Local Catholic school has thrived amid pandemic

Local Catholic school has thrived amid pandemic

Saint Paul School re-opened during the COVID pandemic last August, and students were excited to return full-time with in-person instruction.

Classrooms in K-5 have desk shields, and student bathrooms were renovated providing touchless sinks, toilets, paper towel dispensers and water bottle fountains.

Our school is happy to continue providing classes such as gym, music, art and Spanish. This has allowed some normalcy for the students. For class sizes that are bigger we have safely broken into two groups so students are social distancing during these special classes. We have even continued to hold lunches in our cafeteria, now providing four lunch waves, which allows us to space our students out when they are eating.

When we re-opened, we welcomed over 60 new students and are excited to share we have close to that many new students registered already for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Our school installed fiber optic Wi-Fi for the entire campus, including outdoors. This has allowed our students to enjoy working on assignments with their Chromebooks on our parish Green. We have built a state-of-the-art facility over time with technology including smart TVs in classrooms and digital TVs in common areas for communication. Also, every student has access to a Chromebook, which is more important now than ever.

In 2019-2020 we kicked off our Robotics Club for grades 5-8, and students have safely participated in cross country, golf, skiing and basketball, and are looking forward to playing soccer this spring.

Recently, we celebrated our 100th day of school. Students participated in classroom activities and our community came together to raise money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and to purchase gift cards for nurses at Midstate Medical Center, showing our appreciation of their hard work during the pandemic. Students also created thank you cards for local police officers, firefighters and veterans.

Thanks to our dedicated teachers, academically, students are doing remarkably well and were able to pick up easily from remote learning. Their progress has been measured and monitored this year through our new STAR Renaissance testing program. Students in grades 3-7 will participate in IOWA testing in late April.

Saint Paul School is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about our school, visit ourschool.stpaulkensington.org. For more information, contact admissions director Kelly Esposito at 860-828-4343 ext. 136 or admissions@stpaulkensington.org.

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