Date:          August 15, 2017  

Contact:   Karen, media relations
                     949.370.1442 // karen@catholictextbookproject.com

Catholic Textbook Project Welcomes New Sales Rep Pamela Rains

Pamela Rains

Catholic Textbook Project, the premiere publisher of history textbooks for Catholic schools, welcomes Pamela Rains of Issaquah, WA, to its expanding sales team, effective immediately. Rain’s territory covers Catholic schools and dioceses within the states of Oregon and Washington, and all of Canada.

“Pam has experience both as an educator and as a sales rep,” says Matt Sumers, vice president of marketing and sales for Catholic Textbook Project. “She understands first-hand the challenge of finding good material specifically for Catholic schools as well as how to serve clients well. We’re happy to have Pam onboard our sales team!”

Rains’ expertise includes eight years of teaching in a Catholic elementary school and in a private school.  In the private school she taught social studies and language arts to behavior-challenged high school students.  Her sales experience spans more than 17 years, all focused on selling books to Catholic schools and parishes.  Clearly terrific serving others and addressing their needs, the high note of her lifelong passions includes 30 years teaching classes as a certified fitness instructor.

“These are wonderful books,” says Rains, commenting on the opportunity to bring Catholic Textbook Project history textbooks for grades 5 through high school into classrooms in the northwest. “These history textbooks fill a vacuum that has been missing in our Catholic school education for years. They include the positive and crucial role the Catholic Church has played for centuries in starting schools and hospitals, and strongly representing social justice. Students who are educated with these books will gain a whole new view of the Church and an appropriate pride in their Catholic heritage.”

Pamela Rains may be reached at prains@catholictextbookproject.com or by phone at 888.610.3354, ext 7.

Catholic Textbook Project currently publishes five history textbooks for grade range 5-12, which are in use in schools in 93 dioceses nationwide and in English-speaking pockets around the world. A textbook for grade 4 is currently in production. For more information or samples, go to www.CatholicTextbookProject.com or call 1-888-610-3354.

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2017 Essay Writing Contest

Catholic school students in grades 5 – 12 are invited to enter our annual essay contest.

The contest is open to all students in Catholic schools – parochial, private or homeschool. We hope teachers and parents will incorporate this essay contest into their lesson plans and encourage their students to participate.  

There are eight divisions:

  • For Catholic schools:
    • 5th grade Catholic school students
    • 6th grade Catholic school students
    • 7th/8th grade Catholic school students
    • High school Catholic school students
  • For Catholic homeschools:
    • 5th grade Catholic homeschoolers
    • 6th grade Catholic homeschoolers
    • 7th/8th grade Catholic homeschoolers
    • High school Catholic homeschoolers

ESSAY TOPICS

5th Grade Students:

Choose a Catholic historical character (born before 1950) from North America (Canada, U.S., Mexico). Write about his or her life and work and why he or she was important to the Church and country. Students may choose a person who was born outside of North America, but who did their important work in North America.

6th Grade Students:

Choose a country other than your home country, that you would like to visit. Research that country’s history and write about two places of historical interest that you would like to visit if you traveled there and why.

7th and 8th Grade Students: (Choose one of these topics)

1. Choose a non-North American historical character (from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia or South America) who lived between 300 A. D. and 1600 A.D. and relate how that person influenced the time and place in which they lived.

2. Choose an historical event that occurred between 300 A.D. and 1600 A.D. (This could be a war, a single battle in a war, a plague, the coronation of a king, the passage of a law or decree, an ecumenical council, a revolution, an invention, a birth or death, a marriage, etc. – but the event must be an historically important event). Describe the event, the key players, its outcome and how it changed history.

High School Students: (choose one of these topics)

1. The year 1618 was the beginning of the 30 Years War in Europe. Research this conflict, identify its causes, why it lasted so long and what were its results. Explain why it was such an important war in the history of Europe.

2. The year 1918 was the end of the World War I. Discuss how this war changed Europe. You may concentrate on one aspect of change – such as economics, politics, religion or culture.

3. Show how World War I lead to changes in the culture of the United States in the 1920s.

4. C. S. Lewis wrote: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” Explain this quotation, using examples from history.

5. C. S. Lewis wrote: “History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.” Explain this quotation, using examples from history.

NEW GUIDELINE: Teachers may only submit 5 essays, per division, per school. While we want to have every student continue to participate and enjoy the opportunity to write and learn more about history, we are asking the teachers to select the best 5 essays for submission. We will continue to send a letter thanking every member of the class for participating. For further questions please email: contest@catholictextbookproject.com.

AWARDS

  • For Catholic schools and students:
    • 5th grade Catholic school – $100 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
    • 6th grade Catholic school – $100 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
    • 7th/8th grade Catholic school – $150 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
    • High school, Catholic school – $200 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
  • For Catholic homeschools and students:
    • 5th grade Catholic homeschoolers – $100 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
    • 6th grade Catholic homeschoolers – $100 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
    • 7th/8th grade Catholic homeschoolers – $150 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
    • High school, Catholic homeschoolers – $200 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
  • For all winners: Winning essays will be published on the CTP website and social media.

