The Northwest/South Bronx Region is a “Bronx Tale” worth telling.
The region takes pride that one of its own, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Mooney, principal of St. John Chrysostom School, was honored by the New York Daily News as one of this year’s “Hometown Heroes in Education.” Sr. Mary Elizabeth – one of only eleven honorees – was selected from a pool of more than 200 nominations citywide for the award that salutes educators who have made a significant difference in the lives of their students.
This year, even more lives were positively impacted thanks to the awarding of 338 regional scholarships – the most of any region – and the expansion of free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) for more than 400 children at 14 regional and 6 parish-based schools.
Along with the NE/E Bronx, the NW/S Bronx partnered with PlanbookEdu.com, a cloud-based tool that provides teachers with the ability to electronically create lesson plans aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), keep track of multiple classes and access online resources to enhance instruction.
Starting in February 2015, the region will begin a partnership with The Sophia Institute, a leader in catechetical training, to offer teachers ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance religious instruction. In addition, the Institute’s web portal will provide online resources for lesson planning and the ability to lesson share with teachers across the nation.
Faith is also put into practice through school service projects, and civic pride is demonstrated through events like the Veterans Day Mass and ceremonies held at St. John School, during which students honored alumni and family who served, or are currently active, in the military.
There are so many reasons for optimism in the region: from a social media marketing initiative offered to 8th grade students at St. Nicholas of Tolentine; to a broadcast news program at Visitation School; to iPads for all students at St. Margaret of Cortona; to a newly renovated gymnasium at Our Lady of Refuge. The region has even formed a partnership with the Puerto Rican Bar Association to mentor aspiring lawyers at St. Luke School. All of these reasons and many more make the future of the NW/S Bronx Region particularly bright.