Faith, Knowledge, Service
Welcome | A message from the Director of Catholic School Services
It’s hard to believe that another school year is nearly half over, and we are, once again, celebrating Catholic Schools Week.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week — “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service” — is intended to portray each of our schools not only as families but as a part of something larger that reaches beyond family into the local community and beyond.
Faith, knowledge, and service are the three integral parts of every Catholic school, and our diocesan schools work diligently to educate students in these areas, showing them the importance and value of these three components in their lives.
In fact, the mission statement of the Office for Catholic Schools is: “It is the mission of the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Greensburg to ensure excellence in the formation of our faith, in academics, and in service.”
Faith is what defines our Catholic schools. When you walk into any of our school buildings, there is an atmosphere that is welcoming and friendly. The principal and staff are willing to help, and students are polite. Faith permeates the entire school day; it is taught in religion class and practiced throughout the day, with both teachers and students emulating and practicing how God wants us to live.
Knowledge speaks to the academic subjects that define a school day. Our teachers are exceptionally qualified and able to provide students with a personal touch, ensuring that they are progressing and providing extra help when concepts become difficult.
Service is a natural part of the educational process at our Catholic schools. Our students learn in their religion classes about the importance of helping others, and they are given many opportunities to practice their faith throughout the school year. Our students have worked to help others in their local community, state, other states and countries all over the world.
To ensure that the Office for Catholic Schools and the schools in the diocese are working to accomplish this combination of faith, academics and service, they go through an accreditation process. This means that an outside agency evaluates our schools and their programming to verify that our schools have met educational quality standards developed by this outside organization, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
This year we are preparing for our accreditation as a diocesan system. This means that all of the schools in the Diocese of Greensburg, with the assistance of the Office for Catholic Schools, are working together to assemble information that will be submitted to the Middle States Association, which will demonstrate that, as a school system, we are providing excellent educational opportunities for students and working to set goals and plans for improvement.
The next phase in this process will begin in February. Surveys will be distributed to staff, parents, community members and students asking for their feedback on areas where, they believe, we excel and where improvement is needed. The Office for Catholic Schools will utilize the information gleaned from these surveys to complete goals and plans for the future.
We continually strive to enable our schools to be the best they can be, which allows our students to excel.
Some of the facts, figures and accomplishments of our Catholic schools are interspersed throughout the Catholic Schools Week pages in the 2014 supplement.
Our goal is simple — to provide an excellent academic program infused with Catholic doctrine, tradition and values while maintaining a safe and happy environment for children.
We invite you to join us.
~ Barbara Sabo