Welcome to the School of Saint Elizabeth!
St. E’s is a very special place with a supportive environment that thrives from the contributions of all its members. With the help of faculty, staff, parents and students, The School of Saint Elizabeth is where children grow academically and spiritually. We welcome students of every religious belief, race and ethnic origin. Combining deep rooted traditions and current best practices, we are dedicated to providing students with the tools necessary to be successful in the 21st century. The result produces individuals who are responsible, lifelong learners, effective communicators and problem solvers. Our students learn to cherish their faith and become active, contributing adults.
As principal, I believe that all children require a caring environment that is safe and structured, an environment that allows and provides for individual and collective growth. Children who participate in their individual learning also impact their peers academically and socially. This caring culture is based on Christian values that permeate all activities. Since each child is a unique individual, he or she has the right to learn in his or her own way to ensure success. To this end instructional strategies such as differentiated learning, school wide enrichment, independent learning, and targeted supplemented instruction ensure the academic success of all students. Our “flipped/blended’ Math in our middle school and our transition to Latin instruction are examples of these instructional endeavors. It is also important to note as a Catholic community of learners, that maximizing our learning via collaborative learning is also critical to our overall success. Initiatives for the 2017-2018 school year will include the continued development of a sense of empathy via service. Our children have responded well to the challenge to “just do something” for others during the years and have registered these good works on our website. All of our students will do more in this area as we develop projects to “give back” as a community. Our newly launched Character Education Committee will be dedicated to creating the most positive learning environment possible at our school. To this end, we will help our students focus each month on an important trait of good character and support teachers in recognizing students who exemplify the values we are teaching.
My vision for the School of St. Elizabeth comes from its existing mission statement: “to impact the world positively by nurturing children with Christian values in a Catholic academic tradition of excellence.” We at our school have a 100 year history and tradition that we will rely upon as we move forward in the future.
We are using Google Apps for Education, interactive whiteboards, Chromebooks, tablets, and other assistive technologies. This is in addition to our projectors and our own mobile internet ready laptop labs. Our school utilizes the Power School program to communicate with parents regarding student progress. This web based application automates critical functions such as attendance, classroom grading and reporting. Parents are able to gain access to their children’s grades and track their progress. This timesaving tool allows our school to focus on our primary missions – faith formation and student achievement. All middle school students will have access to a Chromebooks which will drive our teaching and learning.
We have added to our already existing successful programs: STREAM, 3D Design and printing, coding for all students K-8, enrichment programs, a 1:1 technology for grades 4-8, video editing and production and our newly added Makerspaces in the Media Center and Science Lab.
We are also offering several exciting professional development opportunities for our instructional staff. Some of these topics are in the area of reading and writing instruction, project based learning, managing change, differentiated instruction, STEM, co-teaching strategies interdisciplinary unit planning, the further adapting to Common Core State Standards, new assessment trends, schoolwide enrichment, independent study, the visual and performing arts and successfully incorporating computer technology to drive effective instruction. Our school continues to maintain the dual accreditation of AdvancEd and Middle States.
As our school moves forward we remain committed to ensuring excellence in staff development opportunities which is a critical microcosm of creating lifelong learners in our professional staff and our students.
Please feel free to visit our school. We love the excellent things occurring here. Our halls resonate with warmth and positive energy. As you tour our website, you will learn about our philosophy, our programs and all of the exceptional happenings that take place at our school.
Thank you and God bless,
Dawn S. Paskalides