Having some time off today, I thought I'd pull out the highlights of the report listed below...and a few comments, as well. I'm glad they got recertified, but given the rate of schools that do meet the requirements, is that something to crow about? It is like
• The family atmosphere that pervades the interaction throughout the school community
Not as much as in the past, but it is good to see that some of it still survives. I guess if you cherry pick who gets to meet with the panel, it helps, eh?
• The leadership of the pastor and principal that empowers the faculty and staff in fostering a loving and caring Catholic school that is proud of its Catholicity and educational opportunities.
I would doubt that many of the staff feel they are empowered…unless they are told they are told they are, and where they are allowed to be empowered.
• The re-establishment of the School Advisory Panel and their diligence in monitoring the
“Re-Establishment” is a rich one, given how Denise did everything in her power to eliminate any such group, and said she didn’t want or need it about a year ago…and drug her feet to get it “re-established.”
• The high-level of parental involvement and support of Holy Cross School and Catholic
Want to compare what the level of involvement was in past years?
• The students of Holy Cross for living and assimilating the faith and Christian values
taught in both school and home
No arguments whatsoever. We’ve got good kids, if I do say so myself.
• The accurate evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of Holy Cross School as written in the self-study document.
I might doubt the “accuracy”, but the completeness is probably more the issue.
• The actualization of the school’s Mission and Belief statements.
Academic gobbledygook. Read the Mission and Belief Statement sometime and tell me how they could NOT meet it.
• The curriculum improvements being addressed in the areas of language arts, math and
Change is good, I guess, even if it for change’s sake, but I’ll give her this one, as well.
• The organized use of available communication tools throughout the campus.
Walkie Talkies and the Intercom system, I guess. Glad the school is using them.