New Jersey lost one of its great public servants this past Monday, when Senator Tony Bucco passed away from a heart attack. A long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Senator Bucco quietly embodied the best of our parish and school community: For more than 40 years, he was known around the state as a true gentleman who lived to serve others with joy and a tireless work ethic. In a world where civil discourse sometimes seems all but forgotten, Senator Bucco fulfilled his public duties with humility, grace, and integrity, earning the respect and trust of constituents and colleagues alike…Read More
As a senior at Boonton High school and co-captain of its football team, Luke Agnew helped lead the Bombers to a state championship in 2003. He would never have imagined that years later he would return to Boonton as a teacher dedicated to shaping the souls of young people at OLMC School. Even as a football champion, he didn’t fully realize how formative the experience of that season would be for him—but he recognized that the steadfast investment of his coaches transformed his life…Read More
“Mary’s Children has contributed to a renewed spiritual vitality in our school. Parents are pleased that we are recovering some of the neglected historic Catholic traditions and devotions, such as the Rosary,” said Douglas Minson, OLMC’s headmaster….Continue Reading
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Each new school year, we as a faculty dedicate ourselves to thinking deeply about a particular dimension of our work. It serves as a kind of theme for the year as it alerts us to things that take form in the classroom, and throughout our school…This year, we reflected as a faculty upon the role of friendship in a learning community….Read More
We are thrilled to welcome our new teachers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel! In the coming weeks we’ll be publishing a series of blog pieces highlighting each one of them so you can really get to know our new faculty, but in the meantime, if you see any of these new faces around campus, be sure to say hello!Read More
Americans are suffering from an epidemic of loneliness as fewer and fewer of us enjoy the benefit of real friendships. The personal and social impact is significant and serious, leading to an upsurge in isolation that is transforming our lives and our communities—and not for the better.
It used to be the case that parents could take for granted the idea that their children would learn how to develop friendships at school, but increasingly that seems not to be the case. Indices of social health suggest that the consequences are dire. In this remarkable commentary, Thomas Hibbs, the new president of the University of Dallas, explains why friendship is essential to human happiness, the significance of its conspicuous decline, and what we as parents and educators can do about it.Read More
…students at OLMC School read selections from Democracy in America to learn from Tocqueville as they begin to prepare to assume the mantle of responsibility for their country. More importantly, though, as students at a school that fosters the habits of shared inquiry and a common academic pursuit, they come to understand the vitality of a learning community organized around a love for truth, goodness, and beauty—and consequently, for one another.Read More
“Technology alone is not enough - it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that makes our hearts sing.” ~Steve Jobs
…Many experts predict that more than 50% of the jobs that will exist in the next decade don’t exist now. That means that, especially within STEM professions, students will need to be nimble, innovative, and undaunted by the unpredictable - exactly what a classical liberal arts education offers.Read More
While the common-sense approach to early childhood education was standard practice for centuries, it has been abandoned in recent years. Shunning rote learning, we have instead told young children to draw on their own (limited) experience or feelings when completing school assignments…
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Educator Joshua Gibbs weighs in on “signs of health” for a school, including metrics such as a de-emphasis of grades and smiling, happy children. His thoughts are worthy of consideration as we assess where OLMC has been and where we’re headed.
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