November 2015

Dear Parents,

November blessings to you during this time of giving thanks. Student learning is alive and continues to grow at the Academy. New techniques for improving teaching are evolving. Reading, writing, and math coaches are actively working with teachers and students; the volunteer tutoring program continues to grow on each campus.

This year we have adopted a personalized assessment program generating precise results of student progress. Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a program consisting of three tests each year, fall, winter, and spring. The adaptive assessments provide a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each students learning level. If a student answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question. If a student answers incorrectly the test follows up with an easier question. By adjusting the difficulty of items up or down, MAP precisely measures every student’s achievement as well as growth over time. Data is available to teachers within 24 hours after the test. Teachers will discover instructional insights that help inform individual learning paths, classroom instruction and decisions regarding programs for students. This should greatly enhance student learning and help students to be the best they can be in all subject areas.

Working together as parents, principals, students and teachers is the key to success. The Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy team can be compared to a family. As Pope Francis said to students in an East Harlem Catholic school on September 25th, “School is one big family‚Ķ.where, together with our mothers and fathers, our grandparents, our teachers and friends, we learn to help one another, to share our good qualities, to give the best of ourselves, to work as a team and to pursue our dreams.”

May these words of Pope Francis be the prayer for each of us as members of the Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy “family.”

We encourage parents to register children before December 4th for the 2016-2017 school year, and be guaranteed the current tuition rate.

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your loved ones.

Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ
Regional Director