Sacred Heart School Covenants - 2017-18 School Year
A commitment of support from the school and parish community is essential to fulfill the purpose and goals of our mission. To this end, all teachers, students, and parents will be expected to enter into the following covenants.
As a student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, I am blessed to have the opportunity to be educated both spiritually, humanly, and academically. I understand that my parents have made the prayerful choice to send me to Sacred Heart School because of their love and concern for me. I also understand that Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School seeks to uphold high standards of moral and ethical behavior. The school considers it a high priority in order to help me become a well formed human being in all areas of my life. I understand that this will help me become the respectable young person that God and my parents call me to be, and will help me better succeed in the world, both now and when I get older. I also understand that my parents expect from the school and its personnel assistance in properly forming me in matters, especially in matters of spiritual and human formation. Understanding the importance of proper behavior as determined by the school, I also realize there may be consequences to any inappropriate actions of mine as deemed so by the school. I realize that my parents need to assist me in understanding this covenant and the language used in it. I realize this is extremely important and comes with a great amount of responsibility on my part. In order to show my cooperation, support and gratitude for the time and energy Sacred Heart School and my parents expect from me, I will:
• Respect myself by always doing my best and by assuming complete responsibility for my actions.
• Learn and abide by all behavior expectations stated in the Virtuous Behavior Formation Plan.
• Come to class in approved uniform with required supplies, and be ready to learn.
• Be honest. Do my own work.
• Recognize the sacrifices my parents make to provide me with a Catholic education and thank them both in word and action.
• Be a good and holy example for all other students each day.
• Respect my elders; to include, but not limited to, all staff at the parish and school.
• Ask for help if I am struggling or uncomfortable in any way-with academics, relationships, teachers, parents or particular situations.
• Understand that I am human and make some mistakes and or sin. I realize if I’m honest with myself and own them, I will learn and grown from my mistakes.
• Seek forgiveness from Jesus and anyone I may hurt from my actions; strongly considering the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I understand that we are the primary educators of our children in instilling the Catholic faith and morals; therefore, we teach our children best our own example of responsibility, reverence, and respect. I also understand that Sacred Heart School serves as a secondary means in the human and faith formation of my child. I understand that my child’s teacher is a dedicated professional who makes many sacrifices to teach in a Catholic School. I also trust and support them, along with all staff and personnel of the school, to have my child’s best interest at heart. With that in mind, I fully expect the staff and teachers to deal appropriately with my child in matters that may involve helping them in human formation (morals and ethics), as well as disciplinary action. In order to show my cooperation, support, and gratitude in shaping my son/daughter to be the best person they can be, I will:
• Set a good example in my own speech and behavior.
• Ensure that we pray daily as a family and attend Mass on weekends and Holy Days of Obligation.
• Have my child to school on time with necessary supplies and in compliance with the school dress code.
• Not tolerate vulgar, disrespectful, bullying, violent, or aggressive behavior or language from my child.
• Show respect for my child’s teacher and any other adult in authority in all situations.
• Never be dishonest in order to protect my child from consequences of his or her behavior.
• Consult with my child’s teacher to get all details before accepting my child’s version of a story.
• Offer my child academic guidance and support at home, but make sure all projects and assignments fairly represent my child’s own work and ideas.
• Help dispel rumors by going through the proper channels when I have a problem.
• Make an appointment via email or phone call to converse with my child’s teacher(s), or the principal.
• Directly supervise my child at all times while attending events at Sacred Heart.
• Fulfill my tuition obligations in a timely manner.
• Follow the school’s rules, calendars and deadlines, and expect my child to do the same.
• Keep the school informed of special needs of my child.
• Explain fully the Parent/Student handbook to my child, placing special emphasis on helping my child understand the Sacred Heart Student Covenant on page 3 and the Conduct expectations on page 13-16. • Understand and support the policies in the Sacred Heart Parent/Student handbook, even if I may not agree with all policies.
As a teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, I accept the responsibility of cooperating with parents in the spiritual, human, and academic development of their children. I understand that my mission is to form Disciples of Christ. I understand that parents make a prayerful chose to send their children to Sacred Heart School with expectation I will partner with them in their child’s education. I understand the expectation that I will conduct myself in a manner consistent with the doctrines and moral standards of the Catholic Church in and out of the school environment. I understand that first and foremost, I am a catechist regardless of my teaching assignment. I understand that the canonical authority for Sacred Heart School rests with the pastor and the pastor consults the principal. I understand that the principal is my direct supervisor. In order to show my cooperation, support, and gratitude in shaping my students to be the best people they can be, I will:
• Make extra efforts to pray with my students, listen to them, and ultimately know them on a personal level.
• Be respectful of my students and require they show proper respect to me and all other people while under my supervision.
• Model and teach the VBF behavior expectations, including rewards and consequences.
• Plan well and be prepared for class every day by adapting lessons and instructional methods to facilitate individual student need.
• Challenge and engage my students every day by communicating educational goals as outlined in the Archdiocesan Catholic School Curriculum.
• Keep my students safe from harassment of every kind by establishing and enforcing clear and effective classroom routines.
• Develop in my students the necessary skills needed to be their own advocates, to accept their gifts and learn to tolerate differences.
• Be respectful to the parents of my students, develop good communication with them, and continue to build trusting relationships.
• Show respect towards fellow staff, solving all differences in a peaceful and professional manner.
• Never discuss the behavior or performance of an individual student with other students, or with anyone not involved with the student’s formation.
• Supervise students at all times, especially, but not limited to: hallway, restroom, breaks, recess, and lunch duty. Keep students from roaming halls, entering the office, or faculty lounge.
• Collaborate with the administration and resource team in plans and interventions to meet student needs.
• Participate in ongoing spiritual and professional formation.
• Accept and convey both the religious, human, and educational goals of Sacred Heart Catholic School. • Abide by and enforce all Sacred Heart policies and procedures, even though I may not agree with them.
The focus of Catholic schools will always coincide with the Church’s mission to form individuals in the image of Christ. The most important outcome for an administrator is to come to know and love Jesus Christ and His Church in order to serve Him and others. To this end, the principal and any administrator will:
• Develop, understand, communicate, and protect the mission of the school and cultivate an environment in which all members of the school community can grow in their faith.
• Develop and sustain a healthy working relationship with the pastor, school, and parish staff.
• Conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the teachings and moral standards of the Catholic Church
• Model Christian ideals for teachers, students, and parents/guardians.
• Supervise the instruction provided to students; maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.
• Create opportunities for, and participate in, spiritual and professional formation.
• Provide leadership in curriculum instruction, assessment, inclusion and ensuring a culture of diligent achievement.
• Provide leadership for staff development planning, as well as regular staff meetings.
• Provide implementation for enrollment growth and retention planning that results in extending Catholic education into the future.
• Develop collegial relationships, particularly with other Catholic school leaders, and contribute positively to the broader educational community.
• Help develop local procedures and policies; implement Archdiocesan policies and governmental requirements; and maintain school accreditation.
• Prudently manage the school by identifying personnel needs, supervising and making decisions regarding staffing, employment and contract renewal for all employees.