Introducing our new Shopclass

Introducing our new Shopclass

Susana Cortes, a professional chef and our French teacher,
leads the students in cooking an Italian dish earlier this year.

Friends,

A holistic education gives students experiences that come from the satisfaction of work done well. As St. John Paul II wrote, “work is a good thing for man – a good thing for his humanity – because through work man not only transforms nature . . . but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being.” (Laborem Exercens, 9.) Education, after all, “is of the hand as well as of the head and heart,” as Pulitzer Prize winner Mark van Doren once said. Offering our students fulfillment and opportunity is one of core strengths.

To help achieve this goal, this year we have introduced a new Shopclass course. The course, taken this inaugural year by all of our students, is divided into three portions: Cooking, Woodworking, and Sewing. Taught by a professional chef, handyman, and two local artisans, respectively, the course imparts skills, fosters creativity, and cultivates focus – all of which complement the academic and spiritual formation at the heart of our school.

Bert Drummond, Owner and Operator of Southbound Handyman, shows students how to use a handsaw in their first woodworking course.

This winter, students in woodworking will be building the workbenches upon which they and future students will create projects that are both useful and aesthetically satisfying. Students will use basic tools to work, shape, and join wood together to make something beautiful and functional.

 At Cardinal Newman Academy, we’re serious about forming well rounded young men and women. For that reason, our curriculum imparts a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience across disciplines. We are grateful to these professionals for teaching our students and enriching our program.

Pax Christi,

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Head of School, Cardinal Newman Academy

Looking ahead to the Class of 2024

Looking ahead to the Class of 2024

Students at Cardinal Newman Academy enjoy the unique advantages of a small school.

Friends,

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Next year, we will add our 12th and final grade and we are accepting applications for grades 9-12. To learn more about our admissions process and view our application materials, click here.

We are committed to academic excellence, the character development of our students, and our Catholic faith. We invite interested families of prospective students in grades 9-12 to visit and learn more about the unique advantages of our young school.

In particular, we welcome visitors and prospective students to the following upcoming events:

  • Student Shadow Day, Friday, November 8th;
  • Coffee with the Head of School, Wednesday, November 13th at 9 am.

To register your child to shadow or schedule a visit, please email [email protected].

We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Head of School, Cardinal Newman Academy

Celebrating our patron’s canonization this week

Celebrating our patron’s canonization this week

Friends,

This Sunday, October 13th, we will join the universal Church in celebrating the canonization of SAINT John Henry Newman. The canonization of our patron is a wonderful blessing to our school community and brings several opportunities for our community to celebrate.

On Friday, October 11th, our students will be visiting St. Benedict Catholic School to share in this momentous occasion. Throughout the day, our students and faculty will be joining their fellow students at St. Benedict for various educational activities associated with John Henry Newman, including the singing of one of his hymns, learning about our patron’s life and work, and more. We are grateful for the opportunity.

We will continue our celebration Monday, October 14th, with our annual Family Picnic in honor of Cardinal Newman. This event brings both current and prospective families together for food, fun, and fellowship. This year, we will also be showing Bishop Robert Barron’s “John Henry Newman; The Convert,” an episode of “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players,” for those interested in learning more about the life and influence of our patron.

For those who would like to view the ceremony, this website offers additional viewing information as well as excellent content related to John Henry Newman.

We hope you can join us in celebration of our patron and in gratitude for his continued intercession in the life of our school.

Pax Christi,

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Head of School, Cardinal Newman Academy

Our unique communal life

Our unique communal life

Faculty and students following mass at St. Edward’s

Friends,

At Cardinal Newman Academy, our teachers consciously strive to give our students the tools and skills they need to realize their full potential as human beings. This mission permeates everything we do. In fact, as a young, small school, it is one of our greatest strengths.

One of the ways we do this is through Enrichment, a unique feature of our school and one of the first things that attracted me to Cardinal Newman Academy. Briefly, the Enrichment Program sets aside 30 minutes from each day for the cultivation of our interior life – faculty and students alike. We live in a distracting and noisy world. The wisdom of the saints tells us to seek quiet, for it is in the gentle breeze that we find God and discover His will for our lives. Noise distracts us from self-reflection, which is necessary to live a fully human life and to attain our ultimate end: Heaven. So, amidst the rigors of Chemistry, Geometry, History and more, we pause each day.

Father Tochi Iwuji, Parochial Vicar at St. Bridget’s, recently joined us to offer a spiritual reflection

Another benefit is that this communal time for prayer allows us to lift each other up and enriches our school family. Most importantly, this time allows us all to grow closer to Christ. Every Tuesday, our Enrichment period takes us to St. Edward the Confessor for weekly mass. We are blessed to be able to join our neighbors at St. Edward’s and St. Edward-Epiphany School.

Together, our faculty and students learn, grow, and pray together. Through this time together, and the relationships it helps foster, our students receive a one-of-a-kind formation that prepares them for life.

Pax Christi,

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Head of School, Cardinal Newman Academy

Introducing our Public Speaking course

Introducing our Public Speaking course

Friends,

​Our curriculum at Cardinal Newman Academy is designed to provide the intellectual formation and character development needed for success and flourishing. At the heart of both is effective communication.

Whether it is in our education, profession, or the relationships that bring meaning to our lives, communication is at the core of being human. For that reason, it is at the core of the education our students receive at Cardinal Newman Academy.

This year, we are excited to offer a 12-week Public Speaking elective. In this course, students will be given a foundation in effective oral communication. Working together as a collaborative team, our students will compose and deliver brief speeches and grow together in confidence and ability. During their first class, for example, students learned some of the basics: what to do with their bodies, how to breathe, and how to take control of a room prior to delivering a speech.

Both inside the classroom and out, we strive each day to instill in our students the habits and tools needed to become good communicators. We are excited to welcome Mr. Cliff Bruce to lead our students in this new course. His passion and experience are a great addition to our program.

Pax Christi,

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Stephen M. Fitzpatrick

Head of School, Cardinal Newman Academy

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