Saints John and Paul School
Welcome Newsletter July 2022
Principal Welcome Message
Dear Saints John and Paul School Community,
I hope that your family is having a restful and a rejuvenating summer. We are looking forward to an enriching, active and rewarding experience for your children at Saints John and Paul this academic school year of 2022-2023.
I am honored and privileged to lead a dynamic community where teachers and staff cultivate an environment for students to achieve and believe in themselves through a faith-based education. We are bringing back many of our traditions and introducing new traditions.
I look forward to working with Bishop John Bonnici, our Pastor, and Fr. Louis Masi, our Parish Administrator. Our community is truly blessed to have such wonderful parish community leaders.
We are excited about the new initiatives for the upcoming school year:
- The Enrichment Program in Grades 5-8 continues with innovative ideas.
- Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS) - Guidelines have been updated to maintain the integrity of the program.
- Theater is back! We are so lucky Mr. Royston is back with his team to enrich our theater program at SJP. Please look for information in the fall for our middle school students to participate in this after-school program.
- Band - In-person band will start up again this year for grades 4-8.
- NYSSMA will be available again to our students in band or who take private lessons. Signup is in late January.
- SJP Care - This is our after school care program. SJP Care is expanding to half days. Please click here to download the registration form.
Please make sure your children are working on their summer assignments. Their math and reading assignments are due no later than Friday, September 9, 2022. Please have your children read all summer. Reading is key !
You will receive a letter from your child's homeroom teacher by the end of the summer. Please know that they welcome your participation, support, and efforts, as they are greatly valued and appreciated by them. We look forward to a great year of academic success, an enriching social experience and an on going collaboration between administration, teachers, parents, and students through our faith based experience.
School will start on Wednesday, September 7th. This will be a half day of school. Please check the calendar online. The calendar link below has the detailed information regarding half days, days off, and school events.
Please go to the “Parents” tab on the website for the checklist of forms needed by the start of school. Please see the links below for your convenience. Please return all forms especially the IRIS (Emergency Information Form) before the start of school.
May God continue to watch over your family this summer. I pray that all our families remain safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing all of you this Fall.
Mrs. Fatima deCarvalho-Gianni
Welcome SJP Playdate
Saturday, Aug. 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Kids can wear their SJP gym shirts.
There will be a table with coffee, donuts and water at the playground.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
July 2022 Update
Please provide the school nurse with all updated medical forms for the new year prior to school starting. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no information to release yet on COVID protocols. Once we receive information from the Archdiocese, New York Department of Health, and New York Education Department we will let you know.
Graduating Class of 2022
High School Information
I am honored to inform our school community that our eighth graders will be attending the following prestigious high schools.
Catholic Schools for Boys:
Fordham Preparatory School
Iona Preparatory School
Catholic School for Girls:
The Ursuline School
Co-Education Catholic Schools:
Mamaroneck High School
Specialized Public High Schools:
Brooklyn Technical High School
The Bronx High School of Science
Private High School:
Rye Country Day School
They were also accepted to the following schools as well:
Catholic Schools for Boys:
Archbishop Stepinac High School
Salesian High School
Catholic School for Girls:
School of the Holy Child
Maria Regina High School
Convent of the Sacred Heart (91st Street)
Our eighth graders earned $608,840.00 in academic scholarships over their four years of high school. This figure is based on parents who reported academic scholarship amounts to SJP. We are so proud of our eighth graders and wish them all the best in the next chapter of their lives.
In 2017-2018 we offered the AP Exam to our Fluent French students for the first time. We announced that our students scored 5’s and 4’s on the exam, which grants them college credit in French at their future colleges/universities. In addition, we prepared one student in Fluent French for the SAT Content Exam in French; that student received a perfect score.
In 2018-2019 we had wonderful results as well. All students who took the AP Exam received 5's on the exam, and the students who took the SAT Content Exam in French received exceptional scores.
Note: SAT Content Exam in French is no longer being offered.
In 2019-2020 due to COVID no students took the AP Exam.
2020-2021, we once again offered the exam to our students; they all received 5's.
2021- 2022 our students continue to excel in the AP Exam receiving 5's across the board.
Congratulations to all the students and especially their teachers who prepared them throughout the year. A special thank you to our Language Director, Mrs. Elsa Douineau for her exceptional vision for our Fluent French Program.
Our Accelerated Learning Program (ALPS) students in 8th grade were offered to take the Algebra I Regents once again at SJP. Of the students that participated in the course, 100 % of our students took the Algebra I regents exam and every student passed.
All eighth grade students are enrolled in the Earth Science HS Regents course. Of the students that chose to sit for the New York State Earth Science Regents, 88% of our students passed this high school exam.
Students moving on to schools that offer regents credits are able to use these regents credits where applicable.
Thank you Mrs. Tara Bulfamante and Mrs. Philomena Tunnock for preparing their student's for the Regents Exams this year.
Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS)
The Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS) at Sts. John and Paul offers an academically and intellectually enriching program for our students. Students who are identified in middle school for this program have the opportunity to participate in accelerated classes in: English Language Arts and Social Studies and/or Math.
Consideration for Middle School ALPS Classes
Students whose recent IOWA reading achievement scores are at or above the 85th percentile and or their math scores are at or above the 85% will be identified and placed on a list for possible placement in the program. Student’s classroom test grades, teacher recommendation, and New York State Scores will also help to determine permanent placement in the program. Students are usually (5th grade an exception) placed in September of the academic school year. Students may be considered after the first and second quarter with teacher recommendation and educational test scores of 95% and above consistently. Seventh grade students in grade level math cannot move up into 7 ALPS after the first quarter.
Minimum ALPS Requirement:
For students to remain in ALPS classes they must maintain a minimum of an 80 average in their ALPS class(es). They must submit all work completed and on time. Failure to adhere to these requirements will place your child on probation for the following quarter. If grades do not improve the following quarter and your child does not receive an 80 or above in their ALPS class(es), they will be removed from the program.
Student and Family Commitment:
The challenges of the ALPS program require both students and their families to commit time and energy. Students and families who are invited to participate in the program agree to work together to ensure that the student’s:
Classwork and assignments will be of a high quality, meet expectations and submitted on time.
Class participation will be active, appropriate and students will be prepared for class.
Effort and conduct grade is not lower than an “A” on their report card.
Minimum grade of "B-" (not lower than 80%) will be maintained in each ALPS class.
Fifth Grade ALPS Program:
Fifth grade is a significant year. Students from our elementary school are transitioning into our middle school model. To make this transition seamless, we will be starting Math ALPS in September and ELA/Social ALPS second quarter. This transition will allow students to adjust to switching classes, having multiple teachers, understand expectations, and being prepared with their books and supplies while going from one class to another. For students who are considered for 5th grade Math ALPS , parents will be notified before school starts. The requirements for consideration are listed above.
5th grade ELA / Social Studies placement will be decided by the second quarter. The ELA and Social Studies teachers will evaluate the student's summer work, writing, reading, and comprehension before being placed in their level. This will also be done in consultation with their fourth-grade teachers, in addition to the requirements stated above.
Eighth Grade ALPS MATH Program:
At SJP, the eighth grade has an advanced math class (Algebra CC) taught during the school day. To be successful in our accelerated eighth-grade program, the following is expected:
· Must maintain an 80% or better on all tests in 7th grade ALPS.
· Must score in the 85th percentile on IOWA in Math and ELA.
· Have a high 3 or 4 on the New York State Exams.
· Must show a commitment to math.
· Self-motivated and a willingness to be challenged in Algebra CC.
Note: Even though students are placed in seventh grade Math ALPS, it is not a guarantee they will be placed in Algebra CC in Eighth Grade.
Enrichment Programs for Middle School
As part of the mission of Saints John and Paul School, our goal is to open our students’ minds to the many opportunities the world has to offer. Whether it be in the classroom or extracurricular activity, it is crucial for our students to keep the values and lessons learned at Saints John and Paul at the forefront of their identity.
We decided last year to institute an enrichment program in our Middle School, which will open their minds to various fields found in the real world. Students in grades 5 to 8 will experience a different course each semester. These courses were selected to challenge students to be problem solvers, inquisitive, self-motivated, and life-long learners. Through research and discussion, students will have opportunities to collaborate, exchange opinions, and ideas. Please see descriptions below of the courses that will be offered.
Speech & Debate Challenge- (5th & 6th Grade)
As an introduction to speech and debate, students will learn how to tactfully debate relevant issues. They will learn the value of research and how to craft an argument with evidence to support their assertions. Throughout the course, students will develop techniques to improve their public speaking abilities. Using reasoning and evidence, students will formulate arguments and learn how to dispute claims offered by an opposing side. At the end of the course, students will prepare final debate presentations with their assigned team.
Logic Activity Challenge- (5th &6th Grade)
Logic is the science of reasoning that allows you to determine a possible outcome or best choice. Not only is it a crucial skill for real-life application, but it is equally important inside the classroom. There are many benefits to logical reasoning. First, logic empowers and enables students with the ability to take what information they are given and build upon it. Second, it is the cornerstone of math. Lastly, logical reasoning encourages students to think for themselves, experiment, and even ask the big, out-of-the-box questions. (www.keepemthinking.com) This course will challenge students to create and solve different types of word and logic puzzles. Throughout this program students will have the opportunity to study brainteasers, analogies, puzzles, and other forms of reasoning activities.
