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St. Aedan and St. Brendan School in New Haven Adopts STREAM Model and Becomes Catholic Academy of New Haven in 2018-2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
(860) 541-6491 or (860) 335-0836
M.Zone@aohct.org

HARTFORD, Conn. – (Feb. 12, 2018) St. Aedan and St. Brendan School at 351 McKinley Ave., New Haven will adopt the STREAM instructional model in the 2018–2019 academic school year, becoming the Catholic Academy of New Haven. The announcement was made on February 12th, when school pastor Fr. Robert A. Morgewicz wrote a letter to families describing the numerous benefits of the STREAM curriculum.

“STREAM fields are the largest job growth segment in the 21st century, yet there is already a shortage of workers to satisfy this job growth. The STREAM curriculum will help prepare students for successful careers as they join the workforce. Students from STREAM programs also outperform their peers in the areas of math, science and literacy,” Morgewicz wrote. He assured parents that the Academy will retain its Catholic authenticity.

STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) is endorsed by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and is designed to enhance teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the traditional curriculum and creating an interdisciplinary experience for students.

Currently, there are 166 students attending St. Aedan and St. Brendan School in grades Pre-k through grade 8. The hope is that all current students will transition to the STREAM Academy next year and that the new instructional model will attract additional New Haven area students anxious to benefit from its innovative curriculum.

St. Aedan and St. Brendan School teachers who express an interest in teaching within the STREAM instructional model will remain at the Academy. They will be trained in the curriculum and must commit to ongoing professional development in the spring, summer, and throughout the new school year. Faculty members who choose not to teach the STREAM model will be given priority status in their search for positions at other Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Mrs. Taryn Duncan, former principal of St. Francis-St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven, has accepted the position of principal at the Catholic Academy of New Haven.

Morgewicz made the decision to convert to the STREAM in consultation with the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC).

“The transitioning of St. Aedan and St. Brendan School into the Catholic Academy of New Haven is being undertaken to usher the school into a new stage of technology, while continuing the strong tradition of faith and the arts,” said Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D.

Other STREAM Catholic schools opening in the 2018–2019 academic year are: Catholic Academy of Waterbury: A STREAM Model & Heritage School of St. Mary & Blessed Sacrament Schools, and Branford’s East Shoreline Catholic Academy: A STREAM Model and Successor School of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Mary Schools.

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