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Why parents pick private schools

National study shows private schools best public in math, reading

HNU cuts nursing master's program to two years for RNs

Saint Mary's literacy program assists young urban readers

Moreau Catholic breaks ground on new athletics, activities center

Tony Award-winning musical staged by SJND in March

Annual cereal drive feeds body, mind, spirit at DLS

Biotech program debuts at Moreau

Holy Names High program joins medical professionals, students

Music program builds opportunities

St.Jarlath nets technology grant from KQED, PBS

Second-happiest place

Special delivery from Three Kings at St. Elizabeth Elementary School

Student activities at:
• Bishop O'Dowd
• Carondelet
• Salesian
• St. Bede
• St. Felicitas
• St. Francis of Assisi
• St. Leo the Great
• St. Theresa

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O'Dowd students at Mandela service
Julian Nesbitt '15 and Nathan Savant '16, students at Bishop O'Dowd High School and members of the Pacific Boychoir Academy, participated in the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 11. The Oakland-based choir was invited by the South African embassy to sing at the memorial.
Science interest
at Carondelet

Madison Gardner and Malorie Han are sophomores at Carondelet High School in Concord, which will soon adopt the "Physics First" curriculum, an approach to developing interest in science education and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. All students will take physics in 9th grade, chemistry in 10th and biology in 11th grade.

Salesian wins third championship
The 2013 football season started slowly for Richmond's Salesian High School. With a slew of injuries and a 3-3 start, the team looked as though it were faced with mediocrity. However, with outstanding defensive play and the return of a healthy offensive line against the Panthers of Saint Mary's (Salesian won the homecoming contest against Saint Mary's 14-3), the Salesian team reeled off five wins in the last six games, including three consecutive North Coast Section playoff games to clinch the team's fourth NCS crown in football (and third in four years). The Pride beat Valley Christian of Dublin 19-13 to win the Division V CIF/NCS section championship.
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Community outreach at St. Bede
St. Bede Catholic School supports students to serve our community as volunteers who walk with those in need. As an integral aspect of our Catholic character, we encourage our students to engage in stewardship and service with and for others, as part of their academic requirements and as part of their everyday lives. Our school recently partnered with soulciety.org to help collect dental supplies as part of their mission to teach and promote dental hygiene to children in impoverished communities of the Philippines. Our pupils also raised $1,200 for the Catholic Relief Services, as they continue to respond to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Our school's commitment to the values of worship, social justice and service to the community allow our students to practice the Catholic faith by becoming responsible Christian leaders of their family, school, church, civic and global communities.
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St. Felicitas' outreach
During Advent, the Student Council at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro sponsored an outreach for St. Vincent de Paul. School families were asked to donate $10 gift cards from Target stores, which were given to members of St. Vincent de Paul to shop for needy families of our parish. The total collected was $1,450. Sixth-grade members of the Student Council, from left, Sofia Zamora, Rachel Valdez, Amalia Texiera, Gianna Cosio and Joey Segismundo.
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St. Francis toy drive
During the holidays, the fifth-grade class at St. Francis of Assisi in Concord — including Amanda Torres, Gia Ottati, Camila Escalante and Lauren Fong, above — sponsored a Toy Drive with the Concord Police Department for some families in the Monument Corridor. The pupils wrapped the gifts and were blessed to bring them to the families and share in the joy of the day. The Service Learning Project was a true lesson for all. We are not sure who benefitted the most — the children receiving the gifts or our children who gave. Additionally, the fourth grade did odd jobs and collected funds to purchase bicycles for the Fire Department's "Bikes for Tykes" program. Firefighters came to school and helped the pupils assemble the bikes before Christmas.
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Chancery entertainment by St. Leo students
Pupils from St. Leo the Great School in Oakland sang Christmas songs, providing holiday entertainment for the staff at the Diocese of Oakland Chancery's annual Christmas party on Dec. 19.
St. Theresa pupils aid needy
The 34 fourth-graders at Oakland's St. Theresa School completed their third Mac-n-Cheese Service Learning Project, this year collecting 6,336 boxes for St. David's Food Pantry in Richmond. Some of the pupils included, from left, Caitlyn Walters, adult volunteers and mentors, Mrs. and Mr. Robert Madigan, Aidan Ney, Robert Cadenasso, Patrick Unick, Luke Blatney, Bridgette McEfee, Madeline Porres and Jonah Premo. The project is inspired by De La Salle High School's annual cereal drive.
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