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School Grows in Population and Spirit!

by Leslie Southerland, Principal, Holy Family Cathedral School

It is with great thanksgiving that I write to you today to report on the state of our parish school, Holy Family Cathedral School. The 2015-2016 school year saw our population grow to 180 students. This year we welcomed 25 new families into our community, including 6 new Burmese families. As our population has grown, so has our spirit.

HFCS Class of 2016

HFCS Class of 2016

Our families have raised over $50,000 dollars for the school through the fall Walk-A-Thon and the Auction Dinner held this spring. These funds, in addition to our fundraising efforts connected to our ongoing Health & Wellness Initiative, allowed us to do the following:

  • Complete Fencing for the Sport Court
  • Add lighting to the Sport Court
  • Add shade and privacy netting to the west fence
  • Replace dilapidated water fountains with new fountains with bottle fillerse
  • Install an outdoor water fountain
  • Replace a faulty electrical transformer

 

In addition to the generosity of our parents and parishioners, we have been blessed by the generosity of the larger community as well. This year Holy Family Cathedral School received over $80,000.00 dollars in grant funding. This money has allowed us to:

  • Replace Student Hymnals
  • Replace outdated textbooks
  • Renovate our school library with the addition of:
    • four library tables with chairs
    • soft, movable seating for our youngest students
    • a new carpet for the children’s area
    • additional shelving
    • grow our collection of fiction and non fiction books

 

This year also saw Holy Family Cathedral School successfully complete the accreditation process, and be selected as an Oklahoma A+ School. These accomplishments are important stepping stones for enhancing our reputation as a top-tier school, and increasing our students’ access to a well-rounded, classical education, including increased project-based learning and integration of the arts.

8th grade Class of 2016 in front of CathedralHoly Family’s primary commitment remains providing an education predicated on faith, and imbued with gospel values. As a result, it is no surprise that our students are active members of parish life. Our students consistently serve the parish at weekend Masses and during the week at funerals and school Masses, support the March for Life and the Garden of Hope, and routinely participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation and Adoration. Additionally, our students have participated in numerous charitable projects serving the poor and disenfranchised locally and internationally, including Catholic Charities, Day Center for the Homeless, Catholic Relief Services, Family & Children’s Services, St. Francis of Assisi Tuition Assistance Fund, and Mount Carmel Senior Living Center. Our students also practice stewardship through organizing and implementing recycling drives, picking up trash on and around our campus grounds, and maintaining our urban garden.

Holy Family students excel academically. Our students matriculate to Cascia Hall, Bishop Kelley, and magnet school programs, and participate in Academic Bowl at both the upper elementary and middle school levels. They distinguish themselves at MathCounts, FLL Robotics competitions, the Scripps Spelling Bee, and the State Geography Bee. From the youngest to the oldest, our students are provided an enriching environment where they can develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, while gaining valuable instruction in Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Foreign Language, Technology, and the Fine Arts.

Every day, in every way, our students are living out the mission of Holy Family Cathedral School, and we thank God, and we thank you, for making it possible.

 

Holy Family Cathedral School is a culturally diverse Catholic school working together with Christ to create life-long learners, articulate faith-filled leaders, and peacemakers who enter to learn and exit to lead.

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