Mid-Shore Education: Saints Peter and Paul School Rainforest Turns Nineteen Years Old

It may not be that unusual anymore for school to create a model rainforest as part of an introductory science course but when the Spy learned that the Saints Peter and Paul School rainforest is now going on its 19th year. It got our attention pretty quickly.

Ever since Lisa Morrell started to teach elementary science at the Catholic day school in Easton, the annual building of the rainforest has been one of the great traditions at a  school that already has a significant number of them. In fact, it’s safe to say that while only a handful of students create the rainforest every year, it’s also true that literally, every student at Peter and Paul’s lower school will walk through as well.

The Spy caught up with Lisa and a few of her students this week just before the rainforest was to be dismantled and stored while it waits for its 20th anniversary next year.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Saints Peter and Paul School please go here

Profiles in Spirituality: St. Peter and Paul’s Father James Nash

The idea of being the leader of Saints Peter & Paul Parish could easily strike urbanites as the equivalent of being the classic country priest, whose time is spent leisurely ministering to a small flock of the faithful in a beautiful rural setting. But it didn’t take long for Father James Nash to dispel that myth very quickly from his modest office on Route 50 in Easton when the Spy caught up with him a few weeks ago.

In fact, Father Nash oversees an enterprise that is counted as one of the largest employers in Talbot County and includes an elementary school, high school, and three churches with membership in the thousands. And each week, he not only faces the normal challenges that come with any man of the cloth, but must manage over one hundred employees, fundraise for substantial building projects, and administer a $6 million annual budget during his spare time.

And yet none of this seems to weigh too heavily on the priest who left a successful accounting practice to find his real vocation within the Catholic Church. In our Spy interview, Father Nash talks about the business of St. Peter and Paul, but also about the timeless beauty of his faith, the teachings of Pope Francis, and his humble philosophy of leadership in caring for his parish.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about Saints Peter and Paul Church and School, please go here.


Lady Sabre Field Hockey Players Earn All ESIAC Conference Honors

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Bottom Row L-R: Sarah Bradley, Megan Beane & Maddie Boehm; Top Row L-R: Maggie Parchman & Julia D’Albora

Saints Peter and Paul High School is pleased to announce that the following student-athletes were recognized by the ESIAC athletic conference for an outstanding season in Women’s Varsity Field Hockey by earning ESIAC All Conference distinction.

ESIAC All Conference Field Hockey Team Selections
Megan Beane ’17
Maddie Boehm ’18
Julia D’Albora ’18
Maggie Parchman ’18
Sarah Bradley ’19

The Lady Sabres Field Hockey team had another successful season in the ESIAC Conference, losing a tough game in the semifinals to rival Worcester Prep. The leadership of senior captain Megan Beane will be greatly missed; however the future of the Sabres Field Hockey team looks bright.

Sabres Support Tennessee Wildfire Relief

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Juniors Michael Morrell and Connor LeMire

Late last year, communities in East Tennessee were devastated by wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountain region, causing loss of life, injury, and significant damage. In response to those in need, the Student Government Association of Saints Peter and Paul High School immediately organized a collection drive to help those in Tennessee displaced from their homes and jobs as winter set in and the Christmas season neared.

Donated goods, including clothing, bedding, hygienic products, food, and pet care items poured in to SSPP. With the help of H & M Bay, a shipping company out of Federalsburg, the SSPP community was able to help fill two tractor trailers that arrived at a shelter in Knoxville, Tennessee, prior to Christmas.

SGA Advisor and Social Studies teacher Chad Dean, who was married in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at a chapel that was destroyed by the recent fires, was ecstatic at the response as his classroom overflowed with more than 150 containers of donations. Mr. Dean and his family spent their Christmas break volunteering in the Smoky Mountains, assisting with relief and cleanup efforts there.

SSPP students Provide Service to Others

screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-8-45-16-amMiddle School student members of the St. Vincent de Paul Club at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Easton participated in a “Commissioning Ceremony” on December 16 held in the school cafeteria.

SVdP President Alex Handy and Spiritual Advisor Ron Virostek presented SVdP Youth pins to 21 recent club members and 17 Certificates of Appreciation to returning members. The students promised to share in the SVdP mission to respect the dignity of each person by being kind and compassionate, especially to all those who are poor and suffering.

At their meetings, Club members pack items for those in need in Talbot County. They also volunteer at the SVdP Food Pantry, where they pack grocery bags and help carry packages for those who need assistance getting to their cars.

“You serve others in many ways,” Virostek told the students. “Some people just need a smile from you to help brighten their day.”

For more information about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, go to www.SvdpEastonmd.org

Key Club Begins a New Year of Service

The Saints Peter and Paul Key Club is proud to induct its newest members who are committed to the Kiwanis Club and Saints Peter and Paul mission of being of service to others. Key Club is an international, student-led organization providing members opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. Chartered in 2000, the Saints Peter and Paul High School Key Club is the largest student organization at the school with over fifty members. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville, Delaware and led by its student Executive Board, the Key Club participates in Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent de Paul Society, UNICEF, Special Olympics, among other service activities for the local community.


