Catholic School Board Update
October 27, 2022
Pumpkins "carved" by our three Clover Patch Preschool classes.
Dear School Families, Teachers, and Staff,
My name is Erin Lyons, and I am a member of the St. Patrick Catholic School Board. I am writing to you to let you know some of the things we talked about at our last meeting.
One thing we discussed was the results of the FAST tests our students took near the beginning of the school year. Parents, you may have heard about your child’s FAST test results at our recent parent-teacher conferences. The School Board did not look at individual students’ results, but we did hear about how our students performed as a group, grade level by grade level.
The FAST tests measure students’ proficiency in grade level-appropriate knowledge and skills. Those test are given three times a year - beginning, middle, and end - to give a good measure of each student’s, each grade level’s, and each school’s progress toward ensuring our students are meeting educational benchmarks.
Our students always make us proud, and the FAST test results gave us yet another reason. You may have heard that the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic have caused students nationwide to suffer measurable setbacks in their educational achievement. I can tell you, though, that - according to the recent FAST test results - St. Pat’s students as a group are not struggling in this way. Our FAST test results show that our students as a whole are meeting the benchmarks necessary to achieve proficiency. That is, as a group, they are where they should be in terms of proficiency or have exceeded that level. Our students appear to have come through the Covid-19 disruptions without suffering the same kinds of setbacks in their educational growth that have been experienced elsewhere.
As a St. Pat’s parent as well as a St. Pat’s School Board member, this news makes me proud of this school and its administration, teachers and staff. But, most of all, it makes me proud of all of the St. Patrick Catholic School students. They are growing from childhood to young adulthood with all the advantages that a world-class education can bring. I am proud to be part of a community that yields such excellent academic achievement.
The School Board also discussed current and future fundraising efforts. Every dollar we raise is a dollar our families don’t have to pay in tuition to maintain our wonderful school. If you have ideas for future fundraising efforts, or if you would like to be involved in our current efforts, contact Mr. Wiebers or Laura Dobson in the St. Patrick Catholic School office.
Finally, we spoke briefly about the dress code. It has been the same for a long time, and it has been a success, but if you have thoughts about potential improvements to the dress code, contact a school board member and let one of us know your thoughts.
Thank you, St. Patrick parents, teachers, and staff, for everything you do to make our school so successful!
In profound gratitude,
Erin Patrick Lyons
2022-2023 CSB Members Back: Adam Schaefer, Molly Lahart, Theresa Dethlefs, Patrick Burke, Erin Lyons. Front: Emily Paxton, Lisa Ahern, Ryan Occena.