Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Supporters of Catholic Schools,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This year promises to be another exciting, faith-filled journey in the lives of the students and families enrolled in our Catholic schools.
The 2015-2016 school year ended successfully with many accomplishments and much success. Each year our schools grow as Christ-centered communities, and for the first time last year we administered a Diocesan-wide ACRE (Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education)test to fifth grade students to evaluate their faith knowledge and to determine if our new Religion Curriculum is aligned with national standards. The national average percent correct on Knowledge of Faith for fifth grade Catholic school students is 71.6%. Our Diocesan average is 79.6% with some our schools scoring above 80%! In addition, our students in second through eighth grade took a Diocesan Religion test, which is aligned with the new curriculum. This data will be used for baseline information and individual goals will be set for continued student growth and faith formation.
The 2016 summer was very busy for several of our administrators and faculty members. Two of our current Principals enrolled in the Emmaus Series for Advanced Catholic Leadership from Boston College. Three teachers have begun the Catholic Leadership program from Loyola Marymount, a three year program for future Catholic school leaders. One Assistant Principal enrolled and will be attending the Gateway Institute for Catholic Leaders from St. Louis University. Most started the programs this summer and will continue with classes during the school year. A team of technology teachers also attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) three-day conference in June. The conference included classes to prepare for the integration of technology in the classrooms and to support the STEM classes that were started last year in many of our schools. With an increase in Hispanic children and families enrolling in our Catholic school, we were happy to send a team (Pastor, Principal, and a Diocesan Representative) to a conference at Notre Dame on how to reach and engage the Hispanic community. We are truly blessed and grateful for the outstanding men and women who serve in our Catholic schools. Our excellent teachers are strong models of faith and work tirelessly to support parents as the primary educators of their children.
With pleasure we welcome two new Principals to our administrative staff. John Kraus is the new Principal at Corpus Christi Catholic School and Jim Welte, the new Principal at St. Paul Catholic School-Pauline Memorial. Both Principals come to us with many years of experience in administration. They are passionate about their Catholic faith and eager to lead and serve in their schools.
Lastly, the 2016-2017 school year begins the second year of implementation of our Toge†her- Forward in Faith Strategic Plan. The areas of Mission/Catholic Identity, Quality Academics, Leadership, and Viability are addressed in our schools for the continued academic growth and faith formation of our students and the viability and availability of our schools for the next generation of Catholics. The entire plan can be viewed on the website at www.ucsdcs.org.
If your family is returning to our Catholic schools, thank you for your trust and support. If you are new to our schools or considering our schools, we welcome you and encourage you to get involved in helping us “form each student into a disciple of Christ, who knows the Truth, grows to love it and lives it passionately.”
Superintendent of Catholic Education
Diocese of Colorado Springs