A Message from Ms. B:
I am so proud to be a Tiger and the principal of such a vibrant and inclusive community! We have many things of which to be proud. Our academics are competitive with many other schools in the area, as evidenced by our IOWA scores, for example. We consistently meet benchmarks and make one year of growth or more, specifically in Math. We are piloting a testing program that might replace IOWA and provide more individual instruction on skills in both Reading and Math. We are looking to improve our Reading program and have started looking at the various options from each publisher. We are looking into a stronger grammar program, writing program, and phonics (for the younger grades). This is exciting and welcomed news for our students and it allows the principal to get involved with our academics on the classroom level. (And she is so very happy to get her “hands dirty”!) Our 8th graders went to Mrs. O’Connor’s 1st grade class to help with their research project. They were looking up mammals, birds, and reptiles. It was great to see them working together. The 3rd graders today were writing in their journals and they were focusing on animals too!
Speaking of animals, Scout came to school the other day and invited herself to many classes. When we would go back to the office, she would get “grumpy” and “demand” to go back into the classrooms! Scout definitely likes to be with the kids.
Our Flex Time built into the schedule, is a great opportunity for our students to work on their classwork/homework, ask for extra help in a subject (I saw an 8th grader working with Mrs. King on Math), look at Progress Book and ask teachers about their grades, or join one of our clubs (Comic Club, Academic Team, or Tiger Leaders).
Mrs. Routt and her junior high drama classes have been working hard on their speeches in preparation for the Western Hills Speech Contest. She is also helping the 8th graders with their spring production (To Be Announced soon!) that they will produce together from "top to bottom". They direct, act, and create sets and props. This year, Mrs. Ruwe, Ms. Craig, and Mrs. Busam (our resident carpenter), are teaching the 8th grade students in STEAM class how to make the various scenes needed using the tools we have in the STEAM Lab. The things we are doing are amazing and even I can’t believe it sometimes!
We finally feel like we are emerging from a cocoon as the beautiful butterflies we are. Our students are what make Lourdes a vibrant place. I love walking down the hallway and chatting with our students who each bring a different perspective and unique outlook on life. I hope that all of our families are registering! We are starting to fill up and have a Waiting List for a few grades. The good word is being shared to friends and family that Lourdes knows their A,B,C’s (Academics, Behavior, Catholicity) and that We Are Family!