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Mission Statement and Philosophy

Mission Statement


We are a Parish School located in Bay Shore that was founded in 1921, that follows the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy which helps each child reach his or her highest potential academically and spiritually.

We believe that, by mastering the fundamentals in all areas of the curriculum, our students will possess the strong foundation necessary to support all future learning.  Guided by the gospel’s message we encourage the student’s development of respect, courtesy, understanding, compassion and moral character through work and action.

 

 

 

Philosophy

Saint Patrick School is a parish community dedicated to our Catholic faith in which we teach, live and practice our gospel values in our everyday lives. We have created a caring atmosphere

of love, respect and support through word, worship, community and service to others. The faculty of St. Patrick School views knowledge as the foundation that fosters the intellectual, social, personal and physical development of all students, nurturing their talents and abilities. It is our belief that each student has the potential to learn, the ability to meet our high standards and expectations and the opportunity to experience success.

      We believe that, by mastering the fundamentals in all areas of the curriculum, our students will possess the strong foundation necessary to support all future learning. The curriculum is both challenging and developmentally appropriate. By assuming personal responsibility for their educational success, the children become partners with the greater school community. We provide enrichment in the areas of art, music and technology, while fostering personal and academic talents. Recognizing that children have varying degrees of ability and academic preparation, we are committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential. By identifying students with special needs we strive to remediate, support and enrich their academic experience so that all students can reach their maximum potential.

      We strive to provide a safe haven where children are able to learn free from fear and ridicule. They are given the opportunity to develop positive, enriching social relationships with their teachers, peers, parish and the larger community.
      The physical education program complements our educational goal for each student to have a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. We teach our students a respect for their own bodies as well as those of others, in keeping with our Christian beliefs.

 

 

     Our evolving instruction is guided by the needs of the student population and society. Teachers must be New York State certified in the necessary subject areas and/or grade levels. Recognizing that faith development is primary aim of Catholic school, teachers must also be educated in the fundamentals of Catholicism and possess a desire for ongoing professional development. Our teachers recognize their responsibility as educators, magisters, moral leaders and guardians of the children. Teachers should continually evaluate instructional material and methods. It is our belief that ongoing evaluations provided by the principal and colleagues ensures professional growth and development.

     As educators, we recognize that relationships are an integral part of the student's school experience. Guided by the gospel's message we encourage the student's development of respect, courtesy, understanding, compassion and moral character through word and action. By encompassing these ideals we serve as positive Catholic role models for students in hopes that they pursue these ideals, in their social interactions with each other. The faculty members of St. Patrick School share common beliefs and goals and a sense of community. In a cooperative, respectful atmosphere, we work as a team to support and inspire each other. We are also dedicated to respectfully communicating and collaborating with parents for the maximum benefit of the child.