Update on Gloucester Catholic Distance Learning

GC Distance Learning April 20 GraphicPlease see this important message (click image below) about the continuation of distance learning until April 20 at Gloucester Catholic. It includes a statement from the Bishop’s office concerning schools in the Diocese of Camden.

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Gloucester Catholic will contact parents and families by email with further information later today.
Please continue to keep all of those affected by the COVID-19 crisis in your prayers.

Deb Heins Steps Away After Long Tenure as Cheer Coach

Deb Heins podiumBy: Rob Langi
Gloucester Catholic is a family atmosphere. It is a place where many say once you enter, you are here for life. Those words hold true for Deb Heins ’81. Deb currently works as a receptionist for Gloucester Catholic, but her service to the school goes far beyond just the main office.
For over 41 years, she has molded young women through cheerleading, coaching at many different levels. During a stint in the 90’s and then again for the last fifteen years, Deb has taken the incredible task here at GC. However, at the end of this past football season. Deb has decided to step away from something that has been such a special time of her life. Coaching many different girls, including her two daughters Kyleigh ’10 and Arianna ‘12, Deb credits her longevity in the position to all of the kids. “It kept me young at heart,” Heins said.
This decision did not come easy for Deb. As she put it, her heart wanted her to stay but her mind told her it was time. It makes sense that it would be tough. As her daughter Kyleigh put it, she has been at this a long time.
“My mom has been coaching since she was 15 years old. To me, my mom IS cheerleading. It is a lifestyle for her. She has put in over 40 years of coaching, and she cheered since she was a little girl. It is going to be weird for me to not have my mom calling me from the Gloucester Catholic buses on Friday nights, but she has had an amazing career as a coach and I am so proud of her, and I am sure so are the hundreds of women who have had the opportunity to be coached by her.”
Deb Heins CVery few do something from the time they were fifteen, which is the greatest example of Deb’s dedication, which she now puts into the job of making sure the GC building is as festive as it ever has been. As Arianna put it, this lesson was instilled in her and Kyleigh from a very young age.
“Ever since I was a little girl, my mom was involved with Gloucester Catholic. I remember running around the gym while she was coaching or helping out the school in some way, and watching her pour her heart and soul into this school. Her dedication to Gloucester Catholic is truly unmatched, and coaching cheerleading was only one of the many ways that she served and still serves the GC community. I can only hope that as a teacher, I can be as dedicated as she has been to this school and its mission.”  “I always admired the way she cared
about ‘her girls’,”  added Kyleigh. She was ultimately their coach and had a “tough-love” approach, but she truly cared about each girl like they were her own. She not only wanted to see them succeed on the mat, but also in life. She gave them advice, she drove girls home from practice when their parents or caregivers couldn’t, she has always been a role model for the many young women she had the opportunity to coach. My mom keeps in touch with many of her old cheerleaders. To this day, my mom will scroll through Facebook and will mention how proud she is of girls she have coached, some from over twenty years ago.”
With an era ending for Deb, it will not end her dedication to the place she loves so much. As stated earlier, she will still be here, with her tremendous personality greeting the faculty and students every morning. She will still make the hallways aesthetically pleasing for all those who enter the doors of GC, and knowing her, she will still be helping out Giovanna Gentile ’19, who will take over for Deb next season, in any way that she can.
Giovanna is ready to take the reigns, but couldn’t be more appreciative and grateful for all of her time with Deb.
“Deb means more than words could ever express. She helped me develop not only as a cheerleader but as a person. She made me understand the true meaning of friendship, respect, and confidence. (Deb) is beautiful inside and out and helped shape me into the person I am today. Because of her, I have learned how to be understanding and compassionate with everyone I encounter, and I now know how to be a leader amongst my peers. I will do my best to carry on the tradition that Deb has instilled in me as a coach, mentor and friend.”
Deb’s hopes for what all of her girls got out of the program and for what it continues to be in her absence personify who she is and how much she loves being a Ram.
“Always be respectful, honest, and a team player. My hope for this program is that it continues to thrive. I love what GC cheerleading is all about.  They pull it all together for every game and event, and I’ll be watching from a distance. I love my GC family!”

