May 1, 2015
Saint Joseph Families,
I probably say this every year, but I really cannot help it because every time we get to the first of May I find it hard to believe that we are beginning the last days of the of the school year. We begin this last twenty eight days of school after completing the second portion of ISTEP+, the state standardized assessment of the Indiana Academic Standards. The first time a new test is given always proves to be a challenge for faculty and students, but it was generally felt that it went well; like any standardized assessment, we will learn from the results and our discussions will generate strengths and areas for improvement to lead changes in
This past year we have communicated through newsletters our involvement in the Accreditation process. There are many componets in this process but our primary focus this year has been on the following: looking at student diagnostics as reflected in the data collected through the past three years of ISTEP+ scores (This would not include the recent assessment as scores will not be released until some time this summer, possibly August.), teacher generated local assessments, and an analysis of the surveys that were given this year. Once school gets underway we will publish results focusing on notable strengths and areas for improvement. This will include specific goals/interventions and strategies/activities developed to support those areas. Our final document is due by June 30th. In April of 2016, the Diocese will go through a Systems Accreditation process and schools throughout the Diocese will be visited by a team of educators specifically chosen for this task. They will not visit all schools; we will get more information on that process sometime next fall.
I want to thank families for taking the time and meeting the deadlines established for the enrollment process. All families, including new families for the fall, have enrolled. The next step in the process will involve enrolling in FACTS that will generate guidelines for tuition payments, financial aid, and much more. Look for communication on FACTS generated via email in the next week.
Last, but certainly not least, Saint Joseph Grade School was recently named a 2013-2014 - 4 Star School by the state of Indiana.
There is a great deal going on in May and June so please read the calendars carefully and mark your personal calendars.
Mary Queen of Heaven, Pray for Us.