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St. Philomena School, Portsmouth, RI, USA chosen as 'Blue Ribbon' School

September 21, 2009 ... Birthday of Marie Madeleine

St. Philomena School FCJ.

Taken from an article in the Rhode Island Catholic:

Loud cheers and proud smiles marked Friday afternoon at St. Philomena School when Principal Donna Bettencourt-Glavin announced that the school was the only one in Rhode Island to be named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

The celebration coincided with the birthday of Marie Madeleine De Bengy De Bonnault D’houët, foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus ... (under whose auspices the school began).

St. Philomena School is one of 314 schools nationwide — and the only private or public one in the state — selected for this designation. The schools — 264 public and 50 private, will be honored at an awards ceremony on Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.

This is the second time the school has received the prestigious honor; St. Philomena School was also designated as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1998.

“We are very pleased that St. Philomena School has received this national recognition for its outstanding and excellent educational service,” said Dr. David Beaudoin, diocesan secretary for Catholic Education and Evangelization.

St. Philomena School was founded by the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, in 1953 as an elementary school with four sisters and seven students ... the charism of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, two of whom assist at the school, still guides the school community.

Taken from an article on

The spirit of giving is a direct reflection of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, who founded the school in 1953...

“As a Catholic school, our goal isn’t just to teach them academics, but also to make them compassionate individuals.

The U.S. Government’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program, established in 1982, honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.

In addition to being honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, where each school receives a plaque and flag signifying their status, these schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation.

St. Philomena School in Portsmouth took home the top honor this year, an award it was also bestowed in 1998.

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Ang among Kapunungan naningkamot diha
     sa pagdayeg sa kasing-kasing ni Hesus
           inubanan sa Iyang panabang    (Marie Madeleine)