St. Viator Parish School

Viator Voice: January 21, 2020

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2B reminds us that the world is a

beautiful place, when we live in harmony!


WELCOME WCEA for PreVisit!

Tuesday, we welcome our WCEA Accreditation Team for their previsit of St. Viator! The team will arrive on campus at 10 am to receive our Self Study.

The specific purpose of WCEA is to coordinate the accreditation process by assisting schools in their self-evaluative programs, to establish general standards for excellence in Catholic schools, to grant WCEA Accreditation, and to cooperate formally with regional accrediting organizations as determined by the WCEA Board of Directors.

St. Viator Parish School is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS). WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process.

Please join us in the gym at 1:15 pm for a special Prayer and Flag assembly as the team introduces themselves to our school family.

Today, we celebrate strong student achievement at st. viator!

The Terra Nova (achievement) scores indicate how well the child is doing in relation to students across the country. Achievement tests include content students may not have been specifically taught, but they could be expected to be mastered according to their cognitive ability.

The InView (ability) scores indicate the potential the student has for learning certain concepts. Both tests together yield an anticipated score that help educators and parents assess a particular child’s progress according to his/her ability.

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Aren't Scores around 60 pretty bad?

Percentiles are NOT percentages. A percentile score of 60 does not mean that the child got 6 right out of 10 – that would be a percentage.

Percentiles are rank order scores, indicating that, in a national group of 100 children in the same grade, this child is doing better than 59 of them.

By definition, the median (average middle score) percentile is 50. “Average” scores follow a bell - shaped curve, with most students falling between the 25th (low average) and 75th (high average) percentiles.

If a student scored 58th percentile in math, and his anticipated score is 55, he is achieving according to his ability (perhaps a bit higher than the average of his ability group), and is doing better than 57 out 100 of his peers across the country.

Bottom Line...

We were pleased, but not surprised, to view our most recent Terra Nova Testing Scores. As mentioned at the PTO meeting last week, our students out performed the nation in all subjects and lead the Diocese in performance. We are receiving the High School Placement Test results from Bishop Gorman with similar results. As soon as the last test is tabulated, we will share those results.

SVS Geography Bee

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Congratulations to our SVS Geography Bee winners of last Friday's competition:

Ellowyn G, 1st Place

Samantha H, 2nd Place
Zachary A., 3rd Place

We are very impressed with their answers to some tough questions!

Thank you Mr. Mertzman and Mrs. Forsythe for moderating our team. Thank you, Ms. Gafner for being the MC!

We look forward to hosting the Diocesan Geography Bee in March.

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Grateful for our "Grow with Me" Garden

Our "Grow with Me" garden was relocated from our former Primary Campus to its new home on Main late last week. We are thankful for the many Viatorian blessings our school receives and this one is no exception. From the garden grant they gifted us, plus support from our amazing PTO, we now have a garden on campus and all the SVS students will have a chance to grow and learn all year.

Stay tuned for so many great things growing in the garden! Thank yiou to the parents and the Viatorian community for making this possible.

Viator Veggies are coming soon!

Registration packets for 2020-21 will be going home to our school families next week. Please check the yellow communication folder.

PreKindergarten & Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21

We are currently setting up appointments to test for new students entering PreKindergarten and Kindergarten.

If you are a current PreKindergarten parent, your child will not need to be tested for Kindergarten 2020-2021.

Please contact Mary Jane Marlow at 702-732-4477 extension 100 for more information.

What's Happening!

Monday: January 20, 2020

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Observed, No School

Tuesday: January 21, 2020
  • WCEA Team Previsit
  • Prayer and Flag, 1:15 pm, 4B
  • Homeless lunch, 3A
  • Campus Ministry, 8th Grade
  • Diocesan Spelling Bee at Bishop Gorman, 3:30 pm.

Wednesday: January 22, 2020

  • School Mass (Grades 1-8) - Dress Uniform
  • Girls Basketball Games SEAS @ SVS (V) 3:30, (JV) 4:30 PM

Thursday: January 23, 2020

Friday: January 24, 2020
  • SVS Science Fair in the Gym
  • 100 day of school celebration PK & K
  • All candy money is due
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learning extends beyond the classroom!

Wonderful astronomical experience for third graders at The Planetarium at the CSN campus.

Last week, our third graders enjoyed the showing of the earth, moon, sun, and seasonal star gazing constellations on the impressive 30 foot dome. The students were captivated by the simulated educational and entertaining content of the show which aligns with Diocesan and the next Generation Science standards. The children asked and responded to question from an expert Astronomer.

What a great field trip!

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Junior High Science Fair

Junior High Science Fair is Friday, January 24th! Judging will be done during the morning, and all classes are welcome to walk through and look at the projects during the afternoon. Parents are also welcome to stop by Friday afternoon, between 1:30 and 2:30. Students will be picking up their projects starting at 2:30.

Catholic Schools Week: Jan 26th-Feb 1st

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Faith in Action Project

During Catholic Schools week we will be collecting donations for The Embracing Project. This non profit organization provides healing services to Las Vegas youth.
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Our 2020 Candy Drive is coming to a close. Please return all candy funds by January 24th. No coin please!

Gentle Reminder

All tuition and fees must be brought current prior to re-registration, which will be at the end of this month. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Alex at or Mrs. Brunelle.

A note from our nurse

While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. As you know, the flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, doctor's visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children.

Thank you for leading by example by getting your child and your flu vaccine.

Forensics Team

Great News! Registration for the Forensics team will be coming home on Tuesday. Sign up if you are interested in the 2020 Tournament.