Celebrating William Faulkner

…the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.

He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart…

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Senator Tony Bucco: The Best of OLMC

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…

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Faithfulness Brings Boonton Bomber Home to OLMC

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…

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A Community of Friends - United in Purpose, Ready for a Great Year

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….

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Friendship is essential to happiness, but is in precipitous decline. What can we do about it ?

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.

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Remembering Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America and the Habits of (Young) Hearts

…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.

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The OLMC Approach to STEM

“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.

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