Back Together to Celebrate CCS

Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) supporters and guests gathered at the Boston College Club for a June update on work underway at CCS and our co-sponsored academies—Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) and Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA).

Chair Jack Connors thanked supporters for their investment in CCS as he highlighted achievements at our 15th year mark. From the transformation of 10 struggling parish schools into two vibrant regional schools on five renovated campuses, CCS has been a game changer for Catholic education in Dorchester and Brockton. With the 2018 strategic shift from funder to school co-sponsor, CCS has a direct role in school management, partnering with local leadership. This hands-on relationship has led to stronger financials, new teacher retention and reward
programs, updated academics, and increased enrollment.

Joining Jack at the podium were CCS Vice Chair Bob Atchinson and CCS President Jim Walsh, along with Talia Sivaro, an instructional coach at SJPIICA. Ms. Sivaro spoke about her eleven years of teaching at the academy before leaving in 2019 for a promotion at an urban public school system. Talia was recruited back to SJPIICA
this year in a newly created institutional coach position. Because of CCS investments, new teacher professional development and retention programs are available that have allowed her to grow and become an even more productive school leader.

The meeting concluded with a birthday song for Jack who celebrated a special birthday in June. SJPIICA 8th grader Maliyah led guests in a round of Happy Birthday, in Cape Verdean Creole and in English. Guests donned masks of Jack’s smiling face illustrating you can never have too many Jack Connors in your corner!

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Endowment Funds

Robert G. and Michelle Cooke Atchinson Fund for Teacher Support 

Artie and Judy Boyle Scholarship Fund 

Nellie M. Brownell Scholarship Fund 

Cameron Family Scholarship Fund

Paula Crook Clifford Annual Scholarship 

Dorothy Holt Connolly Endowed Scholarship 

Jack Connors Jr. Scholarship Fund

Doris B. Cooke Scholarship Fund

Susan E. Dawley Endowment for Teaching Excellence and Scholarship Support

Vernon F. DeGabriele & Mary A. Orton Memorial Scholarship Fund 

M. Christine Driscoll Scholarship Fund 

Thomas F. and Gertrude C. Flynn Scholarship Fund 

Corey C. Griffin Scholarship Fund 

F. Beirne Lovely, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Edward T. Mulkern Scholarship Fund

Sister Cecilia Leonor Navas, O.P. Scholarship Fund 

Pero Family Fund for Catholic Education 

Rose M. Pesce Scholarship Fund 

Lawrence Eugene Sullivan Scholarship Fund 

James T. A. Vanderslice Scholarship Fund 

Mary Cullen Walsh Endowment for Capital Improvements

Richard and Margaret Walsh Scholarship Fund