Over the past two years we worked diligently on our School Improvement Process to assess and evaluate the programs and the Catholic Identity of St. Theodore School. We certainly came up aces in the area of Catholic Identity. We have a very solid, strong faith community and we strive to deepen that faith with everything we do. Two years ago we began our Virtue Based Restorative Discipline program that we continue today. We practice our virtues and we hold ourselves accountable for behavior that is hurtful – and good. Our goal this year is to provide opportunities for you, our families to participate more fully by giving you activities to do together at home. A Prayer Circle in a Box “box” will come to your house three times throughout this year to start a discussion and prayer opportunity with your children about practicing virtue in your families. One round of boxes have made their way back to school after parents and children prayed and did one of the activities in the box. The response was very positive. The kids came back to school excited about it and I hope that you enjoyed taking this time with your children. The next round of boxes were sent home today. Just follow the directions in the booklet provided. Your kids will help you! If you haven’t received your box yet you will soon!
Two other goals for our School Improvement Process were in the area of academics:
First Goal: Utilize data from ITBS scores to create specific learning targets for students.
We provided professional development last Friday. Dr. Ray Wicks from the Catholic Education Center presented a workshop on the effective use of the ITBS scores to enhance instruction. Three other regional schools joined us because they too saw the need to fully use these test results for maximum benefit. As a faculty we will now discuss which subject area will be targeted this year.
Our second academic goal is to write a curriculum guide with benchmarks that align with the common Core State Standards and Catholic School benchmarks in order to set higher academic standards for students in all core areas of instruction. I have contacted the Catholic Education Center to plan professional development for us. One of our professional development in-services will be on December 5. It will specifically relate to developing curriculum for English/Language Arts. It’s the most complex curriculum area and will take the most time to develop. We should be able to move into implementation in the 2015-2016 school year.
Following the completion of the English/Language Arts Curriculum we will move on to Math and so on.
We are very proud of our graduates who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society at St. Dominic High School. They are Allyson Wamhoff, Keenan Bross, Madison Schulz, McKenna Schulz and Jenna Wilmes. St. Theodore School is well represented!! For a school our size (and some even larger) we had the greatest number of inductees. Way to go!!! This just goes to show that St. Theodore School is the best kept secret in St. Charles County!!
Reminder: We will be celebrating our Thanksgiving All School Mass on Tuesday, November 25, our last of day school before Thanksgiving. We are gathering some “warm fuzzies” for children in need. We are asking each child to bring in a pair of socks or gloves (new) for children who are without these necessities. If you wish to donate a hat (new) or a gently used coat we would accept that as well. These items will be donated to the Crisis Center in St. Charles to disburse to children in need.
May the Lord bless your families as you celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving! You are a blessing to St. Theodore!