New NCCS principal paving way for school’s future

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk recently hosted a “State of the School Address” to update families on new initiatives, academic data and open enrollment for the upcoming school year.

Five months into her new position as school principal, Mrs. Jenny Tilaro reported on implementation of numerous initiatives underway, with many more planned.

Teachers can now maintain their CLE certification via online webinars, in-school professional development, and the Erie 1 BOCES consortium. NCCS has welcomed new full-time teachers since retirements, along with additional substitute and SUNY Fredonia graduate student teachers, providing the most current curriculum and teaching methods.

Tilaro analyzes academic data to understand areas of success and in need of improvement. When comparing the school’s data to other nearby districts, in most cases NCCS is performing at, or well beyond surrounding schools in Reading, Math and English Language Arts. Tilaro is utilizing the “Thoughtful Classroom” model for high-quality teaching, aligning key themes in the Common Core and various teaching standards. Sarah Davis, ELA prep school teacher, is the lead teacher for this initiative.

Specials have also been improved. Spanish and technology now begin at age three, religion increased to five days per week, and Spanish five days per week for fifth through eighth grade students. Academic intervention services have been expanded for math and English language arts.

In addition, the full-day, 3-year-old program now has after school care available.

Deacon Mike Lemieux, NCCS Canonical Administrator, commended Principal Tilaro saying, “Mrs. Tilaro’s initiatives are paving the way for NCCS’ future.”

Open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year just launched, with an open house scheduled for Feb. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet teachers and administrators, learn about diverse educational programs, tour the school’s technology friendly classrooms; obtain facts about tuition and uniforms, and interact with the school’s strong NCCS family community. Private tours are also available.

For more information about Northern Chautauqua Catholic school and enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year, contact NCCS at ncc–office@nccschool.us or 366-0630.

About NCCS

NCCS is a Middle States accredited school offering a Christ-centered community which promotes academic excellence emphasizing family values and respect for others in an atmosphere of kindness, love and understanding. The school serves students in grades Pre-K3 through 8th grade. It is a regional Catholic School serving the communities and churches of Chautauqua County and is affiliated with the Diocese of Buffalo.

NCCS offers a curriculum which focuses on the development of the “whole student” by providing excellent academic programming and “specials” such as Spanish, art, music, physical education/health and technology/computer education, providing students opportunities to explore and develop their interests in these areas.

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