Photo: Newest Key Club Members (L-R): Aidan Ryan, Tori Kramer, Marcel Djiwatampu, Kelley Hertelendy, Karis Ward, Caroline Shilling, Madison Morris, Ivy Buda, Max McKinnon, Tara Hertelendy, Kate Henley, Sarah Morris, Sunrae Sturmer, Laura Dennison, Caroline Murphy, Amelia Rank, Dolly Rath, Natalie Cockey, William Rath, Heather Kyle, Benjamin Kelley, Samantha Harrington, Trevor Riesberg

Chapter President Laura Dennison ‘17 shared her belief in the role of the Saints Peter and Paul Key Club. “I hope that our Key Clubbers become even more involved in their local community by finding service projects in which they are most passionate about. Through our advocacy of and service to worthy causes, each member of Key Club strives to be Christ for others.”

Hickey Heading to Boston University

The Saints Peter and Paul Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Senior Megan Hickey has signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse for Coach Liz Robertshaw’s Boston University Terriers next year. Boston University is a Division I program that competes in the prestigious Patriot League.


Parents Ryan & Julie Hickey and sister Maddie join Megan at her Letter of Intent signing.

At Saints Peter and Paul, Megan has been a three-year Varsity Lacrosse starter, team captain, and was named All ESIAC Conference Co-Player of the Year last year. A member of the Eastern Shore National Lacrosse team, Megan has also been recognized as First Team All Mid-Shore during her sophomore and junior years.

In addition her excellence on the lacrosse field, Megan is member of the Saints Peter and Paul High School National Honor Society, Key Club, Needlecraft Club, a four-year starter in Varsity Women’s Soccer and Basketball, and an active volunteer with Talbot Hospice, Special Olympics, and Diabetes awareness programs.

As she prepares for the next chapter of her life, Megan reflected that, “Saints Peter and Paul as been an essential part of my life since preschool, always challenging me to be the very best – in the classroom, as an athlete, and as a leader in my school and community. I am well prepared for the challenges of Boston University and I am extremely excited to become part of the Terrier community. Looking forward to making new friends, attending campus events, playing lacrosse at the highest level, and getting to know the city of Boston.”

According to Director of Athletics Tyler Larkin, “Megan is the epitome of the Sabre student-athlete. She is a real leader on the field and in the classroom. I’m are excited to see Megan join the rich tradition of student- athletes from Saints Peter and Paul to make it to the highest level of their sport.”

Megan will be majoring in Pre-Med at Boston University with the goal of getting her doctorate in physical therapy.

Dombek Named New Director of Guidance & School Counseling

st peter paulSaints Peter and Paul High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Dombek as its new Director of Guidance & College Counseling. Rachel brings experience in both school and private practice counseling, most recently working as a family and child behavioral consultant with Ocean Front Counseling in Annapolis. Rachel has also worked as a school counselor in the Bellefonte Area and Mifflin County school districts in Pennsylvania.

With a B.S. in Counseling Psychology from Mansfield University, and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Penn State, Rachel is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) as well as a certified school counselor in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Rachel brings a diverse skill set to the position, including guidance curriculum, large/small group facilitation, individualized goal-setting and planning, academic and career advisement, adolescent and family mental health support, and student scheduling and placement.

At Saints Peter and Paul High School, Rachel will oversee a Guidance Office that will focus on the delivery of a comprehensive counseling program that will include academic planning, the college search and preparation process, as well as counseling and education related to students’ overall well-being.

On the opportunity to come to Saints Peter and Paul, Ms. Dombek stated, “I am excited and honored to join Saints Peter and Paul High School as the new Director of Guidance & College Counseling. I am delighted to be a part of such a well-respected and dynamic learning community where I will have the opportunity to help inspire our future Sabre leaders. I look forward to meeting and working with all of our students and parents!”

Principal Jim Nemeth commented, “We are excited to have Rachel join the Saints Peter and Paul family. As we continue to position our Guidance Office to most effectively meet the needs of our students and families, Rachel’s expertise, energy and work ethic will be an outstanding addition to the Sabre community.”

Save the Date: Saints Peter & Paul Schools Sabre Celebration

Mark your calendar for the 21st Sabre Celebration, March 1, 2014 at the Talbot Country Club benefiting the students of Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary and High Schools.

This event is known for its festive atmosphere, outstanding food and fabulous array of items to bid on in both silent and live auctions. Not to mention this year’s expanded wine wall and the ever-popular car raffle. There is something for everyone!

Your attendance and participation will provide necessary supplies, facility and technology enhancements, expanded physical education and religion programs as well as staff development, just to name a few. It is certain to be an evening you won’t want to miss!

Visit our website to purchase tickets, donate online and for all other information pertaining to this event. http://www.ssppeaston.org/schools/