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.
Excitement is in the air for St. John Vianney students, teachers and families. Students and teachers have returned to school on August 28th to updated classrooms including fresh paint, new carpeting and new lighting. For the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, they will also be returning to a new "Middle School" philosophy. While many schools in Brookfield area have a middle school, this is a change for St. John Vianney School which is moving from a 7th and 8th grade Jr. High to a 6th, 7th and 8th grade Middle School. By capitalizing on each teacher's talents and allowing them to focus on one subject area, the curriculum will be enhanced. Teachers are teaching their expertise which ultimately means better quality teaching. There will be more emphasis on Religion and Language Arts, namely reading and writing. This new structure will also better meet the developmental needs of students by offering a program in which students grow and develop independently within a controlled environment. For instance, Religion under the direction of Mrs. Fischer will provide service opportunities within the school and parish community.
Restructuring the Middle School is not the only changes SJV has seen during the summer months. Through funds available from the Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign, the building committee for the campaign in collaboration with the SJV building and Grounds Committee instigated changing rooms for some of the teachers so that the Middle School is now housed in the same wing of the school. As mentioned, all classrooms have fresh paint, carpeting and lighting. The shift of classrooms has allowed for an enhanced Science Lab and separate classroom for the Science/8th grade homeroom teaching. It has also allowed for a new "state of the art" Art Room.