Podcast Episode 3: The Value of a Catholic Education

Principal Patrick Bevier and Kristyn Russell sit down to talk about Catholic education, Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and it’s just in time for Catholic Schools Week 2019!

  1. Today we’re talking about Catholic education because we’re gearing up for Catholic Schools Week.
    1. Today we’re joined by Patrick Bevier, our principal here at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School.
    2. Get to know Patrick:
      1. What brought you into education?
      2. What is your favorite part of being an educator?
  2. The value of a Catholic education
    1. What is the value of a Catholic education?
    2. What sets an education at Blessed Sacrament apart from an education at a public school?
    3. Catholic education is an investment. What do you see being the return on this investment?

A Dozen Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools

1. We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.
2. We partner with parents in the faith formation of children.
3. We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
4. We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
5. We use technology effectively to enhance education.
6. We instill in students the value of service to others.
7. We teach children respect of self and others.
8. We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
9. We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.
10. We have a 99% high school graduation rate. 85% of our graduates go to college. 11. We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring, and effective. 12. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

12 Reasons to Choose Blessed Sacrament Elementary School!

1. Small Class Sizes: Our class size averages 12 students per room.
2. Individualized Attention: Our student to adult ratio is 9:1 which equates to greater individualized instruction for each child.
3. Our Mission: Tenants are Living Christ’s Message, Academic Excellence, and Service Learning.
4. High Test Scores: Our academic assessment scores greatly exceed state and Diocese averages.
5. A Stewardship Program: No set tuition; families give what treasure they can, but also contribute time and talent.
6. STEM and Hands-On Learning: Project-based experiences in core subjects with emphasis in STEM topics and reading.
7. Significant Technology Integration: Over 70 devices (iPads and laptops) available for student use with one-to-one utilization common.
8. Christian Values are woven into many learning experiences.
9. Certified and Experienced Teachers: Our teacher’s average 16 years of experience.
10. Highly Involved Parents play an active role in school funding, functioning, and festivities!
11. Supportive Programming includes special needs services, music, band, art, PE, library, technology, and Spanish.
12. Pre-School and Extended Care programs meet needs of busy families. Partnerships with community services provide bussing, sports, and extracurricular activities for our students.

Elizabeth Ann Seton, Patron Saint of Catholic Schools. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the first native-born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She founded the first free Catholic school in America.

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