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ST. JOAN OF ARC MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKES ITS NEW LAP TOPS ON A TEST RUN
IN MRS. MEDINA'S MATH CLASS
Wireless lap top are in use on the top floor's Middle School. Pictured here are students connecting to the school's wireless internet to do some math word problems as part of the online math text book.
The two sets of lap tops feature a wireless color printer.
Students in the Learning Center math program will soon test drive the lap tops on the first and second floors. Lap top access will then be extended to our fourth and fifth graders.
With only two class sets of lap tops, we will soon need to add some more.
During the 2013-2014 school year, all New York State tests will be taken online, eliminating paper tests. Those two class sets of lap tops will need to expand.
After School Program
Phone Number: 347-287-0040
School Social Worker's Office
Direct Phone Number: 347-287-0035
Ms. Christina Sama, M.A. (Psychology)
WE ARE A PEANUT & NUT FREE SCHOOL
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School has numerous students with severe peanut allergies. We require that no food/snacks with peanuts and nuts or traces of peanuts or nuts be brought to school or on campus since this could result in severe harm and death to many of our students.
Here at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School we celebrate diversity within our classes by openly accepting all students as equal members of the class and building a true community of learners.
We offer an After School program for Pre-K 3 to 8th graders up until 7:00p.m. each day.
Tuition rates and registration documents are listed here on our website so you can determine if we fit into your finances.
In addition to traditional academic subjects, physical education, computer science, music, art, library, and a year long after school Spanish class for grades 1-8 (for no additional tuition) are part of our curriculum.
A new After School Art Club is also available for grades K-8 for a Fall - Winter Semester and a Late Winter-Spring Semester for additional tuition of $195 per semester.
We follow N.Y. state curriculum, participate in N.Y. state testing, have a license from the N.Y. State Board of Regents while being accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
We are also a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Title I services in math, reading, and guidance are available after school and SETTS takes place, after school, right in the school. An in house Learning Center/Resource Room is available for those who require a smaller learning environment.
Please look through our website for specifics about how we perform on NYS tests and the Terra Nova tests. Read our testimonials from both parents and students to see what they say about SJA.
- Physical Education
- Computer Science
- Study Skills for grades 6,7, & 8
- Library for grades K to 5
- School Band provided by Paul Effman Music Services (at additional cost)
- Department of Education Guidance Counselor two days a week through the
Title 1 program, 3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
- The principal is also a licensed master social worker
- 8th Grade Girls after school "rap/disucssion" group
- 8th Grade Boys after school "rap/discussion" group
The Diocese Strategic Plan, Preserving the Vision, (http://mybqcatholicschool.com/ ) is the five year plan written by the Diocese and shares the Bishop's vision for Catholic education. Bishop DiMarzio has asked that all parochial schools convert to Academies by 2017. Each school will be reviewed and will either be a single conversion or a merger with other schools depending on many factors. St Joan of Arc Catholic School will be a single conversion. We will change from St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish School to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy.
What does this mean? It is a change in governance. In the present parish structure, the school exists as part of the parish. The parish is the employer. In the new Academy model, the Pastor, Bishop, and Superintendent are the members who interview and select a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are people who value Catholic Education and who have various areas of expertise such as finance, education, marketing, grant writing, and ties to our local community. This Board of Directors will work with the principal. The Directors will interview and hire the principal and the staff. The new St. Joan of Arc Catholic Academy will rent the school building from the parish. The Directors are volunteers not on payroll.
The School will still be Catholic. It is our Catholic identity that makes us unique. The school will receive a new charter from the New York State Board of Regents. The change for us is only adding "Academy" in place of "School." We will still be St. Joan of Arc! We are not merging with any other school.
As for the hiring of the Principal and staff, the present staff are all employees of St. Joan of Arc Parish and therefore we will be terminated and then reapply for positions in the new academy.
There is no date for the beginning of our transition to an academy. When we receive that information, we will let all of you know.
Emotional Literacy Skills
In June 2011, Mr. Fruner, along with other Principals, traveled to Yale University to be trained by Dr. Marc Bracket, Ph.D and Dr. Janet Patti, Ed.D in emotional literacy, learned about the anchors of emotional literacy, and built an initial implementation plan for St. Joan of Arc School with the help of Mr. Donovan, Assistant Principal.
The five key emotional literacy skills that he learned were recognition, understanding, labeling, expression, and regulation of emotion.
Mr. Fruner was provided with strategies, tools, and techniques to develop emotional literacy and employ skills in our students' personal relationships. (more...)
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN AND FORDHAM UNIVERSITY FORM The Catholic School Accreditation Association.
Presently, St. Joan of Arc Catholic School along with all the other Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn are accredited through the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.
