Nativity in the News

Burke: Technology Welcomes Back Students: Nativity Catholic School focuses on advanced technology and innovation.

August 2015 – Located just off Old Keene Mill Road, Nativity Catholic School has been recognized as the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence since 2008. This is the award given by the U.S. Department of Education to only 50 private schools in the country each year. Maria Kelly, principal at the school, said they have STEM education in their academics – academic disciplines focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

Nativity Stars are the Diocesan
Science Fair 2015 Champions

April 2015 – The Nativity team was very successful in their own categories, and their combined scores pushed Nativity Catholic School right to the top, earning the very prestigious “2015 Diocesan Science Fair 1st Place School” award. Forty-three other Arlington Diocese schools competed at the event.

Congratulations to our XSTEM SeaPerch Team

March 2015 – With great pride, we are happy to announce that one of Nativity’s X-STEM SeaPerch teams has been offered a spot to participate in the National SeaPerch Challenge Competition. Click here to read about our students from the 7th grade class who will be competing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on May 29th to May 31st. Around 100 teams representing schools from all over the country will participate.

Nativity’s Music Teacher, Mrs. Doyle and Healing Strings

October 2010 – “The surgical unit at Sentara Potomac Hospital is no different from those of other hospitals: It’s fast paced. Patients need attention. Doctors have orders to be expedited. Nurses rush from room to room.
But when Debbie Doyle arrives at the Woodbridge hospital with her Paraguayan harp, the pace seems to slow down.”
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Nativity School Building Future Scientists

January 2014 – Students promote science and engineering with speakers, math competitions and underwater robots.
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Nativity’s ‘Operation Starfish’ provides funds for a new farming effort in the Dominican Republic.

September 2013 – The 3,000 square-foot greenhouse is the eighth such facility built in the Dominican Republic by Food for the Poor and Caritas Dominican Republic. The facility includes a drip-irrigation system fed by a water reservoir and underground supply lines…
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Former Nativity Star Receives Japian Stevens Educational Foundation Award

June 2013 – Two years ago, a student from the Berlin British School, Japian Stevens, tragically died in a swimming accident. His parents wished to celebrate his life and in his memory established a fund to provide education to very poor families as well as an award in Japian’s name to celebrate his life.

Nativity is so pleased to announce that former student Kathleen won and was even on the BBC recently! Kathleen also received an award from the British Council of International Schools for the highest achieving student.

“Kathleen began at Nativity and we are so grateful for the education she received from our Nativity family, but also for the faith and values of the teachers. Kathleen has greatly missed Nativity and her friends who graduated this year,” stated Kathleen’s mother.

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Pinwheels for peace: Burke students promote peace through a schoolwide project

September 2012 – Local students made an artistic statement for passing cars last Friday with “Pinwheels for Peace,” an international art project started by two art teachers in Florida in 2005 that has since spread to hundreds of thousands of schools in countries worldwide…click title for more details and pictures!

“Moving People’s Hearts”: How One Burke Church has Helped Change the Lives of People in Haiti

Januaru 2011 – Since 1998, the Church of the Nativity has collected over $3 million to build villages and a better life for many Haitians…click title for more details and pictures!

Nativity School Students Race for Education

November 2010 – Approximately $15,000 raised to pay for new hands-on science program…click title for more details and pictures!

‘Charity for people, all people’: Nativity parishioners’ impulse to serve extends across pew, street, globe

December 2010 – Nativity scenes are a regular feature at parishes during Christmastime, but the Holy Family outside Church of the Nativity in Burke remains year-round, a sculptural triad of Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus that depicts a family infused with love that shines out into the world. It’s a fitting image for the parish….Click title for more details and pictures!

Congratulations Nativity School!

September 2008 – The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of academic achievement. Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. In its 30 year history, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools. Click here to read the official letter.

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