"If You Do What You Have Always Done, You Will Get What You Have Always Gotten."
This old adage presents a pleasant challenge for Saint Joseph School. As we move into the fourth quarter of our 145th school year, we continue to be very grateful for the comfort and security of a faith-based educational environment steeped in rich traditions. At the same time new technology, innovative brain-based teaching strategies, and "personal touch" marketing successes are helping to create new chapters in the history of Saint Joseph School.
The exciting balance between where we have been where we are going can be described as follows:
Learning from the past...
A strong Catholic identity lived through daily prayer, sacramental preparation, weekly Liturgy and daily religious instruction.
A caring family atmosphere that identifies and provides for the needs of wide range of children's abilities and skills.
A very active parent base that directly supports the school in many ways.
A comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for academic success in high school.
An ongoing commitment from the parish and the village of Monroeville to support our goal to help prepare the future leaders of our church and community.
Growing for the future...
An ongoing stewardship program that develops a Christian sense of giving God's gifts back to others through sharing time, talent and treasure.
A Children's Center that provides childcare before and after school.
A comprehensive special needs program for all grade levels.
A wireless network that encourages students to connect with the ever-growing body of knowledge in the world around us.
An evolving five-year financial projection that will help us be creative in expanding revenue sources and continue the practice of disciplined spending.
The challenge of providing a high quality faith-based Catholic educational program grows larger every day. As our school community moves aggressively forward to meet these challenges, we are strengthened by our success in the past and vision for the future.
Jim Francis is principal at Saint Joseph School.