2018 - 2019 Second Trimester Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned Honor Roll in the Second Trimester!

National Junior Art Honor Society Inducts New Members

submitted by Mrs. Benini

On February 19, 2019, five new members were inducted into the NJAHS based on scholarship, service and character. NJAHS is one of the highest honors for middle school art students. The new inductees are Ahida E., Sophia H., Katie F., Kyle G., and Ryan K. They joined current members Jordan P. and Katie D. in a beautiful prayer service and induction ceremony in the Junior High chapel.

Newly elected officers were also installed this evening and they are:

Katie D., President
Sophia H., Vice President
Jordan P., Secretary/Treasurer
Kyle G., Historian

The evening concluded with an exhibit of the artists work including their newest pieces fresh from the Scholastic Art awards. Congratulations to all our amazing artists!

Holy Cross Parishioners Give Presentation to Sixth Graders as part of Catholic Schools Week Community Focus

On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, ILC Dover Retirees, Jim Clougherty, Tom Corbeil, and Tom Pribanic put the finishing touches on our sixth grade reading and language arts unit about the Universe. Thanks to Mrs. Patty Guido, the three parishioners visited Holy Cross School after Mrs. Guido learned that her neighbor, Tom Pribanic along with Corbeil and Clougherty had worked on the Apollo 11 space suits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin 50 years ago.

Clougherty, Corbeil, and Pribanic hope to encourage the sixth graders to seek higher education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and religion. 

After the hour long presentation, students were able to examine and ask questions about the space suits.

Fun Fact! Buzz Aldrin received Holy Communion when the Eagle landed on the moon and the chalice was donated to a church in New Jersey.

What a great way to celebrate Catholic School Week and our Holy Cross Parish community! 

Holy Cross Receives Eight 2019 Scholastic Art Awards

Submitted by Mrs. Benini, Visual Arts

This year Holy Cross School has received eight Scholastic Art honors! Scholastic Art Awards is a national art competition that begins at the regional level and is open to students in grades 7-12. Submissions are juried based on technical skill, original idea, and personal vision. The award categories are Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. The Gold and Silver Key medalists are honored with an exhibit at Delaware State Universitys Art Center. The exhibit will run from January 22nd Monday-Friday, 9 AM-3 PM until February 8, 2019. The Gold Key medalists will move on to the national competition.

Congratulations to our amazing artists!

Gold Key

Ahida E-H. - Digital Art

Kyle G. - Sculpture

Silver Key

Katie D. - Jewelry

Ryan K. - Comic Art

Isabella L. - Sculpture

Jordan P. - Editorial Cartoon

Honorable Mention

Emily E-V. - Sculpture

Anna W. - Sculpture

Ten Holy Cross Students Chosen for Kent County Honors Band

The Kent County Honors band is a long standing tradition supported by the Kent County Music Educators Association, which Ms. Swartzentruber is a member, where the finest middle school instrumentalists are chosen for a one time concert, playing level 3 music with a guest conductor.   
Each year directors nominate their students who have shown dedication and growth as a young instrumentalist to their responsibilities within the school's music program. Many of the students nominated have already begun the additional challenge of auditioning for Junior All-State Band which requires more time and effort, above and beyond the duties and demands of school band program requirements.
Nomination letters for the Honors Band go to the students selected by Ms. Swartzentruber. Parents and students ensure they are able to commit to the required rehearsal and concert dates. If they choose to accept the nomination, students return the intent to Ms. Swartzentruber. 
Ms. S, along with the other KCMEA middle school band directors, gather to choose the band. Each director brings the names of their students who have accepted the nomination (should they be chosen for this years band) and strives to secure a chair for their student within the Honors Band. Not all students who have submitted their acceptance of the nomination is guaranteed a seat in the Honors Band. At the end of the meeting, the Honors Band has been formed.  
Holy Cross School is proud to have 10 instrumentalists as part of this years 2019 Kent County Honors Band. 
Congratulations to our Crusaders!
Julia N
Elizabeth Z
Patrick S
Laci P
Yanialis R
Josephine W
Vivian W
Emily C
French Horn
Maxwell G
Josalyn S
These students will attend 2 evening rehearsals and an all day rehearsal along with 100 student members from across Kent County and present their work at the Honors Band Concert on Saturday, February 16th at 6PM at Milford High School.

2018 - 2019 First Trimester Honor Roll

Congratulations to Our Students who earned Honor Roll in the First Trimester!


Holy Cross Earns Four All State Selections

Congratulations to four Holy Cross students that made the 2018-2019 Delaware Junior All State Chorus! They are eighth graders: Anthony K, Ashna Patel, Quincy A., and Emily D. Holy Cross School was one of only two Catholic grade schools represented in the state. The other being St. Edmond's Academy.

The All State Junior Chorus is an auditioned choir composed of 7th and 8th Grade students throughout the entire state of Delaware. Over 300 students prepared and performed the required solo, scale and sight read a 4 measure melody during a scheduled one-day audition held in November. Out of those 300 students, only the top 150 are selected. The competition is high!

Congratulations to our Crusader singers who were selected for this years Delaware Junior All State Chorus!

National Junior Honor Society Holds Inductions

On Monday, October 22nd, the Holy Cross School Alpha and Omega Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted 16 new members. We congratulate the following students: 

New Members: 

Victor A.

Mark B. - Vice-President

Asmita D.

