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All Saints Day at the Home of the Saints

As an IB school, we talk often about being risk-takers. We understand that we shouldn’t opt not to do something simply out of fear of failure. If we set a goal, and fail to achieve it, there is still much that can be learned and accomplished with that failure. On this day of All Saints, […]

You Want Me to Say What?

Praying the rosary once through, for a single set of Mysteries, involves a total of sixty-seven prayers. Fifty-three of those are Hail Marys. In this age of 140-character Tweets (word is they’re expanding to 280), live-streaming and short attention spans, does that seem at all to be a reasonable practice? There’s a smaller version of […]

A Father’s Prayer

Dear LCA Families, As a school community we have knelt in prayer and raised our voices in petition to our God in response to the tragedy in Las Vegas.  Our collective heart aches for all those whose lives were lost and those forever altered by this act of violence. While I treasure my role as […]

All You Need Is A Book . . .

When I am not at school, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family, and more specifically, with my five nieces.   They are all under five, so generally the first part of our time together is spent playing any number of games with a variety of toys.  Eventually, and without fail, […]

What Did You Do At School Today?

Every day my husband asks, “What did you do at school today?”  I love this question!  It’s not only because I am happy that he is interested in my work day, but it’s because I am truly excited to re-think about my day here at Lakewood Catholic Academy.  As I celebrate my one year anniversary […]

LCA Green Ribbon School Award Winner

U.S. Secretary of Education Names Lakewood Catholic Academy a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School   The U.S. Department of Education announced that Lakewood Catholic Academy is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

 LCA was nominated by the Ohio Department of Education and was the only school […]

Celebrating Earth Day, Everyday!

The earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to.  ~Pope Francis As we welcome spring back into our world, we slowly see the rebirth of the earth around us. We see small buds on trees starting to open, flowers starting to peek their heads through the soil, and birds’ songs being […]

Lenten and Easter Blessings

As we embark upon our Lenten journey this year there will be many opportunities for each of us to participate in this special time of preparation for the greatest feast of the liturgical year. Many of us will attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, receiving the sign of ashes to remind us that our very lives […]

Saints Serve

What is a faith without justice? As a follower of Christ, I strive to be as much like Him as possible. How is this possible without working for justice? Here at Lakewood Catholic Academy, we instill in our saints the mission to embrace and live out a faith that brings justice through our Social Justice […]

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions – we all make them.  Some of us keep them, some of us only for a few days.  But, the idea behind a resolution is one of hope for improvement and a commitment to better ourselves.  What can be wrong with that?  As I walk the halls each day and see the […]

The Greatest Gift

I didn’t really know what else to say, so I apologized. As I finished my late-November shopping trip, I shared with the cashier my hope that she would enjoy a good Thanksgiving the following day. “I’ll be here for most of it,” was the reply I received. Again, I wasn’t sure what else to say, […]

Election 2016

9am – Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I, like many Americans, have felt a deep sadness and a shameful anger for most of this tumultuous presidential campaign.  Surprisingly, on this election day I am filled with gratitude.  Perhaps that’s why elections are held during the month of Thanksgiving – to remind us of the unifying human […]

Our Faith-filled IB Journey

The lengthy online application read, “Please click the finish button…” to submit. At 4:30pm on Thursday, September 29, we clicked the finish button and submitted our application for authorization as an IB World School. The paradox is striking…we are not finished. The high bar that IB sets for us, and the one we set for […]

New House Leadership Program

You could feel the excitement in the gym as our 5th through 8th grade students gathered for LCA’s inaugural House Sorting Ceremony.  The same question was on the mind of every student: “Which House will be mine?” “Only the wheel knows,” was the answer that Mr. Sinchak gave throughout the program.  It was true; no […]

Back to School

A quick survey of the landscape in the Fletcher house: We have one starting high school, one starting kindergarten, one getting a head start on the terrible twos, and one joining the family in less than a month (Mrs. Fletcher is confident there are two). In addition, I’m doing my best to prepare for the […]

Power of the Pen

On Saturday, December 12, five 7th graders and six 8th graders competed in the Power of the Pen district competition against a dozen other schools at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights. Michael Butterfield won 15th place and Elizabeth Starck won 3rd place for 7th Grade – Excellence in Writing. Jim Matousek 13th place, Jane […]

Model United Nations Conference

Lakewood Catholic Academy is assisting St. Edward High School and the Cleveland Council of World Affairs in hosting the Cleveland International Model United Nations Conference (CLEIMUN). CLEIMUN is operating under a newly merged system, combining the North American, or Harvard-style conference, with the European, or THIMUN-style. The Harvard style provides greater scope for negotiation and […]

Opening School Liturgy

On the Feast of Saint Augustine  Today we celebrate the opening liturgy of our new school year. Throughout this year, we, the Saints of Lakewood Catholic Academy, will recognize and celebrate the lives of those saints whose examples we strive to follow. Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine, a Bishop and Doctor of […]

