School System Calendar

College Essay Boot Camp @ ECCHS
Jun 6 – Aug 13 all-day

Strategy Session Date: Summer 2016; Workshops scheduled as needed

Age: ECC students entering grade 12

Fee: Zero dollars

Location: Elk County Catholic H.S.

Awesome? Yes!

Director: Mr. Sam MacDonald (

Your college admissions essay is one of the most important things you will ever write. It can make or break your efforts to get into your first-choice school and earn you the scholarships you need to pay for it.

An entire industry has risen up to “coach” students to write better essays. Some families pay $300 an hour – up to $5,000 total – for this service. You can do that … or you can get the same service free of charge here at ECC.

ECCSS President Sam MacDonald and a few colleagues will host an
introductory “strategy session” to offer tips on getting started. They will critique your essay. Subsequent drafts will be reviewed via e-mail. Mr. MacDonald will NOT write your essay; he will work WITH you to craft a great essay.

The service is open to ALL members of the ECCHS Class of 2017, but will be capped at 12 students.

Mr. MacDonald is the author of two books. His work has appeared in
newspapers and national magazines. He has a degree in history and
economics from Yale and an MFA in creative writing from the University of
Pittsburgh. He taught writing at Pitt for four years.

See the testimonials below from past participants when asked if they found
College Essay Boot Camp beneficial (these students were accepted into
extremely competitive first-choice colleges):

“Yes, yes, yes! You need to do it again!”

“I personally think it was such a good idea! I know I wouldn’t have spent as much time as I did on my essay if it wasn’t for the essay class. I recommend it for sure.”

6th Annual ECCHS Athletic Association Golf Outing @ Leaning Pines Golf Course
Jul 2 @ 8:00 am

The Elk County Catholic High School Athletic Association invites you to support Crusader athletics at its 6th Annual Golf Outing. The four-person scramble will be held on Saturday, July 2 at the Leaning Pines Golf Course in St. Marys.

The registration fee includes greens fees and a cart, a continental breakfast, dinner following the tournament, drinks on the course, door prizes, and tournament team and skill prizes.

Once again this year, the tournament is accepting Business Team/Hole Sponsorships. This option includes the team’s entry into the tournament, skins, mulligans, a hole sponsorship, and recognition in the tournament rules packet and at the registration table.

Prizes will be awarded to the top low gross team as well as the top three low net teams. The top alumni team and a “lucky number” team will also be among the winners. Skill prizes for men and women and door prizes will also be given out.

The intent behind the event is two-fold: it’s a chance for friends and supporters of ECC athletics to get together and have some fun, and it also acts as a fundraiser for the Athletic Association. The association is responsible for raising the necessary funds to support all the athletic programs at ECC, more than $120,000 each year.

The tournament has been a very popular event over the past five years, and event organizers hope this year will be no different.

Registration for the tournament will begin at 8 a.m. on July 2 with play to begin at 9 a.m. Registration fees may be paid at the course on the day of the event.

Registration forms can be downloaded here. Please email completed forms to

Questions can be directed to Aaron Straub at 834-7800 (ext. 207). Event coordinators encourage all to come out for a day of fun and fellowship in support of the ECCHS student athletes.

Little Spikers Volleyball Skills Camp @ ECCHS Gymnasium
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 10:00 am

Age: Girls entering grades 1 – 6

Time: 9 – 10 a.m.

Fee: $15

Deadline to register: June 20

The Little Spikers Volleyball Skills Camp will be taught by the ECC volleyball coaching staff. All girls entering grades 1 – 6 are welcome to attend and learn the fundamental skills of the sport. Each participant will receive an official Lady Crusader Volleyball t-shirt (please designate a size on the
registration form).

Art Camp – Paint the School Colorful! @ St. Marys Catholic Elementary School
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm

Age: Students entering grades 6 – 8

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

Fee: $25

Maximum number of students: 12 per session

Join ECC’s own professional artist Mr. Winklbauer in painting a wall mural at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. Camp participants will learn the process of sketching and creating a painting on a large scale canvas. The completed piece will be enjoyed for years to come by all who enter the SMCES!

Two camp sessions will be held; please designate which session you would like to attend on the registration form.

Programming Camp – Coding & Game Design @ ECCHS/SMCMS
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm

Age: Students entering grades 4 – 7

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fee: $40

Location: Elk County Catholic H.S. / St. Marys Catholic M.S.

Maximum number of students: 16

Programming, scripting, coding, and knowing how to solve problems are some of the most essential skills of the digital age. In this camp, you will learn basic coding skills through a variety of online and offline programming activities. Campers will leave the week with increased knowledge and skills that they can further on their own with the resources to which they will be introduced.

Entrepreneurship Camp – E.S.C.A.P.E. @ ECCHS/SMCMS
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm

Age: Students entering grades 6 – 9

Times: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fee: $40 (includes daily lunch and refreshments)

Location: Elk County Catholic H.S. / St. Marys Catholic M.S.

Maximum number of students: 24

E.S.C.A.P.E. (Entrepreneurship Summer Camp and Personal Enrichment) will provide students with knowledge on starting a business and maintaining ethical business practices. It is being offered for the first time as part of the Elk County Catholic School System Summer Camp Program.

Each day of the camp will include guest speakers from local businesses, lively discussions, and interactive exercises. The camp agenda is as follows:

Day 1: Introduction to entrepreneurship; Creativity and innovation

Day 2: Developing a business plan

Day 3: Formulating a marketing plan / Financial planning

Day 4: Leadership skills, business etiquette, and presentation of business plans for a real event!

Day 5: Setup planned materials for the ECCSS Festival Booth!

E.S.C.A.P.E is open to highly motivated students who have a passion for business and wish to learn more about entrepreneurship.

The camp is sponsored by Fr. Ross Miceli and Mrs. Marlene Stubber, ECCHS Future Business Leaders of America advisers.