The Catholic GEM — Going the Extra Mile

Gem_Recipients_2016Sts. Simon & Jude School staff feels that moral development is important in developing healthy values. It is our goal to encourage positive qualities, so that SSJ students will develop good character, make appropriate choices, grow in their Catholic faith and be effective leaders.

SSJ School has successfully integrated Catholic values throughout the entire curriculum. Staff and students participate and support many outreach programs. These programs not only provide support to the community they also renew Catholic values among staff and students.

THE CATHOLIC GEM, reinforces Christ-like Behavior for students at school and at home. It includes a specific focus on a Christian Quality for each month, and they are embedded in our schoolwide climate as well.

On the first day of each month, staff members introduce the Christian Quality in their classrooms, incorporate the trait into curriculum, and take note throughout the month of exceptional efforts on the part of each student in their classroom. Teachers use the Christian Qualities as a focus for classroom meetings and discussions, as a prompt for writing activities and as models for good behavior. The Christian Quality is also introduced during the first Monday morning assembly of the month to the students and parents who join us on campus for Morning Prayer.

Students and staff members select students from each classroom who have best modeled the Christian Quality behavior for the current month. On the first Monday of the month, the principal presents the winners from the previous month with a certificate and GEM pin during Morning Prayer. These students will have their picture taken and displayed on campus.

In order for the program to be successful, parents and staff need to work together to reinforce these Christian values at school and at home. Thank you for your support and participation.

Sts. Simon & Jude School Staff

Monthly Christian Qualities

  • October’s Christian quality: FRIENDLY
  • November’s Christian quality: FAITHFUL
  • December’s Christian quality: CHEERFUL
  • January’s Christian quality: CHEERFUL
  • February’s Christian quality: LOVE
  • March’s Christian quality: DISCERNMENT
  • April’s Christian quality: WISDOM
  • May’s Christian quality: DETERMINATION

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