Congratulations to our second graders who have qualified for the Johns Hopkins Talent Search!!!
Their names can be found under our resource file.
Graham Salisbury, author of the book, "Under The Blood Red Sun," dialogued with our students honoring the men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.
Coming live from his home in Hawaii through videoconferencing, he shared with our students the aspects of his book and the elements surrounding this historic event in our country leading us into WWII.
Thank you Ms. Hogan for incorporating this important learning experience for the 8th graders as they read this novel in class. Mr. Salisbury's living historical account of the perspective of Hawaiians and Japanese Americans was a highlight of the experience.
Live theatre came to STA for our pre-schoolers through grade 3 students as they marveled at the magic and whimsy of this show entitled, "The Pirate and The Princess." Thank you parents for supporting our fund raisers which supports our Cultural Arts Performances.
Grade 8 students work with our kindergarteners to help them write their letters to Santa!
Thank you grade 3 for your incredibly fantastic Thanksgiving play complete with incorporating our new Broadcasting System!!!
A special thank you to Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Magarie,
Mrs. Conte and Ms. Jung!
The show before the show...............
In keeping with our Catholic traditions, our students participated in the long time practice of Eucharistic Adoration this week. The exposition of the Lord in the monstrance was viewed by the children accompanied by prayer and thoughtful reflection.
A Word About This Year's IOWA Testing Scores....
The IOWA Tests of Basic Skills are a standardized testing program. They are designed to support large scale assessment programs by providing information to support standard based instructional decisions. They also give parents data about their child's individual knowledge base in various subjects as compared to that of students locally (LPR) and nationally (NPR).
This year the test structure and format was changed dramatically to be aligned with NYS's Common Core Standards. The specific domains from CCSS in Math and ELA were infused into each grade's IOWA test. The questions were more complex to challenge students to think critically, analyze and use multi-step problem solving skills. There were more graphs, charts, images and illustrations incorporated into this year's test. Many of the Math questions involved reading data to solve the problem rather than rote computation.
The norms were changed from 2005 to 2011. NPR(National Percentile Rank) based on 2011 may be lower than ones using 2005. These norms are more difficult.
An analogy would be our students are running a race this year against a faster group of runners. They are still running at a fast pace as in the past and their personal speed is the same but the competition has changed! Their performance is now compared to that of a faster group of runners.
Your child's score this year can not be compared to his/her past IOWA scores for these reasons. It is very likely that their percentile rank is lower than in the past. They also are transitioning to learn a new format just as they are with NYS Testing Program that will be administered in the spring. We are continually attending professional development forums to keep current with all educational practices to assist your child in being successful with these changes.
Please note: the parent portal and emailing aspect of Powerschool is now closed and will reopen after report card distribution. This is done to ensure all parents' attendance at our parent/teacher conferences to discuss their child's progress.
Congratulations on our I-Pad Christening Day!
Grade 5 spent their morning in Science class investigating and discovering the wonders of a virtual dissection of a frog using an app on our new I-pads!
Thank you to all my parents who have participated in our many fund raisers that financially supported the purchase of our wifi system in May and 20 I-pads this month.
The beauty of our school is the analysis of our students' educational advancements and the immediate infusion into the classroom!
Thank you Ms. Jung and Mrs. Cammarota!
Congratulations to our students in grades 3 through 8 who have achieved status for the Johns Hopkins Talent Search. Their names can be accessed under our resource file.
In our church bulletin, you will see a new entry entitled, "Kids' Corner." All children are encouraged to complete the statement on this form and return it to their teacher Monday morning.
This new icon on our website translates to our students having the ability to access our library's e-books at home. We have purchased over 100 e-books for the children's usage! The students are being trained on how to use their usernames!
Thank you Ms. Jung!
Rockville Centre—Ursuline Sister Joanne Callahan, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, is recognized as an official with authority to respond to Revenue Procedure
(75-50) which was published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin dated December 8, 1975.
In conformity with the IRS regulation, notice is hereby given that the schools of the Diocese of Rockville Centre admit students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools and that the schools do not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of their education policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Sister Joanne further explained that the very notion of racial discrimination is diametrically opposed to the concept of Christian communities that our schools strive to be. She also pointed out that our Catholic schools have always welcomed and have been enriched by students from various ethnic groups.
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Interfaith education provides our students with an appreciation for the diversity that exists on our planet. We learn that our similarities are greater than our differences! It fosters respect for all of God's children bringing peace in our world!
It all begins with the children....
St. Thomas the Apostle School has been designated a lead school for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. This honor distinguishes us as leaders in providing training to educators in faith principles and forerunners in technological advances including distance learning videoconferences around the globe for our students.
The students, teachers and parents of St. Thomas the Apostle School are committed to creating an environment of mutual understanding and cooperation.
We work together to strive towards excellence on a daily basis.
We recognize the uniqueness each child brings to our school and we celebrate it!
We thank our Lord for His most precious gift to us-the children!
Please Note: All changes made on the school's web site override the hard copy calendar.