The State of All Saints Catholic School

Dear Families, Thank you for choosing to partner with us in your child’s educational journey. I am honored to serve as the Principal of All Saints Catholic School in our 20th anniversary year. I am pleased to report that the state of All Saints Catholic School is strong. Since we began our journey together in June of 2018, we have exceeded our goals on every front. We could not have achieved these goals without the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff, our dedicated parents and volunteers, and, of course, our dedicated students. We remain committed to excellence in faith, academics, character, and service. Below are the highlights of what we have accomplished year to date and our plans for the immediate future.

by Shana Druffner on January 21, 2019

Dear Families,  

Thank you for choosing to partner with us in your child’s educational journey.  I am honored to serve as the Principal of All Saints Catholic School in our 20th anniversary year.

I am pleased to report that the state of All Saints Catholic School is strong.  Since we began our journey together in June of 2018, we have exceeded our goals on every front.  We could not have achieved these goals without the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff, our dedicated parents and volunteers, and, of course, our dedicated students.

We remain committed to excellence in faith, academics, character, and service.  Below are the highlights of what we have accomplished year to date and our plans for the immediate future.

Faith

Catholic identity is at the forefront of all we do.  Students are given many opportunities to develop a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is through this encounter that they will develop into the young men and women God intended them to be.

  • Installation of the Saint Gallery in the atrium of the school
  • All students read and discuss the daily gospel in religion class  
  • Additional prayer service for PreK students in the chapel on Tuesdays
  • Raising of the Vatican Flag after First Friday Masses
  • The celebration of the diversity and universality of our faith with monthly Spanish Mass
  • The celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with live mariachis from the Cathedral Guadalupe
  • Our 7th and 8th-grade students learn how to share and explain their faith in a weekly apologetics class led by our youth ministers
  • Middle School students are invited to lunch-time Bible studies with our youth ministers
  • Quarterly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for Grades 1-8
  • Annual community Tree Decoration to kick off the Advent Season
  • PreK Christmas Pageant in the Chapel
  • Elementary Christmas Pageant at the Church
  • Lessons and Carols led by 8th Grade students and ASCS Orchestra at Church
  • Next semester, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Day of Reflection led by our SAC Faith Committee
  • In 2019-2020, we will be adding a “Patron Saint Party” on the feast day of each class’s patron saint so that each class learns more about their chosen patron saint each year.

Academics

Our passionate and dedicated teachers work with each student to help them be the best they can be.

  • New Honors Math and Literature Curriculum for 4-8th Grade
  • New Summer Reading Program in Summer 2018
  • ELAR teachers in grades 4-8 focus on developing strong writing skills
  • ITBS/ Cogat Large Scale Assessment
    • Significant Growth of each class in every grade in all areas
    • Grades 3-8 met or exceeded Blue Ribbon goals for ELA Total
    • Grade 3 and Grades 6-8 met or exceeded Blue Ribbon goals for Math Total
    • We will be placing an emphasis on strong mathematics skills in 2019-20
  • Addition of Mandarin once per week for all PreK-5 students
  • Mandarin Elective open to all Middle School Students
  • Coding Class twice per week for Intermediate Students
  • All Saints Speech Team won several awards at Diocesan Speech League tournaments
  • 4th Grade Science Fair
  • 6th Grade History Fair
  • 7th Grade Science Fair
  • In 2019-20, all students in PreK-8 will have a class in Coding/Robotics twice per week

Character

We want our students to be young men and women of integrity. As such, we cultivate virtue and emphasize discipline that is virtue-based. When a student is well-disciplined, they can allow their talents to be fully utilized for the glory of God.

  • Study of the Virtues in Practice program during Guidance time
  • PreK, Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle School learned the same Virtue of the Month while learning about a different saint and how that saint exemplified that given virtue
  • Ambassador Program for students in grades 6-8
  • Leadership Opportunities in Student Council, Respect Life, Theater Club, and Beta Club
  • Recognition of students at monthly Virtue of the Month luncheons with the Principal
  • Fall student orientation (3 days) for all students in grades 4th-8th reviewing policies, procedures, and expectations of students at All Saints Catholic School
  • Spring orientation (1 day) for all students in grades 4th-8th reviewing policies, procedures, and expectations of students All Saints Catholic School
  • Lunch and Morning detention for students receiving 2 or 3 demerits per quarter
  • Implementation of a virtue-based discipline program where students in grades 3rd-8th do behavior reflections during lunch detention and morning detention
  • 8th-grade students learn about the challenging social issues they will encounter in high school from a Catholic perspective in a monthly seminar class  
  • Organizational and Study Skills Elective for Middle School Students
  • Student-led Theatre Club production of “Scrooge” with live student musicians
  • Exceptional Christmas performances by All Saints Band and Orchestra
  • Strong sports program, including three Middle School boys that were part of the championship football team in the Diocese

Service

The aim of the Christian life is service. Our students and their families abound in generosity.

  • $93,000 awarded in financial aid
  • Thanksgiving collection of groceries for Vision Food Share
  • Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth grades collected individual Christmas gifts through our “Christmas for Everyone” program that touched 10 individual families through Catholic Charities
  • PreK through Third Grade collected toys, toiletries, and household items through our “Christmas for Everyone” program that touched parish families through Vision Food Share
  • Sixth grade collected coats, hats, and gloves through our “Christmas for Everyone” program that touched people experiencing homelessness throughout the metroplex.
  • School-wide day of service on February 1st (Friday during Catholic Schools Week) where students in grades 4-8 will pack food for Feed My Starving Children.

Facilities

We are committed to providing and maintaining state-of-the-art facilities in which to educate your student(s).

  • Upgrades completed in the atrium due to the generosity of the Home and School Association
  • The cafeteria was repainted and decorated
  • A giant map of the United States was painted in the playground area
  • In February, several raised bed gardens are planned in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Center

Enrollment

Our admissions team has welcomed many new students this year.  Our current enrollment is at 298 students.

As you can see, it is a very exciting time to be part of the All Saints family. On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for everything you do to make All Saints an exceptional place of learning.  With Christ at the helm, we are excited and confident about our future.

Yours in Christ,

Shana Druffner