Katie D.

Kathleen F.

Alyssa G.

Sophia H.

Madison L.

Ramon M.

Jason M. - Secretary

Josalyn S.

Kayla T.

Divine T.

Kamabesan T. - Historian

Ashtyn T.

Cassidy Y.

Current Members:

Alessandra D.

Ryan K.

Ashna P. - Treasurer

Jordan P.

Josselyn S.

Ethan S. - President

Josephine W.

Holy Cross Fifth Grader Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Dover, DE – Reagan G., 11, of Dover, a student at Holy Cross School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.  

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Holy Cross School nominated Reagan for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Reagan’s volunteer work includes raising just under $7,000 over the past seven years for Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer, co-founding the Holy Cross Knitting club which has donated hundreds of hats to hospitals and other organizations around the state of Delaware, and co-founding Buckets of Love Foundation, a Delaware 501(3)(c) that provides age appropriate buckets filled with games, crafts, books and other items to children from age 2 to 12 years old receiving medical care.

“I want to say that this is a really great honor. Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, parishioners and especially Mrs. Pollitt at Holy Cross for all of the support they have given me from the very beginning,” expressed Reagan.

“Reagan truly exemplifies the heart and spirit of giving. At her young age, Reagan has learned life-long lessons in engineering community projects for the benefit of those in need,” remarked Mrs. Linda Pollitt, Holy Cross School Principal.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service. 

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.  “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

"Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life," said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti.  "These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate."

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.  These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Holy Cross School Participates in Global “Kahoot” Learning Activity During Catholic Schools Week 2018

Dover, DE:  Holy Cross School students in grades six and eight participated in a global trivia “Kahoot” game during our Nation’s Catholic Schools Week on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  The National Catholic Education Association along with Catholic elementary, high school, and colleges across the country celebrate Catholic Schools Week each year focusing on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service.

Forty–four Holy Cross middle school students in Mrs. Patricia Guido’s English Language Arts classes logged into the nation-wide game and listened to Catholic school teachers from Clearwater, FL facilitate the broadcast.  Over 800 students from as far as Ottawa and Mexico, Maine all the way to California “met online” to share about their schools and learn how others are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Students and teachers began with prayer and followed with the lively trivia game. One of the highlights for the students was seeing all of the other classrooms waving hello.  

“Through technology we have the ability to interact with other classes and schools and help our students to make connections.” wrote Erin Galley, teacher at St. Cecelia in Clearwater, Florida who facilitated the event.

Eight Holy Cross School Students Win 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Excellence in Art and Writing

Dover, DE:  Holy Cross School students recently won eight awards in art and one award in writing in the 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition for the state of Delaware.  

Gold Key winners from Holy Cross are eighth graders, Sydney H. for her art piece Maiden Voyage in the category of Fashion; Rachel M. for her art piece Distorted Reality in the category of Sculpture; Peter R. for his art piece The Next Move in the category of Editorial Cartoon; and seventh grader, Katie D. for her art piece Trapped by My Emotions in the category of Jewelry.

Silver Key winners are eighth graders, Maria G. for her art piece Teenage Mentality in the category of Comic Art; Leilani A. for her art piece Split in the category of Painting; Rachel M. for her art piece The Abstract Dog Process in the category of Painting; and Hannah B. for her writing piece Two Wiser Men in the category of Short Story.

Holy Cross’ Honorable Mention winner is seventh grader, Jordan P. for his art piece American Prayer in the category of Mixed Media.

Scholastic Art Awards is a national art and writing competition that begins at the state level and is open to students in grades 7-12.  Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Their mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Submissions are juried based on technical skill, original idea, and personal vision.  The award categories are Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention.  The Gold and Silver Key medalists are honored with an exhibit at Delaware State University’s Art Center.  The exhibit will run from January 22 until February 10, 2018, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm.  The Gold Key medalists will move on to the national competition in Washington DC. 

Holy Cross School Participates in Service Learning Iditarod Musher Banquet Table Top Project

Holy Cross School Participates in Service Learning Iditarod Musher Banquet Table Top Project

Dover, DE: Holy Cross School fourth grade students created table centerpieces to be sent to Alaska, as part of a service learning project, to be used at the Musher Banquet in Anchorage on Thursday, March 1, 2018 before the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins.

Students in Cathi Bolton’s and Stephanie Seeney’s fourth grade classrooms have enjoyed a year themed around the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after both teachers spent two weeks of their summer in Alaska with the IditarodEDU Teacher Summer Camp.  The students have studied Iditarod-themed activities in all academic areas including art this school year.  Both teachers along with Sharon Benini, Holy Cross School’s Visual Arts teacher, combined their efforts to enter the student’s table centerpieces into this year’s contest making Holy Cross students “official classroom” volunteers.  

“The children seem to be enjoying the overall theme and what we have introduced so far, however, it has been fairly general background information thus far.  The official start of the Iditarod is the first Sunday in March, so we will be more actively participating in activities in the next few weeks/months such as researching mushers, looking at the rules and guidelines for the race, gathering and budgeting for supplies, writing to mushers, and following the race,” explains Cathi Bolton, Holy Cross fourth grade teacher.

Students submitted their decoration ideas to the Iditarod EDU committee in early November and were told in early January that their centerpieces qualified to be sent to Alaska. 

“The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it,” posted Jen Reiter from IditarodEDU.