Welcome Back! The summer certainly flew by! I remember when I was in grade school the summer had a way of lasting “forever.” Clearly, those days are gone. We are very excited about this upcoming school year. And I am not just saying that…. I am happy to announce the addition of three new faculty members. First, Patrick Antone has agreed to come aboard. As some of you may be aware, Patrick was our gym teacher throughout the 2012-2013 school year as he was completing his undergraduate education and acquiring his teaching license. He is now fully licensed and will a fifth grade homeroom teacher along with Emily Strudas. Also, Mr.Antone will head up our physical education program. He has already prepared a full curriculum for grades K-8 which is well thought out and very comprehensive. I believe our students will experience one of the best elementary gym programs in Northwest Indiana. In addition, our fourth grade will also be split consisting of Carol Kalita and Dawn Gymrek. Having four teachers in these two grades allows not only smaller classes and more individualized attention, but also facilitates an interdisciplinary approach that we intend to bring to these grade levels. Each teacher will be able to “teach” in their particular area of expertise and the students will have more exposure to different substantive content and teaching styles. Of course, each student will have their own homeroom in both grades with approximately 15 students in each homeroom. Secondly, David Schuster has also agreed to join the St. Patrick Faculty in the capacity as an assistant /aide. Mr. Schuster has a degree in Physics from Purdue University and will be a tremendous help to Mrs. Hughes with the Science Olympiad Program. His presence will allow Mrs. Hughes to not only expand the program but also delve into more concentrated scientific areas which should produce more learning and perhaps a state trophy. Also, Mrs. Hughes will again teach the Robotics Program which will be taught during school hours. Mr. Schuster will also be involved in that program. Finally, I am pleased to announce that Mrs. McCullough is back on a part-time basis. Ruth and I will team up the Language /Arts program in the Middle School. I am very excited to be working directly with her. I believe that Ruth and I can continue past efforts and expand a curriculum that emphasizes literary analysis, proficiency in writing and grammar, as well as critical thinking and public speaking. Finally, I am very pleased to be working with each and every one of you. I spoke with many of you over the summer about the St. Patrick experience for students, parents and faculty. There were many good ideas, some of which are being implemented as this email is being written. A common theme throughout these summer meetings was “communication.” My father who ran a successful restaurant with 60 employees used to say, “Son, there are two essential things to running a successful business… communication and organization…and the greatest of these is communication.” Let’s communicate!
Looking forward to seeing you at the Ice Cream Social, 6:30pm-8pm.
Mr. Richard Rupcich Dean of Students and Family Affairs
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