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WEST HARTFORDTo help demystify the independent school admissions process, Kingswood Oxford School will host a seminar about the SSAT, a key entrance exam, from 6-7:30 p.m.  Oct. 30 in the Conklin Library.

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required for applicants to independent high schools, including Kingswood Oxford. At the seminar, which is open to students and parents and is free of charge, experts will explain the format of the test, will offer tips on how to prepare for it, and will explain how schools use the scores.

“This program was the logical next addition to our Independent School Seminar Series, because many families express confusion about the nature of the test and the weight of the scores on admissions decisions," said Jim O’Donnell, director of enrollment management at the school.

Organizers say advance registration would be appreciated, but it is not necessary. Registration materials are at or through the admissions office at 860-727-5000.

Kingswood Oxford, an independent, co-ed, college prep day school for grades six through 12, is located just steps from Blue Back Square.

Interviews for September 2014 enrollment began on Sept. 23; to schedule an interview, or for more information, email

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.