Serra continues Chromebook program after last year's success
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 2:56 a.m.
Serra Catholic High School is continuing its commitment to student achievement and wellness as it moves into 2013-14.
Serra will give Google Chromebooks to incoming students, continuing a program that began last year when the laptop computers were distributed to all students,
“The success we had with students was beyond what was expected,” Serra president Diane DiNardi said. “The technology was embraced by our students and our faculty.”
With freshmen starting school on Friday — upperclassmen return on Monday — they will have a few weeks to acclimate to the high school environment before receiving their Chromebooks in September.
“Our freshman class is full, and in addition to that we have many upper-class transfers,” DiNardi said. “We've gotten a lot of inquiries from students who want to come to Serra.”
DiNardi credits that interest to Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit funding that allows for deserving students to receive partial scholarships.
Serra's administration is excited to receive its third grant from the Highmark Foundation.
Serra will receive a $2,500 Healthy High School Recognition Award for its fitness center and exercise trail. The school is one of 10 in the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware to be awarded in this cycle.
The school's administration is working with the Cambridge Institute, an international program, to host exchange students in 2014.
“They primarily place students from China, but are beginning to reach out and place students from other countries,” DiNardi said. “We are working closely to start an international student program here, and our goal is to some day have 10 percent of our student body from all around the world.”
Beginning in January, Serra students will benefit from meeting students from various cultures, DiNardi said. In future years, there may be potential for Serra students to study in other countries.
DiNardi said the staff is excited to have three new teachers on board, including Serra alum Michael Palcsey, who will teach English. Anthony Corso will teach physics, and Diane Usouski will teach math.
Serra welcomes Tony St. Angelo as football coach.
“He and his staff have done wonders with our boys,” DiNardi said. “They are so excited to start a new season.”
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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