Laura Berquist gives our community some information on a wonderful resource about the Catholic understanding of the family! (Updated with recording link)
Click here for information on a free, online Catholic Homeschool Conference that Laura Berquist will be speaking at!
The links for our May 30th events are now available!
Our families are invited to join Benedictine College Homeschool Outreach Coordinator (and former MODG Mom!) Megan Fassero for a webinar on making the transition to college, what habits to build, and words of wisdom from previously homeschooled students who are thriving in college.
President Paul Lazenby writes to our families about how to help those in our community struggling financially.
Our prayer intentions for those in our community who have been particularly affected by the current pandemic.
Please read this letter from Steven Hayden, our Executive Director, about our in-person graduation ceremonies.
Laura Berquist wanted to pass on information to our families about this wonderful novena!
We're happy to announce that Fourth Grade Art is now available for purchase. This book focuses on familiarizing the students with the different schools of art. Paintings by American, Dutch, Spanish, British, and French artists are visited. Activities include questions for observation, comparisons, memory games and more!
Please join with us and the Universal Church in praying a Rosary together for intercession during this difficult time.
A note from Laura Berquist regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Our High School Writing Seminars are starting up again, taking place 1/31 and 2/7!
Check out further details on a Family Pilgrimage to the Alps, offered by our friends at ProRome, with exclusive MODG discounts!
Click here to read Laura Berquist's article about MODG's new President, Paul Lazenby.
Sophomore Eva Heroux describes her trip to the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands as a part of National Geographic’s 2019 Student Expedition Scholarship.
Benedictine College's Homeschool Visit Day is on October 14th, and Megan Fassero, their Homeschool Outreach Coordinator, has some information for our families!
Christendom's Homeschool Visit Day is coming up, and their Director of Admissions, Sam Phillips, has some info for our families!
Emily Bachman shares the touching Pro-Life story of her nephew Mikey and the joy he brings to his family.
For the 2019-2020 school year, MODG will be offering “Medieval History and Literature” with Margaret Hayden, “Encyclicals” with Laura Berquist, “De Anima Part II” with Laura Berquist, and “The Writing Road to Reading” with Cyndi Montanaro. These courses are available to all parents, even “De Anima Part II”, which will include a recap of the first two books prior to delving into Book III.
Join Laura Berquist for her new Founder’s Series. Live Parent workshops on a variety of formative and practical topics. Consider the Classical Curriculum, Order in the Curriculum, Teaching Tips for younger and older grades, and the importance of reading good literature! Laura also has a parent Health class that is an excellent companion to our student health class or preparation for parents to teach this class to their students in the fall. Contact our office to sign up!
Laura Berquist as Keynote Speaker and Recipient of Father Francis Award
Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Costa Mesa, California
Thomas Aquinas College is hosting an Open House at its new East Coast Campus on April 7th!
High school families are invited to visit Thomas Aquinas College's West Coast campus for an Open House on Saturday, March 2nd!
Several MODG students will be having musical performances at the SEEK 2019 conference in Indianapolis, presented by FOCUS, a Catholic outreach organization. Both Mary Rose Gallipeau (’16) and Andrew Ascough (’16) have qualified as musical semi-finalists for the “Awaken” competition portion of the event. Mary Rose will be performing her original song “Jerusalem My Home” at the Hub Stage at 12:13 PM ET on Saturday, January 5th. Andrew will also be performing his original song “Burn Out” at the Hub Stage at 5:16 PM ET on Saturday, January 5th. (Update: Cecilia Leskowicz, a 2016 graduate from MODG, performed "God Loves".)
Our new Short Stories for Literary Analysis book is available now in our bookstore! With stories ranging from “The Fisherman and His Soul” by Oscar Wilde to “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this book brings together many previously difficult-to-find works into a beautiful volume. A great gift this Christmas season!
We are excited to announce that the Mother of Divine Grace School Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2019 will take place on May 25th, 2019, at Thomas Aquinas College, in Santa Paula, CA!
ProRome (a Catholic tour company based out of Virginia) is offering two high school summer programs in Italy next summer. These programs are uniquely suited for young Catholics who love the Catholic Faith and would like to learn all about its history, culture, and traditions.
Please check out some Essay Contest opportunities from the HSLDA and the Catholic Textbook Project!
53 trees are being planted in MODG School's name by Trees for the Future because our 2017-2018 graduates purchased 53 yearbooks.
We are pleased to announce our new Third Grade Art Book is now available for purchase in our bookstore. The paintings in this 102 page text are accompanied by questions to help the child observe and appreciate art. The goal in this book is to help the student memorize the titles of paintings and be able to identify the artists who painted them. The activities are tailored to these memorization goals. The text can be used for many years.
