The Parent News series

The Parent News series will cover the following topics:

September: The Catholic school advantage

October: Catholic schools as communities of faith

November: Catholic schools as communities of academic excellence

December: Current parental choice programs supporting Catholic education

January: Encouragement to become a parent ambassador

February: Best practices for working locally for parental choice programs

March: Catholic schools as communities of respect

April: Catholic schools as communities of personal excellence

May: Catholic schools as communities of social involvement and civic engagement

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Welcome Back!!

 

August 23, 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to another exciting school year!  We ended the 2015-2016 school year with a bang through the power of the Holy Spirit!  The students and the teachers worked hard and proved to be “fantastic” once again.  We celebrated by going to Genesis Health Club to show our students that we were proud of their accomplishments. The SOLAR Angels showed out at the Riverfest with their model airplanes and Mardi Gras theme.. Party in the ICT!

We are looking forward to another exciting year with you and your child on our team!  We are currently in the middle of our “A New Hope…A New Home; Built of Living Stones campaign”. If you have made a pledge to the building fund and have already started fulfilling you commitment, thank you! If you have not yet contributed to the building campaign, please consider making a sacrificial gift. We desperately need new facilities and we are depending on you and your family, along with our other generous benefactors, to help us make this dream a reality! There is a meeting for all Catholic families with children at Holy Savior Catholic Academy on Wednesday August 24, 2016 at the church at 7:00 pm. We also look forward to seeing all families on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Back to School Night. We will begin in the gym with our Annual Potluck Dinner, then we will have our general session in the church from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm, after which all are invited to the school to see classrooms and meet teachers from 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

We have had the opportunity to add some new faculty to the Holy Savior Catholic Academy staff.  Mrs. Cathy Phillips is our Middle School Math teacher, Mr. Derwin Turner is our Middle School Social Science teacher and ICI coach, Mr. John Peck is our part-time PE teacher, and Mr. Maxton is our part-time Technology Coordinator.

At Holy Savior our Mission Statement is “Through encouragement, evangelization, and educational excellence, Holy Savior Catholic Academy will help African-American and other diverse students to build hope that they can be successful learners and successful in life.”  It is for this reason that we have created a winning team of teachers and students and encourage you as parents to join us in our efforts to bring this statement to life.

May the peace and love of Christ be with you and our students this school year. 

In Christ,

Ms. Delia Shropshire, PhD

Principal

"Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:5)

 

 

Year of the Family and Fr. Kapaun

 

The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it naturally. That family is the salt of the earth and the light of the world; it is the leaven of society.

Pope Francis, October 27, 2013


HOLY SAVIOR CATHOLIC ACADEMY

4640 E. 15th Street North

Wichita, KS  67208

316/684-2141; Fax 316/684-4318

http://www.holy-savior.org/school

August 31, 2015

Dear Parents,

Welcome to another exciting school year!  We ended the 2014-2015 school year with a bang through the power of the Holy Spirit!  The students and the teachers worked hard and proved to be “fantastic” once again.  We celebrated by going to Genesis Health Club to show our students that we were proud of their accomplishments.

We are looking forward to another exciting year with you and your child on our team!  We have had the opportunity to add some new faculty to the Holy Savior staff.  Ms. Laura Wagers is our 1st grade teacher and Mr. Kepha Isanda is our Middle School Team leader, 8th grade homeroom, Social Science, and Science teacher.

This year is the "Year of the Family" for the Catholic church, as declared by Pope Francis. Please take time to complete the family survey handed out at Registration and Back to School nights. It is imperative that we get input form every family, so we can compile accurate data on what our families need the most and develop a plan, as a diocese, to meet those needs.

The Most Reverend Carl A. Kemme, Bishop of Wichita, has declared a Year of Father Kapaun, beginning June 7, 2015 and concluding June 9, 2016. Please look forward to some exciting events that we are planning with Kapaun Mt. Carmel to commemorate the life of Fr. Kapaun and please continue to pray for cause for his canonization.

At Holy Savior our Mission Statement is “Through encouragement, evangelization, and educational excellence, Holy Savior Catholic Academy will help African-American and other diverse students to build hope that they can be successful learners and successful in life.”  It is for this reason that we have created a winning team of teachers and students and encourage you as parents to join us in our efforts to bring this statement to life.

 

May the peace and love of Christ be with you and our students this school year.

 

In Christ,

 

 

Ms. Delia Shropshire, PhD

Principal

Assessment Tool

TOPEKA – The Kansas State Department of Education today launched Join the Conversation!, an online tool available at http://standards.ksde.org that provides Kansas citizens the opportunity to study and submit feedback on the state’s current English language arts and mathematics academic standards. The standards, known in Kansas as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, were adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education in 2010 and represent what students should know and be able to demonstrate at each grade level.

 

Kansas has had content standards for more than 20 years and conducts a review of its standards every seven years. The current standards will be up for review in 2017. The goal of Join the Conversation! is to collect public input on each of the mathematics and English language arts standards at every grade level and provide that feedback to help guide the work of the standards review team.

 

“This Join the Conversation! initiative gives us an opportunity to not only collect feedback about the standards, but to really showcase what they are and what they require students to learn,” says Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander. “We are hearing from our schools and educators that the standards, while not perfect, are creating some really great things in the classroom. The public’s feedback will help us tweak them to ensure they are providing the very best framework for our students to succeed in whatever path they choose after graduation.”

