You are invited

Please join us as we induct the new members of the National Junior Honor Society.

Wednesday, March 27th

  • 1:30 pm – Induction ceremony in the Cathedral
  • 2:00 pm – Reception in the school gym

Please RSVP at 436-6440 by Tuesday afternoon.

Lenten Greetings

As we continue with our Lenten journey together as a school and parish community, I share with you some of our Lenten reflections. Led by Mr. Redding and his team, the middle school students will experience their retreat tomorrow morning in Ave Maria Hall beginning at 8 a.m.  Also led by Mr. Redding and his team, the fourth and fifth grade students will experience a retreat on Tuesday, March 19, also in Ave Maria Hall.  The lower elementary students will experience a mini retreat which will be held in their classrooms.  As a school community, we continue the journey of the Stations of the Cross every Friday at 2 p.m.  You are welcome to join us for this prayerful afternoon.
The Terra Nova tests have been sent in for grading.  I will be in touch to explain the scores when we have the school results.  I was at the Florida Catholic Conference this past week in Orlando.  This conference is held every two years.  Principals, assistant principals and superintendents meet and attend classes for three days.  I was able to attend many sessions on Apple education.  I am excited and looking forward to our continued relationship with Apple.
At the end of student-led conferences, our middle school science olympiad team is traveling to Orlando for state completion on Saturday, March 30.  Mr. Kimbell is off to an accreditation visit this week and I will be chairing an accreditation visit in Clearwater the first week of April.  Our own accreditation visit is set for April 30.  More information on this as we progress through our material.
Trivia Night was a huge success and record setting funds were raised for this 9th consecutive annual event.  Please plan ahead to participate next year as we celebrate our 10th year anniversary.  A special thank you to the many people who continually organize and support this event.
Thank you for your continued support.  You are the best as you support our mission at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.
Blessings,
Elizabeth

Altar Server Training

There will be altar server training provided this Friday morning after the School Mass. Training will be led by Fr. James and Mr. Reding.

This is available for any Catholic students in grades 3-8 who have not yet been trained on how to serve Mass at the Cathedral.

Please fill out this quick registration form for your child to participate. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eVjtEDCv4e0a3lFarxsCPc2Kt3Hf102apJ1cH4ROkJw/edit

The Cathedral Parish Invites You…

School parents are invited to participate in our Lenten Group Study entitled “No Greater Love; A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion”. This is taking place in Ave Maria Hall on Sundays during Lent from 9:15-10:30 and child care is offered.
No pre-registration is necessary and materials are available but not required.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow during this Lenten season. Please join us!

Testing News

Blessings on your long weekend  As we look forward to this week, we recognize that it is that time of year again…time for standardized tests.  The faculty and staff at Sacred Heart Cathedral School  is getting ready. Test schedules are being coordinated, test booklets counted, and practice test booklets are being distributed. Students in grades two through eighth grade will be taking these standardized tests.

In the past, we have always administered the Iowa Basic Test. This year, in response to a request that all the Florida Catholic Schools are taking the same norm-referenced test, we will be administering the Terra Nova test. While this test is similar to the Iowa, there are some strategies we can utilize to help our students be successful with this new testing format.  

We will only be administering one test per day and this will be first thing in the morning, right after prayer.   Consequently, please have your child to school on time within the next two weeks.  Your child’s teacher has been reviewing for the Terra Nova, but this is everyone’s first time taking the test.

Here are some proven test strategies:

Q: Should I guess if I don’t know the answer?

A: In the case of Terra Nova, the answer is yes. The Terra Nova does not take off points for answering incorrectly; they just don’t add any!

Q: What should I do if I’m stuck on a question?

A: Skip it. Your child can always return to the question once they have answered those they are more sure about. But advise your child to be careful about filling in the answer sheet. It may seem obvious to skip that line on the answer sheet when you skip the question, but in the more intense atmosphere of a testing situation, it’s easy to forget to do this.

Reassure your child – Tell your child the test will not give us the same data as MAP testing.  This is a norm referenced test which compares students in the same grade across the state to see how they are learning compared to their peers.

Listen carefully – Listen carefully to instructions from the teacher.  Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test.  Look at ALL the answer choices before deciding on the correct, most complete answer.

Look for key words – Look for key words in test directions and questions such as: choose, describe, explain, compare, identify, except, not and but

Listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher, and read the directions to each question carefully. Be sure you understand exactly what you have to do for each part of the test. Look at ALL answer choices and choose the best and most complete answer. If, you are not sure which answer is correct eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. Then focus on the remaining choices.

Stay focused – Do not let other students distract you.

Please, please, please get to school early and get a good night’s sleep the night before.  A protein breakfast is an added bonus.

 

Blessings,

Elizabeth Snow & Mary Adams