Whether you're on your way to the library or stopping by City Hall, chances are you're driving by St. John Vianney School, located in the heart of Brookfield. This blog will provide insight into life and education at SJV, a 4K-8 educational anchor in Brookfield since 1957.
On Thursday, December 6th, SJV students participated in the National Geography Bee school competition held at St. John Vianney. Each classroom from fourth through eighth grade entered one winner and one alternate.
Contestants needed to know more than just where places are located on a map. They had to understand global concepts such as international trade and foreign culture in order to answer the questions which included inquiries such as, "to see ships loading and unloading goods in Riga, a major port in the Baltic, you would travel to which European country?"
In an effort to expose children to the performing arts and get the kids into the holiday spirit, St. John Vianney third grade teachers took their students to Milwuakee's own First Stage Children's Theater on December 6th for its production of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
The children got up close and personal with the actors as they brought Rudolph and his friends to life onstage in the cozy, small-scale theater. According to First Stage, the play emphasizes the importance of our differences, a concept in-line with SJV's goal of respecting individuals and fostering a Christ-like community.
What's so special about Catholic educatoin when other schools also offer excellent education? It's the religious aspect intertwined with the school's goal of providing superb academic instruction. Classes, service projects, field trips, religious retreats and many other activities are always connected to Catholic teachings. "Our religion is integrated into the overall educatoin of our students, " wrote Principal Pam Pyzyk, in the school's newsletter, the Shamrock Weekly.
This week, St. John Vianney, along with 115 schools in the Archdiocese, joins thousands of schools nationwide to celebrate Catholic Education Week 2013. The week kicked off with an Open House and each day will be marked with a special activity including service projects, school-wide competitions, and a special Mass held at St. John's Cathedral with Archbishop Listecki and Father Bogacki, among others. The week will close with the annual eighth graders versus staff volleyball game.
Chances are you have a book or two with a Cldecott Medal in your bookcase. Did you know that books with the Caldecott Medal have been chosen as the year's best American picture book? SJV students in the mock Caldecott Medal Club experience what it's like to decide the Caldecott winners.
The SJV Caldecott Medal Club meets several weeks in a row and includes fourth tand fifth grade studnts. They read and critically evaluate several books carfully chosen by SJV librarian Christine Weichart, who does extensive research to determine which books may be consdiered for the award. In fact, her choices have been spon-on as last year the SJV studnets correctly picked three-of-the-four actual Caldecott-awarded books.