 

The online tool will be available until October 30, 2015 for teachers, administrators, parents, students, higher education representatives and all others who are interested to read the standards by grade level and content area and provide feedback. Participants may make suggestions on moving a standard to another grade level, creating a new standard, or rewriting a specific standard.

September 2013

Dear Parents,                                                                         September 2013

 

We are well into the 2013-2014 school year and are working diligently toward our goal of 1.3 with proficiency. We have some exciting opportunities for our students as we make the shift to Common Core Standards.  First, let me share with you the basic shift to Common Core:

Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy

  1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.
  2. Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational.
  3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language 

Core Shifts for Mathematics

      1.  Focus strongly where the Standards focus. 

      2.  Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades.

      3.  Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill    

           and fluency, and application.

Learn more on the shifts at achievethecore.org.

The opportunities we have to help our students make the shift to common core are:

  1. Our students are engaged in a technology partnership with the Andover School District using SuccessMaker, ZEOS, WriteTOLearn, and GradPoint. These programs will allow for remediation and acceleration of students in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics. The programs will enhance reading, math, writing, and test preparation in reading/math/science.
  2. Our students will soon be able to participate in a Math Power Hour. This program will help students improve math skills over lunch. Our students in grades 3-8th will have the opportunity to work with teachers and/or tutors on basic math, Singapore math, and assessment practice tests on every Tuesday over their lunch period. We are still working out the final details with the planned start date in October. This program has a parent component and weekly home practice. Your students will receive incentives based on parent signatures, participation, and home practice.
  3. SOLAR Angels – Student Opportunity for Learning Acceleration and Research. This program is designed for students who make a score on their MAP test that fall in the academically talented range and/or score Exceeds/Exemplary on state assessments. This program is a “pull-out design” developed to accelerate students through a variety of technology-based programs and project based learning. Each student will complete an independent research project in the identified subject area.

In Christ,

Delia Shropshire, PhD

Grant Overstake to visit Battle of the Books

On December 4, 2014 Art Partners will have Grant Overstake visit Holy Savior Catholic Academy

Battle of the Books - Performance/Demo 12:30 PM- 01:15 PM 4th -8th grade (65 students)

Battle of the Books  workshop 01:15 pm - 02:00 PM 4th -5th grade(Battle of the books team only 8-10 students)

Teacher Service (Professional Development) 03:40 PM-04:40 PM (8-10 teachers)

Contact Arts Partners, Inc., for details on Mr. Overstake’s program offerings.

Author Grant Overstake is a former Miami Herald Sports Writer and Kansas newspaper editor. He has been writing professionally since he was 18. He began as a part-time sports writer at The Wichita Eagle before attending the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, where he was awarded the William Randolph Hearst Award, the college version of the Pulitzer Prize. Grant also competed in the decathlon for the KU track team. After serving as a sports writer and editor for The Miami Herald, he returned to Kansas to edit outstanding weekly newspapers, earning many writing awards from the Kansas Press Association. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is Grant’s first novel. His second novel, Things We Put Away, will be released soon. In addition to writing full-time, Grant leads Artist’s Way creative workshops for adults, and is a Teaching Artist at Arts Partners of Wichita, presenting assemblies and writing workshops for students in and around Wichita.

Adoration

Every first Friday of the month we have Adoration. We praise our God for Who He Is! Our Adoration is a beautiful time of Praise and Worship! Our whole school body, grades K-8, give Jesus Christ their "Total Praise"!

Father, we adore you and we lay our lives before you!

 

Jesus, we adore you and we lay our lives before you!

Spirit, we adore you and we lay our lives before you!

 

Welcome Back

HOLY SAVIOR CATHOLIC ACADEMY
4640 E. 15th Street North
Wichita, KS 67208
316/684-2141; Fax 316/684-4318
http://www.holy-savior.org/school
August 1, 2013
Dear Parents,
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. I hope your summer was restful. We look
forward to partnering with you in the total formation of your child.
Last year ended well with our school making its goal in reading. However, we have work
to do in Math. To this end, we have some exciting additions to our faculty and
programming to help support our growth in Math.
First in middle school, we have a new Math teacher, Mr. Gary McNally. Mr. McNally
has a wealth of experience to bring to the classroom and will be driving to our school
from McPherson every day. Additionally, we will be adding a Math Power Hour every
Tuesday over lunch. Finally, our 8th grade students will have an Industrial Arts class that
will develop a working knowledge of using a standard tape measure and cutting angles
using a miter box and saw. Finally we will continue chess club on Wednesdays over
lunch.
We also have a lifetime member of Holy Savior, Ms. Cheryl Jackson, returning to teach
our 4th/5th grade class. Ms. Jackson spent her first years as a teacher at Holy Savior and
then spent ten years with USD 259. This fall she will be returning to her first love, Holy
Savior. Two other additions to our staff are Mr. Arena, who will serve as our Librarian
and Ms. Scott who is returning as our Extended Day Coordinator.
For those parents who allowed your children to participate in our summer programs, we
thank you. This summer was very exciting and we learned a lot. Now it’s time to
continue that learning into the 2013-2014 school year, especially as we transition to the
common core standards. Let us all commit to making this year our signature year!
In Christ,
Ms. Delia Shropshire
Principal
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Ms. Shropshire

Ms. Shropshire
Principal
dshropshire
@holy-savior.org

 

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Holy Savior Catholic Academy
4640 E. 15th Street North
Wichita, KS 67208
316.684.2141
school@holy-savior.org  

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