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Fr. Parker and Fr. Ariel visiting a classroom.

Take a Closer Look at HCCS

As the first new school in the Rockford Diocese to open in over 30 years, Holy Cross Catholic School, Batavia, IL, has provided academically challenging, faith-based education to over 700 students since 2008. HCCS is a Catholic educational community, preparing students academically, spiritually, and morally for the opportunities and responsibilities of the future. Holy Cross educates students beyond the fundamentals focusing on the significance of individualized learning, cooperation, responsibility, respect, and service to others.

Only have a minute?   Listen here to their new one minute message about their school. Click on the green arrows.

Listen here for their newly updated podcast. When the green arrow appears, it has been downloaded and click it to start the podcast.

883949_1779088732319449_6682514298986532260_oVisit www.HolyCrossCatholicSchool.org to learn more. Then, take the next step to learning first-hand why HCCS is the best a Catholic education has to offer your family. Schedule a visit or contact us today.

Holy Cross Catholic Grade School — Preschool through 8th Grade

We keep faith central to every aspect of our students’ education while meeting their unique intellectual and social needs at every stage of their lives. Academically, our instructional strategies integrate technology into the classroom. The curriculum is more departmentalized, with experienced teachers who offer a higher level of expertise in their fields. There is a greater emphasis on 21st century learning, such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration.

Afr_parkers a guest on our show, Fr. Jim Parker, explains how the children are encouraged to be “living tabernacles”.  He conveys the deeper meaning behind the loving atmosphere of the school. . Mike Puttin, Principal, explains how the children experience an exceptional feeling of being at home here, even for those that are new.  

Two teachers, Kelly Carlson and Lisa Baier, explain the philosophy that “We all have Christ in us.” This value is instilled in the children’s hearts through the many programs they offer. Special guest Mary DeBlock who is an original teacher from the school, speaks about the approach they take to “Educate the Whole child”.  This special updated podcast includes a story and interview with a Rob Stevens, a father who visited the school with his wife and four children.  Since the tour they transferred their two school aged children from the public school to this Catholic school.  This is a powerful witness and example of the good things that can happen when we encourage each other.  A big thank you to Bill McNamee, our host.  After listening to the show Rob Stevens, a father called Bill.  This lead them to a tour and now they are in good hands at Holy Cross Catholic School.  Listen in and share with your friends that are on the fence about Catholic schools.   

The podcast which includes Rob Stevens family story can be found on the Rockford Diocese show we did by clicking here.   Along with other success stories, we have the Superintendent of Schools interviewed.

Other guests are Tracy Fisher, a parent, Mary Dant, a graduate and currently a student at Rosary High School and Jeff Jordan, parent and realtor.

Mrs. Doherty, a teacher at this school just won Educator of the Year award!  Click here to learn more.


New Principal Mike Puttin, Holy Cross school Batavia

Principal Mike Puttin

 This school has only been around for seven years. According to the Principal Mike Puttin, “They have a remarkable enthusiasm in their community surrounding the school which contributes to their success.”

A big thank you to Dr. Linda, former Principal for initially setting up the podcast plans and for Mike Puttin to arrange for the updates and promotions.  We appreciate Denise Hearden, a parent at the school who has devoted time to help with the marketing, the new photos and revisions to this page. We’d like to thank all the guests on the show and especially the children who are our future!

The special show was rebroadcasted several times this year on our previous stations.  Their radio show will be rebroadcasted April 2nd and 3rd, 2016 on two different stations:

 • KCRD 98.3 FM Aquinas Communications Radio Network affiliate of EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network & Relevant Radio, Dubuque, Iowa station,  on Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Click here to find their live streaming site.
• WONC – FM 89.1 award winning North Central College radio station, Naperville, IL 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Sundays.   Click here to find their live streaming site.

Here’s a recent article about this school in the Chicago Tribune.

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Click here for Linkedin articles written by Bill McNamee about his impressions of some of the schools while he hosted their radio show.  You can learn more about his professional background and mortgage business there.  You can also learn more about his business at www.CatholicHome.net


To find out more about housing in the area, please contact Jeff Jordan who is a realtor there and has a child at the school.

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RE/MAX Excels
1772 S Randall Road, Suite 100
Geneva, IL 60134
Office: 630.262.4370
Cell: 630.217.1188



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