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St. John the Baptist Catholic School strives to give the best quality of education that can be offered.  Students, teachers, and staff work hard to insure student success and progress.  The school follows the state curriculum guides given to accredited State of Indiana Schools. St. John the Baptist has been teaching students in the Whiting-Robertsdale community forover one hundred years!

 

 

 

There's certainly a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to an egg in Mrs. Bach's third grade class!



 


St. John the Baptist focuses on providing  a quality education for its students in the traditional Catholic fashion.  We have 25 instructors on staff, at an average of 20.8 years of experience per teacher.  Our school has roughly two classrooms per grade level and an environment that averages 20-25 students per classroom.  With that strong student-teacher ratio, St. John the Baptist Catholic School is able to build a learning environment where students can interact consistently with experienced instructors on a daily basis.

 

 

Fifth Grade students learning about wind energy in Mrs. Kazragys' class.

 

The quality learning environment our school creates has enabled St. John the Baptist to perform strongly over the last decade vs. ISTEP averages in the State of Indiana.

 

 

Additionally, St. John the Baptist School academics have achieved a number of distinctions in recent years.


 


 

 

 

 

  • Awarded Exemplary Status by the State of Indiana for the 2006/2007 School Year
  • Middle School Science Olympiad Team has placed at the top of regional competitors and won the right to participate at the State Level
  • Middle School Science Olympiad Team has consistently placed among the top 20 teams in the State the past five years
  • Elementary Science Olympiad Team has finished among the top competitors in the Hammond Invitational the last few years
  • Elementary Science Olympiad Team finished in First Place in the 2010 Hammond Invitational and in Second Place in the 2009 Hammond Invitational

 

Science Olympiad 

 

Once again, our middle school Science Olympiad Team has had a stellar year! Following upon a resounding first place finish at the Hammond Invitational, our team has just finished in second place at the Purdue Calumet Regional competition. The win earned our hard working students the opportunity to compete at the State level this coming April. That competition will also be held at Purdue University Calumet!


As a way to help our students become more engaged in the concepts of science, St. John the Baptist has actively participated in Science Olympiad competitions for more than 10 years.  Students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participate in the middle school level competition.  Students from third, fourth and fifth grades participate in the elementary level competition.

 

Subjects and competitive events cover a gamut of disciplines.  Aerodynamics, building, chemistry, biology, earth science, astronomy and many, many others are studied, practiced and mastered by our Science Olympiad participants.  If you would like to learn more about Science Olympiad, visit the national website by clicking here.

Shown above, St. John's Elementary Team, Champions of the 2010 Hammond Invitational

 

A+ for Energy Grant

The A+ for Energy Grant, “Energy from the Sun” built upon the very successful  inception of the program in 2009. The grant was aimed at improving student learning and understanding of Energy and its tremendous impact upon our lives. The purpose of the grant was to explore the wonders of energy and study the potential of solar and wind energy as viable renewable sources of energy.

Participating students in 2010 literally doubled in size from the previous year to include the fourth and fifth grade children from the Catholic schools located in Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago. Students from St. Stanislaus, St. Casimir, St. John Bosco and St. John the Baptist schools participated in the project. Approximately 250 students were able to learn more about energy efficiency, solar and wind energy. In addition, wind energy was further exlpored in daily classes in conjunction with Solarbration.

 

 

Students from the four participating schools process into St. John the Baptist Church to begin the Solarbration Celebration.


 

The fourth and fifth grade teachers from all of the grant schools met regularly to discuss student progress and effective delivery of the energy curriculum. In year one of the grant the educators developed an excellent culminating activity: a day when the students from all of the schools would come together to celebrate what they learned. The celebration was called SOLARBRATION.

 

The teachers agreed that the SOLARBRATION was a success because it brought all of the students together to share a common objective. In  year one, the gathering was held at St. John the Baptist School. 



The Teachers at Solarbration

As an extension of the successful SOLARBRATION, the students decided to name this year’s gathering WHIRLWIND SOLARBRATION.  All agreed that this title effectively captured the essence of the activities surrounding the work of the students: It was to be a celebration regarding the wonders of Wind and Solar Energy. 

 

 

Questions in the Auditorium



 

On Wednesday, April 21st, the day before Earth Day, the students gathered at St. John the Baptist Church for Mass to thank God for our wonderful natural resources. After Mass the students went to the Marian Auditorium to hear School’s Superintendent, Dr. Barbara O’Block and BP representative, Thomas Keilman share stories about energy conservation. After the speakers, the students were given a challenge: to design an energy efficient school that relies on wind and solar power. The students then shared their co-operative work on stage in the Marian Auditorium.

 

 

Students work on designing an energy efficient school.

 
The energy curriculum established over the last two years for fourth and fifth grade students will be utilized in the future at the four Catholic schools. It is safe to say that the A+ for Energy Grant has indeed made a positive impact at the schools.


School Data is found at the State website:   http://mustang.doe.state.in.us/SEARCH/snapshot.cfm?schl=B965

 

Although proud of our high scores, we continue to work hard to improve student learning. It's something we work on every day. Just ask our students and parents.

 


 

 

 


 
 
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