Notes from the Principal's Desk: May 8, 2018

Yesterday, faculty and staff spent the day in professional development as we examined testing data from the Iowa/CoGat assessments. This time was well spent as we analyzed student achievement and ability as well as examined opportunities for growth and celebrated successes.

This beautiful spring weather certainly has many students, faculty and staff looking forward to summer. This year has gone by so quickly, yet it is hard to believe there are only 25 school days left before summer break. We encourage all of the students to finish the year strong as they prepare for exams beginning on May 21. Study guides should be available from teachers by this Thursday. Here is the schedule (also available online):

  • 3rd Grade - 9:00-10:30

    • Monday, 5/21 - ELA
    • Tuesday, 5/22 - Math
  • 4th Grade - 9:00-10:30

    • Monday, 5/21 - ELA 
    • Tuesday, 5/22 - Math
    • Wednesday, 5/23 - Social Studies 
  • 5th-8th grade 8:10-9:40, 10:00-11:30

    • Monday, 5/21 - ELA and Religion (no religion exam for 5th grade)
    • Tuesday, 5/22 - Math and Modern Language
    • Wednesday, 5/23 - Science and Social Studies
    • Thursday, 5/24 - Make-Up exams

Several months ago, I shared that the Math department had begun conducting research with the goal of evaluating if Cathedral would use different math series and/or resources. At the end of last year, we conducted a small pilot program in selected grades. This year, at the end of the second trimester, we conducted to more substantial math pilot in grades K-8, wherein each Math teacher taught one unit of the selected programs that were being contemplated to be used in the future. At the end of the sample unit, a survey was used to gain teacher and student feedback. We also shared a parent survey with the community. After much consideration of the research conducted and feedback gained, the Math Department's recommendation is to not change the Math textbook series used in grades K-5. Instead, the recommendation from the team is to examine adaptive assessment resources that can be used to measure growth, identify strengths and weaknesses in knowledge, and provide data in order for teachers to differentiate instruction to fill gaps in understanding for the individual student. As such, there will not be a Parent Math meeting tomorrow because there will not be a change in the textbook series being used, except for sixth grade, who will transition to a Harcourt Math series in order to be in alignment with what the seventh and eighth grade students are already using.

A reminder that Grandparents/Special Friends Day and Fine Arts Day is this Friday. The schedule was shared last week and can be found on the calendar on the school website. The Mustang Market will be open and it is a half day with dismissal at 11:45AM.

Please keep in your prayers our second-grade students, who will be receiving the Sacrament of their First Communion this weekend. There will be two services: one at 10AM and one at 12PM.  

Please also remember that this is the last week to make any teacher requests for next year's homeroom placement. While we cannot guarantee a particular teacher or homeroom placement, parents can make a request by contacting Mrs. Mejibovsky or Mrs. Metzbower via email. Please state the reason your child's name and the reason for the request. Again, a teacher request does not guarantee placement as there are a number factors that go into carefully arranging homerooms.

Finally, I would like to share a communication from Mrs. Mejibovsky.

Today I write to share bittersweet news. After much reflection, I have decided to spend more time with my family while pursuing opportunities to return to the classroom setting. I have truly enjoyed my time working with the students, faculty, and families at Cathedral. I look forward to ending the year in a strong and positive fashion to help both Cathedral students and teachers be successful.

I am grateful for Mrs. Mejibovsky's dedication to our students, faculty and staff over the past two years. She has been a terrific partner as the administrative team has striven to advance Cathedral's academic success and spiritual strength. Please join me in wishing Mrs. Mejibovsky a fond farewell and the best of luck in the future. Until then, I look forward to working with Mrs. Mejibovsky and Mrs. Metzbower as we begin the process of hiring a new Lower School Dean.

God Bless,

Michael Wright