Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am honored to welcome you to St. Barnabas School and to share with you some of the outstanding programs and attributes that make St. Barnabas a truly exceptional place to learn and grow.
First, I want to commend our faculty, staff, students and families for coming together to make last year’s challenging school year a great success! The hard-working, dedicated staff, strong community engagement and resilient students are just some of the many reasons I am excited to join the St. Barnabas School community as principal this year.
Another reason I am especially looking forward to the 2021-2022 school year is that it marks the opening of our new Education Center addition! Parish and school administrators, along with parents and parishioner volunteers have worked tirelessly for many years toward the goal of a 21st century addition to our school which features a high-touch, high-tech innovation center, media center, Spanish language lab and music and art rooms, among many other features. I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to get St. Barnabas to this very rewarding moment in our history, when our students and teachers will be able to fully utilize all that our administration and volunteers have worked so hard to provide for them, and I am thrilled to carry that work forward.
As our school families know, St. Barnabas offers a variety of programs that engage students in learning and promote academic exploration. Our diverse curriculum includes special offerings such as Music, Art, Spanish, Physical Education and Media classes, which enhance our core curriculum and encourage our students to become well-rounded individuals. Furthermore, because of the dedication and support of our parents, we are able to offer an endless amount of after school enrichment opportunities for our students including athletic programs, fine arts productions, and a host of co-curricular clubs. *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Barnabas had to pause on some of these offerings, but we are excited to resume them once it is safe to do so!
At St. Barnabas, we set high academic expectations for all of our students and provide a nurturing environment along with numerous levels of support to ensure that our students are successful. Our students consistently earn high scores on standardized tests and are admitted to their first-choice high schools. We understand how important technology is in our 21st century world. Therefore, we offer a 1:1 junior high iPad program, 1:1 devices for our K-5th grade students, classrooms with Mimio devices or Smartboards for interactive instruction and additional devices for K-5th grades. We are excited about this opportunity to help our students excel further in the classroom and to teach them how to become responsible digital citizens.
While on the topic of 21st Century Learning*, several years ago St. Barnabas began incorporating 21st century personalized learning practices to meet the individual needs of students. In order to support students becoming successful adults in the modern workplace, St. Barnabas has embraced elements of the P21 Framework, including the 4 Cs: Communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Since 2017, elements of 21st Century Learning and flexible seating have been incorporated into a growing number of additional classrooms, including flexible seating options and interactive whiteboard tables.
St. Barnabas also recognizes that our students are unique individuals with different learning needs. Project Match, a curriculum program exclusive to St. Barnabas, is designed to modify and differentiate instruction for different types of learners, clustering students homogeneously for instruction in Math and Reading.
Our Catholic Identity is at the heart of our school. We share our faith through daily religion class, weekly mass, sacrament preparation, and through various service-learning projects, including our annual All-School Service Day. Our student’s journey with Christ is of the utmost importance to us.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, our school would not be what it is without our teachers; they are remarkable! St. Barnabas teachers are committed to the academic, spiritual, and emotional growth of each student. On a daily basis they model the values of Respect, Reverence, and Responsibility, which are at the heart of our school culture. They have helped to create a caring and supportive school community that is rooted in the Catholic faith, one in which every student feels valued and respected.
Mr. Jonathan Stack
St. Barnabas School