What does it mean to be a St. Barnabas Buckeye?
If people ask any of the elementary school’s 500 students, they would likely get nearly that many answers. Still, there are certain characteristics and qualities on which just about everyone will agree.
The school community is a family. The One Book, One School initiative gets the entire school community involved in the joy of reading, discussing common annual themes of Catholic values, and building community among students, parents and staff.
Additionally, the school and parish community comes together for important causes with events like Jump Rope for Heart, which raises money for the American Heart Association, and St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, which support the school’s own Pat Mac’s Pack, in memory of student Patrick McNamara (Class of 2012) who succumbed to pediatric brain cancer in 2011.
The St. Barnabas staff meets the needs of the school’s diverse learners. St. Barnabas uses Project MATCH proram for reading and math to promote high student achievement for all levels of learners.
Project MATCH allows students the flexibility to move at an instructional pace that is as supportive or as challenging as they need. Each student learns in a way customized to work best for his/her own unique skills and learning needs, and groupings in these core areas allows for smaller learning settings.
Grades one through eight receive ELA (English Language Arts) and math instruction in 80-minute blocks. All grades enjoy “specials” in Spanish, physical education, music, media and art.
The school and staff are trailblazers in 21st-century technology. St. Barnabas’ growing number of flexible-seating classrooms are designed for collaboration.
The 1:1 iPad program for grades six to eight enables teachers to incorporate the same apps used by local high schools into their daily curriculum, readying students for rigorous high schools upon graduation.
St. Barnabas is also a Certified Digital Citizenship School with a growing digital library. iPads and Mimio teaching systems are used in classrooms starting in preschool.
As for its future, the St. Barnabas “Imagine. Innovate. Inspire” campaign is progressing toward its vision of adding a 21st-century Innovation Center, secured entry and additional classrooms to the school.
St. Barnabas Elementary School prepares students in mind and heart for high school and beyond.
Since 2009, nearly 100 percent of St. Barnabas graduates have been accepted into the Catholic high schools of their choice, including Mother McAuley, Marist, St. Ignatius, St. Rita, Br. Rice and Mt. Carmel. Alumni also attend selective high schools in the Chicago Public Schools, including Whitney Young and Jones College Prep.
The St. Barnabas advertisement in this issue shows the Class of 2015, who recently graduated from high school. Their post-secondary destinations include Boston University, Bradley, Fordham, Marquette and Virginia Tech, among others.
School officials are proud of the students as they join generations of successful St. Barnabas alumni in making a positive impact on the world, just like the current students who will someday join those high school graduates.
To learn more about what it means to be a St. Barnabas Buckeye, come see for yourself.
For more information or to schedule a tour, call (773) 445-7711 or visit the website at stbarnabasparish.school.