Gloucester Catholic Closed Temporarily Effective Monday, March 16

logoDue to continuing concern for public health, Gloucester Catholic will be closed temporarily effective Monday, March 16.

Please read the statement from Bishop Sullivan concerning all Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Camden.

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Spanish and English versions are both provided.

We are also including a link to the Diocese of Camden web site (Click Here)

Gloucester Catholic will contact parents and families by email with further information later today.

Please continue to keep all of those affected by these unfolding events worldwide in our prayers.

Seniors Matt Murphy and Ethan Guldin to Continue Education at Naval Academy

Matt Murphjy and Ethan GuldinThe Class of 2020 will have two members continuing their education next year at the U.S. Naval Academy. Congratulations goes out to Matthew Murphy and Ethan Guldin!

Matt set new school records as a member of the boys’ swim team in a brilliant four-year career and is President of Student Council.

Ethan is President of the National Honor Society and a top member of the boys’ swimming and lacrosse teams.

Your Voice Matters to the Future of Catholic Schools!

PNG GCHS logo withoutJrSrFebruary 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Friends of Gloucester Catholic:

Your Voice Matters to the Future of Catholic Schools!

Attached please find the first two ACTION ALERTS for the Governor’s 2020-2021 state budget.  The nonpublic school community has two major “ASKS” this budget season.

They are:
1. To increase the per pupil allotment for Compensatory Ed (Chapter 192) from $995.00 per service to $1100.00 per service. This allotment has not been increased in over 10 years.

2.  To increase the per pupil allotment for transportation/aid in lieu from $1000.00 to $1050.00.  Although the increase to $1000 two years ago was a big help, there are still many students not receiving transportation because the bus companies are not bidding on certain routes.

Our task now is to contact Governor Murphy and ask him to include these increases in his budget.  There is not a lot of time to do this, because the Governor’s budget will be released on February 25th, which is a week earlier than usual.

The Diocese has asked that we use the Voter Voice system as directed in the attachments (see links below). We are counting on the entire Catholic school community, not just those who have students in the Comp Ed program or have students who receive bus transportation, to support this effort.  The advantage of using the Voter Voice is in the large number of communications it can generate with a very minimal investment of time on the part of the sender.

So once again, the budget process has begun, and we need the cooperation of everyone in the Catholic school community to advocate on behalf of the students in our schools.

Thanks for your timely response to this request!

Ed Beckett
For Additional Information on How to Help, click on the links below:

Action Alert Nonpublic School Transportation

Action Alert Chapter 192

Student Spotlight: Senior Will Bell

Meet Gloucester Catholic Senior Will Bell!

NAME: Will Bell

PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Clearview Middle School
PARISH: Church of the Incarnation
ACTIVITIES @ GCHS: National Honor Society, Baseball, Rambassadors, Environmental Club
FAVORITE CLASS & TEACHER: My favorite class at GC is AP Calculus, taught by my favorite teacher – Mrs. Winnie Murphy. Mrs. Murphy has managed to create a fun learning environment while teaching one of the hardest classes the school offers.
FUTURE PLANS: I will be attending the University of Virginia where I will be majoring in Computer Science
HOW HAS GCHS PREPARED YOU FOR SUCCESS FOR THE FUTURE? Over my 4 years here the teachers at Gloucester Catholic have done a great job of making sure I have all the tools needed to succeed while also providing me the ability to work independently, which will be a valuable skill in college and beyond.


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Celebrate Gloucester Catholic Pride on Maroon & Gold Day, Saturday, February 8

GCHS_ArtshowPoster_2.8.2020_Social AJoin us in a celebration of Gloucester Catholic pride as GC will sponsor a Maroon & Gold Day Exposition on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in which Ram students will display their talents in the arts. During the day’s activities, come view beautiful art work displayed by Gloucester Catholic students, who are mentored by GCHS faculty member Mr. Dave Sipple. Art work will be on display on the first floor of the St. Mary’s Building from 12 noon through 2 pm.