New Faculty and Staff

Dear LCA Family, Happy August 1st! It’s hard to believe that it is Back-to-School month. The administrative team and teacher leaders have been working all summer to make this coming year a fantastic one! In honor of the start of August, I want to introduce to you the new faculty and staff here at LCA. […]

New Academic Dean Joins the LCA Family

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud to announce that Ms. Brenna Warrell has accepted the position of Dean of Academics to focus on the areas of curriculum, innovative instruction and educational technology. President Brian Sinchak informed the school community of the appointment,  “I am confident that Ms. Warrell will be a valuable addition to our administrative […]

The Bank of Saints

Our students are literally changing the world! Our 8th grade algebra students, under the guidance of Mrs. McGuire are in the process of providing loans to individuals in the developing world through a microfinance organization. The organization, Kiva International, builds relationships between perspective small business owners and individuals or organizations who have the ability and […]

Engineering Wonders of the World

Sixth grade engineering teams were challenged to design and construct a working miniature golf hole representing a theme of a Wonder of the World. To prepare for this challenge, students explored geometric principles including congruent, complementary and supplementary angles. They worked with pentominoes, scale drawings and levers. They conducted research on a wonder of the […]

Catholic Schools Week 2015

At Lakewood Catholic Academy we celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2015 in some amazing ways . . . On SUNDAY we hosted a very successful Open House where we welcomed new and interested families to our campus.  Our faculty, students and parent volunteers took pride in sharing all the great things that take place here at […]

Mass with Bishop Lennon

The Saints of Lakewood Catholic Academy were honored to welcome Bishop Lennon to campus on Monday, January 26th to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and the 10th Anniversary of our school.  Bishop Lennon visited with some students and administrators prior to celebrating Mass with the school community.  Our area superintendent as well as the Diocesan Secretariat […]

Junior Model United Nations

LCA’s Junior Model United Nations team brought home many honors from a competition sponsored by the Cleveland Council of World Affairs at John Carroll University last week. They competed against 275 middle school students from area schools. Of the 13 LCA participants, five received honorable mention awards: Elizabeth Halko, Kelly Korpowski, Tristan Rumsey, Jack Viglianco, […]

Power of the Pen Champions!

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud of both our 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams.  The LCA teams competed in the district tournament on Saturday, January 10th.  The district tournament featured approximately 90 students from each grade representing 15 school teams.  Our 7th grade team were recognized as District Champions!  The following students […]

First Liturgy of the New Year

The Lakewood Catholic Academy Saints gathered today for the first time since Christmas break to celebrate the Eucharist together. The Gospel passage was the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, when Jesus performed a miracle to feed thousands of his followers. In his homily, Fr. Bill Rooney, Pastor of Transfiguration Parish, shared […]

‘APP’y New Year! LCA Announces APP

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud to kick-off the New Year with the release of its first mobile APP for smartphones. This new resource is another example of the school’s ongoing commitment to communication and technology. Welcome to the new Lakewood Catholic Academy (LCA) Mobile App! Our mobile app helps parents, students and friends of the […]

Advent Service Project

During this Advent season, LCA students have been collecting toys and other items to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Woodland Pantry, an organization that provides food and other items to over 700 households in the central Cleveland area. On Thursday, December 18, three LCA eighth graders helped load the donated toys onto […]

Diocesan Grant Award

I am proud to announce that I received official notification this week that LCA was awarded $35,000 in grant funding from the Diocesan Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope campaign.  This funding represents 100% of our grant request and will be transformative in the life of the school, teacher professional development and the implementation […]

LCA Applies to be an International Baccalaureate Candidate School

In a unique partnership with St. Edward High School, Lakewood Catholic Academy will apply to become an IB Candidate School offering the Middle Years Programme in April 2015. This innovative and research-based approach to curriculum and instruction will be a guiding force behind our academic strategic plan. What is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme? […]

Top Academic Honors!

Congratulations to Lakewood Catholic Academy’s Academic Challenge Team that participated in the 4th Annual St. Ignatius Annual Brain Brawl on Saturday, October 15. The team consisting of Michael Donnelly, Ryan Grace, Cesar Olivera-Cerpa, and Eric Larsen pulled out an exciting 45 – 43 championship win over Incarnate Word Academy in the final round to regain […]

Fall Sports Round-Up!

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud of its athletic program.  Our LCA Saints not only work hard in the classroom but also in athletic competition.  Here are some highlights from the 2014 Fall Sports Season . . . Go Saints! Cross Country CYO and Intramural Over 100 student athletes were members of the Lakewood Catholic Academy […]

Faith. Vision. Courage.

Faith. Vision.Courage.These are the virtues at the heart of the Lakewood Catholic Academy story and they remain at the heart of our mission today.We celebrate these virtues as we honor the 10th anniversary of LCA – a school that courageously defied the odds and has grown to become an innovative model in Catholic elementary education. […]

New dining service for our school lunch program

We are excited to have a new dining service for our school lunch program this year. We have entered into a partnership with the Salerno Restaurant Group to completely revise and reimagine our dining services. This innovative partnership will position Lakewood Catholic Academy as an educational leader in student dining services. Our mission is to […]