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 in the state recognized this year!
The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools is to inspire schools to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
President Brian Sinchak stated, “Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud to receive this national recognition, but more importantly, we are proud of our students and educators who are passionate about caring for God’s creation in thoughtful and innovative ways.”
Brenna Warrell, Dean of Academics, commented, “This award represents many years of hard work and dedication on the part of our faculty, students, and LCA community. Everyone at LCA takes pride in being a Saintly Steward.”
Lakewood Catholic Academy Environmental Leadership Team
Leah Nagy, Fourth Grade Teacher
Brenna Warrell, Dean of Academics
Ed Kroeger, Director of Facilities
Ken Rogozinski, Chairman of the Facilities Committee of the Board
More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.
While LCA will officially accept the award this summer in Washington, we are planning a school celebration with our students prior to the end of this year. We will keep you updated.
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?
The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme:
- addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
- provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
- ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
- requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
- empowers students to participate in service within the community
- helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace
There will be information sessions in the spring of 2015 to explain more about this exciting partnership and instructional programme.
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 the coveted Ober Cup that will remain at LCA until next year’s competition. This is the second time in four years that LCA has won this academic competition.
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 Cross Country Team this season. Lead by 14 volunteer coaches, the team participated in four divisions and eight meets. There were individual successes at all levels of competition, most results would find many LCA individuals in the top ten and our team results in the top half of the competition. Most of the team members improved their personal results each week and everyone improved over the course of the season.
- Boys Cadet (5th & 6th grade) team won the season series competition
- Boys Cadet team won the Diocesan Championship
- Henry Raynor, Jack O’Sullivan and Freddy Becker were each top 10 finishers at the Cadet Championship meet
- Abby Sacha was a top 10 finisher in the girls division of the Cadet Championship
- Supported by more than 20 volunteers LCA once again sponsored and helped run the cadet championship meet held at Edgewater Park on October 11th
Our varsity football team, coached by Brendan Grady, returned to the City Championship for the first time in several years. They advanced to the semifinals defeating our rival St. Chris 27-18 before falling short to St. Raphael.
The highlight for our JV football team, coached by Jim Sowinski, was earning a 26-7 victory over St. Angela. They played tough in the CYO tournament, losing 7-0 on a fumble recovery to a team that had previously beat them.
Our 8th grade team, coached by Maggi Szczepaniak, earned a runner-up trophy in the LCA tournament. They lost in two sets in a competitive match against St. Paschal. They also advanced to the second round of the CYO City Championship. Our 6th grade team, also coached by Maggi Szczepaniak, earned a seed in the CYO tournament and advanced to the second round. We also fielded a 5th grade team as well as two 4th grade teams.
Our other 8th grade volleyball team, coached by Gretchen Bulan, and our varsity football team both earned the prestigious CYO Sportsmanship Award. The Diocese of Cleveland CYO awards the Sportsmanship Award to those teams who exemplify extraordinary good sportsmanship and Christian values.
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.
As a school family we rely on these same virtues as we strategically chart the future direction of LCA.We remain committed to our Catholic faith, the partnership with our supporting parishes and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine. We will continue to develop new ways to form our young boys and girls into young men and woman inspired to serve the Church and the world.
We will continue to be a visionary leader in Catholic education. We will continue to recruit and retain talented teachers. We will develop new strategies to financially assist families who want to be a part of our community. We will continue to grow our enrollment by giving each child the most exceptional beginning to their education – for in the end it is the beginning that counts.
We will continue to act with courage in bold and daring ways to live out our mission. We will give our children the world by becoming Ohio’s first Catholic school to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. We will also create a vibrant and unique 5th-8th grade middle school experience for our students here on our beautiful lakeshore campus.
Just as there were challenges ten years ago, there will be challenges ahead. Together we will face these challenges with the same faith, vision and courage that helped us achieve our current success.
I invite you to become our partner in this important mission. We need your faith, vision and courage. Your prayerful support and financial assistance to the Fund for LCA will make the difference. Contribute today and be part of an inspiring story of success.
Be a Saint!
Brian Sinchak President
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 provide food that nourishes both the body and the mind and fuels productive learning. Research indicates that brain development and growth depend on nutrition and lay the foundation for learning and behavior. A healthy, balanced diet can help your child reach his or her full potential for concentration, memory, focus and mental capacity.
Our new dining service will provide:
- a variety of freshly-made quality whole foods that are not processed
- no food dyes
- no corn syrups
- no artificial ingredients or unhealthy preservatives
Additionally, due to a generous donor, we were able to purchase a point of sale software program that you will be able to use in conjunction with our dining service to order lunches online and load money into your child’s account and even monitor what your child is purchasing. Furthermore, this system enables you to note your child’s dietary needs and allergies. This system is state-of-the-art and does not require your child to remember codes; rather, it uses biometric technology with a fingerprint scan.