The Mission of Good Shepherd Catholic School is to model and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves to empowering a faith-filled community of students in grades Pre-K through 8 that educates and nurtures the whole person. We strive to develop a sense of justice and responsibility to our local and world community. We teach our children to "love God and your neighbor as yourself.
Andrew is in the 3rd grade. His favorite subject in school is Science and his favorite sport is hockey. He has been a student at Good Shepherd since Kindergarten and his favorite memory so far has been the Fishmobile that visited Good Shepherd in October. He loved seeing the different kinds of turtles, and touching the horseshoe crab.
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Virtue of the Month
Joy grows deeper than happiness. Happiness comes from outside of us and is fleeting. We are happy when good things happen to us, but when we’re faced with trials, happiness eludes us. Joy on the other hand, comes from within. Joy is rooted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we recognize the Spirit within us, joy bubbles up and flows out from us. Joy is more than expression, it is an attitude.
Degrees and Certifications:
When choosing where to enroll my daughter for Kindergarten, I wanted to make the right choice for a long term fit. I reflected back on which experiences of my youth provided the foundation for my core values of integrity, kindness and respect that I am teaching my daughter now. I kept coming back to my memories of service… cleaning the church with my mom and Ms. Adele, serving “Spaghetti Supper” and at “The Chuck Wagon” with my dad, leaving a birthday party early, because I had committed to serving mass. As I got older, I began making those choices to serve myself because it was already so entrenched in my values. Becoming active in youth ministry and as a CCD teacher in my teens, and a youth ministry leader in my 20’s provided important experiences in leadership and dedication that all stemmed from my time at Good Shepherd School.
As a shy little girl, I gained confidence through individual attention from teachers and church leaders and the support of my peers. This was only possible because of our small class sizes and the culture of parental involvement, which allowed my fabulous parents to be constantly involved, but also all the other kids’ parents to be involved as well. They all knew each other and each other’s children, so none of us could get away with much!
One might imagine that I was sheltered and not exposed to different cultures and religions while in catholic school, but quite the contrary. Our school included children from different religions and while we learned about the catholic faith primarily, we also learned principles from and respect for other religions and cultures.
So, then there are the finances… As a single parent, how could I possibly afford to send my daughter to private school? At this point, I’d convinced myself, how could I not? But even though this is the church I call home, the financial piece is real, so I did some research to see if it was even possible for me. Good Shepherd’s tuition is, by far, the least expensive of any private school in this area and there are tuition assistance benefits and scholarships available too.
Like me, the leadership at Good Shepherd is dedicated to providing my daughter with not only a great education, but also an extended family who share our values. Now I have the peace of mind in knowing she is in the right place.
-Kristen Hyde Rouse
(Good Shepherd Alumnus 1990-1994)