From the Principal

Dear Parents:
As 2015-2016 school year draws to a close, I want to offer this summary of the year:

The 2015-2016 school budget is $1,756,895. Our predicted income from fees, fundraisers, non-parishioner tuition, preschool fees, before and after school care, etc. is $915,100. School families that support the school with their tithe to the parish contributed $331,047 in 2015. The combined income from all the sources of income is $1,246,147. The remainder of our school income comes in the form of church subsidy of $ 510,748. The parish subsidy to school or 29% of school budget.

Middle School: To date, we have 86 middle school students enrolled for next year and they are in the process of choosing electives for the fall semester. Our students have over twenty electives to choose from including: Forensics, Drawing, Printmaking, Set Design, Book Cub, Page to Screen, National History Day, Foods, Sewing, Italian, Logic Games, Environmental Studies, Student Council, Future City, Robotics, and Intro to Architecture. In addition to their continued study of Spanish Language, students are also introduced to Latin, French, German, and Mandarin Chinese.

Building Expansion: Very exciting news. The building committee met last week and we are moving along! The summer will be busy getting approval from the city offices and hosting a neighborhood information meeting. Dan Sabatini will be meeting with various school and parish staff members in the next few weeks getting input from them. If all goes well, the convent will be moved in November and the gym construction will begin early 2017. If all that goes well, we will occupy the new gym and Performing Arts area August 2017.

Activities and Events: The following are some of the activities and events of St. John School. Many of them raised money for the school: Fun Run, Seventh grade trip to Colorado, Auction, Christmas Program, Middle School Ski Trip, Bingo Night, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., Third Grade Stations of the Cross presentation, Fifth Grade St. John City, Holocaust Memorial Project, Trivia Night, Garage Sale, Art Show, Third Grade Store, Book Fair (3), Band, Orchestra, Alleluia Singers Programs, Spring Musical (“The Frog Prince”), Speech Contest, Field Day, Marathon Club, field trips to lots of interesting destinations., and many fun and enriching classroom special activities.

Grants: St. John School was awarded several grants this year. The two largest grants were Douglas County Live Well Community Wellness Grant which provided funding for new salad bars in the school cafeteria and the Elizabeth Shultz Environmental Fund for indoor greenhouses. The grant funded seven indoor greenhouses for SJ classrooms.

Accreditation: St. John School is accredited by the state of Kansas and AdvancEd/North Central. Because St. John School is state accredited, our teachers and curriculum follow Kansas standards and licensure and our students in grades 3 through 8 take the yearly state assessment tests. In October, 2015, we had our six year accreditation visit. The External Review Team was impressed by the school’s thoroughness and accuracy with the self assessment and commitment to the student and school improvement process. The overall assessment was well above the AdvancEd Network average.

Numbers: 310 students in preschool through 8th grade, 208 school families, 9.2 students receiving free and/or reduced lunch, 10% of students non-parishioners, 23 licensed teachers, 12 teachers hold advanced degrees.

Above all, the teaching of the faith and assurance of Jesus’ love is the most important part of St. John School. It is a privilege for us as staff to share our faith, pray, sing songs of praise, celebrate the liturgical seasons of the year, and attend school Mass with our students. This is who we are.

I am blessed to be principal of this great school, and I thank all of you for choosing St. John School for your children.

“Above all, the teaching of the faith and assurance of Jesus’ love is the most important part of St. John School.

It is a privilege for us as staff to share our faith, pray, sing songs of praise, celebrate the liturgical seasons of the year, and attend school Mass with our students.

This is who we are.”

— Pat Newton, Principal