THE ROLE OF A CATHOLIC SCHOOL
In the Vatican II Document on Education, we find a statement of our role. We read: “Among all the agencies of education, the school has a special importance. By virtue of its very purpose while it cultivates the intellect with unremitting attention, the school ripens the capacity for right judgment, provides an introduction into the cultural heritage won by past generations, promotes a sense of values, and readies for professional life. By creating friendly contacts between the students of diverse temperament and background, the school fosters among them a willingness to understand one another. (Declaration on Christian Education; #5)
In their Pastoral Letter entitled “To Teach As Jesus Did”, the National Conference of Catholics stated: “The Catholic School strives to relate all human culture eventually to the news of salvation so that the life of faith will illumine the knowledge which students gradually gain of the world, of life and of mankind. Here, therefore, students are instructed in human knowledge and skills, valued indeed for their own worth but seen simultaneously as deriving their most profound significance from God's plan for His creation. Here, too, instruction in religious truth and values is an integral part of the school?s program. (“To Teach As Jesus Did”; #103)
This then is our goal, and it is a gigantic one. It is a goal that can never be realized unless all of us, home and school join forces and work together. We can aid you in the education of your children and are most happy to do all we can for you, but you must never lose sight of the fact that you are the primary educators of your children. That is as it should be.
- To establish habits which will help the student to acquire and maintain sound moral, mental and physical health.
- To provide an atmosphere of educational growth by providing a positive learning environment. The faculty strives to maintain excellence in education through their own personal growth by attending in-service workshops, conventions, religious education meetings, appropriate course of study up-dates, inter-visitation, professional reading and openness to new and creative ideas.
- A school atmosphere free from disruption and conducive to the educational process.Information to parents/guardians about your child?s educational program.
- Information about your child?s progress or lack of progress.
- Access to your child?s records.
- Information to parents of rules and regulations.
- Opportunities for meetings with teachers to discuss grades or concerns.
- A school where teachers and administrators fairly and consistently enforce rules and regulations.
- Confidentiality of school records.
- Reinforce good Christian values.
- See that your child attends school regularly and on time.
- Emphasize discipline and responsibility.
- Supervise the completion of homework.
- Notify the school office of your child's absence by 8:30 a.m. each morning.
- Attend parent-teacher conferences.
- Pay fees and tuition on time.
GRADE SCHOOL GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS