SAN BERNARDINO—Where else can you get a photo opportunity with George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Abraham Lincoln among other illustrious presidents, or First Ladies Jaqueline Kennedy, Louisa Adams and Martha Jefferson?  Only at Our Lady of the Assumption School in San Bernardino.

 OLA’s second grade class, under the expert guidance of teacher/tour director Jennifer Houghton, presented to parents and students a Presidents Day rendition of past leaders of our country.  Students prepared a brief presentation for peers and parents and dressed as their president of choice.  Mrs. Houghton also encouraged students to dress as presidents’ wives, if they so chose, as the ultimate influencers of their time.  The students researched their chosen personality, dressed in clothes appropriate for their character, and filled the room with presidential knowledge.  

 “The second graders really got into the personalities of their people,”  Mrs. Houghton remarked, noting the excitement of the students. “Dressing the part made it come alive for them.”  

 The second graders gave their presentations several times throughout the day.  

 “I like having a day off,” remarked Marley, donning Jaqueline Kennedy’s signature pill box hat as part of her costume, “but showing all the big kids how we’re the presidents is great, too.”

RIVERSIDE—Sixth graders at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Riverside did a Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) project on Textile Pollution in which they repurposed their old flannel pajamas by making them into hand warmers 

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j_eisenbach The Holocaust would seem to many junior high students to be a lesson learned in history books, a horrific tale from the past.

 But for about 600 Catholic school students in the Diocese it came vividly to life when they listened to the story firsthand from survivor Jacob Eisenbach on January 29. The 95-year-old retired dentist spoke for about an hour at St. Francis de Sales Church in Riverside. The parish school hosted the talk as part of Catholic Schools Week activities, and 13 other schools sent their seventh and eighth graders to see and hear a part of history.

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SAN BERNARDINO—Thanks to our historic tie to the Diocese of San Diego, students at the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of San Bernardino now have a clear path to attend the University of San Diego.

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sha_decthlonSAN BERNARDINO—For the third time in the past four years Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands won the Diocesan Junior High Academic Decathlon and moved on to state level competition in San Francisco.

 The all-day competition was held March 2 at Aquinas High School and Sacred Heart Academy took first, based on a team win in the Logic Quiz competition and a second place finish in the Super Quiz competition. Sacred Heart Academy won the decathlon in 2016 and 2017, and placed third in last year’s competition.

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sha_muralBy Natalie Romano

REDLANDS—Imagine jumping into a playpen full of colorful balls. That’s what artist Cris Olmos wants you to feel when gazing upon his new mural at Sacred Heart Academy in Redlands. On February 25th, the piece was officially unveiled and blessed by Father Erik Esparza, JCL.

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