Sincerely,
    Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, Ph.D.
    Superintendent for Catholic Schools
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