Future Composers Challenge- (5th & 6th Grade)
Continuing the students’ knowledge in the area of music, the Future Composers course will use an online educational software that allows students to compose, record, assess, and share music with their classmates. A user-friendly software, students will have access to hundreds of pre-written musical scores, which they can adapt into their own creation. Diving deeper into music theory and composers, students will have the opportunity to record their own piece, receive feedback from their teacher, and by the end of the course, have a fully composed piece to share with their class.
Digital Media and Broadcasting (7th Grade)
Saints John and Paul School will enhance our Enrichment Program with a Digital Media and Broadcasting curriculum for our seventh grade students. They will learn skills used in the digital media and broadcasting industries. They will digitally develop a school news segment to be broadcasted during lunchtime to our student body. I can not wait to see all the fantastic things our students will do! We also hope to participate in the Arch Media Competition this year.
Mock Trial Challenge- (8th Grade)
As a part of the Mock Trial course, students will gain knowledge about legal processes and civic duties. Following a program based on the Mock Trial competition done by Saints John and Paul in previous years, students will assume the role of lawyers, witnesses, jury members, and other roles found in a courtroom. Working to prepare their presentation of a fictional court case, the Mock Trial program will allow students to understand the law, gain public speaking skills and practice critical thinking.
Entrepreneurship Challenge- (7th & 8th Grade)
With startup businesses and companies increasing in the real world, the purpose of this course is to offer an introduction to the world of business. Students will learn the main ideas of being an entrepreneur and the skills needed to run a successful business. Beginning with a focus on resume building, students will identify their own skills and how to convert them into a business concept. Researching problems that the world currently faces, the class will begin brainstorming business ideas based on strategy, marketing, finance, and operations. Forming a business plan with their group, the students will create presentations based on their ideas, marketing goals, and business operations, culminating in their own startup business at Saints John and Paul School.
Student Leadership and Communication Activities- (5th - 8th Grade)
Children are not only kids but also the future leaders (Johnson, 2013). The qualities, values and skills that are invested in them now will determine their life’s success and the society's future success (Johnson, 2013). Student leadership is about focusing on communication, teamwork, planning, decision making, problem solving and other skills. Raising tomorrow’s leaders means instilling these skills in children (Swan, 2011). This course section will allow our students, through fun and interactive activities, to communicate and emerge as a leader. Leadership and communication activities will be incorporated throughout the school year for our Enrichment Classes.
Continued - Deep Dive Into Historical Documents 8th Grade ALPS Social Studies
When you look at any defining changes or actions that have taken place throughout history, from the highest government levels all the way down to individuals, documents are at the core of each one.
Some examples of primary sources/documents that will be covered through the academic school year:
The US Constitution
Declaration of Independence
Civil Rights Act
Lincoln’s House Divided Speech
Bill of Rights, 13th/14th Amendments
Dred Scott v. Sanford
Voting Rights Act
19th Amendment/Women’s Right to Vote
Presidential Executive Orders/Desegregation of the Armed Forces
Brown vs Board of Education
Martin Luther King (I Have A Dream Speech)
Frederick Douglass “The Hypocrisy of American Slavery”
Sojourner Truth “Ain’t I A Woman”, etc.
Continued - Writing Across the Genres 8th Grade Level ELA
Students will study different genres of literature. They will analyze different pieces of literature like poetry, narratives, vignettes, etc. There will be a strong emphasis on self-editing and revising of written work.
School Building Enhancements
Auditorium - Lunch serving area will be finished prior to start of school.
Sensory Path - We are happy to announce that the COVID distancing stickers are gone and we have replaced it with our beloved sensory path. Come jump, skip and move on our sensory path to refocus yourself. I know I can not wait to use it during the day.
Chromebooks are being cared for this summer so your children will have access to them for September. Mr. Rudy Kuszkul has been working diligently all summer.
New Teachers and Staff
We Say Good-bye
We said good-bye to some wonderful staff members who will not be returning to SJP:
Physical Education - Mr. Michael Paulercio
Pre-Kindergarten Aide - Ms. Jessica Valdovinos
Kindergarten Aide - Christine Vincitore
We wish them well in their new endeavors.
We Say Hello and Welcome
We welcome to our staff:
Physical Education K-8 - Mr. Amil Hector
Physical Education and Art for Pre-Kindergarten - Ms. Fallon Pellegrino
Spanish Teacher Middle School - Ms. Esther Hahn
English as a Second Language Teacher - Ms. Claudine Grenouillon
Fluent French Teacher / Aide - Ms. Fanny Pietri
Welcome to our new Parish School Parent Association (PSPA) Board
Co-Presidents: Suzzette McDonough & Jessica Tuttle
Vice President: Jenna O'Rourke
Treasurer: Erin Mautner
Secretary: Danielle Leonis
Co-Chairs of Hospitality: Ashley Burke & Dana Gentile-Kelly
If you have any questions regarding the PSPA, or are interested in volunteering, please email email@example.com
Please see the following checklists:
Current and New Families