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A SMART move for Malden's Cheverus School

Posted by Kathy McCabe  September 7, 2011 10:00 AM

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(From left) Teachers Deborah Cuneo, Martha McCarthy, and Sandy Malatesta with the new smartboards.

The following was submitted by the Cheverus School in Malden:

The Cheverus School, a Catholic parochial school in Malden, is still teaching the 3 Rs (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic) as it has for more than a century to students in preschool through grade 8, but now is using SMART boards, in part, to get the job done.

The interactive, wireless, touch-sensitive whiteboards have replaced chalkboard and erasers and - along with scores of netbooks used by students - are examples of the ways parochial education at Cheverus School has embraced 21st century technology.

With the SMART boards, students and teachers can use their fingers to write on a digital board, access the Internet, or pull up lesson plan materials. The SMART boards combine the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer.

“Our school building may be 100 years old but our education and technology is current – and, arguably, even ahead of the curve,” says Cheverus Principal Susan Degnan. “Many people mistakenly assume a traditional parochial education is behind the times, but we provide our students with core curriculum and values along with state of the art tools and technology. We look forward to a new school year providing our incoming and returning students the best education a parent could hope for.”

Last year the Cheverus School launched the SMART board program and installed four boards. This year three additional classrooms will also have SMART boards. Because the school is private and smaller in scale compared to many public schools, it can be more nimble in adopting new technologies and curriculum resources. So far, Cheverus teachers who have used the SMART boards have seen an increase in student attention and improvement in test scores.

The Cheverus Centennial School of Sacred Hearts Parish, which was founded in 1908 and currently serves students in preschool through eighth grade, has established a reputation for spiritual and academic excellence. Throughout most of its history the school has been staffed with the Sisters of Providence, but in recent years it has transitioned to a very dedicated lay staff. For more information about enrollment, contact Susan Degnan at 781-325-6584 or e-mail her at sdegnan@cheverusschool.com.

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