School Increases Technology Through Governmental Program
Valdosta, GA – St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) recently received more technology for in-class learning through the United States General Services Administration’s Computer for Learning Program (CFL). Moody Air Force Base members Chief Master Sergeant Mauro Ordinario and Technical Sergeant Timothy Turner helped the school complete the process to receive 32 iPads through the program which helps make modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom.
“We are thankful for this generous program which allows us to continue providing innovative learning and current technology to all of our students,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “In addition to our two computer labs and Chromebooks in the classrooms, these tablets will be another tool our teachers can use to help students achieve their academic goals.”
The Computers for Learning Program and its Executive Order of “Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century” provides computers and related peripheral equipment to schools and nonprofit organizations that they have in excess. For more information on this program and how to qualify, schools can visit https://www.computersforlearning.gov/.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School Continues to Score Higher than National Average in Multiple Subjects
Valdosta, GA – Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) recently received results from its fall MAP testing. The school conducts testing three times a year, Fall, Winter and Spring, to measure achievement and growth of its students in first through eighth grade in the areas of reading, language usage and science. Fall 2021 MAP testing results show that SJCS students score higher than the national average in all four areas: math, reading, English/language arts and science. Historically, SJCS students have scored 5.83 points higher than the national average in math, 11.06 points higher in reading, 11.12 points higher in English/language arts and 10 points higher in science.
“Since beginning MAP testing three years ago, our students have continuously scored higher than their national peers in all four subject areas, for every session we administer,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “Our students receive a strong foundation in all core subjects, as well as Spanish, Technology and Religion and the test scores show just how hard they work and what they achieve. I am extremely proud of our teachers and students for continuing to excel and continuing the reputation SJCS has for developing high achieving students.”
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) recently launched a Lenten Service Project. Kicking off on Tuesday, March 17, students in Pre-K2 - 8th grade donated their time to projects helping others. Once completed, SJCS students and teachers will have completed approximately 172 service hours.
Activities for the SJCS Lenten Project include planting flowers, clearing weeds, organizing equipment and supplies and picking up trash. The school plans to organize additional service projects in the community in the future to continue giving back.
“It is important for students’ overall character development to serve others and understand the importance of giving their time to benefit others,” said SJCS Counselor Erin Gaskins. “The students are working alongside one another and with their teachers to accomplish their project goals, which is rewarding for them.”
The students will complete their service hours by the end of the month and continue to collect pledges for their service time to benefit the Lumen Christi Education Scholarship Fund. The Lumen Christi Education Scholarship Fund was established to assist local survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse to pursue educationl opportunities to build a better future for themselves and their children.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) recently participated in a regional reading bowl, demonstrating their knowledge of selected books. Led by Coach Kippy Tift, the reading bowl team earned 2nd place in the virtual Helen Ruffin Regional Reading Bowl on Saturday, February 20. The only team participating in the Bowl from Lowndes County, the SJCS reading bowl team was one of 8 teams competing in the virtual event this year.