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Diocese considers alternatives for future of Catholic schools

Graduate becomes
the principal
at Fremont's
Holy Spirit School

St. Felicitas Kinder 'stars' have their
own singing nun

Grandparents Day
in Martinez

Art of the heart

Leaders share a commitment to
Catholic education

St. Paul opens
new Media Center

Church continues
to rely on basics,
faith and funding

Pope goes back to school, meets students, community in Harlem

Musical unity a feature of Chautauqua celebration

Blue Mass honors police, firefighters,

Free help for applicants for U.S. citizenship at the cathedral Oct. 17

Laudato Si topic
of Day of Reflection

Dorothy Day's granddaughter
to speak at
Berkeley parish

Sister M. Ruth
Faisca, SHF

Pro-life a way of life
for self-described
'Fool for Christ'

Order of Malta
Clinic: Free health
care for poor

Carondelet Sisters maintain strong presence

Marist Sisters take
on multitude
of ministries
in varied fields

New leaders named
for Sisters of the
Holy Names

Nun on the Bus
coming to Bay Area
on Oct. 16

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Elementary Schools Information Guide

Over the summer, the 1937 classrooms of the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley transformed into 21st-Century learning environments, with design input from students, teachers and experts in the field. This achievement, Principal Kenneth Willers said, "can serve as a blueprint of how Catholic schools must transform if we are going to serve the needs of the next generation of Catholic families."

Leaders share a commitment to Catholic education

Commitment to mission, intelligence and insight, willingness to learn and develop and collegiality.

These are the strengths of the Advisory Board of the School of the Madeleine, praised by Steven Neiheisel, professor at Dayton University and executive director of Marianist Universities in the United States, after conducting, for the second year in a row, a board advisory workshop for the Berkeley school.

"I am pleased to write that the School of the Madeleine has one of the strongest school advisory boards I have had the pleasure to engage," Neiheisel said in a letter to Principal Kenneth Willers.

"I found uniform commitment to the Catholic and Dominican mission across advisory board members, both Catholic and non-Catholic. They seem to have an intuitive grasp of the importance of mission to both the quality of the educational services delivered as well as the definition it gives to the school brand for marketing purposes. Equally impressive is their thirst for more learning about the Dominican charism and educational core values and a desire to operationalize them throughout curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular planning," he wrote.

He called the board "a very intelligent and insightful group of people."

"I was able to engage them more deeply and broadly in the material at hand than is common with most school advisory boards. Such intelligence and insight I am sure serves you well in developing strategic initiatives," Neiheisel wrote.

"Your board members both individually and collectively are interested in continual learning. They continually ask questions about them as a board and the school-at-large can perform better. That is a very impressive trait," he wrote.

The board's collegiality did not go unnoticed. "I have been impressed with the level of personal engagement, civility and care that members extend to one another," he wrote. "Yours is a school board that will not get derailed due to personal agendas, positioning, ego or other personal constraints which can often sabotage board performance. That is not a board characteristic to be taken for granted but is to be celebrated."

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