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St. Michael Elementary School - St. Cecilia Middle & High School

At Hastings Catholic Schools we offer an educational experience where students encounter Christ, grow in knowledge and become Christian witnesses of the truth of the Gospel.

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2014-2015 Preschool Registration
Register your preschoolers now for the 2014-2015 St. Michael's Preschool classes!  Please print the registration form and drop off or mail to:

St. Michael’s Preschool
Attn:  Shelly Wright
721 Creighton Ave.
Hastings, NE  68901

Registration forms are also available in the back of St. Cecilia’s Church and at the southwest entrance at St. Michael’s Church.
Graduation - Class of 2014
The 79th annual St. Cecilia High School Commencement was held on Sunday, May 11. In total, 34 graduates received their high school diplomas and celebrated their success of 13 years worth of accomplishments. Please see the full details here.

Valedictorian Speech by Madi Schwenka    

Salutatorian Speech by Tess Wahlmeier    

The Class of 2014 was also awarded more than $2 million in scholarships. For a complete list of scholarships that were received, please click here.
Thumbs-Up for STC Writing Program

Three years ago, the Language Arts faculty at Hastings Catholic Schools embarked on a more rigorous writing program for their high school students.  Greater emphasis was placed on the accountability of students in the areas of punctuation and sentence structure and a more focused transition from writing persuasive essays to writing essays requiring critical thinking and analysis, a format demanded by most college professors.

 

As a test to see if this approach would prove to be successful, a panel of college/university professors from a variety of backgrounds was invited to read student essays on one of Shakespeare’s plays, and complete a rubric based on the Nebraska state standards for writing.  Some papers were read by up to four evaluators from a cross-section of educational arenas.  The papers were evaluated based on ideas and content, organization of ideas, sentence fluency, grammar and punctuation, as well as proper documentation and use of external literary sources.  In addition, readers were asked the most direct question:  "If this paper had been submitted as part of your college class, what overall grade would it have received?"

 

The findings affirmed the school’s writing program.  The answer to the question of whether or not the Senior class was "ready" to meet the challenge of college assignments across a variety of disciplines was a resounding "Yes".  76% of the Senior class scored in the A/B range with 38% of those garnering a grade of A- to A+.  No failure grade was given by any of the readers.  Several students received straight "A's" in all of the assessment categories by one or more of their evaluators.  Equally affirming was the high degree of "match" between the grade of the evaluators and the grade given by the teacher.

To see the full article, please click here.