As our elementary schools begin a new era as academies, parishes, schools, principals, and Superintendents needed an accrediting association that would better evaluate and guide our schools.
An article about this historic partnership can be read at:
On May 30, 2012, Mr. Fruner and Mr. Donovan graduated from a three year program created by Fordham University called The Cabrini Urban Principals' Institute for Exemplary Leadership. Dr. Lorraine Pasadino, Ed.D, Scholar-in-Residence, worked extensively with this group of Principals.
Dr. Pasadino also helped us here at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in creating our new mission statement and belief statements.
Fordham's Graduate School of Education has a special division called The Center for Catholic School Leadership & Faith Based Education which works with principals and their schools.
Even though Mr. Fruner and Mr. Donovan have graduated from this program, Dr. Pasadino will still mentor them and work with our school. Another big supporter of the Diocese's schools is St. John's University. These two universities provide valuable resources for our principals.
WE HAVE A NEW GYM T-SHIRT WHICH IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN OUR SCHOOL OFFICE.
Flynn and O'Harra as well as Ideal Uniforms will no longer be selling the gym shirt.
If you want your child to try on a size to ensure that the shirt fits, "try on" shirts are in the school office now.
***Birthday Party Invitations ***
More and more of our students are giving out birthday party invitations in school. While that is a happy occasion, not all of the class is being invited.
If a student wants to give out birthday party invitations, the student can give out those invitations in school, in the gym, or in the lunchroom ONLY if the entire class is being invited. Otherwise, the student and his/her parent has to find another way to distribute the invitations outside of school.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
This article was posted on the CNN website and shared with our faculty. I am sharing it with you because I believe it contains valuable insights so that we call all partner as educators. You can find the article at the following link:
What Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents
By Ron Clark, Special to CNN
updated 9:12 AM EST, Tue September 6, 2011
- Ron Clark is an award-winning teacher who started his own academy in Atlanta
- He wants parents to trust teachers and their advice about their students
- Clark says some teachers hand out A grades so parents won't bother them
- It's OK for kids to get in trouble sometimes; it teaches life lessons, Clark says
Editor's note: Ron Clark, author of "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck -- 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers," has been named "American Teacher of the Year" by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey's pick as her "Phenomenal Man." He founded The Ron Clark Academy, which educators from around the world have visited to learn.(more...)
LEAVING A LEGACY CAMPAIGN
We need to build up our school savings account, which has been reduced to a dangerously low amount.
The profits we realize will help us gradually replenish those funds for a secure financial future.
The name of this ongoing fund raising project is LEAVING A LEGACY CAMPAIGN.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? When we ran short of money, we relied on our savings.
These reserves are spent.
WHY HAVE WE BEEN RUNNING SHORT OF MONEY?
1). The expenses of running the school increased at a more rapid rate than we increase tuition.
2). When tuition is paid late or left unpaid, the savings had to be used to cover expenses.
3). The cost of basic building maintenance continues to increase.
4). The economic situation is hitting our school families in many severe ways making the paying of tuition more of a challenge.
So anyway you can help the school in all its fund raisers, will enable us to continue this important ministry in Jackson Heights!
Where Do Our Catholic Families Come From?
Our school is made up of families from St. Joan of Arc Parish-Jackson Heights, Blessed Sacrament Parish-Jackson Heights, St. Bartholemew Parish- Elmhurst, St. Leo's Parish-Corona, Ascension Parish-Elmhurst, St. Gabriel's Parish- Elmhurst, Resurrection-Ascension Parish- Rego Park, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish- Brooklyn, Our Lady of Consolation Parish-Brooklyn, and St. Sylvester's Parish-Brooklyn.
Where Do Our Other Faith Tradition Families Come From?
Other Christian faith traditions represented in our school include American Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Latvian Lutheran Evangelical, Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran, Episcopal, Christian, Baptist, Methodist, Non Denominational, and Pentecostal.
Other faith traditions represented in our school include Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and Mormon.
ST. JOAN OF ARC CATHOLIC SCHOOL HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR AFTER SCHOOL TITLE I SERVICES PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH EXTRA SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION IN MATH AND READING. A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR HAS ALSO BEEN ASSIGNED TO OUR SCHOOL.
Title I is a Federally funded program that provides small group instruction to students in non-public schools at NO COST to the student or the school. Here in New York City the teachers work for the Department of Education. These services are FREE to those who qualify.[...more]
Title I Reading, Mathematics, and Guidance services are provided from 3:30-5:30p.m.
IEP students approved for SEITS receive small group instruction from 3:00-5:30p.m.
We also have an “in house” Resource/Learning Center for small group instruction.
After School Care available for all full day students from 2:30pm-7pm for $310 per month.
Dare the Impossible...Live the Vision!