NEW BRITAIN - Another ‚Äúfirst day‚ÄĚ is in the books at Sacred Heart School, and school officials say parents and students are more engaged than ever.
‚ÄúEven this morning, there was a huge group of parents joining us in communal prayer,‚ÄĚ Principal Katherine Muller told The Herald.
Sacred Heart School‚Äôs first day of school was the same day as that of the city‚Äôs public schools, Monday, Aug. 28. The day was a success, Muller said, with the school‚Äôs 100-plus students and their families meeting teachers and administrators after two months off.
‚ÄúParent involvement is another huge asset to the school,‚ÄĚ added Sister Mary Janice, the admissions director at the school. ‚ÄúWhether it‚Äôs for something like that, or a fundraiser, the interest the parents take in the kids is great.‚ÄĚ
The connection between the school and parents is important to faculty and administrators and is part of the school‚Äôs theme of a well-rounded education.
‚ÄúIf we had three words to tell you about our school, we would sum it up in ‚Äėfaith, family, academics,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ Muller said.
Muller added that, while the school teaches about Jesus and Christianity, Sacred Heart School also emphasizes community involvement and academic excellence.
‚ÄúOur test scores are at least two grades above level in standardized testing, so we want to make sure that keeps going and we challenge the students that are here,‚ÄĚ Muller said.
Muller said enrollment is slightly down from last year, but administrators and teachers see that as a positive for students and their education.
‚ÄúSmaller class sizes give us more opportunity for differentiated instructions,‚ÄĚ Sister Mary Janice said. ‚ÄúThose that need to be challenged can be challenged; we‚Äôre not going to hold them back.‚ÄĚ
Muller added that smaller class sizes give students more individualized attention. Sister Mary Janice said the school does not have official attendance numbers until the end of September, but students can enroll all year so the number often increases during the school year.
One of last year‚Äôs big changes to the Sacred Heart School was the revamped media center. This year, wireless internet access points were installed across the school in every classroom for better internet connectivity.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always doing some sort of updates,‚ÄĚ Muller said.
On Sept. 11, the school will launch its new website. The website will be more interactive and user-friendly than the current website, Muller and Sister Mary Janice said.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre really excited that the new website is coming this year,‚ÄĚ Muller said.
New students can enroll at Sacred Heart School all year. For more information on enrollment, visit www.sacredheartschoolnb.org , or, wait until Sept. 11 for the new website, which will feature PDF application forms that can be filled out online.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.