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St. John Catholic School Honors Veterans at Special Program

November 15, 2021
By SJCS

The students, faculty and staff of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School recently honored veterans and active duty members of the military at a special reception. The special event included a patriotic procession, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, letters to veterans, the Armed Services March performed by the school band and refreshments. Cards and posters created by students in K2, K3 and K4 were also on display during the special event.

“Many of our SJCS parents and supporters have served or are serving in the military and we wanted to say ‘thank you’ to them in a special way,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “Our Veterans Day program, both in preparing and presenting, helps show our students the importance of service and showing appreciation to others.”

St. John Catholic School “We Prayed for You” Service Project Brings Comfort to the Community

November 02, 2021
By SJCS

“We Prayed for You” is a service project started by St. John the Evangelist Catholic School that involves the school, the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church parish,  and the community. "The mission of the project is to connect with our local community through faith and prayer.  Our students have volunteered their time and talent to create artwork and write prayers for prayer cards, and are continuing to pray for our community," said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri.

“This service project was born out of the recent trials and hardships so many have faced and are facing,” said SJCS Art Teacher Christine Cabral. “Our students have all been affected in some way by the pandemic and this project reminds our students that they possess a powerful tool: prayer.”

The “We Prayed for You” service project began with the creation of prayer cards. Each grade selected a specific prayer focus: perseverance, recovery, loved ones, patience, peace, protection, healing, strength, and comfort.  They then created unique artwork to reflect each prayer, to be printed on the front of the prayer cards. Lastly, the students of each class then prayed their prayer together, making a recording of it.  Recipients of the prayer cards can access the recording by scanning the QR code printed on the card. Recordings of each prayer are also available on the school’s website, SJCSValdosta.org. 

The prayer cards were recently blessed by Bishop Stephen Parkes at a special Mass. The next phase of the service project begins with the distribution of the prayer cards by SJCS students during Mass, in the parish and throughout the community. Donations are welcomed and will be used to create “prayer packages,” each containing a prayer card and treats, to be distributed into the community where they can help the most.

“Our community is tired and in need of support and our school can help provide that support. Through these interactive, original-artwork prayer cards, the recipients will be able to see and feel the compassion of the students at SJCS praying with them and for them,” said Cabral.

St. John Volleyball Team Donates to Local Organization

October 27, 2021
By SJCS

Check Presented in Memory of SJCS Parent

Valdosta, GA – St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) volleyball team recently raised donations for a local organization. During their home game, the volleyball team collected donations to benefit a local group of USA Rescue Team, an animal rescue organization. The team presented a check to the organization for $2,600 in memory of SJCS mom Stephanie Nelson. “The girls had such a great season and played every game with all their hearts,” said SJCS Athletic Director Lauren Evans. “They wanted to support one of their teammates with this great opportunity to honor the memory of her mother.”

“We are so proud of the initiative our volleyball team took to collect donations to support a location organization,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “SJCS students are always looking for opportunities to help the community and this is just another example of that.”

St. John Catholic School Receives iPad Donation

October 18, 2021
By SJCS
SJCS Receives iPads Through Governmental Program

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/.

Local School Surpasses Peers in Testing

September 30, 2021
By SJCS

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.”

Local School Dedicates Time to Community Service

March 19, 2021
By SJCS

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.