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Thank you to our St. Francis Xavier Navigator Families for responding to the campaign #weGiveCatholic and supporting our Go Green initiative. As a result of your generosity, we will be able to replace all 10 water fountains with eco-friendly fountains with filling stations throughout our campus. Additionally, because we exceeded our goal, we will be able to fund other “go green” initiatives as we continue our mission of being better stewards of creation.
Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating.
Have lower staff/child ratios.
Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
Share assessment results and create goals for children.
Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
Use input from families and community partners’ to inform the program’s continuous improvement process.
Have accreditation by an approved organization.
“Little Sailors Preschool is proud to be a five-star program,” said Monica Gorman, director of Little Sailors. “We know that children have approximately 1,892 days from birth until school starts, and every day matters. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning.” Gorman also recognizes her staff, Mrs. Shelly Cloud, co-teacher, and Mrs. Karen Lapeus, full-time teachers aide, for being instrumental in achieving this rating.
Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.
They are encouraged to BE A NAVIGATOR.
N – Nourish our Catholic faith and devote time for prayer. A – Accept others and work together. V – Very responsible for our actions and willing to forgive. I – Inspire, create, and explore our talents. G – Genuine and polite toward others. A- Active and volunteer time and talents. T – Trustworthy toward friends and others. O – Obedient to school rules and authority. R – Respectful to God, ourselves, and others.
The Ohio Academy of Science informed us , that St. Francis Xavier School was selected as one of the 2017-2018 Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. We have been recognized by providing a strong STEM curriculum, but have also encouraged participation in many other activities to stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Congratulations also goes out to our team of teachers who work so hard to continue with this mission of always going above and beyond. Those team members include: Christa Borling, Christina Bresnahan, Kathy Jo Fronk, Diane Salamon. Amanda Plute-Schlitter, Cindy Gerity, Stephanie Novicky , Pam Bugner, Mike Eleo, Amy Evrard, Gail Reynolds, Monica Gorman, Gideon Nocero, Stephanie Baker, and Jane Unsdorfer.
We are excited to announce our new band program for students in grades 5-8. Students involved in band will partake in private lessons as well as full band ensemble rehearsals throughout the school day. Concerts this year will include programs in December and May.
“We educate for excellence and together we become Disciples of Christ”
Welcome to St. Francis Xavier School, the home of the Navigators! Our campus is located in beautiful Medina, Ohio for students in grades preschool through eighth grade. St. Francis Xavier School is a special place that provides qualities a student needs to develop a strong foundation for life.
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Please do not hesitate to give me a call if I can be of any assistance to you. I look forward to talking to you about educating and caring for your children. We have so much to offer here!
Mrs. Danene Beal
Catholic schools have a long-standing commitment to academic excellence that is rooted in the faith-based mission of Catholic education. The Common Core State Standards in no way compromise the Catholic identity or educational program of a Catholic school.
The Common Core State Standards initiative, begun in 2007, is a state-led, bipartisan effort that is not a requirement for participation in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) or any other federally-funded program, and there are no mandates for any Catholic school to follow any federal rules if they adopt the Common Core. Adoption of the Common Core is voluntary; individual states, Catholic dioceses and other private schools make their own decisions about whether to adopt the standards.