MODG Students in the St. Monica Rocketry Club recently travelled to the NASA Space Center in Alabama to compete in the 2018 NASA Student Launch.
Rigor courses are part of a new interdisciplinary program that gives students the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in philosophy and theology and literature. Students will meet once a week with a teacher in an Adobe Connect online classroom. Each week there will be a reading assignment, a live discussion, and questions to answer in writing. There will also be papers assigned and a final exam each semester. Some classes also include a weekly recorded lecture. See individual course descriptions in the attached flyer for prices, book lists, and more information. Students who are not enrolled in MODG can enroll here. Enrolled students should enroll through our family site!
We are so proud of to have 3 of the National Awards Recipients for the CLT Exam from Classic Learning Initiatives! Congrats to Mary Aumen, Gwynith Hayden, and Samuel Milliken! This honor means that these students are in the top 1% of the thousands of students taking it nationally, and as a result they all receive $2,500 scholarships to the CLT partner school of their choosing. To see their favorite authors, quotes, and where they plan to attend college!
We are pleased to announce our new Second Grade Art Book is now available for purchase in our bookstore. The paintings in this 56 page text are accompanied by questions to help the child observe and appreciate art. The activities include matching games, guessing games, and other activities to achieve the formation goals of observation and memorization. The text can be used for many years.
Laura offers a series of pre-recorded parent classes on the different stages of formation. These classes provide an excellent overview of the MODG methodology and can be a great way to begin planning for the new school year. Laura's curriculum classes provide valuable information about methodology and course content at each grade level. These classes are free for enrolled families.
Donald Daniels (MODG dad) mentors St Monica's Rocketry club, a NASA Student Launch team that includes 2 MODG students (in a team of 11 homeschool members). They have been asked by NASA to participate in the NASA Student Launch in April 2018. In preparation for this they will be doing a Critical Design Review live with NASA on January 29th. They took 12th place at the Team America Rocketry Challenge in May (the first team in Connecticut to do so!).
On January 10th, Laura Berquist will be leading a one-hour class on the Primary Stage of Formation, exploring different family situations and how best to apply MODG methodology. Enrolled families can sign up through the family site (Seasonal Workshops - Stages of Formation). Non-enrolled families please contact our office.
MODG's Office will be closed from Christmas, December 25th through New Years Day, January 1st. May you have a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
We are pleased to announce our new Kindergarten Art Book is now available for purchase in our bookstore. This 61 page text contains beautiful images, discussion questions, and many activities and games to achieve the formation goals of close observation and memorization. The paintings are carefully chosen to appeal to children.
Malina Costello (MODG 6th Grader) raised $300 through her business "Little Miss Rose" to gift a cow through World Vision to a family in need. Malina designed a catalog for her business, contacted her parents’ friends, packaged and wrapped her products, and successfully raised the full 6 shares to purchase a dairy cow.
Madeline Custer (MODG 11th Grader) received the Bronze Congressional Medal from U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady. This provides recognition for the goals the recipients have reached in public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. Madeline is a senior acolyte at her parish and a proficient viola player having been invited to play with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra.
Hannah Voss (MODG class of 2014), current senior at Benedictine College is a finalist in the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship competition. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.
Benedictine College's first ever Homeschool Visit Day is scheduled for Friday, November 10. Homeschool students who are considering Benedictine are invited to come to Benedictine College to experience of Benedictine's faith, community, and scholarship and to hear from current Benedictine faculty, staff, and students who share their passion for homeschooling!
Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that the MODG Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2018 will take place over Memorial Day Weekend 2018! (Events will be on May 25th-26th)
Amy "Katie" Ascough (MODG class of 2014) was elected President of the University College Dublin Students’ Union. In her short term Katie has fought hard for the unborn and to stand up for Catholc pro-life positions. Please keep her in prayers as she now faces a referendum to impeach her. -- Update 10/27/17: Katie was impeached for removing illegal abortion information from student handbooks. Please keep Katie and the university in prayers.
Elisa Torres (MODG class of 2010) will be attending at Braniff Graduate School this fall at the University of Dallas. Elisa Torres, whose passion for learning has become for her a way of life; was named a member of the 10th cohort of Lilly Fellows.
In Spring 2016, 371 MODG students took the National Latin Exam. Of these students, 254 earned an award! We are proud of all these students and would like to take the opportunity to recognize MODG Seniors who earned a Gold Medal, our eight students who earned perfect scores, and the students in Latin III exams who placed.
On Saturday, May 27th, we were thrilled to be able to celebrate the Class of 2017 with a Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony!