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OUR VISION

Cardinal O’Hara High School will serve as a national Catholic leader in the education, spiritual formation and leadership development of young people.

OUR MISSION

To develop graduates of character, competence and confidence who are prepared to lead in this world and live forever in the next.

Our vision and mission statements provide the foundation for our aggressive strategic plan. Having successfully completed 50 years of providing an exceptional Catholic educational experience for students in Delaware County – and beyond – we now embark on “the next 50 years.” Responding to the ever-changing worlds of education and technology, the economy and the workplace, and meeting the challenge of society increasingly drifting astray from any moral anchor, O’Hara has set a course for providing a formational experience equal to none. Education, spiritual formation and leadership development are the defining elements. Focusing on the individual growth of each student in these three areas, we will stay true to our mission of developing graduates of character, competence and confidence, and to our vision of serving as a national leader as we set the example for others to emulate. This is the O’Hara way.

To celebrate all of these men and women and their stories, we have launched our “Lion Tales” blog to tell the stories (“tales”) of our lions….We will have tales of meetings with alumni from around the world. Some of our current students and faculty will share reflections based on their experiences here today. We will share the many stories that showcase the O’Hara spirit of pride, excellence and tradition.

Follow our blog. Send us story suggestions. Want to be a guest author and share your story or your expertise? Let us know. We would be blessed to have you join our team of bloggers and to share your lion tale…

The Impact of Virtual Meetings

“Virtual meetings allow our student’s applications to truly come to life!”

~Owen Logue, Director of Enrollment Management

As just about everyone has had to make changes to their daily routine in the crazy past month and a half we have all been living in, our Cardinal O’Hara admissions office has also had to make changes. With no access to the physical building that we are trying to bring prospective students into, one would think that it is impossible to get families excited about Cardinal O’Hara in this time. You would be sorely mistaken, thanks to the amazing opportunities that we have taken to begin to interact with families virtually.

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We are now offering virtual meeting appointments with our enrollment team for our incoming families! Now again, one might think, …it is hard enough to get anyone to answer the phone or an email now, why would anyone sign up to meet face-to-face over a computer? And you may be right. It may seem awkward or uncomfortable to have a conversation about the school, or the application process, or financial aid, that can very well happen over the phone without having to see what style of the inside of each other’s homes are. What I came to realize shortly after my hosting my first virtual meeting, was the opportunities offered in a virtual meeting opened up new doors that I had not originally anticipated:

Human Interaction

Although most of us would prefer to converse and ask questions over a text, email, or phone, there is something different about sitting down with someone and having a conversation face-to-face, especially when it comes to choosing your child’s next academic adventure. Offering this type of meeting platform gives families the semblance that they are walking right into O’Hara and sitting down with me personally, talking about their questions or issues, which they have not been able to do for some time.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

One key aspect to the virtual meeting that I have found extremely beneficial so far, especially while using Zoom Meeting as an option, is the functionality of sharing my screen. When having a conversation about steps to complete the application for admission or what is needed to fill out the financial aid application, I can not only tell families the steps to take, but I can show them! Through using screen sharing, families follow along with me in completing the necessary steps, or finding specific items on our website, which has been extremely helpful to both myself and the families that I have worked with.

Getting to Know Our Families

Virtual meetings allow our student’s applications to truly come to life! Being able to see my students and their families virtually allows me to not only be able to put a face to a student’s application file, but also interact with them as who they really are; active, real life individuals that are eager to enter the Cardinal O’Hara community!

Of course, at the end of this all I, and the rest of our Cardinal O’Hara enrollment team, cannot wait to get back into our building and once again interact with all of our amazing students and families in person. In the meantime, I will continue to use this opportunity as an option to more effectively serve our incoming student population, and preach the good news that Cardinal O’Hara has to offer to so many students around the greater Philadelphia area! If this has piqued your interest in setting up a virtual meeting with me, feel free to click here! I’ll see you on Zoom!

 

by Owen Logue, Director of Enrollment Management

 

Your Tax Dollars Can Help Students Afford an O’Hara Education

“This is the only program where you can literally provide thousands of dollars to O’Hara to award in financial aid to families in need, while only costing you pennies to participate.”      ~ Paul Boston, Cardinal O’Hara Board member and current parent

Cardinal O’Hara prides itself on providing a rigorous and comprehensive education rooted in our Catholic faith. We also work tirelessly to provide financial aid for students, which in today’s world is vital to ensuring that every student who desires an O’Hara education can afford one.

the financial aid paradigm-1O’Hara provides $2.6 million in tuition assistance annually. This financial aid is funded through the tax credit program and through our O’Hara Fund. We are grateful to the donors who make gifts to support our students and our school.

You can help O’Hara students who need financial assistance by participating in the EITC/OSTC program. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs provide businesses and individuals that pay PA taxes with a tax credit. These individuals and businesses receive a Pennsylvania tax credit equal to 90% of the contribution. Most donors will also receive federal benefit equal to approximately 4%. The process to participate in this program is simple and we have professionals who can walk you through the process step-by-step.

“The EITC/OSTC tax credit program provided by the state and administered by BLOCS, was a program that I found, to be the easiest way to help O’Hara and their families,” reflects Paul Boston. “As a CPA, who helps clients with preparing and planning for their taxes, I reviewed the program years ago to make sure that the benefits to the person contributing to the program and the benefits to the school were as good as it sounded. I found that this program is the single best way for my clients and me to help the families in our area send their child to the school that is best for him or her. The BLOCS organization makes the process of contributing to the school of your choice and receiving the tax credit provided by the State of PA, the easiest and most transparent. This is the only program where you can literally provide thousands of dollars to O’Hara to award in financial aid to families in need, while only costing you pennies to participate. I wholeheartedly endorse the tax credit program, personally and professionally.”

To learn more about how you can help O’Hara through the tax credit program, contact Jen Tuberosa at jtuberosa@cohs.com or 610.544.5679. To make a contribution to support our students through our O’Hara Fund visit http://www.cohs.com/donate/.

We thank the corporations and individuals who support O’Hara through the tax credit program:

  • Active Image Media, LLC
  • Bill and Barbra Adolph
  • B & E Sportswear, LP
  • Paul and Christina Boston
  • Bryn Mawr Trust Company
  • Bill and Lynn Caramanico
  • John and Erin Caramanico
  • Alvin and Kathy Clay
  • Joe and Mary Crawford
  • Chuck and Peggy Creighton
  • DAS Companies
  • Bill Daggett, Jr.
  • Charles DeFeo
  • Robert Deitz
  • Stephen Donahue
  • Derrick and Kristen Dougherty
  • Bob and Chris Dumont
  • Harold Earley
  • Essent Guaranty, Inc.
  • Marty and Susan Farrell
  • Mike and Donna Farrell
  • J & T Building Company, LP
  • Joseph and Anna Finley
  • Mike Frost
  • John and Joan Gallagher
  • Joseph and Joanne Garvey
  • Larry Giacchino
  • Thomas and Joanne Goldsmith
  • Joseph Grande
  • Gerard and Mary Griesser
  • The Griesser Group
  • Ed and Ellen Hanway
  • Jerry and Christine Haftmann
  • Tony and Mary Kate Hayden
  • Tom and Rose Ingelsby
  • Anthony Latini
  • Chuck Lawson
  • Living Assistance Services
  • Colleen and Paul Martin
  • Larry and Michele McAlee
  • Bill McDevitt
  • William and Lisa McGinnis
  • Clyde McKee
  • Edward and Cheryl Morris
  • Peter and Kathe Morris
  • Jim and Sharon O’Brien
  • Mike and Mary Kay O’Rourke
  • Ricky Palladino
  • The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Joe and Karin Purcell
  • Patrick and Jean Reger
  • Republic Bank
  • Cary and Maryann Toner
  • Stephen and Betsy Wellman
  • Robert and Mary Gene Woods

 

written by Jennifer Tuberosa, Vice President of Development

We Are All in This Together!

Hi fellow Lions!
Going through this experience of witnessing and being apart of a pandemic has not just an huge impact on our lives, but also our school year. There has been many questions we have been asking our students and teachers.
Some of Mr. Langley’s favorite things during this time of a new way of school for us is “all the different methods of virtual learning.”
According to our Salutatorian Casandra Nguyen she stated “The biggest struggle I’ve experienced during this time is not being able to finish out my senior year at O’Hara. It came to an end really quickly for me. I miss seeing my friends in class and going through my entire roster at school. It’s hard doing work without seeing your friends’ faces every day. The environment is very different for me at home.”
Although there have been some rough patches we are all experiencing during this time, our Student Council President John Caponi shared some words of wisdom saying “Enjoy the time you have with your family. We will get through this and be stronger than ever.”
Dear the O’Hara family and community. Like Mr. Caponi said, we will get through this. We are all in this together and the best thing we can do now is stay inside, stay safe, stay healthy and pray.
#Lion4Life
Written By: Rosemary Paquette

Interviewing Mrs. Bauer

 

During this hard time in our world, Cardinal O’Hara students, teachers and administration have had to adapt to their new virtual learning system. As Director of Student Achievement, Mrs. Bauer tries to make sure every student at Cardinal O’Hara succeeds both academically and socially. Here are some questions I asked her to learn more about her time during this quarantine:

 

What is it like working from home?

It has been different because I can’t talk to students face to face. I’ve been able to reach out via email to students and families, and even talk to some people on the phone. Zoom has been helpful in communicating with faculty, staff, and administration. I also have to monitor the learning of my own 3 children…including teaching 3rd grade ELA and math 🙂

 

How have you been making sure the students at O’Hara maintain “success” in all their classes?

The teachers have been great in letting us know if they have students who are struggling. I, along with Mrs. Graney, Mrs. Wert, Mrs. Kelly, and Mrs. Vice, are monitoring student attendance and work completion. We know that this is not an easy situation for anyone and most students would rather be at O’Hara. We want all students to be successful so we follow up with students and families to insure this happens.

 

What advice do you have for students during this time?

Make a plan! I think the new school “schedule” is a great way to help the students to be successful while learning from home. Be sure to get your work in on time! Your teachers want you to succeed, so if you put effort into your work and submit it by the due dates, you will achieve! Take breaks! Get outside, listen to music, FaceTime with friends, talk to your parents. We are all in this together and every day we are one step closer to getting “back to normal”!

 

Mrs. Bauer is always available by email if you have any questions or concerns abauer@cohs.com.

Written By: Keira Bauer ’22

Holy Week Reminders

In this season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Easter, but with how hectic things have been in the last several weeks, it has been difficult to focus our attention and time on God. Ash Wednesday seems like a distant memory. Now, Easter is right around the corner. There were many times during this Lent that I forgot it was even Lent. Life took a turn when the pandemic struck. However, I have made a conscious effort to have an active prayer life. Although it can be difficult to sit down and pray, it is especially necessary. Thankfully, I have found ways to make it a lot easier.

  1. Establish a routine. 

Oftentimes, life can seem so stressful, busy, or overwhelming that we don’t find the time to pray. Most of the things we do on a daily basis are simply a routine. 40% of your everyday activities are habits. If you can establish specific times and places to pray, it will work its way into your daily life. You can even dedicate a particular place in your house or room to prayer!

  1. Recognize the different forms of prayer.

Prayer should never feel like a chore. It does not have to be kneeling on your floor praying the rosary. Prayer can be listening to music and thinking about how it connects to God. It doesn’t even have to be Christian music. It can also be listening to a podcast, watching a video, looking up Bible verses, and so much more. There are thousands of ways to pray, and you don’t need to limit yourself to just one.

  1. Try the 60-second rule.

I have found this trick to be especially helpful in my daily life. Randomly throughout the day, I will think about praying but my inclination is to “do it later.” Recently, I’ve started asking myself, “Do I have 60 seconds to spare?” More often than not, the answer is yes. I’ll say a prayer and while it may be short, it’s still a prayer. Also, if I want to pray for more than 60 seconds, I do. This rule helps me to stop pushing prayer to the side and communicate with God throughout my day.

  1. Have physical reminders.

People might not pray simply because they don’t think or remember to do so. A great way to fix this issue is with physical reminders. They can be a great tool for anything, including prayer. Put a physical reminder of God in a place you often look. For example, your lock screen can be a Bible verse or your wall can have a cross on it. Seeing these physical reminders will make you more conscious of praying throughout your day. Hopefully, it will then be easier for you.

I hope that at least one of these tips was helpful for someone. Remember, you have six days off for a break. Take some time to remember why. God bless.

 

Written By: Rachael Switliski ’20

“Try to Be Positive and Look on the Bright Side of Things!”

I can’t believe it is the third week of virtual learning! Two weeks of virtual learning have already been completed. Both students and teachers have been making a great effort. Teachers have been using virtual learning in a variety of ways, such as live classes through Zoom or the use of Google Classroom for assignments. Even though we are not in school, teachers have been trying their best to really create a school environment for the students. Teachers have been taking advantage of this virtual learning, even though it was hard at first. While teachers have been working hard for the students, students have been working to the best of their abilities as well. Students have been cooperating with the teachers and taking their online learning in a serious manner. Overall, virtual learning has been continuing to be successful for both students and teachers! 

