Saint Thomas Catholic School

Message from the Principal

 

lisadoughan

I invite you to read about what makes our school special. Please call the office to schedule a tour anytime. Also feel free to e-mail or call with any questions.

St. Thomas School invites you to Live, Love, and Serve as Christ!

311 E. Madison Street
Philo, IL 61864
(217) 684-2309
(217) 684-2217 (fax)
ldoughan@stthomasphilo.org

Mission - “Through the highest educational standards that seek to address the intellectual, spiritual, and physical needs of every child, the mission of St. Thomas School is to guide our students to LIVE as examples of Christ, to LOVE as Christ loves us, and the SERVE as Christ calls us to serve now and throughout their lives.”

Faith - St. Thomas School’s motto is “Live, Love, and Serve as Christ.” Daily we strive to encourage our students, faculty, and staff to embrace this motto, and share it with our community and parish. Our students participate in religion class where they are taught to develop their faith and beliefs. We always apply our faith and integrate it into all other class subjects. Our students participate in weekly “devotions” (Adoration, Rosary, Chaplet, Stations of the Cross…), receive the sacraments frequently (Friday all-school Masses and regular confession schedule), and perform service work in our local community. Our priest visits classrooms to promote our Catholic morals and values. We have a wonderful Christian environment and a strong “Catholic Identity” which helps the faith to be “taught and caught” by all. Our environment of love is seen and felt by all who enter St. Thomas.

Our teachers and staff undergo “catechetical training” during the year. Our teachers take part in the catechetical certification program as required by the Office of Catholic Schools. Yearly, teachers attend a religious formation retreat twice a year with our priest. During the school year teachers and Father develop their “Catholic Identity” through book study and discussions.

Academics/Staff Development – The teachers align their lessons to the Common Core Standards on-line, and work to maintain our Catholic Identity. We have adopted a new Mathematics Series, as well as, a new Reading Series for K-5, which includes Literacy Groups to improve fluency and comprehension in the classroom while aligning what we are doing to the Common Core and the Multiage Concept. We are continuing to provide faculty training on Multiage and Differentiation in the classroom. Along with that we have professional development in the areas of data-driven instruction, and implementing The Next Generation Science Standards in the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year. We will continue to review and evaluate our ITBS and ACRE scores annually and AIMS WEB Scores Quarterly. (More often as needed to improve our instruction.)

Finances – We have a finance committee in place that meets every other month to review all the financial information concerning school expenses, revenues, and yearly budgeting. We have four streams of revenue including: student tuition, church assessments, fundraising & donations, and income generated from a trust fund. Our principal is meeting with the Coleman Group from the Catholic Diocese of Peoria to ensure that we continue to use the E-rate Funding, which benefits our school. In addition, we work in partnership with Unit 7 to collect title funding which ensures that our teachers receive professional development training tailored to their individual needs.

Enrollment and Marketing – Our current school enrollment has successfully increased to 153 students, including 108 K-8 and 45 preschool students. Although we are growing in size, we are pleased to continue to offer lower student-teacher ratios than the local public schools within our unique, differentiated multi-aged classrooms. St. Thomas offers a loving family and faith oriented Catholic environment, and all faiths are warmly welcomed into our school community. We have a marketing development team that focuses on the well-being and satisfaction of our current St. Thomas families as well as actively concentrates on marketing efforts for potential new families.

Our marketing development team provides community exposure and many opportunities for the public and potential new families to observe our classrooms during the school year. These efforts include open houses in the fall, during Catholic School Week, and Friday mornings after school-wide Masses. The team, along with school staff, practices excellent school communication via our informative school website, bi-annual school newsletters, weekly classroom newsletters, periodic newspaper ads, school information packets, and school announcements posted in local parish bulletins.

Facilities – Our facilities provide St. Thomas School the ability to implement a high standard of academic and physical well-being. Our school grounds are well maintained and the infrastructure is constantly updated to meet the changing needs of the student body. Administration, staff, and students have access to current and up-to-date technology, preparing St. Thomas School to be a competitive choice for the local and global community.