Dear Parents and Community of Manhattan Catholic Schools,
What a summer! We just had our first hot spell and the fields are still green. I hope your gardens and lawns are plush. But, as the days warm up, we're in gear for another school year.
This week we will get a final feasibility report from the Steier Group. Hopefully the report will give us the green light for a capital campaign to make improvements to our school and Church. Both facilities have never gone through a campaign like this but it is sorely needed. You will make the difference! I'll update this after our meeting.
Don't forget that Registration is in a couple of weeks on July 24. All the information is online that we will need to register the students. If you have questions, please contact the office at 785-565-5050. Our office hours are 8-12 a.m. Monday-Thursday.
If you are new families moving into town or currently live here and want the best Catholic education for your children in Manhattan, please call to set up a tour of our facilities and speak with me about what Manhattan Catholic Schools can do for your children. If you can't be here for registration, please contact the office to make other arrangements.
After some of my tours this Spring, I want to reiterate that we are an accredited school through the Kansas State Department of Education and North Central Accreditation. We receive full special education services through USD 383 for speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, gifted program, and learning disabilities. Other services include Title I Reading services and busing if on a current bus route. We also take state assessments to remain accredited and ITBS. Our kids score very high. We are implementing MAP tests this upcoming school year.
Last year our teachers went through Love and Logic training. This year we are implementing the Olweus Program. Both programs will help in dealing with students better. Classroom meetings will enable the students to share feelings and revive a sense respect and friendliness needed for successful schools. Although we want to keep Christ in the daily lives of our students, we need to be proactive in dealing with the students. Our religious studies will continue and is the one thing that we rely on when dealing with the students.
MCS has a dedicated Art program and a FACS program for junior high. Students enjoy band and choir, PE, computer classes and library each week. Even though we are a small school, we do have a full slate of elective classes for junior high. Pottery, art, robotics, guitar, ensembles, history, cooking, and sewing are many of the classes students can take at MCS.
We have an athletic department sponsored by the Booster Club. We have football for 7th and 8th grade boys and basketball and track for boys in grades 6-8. Girls may participate in volleyball, basketball and track in grades 6-8. We have a no cut policy and the students develop quickly. We have veteran coaches that care for the student athlete. Students get a lot of practice time and they will play in the games. We have done well and have been competitive. We have won the league in football, basketball, volleyball and track the last three years. We also have a successful Scholar's Bowl team that has won the Blue Valley League three years in a row.
But, at Manhattan Catholic Schools, we are different because we center Christ in all we do. Prayer and worship are the mainstay of our day. We go to Mass twice a week and have daily religious education. Teachers try and infuse our Faith into their lessons whenever possible. Service to the community and others are stressed fully and participated in by the school community. Our standardized religion test (ACRE) indicates that our students really do keep Christ in their daily lives. We score in the 80-94th percentile which is typically 30-50 points higher than a Catholic student going to CCD class once a week. If you are Catholic, your kids should be at MCS. The ten days of instruction at CCD does not compare to the daily Catholic instruction our teachers give the students. If you want a strong parish in the future, give your children a proper Catholic foundation to build that future in the Church!
Yours in Christ,
Mr. Scott Hulshoff
Thursday, July 31, 2014