The mission of Holy Cross Catholic School is to foster a setting to ignite a joyful spirit of Christian discipleship in collaboration with our families, staff, and parish in a personalized learning culture.



    The mission of Holy Cross Catholic School is to foster a setting to ignite a joyful spirit of Christian discipleship in collaboration with our families, staff, and parish in a personalized learning culture.



    The mission of Holy Cross Catholic School is to foster a setting to ignite a joyful spirit of Christian discipleship in collaboration with our families, staff, and parish in a personalized learning culture.

Welcome to the Holy Cross Catholic School website!

Please take some time to explore our site and become acquainted with the exceptional things happening at Holy Cross.

We are blessed with a superior faculty who are experienced in designing classroom learning around each student’s needs. We are able to offer this kind of education because of our ideal student to teacher ratio. The benefit of this more personalized attention is highlighted by the fact that our students consistently test at or above the Archdiocesan norms in all disciplines.


At Holy Cross Catholic School, student life is an important part of educating the WHOLE child



The Our Lady on the River Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society established 2007.



While a great deal of learning takes place in the classroom, even more can take place in the world around us. 



Each year, students at Holy Cross prepare an exhibit of their work for the Holy Cross Learning Fair.      



A long standing tradition at Holy Cross Catholic School is our annual trip to winter camp.



Students from Holy Cross Catholic School meet with other students in the Blue Water Vicariate to compete in the Academic Olympics.



The Drama Club at Holy Cross was formed in the 2007-2008 school year. It is open to students in grades three through eight.



Caring and Dedicated Staff



Tomorrow's Christian leaders



Technology Advanced Classrooms



Technology Lab

Deacon Dennis Loffreda

We welcome Deacon Dennis to Holy Cross as our new middle school religion teacher!

Fr. Douglas Terrien


Fr. Douglas Terrien began his ministry at Our Lady on the River parish in July of 2018. He says: “I was born September 24, 1952 at St John’s Hospital on the east side of Detroit. I attended St. Brendan grade school and went to St. Rose of Lima High School in Detroit. St. Rose clustered and moved to St. Catherine Parish and became East Catholic High School. It clustered once again and moved to St. Anthony parish. I graduated in 1970. Fall of that year I entered Sacred Heart Seminary and in the fall of 1974 I entered St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. I was one year as a transitional deacon at St. Agatha in Redford Township. On April 28, 1979 I was ordained by Cardinal Deardon and sent to Sacred Heart parish in Roseville, MI. Then 1980 to 1983 I was assigned to St. Mary, Queen of Creation in New Baltimore. From 1983 to 1985 I was assigned to St. Veronica’s in East Detroit now East Pointe. From 1985-1988 I was assigned to St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores. From there I went to St. Justin in Hazel Park as administrator also being the administrator of St. Paul’s Albanian Church in Warren. In 1993 I became the pastor of Immaculate Conception in Lapeer, Michigan and was there for almost 25 years. I thought I would retire from Immaculate Conception in a few years but Archbishop Vigneron got on the phone and personally asked me to come to Our Lady on the River parish. I think he remembered I spent my summers as a youth on Harsens Island and knew I was familiar with this parish. I have to smile when I am welcomed to Harsens Island because my family has been on the Island for five generations. When I say mass at St. Mark’s I am flooded with memories. In fact I think my memories go back as far as or even further than the oldest parishioners on the Island. I am so pleased with the welcome I have received from the whole parish and I am happy you are patient with me as I climb up and down the stairs in church. I am living at the rectory at St. Mark’s because it is a ranch style house–few stairs and everything is on one level. I am also happy to be sent to a parish named in honor of the Blessed Virgin once again. Her powerful intercession is most valuable in my deliverance ministry. I also want to mention I was State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus from 1994-1996 so I am ready to do all I can to make both K of C councils in the parish successful.”

Dr. Carl B. Wagner


I am sincerely very happy to be the principal for Holy Cross Catholic School. I have attended Catholic schools for K-12 and Catholic university at the University of Detroit for my B.A. and M.A. in English and history and Education. I began my teaching career in Catholic schools first at Epiphany parish in Detroit and then at Bishop Foley in Madison Heights. I eventually moved to Anchor Bay first as a middle school teacher for ten years and then as a high school teacher and eventually assistant principal for another ten years. After earning my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, I moved to Livonia to become a middle school principal for eight more years. I retired from the public school system and after forty-five minutes began a new phase as an assistant professor of education at Marygrove College in Detroit. I have continued as an adjunct with Marygrove even when I moved to become a Dean of Developmental Education for Baker College Online.

Mr. R. Brian Cherry

Education: 18+ years in the US Air Force

BA University of North Carolina

MA Oakland University

Interests: Basketball, Hiking, Gardening, and Genealogy

Family: Wife Larena, two daughters, one son

Mrs. Carrie Johnson B.S.

Grade 8

Holy Cross would like to introduce you to another staff member, Ms. Carrie Johnson. Ms. Johnson earned her Associate’s Degree of Arts from Macomb Community College in 1998. She began her teaching career in 2001, when she graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, majoring in Language Arts for grades 6 through 8. Throughout her career she has taught grades 1 through eight, worked as a Reading Intervention Coach and Reading Specialist, certified and trained DIBELS, MLPP, Guided Reading and Visible Thinking. Mrs. Johnson has earned graduate credits towards reading through Marygrove College and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy. Ms.Johnson began her career at Holy Cross in 2003 teaching first grade. Currently, Ms. Johnson is the middle school Literature and Language Arts teacher for grades 5 through 8.

Mrs. Anna Wade, M.A.T.

Education: Associates in Child Development from Lake Superior State University; B.S. in Education from Western Michigan University; Master of Art in Teaching from Marygrove College.

Family: married; two dogs “Taz” and “Cassie.”

You may contact me at awade@holycrossonline.net

History: I have been blessed to be teaching at Holy Cross Catholic for 23 years. I enjoy hunting, fishing, reading and photography.

Mrs. Leslie DeMeulenaere

Mrs. DeMeulenaere states, “Teaching is an adventure!” She began her journey with teaching in 2005, when she graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, specializing in English. Throughout her career, she has taught second grade through sixth grade, technology grades kindergarten through eighth, and special education, fifth through eighth grade. In addition, she completed her Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy in 2011, and began working toward her special education certification, in the area of the Learning Disabled. Currently she teaches a blended group of 3rd and 4th graders.

Mrs. Julia Rock, B.S.

I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you this year. I graduated from Wayne State University in 1991 and continue to work towards my Masters in Education at Saginaw Valley State University. My husband, Mark, and our three children, Melissa, Amanda and Kayla live in Clay Township. In my free time I enjoy water sports, reading, and taking professional development courses.

You may contact me at rock@holycrossonline.net.
Here are some of the things we expect to cover in second grade:
• The parts of the Mass
• First Confession–the sacrament of Reconciliation
• First Communion–the sacrament of Eucharist
• Master Manuscript and introduce Cursive writing
• Lots of science—many experiments
• Common Core Social Studies Weekly and map skills work
• Reading reinforced by phonics, English and spelling.
• Lots of math, with many hands-on activities
All this–and a whole lot more!!



* Begin to build a foundation for moral development
* Commandments are introduced
* Identify their church as Catholic, their own parish, the pastor and other ministers in the parish
* Begin to see themselves as Christians who express their faith through the Roman Catholic tradition
* Develop a deeper understanding of the Mass and actively participate in it
* Sacrament of Reconciliation
* Emphasis on the Eucharist as students prepare for to receive First Communion

Mrs. Ashley Gryszkiewicz

 Here are some of the things we expect to cover in Kindergarten:
  • Phonemic awareness: letter sounds, blending sounds to make words, segmenting, rhyming,
    word families
  •  Reading skills: reading and spelling Dolch sight words, concepts in print, word and picture association, story writing
  • Math skills: creating patterns, counting and writing numbers, early addition and subtraction skills, 3D solid shapes
  • Science: differences between living and nonliving, what do plants and animals need to grow and live, types of weather
  • Practicing fine and gross motor skills such as; holding and writing with a pencil, hopping, and skipping
  • Social development, including sharing, interacting with others and following directions
  • Enjoying special classes (computers, Spanish, gym, art, music) and field trips

Ms. Cindy Jondron, B.S.


Ms. Jondron believes it is her duty as a teacher to encourage students to be responsible for their lives, education, and goals. She feels every child has the right to a proper education and that it is her job to use all resources available to accommodate to every child’s learning needs. In addition to teaching our younger students, Ms. Jondron brings an extensive background in literacy to Holy Cross. She is very happy to be teaching Kindergarten and Preschool at Holy Cross.

Email: cjondron@holycrossonline.net.

Program hours: 8:30-11:00am Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

The Holy Cross early childhood program is meant to help children learn through play. Instruction centers around timely themes throughout the school year. Areas for child development include development of language skills and expression, fine and gross motor skills, understanding of and appreciation for mathematics, science and literacy. Children have time to discover the world through the use of puzzles, games, arts, crafts, dramatic play, imagination, large muscle play and small manipulative play. The message of Catholic Christianity is woven into the school day for the children.

Our Classes




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  • “Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason”

  • “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

    St. Augustine
  • “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”