“Be it known to all who enter here, that Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen, but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.” -Anonymous
Our students are immersed in their Catholic faith from the moment they enter the school building. We start each day with prayer, a Bible passage, and a reflection at our school wide Morning Assembly. Our teachers preach the gospel by their actions and through daily religious instruction. Students participate in weekly Mass with Father Todd and monthly Eucharistic Adoration. We also actively live the liturgical calendar through school-wide Advent and Lent activities. Finally, we actively live out our faith through acts of service by putting others’ needs before our own.
What is Growth Mindset?
We encourage all of our students to have a growth mindset. This simple but profound approach sets our students up to be lifelong learners. It installs a belief that through effort, feedback, and perseverance they can grow and improve. Our students believe that mistakes are seen as learning opportunities and difficult concepts are just things they don’t know YET.
The goal of our STEM program is to motivate and challenge our students through cross-curricular project based learning. These hands-on activities take place in our St. Patrick STEM Lab, Saints Isidore & Maria garden, and in the classroom. Each grade level completes two Project Lead the Way STEM units. Our students are actively engaged in building and programming robots, designing and printing 3D shapes, creating apps, coding, creating coolers out of household items that can keep popsicles cold, and more. Our students get additional hands-on learning experiences by planting and caring for our vegetable garden, chickens, and flower garden. Our innovative learning approach gives students a great opportunity to apply the knowledge they are learning in other classes and the collaborative problem solving skills they are developing will serve them well in high school and beyond.
We strive to put these words from Pope Francis into action on a daily basis. We encourage our students, staff, and parents to all see themselves as Protectors. We help students to protect Christ in their lives through daily prayer and religious instruction, weekly Mass, and monthly Eucharistic Adoration. Along with active participation in the Sacraments and Catholic traditions, we protect each other by living the Greatest Commandment and putting the needs of others first, both in and out of the school through large and small acts of service. We also actively protect creation through a school lunch recycling program and planting and cultivating our school garden. Our students are given daily opportunities to be protectors and to take this philosophy into the world.