My name is Donna Tizzano and this is my son, Zachary who is in the 5th grade at Ss. Robert and William. My daughter Hannah, who is unable to be here due to a VB tournament, graduated from Ss. Robert and William in 2012 and is now a sophomore at Villa Angela St Joes. We were asked to speak today about why Catholic education is important in our lives.
There are countless reasons I can give, but what came to mind first when I thought about the question is that there has never been a tougher time to be a good parent. Everyone who has children knows how challenging it is to raise them to be people of integrity. I need all the support I can get and I feel I get that support by sending Zac and Hannah to Catholic school. What I try and model for my kids at home is re-enforced each day when they go to school, through the commitment of the teachers and priests that teach in our Catholic school communities. I want my children to see faith as part of life. I want them to understand the connection we all have to each other as brothers and sisters and the responsibility we have to give back to our community, and to carry on the mission Christ has taught us. I believe there is a sense of community, even family, which is part of the culture of a Catholic school and I know the faculty and staff work very hard to maintain that culture. I can go on about other important elements of a Catholic education – discipline, the importance of academics, going to Mass every week, daily prayer – but what it all boils down to in the end is that I want to know I have given my children everything they need to become the best people they can be. As parents, we hope and pray that our kids will turn out to be happy, successful and contributing members of society. For me, the best way to guarantee that outcome is by providing a solid foundation that I hope will serve them well now and for the rest of their lives.
Dear SRW Community,
I would like to take this opportunity to announce today the appointment of Ms. Meg Cosgriff to the position of Principal of Ss. Robert & William Catholic School effective July 1, 2012, succeeding Ms. Sue Pohly who has served our school with distinction. In April I initiated a Principal Search Committee comprised of individuals who are stakeholders in our parish and school. Upon my review and the recommendation of this excellent committee which conducted an evaluation of many fine applicants, Ms. Cosgriff was the clear choice. She will bring a strong focus to Catholic identity and academic excellence in her leadership. The formal introduction of the new Principal will take place at the back-to-school “Prayer and Picnic” event scheduled for Monday, August 27, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.
Ms. Cosgriff is currently the principal of Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights (formerly St. Ann School). A faith and academic leader in her work, Ms. Cosgriff also lives out her spirituality in her personal life as a member of our parish and a proud alumna of St. William School. She has taught and been Principal of a number of schools in the Diocese of Cleveland in her career. Under her leadership at Communion of Saints Catholic School, the school was awarded the prestigious Blue Ribbon of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. She was also part of the cluster team that helped St. Ann, St. Louis, St. Philomena and Christ the King merge into Communion of Saints Parish, so she is very aware of the blessings and challenges that come with being a new parish and school entity. I feel she has the best experience and skill to lead our school well into the future.
In April when it was announced that Ms. Pohly would be leaving us I could not imagine finding someone to fill her shoes. It is our belief that we have selected the best candidate who will continue the great things that have been happening at our school. Ms. Cosgriff told me, “It is my belief that the integration of 21st century skills: collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking, are essential for both the faculty and student body.” I would say she has summed up perfectly what Ms. Pohly and I have worked to instill. Ms. Pohly will be sorely missed; but I know she joins me in saying that Ms. Cosgriff is up for the challenge. Thankfully, Ms. Pohly and Ms. Cosgriff have worked together in several professional situations and will be able to make the transition as seamless as possible.
I look forward to a strong completion to the 2011-12 school year. Please continue to keep the school community in your prayers during this time of transition. Know that you are always in my prayers.
Fr. John D Betters