Welcome- Mrs. Toni Klopfenstein, ICS ParentOverview of Evening: 7:00 – 7:10, Welcome 7:10 – 7:30, Mr. Michael Zelenka, ICS Principal 7:30 – 8:30, ToursIntroductions: Mrs. Michele Moody, Registrar Parent Ambassadors
MISSION STATEMENTIn keeping with our tradition, we at Incarnation Catholic School: Inspire life-long learning;Challenge each individual to be a disciple of Christ; and Strive to live our Catholic faith through service to each other and the community.
THEMEBe poor in spirit,Be mournful,Be meek,Be hungry and thirsty for righteousness,Be merciful,Be clean of heart,Be peaceful,Be committed to Christ.BE HEROIC –Matthew 5:4–11
OVERVIEW1. Academic Excellence2. Spiritual Development3. Service to Others4. Miscellaneous
Academic Excellence Fully certified and credentialed teachers Fully accredited through the Florida Catholic Conference 40% of our Faculty have Masters Degrees (2 teachers are currently working toward this advanced degree) All adults working with students are Level II Background Screened and Safe Environment Trained Assistant Principal, School Counselor, Support Staff / Aides
Academic Excellence, continued Emphasis on Higher Order Thinking Skills (synthesizing, generalizing, analyzing, evaluating, creating) Focus on student time-on- task (direct correlation between student engagement and student learning) (BTES, 1972 – 1978) Student-centered classrooms (ICS School Garden)
Academic Excellence, continuedCORE CLASSES SPECIALSLanguage Arts MusicMath ArtScience Physical EducationSocial Studies Information andReligion Communication Technology Media Skills Spanish
Academic Excellence, continuedCurriculum = Content (the “what” of education)From the Florida Sunshine State StandardsRe-written by the Diocese of St. PetersburgTextbooks = Delivery (the “how” of education)Only one of many resources used by teachersTeacher is more important than the “series” of books we useDigital age has increased the amount of information teachers can use
Academic Excellence, continuedSuperkids Call to FaithKindergarten (11 – 12) Religion Series usedPre-K and 1st (12 – 13) by School and Faith2nd (13 – 14) Formation Math (Middle School) Algebra Track by 8th grade (McDougal Littell)
Academic Excellence, continuedOur graduates go on to successful high school and college careers Academy of the Holy Names, Jesuit, Tampa Catholic, Bishop McLaughlin, Robinson International Baccalaureate Program
Spiritual DevelopmentEducation rooted in Christ:“Let it be known to all whoenter here that Christ is theReason for this school. Theunseen but ever presentTeacher in its classes, Modelto its faculty and Inspirationto its students.”
Spiritual Development, cont. Daily Prayer – before school, before / after lunch, after school, before classes Saint of the Day Weekly Mass – Student Participation (altar servers, readers, gift bearers, choir, participation from the congregation) Prayer Services to celebrate Liturgical Seasons (Advent, Lent) Reconciliation Services in preparation for Christmas and Easter Monthly decade of the Rosary Supplemental Sacramental preparation
Spiritual Development, cont. Catholic Schools are still the most effective means of forming adult Catholics that are active in their parish. 43% of those who had more than 8 years of Catholic School attended Mass every week (Fr. Andrew Greely).
Service to Others Take our knowledge and faith into the world to make it a better place: “Its task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith, and a synthesis of faith and life: the first is reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught, in the light of the Gospel; the second in the growth of the virtues characteristic of the Christian.” (The Catholic School, n. 37).
Service to Others A Harvard University study conducted in 2000 (Campbell, p. 25) reported that Catholic School students performed better than other students on the three basic objectives of civic education: the capacity for civic engagement (e.g. voluntary community service), political knowledge (e.g. learning and using civic skills), and political tolerance (e.g. respect for opinions different from their own).
Service to Others, continuedBrought in over 500 lbs. of Hope Childrens Home pet food for local animal Christmas Drive shelters in conjunction with Shoeboxes for Seniors the Feast Day of St. Francis (Faculty Service project) of Assisi School supplies and shoeGenerated over $1,200.00 to drives support St. Josephs Project Motherhood Childrens HospitalDonated over 2,000 canned food items to Messiah Migrant Ministries in Plant City
MiscellaneousSTUDENTS:Before and After school care is availableExtra-curricular sports, clubs, and activities (Chess, Dance, Choir, Art, Student Council, Yearbook)Daily Recess
MiscellaneousSTUDENTS:Regular and PE UniformsLunch Service
MiscellaneousPARENTS:Sycamore EducationSchoolReach (Instant Alert)Weekly NewslettersHome and School AssociationICS Dads ClubDynamic websiteFacebookBlog, Catholic Education
MiscellaneousPARENTS:Affordable.Low tuition (relatively), no hidden fees, scholarship opportunities: Step Up for Students, Diocesan Tuition Assistance, VPK (in process).
Incarnation Catholic SchoolBe heroic. Be who God created you to be.