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Students: It’s more than academics DENNIS FRIEND DFRIEND@NONPAREILONLINE.COM

The 2012 National Catholic Schools Week starts today. St. Albert Schools will hold an open house today from 1 to 3 p.m. to allow families to tour the school, meet the staff and learn more about a Catholic education. The students themselves say the concept behind a Catholic school education is to provide both a quality education and a faith-based environment, allowing the students to learn about their religion while receiving academic training. For Pat Martin, tradition and discipline help separate St. Albert from other schools. “St. Albert consistently scores higher on standardized tests and has a greater graduation rate than other schools nearby,” he said, and the stricter Catholic

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St. Albert students say they learned more than academics at a Catholic School. Pictured are, front row from left, Nichole Bighia, Joe Avey, Haley Scanlan and Ian Baer. Back row from left, Pat Martin, Ben Hecker and Josh Cochran. school environment “has taught me to discipline myself.” The Catholic high school

graduation rate for 2010-11 in Iowa was 100 percent, and an average of 97 percent of those

graduates attended post-secondary education. “People are held to a higher standard here, and that is a good thing,” Ian Baer said, adding “We are held to a higher standard in the real world.” According to Joe Avey, one of the most important factors is the student-teacher relationship, the give and take in the learning environment. “It is on a personal level where we can ask for help or give examples from our own lives,” he said, adding, “our teachers actually care about my success.” “From the start of my education, I have been attending a Catholic school,” Nicole Bighia said. “Being in this kind of environment has really allowed me to grow in my faith and everyday

schools are held to very high standards, help each child reach his or her potential. Service, the giving of one’s time and effort to help others, is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship.

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Building on nearly 50 years of excellence, Saint Albert Catholic Schools prepares its students for success through exceptional education, spiritual guidance, commitment to community and engaging enrichment programs.

Academic Excellence

• Has small class sizes that allow for individual attention • Offers challenging college preparatory and advanced placement courses • Has a 99% graduation rate with 96% of student pursuing higher education (5 year average) • Helps over 75% of graduates secure collegiate scholarships

Strong Spirituality

• Adheres to the Christian principles of love and respect in the school setting • Nurtures students’ faith and spirituality by integrating religious values into the curriculum • Develops students’ moral character with daily prayer, liturgy, and sacraments • Trains and encourages students to participate in the ministries of Mass

Commitment to Community

• Requires students to volunteer in Council Bluffs, Southwest Iowa, and their local communities • Offers energetic campus ministry programs to raise students’ community awareness and involvement • Encourages students to participate in numerous service projects and organizations

Enrichment Programs

• Offers over 25 extracurricular clubs and teams for students of all ages, including Destination Imagination, Invention Convention, Math Counts, and speech contests • Boasts numerous state championships in athletics, fine arts and academic clubs. For the 2011 fall season, the football, cross country and volleyball teams all qualified for the state tournament. • Provides programs that engage students in heart, mind, and body

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Cradle to College, All on one

From the first days of pre-school to high school graduation, Saint Albert provides an excellent faith-based education from cradle to college all on one campus. Saint Albert’s Gleason campus serves students six weeks old to high school seniors. The elementary classrooms include wireless laptop labs, “Smart Boards” interactive learning systems, LCD televisions, ELMO systems and laptop computers for each teacher. Saint Albert’s elite learning environment is unrivaled in the Council Bluffs area and allows the school to continue its tradition of academic excellence by providing a high quality, technologically advanced education to its students. The new addition of the Sheryl K. Johnson Child Care Center also allows Saint Albert to serve a new age-group of students: 6 weeks to 4 years old. The center is opened all year round, 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. The childcare center cultivates a child’s spiritual and developmental growth. Its curriculum offers a faith-based program that includes daily prayer and Bible activities in a supportive and nurturing environment. The childcare center also provides a rich assortment of multi-dimensional materials; guides children towards self-discipline; develops a child’s interpersonal and social skills through constant interaction with classmates and teachers; and offers age-appropriate outdoor playground equipment and play area. Our students are among the brightest in Southwest Iowa and benefit from being part of a dynamic, faith-filled community where the love of learning and strong spirituality extends beyond the classroom to extracurricular activities, community service, and athletics. Saint Albert provides a foundation for the future for its students. Traditionally, Saint Albert boasts a 99% graduation rate with 96% of students pursuing higher education. Saint Albert continues to provide an outstanding college preparatory education by offering 15 college credit and advanced placement courses. The challenging curriculum helps approximately 75% of Saint Albert graduates secure collegiate scholarships. Invest in your child’s future today! Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-Up is Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 pm. Saint Albert offers a 3-year-old Pre-K, 4-year-old Pre-K, and Kindergarten program. All programs are located in the new addition of the elementary school and utilize the state-of-the-art technology, full-service kitchen, and renovated gymnasium. Saint Albert preschoolers also enjoy the age-appropriate playground equipment, sandbox, and tricycle track located on the school’s campus. All students, from cradle to college, learn in a creative, disciplined atmosphere nurtured by the support and dedication of their teachers. Give your child the gift of a quality, Catholic education! Call (712) 329-9000 for enrollment information.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-Up March 1, 6:30 pm 400 Gleason Ave

