St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School’s mission is to challenge students to reach their full potential in spirit, mind, heart, and body by providing a quality education that fosters academic excellence and reflects Gospel values in a safe, Christian environment.
The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. with prayer and announcements broadcast to all classrooms on closed-circuit TV. News crew teams, consisting of middle school students, produce a daily TV program of prayer, the morning announcements, and news at SJN. Prayer and reminders about the next day’s events end the day at 3:15 p.m. in the afternoon. Every Thursday, there is an early dismissal at 2:00 p.m. For parents who are unable to pick up their students at dismissal, an Extended Day Program is available until 6 pm.
The school does not provide bus transportation; however, zip code listings of families are provided each school year to assist in setting up carpools.
The student uniform reflects the cohesiveness and unity of the school community. Uniforms are required for all students and are purchased from the school uniform company, Parker Uniforms. The Home & School Association also sponsors used uniform sales in the fall and spring.
A variety of hot lunch options is available each day in the school cafeteria, as well as beverages, fruit, and snack items. Students may buy their lunch or they may bring a lunch from home. The Cafeteria Manager provides information regarding lunch service and student accounts during each school year. A lunch menu is posted monthly on the website.
St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School offers a range of after-school activities for varied interests; from Art Club to Student Council, from the Altar Servers Society to Spanish Club, from Chess Club to the Drama Club, from Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl to Robotics, and from the Student Yearbook to Safety Patrol. To further develop athletic skills, inter-scholastic basketball is available for all students in third through eighth grades. Volleyball is also offered for girls in grade 5 to grade 8.
Concern for those less fortunate has long been a hallmark of the students, faculty, and staff at SJNRCS. The school traditionally has sponsored many drives for the poor. Each month, fruit is collected and distributed at an Atlanta area soup kitchen by eighth grade students. Donated uniforms and school supplies are given to Amigos for Christ for the poor in Nicaragua. A first grade class plans monthly visits to a local nursing home. The students, parents, faculty, and staff also contribute food, clothing, and household items for needy families throughout the school year. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, families are adopted through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Peer support programs ensure that new students, faculty, and parents feel at home in the school community. Projects, such as the teaming of older students with younger ones, foster unity and enhance school spirit. New students entering grades one through eight are assigned student buddies in their class. These buddies help the newcomers feel at home and assist them in becoming acclimated to their classroom and classmates. During the school year, Kindergartners are paired with eighth grade students, sharing weekly activities that include various hands-on projects.
Home & School Association
Through the SJNRCS Home and School Association, parents have the opportunity to give of their time and talent to the school community. A variety of volunteer opportunities, as well as fundraising projects, offers “something for everyone” wishing to become involved at SJNRCS.
Parents are assisted in their adjustment to a new school through “Buddy Parents” provided through the Home and School Association. Buddy parents answer questions, address concerns, and help new parents feel at home in the school community. Get-acquainted activities are offered for all parents throughout the school year.
As a general rule, students at SJNRCS are assigned homework each night. Children are encouraged to review the day’s work, even though a written assignment may not be given. Kindergarten and first grade students are encouraged to read with their parents at least 15 minutes each night. They may also have 15 minutes of daily homework. The students in second and third grades may have 30 to 45 minutes of homework each night, while the students in fourth and fifth grades may have an hour up to an hour and a half of homework daily. Students in middle school should spend an hour and a half to two hours working on assignments each night. Long-term projects, as well as daily assignments are given to the students and should be planned for accordingly. Assignments may be given over the weekend.
Each year, St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School tests the achievement of students using the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS). In addition, students in second, fifth, and seventh grades also take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogATs). This program enables the school to evaluate its students in light of its objectives.
The entire SJNRCS community demonstrates its commitment to ensuring that Catholic education remains affordable through outstanding support of various fund-raising projects. From the sale of gift-wrap to the Annual Fund Gala, nearly 100 percent of SJNRCS families participate in fund-raising projects during the school year. Thanks to the strong support of parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, corporations, and friends, the school completes projects and improvements each year.
The spirit of excellence continues to shine through each and every segment of St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School: from academics to religious celebrations, from service projects to extracurricular activities, from fund-raising projects to special assemblies. As faculty, staff, and parents work together to ensure that the school meets the challenge of preparing children for their successful participation in secondary education, the spirit of St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School leads the way.