The principal meets on a monthly basis with fifteen other principals in the geographic area. There, they share successes and concerns. They work together in learning groups for professional development. A group of principals visited and observed in each school to see how other schools were addressing educational issues. Should SJS be awarded the Blue Ribbon, the council of principals along with the assistant superintendent and superintendent will be invited to tour the school again to see St. Josaphat School, a successful Blue Ribbon school, in action.
SJS teachers are encouraged to visit other area schools and to work in content area groups with teachers from other schools. In addition, many SJS teachers currently attend graduate schools of education and share their experiences, successes, and expertise with other local teachers.
Faculty and students currently work with the local neighborhood association, Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) to share the good news of the school and to collaborate on neighborhood beautification projects. Each year, an SJS teacher receives an "Educator of the Year" award from the association.
There are 1100 families in St. Josaphat parish. A weekly “School News” section appears in the parish bulletin. Monthly open houses are held where administrators and volunteer parents present the highlights of an SJS education. A weekend open house for the parish and community would be planned to celebrate the Blue Ribbon. This information would be disseminated via the school’s electronic sign, flyers, weekly announcements at church, in the SNA newsletter, and in local magazine publications such as The Chicago Parent. All school marketing information that is distributed to prospective parents would include the Blue Ribbon designation.
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