For me, virtual learning was difficult at first. It was really hard to get used to the new environment. I really missed being at school and seeing my friends every day. I think that feeling is similar for most people. However, I took advantage of this virtual learning. I started being positive and looking on the bright side of things. While I was completing assignments for all of my classes, I still had fun moments. I spent time with my family. I played games with my sister and my brothers. I also called my friends through either Skype, Zoom, or Facetime and chatted with them. I really made the most of my time at home! Even though being at home most of the time can be frustrating, it can still be fun and exciting! Just be positive!

Even though virtual learning can be difficult at times, I encourage everyone to think positively! Don’t let this change make your life miserable. Be positive and live your life to the fullest! There are many fun activities you can do at home. You can take time to focus on your family. There’s nothing better than spending time with your family. You can also spend time with your friends too. You can call your friends using Zoom, Skype, or Facetime. You can also take this time to develop your faith and become closer to God. You can watch live Masses online. Once you start thinking and living life positively, your life will change. Nothing can stop you from being positive everyday. Only you can do it! I hope you all really try to be positive and look on the bright side of things!

 

Written By: – Casandra Nguyen ’20

Ten Ways to Power Through Virtual Learning

Ten Ways to Power Through Virtual Learning

It’s the third week of virtual learning at COHS and the start of the fourth quarter! It may be a relief that those papers that you waited to do are done, but there’s no stopping now! Energy may be low and boredom may be a reality, but we have only one more quarter left before seniors graduate and new freshmen fill the halls. How can students stay motivated, be on top of school work, and get good grades? Check out these tips that have helped me stay motivated during this transition to online learning!

 

  1. Create a schedule.

Even though school doesn’t “start” until 9:00am, maintaining a routine similar to your regular one is beneficial. Make sure to get plenty of sleep, eat meals, and have some time to relax. This will keep you energized throughout the day and allow you to get your work done efficiently.

 

  1. Use a planner.

With six or seven classes worth of work, assignments, papers, and other deadlines can easily be forgotten. Using a planner ensures that there are no surprises in PowerSchool regarding missing assignments. It also allows you to plan ahead and be on top of your schoolwork!

 

  1. Find your own workspace (other than your bed).

Having all of your books consistently in the same place is another easy way to stay organized and prevents the panic of a missing book. While our beds are great, it is better to sit up while working. Find a desk or table, claim it as yours, and keep on working!

 

  1. Take breaks!

The fastest and most productive way to finishing your schoolwork for the day is by taking breaks in between subjects! This is something that I struggled with at the beginning of virtual learning, but once I started walking outside or reading a book not related to school, I noticed I was in a better mood and got work done hours before I used to. Whether you FaceTime with your friends or get fresh air from a reasonable distance, this tip is certainly going to brighten your mood for the day.

 

  1. Ask for help if needed.

Not being able to talk face-to-face with your teachers when you need help is difficult. Utilize the gift of email or Zoom to ask any questions if you’re not understanding the material or are confused about an assignment’s due date. Remember, teachers are eager to see their students achieve.

 

  1. Stay hydrated.

Now that every aspect of school is digital, hours of staring at technology is inevitable. Make sure you’re drinking enough water and making healthy choices to power you throughout the day.

 

  1. Spend time with your family.

Spending time with the other people in your house is another way to brighten your mood. Watching a movie, playing board games, or just talking to your family members is a great way to alleviate the never-ending boredom that comes with the quarantine.

 

  1. Make time for God.

It’s okay to be scared or afraid of what the future holds. By talking to God through prayer and watching Mass on Sundays not only are we passing time, but we are growing stronger in our relationship with Him. Whether it’s a simple thank you or a deep conversation, God hears our prayers and worries.

 

  1. Have hope that this too shall pass.

Staying positive is vital during this time! Looking forward to and planning for the rest of 2020 can help you stay motivated! Check out new movies, TV shows, books, etc. that will be coming out later this year and focus on the future! 

 

  1. Wash your hands and stay safe!

Make sure to keep washing your hands frequently and staying homebound! Stay safe. God bless you and your families!

-Written By: Katie Tuberosa ’21