St. Peter Catholic School 2018-2019 YEAR in REVIEW

A Message from Dean of Academics, Suzanne Roth

Our philosophy of education is that each child is unique in their learning. They each have individual learning styles, readiness, and needs. Our teachers, assistants and all faculty members work collaboratively to meet each student “where they are” and help them to grow in all of the ways God has planned for each child.

I am thankful that our teachers believe in this philosophy and strive to help each child to grow - from the gifted student who comes to Pre-K already knowing how to read, add, and subtract to the 7th grader still struggling to memorize their basic math facts.

We strive for academic excellence in the following ways:

• We adopted the new edition for the Superkids Reading Program for our kindergarten and 1st grade students this past year and will adopt it for our 2nd graders this year!

• We celebrated that our school level winner, 5th grader Harrison Sawyer, qualified to compete in the State Level Geography Bee in Baton Rouge and thanked Mrs. Pescay, our school’s Geography Bee coordinator, for her work in coordinating this for our school.

• Our enrichment electives will continue to be offered to our 6th and 7th grade students again next year with a few additions:

• Math Problem Solving- Our students are using the CUBES strategy when solving word problems.

• Math Lab - Offered 4 times a week to 2nd & 3rd grade and 4th - 7th grade students each week

• Writing - Students continue to respond to written text using the R.A.C.E. model:

We believe in the importance of writing in all grades and subject levels.

Our teachers believe in the lifelong love of learning and are always seeking ways to improve their teaching pedagogy.

My CHALLENGE to all of our students is to have tons of fun playing this summer and to READ, READ, READ! We know that this is the BEST way to boost academic performance in ALL subject areas. This year we are having a little competition and want to celebrate all of our students who:

  • Read at least 20 “Good Fit” books.
  • Keep a reading log with the title of the books read.

For our Key Cottage - Kindergarten students: Parents reading is perfect!

For our 1st grade students: We can’t wait to see what you can read all by yourself!

For our 2nd- 3rd grade students:

• Chapter Books- every 100 pages counts as a book

For our 4th- 7th grade students:

• Chapter Books - every 200 pages counts as a book

• Turn in your reading log to your new teacher at the beginning of the school year.

We look forward to celebrating all students who read at least 20 books and the students who read the MOST books in each homeroom.

#spssummerreadingchallenge - Post pictures on our St. Peter Family Information Facebook Page of book recommendations on the SPS Summer Reading Challenge thread. (I know I only read books that have been recommended to me!)

Mrs. Johnson at the BrainPOP Learning Institute
Our teachers continue to learn at the 2019 LACUE Conference!
Fr. Colm and Mr. Kraus were SLIMED after meeting our Boosterthon Fun Run goal!

Faculty and Staff Recognition for Years of Service to St. Peter Catholic School

Thank you to our dedicated faculty and staff. We are so grateful for their ministry to Catholic Education.

New 19,000+ Sq. Ft . Building coming in 2020!

Our new building will house all four of our Kindergarten classes and our 4th and 5th grade classes, as well as a media center, faculty lounge and administrative offices.

Exterior views from Temperance Street and Theard Street
Inside renderings of our new building coming in 2020

From Dr. Kathleen Crouchet, Dean of Students & Student Services

We had a wonderful year during the 2018-2019 school year! Thank you for your cooperation and support. Together as partners, we created a culture in our school that is safe, positive, and happy for our children.

Many of the highlights of the 2018-2019 will continue: ROCK Raffles, ROCK Shop, Fall/Spring Pep Rallies, Band & Choir, Spirit Squad, Cheerleaders, Dance Team, Sports Teams, Drama, Student Council, 4-H, and Friday Game Days. We will continue to offer our students meaningful, fun and extracurricular activities along with an emphasis on increasing our student’s academic knowledge.

We will continue using ROCK standards of behavior and will utilize the VBRD philosophy when addressing behavior incidents.

We are looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year. Back to School Night is always an exciting time for our parents and our students. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Campus & Security Updates

Cameras have been installed in the halls and on the outside of the Main Building and the Cafeteria. Cameras are being installed in the Middle School, Intermediate, and ECC soon to be called Key Cottage) buildings. Pass Key locks have been placed on the gates to ensure that our school is locked during the school day.

Our teachers are being trained and certified in Red Cross First Aid and use of fire extinguishers before the school year begins. First aid kits have been placed in every classroom on campus.

Uniform Change for 2019-2020

Our uniform dress code will change for our Pre-K girls. The Key Cottage and Pre-K uniform code will follow the current Key Cottage dress code beginning in August.

7th Grade Class of 2020

Our 7th grade students of 2019-2020 recently chose their class theme and shirt color for next year. The theme they chose “With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26 will be part of the design on their purple 7th grade class shirts.

Student Life, Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

In the NIAL Division, the following teams reached the finals:

  • 5th grade Girls' Volleyball Team
  • Girls' Middle School Cross Country Team
  • Boys' Varsity Soccer Team
  • Girls' Middle School Track and Field Team

Our NIAL Championship teams were:

  • Girls' Cross Country
  • Boys' Cross Country
  • Girls' Softball Varsity
  • Junior Varsity Girls' Basketball
  • Boys' Basketball

CSAL Division Champions:

  • Girls' Volleyball Northshore League
  • Girls' Basketball

Thank you to our volunteer coaches for their dedication to our students. We couldn't do it without them!

Cheerleaders and Rock'n'ettes represented St. Peter School well at the St. Tammany Parish Fair!
Our inaugural Father-Daughter Dance was a wonderful highlight to the 2018-2019 school year!
St. Peter and Archbishop Hannan alum, Mikayla Boyer, signed a volleyball scholarship to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
St. Peter and St. Paul's alum, Robert Buquoi, signed a football scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University.
Former St. Peter student, Matthew Weldon, is enjoying his small business curriculum at St. Paul's.

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