Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Friday of last week Francesca Higgins was Principal for the day. This was an item which was bid on at the Fall Festival in September. As part of her duties as principal, Francesca took part in the Honor Roll Assembly, visited all the classrooms, supervised at lunch time and performed clerical tasks in the office. Her expertise was appreciated and we had a wonderful day together J.
Spending time as the principal helped me see how much Mrs. Wyles does for the students in the school. This was an awesome experience and I’m really glad my parents let me do it. (Thanks Momma and Papa!) I had a super fun time with “Student Wyles” and think that this should be a part of the Fall Festival auction every single year. Being “Principal” really raised a lot of interest and I think next year that it’s going to be in high demand at the auction.
I can really see that what Mrs. Wyles does make an impact on the school. She has been really open and is defiantly sticking to that open door rule. She has an amazing personality and will work with just about anything you could throw at her. (I am not suggesting this, just saying!) I really loved being Principal and to the teachers that asked, I’m really sorry but I can’t give you a raise or a paid weeks vacation.
*Not a paid spokesperson* (Just saying the truth)
-Principal F. Higgins
Thank you to all who participated in the St. Mary’s annual Trunk or Treat last Friday. What a fun night! I was so impressed with the creativity of the “trunks”. They were amazing. There was no doubt that our children had a blast! I can’t wait for next year.
Thank you to Mrs. Phillips and our 5th graders for your beautiful preparation of our Eucharistic celebration on Sunday. It was inspiring to see so many of our families present for our first Family Mass. In case you were not aware, the choir loft had to be opened up to accommodate the gathering. We are truly a community in Christ. As Father shared on Sunday, we will also meet at Christ the King, St. Luke’s and Our Lady of Guadalupe this year. November’s location has not been confirmed. I will have a date for you next week.
I am excited to share with you that our technology plan for St. Mary’s is moving forward. Thanks to the generosity of friends we will soon be purchasing single iPads for each teacher. These will be the first of multiple steps in our technology goals. Our teachers will be trained and begin using these iPads as instructional tools in the classroom. Our second step will be to increase the wireless capabilities in the school before bringing multiple computers into each classroom and then purchasing several iPad or Tablet carts.
As you can see, our goals are grand and will take time and funds. However, the commitment is here and we will be successful.
God Bless you for all you do to help St. Mary’s Catholic School.
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
· Call the school to make an appointment to take a tour today!