Looking for opportunities to enhance the student experience and elevate the learning potential of each student is a priority at Saint John’s. Many hours are spent researching the newest technology and teaching techniques to benefit the students.
Michael Schultz, Executive Director of Advancement, was integral in Saint John’s receiving the Knott Foundation grant which, in combination with our generous donors at the Soiree, allowed us to purchase new projectors which have been installed in every classroom.
Mrs. Jean Trettel, Math Department Chair and Dr. Kiersten Tancos from the Science Department described the projectors as “amazing”. They said the screens are larger which allows for better visibility by all students in the classroom, they provide a clearer picture, they are interactive, and the projectors are quieter and more energy efficient. Having these projectors in each classroom will be a direct benefit to every student.
The incoming freshmen and transfer students have received new laptop computers complete with a four-year accidental damage protection policy. If a student drops or damages their laptop screen, it is covered by HP.
The Art Department was the recipient of a new 24” large format printer for high-quality printing of pictures and twenty Surface Pro 4 tablets with detachable keyboards, touch screens, and pens to draw on them. The students will now be able to create fine art photography. They will also be used in the Interior Design & Architecture class and in future Graphic Design classes. Ms. Bernadette Miller, Fine Arts Department Chair, said “there is a whole world of things we can do with these. It’s exciting!”
In August, we broke ground on the new Delaplaine Rocca Team Center, a project that will allow our students to elevate their fitness level in a safe and state of the art environment. While our athletes will certainly benefit from the higher level of conditioning they will receive in the new facility, all students are welcome to use the center to improve their fitness level, which in turn decreases stress levels, improves body image, and keeps them healthier and happier.
While we were sad at the closing of Visitation Academy and Trinity School, we owe them many thanks for allowing us to acquire items from their closing, including desks, statues, cabinets, and an art display case. We also purchased a new portable classroom from Trinity that now houses our International Language Center. The ILC has two classrooms, French and Spanish, and conference area for the teachers to use with students or as needed.
As it is every year, summer break is the perfect time to take care of much-needed maintenance and improvements around the building and grounds. When returning to campus please take note of some of the projects that were completed over the summer by our hard-working maintenance staff and others. Walls and doors were painted, floors were washed and waxed, the old sheds were replaced with two new sheds, and plantings were done along the entrance driveway by Mr. Brian Nogay.
The new school year is off to a good start with enhancements to our technology for both academics and fine arts, expansion of our classroom space, exciting developments in our athletic department and a spruced up facility. Be sure to take note of these items at Back to School Night.