Dear parents and friends of St. Peter’s School,
This time of year, the end of our first quarter, our teachers and parents meet to review report cards and discuss how the academic year has begun. I also meet with each of the classroom teachers to review my observations and evaluations of their instruction.
November 10th is our school visit from the Director of Education, Mrs. Sandra Leatherwood, from the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office.
All of these evaluative processes can be nerve-wracking and stress inducing. I know as a parent, there were many parent/teacher conferences I nervously sat through with my child; as a teacher being observed by my principal, I was suddenly more aware of my frailties, and as I prepare for our visit with Sandra Leatherwood, I hope she will be able to see in one day all the wonderful things going on at St.Peter’s School every day!
In each of these situations our Catholic faith guides us. It teaches us not to judge, but to serve. When parents and teachers meet to discuss a child’s progress, it is an opportunity to share information that will better serve the child’s academic and emotional development. When a principal meets with a teacher, it is an opportunity to determine if teaching methods are serving our students and the principal is supporting the teacher in these efforts. When our Director of Education makes her school visit, the pastor, principal, teachers and Advisory Board pause to review with Mrs. Leatherwood the effectiveness of the school in fulfilling its mission and serving as a ministry of the church.
Evaluations are necessary for continuous improvement. Whether this is a program evaluation or a self-evaluation, I truly believe that as stewards of God’s gifts we have a moral imperative to diligently look for ways to improve. It is how we show thanks to God for all that we have been given.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family,
Mrs. Kathy Preston, Principal