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    Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School

    strives to develop the Catholic faith,

    demonstrate Christian living,

    commit to student learning, and

    foster good stewardship of God’s world.

    learning | praying | serving | growing

    O U R V I S I O N

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    Dear Saint Jude Family and Friends,

    As I reflect on the end of another school year, it brings me great joy to think

    of our many accomplishments. From welcoming new families in August,

    celebrating the lives of the saints in November, sending 11,800 meals

    to children in Swaziland during Catholic Schools Week, walking with

    Christ during His final hours as our 8th Graders lead the Living

    Stations in the spring, celebrating First Holy Eucharist with our

    2nd Graders, and graduating 47 wonderful young men and women in

    May, we are grateful for the learning, loving, and laughter of each day.

    I am delighted to share our 2017-2018 Annual Report with you. We

    began our school year with 100% participation in the Annual Fund from

    our Faculty and Staff and ended the year with 100% parent participation for

    the third consecutive year! Your generosity and continued financial support

    make much possible for so many. Thank you!

    Our wonderful volunteers continue to bring to reality the plans and ideas for

    all to enjoy. Thank you for giving so selflessly of your time and talents. Your

    dedication, support, and commitment are the true embodiment of Christ’s

    spirit alive in our midst. The PTA Shine Auction has funded the update of

    the entire campus to LED lighting and replaced the aging air conditioner in

    the gym. Thank you for your support of this fun event!

    The Saint Jude Faculty and Staff are outstanding individuals who continue

    to make Saint Jude a School of Excellence. It is my pleasure to work with

    these dedicated and enthusiastic men and women. They are devoted to the

    academic progress and the spiritual growth of the children entrusted to

    them. May God continue to bless their work!

    It takes many people to make our school a success. I sincerely offer my

    appreciation for all that you do for the children of Saint Jude the Apostle

    Catholic School. I look forward to another great school year filled with

    exciting new challenges and bountiful rewards!

    God Bless,

    Patty Childs, Principal

    gratitude can transform

    common days into


    turn routine jobs

    into joy, and change

    ordinary opportunities

    into blessings. –

    William Arthur Ward

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    profile Hosted 1st annual Family STREAM Night in April

    Continued implementation of our STREAM (science,

    technology, religion, engineering, arts, mathematics)

    initiative across the curriculum

    Our 6th Circus of the Kids took place in September 2017

    Hosted our 4th annual Chastain Night on the SJA soccer

    fields kicking-off our Annual Fund

    Achieved 100% parent participation for the 3rd year in a

    row in the Annual Fund campaign

    Partnered with Rise Against Hunger for a school-wide

    service project during Catholic Schools Week; students

    packaged over 11,800 meals in one day that were sent to

    children in Swaziland

    Hosted the bi-annual Auction on April 14; proceeds

    allowed us to re-lamp the entire school with LED lights

    and provided for a new air conditioning unit in the gym

    Middle School drama students presented Charlie Brown

    Christmas in December and Peter Pan Jr. in the spring;

    both productions delighted and entertained our audiences

    Three Odyssey of the Mind teams won their regional

    competition and went on to place in the state competition;

    one team competed in the World Competition held in Iowa

    in May

    Placed first in Future City competition; went to represent

    the state of Georgia in the national competition in

    Washington, DC

    Celebrated our 30th annual Grandparents’ Day on May 11

    best of 2O17|2O18

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    profile Accreditations and Affiliations

    District-wide Accreditation by AdvancEd, parent corporation of SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)

    National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

    GA Independent Schools Association (GISA)

    Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

    National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

    Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS)

    65% of faculty have advanced degrees

    491 students from

    320 families in 21 parishes

    16:1 student / faculty ratio

    Class of 2018 High school matriculation

    Blessed Trinity 17 Marist 2 Saint Pius 22 Public high schools 6

    Twice recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 2003 | 2014

    Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School was established in 1962 as part of Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. As a parish school, we serve as an extension of the church community aiding in the formation of citizens willing and able to serve God and live as useful members of society.

    Serving students from kindergarten through 8th grade, our teachers average 15 years of teaching experience. The curriculum includes religion and all required elementary school subjects. In addition, computer, Spanish and French enrichment, physical education, chorus, art, drama, and band are offered.

    Saint Jude recognizes the value of technology in the classroom as a teaching tool for our students to develop the skills and attributes they need to meet their own current and future goals. Here are some of the ways technology is utilized by students:

    In grades K-2, a set of eight iPads can be found in each classroom. Students use them for learning centers or in combination with a cart of iPads so students can work in pairs or individually. The primary grades also have access to a cart of 30 Chromebooks to complete student work.

    In grades 3-5, students have access to iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom to enhance learning, complete assignments, and create multimedia projects. Each grade has one iPad cart and one Chromebook cart.

    6th, 7th, & 8th grade students take part in a 1:1 Chromebook program where they access learning resources, class notes, teacher communication, and other information on a daily basis.

    All classrooms contain an interactive LCD Projector/whiteboard that is connected to the teacher computer for viewing class materials and curriculum resources.

    Enrichment classes such as foreign language, art, and music have access to a class set of iPads and Chromebooks for student use to augment these subject areas.

    All grade levels attend the Technology Lab for instruction once a week. Teachers may sign up for additional weekly time slots as needed for student research and project completion. The Tech Lab houses 34 Chromebooks and two 3-D printers.

    The Media Center provides 30 Chromebooks for online student research and access to our library management system. The Media Center is also equipped with a state-of-the-art broadcast studio. The student-led news crew delivers a Morning Prayer and News Show.

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    Future City: For the fourth time in the past five years, a Future City team from Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School won first place in the regional Future City competition and represented the State of Georgia at the World Competition in Washington, DC.

    Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering educational programs. Its purpose is to encourage middle school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and starts with a question...How can we make the world a better place? This year’s challenge was for the students to envision The Age Friendly City and address the trials in designing innovative solutions that could serve an urban area’s older

    After finishing first in the regional contest, a team of fourth and fifth graders from Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic School placed second in the state Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) competition. In May, they traveled to Ames, Iowa to compete in the World Competition. There were over 240 teams from nearly every state in the U.S. and approximately 25 other countries competing.

    OOTM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from

    population and keep them engaged and independent. The students must imagine, research, design, and build their city of the future to showcase a solution.

    At the competition, the teams present their vision of the future through a virtual city design (using SimCity™ software), a 1500-word essay, a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials), and

    a short oral presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. There is a spending limit of $100 to complete the task. The Saint Jude winning team consisted of 7th graders Alex Guigou, Caoimhina Sloan, and Christina Sweeney, and was guided by school STEM faculty advisor Eleonora Straub along with coaches Peter Sloan and Stephanie Sweeney. In addition to coming in first overall at the 26th annual

    regional competition, the team brought home three special awards: Best Team Presentation, Most Innovative Power Generation,