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If you were to choose one word to describe the last ten years, what would it be?
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Schulenburg, TX, proudly celebrated its 125th anniversary during the 2014-2015 school year.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Schulenburg, TX, proudly celebrated its 125th anniversary during the 2014-2015 school year. The one-room schoolhouses with simple desks and basic supplies have given way to updated buildings complete with personal computers, electronic tablets, science and computer labs, and interactive whiteboards. The mission of the school has stood the test of time: “We are God’s presence to the world, developing excellence through Jesus.”
St. Rose of Lima has an enrollment of 190 students serving 127 families. Teachers, with a combined 376 years of teaching experience, share a passion for helping all students grow in knowledge, faith, and love. Pastor Father Tim Kosler is committed to the daily operations of the school and maintains personal relationships with all students, families, faculty, and staff. Principal Rosanne Gallia promotes academic excellence in a Christian environment for all students. During her tenure the school was accredited by the TCCED and received exemplary ratings in the areas of Catholic identity and special needs as well as for the school’s guidance program, Conscious Discipline.
Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive social emotional intelligence classroom management program that empowers both teachers and students. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. The program has been used to lead teachers through a process that promotes permanent behavior changes in both teachers and children. This relationship-based community model helps create an optimal learning environment for all children.
Classrooms now include class commitments, meaningful jobs for all, visual routines, and a place for self-regulation. School-wide routines also include a daily brain smart start and monthly school family assembly. Students, faculty, and staff are continuing to build relationships based on respect and love.
Today’s families come from many different backgrounds and dynamics, yet they still seek the primary gift of the faith for their children. St. Rose currently has 15 generational families with six of these enrolled for four consecutive generations.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School provides a variety of learning opportunities from play-based with our youngest students to field trips and interactive, integrated technology assignments for the oldest. Teachers plan differentiated methods of instruction and provide inclusive classrooms for all. There are a variety of extracurricular activities. In addition to weekly school Masses, students also participate in a variety of prayer services including Advent wreath, Christ the King, St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals, children’s Holy Hour and adoration, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary, and more.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School is a modern example of quality Catholic education that still holds true to the timeless values and tradition of the Catholic Church. Our goal is to produce students of character who can faithfully witness gospel values in today’s world. St. Rose’s 125 years of tradition and transformation serve as a reminder of the school’s fundamental mission and its commitment to faith, academic, and character formation; producing ethical, faithful citizens contributing to society. Ultimately, these are the virtues that will sustain the school for the next 125 years.
Source: Today’s Catholic Teacher, March 2016
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