Principal Monthly Newsletters
Enjoy this Welcome Letter from Principal Kulp and enjoy his monthly Principal Newsletters for our 2019-2020 school year.
A Welcome Letter from our Principal
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Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart School. Our mission is to to develop each student spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially, so that each is prepared to live and serve in a changing society as a self-respecting and responsible citizen.
We are a unique school - we still believe in the strength of traditional education; however, we also embrace newer proven methods of learning. Since 1882, Sacred Heart Catholic School has been educating children in Rowan County and many surrounding counties. Our tradition is rich and our fundamentals are solid. We offer core classes in Language Arts, Math, Religion, Social Studies, Science, as well as STREAM curriculums, Technology, Spanish and Rosetta Stone, Art, Music, and Physical Education. Our students can also participate in many athletic teams, clubs, and activities.
After all the emotional ups and downs of remote and virtual learning, shelter at home, and their worlds being turned upside down...we are committed to learning and our students more than EVER! We are positively charged for our 2020-2021 upcoming school year.
What is next? I am very hopeful for the future! We are committed to opening our classrooms on Monday, August 10th and are already in planning mode. First and foremost, our smaller class sizes and 100-acre campus helps us to ensure that we are following safety protocols and social distancing. In our education building, we have a full-size gym, a large cafeteria, and large spacious classrooms. We have an enormous soccer field, two large concrete patio quads, a 5k trail, a nature trail, a new outdoor pavilion, two separate playground centers, and three outdoor learning classrooms. I have heard the concerns of many full-time working parents who simply cannot work full time and “homeschool” full time. With our new limits on class sizes to allow for safe COVID protocols, I already have one classroom enrolled at capacity and four are very close. Our new Junior Kindergarten program is opening and just in time for families who need fulltime childcare in a safe, small, academic, and faith-filled community.
Beyond pandemic measures and CDC guidelines, Sacred Heart School has other plans for next school year. We have recently partnered with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) who has been practicing and studying leadership development for nearly 50 years. Their research with schools has illustrated that leadership development is not just for those in traditional leadership positions (e.g., superintendent, principal, lead teacher, student council president, captain of the football team, etc.). On the contrary, leadership development can occur with students as young as 4. Through developmentally appropriate experiences, students can be introduced to key values, mindsets, and skills that will help them be more successful…Leading Self, Leading Academically, Leading with Others, and Changing the World. We cannot wait to introduce this leadership program within our virtue program beginning in August.
In addition, our middle school is partnering with Bishop McGuiness High School and their Model UN program (a simulation of the UN General Assembly where students perform as ambassadors and debate topics such as gender equality, climate action, global health, and more). We are also expanding our language program to our upper elementary school – offering Rosetta Stone and foreign languages at an accelerated rate. Our shared Makerspace and STREAM enrichment lessons are becoming mobile and traveling into our safe, small classrooms for creative, innovative curriculums. Our successful middle school FLEX ELECTIVE program is expanding and transforming into our new upper elementary GENIUS HOUR. In the end, it is our commitment to fulfill all the curriculum standards with enormous FUN. I love this part of my job.
So now the summer “break” begins…but it is not a break for us! The countdown has begun to reopen in August with a new safe “COVID READY” look and 100% ready to learn.
Mr. Tyler Kulp, Principal