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Catholic Schools Week January 29 – February 5 Sunday, January 29 • Students will participate in the Masses in the Council Bluffs and surrounding parishes • Community Open House 1 – 3 pm

Monday, January 30 • Parent/Grandparent Luncheon (Pre-K – Grade 3) • Mitten Day for Kindergarten • The Junior High Leadership Group and Student Council will write thank you notes to the Foundation Board, Priests, and Area Board • Elementary Student Council will write thank you letters to the SA Ambassadors

Tuesday, January 31 • Parent/Grandparent Luncheon (Grades 4 – 6) • Student Service Projects

Wednesday, February 1 • Parent/Grandparent Luncheon (Grades 7-12) • Day of Prayer

Thursday, February 2 • All-School Mass with Bishop Pates at 9:30 am. All are welcome. • Seniors will assist teachers and students in the elementary classrooms

Friday, February 3 • Spirit Day (No uniform day) • Ice Cream Social (Pre-K – 12) • Dodge Ball Tournament (Grades 7 – 12)

Saint Albert Shadow Days

At Saint Albert Catholic Schools, we understand that choosing the best school for your child is a difficult decision, which is why we encourage potential students and their families to come visit us on a “Shadow Day.” Shadow Days are designed to show potential students a typical day at Saint Albert. Join us for our Shadow Days on February 24 and March 23. For more information or to schedule your visit, please call (712) 329-9000, ext. 5 or visit www.saintalbertschools.org and click on the Admissions tab.

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St. Albert students say they learn more than academics STUDENTS/From Page 2F life. Not only has my education helped me in today’s world, but I feel I have learned lifelong skills as well.” Haley Scanlon attended public school before she was enrolled at St. Albert, and while her public school education was satisfactory, she said, “I could see I was going to be challenged a lot more.” She believes now “I will have the skills I need to earn my (college) degree and excel in anything.” St. Albert students are required to participate in projects meant to serve the community. Ben Hecker admitted

‘A lot of people think that Catholic school is just like any public school except with a religion class and you have to pay for it. ... (Students learn) the values of respect and love for those around you.’ – Josh Cochran student at St. Albert

he was angry when he learned he would have to get nine service hours a semester as a senior. “It was actually a very good experience,” he said. Helping others could mean volunteering as a Salvation Army bell ringer, helping a homeless family at Christmas, even building latrines in

the Dominican Republic. “A lot of people think that Catholic school is just like any public school except with a religion class and you have to pay for it,” Josh Cochran said. In reality, he said, students learn “the values of respect and love for those around you.”

Did you know? Religious schools’ SAT results for 2011 were higher than the national average. Students attending religious schools scored a 531 in critical reading, compared to the national average of 497. In math, students at religious school scored 533, compared to a national average of 514. In writing, religious school students scored 528; the national average was 489. - Information provided by National Catholic Educational Association

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CSW themes through the years Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 and is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Catholic Conference. Catholic Schools Week starts the last Sunday in January and the celebration lasts all week. The National Marketing Campaign started in 1992 and is a year long campaign which includes CSW. The themes were: 1974 – Catholic Schools, Different Where It Counts – Message, Community and Service 1975 – Making the Difference Count 1976 – A Declaration of Interdependence 1977 – Catholic Schools: A Plus for America 1978 – Catholic Schools: Everyone Grows 1979 – Next to the Family, The Catholic School 1980 – The Catholic School: One of the Family 1981 – Choosing a Tradition -

Catholic Schools 1982 – The Good News in Education 1983 – In God We Trust & Teach 1984 – Catholic Schools: Beacon of Hope 1985 – Catholic Schools: Sharing Vision, Teaching Values 1986 – A Rainbow of Excellence 1987 – Catholic Schools Touch the Future 1988 – Share the Spirit 1989 – Communities with Memories 1990 – Catholic Schools: A Parent’s Choice 1991 – Catholic Schools: A Kaleidoscope of People

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