WRITING GUIDELINES

  • For the 5/6 divisions, essays should be at least 450 words, but no more than 1,000 words.
  • For the 7/8 divisions, essays should be at least 600 words, but no more than 1,500 words.
  • For the high school divisions, essays should be at least 800 words, but no more than 2,000 words.
  • Essays should be typed, double spaced, 11 pt in Times New Roman font.
  • If essays are e-mailed, they must be in PDF format.

FURTHER…

  • Your writing should be in your own words. If you quote another author (either from a book or the internet), you must cite that author in a footnote or an endnote. Essays that are suspected of plagiarism will be disqualified.
  • Essays must include a bibliography or simple list of sources used.
  • Wikipedia may not be used as the primary reference material. Wikipedia is useful for an initial familiarization with a topic, but it is not considered a reliable source in academic circles. A Wikipedia article can be useful in providing reference to books and articles which can be used for further research.

An Entry Form must be filled out and attached to each essay.

Catholic School Entry Form

Homeschool Entry Form

DEADLINE

All mailed essays must be postmarked by midnight, November 17, 2017.

All e-mailed essays must be received by midnight, November 17, 2017, EST.

SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY

Essays can be mailed via USPO to:

Catholic Textbook Project
Essay Contest
P.O. Box 1707
Powell, OH 43065 

Or they may be sent via email, attached in PDF format to: contest@catholictextbookproject.com.

Each student’s essay must be e-mailed individually and not gathered into one file.

Please contact Katherine at contest@catholictextbookproject.com with any of your questions.


Ginger Vance

Ginger Vance

Catholic Textbook Project,welcomes Ginger Vance of St. Michael, MN, to its expanding sales team, effective immediately. Vance’s territory covers Catholic schools and dioceses within the state of Minnesota. She may be reached at gvance@catholictextbookproject.com or by phone at 888.610.5433, ext 6.

In addition to joining the sales team of Catholic Textbook Project, Ginger will continue to serve as principal of Notre Dame Academy, a pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school in the (more…)



Date:    February 23, 2017

Contact:  Media Relations: karen@catholictextbookproject.com / 949.370.1442

For Immediate Release

Ginger Vance Joins Catholic Textbook Project Sales Team

Ginger Vance

Ginger Vance

Catholic Textbook Project, the premiere publisher of history textbooks for Catholic schools, welcomes Ginger Vance of St. Michael, MN, to its expanding sales team, effective immediately. Vance’s territory covers Catholic schools and dioceses within the state of Minnesota.

“Ginger is a seasoned Catholic educator and principal,” says Matt Sumers, vice president of marketing and sales for Catholic Textbook Project. “She understands first-hand today’s challenge of finding good material specifically for Catholic schools and she welcomed the opportunity to let peers know about our beautiful history textbooks.

In addition to joining the sales team of Catholic Textbook Project, Vance will continue to serve as principal of Notre Dame Academy, a pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school in the Minneapolis suburbs.

After teaching fourth grade for seven years at Highland Catholic School in St. Paul, Vance segued into the role of principal, a position she’s enjoyed at a number of different schools over the past 15 years.  Among her achievements, Vance says she’s most proud of nearly completing the two-year Emmaus program for Catholic school leadership at Boston College. The program has opened up many doors and new levels of understanding about successful leadership as a Catholic principal for Vance. Calling it “a great experience,” she is nonetheless happy to be graduating at the end of March 2017.

“I am excited to be part of the Catholic Textbook Project” says Vance. “These history textbooks not only provide academic rigor, but also educate students on the contributions of Catholic men and women throughout history.

“As a principal in a Catholic school,” continues Vance, “I’ve seen first-hand the lack of availability for Catholic materials for our schools. It’s very difficult to find textbooks that embrace the Catholic worldview, let alone merely include significant historical contributions throughout more than 2,000 years of history.  I look forward to answering questions and sharing this excellent history textbooks with other principals and Catholic schools throughout Minnesota.”

Vance may be reached at gvance@catholictextbookproject.com or by phone at 888.610.5433, ext 6.

Catholic Textbook Project currently publishes five history textbooks for grade range 5-12, which are in use in schools in more than 60 dioceses nationwide and in English-speaking pockets around the world. a textbook for grade 4 is currently in production. For more information or samples, go to www.CatholicTextbookProject.com or call 1-888-610-3354.

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Read Winning Essays Here

We are so proud of all who participated in Catholic Textbook Project’s Fall 2016 History Essay Contest!  This year’s winning essays are now posted. 

Please click on the names below to read an essay.

Winners of the Fall 2016 Catholic Textbook Project History Essay Contest: