Saint Peter Catholic School is raising the bar on academic excellence, and we’re using a research-based and proven program to do that. It’s called Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) through the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL).
During these bi-monthly workshops, the faculty at Saint Peter will learn how to shift the focus of their teaching style from what teachers do to what students need. PLCs are instrumental in teaching our educators techniques to help struggling students succeed, and help students who excel to do even better. According to the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, research indicates “there is a strong correlation between the use of effective PLCs in schools and improved teacher learning and instruction and student learning."
Saint Peter is blessed with outstanding teachers, some of whom have been teaching for decades. Students needs are changing, and so are the ways teachers can fulfill those needs.
Incorporating this training into the school day respects the teachers as professionals. Like so many of our school’s parents, many are working mothers and fathers. Their work for the day does not end when the last bell rings.
While school will technically dismiss early on the first and third Thursday of each month, parents need not scramble to adjust their child care plans. All students are invited to stay for a free hour of After School, which is both safe and supervised. Students in PK3 and PK4 will stay in their classrooms. Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will gather in a Kindergarten classroom. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will gather in a 5th grade classroom. Students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th will gather in an 8th grade classroom. This is how all After School care days will be configured.
Other schools who have implemented PLCs and adjusted their school day schedule to accommodate it report that parents often use these early dismissal days to schedule doctor and dentist appointments for their students.
That’s the long answer.
It’s the short answer we hope you will remember when you adapt to this change to our school schedule: we want your child to be the best student he or she can be.
For specific information on dismissal times, please click here.
To learn more about the Professional Learning Community (PLC) program our faculty will be taking part in, please click here.